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May 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever CMO Leads Effort on Future of Marketing Analytics

Unilever CMO Leads Effort on Future of Marketing Analytics

In Adage:    Good direction.  The future of marketing and analytics is a rich one.Unilever CMO Leads Effort to Map Future of Marketing Research and Analytics ... Insights2020 Panel Includes Weed, Sorrell, Execs From Verizon,Unilever…


From Schneier on Security

Easily Cracking a Master Combination Lock

Easily Cracking a Master Combination Lock

Impressive. Kamkar told Ars his Master Lock exploit started with a well-known vulnerability that allows Master Lock combinations to be cracked in 100 or fewer tries. He then physically broke open a combination lock and noticed…


From insideHPC

Beowulf Boot Camp Returns to LSU July 6-10

Beowulf Boot Camp Returns to LSU July 6-10

Louisiana State University will host the Beowulf Boot Camp, July 6-10, on the LSU campus. The course offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to work with advanced research technology not usually available in a typical…


From insideHPC

OpenStack Talk coming to Toronto TechKnowFile Event May 6

OpenStack Talk coming to Toronto TechKnowFile Event May 6

Ian Lumb from Bright Computing will be presenting at the University of Toronto’s annual TechKnowFile event on May 6, 2015.

The post OpenStack Talk coming to Toronto TechKnowFile Event May 6 appeared first on insideHPC.


From Putting People First

Intel anthropologist creates data processing tool for Quantified Self community

Intel anthropologist creates data processing tool for Quantified Self community

When data can be both individual, and potentially aggregated across many people, who does and does not have a say in what “the data” ultimately means? A thought provoking piece by Dawn Nafus, an anthropologist at Intel Labs. …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Office Mixes for Learning TouchDevelop

Office Mixes for Learning TouchDevelop

While looking for other things (you know how that goes) I found a series of Office Mixes that teach how to program using TouchDevelop. They are mixed in as part of what looks like a more involved (though still basic) course.Mixes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Easier to use Drones

Easier to use Drones

Continued advances in interfaces may yet crowd the skies with unintended consequences.   " ... The Roomba's Inventor Launches What Might Be The Easiest-To-Use Drone Yet ... Even the worst pilot can get this flying robot to perform…


From Computational Complexity

Sizes of DFAs, NFAs, DPDAs, UCFG, CFGs, CSLs.

If A is a decider (e.g, DFA)  or generator (e.g., CFG) then L(A) is the language  that it decides or generates. The following are well known: L(DFA) = L(NDFA) ⊂ L(DPDA) ⊂ L(PDA) ⊂ L(CSL). We are concerned with the size…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 4

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 4

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Hearing: Continuing America’s Leadership: Realizing the Promise of Precision Medicine for Patients Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 2:30 pm | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Professional Proofreading

Professional Proofreading

Copyblogger Blog podcast on professional proofreading.  May require Itunes to listen to.   Introduction to a tacit skill.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Comments on NIST Roadmap for Usability and Accessibility of Next Generation Elections

USACM Comments on NIST Roadmap for Usability and Accessibility of Next Generation Elections

USACM submitted comments on the NIST roadmap for usability and accessibility of future voting technologies and systems. The roadmap represents a positive and achievable plan for working toward inclusive participation of all voters…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interim Big Data Wiring of Smart Cities with Sensors

Interim Big Data Wiring of Smart Cities with Sensors

Big Data and the IOT make smart Cities.  by Bernard Marr.    I add:  Not everything is plugged into an IOT today, and the complete wiring of cities may take some time.  But cameras and other sensors can act as a means to gather…


From insideHPC

Cyfronet Launches World’s Largest HP Apollo 8000 Supercomputer

Cyfronet Launches World’s Largest HP Apollo 8000 Supercomputer

Cyfronet recently celebrated the launch of Poland's fastest supercomputer. As the world's largest deployment of the HP Apollo 8000 platform, the 1.68 Petaflop Prometheus system is powered by 41,472 Intel Haswell cores and 216…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Brendan Gregg on System Performance Methodologies

Podcast: Brendan Gregg on System Performance Methodologies

In this Software Engineering Radio podcast, Netflix senior performance architect Brendan Gregg discusses systems performance and how the hardware and OS layers affect application behavior.

The post Podcast: Brendan Gregg on System…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows as a Service Strategy

Windows as a Service Strategy

In CW. This will create a considerable change." ... Microsoft executives last week further fleshed out the firm's "Windows as a service" strategy, an effort to shift money-making from the traditional practice of licensing the…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Extending a conference invitation to your administrator

Extending a conference invitation to your administrator

By: Pat Phillips As you are well aware, the Annual CSTA Conference is only a couple months away. Registration and housing are open, the agenda nearly set, and anticipation is soaring for another extraordinary program of workshops…


From insideHPC

SDSC Trestles Supercomputer to move to University of Arkansas

SDSC Trestles Supercomputer to move to University of Arkansas

SDSC's recently decommissioned Trestles supercomputer is moving to the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center.

The post SDSC Trestles Supercomputer to move to University of Arkansas appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Every College Student Should Take a Computer Science Course

Every College Student Should Take a Computer Science Course

The following is a blog post by Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor and Computer Science Department Chair at Harvey Mudd College, that was recently posted in the Huffington Post.  Here are three good reasons why…


From insideHPC

Video: Scalability Testing of DNE2 in Lustre 2.7

Video: Scalability Testing of DNE2 in Lustre 2.7

In this video from LUG 2015 in Denver, Steve Simms from Indiana University presents: Scalability Testing of DNE2 in Lustre 2.7.

The post Video: Scalability Testing of DNE2 in Lustre 2.7 appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ideo Redesigns Monday

Ideo Redesigns Monday

I never thought Monday was awful, but the design ideas are good in general.  Culturally we believe the thought and why not create a marketing idea that builds on this?  In Wired.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Does Retail Need POS?

Does Retail Need POS?

In Retailwire:   Why do retail stores still have cash registers?   Provocative view.  " .... Retail store survival will depend upon providing an experience that is consumer-centric and adds value to the customer first and foremost…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting QUANTUMINSERT

Detecting QUANTUMINSERT

Fox-IT has a blog post (and has published Snort rules) on how to detect man-on-the-side Internet attacks like the NSA's QUANTUMINSERT. From a Wired article: But hidden within another document leaked by Snowden was a slide that…


From insideHPC

Interview: Intel’s Alan Gara Discusses the 180 Petaflop Aurora Supercomputer

Interview: Intel’s Alan Gara Discusses the 180 Petaflop Aurora Supercomputer

In this interview, Intel's Alan Gara describes the Aurora system, a 180 Petaflop supercomputer coming to Argonne. "The Aurora system is based on our Omni-Path second generation. This is an Intel interconnect that we've been developing…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 4 May 2015

Interesting Links 4 May 2015

Last week was school vacation week and I had a lot of plans. I threw them all away and decided to spend a couple of days getting over a nasty stomach bug. I think a lot of teachers get sick on school breaks. As one of my teacher…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ring Wifi DoorBell Tool

Ring Wifi DoorBell Tool

Ring.   Experimented with this idea in the smart home.    In particular how it could augment home delivery.  Now this works because smartphone Apps and pervasive WiFi removes the need for connectivity to an in home display.  I…


From insideHPC

Talking Machines Podcast Looks at Machine Learning

Talking Machines Podcast Looks at Machine Learning

In this Talking Machines podcast, Katherine Gorman hosts Ryan Adams from Harvard to preview their new podcast series on machine learning. "Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we …


From The Eponymous Pickle

MS Power BI Tools

MS Power BI Tools

In GeekWire:Acumatica launches content pack for Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization toolSAN FRANCISCO–Microsoft executives showed off a new set of tools from Acumatica during the company’s second day keynote at its Build The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

84.51 to Spur Kroger Growth with Analytics

84.51 to Spur Kroger Growth with Analytics

In the local news, detailed look at Kroger acquisition to change the face of retailing" ... Big data consumer insights has been a major ingredient of Kroger's "Customer 1st" strategy that has powered more than 11 years of growing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalized Digitized Coupon App

Personalized Digitized Coupon App

Winn-Dixie,  never a player in advanced retail tech, is going to an App that personalizes promotions, includes code scanning.


From insideHPC

Video: 2015 Argonne State of the Lab Address

Video: 2015 Argonne State of the Lab Address

"The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) mission is to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs for humanity by designing and providing world-leading computing facilities in partnership…