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May 2016


From Schneier on Security

Vulnerabilities in Samsung's SmartThings

Vulnerabilities in Samsung's SmartThings

Interesting research: Earlence Fernandes, Jaeyeon Jung, and Atul Prakash, "Security Analysis of Emerging Smart Home Applications": Abstract: Recently, several competing smart home programming frameworks that support third party…


From The Eponymous Pickle

My Take on a Year with Amazon Echo

My Take on a Year with Amazon Echo

Is Amazon Alexa good at understanding your needs vocally?   Is it a good assistant?  For very narrrow but also useful domains, Yes.  For general understanding that contains common sense or multi stage knowledge question and answering…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 2 May 2016

Interesting Links 2 May 2016

Back to school today after a week of vacation. I’m rested and ready for the final stretch of the school year. About seven weeks left. I spent a lot less time on the Internet last week than usual but still managed to collect some…


From updated sporadically at best

Myth: "CS Researchers Don't Publish Code or Data"

Myth: "CS Researchers Don't Publish Code or Data"

A collaboration with Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, Assistant Professor at Indiana University.There has been some buzz on social media about this "Extremely Angry" Twitter thread. Mike Hoye, Engineering Community Manager for Firefox at…


From Computational Complexity

Some more bits from the Gathering for Gardner

I posted about the Gathering for Gardner conference and about some of the talks I saw here. Today I continue with a few more talks. Playing Penney's game with Roulette by Robert Vallen. Penney;'s game is the following:  let…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovating and Building the Amazon Echo

Innovating and Building the Amazon Echo

Behind the building of the Amazon Echo, and a look at how Amazon builds big innovations.  Luck or creativity?  " ....  The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo ... The talking speaker started as part of a secret augmented-reality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Look at the SAP IOT Platform

Look at the SAP IOT Platform

In Medium:  " ... As an emerging backbone to Internet of Things (IoT) deployment, SAP’s IoT platform is the key for the future development and scalability of IoT applications and services. This webcast will equip you with the…


From Phys.org Technology News

From new to old, some of the gun safety features over time

From new to old, some of the gun safety features over time

Daytona Beach, Florida-based iGun Technology Corp. has been developing a "smart gun," a firearm that uses a ring with a chip in it to send a signal to a circuit board embedded in the firearm so that only an authorized user can…


From Phys.org Technology News

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

An outdoor advertising company that owns thousands of billboards across the country, including in Times Square, and around the world, is using mobile phone data to learn about people who are passing their displays in order to…


From Putting People First

Report: User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems

Report: User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems

User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems Final Report 1/2015 FIMECC (Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster) November 2015, 225 pages Five years ago, some of Finland’s metals and engineering industry companies…


From Phys.org Technology News

James Bond meets Samuel Colt: Seeking to build a safer gun

James Bond meets Samuel Colt: Seeking to build a safer gun

Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.


From insideHPC

GPU-Powered Systems Take Top Spot & Set Performance Records at ASC16

GPU-Powered Systems Take Top Spot & Set Performance Records at ASC16

Over at the Nvidia Blog, George Millington writes that, the fourth consecutive year, the Nvidia Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform helped set new milestones in the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge, the world’s largest supercomputer…


From insideHPC

Building Efficient HPC Clouds with MVAPICH2 and OpenStack over SR-IOV Enabled InfiniBand Clusters

Building Efficient HPC Clouds with MVAPICH2 and OpenStack over SR-IOV Enabled InfiniBand Clusters

"Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology has been steadily gaining momentum for high-performance interconnects such as InfiniBand. SR-IOV can deliver near native performance but lacks locality-aware communication support…

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