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June 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

QR Codes and Counterfeiting

QR Codes and Counterfeiting

In Retailwire: Using QR codes to eliminate counterfeit goods.  We examined a number of watermarking methods.


From Schneier on Security

Fun NSA Surveillance Quizzes

Fun NSA Surveillance Quizzes

Okay, maybe not so fun. Quiz 1: "Just How Kafkaesque is the Court that Oversees NSA Spying?" Quiz 2: "Can You Tell the Difference Between Bush and Obama on the Patriot Act?" It's been fourteen hours since a few provisions of…


From insideHPC

HPC People on the Move: June Edition

HPC People on the Move: June Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. The spotlight is on HP this week, as Dr. Stephen Wheat has joined the company in Houston.

The post HPC People on the Move: June Edition…


From insideHPC

Video: Porting Scientific Apps to GPUs with OpenACC

Video: Porting Scientific Apps to GPUs with OpenACC

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Saber Feki from KAUST and Ahmed Al-Jarro from Fujitsu Labs in Europe present: Experiences in Porting Scientific Applications to GPUs Using OpenACC.

The post Video: Porting Scientific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recognizing Gaze Direction with Machine Learning

Recognizing Gaze Direction with Machine Learning

In Technology Review:Virtual Eyes Train Deep Learning Algorithm to Recognize Gaze DirectionGaze estimation is a classic problem of machine vision, which can now be solved by one computer training another.Eye contact is one of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit

Coming in June.Apple unveiled HomeKit nearly a year ago, at the Worldwide Developers Conference last June. The idea was that Apple could turn the iPhone or iPad into a command system for the myriad smart-home devices like thermostats…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smell Scape of a City

Smell Scape of a City

We did quite a bit of work in understanding how smell could be used in retail.  One approach was to establish a formal smellscape of a space.  It has been done with entire cities before, see the tag below, now advances in that…


From insideHPC

New Whitepaper: Multi-Threading and Parallel Reduction for Xeon Phi

New Whitepaper: Multi-Threading and Parallel Reduction for Xeon Phi

Colfax Research has published a new whitepaper entitled: Multi-Threading and Parallel Reduction. As part 1 of a 3-part educational series, the paper authored by Ryo Asai and Andrey Vladimirov focuses on optimization of applications…


From insideHPC

CIARA to Cool High Frequency Servers with Asetek

CIARA to Cool High Frequency Servers with Asetek

Today Asetek announced that it has been selected by CIARA, a leading supplier of enterprise servers, storage and services, to liquid cool its High Frequency server line. Based on customer expectations, Asetek expects the business…


From Schneier on Security

US Also Tried Stuxnet Against North Korea

US Also Tried Stuxnet Against North Korea

According to a Reuters article, the US military tried to launch Stuxnet against North Korea in addition to Iran: According to one U.S. intelligence source, Stuxnet's developers produced a related virus that would be activated…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 1 June 2015

Interesting Links 1 June 2015

Two more weeks of school for me. Our seniors graduate this weekend and then we have final exams for everyone else. The year has flown by. Soon I’ll be into summer mode. ISTE first and CSTA later in July. I hope to learn a lot…


From Putting People First

Exploring the ‘next nature’ that people and technology are creating

Exploring the ‘next nature’ that people and technology are creating

The Next Nature website sets out to radically shift our notion of nature: Our image of nature as static, balanced and harmonic is naive and up for reconsideration. Where technology and nature are traditionally seen as opposed…

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