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June 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

True Omnichannel Retailing

True Omnichannel Retailing

Amazon being Omnichannel.   In Retailwire.  Discussion prompted by Amazon recently opening physical locations.    Of course one way to look at this is the scale of the involvement.  There will likely always be some physical retail…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wages and Jobs, a Future with More Robotics

Wages and Jobs, a Future with More Robotics

Consider the interaction between, wages, jobs and getting things done.   Starting to see more robotics in kiosks to replace labor in additional contexts.    Implications.   On the relationship.


From Schneier on Security

Stealth Falcon: New Malware from (Probably) the UAE

Stealth Falcon: New Malware from (Probably) the UAE

Citizen Lab has the details: This report describes a campaign of targeted spyware attacks carried out by a sophisticated operator, which we call Stealth Falcon. The attacks have been conducted from 2012 until the present, against…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Celebrate European Maker Week 30 May – 5 June 2016

Celebrate European Maker Week 30 May – 5 June 2016

This week is the inaugural European Maker Week with celebrations and events across Europe. The week is an initiative promoted by the European Commission to engage citizens and students in creativity and innovation. Monday’s launch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Disturbing Loss of Linkedin Security Most of You Should Still Care About

A Disturbing Loss of  Linkedin Security Most of You Should Still Care About

A few days ago I got a message from Linkedin.  You know them, the near-monopoly of professional credential information for many millions of people?   They said that they had known since 2012 that our passwords and related information…


From My Biased Coin

STOC 2017 (and STOC 2016)

STOC 2017 (and STOC 2016)

I'm starting to get asked about STOC 2017 dates -- we recently executed the hotel contract, and STOC will be June 18-23 in Montreal.  (It will really "start" the morning of the 19th, but we expect people will be getting to the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), are co-sponsoring a public workshop on Artificial Intelligence…


From insideHPC

Alces Flight from AWS Lets You Build a “Self-service Supercomputer in Minutes”

Alces Flight from AWS Lets You Build a “Self-service Supercomputer in Minutes”

"In the past, researchers often had to wait in line for the computing power for scientific discovery. With Alces Flight, you can take your compute projects from 0 to 60 in a few minutes. Researchers and scientists can quickly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

German Manufacturing Revolution

German Manufacturing Revolution

In the HBR:" ... Germany’s automakers, auto suppliers, machinery companies, and machine tool builders have long been considered the world’s leaders in manufacturing in large part because of their ability to unlock the potential…


From insideHPC

Rescale HPC Cloud to Foster Return of Supersonic Travel

Rescale HPC Cloud to Foster Return of Supersonic Travel

Denver-based Boom Technology is leveraging Rescale’s cloud-based simulation and optimization system to enable a rebirth of supersonic passenger travel. "Rescale’s cloud platform is a game-changer for engineering. It gives Boom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Urban Intelligence

Urban Intelligence

A system called Placemeter takes as input video feeds and analyzes images to determine what is going on outside your doors.  Possible retail measures?    Video content analysis (VCA).  " .... In its first iteration, the service…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Introduces BlueField SoC Programmable Processors

Mellanox Introduces BlueField SoC Programmable Processors

Today Mellanox announced the BlueField family of programmable processors for networking and storage applications. "As a networking offload co-processor, BlueField will complement the host processor by performing wire-speed packet…


From XRDS

Presentation smells: How not to prepare your conference presentation

Presentation smells: How not to prepare your conference presentation

Recently, I was in Austin, Texas to attend ICSE (International Conference on Software Engineering) and MSR (Mining Software Repositories) conferences. The authors presented excellent papers on a variety of topics concerning software…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: ISAV2016 Workshop at SC16

Call for Participation: ISAV2016 Workshop at SC16

The ISAV2016 Workshop has issued it Call for Participation. Held at SC16 in cooperation with with SIGHPC, the In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization Workshop takes place Sunday, November…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT Failure Prediction

IOT Failure Prediction

Attended this webinar of interest, with a largely nontechnical approach, other parts will follow: " Industrial IoT and Failure Prediction on event signals | Part 1 " featuring Adurthi Ashwin Swarup, Senior Data Scientist, DataRPM…


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Adds Persistent Memory to Server Portfolio

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Adds Persistent Memory to Server Portfolio

"As the industry’s leading server vendor, HPE is committed to bringing new infrastructure innovations to the market that enable organizations to derive more value from their data,” said Vikram K, Director, Servers, Hewlett Packard…


From insideHPC

Interview: Women in HPC to Host Special Events at ISC 2016

Interview: Women in HPC to Host Special Events at ISC 2016

This week, the Women in HPC organization announced a series of special events coming up at ISC 2016. To learn more, we caught up with WHPC Director Dr. Toni Collis from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh.

The post Interview…


From Phys.org Technology News

Is photoshopping science universally wrong?

Is photoshopping science universally wrong?

"Photoshop should be banned from every scientific research institution".


From The Eponymous Pickle

Helping Humans Work Better with Smart Machines

Helping Humans Work Better with Smart Machines

 Useful thoughts, because we will have to deal with increasingly smarter machines.How to Help Humans work Better with Smart Machinesby Thomas H Davenport,  It’s pretty clear that smart machines—computers and robots that can digest…

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