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September 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Does Fact Checking of Images

Google Does Fact Checking of Images

Hmm ... 'more likely to know?   I like the idea.  And who will get the benefit of likelihood?   Any changes in the pictures having been made?   Ones that make them 'False'?    What percentage is false as determined by whom? 

Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Colds Have Nearly Vanished?

Colds Have Nearly Vanished?

Fascinating piece. 

Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming Back  in Wired.
The return of non-Covid respiratory illnesses is putting a new strain on testing supplies around the world—and is a preview of what’s

THE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon to Open Small Delivery Hubs

Amazon to Open Small Delivery Hubs

New move by Amazon for improved delivery.

Amazon to open 1,000 neighborhood delivery hubs
By Marianne Wilson  in Chainstoreage

Amazon is taking some of its fulfillment closer to where its customers live.

The online giant is planning…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Los Alamos’ Gary Grider Argues Efficiency in HPC Is King and Laments Simulation’s ‘Raw Deal’

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Los Alamos’ Gary Grider Argues Efficiency in HPC Is King and Laments Simulation’s ‘Raw Deal’

It might surprise you to know that Gary Grider, HPC Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is less interested in FLOPS than efficiency. In this interview, he explains why “FLOPS” hasn’t appeared in Los Alamos RFPs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Using Apple Watch

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Using Apple Watch

Seem a boon for Apple.   Has it been proven the watch significantly improves health?

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch  

Bloomberg,  Vlad Savov    September 15, 2020

Apple and Singapore's government…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Have fun! Life and Career Advice from Sir C. Antony R. Hoare and Leslie Lamport

Have fun! Life and Career Advice from Sir C. Antony R. Hoare and Leslie Lamport

Khari Douglas will be covering the Virtual HLF 2020 on the CCC blog all week. Stay tuned for more and watch the program via livestream here.  The Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2020 kicked off today (September 21st)…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What I miss and don’t miss about teaching

What I miss and don’t miss about teaching

Fall has come and while students are back in school I am not. I’ve been reflecting a bit about that. I don’t miss getting up at 6 AM and driving for close to an hour to get to school. I don’t miss running my life by a bell schedule…


From insideHPC

HPE Completes Acquisition of SD-WAN Vendor Silver Peak

HPE Completes Acquisition of SD-WAN Vendor Silver Peak

San Jose, Sept. 21, 2020 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Silver Peak, an SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) leader, in a transaction valued at $925 million…


From Schneier on Security

Interview with the Author of the 2000 Love Bug Virus

Interview with the Author of the 2000 Love Bug Virus

No real surprises, but we finally have the story.

The story he went on to tell is strikingly straightforward. De Guzman was poor, and internet access was expensive. He felt that getting online was almost akin to a human right…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CIA to Establish a Lab to Study Blockchain

CIA to Establish a Lab to Study Blockchain

Seems CIA is taking this very seriously.

CIA’s New Research Lab to Study Blockchain
In Coindesk by Danny Nelson

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched a new research and develop laboratory on Monday that features blockchain…


From BLOG@CACM

Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students

Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students

The case of the Introduction to Computer Science course.


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG in Pandemic Growth and Challenges

CPG in Pandemic Growth and Challenges

And piece related to previous item regards growth and inventory post Pandemic.

For giant food companies, the pandemic has fueled growth — and challenges

Theresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The past six months have been

Pre…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Blogging Note

Another Blogging Note

Some of the the changes in this blog require me to repeat some rules.
Plain text mean I am the author, unless quoted otherwise, for special cases like multiple authors.

Italic text means it is a quote.  Almost always with an author…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies Trying to Predict Post Pandemic

Companies Trying to Predict Post Pandemic

Can Retail predict post pandemic?  In the car today we discussed how drive through fast food will exist after pandemic.  Two effects. Very large increase of drive-through during.   But also a large number of new customers being…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020

Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is virtual this year! Like many things in 2020, it might not be the same experience, but the positive is that it can now be viewed by everyone here on the Livestream from 10AM- 4PM ET Monday…


From insideHPC

Innovations in Simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI at Teratec Digital Forum 2020 — Oct. 13-14

Innovations in Simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI at Teratec Digital Forum 2020 — Oct. 13-14

On October 13 and 14, the digital version of the next Teratec Forum will present a review of the latest international advances in simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI. The virtual exhibition will present the latest technologies from…


From BLOG@CACM

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siemens Covid Resources

Siemens Covid Resources

his was recently pointed out to me by a Siemens contact:

Siemens Healthineers:  COVID-19: Scientific publications
This collection of information about the COVID-19 pandemic from trusted sources offers useful information to clinicians…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

More movement in improving results stability for Quantum.

Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times
UPI
Brooks Hays
August 14, 2029

Scientists at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed the means to



From The Noisy Channel

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

In 1984, Robin Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson as a Russian saxophonist who decides to defect from the USSR during a shopping trip to a New York department store. One scene stands out, particularly to those of us who…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…


From insideHPC

SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

BOULDER, Colo. – Sept. 21, 2020 – The Active Archive Alliance today announced that SullivanStrickler has joined the collaborative alliance, which promotes modern strategies to solve data growth challenges. SullivanStrickler joins…


From CERIAS Blog

Sturm und Drang and Hacking and Twitter

Sturm und Drang and Hacking and Twitter

Last week, an article appeared in the Washington Examiner that contained a couple of quotes from me. The context of how the quotes were obtained is explained below.

Apparently, some people took exception to aspects of the article…


From The Eponymous Pickle

YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

I have  just noticed the business perspective of having Youtube more closely connected with Chromecast. You can create lots of business snippets for projects there.  And if the assistant provides another useful capability with…


From Computational Complexity

Baseball can go on forever, it doesn't just seem that way

 Most games have some way to make sure they cannot go on forever.

1) Chess: I had thought there was a 50-move rule and a 3-times-same-position rule, but its a byte more complicated than that, see here. There is also a chess clock…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

Will drone retail delivery direct to consumer ever succeed? 

Walmart testing drones for deliveries in North Carolina city    by Anne D'innocenzio in TechExplore

Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

Why humanoid?  Impressive look and restocking a key retail problem.  Telepresence example.  In IEEE Spectrum

Video Friday: This Robot Will Restock Shelves at Japanese Convenience Stores

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

In my early days worked with the DOD,  Used wargaming, but mostly about testing new technology as part of operational warfighting decisions.  Not broader strategy decisions.    So this interests me.

What Strategic Decisions on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

Questionable, though major HQs will likely still need the presence.   My guess is that many will be threatened. 

The Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs    in HBR by Richard Florida

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen tens of millions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

For those with concern about this.seems a reasonable solution.  Still a  prototype as mentioned.

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
Ars Technica
Dan Goodin
July 14, 2020

A team of researchers from Germany's Darmstadt…