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November 2015


From XRDS

How to automatically scan multiple files with multiple antiviruses

How to automatically scan multiple files with multiple antiviruses

Recently, I’ve been working on a project where I needed to scan a large number of .apk files for potential malware or malicious intent. Given the fact that antiviruses produce many false positives, it would be better for me to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Amazing Bosses Do

What Amazing Bosses Do

I liked this.   In the HBR:  Motivating People .... What Amazing Bosses Do Differently  ... by Sydney Finkelstein


From insideHPC

Video: SC15 HPC Matters Plenary Session with Intel’s Diane Bryant

Video: SC15 HPC Matters Plenary Session with Intel’s Diane Bryant

In this video from SC15, Intel's Diane Bryant discusses how next-generation supercomputers are transforming HPC and presenting exciting opportunities to advance scientific research and discovery to deliver far-reaching impacts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Manipulating Live Faces

Manipulating Live Faces

Applications?  Entertainment I imagine.Via the CACM: " .... Computer scientists from Stanford University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany say they have created a process dubbed "live facial re-enactment" that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon vs Wal-Mart

Amazon vs Wal-Mart

Walmart vs. Amazon: Can Bentonville Beat a Rival That Values Growth Over Profit?One Seems to Have Upper Hand in Fight for Online Dominance; the Other May Have Secret Weapon in Millennials  ... " 


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Software Intern at Intel

Job of the Week: HPC Software Intern at Intel

Intel in Oregon is seeking an HPC Software Intern in our Job of the Week. "If you are interested in being on the team that builds the world's fastest supercomputer, read on. Our team is designing how we integrate new HW and SW…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Happy with Hololens Pre Applications

Microsoft Happy with Hololens Pre Applications

In VRFocus: Indication that Microsoft is getting many applications for their Hololens virtual reality approach. Looking forward to applications for the enterprise.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Sound Waves to Hack Data

Using Sound Waves to Hack Data

Not a new idea. Research on this and related ideas were done at the Pentagon in the mid 70s.  It has always been a potential security issue.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Thanks for Additivity

A mathematical metaphor for progress Cropped from source Nicole Oresme was a fourteenth-century polymath. He lived in France and became an advisor to King Charles V, who sponsored him to translate many works by Aristotle into…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Necklace

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Necklace

She's calling it an octopus, but it's a squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain

Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain

Nicely done overview of the topic.  Sounds like an outline of areas I worked in for a long time.   I do have to ask: What has changed since we started work in this area in the 70s?   I saw evidence of similar work being doneFrom…


From Schneier on Security

Data and Goliath in German

Data and Goliath in German

The German edition of Data and Goliath has been published....


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Being ever more productive… is a duty

Being ever more productive… is a duty

As we work at something, we usually get better and better. Then you hit a plateau. For most of human history, people have been hitting this plateau, and they just kept working until death or retirement, whichever came first.Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Feature Engineering Tips

Feature Engineering Tips

So what is feature engineering?  Fundamentally it is the most important part of data science.  Or of any analytic method, from the simplest to the most complex.  Features are the data variables you include in your model.  OrDSC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Pickings and More

Brain Pickings and More

In the NYT Books Review:‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ by Lisa Randall   ...  review  by Maria Popova who is the founder of BrainPickings.org and an M.I.T. Futures of Entertainment fellow.  ... On brains, intelligence, stoytelling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Online Retail Needs Instore Experience

Online Retail Needs Instore Experience

Yes, apparently for at least some customers,  and for those customers, to achieve maximum revenue.  See also Herb Sorensen's take on this.   More here after his Amazon store visit.Why Online Retailers Need Physical Stores to by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Folding and Knowledge Processing

Semantic Folding and Knowledge Processing

Semantic Folding ...Note the mention of Jeff Hawkins, who we connected with long ago.   Posts re his Numenta company.  Technical, with intriguing implications.The Semantic Folding Theory (SFT) is the attempt to develop an alternative…


From insideHPC

Numascale Teams with Supermicro & AMD for Largest Shared Memory System to Date

Numascale Teams with Supermicro & AMD for Largest Shared Memory System to Date

Last week at SC15, Numascale announced the successful installation of a large shared memory Numascale/Supermicro/AMD system at a customer datacenter facility in North America. The system is the first part of a large cloud computing…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Supercomputing the Deep Earth with the Gordon Bell Prize Winners

Podcast: Supercomputing the Deep Earth with the Gordon Bell Prize Winners

In this podcast, Jorge Salazar from TACC interviews two winners of the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize, Omar Ghattas and Johann Rudi of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, UT Austin. As part of the discussion…


From insideHPC

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPC Customer Panel at SC15

Video: Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPC Customer Panel at SC15

In this video from SC15, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderates a panel discussion with Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPC customers. "Government labs, as well as public and private universities worldwide, are using HPE Compute …


From insideHPC

PRACEdays16 Extends Deadline for Submissions to Dec. 13, 2015

PRACEdays16 Extends Deadline for Submissions to Dec. 13, 2015

PRACEdays16 has extended the deadline for its Call for Participation to Dec. 13, 2015. Taking place May 10-12, 2016 in Prague, the conference will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements…


From insideHPC

Video: A Preview of the PASC16 and SC16 Conferences

Video: A Preview of the PASC16 and SC16 Conferences

In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich and John West from TACC discuss the preview the upcoming PASC16 and SC16 conferences. With a focus on Exascale computing and user applications, the events will set the stage for …


From Putting People First

[Book] Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice

[Book] Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice

Research for Designers A Guide to Methods and Practice By Gjoko Muratovski – Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and Tongji University, China SAGE Publications Ltd, January 2016 280 pages Abstract Design is everywhere…


From Putting People First

[Book] Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice

[Book] Research for Designers: A Guide to Methods and Practice

Research for Designers A Guide to Methods and Practice By Gjoko Muratovski – Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and Tongji University, China SAGE Publications Ltd, January 2016 280 pages Abstract Design is everywhere…


From Schneier on Security

Defending against Actual IT Threats

Defending against Actual IT Threats

Roger Grimes has written an interesting paper: "Implementing a Data-Driven Computer Security Defense." His thesis is that most organizations don't match their defenses to the actual risks. His paper explains how it got to be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Modeling Tools

Data Modeling Tools

Emphasizing the visual.  Nice overview.  Would this generally influence your choice of data tools? Top 6 Data Modeling Tools ... by Zygimantas JacikeviciusBusinesses these days rely heavily on data to make important decisions…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Much Does a $5 Computer Cost?

How Much Does a $5 Computer Cost?

This week the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced their new Pi Zero.  It only costs $5 in the US. Wow! Here are the specs, via the foundation:

  • BCM2835 (same as Pi 1) but up-clocked to 1GHz, so 40 percent faster.
  • 512MB of RAMmicro…


    From Putting People First

    50 important customer experience stats for business leaders

    50 important customer experience stats for business leaders

    Esteban Kolsky is a customer strategist, researcher, keynote speaker, and a consultant (analyst for 15 years, 8 years with Gartner). He believes that research has become a commodity and value has shifted from discovery to analysis…


    From Putting People First

    50 important customer experience stats for business leaders

    50 important customer experience stats for business leaders

    Esteban Kolsky is a customer strategist, researcher, keynote speaker, and a consultant (analyst for 15 years, 8 years with Gartner). He believes that research has become a commodity and value has shifted from discovery to analysis…


    From insideHPC

    TUM Germany Wins Highest Linpack Award on RSC system at SC15 Student Cluster Competition

    TUM Germany Wins Highest Linpack Award on RSC system at SC15 Student Cluster Competition

    Today Russia's RSC Group announced that Team TUMuch Phun from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won the Highest Linpack Award in the SC15 Student Cluster Competition. The enthusiastic students achieved 7.1 Teraflops on…