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November 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pitfalls in the Internet of Things

Pitfalls in the Internet of Things

Video and Transcipt from Bain.

Ann Bosche: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in the Internet of Things

Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things continues to grow—already, leading vendors have made $75 billion in M&A investments. While many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rain and Echo for Marketing

Rain and Echo for Marketing

Interesting view of how skills are being built for voice channels.



How This Agency Built Its Own App Using Amazon Echo Voice skills have become…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting More Insights from Data

Getting More Insights from Data

Good piece from Tableau:  Find hidden insights in your data: Ask why and why again by Andy Cotgreave.     I will add, always check with your business process context.  Some why's should always come from that context.


From Schneier on Security

You, Too, Can Rent the Murai Botnet

You, Too, Can Rent the Murai Botnet

You can rent a 400,000-computer Murai botnet and DDoS anyone you like. BoingBoing post. Slashdot thread....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots as Filters and Beyond

Bots as Filters and Beyond

Been examining the current uses and extent of bots,  Since our own experiments with bots we always looked at bots as a means to augment.

This Fortune article reminded me that they can also filter under dynamic contexts as well…


From Schneier on Security

San Francisco Transit System Target of Ransomware

San Francisco Transit System Target of Ransomware

It's really bad. The ticket machines were hacked. Over the next couple of years, I believe we are going to see the downside of our headlong rush to put everything on the Internet. Slashdot thread....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Decision Making

Big Data and Decision Making

Always has been my point to directly link data analytics and business decisions.  This post suggests some links and tools ...

Big Data Make Better Business Decisions
Big data refers to a data set that can not be crawled, managed…


From BLOG@CACM

Taking Incremental Steps Towards CS For All

Taking Incremental Steps Towards CS For All

U.S. states are developing novel, incremental approaches to CS for All.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inducing Feelings about Faces

Inducing Feelings about Faces

At Brown University. Interesting, borderline scary results.  We continue to learn more about brain function, but there is still much more to know.  'Reading' the brain still problematic. Writing into it is more so.   Still follow…


From insideHPC

HPE Goes All-Flash for Public Cloud with 3PAR, Lowers Long Term Storage Costs with Spectra Logic

HPE Goes All-Flash for Public Cloud with 3PAR, Lowers Long Term Storage Costs with Spectra Logic

hpe

Today HPE announced today a comprehensive initiative that brings together the best of on-premises performance, application availability, and control with the convenience and agility of public cloud consumption models.


The post…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIST Public Safety Communications Research Funding Opportunity

NIST Public Safety Communications Research Funding Opportunity

National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division plans on releasing a Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) in the near future, called “NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator…


From insideHPC

SGI and DDN Power UK Met Office SPICE System for Weather and Climate Research

SGI and DDN Power UK Met Office SPICE System for Weather and Climate Research

metofficeToday SGI, Bright Computing, and DDN announced that the UK Met Office has selected the three HPC vendors to provide HPC for its new Scientific Processing and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE) system. SPICE will enable weather…


From insideHPC

For HPC, Red Hat Offers Much More than just Linux

For HPC, Red Hat Offers Much More than just Linux

Dan McGuan, Red Hat"The HPC Community demands performance, transparency, and value—exactly what Red Hat and open source offer. Red Hat is the standard choice for Linux in HPC clusterers worldwide. But it doesn't stop there--our cloud, virtualization…


From insideHPC

Simplify Cluster Deployment with Intel HPC Orchestrator

Simplify Cluster Deployment with Intel HPC Orchestrator

"Intel HPC Orchestrator simplifies the installation, management, and ongoing maintenance of an HPC system by reducing the amounft of integration and validation effort required to run an HPC system software stack. With Intel HPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Economics of Machine Learning

Economics of Machine Learning

Thoughtful piece.   But as in all economic models,  If you accept the economics without the un intended and unknown consequences.

The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence
by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb

The year 1995…


From insideHPC

Nvidia’s Bill Dally to Keynote HiPINEB 2017 Exascale Workshop

Nvidia’s Bill Dally to Keynote HiPINEB 2017 Exascale Workshop

Bill Dally, Nvidia Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of ResearchNvidia's Bill Dally will keynote HiPINEB 2017 - the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on High-Performance Interconnection Networks in the Exascale and Big-Data Era. The event takes place Feb. 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas and will be…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems and STULZ Debut High Density Chip-to-Atmosphere Data Center Liquid Cooling

CoolIT Systems and STULZ Debut High Density Chip-to-Atmosphere Data Center Liquid Cooling

coolit2In this video, CoolIT Systems CEO & CTO, Geoff Lyon, and STULZ ATS President, Joerg Desler, discuss high density Chip-to-Atmosphere™ data center liquid cooling solutions for organizations big or small. When integrated, CoolIT…


From Phys.org Technology News

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

How many times per day do you check your phone? Chances are, a lot. According to Time magazine, a recent study found Americans reach for their smartphones an average of 46 times per day, though ABC News reported a few years ago…


From insideHPC

FPGA Myths

FPGA Myths

Catapult board with Altera FPGAAs data center sprawl is now understood to be expensive and may not deliver performance increases for all types of applications, new technologies are coming to the rescue. A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is an integrated…


From Phys.org Technology News

How real is the risk posed by 3-D printed guns?

How real is the risk posed by 3-D printed guns?

3-D printed guns are back in the news after Queensland Police reported last week that they had discovered a 3-D printer in a raid on what appeared to be a "large-scale" weapons production facility as a part of Operation Oscar…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Fast Can You Sort a Deck of Cards?

How Fast Can You Sort a Deck of Cards?

OK I admit it – sorting fascinates me. No, really it does. OF course it is also an important topic for computer science classes. CS Unplugged has a lot of resources for teaching/learning sorting algorithms. Hadi Partovi of Code…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Skin Mirror

Smart Skin Mirror

Links to some of our smart mirror and virtual beauty innovation efforts, but emphasizes skin.  Useful calibration?   In Engadget: 

The first smart mirror you can actually buy focuses on your flaws   
By Cherlynn Low  @cherlynnlow…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stick on Microscope Lenses

Stick on Microscope Lenses

Kind of thing that I could have used in a previous role.   I do like the extension of smartphones with new kinds of sensors.   And the simplicity of this.    In the Verge:  This is the best way to put a microscope in your pocket…


From XRDS

What about developer surveys for software engineering research?

What about developer surveys for software engineering research?

In this blog post we present some ideas that one can consider before conducting a qualitative survey to evaluate new software engineering tools and systems. These tips derive from our own surveys conducted on Android developers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Kinds of Translation with Google

New Kinds of Translation with Google

This is technical, but is now production on all Google translations services, even in Google Home, where I have been casually testing it.   Phrases and words.  Getting closer to a Babel fish?   Quite a peek into something deep…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Arup and 3D Printing

Arup and 3D Printing

We did some work with the Engineering and  design firm Arup in the innovation space.   Was interesting to see they are doing work with 3D printing.

This Intelligent 3D Printer Is Building Big, Beautiful Structures  by Alison E…


From insideHPC

Sugon Moves HPC as a Service to Europe with Arctur-2 Supercomputer

Sugon Moves HPC as a Service to Europe with Arctur-2 Supercomputer

arcturAs announced at SC16, Chinese HPC vendor Sugon has built a new datacenter in Slovenia based around the Arctur-2 system, Sugon's first installation in continental Europe and a major milestone in the company's globalization strategy…


From insideHPC

Video: Building the Owens Cluster at OSC

Video: Building the Owens Cluster at OSC

img_1947In this time-lapse video, engineers build the Owens cluster at the Ohio Supercomputing Center. "Named after Olympic track star Jesse Owens, the new Owens Cluster is be powered by Dell PowerEdge servers featuring the new Intel…


From Putting People First

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’

genevievebellIntel anthropologist Genevieve Bell explains in an interview with The Observer’s Ian Tucker why being scared about AI has more to do with our fear of each other than killer robots. A lot of the work you do examines the intersection…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming vs. Computer Science

Programming vs. Computer Science

Programming is not the same thing as computer science. But of course they are related. For example, knowing how to use the following arrays is programming. Knowing which one is more efficient and why is computer science. Especially…