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February 2016


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What My PhD Was Like

What My PhD Was Like

Recently, I have been talking to many prospective PhD students about choosing graduate institutions and advisors. In addition to excitement, there is fear and confusion. The confusion comes not only from not knowing what to expect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fintech Evolves, and this Blog Does too.

Fintech Evolves, and this Blog Does too.

I just noticed that the term Fintech had never been used in this blog before this year.  So is it that a new term?  I have just updated the text tags for Fintech to point to related articles.   Which points to another way toFintech…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Financial Revolutionist

Financial Revolutionist

Newly discovered, the Financial Revolutionist weekly newsletter on Fintech.  I admit even the term Fintech (Financial Technology).  Was new to me.   Nicely done pieces to date.  By Wescott Capital.


From insideHPC

Video: HPC, Deep Learning and GPUs

Video: HPC, Deep Learning and GPUs

"From image recognition in social media to self-driving cars and medical image processing, deep learning is everywhere in our daily lives. Learn about recent advancements in deep learning that have been made possible by improvements…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Systems Administrator at Lockheed Martin

Job of the Week: Supercomputing Systems Administrator at Lockheed Martin

"This Lockheed Martin Enterprise Business Services (EBS) position performs as a Systems Administrator supporting Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Information Technology. The position is a High Performance Computing/Super Computing…


From XRDS

From Human Brains to Computer Brains

From Human Brains to Computer Brains

Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Recommenders, Machine Learning and the list of endless fancy words that popup here and there over websites will always have a mystery behind. Over the past few years, we have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Selling Diapers Under a new Name

Amazon Selling Diapers Under a new Name

It remains interesting that Amazon will attempt to compete in classic private label brands:In Retailwire:" ... Parents don't take diapers lightly. Amazon discovered this about a year ago when it discontinued its line of private…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dialog Connection LTD

Dialog Connection LTD

From Maria Aretoula   Dialog Connection. Voice Recognition application, Speech IVR, Voice User Interface (VUI),  Design, Testing, Tuning and Optimisation.  ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Elements of Python Style

Elements of Python Style

Via O'Reilly some interesting  technical aspects of Python programming.    An introductory tutorial,  On Fluid code. and more videos.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Books v eBooks

Books v eBooks

Still buy them both, but moving towards eBooks.  Even my public library provides them.   Bit I like the feel of the physical book,  and its at a glance browse-ability.  Not search-ability.  The usual distinction between fiction…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Traffic Light Project in Several Acts

Traffic Light Project in Several Acts

Dawn DuPriest posted an interesting project on her blog - Teaching event-based programming – a traffic light. I like it a lot. It’s a good way to introduce state programming. Dawn did her project in Processing which meant a few…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Energy Converter Inspired by Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Energy Converter Inspired by Squid

Engineers have invented a wave energy converter that works in the same way that squid propel themselves through the water. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't…


From insideHPC

Registration Open for MSST Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology

Registration Open for MSST Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology

Registration is now open for the 32nd International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2016). As the premier conference for massive-scale storage systems, MSST offers designers and implementers, storage…


From insideHPC

Bull Builds Bura Supercomputer at University of Rijeka

Bull Builds Bura Supercomputer at University of Rijeka

Today Bull Atos announced it has successfully installed the most powerful supercomputer in the Adriatic region. Named after the Croatia North Wind, the new Bura supercomputer at the University of Rijeka will be used in biotechnological…


From Schneier on Security

Notice and Consent

Notice and Consent

New Research: Rebecca Lipman, "Online Privacy and the Invisible Market for Our Data." The paper argues that notice and consent doesn't work, and suggests how is could be made to work. Abstract: Consumers constantly enter into…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE and Accenture Partnership

GE and Accenture Partnership

GE & Accenture- Partnering to Utilize Big Data to Create Business EfficienciesGE and Accenture are developing technology and analytics applications that help companies across a range of industries take advantage of the massive…


From insideHPC

UCX: An Open Source Framework for HPC Network APIs and Beyond ARM

UCX: An Open Source Framework for HPC Network APIs and Beyond ARM

"Unified Communication X (UCX) is a set of network APIs and their implementations for high performance computing. UCX comes from the combined efforts of national laboratories, industry, and academia to co-design and implement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top 20 Open Data Resources

Top 20 Open Data Resources

From the DSC, most of these are well known examples,  you should always think of readily available, credible data to add to internal systems.  These are a great place to start.    Data mix-ins can have great value, especially…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Social Media and Professional Development

Social Media and Professional Development

Just because I have been on school vacation this week doesn’t mean the learning stops. In fact I have taken advantage of the relaxed time to get involved in some online conversations.

Twitter chats have been part of that. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pooling Robotic Knowledge. IOT too?

Pooling Robotic Knowledge.  IOT too?

Had heard this being proposed some time ago, it appears to be moving forward.    Consider how this might also be connected to the Internet of Things, if the things involved were appropriately classified.  InTechnology Review: …


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting

Registration Opens for NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the NCSA 2016 Private Sector Partner Annual Meeting. Through NCSA’s Private Sector Program, the event brings together private, university, and government organizations with the shared goal of increasing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Dynamic Pricing

On Dynamic Pricing

In K@W:  On dynamic pricing.  Seeing more of it, and as we gather more data it is possible to adjust to need or focus.  The analytics are here.  " ... The Promise — and Perils — of Dynamic Pricing ... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Rogue Waves: Addressing Rare Events

Predicting Rogue Waves: Addressing Rare Events

Out of MIT.  I recall this problem being posed in a conference, and its possible application to other more industrial problems.   Rare events, but ones that can be well defined by their data context. And that context data isIn…


From insideHPC

Video: Dynamic Datacenter from Bright Computing

Video: Dynamic Datacenter from Bright Computing

"Many organizations are gaining a competitive advantage by implementing a Dynamic Data Center strategy. In a dynamic data center compute resources may be dynamically created and/or provisioned based on workload demand in accordance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experiences with Data Lakes

Experiences with Data Lakes

Just recently exposed to the use of a data lake for exploratory analytics with highly disparate data.   This article provides some alternative use cases and experiences.   In CWorld:   ' ... "Our goal was to inject data intoKoehler…


From insideHPC

UberCloud Offers SaaS Service for ISVs on Microsoft Azure

UberCloud Offers SaaS Service for ISVs on Microsoft Azure

Today the UberCloud announced plans to support independent software vendors (ISVs) in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) with its new go-to-cloud service for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The service consists of containerizing…


From Schneier on Security

Thinking about Intimate Surveillance

Thinking about Intimate Surveillance

Law Professor Karen Levy writes about the rise of surveillance in our most intimate activities -- love, sex, romance -- and how it affects those activities. This article examines the rise of the surveillant paradigm within some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Bets on Radical Design Thinking

Microsoft Bets on Radical Design Thinking

In Fast Codesign;  A radical bet, looking at disabled communities.  Very interesting history of the concept that has led to a number of design innovations.  So not really that radical at all.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Principles Workshops

Computer Science Principles Workshops

A lot of schools are adding the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course for next year. That means that a lot of teachers are looking for professional development. I thought I might gather a few links to help people…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2016 Sloan Research Fellows

2016 Sloan Research Fellows

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced it’s 2016 Sloan Research Fellows. The fellows are awarded in eight fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience…