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March 2009


From CERIAS Blog

Symposium Summary: Transitive Security & Standards Adoption Panel

Symposium Summary: Transitive Security & Standards Adoption Panel

A panel summary by Jason Ortiz.

Panel Members:

  • Pascal Meunier, CERIAS, Purdue University
  • Tim Grance, NIST
  • Shimon Modi, Biometrics Standards, Performance and Assurance Laboratory, Purdue University
  • Rao Vasireddy, Alcatel-Lucent…


    From insideHPC

    Monsters vs. Aliens: 100 Terabytes, 1,000 years of rendering, and

    Monsters vs. Aliens: 100 Terabytes, 1,000 years of rendering, and

    The boys and I saw Monsters vs. Aliens this weekend. They loved it, I enjoyed it, and I was astonished at the visual quality of what used to be the hard stuff in computer animation: realistic water and human skin. Unbelievable…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Colgate's Mini Disposable Toothbrush

    Colgate's Mini Disposable Toothbrush

    Colgate continues to do very well. " ... Colgate thinks it could score with the Wisp, set to debut on Apr. 6. Several years in development, it's a disposable mini-toothbrush with a "breath-freshening bead" in the bristles. The…


    From insideHPC

    Work with NCSA in the Google Summer of

    Work with NCSA in the Google Summer of

    The optics on this are great: marry an HPTC research organization with the cool hip chic-ness of Google. From the release NCSA has been selected as a mentor organization for Google Summer of Code 2009 and is looking for students…


    From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

    Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 30

    Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 30

    March 31

    Markup: The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee will markup pending legislation, including the STEM Education Coordination Act of 2009. 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn Building…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google on Emotion and Computing

    Google on Emotion and Computing

    All intelligence has an emotional component. Thus it is not unexpected that artificial intelligence has an emotional element. We all experience it. The frustration of setting up or learning a new system. How that system changes…


    From Wild WebMink

    Manchester, Olso, San Francisco - Upcoming Gigs

    Manchester, Olso, San Francisco - Upcoming Gigs

    I've got some speaking engagements coming up, two of them free of charge.

  • This Wednesday I'll be at Manchester United FC delivering the opening keynote at the Local Government Open Source Conference.
  • Then on April 15 I'll beCommunityOne…


    From insideHPC

    Macedonia

    Macedonia

    There was sketchy news on the computerwebs on Friday that Macedonia has just installed its very first supercomputer (no, I didn’t where Macedonia was either: it’s in Europe bordered by Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, and others). The…


    From insideHPC

    Intel Details Future Graphics

    Intel Details Future Graphics

    On Friday of last week, Intel decided to unveil more details on its upcoming graphics chip, Larrabee.


    From insideHPC

    Cray option buy back

    Cray option buy back

    Remember back at the end of February when insideHPC broke the news that Cray was offering to buy back drowning options from employees as a gesture of goodwill? I thought you wouldn’t…so here is the link. Basically the company…


    From insideHPC

    Today

    Today

    I wrote a feature last week for HPCwire on solid state drives. I had two goals: first, to provide a little background for those wondering exactly what an SSD is and just why everyone is talking about them now. My second goal…


    From insideHPC

    The week in

    The week in

    My regular weekly feature at HPCwire was up late last week; from that article’s introduction

    Sun sells supers down under for weather prediction; new Rackable solution achieves 99% power efficiency. John West recaps those stories…


    From insideHPC

    Oxford installs supercomputer from Streamline

    Oxford installs supercomputer from Streamline

    In mid-March I had an email show up in the insideHPC news hopper with a pointer to news that the University of Oxford had just installed a new cluster from Streamline Computing (a division of Concurrent Thinking, an HPC vendor…


    From insideHPC

    Academic HPC

    Academic HPC

    A couple weeks ago I invited vendors with academic discounts to send me info and I’d do a round up here in response to what looked like a growing trend. I only got a few responses, but they are good ones. So if you are in an…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Fun not Fear

    Fun not Fear

    Barb Didrichsen points me to a new site by Phil Terry: Fun not Fear. " ... The science and math behind 'bad news' With the "fun not fear" Facebook campaign, we are combatting the culture of fear with good news, good acts and…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    More on

    More on

    Susan Graham provided a great overview in a post a few days ago of the Computing Community Consortium’s March 25th day-long Library of Congress symposium, “Computing Research that Changed the World:


    From Wild WebMink

    Sunday Link Selection on March 29

    Sunday Link Selection on March 29

    I've finally reached home again after two weeks of travel in the US and Europe; here are a few links to celebrate.

    • Waiting for the Barbarians by C. P. Cavafy "Now what


      From CERIAS Blog

      Cyber security challenges and windmills

      Cyber security challenges and windmills

      [Note: the following is primarily about U.S. Government policies, but I believe several points can be generalized to other countries.]

      I was editing a section of my website, when I ran across a link to a paper I had forgotten…


      From The Eponymous Pickle

      BusinessWeek on Business Intelligence

      BusinessWeek  on Business Intelligence

      Fairly good piece on Business Intelligence, saying its time is now because it will be the method to get the kind of efficiency that will be required to survive in tougher times. Thus will be a top priority for CIOs. Not bad…


      From BLOG@CACM

      The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

      The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

      We rarely talk about computers as "Electronic Brains" or "Thinking Machines." That seems presumptuous or audacious today.  Maybe that's exactly what we need to recruit more people to computing -- bold, noble, presumptuous, audacious…


      From Wild WebMink

      Twilight Zone Over

      Twilight Zone Over

      That's it - Europe is now messing with the clock too, so the usual northern hemisphere time-zone spacings are back in place and the Twilight Zone is ended. Now we all need a new excuse for missing those telephone conferences.


      From Daniel Lemire's Blog

      A taxonomy of Computer Science researchers

      A taxonomy of Computer Science researchers

      As a kid, you are told that scientists follow the scientific method. They come up with a hypothesis, and they try to falsify it. You also learn about engineers who solve practical problems using science. Later, you learn about…


      From The Eponymous Pickle

      Improving your Linkedin Profile

      Improving your Linkedin Profile

      Short CIO article on improving your Linkedin profile. Largely obvious, but a useful checklist, especially to those new to Linkedin.


      From BLOG@CACM

      Results of IT in Education

      Results of IT in Education

      Short review of the results of the implementation of information technologies in latin american education


      From The Eponymous Pickle

      Microsoft Augmented Reality

      Microsoft Augmented Reality

      Interesting piece I just got to on augmented reality work at Microsoft. Augmented reality has always been of interest to me as a way to overlay data in retail environments for the context of the observer. So a shopper would…


      From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

      Internet Privacy Bill Possible in this Congress

      Internet Privacy Bill Possible in this Congress

      The Bits blog at The New York Times recently ran an interview with Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) the new Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee…


      From The Eponymous Pickle

      Free Software and Copyright Law

      Free Software and Copyright Law

      Legal thoughts from a presentation by Richard Stallman. Once again the very odd implications of copyright law.


      From Putting People First

      Dimensions of compelling mobile experiences

      Dimensions of compelling mobile experiences

      Dave Zuvernik, senior user research specialist on Adobe XD


      From The Eponymous Pickle

      Haptic Jackets

      Haptic Jackets

      Haptics are the study of using touch as input or output. Touch is a hard sense to deliver or detect precisely. Now the promise of a 'haptic jacket' which will add touch feelings to media. You could wear a haptic jacket atdubbed…


      From Wild WebMink

      Forcing Dutch procurement to be transparent

      Forcing Dutch procurement to be transparent

      You may remember last September I published an interview with crusading Dutch IT journalist Brenno de Winter. During our meeting, we discussed the sorry state of ICT procurement in Europe and the findings from a research group…