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March 2011


From Wild WebMink

? Android

? Android

Amazon.com lets you play with an Android virtual machine, try apps before you buy them I’ve installed Amazon’s AppStore on my Android phone and I’m finding it much more compelling than Android Market. I bet it’s much more compelling…


From Schneier on Security

Federated Authentication

Federated Authentication

New paper by Ross Anderson: "Can We Fix the Security Economics of Federated Authentication?":

There has been much academic discussion of federated authentication, and quite some political manoeuvring about


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Projects

Interesting Projects

It seems as though teachers are always looking for new projects to use with students. Projects get stale (at least to a teacher who has been grading lots of them for a long time) or seem to not fit with a current crop of students…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphones and Shopping

Smartphones and Shopping

Chief Marketer dissects a recent study of smartphones for retail.   The overall conclusion is they are in heavy use for information gathering.   This study includes all uses of smartphones, whether it is in-store or not,  Useful…


From Computational Complexity

An unusual Voting Scheme

(I want to thank Bobby Kleinberg for bringing this to my attention.)

Consider the following voting scheme

  • Choose a random person A1.
  • A1 chooses a set at random of 30 people. Call the set A2.
  • Choose a random set of 92


    From Schneier on Security

    Detecting Liars

    Detecting Liars

    Nice infographic.


    From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

    Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 28

    Hill Tech Happenings, Week of March 28

    UPDATE: The March 29 hearing on cyber attacks has been postponed. No new date has been scheduled.

    March 29

    Hearing:

    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the economic impacts of …


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Admitting Failure

    Admitting Failure

    Charlene Li in the HBR, on the art of admitting failure.


    From Wild WebMink

    links for 2011-03-28

    links for 2011-03-28

    U.S. Develops 'Panic Button' for Democracy Activists – NYTimes.com Amazing they can say all this without noting that the very same technique used by an individual stopped by the TSA/DHS/FBI/DEA would lead to prosecution for obstruction…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Agile Data Integration

    Agile Data Integration

    What is agile data integration?, and how do you do it? Good overview in BeyeNetwork by Ralph Hughes  that lists alternatives and describes directions.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    BBC Dimensions

    BBC Dimensions

    A simple BBC site that allows you to graphicaly deal with relative sizes:  " ... Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are. Type in your postcode or a place name to get…


    From Schneier on Security

    Biliteral Ciphers

    Biliteral Ciphers

    Interesting article on William Friedman and biliteral ciphers.


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Interesting Links 28 March 2011

    Interesting Links 28 March 2011

    I didn


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Library Augmented Reality for Grocery Shelves

    Library Augmented Reality for Grocery  Shelves

    Found this Readwriteweb article on book shelf placement to be interesting.  I have worked with libraries on catalog systems.  It is not only libraries where things can become become disarranged. Shelves in grocery often do not…


    From The Noisy Channel

    Steal These Ideas!

    Steal These Ideas!

    Talk is cheap, as the saying goes. That’s a good thing, since I am always overflowing with ideas that I have neither the time (I love my day job!) nor the money to advance. What I do have is a blog that I hope inspires readers…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? Updated Events List

    ? Updated Events List

    Events bookings have become busy lately and I realise I need to put more data online. I’ve been working on the About and Events Booking pages on the site and in the process have added a Past Events page which I’ll gradually populate…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Facebook's Question Tool

    Facebook's Question Tool

    On Facebook's Question Tool.  How is this just released tool good for businesses and brands?  Examining further now. " ... The feature, which Facebook rolled out to all users March 24, functions as a recommendation engine. It…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Facebook's Question Tool

    Facebook's Question Tool

    On Facebook's Question Tool.  How is this just released tool good for businesses and brands? Examining further now. " ... The feature, which Facebook rolled out to all users March 24, functions as a recommendation engine. It …


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Getting the Most Out of Adwords

    Getting the Most Out of Adwords

    Good article on the topic in Mashable.  Continuing to get a grounding in the advertising aspects and how to link that to available quantitative data that supports related promotion data.  There is much of this data available…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Social Media Detox

    Social Media Detox

    If you think you need a social media detox, check out this post via GigaOm.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Protein Folding Modeling

    Protein Folding Modeling

    Speeding up the understanding of how proteins fold, from the MIT CSAIL Laboratory. We examined related approaches in the enterprise.  " ... Processing vast amounts of genomic data is an ongoing battle, but a new technique coming…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? San Francisco and The Bay Bridge

    ? San Francisco and The Bay Bridge

    I’ve been quite lucky with shots taken from aircraft. My photo of Mount Shasta has been purchased by a publisher as an illustration in a geology textbook, and my photo of the San Francisco Bay salt pans has been used to make…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Conversational Marketing

    Conversational Marketing

    Since the Cluetrain Manifesto we have been pushing 'conversational marketing'.  Yet I have also observed that it is fairly rare that you get a robust conversation going on between company and customer.  So is there a way that…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Could Taking A Computer Science Course Change Your Life?

    Could Taking A Computer Science Course Change Your Life?

    Well it did mine. And Mark Guzdial ha a post last week in which he told two stories of young women taking his Media Computation course at Georgia Tech and how it changed the direction of their careers. (Read Impact of CS on female…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Many of us have completed our share of March Madness brackets, competing in leagues or pools to see who can be best at predicting the outcome of the annual NCAA Tournament.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Neurosense

    Neurosense

    Was just reminded of the UK firm: Neurosense.  Who I connected with at a Krakow conference a few years ago.  " .... Accurate insight into consumer responses to products, advertisements and mainstream marketing materials depends…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More on the Effectiveness of QR codes

    More on the Effectiveness of QR codes

    Another look at QR Codes, which makes some obvious conclusions.  It is true that the mere use of a QR code in an ad or display may attract your attention.  Yet you also have to have a smartphone AND be willing and able to use it…


    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Fabric Designs

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Fabric Designs

    Some of these are actually nice.


    From Putting People First

    Sitra article on how to best change lifestyles to mitigate climate change

    Sitra article on how to best change lifestyles to mitigate climate change

    Vesa-Matti Lahti, senior lead of the Energy Programme at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, describes why much more is needed than just correct information if we want people to pull together to mitigate climate change. “Behavioural…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? Avoiding Skype

    ? Avoiding Skype

    As you may recall from my links a few days ago, I actively avoid using Skype. I’ve explained why in more detail over on ComputerWorldUK today.