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March 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Word on ipad

Microsoft Word on ipad

I have been using the iPad for a note taking and consulting tool for some time now.   With Evernote as an organization tool.  This has been a problem at times when I needed to create or utilize existing MS Word documents on the…


From Apophenia

Parentology: The first parenting book I actually liked

Parentology: The first parenting book I actually liked

As a researcher and parent, I quickly learned that I have no patience for parenting books. When I got pregnant, I started trying to read parenting books and I threw more than my fair share of them across the room. I either get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shelf Eye Tracking

Shelf Eye Tracking

In Progressive Grocer: Report on how people interact with grocery shelves.    We always knew it was more than just about having the eye level shelf.  Its about category too.  And other aspects of shopper behavior


From BLOG@CACM

Programming Languages Are the Most Powerful, and Least ­Usable and Learnable ­User Interfaces

Programming Languages Are the Most Powerful, and Least ­Usable and Learnable ­User Interfaces

Programming languages are amazing, but too hard to use and learn.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Names form Consortium to Improve the Integration of the Physical and Data Worlds

Big Names form Consortium to Improve the Integration of the Physical and Data Worlds

As reported in today’s New York Times, the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced their formation today as an open membership group to further the development, adoption and widespread use of interconnected devices, intelligent…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Hacks Huawei

NSA Hacks Huawei

Both Der Spiegel and the New York Times are reporting that the NSA has hacked Huawei pretty extensively, getting copies of the company's products' source code and most of the e-mail from the company. Aside from being a pretty…


From Schneier on Security

Password Hashing Competition

Password Hashing Competition

There's a private competition to identify new password hashing schemes. Submissions are due at the end of the month....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modernizing Manufacturing Economy

Modernizing Manufacturing Economy

Via Lisa Kaczmarczyk.  How can networks help modernize a manufacturing economy?    A look at changing manufacturing economy in NE Ohio.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data for Better Design via Simulation

Big Data for Better Design via Simulation

Intriguing view from IBM.  I further like the idea of using data and then creating simulations, perhaps more commonly called emulations, based on that data gathered.  That can then provide a method to test out alternative designs…


From Schneier on Security

Smarter People are More Trusting

Smarter People are More Trusting

Interesting research. Both vocabulary and question comprehension were positively correlated with generalized trust. Those with the highest vocab scores were 34 percent more likely to trust others than those with the lowest scores…


From Schneier on Security

Giant Squid as an Omen

Giant Squid as an Omen

An omen of what? An increase in the number of giant squid being caught along the Sea of Japan coast is leading puzzled fishermen to fear their presence may be some kind of 'omen' -- although experts think the invertebrate are…


From Wild WebMink

Parody Finally Made Legal In UK

Parody Finally Made Legal In UK

Originally posted on Meshed Insights & Knowledge:Draft regulations have been published in Britain that will finally end the anomaly where quotation, parody, caricature and pastiche are considered breaches of copyright. If approved…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Science Tops the List of Degrees with Highest Return

Computer Science Tops the List of Degrees with Highest Return

On March 26, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic published an article titled Which College – and Which Major – Will Make You Richest?  The article provides the full methodology and explanations of the study done by PayScale.  What…


From Schneier on Security

Geolocating Twitter Users

Geolocating Twitter Users

Interesting research into figuring out where Twitter users are located, based on similar tweets from other users: While geotags are the most definitive location information a tweet can have, tweets can also have plenty more salient…


From Computational Complexity

Should We Have a TCS Ethics Board?

We sometimes hear of the (rare) scientist who fakes data or results of experiments. In theoretical computer science one cannot fake a theorem, particularly an important result that will attract close scrutiny before publication…


From Schneier on Security

Chilean Drug Trafficker Pencil-and-Paper Code

Chilean Drug Trafficker Pencil-and-Paper Code

Interesting....


From Schneier on Security

Automatic Face-Recognition Software Getting Better

Automatic Face-Recognition Software Getting Better

Facebook has developed a face-recognition system that works almost as well as the human brain: Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time. New…


From Schneier on Security

New Book on Data and Power

New Book on Data and Power

I'm writing a new book, with the tentative title of Data and Power. While it's obvious that the proliferation of data affects power, it's less clear how it does so. Corporations are collecting vast dossiers on our activities…


From Wild WebMink

Crowdsource vs Open Source

Crowdsource vs Open Source

Originally posted on Meshed Insights & Knowledge:The acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus Rift by Facebook was announced this week to mixed reactions. Most negative were those who had enabled the VR goggles to be created…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Georgia-Alabama Reception at SIGCSE

CSTA Georgia-Alabama Reception at SIGCSE

On March 7, 2014, after a long day at SIGCSE, the members of the Georgia and Alabama chapters of the CSTA got together for some collaboration and conversation.

CSTA-Georgia Vice-President, Deepa Muralidhar, thought it would…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering an Enterprise of Things

Considering an Enterprise  of Things

Enterprise of Things.   A natural organization.    Had not thought of it in this way before. But it is a natural next step. It is likely that the enterprises will invest in this to create tailored experiences and benefits to"…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cyber-Physical Systems Program Webinar

Cyber-Physical Systems Program Webinar

NSF is holding a webinar on Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 2:30 pm EDT to share information about the recently released solicitation, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Please register here  by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. …


From Schneier on Security

An Open Letter to IBM's Open Letter

An Open Letter to IBM's Open Letter

Last week, IBM published an "open letter" about "government access to data," where it tried to assure its customers that it's not handing everything over to the NSA. Unfortunately, the letter (quoted in part below) leaves open…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Giant Vending

Giant Vending

We experimented with the concept of 'giant' vending machines and how our products could be presented there.  An example of their use for replacing local stores.   Well known as part of a broader infrastructure in Japan.  Now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building a Learning Organization

Building a Learning Organization

Learning is often poorly executed in the organization.  It is assumed that the memory of people will be sufficient to act as a corporate memory.  Yet people forget, or move.  So this is often inadequate.  In particular what is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reducing Costs vs Agility

Reducing Costs vs Agility

A common problem in IT projects.  A view from CIO Insight.   Which summarizes a broader document.  " ... Not only should governance help determine whether a process or system should be standardized, but it should also provide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Big Data Innovation is Interesting to Execs

Why Big Data Innovation is Interesting to Execs

Interesting comments on Big Data and innovation.  The provocative thought is often repeated: " ... Big data’s appeal to executives is obvious because it predicts how every action or initiative will turn out based on what has…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector

Data-Driven Operations Research Analyses in the Public Sector

From University of Cincinnati Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems (OBAIS) department at the Lindner College of Business (LCB). Please reply to uday.rao@uc.edu to add / modify / delete addresses in this distribution…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Supports Creation of a New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

USACM Supports Creation of a New Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee

USACM today strongly supported the creation of a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee in its comments submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

New Report on Third-Party Video Captioning and U.S. Copyright Law

New Report on Third-Party Video Captioning and U.S. Copyright Law

G3ict yesterday released a white paper, authored by Colorado Law Professor Blake Reid, on third-party captioning of video programming and the legal uncertainties arising from conflicts between accessibility laws and regulations…