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June 2012


From Wild WebMink

Google Uses Famous Users As G+ Test Team

Google Uses Famous Users As G+ Test Team

The Google Plus team turned on a new feature today while it was being announced at Google IO in San Francisco. Google+ Events is a new feature that integrates Google+, Calendar, image slideshows and Hangouts to create a flexible…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Modeling Effective CS Professional Development

Modeling Effective CS Professional Development

Last month, the National Science Foundation sponsored a workshop on creating high-impact professional development experiences for K-12 computer science teachers. After synthesizing research from a variety of models across STEM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individual Price Tags Disappearing

Individual Price Tags Disappearing

In the state of Massachussets, individual price tags may no longer be required on store items, if a new bill is passed.  Replaced by individual digital scanners.  The implication is that the scanners, whatever their ultimate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Root

Visual Root

Always interested in new ways to make complex data, processes, sensors and their interrelationships as clear as possible to the decision makers.   And make the relationships as easy as possible to maintain.  We used methods like…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Meet the High School Girls Who Had to Take CS

Meet the High School Girls Who Had to Take CS

There's an article from Betabeat making its rounds in the women in tech community: Eight Real Tales of Learning Computer Science as a High School Girl.  I found it quite interesting because the girls interviewed hit on many of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Retail

Mobile Retail

Mobile is changing retail at a remarkable speed.  We saw the implications of this very early on, before the smartphone.   A text based phone like the Blackberry could even then be used to organize your shopping lists.  Now it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting Predictive Analytics to Work

Putting Predictive Analytics to Work

Good Computerworld article.  Emphasizing that it does not require a big budget, but does require business understanding and sponsors to agree that this is a priority for them.    Includes a good checklist that is well worth considering…


From Computational Complexity

Transitions

On July 1 I officially move jobs from Northwestern to Georgia Tech, a change not just in location but in role as I become a department chair. I'm proud by what we put together in my 4 1/2 years at Northwestern, a strong group…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

In the July


From Schneier on Security

<i>Top Secret America</i> on the Post-9/11 Cycle of Fear and Funding

<i>Top Secret America</i> on the Post-9/11 Cycle of Fear and Funding

I'm reading Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin. Both work for The Washington Post. The book talks about the rise of the security-industrial complex in post 9…


From Schneier on Security

Russian Nuclear Launch Code Backup Procedure

Russian Nuclear Launch Code Backup Procedure

If the safe doesn't open, use a sledgehammer:

The sledgehammer's existence first came to light in 1980, when a group of inspecting officers from the General Staff visiting Strategic Missile Forces headquarters asked GeneralNovikov…


From Putting People First

UCI to lead national social computing research center, led by Paul Dourish

UCI to lead national social computing research center, led by Paul Dourish

UC Irvine will anchor a new $12.5 million, Intel-funded research center that applies social science and humanities to the design and analysis of digital information.


From Schneier on Security

E-Mail Accounts More Valuable than Bank Accounts

E-Mail Accounts More Valuable than Bank Accounts

This informal survey produced the following result: "45% of the users found their email accounts more valuable than their bank accounts."

The author believes this is evidence of some sophisticated security reasoning on the part…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview with Target CMO

Interview with Target CMO

In Forbes:  What is in Store for the Brand.   Overview mention of a number of issues the big retailer is dealing with in marketing and merchandising, for example 'Showrooming' and the use of digital location technologies, like…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Which is fastest: read, fread, ifstream or mmap?

Which is fastest: read, fread, ifstream or mmap?

If you program in C/C++, you have many options to read files: The standard C library offers a low-level read function. It is as simple as it gets. The standard C library also offers a higher level fread function. Unlike the read…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Media Influence on Purchasing Decisions

Media Influence on Purchasing Decisions

A research brief on media influence.  " ... According to The Media Comparisons Study, from TVB with Knowledge Networks, consumers credit TV ads as most influential in making a purchase decision. Television reaches more people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Food Supply Chain Improvement and Protection

Global Food Supply Chain Improvement and Protection

I just got a chance to interview N2N Global.  A business intelligence and analytics provider for food supply chains.   Aimed at Food Safety, Quality Assurance and supply and product traceability systems. Their CEO Ernesto Nardone…


From Putting People First

Book: Design and Anthropology

Book: Design and Anthropology

Design and Anthropology Edited by Wendy Gunn, University of Southern Denmark and Jared Donovan, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Ashgate, 2012 Hardcover and ebook Design and Anthropology challenges conventional…


From Putting People First

Secrets about human behavior as the basis of future massive enterprises

Secrets about human behavior as the basis of future massive enterprises

Nir Eyal, lecturer in marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, believes secrets about human behavior, which provide insights into the way people act even though they can


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

First Person: Pattie Maes on the Future of HCI

First Person: Pattie Maes on the Future of HCI

On the heels of Francis Collins’s Scientific American


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing Reading

Reinventing Reading

Citia, An App that aims to reinvent reading.  An intriguing notion I am exploring. " ... Some of the world


From Schneier on Security

Stratfor on the Phoenix Serial Flashlight Bomber

Stratfor on the Phoenix Serial Flashlight Bomber

Interesting.


From Putting People First

Dan Ariely on why we lie, cheat, go to prison and eat cake

Dan Ariely on why we lie, cheat, go to prison and eat cake

Dan Ariely is a professor of behavioral economics and psychology at Duke University and the author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits…


From Schneier on Security

Resilience

Resilience

There was a conference on resilience (highlights here, and complete videos here) earlier this year. Here's an interview with professor Sander van der Leeuw on the topic. Although he never mentions security, it's all about security…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 25

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 25

June 27 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on changes in video technology 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The Intellectual Property, Competition…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra

Real math! Romance! Karate! That's what the back of this unusual math book promises to its readers.  Odd as it may seem to teach math with a comic book, The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra does a pretty good job of teaching the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What if There Were No More Disasters?

What if There Were No More Disasters?

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University. Back in April…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies that Reinvented Themselves

Companies that Reinvented Themselves

A slide show from Baseline.   It is instructive to look at these examples, some very well known.  I think many companies need to look at the possibility of reinventing themselves.   I don't like slide show formats , would rather…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google as a 2 Billion $ Advertiser

Google as a 2 Billion $ Advertiser

In Adage:   The forward motion continues.  Really the first time that analytics methods have been applied to the complete process of delivering ads.  Not surprising  it has worked very well.


From Schneier on Security

Op-ed Explaining why Terrorism Doesn't Work

Op-ed Explaining why Terrorism Doesn't Work

Good essay by Max Abrams.

I've written about his research before.