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July 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's Plans for Virtual Reality

Facebook's Plans for Virtual Reality

A considerable push it seems. The public is not quite ready, but the influence of a Facebook could steer that.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Other Social Channels

Other Social Channels

Many of the posts in this blog are referred to on twitter at https://twitter.com/franzd    Lately the topics most covered are: Analytics (using a very general definition here), Digitization, Marketing, Social,  Retail, Business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mistakes Managers Make with Analytics

Mistakes Managers Make with Analytics

In the HBR.  Very good points.  Have seen all of these in action.  Some aspect of them come up with every engagement.  Choosing one, not considering the needs and issues behind integration.  If what you plan to do is so good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pivoting to Digital

Pivoting to Digital

A look mostly at large company examples.   In Knowledge @ Wharton: " ... How Industrial Firms Can Pivot to Digital Business Models In the fourth article of the series, “The Network Revolution: Creating Value through Platforms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creatives Shouldn't Worry About AI

Creatives Shouldn't Worry About AI

In one way it is like fearing the typewriter or telephone.   But will this latest evolution be fundamentally different?  I see no indication of that yet.  It is still incremental.   Creatives will use it creatively. ...Why Creatives…


From Schneier on Security

The Security of Our Election Systems

The Security of Our Election Systems

Russia was behind the hacks into the Democratic National Committee's computer network that led to the release of thousands of internal emails just before the party's convention began, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Personality Insights

Watson Personality Insights

Just today I happened to be reintroduced to Personality Insights on the Watson Developer Cloud.  Had taken an earlier look.   Basic version is free to work with.   Can any provide me concrete examples of its use in the wild?More…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Based Learning

Game Based Learning

An obvious space for the idea, would like to see it taken further.  See my long term coverage of gamification and serious games at the links below.  We even had some successes in the otherwise somber enterprise.   Still following…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Alpha Sidebar Assistant

Wolfram Alpha Sidebar Assistant

Been away from it for a while, but now you can put add-ons for Google Drive as a Wolfram Alpha Assistant sidebar.    Free,   A sometimes forgotten interactive AI approach that is worth a look.  Will go back for a try.  ".…


From insideHPC

14 Students Awarded SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

14 Students Awarded SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

Today SIGHPC announced the first-ever recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by Intel and was announced at the high performance computing community’s SC conference…


From Phys.org Technology News

Bay Area girls stream into summer coding camps

Bay Area girls stream into summer coding camps

It already feels like the dead of summer, but the girls over at Adobe's coding camp are making it snow.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Being a Change Agent via Analytics

Being a Change Agent via Analytics

Like the simplicity angle ....  How to be a change agent using analytics By Lisa BodellWhat does it mean to be a change agent in business today? When I spoke to the audience at IBM Vision 2016 in May 2016, the theme was fromKill…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology and Skills

Technology and Skills

In Medium:  A look at how technology is influencing our skills.   Technology has always moved skills to new places.  Retraining takes time and experiences.   So there will be gaps for individuals. You will need to be predictive…


From ACM on Huffington Post

How Tech Breakthroughs Can Shatter the Bonds of Poverty

How Tech Breakthroughs Can Shatter the Bonds of Poverty


From insideHPC

Call for Participation & Student Travel Support: MVAPICH User Group

Call for Participation & Student Travel Support: MVAPICH User Group

The MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting has issued its Call for Participation and Student Travel Support. The event takes place August 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. "Student travel grant support is available for all students (Ph.D./M…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Symposium on Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI

Symposium on Accelerating Science: A Grand Challenge for AI

The following is a guest blog by Vasant G Honavar, a Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member and a Pennsylvania State University professor. The emergence of “big data” offers unprecedented opportunities for not only…


From insideHPC

Video: Platform Independent Profiling of a QCD Code

Video: Platform Independent Profiling of a QCD Code

"We present a procedure of implementing the intermediate profiling for openQCD code that will enable the global reduction of the cost of profiling and optimizing this code commonly used in the lattice QCD community. Our approach…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH Study on Big Data and Imaging Analysis Yields High-Res Brain Map

NIH Study on Big Data and Imaging Analysis Yields High-Res Brain Map

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researchers have more than doubled the knowledge of the functional areas of the human brain. NIH Director, Francis Collins, posted a Director’s Blog about a recent NIH funded study that…


From insideHPC

Enter Your Machine Learning Code in the Cognitive Cup

Enter Your Machine Learning Code in the Cognitive Cup

"OpenPOWER is all about creating a broad ecosystem with opportunities to accelerate your workloads. For the Cognitive Cup, we provide two types of accelerators: GPUs and FPGAs. GPUs are used by the Deep Learning framework to …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computer & Information Analyst at University of Cincinnati

Job of the Week: Computer & Information Analyst at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is seeking a Computer & Information Analyst in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Computer & Information Analyst at University of Cincinnati appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: HPE Enhances Software Stack for High Performance Computing

Video: HPE Enhances Software Stack for High Performance Computing

In this video from ISC 2016, Dave Sundstrom from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes the newly enhanced HPE Software Stack for High Performance Computing. "The HPE Core HPC Software Stack is a complete software set for the creation…


From insideHPC

Offloading vs Native Execution on Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

Offloading vs Native Execution on Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

"Native execution is good for application that are performing operations that map to parallelism either in threads or vectors. However, running natively on the coprocessor is not ideal when the application must do a lot of I/O…


From Schneier on Security

Real-World Security and the Internet of Things

Real-World Security and the Internet of Things

Disaster stories involving the Internet of Things are all the rage. They feature cars (both driven and driverless), the power grid, dams, and tunnel ventilation systems. A particularly vivid and realistic one, near-future fiction…


From Computational Complexity

GAMES/EC 2016

This week I report from Maastricht in the Netherlands from the GAMES 2016, the 5th World Congress of the Game Theory Society. By having their congress every four years, everyone who is anyone in the game theory community makes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Working with Emerging Market Data

Working with Emerging Market Data

Working with emergent market data, some useful rules of thumb.   In the HBR.   " ... Emerging-market data can be challenging to work with due to significant data gaps, biased data, and outdated or incorrect numbers. Of course…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Advanced Placement CS Principles Off By One Errors

Advanced Placement  CS Principles Off By One Errors

I’m learning about the new AP CS Principles class the week. There is some good stuff in it. On the other hand the arrays in the pseudo code that is used to write language independent questions uses one based indexes rather than…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Metrics in Household and Beauty

Supply Chain Metrics in Household and Beauty

Good report out of SupplyChainInsights.Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Household Products, and Beauty Companies – 2016" ... Report Details: This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet and income statement…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting When a Smartphone Has Been Compromised

Detecting When a Smartphone Has Been Compromised

Andrew "bunnie" Huang and Edward Snowden have designed a smartphone case that detects unauthorized transmissions by the phone. Paper. Three news articles. Looks like a clever design. Of course, it has to be outside the device…


From insideHPC

Podcast: UT Chancellor William McCraven on What Makes TACC Successful

Podcast: UT Chancellor William McCraven on What Makes TACC Successful

"It's great to have these incredible servers and incredible processors, but if you don't have the people to run them - if you don't have the people that are passionate about supercomputing, we would never get there from here."Behind…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Encyclopedia of Interaction

Encyclopedia of Interaction

An update on this work, which I first examined in 2011.  Still apparently a free resource.   The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed. ...  from the  Interaction Design Foundation. which now also sells courses in…