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September 2020


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Coffee Maker

Hacking a Coffee Maker

As expected, IoT devices are filled with vulnerabilities:

As a thought experiment, Martin Hron, a researcher at security company Avast, reverse engineered one of the older coffee makers to see what kinds of hacks he could do…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond 'Human as Backup'

Beyond 'Human as Backup'

Nice piece that discusses a common approach of 'Human as Backup' vs other human-in-the loop alternatives.  Makes me think.

Rethinking human-AI interaction   08 Jun 2020   by Jessy Lin Blog

Imagine 1977, sitting at the helm of one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Implications of Private Security Drones

Implications of Private Security Drones

Again, private security drones are a completely inevitable direction.

Are Amazon’s flying security drones a threat to homeowner privacy?  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire.  With further analysis.

Amazon’s smart security subsidiary, Ring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hot areas for Encryption Innovation

Hot areas for Encryption Innovation

Broad look at current activity.

4 hot areas for encryption innovation

Researchers are making progress on a variety of approaches to strengthen encryption techniques and algorithms. Here are some of the hottest areas in cryptographic…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Nadya Bliss, the Executive Director of Arizona State’s Global Security…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 27 – Global Security and Graph Analytics with Nadya Bliss (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Nadya Bliss, the Executive Director of Arizona State’s Global Security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Batteries Determining their own State

Batteries Determining their own State

 Was of interest to us when we were making batteries.

Commercial battery cells that can monitor their own chemical and thermal state  by Ingrid Fadelli , in TechExplore

Battery technology can sometimes be unstable and volatile,…


From insideHPC

Accelerate Your Applications with ROCm

Accelerate Your Applications with ROCm

In this sponsored post by our friends over at AMD, discuss how the ROCm platform is designed so that a wide range of developers can develop accelerated applications. An entire eco-system has been created, allowing developers …


From Computational Complexity

A Quote from Testla which is very predictive in one way, and perhaps not in another way

 Nikola Testla, famous inventor, who lived 1856--1943 said the following:


When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into

a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real

and rhythmic…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

IBM Conference on the Informational Lens

Some differences from the Computational Lens Chai Wah Wu, Jonathan Lenchner, Charles Bennett, and Yuhai Tu are the moderators for the four days of the First IBM Research Workshop on the Informational Lens. The virtual workshop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Star Reviews

One Star Reviews

Good discussion of the process of manipulating reviewing on Amazon.  Have seen it a few times when scrolling about reviews Amazon

Amazon's murky world of one-star reviews   By James Clayton in the BBC

Amazon's marketplace is being…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Airman and his Robot

Airman and his Robot

 The future of an augmented and networked military.


Tech. Sgt. ....  321st Contingency Response Squadron security team, patrols with a Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype at a simulated austere base during the Advanced Battle Management…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft 3D Printing via NIST

Soft 3D Printing via NIST

 All the examples I have seen up front are 'hard', seems a considerable update.

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing  By U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  in ACM

Standards and Technology researchers have developed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rand: Predicting the Future

Rand: Predicting the Future

How Accurate Are Predictions for the Future? In the Rand Review, with some interesting links and some of Rands own contributions to the topic, the Delphi technique.    Procter had early connections to this group for forward looking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Carebots vs Doctors

Carebots vs Doctors

Just about to have my second remote Dr visit of the Pandemic era.  So the question is home for me.  Now this is just a phone remote visit, really just a conference call with no video.    I like my Dr, very empathetic.  They did…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Erasing Chip

Self Erasing Chip

Some intriguing applications, could have used this for counterfeiting applications.  Expiring analysis applications.

A Self-Erasing Chip for Security, Anti-Counterfeit Tech

University of Michigan News

September 24, 2020

University…


From insideHPC

AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

Las Vegas, Sept. 21, 2020 – AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, announced its line-up of keynote speakers and panels for EngageSpace, the interactive collaboration event for the space industry two-day virtual event…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

This could be a life and home changer.  Have seen some things that were similar.  Can this work in the messy environment of a home? 

Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

The Ring Always Home Cam can fly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

 A kind of enhanced sensory interaction.  Security an obvious application. Low light applications.

How to Train a Machine to See 3D in the Dark

Australian National University

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU)…


From insideHPC

SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

This year’s Student Cluster Competition at SC20 will include two firsts: it will involve the most number of teams (19) in the competition’s 14-year history, and it will for the first time be held completely virtually. “This year…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

On day two of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2020, Robert Endre Tarjan and Donald Ervin Knuth engaged in a freewheeling conversation about mathematics, computer science, and art. Donald Knuth was the 1974 ACM A.M…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

On day two of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2020, Robert Endre Tarjan and Donald Ervin Knuth engaged in a freewheeling conversation about mathematics, computer science, and art. Donald Knuth was the 1974 ACM A.M…


From insideHPC

U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

The Trump Administration announced today that the United States and the United Kingdom signed a Declaration on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development intended “to drive technological breakthroughs, promote…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

I do wonder about the liability for giving information that leads to transmission? 

COVID-19 Google Maps updates

If your area is affected by COVID-19, you can use Google Maps to obtain relevant information on impacted places. Tip…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

Measuring Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

 What seems a useful measurement scale for understanding this.  Its still very basic behavior.

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

NIST

Researchers at the U.S. National…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring World of Smart Contracts with MadMax

Exploring World of Smart Contracts with MadMax

 A space we have now looked at for some time, a somewhat technical example well worth going through.   Note close attention to 'vulnerabilities' which remain at disturbing levels. 

MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

Very good, piece.  Its  been difficult to accept the vulnerabilities that have been revealed to expose monetary systems to it.   A good review of recent examples

Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

By Rainer…


From Putting People First

Lack of partnership with key community members causes ICT4D projects to fail

Lack of partnership with key community members causes ICT4D projects to fail

The main lesson is that even a nearly imperceptible deviation from the full inclusion of all relevant parties in every aspect of the project can result in large deviations from the expected outcomes


From insideHPC

Earth System Modeling: Exascale and Long-Range Forecasting of Storms, Droughts, Sea Level Rise

Earth System Modeling: Exascale and Long-Range Forecasting of Storms, Droughts, Sea Level Rise

In this interview, award winning scientist Mark Taylor at Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computing Research talks about the use of exascale-class supercomputers – to be delivered to three U.S. Department of Energy national…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Refreshes Echo Lineup

Amazon Refreshes Echo Lineup

Amazon Echo Moves forward, looks to be a considerable update.

Amazon refreshes Echo lineup with new custom chip 

By Stephanie Condon for Between the Lines | in ZDNet

The updated smart speaker lineup also features a sleek new design…