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October 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Galactic Shadows

Galactic Shadows

My colleague Keith J Caserta has come out with a second book in his Kindle series called: Galactic Shadows. Science fiction about AI and how aliens are likely to interact with us.   His web page and ordering information. Much…


From Putting People First

Creating user-friendlier environments

Creating user-friendlier environments

MIT News describes how Federico Casalegno of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab designs technology environments that keep human experience at the center of user experience. “The director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab looks to innovate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fast Track Back to Kanban

Fast Track Back to Kanban

It has been a considerable time since I have worked with Kanban, the lean,  just in time manufacturing process.   This InfoQ piece outlines what it is and a workshop that addresses how to achieve it.  Even including a Kanban"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Productivity Startups

Productivity Startups

We need more of these, in particular startups that deliver more efficient connections to each other, supplanting regular e-mail, focus data to value and have the ability to improve process.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Scan, Bag and Go

Kroger Scan, Bag and Go

Got a chance today to use the Kroger in-aisle checkout method at the Middletown,  Ohio Kroger today.   This was a concept we tested with many alternatives in the innovation center and in lab stores. Nicely done example here.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Strategy and Execution for CIO

Business Strategy and Execution for CIO

In Future of CIO: Business strategy and execution challenges. " ... Many companies spend significant portion of time for formulating rock solid strategies, focuses on business strategy development and puts a lot of efforts to…


From Geeking with Greg

At what point is an over-the-air TV antenna too long to be legal?

At what point is an over-the-air TV antenna too long to be legal?

You can get over-the-air HDTV signals using an antenna. This antenna gets a better, stronger signal with less interference if it is direct line-of-sight and as near as possible to the broadcast towers. So, you might want an antenna…


From Putting People First

Should more banks acquire UX design firms?

Should more banks acquire UX design firms?

Underscoring the importance of a great customer experience, Capital One has acquired the San Francisco-based design and user experience firm, Adaptive Path. Is this a testing of the waters by a historically innovative financial…


From Putting People First

Report outlines future of UK social design research

Report outlines future of UK social design research

Social Design Futures: HEI Research and the AHRC By Armstrong, Leah, Jocelyn Bailey, Guy Julier, Lucy Kimbell University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum October 2014, 84 pages The UK’s Arts and Humanities Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Cognitive Computing as Taught at Columbia

Watson Cognitive Computing as Taught at Columbia

How is Watson cognitive technology being taught today in universities?  Here is an example of how it is described in a curriculum at Columbia:" ... IBM Watson is ushering in a new era of computing, cognitive systems.  Based on…


From Putting People First

Experientia president to speak at User Friendly 2014 in China

Experientia president to speak at User Friendly 2014 in China

Experientia president Michele Visciola is one of the keynote speakers at User Friendly 2014, the annual user experience conference of UXPA China, to be held in Wuxi, China, 13 to 16 November. The theme of the 11th conference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many Worlds

Many Worlds

Many Worlds is a 1950s idea that came out of physics.  A result of  the math that works very well predictively at the tiny, particle level, but for the real world gives results that don't match our every day reality.   A …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Manufacturing and the IOT

Manufacturing and the IOT

Manufacturing and the Internet of Things.  "... Manufacturers like GM and Stanley Black and Decker are creating this platform for innovation by deploying open standards–based Internet Protocol (IP) technologies that converge


From [email protected]

What Is Your Research Culture? Part 1: The Questionnaire

What Is Your Research Culture? Part 1: The Questionnaire

What kind of computer science culture reigns in your country and organization: retro, or modern? Take the questionnaire and find out.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squids Attack Submarine

Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squids Attack Submarine

A pair of Humboldt squids attacked a Greenpeace submarine. There's video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USPTO and NIST To Host Multistakeholder Meeting on Cybersecurity and Patents in Silicon Valley on November 14

USPTO and NIST To Host Multistakeholder Meeting on Cybersecurity and Patents in Silicon Valley on November 14

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will host the first multistakeholder Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting on November 14 in Menlo Park,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Monitoring Vital Signs for the Elderly

Monitoring Vital Signs for the Elderly

The National Science Foundation recently featured University of Missouri computer scientist Marjorie Skubic in a Science360 radio episode. Skubic is engineering high speed networks that can remotely monitor movement and vital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Watson Works

How Watson Works

A straightforward, non-technical video of how Watson/Cognitive is designed to work,  implemented in the real world.    Worth a look if you are at all interested.  This does not mean that considerable work will be needed to use…


From My Biased Coin

Harvard Junior Faculty Job Search

Harvard Junior Faculty Job Search

Harvard Computer Science is doing a junior faculty search this year.  We pretty much have been doing one every year, but it's nice to be able to make an announcement and point people to the ad.So here is the ad, telling you what…


From Schneier on Security

The Ineffectiveness of Sealing the Border Against Ebola (and Other Viruses)

The Ineffectiveness of Sealing the Border Against Ebola (and Other Viruses)

Good analysis....


From Apophenia

My name is danah and I’m a stats addict.

My name is danah and I’m a stats addict.

I love data and I hate stats. Not stats in abstract — statistics are great — but the kind of stats that seem to accompany any web activity. Number of followers, number of readers, number of viewers, etc. I hate them in the way…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Realities of Local Retail

New Realities of Local Retail

In ThinkwithGoogle:" ... The relationship between digital and local stores is changing—something we learned from our new Digital Impact on In-Store Shopping study, commissioned from Ipsos MediaCT and Sterling Brands. From it,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G to Spin off Duracell

P&G to Spin off Duracell

Not unexpected.  But the form of the move is unusual. Not a profitable enough business.  " .... Though P&G said that the Duracell has 'attractive operating profit margins... and cash generation,' it saw its growth prospects as…


From Geeking with Greg

Why can't I buy a solar panel somewhere else in the US and get a credit for the electricity from it?

Why can't I buy a solar panel somewhere else in the US and get a credit for the electricity from it?

Seattle City Light has a clever project where, instead of installing solar panels on your house where they might be obscured by trees or buildings, you can buy into a solar panel installation on top of a building in a more efficient…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Role of the Chief Data Officer

On the Role of the Chief Data Officer

Excellent piece here. Have worked in the area of regulatory compliance.  Here the idea is to consider the more formal roles involved to address this problem systematically over time. " ... In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly…


From Schneier on Security

Analysis of Printer Watermarking Techniques

Analysis of Printer Watermarking Techniques

Interesting paper: Maya Embar, Louis M. McHough IV, and William R. Wesselman, "Printer watermark obfuscation," Proceeding RIIT '14: Proceedings of the 3rd annual conference on Research in information technology: Abstract: Most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Former Apple Retail Store Manager Will help You Choose.

Former Apple Retail Store Manager Will help You Choose.

The Apple store is impressive.  An impressive showy blend of service, expertise and demonstration.   With lots of geeky camaraderie.The Genius Behind The Apple Store Wants To Help You Choose Your Next Gadget Former J.C. Penny…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and AI with DeepMind

Google and AI with DeepMind

More examples of Cognitive, here with Google." ... Google, the search company that's investing heavily in robotics, is teaming with Oxford University researchers to work on artificial intelligence.In January, Google bought the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data in the Classroom

Big Data in the Classroom

Data sets are growing rapidly. Yahoo, Google, and Amazon, work with data sets that consist of billions of items. The size and scale of data, which can be overwhelming today, will only increase as the Internet of Things matures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Available Watson Cognitive Services

Available Watson Cognitive Services

Jim Spohrer points to a more complete list of Watson Bluemix services.  I am in the midst of exploring. Here is one example to give you an idea of the granularity of the cognitive offerings.  There are a total of 8 now, but they…