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November 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership vs Fellowship and Data Value

Leadership vs Fellowship and Data Value

In Future of CIO:  Interesting points. Clearly different roles.  Have they been moving closer together? How does technology influence this?  Today, more than ever, people have access to information that influences these roles…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Netflix Technology

Netflix Technology

Interesting GigaOm piece on Netflix use of technology, especially the relationship between recommender technology and content.  I am a fairly recent user of Netflix.  The recommendations are fine, but despite all the advanced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Refresher on Net Present Value

Refresher on Net Present Value

Something I learned long ago.  But we can use a revisit of basic economics.  Nicely presented in the HBR." ... Most people know that money you have in hand now is more valuable than money you collect later on. That’s because…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla CIO and IT

Tesla CIO and IT

How does a new car company deal with the challenge of evolving IT?  A CIO at the leading edge discusses.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Cognition

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Cognition

Tales of cephalopod behavior, including octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Cephalopod Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press, is currently available in hardcover, and the paperback edition will be available…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modeling Movement of Crowds

Modeling Movement of Crowds

In Nature:  We looked at this kind of research for retail behavior insight.Mathematical time law governs crowd flowPedestrians avoid bumping into each other by anticipating when their paths would collide.Walking in crowds means…


From Putting People First

Everyday rituals and digital tech in the families of mobile workers

Everyday rituals and digital tech in the families of mobile workers

Quotidian Ritual and Work-Life Balance: An Ethnography of Not Being There Jo-Anne Richard and Paulina Yurman (Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art) David Kirk and David Chatting (Culture Lab, Newcastle University)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesco Clubcard and Twitter

Tesco Clubcard and Twitter

Like to see new ideas for using the loyalty engagement. A somewhat novel one here." ... Tesco Clubcard has partnered with We Are Social to create holiday gift guides of affordable items based on Twitter accounts of users' friends…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Business Process

Automating Business Process

In CIO Insight:  Ultimately managing and automating your process is key to being efficient.  In labor, speed, scale, value and beyond.  Analytics can show the way, but the implementation of the findings make the difference.  It…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Credit for Multi Channel Sales

Credit for Multi Channel Sales

A classic problem.  In RetailWire:" ... One of the murkier aspects of omni-channel retailing continues to be "revenue attribution." The challenges assessing proper credit for an omni-channel sale — when it's partly influenced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Business Governance

Social Business Governance

First I came  upon this concept.  Worth a closer look.  By EdTarpening:" ... Charlene Li and I are pleased to offer you Altimeter’s latest research report focused on Social Business Governance.  In the course of our research,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linked Data Ontology

Linked Data Ontology

Part of an exploration:    Much more at the link." ... What is Linked Data?The Web enables us to link related documents. Similarly it enables us to link related data. The term Linked Data refers to a set of best practices for…


From BLOG@CACM

Doing Our Part to Show Why HPC Matters

Doing Our Part to Show Why HPC Matters

As managers and practitioners in the HPC community part of our responsibility is to make sure that everyone we come into professional contact with appreciates how broadly HPC touches our daily lives. From the products we consume…


From Putting People First

Health tech and the digital revolution

Health tech and the digital revolution

The London Design Museum has launched Health Tech and You – a search for the best new health tech ideas, inventions and devices. Director Deyan Sudjic reflects on how the digital revolution is breaking down doors in the health…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Protege for Ontologies

Protege for Ontologies

Brought to my attention again. Stanford's Protege.  I recall we were shown a very early version of this when we explored ontology methods for the enterpise in the 90s.    " ... A free, open-source ontology editor and framework…


From Schneier on Security

Pre-Snowden Debate About NSA Call-Records Collection Program

Pre-Snowden Debate About NSA Call-Records Collection Program

Reuters is reporting that in 2009, several senior NSA officials objected to the NSA call-records collection program. The now-retired NSA official, a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG and Location Based Advertising

CPG and Location Based Advertising

In Mediapost: Mostly about food, but good statistics about CPG and location based mobile advertising.  " ... By targeting custom audiences based on location, traffic patterns and habits, along with demographic and transactional…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Research Opportunity from NSF for Algorithms in the Field

Research Opportunity from NSF for Algorithms in the Field

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Tracy Kimbrel, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computing and Communication Foundations.  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tetherless World Constellation

Tetherless World Constellation

Was today introduced to RPI's Tetherless World Constellation.   Name is obscure.   " ... Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a constellation of multidisciplinary researchers who study the scientific and engineering principles…


From BLOG@CACM

Locality, Locality, Locality: A Note from SC14

Locality, Locality, Locality: A Note from SC14

Steadily growing chips, systems, and application parallelism are driving the movement of data across larger distances in systems, and data locality is becoming one of the major topics in efficient parallel computing. Locality…


From Schneier on Security

Citadel Malware Steals Password Manager Master Passwords

Citadel Malware Steals Password Manager Master Passwords

Citadel is the first piece of malware I know of that specifically steals master passwords from password managers. Note that my own Password Safe is a target....


From BLOG@CACM

HHP For ­Undergraduates

HHP For ­Undergraduates

At SC14, graduate students mentor undergraduates interested in pursuing advanced degrees in fields related to high performance computing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Table Scalping

Table Scalping

Table Scalping?  Love to watch how markets arise in the economy.  Whenever you see evidence of a scarce resource, whose price is being escalated by its scarcity or exclusivity, consider the implications.   Here a perhaps surprising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and McCormick

Big Data and McCormick

Have had a few friends who worked projects with McCormick, and am impressed with their approaches to the use of new and innovated technology,  Here more, on their use of Big Data.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving

Team Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving

A High school oriented piece that is quite useful.    Would have loved to have seen this kind of thing when I was in school, or when I had bright kids in school." .. Talk of innovation is everywhere in the business world. To…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uber of Food Delivery

Uber of Food Delivery

In Smartblogs: The expansion of food delivery based on new supply chain services and big data.  " .... A new and growing generation of food delivery services is winning investors and customers, and using Big Data to drive sales…


From Computational Complexity

A November to Remember

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing opens in the US on November 28. If you read this blog you should see that movie. If one challenged British scientist biograph is not enough for you, The Theory of…


From Putting People First

The Banks of the Future: An Experience Design Perspective

The Banks of the Future: An Experience Design Perspective

Banks should shift their role from payment processors to trusted consumer advisors by focusing on the customer experience, argues Rob Girling in an Op-Ed piece for PSFL. “My advice to banks is to start by looking from the outside…


From Putting People First

[Book] Design for Policy

[Book] Design for Policy

Design for Policy Edited by Christian Bason, Chief Executive, Danish Design Centre Series: Design for Social Responsibility Hardcover: 250 pages Publisher: Gower Pub Co; December 28, 2014 Design for Policy is the first publication…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Two Versus Three

The role of 2 and 3 in mathematics Electrika source Margaret Farrar was the first crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times. Ken fondly recalls seeing her name while watching his father do the daily and weekly NYT puzzles—they…