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February 2010


From Schneier on Security

The Doghouse: Demiurge Consulting

The Doghouse: Demiurge Consulting

They claim to be "one of the nation's only and most respected security and intelligence providers" -- I've never heard of them -- but their blog consists entirely of entries copied from my blog since December 24. They don'tposts…


From Putting People First

Mass Localism

Mass Localism

A new report by NESTA, the UK


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphone Scanning: Beyond Barcodes

Smartphone Scanning: Beyond Barcodes

I have been following and testing uses of smartphones as sensors. The obvious connection is using the ubiquitous barcodes to identify things in their environments. One way is to use a scanned image of a product itself and matching…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Systems behind General Intelligence

Brain Systems behind General Intelligence

In Science Daily, good overview of work at Caltech on the brain systems that affect general intelligence. The study shows that general intelligence is not localized, but not surprisingly, depends on how the whole brain worksStan…


From Computational Complexity

What is in MY automata theory course/What should be

In the last post I pondered what was more important: Automata Theory or Crypto. This raises the question of what should be in a course in automata theory. Rather than discuss that I will tell you what is in mine and see what …


From Schneier on Security

Mark Twain on Risk Analysis

Mark Twain on Risk Analysis

From 1871:

I hunted up statistics, and was amazed to find that after all the glaring newspaper headings concerning railroad disasters, less than three hundred people had really lost their lives by those disasters in the preceding…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-02-23

links for 2010-02-23

Special 301 is a nefarious mechanism that allows US corporations to request diplomatic action against foreign competitors on the flimsiest…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ASCII Art For Fun and Projects

ASCII Art For Fun and Projects

I guess I am on a nostalgia kick. Earlier this week I found a link to an Text Ascii Art Generator over on Doug Peterson


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ARPA-E

ARPA-E

Arun Majumdar, the Director of ARPA-E, spoke at the University of Washington on February 18th regarding the energy challenges facing our nation. While his talk was not specifically oriented towards computer scientists, it is…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Science and America

Computer Science and America

Jeannette Wing, Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, addressed the CRA Computing Leadership Summit in Washington DC on February 22. Wing noted that NSF’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands Using Facebook

Brands Using Facebook

In Adage, a good number of examples of major brands using Facebook. ' ... "What Facebook does is connect people into communities," said an official with P&G, which recently began efforts to team with Facebook on new digital-…


From Schneier on Security

TSA Logo Contest Winner

TSA Logo Contest Winner

In January I announced a contest to redesign the TSA logo. Last week I announced the five finalists -- chosen by Patrick Smith from "Ask the Pilot" and myself -- and asked you all to vote on the winner. Four hundred and seven…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Addictive Sounds

Addictive Sounds

Fast Company article on addictive sounds. I agree with a number of commenters who say that these sounds are US sounds and not global. Some of the thoughts included are worth understanding, we still do not use sounds effectively…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foursquare Signs Deal with Zagat

Foursquare Signs Deal with Zagat

An interesting development which links the game like approach of Foursquare with restaurant rating service Zagat. I am still skeptical since there is no assurance that the participant has ever physically visited the restaurant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Superbowl Neuromarketing Report

Superbowl Neuromarketing Report

In their February newsletter Sands Research is offering their report on their yearly report of superbowl ads. ' .. Each year, the Sands Research team prepares for the big event - our annual neuro-engagement ranking of the seventy…


From Computational Complexity

What is more importantt: Automata Theory or Crypto?

The way the requirements are set up at Univ of MD at College Park, without getting into details, has set up a competition between Crypto and Automata Theory That is, a student might take one or the other, but taking both does…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 22

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 22

February 23

Hearing: The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure. 2 p.m., 253 Russell Building

The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of…


From Schneier on Security

Another Debit Card Skimmer

Another Debit Card Skimmer

This one is installed inside gas pumps. There's nothing the customer can detect.


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-02-22

links for 2010-02-22

This is an interesting and useful article by a musician (from OK Go) whose work rose to great success through "viral" word-of-mouth video (the one with the people on running machines)…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 22 February 2010

Interesting Links 22 February 2010

I blogged a lot of opinion pieces last week. I


From Apophenia

ChatRoulette by Sarita Yardi

ChatRoulette by Sarita Yardi

Sarita Yardi has been doing a lot of thinking about ChatRoulette these days and I wanted to share a short essay she wrote to explain ChatRoulette to the uninitiated. I think that this is a fantastic introduction for those who…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Most Common Questions About Recommender Systems

Most Common Questions About Recommender Systems

I get ten to fifteen questions a week on recommender systems from entrepreneurs and engineers. Sometimes, I help people find their way in the literature. On occasion—for a consulting fee—I get my hands dirty and evaluate, design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coffee and the Artificial Nose

Coffee and the Artificial Nose

Short piece on coffee and the artificial nose. It was an area that we examined closely and tried to understand from both linking to the real world world of the agricultural commodity called coffee, and how it related to simulated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time vs Psychological Value of Money

Time vs Psychological Value of Money

Good piece by Jim Benson. About the Psychological vs the Time value of money, and how to leverage that effect.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Product Lifecycle Management

Procter Product Lifecycle Management

From Consumer Goods Mag: P&G Optimizes Packaging and Artwork Initiatives Procter & Gamble (P&G) extends the scope of its V6 PLM implementation to incorporate global packaging and artwork initiatives. This builds on the previously…


From Apophenia

ChatRoulette, from my perspective

ChatRoulette, from my perspective

I’ve been following ChatRoulette for a while now but haven’t been comfortable talking about it publicly. For one, it’s a hugely controversial site, one that is prompting yet-another moral panic about youth engagement online.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Kanban

Team Kanban

Jerry Michalski is hosting a conference talk on Monday February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM EST. Dial-in Number: 1-270-400-1500 Participant Access Code: 778778 ... Its about ' ... Personal Kanban, a applied to the team, developed by…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-02-21

links for 2010-02-21

"This issue is an embarrassment for all concerned, a naked bit of crony-capitalism that has so much more at stake than mere copyright. It needs to stop." -…


From The Eponymous Pickle

You are not a Gadget

You are not a Gadget

Finished reading Jaron Lanier's You are not a Gadget: A Manifesto. (The Amazon link has a look-inside-the-book and a good Q&A with Lanier). We met Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality, through the Institute for the Future. He…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Internet Usage Usage Stats

Global Internet Usage Usage Stats

Good compilation of Global Internet usage statistics.-