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March 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companies Promoting their Master Brand

Companies Promoting their Master Brand

Reminds me of discussions occurring in big marketing driven enterprises.  How does this ultimately successfully drive loyalty that can create company wide engagement?  In the HBR.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wozniak Plauds the Echo and Voice

Wozniak Plauds the Echo and Voice

In the Business Insider: Apple founder Steve Wozniak loves the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker that users can talk to.In an interview with CNBC that aired Friday, he said he thought it was "the next big platform for the near future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Truth in Film Visualized

Truth in Film Visualized

In InformationisBeautiful: An interesting view of film truth versus fiction, visualized in a time line.   I took a look at the Turing biopic example 'The Imitation Game'.  Relatively recent history.   I have always been intrigued…


From Schneier on Security

Power on the Internet

Power on the Internet

Interesting paper: Yochai Benkler, "Degrees of Freedom, Dimensions of Power," Daedelus, winter 2016: Abstract: The original Internet design combined technical, organizational, and cultural characteristics that decentralized power…


From Computational Complexity

MohammadTaghi HajiAghayi on David Johnson

More than a week ago, I heard the very sad news that David Johnson has passed away after one year fight with cancer. I felt that I should write a memorial note for him. Indeed I have done the same for Mihai Pătraşcu in the same…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 28 March 2016

Interesting Links 28 March 2016

Wow! I have a lot to share this week. Please read through it all and I am sure you’ll find something of interest. There is BBS Micro:Bit news for my UK readers, a bunch fo stuff from Microsoft Research that came out last week…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wireless Earpods

Wireless Earpods

When I think of wearables I do not normally think of earpods, but here is a piece that claims knowledge of IOS and future iPhones possibly including new kinds of earpods that will enhance your soundscape in some new and even…


From XRDS

The Pythonic Way

The Pythonic Way

Python is a very powerful programming language that understands structural, functional and object oriented programming paradigms. New comers to Python from other languages tend to carry with them their mother (programming) tongue…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What thirty years of technology looks like: the early high-school years

What thirty years of technology looks like: the early high-school years

Thirty years ago, I was attending a high school. My oldest son is preparing to attend a similar high school. There was a meeting at my son’s future school, and I paid attention to how things changed. We went to visit the school…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Proof

Automating Proof

In the first wave of AI considerable attention was paid to the concept of 'automating proofs'.  With the idea that we could take rules about expertise,  and then combine and extend them to provide deeper insight into business…


From insideHPC

Video: Shifter – Containers in HPC environments

Video: Shifter – Containers in HPC environments

"Containers wrap up software with all its dependencies in packages that can be executed anywhere. This can be specially useful in HPC environments where, often, getting the right combination of software tools to build applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Principle Components of Data Science

Principle Components of Data Science

Using my favorite machine learning tool, Principle components analysis (PCA) on the tools of data analysis themselves. Dimension reduction.  Instructive exercise.  By Bob Hayes in Customer Think.


From insideHPC

IBM Bluemix Garage in France Fuels Cloud Development

IBM Bluemix Garage in France Fuels Cloud Development

This week IBM announced the opening of a Bluemix Garage in Nice, France to help European organizations of all sizes and industries accelerate the development and design of next-generation apps on IBM Cloud. "Our latest Bluemix…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Freestyle Machine as IOT

Coke Freestyle Machine as IOT

We were early examiners of late stage differentiation in the Coke Freestyle machine.  Now its common to see,  Thought of it as a way to understand how consumers tastes change by location, and to deliver those tastes.    But never…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Pushes New Data Vis Tool SandDance

Microsoft Pushes New Data Vis Tool SandDance

Recent corporate experience made me marvel about the strong competition among data visualization tools.   Different parts of  large corporations even recommending different software as visualization standards.  Now there is more…


From insideHPC

Using Xeon + FPGA for Accelerating HPC Workloads

Using Xeon + FPGA for Accelerating HPC Workloads

"The Exascale computing challenge is the current Holy Grail for high performance computing. It envisages building HPC systems capable of 10^18 floating point operations under a power input in the range of 20-40 MW. To achieve…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Bias In The Primes

Casinos beware—the primes are not random Quanta source (K.S. at left) Robert Lemke Oliver and Kannan Soundararajan have observed that the primes fail some simple tests of randomness in senses that are both concrete and theoretical…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Mount Sinai Health

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Mount Sinai Health

Mount Sinai Health Systems in New York is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Mount Sinai Health appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge About AI

Knowledge About AI

In Gizmodo.  Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong ...  Thoughtful piece. Well not maybe wrong, but debatable.   Do get ready for some surprises.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next Inflection in Big Data

Next Inflection in Big Data

In O'Reilly: Data analytics over the past 25 yearsAs the volume of data has grown over the past 25 years, data comprehension for decision-making has consisted of the same two steps: creating the data warehouse and understanding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple, Intel and Realsense

Apple,  Intel and Realsense

Some time ago I looked at the use of Intel's Realsense.  But had not heard anything from that direction for a long time.  The potential application used interactive screens.  Has Apple stopped the work?" .... Intel has grandRealSense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Big Data Lab

Baidu Big Data Lab

Big Data Lab (BDL)." .... BDL is led by Dr. Tong Zhang. BDL focuses on large-scale machine learning algorithms and applications in areas such as predictive analytics, large data structure algorithms, and intelligent systems research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Understanding Crowds

Baidu Understanding Crowds

In the CACM:   An approach that has been used to design retail environments." ... Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation, which researchers say could be used to help warn authorities and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hololens Ted Talk

Hololens Ted Talk

Good Ted talk introduction to the expectations for the Hololens virtual reality capability soon to be delivered by  Microsoft.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: President Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: President Squid

New children's book....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Controversial Data Science Articles

Controversial Data Science Articles

In DSC:  Nicely done, I like the controversy stoked here.  The field is full of argument,  which I believe is healthy ... it leads you to the creative.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wi-Next and Advanced Analytics

Wi-Next and Advanced Analytics

I recently attended a webinar from Wi-Next.  This is a natural next step.  Process control is an area we first experimented with rule based AI systems.IBM will bring more advanced analytics to Wi-Next's industrial IoT systems


From Schneier on Security

Memphis Airport Inadvertently Gets Security Right

Memphis Airport Inadvertently Gets Security Right

A local newspaper recently tested airport security at Memphis Airport: Our crew sat for 30 minutes in the passenger drop-off area Tuesday without a word from anyone, and that raised a number of eyebrows. Certainly raised mine…


From insideHPC

Improving Storm Forecasts with the Stampede Supercomputer

Improving Storm Forecasts with the Stampede Supercomputer

Performing experimental weather forecasts using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, researchers have gained a better understanding of what conditions cause severe hail to form, and are producing…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the GPU Technology Conference

Radio Free HPC Previews the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the GPU Technology Conference coming up April 4-7 in Silicon Valley. "GTC is the largest and most important event of the year for GPU developers. Join us this year as we showcase…