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August 2010


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-08-26

links for 2010-08-26

Jabber Support at WordPress.com This is outstanding; I can now have WordPress ping me when someone comments on my blog (as well as subscribing to other blogs to see when they are updated). Lovely feature, thanks WordPress. (tags…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Deception in Conference Calls

Detecting Deception in Conference Calls

Research paper: Detecting Deceptive Discussions in Conference Calls, by David F. Larcker and Anastasia A. Zakolyukina.

Abstract: We estimate classification models of deceptive discussions during quarterly earnings conference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Calls from GMail

Making Calls from GMail

You can now make free calls to within the US and Canada from GMail. And make international calls at a low rate. If you have a Google Voice phone number you can also receive calls. Strong competition for Skype? More attachment…


From Computational Complexity

***SORELLE*** PHD!!/Workshop on Boolean Threshold Functions/NSF program

Three annoucements (the last two I was asked to post)

ANNOUCEMENT 1: Congrads to fellow blogger ***SORELLE*** who got her PhD recently. I was on her committee. She did a masterful job of presenting it. It looked like theory…


From Wild WebMink

? The Aggregator Is On

? The Aggregator Is On

Just a reminder that, in addition to this blog, I still maintain an aggregator over at webmink.net which collects all the posts I make from various places. If you read mainly through a feed reader, you may prefer to follow webmink…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone Location App for Meijer

IPhone Location App for Meijer

A new location and promotion IPhone App for Meijer stores. I would much rather have one location standard for multiple stores. Another example of smartphone applications to improve shopper interaction in-store.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Achieving Marketplace 2.0

Achieving Marketplace 2.0

Tomorrow at 2 PM EDT: A free webinar on virtual e-procurement. Registration and more. I will attend and review.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Xerox Innovation

Xerox Innovation

In HBR: How Xerox innovates with emerging markets brainpower.


From The Eponymous Pickle

AisleBuyer Eliminates Checkout Wait

AisleBuyer Eliminates Checkout Wait

An early collaboration between startup AisleBuyer and MagicBeans. Former colleage Andrew Paradies is the CEO. Previously mentioned here. Overall a very good idea for leveraging smartphones in retail. Good review that includes…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Error Messages and Providing Information

Error Messages and Providing Information

The most interesting error message I ever saw read something like


From My Biased Coin

Conference/Journal Versions -- Transactions on Networking

Conference/Journal Versions -- Transactions on Networking

I was recently asked to review a paper for Transactions on Networking, and noticed the following bit in the e-mail?Please note that while this paper may have had a previous conference version, ToN does not mandate any specific…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-08-25

links for 2010-08-25

Minimal Competence: Data Access, Data Ownership, and Sharecropping "The ability to get out the data you put in is the bare minimum. All of it, at high fidelity, in a reasonable amount of time. Asking people to accept anything…


From Schneier on Security

Social Steganography

Social Steganography

From danah boyd:

Carmen is engaging in social steganography. She's hiding information in plain sight, creating a message that can be read in one way by those who aren't in the know and read differently by those who are. She's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Layar Augmented Reality Browser

Layar Augmented Reality Browser

I recently upgraded to an IPhone 4 so I was able to download the Layar Augmented reality browser. It is also available for the Android. Most interesting aspect so far, the hundreds of augmentation layers available. Most are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Lets You Improve the View

Google Lets You Improve the View

Gooogle continues to improve how we can see ourselves geographically, both in understanding what is where, but also in being able to see the view from many points on earth. Now they have reported they let you use some of theBuilding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Motivates Us

What Motivates Us

Reading: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. A fundamental question for marketers, employers, really anyone. Well written look at what we might call neuromotivation. Pink's earlier book 'A Whole…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

LaTeX in LyX

LaTeX in LyX

If you ever need to write up a paper in LaTeX and you aren't terribly interested in doing it by hand, I'd like to recommend the open source software LyX. It's not a WYSIWYG editor, but when writing in LaTeX that's probably not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solar Toothbrush

Solar Toothbrush

From the IdeaConnection, a solar toothbrush that kills bacteria.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Demystifying Kyield

Demystifying Kyield

Category demystification from Mark Montgomery, CEO of KYield: Demystifying Kyield " ... For the record, we don


From Computational Complexity

NEW math on Futurama

The Aug 19, 2010 episode of Futurama had NEW math in it! It also has some other math refs. This website claims that Ken Keeler, one of the writers who has a PhD in math, devised a NEW theorem for use in the show. The theorem…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-08-24

links for 2010-08-24

OpenStack Community Update Excellent progress is being made in the OpenStack community, including implementation of support for VirtualBox, which I asked for in both the OpenStack and VirtualBox interviews on FOLSS Weekly. Huge…


From Schneier on Security

Skeletal Identification

Skeletal Identification

And you thought fingerprints were intrusive.

The Wright State Research Institute is developing a ground-breaking system that would scan the skeletal structures of people at airports, sports stadiums, theme parks and other public…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Getting Started with Windows Phone 7 Game Development

Getting Started with Windows Phone 7 Game Development

Announcing the first part of a series of educational resources for learning to create games for Windows Phone 7.

Get introduced to Windows Phone 7, and phone game development with XNA Game Studio.

This set of educational…


From My Biased Coin

Various Quick Pointers, Redux

Various Quick Pointers, Redux

There were many interesting things at the CRA Snowbird conference for CS chairs (which I missed...), but I haven't heard any blog-level discussion of their call to move up the schedule for hiring (as well as related changes in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seth Godin Rethinks the Book

Seth Godin Rethinks the Book

Seth Godin, well known new media author and blogger, says he is starting to rethink the standard publishing model. Saying that his last book Linchpin, is the last one he will publish in a traditional way. I still think the paper…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Counterintuitive Factors Determining Research Productivity

Counterintuitive Factors Determining Research Productivity

Permanent researchers publish more when they are in smaller labs. Having many Ph.D. students fails to improve productivity. Funding has little effect on research productivity. Reference: Carayol, N. and Matt, M., Individual and…


From Apophenia

Social Steganography: Learning to Hide in Plain Sight

Social Steganography: Learning to Hide in Plain Sight

[Posted originally to the Digital Media & Learning blog.] Carmen and her mother are close. As far as Carmen’s concerned, she has nothing to hide from her mother so she’s happy to have her mom as her ‘friend’ on Facebook. Of…


From Wild WebMink

? OpenSolaris Governing Board Resigns

? OpenSolaris Governing Board Resigns

I’m very sad to report that, as expected, it proved necessary for the OpenSolaris Governing Board to collectively resign today. The motion was as follows: Motion concerning dissolution of the OGB Whereas Oracle has continued…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Neuromarketing Webinar

Mobile Neuromarketing Webinar

Sand's Research shows some of their unique mobile capabilities which I have now seen a number of times:Why Pretend to be in the Store Aisle? Real time data collection in the real world using Mobile EEG and Eye-Tracking Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Linked Innovation Groups

Creating Linked Innovation Groups

A case study from HBR provides a number of suggestions about how to create innovation groups, especially for the large global enterprise.Creating Distinct but linked Innovation GroupsConventional wisdom suggests you should isolate…