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September 2010


From The Noisy Channel

An Open Letter to the USPTO

An Open Letter to the USPTO

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski v. Kappos, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to release new guidance as to which patent applications will be accepted, and which will not. As part of…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Who I Want to Meet at Grace Hopper

Who I Want to Meet at Grace Hopper

A great way to gear up for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is to decide what your goals are for when you get there. This year, for the first time, I actually have some specific types of people I want to meet…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing Data as an Asset

Managing Data as an Asset

Thinking about managing data as an asset. It is surprising how often we do not think about this. Could be a key aspect of managing knowledge.


From Putting People First

Essential interaction design essays and articles

Essential interaction design essays and articles

Dan Saffer of Kicker Studio has started a list of essays and articles that he feels are important touchstones and reference points for interaction designers. The list contains only publicly available articles. Any additions are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Card Scanning

Business Card Scanning

In the NYT, an overview of a number of business card scanning applications. I still hand business cards manually, it would be good to digitize these and add them to a contact list on my smart phone.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A House that Knows Family Mood

A House that Knows Family Mood

Another example of sensing and automating common home processes such washing your hair. Or integrating sensory processes into the home itself. In the early 2000s we looked at many aspects of home automation and intelligence…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: "Truck Carrying Squid Crashes In Broccoli Field"

Friday Squid Blogging: "Truck Carrying Squid Crashes In Broccoli Field"

You can't make up a headline like that.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hair Washing Robot

Hair Washing Robot

Panasonic announces a robot that washes your hair. Designed primarily for health institutional and caregiving scenarios.


From The Eponymous Pickle

ARF Neuromarketing Standards Study

ARF Neuromarketing Standards Study

This makes great sense, it is overdue that this is looked at closely to try to produce useful standards. Sands Research pointed this out to me. Eight firms to take part in ARF neuroscience validation study The Advertising Research…


From Schneier on Security

Real-Time NSA Eavesdropping

Real-Time NSA Eavesdropping

In an article about Robert Woodward's new book, Obama's Wars, this is listed as one of the book's "disclosures":

A new capability developed by the National Security Agency has dramatically increased the speed at which intercepted…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The

The

Five years ago, the National Academies published a landmark study calling for U.S. investment in science, technology, and education, warning the nation could no longer afford inaction in these areas. Yesterday, 17 of the 20 original…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talent Analytics

Talent Analytics

This piece relates to several posts I have done recently on retiree knowledge retention and linking specific corporate needs to expertise based on assignment approach analytics. "Competing on Talent Analyticsby Thomas H. Davenport…


From Wild WebMink

? Copyrights or No Rights

? Copyrights or No Rights

Guess What, You Don


From Schneier on Security

Analysis of Image File Metadata

Analysis of Image File Metadata

As a photographer, I've wondered about this.


From Putting People First

Videos of Stanford

Videos of Stanford

Below are the 2010 videos of the Human-Computer Interaction Seminar at Stanford University. Check also the full playlist. Redesigning the programming experience (May 28, 2010) Joel Brandt, a PhD candidate in the Stanford Human…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Companion Future of Smartphones

Companion Future of Smartphones

Intel talks about the future of smartphones as assistants, and interestingly companions. It is to be expected as phones become more context aware, include more sensors and can embody new intelligence.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Future of Computer Architecture Research

The Future of Computer Architecture Research

As part of CCC


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Things are Happening in Massachusetts

Things are Happening in Massachusetts

Things are happening in Massachusetts on the Computer Science education front. First, Dot Diva, a program sponsored by WGBH and ACM to promote the field of Computer Science for high school girls. The Dot Diva launch is September…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Kind of Science on the iPad

New Kind of Science on the iPad

Stephen Wolfram blogs about the appearance of his mega book: A New Kind of Science on the IPad, with enhanced graphics. I bought this book when it first came out in 2002. It is 5.5 lbs of paper. I remember when it was placed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Super Wifi Space Approved

Super Wifi Space Approved

Engadget on Super Wifi. Followed Wimax for years and its potential application for retail. Is this the same thing? No it is not, but it is very likely to compete. In particular there are claims that the frequencies used for Super…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gillette, Razor and Blade Strategy

Gillette, Razor and Blade Strategy

In the HBR blog, more history and discussion of the renowned Gillette razor and blade strategy. " ... What should we take away from this? Did Gillette just miss a better strategy or was Gillette investing in a high-quality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reality Has a Gaming Layer

Reality Has a Gaming Layer

In O'Reilly Radar, a good interview piece on integrating reality and games. I know about attempts like FourSquare that make weak attempts to do this. In the world of the real enterprise there are other opportunities. Consider…


From Schneier on Security

Evercookies

Evercookies

Extremely persistent browser cookies:

evercookie is a javascript API available that produces extremely persistent cookies in a browser. Its goal is to identify a client even after they've removed standard cookies, Flash cookies…


From Computational Complexity

Theorems that are less interesting because they are more interesting

(This post was inspired by Joe Kruskal's passing. Kruskal's tree theorem, trees under minor are a well quasi order, relates to example 2 below.)

There are some theorems that seem less interesting once you generalize them.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pay with Your Smartphone

Pay with Your Smartphone

An Engadget report. We saw experimental examples done in this space over two years ago, it is surprising that we are still not seeing the right hardware in smartphones to enable remote payment. This uses an installation inside…


From Schneier on Security

Details Removed from Book at Request of U.S. Department of Defense

Details Removed from Book at Request of U.S. Department of Defense

From the AFP:

A publisher has agreed to remove US intelligence details from a memoir by a former army officer in Afghanistan after the Pentagon raised last-minute objections, officials said Friday. The book, "Operation Dark…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-09-23

links for 2010-09-23

BSA's Piracy Numbers: Less than They Seem Glyn's research here is very useful. The BSA use of statistics is very regrettable, as is their use of inuendo and framing to build the impression that thir outlook is correct. They are…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup

There are many indications that today


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Science of Retailing

New Science of Retailing

A book I had missed when it came out earlier this year: The New Science of Retailing: How Analytics are Transforming the Supply Chain and Improving Performance by Marshall Fisher and Ananth Raman. Discovered in a review in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Media Measurement

Digital Media Measurement

Accurate measurement is important:Why Measurement Is Still Screwing Up the Online Ad Business " ... Digital media measurement is a mess, and we're all responsible for it. There are multiple vendors producing ever-growing quantities…