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September 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dislike in Retail

Dislike in Retail

What does a dislike button mean in retail?Facebook indicated last week it was close to testing a "dislike" button, or at least one that expresses empathy, to sit alongside its thumbs-up "like" button, promising both benefitsAnd…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Responsive Design

Responsive Design

Was unaware of the precise definition of responsive design, but OK, worth thinking about:10 Ways Responsive Design is Critical to the Customer Experienceby Melissa Thompson   Responsive web design is defined as an approach to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Sampling Analytics

Digital Sampling Analytics

Good idea.  I recall some ideas like this being mocked up, this formalizes the capability. I would want to take it further into an IOT dimension. Startup takes product sampling into the digital age Two-year-old company Sampler…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ubiquitous Voice Weekly

Ubiquitous Voice Weekly

Just discovered, Ahmed Bouzid, @Didou publishes the Ubiquitous Voice Weekly: News on Voice Interfaces, from Siri to the Amazon Echo  Nicely done about a topic I am passionate about.   Following now as a resource.   Thanks Ahmed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Competition for Profits

Global Competition for Profits

In McKinsey:   Having been part of a global enterprise, the dynamics of global profits have always been interesting.    A radical change in progress?" .... The world’s biggest corporations have been riding a three-decade wave…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facial Neuromarketing Lab

Facial Neuromarketing Lab

Facial methods are expanding.  In PRWeb:  " .... G&R has recently opened a neuro-marketing research lab focused on facial electromyography (“fEMG”) and its applications in evaluating emotional response to advertising, websites…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Improves Voice Search

Google Improves Voice Search

Voice interaction continues to be of interest.  Another channel of interaction that can produce more personal engagement.  Accuracy is important.In CWorld: Google said it has built a better neural network that is making its voice…


From Putting People First

[Book] The first-ever ethnographic study of the global reinsurance industry

[Book] The first-ever ethnographic study of the global reinsurance industry

Making a Market for Acts of God: The Practice of Risk Trading in the Global Reinsurance Industry By Paula Jarzabkowski, Rebecca Bednarek, and Paul Spee Oxford Scholarship Online April 2015 Abstract Reinsurance is financial market…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC R&D Engineer at ARM in Austin

Job of the Week: HPC R&D Engineer at ARM in Austin

ARM in Austin is seeking an HPC R&D Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: HPC R&D Engineer at ARM in Austin appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

Video: Leveraging Containers in Elastic Environments

Video: Leveraging Containers in Elastic Environments

In this video from the Disruptive Technologies session at the 2015 HPC User Forum, Nick Ihli from Adaptive Computing presents: Leveraging Containers in Elastic Environments.

The post Video: Leveraging Containers in Elastic Environments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Critique of Big Data use in Retail

Critique of Big Data use in Retail

In Retailwire:  Interesting view of difficulties in how Big Data can be used in retail.    I like when it mentions that the data needs to be integrated well with decision process. Yes.   Large number of interesting comments as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Research Kit

Apple Research Kit

I watched the announcement of the Apple Researchkit with interest.  now:52 Things About ResearchKit That Every Medical Researcher Should Know,  by Shyam DevalThe potential to change the face of Medical research. Apps to revolutionize…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Disney's Minigame Squid Wars

Friday Squid Blogging: Disney's Minigame Squid Wars

It looks like a Nintendo game. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Anti-Alien Security

Anti-Alien Security

You can wrap your house in tinfoil, but when you start shining bright lights to defend yourself against alien attack, you've gone too far. In general, society puts limits on what types of security you are allowed to use, especially…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Less than a week to go before I can start looking at the submissions for CSTA 2016

Less than a week to go before I can start looking at the submissions for CSTA 2016

Less than a week to go before I can start looking at the submissions for CSTA 2016.  The submission deadline is October 1! If you are reading this you probably teach computing. You probably also have (at least) one special …Continue…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Submits Comments to NIST on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standardization

USACM Submits Comments to NIST on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standardization

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, in collaboration with four other ACM entities, submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a draft interagency report advocating U.S. participation in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dyson 2.0 Grows New Technology

Dyson 2.0 Grows New Technology

In Fastcodesign:   Quite a detailed look at what James Dyson is and is trying to become.  Have followed him,  but knew little about where he was going.  (I see that my previous links to 'Dyson' at the tag are about the unrelated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shareology: Why we Share and How We Can do it Better

Shareology: Why we Share and How We Can do it Better

Reading Bryan Kramer's new book  Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy. See http://Shareologybook.com.  Addresses sharing among humans in general, and also why I run a blog and am interested in what I do.  So…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Technology Efficiency

Beyond Technology Efficiency

Efficiency should give you more time to do the things that you want.   But in practice humans and their managers and organizations often see this as a means to fit more things in.  The measures used and the rewards included are…


From insideHPC

SC16 Chair Calls for HPC Organizations to Create Diversity Pages

SC16 Chair Calls for HPC Organizations to Create Diversity Pages

High Performance Computing has long been dominated by men, but there seems to be little hard data as to how our HPC community really looks in terms of diversity. Over at TOP500.org, John West calls for every HPC center, company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Launching Products

Launching Products

Useful rules for launching products.  Brenden Mulligan provides insight.  ".... In this exclusive interview, Mulligan shares five rules for startups releasing new products. A well-designed launch includes everything from messaging…


From insideHPC

Exascale Panel Discussion from HPCAC Spain Conference

Exascale Panel Discussion from HPCAC Spain Conference

In this video from the 2015 HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference, Gilad Shainer moderates a panel discussion on Exascale computing.

The post Exascale Panel Discussion from HPCAC Spain Conference appeared first on insideHPC.


From Schneier on Security

People Who Need to Pee Are Better at Lying

People Who Need to Pee Are Better at Lying

No, really. Abstract: The Inhibitory-Spillover-Effect (ISE) on a deception task was investigated. The ISE occurs when performance in one self-control task facilitates performance in another (simultaneously conducted) self-control…


From insideHPC

IBM Cloud Services vs Amazon EC2

IBM Cloud Services vs Amazon EC2

High Performance Computing (HPC) in the cloud has become a hot topic with new offerings targeted at this market. The demands of technical computing professional to use the cloud for HPC workloads are different than that of a …


From insideHPC

Video: Dell’s New HPC Vision, Strategy, and Plans

Video: Dell’s New HPC Vision, Strategy, and Plans

Jim Ganthier from Dell presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Dell HPC solutions are deployed across the globe as the computational foundation for industrial, academic and governmental research critical to scientific advancement…


From insideHPC

ExaNeSt Technology: Targeting Exascale in 2018

ExaNeSt Technology: Targeting Exascale in 2018

Peter Hopton from Iceotope presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. "ExaNeSt will develop, evaluate, and prototype the physical platform and architectural solution for a unified Communication and Storage Interconnect and the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Expertise and Implementation Bias

Expertise and Implementation Bias

Good topics for expertise delivery, how does expertise bend to implementation news?Blinded by Experience: Prior Experience, Negative News and Belief Updatingby Bradley R. Staats, KC Diwas & Francesca GinoEXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Theoretical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Security Foundation for the Internet of Things

A Security Foundation for the Internet of Things

 The IOTSF: " ... Our mission is to make the Internet of Things secure, to aid its adoption and maximise its benefits.  To do this we will promote knowledge and clear best practice in excellent, appropriate security to thoseAbout…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talking to the IOT

Talking to the IOT

Intriguing thinking about what a conversation means.  It is not only about context, but building sets of information based on previous questions, answers and reactions.  Expectations about interaction, correctness, trust andIn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Management of Knowledge Work

Visual Management of Knowledge Work

In the HBR:   Non technical solutions for tracking and improving solutions that manage the use of knowledge.   A rare exploration these days.     I don't think you could get a investment for these systems, but they still can…