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September 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey Energy Strategy

McKinsey Energy Strategy

Seen many, may of such strategies, and it depends highly on contexts.  Integrating adaption is best.  

Embracing a Digital Strategy

Few companies believe that their current business models will remain viable if they don’t digitize…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Alexa Developers

Amazon Alexa Developers

Amazon Alexa Smart home developer highlights in September.  

Join the Developer Community.

Ask questions during Developer Office Hours, hear from members of the voice community on Alexa & Friends, and join the conversation in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shades of Computational Intelligence

Shades of Computational Intelligence

Below the intro, I like the broad take.  But we have gotten more used to the AI thing, it remains, artificial.

Tired of AI? Let’s talk about CI.

Bryce Murray, PhD  in TowardsDataScience

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Greece, USC, Wharton and AgentRisk Develop COVID Risk Analysis

Greece, USC, Wharton and AgentRisk Develop COVID Risk Analysis

 Interesting approach and claims.

How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19,  By University of Southern California,  September 24, 2021

A hand clad in the colors of Greece holds a test tube containing a COVID test. 

The EvaResearchers…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

New release of the simdjson library: version 1.0

New release of the simdjson library: version 1.0

The most popular data format on the web is arguably JSON. It is a simple and convenient format. Most web services allow to send and receive data in JSON. Unfortunately, parsing JSON can be time and energy consuming. Back in 2019…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zscaler and Siemens Join for Zero Trust

Zscaler and Siemens Join for  Zero Trust

Interesting example of Zero trust security, for operational and IOT systems

Zscaler and Siemens join to bring zero-trust security to operational technology systems

 Analysis by Zeus Kerravala

Zscaler Inc. and Siemens AG announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alternative use of SpaceX Sats

Alternative use of SpaceX Sats

 Alternative to GPS use for location. 

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

By Ohio State News,  September 24, 2021

Researchers at The Ohio State University and the University of California, Irvine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dial the Trust Down to Zero

Dial the Trust Down to Zero

The way to make security work

Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero

By R. Colin Johnson, Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 23, 2021

Twenty-first century cybersecurity has been steadily moving away from the "perimeter" mentality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Low CodeTipping Point?

Low CodeTipping Point?

 Is this reasonable? Well only maybe if it allowed non-coding deicision makers to code them selves. And informed them well of they understood the decisions they were embedding in the code.

The low-code ‘tipping point’ is here 


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

An AI Tutor for CS Education

An AI Tutor for CS Education

Recently I came across a Microsoft Research project called AI for Programming Education. The project “goal is to build a personalized and autonomous intelligent teaching assistant (an AI Tutor) for programming education, enabling…


From insideHPC

Preparing for Exascale: Aurora to Drive Brain Map Construction

Preparing for Exascale: Aurora to Drive Brain Map Construction

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will be home to one of the nation’s first exascale supercomputers when Aurora arrives in 2022. To prepare codes for the architecture and scale of the system, 15 research…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What Does the Future of Math and Computing Hold?

What Does the Future of Math and Computing Hold?

Khari Douglas will be covering the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on the CCC blog all week. Stay tuned and check out the HLF blog for more coverage of the event.  On the final day of the 2021 Heidelberg Laureate Forum a…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Person in Squid Suit Takes Dog for a Walk

Friday Squid Blogging: Person in Squid Suit Takes Dog for a Walk

No, I don’t understand it, either.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.


From Schneier on Security

I Am Not Satoshi Nakamoto

I Am Not Satoshi Nakamoto

This isn’t the first time I’ve received an e-mail like this:

Hey! I’ve done my research and looked at a lot of facts and old forgotten archives. I know that you are Satoshi, I do not want to tell anyone about this. I just wanted…


From insideHPC

ORNL’s Del-Castillo-Negrete to Receive HENAAC Award

ORNL’s Del-Castillo-Negrete to Receive HENAAC Award

September 24, 2021 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Diego Del-Castillo-Negrete, a distinguished staff member in the Fusion Energy Division, is being honored for his scientific achievements with a Hispanic Engineer National Achievement…


From Schneier on Security

Tracking Stolen Cryptocurrencies

Tracking Stolen Cryptocurrencies

Good article about the current state of cryptocurrency forensics.


From Schneier on Security

The Proliferation of Zero-days

The Proliferation of Zero-days

The MIT Technology Review is reporting that 2021 is a blockbuster year for zero-day exploits:

One contributing factor in the higher rate of reported zero-days is the rapid global proliferation of hacking tools.

Powerful groups…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computer Chip Supply Chain Threatened

Computer Chip Supply Chain Threatened

Supply chain quality issues

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn  By Computing (U.K.), September 20, 2021

Global markets are already seeing an increase in prices for componentAs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defying Cost Volatility

Defying Cost Volatility

 In an era where pricing is important. 

Defying cost volatility: A strategic pricing response

Input cost increases provide an opportunity to restructure and improve pricing while also institutionalizing best practices. Yet margins…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Expanding the Zoom of it

Expanding the Zoom of it

Been intrigued by what innovative things could be done with methods like Zoom to make them more valuable.  Here some new features from Zoom, interesting but not very remarkable.

Zoom will soon tell your boss if you’re late for…


From insideHPC

HPC as a Service to Accelerate Transformational Growth

HPC as a Service to Accelerate Transformational Growth

[SPONSORED POST] This whitepaper discusses how HPC delivered as a service through HPE GreenLake combines the power and compliance of on-premises systems, with cloud-like financial flexibility, ease of management, and consumption…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Investing in Technology Is No Longer a Choice

Why Investing in Technology Is No Longer a Choice

 Insightful  thoughts by Bain & Company, with good graphics.

Why Investing in Technology Is No Longer a Choice

In a rapidly changing business climate, our survey finds that only 14% of businesses are making the most of technology…


From insideHPC

DOE Names 3 2021 Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows

DOE Names 3 2021 Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows

September 23, 2021 — The Department of Energy (DOE) announced three DOE National Laboratory scientists as DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows. This honor, authorized by the America COMPETES Act, is bestowed …


From insideHPC

David Bader Selected for 2021 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award

David Bader Selected for 2021 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 September 2021 – The IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) has named David Bader as the recipient of the 2021 Sidney Fernbach Award.  Bader is a Distinguished Professor and founder of the Department of Data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cybersecurity Threat Vectors For AI Autonomous Cars

Cybersecurity Threat Vectors For AI Autonomous Cars

Cyber Hacking Trends for Autonomous Vehicles

Cybersecurity Threat Vectors For AI Autonomous Cars   September 16, 2021 in AiTrends

Over-the-air software updating for autonomous cars is one of many potential paths for cyber hackers…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Announces New Members to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Several Computer Science Researchers Included

White House Announces New Members to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Several Computer Science Researchers Included

Contributions to this post were provided by the Computing Research Association’s Senior Policy Analyst Brian Mosley. Yesterday, President Biden announced 30 of America’s most distinguished leaders in science and technology as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM, Biz Ready Quantum

IBM, Biz Ready Quantum

More on this effort from Fortune.  The effort by IBM would seems to be considerable part of Quant  strategy.   I would want to get a good time line of matching my problem to likely developed specs, like number of Qubits, error…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Khari Douglas will be covering the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) on the CCC blog all week. Stay tuned and check out the HLF blog for more coverage of the event.  It may not be your forte, but communicating your research…


From insideHPC

Scality Awarded U.S. Patent for Hyperscale Data Protection  

Scality Awarded U.S. Patent for Hyperscale Data Protection  

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 22, 2021 – Scality, maker of distributed file systems and object storage solutions, has been awarded a patent designed to empower customers to recover from disasters or ransomware attacks with increased …


From The Eponymous Pickle

UpComing EmTech MIT

UpComing EmTech MIT

 Upcoming EmTech MIT     Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 

Technology, trends, and the new rules of business: Immerse yourself in bold thinking and innovation. Discover which breakthrough technologies…