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August 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Downsizing of Retail

Downsizing of Retail

Retailwire does a good job of examining current trends and process in retail.

Has retail permanently downsized?
By George Anderson in Retailwire

The number of people filing for first-time unemployment claims reached 1.416 million…


From insideHPC

Panasas Offering Takes on Tiered HPC Storage Headaches, Automatically Adapts to Workload Changes

Panasas Offering Takes on Tiered HPC Storage Headaches, Automatically Adapts to Workload Changes

High performance storage vendor Panasas today released Dynamic Data Acceleration on its new PanFS  parallel file system, a software feature designed to overcome inconsistent performance by automatically adapting to changing small…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning Python Part 2: Distracted by a Turtle

Learning Python Part 2: Distracted by a Turtle

I cracked a book and found out that Python supports turtle graphics. I love drawing pictures with graphics. I have since I was in university. So today I played around with the Python turtle a bit.

Mostly I played with a few of…


From insideHPC

Oxford, Atos in Deal for Nvidia 63-Node DGX System, Said to be UK’s Largest AI Supercomputer

Oxford, Atos in Deal for Nvidia 63-Node DGX System, Said to be UK’s Largest AI Supercomputer

The University of Oxford has signed a £5 million with Atos, provider of  hybrid cloud and big data solutions, to deliver what the two organizations say will be the UK’s largest AI-focused supercomputer, a deep learning system…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Projects for Learning or Grading

Programming Projects for Learning or Grading

The purpose of school work is to get good grades. Well, at least that seems to be a common view on the part of students. Most teachers will tell you that the motivation for students to cheat is that they are lazy and still want…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35 2020

MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35 2020

MIT Technology Review publishes an annual list of 35 innovators under the age of 35, and they recently released their list of innovators for 2020. The list features over 20 innovators who are solving problems related to or using…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Steve Conway on the Imperative of AI Ethics and Why ‘Hardware Is Easy, Software Is Hard’

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Steve Conway on the Imperative of AI Ethics and Why ‘Hardware Is Easy, Software Is Hard’

Steve Conway of industry analyst firm Hyperion Research is one of those technologists with the rare talent for talking complex technology in a straightforward, comprehensible way. In this interview, he uses that talent to survey…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need for Data Observability

Need for Data Observability

Never called it that in particular, but yes it is important, and is worth the included tag.  And I add, the changes and non-changes in data should also be 'observable'.

What is Data Observability?
Hint: it’s not just data for DevOps…


From Schneier on Security

Cybercrime in the Age of COVID-19

Cybercrime in the Age of COVID-19

The Cambridge Cybercrime Centre has a series of papers on cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Corona App Gateway for the European Commission

Corona App Gateway for the European Commission

Continued work to privately digitize the understanding of contact tracing.

SAP, Deutsche Telekom to Build Corona App Gateway for European Commission
Reuters
Busvine. Douglas via the ACM 

The European Commission (EC) has signed a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Partners with ADT

Google Partners with ADT

A perhaps unexpected move, to address increasing concern about issues of security in the smart home.

Google Invests $450M in ADT to Begin Smart Home Security Partnership in Voicebot.ai

Google is investing $450 million in popular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Landing, Exploring Venus with Steam Punk Sensors

Landing, Exploring Venus with Steam Punk Sensors

Quite a curious idea, more and images at the link.   Applicable in other contexts?

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
Space.com
Elizabeth Howell
July 27, 2020

NASA's Jet Propulsion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sign Language Translating Glove

Sign Language Translating Glove

Consider the broad increase in functionality from these kinds of AI applications.

A high-tech glove can translate sign language with 99-percent accuracy
It could help more people learn to sign.

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
Jun Chen Lab…


From Schneier on Security

BlackBerry Phone Cracked

BlackBerry Phone Cracked

Australia is reporting that a BlackBerry device has been cracked after five years: An encrypted BlackBerry device that was cracked five years after it was first seized by police is poised to be the key piece of evidence in one…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Project Kuiper to Provide Internet from Space

Amazon's Project Kuiper to Provide Internet from Space

Have followed this for some time.   Internet from space, globally.  Apparently the technology works well. Some of us are still worried about floating that many satellites and blocking views of the sky.  Along with other related…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Cleverer Automata Exist

A breakthrough on the separating words problem Zachary Chase is a graduate student of Ben Green at Oxford. Chase has already solved a number of interesting problems–check his site for more details. His advisor is famous for his…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Wants TikTok

Microsoft Wants TikTok

The hot global video and music sharing capability it would seem primarily competes with YouTube and Facebook.   Meanwhile Microsoft has largely gotten out of consumer music sharing.    To get the data generated?   Perhaps for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mouse Co-Creator Dies

Mouse Co-Creator Dies

In our meeting with the co-creator of the mouse in the 80s, Doug Engelbart, was quick to mention William English as the person to create the first mouse device.  I have placed many posts about our interaction with Doug Engelbart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drug Delivery

Drug Delivery

Once again,  its the accurate and efficient delivery problem.  Often a key component of process.

COMMANDing Drug Delivery
MIT News
Sabbi Lall
July 10, 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are using a computational…


From Computational Complexity

The Gauss story is false yet we still tell it. Should we?



When teaching discrete math a while back I told the following story which some had already heard in High School: 



When Gauss was in 1st grade the class was being bad. So the teacher made them sit down and add up the numbers…


From BLOG@CACM

3 Proposals to Change How We Teach Computing In Order to Reduce Inequality

3 Proposals to Change How We Teach Computing In Order to Reduce Inequality

Computer Science education is inequitable. The least-prepared students are going to be hurt the most in online teaching. We have to make change now.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Learning Python: Part 1

Learning Python: Part 1

Python has been on my radar for years but I haven’t really had the motivation to learn it myself. It’s time though for several reasons. Reason number one is that I need a learning goal to keep stretching my mind and knowledge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Tutorial and Presentation on AI and Machine Learning

Google Tutorial and Presentation on AI and Machine Learning

Link via DSC to a considerable presentation on Machine Learning from Google. Below a quick intro with a clue to some common uses of what we are now calling AI.

Google Tutorial on Machine Learning
Posted by Capri Granville  in DSC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introductory Guide to the Use of the Data Warehouse

Introductory Guide to the Use of the Data Warehouse

Hardy comprehensive, as the title suggests, but a good introductory piece on the data warehouse.  A minimum you should know when dealing with corporate data.  Non-technical.

Comprehensive Guide to the Data Warehouse
Data science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Medical Things

Internet of Medical Things

From the ACM, Vint Cerf talks about the current and near future state of medicine.

On the Internet of Medical Things
By Vinton G. Cerf
Communications of the ACM, August 2020, Vol. 63 No. 8, Page 5  10.1145/3406779

Google Vice President…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Smart Supermarket Shelf

On the Smart Supermarket Shelf

A space we did lots of work on with startups and big players.    Our innovation center tested them all.

Smart Supermarket Shelves: A Shopping Transformation

Yuval Boger / 13 Jul 2020 / Connected Devices / IoT  in Readwrite
digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu and Self Driving

Baidu and Self Driving

Update on Baudu's involvement in self driving.

Baidu completes its computer for self-driving cars
It'll first be used for autonomous valet parking.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas in Engadget


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 1st 2020)

Science and Technology links (August 1st 2020)

In Japan, a large dam is being constructed almost entirely by robots. Naked mole rats are mammals that do not age in the sense that their fitness and mortality follows a flat curve, and not a Gompertz curve. Senescent cells are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AR Simulation for First Responders

AR Simulation  for First Responders

An example of where AR can work best, where the specific examples are not rare, yet are relatively easy to construct in a form of simulation.

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emergence of Trust Tokens

Emergence of Trust Tokens

Google buys in, likely create more acceptance.

Google’s ‘trust tokens’ are here to take cookies down a peg
The company plans to eventually phase out third-party cookies in the Chrome browser

By Kim Lyons in TheVerge

Google said earlier…