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March 2019


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 16th 2019)

Science and Technology links (March 16th 2019)

There is mounting evidence that clearing old cells (senescent cells) from old tissues has a rejuvenating effect. There are very few such cells in most cases, but they cause a disproportionate amount of problems. Anderson et al…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ask Developer Console for Interaction Insights

Ask Developer Console for Interaction Insights

Just got a chance to look at this more closely.

Gain Interaction Insights Using New Analytics in the ASK Developer Console  By BJ Haberkorn

Today we added interaction path analysis to the Analytics tab on the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guide to Data Types

Guide to Data Types

From First to Third, and Alternative Too: A Guide to Data Types  By Alex Woodie in Datanami

One way to create a competitive edge in your business is to use the latest and greatest analytic techniques. Stream processing, deep learning…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Information Technology Manager at Louisiana State University

Job of the Week: Information Technology Manager at Louisiana State University

"The Manager of HPC Systems within Information Technology Services will be responsible for enabling both existing and emerging high performance computing solutions and related infrastructure, providing a high level of service…


From insideHPC

Podcast: How Real is Ai Anyway?

Podcast: How Real is Ai Anyway?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses AI, bias in AI, and just how real AI actually is. "Ethics in AI, policy, legal framework are all big threads here. The trigger is the rather funny article from The Register: …


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is Salesforce Einstein Discovery?

What is Salesforce Einstein Discovery?

Have been looking at some of Salesforce offerings.

Video of of tech of basics of Salesforce Einstein:

By Mark Tossell:

Einstein Discovery is a curious enigma in the Salesforce ecosystem. Most people in the Salesforce world have

I…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: A Squid-Related Vacation Tour in Hawaii

Friday Squid Blogging: A Squid-Related Vacation Tour in Hawaii

You can hunt for the Hawaiian bobtail squid. 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 Was Cited in a Court Decision

I Was Cited in a Court Decision

An article I co-wrote -- my first law journal article -- was cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court -- the state supreme court -- in a case on compelled decryption. Here's the first, in footnote 1: We understand the…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I'm teaching a live online class called "Spotlight on Cloud: The Future of Internet Security with Bruce Schneier" on O'Reilly's learning platform, Thursday, April…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Articles on Bayesian Theory and Methods

Articles on Bayesian Theory and Methods

 Good introduction to these methods, including code.   Click through for links to each article.

15 Great Articles about Bayesian Methods and Networks
Posted by Vincent Granville on March 15, 2019

This resource is part of a series…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Private Label Tablet?

Wal-Mart Private Label Tablet?

Quite an interesting development.    How might Wal-Mart use this kind of channel to drive online purchases?  Inexpensive position could drive broader uses.   Perhaps adding some shopping assistant to aid the shopper, curating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Data Pipelines will Vary

Your Data Pipelines will Vary

And especially when there is likely changes in data over time, and there will be a need to change sources.  And especially in variant metadata, often forgotten about.   Good reminder of the general problem.

Overcoming Unpredictable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply Chain Risk Management

I repeat, risk is rarely well tracked and evaluated.

A practical approach to supply-chain risk management

In supply-chain risk management, organizations often don’t know where to start. We offer a practical approach.

Sent from McKinsey…


From insideHPC

Video: LANL Open Sources DeltaFS software for Wrangling Trillions of Files

Video: LANL Open Sources DeltaFS software for Wrangling Trillions of Files

A new distributed file system for HPC being distributed today via GitHub provides unprecedented performance for creating, updating and managing extreme numbers of files. "We designed DeltaFS to enable the creation of trillions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data's Biggest Challenge

Big Data's Biggest Challenge

More Broadly, losing site of the goals.  Crucial for any analytical project.

Big Data’s Biggest Challenge: How to Avoid Getting Lost in the Weeds  from [email protected] 
Podcast and Transcript

Wharton's Raghuram Iyengar and Evite CEO Victor…


From Schneier on Security

Critical Flaw in Swiss Internet Voting System

Critical Flaw in Swiss Internet Voting System

Researchers have found a critical flaw in the Swiss Internet voting system. I was going to write an essay about how this demonstrates that Internet voting is a stupid idea and should never be attempted -- and that this system…


From insideHPC

Podcast: ECP EXAALT Program Extends the Reach of Molecular Dynamics

Podcast: ECP EXAALT Program Extends the Reach of Molecular Dynamics

Computationally, EXAALT’s goal is to develop a comprehensive molecular dynamics capability for exascale. "The user should be able to say, ‘I’m interested in this kind of system size, timescale, and accuracy,’ and directly access…


From insideHPC

Video: Arm in HPC

Video: Arm in HPC

Brent Gorda from ARM gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. "With the recent Astra system at Sandia Lab (#203 on the Top500) and HPE Catalyst project in the UK, Arm-based architectures are arriving in HPC environments…


From insideHPC

Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

What are the economic benefits of HPC? A new study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business indicates that the economic impact of NREL amounted to more than $1.1 billion nationwide, while the impact on…


From [email protected]

Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't Use Those Words

Want Kids to Love Math and Science? Don't Use Those Words

At Mindbenders, we want kids to put down their textbooks and learn by creating and doing.


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs

UASG Elects New Chair and Vice Chairs

Leadership to Continue the Group’s Work in Ensuring the Universal Acceptance of All Domain Names 15 MARCH 2019 – The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) elects new Chair and three new Vice Chairs as its leadership team…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Connections–March 2019

ACM-W Connections–March 2019

Letter from ACM-W Chair News from ACM-W Celebrations News from ACM-W Student Chapters News from ACM-W Professional Chapters News from ACM-W Scholarships News from ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair Each year ACM presents…


From Schneier on Security

DARPA Is Developing an Open-Source Voting System

DARPA Is Developing an Open-Source Voting System

This sounds like a good development: ...a new $10 million contract the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

Intriguing kind of application.  See the image at the link for a visual description of the idea. 

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells
by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University in RDMag

Usiigaci,

Both…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Infographic Time Line of 30 Years of the Web

Infographic Time Line of 30 Years of the Web

Nicely done infographic visual by AppInstitute.  Interesting given I have lived through all this, which events I can remember, and which not.

History of the Web Timeline Infographic: Celebrating 30 Years of the World Wide Web
Posted…


From insideHPC

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Today the European Submer startup announced that their latest SmartPod Immersion Cooling System conforms to both standard server formats and to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications for high-performance, supercomputing, and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

[email protected] – Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People

CCC@AAAS2019 – Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People

How does social science and government policy affect technology? That was the main question the Socio-technical Cybersecurity: It’s All About People scientific session attempted to answer at this year’s American Association for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laying out the Look of Deep Learnig

Laying out the Look of Deep Learnig

A dive into the Math of Deep learning,   not very deep,  more like structural look, reminds me of lots of books I read back in the 90s, which laid out  the structural architecture of neural networks,  detailed their computational…


From insideHPC

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

Earlier this week, countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project came together in Rome to sign an international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organization that will oversee the delivery of the world…


From insideHPC

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Today the RISC-V Foundation announced that Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA…