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February 2012


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Big Brother Knows More Than You Think

Big Brother Knows More Than You Think

And by Big Brother I don


From [email protected]

Design Adventures in a Children

Design Adventures in a Children

The first in a series of articles about the design process used in a technology and play project in a children's hospital.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advertising Adapts to Gender

Advertising Adapts to Gender

An example of a public advertisement using facial recognition software to alter an advertisement based on gender.  Another example of adaptive interactivity in displays that we will continue to see more of.   Again I point you…


From Wild WebMink

? A Tax Whose Time Has Come

? A Tax Whose Time Has Come

Dubbed “the world’s most popular new tax”, this proposal has gathered an amazing breadth of support globally, including world political and business leaders. It sounds like one of the things that should be on the political agenda…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum–Reminder

Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum–Reminder

I know I keep blogging about this event but it really is a great event and I really hope many of you apply for this wonderful opportunity to showcase your work with innovations in teaching CS and technology. It is one of theOh…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

I know I keep blogging about this event but it really is a great event and I really hope many of you apply for this wonderful opportunity to showcase your work with innovations in teaching CS and technology. It is one of theOh…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brainfuence

Brainfuence

Just getting to read Roger Dooley's book  Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing.   Nice so far, an easy non-technical read that does no over promise the idea.  Good introduction.  The link…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Paco Underhill on the Shopping List

Paco Underhill on the Shopping List

Not too much unexpected here.   Reminder of what the store is designed to do. Much of what shows up in the shopping basket is not in the shopping list.  Though in our own exploration of the shopping list,  it can mean many different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Software as a Service for Data Scientists

Software as a Service for Data Scientists

In the CACM:    Experience at Globus Online.  Applicable in business too .." ... As big data emerges as a force in science so, too, do new, onerous tasks for researchers. Data from specialized instrumentation, numerical simulations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever to Halve Environmental Impact

Unilever to Halve Environmental Impact

A commitment for 2020.    " ... Unilever Vice President Eelco Camminga said the company will be twice the size in 2020, with half the environmental impact. "We intend to source more responsibly, from more responsible manufacturers…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Simple Storytelling in The Legend of Zelda

Simple Storytelling in The Legend of Zelda

I love the Legend of Zelda games.  They are similar enough to make me feel nostalgic, yet always offer something new.  We've been playing the latest, Skyward Sword, over the last few months and it has been no exception.  The …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data at the AAAS Annual Meeting

Big Data at the AAAS Annual Meeting

Early last Saturday morning, I had the privilege and pleasure of organizing and moderating a


From Schneier on Security

"1234" and Birthdays Are the Most Common PINs

"1234" and Birthdays Are the Most Common PINs

Research paper: "A birthday present every eleven wallets? The security of customer-chosen banking PINs," by Joseph Bonneau, Sören Preibusch, and Ross Anderson:

Abstract: We provide the first published estimates of the difficulty…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 - Strawman draft

ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 - Strawman draft

Over the weekend, the ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Science Curricula 2013 committee (of which I am a member) released the first public from this effort. (The announcement follows my comments). The Strawman draft is not a complete document…


From Putting People First

Principles of Social Interaction Design: An Essay

Principles of Social Interaction Design: An Essay

Adrian Chan, social media expert and social interaction theorist at Gravity7, has written a long essay to collect his thoughts on social interaction design. “Imperfect and unfinished as any project on contemporary products will…


From Putting People First

User experience design is dead; Long live user experience

User experience design is dead; Long live user experience

With Apple, Inc. having the largest market capitalization of any company in the world, and an endless stream of CEOs and pundits talking about the importance of user experience, Peter Merholz suspects the phrase


From Putting People First

Four new articles from UX matters

Four new articles from UX matters

UX matters posted yesterday four new articles: The world of services user experience By Baruch Sachs In a services organization, you are not only the UX expert, you are also expected to be a thought leader in areas that go far…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Fix For E-Mail: Fluent

A Fix For E-Mail: Fluent

I agree that EMail is becoming increasingly hard to deal with.  Too much, too messy, and hard to deal with as an efficient means to store knowledge.   These former Google employees  claim to have a solution:  Fluent.  It will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Analytics is Important

Supply Chain Analytics is Important

A survey of CIO's indicates that   " ... Analytics/business intelligence was the top-ranked technology for 2012 as CIOs are combining analytics with other technologies to create new capabilities, for example, analytics plus supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tailoring Analytical Insights at the Point of Decision

Tailoring Analytical Insights at the Point of Decision

DemandTec is now an IBM Company, but I am continuing to make my way through their solution briefs for retail.  This week I took a look at one that I had not reviewed before, their brief on shopper insights.  Shopper insightsMy…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Does CS "Rock" for your students?

Does CS "Rock" for your students?

One of the more interesting pieces of non-solicited email that I received this morning offered to help me teach like a rock star. I have to admit, the promotional technique was catchy and the email itself was short enough to…


From Wild WebMink

LibreOffice Matures

LibreOffice Matures

Now finally and firmly established as an independent entity, The Document Foundation and LibreOffice are a refreshing story of community triumphing over adversity. Read more over at ComputerWorldUK.


From The Eponymous Pickle

SpaceCurve and Complex Location Data

SpaceCurve and Complex Location Data

In GigaOM:  Metadata linked to location.SpaceCurve, a Seattle-based startup pushing a database designed for location data, has raised $2.7 million on the promise it can help application developers better leverage the Internet…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Last week, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies released a consensus list — the result of input from “some of the world’s leading minds within the entire [Global Agenda Council] network” —…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Secure Wireless Retail Networks

Secure Wireless Retail Networks

Particularly useful for point-of-sale applications.  Press release.   " ... New West Technologies partners with Enterasys Networks and Honeywell to offer secure wireless mobile retail network ... "


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What happens when you get more Ph.D.s?

What happens when you get more Ph.D.s?

Following the fall of the USSR, hundreds of world class mathematicians emigrated to the USA. Intuitively, this should have made American mathematics stronger. Did it? Borjas and Doran examined the problem. Their starting point…


From Apophenia

Are Librarians Encouraging Public Libraries to Abide by COPPA?

Are Librarians Encouraging Public Libraries to Abide by COPPA?

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was created to prevent corporations from collecting data about children without parental permission. This law explicitly does not apply to public institutions, non-profits,…


From Computational Complexity

Aggie for a Day

About 25 years ago I visited a college friend, David Jackson, then a grad student at Texas A&M. He was a Ph.D. student in Food Science doing his doctorate research on starch. He had a tortilla maker in his lab. Made me wonder…


From [email protected]

Why Don't We use Worksheets in Computer Science Education?

Why Don't We use Worksheets in Computer Science Education?

Worksheets (short, constrained, sets of exercises with mostly fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and multiple choice activities) are unusual in CS education. Use of worksheets is a natural progression towards a broader audience for…


From Schneier on Security

Covert Communications Channel in Tarsiers

Covert Communications Channel in Tarsiers

Marissa A. Ramsier, Andrew J. Cunningham, Gillian L. Moritz, James J. Finneran, Cathy V. Williams, Perry S. Ong, Sharon L. Gursky-Doyen, and Nathaniel J. Dominy (2012), "Primate communication in the pure ultrasound," Biology.…