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March 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Looks at Google Glass for Expertise

More Looks at Google Glass for Expertise

CACM looks at Google Glass.  Another view, positive and negative.  Still looking at what I would call 'office' applications that link to embedded intelligence and quant analytics.   Leading for rapid integration to corporate…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Teacher Leader Testifies in Illinois

CSTA Teacher Leader Testifies in Illinois

CSTA is now advocating for improvements to computer science education in many states and members of the CSTA Computer Science Advocacy and Leadership Team (CSALT) such as Steve Svetlik of Illinois have been instrumental in …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You Coming to the 2014 CSTA Conference?

Are You Coming to the 2014 CSTA Conference?

As you may have already heard (especially if you are a regular reader of this blog), the Computer Science Teachers Association is in full swing for our 2014 annual conference. We are very proud of our lineup this year as we have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Networking Your Toothbrush as Over-Design App Included

Networking Your Toothbrush as Over-Design  App Included

A step towards an Internet of Everything?  Or should everything be just as intelligent as it needs to be?  My former enterprise develops a smarter toothbrush.  " .... Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B announced the release of its first…


From Schneier on Security

Liveblogging the Financial Cryptography Conference

Liveblogging the Financial Cryptography Conference

Ross Anderson liveblogged Financial Cryptography 2014. Interesting stuff....


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Launches Job Board

CSTA Launches Job Board

In the last year CSTA has received an increasing number of requests from schools and organizations looking to find computer science teachers to fill new jobs. At the same time, we've also been receiving requests from teachers…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Planning for Go Code Girl 2014: Python and Pis

Planning for Go Code Girl 2014: Python and Pis

Last year's Go Code Girl was a great success.  This year, we wanted to build on that as well as try something a bit different.  Keeping the same overall format, we're hosting two days of coding fun: the first at University of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FTC on In-Store Tracking and Data Security

FTC on In-Store Tracking and Data Security

In Retailwire:   Key to follow for those that want to gather additional big retail data.   " ... Advertising Age recently reported on five expected areas of focus for the Federal Trade Commission this year. All five revolve around…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Presidential Innovation Fellowship for USPTO Patent Quality Initiative

Presidential Innovation Fellowship for USPTO Patent Quality Initiative

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program invites applications from individuals interested in helping the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) improve patent quality through better prior art identification and evaluation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Light, Efficient Lighting and Sensors

Intelligent Light, Efficient Lighting and Sensors

Using light as a means of network construction has existed for some time.  It has interesting advantages and constraints.   We tested it for very specialized retail conditions.  From Radar OReilly:   A good overview of players…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USPTO Software Partnership Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Prior Art for Software Patents on April 10, 2014

USPTO Software Partnership Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Prior Art for Software Patents on April 10, 2014

The USPTO will hold a Software Partnership Roundtable on April 10 to discuss crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions to identify prior art for software patents. The roundtable and its webcast will be open to the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis Validated

Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis Validated

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Brandeis University have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis, more than 60 years after his death. Turing is well…


From Apophenia

Why Snapchat is Valuable: It’s All About Attention

Why Snapchat is Valuable: It’s All About Attention

Most people who encounter a link to this post will never read beyond this paragraph. Heck, most people who encountered a link to this post didn’t click on the link to begin with. They simply saw the headline, took note that someone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Data Flow

On Data Flow

Agree with the points made here, the topic of lifecycle management is rarely considered seriously.  It also goes beyond lifecycle, to better understand the context of the data and decisions that are influenced by that dataWhat…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Changing The View Of Code

Changing The View Of Code

The other day I was working on a code project and ran into a frustrating bug. I looked at it for at least an hour and got nowhere with it. I used breakpoints, debugging code, and scanned though the listing again and again. No…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Saffron Technology Advances in Associative Memories

Saffron Technology Advances in Associative Memories

New developments from Saffron Technology, often mentioned here, implementer of innovative machine learning techniques. See more about their Natural Intelligence Platform. And current Press release:   Previously about Saffron.…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Power Of ACC

Euler’s back-door pass to Gauss sinks a bucket ACC stands for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is an athletic organization that contains Georgia Tech and fourteen other colleges. In basketball, the top several teams in the…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Power Of ACC

Euler’s back-door pass to Gauss sinks a bucket ACC stands for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is an athletic organization that contains Georgia Tech and fourteen other colleges. In basketball, the top several teams in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Battlefield: Project Morpheus

Virtual Battlefield: Project Morpheus

I was struck by use of the term virtual battlefield.  See Bloomberg article.  This was precisely what we did now many years ago. With punch cards and mainframes, and also excellent-for-the-time, game style visualizations.   We…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driving Data Reveals Routes

Driving Data Reveals Routes

How driving data can reveal routes.  This has been long known, and has been used in a number of contexts.  A good example of analytical method based on sensor data.  A Podcast.  In the Sciam:  " ... Insurance companies have for…


From Computational Complexity

Spring Breaking at Dagstuhl

It's spring break at Georgia Tech and time to head to Germany for the Dagstuhl Seminar Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems. Lots of discussion on algebraic circuits, interactive coding, information complexity,much…


From The Eponymous Pickle

From Mess to Model Training

From Mess to Model Training

On April 17-18, the Center for Business Analytics in the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati will be offering a training course called “From Mess to Model.” This course serves as an introduction to the…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming for the fun of it

Programming for the fun of it

Several years ago I was visiting a college and the professor I was meeting with told me he assigned a slot machine project to his students. That struck me a a very fun thing to do. At the time I didn’t have the time or the motivation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever and Mobile Marketing

Unilever and Mobile Marketing

Unilever Deploys Mobile Marketing PlatformUnilever has become the first company to activate Brandtone’s automated mobile marketing platform and engage directly with mobile phone users in the world’s fastest growing markets.The…


From My Biased Coin

Hashing Summer School in Copenhagen

Hashing Summer School in Copenhagen

Of the many, many interesting things happening in Copenhagen this summer (SEA, ICALP) we'd like to add one more:  a Hashing Summer School at the University of Copenhagen.  Here's the web site.  This was the brainchild of Mikkel…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Gets CS Amendment Passed

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Gets CS Amendment Passed

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) has successfully offered an important amendment to H.R. 4186 to expand a STEM teacher professional development grant under the National Science Foundation to include computer science teachers.

Esty's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson as a Cognitive Technology

Watson as a Cognitive Technology

Was told that IBM has just refreshed their Watson site.  Now positioning it as a cognitive technology. No longer called AI or Expert Systems, which was the common parlance in our day.  The positioning is interesting too:" ... Watson…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cloud Robotics at SXSW

Cloud Robotics at SXSW

Earlier this month, the SXSW interactive conference held a session on Cloud Robotics: Instant Scalability and Capability. The panel was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal as one of the moments that stood out at the conference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uncertainty Traps

Uncertainty Traps

In Knowledge@Wharton:  Had not heard the term before, but knowing what you don't know is always  a useful thing.  And leads to statements like:  "If we had this data ... THEN ... we could calculate predict, refine this result…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Leslie Lamport Recognized With 2013 A.M. Turing Award

Leslie Lamport Recognized With 2013 A.M. Turing Award

Leslie Lamport, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 ACM A.M. Turing Award.  The recognition is for his work in distributed computing systems, as described in the award citation…