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May 2020


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes

This is new news: Revealing yet another super-power in the skillful squid, scientists have discovered that squid massively edit their own genetic instructions not only within the nucleus of their neurons, but also within the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Virtual Innovation Challenge

A Virtual Innovation Challenge

My former employer puts on a challenge:

P&G Ventures Announces Procter & Gamble's First-Ever Virtual Innovation Challenge

CINCINNATI, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within P&G (NYSE:PG)…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Programming inside in a container

Programming inside in a container

I have a small collection of servers, laptops and desktops. My servers were purchased and configured at different times. By design, they have different hardware and software configurations. I have processors from AMD, Intel,Continue…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Am I Retired Now?

Am I Retired Now?

My last class of the school year just ended. My grades and report card comments are in the system. I am not going back to school in the fall. Am I retired now? I guess so. It feels weird as if there is no real closure. It doesn…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Math Tells

How to tell what part of math you are from Gerolamo Cardano is often credited with introducing the notion of complex numbers. In 1545, he wrote a book titled Ars Magna. He introduced us to numbers like in his quest to understand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Take on the Search for Quantum Supremacy

Another Take on  the Search for Quantum Supremacy

This has come up a few times since last year with claims from major Tech.    IEEE Spectrum looks at the supremacy claim again, intro below and more at the link.  How do we measure real results on real problems of value?

How Many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

USAF Looks at Blockchain Database for Data Share

USAF Looks at Blockchain Database for Data Share

Novel approach with implications for supply chain applications as well as other sensor based input of data.

U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

The blockchain ledger will enable data ingest from legacy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deloitte Resilience Podcast

Deloitte Resilience Podcast

Overall have liked the Deloitte writings on corporate strategic responses and risk analysis.

Resilient podcast: How businesses can confront the COVID-19 crisis
Actionable insights to help businesses respond and recover
In this special…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Announcing the CIFellows 2020 Postdocs Project

NSF DCL: Announcing the CIFellows 2020 Postdocs Project

The following is a letter to the community from Margaret Martonosi (Assistant Director) and Erwin Gianchandani (Deputy Assistant Director) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Bionic Eye

Better Bionic Eye

New imaging capabilities to improve eyesight.

New Bionic Eye Might See Better Than We Do
By Joel Hruska in Extremetech

The ability to restore sight to the blind is one of the most profound acts of healing medicine can achieve, in…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC Accelerates Cloud and Enterprise Workloads

NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC Accelerates Cloud and Enterprise Workloads

Today NVIDIA launched the NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC — a highly secure and efficient 25/50 gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet smart network interface controller (SmartNIC) — to meet surging growth in enterprise and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Invests in Blockchain Network

IBM Invests in Blockchain Network

More indications of the seriousness of the technology

IBM Takes 7% in Trade-Finance Blockchain Network We.Trade

IBM has become a shareholder in we.trade, the blockchain-based trade-finance platform jointly owned by 12 European

Ciaran…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Significant is Climate on Coronavirus Transmission?

How Significant is Climate on Coronavirus Transmission?

Considerable depth in this piece about the topic.

The Trillion-Dollar Question With COVID-19
How significant is climate on coronavirus transmission?
by Luke Shors and Michael Ferrari

Right now, India is completing more than a month…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Albertsons to Launch Virtual Assistant

Albertsons to Launch Virtual Assistant

Details of its use and depth will be of interest.

 So far, Albertsons has implemented the Nuance virtual assistant and live chat at its Vons supermarkets in Southern California.

Russell Redman 

With online grocery sales booming

Albertsons…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Drug Screening for Deadly Heart Arrhythmias

Supercomputing Drug Screening for Deadly Heart Arrhythmias

Using XSEDE supercomputers, scientists have developed for the first time a way to screen drugs through their chemical structures for induced arrhythmias. Death from sudden cardiac arrest causes the most deaths by natural causes…


From Schneier on Security

Ann Mitchell, Bletchley Park Cryptanalyst, Dies

Ann Mitchell, Bletchley Park Cryptanalyst, Dies

Obituary....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Surge of Secondary Brands

Surge of Secondary Brands

Speculation as to how surging demands for new and secondary brands will effect the market and the supply chain.    And can be better controlled with digital strategies.

 As secondary brands surge, CPG leaders need a digital playbook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Bores Like an Earthworm

GE Bores Like an Earthworm

Novel kind of robotic task and environment, example of biomimicry.

GE’s soft robot bores holes like a giant earthworm by Brian Heater in TechCrunch

A giant earthworm robot was not on the list of things I expected to see when I


From insideHPC

Paperspace Joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Software Program

Paperspace Joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Software Program

Today AI cloud computing Paperspace announced Paperspace Gradient is certified under the new NVIDIA DGX-Ready Software program. The program offers proven solutions that complement NVIDIA DGX systems, including the new NVIDIA …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Geometry Points to Drug Target Candidates

Geometry Points to Drug Target Candidates

The fact that geomety and math are indicative of targets is intriguing .    Points perhaps to similarity to folding problems, with huge combinatorics.

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates
Scientific American
Michael…


From Schneier on Security

Bart Gellman on Snowden

Bart Gellman on Snowden

Bart Gellman's long-awaited (at least by me) book on Edward Snowden, Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State, will finally be published in a couple of weeks. There is an adapted excerpt in the Atlantic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AI tell Moral right from Wrong?

Can AI tell Moral right from Wrong?

As suggested moral choices have much to do with context, and are hard to extract from just words.    I like that changes over time are being considered.  Time is often the most important metadata, and infers the trajectories

Scientists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Masks as Apparel

Masks as Apparel

The thought came to mind as I walked retail yesterday, made me shudder as I counted the mask wearers in the aisle.   Gathering data.   There seems to be no end in sight.   As I tried to smile at a helpful employee.  Masks are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Knowledge Graphs, Knowledge Panels

Google Knowledge Graphs, Knowledge Panels

Want to build from these basics. an introduction:

A reintroduction to our Knowledge Graph and knowledge panels
Danny Sullivan In Google Blog
Public Liaison for Search

Sometimes Google Search will show special boxes with information…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows 2020 Application Guidelines Updated and May 26th Webinar

CIFellows 2020 Application Guidelines Updated and May 26th Webinar

Last week the Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced the new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Program for 2020. This program recognizes the significant disruption to the…


From Schneier on Security

Criminals and the Normalization of Masks

Criminals and the Normalization of Masks

I was wondering about this: Masks that have made criminals stand apart long before bandanna-wearing robbers knocked over stagecoaches in the Old West and ski-masked bandits held up banks now allow them to blend in like concerned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Like People, AI will also Fail.

Like People, AI will also Fail.

A very nicely done, non-technical and usefully skeptical view of AI. Making the case that even if your AI solves a problem today, it is likely to fail tomorrow, when time and context drift and shift.  Just like human problem


What…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forestry System for Growth Prediction

Forestry System for Growth Prediction

Another example of my previous work in forestry.    Would have been useful to manage harvesting schedules.

Researcher to Receive Top Global Forestry Award From Swedish King

Oregon State University News
by Steve Ludeberg

Oregon State…


From Computational Complexity

Obit for Richard Dudley

Richard M. (Dick) Dudley died on Jan. 19, 2020 (NOT from Coronavirus).You can find obituaries for him  herehere, and here and an interview with him from 2019  here.


Professor Dudley worked in Probability and Statistics…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Embedded Security Workshop Report Released

CCC Embedded Security Workshop Report Released

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently released the Leadership in Embedded Security workshop report. The workshop was organized by former CCC Council Member Kevin Fu (University of Michigan), Wayne Burleson (UMass…