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July 2012


From Putting People First

Book: This is Service Design Thinking

Book: This is Service Design Thinking

This is Service Design Thinking: Basics – Tools – Cases Edited by Marc Stickdorn and Jakob Schneider BIS Publishers, 2011 376 pages (Amazon link) This is Service Design Thinking outlines a contemporary approach for service innovation…


From Putting People First

Ethical decision-making apps damage our ability to make moral choices

Ethical decision-making apps damage our ability to make moral choices

A recent crush of smartphone and tablet apps claim to make hard decisions easier, and the range of ethical dilemmas they can weigh in on will only increase. At this rate, Siri 5.0 may be less a personal assistant than an always…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Researchers Among Presidential Early-Career Awardees

Computing Researchers Among Presidential Early-Career Awardees

This afternoon, the White House named 96 researchers — including a 2009 Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow) – as recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), “the highest honor…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 23 July 2012

Interesting Links 23 July 2012

I had a great week and a great weekend. Busy weekend with family which is the best way to spend the weekend. I’m late with today’s posts though but hopefully you’ll all forgive me.

The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit hasResearch…


From [email protected]

John L. Hennessy on 'the Coming Tsunami in Educational Technology'

John L. Hennessy on 'the Coming Tsunami in Educational Technology'

Stanford president John L. Hennessy delivered a provocative keynote speech, "The Coming Tsunami in Educational Technology," about the uncertain future of higher education at CRA's Snowbird conference.  


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Is C/C++ worth it?

Is C/C++ worth it?

We routinely attribute the long battery life and power of our tablets and tiny laptops to better hardware. However, in many cases, this better hardware runs software that is an order of magnitude faster than older software. For…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LandSat at 40

LandSat at 40

LandSat imagery was the first example we saw of the value of images from space for business.  We examined them for use in forest management for the pulp industry.  Now Google Latlong has an excellent overview of what this data…


From Computational Complexity

CCC12- post 4 of 4- Misc Info.

CCC 12 post 4 of 4. The business meeting and other observations. Programming committee info: There were 119 submissions of which 18 were junk (more on that later). This is pretty large- Paris 2009 had 113 submissions. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holistic Virtualization

Holistic Virtualization

Computerworld special edition on holistic virtualization.  Increasingly important for the integration of analytics. Exploring.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Noise and Blank Display Ads

Noise and Blank Display Ads

Former colleague Ted McConnell, exec VP at the Advertising Research Foundation, writes about the conundrum of blank display ads getting an impressive number of hits.  And even a considerable ROI.  He combines the investigation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Biases are Running Rampant

Biases are Running Rampant

We discovered in the very early days of the Web that the increasing access to more information made it very easy to feed your own biases.    Ordinary employees and even advanced scientists were quick to find supporting information…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 23

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of July 23

July 24 Briefing: The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is holding a briefing on assistive voting technology for veterans. 9:30 a.m., 188 Russell Building Hearing: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing…


From Schneier on Security

How the Norwegians Reacted to Terrorism

How the Norwegians Reacted to Terrorism

An antidote to the American cycle of threat, fear, and overspending in response to terrorism is this, about Norway on the first anniversary of its terrorist massacre:

And at the political level, the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Introducing the CCC to Our New Readers

Introducing the CCC to Our New Readers

For those of you who have been regulars of the CCC Blog since the early days (back in late 2008), thanks for continuing to click on to us. For the rest of you — we’ve seen a surge in traffic in the last year, so many of you are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Manufacturing is in Amerca

Future of Manufacturing is in Amerca

Article quoted in length by MJ Perry.    Saying that advances in robotics and artificial intelligence along with remote manufacture through 3D printing will drive manufacturing costs down in the West.  I would add new analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphones Have Replaced ...

Smartphones Have Replaced ...

In Technology Review:   What smartphones have replaced.   I don't like lists for their own sake but I did notice the mention of a shopping list, which we studied in some detail.  They have not yet been replaced by smartphones…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and Watermarks

Nielsen and Watermarks

Engadget reports on a new technology to gather information about local viewing activity via set-top boxes.  More information and press release at the link.  Particularly interesting to me was the concept of a watermark.   An…


From The Eponymous Pickle

OODA Loop

OODA Loop

Nice piece on the history and implementation of John Boyd's OODA Loop....  The OODA Loop describes how to make decisions and act on them using a four-stage model: Observation, Orientation (perhaps better labeled Interpretation)…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Calling for Papers for Spatial Computing Visioning Workshop

CCC Calling for Papers for Spatial Computing Visioning Workshop

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) has issued a call for participation for an upcoming visioning workshop on spatial computing. Led by Shashi Shekhar (University of Minnesota), the workshop — to be held in Washington, DC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Curation and Shopping in Pinterest

Visual Curation and Shopping in Pinterest

In the NYTimes Mag:  A breezy look at what has come to be known as 'visual curation' in systems like Pinterest .    Asked by a connection to look at the relevance of Pinterest I set up an account and looked at how to link some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's and Shopkick

Macy's and Shopkick

Macy's promotes mobile shopping for coeds using Shopkick.  In their blog.  Exclusive deals and rewards for simply walking into one of their 800 US locations.  An example of a major retailer using location based merchandisingShopkick…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metadata and the Stroop Effect

Metadata and the Stroop Effect

The Stroop effect is a clinical test that measures differences in reaction time when you are shown information that confirms or contradicts your own views, conscious or nonconscious.  It has been used in neuromarketing studies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Freemium Done?

Is Freemium Done?

In GigaOM: Freemium, the model of providing valuable, but limited in some way services free to attract large numbers of 'eyeballs' with the opportunity to up-sell, has been a wildly common and successful economic model.  Is the…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How Good Is Your Translator?

Using fixed points to measure language translators Franz Ochs is a computer scientist whose main research is on machine translation of natural languages. He got his doctorate from RWTH Aachen University in his native Germany…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google+ Again

Google+ Again

Just had need to go back and use Google+ again.  Had been noticing a number of things written about its demise.  Also this article warning it was not quite dead yet.  Agree with some of the points about its simplicity has value…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sitting

Sitting

A piece in the WSJ by the Numbers Guy about a recent study regarding how too much sitting could cause an early death.  Well done, a classic correlation vs causation example that should be shown to all management for required…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Loves Math

SAS Loves Math

A series in SAS Voices.  Which looks at how math is used in industry and at home.  And how it relates to business analytics.   Great to point out to students who may not understand how math relates to real jobs.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Preserved Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Preserved Squid

Science or art?

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From The Noisy Channel

Upcoming Conferences: RecSys, HCIR, CIKM

Upcoming Conferences: RecSys, HCIR, CIKM

Long-time readers know that I have strong opinions about academic conferences. I find the main value of conferences and workshops to be facilitating face-to-face interaction among researchers and practitioners who share professional…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Point-and-Shoot Game Creation

Point-and-Shoot Game Creation

Were you ever the type to pick up a newspaper just so you could complete the crossword puzzle? Apparently this was a point of entry into the paper for many people, but the concept didn't get translated very well when journalism…