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September 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Value Creation

On Value Creation

Have read this before, good overview.

Value Realization, Value Positioning, Value Creation

Dave Brock -September 4, 2021 

As sales and marketing people, the concept of “Value Proposition” has become fundamental in our positioning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the use of Content in this Blog

On the use of Content in this Blog

Updates on use:

      A quote from an article here is in italics.  Non italics are my words.

       When the quote ends   with an :  "    ..."    it means I have cut off, at my discretion, the remains of the quote.    To minimize…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

McKinsey writes.   And what is the definition of  'ends'?   Normalcy is? 

August 23, 2021 | Article

By Sarun Charumilind, Matt Craven, Jessica Lamb, Adam Sabow, Shubham Singhal, and Matt Wilson

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end…


From My Biased Coin

Harvard Shopping Period, Here We Go Again

Harvard Shopping Period, Here We Go Again

I was looking at today's Harvard Crimson, and noted that Harvard's shopping period looks ready to be vanished again.  Shopping period is that wonderful Harvard tradition where students don't preregister for classes, but instead…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You Assigning Projects or Recipes?

Are You Assigning Projects or Recipes?

Chris Lehmann, the amazing principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia,  says “If you assign a project and get back 30 of the same thing, that’s not a project, that is a recipe.”  Now recipes have their place forFor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forward to Smart Glasses

Forward to Smart Glasses

 Next step forward to usable smart glasses, driven by tiny lasers.  General or very narrow applications?

Tiny Lasers Could Finally Bring Us Really Smart AR Glasses Post–Google Glass, a new alliance says it has the winning tech…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will AI Reason like Humans?

Will AI Reason like Humans?

 IBM Still thinking Watson as assistant and more.

Tomorrow’s AI Will Reason Like Humans, IBM Watson Developer Predicts David Nahamoo says machines will grok us. 

When David Nahamoo was a high school student in Iran, he wanted to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A different kind of Work from Home

A different kind of Work from Home

 Thoughts on different kinds of work. 

The Rise of a Different Work-from-Home  by Jeff Jordan

Early in the COVID pandemic, my colleague D’Arcy Coolican and I penned “COVID-19 and the Great Rehiring”. The premise of the piece was…


From insideHPC

NEC Launches ‘Quantum-inspired’ Simulated Annealing Service Using Vector Supercomputers

NEC Launches ‘Quantum-inspired’ Simulated Annealing Service Using Vector Supercomputers

NEC Corporation has announced the launch of the “NEC Vector Annealing Service,” a quantum-inspired simulated annealing service that uses a vector supercomputer, as well as the launch of educational services that enable participants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Impact of Cybersecurity and International Trade

Impact of Cybersecurity and International Trade

 Wladawsky-Berger's latest piece as applied to cybersecurity.  Below the intro, then much more inked to: 

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology…


From Schneier on Security

Lightning Cable with Embedded Eavesdropping

Lightning Cable with Embedded Eavesdropping

Normal-looking cables (USB-C, Lightning, and so on) that exfiltrate data over a wireless network.

I blogged about a previous prototype here


From Schneier on Security

Tracking People by their MAC Addresses

Tracking People by their MAC Addresses

Yet another article on the privacy risks of static MAC addresses and always-on Bluetooth connections. This one is about wireless headphones.

The good news is that product vendors are fixing this:

Several of the headphones which…


From insideHPC

SC21 to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for In-Person Attendees

SC21 to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for In-Person Attendees

Following are excepts from a statement released yesterday by Bronis de Supinski, general chair of SC21, to be held in St. Louis in November. The requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination for in-person attendees is a change…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Delays iPhone Scanning for Child Abuse

Apple Delays iPhone Scanning for Child Abuse

It was warned that such methods could be modified to 'scan' any kind of text content in a phone, and lead to a backdoor being established.

Apple delays plan to scan iPhones for child abuse  in the BBC

Apple has delayed plans to…


From Schneier on Security

History of the HX-63 Rotor Machine

History of the HX-63 Rotor Machine

Jon D. Paul has written the fascinating story of the HX-63, a super-complicated electromechanical rotor cipher machine made by Crypto AG.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quick Phrases for Google Assistant

Quick Phrases for Google Assistant

New efficiency

Google Assistant Planning Quick Phrase Commands Without Wake Word

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ  in Voicebot.ai

Google Assistant users won’t need to use ‘OK Google’ or other wake words to give commands to the voice assistant,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coal Mining Robotic Safety

Coal Mining Robotic Safety

New technology for safety. 

 Drones, Autonomous Robots Could Be Deployed in Coal Mines to Improve Safety

ABC News (Australia)

Melissa Maddison; Angel Parsons, August 13, 2021

Technology developed by scientists at Australia's Commonwealth…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cashierless Checkout Company

Cashierless Checkout Company

More steps forward in automating payment with acceptance.

Cashierless checkout company Zippin  with $30M  

Paul Sawers, @psawers  in Venturebeat

The cashierless technology shift continues apace with today’s news that Zippin hasFounded…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $13.7M for Research in Data Reduction for Science

DOE Funds $13.7M for Research in Data Reduction for Science

Sept. 2, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. The projects – led by…


From insideHPC

Japan’s University of Hyogo Selects HPE for Research Supercomputer

Japan’s University of Hyogo Selects HPE for Research Supercomputer

HOUSTON– Sept. 1, 2021 –Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has announced it has built a new supercomputer for the University of Hyogo, Japan’s leading public university. The new supercomputer uses HPE Apollo systems to target…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Launches Leadership Scientific Software Portal

Exascale Computing Project Launches Leadership Scientific Software Portal

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has established the Leadership Scientific Software (LSSw) portal, where those interested can sign up for LSSw town hall (Zoom) meetings, (the first will be Thursday, Sept. 16, 3–4:30 p.m. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

China aims to Regulate Corporate Spending

China aims to Regulate Corporate Spending

Some algorithmic draft regulations come from China's  'Cyberspace Administration' about company spending. 

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

Reuters, Brenda Goh, August 27, 2021   via ACM

The Cyberspace Administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Adds Big Data Analytics

Tableau Adds Big Data Analytics

We were early users of Tableau.  Now part of Salesforce.

Tableau gains new big data analytics features

Kyle Wiggers, @Kyle_L_Wiggers  in Venturebeat

Salesforce today debuted new features in Tableau, including data and analytics“Tableau…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Remote Management Succeed, Innovate, Grow?

Can Remote Management Succeed, Innovate, Grow?

 A debate.

How can companies with remote workforces innovate and grow? The question has been dividing business leaders. James Heskett considers both sides of the debate.  in HBSwk

Despite reams of material written about remoteNevertheless…


From insideHPC

Avalue Launches HPS-621D4A and HPS-246U4A HPC Servers

Avalue Launches HPS-621D4A and HPS-246U4A HPC Servers

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Sep. 2, 2021 – Avalue Technology Inc. (TAIEX: 3479-TW), a global industrial PC solution provider and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, has announced its high performance rackmount…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Regulatory Hurdles for AI Autonomous Cars

Regulatory Hurdles for AI Autonomous Cars

 Good piece.

The Key Regulatory Hurdles Facing AI Autonomous Cars 

By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   

You might be surprised to learn that there is a regulatory enigma of sorts that surrounds and engulfs the advent of AI-based…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethical AI

Ethical AI

 Via DSC, below the intro, much more at the link:

The Ethical AI Application Pyramid

Posted by Bill Schmarzo  In the blog “How Can Your Organization Manage AI Model Biases?”, I wrote:

“In a world more and more driven by AI models…


From insideHPC

Dr. Didem Unat Named SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing

Dr. Didem Unat Named SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing

Dr. Didem Unat is the 2021 ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing award winner. Dr. Unat is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Engineering at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is recognized…


From Computational Complexity

The hierarchy and GapP

There is a great but little-known theorem from the early 90's by Seinosuke Toda and Mitsunori Ogihara (buried as Lemma 2.3 in their paper) that shows the polynomial-time hierarchy is randomly low for Gap-P.

Let M be a non-deterministic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defibrillators Delivered by Drones

Defibrillators Delivered by Drones

Simple application.

Real-World Tests Show Life-Saving Potential of Defibrillator Drones

New Atlas, Nick Lavars, August 29, 2021

A Swedish team of researchers has deployed aerial drones equipped with automated external defibrillators…