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January 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Content Rules

Content Rules

Paul Gillin reviews the new book: Content Rules, by  C.C. Chapman and Ann Handley as a desktop reference for social marketers.  On the reading list.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Book review: Statistical Analysis with R

Book review: Statistical Analysis with R

The programming language R is a standard for statisticians. And it is free software which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. You can learn much online about R, but if you prefer a bona fide book, there are also many to choose from…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education

Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education

The federal government asks for advice about education fairly regularly. But it isn't often that it asks specifically what is needed to advance K-12 computer science education. So I was pleasantly surprised when one federal program…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-01-19

links for 2011-01-19

People's Choice Award 2010 – opensource.com The OpenSource.Com website that Red Hat run is having a ballot to select the top contributor for 2010 – vote now! (tags: OpenSource Writing) A Year After: The Open Source Projects Another…


From Schneier on Security

Odd Art Forger

Odd Art Forger

He's not in it for the money:

Mr. Landis...has been one of the most prolific forgers American museums have encountered in years, writing, calling and presenting himself at their doors, where he tells well-concocted stories about…


From The Noisy Channel

Internship Opportunities at LinkedIn

Internship Opportunities at LinkedIn

Do you love big data? Do you enjoy applying your skills in data mining, machine learning, information retrieval and data visualization? Are you a hands-on implementer who can turn your ideas into reality, whether in Java or Python…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Growth of Linked Data

Growth of Linked Data

I have covered the concept of 'Linked Data' here before.  A good piece in ReadWriteWeb on how the idea is continuing to grow. Also a site of interest, LinkedData.org, where they define the concept:" ... The Web enables us to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Near Field Communications Discount System

Near Field Communications Discount System

A somewhat unqiue method of using both RFID and mobile to redeem discounts in a store:E. Leclerc Supermarket Tests RFID-enabled Promotional OffersIn Nice, the French retail chain is piloting a system that includes stickers with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freakonomics Blog Moving

Freakonomics Blog Moving

Confirmation that the often interesting Freakonomics blog will be leaving the NYT site and becoming standalone and 'indie' once again.  I like it independent.


From Putting People First

Devices will allow for more heads-up mobility

Devices will allow for more heads-up mobility

Marko Ahtisaari, senior vp and head of design strategy at Nokia, was interviewed on the [Nokia] Ideas Project site. In the [short] interview, Ahtisaari states that true mobility means devices that users can operate and interact…


From Putting People First

Beware the seductions of sociable machines

Beware the seductions of sociable machines

Our lives have become bold technological experiments, but we need to think hard before letting the computers and robots take over, says Sherry Turkle, MIT professor of social studies of science and technology, in the New Scientist…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft at TCEA 2011

Microsoft at TCEA 2011

Well I am making my plans to be at TCEA again this year. I


From BLOG@CACM

Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education

Let the Feds Know Your Thoughts on K-12 Computer Science Education

 A federal program that invests in information technology research and development asks the community three sets of questions related to making K-12 computer science and essential subject.


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-01-18

links for 2011-01-18

On the map Interesting slide show illustrating the power of OpenStreetMap to overcome political bias that prevents the real world being documented. (tags: OpenStreetMap Maps Africa) Legal Thuggery, or Law as Transaction Cost…


From Schneier on Security

Movie-Plot Threats at the U.S. Capitol

Movie-Plot Threats at the U.S. Capitol

This would make a great movie:

Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., renewed his call for the installation of an impenetrable, see-through security shield around the viewing gallery overlooking the House floor. Burton points out that, while…


From Wild WebMink

Apple and Google and ODF

Apple and Google and ODF

I’m in Latvia today speaking at the Latvian Open Technology Association annual conference. The speaker before me was from the government and made an important announcement; that from now on, all government departments in Latvia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Cart Now Belongs to Daddy

The Cart Now Belongs to Daddy

In Adage:  Study says that males are the primary grocery shoppers 51% of the time. Big change.   It is the case in my family. Big implications for in-store marketing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Searchers in Networks Talk

Searchers in Networks Talk

For those of you in Cincinnati or nearby this week, Full announcement here. The Department of Quantitative Analysis & Operations Management at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to welcome Professor Cole Smith from the University…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Researchers frequently lament the predictable framework of published papers.


From The Noisy Channel

Dare To Dream

Dare To Dream

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words at a speech in Detroit on June 23, 1963. Less than five years later, he died for the cause to which he…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MicroStrategy and Mobile BI

MicroStrategy and Mobile BI

Another example of the emergence of mobile business inttelligence.  A good direction. Doug Lautzenheiser writes:  " ... MicroStrategy continues to aggressively target mobile business intelligence, especially on the Apple iPhone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Wireless Primer

A Wireless Primer

A very good, extensive, primer in Engadget:  2G, 3G, 4G, and everything in between: an Engadget wireless primer. I sense there is much confusion here, and this article helps.


From Schneier on Security

More Stuxnet News

More Stuxnet News

This long New York Times article includes some interesting revelations. The article claims that Stuxnet was a joint Israeli-American project, and that its effectiveness was tested on live equipment: "Behind Dimona's barbed wire…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jan-Feb Analytics Magazine

Jan-Feb Analytics Magazine

In the latest online  bimonthly Analytics Magazine, many interesting articles on the use of analytical methods.  Always interesting and useful.  Here are the areas of emphasis in this issue: Six 'soft' skills every analyst needs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insight on Mobility from the NRF

Insight on Mobility from the NRF

New insights from the Mobility Blueprint of the National Retail Foundation. ' ...  


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Alpha and the IPhone 5

Wolfram Alpha and the IPhone 5

Some interesting speculation that the IPhone 5 will contain several AI capabilities, including the Wolfram Alpha natural language data reasoning application.


From Computational Complexity

Coloring Maps

The four color theorem means you can color the United States in four colors. But can you color it in three? Try it before you read on.

The answer is no. Consider Nevada. It takes three colors to color that states that surround…


From Schneier on Security

New Revelations in the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh Assassination

New Revelations in the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh Assassination

I wrote a lot last year about the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. There's a new article by an Israeli investigative journalist that tells the story we already knew, and adds a bunch of interesting details. Well…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 17 January 2010

Interesting Links 17 January 2010

It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. A regular work day for me but I know that a lot of schools have the day off. If you do I hope you are enjoying the three day weekend but also remembering the events that resulted in this day being…


From Putting People First

Experientia part of EPIC 2011

Experientia part of EPIC 2011

The Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) has become the premier international forum for bringing together academics, computer scientists, designers, policy makers, social scientists, marketers and other professionals…

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