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February 2012


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 February 2012

Interesting Links 20 February 2012

Happy President


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Drones

Commercial Drones

I read an article recently about a commercial drone being shot down.  Then this NYT article about how commercial drones are now allowed in general.    Heard of unintended circumstances? Sounds scary. " ... A new federal law,Federal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

QR Codes for a Timeclock

QR Codes for a Timeclock

Colleague Walter Riker sends along an interesting application for QR codes. Using them as a contactless time and attendance system.  Simple idea.   See the Timestation Site.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Floating Cities

Floating Cities

Mark J Perry points us to markets in floating cities.  And the Seasteading Institute.  Floating pioneer cities for everyone.  Designed to inspire communities around the world, wet and dry, to live together.


From Wild WebMink

? LibreOffice Video

? LibreOffice Video

Loved this new video that introduces LibreOffice in an easy and understandable way. It would be great to have some more LibreOffice videos like this and I know there are folk reading this who could make them – how about it?


From The Eponymous Pickle

CMapTools

CMapTools

On concept maps, which were much used in the enterprise: " ... Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Informs Business Analytics

Informs Business Analytics

I see that several former colleagues of mine are speaking at the upcoming Informs Business Analytics conference.  (April 15-17, Huntington Beach, CA) Check out the schedule and speakers at the link.   It is sometimes overlooked…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture Tech Vision

Accenture Tech Vision

A general but well put view of our tech technical future by Accenture." ...This next revolution will differ from previous disruptions. This time, technology is present in every aspect of our lives. The lines between consumer…


From Writing

Got slow download but fast upload speeds over wireless? Here's a fix.

Got slow download but fast upload speeds over wireless? Here's a fix.

If you find that your wireless download speeds are abysmal while your uploads speeds are pretty solid, especially with Apple devices, I've got a possible solution for you. I struggled with this issue for a while and decided to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Braille-Like Texting Using One Finger Gestures

Braille-Like Texting Using One Finger Gestures

A prototype App developed at Ga Tech to allow texting via a touch screen.    Includes video." Georgia Tech researchers have designed a texting solution that could become a modern substitute for passing notes under the table.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Target Analytics: Bridging the Uncanny Valley

Target Analytics: Bridging  the Uncanny Valley

Predictive analytics at Target.  Target can tell you about some intimate health details of the purchasers of goods in its stores and reveals it knows this information by sending out coupons.  As others have suggested, this is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data a Magnet for Startups

Big Data a Magnet for Startups

In CNet:   "  ...  Armies of entrepreneurs are trying to make money sifting through mountains of data from the Web and other sources, but one of the biggest challenges is simply getting control of the data in the first place…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF/CISE Holding CAREER Proposal Writing Workshops

NSF/CISE Holding CAREER Proposal Writing Workshops

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has announced that it will hold two workshops later this spring to help young faculty prepare CAREER proposals. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Launches Childrens Safe Drinking Water Facebook Site

P&G Launches Childrens Safe Drinking Water Facebook Site

As reported in on the P&G Alumni site.     Connect here.   " ... We are pleased to announce that the P&G Alumni Network has a complimentary, additional way to raise awareness and help diminish the global water crisis while reducing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apps as Smartphone Spyware

Apps as Smartphone Spyware

Good piece on the ACM outlining how many smartphone Apps are spyware.   Disappointing that this is not revealed upfront. Is it part  of what we should expect for free Apps?


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Desk Lamp

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Desk Lamp

Beautiful sculpture.

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 Eponymous Pickle

Pharmacy on a Chip

Pharmacy on a Chip

In ComputerWorld:' ... Researchers at MIT have developed what they're hoping will be something of a pharmacy on a chip.  Scientists have developed a wirelessly controlled and programmable microchip that can be implanted into…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twitter Ad Platform

Twitter Ad Platform

Will this significantly alter the environment of Twitter?  In AdAge:
" ... Twitter is rolling out the self-serve ad platform it's been testing to 10,000 small and midsize businesses next month through a partnership with American…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands American Women and Men Desire Most

Brands American Women and Men Desire Most

In Forbes:   From a study by Buyology Inc, a former collaboration of mine:" ... According to the second-annual study just released by Buyology, a strategic neuromarketing firm, and uSamp, a provider of technology and survey respondents…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Bitmaps are surprisingly efficient

Bitmaps are surprisingly efficient

Imagine you have to copy an array, and update a few values in the process. What is the most efficient way implementation? Let us look at a concrete example. I am given this array: 0,5,1,4,5,1,10,4. I want to create a new array…


From Schneier on Security

What Is a Suspicious-Looking Package, Anyway?

What Is a Suspicious-Looking Package, Anyway?

Funny comic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book Bundling

Book Bundling

David Carr on book bundling.   An interesting case of combining digital and physical content together.  Not  much different than providing a site for a book to provide updates and a place for corrections and comments.


From The Eponymous Pickle

QR Codes vs Mobile Visual Search

QR Codes vs Mobile Visual Search

Are QR codes days numbered?   The suggestion that MVS will take over from them soon is suggested.  People have just become trained in using MVP, so I doubt it.  They still have to know there is something there, and the QR is…


From Computational Complexity

People solve math problems for the prize money! NOT!

Why do people or organizations offer Prize Money for mathematics? Paul Erdos: He offered money to solve problems that he found interesting. I assume he wanted them solved but he also wanted to encourage a line of research…


From [email protected]

Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware

Most Smartphone Apps Are Spyware

Why does  this flashlight app use an Internet connection? Why does this Bible quotes app want my location data? Why does this game want my contacts list?


From Putting People First

Why personas are critical for content strategy

Why personas are critical for content strategy

The most popular content strategy tools borrow from the discipline of information architecture, but there is one invaluable tool that is imperative to the process of strategy and implementation of tactics that we can thank our…


From Putting People First

World IA Day 2012 keynote talks

World IA Day 2012 keynote talks

World IA Day 2012 is about bringing the Information Architecture community together, and the first ever World IA Day, which took place on 11 February, featured keynote presentations by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld and Jorge…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How To Start A Computer Science Flame War

How To Start A Computer Science Flame War

Computer Scientists and computer professionals who may not think of themselves as


From Schneier on Security

Self-Domestication in Bonobos and Other Animals

Self-Domestication in Bonobos and Other Animals

Self-domestication happens when the benefits of cooperation outweigh the costs:

But why and how could natural selection tame the bonobo? One possible narrative begins about 2.5 million years ago, when the last common ancestor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Payments Not a Game Changer Yet

Mobile Payments Not a Game Changer Yet

In Knowledge @ Wharton:  Thoughts in advance of the March Pay-Pal phone wallet acceptance at Home Depot.  The uptake is still very small for the US consumer.  What will it take for more general acceptance of the smartphone wallet…

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