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February 2015


From Putting People First

Understanding people’s financial behaviors

Understanding people’s financial behaviors

Erin Taylor and Gawain Lynch of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (UCI) lead a research project aimed at understanding people’s financial behaviors. Their project, Consumer Finance Research: Global Approaches…


From Apophenia

Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

Why I Joined Dove & Twitter to #SpeakBeautiful

I’ve been online long enough to see a lot of negativity. I wear a bracelet that reads “Don’t. Read. The. Comments.” (a gift from Molly Steenson) to remind myself that going down the path of negativity is not helpful to my soul…


From Schneier on Security

NSA/GCHQ Hacks SIM Card Database and Steals Billions of Keys

NSA/GCHQ Hacks SIM Card Database and Steals Billions of Keys

The Intercept has an extraordinary story: the NSA and/or GCHQ hacked into the Dutch SIM card manufacturer Gemalto, stealing the encryption keys for billions of cellphones. People are still trying to figure out exactly what this…


From insideHPC

Nearly 200 Years after Ada, Women Becoming More Visible in Scientific Computing

Nearly 200 Years after Ada, Women Becoming More Visible in Scientific Computing

In this special guest perspective from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie considers some initiatives to counter the widespread impression that scientific computing is solely the preserve of nerdy men. At the beginning of …


From Putting People First

[White paper] Digital assurance: Reaching a seamless customer experience

[White paper] Digital assurance: Reaching a seamless customer experience

Digital Assurance: Reaching a Seamless Customer Experience by Shawndra Hill (Wharton professor of operations and information management) and Kumudha Sridharan (vice president and global head of testing services at Wipro Technologies)…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Congratulates New EAC Commissioners

USACM Congratulates New EAC Commissioners

USACM has sent letters to each of the three newly sworn-in Commissioners of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC): Thomas Hicks, Matthew Masterson and Christy McCormick.  In the letters, USACM congratulates the new Commissioners…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Are Robots Our Friends?

Are Robots Our Friends?

There has been a tremendous amount of press on the astonishing advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) and the negative impacts that it could have on our society. Former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member…


From Schneier on Security

Database of Ten Million Passwords

Database of Ten Million Passwords

Earlier this month, Mark Burnett released a database of ten million usernames and passwords. He collected this data from already-public dumps from hackers who had stolen the information; hopefully everyone affected has changed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Archiving the Internet and Searching it with the Wayback Machine

Archiving the Internet and Searching it with the Wayback Machine

Many people think that everything that is on the net stays there.  That is not entirely true, though it is a good idea to operate as though that is the case.  A system called the Internet Archive is an attempt to archive large…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re-Threading Topics Here

Re-Threading Topics Here

At some users requests have completed re-threading a few topics here.  This usually has to be done because some of the links provided when the posts were done are no longer active.  Not all sites maintain their content.  Sometimes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Goes Mainstream

Machine Learning Goes Mainstream

In Forbes:  Machine learning being used in our information technology environments, here a good example.  Also pointer to an academic paper on the depth of 'understanding' in learning:" ... Machine Learning Goes Mainstream I:…


From insideHPC

Video: Introduction to Bridges Supercomputer at PSC

Video: Introduction to Bridges Supercomputer at PSC

Bridges is a uniquely capable supercomputer designed to help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively. Called Bridges, the new system will consist of tiered, large-shared-memory resources with nodes …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things from a Consumer Perspective

Internet of Things from a Consumer Perspective

In Retailwire, from the Oracle Blog:  " ... To take advantage of new data sources from sensors and machines emerging from the Internet of Things, it helps to consider what it all means to the now commonplace mobilized consumer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

February Analytics Mag Emphasis on Data Visualization

February Analytics Mag Emphasis on Data Visualization

February 2015 Informs monthly on analytics, the leading professional organization for analytics practice.  The most practical and largely non technical periodical I receive on the topic. Examples, hints and value examples.  In…


From insideHPC

Optalysys to Power Genomics with Optical Computing

Optalysys to Power Genomics with Optical Computing

Today the TGAC Genome Analysis Centre and Optalysys announced a collaboration to develop and implement an energy-efficient optical processing device for large-scale DNA sequence searches.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford DeepDive

Stanford DeepDive

Brought to my attention.  Another example of the automation of analytics." .... DeepDive is a new type of system that enables developers to analyze data on a deeper level than ever before. DeepDive is a trained system: it uses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jobs Susceptible to Computerization

Jobs Susceptible to Computerization

Working on a related problem.  What jobs or part of jobs are likely to be replaced vs augmented?  What is the influence of Cognitive methods?The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization.Carl BenediktAbstract…


From insideHPC

ARCHER Scales 118K Cores with Allinea MAP

ARCHER Scales 118K Cores with Allinea MAP

Today the ARCHER national supercomputing service in the U.K. announced that it has deployed the Allinea MAP profiling tool to enable computational scientists and developers to tackle scalability and performance in key scientific…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

2015 CSTA annual conference – Registration is Open

2015 CSTA annual conference – Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the CSTA annual conference. CSTA 2015 is a professional development opportunity for computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, classroom-focused information to help…


From insideHPC

Inside Lustre Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM)

Inside Lustre Hierarchical Storage Management  (HSM)

There is always different levels of importance assigned to various data files in a computer system, specifically a very large system that is storing petabytes of data. In order to maximize the use of the highest speed storage…


From Schneier on Security

The Obsolescence of Submarines

The Obsolescence of Submarines

Interesting article on the submarine arms race between remaining hidden and detection. It seems that it is much more expensive for a submarine to hide than it is to detect it. And this changing balance will affect the long-term…


From Computational Complexity

And the Winners Are...

I always like that the announcement of accepted papers for the Computational Complexity Conference happens around the time of the Academy Awards. These acceptances are the Oscars for our community that shares its name with this…


From insideHPC

Video: SGI UV Finds the Needle in the Big Data Haystack

Video: SGI UV Finds the Needle in the Big Data Haystack

According to IDC, SGI has shipped approximately 8 percent of of all the Hadoop servers in production today. In fact, did you know that SGI introduced the word "Big Data" to supercomputing in 1996? Jorge Titinger, SGI President…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Challenges Deodorant

Google Challenges Deodorant

CPG, beware of Google competition.  Wearable removes odors?  Patents the idea anyway.  At first this sounded like it was a very clever sensor idea, with electronic removal of odors?  Wow.   Impressive plan. But then seeing how…


From insideHPC

Kati Antypas to Keynote OFA Developer’s Workshop

Kati Antypas to Keynote OFA Developer’s Workshop

The OpenFabrics Alliance has announced the keynote talk for the Developers’ Workshop Sunday March 15th at 7.30 PM at the Marriott in Monterey CA. Katie Antypas, a department head at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trusting Machines vs People

Trusting Machines vs People

A long time interest.  To what degree do people trust machines?  Our early look at automated marketing engines gave a different view.  Here in Knowledee@Wharton.  A key issue for advisory systems.   Podcast and Transcript" ..…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities

2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities

The 2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities will be held in Seattle, WA on April 13-17, 2015. This year’s workshop is implemented in conjunction with the IEEE/ACM CPS Week 2015 –…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Frugal Innovation

Frugal Innovation

Frugal Innovation,  by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, The Economist, Book brought to my attention.  Today we have many more resources than ever before. Via IdeaConnection.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Phase Advisor for Industrial Chemical Engineering

A  Phase Advisor for Industrial Chemical Engineering

A recent conversation with a chemical engineer at MIT led me to remember an expert system a member of our AI group, Dan T. Davis wrote in the late 1980s.  It was meant to provide advisory consulting in the surfactant chemistry…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Large well-funded laboratories…

Large well-funded laboratories…

Your intuition is probably that large well-funded research laboratories produce more research… One part of this intuition is flat out wrong. Small teams are consistently more productive: (…) small sized laboratories are more…

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