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March 2011


From Putting People First

Meet Microsoft

Meet Microsoft

Seattle Times technology reporter Sharon Pian Chan profiles Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft Research. “Bill Buxton is multiplatform the way Leonardo da Vinci was multiplatform. The Microsoft researcher is a technologist…


From Computational Complexity

How I'm Spending my Spring Break

This week I returned to Dagstuhl for the workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems. I come here so often that when I tweeted that I was om way Dagstuhl tweeted back that they want another typecast. But no Bill…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Resarch: Probase and AI

Microsoft Resarch: Probase and AI

Good piece in Readwriteweb that describes some items still cooking in MS Research.  We had heard hints of these over the years. In particular Probase, which we heard descriptions of after we had taken a close look at the much…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council chair Ed Lazowska is one of eight columnists featured in a New York Times “Room for Debate” essay series on education.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nerve Electronic Hybrids

Nerve Electronic Hybrids

Will mind and machine be more intimately connected?  What are the implications? The idea has been around for some time, but with little firm results yet on the shelf.   In Wired Science News: " ... Nerve-cell tendrils readily…


From Schneier on Security

Times Square Video Screen Hacked with an iPhone

Times Square Video Screen Hacked with an iPhone

I didn't post about it when I first saw it because I suspected a hoax. Turns out, I was right. It wasn't even two guys faking hacking a Times Square video screen. It was a movie studio faking two guys faking hacking a Times…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Mathematics of Cooperation

A Mathematics of Cooperation

An interview in New Scientist about the quantitative logic of success:    " ... Martin Nowak has concluded that an ability to cooperate is the secret of humanity's success. He talks to Michael Marshall about drawing fire from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solar Goose

Solar Goose

A friend and colleague of mine, Tom Chorman, former P&G exec, is running a company that manufactures and sells solar powered rechargeable lights and related products.  Check out Solar Goose.  Interesting to follow a startup that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Too Much

Thinking Too Much

In HBS Working Knowledge: Are We Thinking Too Little, or Too Much?  With a retail example.  I agree that it is a context thing, but the recent writing about the value of snap 'blink' decision making is troubling.  It depends"…


From BLOG@CACM

Call to Arms: Science and Engineering For Privacy

Call to Arms: Science and Engineering For Privacy

It is our responsibility as scientists and engineers to understand what can or cannot be done from a technical point of view on privacy.


From Schneier on Security

RSA Security, Inc Hacked

RSA Security, Inc Hacked

The company, not the algorithm. Here's the corporate spin.

Our investigation has led us to believe that the attack is in the category of an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). Our investigation also revealed that the attack…


From Putting People First

Experientia intern wins Gore-tex and La Sportiva boot design challenge

Experientia intern wins Gore-tex and La Sportiva boot design challenge

Experientia intern Gina Taha has just been announced a winner in the GORE-TEX


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post 21 March 2011

Interesting Links Post 21 March 2011

My travel is over for a couple of weeks. Well, about three weeks. Then I will be headed out to Seattle for the US Finals of the Imagine Cup. Look for news of the public


From Wild WebMink

? Oslo Position

? Oslo Position

I’ll be speaking at GoOpen in Oslo on Tuesday (on the Grand Panel at 20:00) and Wednesday (the closing keynote). I’d love to meet with you if you’ll be in Oslo this week – find me at the event. I was asked for a two-paragraph…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Data and Transparency

Open Data and Transparency

Matthew Hurst posts on the fact that Open Data is Not Transparency.  Yes, clearly.  This also occurs in the enterprise, where there are multiple and rich sources of data.  Yet if they are not understood in the context of specific…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS PostDocs: What is the

CS PostDocs:  What is the

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Council


From Wild WebMink

? Delicious Broken AGAIN

? Delicious Broken AGAIN

Thanks to everyone who has been alerting me to the fact that the same post has been showing up here over & over again. The problem is once again that Delicious has gone crazy and the auto-post task over there is stuck in a state…


From BLOG@CACM

Explaining Science and Engineering

Explaining Science and Engineering

As I have followed the international news regarding the Japanese disaster, I have been struck by the challenges each news organization has faced in explaining technical concepts. We live in a technological society, where understanding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet Research

Internet Research

Nice post by Walter Riker on Internet Research And Learning - Sometimes The Hard Way.  Good stuff, lots of links.  And thanks for the mentions Walter!  Add him to your feed. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing

Neuromarketing

Ron Wright of Sands Research sends along this interview with Graham Page, head of Millward Brown's consumer neuroscience practice, about how market research is putting methods like eye tracking, EEG scanning and implicit association…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-03-20

links for 2011-03-20

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackouts | ITworld Turns out that the electricity crisis triggered by the multiple tragedies in Japan is the result of never having fixed the standards duality in the power supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Behavioral Classification by Burnett

Behavioral Classification by Burnett

Suspicious of highly generalized views of human behavior, but here is another for consideration: In  AdAge Blogs " ... As Leo Burnett moved from considering itself a "brand-centric" agency to one focused on "HumanKind," it decided…


From The Noisy Channel

LinkedIn: HCIR for Fun and Profit

LinkedIn: HCIR for Fun and Profit

This afternoon, I met with a couple of Stanford seniors to advise them on a startup they’ve been developing and targeting towards mid-sized online retailers. I’d expected to spend most of the time talking about their technology…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-03-20

links for 2011-03-20

A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackouts | ITworld Turns out that the electricity crisis triggered by the multiple tragedies in Japan is the result of never having fixed the standards duality in the power supply…


From Putting People First

Book: Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research

Book: Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research

Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction Paperback, 376 pages AltaMira Press; Second edition 2010 [Amazon link] The Ethnographer’s Toolkit series begins with this primer, which introduces novice and expert…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The 10th GENI Engineering Conference

The 10th GENI Engineering Conference

Over 280 leading networking researchers from around the country gathered this week for the 10th GENI Engineering Conference (GEC).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Agile Commerce

Agile Commerce

In ReadwriteWeb: On the nature of agile commerce. Is it what we can expect in the near future?  What are the architectures and planning required?  Who makes sure that the data is there and is correct?


From Wild WebMink

? Unthankyou

? Unthankyou

You’d think given the number of places I track music and the number of things I have given permission to spam me with music information that something would have mentioned that The Unthanks had a new album coming out, or that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time You Spend Grocery Shopping

Time You Spend Grocery Shopping

Hardly a statistical view.  But some interesting comments.  I spend much more than the suggested seventeen minutes, but I am a foodie.  Lots of discussion of cause oriented shopping, which I avoid.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re-Examining Google

Re-Examining Google

Danny Sullivan revisits his excellent 25 Things I hate about Google.  Five years after the original article.  I read that original article, and it made me think about the process of search and what I was really being provided…

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