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April 2013


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Legal and Policy Issues Whitepaper

Neuromarketing Legal and Policy Issues Whitepaper

A Press release writes about a white paper that covers the legal and policy issues around neuromarketing.      Have not read it yet, but sounds like a useful piece to reference.


From Putting People First

David Cannadine, Alice Rawsthorn and Dave Coplin – videos to watch on the RSA site

David Cannadine, Alice Rawsthorn and Dave Coplin – videos to watch on the RSA site

Common Humanity: Making ‘us vs. them’ history [20:09] Presentation at RSA on 14 March 2013 Sir David Cannadine, one of Britain’s most distinguished historians visits the RSA to provide a new paradigm for historical understanding…


From Schneier on Security

Me at the Berkman Center

Me at the Berkman Center

Earlier this month I spent a week at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, talking to people about power, security, technology, and threats (details here). As part of that week, I gave a public talk at Harvard. Because…


From Putting People First

Five reasons why kids need special user research

Five reasons why kids need special user research

Sabina Idler, who runs a UX research company in Amsterdam, provides five reasons why kids need special attention when it comes to user research: 1. Kids form their own target group 2. Kids form a diverse target group 3. You have…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Bike Rack

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Bike Rack

It's the first on this page. Apparently this is the finished version of the design I blogged about last year.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.…


From Putting People First

How Facebook design researchers evaluate the first-time user experience

How Facebook design researchers evaluate the first-time user experience

Chris Dannen, the editor of Co.Labs at FastCompany, sat down with Facebook UX Researcher Marco De Sa to learn his thoughts on enticing first-time users. The interview is split out in two parts: - Part One: What are you looking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lean Logistics in the Supply Chain

Lean Logistics in the Supply Chain

Topic: Lean Logistics in the Supply ChainDate: Tuesday, April 30, 2013Time: 8:30 AM - 2 PMLocation: LeanCor Supply Chain Group HQ, 7660 Turfway Road, Suite 200 Florence, KY 41042Event Weblink: http://www.business.uc.edu/supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

National Digital Public Library

National Digital Public Library

Just launched.  A new open source library of US resources has launched in Beta.  The DPLA.  Some have been talking about how decrepit US copyright laws will influence this effort.  " ... Two years in the making, the DLPA will…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Cryptography Course

NSA Cryptography Course

This article, from some internal NSA publication, is about Lambros Callimahos, who taught an intensive 18-week course on cryptology for many years and died in 1977. Be sure to notice the great redacted photo of him and his students…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Hopscotch–Visual Programming for iPads

Hopscotch–Visual Programming for iPads

is a new programming environment for the iPad. It is heavily influenced by Scratch from MIT but has nothing like the features of Scratch. It’s only in beta and the developers are talking about making it “Turing Complete” which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analysts in the C Suite

Analysts in the C Suite

Interesting piece, but honestly we were in the C Suite many years ago.  And the denizens of those spaces understood that complex information (their investment portfolio) could be fed to them in real time on a mobile device.  So…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Subset Powers of Graphs

A possible way to extend the idea of matchings? source—interesting genealogy Johann Pfaff was a German mathematician of the late 18th and early 19th century. He is best known for the fact that the determinant of a skew-symmetric…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Jobs and Interactive Visualization

Big Data Jobs and Interactive Visualization

Tableau Public has posted an interactive visualization of big data jobs around the US.    Covers 3881 jobs,  classified as  Data Analyst, Data Architect, Hadoop or Data Scientist,  With average salaries and a map.  A good simple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Creative Labs and Storytelling

Google Creative Labs and Storytelling

In Adage:  In particular I like the statement that the storytellers can also influence the product.  Essentially innovation via design.   Closing the loop.  " ... How does Google manage to do some of the most creative advertising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytic Bridge Articles

Analytic Bridge Articles

Once again Vincent Granville links to some excellent online articles.    In particular an article about how excel will be able to process billions of records from the cloud.  How fast is unclear.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Risks in Supply Chains

Risks in Supply Chains

Indeed, this was one of the key issues that were included in consulting I did in supply chain management and design a few years ago.  " ...  Supply chain experts say managing risk is essential to assuring long-term viability…


From Schneier on Security

The Nemim.gen Trojan

The Nemim.gen Trojan

This clever piece of malware evades forensic examination by deleting its own components.


From My Biased Coin

Congratulations to Mark Bun and Justin Thaler

Congratulations to Mark Bun and Justin Thaler

Luca Aceto reported the paper awards for ICALP 2013.  But I find it necessary to give a special shout-out to Harvard Ph.D. students Mark Bun and Justin Thaler, who got the Track A Best Paper Award for their work:Dual Lower Bounds…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Wireless Health 2013 Calling for Papers, Abstracts and Research Demonstrations

Wireless Health 2013 Calling for Papers, Abstracts and Research Demonstrations

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance is hosting it’s fourth annual Wireless Health conference on November 1-3, 2013 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The mission of the conference is to “provide the highest-quality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Remembering Secrets

Remembering Secrets

In Wired:  A discussion of the recording of your secrets in the Siri concierge system.  And questioning how long these communications are being held.   What are our expectations?  It might well be that like the typical conversation…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Google Fellowship Opportunity for Up to 20 CS Teachers

Google Fellowship Opportunity for Up to 20 CS Teachers

For the past 3-4 months, Google has been working on a program that focuses on diversity and CS pipeline. They will be starting up a program to increase opportunities for middle and high school students in NC, SC & GA (where they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Held Hostage

Data Held Hostage

From Stephen Few.  He makes some good points about the Big Data craze:" ... The Big Data marketing campaign distracts us from our greatest opportunities involving data. As we chase the latest Big Data technologies to increase…


From Wild WebMink

Taking MariaDB Foundation Forward

Taking MariaDB Foundation Forward

I’m pleased to tell you that I have a new role that I’ve already started within the scope of Meshed Insights. It’s a new and exciting departure for me. I’ve remained in touch with Monty Widenius ever since we were both at Sun…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaio makes Hardware

Metaio makes Hardware

Well  known German Augmented reality company Metaio opens a hardware innovation and development  facility in Dallas:Metaio Opens New Office to Ramp up Augmented Reality Hardware R&DDallas, TX – April 17, 2013: Metaio today announces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Cautionary Data Tale

A Cautionary Data Tale

Colleague Wim Vandevelde from Brussels passes along this note and link, make sure you have your models straight:" ... How biased selection and pre-processing of data, and an (unintentional ?) Excel reference error  yielded acontested…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Fear of Being Boring

Fear of Being Boring

I recently came across Shawn Cornally‘s blog titled ThinkThankThunk and noticed that the subtitle is “Dealing with the fear of being a boring teacher.” That is a fear I can relate to. To me being boring in front of students is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applied Visual Analytics

Applied Visual Analytics

Attended the Tableau Software's roadshow this morning to get an overview of Tableau 8.   Nicely done update,  especially with the ability to do more complex operations and even visual editing mobilely on tablets.  And new support…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Are Parents Supporters or a Challenge for Computer Science in K-12?

Are Parents Supporters or a Challenge for Computer Science in K-12?

As a K-12 Computer science teacher I am often presented with different challenges and they all vary depending on the grade level. Most of the time when we think about challenges, we focus on school budgets, school administrators…


From Putting People First

CGAP CEO: Human-centered design for the Base of the Pyramid

CGAP CEO: Human-centered design for the Base of the Pyramid

Tilman Ehrbeck, CEO of CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, affiliated with the Worldbank), writes about how his organization has used human-centered design recently to generate demand-side insights and design innovative…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The irony of “we are the 99 percent”

The irony of “we are the 99 percent”

David Graeber is credited (by himself) as the true organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a widely reported month-long demonstration against capitalism. He has also been credited the phrase “We are the 99 percent”. I have…

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