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May 2009


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-18

links for 2009-05-18


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computers Transforming Humanity

Computers Transforming Humanity

Good CW piece on the subject. Had a recent conservation about this. It has indeed changed our world. We are part of a considerable social experiment about information, privacy, attention and economics. We can know more now…


From Apophenia

is Facebook for old people?

is Facebook for old people?

In Atlanta, I met a shy quiet 14-year-old girl that I'll call Kaitlyn. She wasn't particularly interested in talking to me, but she answered my questions diligently. She said that she was on both MySpace and Facebook, but quickly…


From BLOG@CACM

Helping Younger People Protect Themselves from Security Attacks

Helping Younger People Protect Themselves from Security Attacks

One potentially disturbing trend that came out in a recent eCrime meeting is that younger people 18-24 years old seem to be more susceptible to phishing attacks, roughly by a factor of three. It's likely that this translates…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton's WIMI

Wharton's WIMI

At an alumni event yesterday I attended a talk by Prof's Peter Fader and Eric Bradlow on Wharton's Interactive Marketing Initiative (WIMI). Disappointed that I had missed the formation of this group, seems that they have lots…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Squared

Google Squared

Googles new squared service seems to be a tongue-in-cheek response to WolframAlpha. Give it a try. Manipulating numbers. I do like Google's sometimes absurd direction.


From Apophenia

answers to questions from Twitter on teen practices

answers to questions from Twitter on teen practices

Before I headed to Atlanta to do fieldwork, I asked folks who follow me on Twitter (@zephoria) what questions I should ask teens. Many of the questions that I received were more general questions about teens, rather than questions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Innovation at GSK

Global Innovation at GSK

Andrea Meyer reports on Donna Sturgess of GlaxoSmithKline talk at the world innovation forum. Their use of the idea of 'emotional talismans' in weight control OTC marketing. ' ... Products that perform a rational purpose can…


From The Noisy Channel

A Consumer-Centric View of Business Models for Publishing

A Consumer-Centric View of Business Models for Publishing

Curt Monash has a nice post that turns around the question of innovating business models for online publishing . He considers the reasons that people consume information, and uses that as the basis for evaluating the potential…


From The Noisy Channel

A Consumer-Centric View of Business Models for Publishing

A Consumer-Centric View of Business Models for Publishing

Curt Monash has a nice post that turns around the question of innovating business models for online publishing . He considers the reasons that people consume information, and uses that as the basis for evaluating the potential…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Update from the NCWIT Meeting

Update from the NCWIT Meeting

I just attended the May meeting of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT is now 5 years old. The organization has two main goals: to increase the number of girls and women in computing and to…


From The Noisy Channel

Wolfram Alpha is Live, But Struggling

Wolfram Alpha is Live, But Struggling

Wolfram Alpha is live, though it is experiencing some strain under load. Lots of reactions on Techmeme, both commenting on the brief launch delay and expressing mixed reactions to the service itself. I encourage you all to try…


From The Noisy Channel

Wolfram Alpha is Live, But Struggling

Wolfram Alpha is Live, But Struggling

Wolfram Alpha is live, though it is experiencing some strain under load. Lots of reactions on Techmeme, both commenting on the brief launch delay and expressing mixed reactions to the service itself. I encourage you all to try…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Private Label Protection

Private Label Protection

Good short piece on private label 'protection' implications in retail from Nielsen.


From CSDiary

CIFellows Program for New Computing PhDs is Launched

CIFellows Program for New Computing PhDs is Launched

An important opportunity for new computing-related PhDs has just been announced by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC). To apply, go to http://cifellows.org. Note that the application deadline is very soon — June 9, 2009…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC, CRA Launch New

CCC, CRA Launch New

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), with funding from the National Science Foundation, are pleased to announce an opportunity for new PhD graduates in computer science and closely…


From The Noisy Channel

Free Advice to the NYT: Monetize Community

Free Advice to the NYT: Monetize Community

I just read in The Observer that the New York Times is considering two plans to charge online users: One includes a “meter system,” in which the reader can roam freely on the Web site until hitting a predetermined limit of word…


From The Noisy Channel

Free Advice to the NYT: Monetize Community

Free Advice to the NYT: Monetize Community

I just read in The Observer that the New York Times is considering two plans to charge online users: One includes a “meter system,” in which the reader can roam freely on the Web site until hitting a predetermined limit of word…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-05-15

links for 2009-05-15

"Yes, if banned from using print, some students will be unable to do their school work, some adults will face minor inconvenience in their daily lives…


From The Noisy Channel

The Wolfram Cometh

The Wolfram Cometh

If you’re curious about Wolfram Alpha but tired of reading second-hand reports and third-hand hysteria about it, then be assured that your wait for first-hand access is almost over. Their blog reports that they will launch today…


From The Noisy Channel

The Wolfram Cometh

The Wolfram Cometh

If you’re curious about Wolfram Alpha but tired of reading second-hand reports and third-hand hysteria about it, then be assured that your wait for first-hand access is almost over. Their blog reports that they will launch today…


From insideHPC

Second week

Second week

Hey kids, we have another winner in the “Bribery is Fair Play” survey contest! A lucky reader in the UK was selected at random from the pool of people who have completed the survey in it’s first and second weeks. I’m still waiting…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing behind

Supercomputing behind

We’ve mentioned Wolfram Research’s new computational portal, Alpha, here before. A post at the company’s blog for the new product touches on some of the computational resources needed to execute the portal’s data mining tasks…


From insideHPC

New

New

SiCortex has announced two new entrants in their “Science to Science” webcast series. First, on May 26 Purdue University


From The Eponymous Pickle

WolframAlpha Query Example

WolframAlpha Query Example

I had the chance to use Wolfram Alpha for a simple query today. I needed to know the number of cellphones in use in a number of European countries. So I posed the query:And I got these results: These look reasonable, likely…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Publishing your Blog on the Kindle

Publishing your Blog on the Kindle

You can now publish your blog for pay on the Kindle. More details on the Beta here. And more commentary on the idea.


From insideHPC

NEC Exiting Japan-Backed Supercomputer

NEC Exiting Japan-Backed Supercomputer

NEC Corp announced today that it will withdraw from a Japanese government-backed supercomputer project.


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Future is Mobile

The Future is Mobile

Excellent piece in Communities Dominate Brands on The 8 C's of Cellphones. The 8 C's the different dimensions of mobile and how they have evolved. ' ... the industry is powered by the technology of the mobile phone (cellphone)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Brain on Architecture

Your Brain on Architecture

In Fast Company. Or really its about constructing a space. A genius loci or spirit-of-the-place that influences us. Yes, it is different when one walks down a busy street vs a woodland glade. " ... In the 1950s Jonas Salk…


From insideHPC

EU fines Intel

EU fines Intel

There is a lot of conversation about this, and most of it isn’t directly HPC related, so I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this decision but it seems like I should at least touch on it. From CNN.com we find that the European…

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