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May 2013


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 20

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 20

May 21 Hearing: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity with witnesses from intelligence and critical infrastructure backgrounds. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building The Research and Technology…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Check out our new website!

Check out our new website!

The CCC is excited to announce the launch of our updated website www.cra.org/ccc. The new site has a fresh new look and was designed with your needs in mind. The user-friendly navigation provides easy access to the blog, research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Software Patents

Software Patents

In the WSJ:  On software patents.   A survey and debate on the topic.   The patent system, like the copyright laws, are broken and impede innovation.   Process within software perhaps, but the system is heavily gamed and poorly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Planet Living on a Footprint App

One Planet Living on a Footprint App

Long time correspondent Ken Karakotsios has posted an excellent case study for the use of his Footprint USA App.  I mentioned it previously and have been exploring its visualization capabilities. I have been an industrial simulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twining Things Together

Twining Things Together

Good Wired Piece about Twine, an experimental capability that allows you to link together sensors in your hope to create an Internet of things.  Inexpensive and it seems to be readily usable by the hobbyist. Customizable and…


From Schneier on Security

Security Risks of Too Much Security

Security Risks of Too Much Security

All of the anti-counterfeiting features of the new Canadian $100 bill are resulting in people not bothering to verify them.

The fanfare about the security features on the bills, may be part of the problem, said RCMP Sgt. Duncan…


From Putting People First

Ericsson studies on people’s behaviors and values

Ericsson studies on people’s behaviors and values

Ericsson’s ConsumerLab studies people’s behaviors and values, including the way they act and think about ICT products and services. Here are some of their recent publications: How young professionals see the perfect company April…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 20 May 2013

Interesting Links 20 May 2013

In case you missed the announcement last week the CSTA Election results are announced. Thank you very much to those of you who voted for me. I’ve really looking forward to helping out on this board. The school year is nearing…


From Putting People First

The secret life of data in the year 2020

The secret life of data in the year 2020

Brian David Johnson, Intel futurist, shows how geotags, sensor outputs, and big data are changing the future. He argues that we need a better understanding of our relationship with the data we produce in order to build the future…


From Putting People First

The too-smart city

The too-smart city

We’re already building the metropolis of the future—green, wired, even helpful. Now critics are starting to ask whether we’ll really want to live there. Courtney Humphries reports for the Boston Globe. “As political leaders,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

So What is Tumblr?

So What is Tumblr?

About to be sold to Yahoo.  I was asked to look at it as a microblogging tool a few years ago.   A microblog is an easy to use way to write blog posts. Tumblr adds direct support of images and social components.   Time Tech provides…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Modern Marketer

The Modern Marketer

Former colleague Dave Knox, writes in his Hard Knox Life blog about the modern marketer, where he includes a whimsical infographic illustrating how the modern marketer is half artist and half scientist.  Agree ..  its a good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BIg Data and Market Rsearch

BIg Data and Market Rsearch

In Innovation Excellence:  It is natural to think about how data measuring aggregate human behavior is gathered.  Its done all the time.  That data is large, varied and volatile so it makes sense to also think about it with BD…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Big Customers want Quantum Computing

Why Big Customers want Quantum Computing

In the BBC:  Notably the Pentagon and Google.  This article does a good job of saying why this will ultimately be important.  Once again D-Wave is complimented as being a forerunner in the field.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uploading Brains

Uploading Brains

We don't yet understand the nature of consciousness, or the precise nature of how things are stored in our brains.  Yet many are suggesting we can do a download very soon.  In fiction perhaps, but we have a way to go in reality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decreasing Time to Insight

Decreasing Time to Insight

In Information Management:  I agree that decreasing time in coming to a conclusion matters.  In particular if you are selecting a promotion for mobile delivery.  But it is more important first to get the right conclusion, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Der Spiegel on Numbers

Der Spiegel on Numbers

Der Spiegel, German news magazine, has a readable piece, in English, on big data and its use for forward looking predictive analytics.   Read it here.  Fairly good introduction.


From Putting People First

Big Data knows what your future holds

Big Data knows what your future holds

Living by the Numbers [original title: "Leben nach Zahlen"] is the title of the cover story of the German magazine Der Spiegel, available for free in English translation. “For a modern society, an even more pressing question…


From Putting People First

Industrial designers in the 21st Century: masters of the experience

Industrial designers in the 21st Century: masters of the experience

Ferned Van Engelen of Artefact writes about how adding hardware design to a UX practice can create opportunities for a more holistic user experience. “We shared the belief that we could no longer separate what a product looks…


From Putting People First

Customers remember experiences, not content

Customers remember experiences, not content

To solve the issue with content marketing, we need to start looking at content as part of a broader ecosystem, argues Ben Barone-Nugent, a senior digital writer & content strategist at TBWA, in a Digital Marketing special in…


From Putting People First

Chatting in code on walkie-talkies in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Chatting in code on walkie-talkies in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Reboot principal Panthea Lee discusses on The Atlantic how people communicate in one of the most dangerous places on earth. “Barbers, for example, are seen as well-informed about local news because they converse with a wide range…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Placebo App on Smartphone

Placebo App on Smartphone

In Mashable:   The placebo effect has been known for a long time.  Is there a way to use interaction with a smartphone to produce a similar effect?  And can that effect be more readily tailored with a smartphone?  All interesting…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Striped Pyjama Squid Pet Sculpture

Friday Squid Blogging: Striped Pyjama Squid Pet Sculpture

Technically, it's a cuttlefish and not a squid. But it's still nice art. I posted a photo of a real striped pyjama squid way back in 2006.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

App Aids Vision Impaired Photographers

App Aids Vision Impaired Photographers

An interesting App in development.  Seems like this mostly operational:  " ...  University of California, Santa Cruz researchers are developing a smartphone application that helps visually impaired users take pictures. The researchers…


From Schneier on Security

<i>Applied Cryptography</i> on <i>Elementary</i>

<i>Applied Cryptography</i> on <i>Elementary</i>

In the episode that aired on May 9th, about eight or nine minutes in, there's a scene with a copy of Applied Cryptography prominently displayed on the coffee table. This isn't the first time that my books have appeared on that…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Register for US Ignite’s Application Summit

Register for US Ignite’s Application Summit

US Ignite’s Application Summit, June 24-26, in Chicago, IL is the premier event designed for developers, industry, communities, government, foundations and universities interested in next-generation technologies and gives them…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A criticism of computer science: models or modèles?

A criticism of computer science: models or modèles?

I was recently on a review committee for a PhD proposal. The student was brilliant. His proposal sounded deep and engaging. The methodology looked scientific: build a model, program the software, gather data, compute the metrics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google I/O Review

Google I/O Review

A good overview of the 2013 Google I/O developer presentations that gives you a better understanding where Google, with its massive collection of data, is going.   Worth understanding for anyone, heavy Google user or not.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics are the Supply Chain's Next Big Thing

Analytics are the Supply Chain's Next Big Thing

Well yes, and have been since at least the 1960s.  Good to be reminded, but this is very old news.


From Computational Complexity

The MOOCs Degree

Earlier this week Georgia Tech announced the Online Masters of Science in Computer Science, a MOOCs-based degree with a total tuition of about $7000. This degree came out of a collaboration between Sebastian Thrun of UdacityFAQ…

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