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May 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Supply Chain Transformation

P&G Supply Chain Transformation

Some fairly natural changes.   Decrease your transportation lanes.   From CGT: " ... P&G Reinforces Supply Chain Transformation   ... This innovative approach is expected to increase efficiencies in P&G's supply chain, putting…


From Putting People First

Taschen publishes infographics by Experientia collaborator

Taschen publishes infographics by Experientia collaborator

The infographics “What Are InfoVis And DataVis About?”, designed by Experientia collaborator Eloisa Paola Fontana, was selected and published in the book “Information Graphics“, by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann, published…


From Putting People First

Video of Experientia talk at Moleskine’s “Notes for the Future” event

Video of Experientia talk at Moleskine’s “Notes for the Future” event

There are endless choices when it comes to recording and sharing our ideas. Reliable analog tools are converging with innovations in technology to produce new ways of working. So what’s the future of note-taking? In celebration…


From Putting People First

World Economic Forum reports on personal data focus on trust, privacy and framework

World Economic Forum reports on personal data focus on trust, privacy and framework

The World Economic Forum has released three new reports on strengthening trust, transparency and privacy in personal data usage. Rethinking Personal Data: A New Lens for Strengthening Trust, prepared in collaboration with A.T…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Only One Silicon Valley?

Only One Silicon Valley?

In the NYT:  Andreessen on the uniqueness of 'silicon valley', and the future of technologies.   I spent much time there, and there was a uniqueness about it I did not see elsewhere. Innovation occurred at all times and in all…


From Schneier on Security

Government Policy on Cell Phone Interception Technology

Government Policy on Cell Phone Interception Technology

New paper: "Your Secret Stingray's No Secret Anymore: The Vanishing Government Monopoly Over Cell Phone Surveillance and its Impact on National Security and Consumer Privacy," by Christopher Soghoian and Stephanie K. Pell: Abstract…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zigbee Alliance

Zigbee Alliance

It has been a while, but early in our efforts in promoting an internet of things we looked at the Zigbee Alliance.  In particular for future home systems.  Have had cause to go back there and examine it again.  Worth following…


From My Biased Coin

What's Important in Algorithms

What's Important in Algorithms

I saw this interesting article up on 20 questions with Don Knuth, worth reading just for the fun of it.  But the following question on work in algorithm design and analysis particularly interested me, and I nodded especiallyThus…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Is the Tech Community Working Fine Without Women?

Is the Tech Community Working Fine Without Women?

Mark Guzdial linked to a post about Technology’s Man Problem yesterday and highlighted one piece of it. It really got me thinking.

a commenter calling himself White_N_Nerdy wrote on Reddit, “I’m honestly trying to understand…


From Putting People First

Food safety and older people: the Kitchen Life ethnographic study

Food safety and older people: the Kitchen Life ethnographic study

Foodborne illness is a major public health problem in the UK. Recent increases in cases of listeriosis in older people have focused attention on consumer food-related practices. Previous studies highlight poor relationships between…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Driven Decisions for Managers

Data Driven Decisions for Managers

In the HBR:  Data Driven Decisions for managers that don't like math.  Not uncommon.  Useful overview in reading list form.  " .... Not everyone needs to become a quant. But it is worth brushing up on the basics of quantitative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Dark Data

Mining Dark Data

http://h30458.www3.hp.com/us/us/discover-performance/info-management-leaders/2014/jun/tapping-the-profit-potential-of-dark-data.html?jumpid=em_inflexion_US_apr14_sw_2222060_ezine_us_1392303_0&DIMID=EMID_1238727144&DICID=null&OID…


From Schneier on Security

Preplay Attack on Chip and PIN

Preplay Attack on Chip and PIN

Interesting research paper on a bank card chip-and-PIN vulnerability. From the blog post: Our new paper shows that it is possible to create clone chip cards which normal bank procedures will not be able to distinguish from the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG Expands Mobile and Location Branding

CPG Expands Mobile and Location Branding

With some interesting numbers from SmartBlog ...CPG focuses digital spending on branding, mobile, geotracking  As digital proliferates every facet of the retail industry and consumers’ lives, digital ad spending has grown into…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution

Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution

The following announcement is a special contribution from the National Science Foundation. Dear Colleague: How scientific research is conducted across all science disciplines is changing. One important direction of change is …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Why I still play video games

Why I still play video games

Video games are getting flashier, faster, shinier. It has gotten to the point that many of these games make me nauseous—literally. I honestly do not care very much for many of these new games… the same way I do not particularly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Value and Caution for Data Storytelling

Value and Caution for Data Storytelling

I like the idea, having been introduced to the power of storytelling some time ago.  What I do worry about is when the story overwhelms reality.   Let's still make it possible to interact with the story and data so it can convince…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Computer at Sandia Labs

Brain Computer at Sandia Labs

A favorite topic, with a number of labs attempting to address brain inspired neural models.  Here one I had not seen as yet at Sandia Labs.    " ... Researchers working on a computer that mimics the human brain ... Future computer…


From Schneier on Security

Advances in Solving the Discrete Log Problem

Advances in Solving the Discrete Log Problem

At Eurocrypt this year, researchers presented a paper that completely breaks the discrete log problem in any field with a small characteristic. It's nice work, and builds on a bunch of advances in this direction over the last…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Coding as Game Play

Coding as Game Play

I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of how we teach computer science or perhaps just programming to younger students. Some of it brought on my the online debate at the New York Times recently. Some of it by the comments Mark…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MOOCs not Meeting Expectations

MOOCs not Meeting Expectations

In CACM:" ... The rollout of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, three years ago by some of the leading universities in the United States triggered predictions that bricks-and-mortar campuses would soon be obsolete and that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Developments in Eye Tracking Glasses

New Developments in Eye Tracking Glasses

In Engadget. New advances. in particular a way to get a denser data stream for certain kinds of marketing insight." ... Researchers and marketers often want to know what catches your eye, whether it's players on the basketball…


From Writing

Don't learn to code. Learn to think.

Don't learn to code. Learn to think.

It seems like everyone is trying to learn to code: Code.org has celebrities like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Chris Bosh telling you anyone can code; CoderDojo's are springing up all over the country; the UK has made it part…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Computers with Conversational Skills

Future of Computers with Conversational Skills

On Building a Smarter Planet: Future of Computers with Conversational SkillsIn A Smarter Planet, By Mike Rhodin" ... An essential part of the third era of computing—cognitive computing—will be our ability to interact with smart…


From Schneier on Security

Pervasive Monitoring as Network Attack

Pervasive Monitoring as Network Attack

New IETF RFC: "RFC 7258: Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack" that designers must mitigate. Slashdot thread....


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Decoding over 4 billion integers per second in C

Decoding over 4 billion integers per second in C

Programmers routinely work with lists of integers. We recently showed how to compress such lists of integers close to their entropy, while being able to decompress billions of integers per second. To ensure anyone could do it…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 19

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 19

May 21 Hearing: The Counterterroism and Intelligence Subcommittee and the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on cyber threats…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Programmatic Ad Buying Needs to be Revisited

Programmatic Ad Buying Needs to be Revisited

Prompted by an AdAge article. 'Have begun .. ', the article says?  We were early pioneers of programmatic advertising.  Starting in the 1970s, using optimization analytics.  " ... The term covers a wide range of technologiesThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Three Watson Startups Announced

Three Watson Startups Announced

How well a new advanced technology service is working can be measured by how startups are effectively using its capabilities. See the full report.   " ... More early-stage companies are signing up for IBM’s fancy Watson supercomputing…


From Putting People First

People use phablets differently than smartphones and tablets

People use phablets differently than smartphones and tablets

A new study from Opera Mediaworks found that people use these larger-screen devices — which combine a smartphone’s instant access to information with the tablet’s richer viewing experience — in ways that are distinct from how…

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