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May 2020


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Teaching is About Relationships

Teaching is About Relationships

Today I was online with my students for about 90 minutes of a planned 55 minute class. One of my students joined the Google Meet session early and we chatted for a while. We talked mostly about how things were different learning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spot Herding Sheep and other Farm Tasks

Spot Herding Sheep and other Farm Tasks

Intrigued by the use of robotics for agricultural and other classic farming  applications.  Here the use of the Boston Dynamics Spot ... and a link to a video of it herding sheep in New Zealand.  And doing other farming tasks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why We Need Bayesian

Why We Need Bayesian

This link is first a reminder to myself that we need to continually promote means of risk and uncertainty awareness in models.    Meta-reasoning is always important.  Thinking about the context in which your models will be used…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Paper as a New Media

Augmented Paper as a New Media

Good illustrations at the link. Clever thought,  we still will use paper (and other media)  How can we effectively get important virtual content there too.  Saw this presented one time as a means for advertising in AR spaces.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple, Google and Europe on Contact Tracing

Apple, Google and Europe on Contact Tracing

Continuing to follow this. Since Europe has different ideas about security,  some disagreement was inevitable.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
The Wall Street Journal
Sam Schechner; Jenny…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alternatives to Powerpoint

Alternatives to Powerpoint

I used to take a stronger point on this, but now think that powerpoint works, is understood by many people,  and I have lots of my previous presentations there I can work from.   But there are alternatives, if you are looking…


From Schneier on Security

AI and Cybersecurity

AI and Cybersecurity

Ben Buchanan has written "A National Security Research Agenda for Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence." It's really good -- well worth reading....


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Now Available: Country-Based Evaluation of Websites for Acceptance of Email Addresses in 2020

Now Available: Country-Based Evaluation of Websites for Acceptance of Email Addresses in 2020

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has published a new country-based evaluation of email acceptance rates based upon previous testing of the top 1,000 websites done in 2017 and 2019. You can view the new report (UASG027)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microwaves Sensing Your Health?

Microwaves Sensing Your Health?

This struck me at first as being even more interesting than it actually seems to be:  Detect what machines you are using. And derive some health measures from behavior.   It turns out I had just placed a large long russet potato…


From CERIAS Blog

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

The Paper

IEEE Test of Time Award

Today, various awards were announced at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, including Test of Time Awards. One of the papers recognized was "Analysis of a Denial of Service Attack…


From CERIAS Blog

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

The Paper

IEEE Test of Time Award

Today, various awards were announced at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, including Test of Time Awards. One of the papers recognized was "Analysis of a Denial of Service Attack…


From CERIAS Blog

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

A Test of Time: COAST and an award-winning paper

The Paper

IEEE Test of Time Award

Today, various awards were announced at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy, including Test of Time Awards. One of the papers recognized was "Analysis of a Denial of Service Attack…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pandemic Disruptions of Education:

Pandemic Disruptions of Education:

Had an idea that universities would change greatly.    Was struck by the prediction below.  My own was more process-systematic.  That Universities would be replaced by individual teachers, or groups of professors, empowered by…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 22 – Ice Cores and Chaos Theory with Liz Bradley (Part 2)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 22 – Ice Cores and Chaos Theory with Liz Bradley (Part 2)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. This is part two of Khari Douglas’ interview with Liz Bradley, the current Vice-chair of the CCC Council. Bradley has…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embracing Responsible AI from Pilot to Production

Embracing Responsible AI from Pilot to Production

A topic rarely addressed well, we discovered early on it had to be carefully done.  Upcoming DSC webinar:

Embracing Responsible AI from Pilot to Production
Join us for the latest DSC Webinar on May 27th, 2020
register-now: https…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

What is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

A good non technical look at AGI, why its not solved yet, while the narrow kind continues to spread.   I would further suggest that the narrow kind is also context  limited in many ways.  Often in unexpected ways. Impact regulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Smart Fabrics

Future of Smart Fabrics

Also a space we examined.  Especially about how these fabrics could be maintained.   Good to some thoughts about how this is evolving.

3 Questions: The rapidly unfolding future of smart fabrics
Soon, your clothes may be able to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining Museum and a Lab

Combining Museum and a Lab

When we built our retail innovation spaces, which sought to help us understand what the future of these spaces when inserting innovations,  we looked at several museum solutions.  One approach would be to allow remote interactions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Complex 3D Modeling

Automating Complex 3D Modeling

Better complex 3D models, that require less adjustments, can lead to beter understanding and manipulation and thus use of the model.

Automating Complex 3D Modeling
Sandia Labs News
April 27, 2020

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories…


From insideHPC

Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking

Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking

This white paper from Bright Computing, "Increasing HPC Cluster Productivity Through System Resource Tracking" addresses the necessary steps to give administrators, managers, and users the information they need to use HPC system…


From Schneier on Security

Ramsey Malware

Ramsey Malware

A new malware, called Ramsey, can jump air gaps: ESET said they've been able to track down three different versions of the Ramsay malware, one compiled in September 2019 (Ramsay v1), and two others in early and late March 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

5G Rollout Fine

5G Rollout Fine

What will the implications be for broad rollout of 5G?

Qualcomm President: 5G Rollout Is Doing Just Fine

Qualcomm has spent three decades working on the next big thing in wireless. The company’s sales peaked at $26.5 billion in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans and AI Work Better Together

Humans and AI Work Better Together

We determined this early on, the challenge remains on how to pass along the 'work' in context and asess the results and aportion the

Microsoft chief scientist: Humans and AI work better together than alone
Khari Johnson in VentureBeat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data is the Most Important Thing

Data is the Most Important Thing

Or poor associated metadata.

Poor data quality is the leading cause of digital transformation failure. It’s time to prioritise data transformation!   in 7wdata

In a digitally empowered age, businesses across the globe have grand…


From insideHPC

Liqid, Dell, and AMD power Industry’s Fastest Single-socket Storage Server

Liqid, Dell, and AMD power Industry’s Fastest Single-socket Storage Server

Today Liqid announced that it has worked with industry leaders AMD and Dell Technologies to deliver one of the fastest one-socket storage rack servers on the market. "Liqid’s composable Gen-4 PCI-Express (PCIe) fabric technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS on How AI Changes the Rules

SAS on How AI Changes the Rules

Always liked SAS as a analytical problem solving company, here a new paper from them of interest, register for it at the link.

How AI Changes the Rules
New Imperatives for the Intelligent Organization

About this paper
Many leaders…


From insideHPC

GCS Centres in Germany support COVID-19 research with HPC

GCS Centres in Germany support COVID-19 research with HPC

Epidemiologists have turned to the power of supercomputers to model and predict how the disease spreads at local and regional levels in hopes of forecasting potential new hot spots and guiding policy makers' decisions in containing…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The 2020 Y Prize

Can one maintain privacy while publicly congratulating? X Facemask src X, who shall go nameless here, recently won a prize for research. Today we congratulate X and wish to talk a bit about their work while safeguarding X’s identity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Brand in a Voice Centered World

Your Brand in a Voice Centered World

Voice and Brand.    What ties them together to make them work, engage.   Stll not ure if the works unless your voice recognition and delivery is near perfect.  Good thoughts on connection if that is the case.

What Does It Mean…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algol: Used it

Algol: Used it

Well, ok, used it.   For only historical purposes.   I have to record here it was one of the first languages I ever used professionally.  The article below well describes why it is relevant.  But things like this won't have very…

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