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June 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Variable Sun

Variable Sun

In an earlier academic life experience I did sun modeling. This field has made considerable strides over the years. I am no longer involved with the technologies at play, but it is clear that the models used do not predict. It…


From Putting People First

UXnet disbanded

UXnet disbanded

Louis Rosenfeld, president of the Board of Directors of UXnet, announced last night that the user experience network is being disbanded: “On behalf of UXnet


From Putting People First

New Masters in Service Design at Domus Academy

New Masters in Service Design at Domus Academy


From Putting People First

Parliament of Things

Parliament of Things


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: LOLSquid

Friday Squid Blogging: LOLSquid

It's supposed to be a classic, but I've never seen it before.


From Computational Complexity

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From Schneier on Security

Remote Printing to an E-Mail Address

Remote Printing to an E-Mail Address

This is cool technology from HP:

Each printer with the ePrint capability will be assigned its own e-mail address. If someone wants to print a document from an iPhone, the document will go to HP's data center, where it is rendered…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The fallacy of absolute numbers

The fallacy of absolute numbers

I often come across the following type of arguments in research papers: You could save 3 bits of storage for every value in your database. Surely that’s irrelevant. Nobody cares about saving 3 bits! You can sort arrays in 10…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Concept Search Solved?

Visual Concept Search Solved?

From a paper by Cees Snoek and Arnold Smeulders of the University of Amsterdam, suggests that the machine understanding of images is within reach. Minimal abstract here. Good paper which addresses semantic issues of the problem…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Friday is not the day to talk about thinking. I think a lot of people in general and students in particular are looking to stop thinking right about now. But critical thinking skills are something I feel is really importantteaching…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nestle Supermarket Barge

Nestle Supermarket Barge

Had heard of this before but only briefly... a novel idea which uses a barge on tributaries of the Amazon river in Brazil to engage truly emerging markets. Much more in Bloomberg.


From The Eponymous Pickle

FMI Revamps Website

FMI Revamps Website

FMI provides excellent technical information, over the years have been to a number of their conferences: FMI (Food Marketing Institute) has updated its website, www.fmi.org, improving ease of navigation and making it easier for…


From Putting People First

Deciphering the cause of human motivation

Deciphering the cause of human motivation


From Schneier on Security

The Continuing Incompetence of Terrorists

The Continuing Incompetence of Terrorists

The Atlantic on stupid terrorists:

Nowhere is the gap between sinister stereotype and ridiculous reality more apparent than in Afghanistan, where it's fair to say that the Taliban employ the world's worst suicide bombers: one…


From Wild WebMink

? BCS Members: Vote Now

? BCS Members: Vote Now

If you’re a BCS Member or Fellow you’ve received a voting pack in the mail that needs your attention. Please vote this weekend so that there’s no risk of missing the deadline. I’ve written one more time on my ComputerWorldUK…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Experience Management

Visual Experience Management

From Saffron. Intriguing linkage of associative memory and visualization. Will examine it more closely."


From My Biased Coin

Fly-By Conferences (ISIT edition)

Fly-By Conferences (ISIT edition)

I'm writing this from ISIT (Int'l Symposium on Inf. Theory) in Austin.  In fact, I'm sitting in on the session on for "Coding for Memories", a topic I did some work on last year and could see returning to (if I could figure out…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Watson: The Next Ken Jennings?

Watson:  The Next Ken Jennings?

Ken Jennings, the man known for his record-breaking streak of 74 consecutive


From Schneier on Security

Hot Dog Security

Hot Dog Security

A nice dose of risk reality:

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement calling for large-type warning labels on the foods that kids most commonly choke on


From Putting People First

Resistance is futile and the design of politics

Resistance is futile and the design of politics


From Putting People First

User-driven innovation for Nordic businesses

User-driven innovation for Nordic businesses


From Computational Complexity

Alternative Careers for Logicians

(Will post on Complexity next week. I am waiting until the invited talks have their slides online so that I can point to them.)

Lets say you just got a PhD in Logic. (ASIDE- my spell check program flagged PhD, but it gets…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Indoor use of Augmented Reality

Indoor use of Augmented Reality

From a Junaio press release, a good example:"Indoor Usage of junaio


From Putting People First

Jon Kolko on design that changes human behavior

Jon Kolko on design that changes human behavior


From The Eponymous Pickle

DePaul Program in Predictive Analytics

DePaul Program in Predictive Analytics

First of its kind program in the US. Useful to see this kind of thing happening, and I hope it is linked strongly to MBA programs there and elsewhere


From Putting People First

Collaborative consumption

Collaborative consumption


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-06-17

links for 2010-06-17

UK keeps three times as many patents secret as the US Not only is the patent system broken (it has forgotten to protect the public good in return for granting a temporary monopoly), but it turns out that thousands of the things…


From Schneier on Security

Patrolling the U.S./Canada Border

Patrolling the U.S./Canada Border

Doesn't the DHS have anything else to do?

As someone who believes that our nation has a right to enforce its borders, I should have been gratified when the Immigrations official at the border saw the canoe on our car and informed…


From Apophenia

Four Essays Addressing Risky Behaviors and Online Safety

Four Essays Addressing Risky Behaviors and Online Safety

At Harvard’s Berkman Center, John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, and I have been co-directing the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative to investigate the role that policy can play in addressing core issues involving youth and…


From BLOG@CACM

Valuing High School Computing Teachers

Valuing High School Computing Teachers

Thoughts on why high school computing teachers are so important and how we can help them.

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