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June 2015


From Schneier on Security

The Secrecy of the Snowden Documents

The Secrecy of the Snowden Documents

Last weekend, the Sunday Times published a front-page story (full text here), citing anonymous British sources claiming that both China and Russia have copies of the Snowden documents. It's a terrible article, filled with factual…


From insideHPC

Interview: Trends in HPC & Cloud in Financial Services

Interview: Trends in HPC & Cloud in Financial Services

While not every industry is making the move to the Cloud at quite the same rate, the high performance side of the Financial Services industry seems to be ahead of the curve. This year, the ISC 2015 conference will feature a session…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 22 June 2015

Interesting Links 22 June 2015

I took it easy last week. Let’s call it retirement practice.  Hope you’re enjoying your self and if you are also on summer break I hope you are resting physically and mentally.

Only a few things to share these week. CSP: IP Addresses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Useful Data Myths

Useful Data Myths

Martyn Jones posts some thought provoking Big Data facts and myths in DSC.    Worth considering, especially how it relates to more traditional methods.  Considerable value, but not magic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Killing Jobs?

Robots Killing Jobs?

From CACM and The Wall Street Journal   Interesting numbers on job replacement.Robots are goosing the productivity of the world's factories, but does that mean fewer jobs for humans? ... 


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Fathering Randomized Fault Tolerance

Plus visiting Michael Rabin and talking about Gödel’s Theorems Michael Ben-Or and Michael Rabin have won the 2015 Dijkstra Prize for Distributed Computing. The citation says, In [two] seminal papers, published in close succession…


From insideHPC

LAD’15 Issues Call for Participation

LAD’15 Issues Call for Participation

EOFS and OpenSFS have issued their Call for Participation for the LAD’15 event, which takes place Sept. 22-23 in Paris, France.

The post LAD’15 Issues Call for Participation appeared first on insideHPC.


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at the Fasterdata Knowledge Database

RCE Podcast Looks at the Fasterdata Knowledge Database

"Fasterdata provides proven, operationally sound methods for troubleshooting and solving performance issues. Our engineers have identified a common set of issues that hinder performance and we would like to share our experiences…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Example of Network Graph Analysis

An Example of Network Graph Analysis

From DSC, Visualize your Social Media Analytics  by Manoj Sharma" ... Network Graph Analysis can be used to identify the most important participants based on their degree of interaction with other social media users for the topic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Ad Blocking Emerges

More Ad Blocking Emerges

Upsetting the financial support for the modern internet?  In Mashable: Apple's new Safari will let you block ads, which makes some people happy and some people very scared   .... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Invests in Open Source, Free Data Tech

IBM Invests in Open Source, Free Data Tech

" .... The move, announced by the company Monday, follows the hiring of about 20 people for a new technology center in San Francisco to improve and extend a University of California at Berkeley-developed free software project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Consumer Brand Relationship

Personalizing Consumer Brand Relationship

Study: Consumers believe brands don’t understand them" ... IBM recently announced the results of a study that found a massive perception gap between how well businesses think they are marketing and the actual customer’s experience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warnings of Data Paralysis and Context.

Warnings of Data Paralysis and Context.

Data paralysis is a key issue. Data correctness and being up to date and remaining in context is also important.  I always make a detailed statement of these issues, and how often they need need to be reviewed.


From insideHPC

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration

Ed Seidel Presents: Supercomputing in an Era of Big Data and Big Collaboration

"Supercomputing has reached a level of maturity and capability where many areas of science and engineering are not only advancing rapidly due to computing power, they cannot progress without it. I will illustrate examples from…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup

Citigroup in Irving, Texas is seeking a Senior HPC Grid Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Senior HPC Grid Engineer at Citigroup appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo Installed and Experienced

Amazon Echo Installed and Experienced

Now 6 months after request  I have an installed Amazon echo called Alexa in the kitchen.   A smart Pringles can.  Requires Wifi and AC. Fairly easy to install, but has some Wifi requirements you may not have.  It's most easily…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Pricing in Store

Personalizing Pricing in Store

Much talked for loyalty, or online.  Beyond that in Brick and Mortar? We built some test models for experimentation for engagement interaction.  How does this change if pricing and checkout moves to the aisle?" ... According…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RFID, P&G, Lipsticks and the Internet of Things

RFID, P&G,  Lipsticks and the Internet of Things

In the Cisco Blogs, a look at how the Internet of things emerging in a project at Procter & Gamble that tracked lipsticks, and how that has evolved.  Most notable, the considerable to the RAIN RFID Alliance.  by Steve Halliday…


From The Eponymous Pickle

PLM News

PLM News

A nicely done overview of industry news about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), put out by the CIMdata group. Subscribe.   Have started to cover PLM news as it relates to my own technology innovation interests.   Pass along…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Salad Servers

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Salad Servers

Nice. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015

HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015

While we're always on the lookout for HPC news, not everything makes it to the front page. Notable items from this week include big boosts for Apache Spark, Containerization, and Lustre.

The post HPC News Bytes for June 19, 2015…


From insideHPC

Video: The Great Leap (Computing the Uncomputable Climate System)

Video: The Great Leap (Computing the Uncomputable Climate System)

"Increasing computational power and advances in algorithms have made it possible to resolve an ever increasing fraction of the scales of atmospheric motion. While it remains inconceivable to resolve all the relevant scales of…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-4 Lx 25/50 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Today Mellanox announced its ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25/40/50 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, delivering optimal cost-performance and scalable connectivity for Cloud, Web 2.0 and storage platforms. As the first adapter designed to serve as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Inventory Losses

Measuring Inventory Losses

From the Zen of Retail Tech: By Evan SchumanWhat is behind retail's $1.1 trillion inventory losses?Retail research house IHL in June estimated an industrywide loss of $1.1 trillion. But IHL is not limiting itself to traditional…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Proposers Day July 21-22

DARPA Proposers Day July 21-22

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a two-day Proposers Day event to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dueling Realities at Hand

Dueling Realities at Hand

In the Atlantic, A topic of continuing interest.  Is it easier to overlay a reality on our own reality, or create one from scratch? Note Apple's recent acquisition of Metaio,  Microsoft's Hololens.  Google's VR,   Big players…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Ad Blocking

Rise of Ad Blocking

In AdAge:  The dilemma of the 'free Internet'. " ... Ad Blocking Is a Growing Problem. What's the Fix? ... Publishers Including CBS Interactive, Forbes, DailyMail Weigh Their Options ... "   ' ... With 28% of U.S. internet users…


From The Eponymous Pickle

All Things Data

All Things Data

BiCorner on all things data.  Some good topics.   It is all about data.   By Jeffrey Strickland." ... Data Scientist, Analytic Scientist, Statistician, Operation Research Analyst, Predictive Modeler, … They are all very different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Automates Data Analysis

SAS Automates Data Analysis

The analytics giant SAS, long our standard in the enterprise, decides to take a hand in automating data science,  In CWorld.  How will this change the role of the data scientist?   Note the emphasis on speed.  Accuracy?  Much…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Air New Zealand and Aimia Acquire Analytics

Air New Zealand and Aimia Acquire Analytics

In Forbes:" ... As organizations look to use analytics to better meet their customers needs, there is an increasing attention being given to building deep analytics offerings within core data. Add that trend to an industry that…

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