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July 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Paying Older Audience Attention

Paying Older Audience Attention

Brought to my attention, being in the older, more experienced audience myself, struck me as rarely paid attention to.   Good first look at this kind of resource problem.

Your Messaging to Older Audiences Is Outdated   by Hal Hershfield…


From BLOG@CACM

A Standard Plan for Modern Requirements

A Standard Plan for Modern Requirements

The ambitious systems that we develop today need a proper requirements structure. The plan defined here organizes requirements specification along four books, the four PEGS of requirements: Project, Environment, Goals and System…


From The Eponymous Pickle

RiskIQ Joins Microsoft: Good

RiskIQ Joins Microsoft:  Good

 Risk is ultimately 'the thing'.   Both in terms of analyzing how what you do is risky in various contexts.   And also in terms of external threats that increase your risk.   Both the risk of what you plan to do, and the risk…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Logical Reasoning for ReClor Challenge

Microsoft Logical Reasoning for ReClor Challenge

We used strictly logical reasoning in our early look at this space.  This approach is well worth a look, links to paper and publication below.  Technical.

Microsoft Research Blog

Microsoft LReasoner leads the ReClor challenge on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Changes How Ads Track People Around the Internet

Google Changes How Ads Track People Around the Internet

Had been reported on some time ago, devil will be in the details as they emerge in context, 

Google Totally Changing How Ads Track People Around the Internet  By The Washington Post, June 18, 2021

It's a common sight: Ads fromMuch…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Miniature Spectrometer for a Smartphone

Miniature Spectrometer for a Smartphone

A description and a number of potential application from Fraunhofer, including but not limited to detecting counterfeit drugs and other products.   We performed such tests for product authenticity checks.   Especially usefulChip…


From insideHPC

Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum Claim 3 Milestones

Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum Claim 3 Milestones

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 20, 2021 — Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) and Cambridge Quantum today announced three scientific and technical milestones that they say demonstrate the viability of large-scale quantum computing and that quantum…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Pluses and Minuses of the Unary increment Operator

Pluses and Minuses of the Unary increment Operator

There has been a conversation on Twitter about the unary increment operator (++) and related (+=, –, etc.). I tend to gloss over these when teaching beginners. Especially those in a first programming course. A friend of mineWould…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hubble Fixed!

Hubble Fixed!

Consider the amount of knowledge and data involved!    Great if this comes through.   Also to the fact that such hardware and software can be remotely changed.  Also a hint to how remote maintenance can be planned for and done…


From insideHPC

Duality Quantum Accelerator Accepts 6 into Inaugural Cohort

Duality Quantum Accelerator Accepts 6 into Inaugural Cohort

Duality, the nation’s first accelerator exclusively for quantum companies, has accepted six startups for Cohort 1. Duality is led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago and the Chicago…


From insideHPC

DOE Awards $3.7M for National Lab HPC Research for Energy Spplications

DOE Awards $3.7M for National Lab HPC Research for Energy Spplications

July 19, 2021 — The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $3.7 million for high performance computing (HPC) projects that address key challenges in US manufacturing and materials development. As part of DOE’s High Performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Happened to Watson? Still here.

What Happened to Watson?   Still here.

We were invited early on to work with Watson's prototype.     But then it did clearly slow behind its stated expectations.  Yet a number of things also came out of it, like means to construct pieces that could be assistants in…


From insideHPC

ALCF Developer Session: Inside the NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPU in ThetaGPU and Perlmutter

ALCF Developer Session: Inside the NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPU in ThetaGPU and Perlmutter

On Wednesday, July 28 at 11 am CT, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility will present a developer session focused on utilization of the Nvidia Ampere A100 GPU in ALCF’s ThetaGPU and NERSC’s Perlmutter supercomputers. Registration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serialized Story Platform

Serialized Story Platform

Interesting.  Am a user of a number of ways to consume text, including Amazon, Kindle and Audible. Now we can consume these in new ways?   Mined from existing text and now generated for specific wants.   By authors they imply…


From Schneier on Security

Candiru: Another Cyberweapons Arms Manufacturer

Candiru: Another Cyberweapons Arms Manufacturer

Citizen Lab has identified yet another Israeli company that sells spyware to governments around the world: Candiru.

From the report:

Summary:

Candiru is a secretive Israel-based company that sells spyware exclusively to governments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Train Adapt, Optimize: TAO

Train Adapt, Optimize:    TAO

More of interest on the NVIDIA TAO effort:

Fast Track AI Model Adaptation with TAO

Building a state-of-the-art deep learning model is a complex and time-consuming process. To achieve this, large datasets collected for the model…


From insideHPC

Spend Less on HPC/AI Storage (and more on CPU/GPU compute)

Spend Less on HPC/AI Storage (and more on CPU/GPU compute)

[SPONSORED POST] In this whitepaper courtesy of HPE, you'll learn about the three approaches that can help you to feed your CPU- and GPU-accelerated compute nodes without I/O bottlenecks while creating efficiencies in Gartner…


From Computational Complexity

Political Intersections: Trump honors Antifa member who was shot dead by police

 1) Trump and other reps have said the following about the Jan 6 event at various times:

a) The Jan 6 event was freedom fighters who were fighting the noble fight to overturn a fraudulent election. Rah Rah!

b) The Jan 6 event was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Adapt to Challenging Terrain in Real Time

Robots Adapt to Challenging Terrain in Real Time

Terrain-able robotics have been very impressive in recent years.   Here yet more advances by some relatively unexpected parties.  Ultimately will it become rare to have humans repetitively port around themselves and things they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On-Demand Session: Deploying Edge AI in Manufacturing

On-Demand Session: Deploying Edge AI in Manufacturing

Useful piece with examples:

Deploying Edge AI for manufacturing Supply Chains  In NVIDIA Developer

On-Demand Session: Deploying Edge AI in Manufacturing   By Amanda Saunders

When it comes to production, companies spend endless cycles…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cybercrime Intervention

Cybercrime Intervention

 A considerable, interesting piece on some of the work being done on getting inside cybercrime gangs.

How Does One Get Hired by a Top Cybercrime Gang?  in KrebsOnsecurity   (Intro) 

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image Improvement Synthesis Models

Image Improvement Synthesis Models

 From the Google AI blog.  Interesting ways to improve images based on AI models.  Illustrative images at the link.

High Fidelity Image Generation Using Diffusion Models

Friday, July 16, 2021,  Posted by Jonathan Ho, Research Scientist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is the U.S. Labor Shortage the Big Break AI Needs?

Is the U.S. Labor Shortage the Big Break AI Needs?

Labor needs and process are being re thought.too.

Is the U.S. Labor Shortage the Big Break AI Needs?

AI May Be the Big Break Labor Needs

Hesitancy and misconceptions about AI in the workplace have long been a barrier to widespread…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Warm AI is Better

Warm AI is Better

Would agree, but being right is better yet.  ....  in many cases we got AI to be engaging with our brands ... but like in any assistance style interaction, we want the RIGHT, in context answer first,  else we have wasted ourTechnion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embedding things in the Blockchain

Embedding things in the Blockchain

Note this article. also notable are the related comments.   Information can be embedded in a blockchain that is not related to its primary use.   A security issue.   Schneier writes, and further comments:

" ... To be fair, not…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Requires Face scans for Game Night Use

China Requires Face scans for Game Night Use

More direct control of children and minor's use of games at specific hours.   Different from what Apple is planning in upcoming OS, where a person can define their own 'focus' times.  Here the government will do it for you. Chinese…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Drone Swarms

Autonomous Drone Swarms

 A favorite topic, where we proposed swarms of drones to work together tracking warehouse conditions.

Autonomous Drone Swarm Can Localize Gas Leaks   By TU Delft (Netherlands)

Scientists at the Netherlands' Delft University ofTU…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Observations on #CSTA2021 Virtual Conference

Observations on #CSTA2021 Virtual Conference

The CSTA 2021 Virtual Conference is in the books. I really did enjoy it and I learned a lot. Virtual conferences are different from in-person conferences and I plan a post on that. But for now I want to talk about this year.


From insideHPC

Green Revolution Cooling Names Participants for Liquid Cooling Awareness Month

Green Revolution Cooling Names Participants for Liquid Cooling Awareness Month

AUSTIN – July 16, 2021 – GRC (Green Revolution Cooling), the leader in single-phase data center liquid immersion cooling, announced it will partner with Dell, Intel, Prasa, Vertiv, and Mission Critical magazine for the first …


From Schneier on Security

REvil is Off-Line

REvil is Off-Line

This is an interesting development:

Just days after President Biden demanded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia shut down ransomware groups attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went …

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