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March 2009


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Many Things We Can Do

Many Things We Can Do

While riding across the California desert on my way to California CUE (Computer Using Educators), reading several RSS feed captures, and trying to decide upon a topic for my blog contribution from the many CS related events in…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Educating NITRD

Educating NITRD

As far as obscure government acronyms go, NITRD is a pretty good one. It stands for the National Information Technology Research and Development program. This program cuts across numerous federal agencies to carry out and coordinate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brand IP Interview

Brand IP Interview

Interview with Keith Harrison, Supply Chain Strategist at P&G, A lesson in brand Intellectual Property. How does a supply chain strategist think about brand intellectual property?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopportunity Book

Shopportunity Book

Read Kate Newlin's 2006 book: Shopportunity: How to be a Retail Revolutionary. She is a former president of Faith Popcorn's company: Brainreserve. She also worked at P&G during the late 70's, as I did. The book is directedVlasic…


From insideHPC

Sun stock up in Europe on news that IBM in talks to buy

Sun stock up in Europe on news that IBM in talks to buy

Joe at Scalability.org points us to a story in the NYT with news that IBM is talking with Sun about buying their company. Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M…


From BLOG@CACM

Privacy As... Sharing More Information?

Privacy As... Sharing More Information?

When I first started working in the area of personal privacy I had what I would call a conventional view on privacy, which is how to minimize the flow of information going out about them. I reasoned that people were private individuals…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Advice

Linkedin Advice

A blog of practical Linkedin advice, in general of the more advanced kind.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Costs of Print vs Online

Costs of Print vs Online

Economic comparison: Printing The NYT Costs Twice As Much As Sending Every Subscriber A Free Kindle. Printing will not go away, but will it exist only in much smaller specialty domains?


From CSDiary

CMU Algorithm Enables Chain of 10 Kidney Transplants

CMU Algorithm Enables Chain of 10 Kidney Transplants

Using an algorithm developed by a CMU computer science research team, a chain of 10 (and counting) kidney transplants has been made possible. The team consist of faculty members Tuomas Sandholm and Avrim Blum, and PhD student…


From Apophenia

a random act of kindness

a random act of kindness

Due to poor planning, G and I were on different flights back to Boston from SXSW. I was already booked on the early flight and had already been assigned my upgrade. So when we reached DFW, we raced across the airport to get him…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Enhances Private Label

Wal-Mart Enhances Private Label

From the AP, Wal-Mart introduces a number of new private label brands, refreshes others. In general, private label brands are much more profitable to retailers than national brands.


From BLOG@CACM

Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds

Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds

 

In 1959, the colorful and brilliant physicist, Richard Feynman, gave a seminal lecture to the American Physical Society entitled, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," in which he considered the implications of matter manipulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual World Data Environments

Virtual World Data Environments

Something I had explored since well before virtual worlds were common. The idea was that you could explore data by flying through a 3D space. There were several problems. One is that a 3D does not provide lots of additional…


From insideHPC

Warning for HPC companies: don

Warning for HPC companies: don

Mike Bernhardt has posted an insightful article on his communication company


From Putting People First

Nokia

Nokia

Julian Bleecker of Nokia calls it a “short essay”, but “Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction” is really a 97 page book. “Extending this idea that science fiction is implicated in the production of…


From Putting People First

Multi-touch looks set to kill the mouse

Multi-touch looks set to kill the mouse

Darren Waters, technology editor at the BBC, reports from Austin, Texas on the future of touch: “The success of the iPhone has given rise to a new grammar of touch control while the advent of multi-touch in Windows 7 will further…


From Putting People First

Innovation trickles in a new direction

Innovation trickles in a new direction

Business Week reports on how some companies like General Electric, Nokia, and others are reversing the traditional process where products are created in rich nations and repackaged for emerging ones: “This month, General Electric’s…


From Putting People First

Discussing the principles for a digital social enterprise

Discussing the principles for a digital social enterprise

Over the last few months, Franco Papeschi and Tory Dunn of the Vodafone User Experience team have been doing work on a set of principles and guidelines to support the formation of ethical / sustainable social enterprise services…


From insideHPC

Cloudera launched to offer commercialized

Cloudera launched to offer commercialized

You might recall that Hadoop is the open source application built from the few papers Google engineers published on their MapReduce infrastructure for dealing with very large datasets on a very inexpensive, distributed infrastructure…


From insideHPC

Computer science enrollment up for first time in six

Computer science enrollment up for first time in six

The results of a recent study by the CRA are out, and the news is good for computer science The number of undergraduate students majoring in computer science significantly increased for the first time since the dot com boom according…


From insideHPC

Computing research that changed the world

Computing research that changed the world

From the CCC’s blog Ed Lazowska and Peter Lee on November 4 proposed a brainstorming exercise to identify about a dozen game-changing advances in computing research over the past 20 years. A large number of people responded,…


From CSDiary

CS Enrollments Are Up, According to Latest CRA Taulbee Report

CS Enrollments Are Up, According to Latest CRA Taulbee Report

The latest edition of the CRA Taulbee Report has just been released, and it confirms what we have been seeing in our CS application trends here at CMU and other schools: enrollments are up, and up pretty significantly. The CRA’s…


From Putting People First

Collaborative Services: social innovation and design for sustainability

Collaborative Services: social innovation and design for sustainability

“What is a sustainable lifestyle? What will our daily lives become if we agree to change some of our routines? How do we reduce our environmental impact without lowering our living standards?” A new book, edited by Francois…


From Putting People First

The location of anything is becoming everything

The location of anything is becoming everything

We live in the Global Location Age.


From Putting People First

Service design at Kraft

Service design at Kraft

Reena Jana of Business Week reports from SXSW on the activities of Moshe Tamssot, Kraft


From Putting People First

A participatory website supporting families with disabled children

A participatory website supporting families with disabled children

The Turin-based non-profit organisation Area, which supports families with disabled children, just launched its new website, developed with the intensive support of Experientia. The site, named Di.To (Disabilit


From Springenwerk Blog

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From insideHPC

TACC Names Stanzione Deputy

TACC Names Stanzione Deputy

The Texas Advanced Computing Center [TACC] has announced that they have named Dan Stanzione, Jr as Deputy Director of the center.


From insideHPC

Bio-computing thrust at

Bio-computing thrust at

This just crossed my mailbox this evening: news of that the bio-computing thrust in the SC09 technical program is looking for content. From the email This year SC09 is highlighting Bio-Computing as a thrust area within its technical…


From insideHPC

Sun to Deploy South Africa

Sun to Deploy South Africa

Its so super, they call it a supercomputer.

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