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July 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tableau Research Builds New UX for Data

Tableau Research Builds New UX for Data

Always looking for better user interfaces to make the curation and utilization of data more obvious to both the analyst and the decision maker,  who need to understand what they have, or may be missing, as it relates to realGigaOM…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Reality for Smart Watches

Augmented Reality for Smart Watches

From press release today:  Implies the integration of a camera in a Smart watch and fast advanced image recognition. " .... , Metaio, today announced the first ever object recognition solution for smart watches. The technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Live, Free Microsoft Research Summit

Live, Free Microsoft Research Summit

I plan to tune in for a part of this:Microsoft Research Faculty Summit to Be Streamed Live July 14Join us for a broadcast of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit streamed live from Redmond, Washington on Monday, July 14, from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Roles in the Newly Empowered Retail Democracy

Roles in the Newly Empowered Retail Democracy

In Retailwire:  Short piece that takes the idea beyond the typical view of just buying product.  The new consumer wants to be a:  - Supply chain manager: deciding where to buy, ship, pick up and return orders.  - Merchandise-…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Assistant in the Power of Your Hand

Watson Assistant  in the Power of Your Hand

Today we completely expect intelligence to be in the palm of our hands.  We can get it, but the means at hand now is repeated search.  There have been a number of attempts, interesting but hardly complete.  I have been reading …


From Schneier on Security

These Pickpocket Secrets Will Make You Cry

These Pickpocket Secrets Will Make You Cry

Pickpocket tricks explained by neuroscience. So while sleight of hand helps, it's as much about capturing all of somebody's attention with other movements. Street pickpockets also use this effect to their advantage by manufacturing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SmartPhones are Listening

SmartPhones are Listening

In the WSJ Digits:  It is often forgotten that phones can listen in ways other than during the usual call.  A good piece that addresses this sensory mode.  " ... From chainsaws whirring in rainforests to snoring that sounds like…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Supreme Court Recognizes Technology Matters

Supreme Court Recognizes Technology Matters

Guest blog post written by Mark Rasch, U.S. Public Policy Council member The Supreme Court has always had to consider the impact of new technologies on both individuals’ expectations of privacy and ultimately on their rights…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

True success is more than winning a zero-sum game

True success is more than winning a zero-sum game

Fiction writers used to have to submit their manuscripts to 6 or 7 big corporations. Only these corporations could seriously publish a book. Room on library stacks has always been scarce. Only a tiny number of authors could ever…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Supreme Court Tells Police to “Get a Warrant” for Cellphone Searches

U.S. Supreme Court Tells Police to “Get a Warrant” for Cellphone Searches

The U.S. Supreme Court recently unanimously ruled that law enforcement need to obtain a warrant to search a cellphone seized incident to an arrest. The decision addressed two separate warrantless cellphone search cases before…


From BLOG@CACM

Python Is Now the Most Popular Introductory Teaching Language at Top ­U.S. ­Universities

Python Is Now the Most Popular Introductory Teaching Language at Top ­U.S. ­Universities

Eight of the top 10 CS departments in the U.S., and ~70% of the top 40, teach Python in introductory courses.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Program Webinar

CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Program Webinar

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites you to attend a webinar to learn more about its recently released solicitation, Computer and Information Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DARPA Explained and Now Socialized

DARPA Explained and Now Socialized

An Engadget view of the US Pentagon's DARPA.   With which I have had some connections.   As expected it's mostly about the mad science notions.  Which gets lots of interest.  But no, its mostly about things that are fairly mundane…


From Schneier on Security

The Simple Trick that Will Keep You Secure from Government Spies

The Simple Trick that Will Keep You Secure from Government Spies

Last week, the German government arrested someone and charged him with spying for the US. Buried in one of the stories was a little bit of tradecraft. The US game him an encryption program embedded in a -- presumably common -…


From CERIAS Blog

Why We Don’t Have Secure Systems Yet, Introduction

Why We Don’t Have Secure Systems Yet, Introduction

Over the past couple of months I’ve been giving an evolving talk on why we don’t yet have secure systems, despite over 50 years of work in the field. I first gave this at an NSF futures workshop, and will give it a few more times…


From CERIAS Blog

Why We Don’t Have Secure Systems Yet, Introduction

Why We Don’t Have Secure Systems Yet, Introduction

Over the past couple of months I’ve been giving an evolving talk on why we don’t yet have secure systems, despite over 50 years of work in the field. I first gave this at an NSF futures workshop, and will give it a few more times…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Workshop on Accessible Social Media on July 17

FCC Workshop on Accessible Social Media on July 17

The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host an all-day workshop on “Accessing Social Media,” on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 am to 4 PM. The workshop will foster discussion on how to make social media apps,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Accelerator Chooses Choremonster

Disney Accelerator Chooses Choremonster

The ChoreMonster system, founded by a former colleague, has been mentioned here a number of times.  Now they have been chosen by the Disney Accelerator.   The premise:   " ... What if your kids begged you to do their chores?…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Shared Marketing Decision Methods

Better Shared Marketing Decision Methods

In the HBR Blogs:" ...  Marketing increasingly must work across boundaries with other functions such as IT, sales, and finance to execute shared decisions. But it is at these seams that communication most often breaks down and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Loyalty Apps

3D Loyalty Apps

Retailwire: 3D Loyalty Apps." ... Walgreens has partnered with its loyalty-app partner, Aisle411, to test Google's virtual indoor 3-D mapping technology, Project Tango. The combined technologies enable shoppers to search andSince…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Health Process Visualization Using Sankey Diagrams

Watson and Health Process Visualization Using Sankey Diagrams

On the topic of Watson + Visualization, Watson paths is a good example.  A research project.  "  WatsonPaths is a new cognitive computing project that enables more natural interaction between physicians, data and electronic medical…


From Computational Complexity

Favorite Theorems: Compressing the Local Lemma

Not only did Moser give a near optimal construction, but he did so in my favorite STOC talk of the decade.

A Constructive Proof of the Lovász Local Lemma by Robin Moser
The Lovász local lemma informally states that if you…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Employee Flees to Hong Kong -- You Won't Believe What Happens Next

NSA Employee Flees to Hong Kong -- You Won't Believe What Happens Next

The latest story from the Snowden documents analyzes a large cache of intercepted conversations -- actual operational data -- and concludes that 90% of the individuals eavesdropped on were not the targets of the surveillance.…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 7 July 2014

Interesting Links 7 July 2014

Did you notice that there wasn’t an interesting links post last week? I’ve been on a real vacation with five days of Walt Disney World after ISTE. I spent a lot less time on the Internet than usual. Last week’s posts after ISTE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer

Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer

You plug in your blog headline and it calculates its value in a given context.    Have not tried it as yet.  Click here." .... This free tool will analyze your headline to determine the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) score.Your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing the Data we Have

Visualizing the Data we Have

Video from the US Office of Personnel management (OPM).  Leveraging the Data We Have: Utilizing Data Visualization Analytics  The general point here is good, we often pay most attention to new data, but there is lots of mining…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holographs Brings Back Performers

Holographs Brings Back Performers

In the CACM:  Technical, but very readable piece on the history and use of the holographic illusion. Remember seeing these live in Disney World a long time ago, their improvement has been considerable, bringing back the dead,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Implications of the Right to be Forgotten

Implications of the Right to be Forgotten

In Businessweek: " .... Since agreeing to comply with the European Court of Justice’s decision that people have the right to be forgotten, Google (GOOG) has received about 50,000 requests for Web pages to be removed from European…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Military Glasses

Military Glasses

In Defense One, an example of 'military glasses'.  How are these different from Google Glass?   First with more of an emphasis on usable, task oriented augmented reality." ... The glasses, called simply the X6, are from San Francisco…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Meaning of the Rise of in-Car Cameras

The Meaning of the Rise of in-Car Cameras

Its hard to understand all the implications of connected vehicles.  The camera is a particularly interesting case because it is a very broad kind of sensor, so it is difficult to understand what the inclusion of multiple andIn…