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September 2011


From Schneier on Security

Risk Perception and Terrorism

Risk Perception and Terrorism

I've been posting about a lot of academic articles of late, because that's what I'm reading. Here's another.

Clinton M. Jenkin (2006), Risk Perception and Terrorism, Homeland Security Affairs.


From Wild WebMink

? Whitacre Concert

? Whitacre Concert

If you were blissed-out by the amazingly beautiful choral music I linked to on Bank Holiday Monday, and if you happen to live within reach of London, you will definitely want to check out the concert that composer and conductor…


From Putting People First

Dan Lockton on how architecture and urbanism can be used to influence behaviour

Dan Lockton on how architecture and urbanism can be used to influence behaviour

Dan Lockton is continuing publishing extracts from his Brunel University Ph.D thesis


From Putting People First

What

What

When we talk about customer or user experience in the financial services arena, what do we actually mean? The understanding of banks and banking is not a straightforward concept, and there are different types of banks out there…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Many Pages on the Internet

How Many Pages on the Internet

I like numbers.  Have heard many estimates over the years.  Billions at first.  Trillions some say.  Now a new effort is underway to estimate the size of the net.  Apparently even Google does not know. " ... A group called the…


From My Biased Coin

Rabin's Birthday Celebration

Rabin's Birthday Celebration

While I was not blogging, we spent the few days before the semester started with an 80th birthday workshop for Michael Rabin.  Impressively, we were able to pull it off despite the best efforts of Hurricane Irene, thanks to the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM's Watson Does Diagnoses

IBM's Watson Does Diagnoses

Another piece about uses for the IBM Watson Computer.  Once again, patient diagnosis was an early application for artificial intelligence.  In particular pulmonary diagnosis was used as an early example.  Such systems can be…


From Apophenia

Guilt Through Algorithmic Association

Guilt Through Algorithmic Association

You’re a 16-year-old Muslim kid in America. Say your name is Mohammad Abdullah. Your schoolmates are convinced that you’re a terrorist. They keep typing in Google queries likes “is Mohammad Abdullah a terrorist?” and “Mohammad…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

What Makes a Workshop Work?

What Makes a Workshop Work?

This past summer marked the addition of a full day of workshops to the CS&IT Symposium. More than 120 individuals attended morning and afternoon sessions on a variety of topics, such as BYOB Scratch, Google AppInventor, Videogame…


From The Eponymous Pickle

9/11 Myths

9/11 Myths

A few years ago I had the displeasure of talking to a person who was absolutely convinced of and promoting several of the prominent 9/11 myths.  Damaging and disturbing.  See Popular Mechanic's recent excellent review of the…


From Schneier on Security

More 9/11 Retrospectives

More 9/11 Retrospectives

Joseph Stiglitz on the price of 9/11.

How 9/11 changed surveillance.

New scientific research as a result of 9/11.

A good controversial piece.

The day we lost our privacy and power.

The probability of another 9/11-magnitude…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walmart Labs Addresses the ZMOT

Walmart Labs Addresses the ZMOT

Good piece in AdAge on the reason for Walmart Labs:   Suggesting that Wal-Mart is in an increasing bind due to the online world. " ... Developments in Search and E-commerce Could Help Retailer Leapfrog Over Competitors ... ".…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP and Sybase Unwired

SAP and Sybase Unwired

After talking with SAP on a panel last week and asking about their mobile business intelligence solutions, they have sent me a link about their SyBase Unwired mobility solutions.  " ... As the demand for mobile enterprise applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Posterous Becomes Social

Posterous Becomes Social

I have recommended Posterous for a beginner's blogging engine for beginners.  In particular for its ability to work with mobile.   I created a few templates for the use of friends that were interested in starting in blogging. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Our Nature

Our Nature

I am a big fan of Steven Pinker, read a  number of his books.   On his forthcoming book.  The Better Angels of our Nature:Why Violence has Declined.The author of The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 12

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 12

September 14 Hearing: The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on cybercrime and the financial sector. 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn Building September…


From Computational Complexity

Imagine

Looking back, it's pretty amazing how new technologies like Google, cell phones, Facebook and Twitter have changed society in completely unexpected ways. Let's play a game with an up and coming technology that will surely change…


From Schneier on Security

ACLU Report on the War on Terror

ACLU Report on the War on Terror

This report is really good: "A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11."


From My Biased Coin

Blogging Again?

Blogging Again?

My thoughts that I would blog more over the summer, during academic "down time", turned out more of a fiction than I would have thought.  The summer proved remarkably busy, with plenty of research, administration, consultingNewsweek's…


From Wild WebMink

? Writer

? Writer

Over the weekend I realised how much pleasure I get from listening to Garrison Keillor each day with his small but perfectly formed “Writer’s Almanac” podcast.I’m also a fan of the Lake Wobegone podcast, but the Writer’s Almanac…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing

Computing

As we noted in this space yesterday, the


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 12 September 2011

Interesting Links 12 September 2011

After a wonderful long weekend for Labor Day I spent the rest of last week in San Antonio Texas for a series of meetings. This didn


From The Noisy Channel

A Different 9/11: Happy Birthday, Endeca!

A Different 9/11: Happy Birthday, Endeca!


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zapaday

Zapaday

I was just alerted to Zapaday.   A site, which has similarities in  purpose to Recorded Future,  which I have now followed for some time.  " ... Editors and bots at Zapaday monitor 4.000 news sites and calendars for future events…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Execution

Innovation Execution

Paul Hobcraft on the execution of innovation.   Its easy to build up a portfolio of innovation ideas.  Much harder to execute them in a particular context of the real world.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Growth in Data Related Jobs and the Importance of Language

Growth in Data Related Jobs and the Importance of Language

From the Language Log.   Language is important when you are looking for employment: " ... At the Revolutions blog, David Smith posts a nice little discussion about growth in jobs where people are making sense of data; he used…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

On 9/11 Anniversary,

On 9/11 Anniversary,

As our nation pauses today to remember and reflect upon this tenth anniversary of 9/11, we recall the heroic efforts of ordinary citizens in the aftermath of that horrific day — as well as the lessons that were learned as a result…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Commercial Jetpacks

Commercial Jetpacks

After so many years it appears that commercial, one person flying jet packs are getting much closer.  Legal apparently.  Safe?  Watch the skies.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Over versus Underpackaging

Over versus Underpackaging

A talk I gave this week in Chicago alerted me again to the issues involved in packaging products.  I recall we were called in to look at how people reacted to packaging after there were a number of incidents in  Europe of people…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Perception of Time

Perception of Time

On the brain's perception of time.   We examined this as part of how people shop. How does it change the dwell time in front of a shelf?