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February 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Pattern Magnification

Video Pattern Magnification

Quite interesting, technical.

Eulerian Video Magnification and Analysis
By Neal Wadhwa, Hao-Yu Wu, Abe Davis, Michael Rubinstein, Eugene Shih, Gautham J. Mysore, Justin G. Chen, Oral Buyukozturk, John V. Guttag, William T. Freeman…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theory in Practice

Game Theory in Practice

A apace we worked in, especially to understand and react to models of competitive activity.  In practice usually means getting good understanding of how these models work with available data.

In the Economist  (May require subscription)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Brain Activity

Mining Brain Activity

A machine driven look at brain activity.

Brain Activity Is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher. Machines Can Decode It for Us
By Vox
University of California, Berkeley professor Jack Gallant and others are using machine learning…


From Schneier on Security

Predicting a Slot Machine's PRNG

Predicting a Slot Machine's PRNG

Wired is reporting on a new slot machine hack. A Russian group has reverse-engineered a particular brand of slot machine -- from Austrian company Novomatic -- and can simulate and predict the pseudo-random number generator. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots are Coming

Bots are Coming

Fun history and thoughts of our attempts as bot, past and presesent. I agree, things will be very different. How much will they be models of ourselves?  How soon is unclear.   In the Atlantic:

Our Bots, Ourselves
How the descendants…


From insideHPC

Video: Singularity – Containers for Science, Reproducibility, and HPC

Video: Singularity – Containers for Science, Reproducibility, and HPC

"Explore how Singularity liberates non-privileged users and host resources (such as interconnects, resource managers, file systems, accelerators ...) allowing users to take full control to set-up and run in their native environments…


From Schneier on Security

Profile of Citizen Lab and Ron Diebert

Profile of Citizen Lab and Ron Diebert

Here's a nice profile of Citizen Lab and its director, Ron Diebert. Citizen Lab is a jewel. There should be more of them....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mr Clean's New Backstory

Mr Clean's New Backstory

My colleague Larry Paul points me to a new backstory of Mr Clean brand equity character published for the Superbowl ad.  This is amusingly far different from the backstory we used when we worked on the brand  (See below for more…


From insideHPC

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF to Keynote ISC 2017

Dr. Peter Bauer from ECMWF to Keynote ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced that their Tuesday keynote will be delivered by Dr. Peter Bauer from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). As Deputy Director of the Research Department Center at ECMWF, Dr. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple, IBM and AI for the Enterprise

Apple, IBM and AI for the Enterprise

Following,  the details will be interesting, especially for enterprise applications.   Have seen relatively few AI driven applications in the enterprise.   As part of a team that looked at well focused and valued applications…


From insideHPC

Apply Now for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Apply Now for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Team applications are now being accepted for the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. "SC17 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its eleventh year, as an opportunity to showcase student…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to request input on federal datasets…


From Schneier on Security

Cryptkeeper Bug

Cryptkeeper Bug

The Linux encryption app Cryptkeeper has a rather stunning security bug: the single-character decryption key "p" decrypts everything: The flawed version is in Debian 9 (Stretch), currently in testing, but not in Debian 8 (Jessie)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification and Sales Effectiveness

Gamification and Sales Effectiveness

From Bunchball, who we talked to, of interest, requires registration:

Using Gamification to Optimize Sales Effectiveness
Every company's survival depends on the effectiveness of its sales force, whether those teams are direct,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Signing on for Alexa Data

Signing on for Alexa Data

In AdAge: 

Epsilon and Others Scramble for Alexa Data from Amazon  By Kate Kaye

Amazon, not unlike other retail giants or the web's walled gardens, is notoriously stingy with its data. However, Amazon has opened up some high-level…


From insideHPC

Kathy Yelick Joins Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

Kathy Yelick Joins Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

Kathy Yelick, the Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences at LBNL, has been named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership in science, technology and engineering. Twelve women, each representing a different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Call to Digital Ad Economy

Procter Call to Digital Ad Economy

In Adage:

 Will P&G's Forceful Call to Arms Reform the Digital Ad Economy?  By Nat Ives

Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard has unleashed a broadside against the way things are done in digital advertising. "The

P&G…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior System Administrator for HPC at WHOI Institute

Job of the Week: Senior System Administrator for HPC at WHOI Institute

The WHOI Information Services Department is looking for a Senior Systems Administrator to join their team. This is a regular, full-time position, and is eligible for benefits. The Senior Systems Administrator works within the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Managing With Immature AI

Managing With Immature AI

Good thoughts here, it is not mature yet.  Yet still has value to pursue.  Not quite enough shown about how and with which suppliers.

In MIT Sloan, may require registration.

Managing With Immature AI   by Sam Ransbotham
The current…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Research Implications of the Report from the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Research Implications of the Report from the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

The following is a blog post from CCC Executive Council Member Ben Zorn from Microsoft Research.  On December 1, 2016, the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released its comprehensive report containing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tell me a Story

Tell me a Story

Data visualization expert Stephen Few makes a point I have made for a long time.  And does not take it far enough.  Telling a story is great, powerful, expressive and convincing.  So use that technique if you like.  But storytelling…


From insideHPC

PRACE Posts Best Practice Guide for Intel Xeon Phi

PRACE Posts Best Practice Guide for Intel Xeon Phi

The European PRACE initiative has published a new Best Practice Guide for Intel Xeon Phi, Knights Landing Edition. "This best practice guide provides information about Intel’s MIC architecture and programming models for the Intel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disruption Through Design

Disruption Through Design

In UXMatters:

How IBM Is Embracing the Future Through Design

By Atul Handa and Kanupriya Vashisht  February 6, 2017   

IBM has chosen to create disruption through design. … We interviewed Karel Vredenburg, Director of IBM Design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictions about AI Assistants

Predictions about AI Assistants

Some reasonable thoughts about near time directions.  Who will really want to own the space?  What will it take to do that?  Deeper AI is still some time away, so near time, focused, lesser investments can get considerable results…


From insideHPC

Mellanox Ships 100,000+ Cables for Next-Gen 100 Gb/s Networks

Mellanox Ships 100,000+ Cables for Next-Gen 100 Gb/s Networks

Today Mellanox announced that it has shipped more than 100,000 units of its Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs) to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud 100Gb/s networks.


The post Mellanox Ships 100,000+ Cables…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Sorting sorted arrays in Swift

Sorting sorted arrays in Swift

Sorting arrays quickly is a classical computer science problem. It is also a common task worth optimizing. Sadly, there is no best approach, no silver bullet. Most people rely on whatever their programming language provides as…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Deploys 30,000+ MicroBlade Servers for 1.06 PUE Datacenter

Supermicro Deploys 30,000+ MicroBlade Servers for 1.06 PUE Datacenter

A technology-leading Fortune 100 company has deployed over 30,000 Supermicro MicroBlade servers, at its Silicon Valley data center facility with a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, to support the company’s growing compute…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Rolls Out New Quadro Pascal GPUs

NVIDIA Rolls Out New Quadro Pascal GPUs

"Professional workflows are now infused with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and photorealism, creating new challenges for our most demanding users," said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at How Bosch Helped Volkswagen Cheat Emissions Tests

Radio Free HPC Looks at How Bosch Helped Volkswagen Cheat Emissions Tests

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at recent developments in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. According to reports, auto parts supplier Bosch wrote the software for VW that enabled the company's diesel vehicles …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mayfield Robotics

Mayfield Robotics

Now known for Bosch's effort with the beta Kuri home robot.

We Make Helpful Home Robots
Our robots bring joy to your house. Our small team of engineers, roboticists, and designers is growing quickly and we are having a great time…