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May 2010


From Putting People First

Philips Design

Philips Design

The latest issue of new value by design, the Philips Design newsletter, contains three short articles that sit closely to what we cover in this blog: Self Health – Philips Design


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Chinese researchers publish more research papers

Chinese researchers publish more research papers

Funding agencies in Canada seek to emulate American funding agencies by promoting excellence. What this means in concrete terms is that few professors get most of the resources whereas the bulk of University professors are left…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming and Excel

Programming and Excel

Not everyone needs to be a programmer! You probably hear that a lot if you talk about trying to get more students to program. I know that I do. And of course there is some truth to that. But I believe programming is valuableEveryone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Analytics in Retail

Predictive Analytics in Retail

In the IBM Performance Perspectives Blog:What's in your basket? Predictive analytics for retail This is the first in a four-part series exploring the performance challenges in retail as stores and chains of all sizes begin their…


From Computational Complexity

Which Name Do You Play For?

A relative on Facebook posted the following note about baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

He plays for the name on the back of the jersey [Rodriguez] and not the front [Yankees].
How about us academics? Do I play for "Northwestern"…


From Schneier on Security

Reflections of a Former U-2 Pilot

Reflections of a Former U-2 Pilot

Interesting.


From BLOG@CACM

Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat

Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat

Malvertisements are attempts to inject malware and scareware into advertisements, leveraging the reach that advertising networks have. This blog entry examines some of the issues involved in this growing threat.


From BLOG@CACM

Successful Software Platforms Are the Byproducts of Successful Businesses

Successful Software Platforms Are the Byproducts of Successful Businesses

Startups need their current business to be successful and self-sustaining before they place serious effort in building a general software platform.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Advertising Case Studies

Social Media Advertising Case Studies

From USA Today, a number of targeted social media advertising case studies. Useful for seeing the directions that companies are taking.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke's High Tech Mixing Machine

Coke's High Tech Mixing Machine

Late stage differentiation of Coca Cola products. ' ... Coke's new Freestyle machine is housed in a curved metal shell created by the designers of Ferrari race cars, and features a touch-screen menu. Inside, technology common…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FMI Phone App

FMI Phone App

In a clever development this week's FMI (Food Marketing Institute) 2010 conference has constructed a free smartphone application supporting the event. I may be behind the times, but had not seen an App that supports a conference…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Assessment

Assessment

Thanks to the hard work of the ACM Education Policy Committee and other organizations working to strengthen national policy support for computer science, there have been many important policy victories for computing education…


From Schneier on Security

SnapScouts

SnapScouts

I sure hope this is a parody:

SnapScouts Keep America Safe! Want to earn tons of cool badges and prizes while competing with you friends to see who can be the best American? Download the SnapScouts app for your Android phone…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Acceptance rate versus impact

Acceptance rate versus impact

Should you attend the most selective school? Maybe not: Students who attended more selective colleges do not earn more than other students who were accepted and rejected by comparable schools but attended less selective colleges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Local Inventory NoWhere Close

Local Inventory NoWhere Close

In a previous post there was a mention of local inventory search, knowing where the inventory of a product may reside. Storefrontbacktalk has a post that suggests that we are no where close to this being available yet.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japanese Brainwave Initiative

Japanese Brainwave Initiative

An interesting project out of Japan. I remember well the Japanese AI initiative, which led to some crucial results in robotics. Though the generalized Japanese AI/Knowledge Systems initiative was certainly not evidently successful…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 10

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 10

May 13

Hearing:

The Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the national broadband plan. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bulding


From Computational Complexity

NSF at 60

On May 10, 1950, Harry Truman signed Public Law 507 creating the National Science Foundation based on Vannevar Bush's Science - The Endless Frontier. The NSF is celebrating with the Sensational 60, a highlight of the greatest…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-10

links for 2010-05-10

FSF launches free software extension listing for OpenOffice.org Pity it came to this. The FSF would have been perfectly happy with proper classification of the extensions on the OpenOffice.org site so that visitors could sort…


From Schneier on Security

9/11 Made us Safer?

9/11 Made us Safer?

There's an essay on the Computerworld website that claims I implied, and believe, so:

OK, so strictly-speaking, he doesn't use those exact words, but the implication is certainly clear. In a discussion about why there aren't…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 10 May 2010

Interesting Links 10 May 2010

You have to love the Internet and especially twitter. You can hear about things that you


From The Noisy Channel

Celebrating Six Months at Google New York

Celebrating Six Months at Google New York

Today I celebrate six months of working at Google. I’m having a great time, and I wanted to take a moment to share a bit about my experience thus far. First, a bit about Google’s New York office. It is a major office–in fact,…


From Wild WebMink

? New Week, New Column, New Job

? New Week, New Column, New Job

Starting the week with a new column in ComputerWorldUK and a new job as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Brands Grow: First Read

How Brands Grow: First Read

Correspondent Byron Sharp, Professor at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia, has a new book: How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don't Know. Here is the book's web site. I have mentioned the Ehrenberg-Bass…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality as Pain Relief

Virtual Reality as Pain Relief

The use of games and virtual reality for pain relief. From CACM.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A great run at NSF CISE!

A great run at NSF CISE!

Three quick notes … First, I can’t believe that there weren’t more comments on John King’s terrific post,


From Wild WebMink

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A new election-day song from Thea Gilmore captures just how I feel.


From Putting People First

Tell-all generation learns to keep things offline

Tell-all generation learns to keep things offline

Members of the under 30 tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud. “The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite…


From Putting People First

Homesense project launched

Homesense project launched

Tinker London (the people behind Arduino) started a collaboration with EDF R&D on Homesense, an open user-centered research project investigating the use of smart and networked technologies in the home. Homesense will bring the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping at the Mall of the Future

Shopping at the Mall of the Future

In Retail Traffic a fairly good exploratory look at shopping in the next decade. Overplays, yes, but reasonable speculative views based on existing technologies. We have worked on similar directions during the last decade.