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June 2014


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

I’ve had some fun with a line from the movie The Princess Bride and meme generator below inspired by working with students.

Programming is so non intuitive for many students. An equals sign doesn’t mean what they are used to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dark Stores for Fulfillment

Dark Stores for Fulfillment

Had not heard the term 'dark stores' for some time, but experimented with the concept some years ago. It also allows experimentation with the structure of the store as well.     Then becomes a hybrid of store and warehouseIn"…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 2

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 2

June 4 The Privacy, Technology and the Law subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a location privacy bill. 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Building June 5 The Communications, Technology and the Internet…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Dear Colleague Letter- Cybersecurity Education EAGERs

NSF Dear Colleague Letter- Cybersecurity Education EAGERs

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) along with the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have released the following Dear Colleague…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Walls for Offices or Living Spaces

Augmented Walls for Offices or Living Spaces

Augmenting walls to create enabled office spaces is something we experimented with. Had innovation sessions with office furniture makers.   Fastcompany relates some recent work.  Not sure if this works as well for living rather…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Analysis Resources

Social Media Analysis Resources

Nathan Gilliatt connected and mentioned he runs a blog on social media analysis that I had missed.  " ... The Business of Monitoring, Measuring and Understanding Social Media ... " .  Nice concise resource in an area I have followed…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 2 June 2014

Interesting Links 2 June 2014

I used to tell people that I liked to blog because I knew that classroom teachers didn’t have a lot of time to look for things. As the school year comes to a close and I am a classroom teacher I am finding the truth of that.People…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social TV, A Study

Social TV, A Study

In Knowledge@Wharton.   Video podcast and transcript.As social media grows more popular, it’s increasingly becoming a way for industries, companies and brands to figure out what the cultural zeitgeist is thinking — and from there…


From Schneier on Security

Chinese Hacking of the US

Chinese Hacking of the US

Chinese hacking of American computer networks is old news. For years we've known about their attacks against U.S. government and corporate targets. We've seen detailed reports of how they hacked The New York Times. Google has…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A View of Rebel Statistics, But What Were we Using?

A View of Rebel Statistics, But What Were we Using?

Vincent Granville in Data Science Central:  Data Science Has Been Using Rebel Statistics for a Long Time.  Makes some fascinating comparisons between data science and classical statistics, while fashioning a view of 'rebel statistics'…


From Computational Complexity

Law of small numbers and letters

The law of small numbers is that there are not enough small numbers for all of the tasks that are assigned to them. That makes some math cranks find patterns which are really only caused by not enough small numbers around. One…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How To Avoid Leaving Clues

How to use memory without a trace Harry Buhrman is a quantum complexity theorist. That is, if you take a measure of him, you will sometimes find that he is doing complexity theory, sometimes quantum computing, sometimes both,…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How To Avoid Leaving Clues

How to use memory without a trace Harry Buhrman is a quantum complexity theorist. That is, if you take a measure of him, you will sometimes find that he is doing complexity theory, sometimes quantum computing, sometimes both,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Networks Are Needed for Innovation

Networks Are Needed for Innovation

Becoming a network needed for innovation. In GigaOM.  I heartily agree.  A network that bridges multiple context technologies and partners.  I am part of a broad one myself today.  New strong evidence of it just this week.  …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality Visualizing Big Data

Virtual Reality Visualizing Big Data

Beyond eye candy, and permitting in space interaction.  This has been done before, but not very usefully.   See some of our minor investigations.  Now another approach:In Silicon Angle: " ... the Defense Advanced Research Projects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Path to Purchase Data

Digital Path to Purchase Data

In Consumer Goods: Don't agree with the beginning premise in the statement below. but more of the data is being stored than ever before.  Making sense of it is still a very big challenge.  And combining the digital patterns and…


From Putting People First

“Savages”, an exhibition by Marguerite Kahrl in Torino

“Savages”, an exhibition by Marguerite Kahrl in Torino

Now and then we use this blog to announce activities that are dear to us and deserve some promotion. Today it is the exhibition of artist Marguerite Kahrl, who is the wife of Experientia partner Jan-Christoph Zoels. The show…


From Putting People First

German psychologist aims to debunk behavioural economics (a.k.a. the “nudge” approach)

German psychologist aims to debunk behavioural economics (a.k.a. the “nudge” approach)

Daniel Kahneman, the ‘godfather’ of behavioural economics, has been challenged by rival psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Centre for Cognition and Adaptive Behaviour at the Max Planck institute in Berlin, who claims…

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