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September 2020


From Schneier on Security

New Bluetooth Vulnerability

New Bluetooth Vulnerability

There’s a new unpatched Bluetooth vulnerability:

The issue is with a protocol called Cross-Transport Key Derivation (or CTKD, for short). When, say, an iPhone is getting ready to pair up with Bluetooth-powered device, CTKD’s…


From insideHPC

OpenPOWER Foundation Unveils IBM Hardware/Software Contributions at OpenPOWER Summit

OpenPOWER Foundation Unveils IBM Hardware/Software Contributions at OpenPOWER Summit

Today at OpenPOWER Summit 2020, IBM announced it is contributing two technologies to the OpenPOWER community: the A2O Power processor core, an “out-of-order” follow-up to the A2I core and associated FPGA environment; and Open…


From insideHPC

The Race for a Unified Analytics Warehouse

The Race for a Unified Analytics Warehouse

This white paper, "The Race for a Unified Analytics Warehouse," from our friends over at Vertica discusses how the race for a unified analytics warehouse is on. The data warehouse has been around for almost three  decades. Shortly…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak:

  • I’m speaking at the Cybersecurity Law & Policy Scholars Virtual Conference on September 17, 2020.
  • I’m keynoting the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Radar Trends

    Radar Trends

    See the O'Reilly Radar Trends.    Very nicely done, brought up a number of interesting surprises.  But many have been on my list for sometime.   Its now on my on going reading list:

    Radar trends to watch: September 2020
    Trends
    By…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Data Science Fails If it Looks too Good to be True

    Data Science Fails If it Looks too Good to be True

    Not sure if I completely agree.  Have seen very good results come out of an analytic solution.  I agree that if it makes recommendations very different from current practice, or suggests buying into high risk, depends on unknown…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Announcing the 2020 Computing Innovation Fellows

    Announcing the 2020 Computing Innovation Fellows

    This past spring, when hiring practices were rapidly changing due to COVID-19, the Computing Research Association (CRA) and its Computing Community Consortium (CCC) launched the CIFellows 2020 program, with strong support from…


    From insideHPC

    AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund Adds 18 Institutions and 5 Petaflops of Supercomputer Processing Power to Assist Researchers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic

    AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund Adds 18 Institutions and 5 Petaflops of Supercomputer Processing Power to Assist Researchers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Sept. 14, 2020 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced a second round of high-performance technology contributions to assist in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. AMD is now contributing high-end…


    From Computational Complexity

    An interesting serendipitous number

     Last seek I blogged about two math problems of interest to me here.

    One of them two people posted answers, which was great since I didn't know how to solve them and now I do. Yeah! I blogged about that here.


    The other problem


    it…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How AI Fits into Today's Economy

    How AI Fits into Today's Economy

    TNW looks into AI, and provides a non technical view, points to Prediction Machines Book. good starting place regarding economics involved.

    A realistic picture of how AI fits into today’s economy

    There’s a difference between a

    Where…


    From insideHPC

    Nvidia to Acquire Arm for $40 Billion

    Nvidia to Acquire Arm for $40 Billion

    Nvidia and SoftBank Group Corp. (SBG) have announced an agreement under which Nvidia will acquire Arm Limited from SBG and the SoftBank Vision Fund in a transaction valued at $40 billion. The acquisition, scheduled for completion…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Antipatterns and Tech Transforms

    Antipatterns and Tech Transforms

    Antipatterns that are derailing technology transformations | in McKinsey

    By Sven Blumberg, Thomas Delaet, and Kartikeya Swami

    Ten ‘antipatterns’ that are derailing technology transformations

    Shortsighted solutions to recurring problems…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Blogging Note

    Blogging Note

    I am being forced by Google into using the latest version of Blogger now. And it has led me into an increase of errors.  And more editing.   I will fix them as I see them.   If you notice something that I have missed, and is


    From insideHPC

    What Do You Mean “What’s My Workload?” I Have Hundreds of Them!

    What Do You Mean “What’s My Workload?” I Have Hundreds of Them!

    In this sponsored post, Curtis Anderson, Senior Software Architect at Panasas, Inc., takes a look at what Panasas is calling Dynamic Data Acceleration (DDA) and how it dramatically improves HPC performance in a mixed-workload…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    NVidia Buys ARM for 40 Billion, Plans new AI Research Center

    NVidia Buys ARM for 40 Billion, Plans new AI Research Center

    Considerable detail in this ExtremeTech piece, On China connections.

    Nvidia Buys ARM for $40 Billion, Plans New AI Research Center
     In ExtremeTech by Joel Hruska

    The Nvidia-ARM rumors we’ve been reporting on for the past few months…


    From BLOG@CACM

    Trolleyspotting

    Trolleyspotting

    The Trolley Problem is not for solving, but for exploring.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    On Ensemble Methods, the How and Why

    On Ensemble Methods, the How and Why

    Nicely done piece on the topic.  The general overiew motivates the use of all kinds of group solutions, even without analytics methods involved.  We often used them if we were at all uncertain of best solution methods.   They…


    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Convex Algorithms

    Continuous can beat discrete Nisheeth Vishnoi is a professor at Yale University in the computer science department. The faculty there is impressive and includes many of the top researchers in the world. The CS faculty is pretty…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Alexa and HIPAA

    Alexa and HIPAA

     Skill directions in healthcare.  Requirements are interesting.

    Amazon Opens Applications for HIPAA-Eligible Alexa Skills
     Eric Hal Schwartz on September 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Amazon is expanding its HIPAA-compliant Alexa skill program…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Finding the New from the Old

    Finding the New from the Old

    Makes the case that you can use older data to make useful conclusions.  Though in our experience the required meta data was often not available.    Physics/astronomy is at least often based on some strong science foundations.…


    From Putting People First

    [Book] The Weirdest People in the World

    [Book] The Weirdest People in the World

    Provocative and engaging in both its broad scope and its surprising details, The WEIRDest People in the World explores how culture, institutions, and psychology shape one another, and explains what this means for both our most…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Publishers vs Internet Archive

    Publishers vs Internet Archive

    Came across this pre pandemic when I received a letter from my local library about them decreasing the number of digital 'copies' of books available.    Had previously been connected to the Google Books program, that sought to…


    From insideHPC

    Report: Nvidia on Verge of Arm Acquisition

    Report: Nvidia on Verge of Arm Acquisition

    The Wall Street Journal reported today that Nvidia is close to purchasing British chip designer Arm Holdings from SoftBank Group for more than $40 billion in a cash-and-stock deal, one that has been rumored for several weeks.…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Voice Interoperability Initiative: Combining Assistant Contexts?

    Voice Interoperability Initiative: Combining Assistant Contexts?

    Had seen this mentioned before, but had not completely understood its implications.  Considerable piece in Venturebeat.    Overall implications for ultimate intelligence of an assistant are unclear to me,but this takes an interesting…


    From BLOG@CACM

    Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations

    Students Need to Know What Success in Computing Looks Like, Starting from Realistic Expectations

    Intro CS students sometimes think professional programmers are super-human, which makes it hard to live up to those expectations.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI and Restaurants

    AI and Restaurants

    Instructive insights about an industry that is now under considerable pressure.

      ... AI Issues and Advances in the Restaurant and QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) Industry
    Via Northwestern and Platt Institute

    The Retail Analytics…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Wolfram Alpha Notebook Turns One: Does Chemistry

    Wolfram Alpha Notebook Turns One: Does Chemistry

    This remains taking a close look at.   We explored WolframAlpha itself.  What I liked here was its use in specific context, like here: Chemistry.  Does this help or diminish teaching in the basics of analytical chemistry?  Note…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robot Dogs Exercise with Troops

    Robot Dogs Exercise with Troops

    Not unexpected, seems most of the examples shown are remotely controlled via tele operation as opposed  to  autonomous,  but the latter,  especially in supporting roles, are sure to quickly follow.

    Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    How Are You Doing?

    How Are You Doing?

    We’ve now finished the first week after Labor Day and at least in North America almost everyone is back to school. That may not mean physically back in a bricks and mortar school building though. My grandson is starting kindergarten…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Secure Quantum Communications

    Secure Quantum Communications

    Intriguing application of quantum communication.  Reminds me me some papers read in the way back about use of split wavelength data streams.    Worth a look. 

    Secure Quantum Communications Network the Largest of Its Kind
    New Scientist…