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October 2011


From The Noisy Channel

RecSys 2011 Tutorial: Recommendations as a Conversation with the User

RecSys 2011 Tutorial: Recommendations as a Conversation with the User

  Last week, I had the privilege to present a tutorial at the 5th ACM International Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2011). Given my passion for HCIR and my advocacy for transparency in recommender systems, it shouldn’t…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Getting Ready for CS Ed Week

Getting Ready for CS Ed Week

CS Ed Week is just around the corner, December 4 through 10, and now is the time to prepare for this week in celebration of Computer Science education and the impact of computing. I am serving on the CS Ed Week outreach committee…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 31

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of October 31

November 3 Hearing: The Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and employment…


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phone Surveillance System

Cell Phone Surveillance System

I was not surprised that police forces are buying this system, but at its capabilities.

Britain's largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a…


From Michael Nielsen

Book tour

Book tour

Click through for event details. I’ve included a few private events at organizations where it’s possible some readers work. The Tech Museum (Bay Area) November 1 Harvard Book Store / Cambridge Forum (Boston) November 9 Authors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Still Raises Questions

Neuromarketing Still Raises Questions

Good thoughts in the AdAge Blog:  Which pushes the Neurostandards Collaboration Project.  Only some 20% of advertising succeeds.  Everyone wants to understand non conscious interactions with the message, but there are still lots…


From Wild WebMink

? Eddi Reader this Thursday

? Eddi Reader this Thursday

I just picked up tickets to go see Eddi Reader in Southampton this Thursday, November 3rd. You may remember her as the heart of the band Fairground Attraction back in the 80s, perhaps with their best known single “Perfect” as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

George Dyson on Innovation and Decisions

George Dyson on Innovation and Decisions

Walter Riker sends along a link.  An interview with technology historian and philospher George Dyson on evolution and innovation. " ...  Dyson: I think that we are generally not very good at making decisions. Mostly, things just…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Have an Augmented Sundae at McDonalds

Have an Augmented Sundae at McDonalds

In the Junaio blog:  The use of augmented reality on a smartphone for merchandising in fast food.   " ... McDonald


From Michael Nielsen

(Some) garbage in, gold out

(Some) garbage in, gold out

During a recent talk David Weinberger asked me (paraphrasing) whether and how the nature of scientific knowledge will change when it’s produced by large networked collaborations? It’s a great question. Suppose it’s announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Intelligence and Social Networking

Business Intelligence and Social Networking

New models using social networking.   In Information Management.  While I agree that social netoworking can be useful in delivering and  managing BI work, I think there is still much to do in first finding and developing models…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Drugs with Augmented Reality

Designing Drugs with Augmented Reality

From Fastcodesign: How 3-D Printing And Augmented Reality Can Help Design Better Drugs.   Clever idea,  The idea of using the third dimension to augment design has been common for many years.  Leveraging it well for very complex…


From Computational Complexity

The Digital Random Bit Generator

I started this month asking about the nature of randomness and how we generate it for our computers. Let me end the month talking about Intel's clever new digital approach to creating random bits. Intel chips used to have an…


From Schneier on Security

Another ATM Theft Tactic

Another ATM Theft Tactic

This brazen tactic is from Malaysia. Robbers sabotage the machines, and then report the damage to the bank. When the banks send repair technicians to open and repair the machines, the robbers take the money at gunpoint.

It's…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Pinpointing Anomalies in Complex Financial Data

Pinpointing Anomalies in Complex Financial Data

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post 31 October 2011

Interesting Links Post 31 October 2011

Busy week last week. You may have read about my two days in Atlantic City (Kinect-ing at the NJSBA Annual Workshop). Real  work. Enjoyable work but none the less it was work. Friday I visited a career technical high school, Upper…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post 31 October 2011

Interesting Links Post 31 October 2011

Busy week last week. You may have read about my two days in Atlantic City (Kinect-ing at the NJSBA Annual Workshop). Real  work. Enjoyable work but none the less it was work. Friday I visited a career technical high school, Upper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breakthrough Innovations in Technology

Breakthrough Innovations in Technology

Fairly well known.  A good reminder of some hot areas.  In particular the medical records area. 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Royal Society Opens Archives

Royal Society Opens Archives

Just announced.   "  ....  The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive


From The Eponymous Pickle

SIRI vs Clippy

SIRI vs Clippy

I remember taking a close look at Microsoft's Clippy assistant interface as a replacement for some kinds of software support.  It actually did a fairly good job.  It used Bayesian techniques to determine the context of a need…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Support

Decision Support

It is really all about decision support.  Beyond that it is about decision process improvement. " ...   We struggle with questions on supporting decisions, yet what most of the BI industry offers is data, big data, fast dataSome…


From Michael Nielsen

Open Access: A Short Summary

Open Access: A Short Summary

I wrote the following essay for one of my favourite online forums, Hacker News, which over the past few months has seen more and more discussion of the issue of open access to scientific publication. This is a repost, original…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategic Planning Smothers Innovation

Strategic Planning Smothers Innovation

In Innovation Excellence:   A well put caution, it can hamper innovation, but I think there is still value in using strategic planning as an infrastructure for innovation.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating the Brain

Simulating the Brain

An interesting suggestion that IBM can now simulate 4.5% of the human brain.    It is always dangerous to compare brains and computing machines.    Still not a simulation of the actual capability of the brain, intelligence itself…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executable English

Executable English

Interacting with databases via English.   Semantic interpretation of social media and execution:" .... It could become a next big thing after Twitter and Facebook. Imagine government and other web sites answering an open ended…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pushing Your Wikipedia Location Information

Pushing Your Wikipedia Location Information

A nice, simple idea.   Push information based on your current location.   A simple layer includes information contained in Wikipedia: New Wikipedia Layer on Geoloqi Gives You Vision Beyond the Greek Gods


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Facebook

Facebook

Facebook has announced a new installment of its


From The Eponymous Pickle

World Changing Games HQ

World Changing Games HQ

I missed this when it first came out: Gameful: An HQ for world changing games.  Posited, it appears, by game promoter Jane McGonigal.   Ideas to use game dynamics to change things,  get actual results?  " ... Gameful is…


From Michael Nielsen

Open science in the Wall Street Journal

Open science in the Wall Street Journal

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal arguing that publicly funded science should be open science.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Video of Kid Eating Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Video of Kid Eating Squid

It's hard to tell if he likes it.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.

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