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October 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Identifying Asymptomatic Virus from Cough Prints

Identifying Asymptomatic Virus from Cough Prints

 Most interesting, depending upon how well it works in practice.

MIT Open Voice Model Used to Identify Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients From Cough Recordings  By BRET KINSELLA  in Voicebot.ai

MIT researchers collected over 70,000…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virus Tracing Apps have Problems

Virus Tracing Apps have Problems

Privacy, but then what value do they deliver?

Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife with Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them
The New York Times
Natasha Singer; Aaron Krolik
July 8, 2020

Governments are scrambling to fix coronavirus…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 31st 2020)

Science and Technology links (October 31st 2020)

Amazon has 1 million employees. “The iPhone 12 contains a Lidar. The first 3D Lidar was released a decade ago and cost $75,000.” (Calum Chace) There is water on the Moon, possibly enough to make fuel. Good looking people have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honeywell Provides Quantum as a Service

Honeywell Provides Quantum as a Service

More available services for quantum available.

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering  By ZDNet

The tech world may have to make room for a new acronym, perhaps qubits-as-a-service, QaaS,With…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Commons now Available via Google Search

Data Commons now Available via Google Search

Brought back to my attention. From Google: 

Data Commons is an open knowledge repository that combines data from public datasets using mapped common entities. It includes tools to easily explore and analyze data across different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Dilemma of Ransomware

The Dilemma of Ransomware

Been more educated of late regards the danger of ransomware.   In my early days in the government I remember all the mag tapes we loaded for analysis and backup.   For all sorts of reasons.  Never imagined this one.  But that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Illusory Perceptions

Illusory Perceptions

 In our early work in this area we thought we found such 'illusions'. Based on the text here, these were not the same thing as mentioned here,  but we named them 'illusions', inspired by thoughts of biomimicry.  Is this a hint…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crop Inspection

Crop Inspection

 Recall my interest in crop and forestry inspection and improvement.  See the related tags. Here another example in play to improve production.

Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops

CNBC, Anmar Frangoul…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Waymo Self-Driving Stats Revealed

Waymo Self-Driving Stats Revealed

 Quite impressive.  61 million miles, 21 months, 47 collisions and near misses. By far most caused by other cars.  No one seriously injured.  Better than human. This included some some intriguing results. 

WAYMO PULLS BACK THE…


From insideHPC

Dell, NetApp, IBM Lead Coldago Research’s File Storage Map for 2020

Dell, NetApp, IBM Lead Coldago Research’s File Storage Map for 2020

Coldago Research, a market research and analysis firm, released today its 2020 edition of its map for file storage (see below) in which 31 vendors were examined and seven emerged as leaders: Dell, DDN, IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage…


From insideHPC

Five Argonne Researchers Named 2020 Distinguished Fellows

Five Argonne Researchers Named 2020 Distinguished Fellows

Five leading researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been recognized as Argonne Distinguished Fellows, the highest professional scientific rank accorded by the laboratory. The new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Garbage in - Garbage Forever?

Garbage in -  Garbage Forever?

Of course the well known phrase is applicable to many kinds of 'intelligence', analytics, AI and forecasting and inference.   Here we just make sure it goes beyond to methods like blockchain.  Authentication is before, during…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spying via Body Movements on Video calls

Spying via Body Movements on Video calls

Anther example of patterns from one kind of transmission (body movement)  to another kind (typing) that could leak specific information.  In the 70s we worked similar approaches for the DOD, which might leak information fromSoftware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Ships

Robotic Ships

 Looked at robotic ships for a supply chain project now sometime ago there and were movements then.   See the tag re 'autonomous ships'.   IBM was involved.  Then what seemed like a lapse.  Now are seeing more movement again.…


From Schneier on Security

The Legal Risks of Security Research

The Legal Risks of Security Research

Sunoo Park and Kendra Albert have published “A Researcher’s Guide to Some Legal Risks of Security Research.”

From a summary:

Such risk extends beyond anti-hacking laws, implicating copyright law and anti-circumvention provisions…


From insideHPC

Flow Science Announces FLOW-3D HYDRO CFD for Water & Environmental Industry

Flow Science Announces FLOW-3D HYDRO CFD for Water & Environmental Industry

Santa Fe, October 29, 2020 – Flow Science has launched FLOW-3D HYDRO, a CFD modeling solution for the civil and environmental engineering industry. FLOW-3D HYDRO features a water-focused user interface and offers new simulation…


From insideHPC

German Climate Computing Center Picks StrongLink for 150 PB Data Management Project

German Climate Computing Center Picks StrongLink for 150 PB Data Management Project

The German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) has selected StrongBox Data Solutions (SBDS), provider of autonomous large-scale data management and archive solutions, for a five-year contract to expand the center’s climate science…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

TileCode–Creating games on and for handheld devices

TileCode–Creating games on and for handheld devices

People are Microsoft always seem to be working on interesting and unexpected (to me anyway) things.  My most recent discovery is TileCode. From the website:


Microsoft TileCode is an app for designing, coding, and playing video…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research Announces Nov. 4 Pre-SC20 HPC and AI Market Update Webinar

Intersect360 Research Announces Nov. 4 Pre-SC20 HPC and AI Market Update Webinar

SUNNYVALE, CA—October 29, 2020 — HPC and hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research has announced that CEO Addison Snell will present the latest research and insights for the HPC market at a free webinar on Wednesday, November…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Auction Theory

On Auction Theory

 A favorite topic we used for supply chain decision modeling.   Nicely overviewed here in Kellogg.  Below a good reminder to me of its outline , and there follows a good overview.   Well worth understanding. Reviewing now:  

What…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Quadrennial Papers: Core Computer Science

CCC Quadrennial Papers: Core Computer Science

As part of the rollout of the 2020 CRA Quadrennial Papers, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is pleased to publish the first four papers around the “Core Computer Science” theme, including papers on post quantum cryptography…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA Releases ‘2020 Quadrennial Papers’ Focused on Illuminating Computing Research Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Four Years

CRA Releases ‘2020 Quadrennial Papers’ Focused on Illuminating Computing Research Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Four Years

The following has been reposted from the CRA Bulletin.   Today the Computing Research Association (CRA) released the first of more than a dozen planned white papers produced through its subcommittees, exploring areas and issues…


From insideHPC

GIGABYTE Releases Motherboards for AMD Platform

GIGABYTE Releases Motherboards for AMD Platform

  Taipei, Taiwan, October 29, 2020 – GIGABYTE Technology, (TWSE: 2376), a high-performance servers and workstations company, today announced two new server motherboards extending the diversity of boards for dual 2nd Gen AMD EPYC…


From insideHPC

Cognite Collaborates with Microsoft to Transform Industry through Digitalization, Becomes Independent Software Vendor

Cognite Collaborates with Microsoft to Transform Industry through Digitalization, Becomes Independent Software Vendor

OSLO, Norway— Cognite announced it is working with Microsoft to catalyze the full-scale digital transformation of heavy-asset industries. The Cognite Data Fusion platform, hosted on Microsoft Azure, will deliver industrial data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Restock Kroger Proves it Worth in Pandemic

Restock Kroger Proves it Worth in Pandemic

Quite some good details here.

It took three years, but Restock Kroger is finally proving its worth.

The grocery chain reported first-quarter revenue of $40.55 billion, exceeding analyst expectations of $41.92 billion. What’s more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Here Comes the No-Code Generation?

Here Comes the No-Code Generation?

Been a long time follower of automating coding.   What will it mean to the future?   Hardly superpowers.  In fact when it finally fully arrives, you will hardly know its there at all.    It will then be folded into an algorithm…


From insideHPC

RMACC’s 2021 HPC Symposium Scheduled For May 18-20

RMACC’s 2021 HPC Symposium Scheduled For May 18-20

BOULDER, CO – The Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) has set May 18-20 as the dates for its 2021 High Performance Computing Symposium and for the second consecutive year will offer it in a multi-track on-line…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brazil AI Center

Brazil AI Center

 Visited Brazil to outline their retail technology advances.  Especially regarding food supply chains. Was impressed with their efforts. Now they have established an AI Center

Brazil Launches AI Center   By ZDNet

Brazil's Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Custom Live Data Drama in Excel

Custom Live Data Drama in Excel

Though its now quite outdated, we used to do lots of things in spreadsheets, remember this could have been very useful.   Drama?   Well maybe. 

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets now take custom live data

Who knew spreadsheets couldJon…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video

Friday Squid Blogging: Ram’s Horn Squid Video

This is the first video footage of a ram’s horn squid (Spirula spirula) .

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

Read my blog posting guidelines here.

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