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November 2009


From BLOG@CACM

SC09 Reflections: The Need for Speed

SC09 Reflections: The Need for Speed

SC09 (aka the “Supercomputing Conference”) was held during the week of November 16.  The conference set an attendance record this year – roughly 10,000 attendees at the combined conference and tradeshow – despite the economic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Future of TV

On the Future of TV

A good catch up piece on technologies, incentives and directions re this topic. What will the consumer engagement media-mix of the very near future be? ... The Future of TV - We'll Be Ordering Up Our Own Video, Ads and Products…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - November 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 11)

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - November 2009 (Vol. 52, No. 11)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the November issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Large Company Sustainability

Large Company Sustainability

I was recently asked what P&G was doing in the area of sustainability. Their positions, commitments, reports, video and background information can be found here.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Take Two Approach

The Take Two Approach

I was talking to a gentleman the other day who has a successful mentorship program in his line of business. I was amazed at the simplicity of his model. It started many years back when a few young fellows started coming to …


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

The Impact of Technology in the Classroom

The Impact of Technology in the Classroom

In August, a Communications of ACM article had me thinking about whether technology has become a need in education. Today, a friend of a friend is going to interview me on the impact that technology has already had, forcingAugmented…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 30

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 30

December 3

Meeting: The Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee will meet 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 490 L'Enfant Plaza S.W., Washington, D.C.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Learning and the Social Web: A Call for Papers (new deadline)

Learning and the Social Web: A Call for Papers (new deadline)

We have extended the deadline of our call for papers on Learning and the Social Web (http://socialwebjetwi.info/). It is a special issue for the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence (JETWI). You now have until…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Winning in Turbulence

Winning in Turbulence

Just brought to my attention: Winning in Turbulence, by Darrell Rigby. On my reading list. Excerpts on the Bain site. ' ... Turbulence creates extraordinary threats and opportunities. Many companies won't survive, others will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Guilt Trips

Guilt Trips

In Martin Lindstrom's latest newsletter: Fighting Back Against Shoppers' Guilt. A piece about how ' ... Guilt has always been part of the shopping experience. But retail executives say it has become such an overriding emotion…


From Schneier on Security

The Psychology of Being Scammed

The Psychology of Being Scammed

This is a very interesting paper: "The Real Hustle, which does hidden camera demonstrations of con games. (There's no DVD of the show available, but there are bits of it on YouTube.) Frank Stajano is at the Computer Laboratory…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-30

links for 2009-11-30

Repeat after me: open source means more than just the license. We need a scorecard. (And before you say, I am well aware of Sun's shortcomings, I am still working on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computers Saving Hospitals Money

Computers Saving Hospitals Money

A Harvard survey that says that IT rarely saves hospitals money. A shocker to me. I have been a close-up observer of how systems are used in hospitals. I guess my followup question is based on the data intensity and requirements…


From BLOG@CACM

What the Cloud Means for HCI

What the Cloud Means for HCI

The CTO roundtable on cloud computing article in a past issue of CACM made me start thinking about what cloud computing really means for HCI and how people will interact with information in the future.


From Computational Complexity

The 17x17 challenge. Worth $289.00. This is not a joke.

The 17x17 challenge. Worth $289.00. This is not a joke.

The 17x17 challenge: worth $289.00. I am not kidding.

Definition: The n x m grid is c-colorable if there is a way to c-color the vertices of the n x m grid so that there is no rectangle with all four corners the same color. …


From Apophenia

Sociality Is Learning

Sociality Is Learning

This post was originally written for the DML Central Blog. If you're interested in Digital Media and Learning, you definitely want to check this blog out. As adults, we take social skills for granted... until we encounter someone…


From Putting People First

Social media

Social media

Social media could transform the UK National Health Service and other public services in the same way that file-sharing changed the music industry, a conference has heard. “Growing use of tools, such as Facebook and Twitter,…


From Putting People First

Identifying emerging trends at Nokia

Identifying emerging trends at Nokia

Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, faces increasing competition from the likes of Apple and Google Android. Identifying emerging trends and building new technologies could be key to cementing its future, reports Claudine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayes Methods and Manufacturing

Bayes Methods and Manufacturing

Regret won't be able to attend this, is of technical interest:Directed Bayes with High-Level Data Applied in Manufacturing by Theodore T. Allen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Integrated Systems Engineering. OSU Friday, 12/4/09…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Computing, Long Ago

Cloud Computing, Long Ago

When I first heard about cloud computing a few years ago I thought it sounded familiar. Central computing utilities. Well it is, as far back as 1965. Just didn't have all the needed pipes and power back then.


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-29

links for 2009-11-29

Seems the slow roll-out of fibre in the UK caused in no small part by an incredibly badly structured tax imposed at the start of the decade.
(tags: UK Broadband


From The Noisy Channel

Fun with Google, Bing, and Yahoo

Fun with Google, Bing, and Yahoo

Web search is a fiercely competitive space–as Google points out, “competition is just one click away“. In practice, I take that claim with a grain of salt–but I do think the switching costs are much lower than in most competitive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and Business Intelligence

Microsoft and Business Intelligence

Good overview of what MSFT is up to in the business intelligence area for large companies, the whole article contains useful details: ' .. Microsoft has unveiled the details of its upcoming business intelligence (BI) and data…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Down and Dirty Programming

Down and Dirty Programming

I read John Harrison's recent blog asking the question whether students are good problem solvers or mimics and it made me consider my latest school experiment.

Each term our principal polls the faculty to ask for elective offerings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AT&T vs Verizon Visualization

AT&T vs Verizon Visualization

It particularly attracted me because it dealt with maps and visualization of data. You have seen the ads if you watch any TV or use the Internet. Dueling mobile coverage maps. E-Commerce Times provides some of the data behind…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing in Neuromarketer

Neuromarketing in Neuromarketer

In Chiefmarketer, on neuromarketing. What the Human Brain Means to Your Campaign.-


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-28

links for 2009-11-28

It's more than a "reshuffle" - Baroso has built an entirely new structure for the Commission, and Kroes is now in charge of all things digital, including…


From Wild WebMink

? Thanks For The Music

? Thanks For The Music

So you got through (or, if your not from the US, ignored) Thanksgiving and Black Friday, how about some free music? It's on my personal blog...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Black Friday Crashes

Black Friday Crashes

Evan Schuman reports on a number of e-commerce crashes in StoreFrontBackTalk. Not unexpected as we move online.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Two Squid T-Shirts

Friday Squid Blogging: Two Squid T-Shirts

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