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November 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Alerts

Google Alerts

Have not followed the Google small business blog very closely, but recently there is an interesting article: Now Available with Google Apps: Google Alerts.  " ... Google Alerts is a content monitoring service that notifies you…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Prototype and Influence People

How to Prototype and Influence People

In UX Magazine.  On Rapid Prototyping and influence. The concept is intriguing ... prototyping is a valuable method, but how can it be done effectively.   via Dave Cohen.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Is Kinect Doomed to Casual Gaming?

Is Kinect Doomed to Casual Gaming?

Dance Central by Harmonix appears to be one of the better Kinect launch titles (some say the best).  I'm personally very excited about getting it for my birthday this weekend.  I think my mom might even dance with me! ;)E3 2010…


From Schneier on Security

The Constitutionality of Full-Body Scanners

The Constitutionality of Full-Body Scanners

Jeffrey Rosen opines:

Although the Supreme Court hasn't evaluated airport screening technology, lower courts have emphasized, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in 2007, that "a particular airport security…


From Putting People First

Understanding communities through ethnography

Understanding communities through ethnography

Digital marketing expert Dhiren Shingadia interviewed ethnographer and technology researcher Tricia Wang to learn how ethnography can provide new insights for companies seeking to understand communities. “My primary output is…


From Putting People First

The Absent Peer

The Absent Peer

Sebastian Greger, social interaction designer, internet sociologist and post-graduate student at the Media Lab of the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki, has published his Master’s research that aims to provide…


From Wild WebMink

? Crowdsource is not open source

? Crowdsource is not open source

I’ve heard a few conversations in the last week treating open source interchangeably with crowdsourcing. Despite sounding the same they are very different, and the key difference is the ownership of the outcome. Open source is…


From Wild WebMink

? Hidden Motives

? Hidden Motives

Intellectual Property Appears to Figure Prominently In Wikileaks Cablegate Michael Geist shrewdly observes that, far from being the exclusive domain of military diplomacy as might be deduced from coverage, the Wikileaks diplomatic…


From Putting People First

Interview with Motorola UX designer Hwang Sung-gul

Interview with Motorola UX designer Hwang Sung-gul

The Korean partner newspaper of the International Herald Tribune today published an interview with Hwang Sung-gul, the creative designer of mobile devices at Motorola Korea, about the thinking and work that goes into designing…


From Schneier on Security

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

I agree with Glenn Greenwald. I don't know if it's an actual terrorist that the FBI arrested, or if it's another case of entrapment.

All of the information about this episode -- all of it -- comes exclusively from an FBI affidavit…


From Putting People First

Collaborative design strategies for community technology

Collaborative design strategies for community technology

Organizations designing for marginalized populations have many design approaches to inform their efforts to enact lasting change. Some are adapted from first-world commercial processes, and others were actively developed in the…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Artificial Intelligence and Game Programming

Artificial Intelligence and Game Programming

Recently the Advanced Placement Computer Science mailing list had an exchange looking for ideas/suggestions for games that students could program artificial indolence routines for. A number of suggestions came out - Connect Four…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Universal In Box

A Universal In Box

In Technology Review, news that Nokia is developing a universal in-box that will collect messages from many smartphone Apps.  Is this a good idea?  Sometimes, but it is also useful to have input separated by its transmitting…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Why do we need database joins?

Why do we need database joins?

In a recent post, I argued that the current NoSQL trend could be called NoJoin. My argument boils down to the fact that SQL entices you to normalize your data which creates complicated schemas. Meanwhile, NoSQL database systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing Beyond Copy Testing: Sensory in Retail Context

Neuromarketing Beyond Copy Testing: Sensory in Retail Context

This is the kind of research we continued to look at in the innovation center.  How do shoppers actually interact non-consciously with complex environments like the retail store.  Read the whole article from the linkFrom Sands…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Earth 6 Introduced

Google Earth 6 Introduced

Google LatLong provides an overview of Google Earth 6.  Based  on this,  the new update appears to be quite impressive.  I have a particular interest in Historical Geo Mapping, and a number of new capabilities and data in this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executive Social Media

Executive Social Media

Alison Bolen of SASCom writes about a executive meeting in Las Vegas sponsored by SAS, links to a video of the the panel discussion on social media.  Good piece.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can We Engineer the Supply Chain?

Can We Engineer the Supply Chain?

Yes you can, and I did it for years in the enterprise. From the Supply Chain Digest, by Dan Gilmore a look at the new book: Operation Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations by David Simchi-Levi of MIT. (Contains…


From Schneier on Security

Zoo Security

Zoo Security

From a study on zoo security:

Among other measures, the scientists recommend not allowing animals to walk freely within the zoo grounds, and ensuring there is a physical barrier marking the zoo boundaries, and preventing individuals…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for CCC Council Nominations

Call for CCC Council Nominations

The Computing Community Consortium today issued a call for nominations for individuals to serve on the CCC Council for the next three years.


From Putting People First

The experience design of a Japanese zoo

The experience design of a Japanese zoo

A couple of weeks ago the Design Center Busan (in Busan, South Korea) organised its first International Design Congress. The speakers featured not only the writer of this post (Mark Vanderbeeken – as reported here), but also…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 29

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 29

December 2

Hearing: The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on 'do-not-track' legislation. This would establish something similar to the do-not…


From Wild WebMink

? For Your Safety

? For Your Safety

Australian Government adds Wikileaks to banned website list With WikiLeaks back in the news, this story from 2009 is more relevant than ever. Having rendered WikiLeaks “illegal” last year, it’s now easy to target it without causing…


From Schneier on Security

Causing Terror on the Cheap

Causing Terror on the Cheap

Total cost for the Yemeni printer cartridge bomb plot: $4200.

"Two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200. That is…


From Computational Complexity

Complexity as Friction

What advantages can we get from computational hardness? Cryptography and pseudo-random number generators come to mind. But perhaps the universe made computation difficult for a reason, not unlike friction. In the physical world…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 29 November 2010

Interesting Links 29 November 2010

I hope everyone (US anyway) had a great Thanksgiving last week. For me it was a good time with fun, food and family. We had a great time with my new Kinect sensor with Xbox 360. A great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner. With…


From Michael Nielsen

The Mismeasurement of Science

The Mismeasurement of Science

Albert Einstein’s greatest scientific “blunder” (his word) came as a sequel to his greatest scientific achievement. That achievement was his theory of gravity, the general theory of relativity, which he introduced in 1915. Two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Opting Out is Socially Neutral?

Opting Out is Socially Neutral?

One would have thought that opting out of providing information that you might think is your own personal business would be your own choice.   Essentially socially neutral.   But some of the recent experience from Germans opting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cheating and Enraging Customers as a Business Model

Cheating and Enraging Customers as a Business Model

Negative advertisement prospers because of Google's model.  Comments and link to a NYTimes article.  It is traffic, not the direction of the interaction that builds value online.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Four Square and Pepsico: The Rise of Blockbuster Location Apps

Four Square and Pepsico: The Rise of Blockbuster Location Apps

Steve Frenda, sfrenda@instoremarketer.org,  Managing Director, Strategy and Development, The In-Store Marketing Institute  writes: " .... The following pieces are relatively new and speak a great deal to the rapidly emerging1…

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