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March 2011


From Wild WebMink

? Baby Owls

? Baby Owls

We have owls in the woods around here. I love going to and from the office after dark and hearing the sound of them going about their business (and competing with our cats for mice). A friend of ours put up an owl box last year…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Working on Face Recognition App

Google Working on Face Recognition App

Have now worked on a number of image recognition applications.  And have always noticed the big G working around the edges of this space.  Here Engadget describes some of their work in face recognition.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lessons from Loyalty Marketing on Job Growth

Lessons from Loyalty Marketing on Job Growth

Post from the Burghard group. " ... Eric Canada has studied the impact of existing companies on job growth in communities. His data suggest attraction generally accounts for only 15% of jobs and capital attraction compared to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing Analysis With Memory

Reinventing Analysis With Memory

A quite interesting video series by Saffron Technology,   I have mentioned them in this space a number of times.   A unique application of technology for the enterprise memory.   I had met with them as part of my innovation center work…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

A CIFellow

A CIFellow

The following is a special contribution to this blog from


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apps as the New Wallet

Apps as the New Wallet

Good piece in GigaOm about the continuing march towards the smartphone largely  replacing the credit card and the wallet.  Covers as  well as some of the issues involved. Plus the implications of new kinds of data that can be…


From Schneier on Security

Comodo Group Issues Bogus SSL Certificates

Comodo Group Issues Bogus SSL Certificates

This isn't good:

The hacker, whose March 15 attack was traced to an IP address in Iran, compromised a partner account at the respected certificate authority Comodo Group, which he used to request eight SSL certificates for six…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Rock Paper Scissors Takes To The Cloud

Rock Paper Scissors Takes To The Cloud

Rock Paper Scissors is a fun little project I have talked about before (most recently at Heuristics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mynd: A Thought Cap by Neurofocus

Mynd: A Thought Cap by Neurofocus

In FastCompany:  Thinking Cap: "Mynd" Is the First Dry, iPhone-Compatible, Portable Brain Scanner "Neuromarketing goes mobile with this lightweight, dry, and iPhone- or iPad-compatible new device from NeuroFocus. DiY brain researchers…


From My Biased Coin

Time (for those at state universities?) to switch e-mail accounts

Time (for those at state universities?) to switch e-mail accounts

While I've successfully resisted urges to return to blogging, I wanted to point to something. For those who might have missed this, I encourage you to go read William Cronon's newish blog Scholar as Citizen right away.  William…


From Geeking with Greg

Latest reading

Latest reading

Here are a few of the articles that have caught my attention recently:

  • Google tries again in social, this time focusing on the common trend of having sharing buttons distributed across the Web. ([1])
  • Good thoughts on building robust…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? Switzerland Celebrates Document Freedom Day

    ? Switzerland Celebrates Document Freedom Day

    How did Document Freedom Day gone for you? If you need a reminder about it, I wrote about why document freedom matters a month or so ago. But I note that in Switzerland there’s been a setback against openness. Read my views over…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Online Degrees: Future Phone View

    Online Degrees: Future Phone View

    Anna Miller sends along a link to a good article on the future of phones in her blog. She writes for Online Degree:   " ... When we first started Online Degree there were a number of websites which provided encyclopedic reference…


    From Schneier on Security

    FBI Asks for Cryptanalysis Help

    FBI Asks for Cryptanalysis Help

    Could be interesting.


    From Computer Science Teachers Association

    No More Excuses for Lack of Access

    No More Excuses for Lack of Access

    One of the concerns we frequently hear from our members is that administrators and policy makers are not convinced of the need for students to have access to rigorous computer science courses in high school. I think perhaps the…


    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Social Web or Tempo Web?

    Social Web or Tempo Web?

    Back in 2004, Tim O’Reilly observed that the Web had changed, and coined the term Web 2.0. This new Web is made of several layers which enable the Social Web. Wikipedia and Facebook are defining examples of the Social Web. This…


    From Putting People First

    Service Design Toolkit for the design of public services

    Service Design Toolkit for the design of public services

    Yesterday Brussels saw the launch of the English version of the Service Design Toolkit, which Design Flanders developed together with Belgian consultancies Yellow Window and Namahn. The launch took place at the international…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Educators, Enterprises and Gaming

    Educators, Enterprises and Gaming

    An HBR post asks when educators will get serious about gaming?  The same question could also be asked about when business will become serious about gaming constructs.   New generations are emerging with skills and attitudes that…


    From Schneier on Security

    How Peer Review Doesn't Work

    How Peer Review Doesn't Work

    In this amusing story of a terrorist plotter using pencil-and-paper cryptography instead of actually secure cryptography, there's this great paragraph:

    Despite urging by the Yemen-based al Qaida leader Anwar Al Anlaki, Karim…


    From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

    The Nicol Challenge and My Latest Idea for Girls, Computer Science, and Games

    The Nicol Challenge and My Latest Idea for Girls, Computer Science, and Games

    On a whim, I entered the Carleton Nicol Challenge and was thrilled to make it to the Top 8.  I pitched my idea in front of a panel of judges (apparently in Dragon's Den fashion, not that I watch the show).  I didn't make theGram's…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    GPS Check-ins, True and False

    GPS Check-ins, True and False

    Short piece on the opportunity of using GPS check-ins for disaster relief and location.  Nice idea I had been thinking about. But at the same time showing the ease of falsely doing check-ins most anywhere.  This was my original…


    From Computer Science Teachers Association

    Spring is Here!

    Spring is Here!

    The calendar has now reached the beginning of spring. With the arrival of the birds singing and flowers blooming also comes eighth graders and high school students choosing classes for the coming school year.

    Attracting students…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    National Science Board Talks

    National Science Board Talks

    The National Science Board (NSB) held an Expert Panel Discussion on Data Policies at the National Science Foundation yesterday & today, exploring the opportunities and challenges of a future rooted in


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    RFID Plays Matchmaker

    RFID Plays Matchmaker

    In a previous post I mentioned an RFID name tag being marketing by Wizard Studios that aids in interest match-making at conferences. .  Here is more about that idea and its use.  " ... RFID Plays Matchmaker at Conferences ...…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cloud Computing in IEEE Computer

    Cloud Computing in IEEE Computer

    This month's IEEE Computer emphasizes Cloud Computing.  A number of useful articles including some freely accessible.   


    From Computational Complexity

    Phillipe Flajolet passed away

    Today I read on Lipton's Blog that Phillipe Flajolet passed away (1948-2011). Flajolet worked in Analytic Combinatorics. His book with Sedgewick on the field (see this review) practically defined the term Analytic Combinatorics…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Axatra

    Axatra

    Was just introduced to Axatra, a company that develops cloud-based solutions. See their site for more about their custom development capabilities.


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Frans Kaashoek to Receive ACM-Infosys Foundation Award

    Frans Kaashoek to Receive ACM-Infosys Foundation Award

    Frans Kaashoek, a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (and a current member of the CCC Council), has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the ACM-Infosys…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Energy Saving IT in Manufacturing

    Energy Saving IT in Manufacturing

    Short HBR piece on smart energy saving in manufacturing at GM.  In my own experience in manufacturing, similar things had been done for years.  Yet it is good that more of this has been systematized.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Flipping Education

    Flipping Education

    Watch videos at home, then have limited class time for help with a teacher.  A TED  video.  Overall not a bad idea.  The social dynamics of teacher and student will change, but we have already started to see that.Yet I am concerned…

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