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May 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magazines Rush to the Pads

Magazines Rush to the Pads

Is it based on Insanity and Fear?  And will it take decades to complete?  An AdAge interview looks at the implications.  I think there will be dual channels for some time, if not for decades.  If the traditional advertising model…


From Computational Complexity

RaTLoCC (Ramsey Theory in...)

I was at RatLoCC last week which stands for Ramsey Theory in Logic, Combinatorics and Complexity. The idea was to bring in researchers for all three areas (actually its more than three) and have them learn about each others areas…


From Schneier on Security

The U.S. Seems to Have a Secret Stealth Helicopter

The U.S. Seems to Have a Secret Stealth Helicopter

That's what the U.S. destroyed after a malfunction in Pakistan during the Bin Laden assassination. (For helicopters, "stealth" is less concerned with radar signatures and more concerned with acoustical quiet.)

There was some…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 31

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 31

UPDATE (June 1) – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing scheduled for June 1 has been postponed. While the Senate is not in session this week, the House is. June 1 Hearing: House Oversight and Government…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Random Hacks of Kindness June 2011

Random Hacks of Kindness June 2011

Are you interesting in public service, of  using you computer science, web development,  information technology and other


From The Eponymous Pickle

Greenbook on Mobile Market Research

Greenbook on Mobile Market Research

Their section on Mobile, an increasingly important area, as mobile devices become data gathering and sensor devices.    At an event recently I gave an impromptu demonstration of using a smartphone to explore location-based demographics…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Atlanta (Georgia) Area Windows Phone Camp for Students

Atlanta (Georgia) Area Windows Phone Camp for Students

Tara Walker is running a three-day Microsoft Mobile Development appLab at the Library at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library June 7 - 9th : 9:30am - 4:00pm

This is a Three-Day Mobile Development Camp that will take you fromYou…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Recorded Future for Competitive Intelligence

Using Recorded Future for Competitive Intelligence

A good presentation video on competitive intelligence.  The startup Recorded Future is a novel search engine that uses the rich time-based information found in searches.  Semantic search and in particular results that have implications…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

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From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Health IT: Study Shows Telemedicine Improves Patient Outcomes

Health IT:  Study Shows Telemedicine Improves Patient Outcomes

From this week’s IEEE Spectrum: According to doctors at the


From Schneier on Security

Keeping Sensitive Information Out of the Hands of Terrorists Through Self-Restraint

Keeping Sensitive Information Out of the Hands of Terrorists Through Self-Restraint

In my latest book (available February), I talk about various mechanisms for societal security: how we as a group protect ourselves from the "dishonest minority" within us. I have four types of societal security systems:

moral…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post 31 May 2011

Interesting Links Post 31 May 2011

Since yesterday was Memorial Day I posted something just a bit fun and saved my links post for today.  I hope those of you in the US enjoyed a three day weekend and also found time to remember those men and women who paid the…


From The Noisy Channel

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If you Google [relevance theory], you’ll discover this Wikipedia entry about a theory proposed by Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Beauty of Machine Learning

Visual Beauty of Machine Learning

From Matthew Hurst's site. I remember seeing similar visuals which represented processes like sorting, also very naturally visual.  Since this is so visual, could human driven vision help the process?


From Wild WebMink

? Old Vienna Reflected In New Vienna

? Old Vienna Reflected In New Vienna


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tide Brings Loads of Hope

Tide Brings Loads of Hope

Tide's Loads of Hope comes to the tornado strucken area. In Drug Store News, a simple but very useful gesture that follows disaster, by my former employer.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Behavioral Economics for Startups

Behavioral Economics for Startups

Reports Dan Ariely:  Looks to be quite interesting, would love to attend.

"August 26-28th, 2011   Introducing Startup-Onomics

Startup-Onomics is about infusing behavioral economics into the core DNA of new companies.Through interactive…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Why Computer Science is Relevant No Matter What You're Teaching

Why Computer Science is Relevant No Matter What You're Teaching

I had only half an hour to put forward my case. I wanted to convince the educators who attended a special CU-WISE event last week, Discover WISE, that no matter what subject they taught, they should throw a bit of computer science…


From My Biased Coin

Deletion Channel Pointer : Kanoria and Montanari

Deletion Channel Pointer : Kanoria and Montanari

For those half a dozen of us in the world who care about the deletion channel (and perhaps I'm overcounting), I'm a bit late in pointing to the now available extended version of the Kanoria and Montanari paper from ISIT lastat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gigabit Network Case Study

Gigabit Network Case Study

Case study of a Chattanooga network. Impressive work in a two part article.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DoE, With India, Calling for Building Energy Efficiency Research

DoE, With India, Calling for Building Energy Efficiency Research

The U.S. Department of Energy — together with the Government of India — recently established a Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) “designed to promote clean energy innovation by teams of scientists and…


From Schneier on Security

Lockheed Martin Hack Linked to RSA's SecurID Breach

Lockheed Martin Hack Linked to RSA's SecurID Breach

All I know is what I read in the news.


From Schneier on Security

Aggressive Social Engineering Against Consumers

Aggressive Social Engineering Against Consumers

Cyber criminals are getting aggressive with their social engineering tactics.

Val Christopherson said she received a telephone call last Tuesday from a man stating he was with an online security company who was receiving error…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

XNA and Visual Basic

XNA and Visual Basic

I have been playing with Visual Basic and XNA for a few days now. Support has been out for VB and XNA for a little while now but the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta and a new document on Visual Basic Support…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recommendation Engines for Art

Recommendation Engines for Art

Recommendation has exist for music and books for some time. Now it is starting to be seen for visual art as well. In ReadWriteWeb. " ...  there's been no comparable recommendation engine for works of art. If you like a particular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First to Market Products that Failed

First to Market Products that Failed

An instructive list, over many years and technology contexts, of ideas that were clearly groundbreaking, but failed in their first commercial use.  I knew about many of these, they are common examples, but the implications are good…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Sock Monkey Meets Karen Peterson

Sock Monkey Meets Karen Peterson

Last week Sock Monkey attended the spring meeting for the National Center for Women in Information Technology and had a chance to meet with Karen Peterson of the National Girl's Collaborative Project.

CSTA and NGCP are currently…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Sock Monkey Meets Karen Peterson

Sock Monkey Meets Karen Peterson


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

It’s unusual for computing research to be featured in an editorial in the New York Times, but it happened today:


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Commercial Quantum Computer

First Commercial Quantum Computer

The first commercial quantum computer, from D-Wave, has been sold in a multi year contract to Lockheed Martin.  More in Engadget.   Impressive step towards commercial legitimacy.  We discussed enterprise applications with D-Wave…

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