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May 2021


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerability in Apple’s Silicon “M1” Chip

Security Vulnerability in Apple’s Silicon “M1” Chip

The website for the M1racles security vulnerability is an excellent demonstration that not all vulnerabilities are exploitable. Be sure to read the FAQ through to the end.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Services Attacks

Cloud Services Attacks

The Misaligned Incentives for Cloud Security  in Schneier

Russia’s Sunburst cyberespionage campaign, discovered late last year, impacted more than 100 large companies and US federal agencies, including the Treasury, Energy, Justice…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GDPR Compliance

GDPR Compliance

Examining this topic

Is there such a thing as “GDPR compliant”?  in Gartner

By Nader Henein | May 27, 2021 

Recent approvals for two codes of conduct by the European Data Protection Board – the body who oversees the GDPR – has reinvigorated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Results in Taskbot Challenge

Results in Taskbot Challenge

Instructive piece on the competitive challenge.     Like the idea. Would be interesting to track any of the contributions to actual public applications.  Nice to see one of my universities was a winner.  Will try to look at some…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Speaker Market

Smart Speaker Market

I  consider the smart speaker phenomenon a means of testing how we can interact with computation, related intelligence and useful .   So the measure seen here is how well we are doing to date.  Still behind I believe,  but we…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Use of Digital Humans Expand

Use of Digital Humans Expand

 Recall our own experiments in the space.   Interesting to see these expanding ...... would like to see more data on how effective these are in varying contexts.     Are humans naturally warmer in these contexts

Cookie, CandyMay…


From Computational Complexity

What is a natural question? Who should decide?


(Thanks to Timothy Chow for inspiring this post.)

My survey on Hilbert's Tenth Problem(see  here) is about variants of the problem. One of them is as follows: 

For which degrees d and number-of-vars n, is Hilbert's tenth problem…


From BLOG@CACM

Now What? Order and Test

Now What? Order and Test

Exploring minimal control flow operations ends in flowcharts.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Early Warning System for Cars

Early Warning System for Cars

Learning from real-world case where Humans have taken over. 

AI Recognizes Potentially Critical traffic situations Seven Seconds in Advance

New early warning system for self-driving cars

A team of researchers at the Technical University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparision of Sentiment Analyses Methods

Comparision of Sentiment Analyses Methods

An approach we coded long before neural methods.    Here an excellent look at current methods.  Pointers to code.

Sentiment Analysis — Comparing 3 Common Approaches: Naive Bayes, LSTM, and VADER

A Study on Strengths and Drawbacks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Archaeological Classification via Deep Learning

Archaeological Classification via Deep Learning

 A kind of natural application.  Thought of it too watching some programs that described archaeological technique where experts had to be brought in for key finds identification.   Useful generalization.  I remember some examples…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ohio's Vax a Million as Gamification

Ohio's Vax a Million as Gamification

Followed this closely, good short description.   The embedded psych is well described.

Why Public Health & Civics Lotteries Are So Highly Effective: Gamification  By Gabe Zichermann in the Gamification Blog 

This year I got a pretty…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Search is not a Conversation Yet

Search is not a Conversation Yet

Search as AI,  and fundamentally conversation, putting it all together.    Google started with search, while the assistant providers started with the conversation.  Moving in the right direction. 

Google isn’t ready to turn search…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Hub and Spoke for Post Pandemic

Examining Hub and Spoke for Post Pandemic

In MIT Sloan Review.   Thoughts on Post-Pandemic business operations.

Why Companies Should Adopt a Hub-and-Spoke Work Model Post-Pandemic

By Ben Laker

As the COVID-19 pandemic upended the traditional model of a corporate headquarters…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Material You

Google's Material You

 Was just introduced to Google's Material You: The Next stage for Material Design ... Where form follows feeling.  Looking to understand.  

Unveiling Material You

The next stage for Material Design ... 

Today at I/O we unveiledMaterial…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Kentucky Community Colleges Women in Computing (KYCCWIC)

Kentucky Community Colleges Women in Computing (KYCCWIC)

Contact: Carmen Gaskins, carmen.gaskins@kctcs.edu DATES: 2021-09-09 – 2021-09-10 WEBSITE: https://kyccwic.org/ LOCATION: Virtual REGION: North America  Kentucky Community College Women in Computing (KYCCWIC) is a regional ACM…


From insideHPC

The US-China Supercomputing Race, Post-Exascale HPC Government Policy and the ‘Partitioning of the Internet’

The US-China Supercomputing Race, Post-Exascale HPC Government Policy and the ‘Partitioning of the Internet’

All over the world, HPC has burst into geopolitics. HPC – broadly defined here as advanced supercomputing combined with big AI – is at the fault lines of national and regional rivalries, particularly between the U.S. and China…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Germany Says Level 4 Driverless by 2022.

Germany Says Level 4 Driverless by 2022.

Seems quite broad, but further a large number of commercial vehicles mentioned.  Level 4  ... meaning  " ... Level 4 is considered to be fully autonomous driving, although a human driver can still request control, and the car…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Computing the number of digits of an integer quickly

Computing the number of digits of an integer quickly

Suppose I give you an integer. How many decimal digits would you need to write it out? The number ‘100’ takes 3 digits whereas the number ’99’ requires only two. You are effectively trying to compute the integer logarithm inContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Drones Attack

Autonomous Drones Attack

This will likely be a big piece of the defense and military future.

Drones May Have Attacked Humans Fully Autonomously for the First Time

New Scientist, David Hambling. May 27, 2021

  A recent report by the United Nations Security…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring Interactions with Haptic Feedback in Virtual Reality

Exploring Interactions with Haptic Feedback in Virtual Reality

Will this mean that people will be able to immerse themselves in games and imulation?   I am not much of a gamer, but like the idea that people will more realistic  'digital twins' to engage with physical objects and spaces. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Luaunches a new Operating System: Fuchsia

Google Luaunches a new Operating System:  Fuchsia

Interesting.   What is it, just a transition for the 'Nest Hub'?  Linkey to persist.  Lots more at the link, but still a bit unclear.  Does this mean that a google OS for the smart home is here to stay? See more below.  Following…


From insideHPC

ORNL’s Gina Accawi: Designing Software for Manufacturing Cybersecurity

ORNL’s Gina Accawi: Designing Software for Manufacturing Cybersecurity

May 27, 2021 — As a computer engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Gina Accawi has long been the quiet and steady force behind some of the Department of Energy’s most widely used online tools and applications. She has written…


From insideHPC

6 Argonne Researchers Win DOE Early Career Research Program Awards

6 Argonne Researchers Win DOE Early Career Research Program Awards

May 27, 2021 — Argonne scientists Corey Adams, Melina Avila Coronado, Lindsey Bleem, Si Chen, Sheng Di and Xueying Lu are among 83 scientists nationwide to receive the coveted funding and recognition. Now in its 12th year, the…


From insideHPC

Annual OLCF User Meeting Set for June 22–24

Annual OLCF User Meeting Set for June 22–24

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy Office of Science user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will hold its 17th annual user meeting June 22–24, 2021. The meeting will take place…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Excel as a Programming Language

Excel as a Programming Language

Intriguing Podcast.  The mere notion get considerable disdain from coders.   But an interesting point is made about the idea.

Advancing Excel as a programming language with Andy Gordon and Simon Peyton Jones

Episode 120 | May 5…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards a Quantum Workspace

Towards a Quantum Workspace

Hmmm, why a 'Quantum Age', is it not just a computing age using new tools?     But as a structure for training in a new space, OK. 

Building a Workforce for the Quantum Age  By Purdue University

With the emergence of quantum technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fake Job Offers

Fake Job Offers

No longer in the market, but in between had received a number of 'too good to be true' offers to start employment.   Many via Linkedin.     Although they look targeted, a quick search finds them broadly scoped, and they quickly…


From Putting People First

The human factor — why data is not enough to understand the world

The human factor — why data is not enough to understand the world

In a world shaped by one AI, artificial intelligence, we need a second AI, too — anthropology intelligence, writes Gillian Tett in the Financial Times.


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVIDIA Predicting Earth Quake Intensity

NVIDIA Predicting Earth Quake Intensity

Predicting earthquake and their intensity was something we proposed some years ago, mentioned here.  glad to see the idea taken much further.    Looking at this application further. 

AI of Earthshaking Magnitude: DeepShake Predicts…

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