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July 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bouncing Camera Gathers Images, Realities

Bouncing Camera Gathers Images, Realities

Fast image gathering for reconnaissance and image based reality creation.  Possibilities.Police Are Now Testing This Harvard Startup's Throwable CamerasBounce Imaging believes its technology could also have potential for a consumer…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Russian Sailors Video Colossal Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Russian Sailors Video Colossal Squid

It tried to steal their catch. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Speaking Schedule

Schneier Speaking Schedule

I'm speaking at an Infoedge event at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas, at 5 PM on August 5, 2015. I'm speaking at DefCon 23 on Friday, August 7, 2015. I'm speaking -- remotely via Skype -- at LinuxCon in Seattle on August 18,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Dash Button now Available to Prime Members

Amazon Dash Button now Available to Prime Members

In Silicon Angle: The  Long awaited Amazon Dash Buy Button is now available from Amazon.    " ... Amazon.com is now officially selling its Dash Button for $4.99. For now, the Dash Buttons are in limited stocks and are only available…


From Putting People First

Service Design in Consumer Banking: the challenges and opportunities

Service Design in Consumer Banking: the challenges and opportunities

Last month the people from Irish UX consultancy Frontend Design looked at the UX revolution in healthcare and how changes in that sector are moving towards putting the customer at the centre of the service. The banking sector…


From Putting People First

[Book] Excited to announce the new book by John Thackara

[Book] Excited to announce the new book by John Thackara

How to thrive in the next economy by John Thackara Thames & Hudson August 2015, 192pp Abstract Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, I describe how communities the world over are creating…


From Schneier on Security

HAMMERTOSS: New Russian Malware

HAMMERTOSS: New Russian Malware

Fireeye has a detailed report of a sophisticated piece of Russian malware: HAMMERTOSS. It uses some clever techniques to hide: The Hammertoss backdoor malware looks for a different Twitter handle each day -- automatically prompted…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC-Workloads using Docker

Video: HPC-Workloads using Docker

In this video from ISC 2015, Wolfgang Gentzsch from The UberCloud presents: HPC Workloads Using Docker. "The UberCloud Project provides an environment to run HPC workloads on a variety of cloud providers. Wolfgang elaborates …


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Submits Comments to NIST on Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems

USACM Submits Comments to NIST on Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems

USACM today submitted comments to NIST on the draft report, Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems (NISTIR 8062). USACM supports NIST’s efforts to define a framework to help manage growing privacy risk in the…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum, Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield

Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum, Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield

IDC has published the agenda for their next HPC User Forum. The event will take place Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield, CO.

The post Agenda Posted for HPC User Forum, Sept. 8-10 in Broomfield appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many New Channels on IFTTT

Many New Channels on IFTTT

I see that IFTTT has added 17 new  channels of data this month.  Intrigued by its use for combining sources of data with logic to perform actions.  A very mild form of expertise delivery.   Worth a look. Their description of"…


From insideHPC

Knights Landing Prototype Powers Cosmology at ISC 2015

Knights Landing Prototype Powers Cosmology at ISC 2015

In this video from the Intel booth at ISC 2015, Dr Juha Jäykkä, ‎COSMOS System Manager at University of Cambridge describes a cosmology demonstration running on prototype Intel Knights Landing and Omni-Path hardware. "At ISC …


From The Eponymous Pickle

CVS Pharmacy and IBM Watson

CVS Pharmacy and IBM Watson

Good example of an advisory system interacting with the consumer.   Being built today based on some of the work created in the Watson project,    Look forward to seeing this in more detail.  Data privacy issues will be important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brands, Private and National, Matter

Brands, Private and National, Matter

From Bain:  National brand vs Private label.  " .... It was only a decade ago when many industry analysts looked at two looming trends—the rise of retail consolidation and proliferation of private labels—and issued dire warnings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Statistics

Big Data and Statistics

A non technical overview of statistics and its relationship to the use of data in business.  Often management does need a well thought out description of a tech subject.   By Bob Hayes


From Schneier on Security

Back Doors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

Back Doors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

At the Aspen Security Forum two weeks ago, James Comey (and others) explicitly talked about the "going dark" problem, describing the specific scenario they are concerned about. Maybe others have heard the scenario before, but…


From insideHPC

Coral and Intel’s Scalable System Framework – The Path to Exascale

Coral and Intel’s Scalable System Framework – The Path to Exascale

"HPC has reached an inflection point with the convergence of traditional high performance computing and the emerging world of Big Data analytics. Intel's HPC Scalable System Framework enables an unprecedented level of system …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Programming Robot Swarms to take Inventory

Programming Robot Swarms to take Inventory

This one of the more unusual innovation efforts we examined.   Could we program swarms of simple devices to perform complex, time consuming tasks?  Taking video inventory was one of the examples often suggested. It did not succeed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Innovation Centers

A Look at Innovation Centers

A Study: We built one of the earliest Inno Centers, so I am interested in the dynamics.  Though do these have to be in Silicon Valley?  We agreed it was good to have outposts there, but SV is not non-tech reality.   Have written…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Creating a Sense of Coherence in Open-World Adventure and Role-Playing Game Stories

Creating a Sense of Coherence in Open-World Adventure and Role-Playing Game Stories

The following is my most recent explanation of my thesis project.We are interested in the application of interactive storytelling to videogames.  We want to improve story experiences in open-world adventure and role-playing games…


From Schneier on Security

Comparing the Security Practices of Experts and Non-Experts

Comparing the Security Practices of Experts and Non-Experts

New paper: "'...no one can hack my mind': Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices," by Iulia Ion, Rob Reeder, and Sunny Consolvo. Abstract: The state of advice given to people today on how to stay safe online has plenty…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Supply Chain Redesign

P&G Supply Chain Redesign

I posted a link to  this once before.  I had to review this for some work, worth another examination. Overstatement of the implications?Does P&G Need Retailers Anymore?The Real Meaning of P&G’s Supply Chain Overhaul Procter &…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shift from TV to Digital Video

Shift from TV to Digital Video

From Google:   An interview with creatives,  How fast is this moving today?" .. Great YouTube ads are born from great creative ideas. But how does the shift to digital video change the creative process? Google's head of agency…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Process Improvement and Building IKEA Furniture

Process Improvement and Building IKEA Furniture

In the APQC blog:   What building IKEA furniture can teach you about process improvement.  by Jess Scheer.   Good points.  Respect and evolve the process!


From insideHPC

Compute Canada to Renew National Research Computing Infrastructure

Compute Canada to Renew National Research Computing Infrastructure

Today Compute Canada announced funding to renew and consolidate the Canadian national platform for advanced research computing. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid will…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

What do students think about coding?

What do students think about coding?

What does assessment look like in a K-8 Computer Science program? Computer science teachers like myself use various methods to determine learning amongst their students, examples include:  a debug activity, some version of ‘get…


From insideHPC

BSC and CEA to Collaborate on HPC Innovation

BSC and CEA to Collaborate on HPC Innovation

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) announced plans to collaborate on HPC research and technology innovation. Both organizations have signed an agreement…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI)

Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI)

President Obama has issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which is an effort to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision, and Federal investment strategy in high-performance…


From insideHPC

Nested Parallelism

Nested Parallelism

The benefits of nested parallelism on highly threaded applications can be determined and quantified. With the number of cores in both the host CPU (Intel Xeon) and the coprocessor (Intel Xeon Phi) continues to increase, much …


From insideHPC

Video: Argonne Presents HPC Plans at ISC 2015

Video: Argonne Presents HPC Plans at ISC 2015

"In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million supercomputing investment coming to Argonne National Laboratory. As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop…

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