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August 2021


From Schneier on Security

Zero-Click iPhone Exploits

Zero-Click iPhone Exploits

Citizen Lab is reporting on two zero-click iMessage exploits, in spyware sold by the cyberweapons arms manufacturer NSO Group to the Bahraini government.

These are particularly scary exploits, since they don’t require to victim…


From Schneier on Security

Hacker-Themed Board Game

Hacker-Themed Board Game

Black Hat is a hacker-themed board game.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ericsson 5G Radios for Urban Locations

Ericsson 5G Radios for Urban Locations

Spreading 5G Radio in Urban Deployments 

New Ericsson street solutions equip busy urban locations with low-visibility, high-performance 5G radios

PLANO, Texas, Aug. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is expanding“Urban…


From Computational Complexity

Since we will soon be back in the classroom, how was Zoom? Anything you want to maintain?

UMCP will have all classes on campus this Fall. There is a Mask Mandate. All students and faculty have to get vaccinated unless they have a health or religious exception. 92% are vaccinated, which I interpret as people are NOT…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wheat Harvesting Ag Tech

Wheat Harvesting Ag Tech

Impressive effort for autonomous driving and harvesting Agriculture tech

In IEEE Spectrum 

AN ARMY OF GRAIN-HARVESTING ROBOTS MARCHES ACROSS RUSSIA

Aftermarket AIs drive combines

 By OLGA USKOVA 25 AUG 2021  via IEEE Spectrum

Russia…


From BLOG@CACM

Protecting Enterprise Use of IoT

Protecting Enterprise Use of IoT

How to strengthen the security of the Internet of Things in organizations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Helmet Assesses Strokes

Smart Helmet Assesses Strokes

Analysis that leads to treatment. 

New Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients It uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke  

When someone experiences a stroke, every passing moment leading up to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cebrowski Institute for Military Innovation

Cebrowski Institute for Military Innovation

Brought to my attention, linked to my early DOD work.

The Cebrowski Institute for Military Innovation

What we are seeing, in moving from the industrial age to the information age, is what amounts to a new theory of war.  We have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Glove Senses and Maps Tactile Stimuli

Glove Senses and Maps Tactile Stimuli

 Connecting more intelligently to the sense of touch.

Touchy-Feely Glove Senses, Maps Tactile Stimuli

By MIT News, August 9, 2021

A team of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and China's Southern University of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Premium Smart Display

Baidu Premium Smart Display

We examined and tested  the first Baidu smart assistants.

Baidu Aims at Premium Market With New X10 Smart Display

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ on November 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

Baidu has launched its most expensive smart display ever in a bid…


From insideHPC

Chenbro Unveils 1U & 2U HPC Servers for Enterprise and Cloud

Chenbro Unveils 1U & 2U HPC Servers for Enterprise and Cloud

Taipei, Taiwan, August 31, 2021 — Chenbro (TWSE: 8210), designer and manufacturer of own-brand rackmount systems, today announced the availability of its latest 1U & 2U rackmount barebones servers, based on the Intel Xeon Scalable…


From insideHPC

Registration Open for ALCF Simulation, Data and Learning Workshop Oct. 5-7

Registration Open for ALCF Simulation, Data and Learning Workshop Oct. 5-7

Registration is now open for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Simulation, Data, and Learning Workshop, October 5-7, 2021. The event is designed to improve the performance of simulation, data science and machine learning…


From Putting People First

Public Deliberation on Policies has Many Advantages

Public Deliberation on Policies has Many Advantages

Research shows public deliberation can change participants’ opinions when it comes to public policy. Citizens who participate in mini-publics often listen to the arguments of others and form different views. They also often produce…


From Schneier on Security

More Military Cryptanalytics, Part III

More Military Cryptanalytics, Part III

Late last year, the NSA declassified and released a redacted version of Lambros D. Callimahos’s Military Cryptanalytics, Part III. We just got most of the index. It’s hard to believe that there are any real secrets left in this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Speed Nanometer Scale Solution of Math Operations.

High Speed Nanometer Scale Solution of Math Operations.

Note specifics of solving light based specific differential calculus analog math,  At nanometer scale?  Possible use for chip scale IOT applications?   Technical. 

 Researchers' Nano-Optical Analog Processor Performs Mathematical…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Climate Change AI Innovation Grants

Call for Proposals: Climate Change AI Innovation Grants

The Climate Change AI (CCAI) organization, which is composed of volunteers from academia and industry who believe that tackling climate change requires concerted societal action in machine learning, has announced a new Call for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solar Storms and Undersea Cables

Solar Storms and Undersea Cables

 Brought this up recently, a long time area of interest.  Note the particular mention that undersea cables would be at particular risk.

Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

Wired, Lily Hay Newman, August 29, 2021…


From BLOG@CACM

The Solar System from the Computational Thinking Perspective

The Solar System from the Computational Thinking Perspective

We describe our choice of the solar system as one of the main illustrative examples used in our MOOC on computational thinking.


From insideHPC

Argonne Picks AMD EPYC CPUs for Polaris

Argonne Picks AMD EPYC CPUs for Polaris

Santa Clara — Aug. 30, 2021 — AMD today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has chosen AMD EPYC processors to power the Polaris supercomputer (see earlier coverage), which will prepare…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution

A decade yet, but also will happen as we need combinatorial solutions. 

Prepare for the Quantum Computing Revolution.

Expert: Now is the time to prepare for the quantum computing revolution

by Karen Roby in Innovation  on August…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bending Light for a Cheaper Internet

Bending Light for a Cheaper Internet

Who Can Bend Light for a Cheaper Internet?

By MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory  in CACM

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a system that can maintain network connections…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What have Language Models Learned?

What have Language Models Learned?

 Interesting

What Have Language Models Learned?

Large language models are making it possible for computers to write stories, program a website and turn captions into images.

One of the first of these models, BERT, is trained by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China to get out of Crypto Mining

China to get out of Crypto Mining

A rumor, or not?   Or in what sense? 

China is getting out of crypto mining. Is North America ready to embrace it?

Aug 12, 2021 at 21:07  in Coindesk

Beijing has been playing around with the notion of cryptocurrencies and blockchain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Deliveries Build

Drone Deliveries Build

Following this closely for for delivery, inspection, maintenance.

Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch   By TechCrunch

Two years after its pilot launched in Logan, Australia, Alphabet's drone delivery company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Book and Podcast: On Serious Gamification

Wharton Book and Podcast:  On Serious Gamification

Book and podcast on the subject:

Gamification Is Changing How We Work — and Succeed

‘For the Win’ authors Kevin Werbach and Dan Hunter discuss the revised and updated edition of their book and how gamification has changed the way…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spies for Hire

Spies for Hire

More Evidence of Global Hacking

Spies for Hire: China's New Breed of Hackers, By The New York Times, August 27, 2021

A web of front companies controlled by China's secretive state security ministry have hacked computers from the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVIDIA Launches AI Enterprise

NVIDIA Launches AI Enterprise

 Some interesting details of INVIDIA AI Enterprise offer.  Here are some of the outline, with links to the details.

The Lead

[1] Nvidia launches AI Enterprise in general availability

[2] How AI will reshape software development

[3]…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wagyu Beef 3-D Printed

Wagyu Beef 3-D Printed

Impressive, beef printed from stem cells.

Scientists Reveal World's First 3D-Printed Wagyu Beef

Interesting Engineering, Derya Ozdemir, August 25, 2021

Scientists at Japan's Osaka University have unveiled what they are calling the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA-Industry Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research

CRA-Industry Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research

The CRA-Industry Committee invites you to attend the Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on using the Cloud for Computing Research on September 15, 2021, from 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time. A major focus in computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepfakes are Making Business Pitches

Deepfakes are Making Business Pitches

Been recently involved with a business pitch, so fascinating.  How far could this get you in creating the outline of a pitch.  

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches   By Wired  August 27, 2021

New workplace technologies often…

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