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December 2014


From Schneier on Security

North Korea DDoSed Off the Internet

North Korea DDoSed Off the Internet

North Korea has been knocked off the Internet by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Maybe the US did it, and maybe not. This whole incident is a perfect illustration of how technology is equalizing capability. In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speed of Change

Speed of Change

Braden Kelley makes some good comments on the speed of change in Innovation Excellence,  Statistics on change.   I have wondered if we are ultimately slowing down.   Further the gap between consumers expectation of changes and…


From Schneier on Security

2008 Cyberattack Against Turkish Oil Pipeline

2008 Cyberattack Against Turkish Oil Pipeline

Interesting article talks about the 2008 cyberattack against a Turkish oil pipeline: For western intelligence agencies, the blowout was a watershed event. Hackers had shut down alarms, cut off communications and super-pressurized…


From Wild WebMink

Is Santa to blame for the surveillance society?

Is Santa to blame for the surveillance society?

Perhaps the reason we are not horrified by the surveillance society is because our parents normalised that behaviour by teaching us about Santa. Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice Santa knows where you’ve been & who you…


From Putting People First

Reinventing Banking – Toby Sterrett of Simple

Reinventing Banking – Toby Sterrett of Simple

[Video] “Designing Delightful Details for a UI Revolution” by Toby Sterrett at push.conference 2014 Toby Sterrett, Simple’s Director of UX, offers a deep dive on how Simple’s reinvented banking by placing customers at its core…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baking Intelligence into the Network

Baking Intelligence into the Network

In CWorld: " ... A well-known problem in the Internet of Things is that many connected devices operate in silos. Your Fitbit doesn't communicate with your Nest thermostat, for example.One way some companies are trying to solve…


From Computational Complexity

Undergraduate Research

I just received the Cornell Math Matters, dedicated to the memory of  Eugene Dynkin who passed away on November 14 at the age of 90. In my freshman year at Cornell, Dynkin recruited me into his undergraduate research seminar…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ad Spending Falls

Ad Spending Falls

In Adage: " .. Top Ad Spenders Pull Back in Third Quarter ... Internet Display Spending Fell 1.7% as Desktop Page Views Fell  ... Top spender P&G has now posted three consecutive quarters of year-over-year spending declines.


From BLOG@CACM

Why the 'Data Lake' Is Really A 'Data Swamp'

Why the 'Data Lake' Is Really A 'Data Swamp'

The notion of putting all one's data into a "data lake" to encourage employees to run analytics has a serious flaw.


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Focuses, Simplifies

P&G Focuses, Simplifies

From the P&G Alumni Network.  Large companies need to simplify and focus on profit." .. The Procter & Gamble Company today announced the sale of its Camay and Zest brands along with the transfer of a manufacturing facility in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TNS and Headspace Neuromarketing

TNS and Headspace Neuromarketing

Although I had seen TNS mentioning these approaches, here is a direct collaboration.  The approach seems to be a combination of EEG and eyetracking methods." ... TNS has long been associated with its strong brand and communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Releases Purchase Prediction Tool

Google Releases Purchase Prediction Tool

In Mediapost:   Most interesting idea, especially as it deals with a perhaps unique path to conversion. Very interesting problem from an analytical point of view.  Includes where interactions occur on the journey.  Read the rest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Style of Artificial Intelligence

Style of Artificial Intelligence

A re-look at NumentaNumenta has developed a cohesive theory, core software technology, and numerous applications all based on principles of the neocortex. This technology lays the groundwork for the new era of machine intelligence…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA 2015 Undergraduate Researchers Award Winners!

CRA 2015 Undergraduate Researchers Award Winners!

The Education Committee of the Computing Research Association (CRA-E) have announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers Award. This year’s nominees were a very impressive group. A number of them were…


From Schneier on Security

Reacting to the Sony Hack

Reacting to the Sony Hack

First we thought North Korea was behind the Sony cyberattacks. Then we thought it was a couple of hacker guys with an axe to grind. Now we think North Korea is behind it again, but the connection is still tenuous. There have…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 22 December 2014

Interesting Links 22 December 2014

Christmas vacation for me. I love my students but I sure do need a break right now. Like a lot of teachers I can use the time to catch up with things at home and to get ready for the end of our semester which happens in January…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Modulating the Permanent

When does it become hard to compute? Thomas Muir coined the term “permanent” as a noun in his treatise on determinants in 1882. He took it from Augustin Cauchy’s distinction in 1815 between symmetric functions that alternate…


From XRDS

A shrimp's tale: why we need to fund research

A shrimp's tale: why we need to fund research

Sean Follmer, Inbal Talgam-Cohen


From XRDS

On the NLP issue

On the NLP issue

XRDS Staff


From XRDS

Health 2.0: the digital health revolution

Health 2.0: the digital health revolution

Diana Lynn MacLeanIn the U.S., although medical records contain patient information, medical providers---including hospitals---own all patient records, which can be shared with insurance companies, pharmacies, researchers, and…


From XRDS

The essentials of a computer scientist's toolkit

The essentials of a computer scientist's toolkit

Numair Khan


From XRDS

Staying in touch: how print and digital media can further student chapter outreach

Staying in touch: how print and digital media can further student chapter outreach

Claudia Schulz


From XRDS

Vital technology

Vital technology

Jay Patel


From XRDS

An antidote to impostor syndrome

An antidote to impostor syndrome

Dean Jackson, Taliver Heath


From XRDS

My $300 home cloud server: a story of blood, sweat, and eBay

My $300 home cloud server: a story of blood, sweat, and eBay

Wolfgang Richter


From XRDS

Gathering people to gather data

Gathering people to gather data

Diana Lynn MacLeanAn interview with Paul Wicks, Vice President of Innovation at PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and real-time research platform.


From XRDS

Opportunities of social media in health and well-being

Opportunities of social media in health and well-being

Munmun De ChoudhuryIntelligently leveraging data from millions of social media posts is a modern public health approach that has the potential to save many lives.


From XRDS

The Regenstrief global health informatics group: Indianapolis, Indiana

The Regenstrief global health informatics group: Indianapolis, Indiana

Suranga Nath Kasthurirathne


From XRDS

Radiography

Radiography

Finn Kuusisto


From XRDS

The anatomy of a human disease network

The anatomy of a human disease network

Marinka Zitnik