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    September 2020


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    CIA to Establish a Lab to Study Blockchain

    CIA to Establish a Lab to Study Blockchain

    Seems CIA is taking this very seriously.

    CIA’s New Research Lab to Study Blockchain
    In Coindesk by Danny Nelson

    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched a new research and develop laboratory on Monday that features blockchain…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 02:41 PM

    From [email protected]

    Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students

    Implications of Online Learning for Novice Students

    The case of the Introduction to Computer Science course.

    Yael Erez and Orrit Hazzan | September 21, 2020 at 02:33 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    CPG in Pandemic Growth and Challenges

    CPG in Pandemic Growth and Challenges

    And piece related to previous item regards growth and inventory post Pandemic.

    For giant food companies, the pandemic has fueled growth — and challenges

    Theresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The past six months have been

    Pre…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 02:25 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Another Blogging Note

    Another Blogging Note

    Some of the the changes in this blog require me to repeat some rules.
    Plain text mean I am the author, unless quoted otherwise, for special cases like multiple authors.

    Italic text means it is a quote.  Almost always with an author…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Companies Trying to Predict Post Pandemic

    Companies Trying to Predict Post Pandemic

    Can Retail predict post pandemic?  In the car today we discussed how drive through fast food will exist after pandemic.  Two effects. Very large increase of drive-through during.   But also a large number of new customers being…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020

    Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2020

    The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is virtual this year! Like many things in 2020, it might not be the same experience, but the positive is that it can now be viewed by everyone here on the Livestream from 10AM- 4PM ET Monday…

    Helen Wright | September 21, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    From insideHPC

    Innovations in Simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI at Teratec Digital Forum 2020 — Oct. 13-14

    Innovations in Simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI at Teratec Digital Forum 2020 — Oct. 13-14

    On October 13 and 14, the digital version of the next Teratec Forum will present a review of the latest international advances in simulation, HPC, Big Data and AI. The virtual exhibition will present the latest technologies from…

    staff | September 21, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    From [email protected]

    Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

    Discovery: User Manual of the Oldest Surviving Computer in the World

    A rare find: the user manual of the oldest surviving computer in the world, the Zuse Z4 relay machine (1945).

    Herbert Bruderer | September 21, 2020 at 10:04 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Siemens Covid Resources

    Siemens Covid Resources

    his was recently pointed out to me by a Siemens contact:

    Siemens Healthineers:  COVID-19: Scientific publications
    This collection of information about the COVID-19 pandemic from trusted sources offers useful information to clinicians…

    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 09:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

    Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times

    More movement in improving results stability for Quantum.

    Breakthrough Extends Quantum State Stability by 10,000 Times
    UPI
    Brooks Hays
    August 14, 2029

    Scientists at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed the means to


    Franz Dill | September 21, 2020 at 09:34 AM

    From The Noisy Channel

    Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

    Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

    In 1984, Robin Williams starred in Moscow on the Hudson as a Russian saxophonist who decides to defect from the USSR during a shopping trip to a New York department store. One scene stands out, particularly to those of us who…

    Daniel Tunkelang | September 21, 2020 at 09:01 AM

    From insideHPC

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 3

    A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…

    staff | September 21, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From insideHPC

    SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

    SullivanStrickler Joins the Active Archive Alliance

    BOULDER, Colo. – Sept. 21, 2020 – The Active Archive Alliance today announced that SullivanStrickler has joined the collaborative alliance, which promotes modern strategies to solve data growth challenges. SullivanStrickler joins…

    Doug Black | September 21, 2020 at 08:38 AM

    From CERIAS Blog

    Sturm und Drang and Hacking and Twitter

    Sturm und Drang and Hacking and Twitter

    Last week, an article appeared in the Washington Examiner that contained a couple of quotes from me. The context of how the quotes were obtained is explained below.

    Apparently, some people took exception to aspects of the article…

    Prof. Spafford | September 20, 2020 at 08:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

    YouTube in ChromeCast with Assistant

    I have  just noticed the business perspective of having Youtube more closely connected with Chromecast. You can create lots of business snippets for projects there.  And if the assistant provides another useful capability with…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2020 at 04:43 PM

    From Computational Complexity

    Baseball can go on forever, it doesn't just seem that way

     Most games have some way to make sure they cannot go on forever.

    1) Chess: I had thought there was a 50-move rule and a 3-times-same-position rule, but its a byte more complicated than that, see here. There is also a chess clock…

    gasarch | September 20, 2020 at 02:56 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

    Wal-Mart Testing Drone Delivery too

    Will drone retail delivery direct to consumer ever succeed? 

    Walmart testing drones for deliveries in North Carolina city    by Anne D'innocenzio in TechExplore

    Walmart launched a pilot program Wednesday using drones to deliver…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

    More Japanese Humanoid Robotics

    Why humanoid?  Impressive look and restocking a key retail problem.  Telepresence example.  In IEEE Spectrum

    Video Friday: This Robot Will Restock Shelves at Japanese Convenience Stores

    Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

    Strategic Decisions from Wargaming?

    In my early days worked with the DOD,  Used wargaming, but mostly about testing new technology as part of operational warfighting decisions.  Not broader strategy decisions.    So this interests me.

    What Strategic Decisions on…

    Franz Dill | September 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

    Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

    Questionable, though major HQs will likely still need the presence.   My guess is that many will be threatened. 

    The Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs    in HBR by Richard Florida

    The Covid-19 pandemic has seen tens of millions…

    Franz Dill | September 19, 2020 at 02:10 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

    This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

    For those with concern about this.seems a reasonable solution.  Still a  prototype as mentioned.

    This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
    Ars Technica
    Dan Goodin
    July 14, 2020

    A team of researchers from Germany's Darmstadt…

    Franz Dill | September 19, 2020 at 01:58 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Science and Technology links (September 19th 2020)

    Science and Technology links (September 19th 2020)

    A large city dating back 4,300 years has been discovered in China. It predates the Chinese civilization. At its center was a wide pyramid supporting a 20-acre palace. Little is known about the people living there other than the…

    Daniel Lemire | September 19, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cosmetic Surgery Goldmine?

    Cosmetic Surgery Goldmine?

    A look at consequences of behavior in pandemic, suggested by a former colleague.

    Zoom has turned into a goldmine... for the cosmetic surgery industry

    Martin Lindstrom   Brand and Culture Transformation Expert and Founder of Lindstrom…

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 03:16 PM

    From insideHPC

    Cambridge Quantum Computing with IBM Launches 1st Cloud-Based Quantum Random Number Generator

    Cambridge Quantum Computing with IBM Launches 1st Cloud-Based Quantum Random Number Generator

    Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) has launched the world’s first cloud-based Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) Service with integrated verification for the user. Randomness is an essential and ubiquitous raw material in…

    Doug Black | September 18, 2020 at 02:48 PM

    From insideHPC

    SUSE Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

    SUSE Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

    LONDON –SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company, today announced financial results* and highlights from the third quarter of its fiscal year 2020 ended July 31. SUSE’s Q3 revenue increased 14% year over year…

    staff | September 18, 2020 at 01:18 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Nihilistic Password Security Questions

    Nihilistic Password Security Questions

    Posted three years ago, but definitely appropriate for the times.

    Bruce Schneier | September 18, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy

    3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy

    Had never thought of the premise suggested here, but yes is a consideration.   Grave?  Also mentions watermarking which we also studied for retail applications.

    3D Printing Poses a "Grave and Growing Threat" to Privacy, Experts…

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Story of 'Have I Been Pwned'

    The Story of 'Have I Been Pwned'

    Rather late saw this mentioned in TWIT Security Now.  Where Steve Gibson comments from a security point of view.  Deserves a read by people attempting to innovate and sell the results.  Considerable blog post below after a quick…

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Grocery

    Grocery

    Pointed out to me.  Book that links to my past technical life. With some interesting links into our current situation.  Probably a good read for those getting into this space.

    The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of …

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Dreams

    Dreams

    Seems we have done little in the space since Freud.  Is interesting to see Nokia in the space.  Gathering data is again a good place to start.   AI I assume to mine and classify in new ways.

    Insights Into Dreams and What They
    The…

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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