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    September 2020


    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 Schneier on Security

    CEO of NS8 Charged with Securities Fraud

    CEO of NS8 Charged with Securities Fraud

    The founder and CEO of the Internet security company NS8 has been arrested and “charged in a Complaint in Manhattan federal court with securities fraud, fraud in the offer and sale of securities, and wire fraud.”

    I admit that…

    Bruce Schneier | September 18, 2020 at 02:22 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

    From [email protected]

    The Laughing is Over

    The Laughing is Over

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Computer Chess Championship in 1970.

    Monroe Newborn | September 18, 2020 at 09:36 AM

    From insideHPC

    Accelerate Your Development of GPU Based Innovative Applications

    Accelerate Your Development of GPU Based Innovative Applications

    In this sponsored post by our friends over at AMD, we take a deep into how GPUs have become an essential component of innovative organizations that require the highest performing clusters, whether one server or thousands of servers…

    staff | September 18, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing’s Great Reset

    Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing’s Great Reset

    Manufacturing rushes towards a fourth industrial revolution.

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset by McKinsey
    By Francisco Betti, Enno de Boer, and Yves Giraud

    Manufacturers that are ahead in scaling

    Since…

    Franz Dill | September 18, 2020 at 03:19 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IFTTT Lets You Set Price Forever

    IFTTT Lets You Set Price Forever

    And from IFTTT expands their offering, pricing, with demonstrations and a contest.

    ....Set your price, forever

    You spoke, we listened. No more confusion on the length of IFTTT Pro pricing. Set your price before October 7th and

    Watch…

    Franz Dill | September 17, 2020 at 08:05 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System

    Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System

    Amazon drivers — all gig workers who don’t work for the company — are hanging cell phones in trees near Amazon delivery stations, fooling the system into thinking that they are closer than they actually are:

    The phones in trees…

    Bruce Schneier | September 17, 2020 at 02:28 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Approximately Correct is Useful

    Approximately Correct is Useful

    Brought to my attention, and made me smile.  Al, as all human decision making, is approximately correct.   Yes you can define problems tightly enough so that they will be exactly correct.  Say that 2+2 =4.   But in the real world…

    Franz Dill | September 17, 2020 at 01:27 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS

    Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS

    SQUID news:

    Physicists have developed a small, compact superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) that can detect magnetic fields. The team l focused on the instrument’s core, which contains two parallel layers of graphene…

    Bruce Schneier | September 17, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Alibaba Blockchain Patents

    Alibaba Blockchain Patents

    How much are patents driving this competition?

    Alibaba on Track to Be the Largest Blockchain Patent Holder by End of 2020: Study
    In Coindesk by Paddy Baker

     Alibaba is on track to supersede U.S. computer giant IBM as the single-largest…

    Franz Dill | September 17, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Sciences of Reflection

    The Sciences of Reflection

    Another example of advanced sensory analysis that can improve 'seeing' in multiple complex  environments. 

    Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass   by Cornell University

    AI learns to pick up on unexpected clues…

    Franz Dill | September 17, 2020 at 09:58 AM

    From insideHPC

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 2

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications – Part 2

    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 17, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robots Harvesting Coconuts

    Robots Harvesting Coconuts

    In earlier days I was introduced to harvesting coconut trees in south Florida.  Even knew people who could climb up them to do that.   Who then attempted to teach it to me, but left me only with the knowledge of how hard it was…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2020 at 02:54 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    USAF Seeks Shift in How Jets, Missiles, Satellites Are Designed

    USAF Seeks Shift in How Jets, Missiles, Satellites Are Designed

    Makes sense to construct a digital model of any complex system. The robustness of the model will be important.  Also depends on contexts of use.  Risks. 

    USAF Seeks Shift in How Jets, Missiles, Satellites Are Designed
    The Washington…

    Franz Dill | September 16, 2020 at 01:31 PM

    From insideHPC

    Quantum Computing: Inaugural €10,000 Hartree Centre & Atos Joseph Fourier Prize Launched

    Quantum Computing: Inaugural €10,000 Hartree Centre & Atos Joseph Fourier Prize Launched

    London, 16 September 2020 – Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, together with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre this week launch a new UK and Ireland competition aimed at supporting…

    Doug Black | September 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM
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