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    October 2019


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Echo Auto: Customizing Mobile Voice Experiences

    Echo Auto: Customizing Mobile Voice Experiences

    My test for client discussions have been ongoing.  In my last post on this I mentioned that Amazon currently has very different behavior between home and Echo Auto behavior in the car, making the experience bumpy.  They should…

    Franz Dill | October 19, 2019 at 05:07 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Attention for Advanced Forecasting and Classification

    Attention for Advanced Forecasting and Classification

    Interesting and quite technical view of forecasting and classification that is worth a look.  Of course accurate and timely forecasting is important for most businesses.  Considerable piece here, below an intro with much more…

    Franz Dill | October 19, 2019 at 04:35 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Six-Foot-Long Mass of Squid Eggs Found on Great Barrier Reef

    Friday Squid Blogging: Six-Foot-Long Mass of Squid Eggs Found on Great Barrier Reef

    It's likely the diamondback squid. There's a video. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....

    Bruce Schneier | October 18, 2019 at 05:11 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

    California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

    What is particularly good here is that the means to test this will be obvious.   I get USGS reports on earthquakes via an App, can filter them to mag 4.5 and higher, minutes after they occur.  So comparison to predictions should…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 03:53 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Why Technologists Need to Get Involved in Public Policy

    Why Technologists Need to Get Involved in Public Policy

    Last month, I gave a 15-minute talk in London titled: "Why technologists need to get involved in public policy." In it, I try to make the case for public-interest technologists. (I also maintain a public-interest tech resources…

    Bruce Schneier | October 18, 2019 at 03:38 PM

    From The Noisy Channel

    I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…

    I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips…

    I think the even more interesting case for using supply or demand is where supply vastly outstrips demand and most intents are in the tail, e.g., searching through a vast catalog books or scholarly articles. In those cases, demand…

    Daniel Tunkelang | October 18, 2019 at 01:46 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Patent Portfolio Strategies of Amazon, Qualcomm, Tencent

    Patent Portfolio Strategies of Amazon, Qualcomm, Tencent

    Points to some marketing reports available for a fee.   At the link.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) Patent Portfolio Strategies of Amazon & Qualcomm, and AI Investments of Tencent | 2019 Overview & Examination Report

    October 18,Research…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    From insideHPC

    Codeplay SYCL 1.2.1 Solution offers an Open Alternative to CUDA

    Codeplay SYCL 1.2.1 Solution offers an Open Alternative to CUDA

    Today Codeplay announced the world's first fully-conformant SYCL 1.2.1 Solution. "As a non-proprietary alternative to the incumbent CUDA, SYCL is an open standard developed by the Khronos Group that enables developers to write…

    staff | October 18, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    SC19 Session Preview: Whither Advanced Scientific Computing After Exascale Is Achieved?

    SC19 Session Preview: Whither Advanced Scientific Computing After Exascale Is Achieved?

    "The goal of this BoF is to discuss the landscape for advanced scientific computing after the United States achieves the exascale milestone. What are possible future breakthroughs? What are promising computing and mathematics…

    staff | October 18, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    From insideHPC

    Designing Scalable HPC, Deep Learning, Big Data, and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

    Designing Scalable HPC, Deep Learning, Big Data, and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

    DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. "This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, Big Data and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors…

    Rich Brueckner | October 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Retailwire: Why Brands Are Moving Direct-To-Consumer

    Retailwire: Why Brands Are Moving Direct-To-Consumer

    From Yesterdays webinar:

    If you would like to see a recording of the webinar or refer it to others, you'll find it in our Resources section:  Recording and PDF Slides (Requires registration)

    For your copy of Oracle NetSuite's eBook…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    From insideHPC

    Energy Exascale Earth System Model to Accelerate Climate Research

    Energy Exascale Earth System Model to Accelerate Climate Research

    As one of the Grand Challenges of our time, climate modeling typically requires long run times and huge computational resources. Sandia National Laboratories has awarded Kelsey DiPietro a Jill Hruby Fellowship to tackle this …

    Rich Brueckner | October 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    November Informs Analytics E Mag

    November Informs Analytics E Mag

    The latest Analytics Mag from the Informs Group.   Below some quick summaries of key articles, plus lots more at the link.  Always informative.

    Beyond Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining

    Data people come in all shapes…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 07:28 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Grip Improved

    Robotic Grip Improved

    Grip is a big thing in robotics.  This will be a big deal for classic smart home applications for eldercare.  And in factory manufacturing applications.

    Giving robots a faster grasp
    An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 07:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    40 Machine Learning Tutorials from DSC

    40 Machine Learning Tutorials from DSC

    This group of tutorials via DSC looks good.  And to get full access you need to join as a member, which I always recommend.   Its free.  If you like self-study, its a great era we live in, lots of free and detailed information…

    Franz Dill | October 18, 2019 at 07:09 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Adding a Hardware Backdoor to a Networked Computer

    Adding a Hardware Backdoor to a Networked Computer

    Interesting proof of concept: At the CS3sthlm security conference later this month, security researcher Monta Elkins will show how he created a proof-of-concept version of that hardware hack in his basement. He intends to demonstrate…

    Bruce Schneier | October 18, 2019 at 06:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Social Credits Used in Silicon Valley?

    Social Credits Used in Silicon Valley?

    Interesting claim, but a formal one?

    Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system in Fastcompany
    In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 06:54 PM

    From Computational Complexity

    2019 Fall Jobs Post

    Starting PhD students over time would always assume that the computer science academic job market would be a strong or as weak when they graduate as it is when they were starting, and they would always be wrong. That may have…

    Lance Fortnow | October 17, 2019 at 04:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    P&G Hires People with Autism for RPA

    P&G Hires People with Autism for RPA

      I had not heard they were specifically hiring people with autism for RPA and process modeling jobs,  is there specific data out there indicating this is a particularly good match?   Or it is it a more general diversity effort…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 02:39 PM

    From insideHPC

    Nominations Open for James Corones Award Recognizing Science Leadership

    Nominations Open for James Corones Award Recognizing Science Leadership

    Nominations are now open for the James Corones Award, honoring a scientist or engineer who demonstrates integrity and engagement in their field. "The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication recognizes…

    staff | October 17, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    From insideHPC

    Advancing Progress in Life Sciences

    Advancing Progress in Life Sciences

    In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Christian Marcazzo, VP and general manager at IDBS highlights trends in life sciences research and development. "As can be seen across most industries, organizations…

    Rich Brueckner | October 17, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    From insideHPC

    ColdQuanta to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of Quantum Atomic Systems

    ColdQuanta to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of Quantum Atomic Systems

    Today ColdQuanta announced it has been awarded $1M from NASA’s Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program. The program will enable ColdQuanta to develop significantly smaller cold atom systems with a high level of ruggedness…

    Rich Brueckner | October 17, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    From insideHPC

    Cortical.io Demonstrates Natural Language Understanding Inspired by Neuroscience

    Cortical.io Demonstrates Natural Language Understanding Inspired by Neuroscience

    In this video, Cortical.io CEO Francisco Webber demonstrates how the company's software running on Xilinx FPGAs breaks new ground in the field of natural language understanding (NLU). "Cortical.io delivers AI-based Natural Language…

    Rich Brueckner | October 17, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    State of Retail Supply Chains

    State of Retail Supply Chains

    Via Retailwire, the state of the Retail supply chains from Eft.   At the link you can sign in and get the full report.  Key takeaways below not new or unexpected, have existed for some time, details and solutions.

    Eft’s 2020 State…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    SQRL for Website Login and Authentication

    SQRL for Website Login and Authentication

    Happened on Steve Gibson's SQRL, read through a bit of his site, below the WP description.  He has a very useful weekly podcast on security called 'Security Now'.   That I have followed for several years.  A good place to stay…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 09:26 AM

    From insideHPC

    Cloud Automation: Five Ways to Contain HPC Cloud Spending

    Cloud Automation: Five Ways to Contain HPC Cloud Spending

    This timely article from our friends over at Univa examines how the cloud is attractive for organizations that need fast access to specialized resources, and that want to avoid the cost and complexity of on-premise infrastructure…

    staff | October 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Pew Research Data Decoded

    Pew Research Data Decoded

    Happened into Pew Research of late.   Here is their blog/site on data topics, I plan to dive in from time to time and point to things of interest.

    The "how" behind the numbers, facts and trends shaping your world.

    Pew Research

    We…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 08:58 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Alexa Course for In-Skill Purchasing

    Alexa Course for In-Skill Purchasing

    Amazon is crowd sourcing Alexa skills for its infrastructure.   Have worked my way through several training outlines like the below.  Which show the direction they are moving, worth a look.    Still not what I would call very…

    Franz Dill | October 17, 2019 at 08:47 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Using Machine Learning to Detect IP Hijacking

    Using Machine Learning to Detect IP Hijacking

    This is interesting research: In a BGP hijack, a malicious actor convinces nearby networks that the best path to reach a specific IP address is through their network. That's unfortunately not very hard to do, since BGP itself…

    Bruce Schneier | October 17, 2019 at 07:08 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Americans Knowledge of Computer Tech

    Americans Knowledge of Computer Tech

    Interesting results.  Some odd questions.  Could have had more and broader questions.  Indicates the challenges for things like understanding topics like privacy and transparency by the general public.  Our own work with decision…

    Franz Dill | October 16, 2019 at 03:41 PM
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