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November 2022


From Schneier on Security

The US Has a Shortage of Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

The US Has a Shortage of Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Nothing beats a dog’s nose for detecting explosives. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough dogs:

Last month, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a nearly 100-page report about working dogs and the need for federal…


From Geeking with Greg

Quoted in the Washington Post

Quoted in the Washington Post

I'm quoted in the Washington Post today in an article titled "It’s not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse." I'm talking about how Amazon used to help (but no longer) for finding and discovering what you want…


From insideHPC

Relief for the Solution Architect: Pushing Back on HPC Cluster Complexity with Warewulf and Apptainer

Relief for the Solution Architect: Pushing Back on HPC Cluster Complexity with Warewulf and Apptainer

[SPONSORED CONTENT]  How did you, at heart and by training a research scientist, financial analyst or product design engineer doing multi-physics CAE, how did you end up as a… systems administrator? You set out to be one thing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collaborative Metaverse, Useful thoughts?

Collaborative Metaverse, Useful thoughts?

In O'Reilly Radar
The Collaborative Metaverse
The enterprise metaverse is about better collaboration, not virtual meetings.

By Mike Loukides
October 12, 2022

Learn faster. Dig deeper. See farther.
Join the O'Reilly online learning

Learn…


From insideHPC

Argonne Researchers: Tiny Magnetic Whirlpools Could Be Game Changer for HPC Memory Technology

Argonne Researchers: Tiny Magnetic Whirlpools Could Be Game Changer for HPC Memory Technology

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are investigating the possibility that tiny magnetic whirlpools called “skyrmions,” which are magnetic vortices as tiny as billionths of a meter,…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What is the size of a byte[] array in Java?

What is the size of a byte[] array in Java?

Java allows you to create an array just big enough to contain 4 bytes, like so: byte[] array = new byte[4]; How much memory does this array take? If you have answered “4 bytes”, you are wrong. A more likely answer is 24 bytes…


From insideHPC

QCI Launches Free Software to Run 10,000-Variable Quantum Computing Problems

QCI Launches Free Software to Run 10,000-Variable Quantum Computing Problems

LEESBURG, Va., November 22, 2022 – Quantum solutions company Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) (NASDAQ: QUBT) today announced the release of free software that will enable D-Wave customers to rapidly translate quadratic unconstrained…


From insideHPC

Q-CTRL and Classiq Partner on Quantum Algorithm Development

Q-CTRL and Classiq Partner on Quantum Algorithm Development

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, November 21, 2022 – Q-CTRL, a quantum control infrastructure software company, and quantum algorithm development software company Classiq have announced a partnership intended to provide an end-to-end platform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Hackers Mind: First Review

A Hackers Mind:  First Review

Plan to read this, the topic is very important for anyone in the field.  I continue to follow. 

First Review of A Hacker’s Mind

Kirkus reviews   A Hacker’s Mind:

A cybersecurity expert examines how the powerful game whatever system…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Edible Drones

Edible Drones

Narrow and novel  application here.

ACM NEWS

Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings  By CNET, November 17, 2022

The wings of this drone are nutritious and, depending on what you think about rice cakes, delicious…


From Putting People First

Social science research for a French home improvement retailer

Social science research for a French home improvement retailer

Leroy Merlin is a French-headquartered home improvement and gardening retailer. Its Leroy Merlin Source (LMS) platform aims to create and share original knowledge on new ways of living and inhabiting spaces by expert researchers…


From insideHPC

Earth Wind & Power to Offtake up to 400MW of Offshore Power in Northern Europe for Data Centers

Earth Wind & Power to Offtake up to 400MW of Offshore Power in Northern Europe for Data Centers

Nov. 22, 2022 — Earth Wind & Power (EWP), a leading innovator in creating a sustainable bridge between excess energy and the exponentially growing demand for green computing power, has announced the planned offtake of excess …


From Schneier on Security

Apple’s Device Analytics Can Identify iCloud Users

Apple’s Device Analytics Can Identify iCloud Users

Researchers claim that supposedly anonymous device analytics information can identify users:

On Twitter, security researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry have found that Apple’s device analytics data includes an iCloud account…


From The Eponymous Pickle

And More Skin, Now for Health Monitoring

And More Skin,  Now for Health Monitoring

Argonne at work. 

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Argonne National Laboratory

Joseph E. Harmon, November 16, 2022

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the University of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Classic Difficult Problem for Robotic AI

A Classic Difficult Problem for Robotic AI

 If only, we saw an early demo of this. 

Robots that Can Feel Cloth Layers May One Day Help with Laundry

By Stacey Federoff, Carnegie Mellon,

New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute (RI) can help robots…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will AI Discover new Laws of Physics?

Will AI Discover new Laws of Physics?

 A possibility.

Will AI Discover new Laws of Physics?  in NewScientist

Algorithms can pore over astrophysical data to identify underlying equations. Now, physicists are trying to figure out how to imbue these “machine theorists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulation Based Dynamic Virtual Prototyping

Simulation Based Dynamic Virtual Prototyping

 Simulation aided by selective AI 

Simulation-based and highly dynamic: virtual prototyping

Press release / November 09, 2022

The things that amaze us in everyday life, such as when our cars take control of the parking process,The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re Ambient Computing

Re Ambient Computing

Anytime, anywhere,  data and computation delivered.

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

By The Wall Street Journal

October 31, 2022

In the ambient world, the technology is all around us, unseeable and untouchable…


From The Noisy Channel

What is Not Search?

What is Not Search?

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Search is unquestionably my hammer, so it’s easy for me to frame everything as a search problem. After all, doesn’t a problem imply a search for a solution?

But seriously…


From Putting People First

To understand uses of personal data in the present, people draw on the past and imagine the future

To understand uses of personal data in the present, people draw on the past and imagine the future

The collection and analysis of data about us now occurs across many aspects of everyday life, but how do people come to understand these complex processes? Drawing on Living With Data research, Susan Oman, Hannah Ditchfield and…


From Putting People First

Interviews in the social sciences – A Nature Reviews Method Primer

Interviews in the social sciences – A Nature Reviews Method Primer

In this Nature Reviews Method Primer, Eleanor Knott, Aliya Hamid Rao, Kate Summers & Chana Teeger off the London School of Economics focus on the stages and challenges of designing and conducting an interview project and analysing…


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research in data centers

Ethnographic research in data centers

Data centers are destroying the natural world, writes anthropologist Steven Gonzalez Monserrate in Wired. But is the cloud an inherently unsustainable paradigm? He foresees three possible pathways for remaking the cloud into…


From Putting People First

Nielsen Norman Group on the usability of AR

Nielsen Norman Group on the usability of AR

AR features in mobile apps are plagued by usability issues such as poor discoverability and findability of items with AR, low-visibility instructions, or vague icons and signifiers.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Failing?

Alexa Failing?

 How true re Alexa?   Had heard of the layoffs. 

 Amazon Alexa is a “colossal failure,” on pace to lose $10 billion this year

 By Ron Amadeo  11/21/2022 7:32 pm  Categories:Tech   in ArsTechnica

Amazon is going through the biggest…


From insideHPC

Get Ready for Ronnascale Supercomputing – and Quettascale Data Volumes

Get Ready for Ronnascale Supercomputing – and Quettascale Data Volumes

Now that the exascale (a billion billion, or 1018, calculations/second) computing barrier has been surmounted, and with discussion of zettascale-class supercomputers already in the wind, the General Conference on Weights and …


From insideHPC

Pre-proposals for Allocations of National Lab HPC Resources Due Nov. 28

Pre-proposals for Allocations of National Lab HPC Resources Due Nov. 28

The U.S. Department of Energy’s ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) is now seeking proposals for the 2023-2024 allocation year. Pre-proposals are due by 8 pm (ET) on Monday, November 28, 2022. Open to researchers from …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Asking Questions, Getting Better Answers

AI Asking Questions, Getting Better Answers

Good thought: Note the  Automatic Prompt Engineer (APE).  Worth thinking about. 

AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

By New Scientist, November 21, 2022

How AIs arrive at their decisions can beAn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensor System for IoT Devices Integrates Processing, Computing to Save Energy, Protect Data

Sensor System for IoT Devices Integrates Processing, Computing to Save Energy, Protect Data

Smart Sensors that store and processes data.

Sensor System for IoT Devices Integrates Processing, Computing to Save Energy, Protect Data

University of Virginia Engineering

Karen Walker, October 11, 2022

The University of Virginia's…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Track Winners at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2022

Blue Sky Track Winners at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2022

The The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 30th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. The conference was held in Seattle…


From Putting People First

No amount of hype and starry-eyed Metaverse proselytising can escape reality

No amount of hype and starry-eyed Metaverse proselytising can escape reality

The metaverse will be a digital graveyard if we let new technologies distract us from today’s problems