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A scientist' business value proposition

From a tweet of Professor Steven Blank "Another incoming team at the NSF I-Corps+ (See previous blog entry: In praise of Open - Proprietary hybrid software releases )







In praise of Open - Proprietary hybrid software releases

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In my post Why Open Source Software?  here is what I wrote in the end paragraph
Open Source Software is beneficial... Most of us, we do want to do goodness. There is no way to accomplish our mission and  keeping the freedom, if we starve to death, if we don't have children (like Richard Stallman),  if we don't get funding for  our projects and if no one uses what we invented and created ex-nihilo.Danese Cooper, ex Sun, aka the Open Source Diva is a follower of  Meher Baba, the Irani Indian spiritual teacher. She is the most influential, sensitive and inspired voice and advocate of Open Source. This is what she says on background page of her LinkedIn profile:
I believe that the Open Source Methodology of increased transparency in software development (and possibly also in hardware development) can only have a positive effect on the technology we deliver to customers. The marriage of Open Source to traditional software development has created some interesting hybrid (part Open p…

Best Buy employs my son

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This is - in a sense - the follow up story after the The Extraordinary Laptop Repair . The two are seemingly unrelated - one is his project in Sierra College, the other is the work of many people including the Transitions program for the local, high standards of Rocklin School District, one of the best in California

My son David got the first job ever in his life in the Best Buy Store in Roseville, California. A place he loves to visit, who doesn't? He was so emotional first day, afraid of not making a mistake. David needs to see perfection in what he does

David is a trainee and now goes through various departments labeling the items and getting familiar with them. In the photo he works in the aisle with the headphones for sale. This just the beginning. David will keep surprising us all.

It is a small step and I expect to see many more HFAs in desirable, dignifying, rewarding jobs. David colleague , Davis, also works there

My sincere thanks to Chris Connelly, Holly Gotwals and the…

The New Dandelion: a plan for highly functional autistic employment

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 Introduction I appeal to all readers of this article to circulate it as widely as possible. It proposes the creation  of employment for High Functioning Autistic young people in a natural  way, supplementing the institutions we already have  and leveraging their resources. The model I use as inspiration is the distributed, collaborative grid computing. What I describe below is a most unusual impact

"The most interesting developments in technology are not the gadgets and products themselves. It's how they impact the society"  (David Pogue in Scientific American 10/2013) The Magic of OSG You can see how an organization called Open Science Grid (OSG) creates in the example below, 1,780,000 CPU Hours in 24 hour time in our lives. This is mind boggling. In this snapshot below,  OSG did in one hour the work of about 74,200 single core desktops.


The snapshot of the display above refreshes every 15 minutes and it shows often two million computational hours squeezed in one hour…

The illusion of employment

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So you graduated somewhere and you were lucky to pass the fancy interviews with one of the most desirable companies in the world: Google, Amazon,  Ebay, Yahoo etc.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek,  the employee retention: at Amazon and Google is dismal

In Amazon  and Google, 50% of the employees last up to 1 year .There is no such thing as security.
Would you like to spend your life as an employee? This is by default the career choice of the 99% of the people. It seems now,  being en employee is just as risky as the other options of making a living


The extraordinary laptop repair

This is a follow up to the earlier posts

The Experiment
Highly Functional Autistic young people employment plan and performance computing

This is a miracle we want it repeated for hundreds of thousands of HFA young people, prevented from getting jobs.

My son David, repairing a Fujitsu Lifebook NH570 laptop  in the lab of Mechatronics  as part of his final project during the PC repair course.

Frank Wuerthwein: one of the best speakers at ISC Bigdata'13

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There are more impressions following this event. My colleagues told me "We only heard good things about Frank. Some people even voted him as one of the best speakers at the conference."

The first ever ISC BigData'13 conference was a huge success.

Frank is a true red Tshirt-ed South Californian and he was highly visible in the sea of suites old Europe makes everyone wear at public events.
Quoting di Lampedusa (an Italian Sicilian writer) from his book The Leopard   "If we want things to stay as they are, we need to change everything." This is above all the upper meaning from Frank and his Dynamic Data Center Concept, proven by a very  successful pilot using OSG and Gordon Supercomputer.

It means everyone in the world must be one day able to put her computer resources as part of huge multi-continent cluster. Then take them back whenever one wants, with then same ease as lending a pen to someone: just take back the pen, smile when you hear "Thank You" a…

Crunchbase. Most of companies acquired have a California HQ office

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Having worked in open source for the last year, I was amazed by the wealth of idea scientists, students and professors created. So I decided to look at some data on startups being acquired and monetizing their ideas. For each company listed here , there are in my opinion 50 companies of equal of better potential value which were never started.

We are dealing with a basic fear to risk, that our society must mitigate to encourage the transition from open source and academia to the US economy. Why this happens in California? Maybe there is more sunny here. People are little bit more crazy.  In California, if  one entered this state, she discovered we have a grain of genius and a grain of autism, at the same time and we are normal in a this "tierra"  - while we were considered abnormal in the other places we happened to be born.

A picture is worth 1,000 words



Leaders are CA (by far), NY and MA. WI is a tiny dot and IL slightly better, no where near the leaders. There are many go…

A good reason for the OSG community to feel proud. Updated October 8

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October 7, 2013 According to Guardian newspaper The Nobel prize for Physics will  be announced tomorrow, October 8, 2013. The  Nobel committee  can not nominate only the favorite, the  British physicist Peter Higgs, whose name is synonymous to "God's particle" :

Give the prize for the Higgs theory, in which the eponymous boson appears, and they face another problem. A Nobel prize can be shared by a maximum of three people, but at least six physicists wrote out the theory in 1964. One – Belgian physicist Robert Brout – died in 2011. But five into three does still not go.  The rumored solution could be
Predicting the existence of the Higgs boson is one thing. Finding it is another. That job fell to the 6,000 scientists on the Atlas and CMS collaborations at Cern, the particle physics laboratory near Geneva. The numbers reflect how modern science is done. And in this case, nothing is made easier by honouring only the leaders.One option, suggested by a former secr…

Creativity and our life as employees

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I answered the following question on Quora:
Creativity: Do creative people get bored at work more easily than non-creative people? Or do they just need a job that makes use of that creativity? Fast Company published the article 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People . It is based on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Management and Psychology at University of Chicago
CREATIVE PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF PHYSICAL ENERGY, BUT THEY'RE ALSO OFTEN QUIET AND AT REST. CREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE SMART YET NAIVE AT THE SAME TIMECREATIVE PEOPLE COMBINE PLAYFULNESS AND DISCIPLINE, OR RESPONSIBILITY AND IRRESPONSIBILITYCREATIVE PEOPLE ALTERNATE BETWEEN IMAGINATION AND FANTASY, AND A ROOTED SENSE OF REALITYCREATIVE PEOPLE TEND TO BE BOTH EXTROVERTED AND INTROVERTED CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE HUMBLE AND PROUD AT THE SAME TIME CREATIVE PEOPLE, TO AN EXTENT, ESCAPE RIGID GENDER ROLE STEREOTYPING CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE BOTH REBELLIOUS AND CONSERVATIVEMOST CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE VERY PASSIONATE A…