Evolving Security

Bruce Schneier is well known for his books of cryprtography, but he takes a much wider view of security in his blog.


Dr. Lucia Specia - Quality Estimation of Machine Translation - 4th July 2011

Quality Estimation for Machine Translation

Abstract: Although significant progress has been observed in the overall quality of machine translation (MT) systems in recent years, it is well known that the quality of a given MT system can vary considerably across translation segments. The notion of quality and the level of “acceptability” of translations depend on the intended use of the translated segments, ranging from post-editing by fluent speakers of both source and target languages to gisting by speakers of the target language only. The need for models to assess the quality of translated segments in the various possible scenarios involving the use of automatic translations is becoming more and more evident and a number of efforts have been made recently in this direction.

Powertop and the memory card reader

I recently tried running powertop on my Linux desktop. It tells you who is waking up your CPU most often. Regularly waking up your CPU prevents it from sleeping peacefully in power-saving mode. Powertop revealed that activity around a “USB TEAC” device was consistently one of my top “waker-uppers”. Googling USB TEAC revealed it to be a memory card reader. Now up to that point I was unaware my desktop had a memory card reader but after some nosing around I discovered a button I hadn’t noticed before. With mounting excitement I pressed the button...a door opened (with a click) and guess what I found inside? Correct. An unused but oft-probed memory card reader.

Dr. Jolita Ralyté - Situational Method Engineering Talk - 28th June 2011

Dr. Jolita Ralyté from the Institute of Services Science at the University of Geneva gave a talk on Situational Method Engineering: Achievements, Trends & Challenges in the School of Computing on the 28th June 2011.

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