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May 2013


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Pronouns

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Pronouns

The translated version of a Spanish menu contains the entry "squids in his (her, your) ink."

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Working With Google Spreadsheets Data Directly

Working With Google Spreadsheets Data Directly

On Wednesday I talked about assigning numbers to my princess-and-dragon story.  I have all my data in an easily parsable format in a Google Spreadsheet.  I decided to use Python to do my story-related computations because ofGoogle…


From Writing

10 recipes for turning imperative Java code into functional Scala code

10 recipes for turning imperative Java code into functional Scala code

At LinkedIn, we've started to use the Play Framework, which supports not only Java, but also Scala. Many teams have opted to write their apps in Scala, so I've spent a fair amount of time helping team members learn the language…


From Putting People First

How Obama used ‘Ethnography Project’ to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012

How Obama used ‘Ethnography Project’ to defeat Mitt Romney in 2012

Ken Walsh reports on how Team Obama made an unprecedented effort to understand the voters and speak their language, slicing and dicing the electorate with a sophistication and savvy that the Republicans couldn’t match and are…


From Putting People First

Smart cities and smart citizens

Smart cities and smart citizens

For future smart cities to thrive, it must be centred around people, not just infrastructure. This was the overwhelming message from a group of influential thinkers speaking at this year’s FutureEverything Summit. sustain’ went…


From Putting People First

The art of staying focused in a distracting world

The art of staying focused in a distracting world

James Fallows of The Atlantic interviewed tech-industry veteran Linda Stone, coiner of the term “continuous partial attention,” on how to maintain sanity and focus in an insane, unfocused, always-on, hyperconnected world. “We…


From Schneier on Security

The Rise of Amateurs Recording Events

The Rise of Amateurs Recording Events

Interesting article on a greatly increased aspect of surveillance: "the ordinary citizen who by chance finds himself in a position to record events of great public import, and to share the results with the rest of us."


From Putting People First

The city as interface: an interview with Manuel Portela

The city as interface: an interview with Manuel Portela

Hillete Warner of The Enabling City, an initiative started and guided by the very inspiring Chiara Camponeschi, interviewed interaction designer and an event coordinator Manuel Portela about about collective brainstorming, community…


From Putting People First

How to design for the gut?

How to design for the gut?

Visceral design is the key to creating experiences people can’t get enough of. Game designers and mobile app developers have done a great job of leveraging visceral design, web designers can and should leverage it too. So what…


From Putting People First

Are you ready for the era of Big Data?

Are you ready for the era of Big Data?

Business agrees with governments — the more personal information they gather about us, the more “helpful” they can be. Should we give in to this “harmless” new science of benign surveillance, asks Steven Poole in The New Statesman…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Smart Glasses

More Smart Glasses

Its not all about the Google Glass idea.  The notion of head-wearable, camera enabled augmented reality is being promoted by a number of vendors.  Metaio reports on another example.  All of these ideas are augmented reality plays…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personal Clouds

Personal Clouds

Controlling your own data, is this a great idea?  Prompted by data ownership issues and speed in conventional clouds.  Only a limited specialty concern?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithms that Writes Books

Algorithms that Writes Books

In Mashable:   We have a huge compendium of knowledge on the web, some public, some private, some hidden.   It has always seemed to me there are ways to integrate this information into compact accumulations of knowledge. in other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Service Design

Visualizing Service Design

I like the idea of visualization of design.  Its very natural for most people to think this way.  Add it to a presentation and you will capture their attention.  And applying it to services?  In a presentation today I tried to…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Statement on House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

USACM Statement on House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearing on U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council today submitted the following statement to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade for the hearing on the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.  …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Sponsors Challenges and Visions Track at AAMAS 2013

CCC Sponsors Challenges and Visions Track at AAMAS 2013

The following is a special contribution to the blog from Jeff Rosenchein, Head of The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this entry, Jeff highlights the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digimind, Brought Back to my Attention.

Digimind, Brought Back to my Attention.

Digimind
* Bigger box/ Bigger letters mean higher number of market news where “arctic” was discussed, indicating potential trend…I have selected country on the variation chart as the entity, but the trend analysis can be done


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adjusting to the Digital Landscape

Adjusting to the Digital Landscape

Well, yes, hope its not too late.  " ... As consumers turn to digital and mobile sources for product information and purchases, retailers have no choice but to adjust, experts say. For example, through partnerships with food-makers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Your Next Product

Designing Your Next Product

Should a five year old?  Not unless five year olds buy it.  Naive does not necessarily make your product good.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification Is Individual

Gamification Is Individual

Interesting thoughts.   "   ... A recent article by the IT specialist website Lifehacker Australia describes the most common pitfall of gamification; businesses often assume that gamification will instantly improve their business…


From My Biased Coin

Review are In, 2013

Review are In, 2013

Teaching reviews are in!  I'm happy to say students were more forgiving than last year.  But also, I notice in the reviews the effects of 4 significant changes from last year.   (The best is saved for last.)1.  Students knew…


From Computational Complexity

The High Quality Research Act

Lots of talk, mostly negative, about the proposed High Quality Research Act. Prior to making an award of any contract or grant funding for a scientific research project, the Director of the National Science Foundation shall On…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF and NICT of Japan Announce Partnership in Next-Generation Networking

NSF and NICT of Japan Announce Partnership in Next-Generation Networking

Yesterday the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), facilitating a partnership on research in networking…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Three questions about e-learning in college

Three questions about e-learning in college

Timothy Taylor observes that research about online instruction tells us that online teaching is just as effective as classroom teaching. The main drawback of asynchronous online teaching is the high drop-out rate. He moves on…


From BLOG@CACM

Coping With Linux Distro Fragmentation (Visualized in One Giant Diagram)

Coping With Linux Distro Fragmentation (Visualized in One Giant Diagram)

I describe software incompatibility problems caused by fragmentation in Linux-based operating systems and present one potential solution.


From Schneier on Security

Why We Lie

Why We Lie

This, by Judge Kozinski, is from a Federal court ruling about false statements and First Amendment protection

Saints may always tell the truth, but for mortals living means lying. We lie to protect our privacy ("No, I don'tIch…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

White House Open Data Executive Order Echoes USACM Recommendations

White House Open Data Executive Order Echoes USACM Recommendations

In early May the White House issued an Executive Order outlining a policy to make open and machine readable the ‘default’ for new and ‘modernized’ government information. This Open Data Policy would be implemented for federal…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Nanotechnology Careers

Nanotechnology Careers

The career prospects look bright for CS graduates and according to the Kiplinger Management Group Letter there is an exciting reason for the news.

Amazing new computer chips are in the works as American chip makers, universities…


From Schneier on Security

Are We Finally Thinking Sensibly About Terrorism?

Are We Finally Thinking Sensibly About Terrorism?

This article wonders if we are:

Yet for pretty much the first time there has been a considerable amount of media commentary seeking to put terrorism in context -- commentary that concludes, as a Doyle McManus article in the …


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You Never Know Who The Computer Science People Are

You Never Know Who The Computer Science People Are

Apparently  Justine Bateman, yes Justine Bateman the actress who played superficial Mallory Keaton on Family Ties, has started a new role as a college freshmen at UCLA. Theatre major? Not hardly. With a long successful career…

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