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The people at Microsoft Research New England are excited to announce that Boaz Barak will be joining them. I imagine the situation is similar to their hiring of...

The Power of Your Listing in ...
From The Eponymous Pickle

The Power of Your Listing in ...

What happens when your site disappears from Google. And who do you complain to?

From Apophenia


Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Almost Done; Science Agencies See Modest Gains
From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Almost Done; Science Agencies See Modest Gains

Peter Harsha at the Computing Research Association has the specifics at the CRA Government Affairs Blog. In the current conference agreement most of the science...

Reacting to Security Vulnerabilities
From Schneier on Security

Reacting to Security Vulnerabilities

Last month, researchers found a security flaw in the SSL protocol, which is used to protect sensitive web data. The protocol is used for online commerce, webmail...

From Computational Complexity

Whats your Game Mr. Bond? Nim?

BILL: Clyde is teaching a graduate course titled Games, Game Theory, and the Theory of Games. He tells me that there are basically eight kinds of games governed...

Microsoft social media researcher Danah Boyd in the news
From Putting People First

Microsoft social media researcher Danah Boyd in the news

Danah Boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft Research, is quite in the news these days, including a very nice profile in The Guardian: The Guardian – 9 December...

Gimmicky Augmented Reality
From The Eponymous Pickle

Gimmicky Augmented Reality

Useful AdAge piece on gimmicks and hyping augmented reality. The suggestions are useful. Though gimmicks can be useful in positioning the possibility of an emergent...

New Folds
From The Eponymous Pickle

New Folds

A description in New Scientist of a new way of mapping the spherical earth into flat projections. I have seen a number of examples of similar methods. They are...

When Technicalities Interfere with Learning
From Computer Science Teachers Association

When Technicalities Interfere with Learning

I was observing a middle school computer science class the other day working on a 3D graphics project. The teacher was describing how to define colors using the...

From The Noisy Channel

Faceted Search Presentation at New York CTO Club


TSA Publishes Standard Operating Procedures
From Schneier on Security

TSA Publishes Standard Operating Procedures

BoingBoing is pretty snarky: The TSA has published a "redacted" version of their s00per s33kr1t screening procedure guidelines (Want to know whether to frisk a...

links for 2009-12-10
From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-12-10

Giant Mysterious Spiral Takes Over the Skies of Norway UFO vapour trail? Northern Lights caught in spin cycle? Giant hoax (and...

The other side of the table: Ben Collins-Sussman
From Return 42;

The other side of the table: Ben Collins-Sussman

This is already the 13th installment of The other side of the table. To me, it is still amazing how many people took the time to reply to my inquiry about their...

Latest Donald Norman essay started a big debate
From Putting People First

Latest Donald Norman essay started a big debate

Donald Norman ’s recent essay Technology First, Needs Last, in which he argues that “design research is great when it comes to improving existing product categories...

TSA Oops
From My Biased Coin

TSA Oops

You may have heard on the news that the TSA (temporarily) put up their Screening Management Standard Operating Procedure on the web. As pointed out on this blog...

Managong Business Complexity
From The Eponymous Pickle

Managong Business Complexity

Re-Discovered: Managing Business Complexity: Discovering Strategic Solutions with Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation by Michael J. North and Charles M. Macal ....

Neuromarketing in Forbes
From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing in Forbes

Sally Satel, MD, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She comments on On neuromarketing in Forbes.

My Reaction to Eric Schmidt
From Schneier on Security

My Reaction to Eric Schmidt

Schmidt said: I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really...

From Computational Complexity

Is posting about 17x17 problem BAD FOR ACADEMIA?

(The 17x17 problem has gotten far wider attention than I imagined--- Brian Hayes posted it on his website: here, and its also here and here. The last website is...
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