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The P vs NP quiz Show. NP! NP! NP!

Some random thoughts about quiz shows. THOUGHT ONE: There could be a quiz show based on P and NP. We all think that FINDING an answer is harder than VERIFYING...

Open Core: Bad For Software Freedom
From Wild WebMink

Open Core: Bad For Software Freedom

The open core model is being feted as the new default open source business model. But I assert it does not deliver and sustain the principle that delivers cost...

Visualizing Latency
From The Eponymous Pickle

Visualizing Latency

In the CACM:, technical but interesting, The last sentence is telling, if you have to explain it, is it a good visualization? Yes, the underlying technology you...

? World and Universe
From Wild WebMink

? World and Universe

Openness, Radicalism, and Tolerance “Why isn

Baby Terrorists
From Schneier on Security

Baby Terrorists

This, from Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas, is about as dumb as it gets: I talked to a retired FBI agent who said that one of the things they were looking at...

Analytics Magazine, Focus on Forecasting
From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Magazine, Focus on Forecasting

The July/August issue of Analytics Magazine cover enterprise forecasting. A tricky area I spent much time working in. This magazine is always a practical place...

NoSQL or NoJoin?
From Daniel Lemire's Blog

NoSQL or NoJoin?

Several major players built alternatives to conventional database systems: Google created BigTable, Amazon built Dynamo and Facebook initiated Cassandra. There...

From Computational Complexity

The Lefthanded Latino Lesbians in Algebraic Topology Workshop

There was a Women in Theory Workshop at Princeton From June 19-23. ***SORELLE***, who was there, has some intelligent and interesting things to say about it...

Who Are Your Twitter Followers?
From The Eponymous Pickle

Who Are Your Twitter Followers?

GigaOhm does a good job providing a case study of how to best understand your Twitter followers. This starts to answer a question I have had recently: Just who...

Even the Tech Sophisticated get Phished
From The Eponymous Pickle

Even the Tech Sophisticated get Phished

A cautionary tale about password use. Cory Doctorow gets Phished. Cory Doctorow: Persistence Pays Parasites

Private Label
From The Eponymous Pickle

Private Label

UPI article on the increasing use of private label by cost conscious consumers. Useful statistics.

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 28
From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of June 28

July 1 Hearing: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on using cloud computing for federal information technology needs. 10...

Do we have to make computer science cool again?
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Do we have to make computer science cool again?

I have been told that once upon a time the ISTE conference (back when it was still called NECC) had a lot of computer science education content. That

? Unexpected Harm
From Wild WebMink

? Unexpected Harm

Sitting straight ‘bad for backs’ Somehow my body had already worked out that 135

Conversations at ISTE
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Conversations at ISTE

Yesterday was more or less the opening of ISTE. These conference are sort of interesting in that they start gradually. Wednesday ISTE will end somewhat abruptly...

Third SHB Workshop
From Schneier on Security

Third SHB Workshop

I'm at SHB 2010, the Third Interdisciplinary Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, at Cambridge University. This is a two-day gathering of computer securityprogram...

Nielsen and McKinsey Social Venture
From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and McKinsey Social Venture

A joint venture that links several groups I know well: " ... Nielsen and management consultancy McKinsey & Company have formed a joint venture to help clients improve...

SIGIR 2010 and SimInt 2010
From The Noisy Channel

SIGIR 2010 and SimInt 2010

I’m looking forward to attending SIGIR 2010 in a few weeks and particularly to the SimInt 2010 Workshop on the Automated Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval...

Moshe Vardi on
From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Moshe Vardi on

I notice that CACM Editor-in-Chief Moshe Vardi’s letter in the July 2010 issue of CACM speaks to what he calls “Hypercriticality,” and cites my post of May 4 here...

Computer Science Is More Than Just Programming
From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computer Science Is More Than Just Programming

I have just finished leading a three week workshop for faculty and grad students from the humanities. The topic was serious (digital) games for research and pedagogy...
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