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Safeplug Security Analysis
From Schneier on Security

Safeplug Security Analysis

Good security analysis of Safeplug, which is basically Tor in a box. Short answer: not yet....

Fun With Code Monkeys
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Fun With Code Monkeys

In industry demos I have worked on over the years the people who enter code as part of a demo, usually with someone else explaining what they are doing, are referred...

Wi-Fi Jammer
From Schneier on Security

Wi-Fi Jammer

A device called Cyborg Unplugged can be configured to prevent any Wi-Fi connection: Oliver notes on the product's website that its so-called "All Out Mode" -- which...

Machine Learning Future
From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning Future

Interview with machine learning expert David Blei.  " ... I think that one of the next breakthroughs in modern machine learning and statistics will involve observational...

Moving Portraits
From The Eponymous Pickle

Moving Portraits

In CACM:  Augmentation to storytelling?   A Vimeo demonstration.We present an approach for generating face animations from large image collections of the same person...

From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Challenge From Dyson

A reversal question Freeman Dyson celebrated his birthday last December. He is world famous for his work in both physics and mathematics. Dyson has proved, in work...

Can I Look That Up?
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Can I Look That Up?

The other day a student wanted to add something to a program using functionality we had not covered in class. His question to me was “Can I Google how to do that...

Visual Control of Big Data
From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Control of Big Data

Visual Control of Big Data - MIT    Very interesting new development." ... The Database Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has...

From Computational Complexity

A Statistical oddity ?

 I keep a list of people that are famous-to-me  that are old so that if someone dies I won't be surprised. When Lauren Bacall died  recently I  (1) knew who she...

Navigating the Future, Today
From The Eponymous Pickle

Navigating the Future, Today

Sorry I saw this very late, someone should have sent it to me!  On a TED talk by Christopher Ahlberg, who worked with us on the question of how to understand and...

Building Google's Quantum Computer.
From The Eponymous Pickle

Building Google's Quantum Computer.

Google has been working on the idea for some time, including testing the D-Wave computer mentioned here a number of times.  Now some interesting details about the...

Preferences for Autonomous Control
From The Eponymous Pickle

Preferences for Autonomous Control

Some research that seems to indicate how people think about robots that take control.  We will ultimately have to deal with these questions." ... If a company wants...

From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of September 8

Congress has returned from recess, so hearings have resumed. September 9 Hearing: The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies...

Cool New Science Show for Kids on TVO
From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Cool New Science Show for Kids on TVO

I recently checked out the pilot episode for a new science show that premiered on TVO called Annedroids.  Although I found one of the characters overly annoying...

iPhone Payment Security
From Schneier on Security

iPhone Payment Security

Apple is including some sort of automatic credit-card payment system with the iPhone 6. They're using some security feature of the phone and system to negotiate...

Interesting Links 8 September 2014
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 8 September 2014

Busy busy last week. I feel like I am getting back into the rhythm of school but grading takes up a good bit of time. As it always does. Still enjoying working@...

Experientia @ Epic 2014: focusing on relationships and values
From Putting People First

Experientia @ Epic 2014: focusing on relationships and values

It’s that time of year again, when ethnography professionals come together to exchange knowledge, discuss ideas, and share experiences about the practice of ethnography...

How to see into the future
From Putting People First

How to see into the future

Billions of dollars are spent on experts who claim they can forecast what’s around the corner, in business, finance and economics. Most of them get it wrong. Now...

11 reasons computers can’t understand or solve our problems without human judgement
From Putting People First

11 reasons computers can’t understand or solve our problems without human judgement

It is true that our ability to collect, analyse and interpret data about the world has advanced to an astonishing degree in recent years, writes Rick Robinson,...

Stress Detection from Google Glass
From The Eponymous Pickle

Stress Detection from Google Glass

In Engadget: Saw similar work at MIT in previous years, and tested the use of affective sensors attached to glasses to detect emotional reaction to product in context...
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Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report
Recursion and Language at ICER 2014: A Conference Report
08.21.2014

Recursion and the unique challenges of programming languages were highlighted at ICER 2014

Hadoop at a Crossroads?
Hadoop at a Crossroads?
08.05.2014

A few facts and opinions and a couple of announcements, with a prediction on where the "Hadoop stack" might be …

What is Reality?
What is Reality?
08.13.2014

 And, what flavor of reality do you prefer: standard, augmented, virtual...

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