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July 2015


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Failure of New U.S. Weapons Systems May Be More Than Science Fiction

Failure of New U.S. Weapons Systems May Be More Than Science Fiction

A war between China and America is a favorite subject of armchair military analysts. Why would it happen? How would it play out?


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Calculating Pluto's Mass With Snapshots From New Horizons

Calculating Pluto's Mass With Snapshots From New Horizons

As the New Horizons spacecraft is approaching Pluto, it's getting some great shots.


From ACM Opinion

Stephen Hawking Asks a Big Question of Mark Zuckerberg

Stephen Hawking Asks a Big Question of Mark Zuckerberg

Stephen Hawking woke up Tuesday morning and immediately summoned his handlers.


From Communications of the ACM

Respecting People and Respecting Privacy

Respecting People and Respecting Privacy

Minimizing data collection to protect user privacy and increase security.


From Communications of the ACM

An Updated Software Almanac

An Updated Software Almanac

Research into what makes software projects succeed.


From Communications of the ACM

Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering

Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering

Considering some of the requested exceptions to technical protection mechanisms.


From Communications of the ACM

Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History

Preserving the Digital Record of Computing History

Reflecting on the complexities associated with maintaining rapidly changing information technology.


From Communications of the ACM

African Americans in the U.S. Computing Sciences Workforce

African Americans in the U.S. Computing Sciences Workforce

An exploration of the education-to-work pipeline.


From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Computer Science and Engineering is in Your Hands

The Future of Computer Science and Engineering is in Your Hands

How government service can profoundly influence computer science research and education.

Blog at CACM
The Ethics of Cyberwar
The Ethics of Cyberwar
07.02.2015

Under what conditions should one engage in cyberwar? How should such a conflict be waged?

SF Reading for Computer Scientists: Summer 2015
SF Reading for Computer Scientists: Summer 2015
07.02.2015

Summer reading recommendations for computer scientists, courtesy of the SIGCSE 2016 Using Science Fiction in CS Courses BOF.

Exascale Computing and Big Data: Time To Reunite
Exascale Computing and Big Data: Time To Reunite
06.25.2015

It is past time to reunite the big data, cloud, and high-performance computing communities. Each can each learn much from …

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Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma
Machine Ethics: The Robot's Dilemma
07.02.2015

In his 1942 short story 'Runaround', science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov …

The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams
The Computers of Our Wildest Dreams
07.02.2015

One of the first electronic, programmable computers in the world …

The Reality of Problem Solving
The Reality of Problem Solving
07.02.2015

A new adaptive importance sampling algorithm can help generate more …

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