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August 2014


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Could Google Glass Ruin Your Memory?

Could Google Glass Ruin Your Memory?

We’ve all done it: We’re at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we’re done.


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How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big ISPs

How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big ISPs

The Internet has already changed how we live and work, and we're only just getting started. Who'd have thought even five years ago that people would be streaming Ultra HD 4K video over their home Internet connections?


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Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

All these people are trying to kill email.


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Former NSA Deputy Director John C. Inglis

Former NSA Deputy Director John C. Inglis

More than a year after ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began leaking details of the agency's electronic surveillance programs, questions remain about how he accessed so many documents, and about the technology


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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now

A growing stack of companies would like you to pay a monthly fee to read e-books, just like you subscribe to Netflix to binge on movies and TV shows.


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Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota.


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OkCupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'Unicorn'

OkCupid's Co-Founder on Experiments, Data Science and the Myth of the 'Unicorn'

Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of the IAC/InterActiveCorp.'s OkCupid, caused a stir recently when he responded to Facebook's news feed controversy with some no-regrets commentsabout the dating website's own experiments


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What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from his desk at BAE Systems in Warton, U.K.


From ACM Opinion

Founder of America's Biggest Hacker Conference: 'We Understand the Threat Now'

Founder of America's Biggest Hacker Conference: 'We Understand the Threat Now'

For one weekend every year, thousands of the world’s best—or worst, depending on your point of view—hackers meet in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Defcon.


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Artificial Intelligence Will Not Turn Into a Frankenstein's Monster

Artificial Intelligence Will Not Turn Into a Frankenstein's Monster

The singularity—or, to give it its proper title, the technological singularity. It's an idea that has taken on a life of its own; more of a life, I suspect, than what it predicts ever will.


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Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders Uses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

Why One of Cybersecurity's Thought Leaders Uses a Pager Instead of a Smart Phone

In the computer and network security industry, few people are as well known as Dan Geer.


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I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me

I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me

There's this great Andy Warhol quote you’ve probably seen before: "I think everybody should like everybody."


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How WWI Codebreakers Taught Your Gas Meter to Snitch on You

How WWI Codebreakers Taught Your Gas Meter to Snitch on You

In the depths of night on August 5th 1914 the British Cable Ship Alert took the first significant action of World War I, severing the five German submarine cables that ran through the English Channel.


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Little Green Men Might Not Be So 'Green'

Little Green Men Might Not Be So 'Green'

Humans are affecting the Earth’s systems on a global scale. Industrial pollutants are accumulating in our atmosphere with the potential for long-term impact on global climate and biodiversity.


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This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse

This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse

Charles Stross is an award-winning science fiction author whose books include The Bloodline Feud, about timeline-hopping narco-terrorists, Halting State, a near-future crime thriller set in Scotland, and The Rapture of the Nerds


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Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Was the National Cryptologic Museum designed using a code of some kind?


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The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech Our Phones Do

The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech Our Phones Do

The mobile revolution has spread beyond the mini supercomputers in our hands all the way to the data center.


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A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?'

A Tool That Answers 'What's That Typeface?'

The Internet is, from its very core to its most distant peripheries, a vast universe of text.


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Where Tech Is Taking Us: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Where Tech Is Taking Us: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.


From Communications of the ACM

Forked Over

Shortchanged by open source.


From Communications of the ACM

Can You Engineer Privacy?

Can You Engineer Privacy?

The challenges and potential approaches to applying privacy research in engineering practice.


From Communications of the ACM

Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms

Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms

An agent-based approach to integrating computing in secondary-school science courses.


From Communications of the ACM

Private Then Shared?

Private Then Shared?

Designing for the mobile phone to shared PC pipeline.


From Communications of the ACM

Researching the Robot Revolution

Researching the Robot Revolution

Considering a program for cross-disciplinary research between computer scientists and economists studying the effects of computers on work.


From Communications of the ACM

Slow Search

Slow Search

Seeking to enrich the search experience by allowing for extra time and alternate resources.

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