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The Failure of Agile
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The Failure of Agile

I am proud to be one of the 17 founders/authors of the The Agile Manifesto back in 2001. But in the 14 years since then, we've lost our way. How did we get into...

Moore's Law Turns 50
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Moore's Law Turns 50

On April 19, 1965, just over 50 years ago, Gordon Moore, then the head of research for Fairchild Semiconductor and later one of the co-founders of Intel, was asked...

New Ways to Crash the Market
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New Ways to Crash the Market

Five years ago, on the afternoon of May 6, 2010, the Dow and the S. & P. fell more than six per cent in a matter of minutes, losing a trillion dollars in value.

The White House Just Snagged One of the Most Valuable Players in the Tech Policy World
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The White House Just Snagged One of the Most Valuable Players in the Tech Policy World

The White House is adding one of the tech policy world's most valuable players to its roster: Princeton Professor Ed Felten.

'Rise of the Robots' and 'Shadow Work'
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'Rise of the Robots' and 'Shadow Work'

In the late 20th century, while the blue-collar working class gave way to the forces of globalization and automation, the educated elite looked on with benign condescension...

Why NSA Surveillance Is Worse Than You've Ever Imagined
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Why NSA Surveillance Is Worse Than You've Ever Imagined

Last summer, after months of encrypted emails, I spent three days in Moscow hanging out with Edward Snowden for a Wired cover story.

Why the Ruling Against the NSA's Phone Records Program Could Have Huge Implications
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Why the Ruling Against the NSA's Phone Records Program Could Have Huge Implications

A federal appeals court ruling that the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' phone records is illegal could undercut more than just that...

The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps
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The Illegal Phone-Data Sweeps

There is a lot to praise in the powerful ruling issued by a three-judge federal appeals panel in New York on Thursday, which held that the government's vast, continuing...

Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?
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Are We to Become Gods, the Destroyers of Our World?

In the stylish new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Frankenstein's old theme re-emerges in a beautifully designed setting: Instead of the Gothic castle we have a spectacular...

Quantum Computers Will Make Your Laptop Look Like an Abacus
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Quantum Computers Will Make Your Laptop Look Like an Abacus

The race to make the first quantum computer is becoming as important as the race 75 years ago to get the first nuke. It could change the balance of power in politics...

The Hidden Politics of Video Games
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The Hidden Politics of Video Games

Imagine that video games had been invented in the Middle Ages.

Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are
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Brace Yourself: Microsoft Wants to Guess How Old You Are

Like a distant relative who makes you feel bad at the annual holiday get together, Microsoft has created a website that analyzes a photo of a person's face and...

EFF at 25: Remembering the Case that Established Code as Speech
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EFF at 25: Remembering the Case that Established Code as Speech

One of EFF's first major legal victories was Bernstein v. Department of Justice, a landmark case that resulted in establishing code as speech and changed United...

Facebook Is Eating the Internet
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Facebook Is Eating the Internet

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media.

Statistics: P Values Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg
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Statistics: P Values Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

There is no statistic more maligned than the P value.

You Can't Backdoor a Platform
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You Can't Backdoor a Platform

According to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, encryption should come with a backdoor.

Preparing for Warfare in Cyberspace
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Preparing for Warfare in Cyberspace

The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to...

The Future of Sex: It Gets Better
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The Future of Sex: It Gets Better

When I was 10 years old, my friend Sarah and I found a newly minted copy of "The Joy of Sex" under her parents' bed.

Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time
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Building an Earth-Size Telescope, 1 Station at a Time

Imagine a trio of aerobatic aircraft. Over the years they've gotten very good at their routine. But they want to add another five or six or seven members.

Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous
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Why the Entire Premise of Tor-Enabled Routers Is Ridiculous

Ars recently reviewed two "Tor routers," devices that are supposed to improve your privacy by routing all traffic through the Tor anonymity network. Although the...
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