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May 2010


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Scratch and Eighth Graders

Scratch and Eighth Graders

I finished teaching the third round of my mini-course on Friday, and was so exhausted (in a good way) that I accidentally fell asleep at 9pm.This year, I tried Scratch as a platform for making our game projects instead of Game…


From Wild WebMink

? Changes, Personal and

? Changes, Personal and

For me it has been a week full of change and energy on every level.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Writing an IPhone App

Writing an IPhone App

Good first advice before writing a smart Phone App.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: The Colossal Squid isn't a Vicious Predator

Friday Squid Blogging: The Colossal Squid isn't a Vicious Predator

New research shows that, even though it's 15 meters long, it's not the kraken of myth:

Its large size and predatory nature fuelled the ancient myth of the underwater "kraken" seamonster and modern speculation that the colossal…


From Schneier on Security

I Was Named as One of the Top 10 Science and Technology Writers

I Was Named as One of the Top 10 Science and Technology Writers

Someone named me as one of the top 10 science and technology writers of all time. Flattering though it is, I don't think I belong in the company of Einstein, Newton, Darwin, and Asimov.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Point Them in a Direction and Get Out of the Way

Point Them in a Direction and Get Out of the Way

I’ve heard Bill Gates talk a number of times about how influential his middle school experiences with computers were in his life. (You can hear him talk about it a bit from his recent visit to the Science Leadership Academy in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Young and Affluent Moving to Private Label

Young and Affluent Moving to Private Label

In MediaPost, Nielsen shows data that the young and affluent are moving towards increasingly better and more readily available private label offerings.


From My Biased Coin

Aldous/Diaconis: Longest Increasing Subsequences

Aldous/Diaconis:  Longest Increasing Subsequences

For some research I'm currently doing, I ran across a truly wonderful "old" paper,Longest increasing subsequences: from patience sorting to the Baik-Deift-Johansson theoremby Aldous and Diaconis, which appeared in the Bulletin…


From Computational Complexity

Is Complexity Math or Science?

In March David Pennock promoted Computer Science as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) a takeoff on STEM. There are aspects of computer science that fit all five of these areas. But how about theoretical…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-07

links for 2010-05-07

Investing And Asperger's Andrew Sullivan points to a fascinating article on Asperger's. The role of Asperger's Syndrome in the technology industry is reasonably obvious to many of us, but is rarely mentioned directly. The role…


From Schneier on Security

Cory Doctorow Gets Phished

Cory Doctorow Gets Phished

It can happen to anyone:

Here


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Details of URLs

The Details of URLs

Have you noticed how much longer URLs have been getting? Its been a trend that has been going on for years. Have you wondered what all those things in URL mean, beyond just a simple address? A very good article in Skorks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Analytics

Text Analytics

Good non technical overview of text analytics, often called unstructured data, text is not of course unstructured, but has the complex structure of language. That complex structure can get in the way of analyzing it.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotional Design

Emotional Design

Correspondent Mark Capper on What is emotional design?. Relates to other non conscious elements of emotion.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft and Coke Move to IVend

Kraft and Coke Move to IVend

Kraft and Coke showcases touch screen vending machines. It is suggested that their machine design comes from the IPhone. Not sure I buy that


From Computer Science Teachers Association

What is Computer Science: Undergrad Perspective for High School Students

What is Computer Science: Undergrad Perspective for High School Students

I get the pleasure of teaching a service-learning based course at the university each semester. Within this course, undergraduate students are trained to conduct educational programs that fit the mission of our outreach program…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.3 (May 6, 2010)

ACM Washington Update, Vol. 14.3 (May 6, 2010)

CONTENTS

[1] Newsletter Highlights [2] Competes Act Reauthorization Gets Rolling [3] Open Government Plans Released and Guidance Issued on Social Networking [4] FCC Broadband Plan Stalled by Court Case [5] Draft Internet Privacy…


From Schneier on Security

WiFi Cracking Kits

WiFi Cracking Kits

WiFi cracking kits are being sold in China.


From My Biased Coin

Poll : Conference Acceptances

Poll : Conference Acceptances

Consider your favorite conference(s).  Do you think they're accepting too many papers, too few, or just right?  (With SIGCOMM decisions out, STOC/EC/CCC coming up, etc., it seems like a timely question to ask.)  Keep in mind…


From Computational Complexity

COLT and CCC no longer take papers in ...

The list of COLT papers are posted here.

Carl Smith claimed that COLT was made possible because of THREE strands of learning theory coming together to form a workshop and later a conference: (1) Inductive Inference (Computability…


From BLOG@CACM

On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats

On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats

 Brief discussion on how social networks are now the battlefield of political campaigns, death threats and more.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Writing a To-Do List

Writing a To-Do List

On the effective use of a to-do list, in Fast Company.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chrome is Still Here

Chrome is Still Here

I have been using the Google Chrome browser off and on since it has come out. Just recently I made it a standard book mark. It has improved consistently over the last year, and is worth look at and its share is continuing to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Archiving Those Little Bits

Archiving Those Little Bits

Former P&Ger Kevin Roberts now Saatchi CEO on the Library of Congress Twitter archive. Via Richard James. Have written about this a few times, the permanent archive is another erosion of privacy, nit that this was not all out…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-06

links for 2010-05-06

What Does Facebook Publish About You? Use this handy and simple web page to get a full list of the stuff Facebook is making public about you. (tags: Facebook Privacy SocialGraph) Cutting Libraries? Good (if slightly hyperbolic)…


From Schneier on Security

Nobody Encrypts their Phone Calls

Nobody Encrypts their Phone Calls

From the Forbes blog:

In an annual report published Friday by the U.S. judicial system on the number of wiretaps it granted over the past year ..., the courts revealed that there were 2,376 wiretaps by law enforcement agencies…


From The Noisy Channel

TunkRank Scores Added to FluidDB

TunkRank Scores Added to FluidDB

For those keeping track of TunkRank, I encourage you to check out FluidDB, which just added TunkRank scores to its feature set. That lets you do cool things like find out which users I follow have a TunkRank score over 40. You…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Program me a story

Program me a story

I recently came across a blog post titled


From Putting People First

Ferrari F10 steering wheel is usability horror

Ferrari F10 steering wheel is usability horror

Every year, Ferrari fields a team in the Formula One championship, and dumps around $400 million into developing and racing the car. So, says Cliff Kuang in Fast Company, you’d think that the steering wheel–perhaps the car’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Rid of Paper Receipts

Getting Rid of Paper Receipts

Why have we not rid ourselves of paper receipts? In Storefrontbacktalk.