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July 2014


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Do Your Students Still Surprise You?

Do Your Students Still Surprise You?

As my year concluded I was reflecting on the students, my courses, and the changes I need to make for next year. I was thinking about what students surprised me and which I thought could have done more. That led to me thinking…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Remembering Ann Yasuhara

Ann will be missed Ann Yasuhara was a mathematician and a complexity theorist, who passed away this June 11th. She lived over half of her 82 years in Princeton, and was a member of the faculty of computer science at Rutgers since…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Remembering Ann Yasuhara

Ann will be missed Ann Yasuhara was a mathematician and a complexity theorist, who passed away this June 11th. She lived over half of her 82 years in Princeton, and was a member of the faculty of computer science at Rutgers since…


From Schneier on Security

How Traffic Shaping Can Help the NSA Evade Legal Oversight

How Traffic Shaping Can Help the NSA Evade Legal Oversight

New research paper on how the NSA can evade legal prohibitions against collecting Internet data and metadata on Americans by forcing domestic traffic to leave and return to the US. The general technique is called "traffic shaping…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

NIST Seeks Members for Cloud Computing Working Groups

NIST Seeks Members for Cloud Computing Working Groups

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for individuals from industry, government, and academia to participate in three new cloud computing public working groups: (1)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Scene Modeling

3D Scene Modeling

In the CACM:   This tool looks very similar to work we did with a large technology company around 2000.  How do you take normally flat surveillance footage from multiple cameras and turn it  into a 3D model of a scene?  We were…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Age of Context: Sensors, Data and Privacy

Age of Context: Sensors, Data and Privacy

Starting to read, very good so far, more coverage later.Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy Paperbackby Robert Scoble  and Shel Israel: " ... They report what they have learned from interviewing more…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Don't Panic

Don't Panic

I originally wrote this (for the CSTA blog)  near the start of the last school year. I have to say though that as this year ends and I am fired up about preparing for the next year is seems relevant to me now.The cover of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Staples and the Future Home

Staples and the Future Home

In ReadwriteWeb: Staples not an expected participant in the idea, but have been in the past been impressed by their forward orientation.   Have not examined yet in any depth.  " ... Staples wants to appeal to both mainstream…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Obvious Patents

Obvious Patents

Evan Schuman on patenting the obvious.  He says the Supreme Court did not go far enough, but this gives judges the opportunity to do the right thing.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC and CRA Add New Members

CCC and CRA Add New Members

Today, July 1, new talents were added to the ranks of both the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council and the Computing Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors.  The CCC welcomes five new members to its Council and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FleetRisk Advisors for Predictive Risk

FleetRisk Advisors for Predictive Risk

At the recent Big Data and Analytics Summit I attended a talk and had a chat with Vikas Jain of FleetRisk Advisors.  I had worked some similar projects with several enterprises, so I knew the problem.  Using predictive analytics…

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