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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA Catalog is Gone

IKEA Catalog is Gone

We used Ikea catalogs as examples of artistically done customer outreach.    Worth noting.  

 Ikea Just Quietly Killed Its Famous Catalog. It's a Brilliant Lesson in Emotional Intelligence. In a simple 4-word phrase, Ikea teaches…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Peter M. Neumann, 1940–2020

Memories from Oxford days Mathematical Institute src Peter Neumann, Professor of Mathematics at Queen’s College, Oxford University, passed away two weeks ago. Last Monday would have been his 80th birthday. Today we join others…


From Schneier on Security

Amazon Has Trucks Filled with Hard Drives and an Armed Guard

Amazon Has Trucks Filled with Hard Drives and an Armed Guard

From an interview with an Amazon Web Services security engineer:

So when you use AWS, part of what you’re paying for is security.

Right; it’s part of what we sell. Let’s say a prospective customer comes to AWS. They say, “I …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Looking Forward to 2021 in CS Education

Looking Forward to 2021 in CS Education

What a strange year it has been. The pandemic and more took a lot of the steam out of what I had hoped to dig deeply into in 2020. Surviving is success in these times I guess. I taught online for the winter/spring semester of…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Peer-reviewed papers are getting increasingly boring

Peer-reviewed papers are getting increasingly boring

The number of researchers and peer-review publications is growing exponentially.  It has been estimated that the number of researchers in the world doubles every 16 years and the number of research outputs is increasing evenContinue…

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