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November 2009


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-03

links for 2009-11-03

Important to understand how this model works as it will be at the core of the disruption all technology businesses face from Google over the coming…


From Putting People First

The Times

The Times

The New York Times interactive group creates an online encyclopedia of all their stunning inventions, reports Cliff Kuang on Fast Company. “The Times interactive team has been creating path-breaking experiments in infographics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IT is not just Overhead

IT is not just Overhead

I remember well the Peter Drucker article about corporate overhead mentioned below. I was lucky to have worked at Procter & Gamble under several CIOs that strongly believed that information technologies were transformational.…


From CERIAS Blog

Are We All Aware Yet?

Are We All Aware Yet?

So, here we are, in November already. We've finished up with National Cyber Security Awareness Month


From Putting People First

Student projects explore innovative cellphone uses in developing world

Student projects explore innovative cellphone uses in developing world

MIT News reports on how MIT students are exploring innovative cellphone uses in the developing world. “Several startup business ventures spawned by MIT students, sometimes as class projects and sometimes as independent work,…


From Putting People First

Augmented Reality is overblown

Augmented Reality is overblown

Chris Dannen writes in Fast Company that Augmented Reality is overblown, and doesn’t expect apps like Layar to drastically change the way we live our everyday lives. “Talk to the people doing AR research, and they seem to think…


From Putting People First

As products become more interactive, the focus shifts to the psychological

As products become more interactive, the focus shifts to the psychological

“As products become more interactive, the focus shifts to the psychological,” argues Gentry Underwood, who focuses on social media and collaborative software at IDEO, in a guest article for Core77. “And with the networking of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DVR Users Don't Skip

DVR Users Don't Skip

In the NYT. Some fascinating results from the set-top clickstream. Including that a surprising number (46% in 18-49) of people do not fast forward over ads. It seems the danger of DVRs to commercial messages was overstated. Pure…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 2

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 2

November 4

Markup: The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee will review the Cybersecurity Coordination and Awareness Act, a piece of draft legislation.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Active Wallpaper

Active Wallpaper

We can use flat surfaces at home or work as a display or or changeable view. Even talked to an office environment manufacturer that was looking at embedding this idea in cubicles. Here the idea is to use a wall surface as an…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-02

links for 2009-11-02

"Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish…


From My Biased Coin

ICS Papers Announced

ICS Papers Announced

As pointed out many places, the paper for the (strangely named) new theory conference Innovations in Computer Science are out, with the list here and list with abstracts here.I suppose the future will tell how "innovative" these…


From Schneier on Security

The FBI and Wiretaps

The FBI and Wiretaps

To aid their Wall Street investigations, the FBI used DCSNet, their massive surveillance system.

Prosecutors are using the FBI's massive surveillance system, DCSNet, which stands for Digital Collection System Network. According…


From The Eponymous Pickle

When Customers Negotiate

When Customers Negotiate

Attended a most interesting talk at UC this past week on negotiation models. Readers will recall that I previously covered auction analysis here. A simplified model, but great work. I will post a link to paper or slides here …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coin Toss Depends on Starting Point

Coin Toss Depends on Starting Point

In the Freakonomics blog: Is the common arbiter of binary decisions not so random? Short article points to resources that say it may depend on its original position in the hand. See the background Stanford paper: Dynamical Bias…


From Computational Complexity

Report From Ramsey-Logic-Complexity Workshop

Report From Ramsey-Logic-Complexity Workshop

Back from

RaTLoCC 2009 which is Ramsey Theory in Logic, Combinatorics, and Complexity.

 

  • Here are the list of talks: here.
  • Reverse Mathematics tries to classify theorems by what is the strength of the axioms needed…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Loyalty Hasn't Disappeared

    Loyalty Hasn't Disappeared

    Professor Byron Sharp, Director, Ehrenberg-Bass InstituteUniversity of South Australia writes:FranzLast week the New York Times reported that American's loyalty to car brands has plummeted. I've written on this myth before (see…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Augmented Reality in Virtual Worlds

    Augmented Reality in Virtual Worlds

    IBM continues to do interesting enterprise enabling virtual world work, here with Nokia:' ... With support from IBM (NYSE:IBM) Research and Nokia Research Center, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland created an experimental…


    From [email protected]

    Wrapping up Oopsla, Looking Forward For Splash

    Wrapping up Oopsla, Looking Forward For Splash

    Like all good things, OOPSLA 09 concluded last Thursday.  A great conference with many interesting presentations, I'm already looking forward for the next one : SPLASH in Reno, Nevada.


    From CERIAS Blog

    Cassandra Firing GnuPG Blanks

    Cassandra Firing GnuPG Blanks

    A routine software update (a minor revision number) caused a serious problem. A number of blank messages were sent until we realized that attempts to sign messages with GnuPG from PHP resulted in empty strings. If you received…


    From The Noisy Channel

    Twitter Lists as an Influence Measure?

    Twitter Lists as an Influence Measure?

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