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February 2012


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Kinect For Windows Is Out

Kinect For Windows Is Out

I know you have been reading me write about Kinect for Windows for a while now so why is this news? The reason for that is simple


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conflict Management

Conflict Management

An excellent piece by Ed Burghard on effective conflict management.  Most people do not deal well with conflict, and this chkeclist of possible solutions can be very valuable.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Back in October, we told you about the ninth International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge


From Wild WebMink

? Patents and Innovation

? Patents and Innovation

An interview with a pharmaceutical industry analyst on the BBC today illustrated a key point about patents and reminds us they are about stimulating, not rewarding, innovation. Explaining why AstraZeneca were having difficulties…


From Schneier on Security

Prisons in the U.S.

Prisons in the U.S.

Really good article on the huge incarceration rate in the U.S., its causes, its effects, and its value:

Over all, there are now more people under "correctional supervision" in America -- more than six million -- than were in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Story Telling

More on Story Telling

Steve King writes in the Small Business Blog about the rise of storytelling and a number of projects underway in that space.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

OSTP Posts Comments to Public Access RFIs

OSTP Posts Comments to Public Access RFIs

Back in November, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued two Requests for Information (RFI) soliciting broad public input about “the long-term preservation of, and public access to, the results…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wireless Brain Wave Sensors

Wireless Brain Wave Sensors

In SCiam:   General, non technical article on wireless encephalogram monitors.  A number of current gaming examples are mentioned.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Beauty, Usefulness and Objectivity

Visual Beauty, Usefulness and Objectivity

How do you bring together objective truth, analytical precision and visually pleasing visualizations?  Can all the infographic spin be removed, or  does the mere choice of data shown have its ow spin?  Tableau software discusses…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Some Serious Fun With Kodu Programming

Some Serious Fun With Kodu Programming

As regular readers know I am a huge fan of Kodu, the highly graphical, easy to program game development product from Microsoft Research. It is easy enough that an 8 year old can create some great fun games with it (and some smart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowd Sourced Ale

Crowd Sourced Ale

A simple example of crowd sourcing, not sure if it a very good one, but the application in food and drink is unusual.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Signage Continued

Digital Signage Continued

I will have to mention Keith Kelsen's book: Unleashing the Power of Digital Signage once again.   An excellent book that I am making my way through now.  I particularly like the fact that it includes quantitative analysis ofMuch…


From Computational Complexity

Why do we have awards?

You have a month to get in your nominations for the Donald E. Knuth Prize and the SIGACT Distinguished Service Award. Why do we have these awards and others like the G


From Computational Complexity

Dusting off my bookshelf I find a book on FORTRAN

The following quote is from the back of a book that I dusted off and took off of my shelf recently: FORTRAN is one of the oldest high-level languages and remains the premier language for writing code for science and engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Federal Move to Mobile

Federal Move to Mobile

The government is usually late to such moves.  They pioneer some aspects, then wait for a long time. But when they finally decide to move it legitimizes it for lots of other parts of the economy.  The CIO on the Federal Mobile…


From Schneier on Security

The Idaho Loophole

The Idaho Loophole

Brian C. Kalt (2012), "The Idaho Loophole," Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 93, No. 2.

Abstract:
This article argues that there is a 50-square-mile swath of Idaho in which one can commit felonies with impunity. This is because…


From Wild WebMink

? Yosemite HD

? Yosemite HD

I need to go back.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

No Room in the Inn

No Room in the Inn

I spent yesterday at Stevens Institute of Technology, an outstanding university across the river from New York City. The occasion was a high school computer science workshop for  faculty and students. While the students wereAlice…


From Wild WebMink

ACTA

ACTA

Are the European Commission just trying to provoke us? Having seen the depth of feeling over SOPA and PIPA, you would expect the European Commission to regard ACTA as a hot topic. But not a bit of it – they almost seem to relish…

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