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August 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advances in Vending

Advances in Vending

We did lots of work on kiosk implementations in the innovation centers. I recently talked to a company, Utiqueshop that was doing some interesting things in advanced kiosks for samples. In the WSJ today, a good article on advances…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM and SIGPLAN Comment on SEC Python Proposal

USACM and SIGPLAN Comment on SEC Python Proposal

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued a request for comments on proposed changes to the rules regulating asset-backed securities. Part of the suggested changes included a requirement to file a computer program…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Floating Wind Lens

Floating Wind Lens

From IdeaConnection. The Floating Wind Lens. Improvement in wind power technology?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Realities Column

Retail Realities Column

Evan Schuman, editor of Storefrontbacktalk, points me to their Retail Realities column published every Friday on CBSNews.com. Add it to your feed. Also on Twitter.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links August 3 2010

Interesting Links August 3 2010

You may have noticed that I wasn


From BLOG@CACM

CS Education Gets Congressional Attention

CS Education Gets Congressional Attention

Two Congressman introduced two pieces of legislation -- The Computer Science Education Act and the Computer Science Education Week Resolution -- to offer reforms for computer science education and bring attention to the field…


From Schneier on Security

Location-Based Quantum Encryption

Location-Based Quantum Encryption

Location-based encryption -- a system by which only a recipient in a specific location can decrypt the message -- fails because location can be spoofed. Now a group of researchers has solved the problem in a quantum cryptography…


From The Noisy Channel

Overcoming Spammers in Twitter

Overcoming Spammers in Twitter

As I blogged a few months ago, University of Oviedo professor Daniel Gayo-Avello published a research paper entitled “Nepotistic Relationships in Twitter and their Impact on Rank Prestige Algorithms“, in which he concluded that…


From BLOG@CACM

Evaluating the Success of Mentoring Programs

Evaluating the Success of Mentoring Programs

Can HCI evaluation methods help to assess the effectiveness of mentoring programs for women?


From Putting People First

Mobile youth activism around the world

Mobile youth activism around the world

A couple of years ago I wrote about Mobile Revolutions, a blog about mobile phones, youth and social change by Lisa Campbell Salazar. The blog also supported TakingITMobile, an international study on youth mobile communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Social Gaming

Future of Social Gaming

In the Recorded Future blog, a post about an analysis of the future of social gaming this is a nice example of the use of the novel Recorded Future predictive approach and the use of visualizations to support it. Follow their…


From Schneier on Security

Eavesdropping Smartphone Apps

Eavesdropping Smartphone Apps

Seems there are a lot of them. They do it for marketing purposes. Really, they seem to do it because the code base they use does it automatically or just because they can. (Initial reports that an Android wallpaper app was…


From Wild WebMink

Is the

Is the

I was pleased to be able to attend this year’s OSCON, O’Reilly Media’s open source convention held once again in Portland, Oregon in mid-July. There have been numerous reports about it, not least from the New York Times, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rapportive Contact List Management

Rapportive Contact List Management

I just took a look at the Rapportive Rich Contact resource add on to the Chrome browser. It works with the GMail service only. It will not work with the Explorer browser, but will work with Firefox. It replaces the advertising…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet Time Budgets

Internet Time Budgets

Not unexpected, and here social networks are including blogs, which is also blogs, broadly defined to include newsfeeds. Not necessarily including any actual social engagement. Most Internet time now spent with social networks…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of August 2

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of August 2

The House is presently on recess until after Labor Day, and the Senate is scheduled to join them by the weekend.

August 4 (Continues to noon on August 6) The Information Security and Privacy Board will meet to discuss a variety…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Fixing the Computer Science Problem with an Act of Congress

Fixing the Computer Science Problem with an Act of Congress

Bills get written and submitted to Congress without getting passed all the time but if nothing else the process often gets the discussion going. A recent bill to assess and help improve the state of K-12 Computer Science Education…


From Computational Complexity

I want your intuitions on this, so the less you know the more I want you to post

Let f(n) be a monotone increasing function from N to N. (CLARIFICATION ADDED LATER: N is the naturals.) Consider the following game: Let n be a natural number which we thing of as being large. Mark and Betty alternate (Mark…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scientopia

Scientopia

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From Computer Science Teachers Association

Students Benefit from Programming Contests

Students Benefit from Programming Contests

"Go to a programming contest? Me? Never! I'm not good enough. I'm not fast enough. I'd never win. Why bother?"

That's what I'd always thought. I started programming later in life (after I was 20) than all those really fastI


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF

NSF

Last week, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced a new report titled “Telling the Stories of the BPC Alliances”. This report describes how the National Science Foundation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wireless Technology on the Road

Wireless Technology on the Road

Addresses some of the standards and issues involved:In CACM: Communications technology is transforming the driving experience. Automatic toll collection, crash reporting, and satellite-based navigation with traffic updates


From Schneier on Security

Book Review: How Risky Is It, Really?

Book Review: How Risky Is It, Really?

David Ropeik is a writer and consultant who specializes in risk perception and communication. His book, How Risky Is It, Really?: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts, is a solid introduction to the biology, psychology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deeper Motives

Deeper Motives

This article quotes Gary Singer, CEO of Buyology Inc.Deeper Motives: Getting Beyond Targeting by Steve Smith, Friday, July 30, 2010, 2:45 PM Behavioral targeting generally hunts for affinities. You read this -- so you must…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building a Lego Universe

Building a Lego Universe

Via IEEE Spectrum. I much like the idea of a company which has been known for incremental play to become involved in the broader area of gaming. Building the Lego UniverseTen years in the making, the online computer game Lego…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Views of Store Environments

Virtual Views of Store Environments

Linking virtual environments and brain behavior. Makes sense since a virtual environment can be quickly modified to construct new experiments. Then the human reaction to the environment can be quickly gauged. Addresses aspects…


From Wild WebMink

Now On Kindle

Now On Kindle

If you’re a Kindle owner, you may be interested to know that Wild Webmink is now available for the Kindle. Go to the Kindle Store to subscribe.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pepsi and Enterprise Learning

Pepsi and Enterprise Learning

New at Pepsi, in Consumer Goods Tech:PepsiCo's New Approach to Enterprise Learning PepsiCo launched an innovative initiative in May 2009 that can serve as a valuable learning model for companies in any industry. Called the PepsiCo…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-08-01

links for 2010-08-01

WikiLeaks disclosures are a 'tragedy' Yes, I get the fact the documents smear the war and that the US government spins the facts. I also get that there's a damage control media campaign in progress. But this former General makes…


From Putting People First

Reputation managers addressing our internet footprints

Reputation managers addressing our internet footprints

In the modern digital age where seemingly everything and everyone is online, a new industry is emerging to “manage” the internet footprint that people and businesses leave online. “Reputation managers” can clean up and shape…