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September 2009


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Toward author-centric science

Toward author-centric science

Too many research papers in Computer Science are nonsense: they convey no worthy message. Yet, they pass a Turing test of sort: at a glance, they are indistinguishable from interesting research papers. In fact, they are designed…


From Schneier on Security

The Exaggerated Fears of Cyber-War

The Exaggerated Fears of Cyber-War

Good article, which basically says that our policies are based more on fear than on reality.

On cyber-terrorism:

So why is there so much concern about


From Wild WebMink

Sun's Bloggers' License

Sun's Bloggers' License

As a follow-up to my posting on Monday about the new co-ownership license Sun has offered to all the bloggers on blogs.sun.com, I thought it would be good to post a link to the FAQ site and to the license itself (PDF). One interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pressure to Limit Behavioral Targeting

Pressure to Limit Behavioral Targeting

Comments on a recent NY Times article. I see the point, this is a common startup direction. Clearly more balance needs to be had between targeting and privacy concerns. Thee potential commercial value is high.


From My Biased Coin

ESA Plans

ESA Plans

I'll be headed to ESA this weekend. My talk is first thing Monday morning, so I'll be there sometime Sunday. If anyone wants to get together for dinner Sunday, drop me a line. And if you know any can't-miss dining experiences…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GMail Outage

GMail Outage

I experienced the Gmail outage here in NYC yesterday. I agree with several pundits that there was no easy way to tell what was going on. Had to go to a number of social sources and ask my colleagues, invoking the time-honored…


From Putting People First

The architect of experience

The architect of experience

Paula Wallace, president of the Savannah College of Art and Design, interviews Peter Fossick, who is the coordinator of a new program in service design at the college. “Everything is moving toward service design. Design is becoming…


From Putting People First

The rise of the super fakes

The rise of the super fakes

What happens when a large % of your target market wants your brand cachet but is happy with a decent-enough quality fake? Nokia


From Putting People First

How mobile is connecting people to what matters

How mobile is connecting people to what matters

Via Dina Mehta, founder and managing director of Mosoci India, I found out about Progress, a highly interesting new website set up by Nokia and Lonely Planet: “The Progress Project is the initiative set up by Nokia and Lonely…


From Putting People First

Experientia helps Helsinki reduce carbon emissions

Experientia helps Helsinki reduce carbon emissions

Helsinki, Finland


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart E-Commerce Changes

Wal-Mart E-Commerce Changes

Wal-Mart appears to be expanding and changing their e-commerce operational presence: E-Commerce says: ' ... Wal-Mart is taking a page from Amazon's playbook, partnering with third parties to offer their goods for sale on its…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Assessing Impact in Computing Education

Assessing Impact in Computing Education

I spend much of my time thinking about reforming computer science education in Los Angeles. My goal is to make computer science courses accessible and engaging for students who have not traditionally participated in computing…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Swine Flu

Hacking Swine Flu

Interesting:

So how many bits are in this instance of H1N1? The raw number of bits, by my count, is 26,022; the actual number of coding bits approximately 25,054 -- I say approximately because the virus does the equivalent of…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

ACM Comments on Reach for the Top Education Fund

ACM Comments on Reach for the Top Education Fund

The Association for Computing Machinery recently submitted comments (PDF) on the Race to the Top Fund, an Education Department program set up to address some of its obligations under the economic stimulus legislation. The Fund…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI a Dangerous Dream?

AI a Dangerous Dream?

Interview with Noel Sharkey. The robotics expert, formerly a player in artificial intelligence, suggests that AI is a dangerous dream. I don't think it is a dream, it is inevitable. It can be dangerous, like any form of progress…


From Return 42;

ICFP 2009 and Functional Programming in the Real World

ICFP 2009 and Functional Programming in the Real World

Today the proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGPLAN international conference on functional programming (ICFP) have been uploaded to the ACM digital library. Next to the expected amount of highly interesting, and theoretical papers,…


From Schneier on Security

Matthew Weigman

Matthew Weigman

Fascinating story of a 16-year-old blind phone phreaker.

One afternoon, not long after Proulx was swatted, Weigman came home to find his mother talking to what sounded like a middle-aged male. The man introduced himself as Special…


From My Biased Coin

ITA, Polaris

ITA, Polaris

At some point, I spent some time at ITA Software, a company I like for many reasons. (First, I like their flight fare-finding and selection interfaces -- which many major airlines and travel sites are based on. I use QPX but…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Why I am not publishing in PLoS One, yet

Why I am not publishing in PLoS One, yet

PLoS One is a new peer-reviewed journal (2006) with many interesting features:

The board includes many respected Computer Scientists: Ananth Grama, Johan Bollen, Josh C. Bongard, Robert P. Futrelle, etc. It is the largest Open…

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