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November 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Scope Project

Data Scope Project

In CACM:  A quite interesting proposal.  Don't quite understand the details involved as yet, but the analogy is an exciting thing.  Understanding complex data often includes problems of scale ...how do we choose the proper granularity of…


From Apophenia

Facebook & helicopter parenting

Facebook & helicopter parenting

I recently received an email from a teen that I speak with that piqued my interest. I thought I’d share it with you: My friend (17 yo girl) isn’t allowed on Facebook because she has helicopter parents.


From Wild WebMink

There was such a lot of interest in the “Rehost and Carry On” graphic I mocked up for an article a while back that I’ve just created a CafePress store with t-shirts, mugs and other stuff. They make perfect gifts The image itself…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Conference IPhone App

SAS Conference IPhone App

Correspondent Sy Truong sends this along, a good example of focused App delivery: " ... I wanted to share with you the iPhone App which I have completed and now available at the Apple App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Phone Numbers

Smart Phone Numbers

Walter Riker takes a look at the Smart Phone market and what it might mean.  There is no doubt that will all be armed with powerful mobile computing soon.  Good job, Walter.


From Wild WebMink

Corporate Open Source Case Studies

Corporate Open Source Case Studies

The last week has provided a number of interesting – and perhaps surprising – case studies in corporate engagement with open source. This Monday’s Link Post takes a look at Microsoft and Silverlight, Symbian, Oracle and Java…


From Computational Complexity

By Any Other Name Would Be Just As Hard

In 1973 Donald Knuth searched for a name for the hardest problems in NP. Steve Cook didn't give a name in his paper and Karp called them P-complete. Knuth suggested three names "Herculean", "Formidable" and "Arduous". He sent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IT Shaping Decision Making

IT Shaping Decision Making

Good piece by Carmen Nobel in HBS Working Knowledge:" ... What determines whether decisions happen on the bottom, middle, or top rung of the corporate ladder? New research offers a surprising conclusion: The answer often lies…


From Schneier on Security

Control Fraud

Control Fraud

I had never heard the term "control fraud" before:

Control fraud theory was developed in the savings and loan debacle. It explained that the person controlling the S&L (typically the CEO) posed a unique risk because he could…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 1 November 2010

Interesting Links 1 November 2010

The big thing going on last week was the Microsoft WorldWide Innovative Educators forum in South Africa. I didn


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Enterprise Business Intelligence

On Enterprise Business Intelligence

Doug Lautzenheiser, a leading subject matter expert in the use of Business Intelligence software within corporate organizations, takes a look at Forrester's reporting on business intelligence (BI)  within the enterprise.  Useful…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - October 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 10)

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - October 2010 (Vol. 53, No. 10)

Below is a list of items with policy relevance from the October issue of Communications of the ACM. As always, much of the material in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may slip behind a pay wall the next. You…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blekko: A Slashtag Search Engine

Blekko: A Slashtag Search Engine

Every now and then there is an attempt at a new take on the search engine.  Zakta is an example I took a look at that attempts to build specialized research experiences.  I much liked its approach of looking at the problem from…

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