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April 2013


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

We need to get a lot better at imagining the future

We need to get a lot better at imagining the future

We live in an era of fast changes. Ten years ago, YouTube was unthinkable, social media did not exist (Facebook was founded in 2004), we got our movies on tapes at video stores, cell phones did not have cameras, and so on. If…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Core of a Big Data Analytics Strategy

Core of a Big Data Analytics Strategy

Big Data analytics strategy.  Still think there is too much being said here, with not enough substance.  Its the same problem we worked with many years ago.  And good data is still more important than bigger data.  Getting good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Long Data

Considering Long Data

In Wired:  When I first saw this headline, I thought, Oh, Longitudinal data.   Which means you follow one agent or actor in a system and get data about them over time.   A common  enough thing in health studies.    Also needed…


From updated sporadically at best

On the Importance of Seemingly Useless Work

On the Importance of Seemingly Useless Work

When I first started graduate school, an older student told me about the importance of maintaining a feeling of incremental progress. Even if you are doing seemingly useless work. This may be the best advice I ever received.During…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New Book Explores the P-NP Problem

New Book Explores the P-NP Problem

The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible, written by CCC Council and CRA board member, Lance Fortnow is now available. The inspiration for the book came in 2009 when Fortnow published an article on the P-NP…


From Schneier on Security

Sixth Movie-Plot Threat Contest

Sixth Movie-Plot Threat Contest

It's back, after a two-year hiatus. Terrorism is boring; cyberwar is in. Cyberwar, and its kin: cyber Pearl Harbor, cyber 9/11, cyber Armageddon. (Or make up your own: a cyber Black Plague, cyber Ragnarok, cyber comet-hits…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

We Are the World

We Are the World

There have been several posts to this Advocate Blog that chat about the lack of diversity in computer science classes and STEM related fields. Quoting from Deborah Seehorn's blog post last October:

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From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Interstellar Quantum Computation

Proof from the Chelyabinsk bolide fragment source Viktor Grokhovsky is a member of the Russian Academy of Science’s Committee on Meteorites. He is on the faculty of Ural Federal University, and specializes in metallurgy. He has…


From Computational Complexity

A nice case of interdisciplinary research

All of the math and history in this post is elaborated on in my paper here. Are there any interesting applications of PURE math to the Social Sciences or History? Scarf's application of the Brouwer fixed point theorem to Economics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing and SEO

Neuromarketing and SEO

Interesting claim about Search engine optimization (SEO):  " ... In the past year, Google has revolutionized the game of SEO with a series of updates known as “Penguin” and “Panda”. In the past, businesses, individuals and organizations…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 1 April 2013

Interesting Links 1 April 2013

It’s April First which means both the real and virtual worlds will be filled with jokes and tricks and attempts to fool people. No jokes here though. I find most of them more annoying than funny. The links I have to share today…


From Schneier on Security

What I've Been Thinking About

What I've Been Thinking About

I'm starting to think about my next book, which will be about power and the Internet -- from the perspective of security. My objective will be to describe current trends, explain where those trends are leading us, and discuss…

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