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May 2010


From Putting People First

Open positions at Experientia

Open positions at Experientia


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

COMPETES Act Reauthorization Takes First Step Through Congress

COMPETES Act Reauthorization Takes First Step Through Congress

Last Wednesday at the end of a long markup session, the House Science and Technology Committee approved a bill that would reauthorize the American COMPETES Act, passed in 2007. That bill covered many things, most prominently…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 3 May 2010

Interesting Links 3 May 2010

Last week was a struggle for me both blogging and otherwise. A lot of stuff going on at work and at home. Plus of course I spent a lot of my blogging energy on the Imagine Cup. I loved being at and blogging about the ImagineWindows…


From Schneier on Security

Security Analysis of India's Electronic Voting Machines

Security Analysis of India's Electronic Voting Machines

They're vulnerable to fraud.


From Computational Complexity

Guest Post on Robin Milner who passed away recently

Robin Milner died on March 20, 2010. For obits see here and here. A review of his most recent book will be in a future SIGACT NEWS book review column; however, you can read it here.

This is a guest post by Rance Cleaveland…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 3

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 3

May 5

Hearing:

The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Building…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Toward Data-driven Science

Toward Data-driven Science

Science and business, so far, has being mostly model driven. That is, you collect a few data points, just enough to fit your model. Then you proceed from your model. However, things have changed:

old new

Manually take samples…


From My Biased Coin

The Computer Science Ecosystem

The Computer Science Ecosystem

Inspired a bit by some inspirational, high-level talks I've seen the last few days (see Matt's take on Ed Lazowska's talk at Harvard here), I've been thinking about what I'll call the computer science ecosystem.  The inspirational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Way to Measure WOM

New Way to Measure WOM

A new way to measure word-of-mouth marketing from McKinsey that includes exposure and impact.


From Putting People First

Book: Storytelling for User Experience

Book: Storytelling for User Experience

Storytelling for User Experience – Crafting Stories for Better Design By Whitney Quesenbery & Kevin Brooks Rosenfeld Media April 2010 Availability: Paperback + PDF We all tell stories. It


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing List

Neuromarketing List

A new neuromarketing Twitter list being constructed #neuromarketing Online here. Looks to have some useful follows.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Frugal and Bandit Innovation

Frugal and Bandit Innovation

Sammy Haroon in the Global Cognition Blog on Frugal and Bandit Innovation.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moile Acts Differently in Store

Moile Acts Differently in Store

An intriguing idea at Barnes & Noble. This also can cause people to enter the store, a loyalty play: In StoreFrontBacktalk: " ... For this experiment, Barnes & Noble


From The Noisy Channel

Thoughts About Online Reputation

Thoughts About Online Reputation

Sorry for the long delay between posts. Fortunately the blogosphere has been providing ample reading material about the saga of the lost iPhone and the war of words between Apple and Adobe. I’ve been doing some reading myself…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computational Knowledge Summit

Computational Knowledge Summit

From the Wolfram Blog, a London Computational Knowledge Summit, being held on June 9. Some interesting topics covered:


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rhymes for Our Times

Rhymes for Our Times

A long time advertising expert colleague of mine, Norm Levy, who pioneered a number of marketing techniques used broadly in an enterprise I was entrenched in, has published a book called Rhymes for our Times. I had seen himSee…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Mining and Infection Control

Data Mining and Infection Control

A piece from the ACM on infection control using data mining, we were also involved in a project that addressed a similar problem. Good description. ' ... According to Chun Wong, chief executive officer of Asolva , a developer…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

South Africa

South Africa

I recently had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to talk with teachers and computer science education faculty about the computing curriculum in South African and the United States. They are concerned with low numbers…


From Michael Nielsen

Introduction to the Polymath Project and

Introduction to the Polymath Project and

In January of 2009, Tim Gowers initiated an experiment in massively collaborative mathematics, the Polymath Project. The initial stage of this project was extremely successful, and led to two scientific papers:…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-01

links for 2010-05-01

Red Hat Prevails Against Patent Trolls in Federal District Court Given the warnings from Steve Jobs about the gathering attack on open source, this has the feeling of the first surge against Helms Deep, but it's still gratifying…


From Putting People First

RIM

RIM

A Canadian article about Canada’s most important technology company, Research in Motion (the makers of the Blackberry), is always worth delving into. “RIM captured boardrooms by reinventing business communication. Now it faces…


From Putting People First

UX book reviews: May 2010

UX book reviews: May 2010

The folks at Johnny Holland have published reviews on no less than four UX related books: Beyond the Usability Lab Authors: Bill Albert, Donna Tedesco, Thomas Tullis Publishers: Morgan Kaufman [Companion website - Amazon] User…

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