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October 2012


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 29 October 2012

Interesting Links 29 October 2012

First it was an earthquake and now they are talking about a hurricane hitting much of the east coast. Some places have been hit hard already. Computers are key to modern weather forecasting and it is a good thing we have them…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Flavors Online

Testing Flavors Online

Testing flavors online .. Not quite what it seems reading the headline.  Reminds me of our own digital scent work.   True virtualization of non-sight sensory  interaction at a distance will be a big deal.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Infrastructure

Big Data Infrastructure

Via Gib Bassett  On the emerging big data ecosystem.   An interesting way to think about it  ... because ecosystem implies  active and important interaction.  Barry Devlin writes: " ... All of this leads to a new architectural…


From My Biased Coin

Crimson Series on the Ad Board

Crimson Series on the Ad Board

The Harvard Crimson just finished a four-part series looking at the Harvard Ad Board since the reforms a couple of years ago.  I must admit I didn't find the articles very insightful, but they offered a glimpse as to some ofbegins…


From Wild WebMink

Living No Longer Easy

Living No Longer Easy

Summer Time has ended in Europe. That means no more fish jumpin’, daddy is definitely not rich and it would not be politic to comment on mamma. In addition, meeting times with the USA will be disrupted for the next week until…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Executive Information Systems

Executive Information Systems

We brought in Michael Scott Morton emeritus prof at MIT, to help us start the process of  EIS.  I was reminded of this by colleague Michael F Doherty. Will follow with more here.


From Wild WebMink

CDB: Not Dead Yet

CDB: Not Dead Yet

This zombie bill no politician seems able to kill is a pandora's box that will lead to a public panopticon.


From updated sporadically at best

How to Give a Talk Where I Stay Awake

How to Give a Talk Where I Stay Awake

I fall asleep during lectures. I have even fallen asleep during one-on-one meetings. While I am not proud of my poor attention span, it has made me think about what makes a speaker compelling. Here are some actionable items…


From updated sporadically at best

Glitter is How I Fell in Love with San Francisco

Glitter is How I Fell in Love with San Francisco

The mid-twenties women of my peer group all have one question on our minds.  Especially if we are in tech.  Should we move to San Francisco?I had been living in San Francisco for a few weeks (during an internship) when a friend…


From The Noisy Channel

LinkedIn at CIKM 2012

LinkedIn at CIKM 2012

Last year, I had the pleasure of co-organizing the CIKM 2011 Industry Event in Glasgow. This year, I’m honored to be part of the CIKM 2012 Industry Event program, along with top industry researchers from Adobe, eBay, Google,…


From [email protected]

Inside the Coder Dojo

Inside the Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is an inspired movement to bring the joys of programming to young people everywhere. The Edinburgh (Scotland) coder dojo started last night in the Scottish Parliament building, becoming part of a loose network of dojos…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from the Power Ranger Universe

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from the Power Ranger Universe

Ika Origami.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Short and Tweet

Proofs that are about the length of a tweet. Jack Dorsey is the creator of Twitter. We thank him for the creation of of tweets, which are of course messages of up to 140 characters in length. Today Ken and I wish to talk about…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC to Hold Second Leadership in Science Policy Institute

CCC to Hold Second Leadership in Science Policy Institute

Last year, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) & CRA’s Government Affairs Committee held it’s first Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) to help nurture the next generation of computing research leaders. A total…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conse

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From Schneier on Security

Hacking TSA PreCheck

Hacking TSA PreCheck

I have a hard time getting worked up about this story:

I have X'd out any information that you could use to change my reservation. But it's all there, PNR, seat assignment, flight number, name, ect. But what is interesting is…


From Wild WebMink

Why I Left My Macbook For A Chromebook

Why I Left My Macbook For A Chromebook

Maybe it’s just a lustful fling, but for now, the only laptop in my life is my 3G Chromebook. Read about it on InfoWorld.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Build a Personal Brand

Build a Personal Brand

We we were taught the exercise of building a personal  brand in the Enterprise.  At very least the exercise itself has value.   You could even build a blog to do this.


From Wild WebMink

Follow The Frog

Follow The Frog

Love this video. Pass it on.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Research Snapshot for Fall 2012

Research Snapshot for Fall 2012

Now that I'm back in school full time, it's a good time to have a look at where I am research-wise.  Here are some of the projects I'm working on and what progress I've made.  (My last snapshot was from Fall 2011, before I went…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

The Good News about Computer Science

The Good News about Computer Science

As is my usual practice, I have been mulling over what to write in my blog post for approximately the last month. The good news about computer science is that it is definitely in the news. Almost every day! There have been …


From Putting People First

Book: Configuring the Networked Self

Book: Configuring the Networked Self

Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice by July E. Cohen Yale University Press, 2012 352 pages Free pdf version | Amazon link The legal and technical rules governing flows of information are…


From Putting People First

How the Kenyan Base of the Pyramid uses their mobile phone

How the Kenyan Base of the Pyramid uses their mobile phone

In order to understand mobile phone usage at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) in Kenya, iHub Research and Research Solutions Africa conducted a 6-month study, funded by infoDev (World Bank). A total of 796 face-to-face interviews…


From Putting People First

Want proof that market fit is everything? Test your app in the slums of Sao Paulo

Want proof that market fit is everything? Test your app in the slums of Sao Paulo

For the Stanford-educated founders of Emprego Ligado, creating a successful app in Brazil required dismantling every assumption about the target audience. Emprego Ligado, which translates to “connected job,” launched in Sao Paulo…


From Computational Complexity

Planarizing Gadgets for Perfect Matching do not Exist!

At Dagstuhl I was delighted when I saw the title of a talk to be given Planarizing Gadgets for Perfect Matching do not Exist because I had asked the question about a gadget for planar Ham Cycle here. I was hoping to ask the authors…


From Schneier on Security

The Risks of Trusting Experts

The Risks of Trusting Experts

I'm not sure what to think about this story:

Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L'Aquila. A regional court found them guilty of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Parc Learned

What Parc Learned

On what Xerox spinoff Parc learned about open innovation.   We visited Parc many times  and they us, always interesting.  " ... The concept of open innovation has moved from business phrase to business reality over the last ten…


From Wild WebMink

FLOSS Weekly on Baserock

FLOSS Weekly on Baserock

I was co-host on today’s FLOSS Weekly episode, about the Baserock continuous integration system for Linux (and also the amazing 8 CPU/32 core Baserock Slab server slice that’s come out of the development activity) developed by…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computing Projects for Girls

Computing Projects for Girls

This is a big topic on my mind of late. There is some discussion of this in the comments on my Boring Projects post and well as some responses via Twitter. Joanne Cohoon left a comment on the post suggesting health related projects…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DARPA Officially Launches Robotics Grand Challenge – Watch Pet-Proto Robot in Action

DARPA Officially Launches Robotics Grand Challenge – Watch Pet-Proto Robot in Action

Today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officially kicked off its newest Grand Challenge, DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). As we’ve blogged previously, the Grand Challenge calls for “a humanoid robot (with…