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February 2010


From CERIAS Blog

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

Yes, I have been quiet (here) over the last few months, and have a number of things to comment on. This hiatus is partly because of schedule, partly because I had my laptop stolen, and partly health reasons. However, I'm going…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Analogies in the Classroom

Analogies in the Classroom

I don't know about you, but when I teach I am constantly using analogies to relate computing concepts to real-world experiences the students are familiar with. Some of these are pretty standard and well known among CS teachers…


From Putting People First

Why can

Why can

Why not use the iPhone interface as the basis for a new round of Apple computers? What if Microsoft scrapped the front end of Windows 7 and the troubled Vista OS and moved to the new, elegant interface it is using for its Windows…


From Putting People First

For newspapers to survive, they must put users first

For newspapers to survive, they must put users first

If publications continue to rely on selling advertising to support their costs, how does that serve the audience’s needs? Fast Company provides three ideas for how newspapers can refocus on readers. “If it’s true that readers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast on Advanced BIS

Podcast on Advanced BIS

From the Business Intelligence Network:Teradata and SAS Address the Challenges of Advanced Business AnalyticsRob Berman, Teradata Vice President, and Scott Van Valkenburgh, Director of Global Alliances at SAS, present the top…


From Computational Complexity

Doing it OLD SCHOOL!

If you browse the Univ of MD Schedule Web pages for the last few years I would:

  • Ask you why you were doing that. Seems like an odd use of your time.
  • Point out to you that Automata Theory which usually gets around 8 people …


    From Putting People First

    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands

    Focusing on improving and innovating services is a smart way to foster economic growth. Jeneanne Rae reports from the Netherlands. “Recognizing the need to steer the typical conversation about innovation away from technology…


    From Putting People First

    Article series on futures thinking

    Article series on futures thinking

    Jamais Cascio, who covers the intersection of emerging technologies and cultural transformation for Fast Company, is in the process of publishing an ‘occasional’ series of articles “about the tools and methods for thinking about…


    From Putting People First

    Diabetes Innovation Fair videos online

    Diabetes Innovation Fair videos online

    Videos of the November 23, 2009 Diabetes Innovation Fair at the IIT Institute of Design are now on the web. Graduate students presented design innovation proposals from three courses: Platform Strategy, Persuasive Technology,…


    From My Biased Coin

    STOC Budget Questions

    STOC Budget Questions

    I hate to follow the interesting conversations on FOCS/STOC/SODA (please keep commenting) with the mundane, but Lance forced me asked me to be General Chair for STOC, which means looking over things like the budget. Registration…


    From Wild WebMink

    links for 2010-02-25

    links for 2010-02-25

    Very welcome - and beuatifully-constructed - from Europe's data protection supremo. While we should not let up…


    From Schneier on Security

    Small Planes and Lone Terrorist Nutcases

    Small Planes and Lone Terrorist Nutcases

    A Washington Post article concludes that small planes are not the next terror threat:

    Pilots of private planes fly about 200,000 small and medium-size aircraft in the United States, using 19,000 airports, most of them small.…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Students to Business Career Streams

    Students to Business Career Streams

    Microsoft is doing a number of things to help people enter and grow in technology careers. Yesterday there was a post on Microsoft On The Issues called Microsoft Bolsters Efforts to Create More Opportunity for College Grads about…


    From Wild WebMink

    Blog Move

    Blog Move

    With the change from Sun in the UK almost complete, I've decided to move my blog. Please adjust your feed, and read on over at Wild Webmink.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Superbowl Ad Analyses

    Superbowl Ad Analyses

    Sands Research sends along complete rankings and background from their yearly Superbowl Ad study. " ... Leading neuromarketing firm Sands Research announced today that it has completed its annual study gauging the effectiveness…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Want a Job? Major in CS.

    Want a Job?  Major in CS.

    Carolyn Duffy Marsan writes in Network World that undergraduate enrollments in computer science are rising significantly at some of the nation’s large CS departments.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    In-Store Food Preparation

    In-Store Food Preparation

    Some time ago I mentioned the increasing dive for in-store automatic preparation of foods, here in the Chicago Sun Times, the manufacture of snack chips in the store. High margin and shopper engagement with the process . See …


    From Apophenia

    Empowering Parents & Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape

    Empowering Parents & Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape

    The FCC published a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on the important topic of empowering parents and protecting youth in an era of an evolving media landscape.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Convergence of BI and BPM Examined

    Convergence of BI and BPM Examined

    Holger Kisker in the Forrester blog writes about the convergence of business intelligence and business process management. ' ... When business processes finally become intelligent? Over the past several months I have done a lot…


    From Schneier on Security

    Remotely Spying on Kids with School Laptops

    Remotely Spying on Kids with School Laptops

    It's a really creepy story. A school issues laptops to students, and then remotely and surreptitiously turns on the camera. (Here's the lawsuit.)

    This is an excellent technical investivation of what actually happened.

    This…


    From Putting People First

    Millennials

    Millennials

    This report on the values, attitudes, behaviors and demographic characteristics of the Millennial generation was prepared by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan


    From Putting People First

    Google

    Google

    Luca De Biase, the journalist I translated this morning, continues to add interesting commentary: Excerpts from this post (translated into English): “The Italian sentence on Google says fundamentally that the judges do not consider…


    From Wild WebMink

    links for 2010-02-24

    links for 2010-02-24

    Remember I mentioned the "Special 301" list yesterday, that US corporations can use to place pressure on places where they find it hard to…


    From Schneier on Security

    NSA Historical Documents

    NSA Historical Documents

    Just declassified: "A Reference Guide to Selected Historical Documents Relating to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, 1931


    From Putting People First

    Google Video: Italian law is complicating the world

    Google Video: Italian law is complicating the world

    This Italian reflection on the Italian Google sentence, written by journalist Luca De Biase (in charge of the N


    From [email protected]

    Preparing For the DARPA Network Challenge

    Preparing For the DARPA Network Challenge

    In late 2009 DARPA held its Network Challenge, a competition designed to see how online social networks could locate 10 red weather balloons moored throughout the continental US. This series describes one team's experiences in…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Small Basic is Moving And Other Resources

    Small Basic is Moving And Other Resources

    Small Basic is not part of the Beginning Developer Learning Center. Looks like the whole landing page for the BDLC has been updated as well. Check out the Kids


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    The Design of Procter and Gamble

    The Design of Procter and Gamble

    I have been reading The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin of the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. The book does an excellent job of introducing you to design concepts…


    From My Biased Coin

    Guest Post from David Karger

    Guest Post from David Karger

    Continuing from my last "controversial" post, David Karger offered the following long comment, turned into a guest post:------------I wanted to post a comment on Mike's FOCS/STOC post, but fittingly for one of the dinosaurs he…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Simplicity is King

    Simplicity is King

    Simplicity is the mother of adoption, by Tim McLaughlin. Could not agree more.-