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May 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

NYC Entrepreneurial Fund

NYC Entrepreneurial Fund

Press release on the NYC entrepreneurial fund, via Rajesh Raichoudhury..


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kyield on Facebook

Kyield on Facebook

Kyield, with which I am associated, has a Facebook presence. ' .. Kyield is a software and communications system that revolutionizes the digital work environment through enhanced innovation, crisis prevention, meritocracy,…


From Schneier on Security

Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana

Low-Tech Burglars to Get Lighter Sentences in Louisiana

This is the kind of law that annoys me:

A Senate bill to toughen penalties for crimes committed with the aid of Internet-generated "virtual maps," including acts of terrorism, won quick approval Monday in the House.

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From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft at ISTE 2010

Microsoft at ISTE 2010

Well the schedule for Microsoft sessions and events at ISTE 2010 in Denver is up. And I


From Putting People First

Usability and user experience in digital libraries

Usability and user experience in digital libraries

Lorraine Paterson and Boon Low of the UK National e-Science Centre at the University of Edinburgh highlight findings from the usability inspection report they conducted for the JISC-funded research project, Usability and Contemporary…


From Putting People First

Moving past user needs

Moving past user needs

Core77’s Allan Chochinov has published his reflections on IIT’s 2010 Design Research conference. Although there were about 30 speakers, Chochinov (who was a speaker himself) focuses on the contributions by Donald Norman, Rick…


From Apophenia

Deception + fear + humiliation != education

Deception + fear + humiliation != education

I hate fear-based approaches to education. I grew up on the “this is your brain on drugs” messages and watched classmates go from being afraid of drugs to trying marijuana to deciding that all of the messages about drugs were…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Fascination with Circular Things

A Fascination with Circular Things

Good piece by Stephen Few, on why we choose graphical forms. Also related another post on circular visual forms. Our Irresistible Fascination with All Things CircularStephen Few, Perceptual EdgeWe humans are drawn to circles…


From Apophenia

At Gov2.0 this week, I gave a talk on the importance of information literacy when addressing transparency of government data: “Transparency is Not Enough” I address everything from registered sex offenders to what happens when…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Remembering Martin Gardner in Mathematica

Remembering Martin Gardner in Mathematica

In the Wolfram Blog, a number of examples of Martin Gardner's problems posed in books and articles, cleverly implemented in Mathematica. I would have loved to have many of these as footnotes to the original Scientific American…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kyield Unveils New Semantic Healthcare Platform

Kyield Unveils New Semantic Healthcare Platform

More developments at Kyield: Kyield Unveils New Semantic Health Care Platform SANTA FE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyield introduced today the new semantic health care platform designed to reduce health care costs, improve organizational…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Tech Mommies

Tech Mommies

A friend of mine is expecting her first baby in the next couple of months. She asked me if I could do some maternity shots with her. The criteria? Nothing clich


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

GHC10 Talks

GHC10 Talks

It's that time of year again! My travel scholarship application is in, our committee on online communities is starting to make headway, and the results of our talk submissions are out. Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing…


From Computational Complexity

Complexity and Computability

The 5th Conference on Logic, Computability and Randomness is going on this week at Notre Dame. Because of teaching and other commitments I only was able to attend for one day. Bill is there all week which is why he's not blogging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oil Cleanup

Oil Cleanup

Solution thoughts from New Orleans, a place I worked in for years. Franz, Please forgive a quick personal request. Louisiana is my home of homes, and it's killing me to see this oil mess languish. We saw a story on the WallHere's…


From Wild WebMink

Getting The Point

Getting The Point

The EGM debate: BCS v Len Keighley This FAQ/debate article with an anonymous BCS spokesbeing make it clear what the issue at the BCS is all about, both directly and through tone. (tags: BCS EGM UK) Tell Your Lawmakers: “Anti-Counterfeiting”…


From Schneier on Security

End-to-End Encrypted Cell Phone Calls

End-to-End Encrypted Cell Phone Calls

Android app. (Slashdot thread.)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facts about SAP

Facts about SAP

SAP was very big in the enterprise. We visited their headquarters a number of times to see what they were doing in enterprise optimization applications. Now no longer in the big enterprise I hear about it less often, but they…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

And here a miracle happens

And here a miracle happens

I was reading a post by Mark Guzdial yesterday (In Praise of Drill and Practice) and was struck by this passage:

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From My Biased Coin

Giving in to Student Demands

Giving in to Student Demands

I received my student reviews today, and while I could easily post days' worth of discussions on them, suffice to say there's a non-trivial minority of students who seem unhappy.  While it's entirely possible that these students…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tribalization of Business Study

Tribalization of Business Study

I am passing along the SNCR Tribalization of Business Study. I used to be a fellow there and they produce some interesting work. Pass it on!" ... We're pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd annual Tribalization of Business…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Members Speak Out

CSTA Members Speak Out

Earlier this year, the CSTA membership was asked to complete a survey rating the membership benefits offered by CSTA. Over a thousand members completed the survey. Here are a few highlights from that survey:

* 92% of our members…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Playing Field for Ads

New Playing Field for Ads

A good prediction, From Knowledge@Wharton: Going Mobile: How iAd and AdMob Move Apple vs. Google to a New Playing Field What spending in the mobile advertising industry lacks in heft, it more than makes up for in buzz. Witness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The On-Demand Brand

The On-Demand Brand

Brought to my attention: The On-Demand Brand: 10 Rules for Digital Marketing Success in an Anytime, Everywhere World by Rick Mathieson. Includes a look inside the book link.


From Apophenia

Pew Research confirms that youth care about their reputation

Pew Research confirms that youth care about their reputation

In today’s discussions about privacy, “youth don’t care about privacy” is an irritating but popular myth. Embedded in this rhetoric is the belief that youth are reckless risk-takers who don’t care about the consequences of their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flavor Intensity Ramps Up

Flavor Intensity Ramps Up

I have noticed it for some time. The desire for increased flavor intensity has increased remarkably. The WSJ just noticed in this article.


From Schneier on Security

If You See Something, Think Twice About Saying Something

If You See Something, Think Twice About Saying Something

"If you see something, say something." Or, maybe not:

The Travis County Criminal Justice Center was closed for most of the day on Friday, May 14, after a man reported that a "suspicious package" had been left in the building…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eye Tracking Methods Look for Killer App

Eye Tracking Methods Look for Killer App

From the CACM: I think there are high value applications for eye tracking as the analytical capabilities for neuromarketing are focused to problems like in-store shelf interaction. " Eye-Tracking Interfaces Look for Killer App…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modern Business Plan

Modern Business Plan

Seth Godin on reworking the Modern Business Plan. Some good thoughts here to add to the usual financials. " ... It's not clear to me why business plans are the way they are, but they're often misused to obfuscate, bore and…


From Wild WebMink

BCS EGM

BCS EGM

BCS EGM The British Computer Society is in the process of being transformed into The Chartered Institute of IT. This is the wrong direction – it’s becoming a club for the Pointy Haired Boss instead of an association to support…