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March 2010


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Sexing Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Sexing Squid

Tips and tricks.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computing and the Common Core

Computing and the Common Core

K-12 computer science education might get a boost from a recently released document called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). This initiative is historic for the United States. For the first time forty-eightin…


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Blogging Template

Schneier Blogging Template

Eerily accurate:

Catchy one-liner ("interesting," with link): In this part of the blog post, Bruce quotes something from the article he links to in the catchy phrase. It might be the abstract to an academic article, or the…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Computing and the Common Core

Computing and the Common Core

K-12 computer science education might get a boost from a recently released document called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). This initiative is historic for the United States. For the first time forty-eight…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Write Good Papers: My Slides

Write Good Papers: My Slides

I agreed to give a talk to graduate students on how to write good research papers. I have posted the slides of my talk online. They are mostly taken out of my web page on this topic. What annoys you about research papers? How…


From Schneier on Security

Hard Drives in Photocopy Machines

Hard Drives in Photocopy Machines

Modern photocopy machines contain hard drives that often have scans of old documents.

This matters when an office disposes of an old copier. It also matters if you make your copies at a commercial copy center like Kinko's.


From Computational Complexity

Turning down a Fields Medal is eccentric, turning down the Millennium Prize is INSANE!

NEWS on Poincare Conjecture:

  • Recall that Perelman was given the Fields Medal in 2006 for proving the Poincare Conjecture. He declined the award.
  • Recent news: Quoting the Wikipedia article on Perelman: Perelman was officially…


    From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

    Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

    Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

    Ever since I attended my first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2008, I've dreamt of having a celebration of our own. Today I released a schedule of talks and started working on media announcements for the realization…


    From Schneier on Security

    Side-Channel Attacks on Encrypted Web Traffic

    Side-Channel Attacks on Encrypted Web Traffic

    Nice paper: "Side-Channel Leaks in Web Applications: a Reality Today, a Challenge Tomorrow," by Shuo Chen, Rui Wang, XiaoFeng Wang, and Kehuan Zhang.

    Abstract. With software-as-a-service becoming mainstream, more and more applications…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? Monkey Business

    ? Monkey Business

    Microsoft and FOSS, Behind the scenes ACTA, Android & less-than-free, new music and new copyright.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Eye Tracking Tablets

    Eye Tracking Tablets

    Considering adaptive text: '... What if the words you're reading were watching you? Some fear for the demise of reading real books and magazines, but some tech could breathe new life into the written word and the act of reading…


    From BLOG@CACM

    Computing and the Common Core

    Computing and the Common Core

    Computer science education gets a boost from an historic document released by governors and education leaders in the United States and you can show your support for this effort.


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Where does Computer Science Belong?

    Where does Computer Science Belong?

    To some extent Computer Science is the red headed step child of K-12 education. It just doesn


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Micro Industries Retail Signage Blog

    Micro Industries Retail Signage Blog

    Micro Industries, who contributed advanced digital signage to our innovation centers, has just added a blog to their site. A number of posts have been made, including the latest, a report by John Curran from the recent Digital…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Things Tweet

    Things Tweet

    Twitter is starting to animate things in the evolving 'Internet of Things'. Seems like a very trivial way to talk about interaction of people and things. Some interesting examples given. Simple starts.-


    From Schneier on Security

    I'll be in Second Life Tonight

    I'll be in Second Life Tonight

    James Fallows and I are being interviewed in Second Life tonight, 9:00 PM Eastern Time.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cheap e-Book Reading Devices

    Cheap e-Book Reading Devices

    It's not unexpected, relatively inexpensive uni purpose e-book reading devices emerging. Not unlike the very inexpensive calculators that also emerged in the 1980s. Shall we expect throwaway digital readers soon?


    From Computer Science Teachers Association

    Do Contests Promote Computer Science?

    Do Contests Promote Computer Science?

    I am just coming off the spring local programming contest circuit, as many of the nearby universities held their contest during their spring break. Unfortunately, that meant that two of these contests also fell during our spring…


    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    OSTP proposes initiative for student-led innovations in broadband apps

    OSTP proposes initiative for student-led innovations in broadband apps

    The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy seeks comments on a proposed initiative for student-led innovations in broadband applications. In doing so, OSTP leads with CCC’s “Landmark Contributions by Students in Computer…


    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Curriculum, Companies, Cooperation and Conflict

    Curriculum, Companies, Cooperation and Conflict

    Where does curriculum come from? Where should it come from? What involvement should industry in general have in creating curriculum? These are all questions suggested by some comments Garth left on my blog post last week on New…


    From Schneier on Security

    How to Become a Nuclear Power

    How to Become a Nuclear Power

    Sarcastic, yet a bit too close to the truth.


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Privacy in the Era of DIgital Glass Houses

    Privacy in the Era of DIgital Glass Houses

    In CACM: ' ... As the boundaries for privacy have been redrawn by the connected world, the social norms and legal support structure that we count on to preserve privacy have shown more and bigger gaps. These awkward openings…


    From Wild WebMink

    ? OSI Opposes BBC DRM

    ? OSI Opposes BBC DRM

    OSI joins the Open Rights Group in opposing the introduction of DRM to UK broadcast TV.


    From Schneier on Security

    Natural Language Shellcode

    Natural Language Shellcode

    Nice:

    In this paper we revisit the assumption that shellcode need be fundamentally different in structure than non-executable data. Specifically, we elucidate how one can use natural language generation techniques to produce…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Look at Metcalfe's Law

    A Look at Metcalfe's Law

    A look at long quoted Metcale'e law, about how value grows as networks grow. It has been the 'rule' of Web 2.0, in GigaOm:' ... Networks


    From Wild WebMink

    ? Broken Democracy

    ? Broken Democracy

    Italian democracy, citizen surveillance, DRM from the BBC and even the BCS rejecting a petition. May I get depressed?


    From Putting People First

    Africa Calling: can mobile phones make a miracle?

    Africa Calling: can mobile phones make a miracle?

    Africa Calling: Can Mobile Phones Make a Miracle? is the title of a long article by Jenny C. Aker (Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School) and Isaac M. Mbiti (Assistant Professor, SMU), published in the March/April 2010 edition…


    From Putting People First

    Book: Ubiquitous computing user experience design

    Book: Ubiquitous computing user experience design

    At Lift France 09, Mike Kuniavsky spoke about Changing Things: Fab Labs, towards decentralized design and production of material products (link to 25 min. video). Kuniavsky’s new book on ubiquitous computing user experience…


    From Putting People First

    Successful service design

    Successful service design

    Successful Service Design: Turning Innovation Into Practice is a website created by the UK’s Cabinet Office that provides a robust guide to service design. The site, that also contains an extensive library, offers “a stage by…


    From Computational Complexity

    Laci Babai Turns 60

    I'm at Ohio State for the Combinatorics, Groups, Algorithms, and Complexity Conference in honor of Laci Babai's 60th birthday. An incredible turn out with 74 talks. I've never seen a birthday conference with parallel sessions…