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May 2010


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Getting Ready for ISTE

Getting Ready for ISTE

ISTE is only about a month away now. hard to believe it is so close. SIGCT is out with their annual recommendations for computer science teachers of workshops, sessions and meeting to attend. If you haven


From Putting People First

Mobile banking: mediated use

Mobile banking: mediated use

Jan Chipchase (frog design and until recently an acclaimed user researcher/anthropologist at Nokia) reflects on the topic of technical and textual illiteracy in the context of mobile banking, and the role of privacy within the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Report from NCWIT

Report from NCWIT

(Contributed by Dr. Christine Alvarado, Harvey Mudd College) The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) annual summit took place last Tuesday through Thursday in Portland, OR. Hundreds of people dedicated…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Blog Changes taking place

Blog Changes taking place

You may have noticed a different look to the blog today. Microsoft has migrated us all (those of us who use http://blogs.msdn.com/ to blog to the latest and greatest version of Community Server. So there are a number of changes…


From My Biased Coin

Links to Look At

Links to Look At

Matt Welsh has what he tells me is his most-read post ever about The Secret Lives of Professors.  I'll help promote it here, but save my commentary for the comments there.FemaleScienceProfessor has had two great posts this week…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rapid Insight

Rapid Insight

Via AnalyticBridge, an introduction to Rapid Insight's Veera tool. Was unaware of it, but looks to be of interest for data flow approaches to business intelligence. Will take a further look " ... Rapid Insight


From Schneier on Security

Infosec Television Commercial

Infosec Television Commercial

LIGATT Security certainly hopes to scare people.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Walled Apps and the Freedom of the Net

Walled Apps and the Freedom of the Net

In the NYT Magazine, an article on how they see the increasing uses of paid Apps on devices as a means of walling away quality on the Web. Certainly there are still lots of free quality offerings, and most paid offerings are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Did We Get Mobile?

How Did We Get Mobile?

A short slideshow on the history of mobile communications. A number of interesting milestones I had not heard of.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bio Detector

Bio Detector

A device developed at Lawrence Livermore Labs that can scan for many viruses and bacteria.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foursquare and Newspapers

Foursquare and Newspapers

In Gigaom: Will the Foursquare location and reward idea help newspapers? ' ... The Journal announced today that readers can get news and reviews about local spots in the Big Apple through a partnership with Foursquare, and can…


From Wild WebMink

? WebM Data Points

? WebM Data Points

An analysis of WebM and its patent risk Carlo demonstrates that On2 must clearly have analysed the patent context for VP8 since so many of the “sub-optimal choices” called out by H.264 partisans reflect avoidance of patented…


From Computational Complexity

Parallel Thinking

Guy Blelloch from CMU gave a distinguished talk last week at Northwestern on Parallel Thinking, a take on the Computational Thinking pagadigm from his past and future chair, Jeannette Wing. Blelloch's thesis: Because of multi…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Microsoft Institutes for Education Leaders

Microsoft Institutes for Education Leaders

IF you have missed the previous Microsoft Institutes for Education Leaders in the past there are a new set of events now scheduled. I expect that more will be added in different locations over time so check the Microsoft Institutes…


From Putting People First

Growing up online

Growing up online

In Growing Up Online, the American public affairs series FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the very public private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about how the Internet is transforming childhood…


From Putting People First

How social mood moves the world

How social mood moves the world

Why do share prices, skirt lengths, even the state of the European Union, fluctuate so wildly? It’s down to social mood, says John Casti, and we must heed its messages. “No collective human activities or actions, such as globalisation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Martin Gardner Dies

Martin Gardner Dies

Its rare that I do an obituary here, but a particularly inspirational figure to me, Martin Gardner, Puzzler and Polymath, has died at the age of 95. His NYT obituary linked to here is well done. I used to anticipate his monthly…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 24 May 2010

Interesting Links 24 May 2010

I pretty much took last week off from blogging. I sort of needed a break and since they were migrating this and many other blogs to a new updated blogging engine it seemed like a good time to step back from it for a while. I…


From Schneier on Security

Scene from an Airport

Scene from an Airport

I've gotten to the front of the security line and handed the TSA officer my ID and ticket.

TSA Officer: (Looks at my ticket. Looks at my ID. Looks at me. Smiles.)

Me: (Smiles back.)

TSA Officer: (Looks at my ID. Looks at me…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Location Based Services Revenue

Location Based Services Revenue

Good piece in E-Commerce Times on charting a revenue stream for location based services. A place I have been examining.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Print Ad Database

Print Ad Database

A new research database that looks at the relationship of what was done in print and what it achieved based on specific variables. Though this is old tech, print ads will not go away soon. Would also like to see how these results…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supermarket Space Allocation

Supermarket Space Allocation

In Progressive Grocer: An old problem that we started to look at in terms of optimization starting in the 70s. In recent years increased computing power and better models have started to construct revenue management models to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media for Product Launch

Social Media for Product Launch

The use of social media for new initiatives. Brand Week has a list of a number of recent examples. To this I say, why not do this in addition to other methods? It remains a relatively inexpensive method, and as long as many people…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 24

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of May 24

May 25

Meeting:

The Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee of the Department of Homeland Security will meet. 12:30 p.m., Harding Hall, 710 North Capitol Street


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collective Intelligence by Retailers

Collective Intelligence by Retailers

Retailers sharing their collective intelligence. ' ... Gartner analysts Mick MacComascaigh and Whit Andrews recently released a study, "Leading Websites Will Use Search, Advanced Analytics to Target Content," that provides great…


From Schneier on Security

Alerting Users that Applications are Using Cameras, Microphones, Etc.

Alerting Users that Applications are Using Cameras, Microphones, Etc.

Interesting research: "What You See is What They Get: Protecting users from unwanted use of microphones, cameras, and other sensors," by Jon Howell and Stuart Schechter.

Abstract: Sensors such as cameras and microphones collect…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-24

links for 2010-05-24

To Microsoft, Open Source means "Windows Encumbered" Just because Microsoft is busily embracing open source, that doesn't mean they have any interest in software freedom, as Andy Oliver points out. (tags: Microsoft OpenSource…


From Computational Complexity

The Life of Martin Gardner 1914-2010

The math and science writer Martin Gardner passed away on Saturday. Gardner wrote the column Mathematical games for Scientific American from 1956 to 1981 and Scientific American reposted a 1995 profile, some Gardner puzzles and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 24 May 2010

Interesting Links 24 May 2010

I pretty much took last week off from blogging. I sort of needed a break and since they were migrating this and many other blogs to a new updated blogging engine it seemed like a good time to step back from it for a while. I…


From The Noisy Channel

Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval

Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval

The other day, I received a surprise package in the mail: a copy of IBM researchers David Carmel and Elad Yom-Tov’s newly published lecture on “Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval“. I wasn’t even aware that…