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September 2009


From Putting People First

Max Mara launches new website, designed by Experientia

Max Mara launches new website, designed by Experientia

Unfortunately we cannot talk about most of the work we do at Experientia unless the final product gets launched. But there are these nice moments when we can. Although Experientia is active in many fields — from mobile service…


From Schneier on Security

Texas Instruments Signing Keys Broken

Texas Instruments Signing Keys Broken

Texas Instruments' calculators use RSA digital signatures to authenticate any updates to their operating system. Unfortunately, their signing keys are too short: 512-bits. Earlier this month, a collaborative effort factored…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Clario Analytics as a Service

A Look at Clario Analytics as a Service

As part of a larger BI package exploration I took a look at Clario Analytics SaaS (Software as a service). You start by uploading your data via a secure FTP client to Clario. That process was easy, but I was not fully assured…


From [email protected]

Smart Grids: Getting Personal

Smart Grids: Getting Personal

How many electronic devices do you own? It is tempting to answer, “Just a handful,” but the truth is much more nuanced. Here’s a simple experiment that will (quite literally) illuminate the truth. Some evening, after darkness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Personal Mobility

More Personal Mobility

Honda has a Segway-like, unicycle form personal mobility device called the U-3X in the works that is more remarkable looking than the Segway. No specific dates for sales.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to establish an expanded definition of net neutrality to "safeguard the free and open Internet."

Starting next month the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The most important Theoretical Computer Science problem is inconsequential

The most important Theoretical Computer Science problem is inconsequential

Some consider the P = NP problem to be the most important Theoretical Computer Science problem. It asks whether all problems whose solution can be verified quickly, can also be solved quickly. If you can answer this question,…


From Schneier on Security

<i>The Onion</i> on Security

<i>The Onion</i> on Security

"Authorities Called in to Examine Suspicious-Looking Ham."


From Computational Complexity

My two cents on P vs NP

There have been several posts on blogs about P vs NP and two expository articles. Is there anything else to add. I'm not sure, but here are my 2 cents.

QUESTION: If it is shown that P ≠ NP then how will this affect the…


From Putting People First

Networked objects session at Lift Asia 2009 conference

Networked objects session at Lift Asia 2009 conference

Nicolas Nova reports on the


From Putting People First

Augmented reality gets off to a wobbly start

Augmented reality gets off to a wobbly start

The New Scientist reviews the current state of Augmented Reality and is a bit concerned: “While some who back the technology think its time has now come, after more than a decade in development, others warn that undercooked applications…


From Putting People First

Information overload

Information overload

Too many emails, texts and tweets can lead to rising anxiety, lower intelligence


From Putting People First

Communication and human development: the freedom connection?

Communication and human development: the freedom connection?

Canada


From Putting People First

O2 launches

O2 launches

O2 is launching a new mobile phone network which it has dubbed as the first


From Wild WebMink

? Dealing With Abuse

? Dealing With Abuse