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November 2009


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Computer Science Education Week

National Computer Science Education Week

Congress has resolved that the week of December 7 will be designated as “National Computer Science Education Week.”


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Says Brain Will Control Computers

Intel Says Brain Will Control Computers

Intel: Chips in brains will control computers by 2020Brain waves will replace keyboard and mouse, dial phones and change TV channels ...'-


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New Squid Discovered

Friday Squid Blogging: New Squid Discovered

An expedition to study seamounts in the Indian Ocean has discovered some new species, including some squid.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sparklines in Excel

Sparklines in Excel

Sparklines (above) are a simple means of including quantitative visuals in lines of text, conceived of by Edward Tufte. Three has been recently much ado about Microsoft applying for a patent on sparklines, without even mentioning…


From CERIAS Blog

Firefox Vulnerabilities: Souvenirs of Windows 95

Firefox Vulnerabilities: Souvenirs of Windows 95

I've been waiting for an announcement of vulnerabilities in Firefox due to popular extensions. I've compared it to Windows 95 before. Yet students often opine that Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer. It is worth…


From Schneier on Security

FailBlog on Security

FailBlog on Security

Funny: career fair fail.


From The Eponymous Pickle

LED Tattoos

LED Tattoos

In Wired Gadget Labs: Illustrated Man. We examined the use of LEDs on clothing for advertising, which can be readily done, but this takes it to the next level. Cannot imagine it personally, but my generation would not.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Process Model for Data Mining

Process Model for Data Mining

This CRISP-DM model was looked at within the enterprise. Re-examined. It attempts to be very detailed and universal. Worth a look though it does not seem to have been updated for some time. ' ... The CRISP-DM project developed…


From Schneier on Security

Interview with Me

Interview with Me

Yet another interview with me. This one is audio, and was conducted in Rotterdam in October.

 


From My Biased Coin

In Reverse

In Reverse

The Crimson is reporting that the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences will plan to decrease the size of the faculty* in response to budget woes. The key point seems to be that "There are now 720 associate professors and professors…


From Putting People First

Interaction design for specialised tasks

Interaction design for specialised tasks

Mikkel Michelsen discusses the core differences between specialised use contexts and the mainstream use of a mass consumer product, and tries to answer the questions how to design the best possible systems when faced with special…


From Putting People First

Will consumers plug into home energy displays?

Will consumers plug into home energy displays?

Dozens of home energy monitors are coming to market, but nobody knows whether only hybrid Prius owners will use them. Martin LaMonica reports on CNet News. “The gadgets themselves vary, but the common thread among them is the…


From Computational Complexity

Citing Papers

A student asked me which version of a research paper to cite, a journal (the last reviewed version) or a conference (the first reviewed version) of a paper. I generally cite papers in this precedence list.The fully refereed journal…


From Putting People First

User-driven innovation in Denmark

User-driven innovation in Denmark

Some English language websites, blogs, articles and publications updating on what Denmark is doing on user-driven innovation: Is Denmark a lead user of user driven innovation? You might think so since the world


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-20

links for 2009-11-20

Paul Graham gets it spot on again. Apple's attitude is Google's biggest asset in the battle for the mobile market.
(tags: Apple Google Zeitgeist iPhone Developer AppStore mobile philosophy…


From Schneier on Security

Denial-of-Service Attack Against CALEA

Denial-of-Service Attack Against CALEA

Interesting:

The researchers say they've found a vulnerability in U.S. law enforcement wiretaps, if only theoretical, that would allow a surveillance target to thwart the authorities by launching what amounts to a denial-of-service…


From Putting People First

How understanding the human mind might save the world from CO2

How understanding the human mind might save the world from CO2

What will solve climate change? Will it be technology? Policy? A growing number of researchers and activists say it’s what’s behind it all: people. And understanding them is vital to addressing climate change, argues Annie Jia…


From Putting People First

EU ministers: accessible, interactive and customised online public services in Europe by 2015

EU ministers: accessible, interactive and customised online public services in Europe by 2015

EU press release (link): EU ministers have committed to developing smarter online public services for citizens and businesses by 2015. The Commission has welcomed this step forward in making eGovernment more accessible, interactive…


From Computational Complexity

Laptops in Church?

Laptops in Church?

There are now bibles online where you can click for different versions, different translations, different interepretations, historical context, etc. The same is true, or will be soon, for other faith's holy books as well.

 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Incorporating Consumer Insight into Marketing

Incorporating Consumer Insight into Marketing

From Jeffrey D. Mills of ThinkVine


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Chips

Thinking Chips

From IEEE Spectrum: IBM Unveils New Brain Simulator. ' ... Scientists and engineers at IBM revealed yesterday that they have created the largest brain simulation on a supercomputer to date. The number of neurons and synapses.…


From Putting People First

Designing social interfaces: overview and practical techniques

Designing social interfaces: overview and practical techniques

Dmitry Fadeyev, founder of the Usability Post blog, wrote an article for Smashing Magazine “to demonstrate the power of social interface design”. he standard approach to interface design is to craft a channel that allows you…


From Putting People First

Various articles on the power of the mobile phone in emerging markets

Various articles on the power of the mobile phone in emerging markets

A number of articles illustrate the power of the mobile phone in emerging markets: What next after the Mobile revolution in Kenya? by John Karanja MPESA will be on its own a major driver of the economic expansion of the Kenyan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics

This afternoon at 3PM EST, a DM radio broadcast on Predictive analytics. Which they enthusiastically call an enterprise crystal ball. The broadcast is also recorded for later review. More information and register here. ....…


From Schneier on Security

A Taxonomy of Social Networking Data

A Taxonomy of Social Networking Data

At the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh this week, there was a conversation on social networking data. Someone made the point that there are several different types of data, and it would be useful to separate them…


From Wild WebMink

? Sometimes the Improbable is the Answer

? Sometimes the Improbable is the Answer

  • A bit of apocalyptic sci-fi, but no less plausible than the other scenarios.
    (tags: Sun Oracle Europe)

  • From Schneier on Security

    Stabbing People with Stuff You Can Get Through Airport Security

    Stabbing People with Stuff You Can Get Through Airport Security

    "Use of a pig model to demonstrate vulnerability of major neck vessels to inflicted trauma from common household items," from the American Journal of Forensic Medical Pathology.

    Abstract. Commonly available items including …


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More Sensing

    More Sensing

    Introduction of attachable NFC/RFID reader for the IPhone. Yet another smart phone sensing example. And speculation that next generation IPhones will include NFC readers.-


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Verizon Hub

    Verizon Hub

    A wireless VOIP Hub phone.Have now seen a number of ads for the Verizon Hub phone. It has now been around for a while. A phone that provides central family functionality for the home. This is something we tested in the late 90s…


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Social Media Impact

    Social Media Impact

    Good piece on SNCR research on social media and decision making. The Post emphasises the professional use and collaboration using social media. Some useful statistics.