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December 2009


From Schneier on Security

Telcoms Security

Telcoms Security

A very good four-part series: "Risk and Security in the Telecommunications Industry."


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-12-16

links for 2009-12-16

"Exposing politically controversial topics for public debate is vital for democracy." -- Well said, I hope we'll see more corporate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solar Goose: Solar Lighting Concepts

Solar Goose: Solar Lighting Concepts

I attended the first Earth Day in Philadelphia and have always been a big proponent of (voluntarily) saving energy. My colleague Tom Chorman was head of finance for new product development at P&G and he now runs a start-up called…


From Putting People First

As we consume Apples and BlackBerrys, natural world beats a sensory retreat

As we consume Apples and BlackBerrys, natural world beats a sensory retreat

Technology has drawn us into our interconnected webs, in the office, on the street, on the park bench, to the point that we exist virtually everywhere except in the physical world, argues Adrian Higgins in the Washington Post…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Administration Finally Releases Open Government Initiative

Administration Finally Releases Open Government Initiative

After a few months of waiting, the Obama Administration released its Open Government Initiative last week. The initiative was just the start of what appears to be several steps from this administration to increase the amount…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparing Real Prices

Comparing Real Prices

Michigan economics prof Mark Perry compares prices for a stereo system and for a state of the art TV. In 1958 and in 2009 in hours of wages. Insightful.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rise of Asia

Rise of Asia

Astute colleague Wim Van de Velde points me to this TEDIndia talk where Hans Rosling uses Gapminder charts to point out the rise of Asia. ' ... Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia…


From Computational Complexity

Mild Request for Guest Posters.

(Deadline to submit a paper to CCC is Dec 15. Depending on when you read this that could be today or in the past.)

As you all know from Lance's last post, Lance is taking a Blog Sabbatical. I will try to have 4-posts-a-week…


From Schneier on Security

The U.S. Civil Rights Movement as an Insurgency

The U.S. Civil Rights Movement as an Insurgency

This is interesting:

Most Americans fail to appreciate that the Civil Rights movement was about the overthrow of an entrenched political order in each of the Southern states, that the segregationists who controlled this order…


From Wild WebMink

? Discrimination?

? Discrimination?

I can't help thinking that we're over-keen to identify minorities and cater to their inability to cope with the real world. Everyone gets discriminated…


From The Noisy Channel

LinkedIn Faceted Search Now Out Of Beta

LinkedIn Faceted Search Now Out Of Beta

LinkedIn started rolling out a beta version of faceted people search back in July. Now it’s officially out of beta, as announced on their blog. I’ve re-posted the video above in case you missed it in July.


From My Biased Coin

LiveBlogging NSDI PC Meeting

LiveBlogging NSDI PC Meeting

My post today is live-blogging the NSDI PC Meeting -- with a delay for security purposes, of course.My take on the reviews (and from past experience) is that the NSDI PC is a very, very tough committee. People are looking for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AnalyticBridge Newsletter

AnalyticBridge Newsletter

Once again, let me pass along the current AnalyticBridge newsletter, a good, socially enabled site on predictive analytics methods, meetings and other topics by Vincent Granville.


From Computational Complexity

CCC deadline Dec 15, 2009! (not factorial)

Submissions to 25th CCC are due TOMORROW! (Actually it could be TOMORROW, TODAY, or IN THE PAST depending on when you read this.) Should you submit?

If you have a paper all set to go, with proofs complete, that is in scope…


From BLOG@CACM

The Rise of the External Brain

The Rise of the External Brain

From an entirely unexpected source, we begin to realize the dream of an external brain that supplements our knowledge, wisdom, and memories.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telecommuting Teams

Telecommuting Teams

I was an early user of telecommuting and helped manage teams that used these concepts from the beginning. It's still a contentious concept within the enterprise ... those that use it often feel left out, managers don't feel hooked…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Computing Our Children's Future

Computing Our Children's Future

Reposted from the Huffington Post

To the age-old question -- "What do you want to do when you grow up?" -- children today give many modern answers: "Help feed hungry families." "Prevent and cure diseases." "Find sources of renewable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Package Goods Online Spend

Package Goods Online Spend

Good AdAge piece on the increasing use of online marketing in packaged goods.


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Matters Now

What Matters Now

In Seth Godin's blog: What Matters Now, links to a free ebook from a number of authors, just started to browse. Provocative and worth looking at, agreeing and disagreeing with.


From Schneier on Security

U.S./Russia Cyber Arms Control Talks

U.S./Russia Cyber Arms Control Talks

Now this interesting:

The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace.

[...]

The Russians have held that…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-12-14

links for 2009-12-14