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May 2010


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google TV

Google TV

Coming this fall, Google TV. Where will it end?


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Sorting is fast and useful

Sorting is fast and useful

I like to sort things. If you should learn one thing about Computer Science is that sorting is fast and useful. Here’s a little example. You want to check quickly whether an integer belongs to a set. Maybe you want to determine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Open Innovation Strategy at Kraft

New Open Innovation Strategy at Kraft

In Consumergoods Technology: New open innovation strategy at Kraft.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CS CAREER PROJECTIONS

CS CAREER PROJECTIONS

We all hear the stories about how the CS job market has turned around (if it ever really was on a downward slope). But, when talking to students or their parents about what a great career option computer science is, it's best…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Feedback Before Assessment

Feedback Before Assessment

Continuing my reflections on Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do (started here), I wanted to touch on a couple of things in the chapter on preparing to teach. The chapter largely contains 13 questions that the best…


From BLOG@CACM

How Many Computers Will You Own?

How Many Computers Will You Own?

How many computing devices will you have in ten years? Two? Six? Just one?


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Browser History

Detecting Browser History

Interesting research.

Main results:

[...]

We analyzed the results from over a quarter of a million people who ran our tests in the last few months, and found that we can detect browsing histories for over 76% of them. All[…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Online Store Open to Public

Procter Online Store Open to Public

After months of testing P&G's online store is now open to the public. ' ... Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday the "eStore" is up and running for the general public after months of testing. The Cincinnati-based maker of such…


From BLOG@CACM

Albion College Eliminates Computer Science

Albion College Eliminates Computer Science

Albion College decides to eliminate the computer science major due to budget cuts and low enrollment, because it's not really part of 21st century work.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Diving with Mathematica

Data Diving with Mathematica

Short article from the Wolfram blog about doing data analysis and visualization using Mathematica. The wealth of capabilities in Mathematica are considerable, but you need to know the package well to adeptly mash up solutions…


From Computational Complexity

Teaching for the first time: SUBRUK's story

(Guest Post by Subrahmanyam Kalyanasundaram)

My First-time Teaching Experience.

Background: This spring semester, here at Georgia Tech, I got the opportunity to be the full instructor for Automata and Complexity, CS 4510…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-20

links for 2010-05-20

jclouds I heard about this project at the Open Cloud Meetup in San Francisco last week. It is an abstraction layer for cloud computing, allowing you to write apps that can run on any cloud rather than being locked in to just…


From Schneier on Security

Militarized Marine Mammals

Militarized Marine Mammals

Dolphine and sea lions:

A Navy seal - actually a sea lion - took less than a minute to find a fake mine under a pier near San Francisco's AT&T Park. A dolphin quickly located a terrorist lurking in the black water before another…


From The Noisy Channel

Elastic Lists for Faceted Search

Elastic Lists for Faceted Search

If you like faceted search and are interested in design patterns for it, I encourage you to check out Moritz Stefaner’s work on elastic lists. Here is his description: Elastic lists allow to navigate large, multi-dimensional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Virtual Mirror

Wal-Mart Virtual Mirror

In StoreFrontBackTalk: Evan Schuman on Wal-Mart's virtual makeover effort. We experimented with this concept in-store and in-home for a dozen years, in a number of countries. Including work with the vendor EZFace mentioned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Prediction APIs

Google Prediction APIs

Google has announced the availability of Machine Prediction APIs. Google is well known for AI based applications. This link to their machine learning capabilities is particularly interesting. Check the link to see a broad…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next Generation Cave

Next Generation Cave

I have seen a number of uses of the CAVE environment, at universities, retail and manufacturing laboratories. And although each has been a very impressive attempt to change the context of a person, they have also had a number…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming Talk on Mashed-up Visualization

Upcoming Talk on Mashed-up Visualization

On mash-ups for visualization, plan to attendL The Last Mile: Data Visualization in a Mashed-Up World (May 20, at 3PM ET, then archived) Requires minimal registration. Dashboards and data visualization technologies provide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comment from Google on Wifi Privacy

Comment from Google on Wifi Privacy

Comments from Google on the recent Wifi privacy problems in Europe. Troubling that they seem to be less than completely serious on this topic. Just because no one individual can be named that has been harmed by this does not…


From Computational Complexity

What should be in an automata course: Two views based on recent experience

(Joint Post with Subrahmanyam Kalyanasundaram)

In this post, I speculated on what I might put into my automata theory course. That prompted Subrahmanyam Kalyanasundaram, a PhD student at Georgia Tech, who was teaching Automata…


From BLOG@CACM

The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar

The Complicated Issues of Computing Education in Qatar

The ACM Education Board visited Qatar at the beginning of May.  At Qatar University, 70% of the students in CS are women, and those we met are hungry to produce innovative technology.  But are there jobs for them?


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-05-19

links for 2010-05-19

Web Browsers Leave 'Fingerprints' Behind as You Surf the Net You may do your best to remain anonymous on the web, you may have cookies blocked, but this research by EFF shows you can easily have your browser uniquely identified…


From Wild WebMink

? Not Just For Radicals

? Not Just For Radicals

Software freedom may sound like a line from a revolutionary manifesto, but it’s the key genetic market for value in the enterprise. read more on my ComputerWorldUK blog…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Security of Cars as App Platforms

The Security of Cars as App Platforms

There has been software in cars for a long time, but now that Ford has opened an App store they start looking like a platform for software, networked into the grid. How long will it be before we start to see Spam and Malware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Location Apps and Capabilities Competing

Location Apps and Capabilities Competing

AdAge review of location Apps and new competitive capabilities in Facebook. I am not sure I want to have another capability rolled into FB. At least in systems like FourSquare I can concentrate on ideas like loyalty without all…


From Wild WebMink

? Home, Pele

? Home, Pele

By way of explanation for my preoccupation and paucity of publication of late, I finally made it back home today after my trip to the US with ForgeRock. We had a varied and busy trip that included several visits to potential…


From The Eponymous Pickle

KYield Diabetes Use Case Scenario

KYield Diabetes Use Case Scenario

Mark Montgomery of KYield writes: " .. I am pleased to share with you our health care use case, which is an important cornerstone of our series 'Semantic Scenarios for the Intelligent Enterprise':We selected the diabetes mellitus…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TV Apps

TV Apps

In AdAge: The growth of mobile applications that mirror TV productions. Cross platform delivery and advertising. .


From The Eponymous Pickle

Laser is 50 Years Old

Laser is 50 Years Old

The functional laser is 50 years old in 2010. It was predicted as early as 1917 in a paper by Einstein. A very remarkable achievement with many applications. Much more.


From Schneier on Security

History of NSA Computers

History of NSA Computers

A recently declassified history through 1964.

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