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A History of One Brute-Force Attack
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A History of One Brute-Force Attack

A classic brute-force attack boils down to guessing credentials. In my scenario, though, the perpetrators acted somewhat differently.

Mitigating the Base-Rate Neglect Cognitive Bias in Data Science Education
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Mitigating the Base-Rate Neglect Cognitive Bias in Data Science Education

How can machine learning educators help learners cope with the base rate neglect cognitive bias?

Was Ada Lovelace Actually the First Programmer?
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Was Ada Lovelace Actually the First Programmer?

Historical arguments for and against.

On the Ethics of Writing With AIs
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On the Ethics of Writing With AIs

AI-generated text, even if accepted from an ethical standpoint, raises questions about the provenance of the generated text.

Communing on Computing
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Communing on Computing

 Conferences can renew our professional commitment and inspire thought on problems we face.

The Base-Rate Neglect Cognitive Bias in Data Science
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The Base-Rate Neglect Cognitive Bias in Data Science

Using Bayes' Theorem, the correct answer to both the medical diagnosis problem and to the lion classification question, can be calculated.

Why Are There So Many Programming Languages?
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Why Are There So Many Programming Languages?

Most languages differ less in what they make possible, and more in terms of what they make easy. 

Where is the Cradle of the Computer?
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Where is the Cradle of the Computer?

The digital computer of today arose in the first half of the 1940s independently in three different countries: Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.

AI as (an Ersatz) Natural Science?
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AI as (an Ersatz) Natural Science?

The emergence of large learned models is changing the nature of artificial intelligence research in fundamental ways.

Machine Learning: Out! Data Science: In!
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Machine Learning: Out! Data Science: In!

We propose to stop teaching machine learning courses to populations whose core discipline is neither computer science nor mathematics and statistics.

Enterprise Metrics and Optimization
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Enterprise Metrics and Optimization

Metrics are critical; without them, you are flying blind.  But be careful what you try to optimize, because you might just get it.

The Other von Neumann
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The Other von Neumann

Was Klára Dán von Neumann the first person to write modern computer code?

Turing's Influence on Computer Construction is Overestimated
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Turing's Influence on Computer Construction is Overestimated

How great was Turing's influence on early British automatic computers? Opinions differ considerably.

InnovateFPGA: Wrong Strategy Drives One of the Best FPGA Development Contests into Crisis
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InnovateFPGA: Wrong Strategy Drives One of the Best FPGA Development Contests into Crisis

In my opinion, the main problem of the InnovateFPGA contest is the lack of a permanent team to lead.

Whence Machine Volition?
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Whence Machine Volition?

How could a computer develop or even express volition?

Rethinking the CS Curriculum
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Rethinking the CS Curriculum

I have noticed that there is a growing trend to dumb down the CS curriculum by removing mathematical topics.

Career Care for Engineers
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Career Care for Engineers

Your career is a journey. You define where you want to go on that journey. You plan it out. You set goals. Your job, on the other hand, is a step along the way....

Programming is For More than Engineering; Computer Science is About More than Building Things
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Programming is For More than Engineering; Computer Science is About More than Building Things

Programming should be part of computing education curriculum, and take into account all the ways students will use computing.

Validity and Reliability in Data Science: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
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Validity and Reliability in Data Science: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

We examine the essence of the components of data science, as well as their interrelations, from the educational perspective.
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