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Computers in Education Should Target Test Scores
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Computers in Education Should Target Test Scores

Does it help to bring computers into the classroom? So far, there seems to be little evidence that it does.

Who Needs a Chromebook?
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Who Needs a Chromebook?

Is Google's new Chromebook a fundamental change in personal computing?  Or is it just another netbook?

Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors
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Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors

Precision is not required in everything or even most things.  Failures are best handled by expecting them all the time, not treating them as exceptions.  We should...

Who Needs a Tablet?
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Who Needs a Tablet?

Tablets do not solve a mainstream problem, they only serve a niche.

Who Needs a Netbook?
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Who Needs a Netbook?

In only a couple years, improved smartphones and laptops have closed the niche that netbooks lived in. Rather than mourn the loss of netbooks, let's celebrate their...

Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers
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Teaching Kids to Feel the Math With Computers

Why are students still calculating when they could be understanding?  Now that computers are everywhere, how should math education change?

Massive Scale Data Mining For Education
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Massive Scale Data Mining For Education

With the increased use of computers in education, there will be a big new opportunity for computers to learn to help students learn.

Computers Are a Tool, Even in Education
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Computers Are a Tool, Even in Education

Computers in schools should be making teachers' jobs easier, making it easier for students to learn, and increasing student achievement in measurable ways. Little...

Old Geeks Never Die, They Just Get Grumpier
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Old Geeks Never Die, They Just Get Grumpier

With age comes wisdom, or so they say.  But when we geeks age, does it make us wiser or just grumpier?

Research in the Wild: Making Research Work in Industry
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Research in the Wild: Making Research Work in Industry

What is the best way to organize researchers into a company?  An independent research lab?  Mixing researchers in with product teams? Or not hiring researchers...

Web Applications Crave Memory
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Web Applications Crave Memory

Big web applications are hungry for RAM.  They want lots of low power RAM.  And they want little else.

How Many Computers Will You Own?
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How Many Computers Will You Own?

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

What Security Advice Should We Give?
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What Security Advice Should We Give?

Are people being rational when they ignore the security advice we give them?  If so, what advice should we give them that they would not ignore?

Has the Spam War Been Won?
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Has the Spam War Been Won?

A decade ago, e-mail spam was a severe problem.  Now, e-mail spam is barely noticeable.  After years of battles between spam filters and spammers creating new tricks...

What Will 2010 Bring?
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What Will 2010 Bring?

What changes will we see in 2010 in computing?

The Rise of the External Brain
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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.

Who Needs Massively Multi-Core?
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Who Needs Massively Multi-Core?

Do consumers want massively multi-core?  Or would they rather have lower power consumption and better memory bandwidth?  Are we building what people want?

Frequent Releases Change Software Engineering
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Frequent Releases Change Software Engineering

If you started deploying software much more frequently, how would it change your software development?

Is Advertising Inherently Deceptive?
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Is Advertising Inherently Deceptive?

People dislike current advertising because it is often irrelevant and annoying.  It would be good to make advertising more helpful, relevant, and useful to people...

The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data
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The Biggest Gains Come From Knowing Your Data

Throwing an off-the-shelf machine learning package at your data can get you started, but the biggest gains come when you learn about your data and your customers...
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