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Enjoying Reading Research
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Enjoying Reading Research

If you find reading research papers unpleasant, difficult, and boring, maybe it is time to try doing it differently.

High-Performance Computing:  Where
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High-Performance Computing: Where

By definition, the raison d’être for high-performance computing is high performance, but floating point operations per second (FLOPS) need not be the only measure...

Common Problems of SE Students in Latin America, Part 2
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Common Problems of SE Students in Latin America, Part 2

Second part of this analysis of common problems faced by SE students in Latin America.

Designing Effective Security Warnings
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Designing Effective Security Warnings

How do we create effective security warnings that people don't just swat away? Here, I report on one line of research that examines this question.

Security Education Can Really Work (but Only if it's Done Right)
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Security Education Can Really Work (but Only if it's Done Right)

Although many people in computer security think that user education is hopeless, security education can really work, but only if it's done right. I report on a...

'There's an App for That,' and You Could Write It
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'There's an App for That,' and You Could Write It

The challenge of computing education today is convincing students that not every application is done and available for download.

Hello, Computer
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Hello, Computer

Reflections on the present and future of speech-based interfaces.

When Petascale Is Just Too Slow
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When Petascale Is Just Too Slow

Evolution or revolution, it’s the persistent question. Can we build reliable esascale systems from extrapolations of current technology or will new approaches be...

Common Problems of SE Students in Latin America, Part 1
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Common Problems of SE Students in Latin America, Part 1

First part and introduction of an analysis to common problems faced by SE students in Latin America.

What To Do With Those Idle Cores?
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What To Do With Those Idle Cores?

So many processors on our desktops.  Four cores, eight cores, soon we will see hundreds of cores.  Almost all of them are going to be idle most of the time.  If...

The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment
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The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

We rarely talk about computers as "Electronic Brains" or "Thinking Machines." That seems presumptuous or audacious today.  Maybe that's exactly what we need to...

Results of IT in Education.
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Results of IT in Education.

Short review of the results of the implementation of information technologies in latin american education

What is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?
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What is a Good Recommendation Algorithm?

Someone may win the one million dollar Netflix Prize soon.  Will the winning algorithm produce movie recommendations that people like?

Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows
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Social Wavicles and Personalized Flows

The wavicle nature of our social existence provides a lens for understanding social filtering and its successes.  Still, this doesn't quite get us to truly effective...

The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses
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The Importance of Programming in Introductory Computing Courses

Why not teach introductory courses without programming?  Here are three good reasons to use programming to introduce computing.

Privacy as... Sharing More Information?
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Privacy as... Sharing More Information?

When I first started working in the area of personal privacy I had what I would call a conventional view on privacy, which is how to minimize the flow of information...

Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds
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Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds

  In 1959, the colorful and brilliant physicist, Richard Feynman, gave a seminal lecture to the American Physical Society entitled, "There's Plenty of Room at...

Canaima, Venezuela's Linux Distro - Venezuela II
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Canaima, Venezuela's Linux Distro - Venezuela II

Second part of Venezuela open source experience, this time a short talk about Canaima, the linux debian distro for public entities .

DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution
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DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution

Quite a few scientists who deal with the processing and storage of large amounts of data are unhappy with relational DBMSs. Here are several reasons why—and a possible...

Open Source in Latin America -Venezuela I
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Open Source in Latin America -Venezuela I

An introduction to open source and its applications in South America.
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