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Computers for Learning: Charisma that Fails to Disrupt?
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Computers for Learning: Charisma that Fails to Disrupt?

Two books examine why large-scale learning technology often doesn’t achieve expectations. Technology can improve learning at scale, but charismatic stories about...

Teaching Critical Computing is a Grand Challenge for the Whole CS Curriculum
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Teaching Critical Computing is a Grand Challenge for the Whole CS Curriculum

We need to prepare our students' to have a critical perspective on computing, and that requires changing the curriculum, not just a course.

Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove
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Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove

Computer scientist Konrad Zuse created the world's first programmable computer, the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3.

From Solar Sunrise to SolarWinds
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From Solar Sunrise to SolarWinds

The hack of critical departments of the U.S. government—and of many leading corporations—should come as no surprise.

Time to Exhume PSP?
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Time to Exhume PSP?

The Personal Software Process encourages programmer discipline. Largely forgotten, it does have a few wrinkles, but understanding and applying its core ideas remains...

The Year-Round Joys and Benefits of Open Source Software
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The Year-Round Joys and Benefits of Open Source Software

One of the things that makes us programmers feel warm and fuzzy is open source software. Companies support open source too. Why give something away for free? A...

An Enigmatic Device from Denmark
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An Enigmatic Device from Denmark

Discovery of a very rare surveying instrument in Denmark.

Computer Systems Research: The Joys, the Perils, and How to Count Beans Well
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Computer Systems Research: The Joys, the Perils, and How to Count Beans Well

This post is meant to highlight my subjective take on the joys and the road bumps on the way to doing innovative work in computer systems.

Birthday Bit Boundaries
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Birthday Bit Boundaries

Which birthdays would have special significance if our culture were binary-based instead of decimal-based?

Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
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Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education

The most cited CS education paper is, unfortunately, wrong.

Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming
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Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming

Want to be a great programmer? If so, you have to pull back the curtain and learn how software really works. A deeper understanding helps programmers further their...

Time to Assess National AI Policies
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Time to Assess National AI Policies

The Center for AI and Digital Policy has undertaken the first comparative review of national artificial intelligence policies.

Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?
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Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?

How undergraduate computer science students perceive the discipline based on their distance learning experience during the 2020 Spring semester – the Corona Semester...

How Objective is Peer Review?
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How Objective is Peer Review?

The ESA Experiment.

Why Focus on Technologies for Human Learning?
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Why Focus on Technologies for Human Learning?

By choosing human learning as a topic area, computer scientists can contribute to major societal challenges, win grants in additional programs, and tackle new computer...

How Do You Calculate on the Abacus?
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How Do You Calculate on the Abacus?

Considering the use of one of the most long-lived calculating devices.

Deadlines of the Digital Turn
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Deadlines of the Digital Turn

Sometimes the digital turn forces us to designate things that aren't there.

Here's Why Resentment is the Key to Happiness
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Here's Why Resentment is the Key to Happiness

Do you find happiness to be fleeting? That shiny new car or big job promotion makes you happy for a few weeks but quickly turns into the same old same old? Maybe...

Determining CS Student Preferences During the Corona Semester
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Determining CS Student Preferences During the Corona Semester

What does the Corona Semester reveal about computer science students’ preferences when learning computer science?

Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian
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Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.
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