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The Modes and Uses of Scientific Publication
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The Modes and Uses of Scientific Publication

Publication is about helping the advancement of humankind. Let us take this basis for granted and look at the other, possibly less glamorous aspects. Publication...

­U.K. Students Turned Into Goldfish By Social Networking
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­U.K. Students Turned Into Goldfish By Social Networking

On the social networking obsession among U.K. students: It's the very air they breathe.

Gender Discrimination in the ­U.K. Research Excellence Framework
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Gender Discrimination in the ­U.K. Research Excellence Framework

The U.K. research assessment framework will discriminate against female researchers. We can't afford to lose more women from CS research!

Why We Compute
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Why We Compute

Why do we, as researchers and practitioners, have this deep and abiding love of computing? Why do we compute? I suspect it is a deeper, more primal yearning, one...

Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control
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Password Policies Are Getting Out of Control

 At least 9 characters long. No repeated characters. At least 1 number, 1 special character, and 1 capital letter. Cannot be same as last 10 passwords. Must change...

The Nastiness Problem in Computer Science
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The Nastiness Problem in Computer Science

Are we malevolent grumps? Nothing personal, but as a community computer scientists sometimes seem to succumb to negativism.

Game-Based Ideas Management in the Workplace
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Game-Based Ideas Management in the Workplace

A brief discussion of ideas management software used by the U.K. government.

Trip Report on the 2011 International Computing Education Research Workshop
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Trip Report on the 2011 International Computing Education Research Workshop

Last week's ICER 2011 conference was a smashing success.  We learned how students believe in a "Geek gene," where students work on their programs, how to make compilers...

What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes ­Us
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What We Owe Google, and What Google Owes ­Us

We rely on online information sources—maybe too much. What is our responsibility to make sure that they're accurate, and what responsibility do the sources have...

Foggy Futures: The Confused Computing Career Aspirations of 12-Year-Olds
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Foggy Futures: The Confused Computing Career Aspirations of 12-Year-Olds

Based on recent interviews with 12 year olds about careers in computing, I argue that if we want to evaluate programs that encourage young people to study computing...

Being Bilingual: Speaking Technology and Policy
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Being Bilingual: Speaking Technology and Policy

How do we cross the intellectual divide, providing technical advice to policy experts in ways that they find useful and actionable? Equally importantly, how do...

Interspecies Interaction Design at CHI
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Interspecies Interaction Design at CHI

A description of new frontiers in animal/human interaction design emerging at CHI. No cats or chickens were harmed in the writing of this article.

Why Don't Languages Support Multimedia All the Way Down?
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Why Don't Languages Support Multimedia All the Way Down?

It's a hallmark of CS thinking, to be able to shift levels of abstraction down to the bytes. Why do programming languages make this so hard to teach students?

On the Importance of Replication in HCI and Social Computing Research
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On the Importance of Replication in HCI and Social Computing Research

How does replication of experiments and systems move HCI research forward?  Wouldn't replication simply waste valuable researcher energy that might be better spent...

Research in Agile Development Practices
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Research in Agile Development Practices

Recent research in Agile development practices has identified that self-organizing teams spontaneously assume some previously unclassified roles and practices to...

New SQL: An Alternative to NoSQL and Old SQL For New OLTP Apps
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New SQL: An Alternative to NoSQL and Old SQL For New OLTP Apps

New SQL should be considered as an alternative to NoSQL or Old SQL for New OLTP applications. If New OLTP is as big a market as I foresee, we will see many more...

Long Live Incremental Research!
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Long Live Incremental Research!

“Break through!” clamor the funding agencies, which scorn “incremental” research. Sure, every human being needs hype; in truth, though, almost all research—good...

Our Big Idea: Open Social Learning
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Our Big Idea: Open Social Learning

Imagine a Facebook where the point is for students to study together, not trade pictures and jokes. Imagine a World of Warcraft where students earn levels and points...

Improving Computer Science Research Collaborations Between U.S. and China
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Improving Computer Science Research Collaborations Between U.S. and China

On March 23-24 2011, the National Science Foundation held a workshop looking at how to build more effective collaborations between computer science researchers...

Obama Administration Announces Landmark Global Internet Strategy
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Obama Administration Announces Landmark Global Internet Strategy

The White House this week announced a comprehensive global strategy document bringing multiple agencies together in an effort to emphasize their commitment to a...
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