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The Emerging Technology Landscape in China
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The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

Observations about the emerging technology landscape in China, looking at mobile social networking, mobile payments, taxi hailing, and same or next day delivery...

Budget Beowulf Clusters
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Budget Beowulf Clusters

At SIGCSE 2015, five CS educators brought and live-demo'd the low-cost Beowulf clusters they had built for teaching parallel and distributed computing.

Recommended SF Reading for Computer Scientists
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Recommended SF Reading for Computer Scientists

Courtesy of a SIGCSE 2014 BOF, here are some SF books containing themes of special interest to computer scientists.

Through A Google Glass, Darkly
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Through A Google Glass, Darkly

I have been wearing Google Glass as both a technical assessment of utility and as a social study in human dynamics and expectations.

Privacy and Google Glass
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Privacy and Google Glass

Why has there been so much negative sentiment about Google Glass in the press regarding privacy? This article looks at privacy from two different perspectives,...

Why HCI Should Listen to Mothers
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Why HCI Should Listen to Mothers

A call for the HCI community to spend some design effort on helping new mothers with the considerable physical and emotional challenges they face.

Reaching for Engelbart's Vision of the Future
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Reaching for Engelbart's Vision of the Future

 A meditation on Douglas Engelbart's impact on interactive computing.

Coping With Linux Distro Fragmentation (Visualized in One Giant Diagram)
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Coping With Linux Distro Fragmentation (Visualized in One Giant Diagram)

I describe software incompatibility problems caused by fragmentation in Linux-based operating systems and present one potential solution.

Intermittent Net and Mobile/Cloud Development
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Intermittent Net and Mobile/Cloud Development

Intermittent Net: The Importance of Distributed Thinking in Mobile/Cloud Application Development (and Usage)

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.

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?

Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations
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Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations

That picture of you at a family reunion, squinting into the sun, can rarely be delimited by a physical location once it is placed on the web. Instead, information...

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...

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?

Why is Great Design so Hard?
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Why is Great Design so Hard?

Why is good design so hard to accomplish for organizations? People are coming to the realization that design really matters, but it's not that they don't want to...

A Connected Life
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A Connected Life

In the Internet era, with cell phones, PDAs, and other technologies,  humans are more and more connected to each other. All day you can see people walking and at...

Hope vs. Fear: Privacy Challenges in Online Health Communities
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Hope vs. Fear: Privacy Challenges in Online Health Communities

 The difficulty in creating privacy controls in online health communities represents the struggle between hope and fear.

Online Information Brokers &  the Challenges of Privacy in a Networked World
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Online Information Brokers & the Challenges of Privacy in a Networked World

At Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, we receive phone calls and emails about online information brokers almost daily. The individuals who contact us are often those...

Consumerization of IT and Research
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Consumerization of IT and Research

When a corporate, government, or university IT department of the 1970s debated an upgrade to its IBM S/370 mainframes, it is doubtful that the IT director was in...
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