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The African Enigma: Who Knows More?
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The African Enigma: Who Knows More?

Tally sticks and notched bones are among the oldest digital data carriers.

Dynamic Analysis in the Browser
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Dynamic Analysis in the Browser

Autopsy of a Google Query.

 A Minuscule Percentage of Students Take High School Computer Science in the United States: Access Isn't Enough
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A Minuscule Percentage of Students Take High School Computer Science in the United States: Access Isn't Enough

Likely less than 4% of U.S. high school students take a computer science course.

The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems
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The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems

We, as developers of such systems, need to take some conscious decisions to make sure we do not usher in the age of autocracy of autonomous systems.

We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That
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We Should Stop Saying 'Language Independent.' We Don't Know How To Do That

We know how to make multi-lingual pseudocode-based assessments, not language-independent assessments.

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?
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Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton figure?

Lessons from a First-Year Seminar
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Lessons from a First-Year Seminar

Teaching a first-year seminar to a mixed group musters the basics of computer science.

Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers
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Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers

Lazy developers stick to the project scope while forcing the project team to understand and fix their own code and issues.

What Help Should We Provide to Students Learning to Program?
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What Help Should We Provide to Students Learning to Program?

Insights from a recent Dagstuhl Seminar on "Notional Machines and Programming Language Semantics in Education."

Leonardo's Self-driving Car
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Leonardo's Self-driving Car

Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago, had already designed a self-driving car.

Hazardous Enthusiasm and How Eagerness Can Kill A Project
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Hazardous Enthusiasm and How Eagerness Can Kill A Project

Many otherwise competent software developers and potential contributors end up being overwhelmed by "hazardous enthusiasm." They end up overwhelmed by their excitement...

Turing Lectures Open ACM FCRC
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Turing Lectures Open ACM FCRC

The Turing Lectures of 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award Laureates Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun were highlights of the welcome session of ACM FCRC. 

A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking
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A Design Perspective on Computational Thinking

Maybe we can just design away the need to teach computational thinking

How Do You Calculate with the Sector?
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How Do You Calculate with the Sector?

The sector was developed in the second half of the 16th century, and was in widespread use until the end of the 19th century,

Variable Vagaries
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Variable Vagaries

The variable, construed as an L-value, makes some offbeat appearances.

How to Support Research in Computer Science via Russian Scientific Foundations
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How to Support Research in Computer Science via Russian Scientific Foundations

Russia is lagging behind the world average in fields including medicine, the agricultural sciences, biotechnology, pharmacology, the social sciences, and computer...

Fake Translations?
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Fake Translations?

Inconsistencies in translation programs.

Google Translate Does Not U­nderstand the Content of the Texts
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Google Translate Does Not U­nderstand the Content of the Texts

How well do translation programs translate?

Is the Trolley Problem ­Useful for Studying Autonomous Vehicles?
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Is the Trolley Problem ­Useful for Studying Autonomous Vehicles?

Does the trolley problem offer any useful insights for autonomous vehicles, in terms of design of or public policy around these systems? Here are several reasons...

How to Reduce Long Lines at CS Office Hours in Five Tweets
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How to Reduce Long Lines at CS Office Hours in Five Tweets

Evidence-based practices that will likely reduce the long lines at the CS professor's door.
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