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Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?
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Is A (Nearly) Zero-Cost Model Plausible for Science and Engineering Programs?

Is a skill-based, multi-level win-win, and (almost) zero-cost model for undergraduate science and engineering programs in a research university plausible?

The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m
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The World's Largest Commercial Cylindrical Slide Rule has a Scale Length of 24m

The world's largest mass-produced cylindrical slide rules come from Loga-Calculator AG in Zurich/Uster, Switzerland.

Hacking the Axis
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Hacking the Axis

The role of early high-performance computing capabilities in World War II.

Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020
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Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020

Best paper awardee at SIGCSE 2020 on the impacts on first-year students of competitive enrollment.

The COVID Catalyst
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The COVID Catalyst

The coronavirus pandemic has once again demonstrated the great vulnerability of social and economic systems to microbes.

Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19
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Holding a Conference Online and Live, Due to COVID-19

A report on EDBT/ICDT 2020.

Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry
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Learning Computational Thinking to Dominate the Music Industry

Music can be a context for middle school students to learn about computational thinking and data science. In a game environment, students can play the role in which...

Would There Be Computers Without Easter?
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Would There Be Computers Without Easter?

Finding roots of computing in the computation of Easter.

Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes
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Contingency Plans for CS Students in Large Classes

Some of our students will get sick before the end of the term. We need a plan.

The ASPLOS 2020 Online Conference Experience
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The ASPLOS 2020 Online Conference Experience

CS pioneered it. Should we use it?

Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System
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Powerful Online Learning is a Distributed System

In the midst of a pandemic, universities are now rapidly shifting to online and remote learning. Here, I will suggest a core metaphor for what powerful online learning...

Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online
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Beware of Hurting Our Weakest Students when Moving Classes Online

Our weakest students should not be the ones bearing the greatest costs of moving classes online.

Voting as Tallying in Public
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Voting as Tallying in Public

Voting requires common acknowledgement.  Can that be achieved in automation?

How Does a Pantograph Work?
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How Does a Pantograph Work?

Pantographs have been widely used for centuries; for example, in surveying and embroidery. With these devices, drawings can be enlarged and reduced.

How Do We Make AI More Ethical?
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How Do We Make AI More Ethical?

Scientists consider the limits of ethics in the realm of artificial intelligence, and how to mitigate its biases.

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'
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Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 

Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications
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Why IT Professionals Get A Bad Rap For Their Communications

Tips for improving business IT communications.

The Vote as a Declared Datum
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The Vote as a Declared Datum

A vote is a datum that sheds its original identity but persists.

Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?
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Why Is There No Well-Known Swiss IT Industry?

Herbert Bruderer asks why no information technology industry emerged in Switzerland in the 1950s, despite the appearance of computers from several sources.

The Internet at 50
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The Internet at 50

A personalized take on three things we have to celebrate about the Internet today.
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