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From Computational Complexity
#### Good Results Made Meaningless

Sometimes you see a beautiful theorem A that you love to talk about. Then another beautiful theorem B comes around, making the first one meaningless since B trivially...

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#### A New Cold War?

Imagine the following not-so-unrealistic scenario: The US-China trade war deepens leading to a cold war. The US blocks all Chinese citizens from graduate school...

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#### 2018 Fall Jobs Post

As we do every year at this time, we help you find that perfect academic job. So who's hiring in CS this year? Perhaps we should instead follow the advice of John...

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#### Muffin Math

Lance: It's Friday afternoon and the Dagstuhl workshop has ended. We have some time before we need take off so how about one final typecast.
Bill: Always a good...

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#### Still Typecasting from Dagstuhl

Lance: Bill, in our typecast earlier this week I said you were older than me. But 68? You don't look day over 66.
Bill: Neither do you. But seriously, why do you...

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#### Lance and Bill go to Dagstuhl: The Riemann Edition

Lance: Welcome to our typecast directly from Dagstuhl in Southwestern Germany for the 2018 edition of the seminar on Algebraic Methods in Computation Complexity...

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#### Why wasn't email built securely?

Recently I talked with Ehsan Hoque, one of the authors of the ACM Future of Computing Academy report that suggested "Peer reviewers should require that papers and...

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#### P = NP and Cancer

Often when the question comes to what happens if P = NP, one typically hears the response that it kills public-key cryptography. And it does. But that gives the...

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#### Are Conferences Discriminatory?

Glencora Borradaile wrote a blog post in June about how conferences discriminate.
Let me spell it out. In order to really succeed in most areas of computer science...

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#### What is Data Science?

The Simons Institute at Berkeley has two semester long programs this fall, Lower Bounds on Computational Complexity and Foundations of Data Science. The beginning...

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#### Katherine Johnson (1918-)

Katherine Johnson is celebrating her 100th birthday today. This is the first centenary post we've done for a living person.
The movie Hidden Figures made her story...

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#### The Zero-One Law for Random Oracles

A couple of years ago, Rossman, Servedio and Tan showed that the polynomial-time hierarchy is infinite relative to a random oracle. That is if you choose each string...

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#### While I Was Away

After the Oxford Workshop I enjoyed a two-week family vacation in Spain, where there was no rain in the plain, just very hot up to 106℉. The old Spanish citiesMeanwhile...

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#### Complexity in Oxford

Oxford, England is in the middle of a heat wave and it handles high temperatures about as well as Atlanta handles snow. But that can't stop the complexity and a...

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#### CRA Snowbird 2018

Marios Papaefthymiou (UC Irvine), Michael Franklin (U. Chicago), Larry Birnbaum (Northwestern) and me.
This week I attended the 2018 Computing Research Association...

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#### The Mystical Bond Between Man and Machine

You just can't watch a movie these days without being inundated with trailers. First came Axl, a movie about a boys love for a military robotic dog.
"It's...

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#### Happy 90th Juris!

Juris Hartmanis turns 90 today. Hartmanis with Richard Stearns received the 1993 Turing Award for their seminar work On the Computational Complexity of Algorithms...

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#### STOC 50 Part II

On Wednesday, STOC had a great complexity session and the best complexity paper of the conference, Cody Murray and Ryan Williams extending Ryan’s celebrated result...

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#### STOC 50 Part I

This week I'm in Los Angeles attending the 50th Symposium on the Theory of Computing. Most attendees weren't even born before the first STOC. Many of them weren't...

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#### Hoteling

Thanks to Grigory Yaroslavtsev for taking over the Theory Jobs Spreadsheet. Details on Grigory's blog. Check out who is going where next year.
My office...