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Precise Language: It's All Relative
From Computer Science Teachers Association

Precise Language: It's All Relative

The term "precise language" has come up twice in the past few weeks in way that highlight the difference between computer science people and other people. (I wouldn't...

What is next in Windows 8
From The Eponymous Pickle

What is next in Windows 8

In what appears to be a fairly radical change, Windows 8 will be looking very different than Windows 7. I am thinking of moving to a new vendor's OS during my next...

Apple Provides Free Cloud
From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Provides Free Cloud

Announced by Apple today:  iCloud will compete with and likely severely hurt vendors that have as part of their services file synchronization.    Watch this carefully...

Products Should Communicate Effectively
From The Eponymous Pickle

Products Should Communicate Effectively

From the Harvard Blogs:  Yes, designed well and communicate to their context transparently. "  ... Obviously there are many dimensions of communication, but as...

Eli Pariser is wrong
From Geeking with Greg

Eli Pariser is wrong

In recent interviews and in his new book, "The Filter Bubble", Eli Pariser claims that personalization limits serendipity and discovery.For example, in one interview...

Continuous profiling at Google
From Geeking with Greg

Continuous profiling at Google

"Google-Wide Profiling: A Continuous Profiling Infrastructure for Data Centers" (PDF) has some fascinating details on how Google does profiling and looks for performance...

From Computational Complexity

A Valiant Weekend

In my role as SIGACT chair, I got to attend the ACM Awards Banquet held at the beginning of FCRC in San Jose. I shared a table with Mitzenmacher who posted on the...

In Testimony, CISE AD Describes Research Contributions
From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

In Testimony, CISE AD Describes Research Contributions

Farnam Jahanian, the Assistant Director for CISE, testified at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on May 25th. The hearing, convened jointly by the Subcommittee...

IBM Offers Cheaper City in a Box
From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Offers Cheaper City in a Box

Had to smile at this one.  IBM has been pushing their Smarter City idea heavily in ads. Cities are in trouble financially today with the rest of government.  So...

Why I still program
From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Why I still program

People expect that, as you grow older, you give up practical jobs such as programming for more noble tasks such as managing a team and acquiring funding. This especially...

? Ending Division
From Wild WebMink

? Ending Division

LibreOffice Conference, Paris, 12th-15th October, 2011 The LibreOffice community is organising a conference. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the various strands...

Analysis of Redaction Failures
From Schneier on Security

Analysis of Redaction Failures

Redaction failures are so common that I stopped blogging about them years ago. This is the first analysis I have seen of technical redaction failures. And here's...

The future of money in a webbed-up world
From Putting People First

The future of money in a webbed-up world

Digital cash and online markets have the potential to loosen governments

Interesting Links Post
From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links Post

Last week I celebrated eight years at Microsoft. I still miss the students which makes the guest talks I do in schools particularly valuable to me. Interestingly...

Winning the War for Software Engineering Talent
From The Noisy Channel

Winning the War for Software Engineering Talent

The war for talent. It’s the latest metaphor for the challenge that tech companies face as excitement is building in Silicon Valley again. Well, not really — McKinsey...

Harvard CS Hires (2011 Edition)
From My Biased Coin

Harvard CS Hires (2011 Edition)

At FCRC, I'm getting asked a lot about hiring.  Our hiring season still isn't quite yet finished, but I'm going to go ahead and announce three new faculty who will...

American Library Association Abstracts
From The Eponymous Pickle

American Library Association Abstracts

Here the abstracts of the poster sessions from the American Library Association's recent meeting.  Having dabbled in library science and its reaction to changes...

Games in Employee Recruitment
From The Eponymous Pickle

Games in Employee Recruitment

WSJ Piece includes a good example of how the enterprise is using gamification.  I have seen similar examples in retail training: "  ... While it's not clear ifMarriott...

Explaining  Relevance Metrics in Search
From The Eponymous Pickle

Explaining Relevance Metrics in Search

Relevance metrics are important.   How can they be best explained?  Very similar to the issues we had in artificial intelligence in explaining results satisfactorily...

Taking a Square Root With DNA
From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Taking a Square Root With DNA

Some research news last Friday that’s been the subject of much chatter in the popular press: Caltech researchers Lulu Qian and
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