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? A Remarkable Reversal
From Wild WebMink

? A Remarkable Reversal

It was a surprise to see Richard Stallman's signature on a letter to the European Commission calling on them to block the acquisition of MySQL by Oracle with its...

WolframAlpha has an App
From The Eponymous Pickle

WolframAlpha has an App

WolframAlpha, the computational knowledge engine, has an application for the IPhone. What has received much of the early publicity is that it is expensive in the...

Clay Shirky and Stephen Fry on the digital revolution
From Putting People First

Clay Shirky and Stephen Fry on the digital revolution

The people behind Digital Revolution (working title), an open source documentary, due for transmission on BBC Two in 2010, that will take stock of 20 years of change...

Trust in digital life
From Putting People First

Trust in digital life

Denise Deveau, technology writer at The Globe and Mail speaks with Kim Cameron, Microsoft’s identity guru, about what it will take for consumers and businesses...

Books! Books! Books!
From The Noisy Channel

Books! Books! Books!

When my daughter was born almost two years ago, I wondered if she’d grow up reading books. After all, I do most of my reading online, and increasingly find myself...

Learning with Serious Games
From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning with Serious Games

I have long been interested in using games for serious learning. Doesn't it make great sense to use the fun, competition and often addictive nature of the gamereviewed...

An Unintentional Sociology of Blogs Experiment
From Computational Complexity

An Unintentional Sociology of Blogs Experiment

Yesterday I posted a list of books that I want reviews of as SIGACT NEWS Book Review Column Editor. This resulted in an unintentional study of Sociology and Blogs...

TSA Successfully Defends Itself
From Schneier on Security

TSA Successfully Defends Itself

Story here. Basically, a woman posts a horrible story of how she was mistreated by the TSA, and the TSA responds by releasing the video showing that she was lying...

links for 2009-10-20
From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-10-20

Letter to the EC opposing Oracle's acquisition of MySQL Fascinating to see Stallman admit that the GPL does not guarantee software...

Computer Card Counter Detects Human Card Counters
From Schneier on Security

Computer Card Counter Detects Human Card Counters

All it takes is a computer that can track every card: The anti-card-counter system uses cameras to watch players and keep track of the actual "count" of the cards...

Old References
From My Biased Coin

Old References

One interesting aspect of our WSDM paper is that we have multiple references from the 1930's and 40's. It turns out our problem is related to some of the problems...

Six Years of Patch Tuesdays
From Schneier on Security

Six Years of Patch Tuesdays

Nice article summing up six years of Microsoft Patch Tuesdays: The total number of flaws disclosed and patched by the software maker so far this year stands at...

Data Intensive Scientific Discovery
From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Intensive Scientific Discovery

The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific DiscoveryPresenting the first broad look at the rapidly emerging field of data-intensive science ... '

From Computational Complexity

List of books I want reviewed

I have been the SIGACT NEWS Book Review Column Editor for a while now. Every issue I have a list of books that I WANT reviewed. This works pretty well, but I recently...

How to Win Academic Debates
From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How to Win Academic Debates

In an academic unit, all professors hold a little bit of power. Yet, unfortunately, professors have nuanced positions. Just like in a democracy, you cannot get...

WSDM Paper : Acceptance Rates
From My Biased Coin

WSDM Paper : Acceptance Rates

I'm happy to announce our paper "Adaptive Weighing Designs for Keyword Value Computation" -- by me, John Byers, and Georgios Zervas -- was accepted to WSDM 2010...

Who Will Buy?
From The Noisy Channel

Who Will Buy?

Recent years have witnessed dramatic changes in our price sensitivities in every genre of digital (or digitizable) content, and I’m curious (sometimes morbidly...

An Australian view on user-centred design
From Putting People First

An Australian view on user-centred design

Damian Kernahan (featured earlier) just published his second article in Fast Thinking, an Australian innovation quarterly — this time on user-centred design. “Web...

Teaching, Nursing, and Second-Wave Feminism
From Apophenia

Teaching, Nursing, and Second-Wave Feminism

I am deeply grateful for all that was accomplished by second wave feminism. I love living in a world in which my job opportunities are not constrained because of...

Helpful Hint for Fugitives: Don't Update Your Location on Facebook
From Schneier on Security

Helpful Hint for Fugitives: Don't Update Your Location on Facebook

"Fugitive caught after updating his status on Facebook." It's easy to say "so dumb," and it would be true, but what's interesting is how people just don't think...
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