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Could it have been predicted?

As everyone knows, the computer industry is passing through a period of great change. I was speaking recently to a senior executive in one of the large companies vigorously working to meet the developing situation. The question …

Digital media and the law

Over the past two years, I have written seven “Legally Speaking” columns and one feature article for Communications about legal issues affecting computing professionals. These writings have covered an array of legal topics including …

Next-generation database systems


The O2 system


The ObjectStore database system


The GemStone object database management system


The POSTGRES next generation database management system


Extensions to Starburst: objects, types, functions, and rules


Database systems: achievements and opportunities


An ACM response: the scope and directions of Computer Science

The National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) chartered a two-year study on the scope and directions of computer science. As part of this study, ACM was asked to provide input on three important …

Technical correspondence

The column, “Benchmarks for LAN Performance Evaluation,” by Larry Press (Aug. 1988, pp. 1014-1017) presented a technique for quickly benchmarking the performance of LANs in an office environment. Our interest was peaked since …

A national debate on encryption exportability

Traditionally, cryptography has been an exclusively military technology controlled by the National Security Agency (NSA). Therefore, U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARS) requires licenses for all export of modern …