A rabbinical story tells about an angry reader who stormed into a newspaper office waving the day's paper, asking to see the editor of the obituary column.Moshe Y. Vardi Page 5DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
Though I appreciated Martin Campbell-Kelly's "Viewpoint" "Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?" (Oct. 2008), we must still rectify a small piece of history to apportion credit correctly.CACM Staff Page 6DEPARTMENT: CACM online
Architecture astronauts habitually speak at extremely high levels of abstraction to avoid engaging in tangible discussions that might lead to disclosing that they really have no idea of what they are talking about. Alex E. Bell Pages 21-22
The wisePad system is envisioned as a full-service computing platform capable of delivering personalized image, audio, and text services to millions of individuals worldwide with impaired vision or hearing problems.
Dawn N. Jutla, Dimitri Kanevsky Pages 64-69SECTION: Review articles
A mind-boggling array of displays differ greatly in resolutions and aspect ratios. But images and videos are captured at fixed resolutions and aspect ratios, and viewing them properly in a display can be a challenge. Harry Shum Page 76
Traditional image resizing techniques are oblivious to the content of the image when changing its width or height. In contrast, media (i.e., image and video) retargeting takes content into account.Ariel Shamir, Shai Avidan Pages 77-85
This article describes mechanisms for asynchronous collaboration in the context of information visualization, recasting visualizations as not just analytic tools, but social spaces. Jeffrey Heer, Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg Pages 87-97COLUMN: Last byte
Despite policy level mandates by some Governments to motivate gains in broadband diffusion, rates and levels of support differ greatly. Such policy decisions appear now to be contributing towards a digital divide.
Yogesh Dwivedi, Zahir Irani Pages 122-125
How Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) electronic-commerce platforms in China compete and how buyers are stimulated to be both aware and trustful of sellers through buyer-seller communication channels.
Carol Xiaojuan Ou, Robert M. Davison Pages 145-148