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New Clock May End Time As We Know It
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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian.

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons
From ACM Careers

New Players in the Nba: Big Data, ­ser-Controlled Jumbotrons

The NBA ushered in the new season this past week, and fans at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening game had access to some new toys.

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out
From ACM News

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem.

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put a Man on the Moon
From ACM Careers

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put a Man on the Moon


Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior
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Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior

For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists...

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
From ACM Careers

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
From ACM Opinion

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata
From ACM News

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata

Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have.
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