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What If There Were No More Disasters?
From ACM TechNews

What If There Were No More Disasters?

Texas A&M University professor Robin Murphy recently released "Computing for Disasters: A Report from the Community Workshop," which details the role of computing...

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?
From ACM News

Blade Runner: Which Predictions Have Come True?

Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner—the tale of a hunt for four dangerous "replicant" humans—is a classic...

You Are Where You E-Mail: Global Migration Trends Discovered in Email Data
From ACM TechNews

You Are Where You E-Mail: Global Migration Trends Discovered in Email Data

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Yahoo! Research recently completed a large migration database based on the global flow of millions...

­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World
From ACM TechNews

­.s. Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of ­niversity Labs and Into the Real World

A recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation focused on ways to enhance collaboration between commercial and...

Forget Movie Critics, Mindless Internet Chatter Predicts Blockbusters and Bombs
From ACM TechNews

Forget Movie Critics, Mindless Internet Chatter Predicts Blockbusters and Bombs

Japanese physicists have developed a model that strongly reflects the box office performance of movies based on the number of times a film is mentioned in blog...

Turing Awardees Pay Tribute to
From ACM News

Turing Awardees Pay Tribute to

The Turing Centenary Celebration featured the first gathering, in one place, of 33 of the 39 living ACM A.M. Turing Award laureates. 

Iran Asks For Critiquing Western Computer Games
From ACM News

Iran Asks For Critiquing Western Computer Games

Iran's culture minister on Saturday called for a precise analysis and critique of western computer games to reveal the underlying goals pursued by developing such...

Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews
From ACM News

Statistics ­nmask Phony Online Reviews

Searching for hotels in cities they've never visited, people often turn to customer-written reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor. But how do they know those...

What, Exactly, Is a Supercomputer?
From ACM Opinion

What, Exactly, Is a Supercomputer?

It's official: The United States is home to the world's fastest supercomputer. But what exactly are supercomputers and why should we care about them? I decidedLawrence...

Minister: Iran Ready to Repel Enemies' Cyber Attacks
From ACM News

Minister: Iran Ready to Repel Enemies' Cyber Attacks

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi underscored on Thursday that the country is completely ready for defending its sensitive facilities against enemies'...

Research Reveals Why Spammers Claim They're Nigerian
From ACM News

Research Reveals Why Spammers Claim They're Nigerian

Most of us know the signs: stilted English, "Dear Sir/Madam," a particular fondness for exclamation points.

How to Fix the Gender Gap in Technology
From ACM TechNews

How to Fix the Gender Gap in Technology

Women currently hold 27 percent of all computer science jobs, down from 30 percent 10 years ago, and they account for just 20 percent of undergraduate computer...

Patently Inadequate
From Communications of the ACM

Patently Inadequate

The biggest change to U.S. patent law in nearly 60 years brings many changes, but fails to solve the software industry's most vexing problems.

Lost and Found
From Communications of the ACM

Lost and Found

Researchers discover computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's long-forgotten Z9, the world's first program-controlled binary relay calculator using floating-point arithmetic...

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say
From ACM News

­.S., Israel Developed Flame Computer Virus to Slow Iranian Nuclear Efforts, Officials Say

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed...

The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing
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The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing

June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician...

How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems
From ACM TechNews

How the White House Is Aiming the X Prize Model at Big Problems

The U.S. government recently held Collaborative Innovation: Public Sector Prizes, a one-day forum in which public-sector employees, as well as representatives from...

How the U.S. Can Avoid a 'Cyber Cold War'
From ACM TechNews

How the U.S. Can Avoid a 'Cyber Cold War'

Former White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt says there is a fine line to negotiate between pushing central values such as freedom of speech without...

You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome
From ACM News

You For Sale: Mapping, and Sharing, the Consumer Genome

It knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests
From ACM News

Google Reports 'alarming' Rise in Government Censorship Requests

Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency...
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