Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Recent Opinion



The Purpose of Science Fiction
From ACM Opinion

The Purpose of Science Fiction

How it teaches governments—and citizens—how to understand the future of technology.

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period
From ACM Opinion

Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere...

The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show
From ACM Opinion

The Case Against the Consumer Electronics Show

A year ago, Steve Ballmer took the stage of the Consumer Electronics Show to tout a technology that he promised would change the world: the Windows operating...

From ACM News

Every Day We Write the Book

What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research?

Don't Stick It In: The Dangers of ­sb Drives
From ACM Opinion

Don't Stick It In: The Dangers of ­sb Drives

Talking to a computer security researcher about Stuxnet is like asking an art critic to describe the finer points of the Mona Lisa. The world's top cybersecurity...

Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes
From ACM Opinion

Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes

Death by joystick is immoral and illegal.

Facebook Knows Where You Are
From ACM Opinion

Facebook Knows Where You Are

The social network's new Places feature will make it more difficult to lie to your friends.

How Often Does Your Phone Drop Calls?
From ACM Opinion

How Often Does Your Phone Drop Calls?

Apple, Research in Motion, and the rest of the cell phone industry don't want you to know.

Why Publishers Should Beware the App Store
From ACM Opinion

Why Publishers Should Beware the App Store

In a brilliant column published 16 years ago, the Italian philosopher Umberto Eco explained the difference between Apple and Microsoft in terms of the divide between...

Has Apple Reached the Limits of Industrial Design?
From ACM Opinion

Has Apple Reached the Limits of Industrial Design?

The next iPhone is going to look amazing. This is as close to a truism as you get in the tech industry--it's sort of like predicting that Warren Buffett will make...

You Don't Need an Ipad
From ACM Opinion

You Don't Need an Ipad

But once you try one, you won't be able to resist. I picked up my iPad at a San Francisco Apple Store early on Saturday morning, and I spent the rest of the weekend...

From ACM Opinion

Apple's Multitouch Lawsuit Is Both Dumb and Dangerous

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at 2007's Macworld conference, he began by describing the device's groundbreaking user interface. "We have invented...

From ACM Opinion

I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Make a ­-Turn

When Toyota Prius owners take their cars to the dealer under the company's latest recall, they'll likely be out of the shop in about 30 minutes. Even though the...

From ACM Opinion

The Best Web Browser on the Planet

I like to think of myself as the Dick Cheney of the Browser Wars—an unyielding proponent of greater and greater hostilities between the developers working on Chrome...
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account