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Dennis Ritchie: The Other Man Inside Your Iphone

The groundbreaking work he did with Ken Thompson led to the operating system behind everything from set-top boxes to the iPhone, but who sings the praises of...

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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.

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The Singularity Isn't Near

 Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter...

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)
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Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

If anyone can be said to represent the spirit of an entrepreneurial generation, the man to beat for now is the charismatic cofounder and chairman of Apple Computer...

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IT Inferno: The Nine Circles of IT Hell

Spend enough time in the tech industry, and you'll eventually find yourself in IT hell—one not unlike the underworld described by Dante in his "Divine Comedy."...

Trouble on the High Seas For Mysql?
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Trouble on the High Seas For Mysql?

Last week, Oracle quietly announced the addition of three new commercial extensions to MySQL Enterprise Edition, the proprietary flavor of the dual-licensed MySQL...

What Became of Multi-Core Programming Problems?
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What Became of Multi-Core Programming Problems?

As the Intel Developer Forum gets under way this week, one hardly unexpected theme of CEO Paul Otellini's keynote address was that Moore's Law continues. Ivy...

In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'
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In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'

Sixty years ago, Maurice Wilkes, David Wheeler, and Stanley Gill produced the first textbook on programming: The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital...

David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project
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David Ferrucci, Lead Researcher of Ibm's Watson Project

How do you improve on a computer that beat the world's best Jeopardy! players? Have Watson team up with humanity.

The Next Mars Rover
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The Next Mars Rover

Maria Zuber, the Earle A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Planetary Science and head of MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says...

From Gamification to Intelligence Amplification to The Singularity
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From Gamification to Intelligence Amplification to The Singularity

I've been thinking about the combination of artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification and specifically the symbiosis of these two things. And the...

Why Cloud Computing Must Evolve
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Why Cloud Computing Must Evolve

The marked increase in the use of the Internet for accessing computing resources will necessitate an evolution in the cloud computing network.

Who Needs Humans?
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Who Needs Humans?

Amid all the job losses of the Great Recession, there is one category of worker that the economic disruption has been good for: nonhumans.

The Campaign to Terrify You About Emp
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The Campaign to Terrify You About Emp

From Newt Gingrich to a Congressional "EMP Caucus," some conservatives warn the electronics-frying blast could pose gravely underestimated dangers to the U.S.

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Former CIA Director: Build a New Internet to Improve Cybersecurity

The United States may seriously want to consider creating a new Internet infrastructure to reduce the threat of cyberattacks, said Michael Hayden, President George...

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Former CIA Director: Build a New Internet to Improve Cybersecurity

The United States may seriously want to consider creating a new Internet infrastructure to reduce the threat of cyberattacks, said Michael Hayden, President George...

Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET
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Google+ Contributor and Mac Pioneer Talks with CNET

Thirty years ago, Andy Hertzfeld was a young computer engineer working at Apple Computer on the first Macintosh under the leadership of Steve Jobs. As Jobs had...

Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines
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Real ­.s. Stealth-Tech Advantage: Its Assembly Lines

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had a world monopoly on radar-evading technology—and with it, a huge advantage over any rival. Several generations...

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Doing the Math on News Corp.'s Disastrous Myspace Years

Once upon a time, MySpace was the king and pioneer of social networking. When Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. bought the company for $580 million, it looked like...

Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco
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Lady of the Rings: Saturn Surveyor Carolyn Porco

When Carolyn Porco started exploring the outer solar system, it was all about the rings. Her 1983 doctoral thesis at Caltech focused on shifting spokes in Saturn’s...
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