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Version Aversion
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Version Aversion

The way you number your releases communicates more than you might think.

Victorian Data Processing
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Victorian Data Processing

The Victorian world was awash with data and with organizations that processed it; and they usually used nothing...

Friends Without Benefits
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Friends Without Benefits

The Valley used to be a place run by scientists and engineers, people like Robert Noyce, the Ph.D. physicist who helped invent the integrated circuit and cofounded...

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The Anthropology of Hackers

A "hacker" is a technologist with a love for computing and a "hack" is a clever technical solution arrived through a non-obvious means. It doesn't mean to compromise...

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Robots vs. Suicide Terrorists

In February 2008, a pair of suicide bombers struck the Israeli town of Dimona. One of the attackers detonated his explosive vest, killing an Israeli, and injuring...

Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes
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Ban Drone-Porn War Crimes

Death by joystick is immoral and illegal.

Is Wikileaks Too Full of Itself?
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Is Wikileaks Too Full of Itself?

Have the activists behind WikiLeaks—and in particular the Web site's founder, Julian Assange—become intoxicated by their own myth? Two recent events involving...

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Grim Numbers Point to the End of the Venture Capital Era

Silicon Valley has passed an important milestone that may mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.

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Defending a New Domain: The Pentagon

Right now, more than 100 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to hack into the digital networks that undergird U.S. military operations. The Pentagon...

Objects Never? Well, Hardly Ever!
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Objects Never? Well, Hardly Ever!

Revisiting the Great Objects Debate.

Discussing Cyber Attack
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Discussing Cyber Attack

Cyber attack—the other side of cyber defense—deserves a more open discussion than it has been getting.

Principles of the Law of Software Contracts
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Principles of the Law of Software Contracts

An overview of a new set of legal principles for software contracts developed by the American Law Institute.

Return at Risk
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Return at Risk

Calculating the likely true cost of projects.

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Why Intel Bought Mcafee

There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus...

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Will Someone Leak the Leaker's Secrets?

Who has the right to decide what information should be kept secret? That's the vexatious question raised by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, who masterminded...

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A Review of Verizon and Google's Net Neutrality Proposal

Efforts to protect net neutrality that involve government regulation have always faced one fundamental obstacle: the substantial danger that the regulators will...

Qualifications Needed to Be Hp's Next Ceo
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Qualifications Needed to Be Hp's Next Ceo

The world's largest technology company by revenue and the outfit that birthed Silicon Valley has very suddenly and unexpectedly put out a figurative "help wanted"...

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Evil?

The alleged Google-Verizon deal that's endangering net neutrality.

Technology Lessons from the Wikileaks Saga
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Technology Lessons from the Wikileaks Saga

There's already debate about whether Wikileaks's release of 92,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan was more of a milestone in the annals of national...

Charging the Wikileaks Leaker with Treason Would Be Absurd
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Charging the Wikileaks Leaker with Treason Would Be Absurd

Should Pvt. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst charged with leaking troves of classified documents to WikiLeaks, be tried for treason? And what about...
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