Sign In

Communications of the ACM

Recent Opinion



The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces
From Communications of the ACM

The Artificiality of Natural User Interfaces

Toward user-defined gestural interfaces.

The Idea Idea
From Communications of the ACM

The Idea Idea

What if practices rather than ideas are the main source of innovation?

Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics
From ACM Opinion

Why Lightsquared Failed: It Was Science, Not Politics

The seeds of LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the "approval" the company received just...

Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success
From ACM Opinion

Tech Pioneer Channels Hard Lessons Into Silicon Valley Success

Modern computer games and their fast-paced graphics require an incredible amount of computing horsepower. So much, in fact, that the kinds of chips commonly used...

From ACM Opinion

Graphic Designers Are Ruining the Web

What happens when you click on a Weblink? Here's one answer: A request goes from your computer to a server identified by the URL of the desired link. The server...

From ACM Opinion

Harvard Mapping My Dna Turns Scary as Threatening Gene Emerges

Four months after I walked into a lab at Harvard University and gave a vial of blood to have my genome sequenced, my search to understand my DNA led me to Mark...

From ACM Opinion

The Internet Is Broken; We Need to Start Over

Last year, the level and ferocity of cyberattacks on the Internet reached such a horrendous level that some are now thinking the unthinkable: let the Internet wither...

From ACM Opinion

Apple's Mountain Lion Makes the Mac More Like the Ipad

Apple's iPhones and iPads get most of the attention, but Apple is now directing the spotlight on the Mac.

Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why
From ACM Opinion

Lightsquared Blew It, and Here's Why

LightSquared may have had a great case for building its wireless network, but the fledgling company lacked the political tact to see it through.

A High-Tech War on Leaks
From ACM Opinion

A High-Tech War on Leaks

Back in 2006, before the Obama administration made leak prosecutions routine, a panel of three federal appeals court judges in New York struggled to decide whether...

From ACM Opinion

Researchers Detail Flaw in Online Cryptography, but Don't Panic

First, the bad news: A small number of active RSA public encryption keys, a popular type of encryption protocol that secures billions of online transactions, offer...

The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming
From ACM Opinion

The Delivery Guy Who Saw Jeremy Lin Coming

The morning after Jeremy Lin sank a thrilling, last-second three-pointer that lifted the New York Knicks over the Toronto Raptors and gave "Linsanity" its latest...

Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'
From ACM Opinion

Rudy Rucker: 'all These Years, and I'm Still Looking For the Big Aha'

"When I see an old movie, like from the '40s or '50s or '60s, the people look so calm. They don't have smart phones, they're not looking at computer screens, they're...

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing
From ACM Opinion

What Dropbox Can Teach ­S About Cloud Computing

Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash
From ACM Opinion

The Mathematical Equation that Caused the Banks to Crash

It was the holy grail of investors. The Black-Scholes equation, brainchild of economists Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, provided a rational way to price a financial...

Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex
From ACM Opinion

Cyberwar Is the New Yellowcake, Fueling a Cybersecurity-Industrial Complex

In last month's State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to pass "legislation that will secure our country from the growing dangers of cyber...

From ACM Opinion

Tides Are Changing For Web Surfers

David Weinberger has a new book out entitled Too Big to Know in which he argues that one of the implications of a comprehensively networked society is that the...

Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling
From ACM Opinion

Apps For Ipad 3: What Apple Should Demo at the Grand ­nveiling

All indicators suggest Apple will unveil the iPad 3 during the first week of March. That’s less than a month away, and sources at The Next Web say Apple is in "crunch...

Erasing the Boundaries
From ACM Opinion

Erasing the Boundaries

Technology used to be so simple.

Google Knows Too Much About You
From ACM Opinion

Google Knows Too Much About You

If you use Google, and I know you do, you may have noticed a little banner popping up at the top of the page announcing: "We're changing our privacy policy and...
Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account