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Do Volunteer Programmers Produce Better Code?
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Do Volunteer Programmers Produce Better Code?

Volunteer programmers do better if they are in it for the long haul, says blogger Robert Pogson. "It's human nature to do better work when you are doing something...

Cold-Calling Dennis Ritchie
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Cold-Calling Dennis Ritchie

When I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin in 1978, I called Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs to tell him about the work I was doing with the Unix line...

Rise of the Robot Journalists
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Rise of the Robot Journalists

The New York Times reported recently that artificial intelligence is being used to compose news stories. Advocates argue that the articles created by "robot journalists"...

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Why iOS 5 Is a Big Deal

While most of this week's attention is going to be on Apple's new iPhone 4S and how it sells, the most important thing to come out of the company is a new version...

Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying
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Cloud-Powered Facial Recognition Is Terrifying

"I never forget a face," goes the Marx Brothers one-liner, "but in your case, I'll be glad to make an exception." Unlike Groucho Marx, unfortunately, the cloud...

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What I Learned from Steve Jobs

 Many people have explained what one can learn from Steve Jobs. But few, if any, of these people have been inside the tent and experienced first hand what it was...

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...

Steve Jobs: 1955
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Steve Jobs: 1955

Steve Jobs is dead. One big question is whether the unbelievably innovative culture he forged will live. Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great,...

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Apple's Cook to Woo Shoppers Without Pizzazz of Iphone 5

Apple Inc. this holiday season will have to prove it’s what’s on the inside that matters most.

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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."...

In Profile: Ramesh Raskar
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In Profile: Ramesh Raskar

In 2007, Ramesh Raskar was one of the most promising young researchers at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, Mass. Four years earlier, Technology...

Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security
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Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security

One of the biggest talks at this year's Black Hat Briefings was a presentation on the structural problem with digital certificate authorities by Moxie Marlinspike...

­se It Better: The Worst Trends in Tech
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­se It Better: The Worst Trends in Tech

Consumer technology doesn't always get better, faster and cheaper. Here are four bad moves that prove the future isn't always bright.

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Will Robots Steal Your Job?

If you're taking a break from work to read this article, I've got one question for you: Are you crazy? I know you think no one will notice, and I know that everyone...

The 'worm' That Could Bring Down the Internet
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The 'worm' That Could Bring Down the Internet

For the past three years, a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker has been spreading rapidly around the world. As many as 12 million computers have...

All About the Design Genius Who Gestated Facebook's Overhaul
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All About the Design Genius Who Gestated Facebook's Overhaul

A conversation with Nicholas Felton shows how Facebook's new apps will uncover uncomfortable truths about users—and how the same data could enable entirely new...

Security Expert: ­.s. 'leading Force' Behind Stuxnet
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Security Expert: ­.s. 'leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

German cybersecurity expert Ralph Langner warns that U.S. utility companies are not yet prepared to deal with the threat presented by the Stuxnet computer worm...

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Gov. Brown: Sign Bill Outlawing Warrantless Smartphone Searches

There’s a bill sitting on the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown, which if signed would ban police from searching the mobile devices of people arrested for...

Google Searching For New Ideas
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Google Searching For New Ideas

If anyone can preview the future of computing, it should be Alfred Spector, Google's director of research. Spector's team focuses on the most challenging areas...

Rebooting the CS Publication Process
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Rebooting the CS Publication Process

A proposal for a new cost-free open-access publication model for computer science papers.
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