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Bangalore Blooming Into Innovation Hothouse

Once primarily a place for outsourcing call centers and repetitive software development, Bangalore is now home to a thriving research and development (R&D) industry...

Donald Knuth: Geek of the Week
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Donald Knuth: Geek of the Week

Donald Knuth is an extraordinary man. As well as inventing 'Literate Programming' and writing The Art of Computer Programming—often cited as the most important...

Donald Knuth: Geek of the Week
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Donald Knuth: Geek of the Week

Donald Knuth is an extraordinary man. As well as inventing 'Literate Programming' and writing The Art of Computer Programming—often cited as the most important...

Broken Builds
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Broken Builds

Frequent broken builds could be symptomatic of deeper problems within a development project.

Computing's Paradigm
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Computing's Paradigm

Trying to categorize computing as engineering, science, or math is fruitless; we have our own paradigm.

How Secure Is Cloud Computing?
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How Secure Is Cloud Computing?

The recent ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop was the first event devoted specifically to the security of cloud computing systems. Speaker Whitfield Diffie,...

Cio Blast From the Past: 40 Years of Multics, 1969-2009
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Cio Blast From the Past: 40 Years of Multics, 1969-2009

Four decades ago, Multiplexed Information and Computing Service (Multics), widely considered the basis of contemporary time-sharing systems, was first employed...

Revamping DARPA Is Vital to Preserving the ­.s. Lead in It
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Revamping DARPA Is Vital to Preserving the ­.s. Lead in It

Government-funded basic and applied research at U.S. universities has been one of the pillars of the U.S. high tech sector. But at least in information technology...

Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson
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Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson

One of the most popular and successful open source software development initiatives is Ruby on Rails, created by David Heinemeier Hansson. "I think the fundamental...

An Interview with Ping Fu
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An Interview with Ping Fu

Ping Fu, CEO of the digital shape sampling and processing company Geomagic, discusses her background, achievements, and challenges managing a company during a period...

Usable Security: How to Get It
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Usable Security: How to Get It

Why does your computer bother you so much about security, but still isn't secure? It's because users don't have a model for security, or a simple way to keep important...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe

Tom Igoe is a co-developer of the Arduino programming language, which he says was created out of a desire to provide a tool for teaching physical computing to artists...

An Interview With Brian Kernighan, Co-Developer of Awk and Ampl
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An Interview With Brian Kernighan, Co-Developer of Awk and Ampl

Brian Kernighan — a contributor to the development of the AWK and AMPL programming languages — says that he remains "very interested" in domain-specific languages...

Amit Yoran Talks Cybersecurity
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Amit Yoran Talks Cybersecurity

Amit Yoran, former cybersecurity director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agrees with the findings of a review commissioned by President Barack Obama...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
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Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...

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Government Should Help Widen Cyber Knowledge

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should be doing more to recruit top cyber security talent and develop a highly skilled workforce of cyber security workers...

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The Duct Tape Programmer

Jamie Zawinski is what I would call a duct-tape programmer. I say that with a great deal of respect. He is the kind of programmer who is hard at work building...

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Should Operating Systems Be Intuitive?

Should computers be intuitive, requiring little to no learning or thinking? Is it even possible for them to be so? “Nothing is intuitive,” said Slashdot blogger...

Q&A: The Networker
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Q&A: The Networker

Jon Kleinberg talks about algorithms, information flow, and the connections between Web search and social networks.

Retrospective: An Axiomatic Basis For Computer Programming
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Retrospective: An Axiomatic Basis For Computer Programming

C.A.R. Hoare revisits his past Communications article on the axiomatic approach to programming and uses it as a touchstone for the future.
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