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On Public Service and Computer Science
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On Public Service and Computer Science

Members of the computer science community should become more involved in public service by becoming program managers at federal agencies, the opportunities and...

The Broadband Price Is Not Right
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The Broadband Price Is Not Right

Developing an effective pricing index is essential to understanding the value of broadband connectivity.

Are Business Methods Patentable?
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Are Business Methods Patentable?

How the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decision in the Bilski v. Doll case is expected to affect existing and future software patents.

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...

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Reverse Brain Drain to India and China

America is a great place to start a company. Reports state that 52 percent of all Silicon Valley companies were started by immigrants. The problem is, it is now...

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Nobel Prizes Remind ­S Why Immigration Matters

If you're looking for reasons to puff out your chest and take pride in being American, then take note that all six Nobel Prize winners announced so far this week...

Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?
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Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?

Roger Flessing was on an American Airlines flight to Seattle recently when he began speaking with his son on his iPhone. He wasn't making a conventional cellphone...

Kode Reviews 101
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Kode Reviews 101

A review of code review do's and don'ts.

Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis
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Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis

The venture capital industry, like financial services in general, has fallen on hard times. Part of the problem is that large payoffs...

Reflections on Conficker
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Reflections on Conficker

Conficker's alarming growth rate in early 2009 along with the apparent mystery surrounding its ultimate purpose had raised concern among...

Computing in the Depression Era
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Computing in the Depression Era

Since its beginning, the computer industry has been through several major recessions, each occurring  approximately five years...

Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity
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Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity

Some examples of the upward or downward spiral of behaviors in the workplace.

Is It Too Much To Expect Judges In Tech Related Cases To Understand Tech?
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Is It Too Much To Expect Judges In Tech Related Cases To Understand Tech?

In another case where basic technology illiteracy leads a judge to make very questionable statements, a judge declared that because a specific phrase ("spoiled...

The Case Against Literary (and Software) Patents
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The Case Against Literary (and Software) Patents

Imagine the outcry if the courts were to legalize patents on English prose. Suddenly, you could get a "literary patent" on novels employing a particular kind of...

Actually, Obama Doesn't Want to Take Over The Internet
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Actually, Obama Doesn't Want to Take Over The Internet

A number of people are up in arms about a new bill going through the U.S. Senate that allows President Obama to "take over private networks." Oh no! That would...

Dhs Cybersecurity Chiefs Speak Out
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Dhs Cybersecurity Chiefs Speak Out

As federal agencies continue to brainstorm ways to effectively oversee cybersecurity, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasing its foothold...

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes
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An Interview with Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes, the designer and builder of the EDSAC, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 97. He reflects on his career in this 2009 interview.

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes
From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes, the designer and builder of the EDSAC, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 97. He reflects on his career in this 2009 interview.

The Long Road to Computer Science Education Reform
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The Long Road to Computer Science Education Reform

Viewing the factors impeding improvements to CS education from kindergarten through grade 12 from a policy perspective.

How ICT Advances Might Help Developing Nations
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How ICT Advances Might Help Developing Nations

Some predictions for technology developments, deployments, and the associated societal implications.
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