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The Singularity Isn't Near

 Futurists like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have argued that the world is rapidly approaching a tipping point, where the accelerating pace of smarter and smarter...

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...

Ada Lovelace and Brazil's Female It Pros
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Ada Lovelace and Brazil's Female It Pros

Computer science higher education classes today are heavily skewed towards men. Researcher Jamie Swim's Master's thesis at the University of Texas was focused...

­.s. v. Jones: Where Privacy, Technology and the Constitution Collide
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­.s. v. Jones: Where Privacy, Technology and the Constitution Collide

What is at stake in United States v. Jones is nothing less than the continued vitality of the Fourth Amendment in the modern technological age.

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Prospero's Tempestuous Family

Abdulfattah "John" Jandali is a casino manager outside Reno, so he knows about odds.

Meters Could Spy On ­s
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Meters Could Spy On ­s

If you bought an appliance in the last three years, odds are it was 'smart,' meaning it probably contains a wireless radio. Once hooked up to a smart meter, an...

Despite Hopes, Computer Sector Not Making A Dent In Joblessness
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Despite Hopes, Computer Sector Not Making A Dent In Joblessness

Despite a few success stories, most Internet, software and information technology service firms headquartered in Connecticut are not adding many employees. That...

Miracle Pill or Cheap Gimmick?
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Miracle Pill or Cheap Gimmick?

Aakash, the world's cheapest tablet computer, has the potential of being a game-changer that empowers India's poor. But its introduction raises important questions...

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Steve Jobs and Me

 He said my 1971 article inspired him. His iBook obsessed me.

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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...

Steve Jobs: A Man of Contradiction and Genius
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Steve Jobs: A Man of Contradiction and Genius

When historians look back at the life of Steve Jobs, they will chronicle a man of contradiction and genius. But for the legions of Apple fans, it's personal.

The Steve Jobs I Knew
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The Steve Jobs I Knew

That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple’s CEO in August...

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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Innovation Starvation

My lifespan encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space.

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A Hint of Deterrence in ­.s. Drone-War Strategy

Here’s the trickiest counterterrorism puzzle for U.S. policymakers: How do you stop al-Qaeda from attacking the American homeland without getting bogged down...

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...

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.

Testing: Failing to Succeed
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Testing: Failing to Succeed

There are two situations in software testing that scare testers: when they see "too many" defects and when they do not see "enough."

Modernizing the Danish Democratic Process
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Modernizing the Danish Democratic Process

Examining the socio-technological issues involved in Denmark's decision to pursue the legalization of electronic elections.
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