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What, Exactly, Is a Supercomputer?
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What, Exactly, Is a Supercomputer?

It's official: The United States is home to the world's fastest supercomputer. But what exactly are supercomputers and why should we care about them? I decidedLawrence...

Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing
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Microsoft's Research Boss Celebrates Legacy of Alan Turing

What does Alan Turing mean to Microsoft and the rest of the modern tech world? Rick Rashid can tell you.

Exascale Computing: The View From Argonne
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Exascale Computing: The View From Argonne

In an interview, U.S. Argonne National Laboratory directors Rick Stevens, Michael Papka, and Marc Snir contextualize the challenges and advantages of developing...

How Garmin Failed to See the Iphone Threat
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How Garmin Failed to See the Iphone Threat

About nine years ago, I had a question for Min Kao, the CEO of the GPS concern Garmin. His answer was determined, and I thought of it as I watched the news from...

The Measured Man
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The Measured Man

Like many people who are careful about their weight, Larry Smarr once spent two weeks measuring everything he put in his mouth. He charted each serving of food...

Alan Turing: Is He Really the Father of Computing?
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Alan Turing: Is He Really the Father of Computing?

When Alan Turing arrived to start work at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, south-west London, he was 33 years old. It was October 1945 and he was...

Why Faces Matter to Facebook
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Why Faces Matter to Facebook

Facebook really wants to know what you look like.

The Challenges of Privacy By Design
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The Challenges of Privacy By Design

Heralded by regulators, Privacy by Design holds the promise to solve the digital world's privacy problems. But there are immense challenges, including management...

Google's Hybrid Approach to Research
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Google's Hybrid Approach to Research

By closely connecting research and development Google is able to conduct experiments on an unprecedented scale, often resulting in new capabilities for the company...

Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine
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Alan Turing's Other Universal Machine

All computer scientists know about the Universal Turing Machine, one of the foundation stones of theoretical computer science. Much less well known is the practical...

An Information Strategy For Environmental Sustainability
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An Information Strategy For Environmental Sustainability

Many proposed solutions to the species-threatening transformations born of human industrialization have an engineering orientation. Often the suggested remedies...

Can Online Piracy Be Stopped By Laws?
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Can Online Piracy Be Stopped By Laws?

Considering the legal responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in the aftermath of the Stop Online Privacy Act controversy.

Business Models For Strategy and Innovation
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Business Models For Strategy and Innovation

While often ambiguously defined, business models are central to innovation.

Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Shames the Pc Industry
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Why Microsoft's Surface Tablet Shames the Pc Industry

On June 18, Microsoft beckoned 200 or so members of the media to a grimy, industrial part of Hollywood for what it described as a can’t-miss affair.

The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing
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The Highly Productive Habits of Alan Turing

June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician...

How Flame Virus Has Changed Everything For Online Security Firms
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How Flame Virus Has Changed Everything For Online Security Firms

Here's a question: if you connect an unprotected Windows computer to the Internet, how long will it take before it is infected by malicious software?

Meet the Intel Man Who's Out to Beat Arm in Smartphones
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Meet the Intel Man Who's Out to Beat Arm in Smartphones

It's not often you meet someone in the tech industry for whom the only way is up, but Intel's Michael A. Bell is one of those people.

Alan Turing: Why the Tech World's Hero Should Be a Household Name
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Alan Turing: Why the Tech World's Hero Should Be a Household Name

I've worked in computing, and more specifically computer networking, nearly all my life. It's an industry in a constant state of innovation, always pushing beyond...

What Have We Learned: Flame Malware
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What Have We Learned: Flame Malware

When the news about the Flame malware first broke several weeks ago, people from all parts of the security community, political world and elsewhere quickly began...

The Vulnerabilities Market and the Future of Security
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The Vulnerabilities Market and the Future of Security

Recently, there have been several articles about the new market in zero-day exploits: new and unpatched computer vulnerabilities. It's not just software companies...
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