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Forget The New Ipad: Why The Personal Computer Is Already An Also Ran
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Forget The New Ipad: Why The Personal Computer Is Already An Also Ran

While Apple introduced a new version of the iPad Wednesday (March 7) in San Francisco, the real market shift had already happened. Smart phones outsold personal...

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Why Only Designers Can Create New Programming Languages

Compared to the versions that are hacked together late at night under insane deadline pressure, the programming languages to come out of academia are failures.

One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's ­Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead
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One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's ­Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead

A demonstration by experimenters at the Vienna University of Technology violates Heisenberg's original version of his uncertainty principle, but confirms a newer...

International Reactions to Google's New Privacy Policy
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International Reactions to Google's New Privacy Policy

Google's new privacy policy took effect last Thursday, following several weeks campaigning to educate users on the changes. The policy will allow them to consolidate...

Schmidt: The Web Will Dissolve National Barriers
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Schmidt: The Web Will Dissolve National Barriers

Google's Eric Schmidt believes the Internet is breaking down national barriers. "Loyalty is not just to a nation but to friends and interests," Schmidt said in...

Good Reasons Not to Force Online Teaching
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Good Reasons Not to Force Online Teaching

The average teen spends 16.7 hours a week on the Internet, not counting time spent with e-mail. Yikes. It's a good thing the Indiana General Assembly dropped...

The Ipad 3 and the Future of the Web
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The Ipad 3 and the Future of the Web

It's easy to mock the excess enthusiasm the tech community has for new Apple gadgets—Wow! Look, it’s a new computer! At the same time it's just as easy to see why...

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You
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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You

GM's current commitment to electric vehicle technology reminds me of the introduction of the personal computer in the 1980s.

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...

Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire
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Silicon Valley's Humble Billionaire

It's a Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif., and there goes David Cheriton, navigating the Silicon Valley suburb's tony downtown on his bike.

COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions
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COLT/ICML Open Problems and ICML Instructions

Open problems will be presented in a joint session in the evening of the COLT/ICML overlap day. If you have a difficult, theoretically definable problem in machine...

Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program
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Nobody Wants to Learn How to Program

Many programming tutorials begin with basic programming principles: variables, loops, data types. This is an obvious way to teach programming to adults, but not...

­.s. Senators: No Time to Lose on Strengthening Cybersecurity
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­.s. Senators: No Time to Lose on Strengthening Cybersecurity

Four U.S. senators sound a warning on cybersecurity, comparing the present to the days prior to September 11, 2001. The system is blinking red, and we are failing...

The Dark Side of Facebook
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The Dark Side of Facebook

Your social networking pages are being policed by outsourced, unvetted moderators from third-world countries paid just $1 an hour.

Here's The Best (and Prettiest) Way To See Exactly How You're Being Tracked Online
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Here's The Best (and Prettiest) Way To See Exactly How You're Being Tracked Online

Firefox-browser provider Mozilla has released an awesome new tool for seeing how you're being tracked on the Web.

Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New in C++ 11

Texas A&M University professor Bjarne Stroustrup recently spoke with InfoWorld's Paul Krill about the past, present, and future of C++, which was recently upgraded...

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Why Driverless Cars Will Increase Tensions in Cities and Suburbs Alike

Driverless cars sound less and less like science fiction with each passing month, and that's prompted widespread discussion about how they might change society.

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Https and Tor: Working Together to Protect Your Privacy and Security Online

This week EFF released a new version its HTTPS Everywhere extension for the Firefox browser and debuted a beta version of the extension for Chrome. EFF frequently...

Windows Without Windows
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Windows Without Windows

Microsoft's new version of Windows is fantastic, jarring, and risky at the same time. Fantastic because it marks the clearest sign yet that Microsoft is embracing...

How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?
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How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Code?

When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 spend exactly zero time in front of screens, what its members are concerned about is substitution—all...
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