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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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Is Ted Elitist?

In a nutshell, no. It certainly attracts people who are regarded as elite in their area of expertise. But the word "elitist" implies exclusionary, and there have...

Building Responsive Web Sites: How to Handle Navigation Menus
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Building Responsive Web Sites: How to Handle Navigation Menus

The Web is moving rapidly away from its fixed-layout past into what it arguably should have been all along—a flexible medium that adapts to any screen size.

Stem, Gender Parity, and Faculty Retention
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Stem, Gender Parity, and Faculty Retention

Universities retain and promote men and women at similar rates in STEM departments, except for mathematics, according to a new study. However, the odds that any...

How Does Siri Knockoff Evi Compare to the Iphone's Original Digital Assistant?
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How Does Siri Knockoff Evi Compare to the Iphone's Original Digital Assistant?

Evi, the Siri knockoff that got attention last week for looking too much like Siri, has beendownloaded over 200,000 times, leading us to believe that this one might...

Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages
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Social Media in 2012 Elections Will Make 2008 Look Like the Digital Dark Ages

Forget all the jibber-jabber in this presidential campaign about policy and strategy. The highlight for me of this election cycle came when the Obama campaign released...

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...

Web Privacy Standards: Easy to Break, Hard to Enforce
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Web Privacy Standards: Easy to Break, Hard to Enforce

Over the past week, Google has been called out for bypassing default privacy settings in both Safari and Internet Explorer in order to serve up advertising cookies...

Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?
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Pinterest: Hot New Network or Another Quora?

After a decade of struggle, the social networking battlefield has quietened down. Facebook is the undisputed champion, while Twitter serves for instant news and...
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