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Dna: The Next Big Hacking Frontier
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Dna: The Next Big Hacking Frontier

Imagine computer-designed viruses that cure disease, new bacteria capable of synthesizing an unlimited fuel supply, new organisms that wipe out entire populations...

Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools
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Programming Should Take Pride of Place in Our Schools

If we don't change the way ICT is thought about and taught, we're shutting the door on our children's futures.

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The Rise of the New Information Gatekeepers

The promise of the Internet age is one of unparalleled access to information of all kinds, but it has also seen the rise of some powerful gatekeepers that control...

Doctoral Program Rankings For U.S. Computing Programs
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Doctoral Program Rankings For U.S. Computing Programs: The National Research Council Strikes Out

A proposal for improving doctoral program ranking strategy.

The Grounding Practice
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The Grounding Practice

The skill of making and recognizing grounded claims is essential for professional practice. Getting objective data to support your conclusions is not enough.

Data Trends on Minorities and People with Disabilities in Computing
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Data Trends on Minorities and People with Disabilities in Computing

Seeking a comprehensive view of minority student demographics to determine what programs and policies are needed to promote diversity.

Debugging on Live Systems
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Debugging on Live Systems

It is more of a social than a technical problem.

On Turbocharged, Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles
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On Turbocharged, Heat-Seeking, Robotic Fishing Poles

There is a well-known proverb, "If you give someone a fish, they'll eat for a day; if you teach them how to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime." The point is obvious...

The Legacy of Steve Jobs
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The Legacy of Steve Jobs

Reflecting on the career and contributions of the Apple cofounder.

Life, Death, and the iPad: Cultural Symbols and Steve Jobs
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Life, Death, and the iPad: Cultural Symbols and Steve Jobs

In the days that followed Steve Jobs' death, he was frequently compared to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. But Jobs was creating experiences, not technologies or...

The Most Ancient Marketing
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The Most Ancient Marketing

Before Apple, Steve Jobs famously went to India with a college friend. While I never had occasion to talk to Jobs about it, I have a theory I wish I had a chance...

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The Last Person

There is a concept in telecommunications called "the last mile," that part of any phone system that is the most difficult to connect—the part that goes from the...

Slow Train to the Future
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Slow Train to the Future

Tablets are in, computer labs are out, and the cloud is the new hard drive, according to technology futurists. But a new survey from Student Monitor suggests...

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Blogging the Stanford Machine Learning Class

After three weeks of frustrating math dealing with dull statistics problems, we’re on to frustrating math dealing with "neural networks"—models of how the cells...

These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say
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These Are the Greatest Geek Books of All Time, Readers Say

We revealed our ultimate reading list in "9 Essential Geek Books You Must Read Right Now" last month. Now Wired.com readers have spoken, voting for their favorites...

Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising
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Information Seeking: Convergence of Search, Recommendations, and Advertising

How to address user information needs amidst a preponderance of data.

Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments
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Gender Demographics Trends and Changes in U.S. CS Departments

Using the past 10 years of Taulbee Survey data to evaluate female student enrollment across varied academic institutions and departments.

Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities
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Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities

Nine teacher-oriented faculty in computer science departments at research universities in the U.S. or Canada describe how their positions work, how they contribute...

Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?
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Will Software Engineering Ever Be Engineering?

Considering whether software engineering and engineering can share a profession.

Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?
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Why the Google Book Settlement Failed - and What Comes Next?

Assessing the implications of the Google Book Search settlement.
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