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The ­niversity of Wherever

For more than a decade educators have been expecting the Internet to transform that bastion of tradition and authority, the university. Digital utopians have...

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.

File-System Litter
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File-System Litter

Cleaning up your storage space quickly and efficiently.

The Platform Leader's Dilemma
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The Platform Leader's Dilemma

Studying the lessons learned from past and present platform leaders.

Neal Stephenson Talks Video Games, the Metaverse, and His New Book, Reamde
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Neal Stephenson Talks Video Games, the Metaverse, and His New Book, Reamde

Neal Stephenson is known for writing big books about big ideas. In Cryptonomicon, he tackled code breaking and data privacy; the three-volume Baroque Cycle explored...

Tech Provides Map For Nation's Future
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Tech Provides Map For Nation's Future

As President Barack Obama and Congress roll up their collective sleeves in an effort to jump-start our nation's struggling economy and cut the burgeoning federal...

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Texting Makes ­ Stupid

The good news is that today's teenagers are avid readers and prolific writers. The bad news is that what they are reading and writing are text messages.

Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views
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Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views

No shortage of articles have been published about the deep distrust exhibited by most 2012 Republican presidential candidates toward specific scientific findings—notably...

Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views
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Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views

No shortage of articles have been published about the deep distrust exhibited by most 2012 Republican presidential candidates toward specific scientific findings—notably...

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Myth-Making: Say It Often, People Will Believe

The United States is reeling from a hurricane, drought, heat waves, and even an earthquake in Virginia. And we're already well into a nasty national election...

Kids Today Need a Licence to Tinker
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Kids Today Need a Licence to Tinker

Back to school time and millions of British kids are heading back to classrooms to embark on the national curriculum so beloved of busybody ministers.

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How to Fix Our Math Education

There is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education. The anxiety can be traced to the poor performance of American students on...

Arrogance in Business Planning
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Arrogance in Business Planning

Technology business plans that assume no competition — ever.

Realizing the Value of Social Media Requires Innovative Computing Research
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Realizing the Value of Social Media Requires Innovative Computing Research

How social media are expanding traditional research and development topics for computer and information scientists.

Managing Time, Part 2
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Managing Time, Part 2

Masterful time management means not just tracking of messages in your personal environment, but managing your coordination network with others.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing
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Corporate Social Responsibility and Global IT Outsourcing

How to improve IT outsourcing relationships while doing good for society.

In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'
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In Praise of 'Wilkes, Wheeler, and Gill'

Sixty years ago, Maurice Wilkes, David Wheeler, and Stanley Gill produced the first textbook on programming: The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital...

Remix Nation
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Remix Nation

Assessing the threat the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act pose for fair use.
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