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October 2020


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How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at Risk

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.


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Building Software With David Heinemeier Hansson

Building Software With David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and co-founder of Basecamp, talks about how software is built, what it means for the builders, and how it could be done differently.


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Just What Cyber Security Executives Don’t Want to Hear: The Skills Shortage is Worsening

Just What Cyber Security Executives Don’t Want to Hear: The Skills Shortage is Worsening

The cyber security skills gap continues to get worse, according to the latest research.


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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Julia Programming Language

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Julia Programming Language

Fortran has ruled scientific computing, but Julia emerged for large-scale numerical work.


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Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita Nancy Hopkins advocates for more inclusive science and advises how to get there.


From Communications of the ACM

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology: Progress and Promises

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Seeking the answer to the elusive question, 'Are we there yet'?


From Communications of the ACM

A Holistic View of Future Risks

A Holistic View of Future Risks

Almost everything is somehow interrelated with everything else—and that should not surprise us.


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Sanity vs. Invisible Markings

Sanity vs. Invisible Markings

Tabs vs. spaces


From Communications of the ACM

Using Computer Programs and Search Problems for Teaching Theory of Computation

Using Computer Programs and Search Problems for Teaching Theory of Computation

Recognizing the significance of a cornerstone of computer science.


From Communications of the ACM

We Need to Automate the Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

We Need to Automate the Declaration of <i>Conflicts of Interest</i>

Leveraging existing data sources to improve the declaration and management of authorship conflicts of interest.

Blog at CACM
Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings.org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
Why I Don't Recommend CSRankings.org: Know the Values You are Ranking On
10.18.2020

 Just because a ranking is computable doesn't mean that it's right.

Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
Measuring Up: How to Properly Measure Your Programmers
10.16.2020

To measure or to not measure, that is the question. Ask programmers and many will tell you that measurement is …

The Pros and Cons of Online Lab Classes for Computer Science - 2020 Pandemic Edition
The Pros and Cons of Online Lab Classes for Computer Science - 2020 Pandemic Edition
10.16.2020

Contrary to expectations, online lab classes during our current pandemic may actually have some benefits over their in-person counterparts.

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Latest News
Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia
Voter Check-in System to Blame for Slow-Moving Lines in Georgia
10.19.2020

Check-in computers unable to accommodate record turnouts were mainly to …

Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
Undocumented Backdoor That Covertly Takes Snapshots Found in Kids' Smartwatch
10.19.2020

Researchers at Norwegian security company Mnemonic found an undocumented backdoor …

How Does Google’s Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches.
How Does Google’s Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches.
10.19.2020

Right under our noses, the Internet's most-used website has been …

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