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October 2013


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As We May Type

In 1984, the personal-computer industry was still small enough to be captured, with reasonable fidelity, in a one-volume publication, the Whole Earth Software Catalog.


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N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to the N.S.A.'s bulk collection of telephone and other electronic metadata…


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A Court Order Is an Insider Attack

A Court Order Is an Insider Attack

Commentators on the Lavabit case, including the judge himself, have criticized Lavabit for designing its system in a way that resisted court-ordered access to user data.


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Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here's What It Takes

Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice.


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Attn Girls: Stay Interested in STEM

Attn Girls: Stay Interested in STEM

I was a freshman in college when I first laid my hands on a computer. It gave me an instant connection to loved ones and the world around me. That computer ignited my journey towards a Ph.D. in computer science. 


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Three Questions For Microsoft's New Head of Research, Peter Lee

Three Questions For Microsoft's New Head of Research, Peter Lee

Microsoft's new head of research, Peter Lee, is tasked with helping the company invent the future.


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What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

What Last Week's Anti-­.s. Shift in Internet Governance Means to You

Last week a group of the Internet's governing organizations announced they were effectively turning their backs on the United States.


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Anant Agarwal Answers Questions About Edx and the Future of Education

Anant Agarwal Answers Questions About Edx and the Future of Education

A few weeks ago Slashdot readers had the chance to ask Anant Agarwal, the President of edX, about the future of education and the growth of MOOCs. Here are his answers to those questions.


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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible.


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Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of address books around the world, including many…


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The Argument For Making the Misuse of Your Personal Data a Felony

The Argument For Making the Misuse of Your Personal Data a Felony

Craig Mundie is Microsoft's senior advisor to the CEO, spending his time on big-picture stuff such as (according to his bio) "key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the…


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Breaking the Internet

Breaking the Internet

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff's recent indictment of the United States' cyber-spying practices has profound global repercussions for the U.S vision of a borderless, open Internet.


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The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the prediction of the Higgs boson, which was experimentally confirmed 50 years later with the help of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)…


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Three Questions For Tech Education Pioneer Scot Osterweil

Three Questions For Tech Education Pioneer Scot Osterweil

Scot Osterweil, the creative director of the Education Arcade and a professor at the MIT Media Lab, explains why educators need to encourage more creativity — and how that could help build a better, more leisurely future.


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Playing War: How the Military ­ses Video Games

Playing War: How the Military ­ses Video Games

According to popular discourse, video games are either the divine instrument of education’s future or the software of Satan himself, provoking young men to carry out all-too-real rampages.


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A Conversation With Lavabit's Founder

A Conversation With Lavabit's Founder

In a video interview, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison discusses how he has become a symbol in the backlash against U.S. government spying.


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The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance

The Double Danger of the Nsa's 'collect It All' Policy on Surveillance

By now, most people are aware that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on ordinary Americans.


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The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

The Evil Genius of Fantasy Football

Watching football means watching young men damage their brains.


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Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty

Here's Why Cops Should Be Required to Wear a Lapel Camera While on Duty

Police officers in Rialto, Calif., carry cameras to record their every action while on duty.


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Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Yep, Apple's A7 Looks Twice As Fast–at Least For Fractal Math

Is Apple's A7 chip twice as fast at processing and graphics, as Apple promised when announcing the new iPhone 5S?


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Mongodb's Eliot Horowitz: The Database Renaissance Has Begun

Mongodb's Eliot Horowitz: The Database Renaissance Has Begun

MongoDB's CTO and cofounder Eliot Horowitz talks about the growing strength of the NoSQL market and the issues involved with alternatives to the traditional relational database model.


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The Many Meanings of Open

The Many Meanings of Open

I was recently asked to talk about the idea of "open," and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways.


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Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life

Nobel Prizes 2013: Computer Models That Can Mimic Life

We talk about computer modeling a lot in the context of climate science—powerful algorithms that help scientists get a better idea of how climate systems work, how they spin off into weather, and how the systems and the weather…


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The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

The Godfather of Apple Design Spots 4 Looming Tech Trends

Before there was Jony Ive, there was Hartmut Esslinger.


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Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet

Want to Evade Nsa Spying? Don't Connect to the Internet

Since I started working with Snowden’s documents, I have been using a number of tools to try to stay secure from the NSA.


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A Second Look at the 'second Screen'

A Second Look at the 'second Screen'

Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you know best are on Twitter a lot, it's easy to delude yourself into…


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Humans 1, Robots 0

Humans 1, Robots 0

Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.


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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?


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Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Graphene: 'miracle Material' Will Be in Your Home Sooner Than You Think

Just under 10 years ago, the Dutch-British physicist Andre Geim stumbled across a substance that would revolutionize the way we understand matter and win him and his colleague Kostya Novoselow the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics…


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How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games

How Tom Clancy Changed Video Games

The widespread mourning of Tom Clancy's death last week is clear testament to a man who managed to have a significant impact across a range of media.

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