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October 2015


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Convicted By Code

Convicted By Code

Secret code is everywhere—in elevators, airplanes, medical devices.


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Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision

Tech Companies Can Blame Snowden For Data Privacy Decision

A ruling the Europe Union’s highest court yesterday may create enormous headaches for US tech companies like Google and Facebook.


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'the Martian,' Nasa and the Rise of a Science-Entertainment Complex

'the Martian,' Nasa and the Rise of a Science-Entertainment Complex

When Navy flyboy Tom Cruise got too close for missiles and switched to guns in the spring of 1986, what seemed like an entire nation got up to follow him.


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What's in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot

What's in a Boarding Pass Barcode? A Lot

The next time you're thinking of throwing away a used boarding pass with a barcode on it, consider tossing the boarding pass into a document shredder instead.


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How to Make a Rubber Ducky Comet: Smash Two Comets Together! Carefully.

How to Make a Rubber Ducky Comet: Smash Two Comets Together! Carefully.

It was a bit of a surprise when the Rosetta probe, after a decade of travel around the Sun, approached the comet and sent the first decently resolved pictures of it back to Earth.


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Apple Ceo Tim Cook: 'privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'

Apple Ceo Tim Cook: 'privacy Is a Fundamental Human Right'

Apple has long touted the power and design of its devices, but recently the world's most valuable company has been emphasizing another feature: privacy.


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Apple's 3d Touch Is the Start of a New Interface Revolution

Apple's 3d Touch Is the Start of a New Interface Revolution

If you want to understand the potential of 3D Touch, the new of method of tapping and pressing on the screens of the latest iPhones, forget about the marketing lingo.


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Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager Chris Strasburg

Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager Chris Strasburg

Chris Strasburg discusses his role as computer protection program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.


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Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future

Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future

In 1970, Life magazine published an article about a Stanford University research project that had resulted in the construction of what it called the first-ever "electronic person."


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Fighting Isis Online

Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.


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'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel

'martian' Author Andy Weir Figured Out Faster-Than-Light Travel For His New Novel

Readers and astrophysicists alike praised Andy Weir's The Martian for a fact-first approach to the sci-fi disaster model.


From Communications of the ACM

Keys Under Doormats

Keys Under Doormats

Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications.


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Storming the Cubicle

Storming the Cubicle

Acquisitive redux.


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Thinking Thoughts

Thinking Thoughts

On brains and bytes.


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Life After MOOCs

Life After MOOCs

Online science education needs a new revolution.


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Rise of Concerns About AI: Reflections and Directions

Rise of Concerns About AI

Research, leadership, and communication about AI futures.


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In Defense of IBM

In Defense of IBM

The ability to adjust to various technical and business disruptions has been essential to IBM's success during the past century.


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Computing Is History

Computing Is History

Reflections on the past to inform the future.

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