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October 2018


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This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds

This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds

According to Bloomberg Businessweekspies in China managed to insert chips into computer systems that would allow external control of those systems.


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Behind the Scenes of Japan's Daring Asteroid Mission

Behind the Scenes of Japan's Daring Asteroid Mission

As Japan lands a third probe on Ryugu asteroid, Nature looks at the Hayabusa2 mission in more detail.


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Clicks, Lies and Videotape

Clicks, Lies and Videotape

This past April a new video of Barack Obama surfaced on the Internet. Against a backdrop that included both the American and presidential flags, it looked like many of his previous speeches.


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50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

50 Years Old, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Still Offers Insight about the Future

Watching a 50th anniversary screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey," I found myself, a mathematician and computer scientist whose research includes work related to artificial intelligence, comparing the story's vision of the future…


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Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

Since the advent of Donald Trump's candidacy, there's been a ton of focus on botnets and sockpuppets—automated and semiautomated social media accounts that use disinformation to manipulate public opinion.


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Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data

Why We're Training the Next Generation of Lawyers in Big Data

Artificial intelligence is transforming the traditional delivery of legal services.


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How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

How Programmable Calculators and a Sci-Fi Story Brought Soviet Teens Into the Digital Age

Despite the ubiquity of computers in modern society, the vast majority of today's students never study computer science or computer programming.


From Communications of the ACM

The Business of Quantum Computing

The Business of Quantum Computing

Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing.


From Communications of the ACM

A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework

A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework

A proposal for teaching the organizational, legal, and international aspects of cybersecurity.


From Communications of the ACM

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

The Obscene Coupling Known as Spaghetti Code

Teach your junior programmers how to read code.


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Building the U­niversal Archive of Source Code

Building the U­niversal Archive of Source Code

A global collaborative project for the benefit of all.


From Communications of the ACM

Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Are CS Conferences (Too) Closed Communities?

Assessing whether newcomers have a more difficult time achieving paper acceptance at established conferences.

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