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August 2014


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This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse

This Sci-Fi Author Thinks Amazon Will Cause an Apocalypse

Charles Stross is an award-winning science fiction author whose books include The Bloodline Feud, about timeline-hopping narco-terrorists, Halting State, a near-future crime thriller set in Scotland, and The Rapture of the Nerds…


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Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Security Secrets, Dated but Real

Was the National Cryptologic Museum designed using a code of some kind?


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The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will ­se the Same Tech Our Phones Do

The Data Centers of Tomorrow Will ­se the Same Tech Our Phones Do

The mobile revolution has spread beyond the mini supercomputers in our hands all the way to the data center.


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A Tool That Answers 'what's That Typeface?'

A Tool That Answers 'what's That Typeface?'

The Internet is, from its very core to its most distant peripheries, a vast universe of text.


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Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Where Tech Is Taking ­s: A Conversation With Intel's Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell grew up among Aboriginal people in Australia, taught anthropology at Stanford and for the past 16 years has worked for Intel.


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Forked Over

Shortchanged by open source.


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Can You Engineer Privacy?

Can You Engineer Privacy?

The challenges and potential approaches to applying privacy research in engineering practice.


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Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms

Fostering Computational Literacy in Science Classrooms

An agent-based approach to integrating computing in secondary-school science courses.


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Private Then Shared?

Private Then Shared?

Designing for the mobile phone to shared PC pipeline.


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Researching the Robot Revolution

Researching the Robot Revolution

Considering a program for cross-disciplinary research between computer scientists and economists studying the effects of computers on work.


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Slow Search

Slow Search

Seeking to enrich the search experience by allowing for extra time and alternate resources.

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