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October 2020


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Seriously, Stop Trying to Teach Toddlers How to Code

Seriously, Stop Trying to Teach Toddlers How to Code

There are other, more important lessons to impart to your preschooler.


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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'?


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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


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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.


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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
Computer Systems Research: The Joys, the Perils, and How to Count Beans Well
Computer Systems Research: The Joys, the Perils, and How to Count Beans Well
12.04.2020

This post is meant to highlight my subjective take on the joys and the road bumps on the way to …

Birthday Bit Boundaries
Birthday Bit Boundaries
12.01.2020

Which birthdays would have special significance if our culture were binary-based instead of decimal-based?

Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
Dijkstra Was Wrong About 'Radical Novelty': Metaphors in CS Education
11.30.2020

The most cited CS education paper is, unfortunately, wrong.

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12.04.2020

Researchers demonstrated how aviation specialists can use computational fluid dynamics …

Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing
Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing
12.04.2020

A machine learning system can be used with voice assistants …

Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms
Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms
12.04.2020

Artificial intelligence algorithms enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to …

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