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May 2011


From ACM Opinion

Take IT Out of the IT Department

Take IT Out of the IT Department

It's time to reverse the trend of centralized information technology that has been the hallmark of most companies for at least 10 years. Control of IT shouldn't rest with the IT staff.


From ACM Opinion

Why Far Fewer Bettors Pony ­p on the Horses

Why Far Fewer Bettors Pony ­p on the Horses

Horse bettor John Astarita have plenty of explanations why horse racing revenue is on the decline. One complaint concerns deep-pocket investors who use computer programs to track historical race information, wagering millions…


From ACM News

Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved

Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved

In the wake of the recent hacking attacks, which compromised more than 100 million account records on its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services, Sony has beefed up security—a tacit admission it could have…


From ACM Opinion

Can Tech Experts Save the ­.s. Postal Service?

Can Tech Experts Save the ­.s. Postal Service?

Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting the technologies that have undermined the U.S. Postal Service are banding together in an attempt to save the nation's mail-delivery service.  They will meet atPostalVision…


From ACM Opinion

Sorry But the Game Does Not Build Anymore

Sorry But the Game Does Not Build Anymore

Continuous integration and an automated asset pipeline should guarantee that you can produce an up-to-date working version of the game you are working on in very little time. But a collection of things can go wrong when you…


From ACM Opinion

In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green

In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green

Reuse, recycle, repurpose, renewables. This past Earth Day, we heard a lot about these concepts. As important as they are, I've noticed one phrase missing from the vernacular: Power management.


From ACM Opinion

Your Data Isn't Secure, Don't Trust Companies to Keep It Safe

Your Data Isn't Secure, Don't Trust Companies to Keep It Safe

It's time for a major change in the way our personal, private data is handled. We need to take back our data from companies that are unwilling and unable to protect it.


From ACM Opinion

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

Sohaib Athar on Twitter Fame After Bin Laden Raid (q&a)

As U.S. special forces assaulted Osama bin Laden's walled compound in Pakistan, a Twitter user was already recording a rough outline of the events to come.  Sohaib Athar, who describes himself as a 33-year-old programmer and …


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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the Internet.


From ACM News

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Rails Against Facebook, Says It's a Spy Tool For ­.s. Government

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called Facebook "the most appalling spying machine ever invented" in an interview with Russia Today, pointing to the popular social networking site as one of the top tools for the U.S. to spy…


From ACM News

Data Privacy, Put to the Test

Data Privacy, Put to the Test

To the catalog of corporate "bigs" that worry a lot of us little people, add this: Big Data.


From ACM Opinion

The Persistence of Conspiracy Theories

The Persistence of Conspiracy Theories

No sooner had President Obama released his long-form birth certificate than Orly Taitz, the doyenne of the "birther" movement, found reason to doubt it.


From ACM Opinion

Conspiracies Say Bin Laden Lives

The decision to drop terror chieftain Osama bin Laden’s corpse into the Arabian Sea was the final meticulous step in a raid whose details were calculated to exert deadly force but also to achieve maximum effect in the propaganda…


From ACM CareerNews

An Interview with Peter Denning: The End of the Future

An Interview with Peter Denning: The End of the Future

In a comprehensive Q&A, Peter Denning, the editor-in-chief of Ubiquity, offers his thoughts on the future of computer science and discusses the art of making predictions about the future.


From Communications of the ACM

Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy

Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, and Privacy

Studying how privacy regulation might impact economic activity on the advertising-supported Internet.


From Communications of the ACM

Reaching Learners Beyond Our Hallowed Halls

Reaching Learners Beyond Our Hallowed Halls

Rethinking the design of computer science courses and broadening the definition of computing education both on and off campus.


From Communications of the ACM

An Interview with Steve Furber

An Interview with Steve Furber

Steve Furber, designer of the seminal BBC Microcomputer System and the widely used ARM microprocessor, reflects on his career.


From Communications of the ACM

Bell Labs and Centralized Innovation

Bell Labs and Centralized Innovation

In early 1935, a man named Clarence Hickman had a secret machine, about six feet tall, standing in his office. Hickman was an engineer at Bell Labs, and his invention was,…


From Communications of the ACM

The Importance of Reviewing the Code

The Importance of Reviewing the Code

Highlighting the significance of the often overlooked underlying software used to produce research results.

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