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On Public Service and Computer Science
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On Public Service and Computer Science

Members of the computer science community should become more involved in public service by becoming program managers at federal agencies, the opportunities and...

The Broadband Price Is Not Right
From Communications of the ACM

The Broadband Price Is Not Right

Developing an effective pricing index is essential to understanding the value of broadband connectivity.

Are Business Methods Patentable?
From Communications of the ACM

Are Business Methods Patentable?

How the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decision in the Bilski v. Doll case is expected to affect existing and future software patents.

­Usable Security: How to Get It
From Communications of the ACM

­Usable Security: How to Get It

Why does your computer bother you so much about security, but still isn't secure? It's because users don't have a model for security, or a simple way to keep important...

Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams Wants To Kill The Suggested ­ser List
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Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams Wants To Kill The Suggested ­ser List

Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams engaged in a spirited discussion with Federated Media's John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco recently,...

From ACM Opinion

Reverse Brain Drain to India and China

America is a great place to start a company. Reports state that 52 percent of all Silicon Valley companies were started by immigrants. The problem is, it is now...

A New Silicon Valley?
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A New Silicon Valley?

Ruben Barrales, president and chief executive of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, sees similarities between Silicon Valley and San Diego's batch of biotech...

­K Envisions Zero Waste: What About Computers?
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­K Envisions Zero Waste: What About Computers?

Recycling is part of our daily lives. We do it everyday with plastics, newspapers and other general household things. But computers and batteries face recycling...

China Racing Ahead in It Revolution
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China Racing Ahead in It Revolution

China is striving to build first-rate research capabilities that can transform its economy from manufacturing based to technology based. In one of the efforts to...

From ACM TechNews

­.s. Must Focus on Protecting Critical Computer Networks From Cyber Attack

A study from the RAND Corp. suggests the United States should focus on defending critical civilian and military computer networks from cyberattack, but does not...

From ACM Opinion

Nobel Prizes Remind ­S Why Immigration Matters

If you're looking for reasons to puff out your chest and take pride in being American, then take note that all six Nobel Prize winners announced so far this week...

Prizes Aside, the P-NP Puzzler Has Consequences
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Prizes Aside, the P-NP Puzzler Has Consequences

The September cover article in Communications of the ACM touched off a distinct buzz last month when more than 10 times the usual number of readers downloaded the...

Inducing Innovation With Prizes
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Inducing Innovation With Prizes

The successful completion of the Netflix Prize competition demonstrates that prizes are a viable mechanism for encouraging research in the computing fields, writes...

Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?
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Should Airlines Let Passengers Make Calls Via Wi-Fi?

Roger Flessing was on an American Airlines flight to Seattle recently when he began speaking with his son on his iPhone. He wasn't making a conventional cellphone...

Is Wikipedia a Victim of Its Own Success?
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Is Wikipedia a Victim of Its Own Success?

The exponential growth of Wikipedia has flattened out since 2007, a development that may signal the limits of crowdsourcing. One explanation is that Wikipedia...

From ACM CareerNews

Government Should Help Widen Cyber Knowledge

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should be doing more to recruit top cyber security talent and develop a highly skilled workforce of cyber security workers...

From ACM Opinion

The Duct Tape Programmer

Jamie Zawinski is what I would call a duct-tape programmer. I say that with a great deal of respect. He is the kind of programmer who is hard at work building...

From ACM Opinion

Should Operating Systems Be Intuitive?

Should computers be intuitive, requiring little to no learning or thinking? Is it even possible for them to be so? “Nothing is intuitive,” said Slashdot blogger...

Retrospective: An Axiomatic Basis For Computer Programming
From Communications of the ACM

Retrospective: An Axiomatic Basis For Computer Programming

C.A.R. Hoare revisits his past Communications article on the axiomatic approach to programming and uses it as a touchstone for the future.

Kode Reviews 101
From Communications of the ACM

Kode Reviews 101

A review of code review do's and don'ts.
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