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Wanton Acts of Debuggery
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Wanton Acts of Debuggery

Keep your debug messages clear, useful, and not annoying.

Yet Another Technology Cusp
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Yet Another Technology Cusp: Confusion, Vendor Wars, and Opportunities

Considering the unexpected risks associated with seemingly minor technological changes.

Peer Instruction
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Peer Instruction: A Teaching Method to Foster Deep Understanding

How the computing education community can learn from physics education.

Incentive Auctions
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Incentive Auctions

Reallocating valuable wireless spectrum can generate billions of dollars in revenue to the U.S. federal government while also benefiting consumers.

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Did It Work? 'day After' Results of the Sopa, Pipa Blackout

Google dropped its logo-shroud, Wikipedia returned from limbo, normal service in general has been resumed, and all's right with the world… except that SOPA and...

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement...

I'm Not Here To Make Friends
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I'm Not Here To Make Friends

Google just broke its search engine.

Why Windows Phones Are the Most Exciting Handsets at CES
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Why Windows Phones Are the Most Exciting Handsets at CES

There's a curious thing happening in the smartphone space at this year's CES.

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Research Bought, Then Paid For

Through the National Institutes of Health, American taxpayers have long supported research directed at understanding and treating human disease.

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China Bankrolls R&d While India Plays the Miser

Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh underplay China's superiority over India in the field of science, research, and technology? Analysis of new data shared at the...

iPhone Celebrates 5th Birthday
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iPhone Celebrates 5th Birthday

Gadget fans may be focused on the CES trade show this week, but there’s something else notable going on today: It’s the iPhone’s fifth birthday.

Building the Team That Built Watson
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Building the Team That Built Watson

The assignment was one of the biggest challenges in the field of artificial intelligence: build a computer smart enough to beat grand champions at the game of...

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You Need To Learn How To Program

If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically,...

Could You Make It Past Google's Gatekeepers?
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Could You Make It Past Google's Gatekeepers?

How many taxis are there in New York City? You either know how to answer that question or you don't.

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Internet Access Is Not a Human Right

From the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that interact with...

Four Industries Apple Can Disrupt in the Near Future
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Four Industries Apple Can Disrupt in the Near Future

Over the past 10 years, Apple has done a rather amazing job of disrupting quite a few industries.

Welcome to the 'knowosphere'
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Welcome to the 'knowosphere'

Here's my take on what I've begun calling the "knowosphere"—a word intentionally echoing the more allegorical "noosphere," the "planet of the mind" of Vladimir....

Smoke Screening
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Smoke Screening

Not until I walked with Bruce Schneier toward the mass of people unloading their laptops did it occur to me that it might not be possible for us to hang around...

Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone
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Why Windows 8 Tablets Will Surprise Everyone

Windows-based tablets haven't been treated kindly by the test of time. Those released in the Windows XP era relied on wonky, stylus-based data entry, and even...

Interfaces For the Ordinary User
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Interfaces For the Ordinary User: Can We Hide Too Much?

Increasing the visibility and access to underlying file structure on consumer devices can vastly improve the user experience.
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