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Values in Design
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Values in Design

Focusing on socio-technical design with values as a critical component in the design process.

Driving Power in Global Supply Chains
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Driving Power in Global Supply Chains

Supply chains are increasingly global. We pour energy into managing them efficiently, with their risks and rewards...

Computer Science Can Use More Science
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Computer Science Can Use More Science

Software developers should use empirical methods to analyze their designs to predict how working systems will behave.

Think Before You Fork
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Think Before You Fork

Kode Vicious's thoughts on forking, config files, and using internal wikis.

The Risks of Stopping Too Soon
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The Risks of Stopping Too Soon

Good software design is never easy, but stopping too soon makes the job more difficult.

Practical Application of Theoretical Estimation
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Practical Application of Theoretical Estimation

One of the most popular and successful approaches to estimating software projects is the Putnam model. Developed in the 1970s by...

Who Are We - Now?
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Who Are We - Now?

Considerable progress has been made toward the formation of a computing profession since we started tracking it in this column a decade ago.

Open Science: A Future Shaped By Shared Experience
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Open Science: A Future Shaped By Shared Experience

Mapping the human genome showed how the Internet can play a vital part in collective scientific research. Now more scientists are collaborating—and inviting amateurs...

One on One: Jaron Lanier
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One on One: Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, has had a long and varied career in technology. Mr. Lanier popularized the term "virtual reality" in...

How Computers Got US Into Space
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How Computers Got US Into Space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don't forget the computer scientists who helped make it possible.

The Importance of Reviewing the Code
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The Importance of Reviewing the Code

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

Patently Obvious
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Patently Obvious

On Monday the Supreme Court will consider whether to fundamentally alter the way American patent law is litigated. Specifically, in the context of an otherwise...

Forget Space Travel: It's Just a Dream
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Forget Space Travel: It's Just a Dream

The clash of two titans—physics and chemistry—are major barriers to human space travel to Mars and beyond, and may well make it impossible... at least with current...

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Patents and Innovation

The tech world has recently seen an explosion in patent litigation, often involving low-quality software patents, which threatens to stifle innovation.

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China's War in Cyberspace, August

Strategic theorists frequently lament that military planners are very effective at preparing for the last war, not the next one. Planners today must cope with...

Coder's Block
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Coder's Block

Programming is a creative endeavor, and therefore there is such a thing as coder's block. What does it take to clear the blockage?

Managing Global IT Teams: Considering Cultural Dynamics
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Managing Global IT Teams: Considering Cultural Dynamics

Successful global IT team managers combine general distributed team management skills enhanced with cultural sensitivity.

The Future of Things "cyber"
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The Future of Things "cyber"

Years ago, when I was an ROTC instructor, the first unit of instruction for rising juniors dealt with communication skills. Near the beginning of the unit, I...

Another Win For Artificial Intelligence: The Turing Award
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Another Win For Artificial Intelligence: The Turing Award

It's been a banner year or so for artificial intelligence, from the recent triumph of I.B.M.'s Jeopardy-winning supercomputer to a wave of news coverage of the...

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Google Schools Its Algorithm

To humans, computer intelligence is a puzzle, as if the machines have split personalities. They can be so remarkably smart at times, yet so bafflingly dumb at...
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