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Connecting with an Internet Pioneer, 40 Years Later

Forty years ago—on December 5, 1969—the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) connected four computer network nodes at the University...

Broken Builds
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Broken Builds

Frequent broken builds could be symptomatic of deeper problems within a development project.

Computing's Paradigm
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Computing's Paradigm

Trying to categorize computing as engineering, science, or math is fruitless; we have our own paradigm.

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Steering Self-Learning Distance Algorithms

The concept of distance expresses the distortion measure between any pair of entities lying in a common space. Distances...

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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...

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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...

Retrospective: An Axiomatic Basis For Computer Programming
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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
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Kode Reviews 101

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

Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis
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Dealing with the Venture Capital Crisis

The venture capital industry, like financial services in general, has fallen on hard times. Part of the problem is that large payoffs...

Computing in the Depression Era
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Computing in the Depression Era

Since its beginning, the computer industry has been through several major recessions, each occurring  approximately five years...

Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity
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Contagious Craziness, Spreading Sanity

Some examples of the upward or downward spiral of behaviors in the workplace.

Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science
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Computing: The Fourth Great Domain of Science

Computing is as fundamental as the physical, life, and social sciences.

Robotics Engineer Aims to Give Robots a Humane Touch
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Robotics Engineer Aims to Give Robots a Humane Touch

Georgia Institute of Technology robotics engineer Ronald Arkin has dedicated his life's work to the development of ethical battlefield robots embedded with a sense...

The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Software as a Service
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The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Software as a Service

The commercial opportunities of software as a service are widely hyped these days and many think SaaS is the future of software. That might be true in the medium...

The Network Neutrality Debate Hits Europe
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The Network Neutrality Debate Hits Europe

Differences in telecommunications regulation between the U.S. and the European Union are a key factor in viewing the debate over network neutrality legislation...

Point/Counterpoint: Network Neutrality Nuances
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Point/Counterpoint: Network Neutrality Nuances

A discussion of divergent paths to unrestricted access of content and applications via the Internet.

International Communications Tapped For Intelligence-Gathering
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International Communications Tapped For Intelligence-Gathering

Governments concerned with national-security threats use the Internet to gather intelligence from communications traffic that transits local facilities. This surveillance...

Economic and Business Dimensions: The Extent of Globalization of Software Innovation
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Economic and Business Dimensions: The Extent of Globalization of Software Innovation

Will the software development laboratories follow the production mills?

Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates
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Technology Strategy and Management: The Legacy of Bill Gates

Assessing the pluses and minuses of the helmsmanship of Microsoft Corporation since its inception.
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