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Steve Jobs: 1955
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Steve Jobs: 1955

Steve Jobs is dead. One big question is whether the unbelievably innovative culture he forged will live. Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great,...

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Innovation Starvation

My lifespan encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space.

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A Hint of Deterrence in ­.s. Drone-War Strategy

Here’s the trickiest counterterrorism puzzle for U.S. policymakers: How do you stop al-Qaeda from attacking the American homeland without getting bogged down...

Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security
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Ron Rivest on Fixing Ssl, Apts, and the Future of Security

One of the biggest talks at this year's Black Hat Briefings was a presentation on the structural problem with digital certificate authorities by Moxie Marlinspike...

Rebooting the CS Publication Process
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Rebooting the CS Publication Process

A proposal for a new cost-free open-access publication model for computer science papers.

Testing: Failing to Succeed
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Testing: Failing to Succeed

There are two situations in software testing that scare testers: when they see "too many" defects and when they do not see "enough."

Modernizing the Danish Democratic Process
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Modernizing the Danish Democratic Process

Examining the socio-technological issues involved in Denmark's decision to pursue the legalization of electronic elections.

File-System Litter
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File-System Litter

Cleaning up your storage space quickly and efficiently.

The Platform Leader's Dilemma
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The Platform Leader's Dilemma

Studying the lessons learned from past and present platform leaders.

Neal Stephenson Talks Video Games, the Metaverse, and His New Book, Reamde
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Neal Stephenson Talks Video Games, the Metaverse, and His New Book, Reamde

Neal Stephenson is known for writing big books about big ideas. In Cryptonomicon, he tackled code breaking and data privacy; the three-volume Baroque Cycle explored...

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Life in the Age of Extremes

The Internet causes connections to multiply and strengthen, creating a frenzy of positive feedback, which can drive people apart—not together.

Tech Provides Map For Nation's Future
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Tech Provides Map For Nation's Future

As President Barack Obama and Congress roll up their collective sleeves in an effort to jump-start our nation's struggling economy and cut the burgeoning federal...

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The America Invents Act and the Individual Inventor

Much has been said about how the newly passed patent reform legislation, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, benefits large corporations. While that argument...

Paypal Founders: Innovation Is Dead
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Paypal Founders: Innovation Is Dead

Max Levchin and Peter Thiel are not ones to mince words: "Innovation in this country is somewhere between dire straits and dead," Levchin said at TechCrunch’s...

How 9/11 Completely Changed Surveillance in ­.s.
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How 9/11 Completely Changed Surveillance in ­.s.

Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein handed a sheaf of papers in January 2006 to lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, providing smoking-gun evidence that...

Linux Foundation Chief Talks About Torvalds' Leadership, Html5 and Mobile's Future
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Linux Foundation Chief Talks About Torvalds' Leadership, Html5 and Mobile's Future

Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says in an interview that the desktop platform's relevance is diminishing as technologies such as smartphones, connected...

Can Brain Research Keep ­S Safe?
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Can Brain Research Keep ­S Safe?

Human conflict is often associated with the emergence of a new science or technology. The Civil War's Gatling gun changed battlefield tactics and led to modern...

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Post-9/11, Nsa 'enemies' Include ­s

Somewhere between Sept. 11 and today, the enemy morphed from a handful of terrorists to the American population at large, leaving us nowhere to run and no place...

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Internet Memes 101: A Guide to Online Wackiness

In the olden days, it was simple to keep up with pop culture. There were only three channels on TV, and everybody saw the same shows at the same time.

Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views
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Howard Stern Calls Out Rick Perry For His Anti-Science Views

No shortage of articles have been published about the deep distrust exhibited by most 2012 Republican presidential candidates toward specific scientific findings—notably...
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