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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
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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,...

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,...

Q&A: Defcon's Jeff Moss on Cybersecurity, Government's Role
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Q&A: Defcon's Jeff Moss on Cybersecurity, Government's Role

Defcon founder and organizer Jeff Moss, who was named to the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council in June, notes that there is a desire in the U.S. Department...

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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...

An Interview With Brian Kernighan, Co-Developer of Awk and Ampl
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An Interview With Brian Kernighan, Co-Developer of Awk and Ampl

Brian Kernighan — a contributor to the development of the AWK and AMPL programming languages — says that he remains "very interested" in domain-specific languages...

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­.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...

Amit Yoran Talks Cybersecurity
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Amit Yoran Talks Cybersecurity

Amit Yoran, former cybersecurity director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agrees with the findings of a review commissioned by President Barack Obama...

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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...

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...

Kode Reviews 101
From Communications of the ACM

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...

Reflections on Conficker
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Reflections on Conficker

Conficker's alarming growth rate in early 2009 along with the apparent mystery surrounding its ultimate purpose had raised concern among...
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