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Books of The Times: Review: ‘Lightless,’ About the Bratty Machine on a Spaceflight

An egotistical computer is just one of the risks facing Althea, the heroine of this debut science fiction novel by C. A. Higgins.

The Internet's Founder Never Thought It Would Get This Bad

On Sept. 2, 1969, Leonard Kleinrock strung a 15-foot cable between two computers, hoping it would help them converse. A professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles, Kleinrock and a group of colleges had...Show More Summary

Take a Wittgenstein class: He explains the problems of translating language, computer science, and artificial intelligence.

Topic: Internet The idea of words having relative meanings was not new, but Wittgenstein pioneered the controversial linguistic conception of meaning-as-use, or the idea that the meanings of words, relative or not, cannot be specified in isolation from the life practices in which they are used. Show More Summary

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Links for you. Science: Scientists consider captive breeding program for enigmatic little walking fish Grantsmack: Overambitious In the US, computer science is (unfortunately) a privilege The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks White sky at night not a city bird’s … Continue reading ?

Learn Computer Science Basics From Bubbly Zines

Amy Wibow's hand-made booklets use drawings, comics, and slang to teach the ABCs of programming

The FAA Starts Moving To The Cloud

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to move away from its own data centers and toward cloud services. Last week, the FAA signed a deal with Computer Science Corp. (CSC) to help it migrate its data and systems to a hybrid cloudShow More Summary

7 Reasons to Use Emoticons in Your Writing and Social Media, According to Science by @courtneyseiter

Do you remember seeing your first emoticon? The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s...Show More Summary

Enlisted

After a 6-year enlistment with the United States Air Force, followed by a 4-year degree in Computer Science (paid for by “Uncle Sam”), Tony S. joined with a small company that specialized in criminal background checks. “No more unpaid overtime!” he’d thought to himself upon joining the civilian world for the first time since high school. Show More Summary

Why girls are less interested in computer science: Classrooms are too 'geeky'

Despite billions of dollars in outreach programs designed to lure women into computer programming, and companies mandating that more women be hired, most females would rather go into something involving people. Yet a new survey of 270...Show More Summary

To get girls more interested in computer science, make classrooms less 'geeky'

A new study found that three times as many female high school students were interested in enrolling in a computer science class if the classroom was designed to be less 'geeky' and more inviting.

Swift as a First Language

Aaron Block wants to (eventually — perhaps soon) use Swift to teach introductory computer science: For those who haven’t used Java or Python before, those two languages are at one end of the “memory management continuum.” In these languages, you never explicitly delete a memory reference. Show More Summary

Microsoft DisplayCover for Surface?

A few days ago, the folks over at Microsoft Applied Sciences Group (or ASG, these are the people who come up with new ways for computers to interact with people) posted a video showing a concept keyboard cover for the Microsoft Surface. They’re calling it the DisplayCover. Show More Summary

Tech Jobs and Female Privilege

Overall, women received 18 percent of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degree recipients in 2013, yet were 26% of the computing workforce in 2014 (PDF). Women make up 30% of the workforce at tech giant Apple.

Machines that changed the world at Bonhams History of Science and Technology Sale

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Two machines that, in their different ways, played key roles in modern history are to be sold at Bonhams History of Science and Technology sale in New York on 21 September. A fully operational Apple-1 computer (lot 77) in near perfect...Show More Summary

E-Ink Display Moves On-Screen Controls Off-Screen

Tablet computers have come a long way, long way. It finally seems like they’ve found their niche in the market, and now maybe they can catch up to more traditional computers. The Microsoft Applied Sciences division came up with a cool...Show More Summary

Your Kids Aren't Robots, And That's Exactly Why They Must Know How To Code

Learning to think in an orderly, systematic way may well be the most important skill that a student can learn from studying computer science.

Google Identifies Hiring Prospects Via Search Queries

Max Rosett: I was in the midst of a career transition. I had spent three years working as a management consultant and then at a startup, but I wanted to become a computer engineer. I was earning a Master’s in computer science through Georgia Tech’s online program. Show More Summary

Principals at Poor Schools Grossly Underestimate the Demand for Computer Science

If you can read this it’s not too late. Photo via Wikimedia Wikimedia Commons The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that computer science related occupations will grow 18 percent by 2020, creating over 1 million job openings. It’s a field with good average pay, a healthy demand, and maybe most importantly, satisfying intellectual challenges. Show More Summary

MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

This week, an MIT research team announced what they have developed a low-cost 3D printer that can use up to 10 different materials for one project. The innovation comes out of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and they are a

Microsoft is working on a clever workaround for having a small screen on a tablet computer (MSFT)

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has demoed a brand new Surface keyboard accessory containing an e-ink display, like those found in Amazon's Kindles, that works alongside the main 10.6-inch display.  Dubbed the "DisplayCover," theShow More Summary

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