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John McCarthy


John McCarthy, who has died aged 84, was often described as the father of “artificial intelligence” (AI), a branch of computer science founded on the notion that human intelligence can be simulated by machines .

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Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, Trailblazer in Digital Era, Dies at 70
New York Times
By STEVE LOHR
Published: October 13, 2011

Dennis M. Ritchie, who helped shape the modern digital era by creating software tools that power things as diverse as search engines like Google and smartphones, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J. He was 70.
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Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world


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Password Strength

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Mad about metered billing? They were in 1886, too

By Matthew Lasar
ars technica

Hopping mad about metered billing? Spluttering about tethering restrictions and early termination fees? Raging over data caps? You’re not alone. Perhaps you can take some comfort from this editorial in The New York Times:

The greedy and extortionate nature of the telephone monopoly is notorious. Controlling a means of communication which has now become indispensable to the business and social life of the country, the company takes advantage of the public’s need to force from it every year an extortionate tribute.

Yes, that’s how The Times saw it—in 1886. And the newspaper’s readers applauded these words. But reading Richard R. John’s wonderful book, Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, one is struck by the contrasts between then and now. The issues are often recognizable; the players a little less so.

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How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History

by Kim Zettner
wired.com

“…The answer would come only after dozens of computer security researchers around the world would spend months deconstructing what would come to be known as the most complex malware ever written — a piece of software that would ultimately make history as the world’s first real cyberweapon.”
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Removing the internet’s relics


AN OLD internet protocol celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. The File Transfer Protocol (FTP), which first appeared in April 1971, remains a simple way to move files from one device to another. The most common use in the last 15 years has been for web design and programming, where sites and systems developed and tested on a computer are moved one file at a time or in batches to a web server that spews out pages and runs scripts for visiting browsers. Happy birthday, then. Now, though, it is time to die. For FTP’s persistence is one of the banes of the internet’s laissez-faire ways.

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U.S. Lagging in Using Technology

New York Times
JOHN MARKOFF

Published: April 12, 2011

The United States continues to lag other nations in its use of computing and communications technology, according to an annual study issued Tuesday by the World Economic Forum.

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April 7, 1964: IBM Bets Big on System/360

Wired
By Randy Alfred

IBM unveils the System/360 line of mainframe computers. It was a daring innovation that transformed business, science, government and the IT industry itself.
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When the Data Struts Its Stuff

New York Times
By NATASHA SINGER

Published: April 2, 2011

IN an uncharted world of boundless data, information designers are our new navigators.
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