computer science

Category archives for computer science

Someone shoot me if I ever use the term NP-complete in a sentence. Or at least if I ever use the term in a conversation with “civilians.” Such is the dilemma of reading and reviewing a wonderful book like Lance Fortnow’s The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible. I’ll be tempted…

I’m on my annual summer hiatus for the month of July so I’ll be only publishing my weekly Friday Fun posts as well as re-posting some of the interviews I did a few years ago on the old blog with people from the publishing, library and science worlds. Not that my posting of late has…

John MacCormick’s new book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers, is very good. You should buy it and read it. Among all the debates about whether or not absolutely everybody must without question learn to program (pro, con), it’s perhaps a good idea to pause and take a…

So, The Research Works Act, H.R. 3699 is a new piece of legislation that is being introduced in the US. Not surprisingly it’s supported by the American Association of Publishers and its Professional and Scholarly Publishing (AAP/PSP). The legislation is aimed at preventing regulatory interference with private-sector research publishers in the production, peer review and…

Computer science and computer science education are a couple of my evergreen topics here on this blog, as you can see by perusing the computer science tag. And of course, my trip to Harvard for LIAL this past summer perhaps has that institution on my radar a bit more than usual. So how wonderful is…

Google Cult Books I’d like to read

The New York Review of Books has a great group review of some recentish books on everyone’s favourite Internet behemoth: Google. And they all look pretty interesting! (And I may have featured a couple of these before.) In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy (ISBN-13: 978-1416596585) In barely…

As I ease myself back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks off and start to pay attention again to what’s going on in the online world, I thought I’d bring this post to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. It’s The importance of language and framing, part eleventy-thousand…

I’ll be at the 2011 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries at the University of Ottawa for the next few days. I plan on doing a bit of tweeting while I’m there but probably no live blogging. I hope to have a summary post up here sometime after the conference with my impressions. Taking advantage…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

The standard commercial library citation tools, Web of Science (including their newish Proceedings product) and Scopus, have always been a bit iffy for computer science. That’s mostly because computer science scholarship is largely conference-based rather than journal-based and those tools are tended to massively privilege the journal literature rather than conferences. Of course, these citation…

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