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Passing of the Professor
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Passing of the Professor

Sadly, "The Professor", Russell Johnson, has passed away.  I enjoyed Gilligan's Island as a kid.  I can't help but think that his portrayal deeply affected people's...

Andreessen Tweets
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Andreessen Tweets

My brother pointed me to this article on a great exchange of tweets about the origins of Netscape. The two highlights, for me at least.  First, Andreessen expressed...

Boston Magazine Piece on Aaron Swartz
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Boston Magazine Piece on Aaron Swartz

If you haven't seen it, there's a well-written piece on Bob Swartz, father of Aaron Swartz, in Boston Magazine, covering MIT's reaction to Aaron Swartz's case.

The PhD - Tenure - Jobs Argument, Already Started for 2014
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The PhD - Tenure - Jobs Argument, Already Started for 2014

'Tis the season when graduate applications are being decided as well as the job interview process starting again, and just in time for the new year, your regularly...

Tracking down the Harvard Non-Bomber
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Tracking down the Harvard Non-Bomber

This year, (allegedly) a Harvard student performed the modern equivalent of pulling a fire alarm in order to avoid a final exam, in this case by sending an e-mail...

Lesson of the Day
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Lesson of the Day

Saturday I took two of my daughters to see a musical at Harvard.  Amazingly, in the small theater, we were in front of a pair of students who seemed intent on talking...

Algorithmic Growth (Class Size)
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Algorithmic Growth (Class Size)

Pre-term planning numbers are in for Harvard, and it looks like the undergrad Algorithms and Data Structures class has about 175 people planning to take the course...

News Worth Reading
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News Worth Reading

There's been plenty of interesting stuff popping up in the news, so it's time to collect a bit.This article describes a current patent case in cryptography, where...

Easy Now
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Easy Now

In the past year or so, I've gotten reviews back on multiple papers with the complaint that the result was too simple.  My interpretation of review: sure you might...

Visiting UC Davis
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Visiting UC Davis

Before returning home last week I spent a day at UC Davis giving a talk.  I got the spend the day talking to various people I've collaborated with there (likeRaissa...

Mitzenmacher Drinking Game?
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Mitzenmacher Drinking Game?

I've been visiting the Simons Institute for one of their workshops the last few days.  I got my advisor Alistair Sinclair to give me a tour.  I have to say, that's...

NSF Coming Back Online
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NSF Coming Back Online

I was impressed how quickly the NSF got Fastlane back online.  (I think it was turned on a few hours after the shutdown was ended.)  But like many people, I'm awaiting...

Simons Research Fellowships Post
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Simons Research Fellowships Post

Alistair Sinclair asked me to post a note about the Simons Research Fellowships positions at Berkeley.  But since that's where Justin Thaler (my now-ex student)...

Some Advice on Entrepreneurship from the AH meeting
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Some Advice on Entrepreneurship from the AH meeting

At the Andreessen Horowitz academic round table (see past post), there was various advice, some of it contradictory, for professor-types interested in startingAMPLab...

Entrepreneurship and the Curriculum
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Entrepreneurship and the Curriculum

At the Andreessen Horowitz academic round table (see last post), the issue of how to promote student entrepreneurship through the curriculum arose.  The VCs athttp...

Notes from the Andreessen Horowitz Academic Round Table
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Notes from the Andreessen Horowitz Academic Round Table

I've spent the last couple of days attending the Andreessen Horowitz Academic Round Table.  

Yelp Reviews News
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Yelp Reviews News

Giorgos Zervas is in the news again (with Michael Luca of Harvard Business School), this time for his work on filtered/fake Yelp reviews.  See also this piece in...

Dina Katabi, MacArthur Genius
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Dina Katabi, MacArthur Genius

It's always nice to see a computer scientist be on the list for an award that spans over multiple disciplinary areas.   This year, we get to congratulate Dina Katabi...

Reviewing Bad
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Reviewing Bad

A pun title, relating to two quick things.First, I had the wonderful experience of getting to see (through a special deal set up by Harvard's faculty development...

Guest Post by Justin Thaler: A "Mini-Survey" of Practical Verification Algorithms
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Guest Post by Justin Thaler: A "Mini-Survey" of Practical Verification Algorithms

Justin Thaler, after presenting his most recent work on verifiable computation at Crypto, decided to write up a mini-survey on recent work in the area, and he offered...
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