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Nikita Borisov
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The panelists in the "Ideas to Innovations" session at SaTC PI meeting are both excellent speakers. Coincidence?
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So like those self-help gurus?
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Help us with our smartphone sensor study—it will only take a couple minutes! Please visit this page on your smartphone for more details and instructions:

http://hatswitch.org/phonestudy
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hatswitch.org/ has no content. That doesn't inspire confidence.
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The dangers of excessive recognition:

Wilson wrote that, unfortunately, due to Watson’s stroke of genius at age 25, “He was given license to say anything that came to his mind and expect to be taken seriously.”

Reminds me also of Hamming's lament how people who get prestigious prizes lose productivity (from his excellent You and your research speech, http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~dahlin/bookshelf/hamming.html)
Jim Watson is one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. He is also a peevish bigot. History will remember him for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA, in 1953. This week, Watson is insuring that history, or at least the introduction to every obituary, will also...
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_didn't_build_that has applications in all walks of life. Lionizing Watson (or anyone, for that matter) for being first to grab the credit always looks stupid in retrospect.
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New pet peeve: "our performance would be better if it were optimized". If it matters, optimize it! (I admit, I have been guilty of this in the past.) #foci14  
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"While in this paper we're studying the effect X, the performance could be optimized by applying concepts Y and Z" is OK in my opinion and probably not what you're referring to. "our concept X could be further optimized [if we were diligent enough]" of course is fine as a WiP/workshop paper but insufficient for conference/journals...
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IMC accepted paper list is looking pretty good! Wonder how they're going to fit 43 papers into a 3-day program.
32 FULL PAPERS (14 pages) "Taming the 800 Pound Gorilla: The Rise and Decline of NTP DDoS Attacks" Jakub Czyz (University of Michigan), Michael Kallitsis (Merit Network), Manaf Gharaibeh (Colorado State University), Christos Papadopoulos (Colorado State University), Michael Bailey (University of ...
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Yes, I hope I can come!
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The KLM agents were unwilling to allow me to check in without buying a return ticket. I did some quick shopping around and, not finding anything I liked after a quick look, bought a refundable ticket before my 30 minutes of free WiFi ran out. Turns out that this was overkill; the agent only asked for a screenshot, and he asked me to email it to him. Not only that, he didn't actually check his email before giving me the boarding pass!

As expected, the passport agent in Amsterdam did not actually ask to see my return ticket. He did, annoyingly, ask about where my exit stamp from my last visit to France was, but at least this time he was easily satisfied when I told him I never got one. (The passport control in Charles de Gaule was of the "this closed document looks vaguely like a passport—go ahead" variety.)

ETA: I got an apology from @KLM: https://twitter.com/KLM/status/489682946865905665
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I heard Norway saw a backflow of its immigrants who went to Syria. They shut down Jewish museums.
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Interesting article about how the "disruptive" convenience services are borne out of income inequality. I don't think all of the examples they give are dependent on vast inequality; certainly taxi services can and do exist even in areas with a  high Gini coefficient. But it made me think again about how much of my living standard is dependent on being able to pay for services of people who earn much less money than I do.

My friend was telling me about the time she spent in Switzerland, where apparently there is no immigrant underclass to perform jobs like child care or housework for low wages. For example, she was quoted €800 for a move-out cleaning of her apartment, and ended up spending a bunch of time doing it herself instead.
America’s bright and rich are creating a new class of landless peasants.
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There was that Indian diplomat that got kicked out of the US because she wasn't paying her imported Indian servant enough. I guess regular immigrant wages in the US weren't low enough.
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One local shuttle bus company has been shut down by a regulator; another has adopted the strategy of suing its customers, including this suit for $26, + $2K for lawyers fees. I haven't read the full 141 pages of transcripts, but the excerpts are pretty great.
 
So, the local bus company (Suburban Express) that everybody likes to hate, just lost a trial for 26$ they were trying to charge one of the students here. Essentially, after wasting ~3.5 hours of trial time, the case was dismissed as a waste of the court time.  The transcripts were kind of of interesting. More details here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/UIUC/comments/2gq5c7/psa_judge_rules_that_suburban_express_cannot_sue/
There was a recent court hearing about a customer who was sued for $26 because of a chargeback. The court dismissed the case and said SubEx could not ...
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I think being a parent to four-year-olds has improved my lecturing style; I found myself being much more expressive during my first lecture.
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Thinking of rephrasing "Due to space limitations, more information can be found in our technical report" as "Due to ACM's exorbitant page charges, ..."
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+Nick Carter I agree that there can be a cost-recovery motivation for extra page charges, though I feel that even when the proceedings were printed, the costs were unreasonable.

Using the charges as a financial incentive for authors to be concise seems a little perverse.
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Woke up to three paper rejections... and one acceptance! Also, starting to really appreciate conferences that try to summarize PC discussions for the authors. In contrast, the only new information I got from CCS since the original set of reviews in the rebuttal phase were the review scores... and the decision.
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+George Danezis right, that makes more sense. (You can actually edit G+ comments.)
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From the #PETS2014  post-Snowden surveillance panel.
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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