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OK, googleplussers, help me out. I recall reading an article about choosing a research (maybe dissertation) topic. The basic message was that the topic should be one that's important (worthwhile, worthy), but at the same time one that you, personally, should be able to make progress on. The article was by some famous computer scientist, I think - that is, someone with real stature and credibility, not just a random person writing career advice.

Can't remember the title or author, and now I need to know because my repetition of this advice is having an influence. I thought it was Sutherland's "Technology and Courage", but I don't think that's it. Any ideas?
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'Liking' something on g+ can precipitate spam. Last time I ever do that!
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How is Skype able to attempt incoming connections to my computer, even across a NAT router? This had me really puzzled, but my first (duckduckgo) search result turned up a good article on the subject. Turns out it is a mistake to think that a NAT router acts effectively as a firewall. This was news to me.

http://www.h-online.com/security/features/How-Skype-Co-get-round-firewalls-747314.html
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This is why some people become engineers. 
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What happened to the Sol Lewitt sculpture that used to be in the rooftop garden at 4 Cambridge Center? The one that had to make way for Google's continuing imperialism. And why does the Web know nothing about this?
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I'm looking for examples of good code: the kind we are all always urged to write, i.e. clean, readable, well documented, etc. I looked at a number of major open source software systems and the files I examined certainly don't qualify. My inquiry on twitter came up empty, so I now ask google+. Any nominations?
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I had totally forgotten about google+! Must check to see if there's a way to get alerts when particular people post.
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'Liking' something on g+ can precipitate spam. Last time I ever do that!
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I've been buying lunch near MIT frequently lately, and find myself just as often yearning for Andy's Chili http://www.andystevens.com/chili/
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by me http://opentree.wikispaces.com/Fun+With+DOIs ... warning, likely only of interest to DOI junkies
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I've been informed of a flurry of new followers on Google+ and twitter. Looking at who these people are I can only guess that their interest in me is just part of the sudden new interest in the W3C TAG. Where were all these people over the past five years, when the TAG was virtually begging for constructive engagement with the larger community? Is the www-tag list so offputting, or incomplete?
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The email list might be the best source, but it would help to broadcast elsewhere. E.g. Note when interesting discussions on X topic are in progress. 
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