Reader's Corner for December 2010

December 30, 2010


blog.xkcd.com

When a guy goes into the bathroom, which urinal does he pick? Most guys are familiar with the International Choice of Urinal Protocol. It’s discussed at length elsewhere, but the basic premise is that the first guy picks an end urinal, and every subsequent guy chooses the urinal which puts him fur

Toilet related CS overload.
[Alice] [Bob]


For all the DM folks.
At least Knuth doesn't waste his time when in the bathroom...

[Eve] [Bob] [Mallory] [Alice] [Trudy]


A researcher at Cambridge was asked to take down a paper he had published which disclosed a vulnerability in the Banking system. This is his response.

Quote: "Cambridge is the University of Erasmus, of Newton,
and of Darwin; censoring writings that offend the powerful is offensive to our deepest values."
[Alice]

December 27, 2010


mhlakhani.com

Just a random geek

Google to the rescue.. (latest post).

December 25, 2010


New post is up. It's about how I messed up some code, so you guys should be interested!

December 23, 2010


mhlakhani.com

Now for the first real post. Here I’ll write about how you can use Python scripting to make your life much easier. After all, computers are here to make our lives easier, it’s not the other way around.

Let's see how long I can keep posting.

December 22, 2010


www.humblebundle.com

Pay what you want for five awesome games and help support two charities. All of the games are DRM-free and support Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Free shout-out for these guys, they deserve the purchases!

"Dear Humble Indie Bundle customer, I would just like to personally thank you for your support in making the Humble Indie Bundle #2 even more successful than the first one. As thanks, I have added the Humble Indie Bundle #1 into your bundle. "

Wow. Don't know what to say. Just wow.

[Bob] [Alice]

December 20, 2010


store.steampowered.com

Football Manager 2011 is the latest edition of the award-winning, multi-million selling Football Manager franchise. Act now and save!

I just think of buying games legally now, and Steam tempts me with this... Damn.

[Alice] [Bob]


www.humblebundle.com

Pay what you want for five awesome games and help support two charities. All of the games are DRM-free and support Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Definitely worth it. At least here there's no excuse to pirate stuff.

December 16, 2010


A must read for everyone, really. It's not about cheating in CS alone.

[Alice]

December 15, 2010


blog.linode.com

We are giving away $100,000 in Linode services! Starting this Friday December 17th at 9:00 AM Eastern the first 1,000 new customers to sign up will each receive $100 in service credit.

Will start clicking as soon as it starts.

[Bob] [Alice]

December 14, 2010


For all the GTA fans.

December 12, 2010


www.huffingtonpost.com

In the wake of the recent WikiLeaks document dump, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), the self-styled libertarian crusader who's spent the past half-decade building up a massive grassroots following, has emerged as a principal voice in support of the transparency that WikiLeaks has provided. In a sp

First time I've actually heard a politician say something good.
[Alice]


A lot of the MCQs from today's paper. I bet [Alice] was happy that he saw this the night before.


edition.cnn.com

Steve Jobs has yet to accept small amounts of money owed to him by several companies, including his own.

Apple ows Steve Jobs about 38 times his yearly salary...

December 11, 2010


blog.jamendo.com

By now if you’re as RSS-addicted as me you’ve probably seen the excellent “How to remain calm” Chrome OS video. Like the previous potato-powered Chrome ad, excellent job from the marketing guys at Google!

If only I'd seen the video. Best way to get a guaranteed Cr-48.
[Alice]

December 10, 2010


www.google.com

MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led growing support from some world leaders for the beleaguered WikiLeaks founder, describing his detention in Britain as "undemocratic".

"Why was Mr. Assange hidden in jail? Is that democracy? As we say in the village: the pot is calling the kettle black," Putin said.

[Alice]

December 9, 2010


I think this is what happens during exams here too.
[Bob] [Alice] [Mallory] [Eve]


www.boingboing.net

Third Anonymous "Operation Payback" takedown in a single day: PayPal.com is effectively offline. Earlier today, Visa.com and Mastercard.com, along with other targets perceived as enemies of Wikileaks.

Paypal down too. I have NO idea where this will stop.


pantuso.com

All the current attention on Wikileaks is around the most recent data release, the poor response by the US government, and the misguided ‘info war’ we are watching unfold right now. I’d like to step back a moment and consider what the long term view may look like.

A very nice read. I definitely agree with his point that life doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.


www.guardian.co.uk

US diplomats intervened to try to amend draft law so that it would not 'disadvantage' US credit card firms, cable says

Okay, so maybe this is the reason that MasterCard and Visa blocked wikileaks in the first place.


news.blogs.cnn.com

The website of credit card company Visa apparently went down Wednesday, shortly after being threatened by apparent WikiLeaks supporters who claimed to have attacked MasterCard's corporate website earlier in the day.

Visa's site is down too. and mastercard's site is still down. ouch.

December 8, 2010


www.guardian.co.uk

Hackers attack credit card company and Swedish prosecution authority as 'censorship' row escalates

Ouch. The internet's starting to fight back, it seems. MasterCard site has been down for a few hours. No payments possible.

[Alice]

December 7, 2010


www.theaustralian.com.au

WIKILEAKS deserves protection, not threats and attacks.

A piece written by Julian Assange, a day ago, for an australian newspaper. Definitely worth a read.
[Alice]


www.telegraph.co.uk

Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research.

So that's why we're metal heads :p
[Alice]


godheadv.blogspot.com

This article raises many unsettling ideas. I know that people spend months training for the ascent attempt. I KNOW that they sit for weeks at Base Camp sometimes, acclimatising, and I KNOW that they have spent thousands of pounds to get there, taken weeks off work, and have built up so many hopes an

Thought provoking. [Alice]


en.wikipedia.org

The hairy ball theorem of algebraic topology states that there is no nonvanishing continuous tangent vector field on an even-dimensional n-sphere. An ordinary sphere is a 2-sphere, so that this theorem will hold for an ordinary sphere. For the 2-sphere example, if f is a continuous function that ass

Sometimes you learn the oddest stuff in discrete math.
[Bob] [Eve] [Alice]

December 6, 2010


www.newscientist.com

For a small fee you can realise that dream of joining the mathematical greats

I think this is how [Bob] will start getting his name out. Interesting AI technique, though. [Alice]

December 5, 2010


www.salon.com

The Connecticut Senator pressures Amazon to block Americans from viewing WikiLeaks documents

The death of democracy just gets more depressing each day.

December 4, 2010


anahatasolutions.com

For those wondering where the free phone came from.


www.eff.org

Co-authored by Rainey Reitman and Marcia HofmannThe First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression against government encroachment - but that doesn't help if the censorship doesn't come from the government. The controversial wh...

So much for amazon being good.
[Alice]


blogs.computerworlduk.com

Let me say up front that I am not a massive fan of WikiLeaks. It seems to me that taking stolen correspondence and publishing it for everyone to read is a fundamentally sociopathic act, whether it is a rival's love-letters...

The times are changin'.
[Alice]

December 3, 2010


This is why Bio majors need to learn math.
[Alice] [Eve] [Bob]