Reader's Corner for January 2011

January 30, 2011

(Warning: long rant ahead) Some of you may have noticed the ads now showing on the sidebar (or not, if you're using AdBlock, which I highly recommend).

Google thinks someone visiting a technology blog would also be interested in finding girls...

January 26, 2011

On picking a Lisp.
[Alice] [Bob]

January 25, 2011

Note: This is the third article in the Bulk Tag Generation in Python series. Last time we went over how to open and read an Excel file. This time we'll

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All the stuff about Microsoft and technology you haven't read anywhere else.

Never thought Microsoft would do something good.

January 21, 2011

So this isn’t physics*, but if you squint hard enough, you can probably make a connection. The hot topic today is Ken Ono‘s latest work on the partition function:

Major breakthrough..

January 20, 2011

Part of Twitter's appeal is that people can 'connect' and engage with celebrities online, even if most of them consider it to be, and treat it like, just another push marketing channel rather than a multi-dimensional communication system. Be that as it may, but Twitter owes a lot of its populari

This is why software patents need to .. (insert ton of words here that aren't safe for public posting).

StarCraft, one of the most popular games ever made, also serves as the perfect proving ground for artificial intelligence. Here's the inside story of how a Berkeley team won the world's first StarCraft AI competition with code that can beat even pro-level human players.

Impressive AI...

January 19, 2011

In The Wall Street Journal, Lenore Skenazy writes that treating all men as potential predators doesn't make our kids safer.

Interesting and depressing at the same time.

January 18, 2011

Note: This is second post in the Bulk Tag Generation in Python series. If you've ever had a small data set to work with; or had a data set provided by a

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Back in July, we wrote about how UPenn's GRASP Lab had taught their quadrotors to work together to grasp and move things. The next step, it seems, is

This is just epic, robots learning how to do such stuff (not explicitly programmed to do so)

January 17, 2011

Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health. Interesting statistics with world population clock, forest loss this year, carbon dioxide co2 emission, world hunger data, energy consumed, and a lot more

Inspiring stats.

It was a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. There had been many clever men there, and there had been interesting conversations. Among other things they had talked of capital punishmen

This is something I think everyone should read. Eye opening, to say the least; and a great piece of writing.

[Alice] [Bob]

January 16, 2011

Operations at Israel’s Dimona complex are among the strongest clues that the Stuxnet computer worm was an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.

Very interesting read, courtesy the NYT.

January 15, 2011

Antiscience | astrology | Sometimes, I'm not even sure where to begin with something. OK. So this afternoon I see on Twitter that the word "zodiac" is trending, meaning lots of

For all those muttering about the Astrology change or whatever.

Note: This is the first post in the Bulk Tag Generation in Python series. This post is fairly technical and covers some important programming concepts, but it's

Some functional programming goodness.

Lawyers suck. Cool CS profs rock.

January 14, 2011

Great news. Looking forward to more inspiring material...

January 12, 2011

It's time for the first big article series. We'll see how Python (and scripting in general) can really save your time if used correctly. Here's some background

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January 10, 2011

Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games, and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? An exclusive excerpt from Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

Very interesting read on education and parenting.

January 5, 2011

Just a random geek

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Small excerpt: Amazon charged me while I was using a "free" service - memonism kicked in...

Monday, January 18, 2010. Morning At 6:45 a.m., the first members of an Israeli hit squad land at Dubai International Airport and fan out through the city to await further instructions. Over the next nineteen hours, the rest of the team—at least twenty-seven members—will arrive on flights from Zuric

Long, interesting.

January 4, 2011

What an Insult to MBAs

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The private keys used for signing games to run on the PS3. Hello, homebrew code on the PS3.

(if anyone's still wondering, you must have an EPIC FAIL at security for your private keys to be mathematically reversed. these were not leaked)

January 3, 2011

One year after pranksters from the California Institute of Technology infiltrated the MIT campus during Campus Preview Weekend, the Fleming House cannon, a familiar Caltech landmark, appeared in front of the Green Building early Wednesday morning to usher in the arrival of this year’s CPW.

Transporting a 1.7 ton cannon across the US. Impressive.

Courtesy [Alice]

Type: College Prank.Summary: Caltech students succeeded in altering the University of Washington’s halftime flip-card routine during the 1961 Rose Bowl in order to read “CALTECH”.

Some more great pranks.

A few weeks after the office opened, a young man walked in, dressed in a nice business suit and carrying a violin case, and asked to speak with Mr. Andersen. "He's not here right now," said the secretary. "That's OK. I'll wait," said the young man, and sat down. "He may not be back for some time,

Simply hilarious.

January 2, 2011

I'd be scared if my online banking account was vulnerable to such run of the mill hacks...