Reader's Corner for November 2011

November 29, 2011

In this class you will learn how to design secure systems and write secure code. You will learn how to find vulnerabilities in code and how to design software systems that limit the impact of security vulnerabilities. We will focus on principles for building secure systems and give many real world...

Yeh to level ho gaya.
[Bob] [Alice]

November 24, 2011

Anatomy is the most fundamental of all medical sciences. It provides the basic framework and vocabulary used in all descriptions and communications about the body. Anyone studying or working in the healthcare area or collaborating with the medical field will find this course of immense value.

For the bio majors.

November 23, 2011

Information theory is the science of operations on data such as compression, storage, and communication. It is among the few disciplines fortunate to have a precise date of birth: 1948, with the publication of Claude E. Shannon's paper entitled "A Mathematical Theory of Communication".

For the EE majors.

JM Parrondo is a casino and con artist's worst nightmare. In the 1990s, he invented two games that are sure to lose you everything. They're both mathematically designed to make you go broke, but play them one after another and you are guaranteed to win. Parrondo's Paradox was dreamed up in the...

November 20, 2011

The Power of Mathematics

a nice read.
[Bob] [Eve] [Alice]

In this course you will learn several fundamental principles of algorithm design. You'll learn the divide-and-conquer design paradigm, with applications to fast sorting, searching, and multiplication. You'll learn several blazingly fast primitives for computing on graphs, such as how to compute conn...

It's raining classes!

November 19, 2011

Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. This course explains the inner workings of cryptographic primitives and how to correctly use them. Students will learn how to reasons about the security of cryptographic constructions and how to apply this knowle...

Awesome. They're really on a roll.

November 18, 2011

Nature - the world's best science and medicine on your desktop

Physics majors - comments?
[Bob] [Mallory] [Alice] [Eve]

How do you create a successful start-up? What is entrepreneurial leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and gather the resources necessary to create a great enterprise? This class mixes mentor-guided team projec...

Two more awesome upcoming classes from Stanford - they're on a roll.

November 17, 2011

Congress wants to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines, fighting back against an Obama administration proposal to make school lunches healthier.

What. The. F

How the hell can such a law pass anyway?

I won't believe it until I'm able to plant my pizza trees.

CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today.

Stanford will have 7 more free online classes in the Spring - awesome.

November 16, 2011

Best Story Book Ever: This Bear (or a giant Beaver) lost his hat and he wants it back. There is an important lesson from this stor...

[Eve] [Alice] [Bob]

November 14, 2011

Amazon's founder talks with Steven Levy about the new Kindle Fire, cloud computing, social media, cultural pioneering and sending people into space.

Quite an interesting read.

November 8, 2011

It's now been 15 years since Harold Hackett began making friends all over the world. He never meets them in person, and doesn't use the phone or internet for contact, but rather leaves his acquaintances up to the tides. Since … Continue reading →

Hard drive prices continue to climb, with no relief expected for at least 6 months.

Apparently hard drive manufacturers forgot the golden rule, "Don't have a single point of failure".

ALL of the major ones had their factories in a single place, which got flooded..