Reader's Corner for March 2011

March 28, 2011

In recent exchanges, members of the faculty have tried in vain to attack other Computer Scientists and disparage their work. Quite frankly, I find the results embarrassing -- instead of cutting the opponent down, many of the remarks have been laughably innocuous. Something must be done about it beca

Some of the haters might like this.

Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

"Everything's fucked up, and nobody goes to jail," he said. "That's your whole story right there. Hell, you don't even have to write the rest of it. Just write that."

March 23, 2011

My friend and business partner Tom Pinckney started two companies with me and one company before. He invented many non-trivial patented inventions and raised many millions of dollars in venture capital, and returned capital to those investors many times over. He got his Bachelors and Master degrees


March 22, 2011 tracks downloads for Firefox 4. When someone clicks the download button on or asks for an upgrade from inside Firefox, we approximate their location based on IP address and store anonymous aggregate location information in our database.


March 21, 2011

Society rewards extroverts. They get the job, the money, the girl (or boy), and the front page. Fortune 500 companies are run by 499 extroverts, plus Bill Gates. There are 435 extroverts in the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate, two from each state. In fact, the only introvert in th

Definitely gives an interesting perspective on things.

March 17, 2011

Great slides on why algorithms are so important.


March 16, 2011

Intel Science Talent Search awards prizes to 10 young researchers.

This guy manages to leave even [Bob] and [Alice] in the dust.. too bad there's no link to the paper.

March 14, 2011

Welcome back! Or if this is your first experience with my tutorials, get ready for a good time. But first, why another red black tree tutorial? Anyone who searches for red black trees on Google will be rewarded with a slew of resources that include tutorials, general descriptions, Jav

Finally something good for RB Trees.

March 11, 2011

One day when I was having lunch with Richard Feynman, I mentioned to him that I was planning to start a company to build a parallel computer with a million processors. His reaction was unequivocal, "That is positively the dopiest idea I ever heard." For Richard a crazy idea was

This is definitely worth reading for everyone. (not only the physicists)

March 8, 2011

Analysis and Commentary on High Technology User Experience Research and Design

This is a really long post but very insightful - covers the psychology of a good user experience.

March 5, 2011

A very good article on education in Hungary