Reader's Corner for May 2011

May 31, 2011

A maverick Indian scientist has developed an elegant, injectable, easily reversible birth control method for men.

Interesting how they use a concept from physics to solve a medical problem.

(big warning: the snapshot from the video is a bit gruesome. scroll down at your own risk on the first page)

May 27, 2011

Mobile phone makers HTC is paying Microsoft $5 for every handset it sells with the Google-owned Android operating system installed. According to a report on Business Insider, a Citigroup ...

Interesting... windows phone isn't making money, so let's get some money off those android phones!

Labour camp detainees endure hard labour by day, online 'gold farming' by night

This is interesting... being forced to play World of Warcraft all night just to sell ingame gold...

May 26, 2011

The basic objective of Unified Engineering is to give a solid understanding of the fundamental disciplines of aerospace engineering, as well as their interrelationships and applications. These disciplines are Materials and Structures (M); Computers and Programming (C); Fluid Mechanics (F); Thermodyn

Looks interesting for all the engineering types.

Foxconn, China’s largest private employer, is responsible for churning out millions of Apple’s popular products like the iPhone and iPad. It also manufactures consumer electronics for companies like HP, Sony, and Nokia.

This is just wrong on so many levels.

May 25, 2011

« Atomic agency outs Iran's nuke warhead project | Main

This is one reason for staying away from any sort of applied research.

Dogs use the same complex technique as cats to lap up liquid, scientists are surprised to find.

Didn't these guys have anything better to do?

A very interesting and accessible paper on time and synchronization in distributed systems.

May 23, 2011

clang is simply amazing.

Well, well. A supposedly anonymous UK professional footballer has now sued Twitter, along with some Twitter users for supposedly breaking the "superinjunction" he bought in the UK. As you're probably aware by now, there's been a lot of attention paid to these superinjunctions in the UK, which the

Another Sony website has succumbed to an attack disclosing personal details of Sony customers. was attacked through SQL injection and information disclosed on

And again! this is turning into a funny story...

A pioneering technique beats its own record for data rates, registering 26 terabits per second and using comparatively little power.


May 21, 2011

Next time Grandma asks why you're going to the mall on Sunday morning instead of church, tell her you're going to Apple Chapel.

No comments...
(better than a few page long rant)

At first, the statement sounds trivial, vague and horribly ungenerous. Closer scrutiny will however reveal its realistic veracity. No matter how high are one's estimates of human stupidity, one is repeatedly and recurrently startled by the fact that:

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

May 19, 2011

Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence.

May 18, 2011

PSN password reset page violated using info stolen in original hack

The story just keeps getting better and better

May 12, 2011

The last decades have seen a major revolution in the performance of mathematical activity through the invention and development of several new axiomatic systems. Surprisingly, though, many mathematicians are wholly unaware of this issue and do not know precisely which set of axioms they are using. T

Major revolution in mathematics, a new axiomatic system.

Bogobogosort specifies how one should check if the list of numbers is sorted. It does it recursively, because as anyone who knows anything at all about computer science knows, recursion is always good and cool. To check if the list is sorted, use the following procedure:

Even better than bogosort!

[Alice] [Bob]

"Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go." -e. e. cummings Sometimes, you just need to take stock of what we know, and appreciate how far we've come. A hundred years ago, we thought the Universe...

Amazing read.

Facebook secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google, says Dan Lyons in a jaw dropping story at the Daily Beast. For the past few days, a mystery has been unfolding in Silicon Valley. Somebody, it seems, hired Burson-Marsteller, a top public-relations firm, to pitch anti-Goog


May 10, 2011

Microsoft is close to a deal to buy Internet phone company Skype for more than $7 billion, and a deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.

Pretty big news...

May 8, 2011

Neil Immerman and Robert Szelepcsenyi are two computer scientists who are famous for solving a long standing open problem. What is interesting is that they solved the problem at the same time, in 1987, and with essentially the same method. Independently. Theory is like that sometimes.

Robert was a student when he solved the problem. The legend is that he was given a list of homework problems. Since he missed class he did not know that the last problem of his homework was the famous unsolved LBA question. He turned in a solution to the homework that solved all the problems. I cannot imagine what the instructor thought when he saw the solution.

Leafsnap is an electronic field guide for tree and plant species in New York City and Washington, DC.

It's amazing what you can do with Vision these days.

[Bob] [Eve] [Alice] and all other cs folk..

May 7, 2011

Guernica is an award winning online magazine of art and politics.

Definitely worth reading.

May 6, 2011

Here it is. I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

This is really moving.

May 4, 2011

Abstract: The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking experimentation reveal 1) that my equipment is crap, as are all the available texts on the subject and 2) that this whole exerc

"Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass"

[Alice] [Bob]

May 3, 2011

( -- While computers can do just about anything these days, having a sense of humor is not something they have been capable of, that is until now. Chloe Kiddon and Yuriy Brun, computer scientists from the University of Washington, have created a software program capable of giving compute


May 2, 2011

Guy who unwittingly tweeted the whole raid, live.