Reader's Corner for June 2011

June 28, 2011

One of the biggest benefits of Information Technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It allows people to be creative and productive. It permits them to learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all

Any SSE folks going to be in Karachi around july 11? Speed programming competition then, might as well form a team and go for it.

'Guilty until proven innocent' seems to do the job, keep a guy in prison when there is overwhelming evidence that he was innocent.

On an aside, this is an amazingly well written piece of journalism. Couldn't stop reading it. Some wannabe journalists (e.g. [Alice]) need to read this.

The new service is intended for sharing with small groups, instead of all of one’s friends or the entire Web.

Time to switch over, just for the circles feature:

Circles: Google has come up with the concept of circles — you can create a circle of contacts that are family, friends, work friends, former co-workers and so on. With these groups or circles you can define who gets to see what kind of updates. Facebook currently doesn’t offer the ability to control who sees what goes in our life that we share online.

June 22, 2011

Our guest on the latest GeekWire Podcast was Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore, north of Seattle, who last week announced the sale of his cloud-computing startup, Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState.

Just amazing.

June 21, 2011

Ah, the glamorous life of the flight attendant, where you get punched, kicked and defecated upon.

This is just crazy. First time I've heard of someone taking a dump in flight (and I don't mean in the toilet)

June 19, 2011

Interesting distributed systems stuff. Makes me want to intern there.

Protein Measurement with the Folin Phenol Reagent (Lowry, O. H., Rosebrough, N. J., Farr, A. L., and Randall, R. J. (1951) J. Biol. Chem.193, 265–275)

"As of January 2004, it was cited 275,669 times."
that's just insane.

June 18, 2011

Unseen eavesdropper makes perfect copy of secret key

Really nice read on an exploit that affects current quantum key exchange schemes.

June 17, 2011

This blog post was written by Clay Shirky and can be found here. Do yourself a favour and read it and then start thinking about how you can apply your cognitive surplus. Maybe you can change a little (or a big) piece of your world!

June 16, 2011

Interesting to see a company that made its money by copying off others now have to resort to suing companies that are copying it.

June 15, 2011

With a crown of tousled grey hair on his head, a shroud of rainbow-stripes on his shoulders, and a large plastic fuchsia ring twisting around his left middle finger, legendary physics professor Walter H. G. Lewin set down his piece of dull yellow chalk for the last time, marking the completion of hi

June 12, 2011

I understand that “we’re” very much a novelty here. And I understand that our presence here is extremely important to break the stereotypes, misconceptions, prejudices, etc etc against veiled women. I am extremely grateful to the Anna Lindh Foundation for granting me the amazing opportunity of

Interesting viewpoint.

Smart Bell, designed by Laurence Rook, dials the homeowner's mobile phone when pressed, allowing them to talk to whoever is outside their front door.

13 year old kid invents something, earns £250,000. Interesting.

A Detroit entrepreneur surprised university engineers here recently, when he invented a heat-treatment that makes steel 7 percent stronger than any steel on record in less than 10 seconds.

It's interesting to see that even in such a developed field as steel making; an amateur can come along and make such big improvements in the process. (7 percent stronger; made in less than 10 seconds, compared to an average of a few hours to days for other steels).

June 10, 2011

Humankind's most distant emissaries are flying through a turbulent sea of magnetism as they seek to break free of our Solar System.

June 8, 2011

Nick Rosen profiles Zong Qinghou, boss of drinks and clothing firm Wahaha and one of China's richest men.

This guy sounds like a memon.

For all Sony fans. (and haters, too)

June 7, 2011

Astronomy | Early this morning, the Sun erupted with an explosion I can only describe as ginormous. We're in no danger from it, but the size and scope of this thing are sim

It sure let a big one rip.

June 4, 2011

ON a warm June day in 1978, William J. LeMessurier, one of the nation's leading structural engineers, received a phone call at his headquarters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from an engineering student in New Jersey. The young man, whose name has been lost in the swirl of subsequent events, said tha

A very good read.

June 1, 2011

Pastry: scalable, distributed object location and routing for large-scale peer-to-peer systems, A. Rowstron et al, Middleware 2001.

Treasure trove for people interested in distributed systems.