Reader's Corner for August 2011

August 30, 2011

PTA intend­s to curb commun­icatio­n betwee­n milita­nts.

Banning VPNs. What next?

August 25, 2011

Next time you stand at the water cooler and a LUMS grad walks up, you should know who really has bragging rights.

The only thing I have to say to this:
"Hi Gibran, can you kindly send what ever it is that you were smoking while you wrote this? I will highly appreciate it. Thank you."

from one of the comments on the article

August 24, 2011

Participate in a simple online study for a chance to win an iPad2. Click 'Share' for more raffle tickets.

August 21, 2011

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed concurrently with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published after the release of the film. The story is based in part on various short stories by Clarke, most notably "The Sentinel" (written in 1948 for ...

Worth reading the whole series (2001, 2010, 2061, 3001). Awesome stuff.

August 16, 2011

The north and the west and the south are good hunting ground, but it is forbidden to go east. It is forbidden to go to any of the Dead Places except to search for metal and then he who touches the metal must be a priest or the son of a priest. Afterwards, both the man and the met...

Nice read for those interested in science fiction

You knew it was coming, and now it has happened. The yearly turkey comic has come and gone, like the mailman, or a minor infectious disease.

A Turkey finds out its purpose in life.

A bold experiment in distributed education, "Introduction to Databases" will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. Students will have access to lecture videos, receive regular feedback on progress, and receive answers to questions. When you suc...

And they didn't link to this one either

A bold experiment in distributed education, "Machine Learning" will be offered free and online to students worldwide during the fall of 2011. Students will have access to lecture videos, lecture notes, receive regular feedback on progress, and receive answers to questions. When y...

Stupid AI class website. They didn't link to this, also being offered at the same time.

August 15, 2011

Simulation of fluids in games has been limited due to the computational challenges. This series of articles explains fluid dynamics and its simulation techniques.

Level! 10 part series covering the insides and outs of fluid mechanics, from the equations to the code.

Great for the mathematically and physically inclined too.

A 20-year-old is due in court after police discover plans for a Colchester water fight circulating on BBM and Facebook

You're telling me they used the riots as an excuse to monitor all social media communications.. and the first thing they do is stop a WATER fight? seriously?

Google just announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility. The search and online advertising company is buying the company for approximately $12.5 billion (or $40 per share), in cash. The price represents a premium of 63 percent to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. Google...

Let's see what this will do for android...

When I was in the army, I received the kind of aptitude test that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had ever seen a figure like that, and for two hours they made a big fuss over me.

Some more great words from Asimov.

August 12, 2011

Google Patents: Application number US 2004/0064448 A1

Some guy has a patent on skip lists apparently. (this is something veeery similar)

August 11, 2011

More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.

I'd put the foundation series at #2. Good list, though.

One of the most well known problems from ancient Greek mathematics was that of trisecting an angle by straightedge and compass, which was eventually proven impossible in 1837 by Pierre Wantzel, usi...

For the mathematicians.

[Bob] [Alice]

August 10, 2011

Kindle Cloud Reader is a web app that lets you read your Kindle books, instantly.

Awesome stuff.

Speculations circle as to why the London riots have become so big, but the answer is quite obvious.

very well written piece

August 9, 2011

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and gave it 5 stars

August 8, 2011

To open a door fitted with the latest U.S. government-certified lock from high-end Swiss lock manufacturer Kaba, an employee must both enter a code up to eight digits long, then swipe a unique identity card coded to comply with a new standard that requires an extra layer of security, one [...]

Lock fail! Given how easy these are, I'd hate to see the real vulnerabilities that they didn't disclose.

August 5, 2011

After recently signing on to reboot one classic TV show, Hanna-Barbera's The Flintstones, Seth MacFarlane is taking on another iconic TV series, Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Fox has greenlighted Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series from Family Guy creator MacFarlane and lat...

Can't wait. Tyson is awesome anyway.

August 4, 2011

Mad scientists

August 3, 2011

Official registration will open later this summer. Your information will be kept private and only used to contact you once registration is available.

If anyone's interested in taking an online AI class taught by some great folks. (for god's sake, it's Norvig teaching AI, what more could one want?)

August 2, 2011

In an old joke, two noblemen vie to name the bigger number. The first, after ruminating for hours, triumphantly announces "Eighty-three!" The second, mightily impressed, replies "You win."

Long, but very good read. For all the SSE folks out there.

"If people fear big numbers, is it any wonder that they fear science as well and turn for solace to the comforting smallness of mysticism?"

August 1, 2011

Stephen Hawking had a hard time accepting that the event horizon of a black hole could be a hologram. Now, people are starting to wonder whether the entire Universe is one.

" these often ended when Hawking said "rubbish." "When Hawking says 'rubbish,'" he said, "you've lost the argument." "

At least one thing that us and world renowned physicists have in common is trolling.