Reader's Corner for September 2011

September 29, 2011

The new Kindle Touch e-reader from only $99 has a new, easy-to-use touchscreen, the most advanced E Ink display and built-in Wi-Fi.

[Alice] happy? they have one with a touch screen now :p

It turns out that, in response to #3, IEEE is overriding its scientific referees and flat-out refusing to accept public-domain papers.

djb: "Don't publish with IEEE!"

[Bob] [Alice] [Eve]

September 28, 2011

A Pakistani girl who was kidnapped and gang-raped faces a new threat: honor killings, a tradition here, but one that her family has defied

No comment.

September 25, 2011


September 24, 2011

In the few years since I’ve graduated from medical school, there has been enough time to go back to medical practice in some form, but I haven’t and don’t intend to, so quit yer askin’, dammit. But of course, people keep on asking. Their comments range from the curious — “Why don’t you practice?” ...

for [Alice] and the others doing medicine. very well written piece

September 23, 2011

"Why CERN’s claims for faster-than-light neutrinos is wrong"

He has a compelling argument at least.

CERN Press Releases

The official press release for the discovery. Just the facts, no BS added by journalists clamoring after pageviews.

I RECEIVED a letter the other day. It was handwritten in crabbed penmanship so that it was very difficult to read. Nevertheless, I tried to make it out just in case it might prove to be important. In the first sentence, the writer told me he was majoring in English literature, but felt he needed ...

For those who think the physics folk can't agree on one thing.


September 22, 2011

Scientists are baffled by experiments that appear to show subatomic particles known as neutrinos have exceeded the speed of light.


September 21, 2011

It is a sad fact, but the fact is that Muslim­s have been killin­g Muslim­s from the early days of Islam.

September 19, 2011

Opinion columns, editorials, Dawn 50 years ago today, blogs and letters to the editor on the latest national and international news and issues.

The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?

Long, but a must read.

September 16, 2011

Sony prepares to ban gamers from the PlayStation Network (PSN) unless they waive the right to collectively sue it

F U, Sony.

September 13, 2011

Andrew Stuart "Andy" Tanenbaum (sometimes referred to by the handle ast)[1] (born March 16, 1944) is a professor of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is best known as the author of MINIX, a free Unix-like operating system for teaching purposes, and for his ...

This guy had too much time on his hands. Four of my courses this semester have his textbooks assigned...

September 11, 2011

23-year-old Salman Hamdan­i was initia­lly consid­ered a terror­ism suspec­t. But the truth was someth­ing else entire­ly.

This appeared today in the print copy of the express tribune's Sunday magazine special on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

September 8, 2011

[Alice] [Eve] [Bob]