Reader's Corner for November 2013

November 26, 2013


www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu

Chapter 1. Quantum Behavior1-1 Atomic mechanics 1-2 An experiment with bullets 1-3 An experiment with waves 1-4 An experiment with electrons 1-5 The interference of electron waves 1-6 Watching the electrons 1-7 First principles of quantum mechanics 1-8 The uncertainty principle Chapter 2. The Relati...

Feynman's lectures on physics vol III is now freely available online. This is cool.

[Bob], [Alice], [Eve]

November 25, 2013


arstechnica.com

Newegg makes a big bet, as its trial against "patent troll" TQP wraps up Monday.

"We've heard a good bit in this courtroom about public key encryption," said Albright. "Are you familiar with that?

"Yes, I am," said Diffie, in what surely qualified as the biggest understatement of the trial.

"And how is it that you're familiar with public key encryption?"

"I invented it."

November 24, 2013


cstheory.stackexchange.com

E.g., in "algorithm X is useful for image processing" the term "image processing" is not specific enough; in "Google search uses graph algorithms" the term "graph algorithms" is not specific enough.

This is cool. List of data structures/algorithms used in the linux kernel.


www.businessinsider.com

The TV business is having its worst year ever...

November 18, 2013


priceonomics.com

Between 2007 and 2011, 5 million American families lost their homes. Some found alternative housing, but not all of them. Many families broke apart. Mine was one of them. And I was one of the people who ended up homeless. This is not the story of 5 million American families. This is just my story.

Our family faced the same economic forces that hurt many families, but I don’t blame the banks or politicians or anyone else for what happened to us. I made a thousand decisions, large and small, that seemed reasonable at the time but cumulatively led to our situation. It is tempting to blame external forces for the disasters that befall us, but as Shakespeare wrote in “Julius Ceasar,” the fault for what happens to us “is not in our stars but in ourselves.”

November 16, 2013


www.stavros.io

The Candy Crush Saga sagaI find Flash games on Facebook great fun. Not playing them, of course, that’s boring. As you may remember from my previous post, “winning at Puzzle Adventures“, I like to take a look into their guts and figure out how they work, and whether or not I can get insane scores wit...

To get people off their addictions.

November 13, 2013


www.happier.co.uk

We dive into the quarterly revenue earning announcements of the biggest technology companies in the world and then extract a per second amount.

This is informative.


www.ftlgame.com

Faster Than Light, a spaceship simulation real-time roguelike-like.

"FTL: Advanced Edition" - shut up and take my money already...


www.nytimes.com

ONE AFTERNOON IN THE LATE 1970's, deep in the labyrinthine interior of a massive Gothic tower in New Haven, an unsuspecting employee of Yale University opened a long-locked room in the Payne Whitney

This is really engrossing.


www.wired.com

Bill Gates on how innovation is the key to a brighter future, and how we're only just getting started.

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/11/bill-gates-wired-essay/

November 8, 2013


www.spritelamp.com

Sprite Lamp - Dynamic lighting for 2D art

Holy ...

November 6, 2013


www.kob.com

This 4 On Your Side investigation looks into the actions of police officers and doctors in Southern New Mexico. A review of medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit show deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, police officers with the City of Deming and medical professionals...

I guess I should be more serious about avoiding constipation.

November 5, 2013


Given that I'm now revisiting code I wrote a year ago...

November 4, 2013


www.businessinsider.com

A job at Google. It's career heaven, right? How...

nakedsecurity.sophos.com

The head of information security opened a malicious birthday card link from her. Others offered her jobs, asked her out to dinner, or offered to help her get network access and a laptop. In short, ...

"Lakhani, a counter-intelligence and cyber defense specialist who works as a solutions architect for World Wide Technology, presented the results on Wednesday at the RSA Europe security conference in Amsterdam."

Reading that just feels odd. But this is a good article on social engineering, nonetheless.