Finite formula found for partition numbers | The Language of Bad Physics
So this isn’t physics*, but if you squint hard enough, you can probably make a connection. The hot topic today is Ken Ono‘s latest work on the partition function:
Twitter Gets Sued For Letting Famous People Interact Online
Part of Twitter's appeal is that people can 'connect' and engage with celebrities online, even if most of them consider it to be, and treat it like, just another push marketing channel rather than a multi-dimensional communication system. Be that as it may, but Twitter owes a lot of its populari
This is why software patents need to .. (insert ton of words here that aren't safe for public posting).Posted on 2011-01-20T19:39:46+0000
Skynet meets the Swarm: how the Berkeley Overmind won the 2010 StarCraft AI competition
StarCraft, one of the most popular games ever made, also serves as the perfect proving ground for artificial intelligence. Here's the inside story of how a Berkeley team won the world's first StarCraft AI competition with code that can beat even pro-level human players.
Lenore Skenazy: Eek! A Male! - WSJ.com
In The Wall Street Journal, Lenore Skenazy writes that treating all men as potential predators doesn't make our kids safer.
Autonomous Quadrotor Teams May Build Your Next House | BotJunkie
Back in July, we wrote about how UPenn's GRASP Lab had taught their quadrotors to work together to grasp and move things. The next step, it seems, is
This is just epic, robots learning how to do such stuff (not explicitly programmed to do so)Posted on 2011-01-18T03:32:28+0000
Worldometers - real time world statistics
Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health. Interesting statistics with world population clock, forest loss this year, carbon dioxide co2 emission, world hunger data, energy consumed, and a lot more
Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel
Operations at Israel’s Dimona complex are among the strongest clues that the Stuxnet computer worm was an American-Israeli project to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.
Astrological sign of the times | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
Antiscience | astrology | Sometimes, I'm not even sure where to begin with something. OK. So this afternoon I see on Twitter that the word "zodiac" is trending, meaning lots of
For all those muttering about the Astrology change or whatever.Posted on 2011-01-15T23:37:43+0000
Decorators and timing your code | Hasnain Lakhani's Blog
Note: This is the first post in the Bulk Tag Generation in Python series. This post is fairly technical and covers some important programming concepts, but it's
MIT OpenCourseWare introduces courses designed for independent learners
Great news. Looking forward to more inspiring material...Posted on 2011-01-14T22:20:41+0000
Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior - WSJ.com
Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games, and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? An exclusive excerpt from Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
Very interesting read on education and parenting.
Usama Javed Mirza
The Dubai Job: Big Issues: GQ
Monday, January 18, 2010. Morning At 6:45 a.m., the first members of an Israeli hit squad land at Dubai International Airport and fan out through the city to await further instructions. Over the next nineteen hours, the rest of the team—at least twenty-seven members—will arrive on flights from Zuric
The private keys used for signing games to run on the PS3. Hello, homebrew code on the PS3.
(if anyone's still wondering, you must have an EPIC FAIL at security for your private keys to be mathematically reversed. these were not leaked)Posted on 2011-01-04T13:14:36+0000
Great Rose Bowl Hoax
Type: College Prank.Summary: Caltech students succeeded in altering the University of Washington’s halftime flip-card routine during the 1961 Rose Bowl in order to read “CALTECH”.
The CIA Meets MIT (idea)@Everything2.com
A few weeks after the office opened, a young man walked in, dressed in a nice business suit and carrying a violin case, and asked to speak with Mr. Andersen. "He's not here right now," said the secretary. "That's OK. I'll wait," said the young man, and sat down. "He may not be back for some time,