They don’t care about us
He leaned out, frantically waving to the people below, smoke billowing out behind him. Surely someone would help him get down to safety if he drew their attention?
So Long And Thanks For All The Turkey Patents | Techdirt
Here in Canada, we gave our proverbial thanks over a month ago, and since all the Americans at Techdirt have taken off for the weekend, I thought I'd take a moment to put together some advice on preparing a great Thanksgiving...
A free and open world depends on a free and open web. | Google
A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.
Oracle Surprised by the Present - SQL Server Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
Insider news about SQL Server and Microsoft's Information Platform
"As for academic references, we’re glad to see that Oracle is reading from the Microsoft Research Database Group. But crowing triumphantly that there is “no mention of papers dealing with in-memory databases” [your emphasis] does not serve you well. Couple of suggestions for Oracle: Switch to Bing; and how about this VLDB paper as a starting point."
Burn. (and it's always fun to see companies argue like kids.)Posted on 2012-11-20T22:00:26+0000
"Live in the future and build what seems interesting."
That's what I'd advise college students to do, rather than trying to learn about "entrepreneurship." "Entrepreneurship" is something you learn best by doing it. The examples of the most successful founders make that clear. What you should be spending your time on in college is ratcheting yourself into the future. College is an incomparable opportunity to do that. What a waste to sacrifice an opportunity to solve the hard part of starting a startup — becoming the sort of person who can have organic startup ideas — by spending time learning about the easy part. Especially since you won't even really learn about it, any more than you'd learn about sex in a class. All you'll learn is the words for things.Posted on 2012-11-20T01:31:33+0000
Why I cycled a hundred miles to meet my first customer | CycleLove
16 Nov 2012Why I cycled a hundred miles to meet my first customerWhen I started selling CycleLove t-shirts, I made myself a quiet promise: that I would deliver my first order in person, and by bike.It seemed like a simple way of celebrating this small but important milestone in my new venture.CycleL...
When the Nerds Go Marching In
President Obama's reelection campaign brought 40 engineers into their ranks to build the technology they needed to get the president reelected. This is the very human story of how they helped out, even if they never fit in.
AIM Report: Did Mueller Know Hoover’s Dark Secret?
It may be the worst scandal in FBI history: Joseph Salvati spent three decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was put there by u
The FBI helped frame four men for a 1965 murder in order to protect an informant. Two died in prison; the other two served more than 30 years before being exonerated.Posted on 2012-11-15T21:14:37+0000
westiseast.co.uk - Taobao's absolutely gigantic day of sales
Two days ago, taobao.com (one of my favourite success stories in China) racked up an unbelievable 19bn RMB of sales.... in a single day.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU: On happiness
Henry David Thoreau(1817-1862) was an American writer, poet, philosopher and one of the leading figures of thetranscendentalismmovement. Besides writingCivil Disobedience, which inspired such revolutionaries as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jnr, Thoreau is most well-known for his bookWalden, in whic...
Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
The image illustrates it beautifully.Posted on 2012-11-13T05:50:07+0000
An Amazon Engineer Had a Little Idea That Turned Into a Billion-Dollar Business
Ten years ago, if asked what company would revolutionize computing, a book merchant with a tech edge probably did not come to mind
The birthday paradox in action: calculating the probability of a hash collision
If you haven't seen this before then I urge you to have a guess now. Is it 180 people? More than that? Fewer than that? What do you think?
In the above calculations there were at least three occasions where I recognised things because I was familiar with them, had used them, had played with them, and they were, in a sense, my "friends."
People often ask "Why did you make that approximation?" or "How did you know that would work?" The short answer is often "I didn't, but it felt right."
People often ask why they need to memorise formulas, or why they need to practice solving equations, when they can simply look stuff up whenever they need it, and on-line computer algebra systems can solve equations faster than they can, and more reliably.
But this is an example of why the ability simply to look stuff up is near useless on its own. Searches are deep and wide, and you need intuition to guide you. You need to recognise what might work, things you've seen before, directions to take that are more likely to be fruitful.
The day probably will come when computers can do all of that better that we can, but that day isn't here yet. We still need human intuition, built from experience and practice, to guide the computer searches, to know what is more likely to work.
If you already know how to do this sort of calculation then you're probably nodding. If you don't, and you can't see how someone can possibly do this kind of stuff, this comment is for you. Practice and experience.
Once you play with things, the ability to invent and improvise is unleashed.Posted on 2012-11-07T20:04:42+0000
Rethinking the Computer at 80
Dr. Neumann, an 80-year-old computer scientist at SRI International, is leading an effort to redesign computers and software from a “clean slate” to make them more secure.
It's always good to step back, count my blessings, realize how good life is; and realize how lucky I am to have the chance to work in the same department as Dr. Neumann and other extremely smart and wise people.Posted on 2012-11-03T04:35:45+0000