Category Archives: Funny Ha Ha

El Naschie works on entanglement now

The Journal of Quantum Information Science will not be getting any of my papers starting today, because today is when I learned that they recently published the following gem: A Resolution of Cosmic Dark Energy via a Quantum Entanglement Relativity Theory, by … Continue reading

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12 things a quantum information theorist should do at least once

By popular demand… prove (or disprove) something by going to the Church of the Larger Hilbert Space apply amplitude amplification in a non-trivial way convince yourself you’ve proven that NP is contained in BQP, or at least that you have … Continue reading

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Taken to School

Here is a fine piece of investigative journalism about a very wide spread scam that is plaguing academia. Definitely worth a watch.

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I have a friend in Minsk…

Unlike the usual university plagiarism policy which is typically something bland copied from another university, the University of Bergen has explained the problem, and consequences, of plagiarism with Hollywood-level production values. (Be sure to click on “CC” for the English … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Funny Ha Ha, Teaching | 4 Comments

Randomized Governance

What if instead of electing our representatives in government, we simply chose them at random? A new Rasmussen poll asked 1,000 likely voters exactly this question. Turns out, 43% thought that a random choice of people from the phonebook would … Continue reading

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More cracks in the theory of relativity?

When the OPERA collaboration announced their result that they had observed neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light, it rocked the entire physics community. However, despite the high statistical certainty of the claim, any sober physicist knew that the possibility … Continue reading

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Ig Nobels 2011

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony was held this evening at Harvard. My favorite is the winner of the Ig Nobel Peace Prize, which went to Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for … Continue reading

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How people in science see each other

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Hippy Software Licenses

One of my favorite software licenses is the Beerware license, here in a version due to Poul-Henning Kamp: /* * ————————————————————– * “THE BEER-WARE LICENSE” (Revision 42): * <phk@FreeBSD.ORG> wrote this file. As long as you retain * this notice … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Fragment, Funny Ha Ha | 6 Comments

Look Ma, I'm a Financial Journalist!

In this Saturday’s New York Times, in an article titled The Chasm Between Consumers and the Fed, I found the most amazing chart: Of course I am not a financial journalist, so I have absolutely no understanding of the gigantic … Continue reading

Posted in $$$, Extralusionary Intelligence, Funny Ha Ha, Nitpicker's Paradiso, Off The Deep End | 5 Comments