Category Archives: Fragment

Greg Kuperberg: a paladin fighting against the ogres of hype

Nothing much to add here, but Greg Kuperberg has an excellent article at Slate which clarifies the power and limitations of quantum computers. The article is brief, accessible, and highly accurate. The next time a science journalist contacts you for … 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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Katamari Damacy Any Website

If you know what Katamari Damacy is, then you will love http://kathack.com. (The script was created by University of Washington students Alex Leone, David Nufer, and David Truong for the 2011 Yahoo HackU contest. See, dear physicists, the benefits of … Continue reading

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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

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A Mathematical Definition of News?

Lately I’ve been thinking about the news. Mostly this involves me shouting obscenities at the radio or the internet for wasting my time with news items the depth of which couldn’t drown an ant and whose factual status makes fairy … Continue reading

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Life, Death, and the World is Such a Wonderful Place

I am not a big fan of THE NEWS. But then again, some days the universe just tees up some fun stuff. NyTimes obit, Frank W. Lewis, Master of the Cryptic Crossword, Dies at 98. The younger Mr. Lewis attended … Continue reading

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Test

This is a test.  I repeat this is only a test.  The emergency broadcast system’s got nothing on this test.

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Today's Keyboard Letter of the Day

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Random Question of the Day

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Web Based Applications

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