Category Archives: Computers

Science Code Manifesto

Recently, one of the students here at U. Sydney and I had the frustrating experience of trying to reproduce a numerical result from a paper, but it just wasn’t working. The code used by the authors was regrettably not made … Continue reading

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strike!

In a move that will undoubtedly bring the US Senate to its knees, the Quantum Pontiff is going dark from 8am to 8pm EST on Jan 18 to protest SOPA, PIPA, the Research Works Act and other proposed acts of … Continue reading

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Could Elsevier shut down arxiv.org?

They haven’t yet, but they are supporting SOPA, a bill that attempts to roll back Web 2.0 by making it easy to shut down entire sites like wikipedia and craigslist if they contain any user-submitted infringing material. (Here is a … 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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Watson

Exciting times for machine learning and artificial intelligence fans: IBM’s Watson computer versus two of the flesh bound starting tonight, Feb 14, 2011, on the game show Jeopardy. And not just any humans, I guess, but Ken Jennings and Brad … Continue reading

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Steve Ballmer Talk at UW March 4, 2010

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Posted in Computer Science, Computers, Go Ahead, Waste Your Time, Off The Deep End, Technology | 15 Comments

Help Rod With His Summer Reading

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Original McEliece Cracked

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Posted in Computer Science, Computers, Quantum Computing, Technology | 8 Comments

Graceful Error Handling?

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