WishList
December 6th, 2006
Used to consider me little self more than the average geek. Well, judging by my perfect XMas gift, am not! I want what everyone else wants!
Uhoh, and, yes, keep Santa out of this! He scares people!
IP per capita
December 4th, 2006
Here‘s the map.
GoogleMaps – case study
November 28th, 2006
Research work: spot a black helicopter, and post the results. Enjoy the pics!
Braindeadness
November 24th, 2006
Where’s the world goin to?
stop complaining about pointers!
Linus Torvalds Officially a Hero
November 13th, 2006
[from slashdot]
“The European edition of the Time magazine has selected Linus Torvalds as one of the heroes of the past 60 years. From the main article: ‘In the 60 years that Time has been publishing an Atlantic edition, extraordinary people have emerged from the churn and turmoil, creativity and chaos of a period that witnessed the aftermath of world war, the toppling of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the vanquishing of apartheid in South Africa, the advance of women, the failure of old certainties and the rise of new fears. These people are our heroes, and in this special anniversary issue, we celebrate them and their many achievements.’ The article on Linus is titled ‘By giving away his software, the Finnish programmer earned a place in history.’ Linus is cited in the ‘Rebels & Leaders’ category along with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and others.”
Science, Pseudoscience, and Irrationalism
October 30th, 2006
Un domn distins, Steven Dutch, şia publicat pe net o samă de gânduri, dintro carte, pesemne. Citiţi şi gata.
I’m infecting it
October 17th, 2006
Happy Meals in Japan were suplied with an MP3 stick, with autorun and virus included.
Now, for the fun part: slashdotters trying to translate the page with babelfish and google found some rather interesting terms: “The virus of Troy wooden horse type” and many, many more. Here’s a new version ZeroWing vs. McDon
In A.D. 2006
Meal was beginning.
Customer: What happen?
Slashdotter: McDonalds set up us the free mp3 player.
Slashdotter: You get virus.
Customer: What !
Lawyer: Main bank account turn on.
Customer: It’s You !!
Ronald McDonald: How are you gentlemen !!
Ronald McDonald: All your passwords are belong to us.
Ronald McDonald: You are on the way to obesity.
Customer: What you say !!
Ronald McDonald: You have no chance to be thin make your time.
Ronald McDonald: FAT FAT FAT FAT ….
Customer: Take off every ‘lawyer’ !!
Customer: You know what you doing.
Customer: Move ‘lawyer’.
Customer: For great lawsuit.
How to Prove Things
October 17th, 2006
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 1
 proof by example:

The author gives only the case n = 2 and suggests that it
contains most of the ideas of the general proof.  proof by intimidation:
 ‘Trivial’.
 proof by vigorous handwaving:
 Works well in a classroom or seminar setting.
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 2
 proof by cumbersome notation:

Best done with access to at least four alphabets and special
symbols.  proof by exhaustion:
 An issue or two of a journal devoted to your proof is useful.
 proof by omission:

‘The reader may easily supply the details’
‘The other 253 cases are analogous’
‘…’
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 3
 proof by obfuscation:

A long plotless sequence of true and/or meaningless
syntactically related statements.  proof by wishful citation:

The author cites the negation, converse, or generalization of
a theorem from the literature to support his claims.  proof by funding:
 How could three different government agencies be wrong?
 proof by eminent authority:

‘I saw Karp in the elevator and he said it was probably NP
complete.’
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 4
 proof by personal communication:

‘Eightdimensional colored cycle stripping is NPcomplete
[Karp, personal communication].’  proof by reduction to the wrong problem:

‘To see that infinitedimensional colored cycle stripping is
decidable, we reduce it to the halting problem.’  proof by reference to inaccessible literature:

The author cites a simple corollary of a theorem to be found
in a privately circulated memoir of the Slovenian
Philological Society, 1883.  proof by importance:

A large body of useful consequences all follow from the
proposition in question.
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 5
 proof by accumulated evidence:
 Long and diligent search has not revealed a counterexample.
 proof by cosmology:

The negation of the proposition is unimaginable or
meaningless. Popular for proofs of the existence of God.  proof by mutual reference:

In reference A, Theorem 5 is said to follow from Theorem 3 in
reference B, which is shown to follow from Corollary 6.2 in
reference C, which is an easy consequence of Theorem 5 in
reference A.  proof by metaproof:

A method is given to construct the desired proof. The
correctness of the method is proved by any of these
techniques.
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 6
 proof by picture:

A more convincing form of proof by example. Combines well
with proof by omission.  proof by vehement assertion:

It is useful to have some kind of authority relation to the
audience.  proof by ghost reference:

Nothing even remotely resembling the cited theorem appears in
the reference given.
HOW TO PROVE IT, PART 7
 proof by forward reference:

Reference is usually to a forthcoming paper of the author,
which is often not as forthcoming as at first.  proof by semantic shift:

Some of the standard but inconvenient definitions are changed
for the statement of the result.  proof by appeal to intuition:
 Cloudshaped drawings frequently help here.
(Thanks, steju)
Nice ads
October 16th, 2006
Nice advertisement is hard to come by.