Here’s an old NBC news report speculating about technology in the year 2000. Apparently “something called the Internet” will be important. HT: Sorting out Science.
The Mono project, an open source rewrite of Microsoft’s .NET framework, is more mature than I thought. From Hanselminutes.
“Cloud” is a good metaphor for most of what I hear about “cloud computing” because it’s so nebulous. But Michael Stiefel has some solid things to say on the subject.
Quote from Word Aligned blog “One day software will be the most reliable component of every product which contains it.” — Tony Hoare. I’m not as optimistic as Mr. Hoare, or I at least thing “one day” is far away.
Joakim Karlsson says in his post The Locality of Code Changes “The probability that you will change a piece of code in the near future increases when you make changes to that code or to code in its vicinity.”
The best explanation I’ve seen for why newspapers are dying
Malcolm Gladwell’s rebuttal to Chris Anderson’s “Free” thesis
EconTalk interview with Mark Helprin on copyright
Math and statistics
In Is P = NP an ill-posed problem? Dick Lipton contrasts the Riemann hypothesis and the question of whether P = NP.
Music, coffee, and physics
Fun with an MRI machine. NB: The block is aluminum, not iron. Magnets don’t attract aluminum. But aluminum can conduct a current induced by a magnetic field. HT: Ovablastic.