Weekend miscellany

The truth about operating systems

Who has babies when? Socio-economic factors influence birth months

Clinical trial of traditional Chinese medicine made from toad venom for treating cancer

A summer intern’s perspective on Enron

Joel Spolsky’s Duct Tape Programmer post and Bob Martin’s response. (I don’t think Spolsky really believes what he wrote. He was exaggerating for effect.) Update: Response from Jeffrey Palermo.

One of the best technical groaner lines of all time: It’s a Unix system! I know this!

Miscellaneous quotes

“Winning the lottery ruined my life.” — Callie Rogers

“The art of doing mathematics is finding that special case that contains all the germs of generality.” — David Hilbert

“Wealth usually comes from doing what other people find insufferably boring.” — George Gilder

“God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does.” — Gustaf Wingren

“It is easy to lie with statistics; it is easier to lie without them.” — Frederick Mosteller

“I’m much more concerned about raising decent but soulless children, children with that blank unconscious stare who run in tight grooves, completely lacking in passion for anything grand and beautiful.” — Douglas Jones

“Young men should prove theorems, old men should write books.” — G. H. Hardy

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” — Wyatt Earp

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