Paging Dr. House...
This week's episode of House (the only new show this season I bother watching) chronicled the good doctor's attempt to go a week without using painkillers for his leg. I sympathize---thanks to some drywall dust and a burned-out power supply, I was unable to access my personal mail for almost sixty hours. It's all good now, though; it's aaaaallll gooooood.....
So, here are a few links that have accumulated in the meantime:
Bruce Schneier on
Unicode security holes. Schneier again on a new tool called
GhostBuster that uses a zero-information strategy to find viruses, trojans, etc. A
mother and son blog about computer games, which ties back to Allan Fisher's excellent talk on gender in computer science education.
Another rant (this by James Governor) about how SOAP is the "new CORBA", i.e., is so bloated and clumsy that developers are using just about anything else instead. This
clever hack allows you to create new infix operators in Python. I'd beat any student who ever did it in production code, but it's a very clever idea. Also for Python fans, here's an article about
agile documentation, which is a fancy phrase for "let the tests explain what the code does". I may have to reconsider my dislike of this... For Windows users, a nice file system management tool called
Global Education and Learning Community, which has lots of interesting links. (Can I offshore my web surfing?) A magazine called
Better Software. I've only read one issue (found it by accident), but I was very impressed. And the Vatican is finally offering a
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