Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Will the next Barbie be an architect, a computer engineer, an environmentalist, a news anchor, or a surgeon? Your vote could make the difference (and yeah, i...
January 12, 2010

Quiet Time

Two grad students in our department bought white lab coats over Christmas. When they wear them, it means that they’re “doing science”, and are not to be inte...
January 12, 2010

Google and China

“We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chine...
January 12, 2010

Two Thumbs Up, One Thumb Down

Three recent papers: Sahoo, Criswell, and Adve: "Towards Automated Bug Diagnosis: An Empirical Study of Reported Software Bugs in Server Applications". Lo...
January 11, 2010

More Public Embarrassment About Workflows

Thanks to everyone for the comments on my recent post about web workflows and public embarrassment. I have two of my own to add: I've looked at tools like ...
January 10, 2010