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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Mike Fletcher gave a pep talk at last night's PyGTA meeting for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. They showed off some actual hardware (yay), but the...
March 21, 2007

In memoriam: John Backus

John Backus passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. He helped invent Fortran and Backus-Naur form (familiar to everyone who’s taken a compiler course), a...
March 20, 2007

Sign Error => Five Papers Retracted

Via Genome Biology (free registration for trial access required), news that scientists from the Scripps Institute have to retract five papers published in va...
March 19, 2007

2007 ACM Programming Contest Results

Warsaw took first place; then Tsinghua, St. Petersburg, and MIT. Highest Canadian placing was Waterloo at #9; Toronto was one of twelve schools tied for 14t...
March 18, 2007

Books, Blogs, and a Write-In Candidate

One of the biggest changes in technical publishing in the last few years has been the “book of the blog”. Joel on Software was the first to make it big, but...
March 18, 2007