Random Thoughts

My thoughts about life, coding, science, technology and other stuff

Mathematical Uncertainty

In 1912, Bertrand Russell wrote a letter to his mistress, Lady Ottoline Morrell, in which he revealed, “I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet.? Besides suggesting theirs was a cerebral affair, the quote captures a certain fundamental tenet of mathematics that some mathematicians are now questioning.

What attracts many young mathematicians to the field and assures the average person that they can trust their calculator is that mathematical truth is entirely certain, with its own austere perfection that’s totally independent of humans.

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Science | Leave a comment

Who’s Reading Your Cell’s Text Messages?

Have you ever hit “Send” on a text message on your mobile phone before addressing it? Ever wondered where all those lost SMS text messages go? If so, you might want to speak with Stan Bubrouski, whose cell phone has been channeling wayward text messages from across the country for years.

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

How the Great Wall of China was Built

New commercial from Staples showing us the building of the Great Wall. 9 out of 10 Historians agree this is real deal.

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February 23, 2006 Posted by | Other | 1 Comment

Berkeley lectures as podcasts

List of lectures in MP3 format

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Weird A$$ Food

Self heating latte? Pringles with fun facts printed on them? More Cheddar flavored twists? I’m not sure I’d want to ingest any of these.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Other | 2 Comments

Quantum Telecloning

In science fiction, teleportation is not always perfect. Improperly maintained teleporters can result in “poor fidelity” during transmission – and a mess on the floor of the transporter room. In one celebrated instance, the use of the teleporter even involved creating a copy.

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

Transform an Xbox into the ultimate media center (the complete guide)

This step-by-step guide (complete with pictures) that walks you through the steps how to easily soft-mod your Xbox. Don’t throw away your old Xbox as it can still be converted into arguably the best media streamer on the market. Follow this guide to turn your virgin Xbox to a pimped out, play-anything-you-throw-at-it media monster.

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February 16, 2006 Posted by | Gaming | Leave a comment

C# Version 3.0 Specification

Describes proposed features of C# 3.0 that build on those of C# 2.0. (25 pages)

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February 15, 2006 Posted by | Coding | Leave a comment

Pics of Nissan Terranaut reveal vehicle perfect for Picard and his crew

Nissan of Europe has released a bevy of images showing every nook and cranny of its upcoming Geneva-bound concept, the Terranaut. The 4×4, according to the company, was designed for scientists, geologists, archaeologists or adventurers whose office is the great outdoors.

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February 15, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Mona Lisa was 83% Happy

Researchers scanned a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and subjected it to cutting-edge “emotion recognition” software. The result showed the painting’s famous subject was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry. She was less than 1 percent neutral, and not at all surprised.

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February 15, 2006 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment