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15 nanoseconds of fame

Posted by kSquared, 05 March 2006 - - - - - - · 265 views

My Google interview post (more than a year old now) got dugg earlier today.

h/t: dohtem, for pointing it out to me.

The digg, at ~1,200 diggs and counting thus far; the comments.

No associated blog entry today, although we did post about the ongoing Gang of Four/Chinese censorship idiocy earlier today. Fun stuff.

Sex workers give GTA the shaft

Posted by kSquared, 15 February 2006 - - - - - - · 306 views

Obvious jokes aside, it looks like the Sex Workers Outreach Project is serious about its call to boycott GTA. Curiously, they vehemently oppose censorship, but "since the video game Grand Theft Auto accrues points to players for the depiction of the rape and murder of prostitutes, SWOP-USA calls on all parents and all gamers to boycott Grand Theft...

Sociopolitical recipe for disaster: serves 4-6

Posted by kSquared, 15 February 2006 - - - - - - · 223 views

Nick Anthis reports on how politics and science clash, and the fallout from when it does. Small wonder that the US (while still leading) is losing its edge, as Time magazine reports. Is injecting political decisions into science -- a realm historically dominated by a motivation for truth and a shunning of rhetoric -- a good idea? Full entry here.

A practical Valentine's Day gift

Posted by kSquared, 14 February 2006 - - - - - - · 188 views

Roses say, “My love for you is fleeting and high-maintenance, and I require daily tending-to or I’ll wilt”. Chocolate says, “I melt in your mouth, yielding to even the weakest challenges, and what little backbone and fortitude I have is made out of delicious, creamy nougat.” A card says, “Our relationship exists solely on the basis of...

Push it to the L +/- epsilon

Posted by kSquared, 13 February 2006 - - - - - - · 281 views

There's nothing quite like repurposing contemporary pop-rock to make a mathematics-related YTMND. Push it to the limit!

Congrats SiCrane!

Posted by kSquared, 13 February 2006 - - - - - - · 257 views

SiCrane was named a Staff member on Saturday during our bi-weekly meeting. Elevation to this rank of the GDNet pantheon is a feat approximately equal in coolness to any of the following:

-- finding a whole roll of Pineapple Life-savers that you forgot about in a jacket pocket
-- discovering that your Mag-Lite flashlight is, in actuality, a powerful...

How many operating systems is too many?

Posted by kSquared, 12 February 2006 - - - - - - · 199 views

Apparently, 117 isn't enough for this guy, who's used grub (the LILO successor) to round out his boot-loading screen. I know Linux is cool and all, but does anyone reeeeally need ninety-plus distros of it? :)

C# mini-quiz solutions

Posted by kSquared, 10 February 2006 - - - - - - · 233 views

Solutions posted to the quiz, along with a little philosophical discussion for good measure. How did you fare?

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