Why There is a Crisis of Fake News

Call it the law of unintended consequences. The internet is a disruptive technology comparable to the Gutenberg press. Initially it was seen as a global encyclopedia, making all human knowledge available to everyone. Then social media arose, and I saw this as revolutionary for two reasons: It allows people around the world to see each […]

Grammar

I just ran into this sentence in Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding You’re probably used to type systems in languages like C and Java and marveled at its ambiguity. “Used” and “type” have several different grammatical meanings. As Hobbes (of Calvin and Hobbes) said Verbing weirds language. (The article itself […]

Chicken

Q. Why did the multiprocessing chicken cross the road? A. to To other side. get the — Jason Whittington

SOPA and the power of the Internet

Firstly, there is an excellent explanation of SOPA’s potential impact here. Check out the video in the first link. What is so striking about this, apart from the breath-taking over-reach of the bills, is the about-face in Congress as a result of the Internet strike. This is the latest example of the Internet providing citizens […]

The equivalence of patents and source code

The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a Supreme Court brief re Bilski, and I loved this idea within it: “The source code of a program which performs the steps described in a software patent is distinguishable from the literal patent only in that it expresses the same steps in a different language. Therefore, since […]

Windows is Stupid

I have an application with a main window.  It opens a find dialog that can remain open, i.e. it is not modal.  I mark it as STAY_ON_TOP so it does not disappear behind the application window. The application pops up a message box to announce that the search term cannot be found, but it CANNOT […]

Skype Users are Revolting

On Feb 3, 2009, Skype announced the release of Skype 4.0 after extensive beta testing.  But on the community forums, users are complaining that New interface is very BAD. Old was perfect, SKYPE ME MODE no longer available in version 4, Missing features in 4.0 (i.e. public chat and shared groups) and much more. The […]