Archives August 2005

Hackers

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Excerpt from a NYT article on today’s CS students:

To help reverse three years of steep decline in the major at M.I.T., professors there met with freshmen last fall to extol the virtues of computer science. In one such gathering, John V. Guttag, a professor, brought pizza and soft drinks to a freshman ...

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Why Java is the wrong language for “enterprise” applications

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Two and a half years ago, after I was laid off, I had the search engines send me a daily list of every job posting in the Boston area containing the words “Perl” or “Java”. Virtually nobody wanted to hire a Perl programmer, and virtually every Java position required not only Java, but J2EE; not ...

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Burning the storehouses

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

According to the Talmud (Gittin 55b), when the Romans beseiged Jerusalem, the zealots ruling the city burned down its grain storehouses, so the Jews would have no choice but to fight the Romans.

Two thousand years later: “As the police tried to enforce the law allowing moving vans to enter to pack up the belongings ...

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I just love how you wave your hands

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Today’s New York Times gives us the lowdown on girl crushes. A girl crush, if you’re too lazy to read the article, is what happens when a straight woman has feelings of infatuation, completely nonsexual feelings, mind you, for another woman, and you shouldn’t think that she’s a lesbian for having these feelings. One of ...

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...and every Sunday, the residents have Soylent Green for lunch

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Seen on a sign outside an assisted-living facility:

Ask Us About Short-Term Stays

Every sperm is sacred, but some things are even more sacred

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The archdiocese of Portland, responding to a child-support lawsuit by a woman who got pregnant by a seminarian, argued that the mother had engaged “in unprotected intercourse…when [she] should have known that could result in pregnancy.” William Levada, who was archbishop of Portland when the lawsuit was filed, is now prefect of the Congregation ...

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TMI 911

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When I am dictator of the world, I will make it illegal to broadcast images of minors on television, even if their parents consent.

Dr. Deborah A. Borchers, a pediatrician in private practice in Cincinnati and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on early childhood adoption and dependent care [said, regarding Supernanny ...

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