Archive for the 'Computer Science' Category

18
May
08

This past two weeks…

Lately, things have been rather slow over here… i don’t intend this to be the case, it’s just been a bit overwhelming.

So, without further ado…

Science:

General:

18
Mar
08

Interesting bits of the week…

If you’ve done six impossible things before breakfast, why not round it off with dinner at Milliway’s, the restaurant at the end of the universe?
— Douglas Adams, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”

22
Feb
08

Today’s fortune cookie and interesting bit…

Here’s the fortune cookie:

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
— Sam Brown, “The Washington Post”, January 26, 1977

😈

As for the interesting bit: Architecture is politics: community building and the success of Wikipedia.

I found this post (by Michael Nielsen) quite interesting, but maybe not for the reason people normally would: I just thought the “thesis” of this post was something well known. What I mean is the following: a framework like Wiki, Zope/Plone, Drupal, etc, they all have different modus operandi, i.e., they were all designed to harness the power of the collective in slightly different ways. That means that each of these designs follows a different “policy” of community building; while some may think that every single user should have the same “weight”, some may adopt the policy of ‘roles’, where different groups of users have different tasks within the community.

This is not a judgement of value of these different frameworks. However, each of them imply certain “choices” that were made with a given “community building ideal” in mind. So, in this sense, it seems clear to me that the particular architecture of the software used should reflect the “politics” behind it.

But, maybe this is clearer to me because of all those years listening to RMS… 😉

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Updated (24-Feb-08): This piece at Slate may have something to add to this discussion: The Wisdom of the Chaperones: Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy.

18
Feb
08

This past two weeks in the arXivs…

I was doing good with my blog and everything, being regular and all… but, as usual, all of a sudden, this snowball rolled over me. So, things ended up taking a two weeks set back.

Anyway, here we go… again. 😉

Hopefully, I’ll be able not to drop the ball… 😈

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01
Feb
08

Physics, Second Life e a Educação Brasileira…

On the Second Life front, these 2 newspieces appeared today:

I must confess that i’ve tought about this (to do physics in Second Life) many times. In fact, my mom gave me this idea way back in 30 May 2007 10:17:34 (BST). Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, Second Life’s support of GNU/Linux client’s is only in alpha stage. (If anyone has more info on this, i’d appreciate it. 😉 )

But, maybe it’s time that i try their MacOS client… 😎

Now, changing gears…

Dois artigos interessantes sobre a situação da educação brasileira:

And, to sum up, National Geographic has a video about the carnival in Brazil: Video: Rio Carnival Honors Japanese.

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Update (01-Feb-08 @ 17:23h): Ainda falando sobre educação, esse artigo de hoje também é bastante interessante: Alexandria – Revista de Educação em Ciência e Tecnologia.

Update (27-Feb-08 @ 07:33h): Mixed-reality conference.

01
Feb
08

Real Programmers…

Ah, the truth can be hilarious [sometimes]…

This is for the fans of anything else (but Emacs): Never forget C-x M-c M-butterfly!

😎

27
Nov
07

The interesting bits of today…




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