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Frozen Synapse Bundle

2011-09-28 , , , Comment

Another Humble Bundle collection of indie games is available. Frozen Synapse is outstanding. Worth buying just for it alone.

I need an addicting turn-based strategy game like I need a hole in my head.

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Open access to technical papers

2011-03-12 , , , Comment

Moshe Vardi wrote an editoral about open access in the CACM in 2009. And others have followed up why it can’t, won’t or shouldn’t happen. I myself am skeptical that the organization can let go of the Digital Library cash cow; if even a quarter of the roughly 80,000 ACM members pay the additional $99US per year for access or take the professional membership I figure it would generate about $1.9M per year. Yet Usenix, an organization a magnitude smaller, manages to make its proceedings and papers available. This open access is good for the field.

Professor and cryptographer Matt Blaze weighs in at his blog with Copywrongs.

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The Power of Savings (or the half-million dollar coffee habit)

2011-01-10 , , , Comment

An economist friend has a blog and while I don’t agree with his take on many topics he wrote an article on thrift and compound interest a couple of years ago that I bookmarked to pass on but forgot to post. It’s moderately long (for a blog post) but worth reading The Power of Savings

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