One reason you should not use Web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program.
Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s Web server, you’re defenseless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.
[Cloud computing] is stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign. Somebody is saying this is inevitable—and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.
Rumors swept through the mathematics community that a great advance had been made by a researcher no one seemed to know — someone whose talents had been so overlooked after he earned his doctorate in 1991 that he had found it difficult to get an academic job, working for several years as an accountant and even in a Subway sandwich shop.
“Basically, no one knows him,” said Andrew Granville, a number theorist at the Université de Montréal. “Now, suddenly, he has proved one of the great results in the history of number theory.”
Mathematicians at Harvard University hastily arranged for Zhang to present his work to a packed audience there on May 13. As details of his work have emerged, it has become clear that Zhang achieved his result not via a radically new approach to the problem, but by applying existing methods with great perseverance.
This fascinating Wired profile of Yitang Zhang, the previously obscure mathematician who made a groundbreaking discovery about prime numbers, attests to the secret of genius: doggedness and hard work rather than an instant flash of insight.
As Alexander Graham Bell put it, “It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider … who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” Thomas Edison seconded: “Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and physical application.” Denise Shekerjian summed it up best of all: “The trick to creativity… is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time.”(via explore-blog)
New experiments show how to optically initialize a specific spin state of a single manganese atom placed inside a quantum dot for spintronics applications.
The three-dimensional structure of the local universe may one day become as familiar as our local geography thanks to a new generation of maps that reveal our neighbourhood’s rich complexity and our place within it