Google v. Isohunt

The first book in the bibliography of my Introduction to Geometry class is Michele Audin’s Geometry, which in Amazon costs, well, a lot. So the first thing I tried a couple of weeks ago, when the semester started, was to search for the book in isohunt (and a couple of “sister sites”). But despite my insisting efforts, I was unable to find a pdf of the book, and resigned to that situation.
Today, I decided to give it another try, but in google, and as soon as I wrote “audin geometry” this happened:

And as it turns out, I did find the djvu of the book (which I never thought of looking before, I always looked for the pdf), in good quality and with minimum hassle! And this happens at a time when Isohunt, which is fighting a permanent injunction served against it, argues that what it does, Google does better. No argument here!

3X Sesame Street

Seriously. Watch this, with sound, and, as one comment in the youtube page had it, “try to keep a straight face”!

EDIT: it appears that this can just be seen from youtube proper… humm this must be what they mean by “copyright protecting culture”….

Youtube gallore

First, here’s fractal generation, without a computer:

The trick is to wire the output of a camera to three monitors lying next to each other, and then to point the camera at those monitors. It’s awesome, but I don’t quite get how did they “bootstrapped” the process. If only I had three monitors to give it a try… But sadly, I don’t.

Via Good Math, Bad Math

Next, here’s Hitler on Portugal, SCUTS, our Socialist Party, our Prime-Minister, and so on. It’s funny, but in the end, it’s also sad…

video (embedding disabled by youtube)

Finally, if you’ve ever complained about your job, don’t:

Via Que Treta!

Copyright and the IMF

Two videos on one post. The first one is a clever and very funny retort to that mantra of sorts, viz. that artistic creation springs from the artist’s mind in its entirety, implicitly stating that previous works play no role whatsoever. Well, that’s simply wrong: like science, art also borrows from the art that existed before. Here’s a witty demonstration of precisely that:

From Que Treta!

Secondly, at a time where an increasing number of voices are starting to ask whether the IMF will have to intervene in Portugal, here’s a video that exposes it’s darker face, and indeed, indirectly, the darker face of modern capitalism.

source (Portuguese)

The perils of integer overflow

Straight from this Arch Linux forum thread, about the behaviour of integers that just don’t know when to stop, and the subsequent “undefined behaviour”: :-)

Girl: Are you sure it will be ok?
Guy: Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing… my integers never overflow. Just relax and trust me.

*fast forward*

Guy: OH FSCK, OH FSCK, OH FSCK!
Girl: WHAT? What happened?
Guy: My program just crashed. I swear this has never happened to me before!
Girl: omg I can’t believe I was so stupid. I knew I shouldn’t have let you run that. My mother told me this would happen.
Guy: Hey, you wanted to run it just as much as I did. I don’t remember you asking to check the source first. You were just as eager to “chmod +x” as I was.
Girl: Whatever. I’m never letting so much as compile code near me ever again.

Boy, was there ever a time to Laugh Out Loud!

If you know how to code…

… then take a break, go get a nice cup of tea, and enjoy:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/184618?sort=votes&page=1#sort-top

A couple of teasers:

//
// Dear maintainer:
//
// Once you are done trying to ‘optimize’ this routine,
// and have realized what a terrible mistake that was,
// please increment the following counter as a warning
// to the next guy:
//
// total_hours_wasted_here = 16
//

//When I wrote this, only God and I understood what I was doing
//Now, God only knows

// somedev1 – 6/7/02 Adding temporary tracking of Login screen
// somedev2 – 5/22/07 Temporary my ass

// I will give you two of my seventy-two virgins if you can fix this.

Have fun reading.

Religious people

Despite counting myself as one of those, religion is not something you’re likely to see me write much about. However, this image was just too good not to post:

In fact, I would go even further:

If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people—atheists included

Via Helder Sanches

Comentários desligados Publicado em humour, life

Dear Mandy

In the United Kingdom, Lord Peter Mandelson, also known as “Mandy”, has been for some time now trying to implement a “three-strikes-and-you-are-out” law, to address the “problem” of online “piracy”. Public outcry has of course ensued, but isn’t it so much better when besides complaining, you’re also being witty, not to mention tremendously fun? Well, that’s exactly what British musician Dan Bull did, yet again :-)

Programming languages humour

If you’re a computer programmer, do yourself a favor and read this. After that, burst into laughing frenzy. :-)

Incidentally, that site just gave me the most accurate description on to how convey my opinion of Cobol:

1959 – After losing a bet with L. Ron Hubbard, Grace Hopper and several other sadists invent the Capitalization Of Boilerplate Oriented Language (COBOL) . Years later, in a misguided and sexist retaliation against Adm. Hopper’s COBOL work, Ruby conferences frequently feature misogynistic material.

:D