The SUN has finally set at Redwood Shores

We’ve been debating the merits of a possible IBM-Sun deal for a while now, and even Sun itself seemed to be in the dark as to if it would be a good idea to be bought by IBM. These debates are now all moot: in a surprise move (at least, I didn’t see any speculation […]

If Philosophers were Programmers

“Wikipedia has a special section called, ‘Language Philosophy,’ in every article for a programming language. This section looks at the motivation and the basic principles of the language design. What if we investigate further than that? What deeper connections between philosophies and programming languages exist? By considering the most influential thinkers of all time (e.g. […]

They’re Coming For You

The Great Indian Open Election will be into its first round as 143 million of the country’s 700 million voters cast their vote for the 15th Lok Sabha election in their attempt to form India’s next government — the shape of which is still eluding even the wisest political pundits. The outcome in 124 seats […]

He’s a Mac, he’s a PC, but we’re Linux

Earlier this year the Linux Foundation launched a competition for budding writers, film makers and just general Linux enthusiasts to make their own grassroots advertisement to compete with Apple’s highly-successful “I’m a Mac” series of adverts. The Linux Foundation hopes to succeed where Microsoft’s short-lived Jerry Seinfeld experiment failed, namely landing a glove on Apple’s […]

Fantastic Natural Phenomena

The classical natural wonders are huge and hard to miss – vast canyons, giant mountains and the like. Many of the most fantastic natural phenomena, however, are also least easy to spot. Some are incredibly rare while others are located in hard-to-reach parts of the planet. From moving rocks to mammatus clouds and red tides […]