Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?
I second the motion for a tech scene in the lake district.
It does seem that (the London-based) politicians often forget that there is a whole country there outside of London.
Much of the tech industry in the UK is already based in London. If the government wants to support jobs in the sector, then it would do well to look elsewhere.
We're nerds, remember. We don't like the hustle and bustle!
WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study
That's a really useful way of thinking of it. Also, I'd love for this explanation to appear on TV news.
Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication
It's a short story about the "Monte Carlo project" to randomly generate viruses. A pertinent quote:
The theory also included the best containment facilites in the world, and five hundred and twenty people all sticking scrupulously to official procedure, day after day, month after month, without a moment of carelessness, laziness or forgetfulness. Apparently, nobody bothered to compute the probability of that.
Mathematics Reading List For High School Students?
Especially his "Cabinet of mathematical curiosities".
"The music of the primes", by Marcus de Sautoy, is also worth reading.
Wolfram Research Releases Mathematica 7
I have found one problem with open source toolchans - producing good quality graphics. At the end of the day you have to present the data, and gnuplot just isn't cutting it anymore.
Try R instead. It's FOSS and the graphics are fantastic. (I haven't used Mathematica, but the 2D plots are better than Matlab's. You can also easily link it up to ggobi or Mondrian for visualising multidimensional data.)