Category Archives: Technology

Lost In Translation: From English To Russian To English Once More

S. Bochner and W. T. Martin’s book Functions of Several Complex Variables, published in 1936, dealt with the functional theory of n dimensions. At the time, this book was practically the only reference available to those who wished to study the subject. A … Continue reading

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50 Well-Known Proverbs Updated For The Digital Age

1. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to use the net, and he won’t bother you for a while. 2. Keep your Facebook friends close and your blocked friends closer. 3. … Continue reading

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Not Fond Of Railways

The following is a canal stockholder’s argument in opposition to railways. This is from the July 24, 1830, issue of Western Sun [Vincennes, Ind.], quoted in American Spirit, Volume 1: To 1877 by Thomas Andrew Bailey and David M. Kennedy (1998):

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A Facebook Friend Request That Sent Someone To Jail

In 2007, Dylan Osborn of England was jailed over a Facebook friend request. How? Here’s the story. Osborn said that when he joined Facebook, an automated window appeared asking if he would like to send “friend requests” to everyone on his … Continue reading

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This Page Intentionally Left Blank

If you like to read books, I’m pretty sure that you have encountered this sentence: “This Page Intentionally Left Blank” While printing these words on a blank paper seems ludicrous, there are technical reasons why they do this. Nonetheless, the … Continue reading

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Quotable #3: Human Thinking

“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” – Sydney J. Harris

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Hacked

On 15 April 1996, a group of hackers hacked the main line that direct callers to New York Police Department 76th precinct and changed the standard recording with the following message: Continue reading

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