blew through this -- once you've read 20 processor specifications, you've read them all (exceptions to this rule include systolic arrays, the Symbolic...moreblew through this -- once you've read 20 processor specifications, you've read them all (exceptions to this rule include systolic arrays, the Symbolics Ivory/Megachip line of non-multiprogrammed Lisp Machine cores, and those crazy 27-bit MISD/PIVT machines built around extremely efficient cube-rooting units, where the natural types were 3-, 9- and 27-bit binary coded decimal <------ one of these did not actually exist). pretty good, if not inspired. how "definitive" an ARM reference can be is debatable due to wild divergence in μarch. as is proper, Yiu stays away from all but the reference implementation, allowing for "definitive" but not quite qualifying for "complete". ---- SIR THE FIRST RULE OF PROJECT DENVER IS THAT YOU DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS, SIR
Definitely the APitUE for NT. I'm so happy not to have needed to use closed source software this past decade. --- need to read up on IOPC for my thesis....moreDefinitely the APitUE for NT. I'm so happy not to have needed to use closed source software this past decade. --- need to read up on IOPC for my thesis. not very happy about it.(less)
btw, doesn't this remind you of The Handmaid's Tale? (before you ask, "FLK problem" refers to Funny Looking Kid, not Fetal Liver Kinase. The Health Physics Society keeps an excellent FAQ regarding pregnancy + radiation here. Don't ask me how I know this, as I'm unsure myself):
"The ugly side of life continues. We do the same with food. Food and water are checked for radioactivity. The clean food goes to the children and young women, the more contaminated food to the lower priority groups. That old woman? She gets the self-frying steaks. Abortion and contraception are likely to be highly illegal. We MUST have those babies. There will be more than enough parents who have lost their own (or have received too high a radiation dose to chance the FLK problem) to look after any that are unwanted. Women are enslaved by their reproductive systems (again). Don't like that, but there is nothing we can do about it. The social pressure on women to have children will be immense in both material and moral senses. Women who can have children get the best of everything: the cleanest and best food, the most comfortable housing, the most careful protection. Women who can have children but refuse to do so will be social outcasts (and in this sort of society, to be an outcast is virtually a death sentence). We're likely to see a situation where women of childbearing age are "protected" by severe restrictions ("don't go outside the house, the radiation may harm your babies" gets abbreviated to "don't go outside"). This is a grim and disturbing picture; we take an old woman out of her house and throw her in the snow to provide shelter for a pregnant mother and her children - then lock her in. Newborn babies obviously damaged by radiation are likely to be killed on the spot. That may or may not be justifiable; I think it's inevitable."(less)
Found the (apparently illegal) ebook laying around in my papers/ volume, and am going through this classic volume instead of doing more pertinent work...moreFound the (apparently illegal) ebook laying around in my papers/ volume, and am going through this classic volume instead of doing more pertinent work, woo-hah.(less)
Free PDF (Thanks, Dr. Chaitin!), 2009-05-01. What better way to celebrate May Day than with this classic ball-buster? My Livejournal's long closed, bu...moreFree PDF (Thanks, Dr. Chaitin!), 2009-05-01. What better way to celebrate May Day than with this classic ball-buster? My Livejournal's long closed, but I've been thinking of starting a purely technical blog; this book shows up in tonight's inaugural post.(less)
So I'm outside smoking a Newport and reading Donald E. Knuth, and what should I find on the top of page 125 (mmmm, perfect cubes (5^3, of course)) (Vo...moreSo I'm outside smoking a Newport and reading Donald E. Knuth, and what should I find on the top of page 125 (mmmm, perfect cubes (5^3, of course)) (Volume 4 Fascicle 0 Section 7.1.2) but a reference which might just advance my some of my research nicely (and likely a fine complement to that priceless tome, Hacker's Delight)! Unfortunately, it's a scrotumtightening $350 on Amazon or Alibris, but information after all does want to be free and Ingo has fulfilled the Categorical Imperative; a PostScript copy is freely available here. Thanks, Ingo, and thanks also to the Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity at Hasso-Plattner-Institut! w00t w00t!(less)
Free pdf available from the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute -- thanks guys! For those who don't know, Wohlstetter was the "Atoms for...moreFree pdf available from the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute -- thanks guys! For those who don't know, Wohlstetter was the "Atoms for Peace" pundit -- swords into plowshares, opening up ports with tactical warheads etc.
(Aside: So, open up your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 everybody (S.1 is available here). Check out the goodness; one cool billion for research into the atomic arts:
ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIES National Nuclear Security Administration WEAPONS ACTIVITIES - - For an additional amount for weapons activities, $1,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010.
w00t! Employment opportunities for CS/NRE MS graduates ought remain strong =D. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta!)(less)
- high-level design of interpreters, compilers, debuggers, profilers - basic PLC (scoping choices, typing choices, OO theory fundamentals) - how network stacks and high-speed servers are constructed - combinatorial logic, fundamentals of processor design, memory hierarchies - parallelism as applied to threads, instructions, and memory - algorithms for discrete sort/search (knuth book 3), complexity - design of many-way simulation software, basic numeric computing - arbitrary graph theory / combinatorics, to keep 'em on their toes
this might need to expand to include less discrete sort/search, in which i'd include SVM and NLP-y problems, as well as randomized methods like skip lists and smaller-space stochastics like Bloom filters and random walks.(less)
This was recommended by some of the bright lights over at the QCF (quantitative and computational finance) department upon padding over to ask, "What...moreThis was recommended by some of the bright lights over at the QCF (quantitative and computational finance) department upon padding over to ask, "What ought a distinguished Southern gentleman know about option pricing? How might I cheat the long days having fine fun with financial derivatives?" It looks to be a ride roughshod: you know the author's not screwing around when the Foreward opens, "So, Richard Feynmann was like, 'this path integral stuff is all too hard; I'd rather just play bongo drums, hit that sweet stripper action 'round CalTech and put the QEMFD back into QED...call me when you're done.' So, I went ahead and did it, but Feynmann was dead by then, because all the scientist went out of him and the vacuum was filled with dumbkoph Yankee, ja? I will now calculate this vacuum's Nullpunktenergie with great pomp, und enjoy some Spargelzeit, but I must get back to Dancecentrum in Stuttgart in time to see Kraftwerk." Well, it's not exactly like that, but the preface and table of contents are already driving home the Fear and...well, let's open up to a random page that's a multiple of 1000:
14.5 D-Dimensional Systems
Let us now perform the path-independent time transformation in D dimensions. The fixed-energy amplitude is given by the integral...
and at this point, Dear Reader, things decay rapidly into LaTeX that's simply not going to be reproducible here and wouldn't mean a damn thing to anyone if it was.
Almost insightful enough to have been written by Dijkstra, whom Hoare sounds a lot like at times. PDF available to ACM Digital Library subscribers at...moreAlmost insightful enough to have been written by Dijkstra, whom Hoare sounds a lot like at times. PDF available to ACM Digital Library subscribers at ACM Portal.(less)
brilliant use of language in the typical Nabokovian mien. some great lines ("a book with the unintentionally biblical title Know Your Own Daughter", e...morebrilliant use of language in the typical Nabokovian mien. some great lines ("a book with the unintentionally biblical title Know Your Own Daughter", etc.) and dialogue, though the plot rambles (the ending -- save the final paragraph -- is rather unsatisfying, but i'll forgive it), and i had to check publication dates of this (1955) vis-à-vis Kerouac's On the Road (1957). as to the subject matter, i really don't get the complaints of being "disgusted by the pedophilia" so commonly expressed by my Fellow Readers, and certainly don't understand the book's difficult road to publication, save as an expression of dreary american morality in the fifties, as described in the postscript ("On a Book Entitled Lolita"). she's twelve! i certainly recall being horny and desperately craving entry to the world of the "sexually active" at twelve years old, and have the embarrassing, juvenile, precocious journal entries to prove it. she's described as having an IQ of 121, nothing to write home about but certainly enough to know the power of a flirtatious ingenue, and furthermore is, by choice, not a virgin when debauched by Humbert. accusations of pedophilia regarding a woman already deflowered seem preposterous. she's fourteen by the end of the book, an age by which my mind at least was dominated by sexual fascination. i found one passage (that in which H.H. imagines marrying Lo, having daughters by her, and siring granddaughters by these nymphets in turn) semi-disturbing, but only due to its incestuous attack on genetic diversity. sexually active twelve year olds, while admittedly unappealing to my tastes, seem wholly valid partners, and H.H.'s infrequent attacks on statutory rape law met with plenty of my sympathy.
so, don't be put off by accusations of "pedophilia". she's young, but she certainly knows what she's doing, and i'd argue that lolita takes greater advantage of humbert humbert than he of her. great book. looking eagerly forward to more deep dives into nabokov -- let 2014 be my Year of Validmir!(less)