Antisocial punishment

A recent article in Science documents what the authors call "antisocial punishment". Specifically, they demonstrated that society punishes those who contribute the least or try to abuse the system, but also that there is a tendency to punish those who contribute the most. This will not come as a surprise to anybody who remembers Honore … Continue reading Antisocial punishment

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André Vignon, beloved grandfather, passed away

My grandfather, André Vignon, passed away today, at the age of 96. This remarkable man had 13 children, more than 50 grandchildren, and currently just shy of 80 grand-grandchildren. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre 39-45, but he was so modest that almost nobody in the family can tell you why. For years, he … Continue reading André Vignon, beloved grandfather, passed away

MacOSX Leopard: disappointed…

I finally purchased MacOSX Leopard. For a long time, I had purchased every single update of MacOSX as soon as I could, because they were generally worth it. This was the first time I had some second thoughts. There were a number of mixed reviews over the net, like the excellent Ars Technica review. The … Continue reading MacOSX Leopard: disappointed…

Oh, the joy of not being remote…

Following my CGO talk, I went to visit my colleagues in Nashua, New-Hampshire. Nashua ZKO site shutting down The so-called ZKO building is a historical landmark in the history of DEC. For the old-timers in computer science, @zko.dec.com was a pretty healthy thing to have in your e-mail address... Its walls are layered with pictures … Continue reading Oh, the joy of not being remote…

Book review: The trouble with physics

Until now, I had not read Lee Smolin's famous The Trouble with Physics. Having recently written a rather negative review about a book written by someone who can't stand Smolin, I thought that I should read both sides. A pleasure to read Lee Smolin writes very well, and it is clear why his book had … Continue reading Book review: The trouble with physics