Everything is broken and no one cares

Everything is broken and no one cares This post from Dear Apple is just so true, and so clearly on topic for Grenouille Bouillie! Have we reached the point in complexity where we can't make good quality products anymore? Or is that some kind of strategic choice? The original post is mostly about Apple products, … Continue reading Everything is broken and no one cares

P versus NP

A researcher from HP Labs named Vinay Deolalikar announced a new proof that complexity classes P and NP are different. The paper made it to the Slashdot front-page (more on this below). What constitutes a "proof"? This is far from being the first claimed proof. There are about as many proofs that P is the same … Continue reading P versus NP

Science and the fear of innovation

Michael Nielsen writes: The disincentives facing scientists have led to a ludicrous situation where popular culture is open enough that people feel comfortable writing Pokemon reviews, yet scientific culture is so closed that people will not publicly share their opinions of scientific papers. Some people find this contrast curious or amusing; I believe it signifies … Continue reading Science and the fear of innovation

Slashdot on the relevance of academic journals

I've written a few times about peer reviews, in particular advocating non-anonymous peer reviews. The idea is not popular. That's why I was so interested to see an article on Slashdot asking if academic journals are still relevant. Do they still ensure quality? Are they nimble enough? Can they compete with the information glut on … Continue reading Slashdot on the relevance of academic journals

Peer reviews…

Bee has posted a number of comments on peer reviews lately, notably this one, which reports about a survey made among scientists. The summary is that the majority feel that peer reviews are necessary, but that the majority also would like to see them improve (notably regarding timing). Another nice link I found on BackReaction … Continue reading Peer reviews…

An intelligent review of the TIM

An anonymous reader wrote an interesting comment about my own pet theory (which I called theory of incomplete measurements, or TIM for short). This anonymous comment exemplifies both what I like and what I dislike about physics discussions these days: On one hand, it gives honest feedback, both positive and negative, and this hints at … Continue reading An intelligent review of the TIM