Monday, April 18, 2005

This I believe; Magourik;MIT

Great essay by John Updike in the NPR This I Believe series.
Here's a link:

Also, following the Magourik case of removing the feeding tube of someone not terminally ill:

I love this from It's made a lot of news and blogs. Seems the paper generator is fooling some folks:

Jeremy Stribling said that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text, charts and diagrams.
To their surprise, one of the papers - “Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy” - was accepted for presentation.
“Rooter" features such mind-bending gems as: “the model for our heuristic consists of four independent components: simulated annealing, active networks, flexible modalities, and the study of reinforcement learning” and “We implemented our scatter/gather I/O server in Simula-67, augmented with opportunistically pipelined extensions”.
I LOVE it! (this is the response from Jerry Pournelle)
Here's one link:

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