Petition: Secure the EU Research and Innovation Budget
petition to heads of the EU to preserve the research budget. It complements the open letter of 42 European Nobel Laureates and 5 Fields Medallists recently published in the major European newspapers.
The next summit of the EU heads of states on 22-23 November 2012 will be a decisive step in determining the EU research budget for the next seven years. The conditions are not favorable: the financial crisis has put severe constraints on the national budgets and several countries, in particular the "net-payers", are demanding cuts on the total EU budget. Research and innovation will compete with other policy priorities.
Share and Enjoy: Nina Paley's Mimi and Eunice
I've just discovered Nina Paley's wonderful comic Mimi and Eunice. She encourages folk to copy it, so share and enjoy!
Philip Giraldi: Why I Dislike Israel
Why I Dislike Israel tells it like it is:
The Israeli government is a rogue regime by most international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. Worse still, it has successfully manipulated my country, the United States, and has done terrible damage both to our political system and to the American people, a crime that I just cannot forgive, condone, or explain away.
CH = PH
Here is a Haskell program giving both encodings, and showing they are interconvertible. (The CH representation is called `finally tagless' by Carette, Kiselyov, and Shan, which is not the most perspicuous name; Atkey, Lindley, and Yallop point out the idea goes back to Coquand and Huet; PH was introduced by Chlipala.)
Unlocking Scotland's Potential
report from the NUS.
- At current rates it would take 40 years to reach fair and representative access in Scotland.
- Across Scotland, for every one student from the most deprived background recruited to university, there are 2.5 students from the least deprived background. However, at our institutions with the worst records on widening access (Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews), the ratio reaches 1 to 16.4 of most deprived to least deprived. At St Andrews the ratio reaches 1:28.
- It is by no means the rule that deprivation levels dictate participation rates, with many constituencies with high levels of deprivation with good records in terms of sending pupils to HE and vice versa.
This Land is Mine, by Nina Paley
Dennis Ritchie memorial symposium
It's unfortunate, but time marches on. There was a gathering in honor of Dennis Ritchie's contributions at Bell Labs on Sept 7. It drew a large crowd, mostly Bell Labs alumni and present employees. Several of us gave short talks, which eventually wound up on YouTube.
Susanne Arney Intro: http://youtu.be/5phgZAYzjx8
David Patterson: http://youtu.be/Bx8PL5sMD6o
Brian Kernighan: http://youtu.be/uxtKwJZbYr0
Doug McIlroy: http://youtu.be/Y-TrkYL0VtI
Steve Fortune and the other Bell Labs researchers:
Al Aho: http://youtu.be/GfoSbffSIQ4
Eric Schmidt: http://youtu.be/3-gTXWhx1y8
Lynn Ritchie: http://youtu.be/7Zt50RpYs70
John Ritchie: http://youtu.be/E4h6WynJzjI
Bill Ritchie: http://youtu.be/_BwVlHOpX10
Al did an especially good job, and the Ritchie segments reveal how talented the family is, along with some facets of Dennis's life that none of us ever knew.