Knuth stops writing checks

For years Donald Knuth would write checks for $2.56 (one hexidecimal dollar) to anyone who found an error in one of his books. Needless to say, most of these checks went uncashed. Unfortunately, he has decided to stop writing these checks. On his website he writes: due to an unfixable security flaw in the way…

Cloud computing makes me nervous

After the recent news of Freddie, Fannie, Bear Sterns, Lehman Bros, Merrill Lynch, and AIG, I got to thinking about how much of my work is online—Google Docs, Gmail, WordPress, Wikidot, etc.  If our highly-regulated banking industry can fail, why not these young unregulated internet sites? Should there be an FDIC equivalent for the “banks” that…