I was in middle school taking Algebra I when someone, probably another
student, said I should open the textbook to a page about 3/4 of the way
into the book. They pointed to a *terribly* complicated equation and
said "you'll have to learn THAT". Here is the equation:

I …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in Math

If I can't use my own blog to post nicely worked out math problems, then
what good is it?

So the other day, I had a problem to solve. I had two circles (the
initial problem was in 2D, but the solution works for spheres in any
number of dimensions …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in Math

A few days ago, version 1.0 of "Miro",
an open-source application, was released. It is a video player with a
nearly-perfect design combining the powerful VLC video
player, an intuitive UI design,
BitTorrent distribution, and a
thoughtful approach to copyright law. And it will change Television
forever.

## What is …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in IP-Law, Uncategorized

You've certainly heard of Dijkstra's famous article: "GOTO Considered
Harmful".
You may well even have heard about how it was actually Niklaus Wirth
who gave it that
title.
These are interesting bits of history, but they've been covered by
better
bloggers than
myself; my topic takes me a little beyond …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in Programming