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(Don Boudreaux) TweetThis essay on Ajit Pai’s legacy as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is likely the last thing written by my late friend Jerry Ellig, who died suddenly on January 20th at the far too young age of 58. And here’s Nick Gillespie’s recent conversation with Ajit Pai. Pierre Lemieux draws economic lessons from Bernie Sanders’s mittens. Richard Ebeling recalls Lithuanians’ 1991 fight for...

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Brad Cox, RIP

Legacy (Hacker News): Dr. Cox was a computer scientist known mostly for creating the Objective – C programming language with his business partner, Tom Love, and for his work in software engineering (specifically software reuse) and software componentry.[…]Stepstone hoped to sell “ICPaks” and Dr. Cox focused on building his ICPak libraries and hired a team to continue work on Objective-C, including Steve Naroff. The late Steve...

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Imagining an Eighties Coronavirus Pandemic

Thinking about the TV series It’s A Sin I blogged about on Saturday a couple of things struck me in relation to our current situation trying to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the early 1980s we had no access to the internet – it only really get going until 1983 and most households didn’t get connected until much later. There wasn’t even email either. And nobody had mobile phones – smart or otherwise, so there were no...

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Mathematicians’ Phone Passcodes

A character in a novel I was reading used the passcode 1729 for his house’s security system. He did so because of the famous Hardy-Ramanujan anecdote about the number. That got me to thinking. What would mathematicians of the past have used for their passcodes? I tweeted some ideas and got some great responses with additional suggestions. Mathematicians' iPhone passcodes—Archimedes: 3141Ramanujan: 1729Fibonacci: 1123Euclid:...