Archive for August, 2010

Radioactive decay affected by solar activity?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Seems hard to believe but Purdue and Stanford researchers report that the rates of decay of several radioactive elements drop somewhat during periods of solar flare.  Amazing.  Thanks to @bramcohen and @daveo for passing this on. UPDATE:  Discover Magazine reports that other scientists are skeptical, with some supporting reasons, but in the same article the […]

Interesting History of Java & thoughts on the Oracle/Google Android lawsuit

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Charles Nutter has an interesting post titled  My Thoughts on Oracle v. Google.  It gives a quite detailed history of the Java platform, and some thoughts on the recent lawsuit by Oracle against Google.   I’m not in a position to comment on the accuracy of all the details, but I found it to be thought-provoking, […]

Excellent “What’s new in HTML5?” cheat sheet

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

From Mark Pilgrim by way of DaveO:   HTML5 Peeks, Pokes and Pointers, an excellent quick guide to new syntax and Javascript APIs in HTML5.  See also Mark’s Dive into HTML5.