Stephen Tyler

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.

January 20, 2012
by stephen
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An education revolution?

Today Apple announced its new initiatives in education, claiming they will spark a revolution in education.  Lets look at the details to see if Apple’s claims hold up to scrutiny: Pricing $15 per textbook is quite a discount from the … Continue reading

November 29, 2011
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Why do Amazon & Apple Hate Families?

Danny Sullivan writes in Why Do Amazon & Apple Hate Families?: With the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire among the hot gifts for families this year, it’s pretty sad that neither device has any concept of “family” baked … Continue reading

October 25, 2011
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John McCarthy, father of AI, has died aged 84

John McCarthy, inventor of the LISP programming language and a pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, died a few hours ago. He coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955, and went on to found departments to study AI at Stanford & MIT. … Continue reading

October 21, 2011
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Siri has the competition worried

The internet is awash with the sayings of Siri, the new voice activated assistant in the iPhone 4S.  But the competitors are also talking about Siri. Android Chief says your phone should not be your assistant: “Your phone is a … Continue reading

October 6, 2011
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Steve Jobs has passed away

Creator of the personal computer. Creator of the first windowed operating system to reach the market. Creator of the first mouse to reach the market. Creator of the computer-animated feature-length movie. Creator of the portable music player integrated with a … Continue reading

September 11, 2011
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Moral hazards of plagiarism detection

In my earlier post, Unintended consequences of plagiarism detection, I discussed the relative merits of allocating scare resources to pursuing bad students, versus enriching the learning environment for the good students. David Harrington has written an interesting article, (Moral) Hazards … Continue reading

September 8, 2011
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How The Transistor Got Its Name

Adafruit have dug up a memo from Bell Labs dated 1948, running a ballot to name the new device that would eventually be known as the Transistor:

September 8, 2011
by stephen
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Mobile Phone Patent Wars

Last March, Apple sued HTC over patent infringement in Android phones. Now HTC has counter-sued Apple, this time using 9 patents it acquired from Google on September 1, including some patents Google recently acquired from Motorola. Google makes the Android … Continue reading

September 3, 2011
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Happy 30th, HP 12C

The HP 12C calculator just turned 30.  It remains the dominant financial pocket calculator, and is still the recommended calculator for most finance courses including CFA and CPA exams.  In addition to the financial functions and RPN notation that make … Continue reading