From Shots in the Dark, a pointer to a new "feature" -- apparently, there's not a tweet system recording and listing books checked out from Harvard libraries. No, they're not putting names with it, just times. But who thought this was a bright idea? Seems like a clear potential privacy-violating nightmare with no upside that I can see. I'll have to find out who to call on Monday to complain and spread the word to other profs...
From the Crimson, Marc Hauser will be teaching his classes in the Harvard Extension School this year. Now, in some sense, this isn't a big deal; Marc's on leave from FAS, and the Extension School is separate from FAS. And trust me, he won't be getting any huge paycheck from the teaching; while the Extension school pays its teachers (naturally), I'm sure it's a small fraction of Marc's Harvard salary (which he may or may not be getting; I haven't heard confirmation one way or another whether he's on paid or unpaid leave). Given that he's been heralded as a great teacher for a number of years, arguably, why shouldn't he teach? But I admit, as someone who works with the Extension School, it's leaving me with an uncomfortable feeling that I'm still trying to process.
Anyone have gossip to tell about why the Crypto 2010 proceedings were put online, but then taken down (apparently once the link got publicized)?
Scott Aaronson answers some questions for MIT news about the P/NP proof. I won't opine on whether his bet was a right thing or not (his own blog has had plenty of discussion on that) -- what's wrong with the article is that it has multiple links to Deolalikar's paper that are now non-functioning. I understand that web-news links aren't going to be kept up to date in perpetuity, but you'd think for this fairly recent article and controversial topic someone might have updated accordingly. One thing I wonder -- given the unusual amount of press that this proof attempt was given, and the current consensus that it's incorrect and recovery isn't possible, how many people are left with the misinformation that this very important problem was solved?