Four short links: 18 December 2009

Ethics, Parallel Matrices, Browser Math, and Open Source EtherPad

  1. In Character — a journal that addresses a different virtue each quarter. I’ve been thinking of practical philosophy a lot, lately, as we see ever-more-dodgy behaviour. (via bengebre on Delicious)
  2. Lessons from Parallelizing Matrix Multiplication — a reminder why low-level knowledge of your platform matters, and why motivating examples should be carefully chosen.
  3. MathJaxMathJax is an open source, Ajax-based math display solution designed with a goal of consolidating advances in many web technologies in a single definitive math-on-the-web platform supporting all major browsers. (via Hacker News)
  4. EtherPad Source — released as part of their Google acquisition. The announcement says: Our goal with this release is to let the world run their own etherpad servers so that the functionality can live on even after we shut down etherpad.com. This is the resolution to the bad reception of the news that EtherPad would close in March with no plan B for users. The cult of entrepreneurship worshipped the customers only as a vehicle to an exit, but I don’t believe that it’s moral to do well personally but leave your customers high and dry. This is a message that the EtherPad founders seem to have got loud and clear.
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  • Bill

    You are an intelligent and within guy. Don’t fall into one of the traps of maturing, the one where you follow that feelings that “ever more dodgy behavior” is apparent or evident. Require evidence to back up feelings and you may see that you know about some very dodgy behavior but that you can’t really show an established trend. In short, I recommend deleting the “ever” and the “more” and putting in “very” if you want or are appalled or worried.