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Open, Free, or Me: Return of the Binary in the Coalmine



You may recall that a few months ago I wrote a post about how open source is a continuum and that free and open are orthogonal concepts.  Well, the nice people at the American Nuclear Society invited me to a round table discussion on software licences on Monday where I presented this material.  I figured I’d post my […]

UUID for #include Diamond Problem



Hello scientists!  Sorry it has been a while since we posted.  We promise that there are episodes in the pipeline, coming soon to an eardrum near you! In the meantime, if you have ever programmed in C/C++ you are well aware of the #include diamond problem.  Basically you can’t have the same binary include the same header […]

Evolution of a Solution



the thought process of a computational scientist To appease the PI, our hero – the dashing, young scientist – faces down the following problem with moxie normally reserved for Marie Curie. In 2D or 3D, we have two points (p1 and p2) which define a line segment. Additionally there exists experimental data which can be […]

Episode 26: PyCon 2012 Recap



Listen to the podcast For episode 26, a group of Hacker Within alums visited PyCon 2012 in Santa Clara, CA.  We discuss some of the very exciting developments in the world of scientific computing in Python, including such projects as Pandas, NumPy, PyTables and the incredibly well received new IPython web notebook. Today’s old hats include: Jean-Christophe […]

Binary in a Coalmine; Open Source as a Continuum



A couple of weeks ago Milad (animal) and I engaged in a lively discussion at the NIF User Group Meeting banquet on the nature of free & open source. Specifically in contention was FLASH, the code we both work on for the University of Chicago. At the NIF User Group Meeting and elsewhere, FLASH has […]

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Happy Birthday inSCIght!  A huge thanks to all of our moderators, hosts, guests, friends, and colleagues who have helped define the podcast & scientific computing in the past year.  And of course, thanks to you – the stalwart listener – who has borne with us and given us a reason to continue producing shows.  Here […]

Research Works Act



Related to a post from last week about a petition against Elsevier, the U.S. Congress House of Representatives has put forth HR 3699 – the Research Works Act (RWA).  The innocuous name belies the insidious intent.  This bill would severely limit the flow of scientific and technical over the internet if it was in any way associated […]