Browsing All Posts published on »October, 2012«

A bug that always gets me

October 21, 2012


This week I made an error that I already repeated at least twice in my career; it doesn’t seem to stick in my brain. I’m going to write about it here, so that maybe I will stop doing it, and maybe it will prevent the same kind of error for my readers. Let’s see if you can spot […]

Attending an on-line course on compilers

October 14, 2012


I am currently attending an on-line class on compilers at Coursera, that I already mentioned in a previous blog post. The course (prepared and lead by Professor Alex Aiken) is very interesting, and mixes formal theory with practical applications. At the end the students will be able to code a complete compiler, and they will […]

The winner of SHA-3 contest

October 3, 2012


There’s a new standard hash algorithm in town, its official title is SHA-3 but its birth name is Keccak. NIST announced yesterday the winner of a long contest, that selected from many submissions the 5 algorithms most apt to substitute the current SHA-2 hash method, and from those 5 Keccak emerged as a victor. As I wrote in […]