Computing departments have long has suffered from the association between computers and mathematics in the early years of the subject. Yes, mathematics has its uses in computing as an applied technique for solving problems. If mathematicians are interested in the mathematics of computation, let them do it in their own department.

Computing is an engineering discipline, not a refuge for people who cannot get a job in a mathematics department.

]]>Next step will be to claim that category theorists are just handling discrete arrows. It’s graphs, y’a know…

Ridiculous, but it says everything about how the world is run.

Nowadays, when the average village atheist come bumping into me enquiring with disdain whether I believe in a higher power or not, I always reply “Yes: Stupidity!”

The question is not whether we’ll be able to withstand stupidity: we won’t. The only question is what we should do to circumvent assholes and their decisions.

]]>Are you a fellow of Trinity College? What do you say about their decision to pull out of USS and UCU’s call to boycott them?

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