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Comment The Harvard Classics (Score 1) 796

The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.[1]

Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result.

All are in the public domain. Finding good compilations is hard, but I've done it for several of the 51 volumes.


In case you want to put in some legwork, I have some of them up here: http://static.bobbymartin.name/Calibre%20Library/

Here are the paths:
Calibre Library/Bibliobazaar/Harvard Classics 01B - John Woolman (138)
Calibre Library/Plato/Harvard Classics 02A Euthyphro; The Apol (48)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 04 (125)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles W. (Charles William), 183/Harvard Classics 04 (245)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles W. (Charles William), 183/Harvard Classics 06 (247)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 07 (244)
Calibre Library/Charles Darwin/Harvard Classics 07 (243)
Calibre Library/Virgil/Harvard Classics 13 - Aeneid (38)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926/Harvard classics 33,34,__ (246)
Calibre Library/Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926/Harvard Classics 33,34,__ (248)
Calibre Library/Charles William Eliot/The Harvard Classics (188)
Calibre Library/Unknown/The Harvard classics The Apol (127)
Calibre Library/Unknown/The Harvard classics New Atla (126)

If not, wait a few weeks and I'll probably have them organized and more easily accessible here: http://www.harvardclassics.net/

Comment Re:What is Bruce Schneier's game? (Score 1) 397

You're talking about the Thompson hack, an extremely effective mechanism for subverting huge swaths of software: http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?TheKenThompsonHack

The only way around it is to view the binary code and inspect it (either manually or automatically). Either way, the level of effort to detect it is immense, and either way you may still be subject to some further hack that shows you different binary data than what's actually executed.

I suppose in theory the hack could be in the hardware somewhere.

Comment 14 psi (Score 1) 198

You are also assuming that the outside air pressure wouldn't crush it down to a density that would make it sink.

I would be really surprised if you could just evacuate the stuff and make it float. Some day we'll use evacuated carbon nanostructures for lighter than air, but I don't think we're there yet.

Comment One-up (Score 1) 143

Why are we impressed with this?

A typical quasar looks about as bright from 33 light years away as the sun does from earth. A quasar's lifespan is from tens of millions to a few billion years.

That means in galaxies with a quasar, there is a shell 33 light years in radius, and a few light years in thickness, in which essentially every planet in every stellar system (as well as rogue planets and moons) is in the "habitable zone".

That seems way cooler to me than speculation about a few planets being in the habitable zone.

Comment Sue Apple? (Score 1) 25

If Apple's browser promises to stop tracking, and Google ignores the 'stop tracking' indicator, and Apple says "that's fine, just pay us some $$$"...

Does that mean we should have a class action lawsuit against Apple for false advertising? If they're claiming that setting this flag means don't track me, then they go ahead and make a settlement with Google that *allows them to keep the data they got tracking me*, aren't they advertising a false sense of security?

Of course, I'm also peeved against Google. I am hoping :
a) this was unintentional
b) Google will issue (has issued?) a statement that they will delete the data despite not being required to

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