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Dima Pasechnik
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Today on http://buff.ly/2gNko5E, there were nearly 600 active users and 1215 simultaneous running projects!
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Here is some fantastic news about a huge new grant, part of which will fund a new Open Source Computer Algebra System for up to 12 years.

https://wbhart.blogspot.de/2016/11/new-computer-algebra-system-oscar_20.html

Please bear in mind the blog is written from my personal point of view as a participant in the project and is focused on what I hope to contribute to the project.

Obviously the only official source of information on OSCAR will be the OSCAR website when it goes live.

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I talked to few database people in our department, and they were extremely sceptical about open source. What they do the go to big players like Oracle and basically sell them implementations of new things they work on, and this appears to be the normal operating mode. So this probably explains RethinkDB failure.

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this nicely sums it up

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Like many other people, I write, receive and loath a lot of email. Writing it goes something like this: Create a new draft, figure out the right address to put into the To: field, write “Hi ”, write the actual message, attach the correct file (if any),…

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I asked the Guardian if they'd be interested in a riposte to Simon Jenkins (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/10/fixation-maths-doesnt-add-up-targets). They agreed, but the way things work I was operating under a few constraints that meant I couldn't say everything I wanted to say: it had to be at most 800 words, and it had to be a free-standing article rather than a point-by-point rebuttal. Also, the title and lede were not written by me. So some of the points I was trying to make got a bit oversimplified. (For example, it might look as though I think there's no point in people learning to solve quadratic equations. Nothing could be further from the truth, but I do think that for many people it is made pointless by the way it is taught.) 

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London Math. Soc. (LMS) Council has decided, on rather questionable grounds, to close down LMS Journal of Mathematics and Computation (LMS JCM). An outcry followed, and a Special General Meeting has been called to discuss and hopefully overrule this decision. I joined the LMS to an extent to be able to bring out my vote (not the least as a very satisfied by the journal working author of a paper there). If you are an LMS member, please come to the meeting and support LMS JCM.
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