: "One of the more annoying things about Netflix
, Hulu Plus
, and Amazon
's television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them manually. So we did just that." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Mar 4, 2014 -
What is the smallest prime?
"It seems that the number two should be the obvious answer, and today it is, but it was not always so. There were times when and mathematicians for whom the numbers one and three were acceptable answers. To find the first prime, we must also know what the first positive integer is. Surprisingly, with the definitions used at various times throughout history, one was often not the first positive integer (some started with two, and a few with three). In this article, we survey the history of the primality of one, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. We will discuss some of the reasons definitions changed, and provide several examples. We will also discuss the last significant mathematicians to list the number one as prime."
posted by escabeche
on Sep 18, 2012 -
Today would have
been Indira Gandhi
's 92nd birthday, had she not been assassinated
by members of her own guard in her own backyard on October 31st, 1984 (I was there in New Delhi
in a cab when the driver suggested it might be safer
if he turned around and took me straight home). Often confused as a relative of the more famous Gandhi, fashionable, stylish and well groomed
Indira was actually the daughter of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and used her married name, although divorced from her Parsi exhusband
. Daughter and mother
of Prime Ministers of India, she herself held office with an iron fist, remembered for
", a brief period of martial law often overlooked in the democratic vibrancy of Indian politics. Will Mrs Gandhi's legacy of dynasty
be continued by
her half Italian grandson?
posted by infini
on Nov 19, 2009 -