Michael from Muckrock sez, "A Hungarian born in the early 20th century, Paul Erdős, mathematician, was well-known and well-liked, the sort of eccentric scientist from the Soviet sphere that made Feds' ears perk up in mid-century America."
His lifetime generated over five hundred scholarly papers and a cult of collaborators. The Erdős number has become a mathy merit badge, and for those that don't hold a coveted Erdős number of 1, there are resources to determine just how many degrees of celebrity separation exist between the man himself and other technical paper bylines.
And like almost all smart individuals of his era, Erdős had a lengthy FBI file--which ultimately concluded no nefarious intent, but rather "nothing to indicate the subject had any interest in any matter than Mathematics."
"Nothing to indicate the subject had any interest in any matter than Mathematics” Paul Erdős FBI file [Muckrock]
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Axon -- formerly Taser International -- makes police bodycams that they sell to towns on the cheap, betting that they'll make it up by gouging the towns for cloud-based storage for footage from the cameras (what could possibly go wrong?!).
A new version of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections has just been made public in response to a BuzzFeed News lawsuit.
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Whether you’re using them for next-level selfies or steady tracking shots, gimbals are a must for anyone who wants to maximize the potential of these powerful smartphone cameras we’re all carrying around. But those smartphones are also supposed to be portable, and let’s face it: Gimbals tend to offset that advantage. Weighing in at just […]
It’s too hot for yard sales, but hey: The internet is here for you. Here are the top ten deals on some of the Boing Boing Store’s best gear, just in time for summer. It’s everything from grills to security cameras to MacBook Pros, and they might be as low as they’re ever going to […]