xkcd: The Strong Collatz Conjecture states that this holds for any set of obsessively-hand-applied rules

Collatz Conjecture

The Collatz Conjecture is a simple mathematical problem that still has no formal proof. So it’s an open problem. This is how it works: Choose any positive integer x. While x > 0, do: if x is even, divide it by 2 (x = x/2) if x is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1 (x = 3x + 1) The Collatz Conjecture states that no matter what value of x you start with, the sequence will always reach x = 1....

October 15, 2015 · 2 min · Thiago Araujo
Dilbert cartoon about Bureaucracy

Two Quotes About Bureaucracy

I’ve been reading the book “The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy”, from David Graeber, and I want to share two interesting quotes about Bureaucracy: The body of officials actively engaged in a ‘public’ office, along with the respective apparatus of material implements and the files, make up a ‘bureau.’ In private enterprise, ‘the bureau’ is often called ‘the office.’ (…) The idea that the bureau activities of the state are intrinsically different in character from the management of private economic offices is a continental European notion and, by way of contrast, is totally foreign to the American way....

April 22, 2015 · 2 min · Thiago Araujo