"I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." -- James Joyce
Fantastic Wired Article on Netflix Prize
This article (HT2 my wife) is great on several fronts. Lone rebel against well-funded teams, common sense versus computing power, and a company funding research in order to make more profit. Great stuff.