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Maximally minimal specialization: always applicable impls
So aturon wrote this beautiful post about what a good week it has been. In there, they wrote: Breakthrough #2: @nikomatsakis had a eureka moment and figured ...
rust  computers  science 
40 minutes ago by Kjaleshire
Let's Learn About Waveforms
An interactive guide that introduces and explores waveforms.
signal-processing  science  howto  references 
41 minutes ago by Kjaleshire
It's Hard to Reason About Systems • Hillel Wayne
In programming arguments, such as static vs dynamic typing,1 people use their experiences and reason to frame these debates. However, reason is often a poor grounding for justifying complex positions. Usually warnings against using “reason” take the form of “it’s easy to be biased” or “we tend to make logical fallacies.” But this presupposes that if we were less biased we could answer the question by thinking really hard. I’d like to argue that this is actually impossible: we can’t u...
computers  programming  science 
44 minutes ago by Kjaleshire
Have Aliens found us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
Isaac Chotiner talks to Loeb, who thinks that the mysterious object dubbed ‘Oumuamua is an alien artefact:
<p>the evidence in this particular case is that there are six peculiar facts. And one of these facts is that it deviated from an orbit shaped by gravity while not showing any of the telltale signs of cometary outgassing activity. So we don’t see the gas around it, we don’t see the cometary tail. It has an extreme shape that we have never seen before in either asteroids or comets. We know that we couldn’t detect any heat from it and that it’s much more shiny, by a factor of ten, than a typical asteroid or comet. All of these are facts. I am following the facts.

Last year, I wrote a paper about cosmology where there was an unusual result, which showed that perhaps the gas in the universe was much colder than we expected. And so we postulated that maybe dark matter has some property that makes the gas cooler. And nobody cares, nobody is worried about it, no one says it is not science. Everyone says that is mainstream—to consider dark matter, a substance we have never seen. That’s completely fine. It doesn’t bother anyone.

But when you mention the possibility that there could be equipment out there that is coming from another civilization—which, to my mind, is much less speculative, because we have already sent things into space—then that is regarded as unscientific…

…Given the data that we have, I am putting this on the table, and it bothers people to even think about that, just like it bothered the Church in the days of Galileo to even think about the possibility that the Earth moves around the sun. Prejudice is based on experience in the past. The problem is that it prevents you from making discoveries. If you put the probability at zero per cent of an object coming into the solar system, you would never find it!</p>


Weirdly compelling. If it comes back... everyone hide.
science  astronomy  space  alien  Oumuamua 
1 hour ago by charlesarthur
An Exclusive Look at How AI and Machine Learning Work at Apple
Three years earlier, Apple had been the first major tech company to integrate a smart assistant into its operating system. Siri was the company’s adaptation of a standalone app it had purchased, along with the team that created it, in 2010. Initial reviews were ecstatic, but over the next few months and years, users became impatient with its shortcomings. All too often, it erroneously interpreted commands. Tweaks wouldn’t fix it.
cryptography  security  science  ml 
4 hours ago by vancura
Have Aliens Found Us? An Interview with the Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb About the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua | The New Yorker
Last year, I wrote a paper about cosmology where there was an unusual result, which showed that perhaps the gas in the universe was much colder than we expected. And so we postulated that maybe dark matter has some property that makes the gas cooler. And nobody cares, nobody is worried about it, no one says it is not science. Everyone says that is mainstream—to consider dark matter, a substance we have never seen. That’s completely fine. It doesn’t bother anyone. But when you mention the possibility that there could be equipment out there that is coming from another civilization—which, to my mind, is much less speculative, because we have already sent things into space—then that is regarded as unscientific. But we didn’t just invent this thing out of thin air. The reason we were driven to put in that sentence was because of the evidence, because of the facts. If someone else has a better explanation, they should write a paper about it rather than just saying what you said.
science  interviews  philosophy  controversies  epistemology 
6 hours ago by bbrown
5 Reasons to Become an Apache Spark Expert - The Databricks Blog
Apache Spark™ has fast become the most popular unified analytics engine for big data and machine learning. It was originally developed at UC Berkeley … via Tech and Science http://bit.ly/2PZAuc7
IFTTT  Tech  and  Science 
6 hours ago by stantont

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