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Welcome to the Center of the Universe
The power has just gone out in mission control. I look to Jim McClure, operations manager at the Space Flight Operations Facility, and he assures me that…
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12 days ago
HF Ham Radio on a Budget: QRP Labs, QRPGuys, CW Academy - KE6MT
When I started my amateur radio life as KK6VSI in August of 2015, I wish I could have had the information I’m about to lay out here. Of course, most of the…
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19 days ago
Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained)
How do you think the most rational people in the world operate their minds? How do they make better decisions? They do it by mentally filing away a massive, but…
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20 days ago
How a Kalman filter works, in pictures | Bzarg
I have to tell you about the Kalman filter, because what it does is pretty damn amazing. Surprisingly few software engineers and scientists seem to know about…
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25 days ago
Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened
A lot of people are waiting for something dramatic to happen, some line to be crossed, an epic event like the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller III that…
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26 days ago
The singularity is not near: The intellectual fraud of the “Singularitarians”
Technology was identified as the true official religion of the modern state more than seventy years ago by the late Christian anarchist philosopher Jacques…
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4 weeks ago
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design
There's never enough time to do it right, but somehow, there's always enough time to do it over.
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6 weeks ago
How a Soviet A-Bomb Test Launched US Climate Science
This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On March 23, 1971, the Soviet Union set off three Hiroshima-scale…
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6 weeks ago
Opinion | The End of Intelligence
Opinion In 1994 during the height of the Bosnian civil war, when I was head of intelligence for American forces in Europe, I walked through the ruined streets…
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6 weeks ago
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6 weeks ago
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Absolutely fantastic poster outlining cognitive biases. This should be compulsory to study before studying anything…
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8 weeks ago
How Syria Came to This
Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti. In March 2011, four…
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8 weeks ago
The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far
I. The Bumper The trip to Delaware was only supposed to last a day. David Pokora, a bespectacled University of Toronto senior with scraggly blond hair down to…
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8 weeks ago
Twitter
What’s the biggest/craziest peripheral ever hooked up to a pocket calculator? How about a 10meter telescope?
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8 weeks ago
James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive.
Mark Peterson/Redux A HIGHER LOYALTY Truth, Lies, and Leadership By James Comey 290 pages. Flatiron Books. $29.99. In his absorbing new book, “A Higher…
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9 weeks ago
Why Pure Reason Won’t End American Tribalism
If you haven’t encountered any reviews of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s new bestseller Enlightenment Now —which would be amazing, given how many there…
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9 weeks ago
The demise of the nation state
W hat is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and comedians; politics in the UK…
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10 weeks ago
Docker Compose and Kubernetes with Docker for Desktop - Docker Blog
If you’re running an edge version of Docker on your desktop ( Docker for Mac or Docker for Windows Desktop ), you can now stand up a single-node Kubernetes…
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11 weeks ago
Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now
It’s not every day that I check my office mailbox and, amid the junk brochures, find 500 pages on the biggest questions facing civilization— all of them,…
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12 weeks ago
My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data
For a spell during 2010 and 2011, I was a virtual rancher of clickable cattle on Facebook. It feels like a long time ago. Obama was serving his first term as…
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12 weeks ago
What Hope Hicks Learned in Washington
On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week, it would be snowing in Washington, D.C., but…
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12 weeks ago
How Einstein Lost His Bearings, and With Them, General Relativity | Quanta Magazine
Abstractions blog How Einstein Lost His Bearings, and With Them, General Relativity March 14, 2018 By 1913, Albert Einstein had nearly completed general…
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march 2018
The Intellectual We Deserve | Current Affairs
If you want to appear very profound and convince people to take you seriously, but have nothing of value to say, there is a tried and tested method. First, take…
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march 2018
Liebreich: Beyond Three Thirds, The Road to Deep Decarbonization | Bloomberg New Energy Finance
By Michael Liebreich Senior Contributor Bloomberg New Energy Finance In my BNEF Summit keynote in London last September, I talked about how far clean energy and…
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march 2018
Secret management design decisions: theory plus an example - Sander Knape
Secret management is one of those security topics that is often an after-thought while designing systems. Passwords are set up manually, shared through…
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march 2018
Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country
Paul Spencer, a Congressional candidate in Little Rock, Arkansas, has never worked at a tech company. He doesn’t represent tech industry issues. He doesn’t even…
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march 2018
Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier
Steele told friends that Trump supporters were using him as a “battering ram” to “take down the whole intelligence community.” Illustration by Cristiana…
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march 2018
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march 2018
The slippery politics of The Incredibles and other superheroes
In a New York Times review of The Incredibles, A.O. Scott made a curious observation: “[the film] suggests a thorough, feverish immersion in both the history of…
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february 2018
Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read
Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I…
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february 2018
Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity
At right, from the top, David Pecker, the chairman of American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer; Karen McDougal, a former Playmate of the…
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february 2018
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