What I Learned Working for Steve Ballmer – Ben Fathi – Medium
>> “The reason that God was able to create the world in seven days is that he didn’t have to worry about the installed base.” — Enzo Torresi. 1945–2016. <<

Windows joke - like it
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yesterday
I Used A Phone Like Most People In The World And It Was Awful
"According to data from app analytics firm App Annie, Indians spend 36% of their screentime on communication (like WhatsApp), 20% on video players (like YouTube), and 16% on social networking (Facebook)."

Pretty much teenagers in UK with the addition of flash type games. Via HN
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2 days ago
Why Trump has few friends in Europe – POLITICO
>> “The politics of announcements is what unifies Trump, [Vladimir] Putin and [Italy’s Matteo] Salvini, who love to look very strong on social media and more in general to answer to people’s guts,” said Alli. <<

The politics of announcements - I like the phrase and will steal it.
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3 days ago
JIBLM.org - Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics - Download Item - Notes for a Course on Proofs by Jensen-Vallin, Jacqueline A.
"These notes are used for an introduction to proofs course including the following topics: logic, number theory, set theory, induction, and relations. In particular, the purpose of these notes is to help students learn how to critically examine their proofs and those presented by their classmates so that all students leave the class with a working knowledge of how to complete direct proofs, proofs by contrapositive, proofs by contradiction, and proofs by induction."

The proof book referred to below
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5 days ago
Free Proofs textbook
"This teaching style requires that students work directly with the mathematics. It is the core experience of the class. That is, this style shows students how to be, and in fact requires that they be, active learners. Consequently, it is a good fit for this course."

He calls it the Moore method - students do the proving basically.
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5 days ago
Random Points on a Sphere (Part 1) | Azimuth
"While trying to get a better intuition for this, I realized that as you go to higher and higher dimensions, and you standing at the north pole of the unit sphere, the chance that a randomly chosen other point is quite near the equator gets higher and higher!"

I've seen that before. Another reason to be very careful with statistical inference from smallish datasets with a lot of variables.
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5 days ago
The Children of Anaxagoras | Lapham’s Quarterly
"In recent years, some evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists have gone as far as to argue that the refinement of the toolmaking abilities in the earliest hominids could have accompanied or even allowed for the development of language. Proponents of this theory, including Aldo Faisal, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London, speculate that as early humans began working together to manufacture tools of increasing sophistication, they started communicating verbally in ways that were accordingly complex."
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6 days ago
Davis resigns. My part in his downfall. | Conservative Home
"So it was that the next evening we found ourselves chewing his choices over, almost literally, over Albondigas and Pisto Madrileno upstairs at Goya’s in Pimlico."

Personally, I sort of miss the days when these things were done over pints in the Dog. Ironic that the (no doubt excellent) restaurant serves a med menu.
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7 days ago
How to Make Anglo-Saxon Bread: Version 1 | The Early English Bread Project
"Oats and barley often grew together, and wheat and rye often grew together, so these mixtures make sense. It was advantageous to grow two kinds of grain together, so if one failed through disease or bad weather, the other kind might still produce, and you had a better chance of not starving."
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8 days ago
In home ownership push, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam follows Singapore model of Lee Kuan Yew | South China Morning Post
"On June 29, she announced she would make subsidised ownership cheaper in Hong Kong. In every such project in future, 75 per cent of the flats would need to be affordable to those making the median income among all non-property-owning households. Being affordable means fixing mortgages at 40 per cent of income. This would bring flat prices down to about half the market rates, instead of the previous 30 per cent discount"

Median of the non-property owners. Presumably based on real income including part time/zero hours. Radical.
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8 days ago
FOOD & DRINK : HOW TO GO WITH THE GRAINS | The Independent
"This is Linda Collister's version of the delicious, crusty, chewy loaf made popular by the Poilane family in Paris."

3 days for the starter. 36 hours for the sponge, and two 8 hour rises for the dough. I'm going to have to try this one!
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9 days ago
Two Killed After Mooring Line Snaps at Port of Longview, Washington – gCaptain
"Bryon Jacobs, a father of three, was a 6th generation Longshoreman and worked for the ILWU at the Port of Longview for 16 years, his family said in a statement."

Despite all the modern logistics, a mooring cable can still break.
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9 days ago
CyberSquirrel1.com
Via The Register. Priceless
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9 days ago
Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags – Locus Online
"Remember that elections are generally knife-edge affairs, even for politicians who’ve held their seats for decades with slim margins: 60% of the vote is an excellent win. Remember, too, that the winner in most races is “none of the above,” with huge numbers of voters sitting out the election. If even a small number of these non-voters can be motivated to show up at the polls, safe seats can be made contestable. In a tight race, having a cheap way to reach all the latent Klansmen in a district and quietly inform them that Donald J. Trump is their man is a game-changer."

Via HN
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10 days ago
Trump Says ‘Abolish ICE’ Is Bad Politics For Democrats. Is He Right? | FiveThirtyEight
"The Trump administration has essentially made the policy of reducing immigration its security strategy. That was the argument for the travel ban and for separating families at the border. You also see that in the constant talk about MS-13. That’s part of why it was so interesting to people who focus on this stuff that the ICE investigators said that focus is hurting their ability to do homeland security work."
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12 days ago
The History Press | Bread: A slice of First World War history
Suggests several reasons for not selling bread fresh - this could ave had an impact on small bakers historically.
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19 days ago
National Loaf
The crucial question is: why were bakers not allowed to sell their loaves until the day after baking?
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19 days ago
The Brexit Short: How Hedge Funds Used Private Polls to Make Millions
"Hedge fund executives were among those on the line. If YouGov was conducting another poll before the vote, traders said, they’d be willing to pay vast sums for a heads-up just 30 minutes to an hour before publication, according to two knowledgeable sources. Since news of the poll alone likely would move markets, the survey’s accuracy was meaningless; traders simply needed to know the results before they became public."

That algorithmic thing again - advance knowledge can be used to make money
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19 days ago
The Death of a Once Great City | Harper's Magazine
"As New York enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is in imminent danger of becoming something it has never been before: unremarkable. It is approaching a state where it is no longer a significant cultural entity but the world’s largest gated community, with a few cupcake shops here and there. For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring."

Could this actually be true of most large cities?
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28 days ago
James Joyce - Wikiquote
"The pity is the public will demand and find a moral in my book — or worse they may take it in some more serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious line in it"

Bloomsday (a few days late on account of my right knee)
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28 days ago
The Quest to Break America’s Most Mysterious Code—And Find $60 Million in Buried Treasure | Mental Floss
“The computer is not the answer," Hammer said at a Beale Cipher Association Symposium in 1979. "Even if it does all the work, we still have to find the type of work for it to do.”
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29 days ago
Why We Shouldn’t Be Surprised at the Theranos Fraud
"Holmes met with a firm called MedVenture Associates in the early days of Theranos that had a lot of experience in medical technology and had invested in Abaxis. They were familiar with microfluidics and they asked her questions about how her envisioned technology was going to differ from Abaxis’. She didn’t even know that Abaxis had a device and she certainly didn’t understand how it worked. She got defensive at the probing questions and eventually left in a huff."
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4 weeks ago
FIU bridge that collapsed had key design mistake, experts say. | Miami Herald
"The faux cable-stayed bridge design created a highly irregular pattern for the diagonal struts. The irregular pattern, in turn, complicated the calculations for determining the stresses at different points and resulted in each of the 12 pieces being of different length and thickness, the three engineers who undertook a review of FIGG's calculations say."
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4 weeks ago
The borrowers: why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers | Cities | The Guardian
"According to local authority figures from 2016, the UK spends just £14.40 per head on libraries. By contrast, Finland spends £50.50 per inhabitant. While more than 478 libraries have closed in cities and towns across England, Wales and Scotland since 2010, Helsinki is spending €98m creating an enormous new one."

They take organised education pretty seriously as well
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8 weeks ago
‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’ - POLITICO Magazine
"There are basically two kinds of people in life: people who want to win competition and people who want to shut it down. People who don’t understand competition actually are the ones who want to shut it down because they don’t understand that competition requires rules. It requires moral precepts. Pepsi doesn’t want to go blow up the Coca-Cola bottling factory. It wants to take their customers fair and square for the better product and better pricing. The same thing should be true in American politics and policy."

Leaves out the effects of the algorithm: inevitable need for 'power structures' to implement a policy programme in a complex and interconnected set of institutions.

"It’s not like 50 percent of Americans thinks one thing and 50 percent thinks another thing. No, 15 percent on each side are effectively controlling the conversation and 70 percent of us don’t hate each other."

Parliamentary system?
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8 weeks ago
Opinion | Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded - The New York Times
"And yet, fewer among us are poor, fewer are hungry, fewer children are dying, and more men and women can read than ever before. In many countries, recognition of women’s and minority rights is now the norm. There is still much work to do, of course, but there is hope and there is progress.

How strange, then, to see such anger and great discontent in some of the world’s richest nations. In the United States, Britain and across the European Continent, people are convulsed with political frustration and anxiety about the future. Refugees and migrants clamor for the chance to live in these safe, prosperous countries, but those who already live in those promised lands report great uneasiness about their own futures that seems to border on hopelessness."
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9 weeks ago
Joseph Brodsky's trial
Brodsky felt his calling had a value beyond political expediency, while the judge was tasked with reminding him that the state needn’t subsidize his hobby if he wasn’t going to say anything useful. But the incommensurability of these points of view runs much deeper than this one case.
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9 weeks ago
‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’ - POLITICO Magazine
"Around then, Dershowitz—never one to overlook a celebrity being railroaded—started getting more TV airtime for his argument that a sitting president could not be guilty of obstruction of justice."

As a limey, one immediately thinks 'Nixon'??
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9 weeks ago
Subscription hell | TechCrunch
"Take my colleague Connie Loizos’ article from yesterday reporting on a new venture fund. The text itself is about 3.5 kilobytes uncompressed, but the total payload of the page if nothing is cached is more than 10 MB, or more than 3000x the data usage of the actual text itself. This pattern has become so common that it has been called the website obesity crisis"
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10 weeks ago
Junior doctors' job offers withdrawn after blunder - BBC News
"Last week, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) discovered a significant number of candidates were credited with the wrong score, because of an error transferring data from one computer programme to another - and may therefore have received an incorrect job offer."

Never retype data: don't you just love legacy systems
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10 weeks ago
The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code - Bloomberg
"Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time."

Sometimes you can win against the bookies
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10 weeks ago
'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention | Environment | The Guardian
>> “With doom ahead, making a case for cycling as the primary mode of transport is almost irrelevant,” he says. “We’ve got to stop burning fossil fuels. So many aspects of life depend on fossil fuels, except for music and love and education and happiness. These things, which hardly use fossil fuels, are what we must focus on.” <<
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11 weeks ago
Can’t sleep? Tell yourself it’s not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman | Life and style | The Guardian
>> "In a review of the research published last year, Lichstein concluded that “non-complaining poor sleepers” – who sleep badly but don’t define themselves as insomniacs – don’t suffer the high blood pressure commonly associated with severe sleeplessness. Meanwhile, “complaining good sleepers” – who get enough shut-eye, but are heavily invested in their alleged insomnia – were essentially as tired, anxious and depressed as those who genuinely didn’t sleep." <<

Basically stay positive
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11 weeks ago
LEM - SCIENCE FICTION'S PASSIONATE REALIST - review - NYTimes.com
>> ''What would happen to us if we could truly sympathize with others, feel with them, suffer for them? The fact that human anguish, fear, and suffering melt away with the death of the individual, that nothing remains of the ascents, the declines, the orgasms, and the agonies, is a praiseworthy gift of evolution, which made us like the animals. If from every unfortunate, from every victim, there remained even a single atom of his feelings, if thus grew the inheritance of the generations, if even a spark could pass from man to man, the world would be full of raw, bowel-torn howling.'' <<

Last paragraph of *His Master's Voice*
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12 weeks ago
Solved: A Decades-Old Ansel Adams Mystery - Atlas Obscura
"Donald Olson sees all that and something else: a mystery. He wants to know the moment it was taken. An astrophysicist and forensic astronomer, Olson uses quantitative methods to answer questions raised by artwork, literature, and historical accounts—not the heady ones, but the basic, surprisingly slippery who, what, when, and where."

Reverse search on Sun's position
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12 weeks ago
Alien Pastures » Fun and games in -current when ABIs break
"Among others, an ABI depends on the machine architecture, and on the toolchain (compiler, linker) used to generate the binary code from its sources. An ABI guarantees binary compatibility: the program will work on every machine with the same ABI, without a need for recompilation."

And somehow something the upstream provider puts in the source code so poppler/icu4c both change the soname so often
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12 weeks ago
The Artificial Intelligentsia | Aaron Timms
"The story of Silicon Valley is as much about donkeys as unicorns, entrepretendeurs as entrepreneurs. Like all good stories, this story has the capacity to surprise. Many of the tech industry’s most memorable flops were at one point seen as great successes."

So when the great and the good give their recipes for success, think 'survivor bias'

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april 2018
The Plunging Morale of America’s Service Members - The Atlantic
>> Decaul now has a playwriting fellowship at Brown University, where he assures me that racial dialogue happens very differently than it did in the Corps. But thinking back, he told me, “No one, including me, was offended. Everyone thought it was hilarious.” The party continued, and the deployment followed without incident. The last Decaul heard of J. was recently, when he got a Facebook notification that J. wanted to “friend” him. “I turned him down,” Maurice told me. “I thought, I’ve had enough of you, J.” <<

Keep an eye out for this guy's plays
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april 2018
Yeast Came From China - The Atlantic
"The out-of-China hypothesis for yeast is not so different from the out-of-Africa hypothesis for humans. Among Homo sapiens, Africa has the most genetic diversity of anywhere on Earth. All humans elsewhere descend from populations that came out of Africa; all yeast elsewhere descend from strains that came out of East Asia. Once wild yeast strains made it out of Asia, humans likely domesticated them several times to make the yeasty foods that we know: beer, bread, wine."
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april 2018
Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson: 2018’s Florida Senate race, explained - Vox
"He is worth about $150 million, according to the most recent estimates, after making his money as a hospital executive."

Just trying to work out how you can make $1.5 x 10^8 dollars running a hospital...
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april 2018
Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person - The New York Times
>> For now, he said, “I’m thinking about resistance. What does it mean, resistance? What kind of resistance do we need today? Technology is now being used, much of it, for negative purposes. So to resist all what is happening negatively in humanity or technology is to develop the — O.K., this banal word, spiritual aspect.” <<

Perhaps we all *need* to be Jonas Mekas now.
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april 2018
Northern and Midlands trainee teachers 'told to change their accents' - BBC News
"The Department for Education told Newsbeat they would not comment on the issue."

Says it all really
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april 2018
Turkish Flatbread - Pide Recipe
Making these. The ingredient list left out 2 tblsp of yoghurt.
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april 2018
News Diet (full essay) – Rolf Dobelli
"This article is the antidote of news. It is long, and you probably won’t be able to skim it. Thanks to heavy news consumption, many people have lost the ability to read more than four pages straight. This article will show you how to get out of this trap – if you are not already too deep in the trap."
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april 2018
News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Media | The Guardian
"News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether"
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april 2018
How kids in a low-income country use laptops: lessons from Madagascar
"But there was one marked difference: computer use in Madagascar tended to be a collective rather than an individual practice. Children and their families would gather around one laptop to play educational games, take photos or make videos. Computers were being used to strengthen existing social relations among siblings, parents and peers."

Social learning spaces and 'egroups' as per my previous occupation. Vygotsky knew a thing or two about how people learn
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april 2018
The Inside Story of Reddit's Redesign | WIRED
"In those early days, Reddit's makeshift design team worked out of an empty room on the fourth floor of the company's headquarters. They dragged up a TV, a couple of chairs, a little Wi-Fi station, a bunch of paper, and started to hash out how to bring Reddit into the future."

Sounds like the best way to (re)design anything. Small group. Fresh look.
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april 2018
Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War
"In 2013, Dr. Scott Fitzsimmons and MA graduate Karina Sangha published the paper Killing in High Definition. They rose the issue of combat stress among operators of armed drones (Remote Piloted Aircrafts) and suggested ways to reduce it. One of them is to Mask Traumatic Imagery."

Link from Stallman's page.
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april 2018
Meet the Amateur Scientist Who Discovered Climate Change
“As man is now changing the composition of the atmosphere at a rate which must be very exceptional on the geological time-scale, it is natural to seek for the probable effects of such a change.”
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march 2018
Listening to Kilgore - Columbia Journalism Review
How the anecdotal story started (plus newspapers have been under threat for about 90 years)
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march 2018
This is how Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked — according to the person who built it » Nieman Journalism Lab
"The whole point of a dimension reduction model is to mathematically represent the data in simpler form. It’s as if Cambridge Analytica took a very high-resolution photograph, resized it to be smaller, and then deleted the original. The photo still exists — and as long as Cambridge Analytica’s models exist, the data effectively does too."

Via HN again.

Forget the search warrants and legal stuff, go after the model
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march 2018
Uses This / Tim Maughan
"A few years ago I made a trip up the consumer electronics supply chain to look at the labour and environmental impact of manufacturing and our lust for new technologies. We spent a week on a container ship, visited electronics and Christmas factories in China, and ended up at a toxic lake in Inner Mongolia that is the result of rare earth mining. It's basically a 5 mile wide pool of semi-radioactive sludge that's the byproduct of polishing smartphone screens and making the magnets in your earphones."

Reuse stuff
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march 2018
The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark | The New Yorker
"Whereas in science there’s a whole row going on about criticizing people in public. The number of times that I’ve seen people give talks and people are thinking, That’s bollocks, absolute shit data, and no one brings it up.”"
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march 2018
Aaron Greenspan :: Writing :: In Search of the Cookie Dough Tree
"Today, it's quite clear that we are all glad things did work back then, even if things required arsenic and benzene and PCBs and lead, because the Valley helped the United States win the Cold War, beat the Japanese economy, and propel Gross Domestic Product to great heights, raising the standard of living for everyone. As with all things economic, though, the Valley contributed such great advances at a cost, and that cost usually involved those chemicals leaching into the ground and into the bodies of low-paid, immigrant workers for years, and years, and years, until somebody finally noticed."

Externalities

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16681073
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march 2018
Look for the duct tape
"Look for the patches to the original system which were done by people who actually work in a given space. Track down the sharp edges which have been systematically covered up by users who were more interested in being productive and weren't willing to fight with the owners of the system to get things changed upstream."

Works for processes as well as the software environment
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march 2018
Maths, Madness and the Manhattan Project: the Eccentric Lives of Steinhaus, Banach and Ulam | Article | Culture.pl
"They would lay the basis for new findings on the marble tabletops of the ambient Scottish café in pre-war Lviv. There professors, associate professors and people with doctorates from the Lviv Technical University and the Jan Kazimierz University would meet over coffee and cognac to discuss maths for hours on end. The results of these gatherings were twofold. They gave rise to many anecdotes and a thick, lined notebook with 193 equations (The Scottish Book), some of which have yet to be resolved. These meetings lay the foundation for the Lviv School of Mathematics – the most important Polish contribution to world science, entangled in the whirlwind of history that was World War II. Unfortunately, little is known of the school except for the great talent of its members. Culture.pl traces their footsteps."

Via HN
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march 2018
The Cajun Democrat who could shake up the 2020 field - POLITICO
>> "Poverty is a form of violence, I believe. So is not having access to health care, or not having a real job,” Landrieu writes. “We all come to the table of democracy in the United States as equals. That's what makes America great.” <<
march 2018
CIA Cybersecurity Guru Dan Geer Doesnt Use a Cell Phone | WIRED
"If there’s anything that I’ve come to be relatively adamant about is that, as humans, we have repeatedly demonstrated that we can quite clearly build things more complex than we can then manage, our friends in finance and flash crashes being a fine example of that."
march 2018
Level 3 technician's misstep causes largest outage ever reported | FierceTelecom
>> "The technician left empty a field that would normally contain a target telephone number. The network management software interpreted the empty field as a 'wildcard,' meaning that the software understood the blank field as an instruction to block all calls, instead of as a null entry. This caused the switch to block calls from every number in Level 3’s non-native telephone number database.”" <<

Via HN, priceless
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march 2018
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | News | The Guardian
"Wylie oversaw what may have been the first critical breach. Aged 24, while studying for a PhD in fashion trend forecasting, he came up with a plan to harvest the Facebook profiles of millions of people in the US, and to use their private and personal information to create sophisticated psychological and political profiles."

Good heavens
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march 2018
Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture | World news | The Guardian
>> “It’s a matter of confidence. It’s not magic. Someone put it together, someone can take it apart, you only need a Phillips screwdriver and some knowledge,” says Katsimbas as he shows Daniel Turner how to open up his laptop so he can clean out the fluff and dust that is causing the machine to overheat. <<
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march 2018
This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town - POLITICO Magazine
"The commercial miners now pouring into the valley are building sites with tens of thousands of servers and electrical loads of as much as 30 megawatts, or enough to power a neighborhood of 13,000 homes. And in the arms race that cryptocurrency mining has become, even these operations will soon be considered small-scale."

600Mw for large scale aluminium smelter so wondering total consumption
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march 2018
[Press Release] Continuing frequency deviation in the Continental European Power System originating in Serbia/Kosovo: Political solution urgently needed in addition to technical
49.996Hz as opposed to 50.000Hz means 113Gwh of power 'missing' (i.e. wholesale bills charged at 50Hz rate but only 49.999/50.000 being supplied)
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march 2018
‘It’s almost nasty’: Dems seek crackdown on sleeping in the Capitol - POLITICO
>> “I get up very early in the morning. I work out. I work until about 11:30 at night. I go to bed. And I do the same thing the next day,” Ryan said in 2015 when asked whether he would continue sleeping in his office after becoming speaker. “It actually makes me more efficient. I can actually get more work done by sleeping on a cot in my office.” <<

Euwww. Many years ago I remember a cat and mouse game between campus security and a sessionally paid tutor who was sleeping in the first aid room and using the chemistry lab shower. We found him a cheap room before matters came to a head.
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march 2018
Meet the ‘data thugs’ out to expose shoddy and questionable research | Science | AAAS
"Brown, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, sent an email about the study to James Heathers, a postdoc in behavioral science at Northeastern University in Boston whom he had met a few years earlier. The description alone triggered a laughing spell in Heathers—not an uncommon reaction to science he finds risible."

Sounds like a measured reaction to most of the stuff I get sent to read in emails...
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march 2018
President Donald Trump wants tariffs on steel and aluminium - World trade
"Americans employed in steel-consuming sectors far outnumber those employed directly in steel and aluminium industries (see chart). Higher prices of inputs for products such as cars, air-conditioning units, refrigerators and beer cans will be passed on to consumers. If they respond by buying less, jobs will be lost. Studies have found that George W. Bush’s tariffs on steel in 2002 destroyed more American jobs than they saved. If the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues in something like its current form, manufacturers could even avoid the new tariffs by shifting production to Canada or Mexico, from where they can export their final goods to America tariff-free."
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march 2018
U.S. heads toward dangerous waters with steel and aluminum duties - iPolitics
"Others in the business community as well as the Pentagon have objected to broad brush duties being based on national security. Clearly, reducing imports of primary aluminum will hurt aluminum processors in the U.S. and raise concerns with the military as well as in the defence, aircraft and aerospace industries."

Canadian steel group geezer
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march 2018
Demoralized West Wing stokes fears over Trump’s capacity to handle a crisis - POLITICO
>> “Most presidents know when to recalibrate, to redirect, to hit a reset button” on their policies or their own leadership style, said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served at senior levels of both the Clinton and Obama White Houses. “So in the face of incompetence and total chaos you have a president who has no self-awareness of how bad it is.” <<
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march 2018
Stock market volatility wiped out investors betting against the VIX. That should make you nervous. - Vox
“It worked well for a long time until it didn’t, which is generally what happens in markets,”

Ouch. Capitalist tells truth.
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february 2018
Why It’s so Hard to Actually Work in Shared Offices · The Walrus
"You, precarious worker who will never have a pension, are not a simple cog in a machine. You are an artist, the CEO of your own company, and the face of a dynamic personal brand. Your work is not merely labour, for which you deserve decent pay and security, but an extension of your personality. You’re doing what you love and paying $500 per month for the desk from which to do it."

There was a lot to be said for 'from the cradle to the grave' back in the 1960s I think
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february 2018
What to Do When Laptops and Silence Take Over Your Cafe? - The New York Times
>> “Everybody was at a laptop wearing headphones,” Mr. Glanville said. He strode inside, unplugged the device that provided free Wi-Fi and tossed it into a bin in his office. <<

Which is fine but we have a country where people will sit in silence and ignore each other with or without wifi and devices!
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february 2018
The Limits of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning | WIRED
"According to skeptics like Marcus, deep learning is greedy, brittle, opaque, and shallow. The systems are greedy because they demand huge sets of training data. Brittle because when a neural net is given a “transfer test”—confronted with scenarios that differ from the examples used in training—it cannot contextualize the situation and frequently breaks. They are opaque because, unlike traditional programs with their formal, debuggable code, the parameters of neural networks can only be interpreted in terms of their weights within a mathematical geography. Consequently, they are black boxes, whose outputs cannot be explained, raising doubts about their reliability and biases. Finally, they are shallow because they are programmed with little innate knowledge and possess no common sense about the world or human psychology."
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february 2018
Facebook’s Desperate Smoke Screen - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"Facebook’s revenue, for example, is almost entirely a function of the number of minutes the average user spends per week engaging with the service. Reducing this by even 5 to 10% — by tamping down or eliminating some of Facebook’s most addictive features — would have a disastrous impact on the quarterly earnings of this $500 billion company."

I'm surprised the revenue function is that fine-grained given the gibberish Ruth sees in her feed.
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february 2018
74: Conventions - This American Life
"John Perry Barlow

Elegance of design. And it attracted the strangest kind of hybrid, which was sort of like UNIX weenies by Armani , combination."
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february 2018
Why Paper Jams Persist | The New Yorker
"Bruce Thompson, the computer modeller who sat at the head of the table, had spent days creating a simulation of the jam. “We’re dealing with a highly nonlinear entity moving at a very high speed,” he said."

I get to share 'flower arrangements' on a regular basis
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