From the Canyon Edge: Ubuntu on Windows -- The Ubuntu Userspace for Windows Developers
Dustin Kirkland is part of Canonical's Ubuntu Product and Strategy team, led by Mark Shuttleworth. Dustin leads the technical strategy, road map, and life cycle of the Ubuntu Cloud and IoT commercial offerings.
Is AlphaGo Really Such a Big Deal? | Quanta Magazine
The Go-playing program teaches itself to replicate something very much like human intuition, an advance that promises far-reaching consequences.
Elimination of HIV-1 Genomes from Human T-lymphoid Cells by CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing
We employed an RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 DNA editing system to precisely remove the entire HIV-1 genome spanning between 5′ and 3′ LTRs of integrated HIV-1 proviral DNA copies from latently infected human CD4+ T-cells.
Google BigQuery Public Datasets
A public dataset is any dataset that is stored in BigQuery and made available to the general public. This page lists a special group of public datasets that Google BigQuery hosts for you to access and integrate into your applications. Google pays for the storage of these data sets and provides publi…
Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music
On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to..
Oculus Rift gets bad reviews on launch day
Oculus Rift made its debut on the consumer market on Monday, and with it, a host of terrible reviews.
I love it when reporters don't do any research at all
"The skepticism has been routed in the fact that headsets are still very clunky and overpriced. The Rift must be used with a pricey gaming console -- the best of which recommended by the company is called Asus and retails for about $1,500, Fowler says."Posted on 2016-03-29T16:51:08+0000
Too much of a good thing
Profits are too high. America needs a giant dose of competition
"Large firms no longer employ all that many people in America: the domestic employee base of the S&P 500 is only around a tenth of total American employment. New firms would invest more, employ more staff, and force incumbents to invest more in order to compete. If this sounds pie in the sky, consider the shale revolution over the past decade. Although the industry is now suffering from low oil prices, it is a rare example of entrepreneurial spirit taking on a stodgy industry to the benefit of all. A new commitment to competition could be the source of optimism that America is desperately searching for. After all, it is only a healthy dollop of greed and a belief in a better future that prompts people to start from scratch and try to cross the moat that has been dug around corporate America."Posted on 2016-03-29T16:02:03+0000
Texas woman arrested after responding to police Facebook post about meth tainted with Ebola
Central Texas police put out a fake news story claiming that supplies of methamphetamine and heroin had been tainted by the deadly Ebola virus. Guess what happened next.
In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA
Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and train…
"Applicant United States of America, by and through its counsel of record, the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, hereby files this status report called for by the Court’s order issued on March 21, 2016. (CR 199.) The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016."Posted on 2016-03-28T22:32:29+0000
Thread pools! How do I use them? - Julia Evans
Thread pools! How do I use them? HELLO! Today we're going to...
"Double.parseDouble in Java 7 is a synchronized method. So only one thread can parse doubles from strings at a time. Really? Really. They fixed it in Java 8 though so that's good."
Oh come on...Posted on 2016-03-28T07:13:10+0000
A List of Isaac Asimov's Books
Here's my list of Isaac Asimov's book titles. The numbering was provided by Asimov (except for a few marked with an asterisk). After that the titles appear in roughly the order they were written, although this is an educated guess. Note that there was often a delay between the completion and the pub…
Under the hood of lambdas and std::function | Shahar Mike's Web Spot
In this post we’ll explore how lambdas behave in different aspects. Then we’ll look into std::function and how it works.
Suicide blast kills at least 65 in Lahore park - The Express Tribune
Number of injured stands at more than 200 people, most of them are in critical condition, say hospital sources
I have no words for this senseless massacre, at a children's park, of all places.
"A Pakistan Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack.
“We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat ul Ahrar, Ehansullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune over telephone."Posted on 2016-03-27T19:02:47+0000
Compiler Bugs Found When Porting Chromium to VC++ 2015
Moving a big software project to a new compiler can be a lot of work, and few projects are bigger than Chromium. In addition to the main Chromium repository, which includes all of WebKit, there are…
Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill
In Bruce Levine's career he as spoken with hundreds of people diagnosed with ODD & ADHD. An astonishing number of these people are also anti-authoritarians.
"Americans have been increasingly socialized to equate inattention, anger, anxiety, and immobilizing despair with a medical condition, and to seek medical treatment rather than political remedies. What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society."Posted on 2016-03-25T15:39:24+0000
HTTP/HTTPS not working inside your VM? Wait for it.
Have you ever run into a problem, done some troubleshooting, but decided it only affected yourself, and shelved it for a while? I did that a couple of a months ago with a particular problem which forced its way back into my life this morning.
The mobile games industry is kept afloat by less than 1% of users
Almost half of all the revenue generated in mobile gaming comes from just 0.19 percent of users.
"A new report is highlighting that risk, showing that almost half of all the revenue generated in mobile gaming comes from just 0.19 percent of users."Posted on 2016-03-25T02:47:58+0000
Privacy — Seamless & Secure Online Card Payments
Checkout securely online by creating unique virtual card numbers for every purchase. Avoid data breaches, unwanted charges, and stolen credit card numbers.
Reset your Android One to factory settings - Android One Help
You can remove all data from your Android One device by resetting it to factory settings, or doing a "force reset." You can do so by either using the Settings menu to erase all your data or by using t
"If your device is running Android 5.1 or higher, your device is protected to prevent other people from using it if it's been reset to factory settings. To ensure that it's really you doing the reset, you'll need to enter a Google username and password associated with the device after factory reset. If you don't have this information, you won't be able to finish the setup process and use the device at all after factory reset."
What the heck is the point of a factory reset then?Posted on 2016-03-24T05:24:13+0000
NPM & left-pad: Have We Forgotten How To Program? | Haney Codes .NET
NPM & left-pad: Have We Forgotten How To Program? Leave a reply Okay developers, time to have a serious talk. As you are probably already aware, this week React, Babel, and a bunch of other high-profile packages on NPM broke. The reason they broke is, to me, hilarious: A simple NPM package called le…
$250K Per Year Salary Could Qualify For Subsidized Housing Under New Palo Alto Plan
The sky-rocketing housing prices in Palo Alto have left some in limbo, with teachers, firefighters and other government workers making too much to qualify for low income housing, but not enough to afford cost of living.
That awkward moment when Apple mocked good hardware and poor people
Today’s Apple press event played out pretty much exactly like they always do. A few new products, a few promotional videos, and a lot of talk about changing the world.
"But of course, Apple isn’t really targeting those people. That was mostly just a cheap shot, a jibe at all of us poor fools who haven’t yet seen the light. That’s why the audience laughed knowingly, and even applauded. Using the same machine for five years? How barbaric! Thank god we live in civilized society, where everyone throws their gadgets out and buys new ones every two years."Posted on 2016-03-23T15:16:30+0000
I’ve Just Liberated My Modules
A few weeks ago a patent lawyer sent me an e-mail to ask me to unpublish “kik” module from NPM. My answer was “no” and h…
U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone
The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday court hearing in its bid to gain access to phone data in the San Bernardino mass shooting inquiry.
How sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are creating the next big tech companies
Fifty years ago, when someone heard the word ‘vice,’ they may have thought about the seven deadly sins: envy, wrath, lust, pride, sloth, pride and..
We only hire the trendiest
An acquaintance of mine, let’s call him Mike, is looking for work after getting laid off from a contract role at Microsoft, which has happened to a lot of people I know. Like me, Mike has 11 years in industry. Unlike me, he doesn’t know a lot of folks at trendy companies, so I passed his resume arou…
This is a great read on hiring bias in tech
"When I started programming, I heard a lot about how programmers are down to earth, not like those elitist folks who have uniforms involving suits and ties. You can even wear t-shirts to work! But if you think programmers aren’t elitist, try wearing a suit and tie to an interview sometime. You’ll have to go above and beyond to prove that you’re not a bad cultural fit. We like to think that we’re different from all those industries that judge people based on appearance, but we do the same thing, only instead of saying that people are a bad fit because they don’t wear ties, we say they’re a bad fit because they do, and instead of saying people aren’t smart enough because they don’t have the right pedigree… wait, that’s exactly the same."Posted on 2016-03-21T15:18:05+0000
FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes, asks U.S. for return of money
While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.
"Look: Microsoft still has some old-fashioned hardcore talented developers who can code circles around brogrammers down in the valley. These people have a keen appreciation of the complexities of operating system development and an eye for good, clean design. The NT kernel is still much better than Linux in some ways --- you guys be trippin' with your overcommit-by-default MM nonsense --- but our good people keep retiring or moving to other large technology companies, and there are few new people achieving the level of technical virtuosity needed to replace the people who leave. We fill headcount with nine-to-five-with-kids types, desperate-to-please H1Bs, and Google rejects. We occasionally get good people anyway, as if by mistake, but not enough. Is it any wonder we're falling behind? The rot has already set in."
Ouch. Big rant about MSFT from 2013Posted on 2016-03-21T06:33:06+0000
Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk — But Not for the Reasons You Think - Freakonomics
As sexy as the digital revolution may be, it can’t compare to the Second Industrial Revolution (electricity! the gas engine! antibiotics!), which created the biggest standard-of-living boost in U.S. history. The only problem, argues the economist Robert Gordon, is that the Second Industrial Revoluti…
"And it may be that once so many of these external, concrete needs have been met, what’s left is the really hard stuff: the internal needs. Things like psychological and cognitive gains. Learning to find true happiness. Or, perhaps better yet, to be satisfied with what we have. If you could achieve that, then yes, it might make even electricity and clean water and antibiotics seem like pretty basic stuff."Posted on 2016-03-21T04:07:04+0000
BinDiff now available for free
San Francisco’s transit system stopped being polite and got real about complaints on Twitter
What an honest response to mass transit delays looks like.
Crowdsourced research: Many hands make tight work
Crowdsourcing research can balance discussions, validate findings and better inform policy, say Raphael Silberzahn and Eric L. Uhlmann.
"Most researchers would find this broad range of effect sizes disturbing. It means that taking any single analysis too seriously could be a mistake, yet this is encouraged by our current system of scientific publishing and media coverage."Posted on 2016-03-16T01:23:53+0000
Silicon Valley writer: The show’s lack of diversity is accurate
Alec Berg minces no words: "The world we’re depicting is fucked up."
"We shot some crowd footage at Disrupt," the real TechCrunch conference that fictional Pied Piper competes in, he said. "I have a friend in tech who called me, and she said, 'Those crowd shots are absurd, you didn't put any women in there at all.' I had to tell her—those were real shots. The world we're depicting is fucked up. Do we have a responsibility to make the genders on our show more balanced, when this is the world we're depicting?"Posted on 2016-03-15T07:44:06+0000
Microsoft Wants PS4 and Xbox One to Connect Online
Rocket League announced as first game to support Xbox Live's new Cross-Platform functionality; Microsoft extends invite to "other platforms"
Caffeine use disorder: It's real, and it warrants more attention
There are potentially serious side effects of caffeine overuse, withdrawal, experts say
""Because caffeine is socially acceptable in most cultures, and because it is the most widely consumed drug in the world, it is easy to forget that it is a psychoactive stimulant," Meredith says. "There are several clinically meaningful disorders related to caffeine use. However, the widespread availability and acceptability of caffeine can make it difficult to recognize or diagnose these disorders when they occur."Posted on 2016-03-15T06:31:22+0000
Why Enrollment Is Surging in Machine Learning Classes
Machine learning is sweeping through industries, transforming scientific research and already changing aspects of everyday life, making the impossible possible. No wonder university students are flocking to it. Enrollment in machine learning classes is soaring, and universities are scrambling to add…
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire
Half-a-billion people stored files on Dropbox. Well, sort of. Really, the files were in Amazon’s cloud. Until Dropbox built its own. And threw the switch.
This is a great read on both hardware and software.
Also surprised to hear they're using Rust in production.
"Measuring only one-and-half-feet by three-and-half-feet by six inches, each Diskotech box holds as much as a petabyte of data, or a million gigabytes. Just 50 of these machines could store everything human beings have ever written."Posted on 2016-03-15T06:10:36+0000
How Badoo saved one million dollars switching to PHP7
We did it! Hundreds of our application servers are now running on PHP7 and doing just fine. By all accounts, ours is only the second project of this scale (after Etsy) to switch to PHP7.
Road to North Korea - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz
Road to North Korea - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz's Personal Website
"The North and South Koreans might be one nation, but after a few generations living completely apart, they have less and less in common. Not only are the North Koreans shorter on average because of malnutrition (Christopher Hitchens called them a nation of racist dwarfs) , it also makes one in four of young men too mentally retarded for military service  - too slow to even follow orders..."Posted on 2016-03-15T05:37:14+0000
Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy | Quanta Magazine
A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave.
Stop Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time is an archaic practice, but it isn’t just irrelevant in 2016 — it’s dangerous. A rise in fatal traffic accidents and increased energy costs are just two of the many ways DST impacts us today. Join us, and let’s put a stop to changing the clocks once and for all.
"Between 1986 and 1995, fatal traffic accidents rose 17% the Monday following the switch to Daylight Saving Time."
OK, I'll be extra careful on Monday...Posted on 2016-03-13T09:10:21+0000
AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol - Game 4 (LIVE STREAM)
This is the live stream of Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock's commentary of the third game between Lee Sedol and AlphaGo. Join us to discuss the game as it happens.
Facebook's new front-end server design delivers on performance without sucking up power
The new design packs more than twice the compute capacity into each rack while maintaining the rack power budget.
San Jose Is The Most Forgettable Major American City
What’s that California city again? Starts with “San,” has a million people, near the coast? Almost everyone can think of San Francisco or San Diego. But San Jose, the nation’s 10t…
How the internet flips elections and alters our thoughts — Robert Epstein — Aeon Essays
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
Cannot clone Spec repo · Issue #4989 · CocoaPods/CocoaPods
What did you do? Run pod setup What did you expected to happen? Clone Spec repo master What happened instead? It only downloads a few bytes and then throws error: fatal: unable to access 'ht...
How to pass a programming interview
This post started as the preparation material we send to our candidates, but we decided to post it publicly. Being a good programmer has a surprisingly small role in passing programming...
One of the FBI’s Major Claims in the iPhone Case is Fraudulent
“We have enormous computing power in the US government, but we need to be able to bring it to bear without the phone killing itself.” - FBI Director James Comey, March 1, 2016.
"In short, they're asking the public to grant them significant new powers that could put all of our communications infrastructure at risk, and to trust them to not misuse these powers. But they're deliberately misleading the public (and the judiciary) to try to gain these powers. This is not how a trustworthy agency operates. We should not be fooled."Posted on 2016-03-09T02:26:57+0000
Announcing SQL Server on Linux - The Official Microsoft Blog
It’s been an incredible year for the data business at Microsoft and an incredible year for data across the industry. This Thursday at our Data Driven event in New York, we will kick off a wave of launch activities for SQL Server 2016 with general availability later this year. This is the most signif…
How this language learning app got 110 million users without spending a dollar on marketing
The biggest challenge for learning apps is users dropping off after a while. Duolingo founder and Carnegie Mellon University professor Luis von Ahn shares some secrets on overcoming that.
Segfaulting Python with afl-fuzz | Tom's corner of the internet
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Is group chat making you sweat? — Signal v. Noise
Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.
"It’s common in the software industry to blame the users. It’s the user’s fault. They don’t know how to use it. They’re using it wrong. They need to do this or do that. But the reality is that tools encourage specific behaviors. A product is a series of design decisions with a specific outcome in mind. Yes, you can use tools as they weren’t intended, but most people follow the patterns suggested by the design. And so in the end, if people are exhausted and feeling unable to keep up, it’s the tool’s fault, not the user’s fault. If the design leads to stress, it’s a bad design."Posted on 2016-03-08T04:43:18+0000
The secret life of a games programmer: I’ve lived my dream and it came up short | Anonymous
‘Passion’ meant working six days a week –16-hour days. I still play games, but having seen the inside of the sausage factory they’ll never be the same again
If someone says "I now work fewer hours, have a better family life, and have an employer who cares about my welfare." about the FINANCE industry; you know their old industry must have been tough.
"If you like games and you’re a programmer, go work for a firm that will pay."Posted on 2016-03-08T04:39:58+0000
The First Time Texas Killed One of My Clients
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
"Working on Marvin’s case, I thought of myself as a maker of mosaics. My role was to create Marvin's portrait from the shards. I wanted to show that Marvin was not just a killer. When Marvin was a child, we — our society — abandoned him to a life of poverty, violence and chaos. If Marvin had had a different life, his victims would not be dead. Marvin was a human being, and not a monster."
This is a depressing story.Posted on 2016-03-08T04:34:56+0000
Learn Accounting & Bookkeeping For Free | dwmbeancounter.com
Free Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses and Tutorials. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn bookkeeping!
"Rather than suggesting that people should strive harder to conform to an artificial ideal of normality, Daniels’ analysis led him to a counterintuitive conclusion that serves as the cornerstone of this book: any system designed around the average person is doomed to fail."
A really great read on averages and how no human really conforms to any notion of averagePosted on 2016-03-05T20:19:42+0000
When I Was Your Age
Despite being more educated and working in a more productive economy, 30-year-olds today barely make more than 30-year-old Baby Boomers did in 1984.
"This issue brief argues that a labor market where the deck is stacked in favor of employers at the expense of employees is a primary cause of this poor median compensation growth. Millennials have spent almost their entire working lives in a labor market that is loose—with too many job seekers and too few jobs—and where private-sector labor unions are almost entirely absent. Certainly, monetary policy that promotes employment while making it easier for workers to form unions would help Millennials make up lost ground."Posted on 2016-03-05T05:10:19+0000
Cheap oil is taking shipping routes back to the 1800s
Plummeting oil prices have had many effects – one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.
Samsung ships the world's highest capacity SSD, with 15TB of storage
The new PM1633a SSD comes in a 2.5-in. form factor, and is targeted for enterprise storage use; compared to 3.5-in. drives, twice as many of the Samsung drives fit in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack.
How would you explain the difference between war and terrorism to a space alien?
Author and former CIA officer Barry Eisler spoke at the Association of Former Intelligence Officers opposite ex-CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Monday. In front of about a hundred former CIA…
This is an awesome read. Need to get the book
"Martian: I confess I am more perplexed now than when we started. I do not understand how the nation that commits the most violence and causes the most terror can claim other nations are the most terroristic. We Martians will have to study this question more closely."Posted on 2016-03-03T07:43:39+0000
The Voters Decide - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
An apolitical analysis of what is happening in U.S. politics through the lens of Aggregation Theory
This is an amazing read. I haven't read "The Party Decides", though, so I defer to anyone with more polisci experience.
This is a big problem for the parties as described in The Party Decides. Remember, in Noel and company’s description party actors care more about their policy preferences than they do voter preferences, but in an aggregated world it is voters aka users who decide which issues get traction and which don’t. And, by extension, the most successful politicians in an aggregated world are not those who serve the party but rather those who tell voters what they most want to hear."
Nanex ~ 1-Mar-2016 ~ Vindicated!
On July 21, 2010, Congress signed into law, as part of Dodd-Frank, a new Whistle-blower program, which Hunsader wouldn't learn about for several more years. That same afternoon, Hunsader was comparing the quote time-stamps in General Electric (GE) common stock between the SIP and NYSE's direct feed…
"On July 21, 2010, Congress signed into law, as part of Dodd-Frank, a new Whistle-blower program, which Hunsader wouldn't learn about for several more years. That same afternoon, Hunsader was comparing the quote time-stamps in General Electric (GE) common stock between the SIP and NYSE's direct feed (Open Book). What Hunsader discovered over the next few hours would become crucial evidence that led to the historic $5 Million fine against the NYSE on September 14, 2012. It was the first time the SEC had ever fined a Stock Exchange.
The January 15, 2016 SEC press release "SEC Awards Whistleblower More Than $700,000 for Detailed Analysis" had this to say about Hunsader's analysis:
“The voluntary submission of high-quality analysis by industry experts can be every bit as valuable as first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing by company insiders"
When the SEC called Hunsader in June 2015 to tell him about the award, he said to them:
"I would have accepted $1 if you simply acknowledged me at the time.""
Preregistration of clinical trials causes medicines to stop working! - Chris Blattman
Something must be done to combat this public health hazard. In 2000, the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) began requiring that researchers publicly register their research analysis plan before starting their clinical trials. From a new PLOS paper: … Continue reading →
Uber Launches in Pakistan, Will Cost Rs. 13.7 per KM
Exactly like we told you earlier, the largest taxi dispatch companies in the world -- Uber -- has officially launched its services in Lahore, Pakistan. Lau
Why my Mother's maiden name is nonsense and yours should be too
Last week, I spoke to one of our service providers on the phone and had to clear security prior to actually having a conversation with the rep at the other end of the line. This wouldn't usually be a cause for comment, but the conversation left me thinking about why we still use such archaic se
The Most Dangerous Writing App
Write. Don't stop. If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost.
Ghost in the Shell, over two decades old, remains our most challenging film about technology
The first questions about the loss of human identity in a tech-filled world were raised in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 hit film.
Dan Grossman | Mandrill’s Betrayal
Mandrill, MailChimp’s SMTP-as-a-service offering with 800,000 customers and a $12MM ARR is essentially shutting down. They’re merging it into MailChimp, but updated the TOS and AUP with immediate effect in ways that essentially banned what was the service’s raison d’être: sending bulk mail programma…
How We Built Uber Engineering’s Highest Query per Second Service Using Go
How the Go programming language helped Uber Engineering build and scale our highest queries per second microservice, for geofence lookups.
DROWN is a serious vulnerability that affects HTTPS and other services that rely on SSL and TLS, some of the essential cryptographic protocols for Internet security. These protocols allow everyone on the Internet to browse the web, use email, shop online, and send instant messages without third-part…
The collective insanity of the publishing industry - Gene Doucette
Unless you’re a writer, I imagine you haven’t been paying quite as close attention to the publishing industry and all its weirdness as I have, and that’s a shame, because it’s been really entertaining. Actually, entertaining isn’t the right word. It’s been insane, but the kind of insane that’s unre…
"Soon after that contract was signed, the other Big 5 contracts came due, and they all asked for the same Agency Model arrangement. Thus, the finest minds in publishing—or one might assume—negotiated themselves out of an arrangement whereby they sold more units at a lower cost without suffering the financial impact that comes with a lower unit cost.
"I mean it. One article after another, from the New York Times on down came news pieces declaring that print was making a comeback at long last, and the long national nightmare was over.
All it took was the biggest publishing companies in the world deliberately murdering their own share of the market. And it wasn’t even true."
"The only problem is this: the largest seller of print books right now happens to be Amazon. Guess who saw an uptick in print sales in 2015?"
Can I please have some of whatever they are smokingPosted on 2016-03-02T06:21:38+0000
The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit
Science and medicine have done a lot for the world. Diseases have been eradicated, rockets have been sent to the moon, and convincing, causal explanations have been given for a whole range of forme…
"As the programmer Alberto Brandolini is reputed to have said: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” This is the unbearable asymmetry of bullshit I mentioned in my title, and it poses a serious problem for research integrity. Developing a strategy for overcoming it, I suggest, should be a top priority for publication ethics."Posted on 2016-03-01T09:08:56+0000
Google says self-driving car hits municipal bus in minor crash
Alphabet Inc's Googleself-driving car struck a municipal bus in a minor crash - inwhat may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hittinganother vehicle.