Firefox is on a slippery slope

Saturday, December 16, 16:16 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Scholarship versus research

Saturday, December 16, 15:32 UTC @ John D. Cook

One of the things about academia that most surprised and disappointed me was the low regard for scholarship. Exploration is tolerated as long as it results in a profusion of journal articles, and of course grant money, but is otherwise frowned upon. For example, I know someone who ruined his academic career by writing a massive […]

Getting Attention

Saturday, December 16, 13:16 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Statistics, we have a problem

Saturday, December 16, 04:11 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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REST is the new SOAP

Saturday, December 16, 03:51 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Stuff You Can't Say in Silicon Valley

Saturday, December 16, 02:46 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Trump Administration Gives CDC a List of Forbidden Words

Saturday, December 16, 02:42 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin, reporting for The Washington Post: The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senio

CDC gets list of forbidden words

Saturday, December 16, 02:17 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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The 600-Cell

Saturday, December 16, 01:44 UTC @ Azimuth

I can’t stop thinking about the 600-cell: It’s a ‘Platonic solid in 4 dimensions’ with 600 tetrahedral faces and 120 vertices. One reason I like it is that you can think of these vertices as forming a group: a double cover of the rotational symmetry group of the icosahedron. Another reason is that it’s a […]

As the U.S. Retreats, Canada Doubles Down on Net Neutrality

Saturday, December 16, 01:37 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Uber Accused of Espionage, Bribery, Hacking, in Former Employee's Letter

Saturday, December 16, 01:00 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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From the ‘Let’s Figure Out a Way to Make This Ostensibly About Apple’ Department

Saturday, December 16, 00:12 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Headline for a Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman, Yuan Gao, Scott Moritz, and Selina Wang, “China’s Top Phone Makers Poised to Challenge Apple on Home Turf”: China’s top smartphone makers are ready to challenge Apple Inc. on its home turf after trouncing the iPhone maker in their own market. Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp. are in talks with U.S. wireless operators about selling flagship smartphones to American consumers as soon as next year, according

Yours Truly on Vector With Daniel Jalkut and Rene Ritchie

Friday, December 15, 23:18 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Vector episode 37: Rene speaks with MarsEdit developer, Daniel Jalkut, and John Gruber of Daring Fireball about the history and release of MarsEdit 4, blogging tools, the Mac App Store, and more. Much fun talking about one of my most-used and most-loved apps. ★

Illustrator Arik Roper hacks the creative process

Friday, December 15, 22:15 UTC @ x.ai

We recently rolled out a new, retro-futuristic look, featuring illustrations by artist Arik Roper. We chatted about his process and productivity hacks. The post Illustrator Arik Roper hacks the creative process appeared first on x.ai.

MobileCoin: A New Cryptocurrency from Moxie Marlinspike

Friday, December 15, 21:59 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Ben Saunders’ solo crossing of Antarctica, and more news from TED speakers

Friday, December 15, 20:06 UTC @ TED Blog

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. A solo crossing of Antarctica. With chilling detail, Ben Saunders documents his journey across Antarctica as he attempts to complete the first successful solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing. The journey is a way of honoring his friend Henry Worsley, […]

Overcoming Us vs. Them

Friday, December 15, 19:06 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Ask HN: Writing cover letters for tech jobs

Friday, December 15, 18:59 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

I really hate writing cover letters as I never know what to write or if anyone is even going to read them. I see a lot of sites offering advice on how to write generic cover letters, but most all of them don’t seem appropriate (at least to me) for tech jobs - more for formal sales, business jobs. I'm interested to know what HN’ers with experience on either or both sides have to say by way of advice - What do you usually write/expect, is it even really a requirement?. Do you attach a separate document o

No te pierdas Desgranando Ciencia 2017 en Granada

Friday, December 15, 18:00 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Desgranando Ciencia ya es una cita obligada en el calendario anual de eventos de divulgación en España. Grandes divulgadores decoran un programa impresionante para el viernes 15 y el sábado 16 de diciembre de 2017, ambos días en sesiones […] Leer más

Conferencias en Málaga: “La ‘chispa’ de la vida” en los XV Encuentros con la Ciencia

Friday, December 15, 17:45 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

¿Hoy 15 de diciembre estás en Málaga? A las 19:30 puedes disfrutar de la charla “La auténtica “chispa” de la vida: canales iónicos y electricidad neuronal” de Teresa Giráldez Fernández (Universidad de La Laguna). Será en el Ámbito Cultural […]

What Ruby Needs

Friday, December 15, 17:20 UTC @ tecosystems

Of all of the questions we receive at RedMonk, one of the most common concerns programming languages. Whether from members of a given community or a commercial entity, the desire is to better understand a given language’s trajectory and the context around it. Is it going up or down, and what are the reasons for

What Ruby Needs

Friday, December 15, 17:20 UTC @ tecosystems

Of all of the questions we receive at RedMonk, one of the most common concerns programming languages. Whether from members of a given community or a commercial entity, the desire is to better understand a given language’s trajectory and the context around it. Is it going up or down, and what are the reasons for

Friday Q&A 2017-12-08: Type Erasure in Swift

Friday, December 15, 14:09 UTC @ NSBlog

You might have heard the term type erasure. You might have even used type-erased types in the standard library, such as AnySequence. But what exactly is type erasure and how do you do it yourself? In this article, I'll explore type erasure, why you'd want it, and how to make it happen, a topic suggested by Lorenzo Boaro. (Read More)

Unknown Mozilla dev addon "Looking Glass 1.0.3" on browser

Friday, December 15, 13:47 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Metal Gear Solid V – Graphics Study

Friday, December 15, 13:34 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Introducing the GoodWatch

Friday, December 15, 10:41 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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English rivers polluted by neonicotinoids, first tests reveal

Friday, December 15, 04:43 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Net Neutrality Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal Was Written by Comcast Attorney

Friday, December 15, 03:34 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Norway switches off FM radio, but a station is defying government order

Friday, December 15, 03:11 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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AIM will be discontinued today

Friday, December 15, 02:21 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Data Structures for Representing Symmetry in Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programs. (arXiv:1712.05222v1 [math.OC])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Symmetry in mathematical programming may lead to a multiplicity of solutions. In nonconvex optimisation, it can negatively affect the performance of the Branch and Bound algorithm. Symmetry may induce large search trees with multiple equivalent solutions, i.e. with the same optimal value. Dealing with symmetry requires detecting and classifying it first. This paper develops several methods for detecting symmetry in quadratically constrained quadratic optimisation problems via adjacency matrices. Using gr

Lock-free B-slack trees: Highly Space Efficient B-trees. (arXiv:1712.05020v1 [cs.DS])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

B-slack trees, a subclass of B-trees that have substantially better worst-case space complexity, are introduced. They store $n$ keys in height $O(\log_b n)$, where $b$ is the maximum node degree. Updates can be performed in $O(\log_{\frac b 2} n)$ amortized time. A relaxed balance version, which is well suited for concurrent implementation, is also presented.

Volume Optimal Cycle: Tightest representative cycle of a generator on persistent homology. (arXiv:1712.05103v1 [math.AT])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

This paper shows a mathematical formalization, algorithms and computation software of volume optimal cycles, which are useful to understand geometric features shown in a persistence diagram. Volume optimal cycles give us concrete and optimal homologous structures, such as rings or cavities, on a given data. The key idea is the optimality on $(q + 1)$-chain complex for a $q$th homology generator. This optimality formalization is suitable for persistent homology. We can solve the optimization problem using

QPTAS and Subexponential Algorithm for Maximum Clique on Disk Graphs. (arXiv:1712.05010v1 [cs.CG])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

A (unit) disk graph is the intersection graph of closed (unit) disks in the plane. Almost three decades ago, an elegant polynomial-time algorithm was found for \textsc{Maximum Clique} on unit disk graphs [Clark, Colbourn, Johnson; Discrete Mathematics '90]. Since then, it has been an intriguing open question whether or not tractability can be extended to general disk graphs. We show the rather surprising structural result that a disjoint union of cycles is the complement of a disk graph if and only if at

$\forall \exists \mathbb{R}$-completeness and area-universality. (arXiv:1712.05142v1 [cs.CG])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

In the study of geometric problems, the complexity class $\exists \mathbb{R}$ turned out to play a crucial role. It exhibits a deep connection between purely geometric problems and real algebra, and is sometimes referred to as the "real analogue" to the class NP. While NP can be considered as a class of computational problems that deals with existentially quantified boolean variables, $\exists \mathbb{R}$ deals with existentially quantified real variables. In analogy to $\Pi_2^p$ and $\Sigma_2^p$ in the

Minimum Area All-flush Triangles Circumscribing a Convex Polygon. (arXiv:1712.05081v1 [cs.CG])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

In this paper, we consider the problem of computing the minimum area triangle that circumscribes a given $n$-sided convex polygon touching edge-to-edge. In other words, we compute the minimum area triangle that is the intersection of 3 half-planes out of $n$ half-planes defined by a given convex polygon. Previously, $O(n\log n)$ time algorithms were known which are based on the technique for computing the minimum weight k-link path given in \cite{kgon94,kgon95soda}. By applying the new technique proposed

Many-Objective Pareto Local Search. (arXiv:1707.07899v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We propose a new Pareto Local Search Algorithm for the many-objective combinatorial optimization. Pareto Local Search proved to be a very effective tool in the case of the bi-objective combinatorial optimization and it was used in a number of the state-of-the-art algorithms for problems of this kind. On the other hand, the standard Pareto Local Search algorithm becomes very inefficient for problems with more than two objectives. We build an effective Many-Objective Pareto Local Search algorithm using thr

Approximation Algorithms for Replenishment Problems with Fixed Turnover Times. (arXiv:1712.05218v1 [cs.DS])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We introduce and study a class of optimization problems we coin replenishment problems with fixed turnover times: a very natural model that has received little attention in the literature. Nodes with capacity for storing a certain commodity are located at various places; at each node the commodity depletes within a certain time, the turnover time, which is constant but can vary between locations. Nodes should never run empty, and to prevent this we may schedule nodes for replenishment every day. The natu

On 2-level polytopes arising in combinatorial settings. (arXiv:1702.03187v2 [math.CO] UPDATED)

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

2-level polytopes naturally appear in several areas of pure and applied mathematics, including combinatorial optimization, polyhedral combinatorics, communication complexity, and statistics. In this paper, we present a study of some 2-level polytopes arising in combinatorial settings. Our first contribution is proving that v(P)*f(P) is upper bounded by d*2^(d+1), for a large collection of families of such polytopes P. Here v(P) (resp. f(P)) is the number of vertices (resp. facets) of P, and d is its dime

Being Robust (in High Dimensions) Can Be Practical. (arXiv:1703.00893v3 [cs.LG] UPDATED)

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Robust estimation is much more challenging in high dimensions than it is in one dimension: Most techniques either lead to intractable optimization problems or estimators that can tolerate only a tiny fraction of errors. Recent work in theoretical computer science has shown that, in appropriate distributional models, it is possible to robustly estimate the mean and covariance with polynomial time algorithms that can tolerate a constant fraction of corruptions, independent of the dimension. However, the sa

On the treewidth of triangulated 3-manifolds. (arXiv:1712.00434v2 [math.GT] UPDATED)

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

In graph theory, as well as in 3-manifold topology, there exist several width-type parameters to describe how "simple" or "thin" a given graph or 3-manifold is. These parameters, such as pathwidth or treewidth for graphs, or the concept of thin position for 3-manifolds, play an important role when studying algorithmic problems; in particular, there is a variety of problems in computational 3-manifold topology - some of them known to be computationally hard in general - that become solvable in polynomial

Approximate Convex Hull of Data Streams. (arXiv:1712.04564v2 [cs.CG] UPDATED)

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

Given a finite set of points $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^d$, we would like to find a small subset $S \subseteq P$ such that the convex hull of $S$ approximately contains $P$. More formally, every point in $P$ is within distance $\epsilon$ from the convex hull of $S$. Such a subset $S$ is called an $\epsilon$-hull. Computing an $\epsilon$-hull is an important problem in computational geometry, machine learning, and approximation algorithms. In many real world applications, the set $P$ is too large to

Cellular Automata Applications in Shortest Path Problem. (arXiv:1712.05202v1 [cs.CG])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

Cellular Automata (CAs) are computational models that can capture the essential features of systems in which global behavior emerges from the collective effect of simple components, which interact locally. During the last decades, CAs have been extensively used for mimicking several natural processes and systems to find fine solutions in many complex hard to solve computer science and engineering problems. Among them, the shortest path problem is one of the most pronounced and highly studied problems tha

Quantifying over boolean announcements. (arXiv:1712.05310v1 [cs.LO])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

Various extensions of public announcement logic have been proposed with quantification over announcements. The best-known extension is called arbitrary public announcement logic, APAL. It contains a primitive language construct Box phi intuitively expressing that 'after every public announcement of a formula, formula phi is true.' The logic APAL is undecidable and it has an infinitary axiomatization. Now consider restricting the APAL quantification to public announcements of boolean formulas only, such t

Greedy spanners are optimal in doubling metrics. (arXiv:1712.05007v1 [cs.CG])

Friday, December 15, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

We show that the greedy spanner algorithm constructs a $(1+\epsilon)$-spanner of weight $\epsilon^{-O(d)}w(\mathrm{MST})$ for a point set in metrics of doubling dimension $d$, resolving an open problem posed by Gottlieb. Our result generalizes the result by Narasimhan and Smid who showed that a point set in $d$-dimension Euclidean space has a $(1+\epsilon)$-spanner of weight at most $\epsilon^{-O(d)}w(\mathrm{MST})$. Our proof only uses the packing property of doubling metrics and thus implies a much sim

Perkeep – Open-source data modeling, storing, search, sharing and synchronizing

Friday, December 15, 00:16 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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ECL News: ECL license

Friday, December 15, 00:00 UTC @ Planet Lisp

From time to time a little misconception emerges regarding the ECL license - namely some people seem to have the impression that it is GPL-2.0, while in fact it is LGPL-2.1+. In this post I want to talk a little about the history of ECL and to describe what the practical implications of such licensing are. The heritage of Embeddable Common Lisp is rich, as you can read here. The software has had a few maintainers through

Task automation in Swift with Sake

Friday, December 15, 00:00 UTC @ Pedro Piñera

In the past are those days when you automated your tasks using Make, Rake or Fastlane. These tools provided an interface and tools to automate certain tasks in our projects. Each of them had their strenghs and weaknesses. If we take Make, for instance, it requires some bash knowledge, but on the other side, it is more robust than the other solution (it doesn’t depend on anything that is not in your system). Rake or Fastlane made the definition of our tasks easier using a more readable language

★ First Impressions of the New iMac Pro

Thursday, December 14, 23:03 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Apple is not fucking around with these machines, and neither are the people who will be buying them.

Excel team considering Python as scripting language: asking for feedback

Thursday, December 14, 21:16 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

Folks, Microsoft is officially considering providing Python support in Excel (finally). If you are interested in this, please visit their uservoice page and let them know what you think. Thank you!https://...

The Pings menu is back!

Thursday, December 14, 20:48 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Now that the FCC has repealed net neutrality, let’s adopt it in California

Thursday, December 14, 19:57 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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La Traca #5 Luciérnagas: La anomalía de las sondas Pioneer

Thursday, December 14, 18:01 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Ya está disponible el podcast #5 de La Traca (de la Ciencia), mi sección en el programa de radio Luciérnagas de Dante Cáceres. Divulgación científica en la Radiotelevisión Diocesana, en el canal de Radio Santa María de Toledo. Se […] Leer más

Exploring the boundaries of legacy at TED@Westpac

Thursday, December 14, 17:10 UTC @ TED Blog

Legacy is a delightfully complex concept, and it's one that the TED@Westpac curators took on with gusto for the daylong event held in Sydney, Australia, on Monday December 11th. Themed around the idea of "The Future Legacy," the day was packed with speakers who took on topics ranging from education to work-health balance to designer babies.

Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

Thursday, December 14, 15:39 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from "silent engrams."

Intellectual onramps

Thursday, December 14, 15:09 UTC @ John D. Cook

Tyler Cowen’s latest blog post gives advice for learning about modern China. He says that “books about sequences of dynasties are mind-numbing and not readily absorbed” and recommends finding other entry points before reading about dynasties. Find an “entry point” into China of independent intrinsic interest to you, be it basketball, artificial intelligence, Chinese opera, […]

The Impact of Blockchain Technology Part 1: What Is It?

Thursday, December 14, 10:15 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

An Introduction to Blockchain Technology In 2017, you would have to be living on a remote tropical island (Isla del Coco) without internet access or periodicals to not have heard about bitcoin.  Even at 9 years old, it’s still nascent,  yet it has spurred a frenzy (bubble some would say) the likes of which the […] The post The Impact of Blockchain Technology Part 1: What Is It? appeared first on

Get quantum ready with new scientific prizes for professors, students and developers

Thursday, December 14, 05:47 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Whether its PCs, smartphones or quantum computers, one fact remains consistent: the recipe for success relies heavily on building an engaged and thriving ecosystem. For example, on 12 August 1981 when IBM introduced the IBM 5150 (eventually called the IBM PC) at a press conference in New York City it came prepackaged with third party […] The post Get quantum ready with new scientific prizes for professors, st

Daring Fireball 24-Hour T-Shirt Spectacular

Thursday, December 14, 03:33 UTC @ Daring Fireball

This week only: classic logo DF t-shirts — including, for the first time ever, long sleeve shirts. Get them while the getting is good. Seriously: this week only.

iTunes Connect Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 14, 01:00 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

As a reminder, new apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.Learn more about preparing apps for the App Store.

What’s new for December 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 23:34 UTC @ x.ai

We’re constantly pushing updates to Amy + Andrew to help them better understand you, improve their accuracy, and deliver new features - you just might not see them. Here are the key updates we’ve made to Amy + Andrew over the past month. The post What’s new for December 2017 appeared first on x.ai.

La ciencia irrelevante que nadie cita

Wednesday, December 13, 20:02 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

La ciencia no citada es ciencia irrelevante. Un famoso artículo del año 1990 desveló que más del 50% de los artículos científicos no recibían citas tras cinco años de su publicación. Se publica en Nature un nuevo estudio que […] Leer más

Our AI future: The Good and the Ugly

Wednesday, December 13, 18:46 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I don’t directly work in machine learning but one cannot deny the progress it has made and the effect it has on society. Who would have thought even a few years ago that ML would have basically solved face and voice recognition and translate nearly as well as humans. The Neural Information Process Systems conference held last week in Long Beach, California, sold out its 7500 registration slots in 12 days. NIPS, not long ago just another academic conference, has

New Bird Species Arises From Hybrids, as Scientists Watch

Wednesday, December 13, 15:37 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

The rapid, unorthodox emergence of a new finch in the Galápagos hints that speciation isn’t rare. New hybrid species may quietly appear and disappear without anyone noticing.

Approximate quantum computing: from advantage to applications

Wednesday, December 13, 14:33 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Photo by IBM Fellow Charles Bennett Last week at our third Think Q conference at the Thomas J Watson Research Center, industry and academic leaders in quantum computing met to tackle questions about how to bridge the divide between the theory of quantum algorithms and practical applications that can run on today’s approximate (non-fault tolerant) […] The post Approximat

The RedMonk re:Invent 2017 Recap

Wednesday, December 13, 14:23 UTC @ tecosystems

Following up on the recent Amazon Web Services conference, re:Invent, held at the Palazzo and Venetian in Las Vegas, the three monks who attended got together to chat about what we saw and the conference and what it means for AWS, developers and the rest of the industry. The conversation is lightly edited for content

The RedMonk re:Invent 2017 Recap

Wednesday, December 13, 14:23 UTC @ tecosystems

Following up on the recent Amazon Web Services conference, re:Invent, held at the Palazzo and Venetian in Las Vegas, the three monks who attended got together to chat about what we saw and the conference and what it means for AWS, developers and the rest of the industry. The conversation is lightly edited for content

How to make my company big

Wednesday, December 13, 13:16 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Get All The Talks From BoS Europe 2017 Immediately

Wednesday, December 13, 11:58 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Get all 18 brilliant talks from Business of Software Europe 2017 immediately. We’ll be releasing these online one-by-one over the course of the year, but you can get them sent straight to you inbox right now. You can download the videos so you can watch wherever you are – on a train, plane, that coffee […] The post Get All The Talks From BoS Europe 2017 Immediately appeared

Cluster Scheduling for Data Centers

Wednesday, December 13, 11:09 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

This installment of Research for Practice features a curated selection from Malte Schwarzkopf, who takes us on a tour of distributed cluster scheduling, from research to practice, and back again. With the rise of elastic compute resources, cluster management has become an increasingly hot topic in systems R&D, and a number of competing cluster managers including Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker are currently jockeying for the crown in this space.

Una curiosa coincidencia numerológica

Wednesday, December 13, 08:36 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

En 1951 el físico Friedrich Lenz observó que el cociente entre la masa del protón y la masa del electrón coincidía con seis dígitos significativos con el valor del número 6 π5. Gracias a ello publicó “el artículo físico […] Leer más

Phil Schiller Interview With Dan Grabham

Wednesday, December 13, 01:02 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Phil Schiller on the development of the iPhone X, in a wide-ranging interview with Dan Grabham for T3: At the time, at the beginning, it seemed almost impossible. Not just almost. It seemed impossible. And to pull off what feels impossible and make it possible — and not only that, but just something we love using — is just a great achievement. “Clearly there was a point in the process where we had to commit to the fact that it would be a full top-to-bottom screen

Didier Verna: Announcing Quickref: a global documentation project for Common Lisp

Wednesday, December 13, 00:00 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Today, we deployed the first version of Quickref, a new global documentation project for Common Lisp. The purpose of Quickref is to provide a centralized collection of reference manuals for the whole Quicklisp world. This means around 1500 libraries, for a total of around 3000 ASDF systems. The reference manuals are generated by

Cabel Sasser’s First Look at the iMac Pro

Tuesday, December 12, 20:29 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Speaking of Twitter threads, here’s a short one from Cabel Sasser, after a few days with the iMac Pro: Games. Fired up the ol’ Firewatch, to test the iMac Pro (Radeon Pro Vega 64) vs. my current Retina 5K iMac (Radeon R9 M295X). At 2560 × 1440, the iMac topped out at 25 FPS, the iMac Pro at 62 FPS (!). You have to love the black Lightning cable.

[Sponsor] Microsoft App Center

Tuesday, December 12, 20:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Microsoft has recently introduced App Center, a continuous integration, delivery, and feedback service for iOS and macOS developers. App Center lets you automate your development release cycle in minutes by connecting to your GitHub or Bitbucket repo. After pushing new code, you can automatically build your app on App Center’s Mac cloud machines, run automated UI tests on thousands of real iOS devices in their hosted device lab, distribute your builds to testers or to the App Store, and monitor

How to Design for iPhone X (Without an iPhone X)

Tuesday, December 12, 19:58 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Sebastiaan de With on how he (and developer partner Ben Sandofsky) designed the iPhone X version of Halide before they had an iPhone X. Halide is truly one of the very nicest apps I’ve ever seen. And I just love de With’s “world map of the iPhone X for your fingers” — and it’s fascinating to see how this “map” affected the layout of contro

[Basecamp 3 Redesign] Phase 1: New Nav and a unified Hey! Inbox.

Tuesday, December 12, 19:12 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Twitter Adds Support for Threads

Tuesday, December 12, 19:10 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Sasank Reddy, product manager at Twitter: Now, hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day! But this method of Tweeting, while effective and popular, can be tricky for some to create and it’s often tough to read or discover all the Tweets in a thread. That’s why we’re thrilled to share that we’re making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads, so it’s easier to express yourself on Twitter and stay informed. We’ve made it easy to create a

Marques Brownlee on the iMac Pro

Tuesday, December 12, 17:56 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Marques Brownlee’s “one week with the iMac Pro” video. Really does seem like everything we were hoping for, including the fact that it runs quietly. The most interesting thing I learned from this is that the iMac Pro is not upgradeable. There’s no hatch on the back for upgrading the RAM. Whatever you order from the factory is what you get. I’m OK with that — I think that fits with the iMac form factor — but it’s going to rankle those who think “

Craig Hunter on the iMac Pro

Tuesday, December 12, 17:46 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Craig Hunter: When you get into an intense development or debug cycle that involves a lot of compiles, saving fractions of seconds here and there adds up and can give you extra hours in a day. This is one area where the 10-core iMac Pro shines when combined with Xcode’s ability to automatically take advantage of multiple cores to compile multiple source files simultaneously. Most of my apps have around 20,000-30,000 lines of code spread out over 80-120 source files (mostly Ob

Vincent Laforet on the iMac Pro

Tuesday, December 12, 17:30 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Photographer/filmmaker Vincent Laforet, after a week with the upcoming iMac Pro: Last week I received a pelican case from Apple with a very special Mac inside of it… It was an iMac Pro configured as a 10 Core 3GHZ Intel Xeon W, 2TB SSD, 128 GB RAM, Vega 64 Radeon. After unpacking the (to be expected) beautiful Space Grey hardware, keyboard, mouse and trackpad, it was time to get down to the brass tacks, I had ONE question that I needed to answer: how fast is this thing, and h

La kilonova que originó GW170817 dio lugar a un agujero negro

Tuesday, December 12, 16:54 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

La onda gravitacional GW170817, el brote corto de rayos gamma sGRB 170817 y la kilonova AT 2017gfo son el resultado de la fusión de dos estrellas de neutrones con 1,48 y 1,26 masas solares. El remanente, con unas 2,74 […] Leer más

Neutrinos Suggest Solution to Mystery of Universe’s Existence

Tuesday, December 12, 15:36 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Updated results from a Japanese neutrino experiment continue to reveal an inconsistency in the way that matter and antimatter behave.

Research perversions are spreading. You will not like the proposed solution.

Tuesday, December 12, 15:15 UTC @ Backreaction

The ivory tower from The Neverending Story Science has a problem. The present organization of academia discourages research that has tangible outcomes, and this wastes a lot of money. Of course scientific research is not exclusively pursued in academia, but much of basic research is. And if basic research doesn’t move forward, science by large risks getting stuck. At the root of the problem

Research perversions are spreading. You will not like the proposed solution.

Tuesday, December 12, 15:15 UTC @ Backreaction

The ivory tower from The Neverending Story Science has a problem. The present organization of academia discourages research that has tangible outcomes, and this wastes a lot of money. Of course scientific research is not exclusively pursued in academia, but much of basic research is. And if basic research doesn’t move forward, science by large risks getting stuck. At the root of the problem

La Traca #4 Luciérnagas: Excrementos de paloma o radiación cósmica, esa es la cuestión

Tuesday, December 12, 14:55 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Ya está disponible el podcast #4 de La Traca (de la Ciencia), mi sección en el programa de radio Luciérnagas de Dante Cáceres. Divulgación científica en la Radiotelevisión Diocesana, en el canal de Radio Santa María de Toledo. Se […] L

Interesting Probability on a VERY OLD TV show

Tuesday, December 12, 14:33 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I have posted about things I see in TV or Movies that are math or CS related: Do TV shows overestimate how much a genius can help solve crimes or make really good crystal meth which seems to be blue. YES, see here Do TV shows get math wrong. YES, see here and about 90% of the episodes of Numb3rs

It’s time for recurring meetings to end

Tuesday, December 12, 14:17 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Pruning AI networks without performance loss

Tuesday, December 12, 14:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

In a spotlight paper from the 2017 NIPS Conference, my team and I presented an AI optimization framework we call Net-Trim, which is a layer-wise convex scheme to prune a pre-trained deep neural network. Deep learning has become a method of choice for many AI applications, ranging from image recognition to language translation. Thanks to […] The post Pruning AI networks without performance loss appear

Efficiency is not associative for matrix multiplication

Tuesday, December 12, 13:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

Here’s a fact that has been rediscovered many times in many different contexts: The way you parenthesize matrix products can greatly change the time it takes to compute the product. This is important, for example, for the back propagation algorithm in deep learning. Let A, B, and C be matrices that are compatible for multiplication. Then (AB)C = A(BC). […]

ARKit Developer Tutorial: How To Build a Measuring App with Apple’s Augmented Reality SDK

Tuesday, December 12, 09:30 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

In this post, we are going to discuss the basic settings, commands and tools for Apple’s new augmented reality SDK, “ARKit,” available for iOS 11. In order to explain all the steps to build a basic app and use its functionality in ARKit, we will be creating a “shoe measuring app” that will measure the […] The post ARKit Developer Tutorial: How To Build a Measuring

This Week in Rust 212

Tuesday, December 12, 05:00 UTC @ This Week in Rust

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved?

Make Your Apps Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, December 12, 00:20 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

You can now make your new apps available for pre-order on the App Store on all Apple platforms. Customers can see your product page and order your app before it’s released for download. Once your app is released, customers will be notified and it will automatically download to their device. Let your customers know your app is coming by using the pre-order badges in your marketing materials.Learn more about offering your apps for pre-order.

Offer Introductory Pricing for Your Subscriptions

Tuesday, December 12, 00:20 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

You can now offer new customers a discounted introductory price for your auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store. Visit your in-app purchase page in iTunes Connect to configure introductory pricing and use new API additions in iOS 11.2 to localize and display introductory pricing details to your users.Learn more about offering introductory pricing.

Apple Opens App Pre-Orders to All Developers

Tuesday, December 12, 00:16 UTC @ Daring Fireball

John Vorhees, writing for MacStories: You may recall that when Super Mario Run was announced in 2016, customers could request notification of its release, which was a first at the time on the App Store. Now, all developers can do something similar by offering their apps for pre-order. Nice touch: it’s available for all platforms, not just iOS.

Are companies highjacking our brains?

Tuesday, December 12, 00:00 UTC @ Pedro Piñera

What Internet is doing to our brains is something I keep thinking about. Technology is thought to improve our lives. Among other, it connects us with people around the world or automates work that had to be done manually in the past. It is everywhere, not only on our computers or mobile devices but in our watch, in our TV, in the cars that we drive… Internet was a tremendous revolution, and a lot of companies are running their businesses on it. They offer all kind of services of which we are users:

A Quick Tip For String Performance

Tuesday, December 12, 00:00 UTC @ objc.io

In this new post series we’ll show highlights of Swift Talk, our subscription video series. Today, we’ll show a very nice trick by Ole Begemann to increase String processing performance. In Swift Talk 79, we try to improve CSV string parsing performance by measuring time and comparing the performance of various techniques. To write a performance test

El estado actual de la prueba de Mochizuki de la conjetura abc

Monday, December 11, 23:00 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Nadie sabe si es correcta la demostración de la conjetura abc de Shinichi Mochizuki (Univ. Kioto, Japón). Quienes afirman entenderla son incapaces de explicarla a los demás, como le pasa a su propio autor. Aún así, los rumores indican […] Leer más

Higher order Taylor series in several variables

Monday, December 11, 22:33 UTC @ John D. Cook

Most sources that present Taylor’s theorem for functions of several variables stop at second order terms. One reason is that one or two terms are good enough for many applications. But the bigger reason is that things get more complicated when you include higher order terms. The kth order term in Taylor’s theorem is a rank k […]

Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media Is Ripping Apart Society

Monday, December 11, 22:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

James Vincent, writing for The Verge: Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Busine

Google Home Max Smart Speaker Now Shipping

Monday, December 11, 21:37 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Chris Chan and James Howarth, product managers for Google Home Max: Google Home Max sounds pretty amazing right out of the box because it’s our first speaker with Smart Sound. Powered by Google’s artificial intelligence (AI), Smart Sound means Max can automatically adapt itself based on where it’s placed in the room. There’s no extra setup or testing required. Even if you move Max from one spot to another, it’ll continuously tune itself to the room, so your music will so

Various and Sundry

Monday, December 11, 20:35 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

A few things that may be of interest: Survey articles prepared for the 2018 ICM proceedings are starting to appear on the arXiv, and Peter Scholze (who will be getting a Fields Medal in Rio) has put his on his … Continue reading →

This Week’s Hype/Fake Physics

Monday, December 11, 18:44 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

On the Fake Physics front, Jerry Coyne at Why Evolution is True has a post claiming New evidence for the multiverse-and its implications. You would think that recent history should have made clear the danger of using Youtube videos as … Continue reading →

El revuelo en arXiv generado por el exceso a 1,4 TeV en los datos de DAMPE

Monday, December 11, 18:30 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Hay quien se agarra a un clavo ardiendo cuando se trata de buscar partículas de materia oscura. Los datos de rayos cósmicos del satélite chino DAMPE (Wukong) muestran un pequeño exceso a 1,4 TeV con unas tres sigmas locales, […] Leer más

Distributing Control of Deep Learning Training Delivers 10x Performance Improvement

Monday, December 11, 18:12 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

My IBM Research AI team and I recently completed the first formal theoretical study of the convergence rate and communications complexity associated with a decentralized distributed approach in a deep learning training setting. The empirical evidence proves that in specific configurations, a decentralized approach can result in a 10x performance boost over a centralized approach […] The post

The Curious Case of the Duplicate Tracks

Monday, December 11, 16:00 UTC @ joe cieplinski

Over the years, the majority of my complaints about Apple have centered around music. That’s because I love music, and Apple clearly doesn’t always think enough about people outside of its contrived all-in-on-Apple-Music listener when it comes to the iTunes experience. Today’s complaint actually begins with a

The (Math) Problem With Pentagons

Monday, December 11, 15:27 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Triangles fit effortlessly together, as do squares. When it comes to pentagons, what gives?

Table View Separator Inset

Monday, December 11, 10:04 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

The table view separator is that thin line drawn by default between table view cells. You control how far it extends to the leading and trailing edges with the seperatorInset property. Since iOS 7 this has been an inset based on the table cell margins. In iOS 11 Apple changed that to inset from the cell edges by default. That makes it easier to extend to the full table width but if you have been using an inset you may want to check how it now looks on iOS 11.

From the Icosahedron to E8

Sunday, December 10, 18:27 UTC @ Azimuth

Here’s a draft of a little thing I’m writing for the Newsletter of the London Mathematical Society. The regular icosahedron is connected to many ‘exceptional objects’ in mathematics, and here I describe two ways of using it to construct One uses a subring of the quaternions called the ‘icosians’, while the other uses Patrick du […]

Excitonium

Sunday, December 10, 02:30 UTC @ Azimuth

In certain crystals you can knock an electron out of its favorite place and leave a hole: a place with a missing electron. Sometimes these holes can move around like particles. And naturally these holes attract electrons, since they are places an electron would want to be. Since an electron and a hole attract each […]

Evergreen Diary #2: Random Notes

Saturday, December 09, 20:57 UTC @ inessential.com

I’ve been working on Evergreen for about three years, and so I considered writing about playing such a long game — but then Daniel released MarsEdit 4.0 after seven years. I tip my fedora to the master. * * * But there is at least one difference: it’s taking so many years just to get to one-point-oh. I’ve never been on any kind of project that t

Reseña: “Física y berenjenas” de Andrés Gomberoff

Saturday, December 09, 19:51 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

“El gran desafío de la divulgación [es] inducir al lector a releer un párrafo mientras redescubre, al menos en parte, una idea científica. [En] literatura se habla en ocasiones del lector activo. [El] placer y [la] pasión por la […] Leer más

Why not? Pushing and prodding the possible, at TED@IBM

Saturday, December 09, 15:41 UTC @ TED Blog

We know that our world — our data, our lives, our countries — are becoming more and more connected. But what should we do with that? In two sessions of TED@IBM, the answer shaped up to be: Dream as big as you can. Speakers took the stage to pitch their ideas for using connected data […]

How can a statistician help a lawyer?

Saturday, December 09, 14:58 UTC @ John D. Cook

I’ll be presenting at a webinar on Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00 PM Eastern. The title of the presentation is “Seven questions a statistician and answer for an attorney.” I will discuss, among other things, when common sense applies and when correct analysis can be counter-intuitive. There will be ample time at the end of […]

How Domino’s Pizza Stands Out In A World Awash In Pizza

Saturday, December 09, 13:16 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

FreeBSD-SA-17:12.openssl

Saturday, December 09, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

Get ready for TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, premiering Dec. 10 on Star Plus

Friday, December 08, 22:47 UTC @ TED Blog

TED is a global organization with a broad global audience. With our TED Translators program working in more than 100 languages, TEDx events happening every day around the world and so much more, we work hard to present the latest ideas for everyone, regardless of language, location or platform. Now we’ve embarked on a journey […]

Sudden Deaf

Friday, December 08, 22:17 UTC @ bit-player

My erstwhile employer, mentor, and dearest friend was Dennis Flanagan, who edited Scientific American for 37 years. He is the larger of the two aquatic specimens in the photograph below. One of the quirks of life with Dennis was that … Continue reading →

Jony Ive Returns to Day-to-Day Management of Design Team

Friday, December 08, 21:58 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Mark Gurman and Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple Inc.’s Jony Ive, a key executive credited with the look of many of the company’s most popular products, has re-taken direct management of product design teams. Ive, 50, was named Apple’s chief design officer in 2015 and subsequently handed off some day-to-day management responsibility while the iPhone maker was building its new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. “With the completion of Apple Park,

TechCrunch: Apple Is Acquiring Music Recognition App Shazam

Friday, December 08, 21:53 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Ingrid Lunden, reporting for TechCrunch: As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search. We have heard that the dea

Trump Administration Scraps Obama-Era Proposal Requiring Airlines to Disclose Bag Fees

Friday, December 08, 20:58 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Melanie Zanona, reporting for The Hill: The Trump administration has scrapped an Obama-era proposal requiring airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees as soon as passengers start the process of buying a ticket. The Department of Transportation (DOT) posted a notice on the Federal Register this week that it is withdrawing the proposed rule, along with another plan to force air carriers to disclose how much revenue they make from charging other ancillary fees.

P=NP: Perhaps I Change My Mind

Friday, December 08, 19:55 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

An old result put a new way (in a now-fixed-up post) Albert Meyer knows circuit lower bounds. He co-authored a paper with the late Larry Stockmeyer that proves that small instances of the decision problem of a certain weak second-order logical theory require Boolean circuits with more gates than there are atoms in the observable […]

Zero-Day iOS HomeKit Vulnerability Allowed Remote Access to Smart Accessories Including Locks

Friday, December 08, 19:24 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Zac Hall, reporting for 9to5Mac: A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality. The vulnerability, which we won’

How to tell if a CEO is worth working for

Friday, December 08, 18:40 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

What’s Scary About Amazon Web Services

Friday, December 08, 18:34 UTC @ tecosystems

As has become routine at re:Invent, Amazon Web Services used the opportunity of its annual conference to shine a light on the fruits of a year’s worth of its labor. The product of which would represent years plural if not decades of almost any other company’s work, it must be said. Hundreds of new features,

What’s Scary About Amazon Web Services

Friday, December 08, 18:34 UTC @ tecosystems

As has become routine at re:Invent, Amazon Web Services used the opportunity of its annual conference to shine a light on the fruits of a year’s worth of its labor. The product of which would represent years plural if not decades of almost any other company’s work, it must be said. Hundreds of new features,

Recap: How to Use AI to Sell More

Friday, December 08, 16:37 UTC @ x.ai

x.ai hosted a webinar with CEO Dennis Mortensen and Troops CEO and Founder, Dan Reich, for a lively discussion on how AI can used to help you sell more. The post Recap: How to Use AI to Sell More appeared first on x.ai.

Which version of later do you run?

Friday, December 08, 16:31 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’

Friday, December 08, 16:20 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

How well does the Nash equilibrium concept from game theory map to the real world?

New AI algorithm recommends right products at the right time

Friday, December 08, 14:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Consumers everywhere are exposed to AI algorithms that recommend products to them based on their past purchases and those of others. Of course, they don’t always hit the mark. My IBM Research AI colleagues, our academic collaborators and I recently developed a new algorithm able to provide more accurate, timely product recommendations. In a much-discussed, […] The post New AI algorithm rec

Default ColorSpaces

Friday, December 08, 04:25 UTC @ Miguel de Icaza

Recently a user filed a bug where the same RGB color when converted into a UIColor, and later into CGColor is different that going from the RGB value to a CGColor directly on recent versions of iOS. You can see the difference here: What is happening here is tha

iPhone Models Dominate Flickr’s List of Most Popular Cameras in 2017

Thursday, December 07, 21:25 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch: This year, iPhone has scored the majority (54%) of usage on Flickr’s site, up from 47 percent of the top 100 in 2016, and 42 percent the year prior. The iPhone also passed Nikon to score the spot as the second-most popular camera back in 2014. Nikon was the third most popular brand with 18 percent in 2017, and Canon was number two, responsible for 23 percent of the top 100 devices. The iPhone is so popular as a camera

The Omni Show episode #4 with Andrea McVittie, Omni Slack Group

Thursday, December 07, 21:21 UTC @ inessential.com

Yesterday we published an episode with Andrea McVittie, User Experience Designer at The Omni Group. Andrea will brook nae interference with the puppies. Be nice! She also talks a bit about how design works at Omni and about design and ethics. After we posted the episode, she followed up with a tweet where she codifies her ethica

How to become a Time Lord

Thursday, December 07, 19:41 UTC @ x.ai

Becoming a Time Lord takes commitment and continual improvement, but if you’re willing to invest the effort you can do it. Here’s how you can set yourself down the Time Lord path. The post How to become a Time Lord appeared first on x.ai.

New in Highrise — our Small Business CRM

Thursday, December 07, 19:31 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Making interaction with AI systems more natural with textual grounding

Thursday, December 07, 17:33 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

In an upcoming oral presentation at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conference, our teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and IBM Research AI have proposed a new supervised learning algorithm to solve a well-known problem in AI called textual grounding. Imagine you wanted to ask someone to hand you an object. […] The post Making interaction with AI systems more

Wigner Crystals

Thursday, December 07, 16:41 UTC @ Azimuth

I’d like to explain a conjecture about Wigner crystals, which we came up with in a discussion on Google+. It’s a purely mathematical conjecture that’s pretty simple to state, motivated by the picture above. But let me start at the beginning. Electrons repel each other, so they don’t usually form crystals. But if you trap […]

Razor's Edge

Thursday, December 07, 15:21 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Informally the sensitivity conjecture asks whether every hard Boolean function has a razor's edge input, where flipping a random bit has a reasonable chance of flipping the output. Let's be more precise. We consider functions f mapping {0,1}n to {0,1}. For every input x, the decision tree complexity at x is the least number of bits of x you would need to query to decide whether the function outputs 0 or 1. The decision tree complexity of a function is the maximum d

TJBot goes digital, and more playground adventures

Thursday, December 07, 13:39 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Last November we introduced TJBot – an open source, programmable cardboard robot powered by Watson services – to help demonstrate what’s possible with artificial intelligence. Outfitted with a camera, microphone, speaker, servo and LED, TJBot has charmed makers, developers, students and creators of all ages.  The global community of TJBot enthusiasts continues to grow, as […] The post TJBot goes di

App Store Best of 2017

Thursday, December 07, 12:00 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

Congratulations to the developers featured in the App Store Best of 2017. This showcase honors our favorite apps and games on the App Store, and celebrates the amazing experiences that developers have created for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.See all the featured apps and games.

Evolution of a SaaS Marketing Team | Andrus Purde, Pipedrive | BoS Europe 2017

Thursday, December 07, 10:37 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Evolution of a SaaS Marketing Team People talk a lot about scaling SaaS, or scaling your hiring or culture. But what about marketing? How does your Marketing need to develop in line with the rest of the business? Andrus talks about the four distinct marketing stages your company will go through as it grows; and […] The post Evolution of a SaaS Marketin

Computational Complexity as a Law of Nature

Thursday, December 07, 06:28 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

I have to admit I know nothing about this topic, however, it is, as far as I can say, one of the weirdest and most interesting recent developments in physics. It is also closely linked to computer science. Yet, I don't see it discussed in programming community at all. The idea is that, somehow, nature may be fundamentally limited in its computational capacity. That, in other words, it's not possible to compute NP-complete problems in polynomial time and that the hurdle is

Amazon Prime Video Arrives on Apple TV

Thursday, December 07, 02:00 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Apple Newsroom: Starting today, customers around the world can access the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV to stream award-winning and critically acclaimed titles including Prime Original Series and Movies. Also starting this week, the Apple TV app — a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies — supports live sports, giving fans in the US a simple and seamless way to keep track of their favorite teams and g

Google’s AlphaZero Destroys Previously Top-Ranked Chess Computer in 100-Game Match

Thursday, December 07, 00:48 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Mike Klein, reporting for Chess.com: A little more than a year after AlphaGo sensationally won against the top Go player, the artificial-intelligence program AlphaZero has obliterated the highest-rated chess engine. Stockfish, which for most top players is their go-to preparation tool, and which won the 2016 TCEC Championship and the 2017 Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, didn’t stand a chance. AlphaZero won the closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and

Forecast: Podcast MP3 Chapter Encoder

Wednesday, December 06, 22:57 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Marco Arment has released a public beta of Forecast, a Mac app for podcast producers. Among a slew of other great features, Forecast is hands-down the best MP3 chapter editor I’ve seen. If you’ve noticed the chapter support in The Talk Show that started earlier this year, that’s thanks to Forecast. Forecast is free of charge, too. See also: Jason Snell’s review of For

Jason Snell on iOS Laptops

Wednesday, December 06, 22:57 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jason Snell, writing for Macworld: Which is why, when someone tells me that it’s stupid for there to be an iOS laptop because it wouldn’t run Xcode and couldn’t be used by professional developers or pro video editors or power users who have spent a decade building up productivity-boosting workflows based on macOS, I don’t have much of a response for them. The iBook wouldn’t be for those people. It would be for people who don’t need all of the features and flexibility that

HP and Asus Announce First Windows 10 ARM PCs, Due in Spring 2018

Wednesday, December 06, 20:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Peter Bright, writing for Ars Technica: This ability to upgrade is particularly important because the new Always Connected PCs are different from Microsoft’s previous Windows-on-ARM attempt, Windows RT. Windows RT was a version of Windows 8 for ARM processors, and it too could only run applications from what was then called the Windows Store. But Windows RT had two constraints not found on these new systems: there was no facility to unlock it, and run non-Store apps, and there w

FAQ for Product-Mode Thinking

Wednesday, December 06, 20:25 UTC @ Martin Fowler

Sriram has added a FAQ to address the common questions he runs into from people learning about using products rather than projects to organize software development efforts. more…

The Last Refuge of Cowards

Wednesday, December 06, 19:04 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

The talks and panel discussions from the 2018 Breakthrough Prize symposium are available via Facebook video. They ended with the following, from prize winner David Spergel: Well, alright, I’m going to say something that I probably shouldn’t say in Palo … Continue reading →

The future of hardware is AI

Wednesday, December 06, 19:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

AI workloads are different from the calculations most of our current computers are built to perform. AI implies prediction, inference, intuition. But the most creative machine learning algorithms are hamstrung by machines that can’t harness their power. Hence, if we’re to make great strides in AI, our hardware must change, too. Starting with GPUs, and […] The post The future of hardware is AI appe

Oath and Mozilla Are in a Legal Battle Over a Yahoo Search Deal

Wednesday, December 06, 17:57 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Kara Swisher: As I reported at the time, under terms of a contract, whoever acquired Yahoo was required to pay Mozilla annual payments of $375 million through 2019, even if it does not think the buyer was one it wanted to work with and walked away. It was Mayer who struck the deal in late 2014 to become the default search engine on the well-known Firefox browser in the U.S. M

Setting a new $17/m price for the Individual plan

Wednesday, December 06, 17:32 UTC @ x.ai

Today we’re launching lower prices for our AI scheduling assistants, Amy and Andrew Ingram. The post Setting a new $17/m price for the Individual plan appeared first on x.ai.

String Theory Fails Another Test

Wednesday, December 06, 16:33 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Back in 2004, the KITP put out a press release (which I wrote about in an early blog post here) announcing that “Newly Devised Test May Confirm Strings as Fundamental Constituent of Matter, Energy”. The press release announced that Polchinski … Continue reading →

Reducing discrimination in AI with new methodology

Wednesday, December 06, 16:28 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

I finally had a chance to watch Hidden Figures on my long journey to Sydney, where I co-organized the second annual ICML Workshop on Human Interpretability (WHI).  The film poignantly illustrates how discriminating by race and gender to limit access to employment and education is suboptimal for a society that wants to achieve greatness.  Some […] The post Reducing discrimination in AI with new m

Future-Proof Dependency Injection for Storyboard-Based View Controllers

Wednesday, December 06, 15:05 UTC @ Arek Holko

One of the issues introduced by storyboards is that they make it impossible to pass dependencies to view controllers in initializers. I proposed an API modification in past that would allow for exactly that, but alas, it doesn’t seem to be high on the priority list for UIKit. I recently came up with a new approach leveraging code generation which I’m excite

The cosmological constant is not the worst prediction ever. It’s not even a prediction.

Wednesday, December 06, 12:58 UTC @ Backreaction

Think fake news and echo chambers are a problem only in political discourse? Think again. You find many examples of myths and falsehoods on popular science pages. Most of them surround the hype of the day, but some of them have been repeated so often they now appear in papers, seminar slides, and textbooks. And many scientists, I have noticed with alarm, actually believe them. I can’t say

The cosmological constant is not the worst prediction ever. It’s not even a prediction.

Wednesday, December 06, 12:58 UTC @ Backreaction

Think fake news and echo chambers are a problem only in political discourse? Think again. You find many examples of myths and falsehoods on popular science pages. Most of them surround the hype of the day, but some of them have been repeated so often they now appear in papers, seminar slides, and textbooks. And many scientists, I have noticed with alarm, actually believe them. I can’t say

Painting With Microsoft Excel

Wednesday, December 06, 02:29 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Great find from Tina Roth Eisenberg: For over 15 years, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests with the most unlikely tool: Microsoft Excel. ★

Modern-Day Payola

Wednesday, December 06, 00:06 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jon Christian, reporting for The Outline: People involved with the payoffs are extremely reluctant to discuss them, but four contributing writers to prominent publications including Mashable, Inc, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur told me they have personally accepted payments in exchange for weaving promotional references to brands into their work on those sites. Two of the writers acknowledged they have taken part in the scheme for years, on behalf of many brands. Mario Ruiz, a spo

TurtleWare: McCLIM demo - St Nicolas Day present

Wednesday, December 06, 00:00 UTC @ Planet Lisp

One of the projects I work on is McCLIM which is a GUI toolkit tailored for Common Lisp. For a few weeks now I was thinking about recording a demo session which shows some random usage of this software. If you are interested to take time and watch it, it takes around 30 minutes. This is my first tutorial video recorded in the home, so I would appreciate any feedback with remarks what I did good and what I did wrong. Thank you and enjoy the video!

Google to Pull YouTube From Fire TV Over Spat With Amazon

Tuesday, December 05, 23:55 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: In an unusually frank statement, a Google spokesperson squarely blamed Amazon’s unwillingness to strike a business deal with Google for the step: ​“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services. But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some

Introducing Search Ads Basic

Tuesday, December 05, 23:30 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

Search Ads Basic is a new cost-per-install offering, ideal if you have limited time or expertise to promote your app. Put your app at the top of relevant search results on the App Store in the United States, with global expansion coming in fall 2018. Your first installs are free with a 100 USD credit.Learn more about Search Ads Basic.

iOS 11 Adoption Now at 59 Percent

Tuesday, December 05, 23:22 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Juli Clover, MacRumors: iOS 11 is now installed on 59 percent of iOS devices, according to new statistics Apple shared this week on its App Store support page for developers. That’s up from 52 percent on November 6, indicating iOS 11 adoption has grown just 7 percentage points over the course of the last month. iOS 11 adoption has been slower than iOS 10 adoption. Based on Apple’s official App Store number

iPhone X Charging Speeds Compared

Tuesday, December 05, 23:07 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Comprehensive testing from Juli Clover for MacRumors. Looks like the 7.5-watt contact charging (enabled by iOS 11.2) using the Belkin and Mophie charging pads is a nice improvement over 5-watt charging. ★

Safari Tab Search on the Mac

Tuesday, December 05, 21:53 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Gabe Weatherhead, writing at Macdrifter: Here’s a little Safari trick that is just gold. Hit Shift-⌘-\ to enter the Safari “Show all tabs” mode. From there it’s just a simple ⌘-F to search the open tabs. Notice that the search also covers tabs open on other devices too? Whoa, this is cool. Had no idea you could search in this mode. But there’s a huge shortcoming: it only searches the tabs in the current window. It se

Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C.

Tuesday, December 05, 20:51 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tariq Panja, reporting for The New York Times: Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show t

Wes Meltzer’s Review of MarsEdit 1.0 for ATPM

Tuesday, December 05, 20:50 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Wes Meltzer, in his MarsEdit 1.0 review back in January 2005: A brief historical diversion, if you will: going all the way back to LiveJournal clients, weblog editing clients have tended to be non-document-based, until quite recently. I used the original Windows LiveJournal client, which was modal way back when, and there weren’t a lot of alternatives. Sure, if you had a Radio blog, you had a document-based application — but the huge proliferation of blogs, as

Why Dictionary sometimes encodes itself as an array

Tuesday, December 05, 20:31 UTC @ Ole Begemann

This is a writeup of a Twitter conversation. You may have noticed that some dictionaries encode themselves as arrays in Swift’s Codable system — or more precisely, as

MarsEdit 4 and Try-Before-You-Buy on the Mac App Store

Tuesday, December 05, 20:09 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Daniel Jalkut: MarsEdit 4 also brings a new sales approach that aims to unify the trial, purchase, and upgrade experience between the Mac App Store and direct-licensed versions of the app. The app is free to download and can be used full-featured for a 14 day trial period. After the trial expires, all features of the app continue to work except for actions that update published content on the web. This ensures that all of MarsEdit’s powerful offline features, including downlo

MarsEdit 4.0

Tuesday, December 05, 20:08 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Major update to one of my very favorite and most-used apps. I’ve been using MarsEdit ever since it was first spun off from the built-in blog editor in NetNewsWire back in 2004. MarsEdit 4 is a terrific update — it both works and looks better than ever. The basic premise — a native Mac blog editor that follows the basic layout and structure of an email client — remains as sound today as it did 13 years ago. MarsEdi

Black Friday Marketing & Revenue Report

Tuesday, December 05, 18:00 UTC @ Dan Counsell

If you run a business that sells digital products, you should probably be taking part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Consumers are in the right mindset and actively looking for deals. If you’ve never put your products on sale during this period, you're missing out. Last year we

Planning is Guessing

Tuesday, December 05, 17:18 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

How dictionaries act as strong foundations for training AI systems

Tuesday, December 05, 15:46 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Similar to the way people consult dictionaries to define the meaning and context of words, artificial intelligence (AI) systems rely on good quality entity dictionaries or, more importantly, being able to build up-to-date ones for any given concept. In fact, in many Information Extraction (IE) tasks, a powerful building block for any sophisticated extraction is […] The post How dictionaries

Publishing in The Lancet’s EBioMedicine: New research in AI pushes frontiers in epileptic seizure prediction

Tuesday, December 05, 14:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Today, The Lancet’s EBioMedicine journal will publish a study led by scientists from IBM Research-Australia and the University of Melbourne marking important progress in personalized seizure forecasting with AI. The findings, described in a paper titled ‘Epileptic Seizure Prediction using Big Data and Deep Learning: Toward a Mobile System,’ present new results in epileptic seizure […] The post

Moment generating functions and connections to other things

Tuesday, December 05, 12:25 UTC @ John D. Cook

This post relates moment generating functions to the Laplace transform and to exponential generating functions. It also brings in connections to the z-transform and the Fourier transform. Thanks to Brian Borchers who suggested the subject of this post in a comment on a previous post on transforms and convolutions. Moment generating functions The moment generating function (MGF) of […]

Operational Excellence in April Fools' Pranks

Tuesday, December 05, 11:22 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Successful pranks require care and planning. Write a design proposal and a project plan. Involve operations early. If this is a technical change to your website, perform load testing, preferably including a "dark launch" or hidden launch test. Hide the prank behind a feature flag rather than requiring a new software release. Perform a retrospective and publish the results widely. Remember that some of the best pranks require little or no technical changes at all. For example, one could simply summarize the

This Week in Rust 211

Tuesday, December 05, 05:00 UTC @ This Week in Rust

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved?

Shannon wavelet

Tuesday, December 05, 04:45 UTC @ John D. Cook

The Shannon wavelet has an interesting plot: Given the complexity of the plot, the function definition is surprisingly simple: The Fourier transform is even simpler: it’s the indicator function of [-2π, -π] ∪ [π, 2π], i.e. the function that is 1 on the intervals [-2π, -π] and [π, 2π] but zero everywhere else. The Shannon […]

Fireside chat with Simons Inst Director Dick Karp

Tuesday, December 05, 04:00 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Fireside chat with Dick Karp Above link is Samir Khuller interviewing Dick Karp, though its labelled as a fireside chat with Dick Karp. Very interesting to hear how TCS has evolved. More generally its good to know where you've come from to have a better idea of where you're going. bill g.

[Sponsor] Doxie: Scan Anywhere, 30% Off For DF Readers

Tuesday, December 05, 02:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Doxie mobile scanners produce reliable and high-quality scans of all your paper. Whether you’re trying to go (or stay) paperless, Doxie connects your physical paper to your digital world. Truth be told, going paperless is a lot easier than you might think. But we get it, maybe you’re scared that having a scanner’s going to suck (because those antiquated computer-driven scanners of the past sure did!). Or that the software’s going to be crappy (ours

Nick Heer on the Deregulation of ISPs

Tuesday, December 05, 01:54 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Nick Heer wrote a terrific response to Ben Thompson on the FCC’s move to overturn Obama era net neutrality regulations: Even if you believe that the American broadband market is sufficiently competitive — it isn’t — that ISPs can be trusted to not discriminate against some forms of traffic once given the freedom to — doubtful — and that existing regulatory structures will allow any problems to be fixed on a case-by-case basis, it still seems far more ef

Where Is Amazon’s Prime Video App for Apple TV?

Tuesday, December 05, 00:49 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge: “Amazon is coming to the TV app and all Apple TVs later this year with Amazon Prime Video,” Cook said at Apple’s WWDC keynote, before rattling off a string of original Amazon shows including Mozart in the Jungle, Man in the High Castle, and Transparent. Tomorrow will mark six months since that news. There has to be a good story here, but no one seems to know it. Josh Centers checked with Amazon PR, and

Text Replacements Now Sync Reliably Between Macs and iOS Devices Via CloudKit

Tuesday, December 05, 00:09 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Remember back in September, when Brian Stucki dove deep into an investigation of why text replacements didn’t sync reliably between iOS devices and Macs? I was told the next day by an Apple spokesperson that an update that moves text replacement syncing to CloudKit should be rolling out to iOS 11 and MacOS 10.13 High Sier

Introducing Swift Talk Collections

Tuesday, December 05, 00:00 UTC @ objc.io

Dear all, With the annual Swift migration behind us, we’d like to take a moment to introduce something new: Collections, a beautifully designed way to browse our weekly Swift Talk episodes. Curated around topics, each Collection acts as a series, threading together related episodes. Perhaps you’d like to know more about

Seven Deadly Signs That Your Software Project is in Hell

Tuesday, December 05, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

It takes the creative resources of an entire organization to ship a successful software product. Marketing, design, infrastructure and engineers must all come together in a technical ballet of brilliance and coordination. Proper organization of all these people and processes is not a solved formula. There is no development methodology that ensures success 100% of the time. Knowing this, what are some warning signs that things may not be going according to plan? There is no

Quicklisp news: November 2017 Quicklisp download stats

Monday, December 04, 20:27 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Here are the raw download counts for the top 100 projects in Quicklisp for November: 16654 alexandria 14200 closer-mop 13130 split-sequence 12669 cl-ppcre 12667 anaphora 12397 babel 1

Quicklisp news: November 2017 Quicklisp dist update now available

Monday, December 04, 20:23 UTC @ Planet Lisp

New projects: cacle — Extensible cache services for Common Lisp — MITccl-compat — Clozure CL compatibility module — LLGPLccldoc — create lisp documentation using s-expressions — Apache License 2.0chancery — A library for procedur

Inadequate Equilibria

Monday, December 04, 16:52 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

When I was an adolescent, maybe 18 years old, I was hit over the head with the realization that we have no say in our survival as species. Evolution is going to progress in a way that maximizes multiplication and our beliefs, our cleverness, our science, our will to sacrifice personal wellbeing to the benefit of all is not going to change that a bit. I was never able to communicate the horror of being at the mercy of cold and uncaring, non-sentient in fact, forces of natu

IBM scientists demonstrate 10x faster large-scale machine learning using GPUs

Monday, December 04, 16:24 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Together with EPFL scientists, our IBM Research team has developed a scheme for training big data sets quickly. It can process a 30 Gigabyte training dataset in less than one minute using a single graphics processing unit (GPU) — a 10× speedup over existing methods for limited memory training. The results, which efficiently utilize the […] The post IBM scientists demonstrate 10x faster large-scale ma

Using Neural Networks to Predict Outcomes of Organic Chemistry

Monday, December 04, 16:23 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

For more than 200 years, the synthesis of organic molecules has remained one of the most important tasks in organic chemistry. The work of chemists has scientific and commercial implications that range from the production of Aspirin to that of Nylon. Yet, little has been done to change age-old practices dramatically and allow a new […] The post Using Neural Networks to Predict Outcomes of O

Using Tally

Monday, December 04, 14:01 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I was recently asked on Twitter for practical examples of how I use Tally, made by Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise. My response is way too long, even for the new 280-character limit, though, so I thought I’d write it up here. Note: This is not a paid endorsement.

Helping AI master video understanding

Monday, December 04, 04:58 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

I am part of the team at the MIT IBM Watson AI Lab that is carrying out fundamental AI research to push the frontiers of core technologies that will advance the state-of-the-art in AI video comprehension. This is just one example of joint research we’re pursuing together to produce innovations in AI technology that solve […] The post Helping AI master video understanding appeared first on

Transforms and Convolutions

Monday, December 04, 00:55 UTC @ John D. Cook

There are many theorems of the form where f and g are functions, T is an integral transform, and * is a kind of convolution. In words, the transform of a convolution is the product of transforms. When the transformation changes, the notion of convolution changes. Here are three examples. Fourier transform and convolution With the Fourier transform […]

Scientific Controversy No. 13

Saturday, December 02, 21:33 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

I made the mistake yesterday evening of spending it out in Red Hook, at an event billed as addressing the scientific controversy over string theory. The venue was an arts space called Pioneer Works, the brain-child of artist Dustin Yellin … Continue reading →

Developer Review: 2017 MacBook 12

Saturday, December 02, 06:51 UTC @ Cocoa Is My Girlfriend

After much consideration and review, I recently purchased a 2017 MacBook. No, not a MacBook Pro 13 or 15. I purchased the 12 inch MacBook. The small laptop that people say over and over again cannot be used for development. This is a living review of that MacBook as used by a macOS/iOS developer. How […]

Suicide by Culture

Saturday, December 02, 06:33 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

At the end of 1950's my great-grandmother was the last inhabitant of the family farm. One day she locked the door and went away never to return. When we visited the place couple of years ago, the easiest way to get there was to drive to the closest village, then proceed by foot. We had to pass through some fields, then through a forest. Finally, we've descended into a swampy gorge overgrown with vegetation. The path was barely passable. Blackberries and nettles were growing ever

64-bit Requirement for Mac Apps

Friday, December 01, 21:30 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

As a reminder, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit starting January 2018, and Mac app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit starting June 2018. If you distribute your apps outside the Mac App Store, we highly recommend distributing 64-bit binaries to make sure your users can continue to run your apps on future versions of macOS. The last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise is macOS High Sierra.Learn more about distributing Mac apps.

IBM Research showcases AI advances @ NIPS 2017

Friday, December 01, 21:28 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

At the 2017 NIPS conference in Long Beach, CA, IBM will showcase new advances from its AI research team via technical papers as well as results from the company’s ongoing collaboration with academic institutions through the MIT IBM Watson AI Lab and the AI Horizons Network. IBM and MIT scientists will unveil and publish a […] The post IBM Research showcases AI advances @ NIPS 2017 appeared

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Friday, December 01, 21:04 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

There’s a very intriguing new article out today by Kevin Hartnett at Quanta magazine, entitled Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics (also a video here). It’s about ideas relating number theory and physics from arithmetic geometer Minhyong Kim. … Continue reading →

/u/matthieum on The main selling point of rust is this (and got to code rust at work)

Friday, December 01, 20:43 UTC @ gilded : rust

Note for future readers: if like me you ponder for a while what "tolls" Rust imposes that other languages don't... read it as "tools" and it'll all become much clearer! So... today a coworker and I decided to track down why, in our C++ codebase, for some reason, an IP address was appearing in our logs instead of the business unit that it should have been (an optional property). The first and most obvious issue would h

Brand-new TED Talks from TEDWomen 2017: A note from the curator

Friday, December 01, 20:06 UTC @ TED Blog

This year’s TEDWomen in New Orleans was a truly special conference, at a vital moment, and I’m sure the ripples will be felt for a long time to come. The theme this year was bridges: we build them, we cross them, sometimes we even burn them. Our speakers talked about the physical bridges we need […]

Member of the Band – Alan Wong .NET Developer

Friday, December 01, 17:41 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our […] The post Member of the Band – Alan Wong .NET Developer appeared first on

Breakthroughs: The talks of TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Friday, December 01, 01:12 UTC @ TED Blog

Humanity is defined by its immense body of knowledge. Most times it inches forward, shedding light onto the mysteries of the universe and easing life’s endeavors in small increments. But in some special moments, knowledge and understanding leap forward, when one concentrated mind or one crucial discovery redirects the course of things and changes the […]

If science is what scientists do, what happens if scientists stop doing science?

Thursday, November 30, 17:39 UTC @ Backreaction

“Is this still science?” has become a recurring question in the foundations of physics. Whether it’s the multiverse, string theory, supersymmetry, or inflation, concerns abound that theoreticians have crossed a line. Science writer Jim Baggott called the new genre “fairy-tale science.” Historian Helge Kragh coined the term “higher speculations,” and Peter Woit, more recently, suggested the

If science is what scientists do, what happens if scientists stop doing science?

Thursday, November 30, 17:39 UTC @ Backreaction

“Is this still science?” has become a recurring question in the foundations of physics. Whether it’s the multiverse, string theory, supersymmetry, or inflation, concerns abound that theoreticians have crossed a line. Science writer Jim Baggott called the new genre “fairy-tale science.” Historian Helge Kragh coined the term “higher speculations,” and Peter Woit, more recently, suggested the

Goodbye Macbook, Hello iPad Pro

Thursday, November 30, 17:13 UTC @ tecosystems

Six months ago after my laptop’s logic board ate itself, I used the opportunity to experiment with trading a laptop for tablet as a primary travel machine. Specifically, I substituted a 9.7″ iPad Pro for my usual 12″ MacBook on a trip. That test, while brief, went quite a bit better than I expected. When

Goodbye Macbook, Hello iPad Pro

Thursday, November 30, 17:13 UTC @ tecosystems

Six months ago after my laptop’s logic board ate itself, I used the opportunity to experiment with trading a laptop for tablet as a primary travel machine. Specifically, I substituted a 9.7″ iPad Pro for my usual 12″ MacBook on a trip. That test, while brief, went quite a bit better than I expected. When

Dysfunctional Teams and The Wisdom of Ants | Kirsten Butzow, Pragmatic Marketing | BoS Europe 2017

Thursday, November 30, 14:44 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Kirsten Butzow, VP Product Management & Marketing, Pragmatic Marketing No matter what size your organisation, you have almost certainly worked in a team that doesn’t work as effectively as it could. As organisations grow more complex, the problems increase in size and complexity exponentially. Kirsten describes some of the most dysfunctional teams she has worked […] The post

Kolmogorov Complexity and the Primes

Thursday, November 30, 12:35 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Bill's post on how to derive the non-finiteness of the primes from Van der Waerden's theorem reminds me of a nice proof using Kolmogorov complexity. A quick primer: Fixed some universal programming language. Let C(x), the Kolmogorov complexity of x, be the length of the smallest program that outputs x. One can show by a simple counting argument for every n there is an x such that C(x) ≥ n. We c

★ High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple’s Support Forums Two Weeks Ago

Wednesday, November 29, 23:14 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Yesterday’s widely publicized root login exploit on MacOS 10.13 High Sierra was floating around web forums, under the radar, for at least a few weeks.

Gamma function partial sums

Wednesday, November 29, 15:26 UTC @ John D. Cook

Last week I wrote about Jentzsch’s theorem. It says that if the power series of function has a finite radius of convergence, the set of zeros of the partial sums of the series will cluster around and fill in the boundary of convergence. This post will look at the power series for the gamma function […]

How to get a speaking slot at Business of Software Conference

Wednesday, November 29, 13:59 UTC @ Business of Software USA

How to get a speaking slot at a Business of Software Conference. While every event has different criteria and some conferences can have hundreds of speakers(!) every conference has some sort of framework to assess potential speakers and their fit with the event they are running. Business of Software Conference is a little unusual – […] The post How to get a spea

FreeBSD-SA-17:11.openssl

Wednesday, November 29, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

A Physicist’s Physicist Ponders the Nature of Reality

Tuesday, November 28, 18:02 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Quanta magazine has an interesting new piece up, an interview of Witten by Natalie Wolchover. One topic covered in the interview is the question discussed in a recent posting, that of whether a different formulation of QFT exists, one not … Continue reading →

Hour of Code

Tuesday, November 28, 18:00 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

Apple celebrates Computer Science Education Week from December 4 to 10 with fun and engaging challenges in Swift Playgrounds on iPad. You can learn coding basics with Byte and friends or get creative using Swift code to build The Incredible Code Machine. Host your own Hour of Code event by downloading the facilitator guide or sign up for a coding session at your local Apple Store with Today at Apple.The Hour of Code is an initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of s

iTunes Connect Holiday Schedule

Tuesday, November 28, 18:00 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.With the new App Store on iOS 11, you can let customers know about promotions, upcoming features, and events within your app at any time using the promotional text field.

Challenges of Product-mode

Tuesday, November 28, 14:44 UTC @ Martin Fowler

Sriram concludes his discussion of product-mode thinking by looking the challenges faced by this approach, facing concerns over staff utilization and formation of silos. He also reviews how teams often organize into business and infrastructure tiers. more…

How to Mock Standalone Functions …Without Changing the Call Sites

Tuesday, November 28, 13:45 UTC @ Quality Coding

We’ve looked at ways to mock methods in Swift. But what about standalone functions? Is there a way to mock them as well? Yes! Not only can we mock Swift standalone functions, but we can do it without changing the call sites. Methods vs. standalone functions Methods are functions associated with a type. Mock the […]

Bitcoin's Underlying Incentives

Tuesday, November 28, 12:06 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Incentives are crucial for the Bitcoin protocol's security and effectively drive its daily operation. Miners go to extreme lengths to maximize their revenue and often find creative ways to do so that are sometimes at odds with the protocol. Cryptocurrency protocols should be placed on stronger foundations of incentives. There are many areas left to improve, ranging from the very basics of mining rewards and how they interact with the consensus mechanism, through the rewards in mining pools, and all the way

This Week in Rust 210

Tuesday, November 28, 05:00 UTC @ This Week in Rust

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved?

Hypergeometric functions are key

Tuesday, November 28, 01:01 UTC @ John D. Cook

From Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions by Richard Askey: At first the results we needed were in the literature but after a while we ran out of known results and had to learn something about special functions. This was a very unsettling experience for there were very few places to go to really learn about […]

Van der Waerden's theorem implies the infinitude of the primes

Monday, November 27, 18:18 UTC @ Computational Complexity

(Sam Buss and Denis Hirschfeld helped me on this post.) I was reading the table of contents of the American Math Monthly and saw an article by Levent Alpoge entitled Van der Waerden and the primes in which he showed from VDW's theorem that the set of primes is infinite. The article is here and here

Strings in Swift 4

Monday, November 27, 15:48 UTC @ Ole Begemann

This is an excerpt from the Strings chapter in our book Advanced Swift. The new edition, revised and extended for Swift 4, is out now. All modern programming languages have support for Unicode strings, but that often only means that the native string type can store Unicode data — it’s not a promise that simple operations like getting the length of a string will return “sensible” results. In

A New Podcast About Realmac

Monday, November 27, 14:42 UTC @ Dan Counsell

My brother Ben and I have started a new podcast. It's called The Realmac Show. It's a lighthearted chat about Realmac, technology, and alternative health. Yo

URLSession Waiting For Connectivity

Monday, November 27, 11:23 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

If you use URLSession to start a task with iOS 10 and the network is not available the connection fails at once with an error. There was a small change in iOS 11 that means you can now tell your URLSession to wait until network connectivity is available before trying the connection. Configuring The Session To configure a session to wait for connectivity set the waitsForConnectivity boolean to true when cre

Proving Peano Arithmetic Partially Consistent?

Monday, November 27, 05:51 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

An approach to consistency that could work… Kurt Gödel is feeling bored. Not quite in our English sense of “bored”: German has a word Weltschmerz meaning “world-weariness.” In Kurt’s case it’s Überweltschmerz. We have tried for over a month to get him to do another interview like several times before, but he keeps saying there’s […]

A Universal Snake-like Continuum

Monday, November 27, 00:11 UTC @ Azimuth

It sounds like jargon from a bad episode of Star Trek. But it’s a real thing. It’s a monstrous object that lives in the plane, but is impossible to draw. Do you want to see how snake-like it is? Okay, but beware… this video clip is a warning: This snake-like monster is also called the […]

Astrophysicist discovers yet another way to screw yourself over when modifying Einstein’s theory

Sunday, November 26, 07:53 UTC @ Backreaction

Several people have informed me that phys.org has once again uncritically promoted a questionable paper, in this case by André Maeder from UNIGE. This story goes back to a press release by the author’s home institution and has since been hyped by a variety of other low-quality outlets. From what I gather from Maeder’s list of publications, he’s an astrophysicist who recently had the idea to

Astrophysicist discovers yet another way to screw yourself over when modifying Einstein’s theory

Sunday, November 26, 07:53 UTC @ Backreaction

Several people have informed me that phys.org has once again uncritically promoted a questionable paper, in this case by André Maeder from UNIGE. This story goes back to a press release by the author’s home institution and has since been hyped by a variety of other low-quality outlets. From what I gather from Maeder’s list of publications, he’s an astrophysicist who recently had the idea to

In pursuit of Otama's tone

Saturday, November 25, 14:03 UTC @ absorptions

It would be fun to use the Otamatone in a musical piece. But for someone used to keyboard instruments it's not so easy to play cleanly. It has a touch-sensitive (resistive) slider that spans roughly two octaves in just 14 centimeters, which makes it very sensitive to finger placement. And in any case, I'd just like to have a programmable virtual instrument that sounds like the Otamatone. What options do we have, as hackers? Of course the slider could be replaced with a MIDI interface, so t

«Vida bajo la luz cenicienta» en el Cuaderno de Cultura Científica

Saturday, November 25, 11:00 UTC @ brucknerite

Auguste Comte, filósofo augusto no solo de nombre y padre del positivismo, figura inscrito con letras de oro en el panteón de Patinazos Épicos de la Historia gracias a esta lapidaria sentencia con la que —prácticamente— abrió en 1835 el segundo tomo de su Curso de Filosofía Positiva: […] Mientras escribía el pasado mes de … Continúa leyendo

Theorists Without a Theory

Friday, November 24, 19:53 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

I had been intending to write something here on the blog about this essay by George Ellis, so when I was contacted by someone at Inference about writing a letter in response, I did so for publication there. It has … Continue reading →

Distribution of Fibonacci numbers mod m

Friday, November 24, 14:23 UTC @ John D. Cook

The last digits of Fibonacci numbers repeat with period 60. This is something I’ve written about before. The 61st Fibonacci number is 2504730781961. The 62nd is 4052739537881. Since these end in 1 and 1, the 63rd Fibonacci number must end in 2, etc. and so the pattern starts over. It’s not obvious that the cycle should […]

Advanced Swift, third edition

Thursday, November 23, 19:03 UTC @ Ole Begemann

Today we’re releasing the third edition of our book Advanced Swift, updated for Swift 4. Advanced Swift is the book for people who have read Apple

On Keyboard Placement

Thursday, November 23, 17:58 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I’ve seen a number of complaints about the iPhone X keyboard implementation. “So much wasted space.” “They should put the spacebar down at the bottom, where it always was.” “They should fill that space under the spacebar with emoji buttons.” And so on. All of these suggestions strike me

Thanksgiving Stuffing and Addressing the Concerns of Future Food Security

Thursday, November 23, 13:58 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Today my American friends in the United States and across the global diaspora will enjoy Thanksgiving. Part of this festivity is the annual feast with family members, which traditionally includes turkey, vegetables, and many wheat-based products including buttermilk biscuits, pies and my favourite, stuffing. While we enjoy the variety of delicious food available to us, […] The post

Debunking Product Platitudes | Scott Eblen, Twitter | BoS Europe 2017

Thursday, November 23, 09:43 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Scott Eblen, Director of Product Management, Twitter Scott shows why successful product management requires a degree of lateral thinking and a willingness to challenge or ignore conventional ‘wisdom’. Drawing on his experiences at Google, Nutmeg and Twitter, he will talk about how some of the most successful products are developed from a place where orthodox thinking is abandoned. […] The post

Lispjobs: Lisp Engineer, MIND.AI, Seoul, Korea & L.A, USA

Thursday, November 23, 02:50 UTC @ Planet Lisp

MIND.AI (http://... is working on a brand new paradigm in artificial intelligence. We are looking to innovate REAL AI. Not just natural language processing but Natural Language Reasoning. We need versatile talents who are interested in changing the world. This is not deep learning but something totally new. And we need people with open and creative minds. Artificial intelligence in a brand new paradigm. NOT deep learning/neural networks, but know

Swift 4 Book Updates + Discount!

Thursday, November 23, 00:00 UTC @ objc.io

Dear all, We’ve just released the Swift 4 updates for all of our books, and they’re free for existing eBook customers! To celebrate the release, all eBooks and eBook bundles are 25% off until Monday. Best from Berlin, Chris & Florian

The Omni Show Episode #3 with Brian Covey, Support Manager

Wednesday, November 22, 21:01 UTC @ inessential.com

New episode is up! Brian is the Support Manager at The Omni Group, and he has a bunch to say about how support — and the Support Humans — work at Omni, including how they’re involved with product decisions, and how we came to offer phone support. DVD extras content: a video from 2006 of Brian doing the worm. Unmissable.

The Golden Ratio and the Entropy of Braids

Wednesday, November 22, 16:04 UTC @ Azimuth

Here’s a cute connection between topological entropy, braids, and the golden ratio. I learned about it in this paper: • Jean-Luc Thiffeault and Matthew D. Finn, Topology, braids, and mixing in fluids. Topological entropy I’ve talked a lot about entropy on this blog, but not much about topological entropy. This is a way to define […]

How do you prove that Earth is older than 10,000 years?

Wednesday, November 22, 15:55 UTC @ Backreaction

Mesosaurus fossil. Probably dating back to the early Permian Period, roughly 300 million years ago. [Image source] Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago. The first primitive forms of life appeared about 4 billion years ago. Natural selection did the rest, giving rise to species increasingly better adapted to their environment. Evidence, as they say, is overwhelming. Or is it?

How do you prove that Earth is older than 10,000 years?

Wednesday, November 22, 15:55 UTC @ Backreaction

Mesosaurus fossil. Probably dating back to the early Permian Period, roughly 300 million years ago. [Image source] Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago. The first primitive forms of life appeared about 4 billion years ago. Natural selection did the rest, giving rise to species increasingly better adapted to their environment. Evidence, as they say, is overwhelming. Or is it?

2016 Lightning Talks

Wednesday, November 22, 14:17 UTC @ Business of Software USA

One of our favourite parts of BoS Conferences is the Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks are short, 7.5 minute presentations on anything tech-related with a strict set of rules: 15 slides 30 seconds per slide (they advance automatically) A simple formula, you might think. But to be informative, entertaining, and concise in such a short amount […] The post 2016 Lightning Talks appeared first on

Tradeoffs of Using Mobile Frameworks like React Native for Mobile Development Projects

Tuesday, November 21, 19:09 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

One of the real challenges of mobile development projects is that most applications need to be developed for both IOS and Android. Java is used for Android, Swift and Objective-C are used for iOS. When time and money aren’t a factor, using native mobile application development delivers some real benefits. Native development makes it easy […] The post Trade

A circle of zeros: Jentzsch’s theorem

Tuesday, November 21, 15:10 UTC @ John D. Cook

Take a function that has a power series with a finite radius of convergence. Then the zeros of the partial sums will be dense around the boundary of convergence. That is Jentzsch’s theorem. Here are a couple plots to visualize Jentzsch’s theorem using the plotting scheme described in this post. First, we take the function f(z) […]

Low Hanging Fruit of Programming Language Design

Tuesday, November 21, 10:43 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

Recently, I've read a paper about code duplication. The authors analyzed GitHub repositiories for duplicate code. They've found an unexpectedly high amount of code duplication. In their own words: This paper analyzes a corpus of 4.5 million non-fork projects hosted on GitHub representing over 428 million files written in Java, C++, Python, and JavaScript. We found that this corpus has a mere 85 million uniq

Mono's TLS 1.2 Update

Tuesday, November 21, 08:34 UTC @ Miguel de Icaza

Just wanted to close the chapter on Mono's TLS 1.2 support which I blogged about more than a year ago. At the time, I shared the plans that we had for upgrading the support for TLS 1.2. We released that code in Mono 4.8.0 in February of 2017 which used the BoringSSL stack on Linux and Apple's TLS stack on Xamarin.{Mac,iOS,tvOS,watchOS}.

This Week in Rust 209

Tuesday, November 21, 05:00 UTC @ This Week in Rust

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust or send us a pull request. Want to get involved?

A Magic Madison Visit

Tuesday, November 21, 04:59 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

To give a Hilldale Lecture and learn about fairness and dichotomies UB CSE50 anniversary source Jin-Yi Cai was kind enough to help get me, Dick, invited last month to give the Hilldale Lecture in the Physical Sciences for 2017-2018. These lectures are held at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and are supported by the Hilldale Foundation. […]

Orthogonal polynomials and the beta distribution

Tuesday, November 21, 04:44 UTC @ John D. Cook

This post shows a connection between three families of orthogonal polynomials—Legendre, Chebyshev, and Jacobi—and the beta distribution. Legendre, Chebyshev, and Jacobi polynomials A family of polynomials Pk is orthogonal over the interval [-1, 1] with respect to a weight w(x) if whenever m ≠ n. If w(x) = 1, we get the Legendre polynomials. If w(x) = (1 […]

Various Physics News

Monday, November 20, 16:56 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

First, two local events, involving well-known physics bloggers: Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending an event at NYU featuring Sabine Hossenfelder and Natalie Wolchover in conversation. You can watch this for yourself here. If you’re not following Hossenfelder … Continue reading →

Swift Codable With Custom Dates

Monday, November 20, 15:02 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

How do you decode a JSON feed that has several custom date formats? If you are lucky using a dateDecodingStrategy might be enough. Unfortunately it has limited support for the .iso8601 format and you can only set one strategy at a time so it does not help when you have two or more different date formats. An Example From The iTunes RSS Generator I am using the iTu

Benefits of Product-mode

Monday, November 20, 14:45 UTC @ Martin Fowler

Sriram continues his examination of why products are better than projects by looking into the benefits of product-mode thinking. With products you can quickly change direction and have faster cycles to get ideas into production - which are the consequences of truly iterative development. Product teams' more stable team members result in better knowledge retention and more architectural integrit

Speed of change: The talks of TEDNYC x BMW i

Monday, November 20, 13:54 UTC @ TED Blog

The speed of change is a constant in our lives. Sometimes it’s worth slowing things down, to look at what might be changing without us even considering it. To celebrate the efforts of innovators, change-makers and dreamers who are reimagining the future, TED has partnered with BMW i. In a special session of talks hosted by TED […]

The Grad Student Tax

Monday, November 20, 13:15 UTC @ Computational Complexity

By now as you've read from Luca or Scott or PhD Comics or a variety of other sources on the dangerous changes to the tax code that passed the US House of Representatives last week. Among a number of university unfriendly policies, the tax code will eliminate the tax exemption for graduate

Type-safe Parsing of JSON without any Reflection

Monday, November 20, 12:33 UTC @ APIDesign - Blogs

In need of compiling Java ahead-of-time? See jsonparse example showing a Maven project that can turn your Java code into self-contained, small (less than 5M) and effective code suitable for your microservice or lamda as a service setups.

Regolito

Monday, November 20, 11:00 UTC @ brucknerite

—Bitácora, anota: estoy a un kilómetro de Dieciséis. Me acerco desde el este siguiendo la ruta autorizada. Acabo de dejar el rover en el punto C. Veo la pequeña cadena de las Smoky al norte y la montaña Stone al sur. Me guiaré por ellas. —Bitácora, anota: he andado unos seiscientos metros. Debo estar cerca, … Continúa leyendo Regolito

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Sunday, November 19, 20:14 UTC @ Martin Fowler

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Runge phenomena

Saturday, November 18, 19:03 UTC @ John D. Cook

I’ve mentioned the Runge phenomenon in a couple posts before. Here I’m going to go into a little more detail. First of all, the “Runge” here is Carl David Tolmé Runge, better known for the Runge-Kutta algorithm for numerically solving differential equations. His name rhymes with cowabunga, not with sponge. Runge showed that polynomial interpolation […]

Remote Messaging in Fin 4.3

Saturday, November 18, 15:28 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I’ll be honest: when I added remote connectivity to Fin in version 4, I wasn’t sure how many people would actually use the feature. I just thought it would be a cool thing to have, and I wanted to learn how to work with Apple’s MultipeerConnectivity APIs.

It’s Nov. 18. Can we make jokes about Mugabe yet?

Saturday, November 18, 13:53 UTC @ TED Blog

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube writes: If you are about to watch my TED Talk, then you are watching the first one to have an expiry date. You see, when I went onto the red dot I was afraid, I was petrified — and this was not because of an ’80s tune or the fear of […]

TED’s response to claims of sexual harassment 

Saturday, November 18, 01:06 UTC @ TED Blog

We believe in ideas worth spreading. One of those ideas is that all humans are entitled to equal consideration and respect. The Washington Post recently reported that TED has grappled with sexual harassment at its conferences and in the workplace. We would like to address that article here. At the TED2017 conference in Vancouver, we were […]

IBM scientists demo social simulator

Friday, November 17, 16:53 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Real life is taking a step closer to The Sims video game series. This week at SuperComputing 17 in Denver, Colorado, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is introducing series of demos, including new research from IBM scientists in Japan which can simulate social situations such as shopping at the mall or an emergency […] The post IBM scientists demo social simulator appeared first on

Twenty questions and conditional probability

Friday, November 17, 00:24 UTC @ John D. Cook

The previous post compared bits of information to answers in a game of Twenty Questions. The optimal strategy for playing Twenty Questions is for each question to split the remaining possibilities in half. There are a couple ways to justify this strategy: mixmax and average. The minmax approach is to minimize the worse thing that […]

Update Your watchOS Apps

Thursday, November 16, 21:00 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

Enable your watchOS apps to connect anywhere and anytime, even without a phone nearby, by updating for watchOS 4 and Apple Watch Series 3. Take advantage of increased performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories with Core Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 MB to 75 MB.Please note that starting April 1, 2018, updates to watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accept

Handedness, introversion, height, blood type, and PII

Thursday, November 16, 20:08 UTC @ John D. Cook

I’ve had data privacy on my mind a lot lately because I’ve been doing some consulting projects in that arena. When I saw a tweet from Tim Hopper a little while ago, my first thought was “How many bits of PII is that?”. [1] π Things Only Left Handed Introverts Over 6′ 5″ with O+ […]

Breakthrough Prize 2018

Thursday, November 16, 20:07 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

The Breakthrough Prizes for 2018 will be awarded at a ceremony on December 3, I believe at the usual NASA Hangar 1 in Mountain View. The next day Stanford will host the 2018 Breakthrough Prize symposium, which one will be … Continue reading →

Automated knowledge base construction solution wins at ISWC 2017

Thursday, November 16, 18:34 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Automated knowledge base construction is a long-standing challenge in AI. The goal is to abstract concise representations from various sources of knowledge, such as unstructured documents, web data and knowledge bases. The outcome is a knowledge graph that can be used to enhance downstream applications like search engines and business analytics. Highly accurate and extensive […] The post

Notchless iPhone X Wallpaper

Thursday, November 16, 18:10 UTC @ Dan Counsell

Some people love the notch, and some people hate it. Personally, I don't mind it, but I do think the iPhone X would look better without it. Using a customised wallpaper is one easy way to hide the notch when glancing at your phone. Early this week @xtianmiller and @boris_

Pareto distribution and Benford’s law

Thursday, November 16, 18:03 UTC @ John D. Cook

The Pareto probability distribution has density for x ≥ 1 where a > 0 is a shape parameter. The Pareto distribution and the Pareto principle (i.e. “80-20” rule) are named after the same person, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. Samples from a Pareto distribution obey Benford’s law in the limit as the parameter a goes to […]

A Tale of Three Rankings

Thursday, November 16, 13:42 UTC @ Computational Complexity

In the Spring of 2018 the US News and World Report should release their latest rankings of US graduate science programs including computer science. These are the most cited of the deluge of computer science rankings we see out there. The US News rankings have a long history and since they are reputation based they roughly correspond to how we see CS departments though some argue that reputation changes s

Products Over Projects

Thursday, November 16, 13:19 UTC @ Martin Fowler

For a long time, my colleagues and I have been arguing the organizations need to organize their software efforts as products rather than projects. But we haven't really come up with a great way to articulate what we see as the difference. Finally my colleague Sriram Narayam has stepped up to fill in the gap with a long-form article here. In the first installment, h

The Agony and Ecstasy of Selling My Business| Jason Eckenroth, ShipCompliant | BoS Europe 2017

Thursday, November 16, 09:18 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Jason Eckenroth, Founder, ShipCompliant Jason shared some of the things he did to make ShipCompliant the successful business that it is. More importantly, he’ll talk about the mistakes he made in selling and what he wished he had realised before he did. He believes ‘Exit by acquisition’ should not be the only manifestation of success […] The post

/u/Quxxy on Looking for a good HTTP library like.

Thursday, November 16, 04:26 UTC @ gilded : rust

The old man paused. The silence was punctuated only by the rhythmic tick, tock of the ancient clock across the room. The small boy squirmed in his grandfather's lap. "... like what?" the boy asked timidly. "To this day, no one knows," the old man replied, his eyes staring across at the weathered timepiece as it relentlessly delimited the seconds passing. "We waited. Waited an age, but they never finished the sentence.

“The courage to …” The talks of TED@Tommy

Thursday, November 16, 00:32 UTC @ TED Blog

Courage comes in many forms. In the face of fear, it’s the conviction to dream, dare, innovate, create and transform. It’s the ability to try and try again, to admit when we’re wrong and stand up for what’s right. TED and Tommy Hilfiger both believe in the power of courageous ideas to break conventions and […]

Nicolas Hafner: Harmony - Confession 77

Wednesday, November 15, 15:56 UTC @ Planet Lisp

This is a blog entry about Shirakumo's sound system Harmony. While Harmony was released some months back, I spent the last few weeks rewriting large parts of it from the ground up, and I think it's worth it to write a short article describing how it's built and what you can do with it. So, if you're interested in doing sound processing and playback in Lisp, this is for you.

Random number generation posts

Wednesday, November 15, 15:32 UTC @ John D. Cook

Random number generation is typically a two step process: first generate a uniformly distributed value, then transform that value to have the desired distribution. The former is the hard part, but also the part more likely to have been done for you in a library. The latter is relatively easy in principle, though some distributions […]

Stop Xcode from constantly rebuilding your project because of @IBDesignable

Wednesday, November 15, 14:30 UTC @ Arek Holko

If you use Interface Builder along with @IBDesignable attribute you may have noticed that Xcode sometimes builds your project even though you didn’t trigger a build. This is because it needs to compile views marked with @IBDesignable to be able to render them in Interface Builder. What's problematic is that these builds seem to occur a bit too often. After closer inspection, I managed to notice what happens without having to disassemble Xcode. Xcode

One big wire change in ‘97 still helping chips achieve tiny scale

Wednesday, November 15, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

The IT state-of-the-art 20 years ago was rapidly ending, and we – and I mean everyone in the industry that made a device with a chip inside of it – needed something new to keep up with the demand for ever-faster, better electronics. These were the days of laptops with 233 MHz speeds, and Deep […] The post One big wire change in ‘97 still helping chips achieve tiny scale appeared first on

FreeBSD-SA-17:09.shm

Wednesday, November 15, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

FreeBSD-SA-17:10.kldstat

Wednesday, November 15, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

FreeBSD-SA-17:08.ptrace

Wednesday, November 15, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Audition for TED2018!

Tuesday, November 14, 21:47 UTC @ TED Blog

Do you have an idea idea worth spreading? Do you want to speak on the TED2018 stage in Vancouver in April? To find more new voices, TED is hosting an Idea Search at our office theater in New York City on January 24, 2018. Speakers who audition at this event might be chosen for the […]

Thinkers50 2017 Ranking: Spot the BoS Speakers

Tuesday, November 14, 15:10 UTC @ Business of Software USA

The Biennial Thinkers50 2017 ranking was announced last night, and we were not at all surprised to see some familiar faces make the top 50. The Thinkers50 identify, rank, and share the leading management ideas of the moment. Their Gala, held last night in London, saw the announcement of the 2017 rankings – a collection of the most important […] The post Thinkers50 2017 Ranking:

Bliki: MachineJustification

Tuesday, November 14, 14:34 UTC @ Martin Fowler

I remember in my teens being told of the wonderful things Artificial Intelligence (AI) would do in the next few years. Now several decades later, some of these seem to be happening. The most recent triumph was of computers teaching each other to play Go by playing against each other, rapidly becoming more proficient than any human, with strategies human experts could barely compre

Software Automation Frameworks Part I: CasperJS and PhantomJS

Tuesday, November 14, 12:00 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

The post Software Automation Frameworks Part I: CasperJS and PhantomJS appeared first on Gorilla Logic.

Reducing the Attack Surface

Tuesday, November 14, 11:54 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

The best way to reduce the attack surface of a piece of software is to remove any unnecessary code. Since you now have two teams demanding that you leave in the code, it's probably time to think about making two different versions of your binary. The application sounds like it's an embedded system, so I'll guess that it's written in C and take it from there.

Websites on iPhone X

Monday, November 13, 23:50 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

Your websites will automatically display properly on the Super Retina screen on iPhone X, as Safari automatically insets your content within the safe area so it’s clear of the rounded corners and sensor housing. If your website is designed with full-width horizontal navigation, you can choose to take full advantage of the edge-to-edge display by using a new WebKit API introduced in iOS 11.2. Start testing your website today with the iPhone X simulator, included with Xcode 9.2 beta.Learn more about designi

Quantifying information gain in beta-binomial Bayesian model

Monday, November 13, 20:14 UTC @ John D. Cook

The beta-binomial model is the “hello world” example of Bayesian statistics. I would call it a toy model, except it is actually useful. It’s not nearly as complicated as most models used in application, but it illustrates the basics of Bayesian inference. Because it’s a conjugate model, the calculations work out trivially. For more on […]

What’s in a qubit?

Monday, November 13, 16:37 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Would a carrier of information, by any other physical phenomenon, be as powerful? Over the last few months, we’ve shared some videos from members of our research team explaining key concepts in quantum computing. We told you about superposition, entanglement, and quantum algorithms. And we took you behind the scenes and into our lab, in […] The post What’s in a qubit? appeared first on

Can you measure which pangrams are natural

Monday, November 13, 14:48 UTC @ Computational Complexity

A Pangram is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet The classic is: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. (NOTE- I had `jumped' but a reader pointed out that there was no s, and that `jumps' is the correct word) which is only 31 letters. I could give a pointer to lists of such, but you can do that yourself. My concern is: a) are there any pangrams that have a

FaceID vs TouchID

Monday, November 13, 13:41 UTC @ joe cieplinski

A lot of folks probably don’t remember, but the very first iteration of TouchID was problematic for some users. Most had no issues, and it worked great. For others, including me, it would work for a short while then stop unlocking the phone. I would have to retrain my

Applied Category Theory at UCR (Part 3)

Monday, November 13, 01:00 UTC @ Azimuth

We had a special session on applied category theory here at UCR: • Applied category theory, Fall Western Sectional Meeting of the AMS, 4-5 November 2017, U.C. Riverside. A bunch of people stayed for a few days afterwards, and we had a lot of great discussions. I wish I could explain everything that happened, but […]

Service Ownership Checklist

Sunday, November 12, 18:00 UTC @ Code Capsule

Building and maintaining infrastructure services requires to strive for quality and ownership. But it’s not always easy to know what we are missing, and what assumption we are making that we don’t know of. To help myself and my colleagues reason about whether we are addressing the important topics, I came up with something I […]

The effective receptive field on CNNs

Sunday, November 12, 16:34 UTC @ Terra Incognita

Given the interesting recent article on “The Emergence of a Fovea while Learning to Attend“, I decide to make a review of the paper written by Luo, Wenjie et al. called “Understanding the Effective Receptive Field in Deep Convolutional Neural Networks” where they introduced the idea of the “Effective Receptive Field” (ERF) and the surprising...

Away Note

Sunday, November 12, 06:25 UTC @ Backreaction

I am overseas the coming week, giving a seminar at Perimeter Institute on Tuesday, a colloq in Toronto on Wednesday, and on Thursday I am scheduled to “make sense of mind-blowing physics” with Natalie Wolchover in New York. The latter event, I am told, has a live webcast starting at 6:30 pm Eastern, so dial in if you fancy seeing my new haircut. (Short again.) Please be warned that things on

Away Note

Sunday, November 12, 06:25 UTC @ Backreaction

I am overseas the coming week, giving a seminar at Perimeter Institute on Tuesday, a colloq in Toronto on Wednesday, and on Thursday I am scheduled to “make sense of mind-blowing physics” with Natalie Wolchover in New York. The latter event, I am told, has a live webcast starting at 6:30 pm Eastern, so dial in if you fancy seeing my new haircut. (Short again.) Please be warned that things on

Comparing Race for the Galaxy and San Juan

Saturday, November 11, 18:47 UTC @ Martin Fowler

San Juan and Race for the Galaxy are two of my favorite card games. They have a similar style and heritage, both much influenced by Puerto Rico. I'm happy to own both as San Juan is easier to teach and generally lighter play experience, but Race excels when I'm after more depth.

Big aggregate queries can still violate privacy

Saturday, November 11, 17:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

Suppose you want to prevent your data science team from being able to find out information on individual customers, but you do want them to be able to get overall statistics. So you implement two policies. Data scientists can only query aggregate statistics, such as counts and averages. These aggregate statistics must be based on […]

New committer: Jason W. Bacon (ports)

Saturday, November 11, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

Fifteen Years of RedMonk

Friday, November 10, 20:13 UTC @ tecosystems

In November of 2002, I’d been an analyst for about a year. I’d left consulting because I got tired of spending every weekday of every month of every year in a hotel. Unfortunately, the analyst firm I had joined was worse off financially than I had understood at the time I was hired. Were it

Fifteen Years of RedMonk

Friday, November 10, 20:13 UTC @ tecosystems

In November of 2002, I’d been an analyst for about a year. I’d left consulting because I got tired of spending every weekday of every month of every year in a hotel. Unfortunately, the analyst firm I had joined was worse off financially than I had understood at the time I was hired. Were it

Member of the Band – Managing Director, Costa Rica Software Development Mario Merino

Friday, November 10, 17:57 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up the most important asset in Gorilla Logic…our […] The post Member of the Band – Managing Director, Costa Rica S

Naturalness is dead. Long live naturalness.

Friday, November 10, 17:16 UTC @ Backreaction

I was elated when I saw that Gian Francesco Giudice announced the “Dawn of the Post-Naturalness Era,” as the title of his recent paper promises. The craze in particle physics, I thought, might finally come to an end; data brought reason back to Earth after all. But disillusionment followed swiftly when I read the paper. Gian Francesco Giudice is a theoretical physicist at CERN. He is maybe

Naturalness is dead. Long live naturalness.

Friday, November 10, 17:16 UTC @ Backreaction

I was elated when I saw that Gian Francesco Giudice announced the “Dawn of the Post-Naturalness Era,” as the title of his recent paper promises. The craze in particle physics, I thought, might finally come to an end; data brought reason back to Earth after all. But disillusionment followed swiftly when I read the paper. Gian Francesco Giudice is a theoretical physicist at CERN. He is maybe

The future is quantum

Friday, November 10, 14:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Some of the most important technical advances of the 20th century were enabled by decades of fundamental scientific exploration, whose initial purpose was simply to extend human understanding. When Einstein discovered relativity, he had no idea that one day it would be an important part of modern navigation systems. Such is the story of quantum […] The post The future is quantum appeared first on <

Friday Q&A 2017-11-10: Observing the A11's Heterogenous Cores

Friday, November 10, 12:41 UTC @ NSBlog

Apple's newest mobile CPU, the A11, brings a new level of heterogeneous computing to iOS, with both high and low performance cores that are always on. With the release of the iPhone X, I set out to see if I could observe these heterogeneous cores in action. (Read More)

Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Friday, November 10, 11:44 UTC @ Business of Software USA

The Startup Way Our London event with Eric Ries, November 15th, 6-9pm, will sell out today. He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation. Here are some of the companies that will be represented… The BLN – DHL – A Million Ads – BIG cic […] The post Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way L

Advice for the Advisor

Thursday, November 09, 19:08 UTC @ Computational Complexity

A soon-to-be professor asked me recently if I could share some ideas on on how to advise students. I started to write some notes only to realize that I had already posted on the topic in 2006. Have students work on problems that interest them not just you. I like to hand them a proceedings of a recent conference and have them skim abstracts to find papers they enjoy. However if they stray too f

★ Twitter’s 280-Character Own Goal

Thursday, November 09, 18:32 UTC @ Daring Fireball

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Visualizing complex functions

Thursday, November 09, 16:54 UTC @ John D. Cook

It’s easy to visualize function from two real variables to one real variable: Use the function value as the height of a surface over its input value. But what if you have one more dimension in the output? A complex function of a complex variable is equivalent to a function from two real variables to two […]

Q&A with Will Scott: Innovative Young Engineer applying AI to accessibility

Thursday, November 09, 16:47 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Three IBM researchers have been named 2017 Innovative Young Engineers by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Griselda Bonilla, Kun Hun, and Will Scott joined the the nation’s 82 brightest young engineers to take part in the NAE’s 23rd annual US Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering […] The post Q&A with Will Scot

Biology as Information Dynamics (Part 3)

Thursday, November 09, 16:14 UTC @ Azimuth

On Monday I’m giving this talk at Caltech: • Biology as information dynamics, November 13, 2017, 4:00–5:00 pm, General Biology Seminar, Kerckhoff 119, Caltech. If you’re around, please check it out! I’ll be around all day talking to people, including Erik Winfree, my graduate student host Fangzhou Xiao, and other grad students. If you can’t […]

How to Get Press Coverage for Your App

Thursday, November 09, 16:01 UTC @ Dan Counsell

Every developer dreams of launching their app and getting it featured on all the most significant tech news sites, then watching as their app rockets up the charts. Unfortunately, this doesn't just happen out of the blue. To get this type of coverage you need to work with the press,

Everything Changes At 25 | Peldi Guilizzoni, Balsamiq | BoS Europe 2017

Thursday, November 09, 11:08 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Giacomo “Peldi” Guilizzoni, Founder and CEO, Balsamiq Balsamiq founder Peldi had a dream that he would create a business that ran itself from his back bedroom forever. It soon became clear that life was complicated by the success of the product. Many of the big decisions at Balsamiq have been motivated by a desire to nurture the […] The post Everything Changes

The Omni Show

Wednesday, November 08, 21:15 UTC @ inessential.com

I’m the host of a new podcast: The Omni Show. Here’s the announcement on the Omni blog with all the details. There’s a Twitter account, @theomnishow, you can follow. I’m super-excited to be doing this, partly because my co-workers at Omni are interesting, and partly because some of it may actually be useful — that is, l

Gorilla Logic Ranked #86 in The 2017 Top 250 Private Companies List!

Wednesday, November 08, 19:49 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

Gorilla Logic is ranked #86 on ColoradoBIZ Magazine’s 2017 Top 250 Private Companies List up from #90 in 2016. Click here for the full 2017 list! — The post Gorilla Logic Ranked #86 in The 2017 Top 250 Private Companies List! appeared first on Gorilla Logic.

Optimizing Swift build times →

Wednesday, November 08, 19:20 UTC @ Arek Holko

I spent some time recently trying to optimize build times of a project I contribute to. To my surprise, the knowledge needed to do that was scattered around many blog posts and tweets. So, I decided to do something about that by putting everything I knew and learned in a single document. It's available on GitHub here. Hope you learn something new!

Why is Kullback-Leibler divergence not a distance?

Wednesday, November 08, 15:10 UTC @ John D. Cook

The Kullback-Leibler divergence between two probability distributions is a measure of how different the two distributions are. It is sometimes called a distance, but it’s not a distance in the usual sense because it’s not symmetric. At first this asymmetry may seem like a bug, but it’s a feature. We’ll explain why it’s useful to measure […]

Fix FOLD rule for strength reduction of widening.

Wednesday, November 08, 11:53 UTC @ Recent commits to luajit-2.0

Reported by Matthew Burk.

View-state driven applications

Wednesday, November 08, 02:40 UTC @ Cocoa with Love on Cocoa with Love

Cocoa applications are traditionally “presentation driven”. By that, I mean that view changes commence by first choosing the presentation change – like a view controller segue – and later we set the data to give the view content. In this article, I’ll look at why a presentation driven approach conflicts with the primary rule of application design discussed in the previous article. I’ll look at some limitations caused by th

Wheels about to be reinvented

Wednesday, November 08, 01:40 UTC @ John D. Cook

As companies get into data analysis for the first time, many of them are going to start by making the same mistakes that were common a century ago, then gradually recapitulate the development of modern statistics.  

How efficient is partial sharing?

Tuesday, November 07, 16:39 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Partial sharing graphs offer a reduction model for the lambda calculus that is optimal in a sense put forward by Jean Jacques Levy. This model has seen interest wax and wane: initially it was thought to offer the most efficient possible technology for implementing the lambda calculus, but then an important result showed that bookkeeping overheads of any such model could be very high (Asperti & Mairson 1998). This result had a chilling effect on the initial wave of excitement over the technology.<

First-of-a-kind microbiome dataset published in Nature

Tuesday, November 07, 16:38 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

It’s becoming increasingly clear that our health is influenced by our personal complement of microbes – our microbiome. Awareness of the microbiome has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the massive capacity of scientific instruments that read the DNA of microbes. But many fundamental questions about microbes remain unanswered, even questions that seem like […] The post First-of-a-kind micro

Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud

Tuesday, November 07, 13:57 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

We believe our approach has enabled Netflix to quickly adopt and benefit from containers. Though the details may be Netflix-specific, the approach of providing low-friction container adoption by integrating with existing infrastructure and working with the right early adopters can be a successful strategy for any organization looking to adopt containers.

IBM’s African Scientists Look to Tackle the Continent’s Pressing Healthcare Challenges with AI

Tuesday, November 07, 10:04 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

A majority of African countries still have fewer than one doctor for every one thousand people, and with the African population expected reach 1.6 billion by 2030, up from 1 billion in 2010, this is not just problematic, but catastrophic. Just as alarming is that the World Health Organization projects that by 2020 the burden […] The post IBM’

Benford’s law – Index

Tuesday, November 07, 00:09 UTC @ Terra Incognita

Since Benford’s law got some attention in the past years, I decided to make a list of the previous posts I made on the subject in the context of elections, fraud, corruption, universality and prime numbers: Despesas de Custeio e Lei de Benford (June 2014 – in Portuguese) Universality, primes and space communication (January 2014) An analysis...

Chebyshev interpolation

Monday, November 06, 18:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

Fitting a polynomial to a function at more points might not produce a better approximation. This is Faber’s theorem, something I wrote about the other day. If the function you’re interpolating is smooth, then interpolating at more points may or may not improve the fit of the interpolation, depending on where you put the points. […]

The two fears about technology- one correct, one incorrect

Monday, November 06, 16:44 UTC @ Computational Complexity

When the luddites smashed loom machines their supporters (including Lord Byron, Ada Lovelaces father) made two arguments in favor of the luddites (I am sure I am simplifying what they said): These machines are tossing people out of work NOW and this is BAD for THOSE people. In this assertion they were clearly correct. (`lets just retrain them' only goes so far). This is bad for mankind! Machines displacing people will lead to the collapse of civilization! Mankind will b

How Popper killed Particle Physics

Monday, November 06, 16:06 UTC @ Backreaction

Popper, upside-down. Image: Wikipedia. Popper is dead. Has been dead since 1994 to be precise. But also his philosophy, that a scientific idea needs to be falsifiable, is dead. And luckily so, because it was utterly impractical. In practice, scientists can’t falsify theories. That’s because any theory can be amended in hindsight so that it fits new data. Don’t roll your eyes – updating your

How Popper killed Particle Physics

Monday, November 06, 16:06 UTC @ Backreaction

Popper, upside-down. Image: Wikipedia. Popper is dead. Has been dead since 1994 to be precise. But also his philosophy, that a scientific idea needs to be falsifiable, is dead. And luckily so, because it was utterly impractical. In practice, scientists can’t falsify theories. That’s because any theory can be amended in hindsight so that it fits new data. Don’t roll your eyes – updating your

Think Before you Grow your Business

Monday, November 06, 14:35 UTC @ Dan Counsell

When you say you run your own company people always ask how many staff you have. The higher the number, the more impressed people seem to be and I can understand that. I fell into this trap myself, the trap of thinking bigger is better. I thought to be classed

Swift 4 Access Levels

Monday, November 06, 14:09 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

You may not have noticed but there was a small but important change to the private access level in Swift 4. After a quick recap of the five levels I cover what has changed in Swift 4, what do you need to know when migrating from Swift 3 and what is the point of fileprivate now? The Five Access Levels of Swift 4 To recap Swift 4 has the same five access levels as Swift 3. In order from most open to most restricted:

Quicklisp news: October 2017 download stats

Monday, November 06, 13:05 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Here are the top 100 projects from Quicklisp for October, by "raw" download count. 16626 alexandria 15213 closer-mop 13436 anaphora 13420 split-sequence 12954 babel 12879 trivial-features

Mistakes New Developers Make

Monday, November 06, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

Starting anything can be challenging. Starting out as a new developer is no different—it’s hard. There are endless things to learn and a huge crowd of people who have been in the game longer than you. It doesn’t help that seasoned developers may come off as opinionated, condescending, cynical, and even unwelcoming. The personality of a “typical” developer is for another article, but we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been left feeling dumb. Whether you’re a seasoned develop

In My Pocket

Sunday, November 05, 21:08 UTC @ joe cieplinski

So I have this new iPhone X, and I like it so far. I’m sure I’ll have much to write about it in the coming months. But first, as with any new iPhone, there is one stage of the upgrade process I always dread, and that’s getting

Generalised Riemann Hypothesis

Sunday, November 05, 16:25 UTC @ Complex Projective 4-Space

You are probably familiar with the Riemann hypothesis. This concerns the behaviour of the Riemann zeta function, which is defined on the complex plane by analytic continuation of the following series: The behaviour of the zeroes of the function outside … Continue reading →

Treat Warnings as Errors in Swift

Saturday, November 04, 21:57 UTC @ Indie Stack

For years I have maintained a zero-tolerance policy for warnings in shipping code. To help me enforce this, my “Release” build configurations define the build setting that induces Xcode to “treat warnings as errors”: GCC_TREAT_WARNINGS_AS_ERRORS = YES The comedy of this build setting is that it references “GCC,” a compiler that increasingly few of us … Continue reading

Fourier-Bessel series and Gibbs phenomena

Saturday, November 04, 20:18 UTC @ John D. Cook

Fourier-Bessel series are analogous to Fourier series. And like Fourier series, they converge pointwise near a discontinuity with the same kind of overshoot and undershoot known as the Gibbs phenomenon. Fourier-Bessel series Bessel functions come up naturally when working in polar coordinates, just as sines and cosines come up naturally when working in rectangular coordinates. […]

Animated exponential sum

Saturday, November 04, 16:42 UTC @ John D. Cook

I’m experimenting with making animated versions of the kinds of images I wrote about in my previous post. Here’s an animated version of the exponential sum of the day for 12/4/17. Why that date? I wanted to start with something with a fairly small period, and that one looked interesting. I’ll have to do something […]

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Saturday, November 04, 13:17 UTC @ Martin Fowler

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New App Store Marketing Guidelines and Resources

Friday, November 03, 23:45 UTC @ News - Apple Developer

You can now download App Store badges with updated fonts and options, as well as images of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K to use in marketing materials for your apps on the App Store. Marketing guidance has also been updated. Visit the App Store Marketing Guidelines.

Breathe and push: Notes from Session 6: Rebuild

Friday, November 03, 20:08 UTC @ TED Blog

We’ve spent the past few days together thinking on big ideas, hard problems and new visions for what the world might be. What will tie it all together? This session on rebuilding — on facing tough questions and finding the inner (and exterior) resources we need to move forward. Embrace your emotional truth. How we deal […]

Database anonymization for testing

Friday, November 03, 18:35 UTC @ John D. Cook

How do you create a database for testing that is like your production database? It depends on in what way you want the test database to be “like” the production one. Replacing sensitive data Companies often use an old version of their production database for testing. But what if the production database has sensitive information […]

IBM Research showcases work in healthcare informatics at AMIA 2017

Friday, November 03, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Update November 13 2017: IBM’s contributions at AMIA 2017 were recognized in a number of ways: Distinguished Paper Nominations IBM researchers received two best paper nominations. Fewer than one in 20 accepted papers were nominated for this award. Design and evaluation of a web-based decision support tool for district-level disease surveillance in a low-resource setting […] The post IBM Research

Evolving towards Extinction

Friday, November 03, 12:20 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

One question that I always had about evolutionary biology was whether it was possible for a species to evolve towards extinction. Logically, it should be possible. Evolution is opportunistic, it always prefers short term solutions and if that eventually leads to extinction, so be it. However, it's not easy to come with an example. Most species become extinct not because they've evolved in a weird direction but rather because they've failed to evolve fast enough to match changing

When two take the stage: Images from TEDWomen 2017 duets

Friday, November 03, 03:35 UTC @ TED Blog

If you think a TED Talk is always a solo star turn, think again. Every year at TEDWomen, we feature a whole session devoted to talks given by two partners.  Whether they’re couples, collaborators, parent and kid, or best friends, the onstage chemistry is always fun to watch. In this photo gallery you may get […]

Be fierce, claim power: Notes from Session 5 of TEDWomen: Burn

Friday, November 03, 00:04 UTC @ TED Blog

There’s a theme of Bridges that plays through this conference — and one of the things we sometimes need to do with bridges is burn them, to move forward with no option of going backward in time or space. In this session, hosted by documentary film aficionado Jess Search, we listen to hard truths about […]

Fearless risk-taking: Notes from Session 4 of TEDWomen 2017: Suspend

Thursday, November 02, 20:45 UTC @ TED Blog

Acumen founder Jacqueline Novogratz hosts this session of TEDWomen 2017, "Suspension," featuring speakers including cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky, cellist Helen Gillet and psychiatrist (and former Zimbabwean rockstar) Dixon Chibanda.

The power of partnership: Notes from Session 3 of TEDWomen … Connect

Thursday, November 02, 19:29 UTC @ TED Blog

Our hosts for this session, Jean Oelwang and Chris Waddell, are life partners who’ve both had to overcome their inclination to be a solo superhero — to be the best at business, school, sports. Jean spent her career climbing the corporate ladder, being tough, making her way to the top alone. Meanwhile, Chris was a […]

Book Review: Max Tegmark “Our Mathematical Universe”

Thursday, November 02, 17:06 UTC @ Backreaction

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Knopf (January 2014) Max Tegmark just published his second book, “Life 3.0.” I gracefully declined reviewing it, seeing that three years weren’t sufficient to finish his first book. But thusly reminded of my shortfall, I made another attempt and finally got to the end. So here’s a late review or, if you haven’t made it

Book Review: Max Tegmark “Our Mathematical Universe”

Thursday, November 02, 17:06 UTC @ Backreaction

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Knopf (January 2014) Max Tegmark just published his second book, “Life 3.0.” I gracefully declined reviewing it, seeing that three years weren’t sufficient to finish his first book. But thusly reminded of my shortfall, I made another attempt and finally got to the end. So here’s a late review or, if you haven’t made it

A glimpse of a bold new future: Notes from Session 2 of TEDWomen 2017: Design

Thursday, November 02, 16:50 UTC @ TED Blog

Physician and UN High Commissioner Alaa Murabit hosts the second session of TEDWomen 2017, featuring all things design and a rousing performance from writer and activist Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes.

Recent exponential sums

Thursday, November 02, 15:44 UTC @ John D. Cook

The exponential sum of the day draws a line between consecutive partial sums of where m, d, and y are the current month, day, and two-digit year. The four most recent images show how different these plots can be. These images are from 10/30/17, 10/31/17, 11/1/17, and 11/2/17. Consecutive dates often produce very different images for a couple […]

Matching and Complexity

Thursday, November 02, 14:44 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Given a group of people, can you pair them up so that each pair are Facebook friends with each other? This is the famous perfect matching problem. The complexity of matching has a rich history which got a little richer in the past few months. For bipartite graphs (consider only friendships between men and women), we have had fast matching algorithms since the 1950's via augmenting paths. In the 1965 classic paper,

Bio-inspired machine learning goes open source

Thursday, November 02, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Since our bio-inspired machine learning technology “Dynamic Boltzmann Machine (DyBM)” debuted in the fall of 2015, we received many comments on the music demo and human evolution image that we used to show how an artificial neural network learns about different topics in different formats. Many developers expressed interest in using the code to let […] The post Bio-inspired machine learning

The power of showing up: Notes from Session 1 of TEDWomen 2017: Build

Thursday, November 02, 04:38 UTC @ TED Blog

In this first session of TEDWomen, themed "Build," we find ideas of power, empathy, ingenuity and radical humanity, to name just a few.

Gallery: Just about to open doors at TEDWomen 2017 at the Orpheum Theater

Thursday, November 02, 00:03 UTC @ TED Blog

We’re about to open the doors for the audience to join TEDWomen in New Orleans — three days of powerful talks from women and men that take on the issues breaking now and share soul-deep ideas for creating better lives going forward. TEDWomen is happening in an astonishing theater, new to us and freshly renovated […]

Linting your Xcode projects with xclint

Thursday, November 02, 00:00 UTC @ Pedro Piñera

In this post I’ll talk about a tool that I have recently released xclint, which validates the structure of your Xcode projects, offering insightful warnings about things that might be wrong in the project structure. Xcode projects are hard to work with, especially when there is a team behind using git. It’s straightforward to mess things up and end up with a project, which Xcode might be able to read and compile, but that internally is not in

Watch Facebook Live sessions, live from TEDWomen in New Orleans

Wednesday, November 01, 16:18 UTC @ TED Blog

Join us for four in-depth conversations over two days, live from the Blue Room at TEDWomen, hosted by podcaster Manoush Zomorodi. Guests include TEDWomen speakers Gretchen Carlson, Sally Kohn, Cleo Wade and Justin Baldoni. Find them all on Facebook at facebook.com/TED — or get direct links below to each super-worthwhile conversation Facebook Live with Gretchen Carlson Broadcast journalist Gretchen

New text-to-speech tool for DIY voiceovers — from soft, sad and sultry to scary

Wednesday, November 01, 07:52 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

 The animation world is rich in lovable and memorable characters, each with its own unique voice and personality — and animators, writers, and designers keep coming up with even more new games, film ideas, villains, and heroes. Creating voiceovers for these characters is a time-consuming and expensive process that often involves holding auditions for voice […] The post New text-to-speech tool

Yogi Berra meets Pafnuty Chebyshev

Wednesday, November 01, 00:33 UTC @ John D. Cook

I just got an evaluation copy of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2017. My favorite chapter was Inverse Yogiisms by Lloyd N. Trefethen. Trefethen gives several famous Yogi Berra quotes and concludes that Yogiisms are statements that, if taken literally, are meaningless or contradictory or nonsensical or tautological—yet nevertheless convey something true. An inverse yogiism is […]