Adobe Announces End-of-Life for Flash

Tuesday, July 25, 22:33 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Adobe: Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins. Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners — including Apple, Facebook,

SEC Issues Report Concluding DAO Tokens, a Digital Asset, Were Securities

Tuesday, July 25, 20:48 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Amy now responds to your emails 2x faster

Tuesday, July 25, 20:44 UTC @ x.ai

Amy and Andrew are performing in ways that even the best human assistant can’t match: they don’t sleep, they don’t take breaks, they never take a day off. x.ai’s approach … View Article The post Amy now responds to your emails 2x faster appeared first on x.ai.

David Remnick Interviews Maggie Haberman

Tuesday, July 25, 20:09 UTC @ Daring Fireball

The New Yorker’s David Remnick has a terrific interview with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Much of what we know of the inner workings of the Trump White House, we know from Haberman. D.R.: What do you make out to be the ideology of Donald Trump? Or is it purely situational? We saw him running as a new kind of populist. At moments, he seems very right-wing; at other times he undermines that kind of conservative ideology. M.H.: I think he has no clear ideology. I

The Verge: Bragi Dash Pro Wireless Earbuds

Tuesday, July 25, 19:35 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Sean O’Kane, writing for The Verge: Bragi hasn’t completely solved this problem with the Dash Pro, and I still think its other, cheaper, wireless earbuds are a better buy. But the company’s gotten much closer this time around. You can put your phone in basically any pocket, or in a bag, and the connection only hiccups about 10 percent of the time, maybe even less depending on your height. I’m not saying my AirPods never suffer Bluetooth hiccups, bu

Neuropathologist Examined the Brains of 111 NFL Players; 110 of Them Showed Signs of C.T.E.

Tuesday, July 25, 19:25 UTC @ Daring Fireball

The New York Times: Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. […] The set of players posth

Quicklisp news: June 2017 Quicklisp download stats

Tuesday, July 25, 19:13 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Here are the raw download stats for the top 100 projects in Quicklisp for June: 9081 alexandria 7797 closer-mop 7437 split-sequence 6863 cl-ppcre 6790 babel 6498 trivial-features

A Few Items

Tuesday, July 25, 18:13 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Just a few items: The Simons Foundation has announced a new Origins of the Universe initiative, which will fund efforts to “develop testable predictions about string theory, quantum gravity and a cosmological ‘Big Bounce.'” I don’t think even all of … Continue reading →

The Syntax and Semantics of Quantitative Type Theory

Tuesday, July 25, 17:28 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

The Syntax and Semantics of Quantitative Type Theory by Robert Atkey: Type Theory offers a tantalising promise: that we can program and reason within a single unified system. However, this promise slips away when we try to produce efficient programs. Type Theory offers little control over the intensional aspect of programs: how are computational resources used, and when can they be reused. Tracking resource usage via typ

Bayesian methods at Bletchley Park

Tuesday, July 25, 16:51 UTC @ John D. Cook

From Nick Patterson’s interview on Talking Machines: GCHQ in the ’70s, we thought of ourselves as completely Bayesian statisticians. All our data analysis was completely Bayesian, and that was a direct inheritance from Alan Turing. I’m not sure this has ever really been published, but Turing, almost as a sideline during his cryptoanalytic work, reinvented […]

Quicklisp news: July 2017 Quicklisp dist update now available

Tuesday, July 25, 16:26 UTC @ Planet Lisp

New projects: 3bgl-shader — CL-hosted CL-like DSL for generating GLSL — MITcl-forms — A web forms handling library — MITcl-ksuid — K-sortable unique identifiers — GPLv3cl-pixman — Low-level p

Ten Years of Worthless Side Projects

Tuesday, July 25, 16:22 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Firefox’s speed with large numbers of tabs leaves Chrome in the dust

Tuesday, July 25, 16:06 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Humanity needs science to survive and thrive (Synopsis)

Tuesday, July 25, 14:47 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The enterprise of science is one of the most misunderstood in all of society. Some view it as its own religion; others view it as a political ideology gussied up in smart-sounding clothes; still others view it…

Building Codes for Bacterial Cities

Tuesday, July 25, 13:58 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Hydrodynamics and competition guide the architectural design of biofilm fortresses.

The End of Arduino 101: Intel Leaves Maker Market

Tuesday, July 25, 13:46 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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How Fear and Outrage Are Sold for Profit

Tuesday, July 25, 12:05 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Pseudo-public space in London

Tuesday, July 25, 11:50 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Snowman: native code to C/C++ decompiler

Tuesday, July 25, 11:41 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Mikey Trafton, building world class culture and recruiting bad ass teams

Tuesday, July 25, 10:16 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Great to see Mikey Trafton is coming to Business of Software Conference this year. One of the things we love about BoS is that speakers come back to be in the audience. Just registered for @bosconference. Can’t wait to hang with @peldi, @asmartbear, @MarkLittlewood and my other BOS peeps. — Michael Trafton (@mikeytrafton) July 25, […] The post Mikey Traf

Elixir 1.5 released

Tuesday, July 25, 09:29 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Coffee, Software and Intimidating Tools

Tuesday, July 25, 08:59 UTC @ Business of Software USA

There’s a new coffee machine in town. It’s a bit intimidating. One of the great things about working at RedGate is the coffee. The company is spread out over three floors and they have one single place on the ground floor where everyone has to go for their daily fix of caffeine, (or a bewildering array […] The post Coffee, Software and Intimidating Tools appeared first on <

Stylo shipping in Firefox Nightly

Tuesday, July 25, 07:09 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Linux Graphics Demystified (2014) [pdf]

Tuesday, July 25, 06:15 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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MS Paint is here to stay

Tuesday, July 25, 05:02 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Bilinear Assignment Problem: Large Neighborhoods and Experimental Analysis of Algorithms. (arXiv:1707.07057v1 [cs.DS])

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

The bilinear assignment problem (BAP) is a generalization of the well-known quadratic assignment problem (QAP). In this paper, we study the problem from the computational analysis point of view. Several classes of neigborhood structures are introduced for the problem along with some theoretical analysis. These neighborhoods are then explored within a local search and a variable neighborhood search frameworks with multistart to generate robust heuristic algorithms. Results of systematic experimental analy

Tight Bounds for Distributed Graph Computations. (arXiv:1602.08481v4 [cs.DC] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Motivated by the need to understand the algorithmic foundations of distributed large-scale graph computations, we study some fundamental graph problems in a message-passing model for distributed computing where $k \geq 2$ machines jointly perform computations on graphs with $n$ nodes (typically, $n \gg k$). We present (almost) tight bounds for the round complexity of two fundamental graph problems, namely triangle enumeration and PageRank computation. Our tight lower bounds, a main contribution of the pa

Invertibility and Largest Eigenvalue of Symmetric Matrix Signings. (arXiv:1611.03624v2 [cs.DM] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

The spectra of signed matrices have played a fundamental role in social sciences, graph theory, and control theory. In this work, we investigate the computational problems of identifying symmetric signings of matrices with natural spectral properties. Our results are twofold: 1. We show NP-completeness for the following three problems: verifying whether a given matrix has a symmetric signing that is positive semi-definite/singular/has bounded eigenvalues. However, we also illustrate that the comp

Lens depth function and k-relative neighborhood graph: versatile tools for ordinal data analysis. (arXiv:1602.07194v2 [stat.ML] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

In recent years it has become popular to study machine learning problems in a setting of ordinal distance information rather than numerical distance measurements. By ordinal distance information we refer to binary answers to distance comparisons such as $d(A,B)<d(C,D)$. For many problems in machine learning and statistics it is unclear how to solve them in such a scenario. Up to now, the main approach is to explicitly construct an ordinal embedding of the data points in the Euclidean space, an approac

Optimal Art Gallery Localization is NP-hard. (arXiv:1706.08016v2 [cs.CG] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

Art Gallery Localization (AGL) is the problem of placing a set $T$ of broadcast towers in a simple polygon $P$ in order for a point to locate itself in the interior. For any point $p \in P$: for each tower $t \in T \cap V(p)$ (where $V(p)$ denotes the visibility polygon of $p$) the point $p$ receives the coordinates of $t$ and the Euclidean distance between $t$ and $p$. From this information $p$ can determine its coordinates. We study the computational complexity of AGL problem. We show that the problem

Approximate Near Neighbors for General Symmetric Norms. (arXiv:1611.06222v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We show that every symmetric normed space admits an efficient nearest neighbor search data structure with doubly-logarithmic approximation. Specifically, for every $n$, $d = n^{o(1)}$, and every $d$-dimensional symmetric norm $\|\cdot\|$, there exists a data structure for $\mathrm{poly}(\log \log n)$-approximate nearest neighbor search over $\|\cdot\|$ for $n$-point datasets achieving $n^{o(1)}$ query time and $n^{1+o(1)}$ space. The main technical ingredient of the algorithm is a low-distortion embeddin

Logarithmic price of buffer downscaling on line metrics. (arXiv:1610.04915v3 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We consider the reordering buffer problem on a line consisting of n equidistant points. We show that, for any constant delta, an (offline) algorithm that has a buffer (1-delta) k performs worse by a factor of Omega(log n) than an offline algorithm with buffer k. In particular, this demonstrates that the O(log n)-competitive online algorithm MovingPartition by Gamzu and Segev (ACM Trans. on Algorithms, 6(1), 2009) is essentially optimal against any offline algorithm with a slightly larger buffer.

Multiresolution Priority Queues. (arXiv:1705.09642v4 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Priority queues are container data structures essential to many high performance computing (HPC) applications. In this paper, we introduce multiresolution priority queues, a data structure that improves the performance of the standard heap based implementations by trading off a controllable amount of resolution in the space of priorities. The new data structure can reduce the worst case performance of inserting an element from O(log(n)) to O(log(r)), where n is the number of elements in the queue and r i

Flow Ambiguity: A Path Towards Classically Driven Blind Quantum Computation. (arXiv:1608.04633v3 [quant-ph] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

Blind quantum computation protocols allow a user to delegate a computation to a remote quantum computer in such a way that the privacy of their computation is preserved, even from the device implementing the computation. To date, such protocols are only known for settings involving at least two quantum devices: either a user with some quantum capabilities and a remote quantum server or two or more entangled but noncommunicating servers. In this work, we take the first step towards the construction of a b

Testable Bounded Degree Graph Properties Are Random Order Streamable. (arXiv:1707.07334v1 [cs.DS])

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We study which property testing and sublinear time algorithms can be transformed into graph streaming algorithms for random order streams. Our main result is that for bounded degree graphs, any property that is constant-query testable in the adjacency list model can be tested with constant space in a single-pass in random order streams. Our result is obtained by estimating the distribution of local neighborhoods of the vertices on a random order graph stream using constant space. We then show tha

A Simple and Correct Even-Odd Algorithm for the Point-in-Polygon Problem for Complex Polygons. (arXiv:1207.3502v2 [cs.CG] UPDATED)

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

Determining if a point is in a polygon or not is used by a lot of applications in computer graphics, computer games and geoinformatics. Implementing this check is error-prone since there are many special cases to be considered. This holds true in particular for complex polygons whose edges intersect each other creating holes. In this paper we present a simple even-odd algorithm to solve this problem for complex polygons in linear time and prove its correctness for all possible points and polygons. We fur

Engineering multilevel support vector machines. (arXiv:1707.07657v1 [cs.LG])

Tuesday, July 25, 01:30 UTC @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

The computational complexity of solving nonlinear support vector machine (SVM) is prohibitive on large-scale data. In particular, this issue becomes very sensitive when the data represents additional difficulties such as highly imbalanced class sizes. Typically, nonlinear kernels produce significantly higher classification quality to linear kernels but introduce extra kernel and model parameters. Thus, the parameter fitting is required to increase the quality but it reduces the performance dramatically.

Amazon raised Prime Day prices, misleading consumers, says vendor

Tuesday, July 25, 01:06 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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Fear is America’s top-selling consumer product

Monday, July 24, 21:54 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Monday, July 24, 21:46 UTC @ joe cieplinski

Back in 2013, while reviewing one of the ill-fated movies made at the time about the life of Steve Jobs, I suggested that Job’s life lent itself better to a classical 5-act play structure, or even Opera. A 2-hour pop movie about Jobs was simply the wrong format. Well,

Ask HN: How do you find clients when you have no network and can only do remote?

Monday, July 24, 21:06 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

I have no network, no ability to relocate, can't get a full time job right now, and urgently need to make some bucks real quick, even if it's less than I would otherwise qualify for.But several articles and comments here suggested that upwork.com and similar freelance websites do some really shady things and that it's not good to use them for any kind of work, even temporary.And having worked remotely for the past 5 years has really limited my ability to build a network. I don't have LinkedIn and even

Ask HN: What programming blogs do you follow?

Monday, July 24, 20:19 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

Recently I found Julia Evans blog, which is great read for someone wanting the have a broader knowledge of software engineering, operating systems and related themes.What other similar blogs do you guys follow as well?Julia Evans blog, for those interested ishttps://...

Ask HN: What books had the greatest effect on how you structure your code?

Monday, July 24, 19:41 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

It'd be interesting to know what books have had the greatest effect on how you structure your code and projects?

Show HN: I built a database of tech conferences to know what to attend to next

Monday, July 24, 19:31 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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What’s new in Basecamp for iOS

Monday, July 24, 18:38 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Soft U2F: A software-based U2F authenticator for macOS

Monday, July 24, 17:56 UTC @ Hacker News: Newest

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New Beta Downloads Now Available

Monday, July 24, 17:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

A new beta of Xcode 9 is now available, and includes Swift 4 and SDKs used to build apps with the latest innovations and powerful capabilities in macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Xcode 9 beta 4 (9M189t)macOS High Sierra 10.13 beta 4 (17A315i)iOS 11 beta 4 (15A5327g)watchOS 4 beta 4 (15R5331g)tvOS 11 beta 4 (15J5333f)View all downloads.

Lua Workshop 2017 to be held in San Francisco

Monday, July 24, 16:34 UTC @ Lua: news

The Lua Workshop 2017 will be held in San Francisco, CA, on Oct 16-17, cortesy of Mashape.

Metaphors We Compute By

Monday, July 24, 16:06 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Programmers must be able to tell a story with their code, explaining how they solved a particular problem. Like writers, programmers must know their metaphors. Many metaphors will be able to explain a concept, but you must have enough skill to choose the right one that's able to convey your ideas to future programmers who will read the code. Thus, you cannot use every metaphor you know. You must master the art of metaphor selection, of meaning amplification. You must know when to add and when to subtract. Y

The Beautiful Mathematical Explorations of Maryam Mirzakhani

Monday, July 24, 15:27 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

After her untimely death, Maryam Mirzakhani’s life is best remembered through her work.

Sorry, Internet, Some Of Your Favorite Space Pictures Are Fakes (Synopsis)

Monday, July 24, 14:37 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.” –Ismail Haniyeh Have you ever seen some beautiful, breathtaking, awe-inspiring pictures of the Universe, with what appears to be a too-good-to-be-true view? While there…

Sphere packing

Monday, July 24, 13:54 UTC @ John D. Cook

The previous couple blog posts touched on a special case of sphere packing. We looked at the proportion of volume contained near the corners of a hypercube. If you take the set of points within a distance 1/2 of a corner of a hypercube, you could rearrange these points to form a full ball centered […]

Is most volume in the corners or not?

Monday, July 24, 13:50 UTC @ John D. Cook

I’ve written a couple blog posts that may seem to contradict each other. Given a high-dimensional cube, is most of the volume in the corners or not? I recently wrote that the corners of a cube stick out more in high dimensions. You can quantify this by centering a ball at a corner and looking […]

Reminder About Let Initialization

Monday, July 24, 09:38 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

Some Swift language features take a while to sink in and become natural. One such feature that I need to remind myself about is that you do not need to set the value of a let constant at the point you declare it in a function as long as you do it before first use. From the Swift Programming Language: When a constant declaration occurs

Using predictive analytics to address bus bunching, keep people moving

Monday, July 24, 07:57 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

In Dublin, like many cities globally, public transportation is promoted as the preferred mode of travel to address growing traffic and congestion problems. The bus network is the work horse of the transportation system, facilitating mass movement of people across the city. To facilitate this, many bus service providers operate routes with a high frequency […] The post Using predictive analy

Correlated Equilibria in Game Theory

Monday, July 24, 02:54 UTC @ Azimuth

Erica Klarreich is one of the few science journalists who explains interesting things I don’t already know clearly enough so I can understand them. I recommend her latest article: • Erica Klarreich, In game theory, no clear path to equilibrium, Quanta, 18 July 2017. Economists like the concept of ‘Nash equilibrium’, but it’s problematic in […]

What are the top Computer science programs for women?

Sunday, July 23, 18:39 UTC @ Computational Complexity

What are the top Computer Science Programs for Women? How would one even answer the question? Some people did a study based on National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale. The results are here. 1) While I believe the top X school listed are pretty good for women in computing I don't believe that (say) the Yth school is better than th

Quick Note For The Weekend

Sunday, July 23, 16:23 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“I have never gone out of fashion. And do you know why? Because I never sought it. When you don’t seek it, it’s always with you.” -Bonnie Tyler Well folks, it’s summer, and that means a lot of things for a lot of people, including for me! So, some fun announcements: My new book, Treknology,…

Approximately Yours

Saturday, July 22, 23:55 UTC @ bit-player

Today, I’m told, is Rational Approximation Day. It’s 22/7 (for those who write dates in little-endian format), which differs from π by about 0.04 percent. (The big-endians among us are welcome to approximate 1/π.) Given the present state of life … Continue reading →

What the Hell is Going On?

Saturday, July 22, 19:31 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

I’ve looked at the talks from a few of the HEP experiment and phenomenology summer conferences. If anyone can point me to anything interesting that I’ve missed, please do so. The lack of new physics beyond the Higgs at the … Continue reading →

Ask Ethan: Could The Fabric Of Spacetime Be Defective? (Synopsis)

Saturday, July 22, 14:37 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.” -Francois de La Rochefoucauld So, you’d like to ruin the fabric of your space, would you? Similar to tying a knot in it, stitching it up with some poorly-run shenanigans, running a two-dimensional membrane through it (like a hole in a sponge), etc., it’s…

Not meeting your goals

Saturday, July 22, 14:10 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Prosthetics that feel more natural, how mushrooms may help save bees, and more

Friday, July 21, 21:39 UTC @ TED Blog

Please enjoy your roundup of TED-related news: Prosthetics that feel more natural. A study in Science Robotics lays out a surgical technique developed by Shriya Srinivasan, Hugh Herr and others that may help prosthetics feel more like natural limbs. During an amputation, the muscle pairs that allow our brains to sense how much force is […]

The Talk Show: ‘Actually, You Can Buy a Better Coke’

Friday, July 21, 21:23 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Rene Ritchie returns to the show to talk about the rumors and speculation regarding this year’s upcoming new iPhones. Brought to you by these excellent sponsors: Hullo Pillow: Sleep better with a new buckwheat pillow. It’ll be your favorite pillow, guaranteed. Casper: An obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price. Use code thetalkshow for $50 towar

Summer Conferences: Physical Mathematics

Friday, July 21, 19:56 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

I’ve finally found some time to look around the web to see what has been happening at conferences this summer. In this blog post I’ll point to a few on the math/physics interface featuring interesting talks. This area now (I … Continue reading →

What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas: The talks of TED@UPS

Friday, July 21, 18:48 UTC @ TED Blog

What if one person could change the world? What if we could harness our collective talent, insight and wisdom? And what if, together, we could spark a movement with positive impact far into the future? For a third year, UPS has partnered with TED to bring experts in business, logistics, design and technology to the stage […]

Five ways to receive negative feedback well

Friday, July 21, 18:15 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Member of the Band – Gorilla Dennis Zamora

Friday, July 21, 16:43 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! Dennis Zamora

In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete

Friday, July 21, 16:04 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Paul Mozur, writing for The New York Times: Almost everyone in major Chinese cities is using a smartphone to pay for just about everything. At restaurants, a waiter will ask if you want to use WeChat or Alipay — the two smartphone payment options — before bringing up cash as a third, remote possibility. Just as startling is how quickly the transition has happened. Only three years ago there would be no question at all, because everyone was still using cash.

The iPhone Paradox

Friday, July 21, 15:36 UTC @ Daring Fireball

The Macalope: Maybe it’s just the horny one, but if you have information that shows the iPhone 8 is going to be a logical paradox — like a real life M.C. Escher painting — that is somehow simultaneously too expensive for anyone to want to buy and so wildly popular they can’t make them fast enough, you should probably lead with that. That would be big news, quantum mechanically speaking. It’s like the

IBM demos event-based gesture recognition using a brain-inspired chip at CVPR 2017

Friday, July 21, 15:17 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Event-based computation is a biologically-inspired paradigm for representing data as asynchronous events, much like neuron spikes in the brain. The Brain-Inspired Computing group at IBM Research – Almaden has built the first gesture-recognition system implemented end-to-end on event-based hardware. Combining the IBM TrueNorth neurosynaptic processor with an iniLabs Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS), we trained a […] The post

Eight other worlds in our solar system might have life beyond Earth (Synopsis)

Friday, July 21, 14:13 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“If I had to describe myself to an alien I’d say I was bigger than the average human, enjoy a drink or two with a good meal and have a bigger head than most. I’d also say I’m really handsome — especially if they were a female alien.” -Dwayne Johnson The Earth, to the best of our…

One door at a time

Friday, July 21, 13:51 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Our podcast “Sincerely, X” co-produced with Audible now available free worldwide

Friday, July 21, 12:54 UTC @ TED Blog

Last year, TED and Audible co-produced a new audio series that invited speakers to share ideas—anonymously. Our goal was to make room for an entirely new trove of ideas: those that could only be broadcast publicly if the speaker’s identity remained private. The series debuted with a number of powerful stories, and we learned a […]

Bienal RSEF 2017: Conferencia “Gravisolitones y ondas no lineales”

Friday, July 21, 08:06 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Érase una vez, en un lugar muy lejano, un gravisolitón solitario que se encontró con otro gravisolitón solitario. La pareja de gravisolitones, cual enamorados, se pusieron a bailar; primero, de lejos, luego, cada vez más cerca, hasta que acabar […] Leer más

Anonymous ideas worth spreading — and the surprising discoveries behind their curation

Thursday, July 20, 22:35 UTC @ TED Blog

The intimacy of listening: Producer Cloe Shasha shares a few surprising insights that her team learned while producing TED and Audible's audio series, "Sincerely, X."

I would call these Galois Games but I can't

Thursday, July 20, 21:47 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Here is a game (Darling says I only blog about non-fun games. This post will NOT prove her wrong.) Let D be a domain, d ≥ 1 and 0 ≠ a0 ∈ D. There are two players Wanda (for Wants root) and Nora (for No root). One of the players is Player I, the other Player II. (1) Player I and II alternate (with Player I going first) choosing the coefficients in D of a polynomial of degree d with the constant term preset to a0. (2) When they are done, if

Customizing the file header comment and other text macros in Xcode 9

Thursday, July 20, 18:58 UTC @ Ole Begemann

I’m not a fan of the default file header comment Xcode adds to new source files. I’d argue that most of the information in the file header is either irrelevant or better tracked through source control. Moreover, these comments can quickly become outdated as files and projects get renamed.

TEDGlobal 2017: Announcing the speaker lineup for our Arusha conference

Thursday, July 20, 18:53 UTC @ TED Blog

TEDGlobal 2017 kicks off August 27–30, 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania. Ten years after the last TEDGlobal in Arusha, we’ll again gather a community from across the continent and around the world to explore ideas that may propel Africa’s next leap — in business, politics and justice, creativity and entrepreneurship, science and tech. Today, we’re thrilled

The Difference Between SOA and Microservices Isn’t Size

Thursday, July 20, 17:43 UTC @ tecosystems

For those that have been in the technology industry for some time, there is a tendency to compare or even equate the current microservices phenomenon with the more archaic Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach. This is done implicitly in many cases, but also quite explicitly with statements such as “microservices is nothing more than the

The Difference Between SOA and Microservices Isn’t Size

Thursday, July 20, 17:43 UTC @ tecosystems

For those that have been in the technology industry for some time, there is a tendency to compare or even equate the current microservices phenomenon with the more archaic Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach. This is done implicitly in many cases, but also quite explicitly with statements such as “microservices is nothing more than the

Podcast CB S&R 120: El modelo estándar de la física de partículas

Thursday, July 20, 17:34 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

He participado en el episodio 120 del podcast Coffee Break: Señal y Ruido [iVoox, iTunes], titulado “Especial Física de Partículas y el Modelo Estándar”, 20 Jul 2017. “La tertulia semanal ha repasado las últimas noticias de la actualidad científica.” […] Leer más

The company isn’t a family

Thursday, July 20, 15:28 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

‘Game Of Thrones’ Home World Could Actually Exist, Says Science (Synopsis)

Thursday, July 20, 14:00 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Lord of Light! Come to us in our darkness. We offer you these false gods. Take them and cast your light upon us. For the night is dark and full of terrors.” -Melisandre, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice Imagine a world where you know that winter is coming, but you don’t…

Muscle Memory

Thursday, July 20, 13:52 UTC @ joe cieplinski

Apple has been playing around with the iPad keyboard again in iOS 11. And I think this time the changes are mainly an improvement. Although my muscle memory is driving me nuts right now. What am I talking about? Long time iPad users likely know the old swipe up on

Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes

Thursday, July 20, 13:30 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Kaisa Matomäki has proved that properties of prime numbers over long intervals hold over short intervals as well. The techniques she uses have transformed the study of these elusive numbers.

Bienal RSEF 2017: Conferencia “¿Por qué divulgo Física?”

Thursday, July 20, 11:14 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

He participado en la mesa redonda plenaria “Física para todos: Divulgación de la Física” organizada por Miguel Ángel Sanchís (Universidad de Valencia) y Jorge Mira (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) en la XXXVI Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española […]

Called It

Thursday, July 20, 00:18 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Yours truly on Google Glass back in 2013: And the idea that people will wear things like this everywhere (as opposed to special specific scenarios, such as workers in an environment where their hands are otherwise occupied, like, say, surgeons) strikes me as creepy as hell. ★

Samsung Describes Its Male and Female Bixby Assistants With Sexist Descriptions

Thursday, July 20, 00:17 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Alejandro Alba, writing for Gizmodo: After months of delays, Samsung’s much ballyhooed voice assistant Bixby is here — and users on social media are already noticing the company’s loaded, sexist

10 books from TEDWomen for your summer reading list — and beyond

Wednesday, July 19, 23:57 UTC @ TED Blog

There’s no doubt that the speakers we invite to TEDWomen each year have amazing stories to tell. And many of them are published authors (or about to be!) whose work is worth exploring beyond their brief moments in the TED spotlight. So, if you’re looking for some inspiring, instructive and provocative books to add to your […]

★ Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS

Wednesday, July 19, 22:47 UTC @ Daring Fireball

The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it’s good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren’t using.

This Week’s Hype

Wednesday, July 19, 21:15 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Commenter CIP pointed out that today’s New York Times has one of the worst examples of string theory hype I’ve seen in a while. Based on this observation of an expected QFT anomaly effect in a condensed matter system, the … Continue reading →

Scientists Observe Gravitational Anomaly on Earth

Wednesday, July 19, 18:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Modern physics has accustomed us to strange and counterintuitive notions of reality — especially quantum physics which is famous for leaving physical objects in strange states of superposition. For example, Schrödinger’s cat, who finds itself unable to decide if it is dead or alive. Sometimes however quantum mechanics is more decisive and even destructive. Symmetries are the holy […] The post

New Downloads Now Available

Wednesday, July 19, 17:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

Test your apps with the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.macOS Sierra 10.12.6 (16G29)iOS 10.3.3 (14G60)watchOS 3.2.3 (14V753)tvOS 10.2.2 (14W756)View all downloads.

Apple Machine Learning Journal

Wednesday, July 19, 16:19 UTC @ Daring Fireball

New publication from Apple, where Apple engineers can publish their work and research on machine learning. The writing is more accessible than a peer-reviewed technical journal, but alas (but unsurprisingly for Apple), the articles are un-bylined. The approachability without avoiding nitty-gritty technical details reminds me of Dr. Dobb’s Journal back in the day. My assumption here is that this doesn’t replace p

Penrose claims LIGO noise is evidence for Cyclic Cosmology

Wednesday, July 19, 15:48 UTC @ Backreaction

Noise is the physicists’ biggest enemy. Unless you are a theorist whose pet idea masquerades as noise. Then you are best friends with noise. Like Roger Penrose. Correlated "noise" in LIGO gravitational wave signals: an implication of Conformal Cyclic Cosmology Roger Penrose arXiv:1707.04169 [gr-qc] Roger Penrose made his name with the Penrose-Hawking theorems and twistor theory. He is also

Penrose claims LIGO noise is evidence for Cyclic Cosmology

Wednesday, July 19, 15:48 UTC @ Backreaction

Noise is the physicists’ biggest enemy. Unless you are a theorist whose pet idea masquerades as noise. Then you are best friends with noise. Like Roger Penrose. Correlated "noise" in LIGO gravitational wave signals: an implication of Conformal Cyclic Cosmology Roger Penrose arXiv:1707.04169 [gr-qc] Roger Penrose made his name with the Penrose-Hawking theorems and twistor theory. He is also

The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses

Wednesday, July 19, 14:37 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

Mathematical insights into how RNA helps viruses pull together their protein shells could guide future studies of viral behavior and function.

Did a ‘big whack’ create all of Pluto’s moons? (Synopsis)

Wednesday, July 19, 14:01 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“We really expect the mission to be transformational. This is the capstone of the original visits to the planets. It takes us 4 billion miles away and 4 billion years back in time.” -Alan Stern When the Hubble Space Telescope discovered additional moons of Pluto, beyond Charon, it was speculated that New Horizons might find…

IBM Research at CVPR 2017: Helping AI systems to see with computer vision

Wednesday, July 19, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

This week IBM Research will be participating at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Honolulu, Hawaii from July 21 –25. As a major computer vision event, it’s a place for researchers, academics, students, and even investors to learn about the latest advances in the field. IBM’s presence this year includes multiple […] The post IBM Research at CVPR 2017: Helping

Corners stick out more in high dimensions

Wednesday, July 19, 12:31 UTC @ John D. Cook

High-dimensional geometry is full of surprises. For example, nearly all the area of a high-dimensional sphere is near the equator, and by symmetry it doesn’t matter which equator you take. Here’s another surprise: corners stick out more in high dimensions. Hypercubes, for example, become pointier as dimension increases. How might we quantify this? Think of […]

Francis en la XXXVI Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física

Wednesday, July 19, 07:06 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Me encuentro en Santiago de Compostela en la XXXVI Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física. Hoy participo en una mesa redonda sobre divulgación de la Física (11:40–13:40) “Física para todos. Divulgación de la Física”, organizada por […]

Acorn 6

Wednesday, July 19, 00:37 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Gus Mueller, Flying Meat Software: What’s new and awesome? For a number of years, text on a path has been our number one feature request and we finally got to deliver it with version 6. Acorn has always had great text support; it handles unicode effortlessly, and you can have multiple font faces and weights in a single text block. You can even have emoji as part of your text block. All of these same features work perfectly with text on a path. Inline editing, selection, e

Transmit 5

Wednesday, July 19, 00:31 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Cabel Sasser: Seven years after the first release of Transmit 4, our well-loved and widely-used macOS file transfer app, we sat down with an incredibly exhaustive list of ideas, and — this’ll sound like I’m exaggerating but I’m mostly sure I’m not — we did it all. With one massive update we’ve brought everyone’s favorite file-transferring truck into the future with more speed, more servers, more features, more fixes, a better UI, and even Panic Sync. Eve

★ iPhone Prelude

Wednesday, July 19, 00:09 UTC @ Daring Fireball

In a broad sense, that’s my idea for the iPhone Pro — a premium-priced product that offers us early access to technologies and components that will be (or even just might be) in all iPhones in another year or two.

New Subscription Status Details Now Available

Tuesday, July 18, 21:40 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

Now you can receive server notifications of key events and get enhanced receipts with real-time information about the status of auto-renewable subscriptions. You can use this information to resolve billing issues and engage customers by displaying relevant messaging.Learn more about server notifications for subscriptions.

The Return of Google Glass

Tuesday, July 18, 18:36 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Laura Stevens, reporting for The Wall Street Journal: Google parent Alphabet Inc. is relaunching Glass, its head-worn computer, targeting corporate customers after its initial version flopped because of privacy concerns. Dubbed Glass Enterprise Edition, the product has been in testing at about 50 companies, including Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and Volkswagen AG, Alphabet said Tuesday. The new device, which is designed to snap on eyeglass frames and display informat

Designing Better Touch Bar Experiences

Tuesday, July 18, 17:53 UTC @ joe cieplinski

As expected, I’ve been loving Touch Bar on my new MacBook Pro. I do find, however, that some app developers are doing a better job than others of taking advantage of this new input device. When I shipped x2y on the Mac last year, I didn’t have a

Jonathan Chait: ‘Trumpcare Collapsed Because Republicans Cannot Govern’

Tuesday, July 18, 17:28 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jonathan Chait: In truth, it was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology. In a pure market system, access to medical care will be unaffordable for a huge share of the public. Giving them access to quality care means mobilizing government power to redistribute resources, either through direct tax and transfers or through regulations that raise costs for the healthy and lower them for the sick. Obamacare uses both methods,

Garry Kasparov on Trump and Putin

Tuesday, July 18, 16:53 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Garry Kasparov, in a column for The New York Daily News: For autocrats, angry denial is the first phase of responding to accurate charges against them. “No! Never! A complete fabrication!” As evidence accumulates, this shifts to feigning ignorance and claiming misunderstanding, along with attempts to distract by slandering the accusers, blaming others for similar sins and discrediting the concept of knowable truth. “I didn’t know it was wrong! The media

Only 45 Percent of Trump Voters Believe Don Jr. Met With the Russians, After Junior Admitted It

Tuesday, July 18, 16:48 UTC @ Daring Fireball

John Aravosis: Public Policy Polling has a new poll out that’s depressing as hell, and a sign of just how fact-deprived Trump voters truly are. Among other findings, only 45% of Trump voters think Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians last year to discuss their offer to help his father win the election. And 32% say it didn’t happen a

Dov Charney’s 2.0: Los Angeles Apparel

Tuesday, July 18, 16:29 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Matthew Townsend, reporting for Bloomberg: But American Apparel’s 2015 bankruptcy wiped out most of his net worth, so where would he get the money? Didn’t his tawdry past of sexual harassment allegations make him radioactive? And shouldn’t American Apparel’s collapse prove that making clothes in the U.S. is a fool’s errand? Yet here he is, at 48, overseeing a startup with seamstresses and fabric cutters and boxes of T-shirts waiting to be shipped across the country. H

Introducing “The Heartbeat” Newsletter

Tuesday, July 18, 15:23 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Going to the Mattresses

Tuesday, July 18, 14:22 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Was our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

Tuesday, July 18, 14:02 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted.” -Charles W. Misner One of the more puzzling aspects of our Universe is that, no matter which direction we look in, no matter how far away we check, its properties appear to be practically identical. This is surprising, since no signal can…

10 Ways to Be a Better Interviewer

Tuesday, July 18, 13:16 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Of course, there is no right way to do an interview, but you can always be better. Make an effort to make your candidates as comfortable as possible so they have the greatest chance for success.

The TED2018 Fellows application is open. Apply now!

Tuesday, July 18, 13:00 UTC @ TED Blog

TED is looking for early-career, visionary thinkers from around the world to join the Fellows program at the upcoming TED2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Do you have an original approach to your work that’s worth sharing with the world? Are you working to uplift and empower your local community through innovative science, art or […]

In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium

Tuesday, July 18, 12:20 UTC @ Quanta Magazine

John Nash’s notion of equilibrium is ubiquitous in economic theory, but a new study shows that it is often impossible to reach efficiently.

New committer: Marcin Wojtas (src)

Tuesday, July 18, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

This Week in Rust 191

Tuesday, July 18, 04:00 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?

Moving back to Berlin

Tuesday, July 18, 00:00 UTC @ Pedro Piñera

On January 2017 I moved to Budapest. My girlfriend was living there, and the distance was very hard. I had been in Berlin for approximately two years, and although I loved the city, I thought that moving to Budapest was the right call to make. I liked, and like my company, SoundCloud, so I wanted to continue working for it. I appreciate a lot the opportunity that I was given by them, working remotely supporting the team and the project from there. I was very excited; new working setup, new city and life

New Customer Support Role Now Available

Tuesday, July 18, 00:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

Now you can let your customer support experts respond to reviews on the App Store. Simply assign them the Customer Support role in iTunes Connect, and they’ll get access to everything they need to respond to reviews. Learn more about the new role.

Apple’s Risky Balancing Act With the Next iPhone

Monday, July 17, 23:53 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jason Snell, in a terrific column for Macworld: This is one of those areas where Apple may be the victim of its own success. The iPhone is so popular a product that Apple can’t include any technology or source any part if it can’t be made more than 200 million times a year. If the supplier of a cutting-edge part Apple wants can only provide the company with 50 million per year, it simply can’t be used in the iPhone. Apple sells too many, too fast. Contrast that to Apple

Building the Best Relationships We Can

Monday, July 17, 18:52 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Jeet Heer: ‘We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy’

Monday, July 17, 17:00 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jeet Heer, writing for The New Republic: Imagine a group of dunderheaded Americans who think they would benefit from a covert alliance with the Russian government. They make overtures to that country’s ambassador, blithely ignorant that they’ll be monitored by U.S. intelligence. A series of cascading mistakes ultimately brings disaster crashing down on their heads. That might sound like a summary of the latest news about the White House, but it is also the plot of Burn

Benedict Evans: ‘Creation and Consumption’

Monday, July 17, 16:55 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Benedict Evans: It seems to me that when people talk about what you ‘can’t’ do on a device, there are actually two different meanings of ‘can’t’ in computing. There is ‘can’t’ as meaning the feature doesn’t exist, and there is ‘can’t’ as meaning you don’t know how to do it. If you don’t know how to do it, the feature might as well not be there. So, there is what an expert can’t do on a smartphone or tablet that they could do on a PC. But then there are

Chaim Gartenberg: ‘The Future of the Smartwatch Should Be Smart Watch Bands’

Monday, July 17, 15:59 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for The Verge: Despite the best efforts from Apple (with the Apple Watch), Google (with Android Wear), Samsung (with the Galaxy Gear), Pebble (with the, uh, Pebble), and dozens of other companies, the dream of the smartwatch hasn’t really taken off. Turns out that turning a smartphone into a wrist device isn’t really that appealing. Even if you can somehow get the right balance of battery life, device size, and developer support, people just aren’t real

Apple Previews New Emoji

Monday, July 17, 15:56 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Apple: In celebration of World Emoji Day, Apple is sharing some of the new emoji coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year. It’s crazy to me that there hasn’t been a sandwich emoji until now. ★

Changing Root View Layout Margins

Monday, July 17, 15:50 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

When Apple introduced layout margins in iOS 8 they made the decision to have the system manage the margins of a view controller’s root view. This allowed them to vary the left/right margins depending on the size class (16 points for compact width and 20 points for regular). The downside was that you could not alter these margins. That changed in iOS 11. Layout Margins - A recap The layoutMargins property of a UIView is

Thom Holwerda: ‘Android Is a Dead End’

Monday, July 17, 15:34 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Thom Holwerda, writing for OSNews: Android in its current form suffers from several key architectural problems - it’s not nearly as resource-efficient as, say, iOS, has consistent update problems, and despite hefty hardware, still suffers from the occasional performance problems, among other things - that Google clearly hasn’t been able to solve. It feels like Android is in limbo, waiting for something, as if Google is working on something else that will eventually succeed

Android Killed Windows Phone

Monday, July 17, 15:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Dieter Bohn, The Verge: So while Microsoft didn’t do itself any favors, I’d argue strongly that all these machinations and flailings weren’t a response (or weren’t only a response) to the iPhone. The real enemy was the company that had set its sights on Microsoft’s phone ambitions since before the iPhone was released. That company was Google, of course, and it only tangentially wanted to take on the iPhone. Google’s real target was always Microsoft, and it hit the b

Five Eclipse Phenomena You’ll See Better With A Camera Than Your Eyes (Synopsis)

Monday, July 17, 14:32 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Having totality means being capable of following ‘what is,’ because ‘what is’ is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of ‘what is.’” -Bruce Lee If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before, you’ve likely heard about many…

89944 Hat Problems

Monday, July 17, 13:26 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I've blogged about different hat problems a few times (see here). The question arises: How many hat problems are there? The answer is really infinite (literally) but I will list some parameters and bound them reasonably to get an upper bound. Some of the combinations don't make sense, but we'll live with that. (I am also working on a website of hat problem papers. Its nowhere near finished yet and maybe never will be, but its

You Won’t Get Rid Of Your Problems. Best You Can Do Is Trade Up

Monday, July 17, 13:06 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Virtual music box

Monday, July 17, 12:36 UTC @ absorptions

A little music project I was writing required a melody be played on a music box. However, the paper-programmable music box I had (pictured) could only play notes on the C major scale. I couldn't easily find a realistic-sounding synthesizer version either. They all seemed to be missing something. Maybe they were too perfectly tuned? I wasn't sure. Perhaps, if I digitized the sound myself, I could build a flexible virtual instrument to generate just the perfect sample for the piece!

Reputation Engineering, part II

Monday, July 17, 11:50 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

In the previous post I have argued that reputation engineering can be done in any system with tokens that allow for accumulation of reputation. The example given were Twitter accounts that can be used for accumulating followers. In this post I want to dig deeper into the nature of reputation and reputation tokens. Let me start with the trademark law. There are several advantages to it: It was created specifically to deal with reputa

Linguistics and Programming Languages

Monday, July 17, 09:02 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

NOTE: This is an article I've published more that a decade ago. From my today's point of view it may be a bit naive but it still makes a valid and interesting proposal. Sadly though, nobody have taken the challenge in the meantime. Can it be a time to do so now? I am republishing it here as is, with no modifications whatsover. It is quite common to use computers to analyse natural languages. Although we are not yet able to accomplish the task plausibly, the problem is bei

Xcode 9's Manual Provisioning Changes

Monday, July 17, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

Xcode 9, introduced at WWDC 2017 contains a plethora of new features, from it’s new editor to the inclusion of Xcode Server, and even changes to Asset Catalogs that improve image handling and the ability to add color assets. With this new release, Apple has paid a lot of attention to every developer’s favorite pastime: Provisioning. Last year with Xcode 8, Apple unveiled a revamped provisioning setup that included the ability to automatically sign and manage provisioning profiles, entitlement

The Next Form of Do Not Disturb

Sunday, July 16, 21:06 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I’ve got a new feature request for iOS 12. In iOS 11, we’re getting Do Not Disturb While Driving, which turns off all notifications and other distractions automatically when the phone detects you are driving a car. A great feature that will very likely save lives. For iOS

Kitchen Tile Catalog Complete

Sunday, July 16, 17:53 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

All tessellating convex polygons found Cropped and combined from src1, src2. Michaël Rao and Marjorie Rice are linked in this month’s news. Rao has just released a paper (see also slides and code here) completing the catalog of convex polygons that tile the plane. Rice, who passed away on July 2 (obit), had expanded the […]

hobbes, Morgan Stanley OSS

Sunday, July 16, 15:34 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Over the last few years, I have been developing hobbes -- a programming language, JIT compiler, and database system -- as part of my work for Morgan Stanley. It has become a critical piece of infrastructure in our low-latency, high-volume trading applications, and we have decided to release the source code to the public on github (currently can be built for recent Linux and macOS platforms): github.com/Morgan-Stanley/hobbes The data

Comments of the Week #169: from a theory of everything to discovering today’s Universe

Sunday, July 16, 15:32 UTC @ Starts With A Bang

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” -Isaac Asimov Just like every week, we’ve had a slew of new stories to share with you here on Starts With A Bang! It’s been great fun to put these stories together, to share a…

Math diagrams updated

Saturday, July 15, 22:19 UTC @ John D. Cook

I updated several of the math diagrams on this site today. They’re SVG now, so they resize nicely if you want to zoom in our out. Special functions Topological vector spaces Category theory concepts General topology Gamma function identities

Reseña: “Transgénicos sin miedo” de J. M. Mulet

Saturday, July 15, 18:43 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

“La palabra «transgénico» suena fatal, casi tan mal como «nuclear» o «tóxico». [A] pesar de las incertidumbres y reticencias, toda nueva tecnología cruza un punto de no retorno a partir del cual es imposible vivir sin ella. No todas […] Leer más

Hoy las Matemáticas están de luto: fallece la iraní Maryam Mirzakhani

Saturday, July 15, 18:08 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

El sábado 15 de julio de 2017 ha fallecido la matemática iraní Maryam Mirzakhani, de la Universidad de Stanford, California. Se le diagnosticó un cáncer de mama un año antes de recibir la Medalla Fields en 2014. No ha […] Leer más

FreeBSD 11.1-RC3 Available

Saturday, July 15, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The third RC build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

ECL News: Lisp (ECL) and QML (Qt5) on Android?

Saturday, July 15, 01:00 UTC @ Planet Lisp

--> --> --> Lisp and QML on Android --> --> --> --> --> --> (please note that I'm assuming a Linux/64 bit platform or VirtualBox image) Preamble:

Business of Software Conference Code of Conduct

Friday, July 14, 17:19 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Business of Software Conference – Code of Conduct Always worth reminding people that this is important for us all. We expect everyone who attends our events in any capacity to treat other human beings well whoever they may be. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code […] The post Business of Software Conferenc

Member of the Band – Gorilla Gaudy Blanco

Friday, July 14, 16:20 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! Gaudy Blanco

MongoDB, Platform Company?

Friday, July 14, 15:46 UTC @ tecosystems

In March of this year, Cloudera, the company best known for large scale data products like Hadoop, Impala and Spark, introduced a product called Altus. Billed as a PaaS, a term that has gone out of fashion amongst the companies that have pioneered it, it’s essentially a specialized environment that abstracts the underlying infrastructure and

MongoDB, Platform Company?

Friday, July 14, 15:46 UTC @ tecosystems

In March of this year, Cloudera, the company best known for large scale data products like Hadoop, Impala and Spark, introduced a product called Altus. Billed as a PaaS, a term that has gone out of fashion amongst the companies that have pioneered it, it’s essentially a specialized environment that abstracts the underlying infrastructure and

Friday Q&A 2017-07-14: Swift.Codable

Friday, July 14, 13:57 UTC @ NSBlog

One of the interesting additions to Swift 4 is the Codable protocol and the machinery around it. This is a subject near and dear to my heart, and I want to discuss what it is and how it works today. (Read More)

Social Media and the Death of Intelligent Debate

Friday, July 14, 12:34 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Social media is great for shouting. Less good for nuanced debate. It rarely changes mass opinions. If people don’t share your view, you’re unlikely to change their mind by being outraged and emotional on social media. It might feel like you are making well received points, but only other people like you are listening.. Interesting […] The post Social Media and the Deat

Discrete example of concentration of measure

Friday, July 14, 12:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

The previous post looked at a continuous example of concentration of measure. As you move away from a thin band around the equator, the remaining area in the rest of the sphere decreases as an exponential function of the dimension and the distance from the equator. This post will show a very similar result for […]

Podcast CB S&R 119: Retrocausalidad y el tiempo en física cuántica

Friday, July 14, 10:38 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

He participado en el episodio 119 del podcast Coffee Break: Señal y Ruido [iVoox, iTunes], titulado “Retrocausalidad y el tiempo en cuántica; Nuevo barión doblemente encantado; Homínidos y nosotros; Señales oyentes”, 13 Jul 2017. “La tertulia semanal ha repasado […] Leer más<

★ iPhone Silly Season

Friday, July 14, 00:01 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Apple is months ahead of these rumors — what we hear now with reports like this are just echoes of decisions that have already been made.

The Mac Mini Turns 1,000 Days Old Today

Friday, July 14, 00:01 UTC @ Daring Fireball

“The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup.” ★

Why we dismiss negative feedback

Thursday, July 13, 20:00 UTC @ Signal v. Noise - Medium

Solutions to some Hat Problem AND some points of interest.

Thursday, July 13, 19:50 UTC @ Computational Complexity

In my last blog here I asked three (known) hat problems since they may be new to you (one of them I just learned last week) and I had a point to make about them. I have WRITTEN UP the proofs here since html is clumsy with math (or I'm clumsy with html-math), so this post is mostly about the points to make about these problems. I would

Font Choice Leads to Scandal Threatening the Pakistani PM

Thursday, July 13, 19:10 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Sune Engel Rasmussen and Pádraig Collins, reporting for The Guardian: The daughter of Pakistan’s prime minister has become subject of ridicule in her home country after forensic experts cast doubts on documents central to her defence against corruption allegations. […] Documents claiming that Mariam Nawaz Sharif was only a trustee of the companies that bought the London flats, are dated February 2006, and appear to be typed in Microsoft Calibri. But the font was

Medidas cuánticas de la posición usando un espejo de masa (aparente) negativa

Thursday, July 13, 18:58 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Una temperatura negativa se logra mediante una inversión de población (por ejemplo, en un láser). Usando el mismo método se puede lograr una masa negativa. Se publica en Nature un oscilador mixto formado por una membrana nanomecánica acoplada a […] Leer más

watchOS 4 beta 3 (15R5321h) Now Available

Thursday, July 13, 17:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

watchOS 4 beta 3 (15R5321h) Now Available

The Internet Is Fucked (Again)

Thursday, July 13, 16:55 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Nilay Patel, writing for The Verge: Most of these things are still true, even after the Obama-era FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler reclassified internet access as a Title II telecommunications service and imposed strict net neutrality rules on wired and wireless internet providers. And most of these things will get even worse when Pai pushes through his plan to rescind Title II and those rules, despite widespread public outcry. The lack of competition in the broadband access mark

Una protesta política incómoda en los agradecimientos de un artículo

Thursday, July 13, 12:55 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Me hice eco en Twitter de una protesta contra la política científica del Gobierno de España en un artículo de investigación. Se ha publicado una corrección a dicho artículo como protesta formal de los dos autores senior (el artículo estaba […] Leer más

Nearly all the area in a high-dimensional sphere is near the equator

Thursday, July 13, 12:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

Nearly all the area of a high-dimensional sphere is near the equator.  And by symmetry, it doesn’t matter which equator you take. Draw any great circle and nearly all of the area will be near that circle.  This is the canonical example of “concentration of measure.” What exactly do we mean by “nearly all the […]

Nature magazine publishes comment on quantum gravity phenomenology, demonstrates failure of editorial oversight

Thursday, July 13, 11:17 UTC @ Backreaction

I have a headache andblame Nature magazine for it. For about 15 years, I have worked on quantum gravity phenomenology, which means I study ways to experimentally test the quantum properties of space and time. Since 2007, my research area has its own conference series, “Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity,” which took place most recently September 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Extrapolating

Nature magazine publishes comment on quantum gravity phenomenology, demonstrates failure of editorial oversight

Thursday, July 13, 11:17 UTC @ Backreaction

I have a headache andblame Nature magazine for it. For about 15 years, I have worked on quantum gravity phenomenology, which means I study ways to experimentally test the quantum properties of space and time. Since 2007, my research area has its own conference series, “Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity,” which took place most recently September 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Extrapolating

Grad student wins IBM Fellowship to Mimic Brain Architecture

Thursday, July 13, 08:07 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

S. R. Nandakumar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has won a coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship to support his work on computer systems that mimic the architecture of the human brain. He is currently interning at IBM’s Zurich Lab and we had the chance to ask him a few questions. Q. Last August IBM scientists published […] The post

Reputation Engineering, part I

Thursday, July 13, 05:49 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

NOTE: Since the previous Romeo & Juliet post, I have written a little note on anthropology of hacker culture. Eric Raymond have replied here. It's great that this discussion is happening because, in the end, we'll need to understand how industries with huge upfront cost and close to zero per-piece cost could possibly work. If you think about it, eventually most of what we do will fall into t

★ New on Daring Fireball: Display Ads

Wednesday, July 12, 20:44 UTC @ Daring Fireball

What I finally decided was the most obvious replacement possible: selling Deck-like ads on my own, directly to advertisers, much like I do with the weekly feed sponsorships.

Michael Tsai on Fantastical 2.4 for Mac

Wednesday, July 12, 19:28 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Michael Tsai on the latest update to Fantastical for Mac: It’s like they read my mind and implemented my four most-wanted features. Great update. It really is a great update. I’m not even sure what to ask for at this point. No app is ever “done”, but at this point Fantastical feels feature complete.

Kottke’s Buyer’s Guide for Next Month’s Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, July 12, 17:56 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Jason Kottke: On August 21, 2017 across the entire United States, the Moon will move in front of the Sun, partially blocking it from our view. For those on the path of totality, the Moon will entirely block out the Sun for more than 2 minutes. I’ve been looking forward to seeing a total solar eclipse since I was a little kid, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on what to buy to enjoy the eclipse s

Google Pays Academics for Publishing Favorable Articles About Google

Wednesday, July 12, 16:34 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Madison Malone Kircher, writing for New York Magazine: Over the last ten years, Google (er, um, Alphabet) has paid thousands of dollars to people in the academic community working on research that directly involves the company’s business, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday. Dollar amounts ranged from $5,000 to $400,000, and Google’s financial contrib

We’re all cyborgs, and AI assistants will make us more human

Wednesday, July 12, 14:38 UTC @ x.ai

In the classic 1980s dystopian sci-fi movie RoboCop, mortally wounded Detroit police officer Alex Murphy is reborn as a cyborg when his brain is implanted in a fully mechanical body. … View Article The post We’re all cyborgs, and AI assistants will make us more human appeared first on <

New committer: Matt Joras (src)

Wednesday, July 12, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

FreeBSD-SA-17:05.heimdal

Wednesday, July 12, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD Security Advisories

Android Police: ‘This Is the 2017 Google Pixel “XL”’

Tuesday, July 11, 22:47 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Looks great. If this is legit, they’ll sell thousands more of them than last year. ★

Apple Extends Free Repairs of First-Generation Apple Watches With Detached Back Covers

Tuesday, July 11, 21:01 UTC @ Daring Fireball

It’s good that Apple is doing this, but the fact that these things are just glued together shows how different Apple Watches are from traditional mechanical watches. You can buy a $60 watch from Seiko with better assembly quality than an Apple Watch Edition.

Brainiacs: Applying Watson for Genomics to better understand brain tumors

Tuesday, July 11, 20:05 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

This spring I was invited to a global meeting about cancer research – how tumor data should be gathered, integrated and interpreted.  It brought together specialists from medicine, biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science for an extensive multi-disciplinary exploration. On the long trans-Atlantic flight back, to distract myself, I casually pulled out a movie from […] The post Brainiacs: Ap

p5.js

Tuesday, July 11, 19:14 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

p5.js is a JavaScript library inspired by Processing. Seems it could be a fun way to introduce non-CS types to programming. The demo is particularly well done; check it out first. The actual home of the project is here.

Is There a Single Method for the Internet of Things?

Tuesday, July 11, 15:52 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

The Industrial Internet Consortium predicts the IoT (Internet of Things) will become the third technological revolution after the Industrial Revolution and the Internet Revolution. Its impact across all industries and businesses can hardly be imagined. Existing software (business, telecom, aerospace, defense, etc.) is expected to be modified or redesigned, and a huge amount of new software, solving new problems, will have to be developed. As a consequence, the software industry should welcome new and better

[Sponsor] Squarespace

Tuesday, July 11, 15:16 UTC @ Daring Fireball

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This Week in Rust 190

Tuesday, July 11, 04:00 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?

DIEHARDER random number generator test results for PCG and MWC

Tuesday, July 11, 00:44 UTC @ John D. Cook

A few days ago I wrote about testing the PCG random number generator using the DIEHARDER test suite. In this post I’ll go into a little more background on this random number generator test suite. I’ll also show that like M. E. O’Neill’s PCG (“permuted congruential generator”), George Marsaglia’s MWC (“multiply with carry”) generator does quite […]

Max Boot: ‘Trump Has Picked America’s Enemies in Russia Over Its Friends in Europe’

Monday, July 10, 18:40 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Max Boot, writing for Foreign Policy: His nutty behavior is bad enough at home; it’s even worse abroad when he is supposed to be representing not just his rabid base of “deplorables” but, rather, the whole country. That is something Trump simply does not know how to do. Thus, in the course of this trip, he trashed his predecessor, the U.S. intelligence community, and the “fake news” media. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan in 1981 going abroad and attacking Jimmy Carter f

RustBelt: Securing the Foundations of the Rust Programming Language

Monday, July 10, 15:14 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

RustBelt: Securing the Foundations of the Rust Programming Language by Ralf Jung, Jacques-Henri Jourdan, Robbert Krebbers, Derek Dreyer: Rust is a new systems programming language that promises to overcome the seemingly fundamental tradeoff between high-level safety guarantees and low-level control over resource management. Unfortunately, none of Rust’s safety claims have been formally proven, and there is good reas

El último límite de CAST para la interacción entre axiones y fotones

Monday, July 10, 13:20 UTC @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

El axión es un candidato a partícula de materia oscura muy prometedor. El Telescopio de Axiones Solares del CERN (CAST, por CERN Axion Solar Telescope) ha finalizado su operación sin observar el axión. Se publica en Nature Physis su […] Leer más

On Even Bigger iPads

Monday, July 10, 11:34 UTC @ joe cieplinski

If Apple wants the iPad to start making serious inroads into the pro market, and I believe they do, then they are going to need to release even bigger iPads. That may sound crazy, but hear me out. (via minimalpath) I don’t think this sounds crazy at all. I

Two hat problems you may or may not have seen but I have a point to make about one of them

Sunday, July 09, 21:32 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Hat problems are fun and often require clever solutions. I have posted about one type of hat problem here. In this post I ask three. For two of them I have a point to make which I will make when I post the answer later in the week. Feel free to post your thoughts and answers, BUT be war

Bck2Brwsr 0.20 - the Radtouren 2017 Release

Sunday, July 09, 13:27 UTC @ APIDesign - Blogs

This version of Bck2Brwsr VM is called Radtouren 2017 version, as it has been prepared and released while our gang was bicycling in Korutany. Sleeping in a tent in camps, bicycling whole day, coding in a morning. What can be more fun? Support for

Stephen Hawking’s 75th Birthday Conference: Impressions

Sunday, July 09, 11:09 UTC @ Backreaction

I’m back from Cambridge, where I attended the conference “Gravity and Black Holes” in honor of Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday. First things first, the image on the conference poster, website, banner, etc is not a psychedelic banana, but gravitational wave emission in a black hole merger. It’s a still from a numerical simulation done by a Cambridge group that you can watch in full on YouTube.

Stephen Hawking’s 75th Birthday Conference: Impressions

Sunday, July 09, 11:09 UTC @ Backreaction

I’m back from Cambridge, where I attended the conference “Gravity and Black Holes” in honor of Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday. First things first, the image on the conference poster, website, banner, etc is not a psychedelic banana, but gravitational wave emission in a black hole merger. It’s a still from a numerical simulation done by a Cambridge group that you can watch in full on YouTube.

The chaos game and the Sierpinski triangle

Saturday, July 08, 18:56 UTC @ John D. Cook

The chaos game is played as follows. Pick a starting point at random. Then at each subsequent step, pick a triangle vertex at random and move half way from the current position to that vertex. The result looks like a fractal called the Sierpinski triangle or Sierpinski gasket. Here’s an example: If the random number […]

FreeBSD 11.1-RC2 Available

Saturday, July 08, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The second RC build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

A Bicategory of Decorated Cospans

Saturday, July 08, 00:07 UTC @ Azimuth

My students are trying to piece together general theory of networks, inspired by many examples. A good general theory should clarify and unify these examples. What some people call network theory, I’d just call ‘applied graph invariant theory’: they come up with a way to calculate numbers from graphs, they calculate these numbers for graphs […]

Testing the PCG random number generator

Friday, July 07, 23:07 UTC @ John D. Cook

M. E. O’Neill’s PCG family of random number generators looks very promising. It appears to have excellent statistical and cryptographic properties. And it takes remarkably little code to implement. (PCG stands for Permuted Congruential Generator.) The journal article announcing PCG gives the results of testing it with the TestU01 test suite. I wanted to try it out […]

★ Speculation Regarding the Pricing of and Strategy Behind This Year’s New iPhones

Friday, July 07, 21:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

In the same way it made sense for Honda and Toyota to create their Acura and Lexus divisions to sell higher-end cars without eroding the value or popularity of their best-selling Accords and Camrys, it makes sense for Apple to create a premium tier for the iPhone, the best-selling product the company has ever made and likely will ever make.

Sharing the Art and Science of Lithography

Friday, July 07, 19:40 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

This post originally appeared on EE Times I love my work in lithography and sharing my experiences with young people, hoping to inspire them when they realize the fun and art behind science. At a young age, I was very curious about how things worked. Much to the surprise and encouragement of my two parents […] The post Sharing the Art and Science of Lithography appeared first on

Justin Williams Got Hacked and All He Got Was This New SIM Card

Friday, July 07, 17:29 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Justin Williams: I like to think I take an above average amount of steps to secure myself online: I use a password manager, unique passwords as complex as the site will allow, and turn on 2-factor authentication when possible. A true security expert will likely find some sort of flaw in my setup, but I’ll argue that I am doing more than 95% of the planet. So how did I, someone who is reasonably secure, have his cell phone disabled, his PayPal account compromised, and a fe

Undefined Behavior in 2017

Friday, July 07, 17:02 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Exhaustive review of Undefined Behaviors in C and C++ in 2017 by Pascal Cuoq and John Regehr. Recently we’ve heard a few people imply that problems stemming from undefined behaviors (UB) in C and C++ are largely solved due to ubiquitous availability of dynamic checking tools such as ASan, UBSan, MSan, and TSan. We are here to state the obvious — that, despite the many excellent advances in tooling over the last few years, UB-r

Apple’s Bad Beta Decision on Em and En Dashes in iOS 11

Friday, July 07, 16:29 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Glenn Fleishman: Terrible news. Apple is replacing the long-running convention of typing two hyphens to obtain an em dash or “long dash.” That is, if you type “--”, many places in the interface in which autocorrection is enabled or third-party software takes advantage of autocorrection, it’s turned into —. […] Why is this terrible news? Some have argued with me on Twitter that it’s more logical: “-” for hyphen, “--

Member of the Band – Gorilla Daniel Ching

Friday, July 07, 16:00 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! Daniel Ching

Can we all help change the ecosystem so men can’t abuse their power and privilege?

Friday, July 07, 14:06 UTC @ Business of Software USA

A pustulent boil finally burst in the software industry. Two very high-profile investors, and a few other wannabe high profile investors, have been accused of multiple instances of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior with potential and current employees and investees. The investors are male. The investees all female. No surprises there. There were a few surprises […] The post

Lessons Learned in 17 Years Building and Exiting a SaaS Company | Gail Goodman | BoS USA 2016

Friday, July 07, 10:36 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Gail Goodman When Gail became CEO of Constant Contact 17 years ago, she had to persuade venture capitalists that selling anything to SME/SMBs was possible, let alone an online service – THIS WAS THE LAST MILLENNIUM! Gail considers some of the things she has learned about marketing and serving SMB customers, about the software industry […] The post

What I Learned in a Decade at Hubspot | Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot | BoS USA 2016

Friday, July 07, 10:35 UTC @ Business of Software USA

Dharmesh Shah, Founder/CTO, Hubspot Hubspot, the company Dharmesh co-founded in 2006, has grown over time to become a publicly listed company with over 1,000 employees, revenue approaching $200 million and a market cap that makes it a public unicorn. In this talk, Dharmesh shares some of the things he got right as a technical founder […] The post What I Lea

Various Links

Thursday, July 06, 23:01 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Some links to things that may be of interest: There’s an excellent article at FiveThirtyEight about the issue of publicizing math research, taking as example the Atlas of Lie Groups and Representations project (which will soon be having a workshop). … Continue reading →

Jon Bois: ‘What Football Will Look Like in the Future’

Thursday, July 06, 22:36 UTC @ Daring Fireball

I implore you to drop everything and read this now, regardless if you care about or even understand the rules of the game. Trust me. ★

Last Week’s Hype

Thursday, July 06, 18:55 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Now back from vacation, more regular blogging should resume imminently. While away, lots of press stories about claims that LIGO could be used to get “evidence for string theory”. As usual, these things can be traced back to misleading statements … Continue reading →

Speaking of $1,200–1,600 Phones

Thursday, July 06, 17:55 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Red has announced (and is accepting pre-orders for) a 2018 high-end Android phone with a “holographic display”. $1,200 for aluminum, $1,600 for titanium. (Via The Verge.) ★

IoT: The Internet of Terror

Thursday, July 06, 16:15 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

It is true that many security-focused engineers can sound like Chicken Little, running around announcing that the sky is falling, but, unless you've been living under a rock, you will notice that, indeed, the sky IS falling. Not a day goes by without a significant attack against networked systems making the news, and the Internet of Terror is leading the charge in taking distributed systems down the road to hell - a road that you wish to pave with your good intentions.

AdAge: Apple News Reportedly Open to Letting Publishers Sell Ads

Thursday, July 06, 15:41 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Garett Sloane, reporting for AdAge: Apple is working on a money fix for publishers that send their articles and content to its News app but so far have gotten very little in return, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple News will let top media partners use their own technology to fill the ad space in their content, becoming more of an extension of the publishers’ own websites than the walled-off island it is now, the people said. M.G. Sie

WWDC Highlights Part 3 – Not Banana App Using Core ML

Thursday, July 06, 15:30 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

This  WWDC series  highlights new technologies and insights I took away from WWDC 2017.  My second post explored new drag and drop API. In this post, I demonstrate how easy it is to use the new Core ML framework. 

Entropy 2018

Thursday, July 06, 14:59 UTC @ Azimuth

The editors of the journal Entropy are organizing this conference: • Entropy 2018 — From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry, 14–16 May 2018, Auditorium Enric Casassas, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. They write: One of the most frequently used scientific words is the word “entropy”. The reason is that it is […]

Scholarships: Attend Business of Software Conference USA as a guest of our lovely supporters.

Thursday, July 06, 14:18 UTC @ Business of Software USA

A chance to attend Business of Software Conference USA as a scholar. Business of Software is a paid conference with limited sponsorship. We focus on delivering value to our customers – the attendees. We know that this means that not everyone who would like to can afford the cost of attendance so we are very grateful to […] The post Scholarships: Attend Business of Software Conf

Counting Your Chickens Before They’re Pecked

Wednesday, July 05, 22:00 UTC @ bit-player

It started with a brief story in the New York Times about Luke Robitaille, a 13-year-old student from Euless, Texas, who won the Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition by correctly answering the following question: In a barn, 100 chicks sit peacefully … Continue reading →

/u/nicoburns on Rust's 2017 roadmap, six months in

Wednesday, July 05, 18:32 UTC @ gilded : rust

https://... ^ If you find this page useful, bookmark it. It's almost impossible to find again!

Eric and Mike Turn 60

Wednesday, July 05, 18:07 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Birthday workshop at Rutgers last January Combined from source Eric Allender and Michael Saks have been leading lights in computing theory for four decades. They have both turned 60 this year. I greatly enjoyed the commemorative workshop held in their honor last January 28–29 at DIMACS on the Rutgers campus. Today Dick and I salute […]

Recent papers detail carbon nanotube scalabilty, integration breakthroughs

Wednesday, July 05, 17:44 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) appeal to the semiconductor industry because they’re superior electrical conductors compared to silicon with a mere 1 nanometer body thickness. So why don’t we have CNT chips in everything from mainframes to mobile devices, yet? Scalability of the transistor and large-scale integration are still big challenges. But two papers my colleagues and […] The post Recent papers detail ca

Created Lua showcase

Wednesday, July 05, 13:50 UTC @ Lua: news

The Lua web site now includes a page that highlights some products that use Lua.

The Complexity of Rubik's Cube

Wednesday, July 05, 12:09 UTC @ Computational Complexity

In my book I use

Simple random number generator does surprisingly well

Wednesday, July 05, 11:21 UTC @ John D. Cook

I was running the NIST statistical test suite recently. I wanted an example of a random number generator where the tests failed, and so I used a simple generator, a linear congruence generator. But to my surprise, the generator passed nearly all the tests, even though some more sophisticated generators failed some of the same […]

Note on Homesteading the Noosphere

Wednesday, July 05, 05:56 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

I've been re-reading "Homesteading the Noosphere" and came upon the chapter about gift culture. I've remembered how it rang false even when I read it for the first time, years ago. This time I've decided to write this short note to explain what's wrong with it. Now, don't get me wrong. Homesteading the Noosphere is a great piece of writing and deserves recognition, if for nothi

Classifying unavoidable Tverberg partitions

Wednesday, July 05, 03:19 UTC @ Journal of Computational Geometry

Let $T(d,r) = (r-1)(d+1)+1$ be the parameter in Tverberg's theorem, and call a partition $\mathcal I$ of $\{1,2,\ldots,T(d,r)\}$ into $r$ parts a Tverberg type. We say that $\mathcal I$ occurs in an ordered point sequence $P$ if $P$ contains a subsequence $P'$ of $T(d,r)$ points such that the partition of $P'$ that is order-isomorphic to $\mathcal I$ is a Tverberg partition. We say that $\mathcal I$ is unavoidable if it occurs in every sufficiently long point sequence.

YOW! Lambda Jam 2017: John Hughes - Why Functional Programming Matters

Wednesday, July 05, 01:29 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Why FP still matters (video)... 27 years ago I published “Why Functional Programming Matters”, a manifesto for FP–but the subject is much older than that! In this talk I’ll take a deep dive into its history, highlighting some of the classic papers of the subject, personal favourites, and some of my own work. At the end of the day, four themes emerge that characterize what I love about the subject.

The APL Idiom List

Wednesday, July 05, 01:23 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Via HN: The APL Idiom List – Alan Perlis, Spencer Rubager (1977)

The Future of Teaching With Swift Playgrounds

Wednesday, July 05, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

At MartianCraft, we are big believers in sharing our knowledge. As such, we’re always eager to explore new possibilities about how to educate. And since many of us have children, teaching kids about programming is an area of special interest. Swift Playgrounds sets the stage to be an educational force, lowering the barrier to entry for software engineering. At WWDC 2017, Playgrounds was greatly expanded, and is a tool which is likely to be quickly adopted in many educational settings.

Square World

Tuesday, July 04, 19:02 UTC @ inessential.com

I keep thinking that the election of Trump has turned us all into conservatives. I mean “conservative” in a more old-fashioned (and I think truer) sense than what is generally thought. I don’t mean Republican — the Republican party is a radical reactionary party, not at all conservative. I mean that we liberals and progressives have learned that national respect for truth, expertise, and empiricism is something we’re in danger of losing. It’s not a given. We can’t take rule

This Week in Rust 189

Tuesday, July 04, 04:00 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?

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Tuesday, July 04, 01:26 UTC @ Daring Fireball

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Stack View Custom Spacing

Monday, July 03, 10:14 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

When Apple introduced stack views in iOS 9 they made it much easier to use Auto Layout by reducing the number of constraints you needed to create yourself for many common layouts. One edge case that was not well covered was the need for custom spacing between views. You could do it by nesting stack views but that always seemed an unnecessary complication. In iOS 11 you can create stack views with custom spacing between views. The Problem Here is the example lay

The Geometric McKay Correspondence (Part 2)

Sunday, July 02, 21:54 UTC @ Azimuth

Last time I sketched how the Dynkin diagram arises from the icosahedron. This time I’m fill in some details. I won’t fill in all the details, because I don’t know how! Working them out is the goal of this series, and I’d like to enlist your help. (In fact, I’m running this series of posts […]

Status Update (Part 2)

Sunday, July 02, 17:39 UTC @ The Search for Planet Nine

I ended the last post by pointing out that the Planet Nine hypothesis, as currently formulated, entails a theoretical solution to five seemingly-unrelated observational puzzles: (i) orbital clustering of a>250AU KBOs, (ii) dynamical detachment of KBO perihelia from Neptune, (iii) generation of perpendicular large-semi-maj

Solving the Romeo and Juliet Problem

Sunday, July 02, 14:17 UTC @ 250bpm-blogs

For those not familiar with Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet is about two young people from two powerful renaissance families that happen to be engaged in a feud. Romeo and Juliet fall in love. A sequence of unfortunate events results in suicide of both protagonists. The families, shocked by death of their offspring, finally decide to end the feud. Now, let's imagine that patriarchs of house Montague and house Capulet were already fed up with the feud. It hurt their e

Duplicate Plug-in for Adobe Illustrator

Sunday, July 02, 06:25 UTC @ Mike Swanson's Blog

About a week ago, the prolific Marc Edwards tweeted: Seems like a simple question, but I can’t find an answer: Is there a single shortcut to duplicate an object in Illustrator? Like ⌘J in Ps.— Marc Edwards (@marcedwards)

Quicklisp news: June 2017 Quicklisp dist update now available

Saturday, July 01, 18:54 UTC @ Planet Lisp

New projects: cepl.spaces — Adds abstractions over vector spaces to CEPL — BSD 2 Clausecl-cpus — Get number of CPUs — ISCcl-diskspace — List disks, get disk total/free/usable space information. — ISCcl-fixtures

FreeBSD 11.1-RC1 Available

Saturday, July 01, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The first RC build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Friday Q&A 2017-06-30: Dissecting objc_msgSend on ARM64

Saturday, July 01, 04:23 UTC @ NSBlog

We're back! During the week of WWDC, I spoke at CocoaConf Next Door, and one of my talks involved a dissection of objc_msgSend's ARM64 implementation. I thought that turning it into an article would make for a nice return to blogging for Friday Q&A. (Read More)

Status Update (Part 1)

Saturday, July 01, 01:28 UTC @ The Search for Planet Nine

It has been an exciting and turbulent couple of weeks in Planet Nine land. The OSSOS survey has released their full data set, which in addition to over 800 garden-variety Kuiper belt objects, contains four little worlds with semi-major axes beyond 250AU. Together with the previously published data, this brings the cou

How to write a timeline for a !!Con talk proposal

Saturday, July 01, 01:28 UTC @ composition.al

Every spring, I help review talk proposals for !!Con, a conference of ten-minute talks about the joy, excitement and surprise of computing. Because distilling an interesting topic into ten minutes of material is hard, we ask prospective speakers to provide a timeline as part of their talk proposal, explaining how they plan to use their ten minutes of stage time. The timeline helps us make sure that the speaker understands the talk format, and that they’ve put s

Chris Lattner on the Realm WWDC 2017 Swift panel

Friday, June 30, 17:13 UTC @ Ole Begemann

Chris Lattner was a guest on a Swift panel during WWDC a few weeks ago. Here are some quotes I found interesting, edited for brevity and clarity. (I’m focusing on Chris Lattner here, but the other panelists — Kamilah Taylor, Kevin Ballard, and Jesse Squires — also had

Member of the Band – Gorilla André Curione

Friday, June 30, 15:00 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! André Curione

Using distributed learning to boost Watson’s Visual IQ

Friday, June 30, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Quantity matters when training computers to accurately recognize what’s in an image. The more they see, the more they learn. But, training new visual recognition models from a large number of images using deep learning can quickly become a bottleneck, especially for cloud environments that use commodity hardware and GPUs. Commodity machines with an average […] The post Us

To understand the foundations of physics, study numerology

Friday, June 30, 12:18 UTC @ Backreaction

Numbers speak. [Img Src] Once upon a time, we had problems in the foundations of physics. Then we solved them. That was 40 years ago. Today we spend most of our time discussing non-problems. Here is one of these non-problems. Did you know that the universe is spatially almost flat? There is a number in the cosmological concordance model called the “curvature parameter” that, according to

To understand the foundations of physics, study numerology

Friday, June 30, 12:18 UTC @ Backreaction

Numbers speak. [Img Src] Once upon a time, we had problems in the foundations of physics. Then we solved them. That was 40 years ago. Today we spend most of our time discussing non-problems. Here is one of these non-problems. Did you know that the universe is spatially almost flat? There is a number in the cosmological concordance model called the “curvature parameter” that, according to

Away Note

Friday, June 30, 11:44 UTC @ Backreaction

I’ll be traveling the next two weeks. First to Cambridge to celebrate Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday (which was in January), then in Trieste for a conference on “Probing the spacetime fabric: from concepts to phenomenology.”  Rant coming up later today, but after that please prepare for a slow time.

Away Note

Friday, June 30, 11:44 UTC @ Backreaction

I’ll be traveling the next two weeks. First to Cambridge to celebrate Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday (which was in January), then in Trieste for a conference on “Probing the spacetime fabric: from concepts to phenomenology.”  Rant coming up later today, but after that please prepare for a slow time.

★ Perfect Ten

Thursday, June 29, 22:00 UTC @ Daring Fireball

Apple had amazing product introductions before the iPhone, and it’s had a few good ones after. But the iPhone was the only product introduction that felt *impossible*.

Laura Haas: 36 years of making IBM Research “Famous for our science, vital to the world”

Thursday, June 29, 16:31 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

As the end of June rushes towards me, I find myself reflecting on my career at IBM, my colleagues at the IBM Research – Almaden lab, and the many other good things that I will miss! I am retiring from IBM on June 30th and will head across country to take on a new challenge: […] The post Laura Haas: 36 years of making IBM Research “Famous for our science, vital to the world” app

50 Years of the Turing Award

Thursday, June 29, 14:09 UTC @ Computational Complexity

An aside about flatMap and monads

Thursday, June 29, 14:00 UTC @ Cocoa with Love on Cocoa with Love

In the previous article, I used a Swift function named flatMap. There are three kinds of function named flatMap in the Swift standard library but I used the one that is the least monadic. Discussing the monad-ish-ness of flatMap in Swift is a weird thing to do. Swift doesn’t use the word “monad” anywhere in its documentation so monads are far from fundamenta

Business of Software Conference USA 2017 Pricing

Thursday, June 29, 10:21 UTC @ Business of Software USA

BoS Conference Pricing Pricing conferences, like pricing software, is an art not a science. Like most conferences, we work using a series of price points over the course of the year so that the closer to the event, the more it costs to attend. The logic behind this is fairly simple – the earlier someone commits […] The post Business of Software Conference USA 2017 Pricing

Apply for Lightning Talk at BoS USA 2017

Thursday, June 29, 08:01 UTC @ Business of Software USA

A lightning talk is 7 minutes, 15 slides. The slides advance every 30 seconds… can you get your point across, engage your audience and leave them inspired/enlightened/informed?   If so, get your application for a Lightning Talk in now: applications close on July 21st. Successful applicants get a free place at the conference, but competition […] The post Apply for Lightning Talk at BoS

Least common multiple of the first n positive integers

Thursday, June 29, 03:08 UTC @ John D. Cook

Here’s a surprising result: The least common multiple of the first n positive integers is approximately exp(n). More precisely, let φ(n) equal the log of the least common multiple of the numbers 1, 2, …, n. There are theorems that give upper and lower bounds on how far φ(n) can be from n. We won’t prove or […]

64-bit Apps on iOS 11

Wednesday, June 28, 22:25 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

As a reminder, new iOS apps and updates submitted to the App Store must support 64-bit. Support for 32-bit apps is not available in iOS 11 and all 32-bit apps previously installed on a user’s device will not launch. If you haven’t updated your app on the App Store to support 64-bit, we recommend submitting an update so your users can continue to run your apps on iOS 11, which will be in the hands of hundreds of millions of customers this fall.Learn more about submitting apps.

WWDC17 Video Transcripts Now Available

Wednesday, June 28, 22:25 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

Take advantage of transcripts to quickly discover and share information presented in WWDC 2017 videos. You can search by keyword, see all instances where the keyword is mentioned in the video, go straight to the time it was mentioned, and even share a link to that specific time.Watch session videos.

64-bit Requirement for Mac Apps

Wednesday, June 28, 22:25 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

At WWDC 2017, we announced 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. macOS High Sierra will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise.Learn more about distributing Mac apps.

Automation Testing Part 1: Where Do I Start?

Wednesday, June 28, 17:00 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

Automation testing should not be a burden for the development process, it should be part of it. In this first part of the automation testing blog series, we will explore a widespread process to choose where to start your automation efforts, tools that can be used and advantages they present.  Ever wonder if there is a universal process for automation testing? Well, it turns out there is! No matter what industry you are in or the technologies used to build applications, there is a simple, three-tie

Subscribing by email

Wednesday, June 28, 14:03 UTC @ John D. Cook

You can subscribe to my blog by email or RSS. I also have a brief newsletter you could sign up for. There are links to these in the sidebar of the blog: If you subscribe by email, you’ll get an email each morning containing the post(s) from the previous day. I just noticed a problem […]

Update Your Product Page for the All-New App Store

Tuesday, June 27, 20:30 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

The new App Store is now available to users of the iOS 11 public beta, and will be in the hands of hundreds of millions of users around the world this fall. Take advantage of more opportunities to showcase your content with subtitles, promotional text, additional app previews that you can localize, and up to 20 promoted in-app purchases. Learn how to make the most of your product page and enter your app’s new metadata in iTunes Connect today. Learn more about entering your metadata.

Effective sample size for MCMC

Tuesday, June 27, 18:30 UTC @ John D. Cook

In applications we’d like to draw independent random samples from complicated probability distributions, often the posterior distribution on parameters in a Bayesian analysis. Most of the time this is impractical. MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo) gives us a way around this impasse. It lets us draw samples from practically any probability distribution. But there’s a […]

Aspects of Deep Learning: Activation Functions

Tuesday, June 27, 16:35 UTC @ x.ai

At x.ai, we have an organizational concept called “practices.” A practice is a group of people that come up with the best practices for a given area. Some of these … View Article The post Aspects of Deep Learning: Activation Functions appeared first on x.ai.

Scaling Wimbledon’s video production of highlight reels through AI technology

Tuesday, June 27, 13:05 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Demonstrating the continual innovation that takes place around its major sporting events, IBM Research and IBM iX are teaming up to provide “Cognitive Highlights” to The Championships, Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, to demonstrate how AI technology can scale and accelerate the video production process for any media, sports or entertainment company. […] The post

Quicksort and prime numbers

Tuesday, June 27, 12:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

The average number of operations needed for quicksort to sort a list of n items is approximately 10 times the nth prime number. Here’s some data to illustrate this. |------+-----------------+---------| | n | avg. operations | 10*p(n) | |------+-----------------+---------| | 100 | 5200.2 | 5410 | | 200 | 12018.3 | 12230 | | 300 | 19446.9 […]

/u/d4rch0n on Idiomatic bindings to the Starcraft Broodwar

Tuesday, June 27, 06:12 UTC @ gilded : rust

I think this breaks the sidebar rule of No Zealotry. Remove the protoss bindings and resubmit.

Cornell, IBM Research collaborate to safeguard milk and — in the process — the world’s global food supply

Tuesday, June 27, 05:14 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Milk. You probably have it in your fridge, but might not realize that the study of this single beverage can produce insights that could reduce foodborne illness and waste across the entire food system. Next-generation sequencing and big data analytics will identify new ways to eliminate hazards in the food supply chain — using milk […] The post Cornell, IBM Research collaborate to safeg

This Week in Rust 188

Tuesday, June 27, 04:00 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?

Catching Leaky View Controllers Without Instruments

Monday, June 26, 13:40 UTC @ Arek Holko

One of the well-known techniques for finding memory leaks caused by retain cycles is checking if all view controllers get deallocated when they’re not on screen anymore. This is a process that should be manually repeated before each release but it’s both unpleasant and error-prone. Wouldn

Best. STOC. Ever.

Monday, June 26, 13:24 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Dear Dr B: Is science democratic?

Monday, June 26, 10:34 UTC @ Backreaction

“Hi Bee, One of the often repeated phrases here in Italy by so called “science enthusiasts” is that “science is not democratic”, which to me sounds like an excuse for someone to justify some authoritarian or semi-fascist fantasy. We see this on countless “Science pages”, one very popular example being Fare Serata Con Galileo. It's not a bad page per se, quite the contrary, but the level of

Dear Dr B: Is science democratic?

Monday, June 26, 10:34 UTC @ Backreaction

“Hi Bee, One of the often repeated phrases here in Italy by so called “science enthusiasts” is that “science is not democratic”, which to me sounds like an excuse for someone to justify some authoritarian or semi-fascist fantasy. We see this on countless “Science pages”, one very popular example being Fare Serata Con Galileo. It's not a bad page per se, quite the contrary, but the level of

Safe Area Layout Guide

Monday, June 26, 08:55 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

Apple introduced the topLayoutGuide and bottomLayoutGuide as properties of UIViewController way back in iOS 7. They allowed you to create constraints to keep your content from being hidden by UIKit bars like the status, navigation or tab bar. These layout guides are deprecated in iOS 11 and replaced by a single safe area layout guide. Top and Bottom Layouts Guides - A Recap An example of using the

IBM Fellow Heike Riel awarded prestigious prize for women

Monday, June 26, 06:55 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

What inventions are indispensable to you? What innovations have revolutionized your life? We are looking for 25 women whose inventions change our world. These questions were posed to the Internet earlier this year by EDITION F, a German news and lifestyle website for women, with cooperation by some of Germany’s leading news outlets including  Zeit […] The post IBM Fellow Heik

Why do linear prediction confidence regions flare out?

Monday, June 26, 01:57 UTC @ John D. Cook

Suppose you’re tracking some object based on its initial position x0 and initial velocity v0. The initial position and initial velocity are estimated from normal distributions with standard deviations σx and σv. (To keep things simple, let’s assume our object is moving in only one dimension and that the distributions around initial position and velocity […]

Asset Catalog Changes in Xcode 9

Monday, June 26, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

Apple announced the newest version of Xcode, Xcode 9, at WWDC ’17. There’s a ton of new features in the latest version, but I wanted to highlight one of these features that stuck out to me as being a huge time saver for designers and developers alike, and that’s the changes to asset catalogs. Asset catalogs have grown to be a highly utilized feature for us, and I’m excited about two of the new features: “Preserve Vector Data” and color assets. Let’s take a deeper look at these two n

Wisdom from a brain-inspired computing researcher to the class of 2017

Sunday, June 25, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha is an IBM Fellow and IBM Chief Scientist for Brain-inspired Computing at IBM Research. Following is a transcript of the keynote speech he delivered to the graduating class of the University of California at San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering on June 17, 2017. Congratulations class of 2017! I am honored […] The post Wisdom from a brain-inspired computing researc

Two decades of Amazon.com recommendations

Saturday, June 24, 23:00 UTC @ Geeking with Greg

IEEE Internet Computing

Joan Clarke (1917-1996)

Saturday, June 24, 13:44 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I'm in San Francisco for the ACM conference celebrating 50 years of the Turing Award. I'll post on STOC and the Turing award celebration next week. Today though we remember another member of Bletchley Park, Joan Clarke, born one hundred years ago today, five years and a day after Turing. Clarke became one of the l

FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3 Available

Saturday, June 24, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The third BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

TheoryFest Day 3: Plenaries

Friday, June 23, 19:28 UTC @ The Geomblog

I was the chair of the plenary session on Wednesday, so was too focused on keeping track of time and such to pay full attention to the talks. Having said that, all the speakers we've had so far have done a bang-up job of keeping within their time window without much prompting at all. So I can only give my very brief thoughts on the talks. For more information, go here. Atri Rudra was up first with a neat way to generalize j

Minority Report and Predictive Policing

Friday, June 23, 19:16 UTC @ The Geomblog

Minority report (the movie) is 15 years old. Who knew! Well I certainly didn't, till I was called by a reporter from CNN who wanted to talk about the legacy of the movie. Here's the link to the story. It was a depressing conversation. We went over some of the main themes from the movie, and I realized to my horrow how many of them are now part of our reality. Precogs are

TheoryFest Day 3: Streaming symmetric norms.

Friday, June 23, 18:58 UTC @ The Geomblog

There's a weird phenomenon in the world of streaming norm estimation: For $\ell_0, \ell_1, \ell_2$ norm estimation, there are polylog (or less)-space streaming approximation algorithms. But once you get to $\ell_p, p \ge 3$, the required space suddenly jumps to polynomial in $n$. What's worse is that if you change norms you need a new algorithm and have to prove all your results all over again. This paper gives a universal algorithm for estimating

What’s in My Bag: 2017

Friday, June 23, 17:36 UTC @ tecosystems

As someone who travels a fair amount, I’m always curious to see how other people who travel – particularly those who travel more – do things. Which is why I’ve always enjoyed reading Matt Mullenweg’s “What’s in My Bag” posts. These are useful not just for the ideas you pick up, but also as a

What’s in My Bag: 2017

Friday, June 23, 17:36 UTC @ tecosystems

As someone who travels a fair amount, I’m always curious to see how other people who travel – particularly those who travel more – do things. Which is why I’ve always enjoyed reading Matt Mullenweg’s “What’s in My Bag” posts. These are useful not just for the ideas you pick up, but also as a

A new supercomputing-powered weather model may ready us for Exascale

Friday, June 23, 16:19 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

In the U.S. alone, extreme weather caused some 297 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage in 2016. Globally, natural disasters caused $175 billion in damage. It’s essential for governments, business and people to receive advance warning of wild weather in order to minimize its impact, yet today the information we get is limited. Current […] The post A new supercomputing-powered w

Member of the Band – Gorilla John Gorman

Friday, June 23, 16:13 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! John Gorman

Dock vs Dock

Friday, June 23, 13:36 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I joked on Twitter the other day that I was going to have to write up an email to send to my less tech savvy family members explaining the differences between the macOS and iOS Docks this Fall. I wasn’t really joking. I predict a lot of us who

Why TED takes two weeks off every summer

Friday, June 23, 11:30 UTC @ TED Blog

TED.com is about to go quiet for two weeks. No new TED Talks will be posted on the web until Monday, July 10, 2017, while most of the TED staff takes our annual two-week vacation. Yes, we all (or almost all) go on vacation at the same time. No, we don’t all go to the same place. We’ve been doing it this […]

TheoryFest Day 3: "I forgot to talk about Kant"

Thursday, June 22, 19:19 UTC @ The Geomblog

The above is an actual quote from Oded Goldreich in his hilarious speech accepting the Knuth Prize for 2017. This speech was highly anticipated, because most of us have spent years reading and marvelling at Oded's opinions (he addressed the elephant in the room very promptly) As the title suggests, t

TheoryFest Day 3: Panels and Lunches

Thursday, June 22, 19:06 UTC @ The Geomblog

(for various reasons, I don't have wifi access at my Airbnb, so my posts are delayed. But it's not like you're hanging on my every word...... are you?) Day 3 started off with a panel moderated by Anna Karlin, starring Cynthia Dwork, Russell Impagliazzo, Ankur Moitra, Tim Roughgarden, Dan Spielman and Andy Yao. I personally like panels to have a bit of an edge and controversy, and there wasn't that much of it here, but there was some good discussion about various aspects of TCS, as w

Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes: Different Tools

Thursday, June 22, 19:01 UTC @ tecosystems

One of the most common questions being asked at the Cloud Foundry Summit last week – in my appearance on The Cube here, for example – was a predictable one: what about Kubernetes? The seriousness and intent of the question varied: some were genuinely curious as to how the two projects conflict and coexist. Others

Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes: Different Tools

Thursday, June 22, 19:01 UTC @ tecosystems

One of the most common questions being asked at the Cloud Foundry Summit last week – in my appearance on The Cube here, for example – was a predictable one: what about Kubernetes? The seriousness and intent of the question varied: some were genuinely curious as to how the two projects conflict and coexist. Others

Oded Wins The Knuth Prize

Thursday, June 22, 17:52 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Just announced Oded Goldreich is one of the top researchers in cryptography, randomness, and complexity theory. Today Ken and I wish to thank the Knuth Prize Committee for selecting Oded as the winner of the 2017 Knuth Prize. It is no doubt a wonderful choice, a choice that rewards many great results, and a choice […]

WWDC Highlights Part 2 – Drag and Drop

Thursday, June 22, 16:00 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

In my first WWDC post, I mentioned an overview of the highlights from WWDC 2017. In this post, I dive into the new drag and drop API and demonstrate how to create a drop zone app.  *Note: This app was written using iOS 11 beta 1. It is possible that the implementation may change by the time iOS 11 is officially released. Drag and Drop Productivity was one of the highlights of iOS 11 changes introduced at WW

An updated design for TED Talks

Thursday, June 22, 14:38 UTC @ TED Blog

It’s been a few years since the TED Talks video page was last updated, but a new design begins rolling out this week. The update aims to provide a more straightforward viewing experience for mobile devices, improve performance, and surface more ideas we think you'll like.

As the Turing Award turns 50, honoring recipient Ted Codd

Thursday, June 22, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

The Association for Computer Machinery’s (ACM) Turing Award is given annually for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. It’s become the most prestigious technical award in the field, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.” This week, both the ACM and IBM are celebrating 50 years of the Turing Award and its […] The post As the Turing Award turns 50, honori

A New Side Project

Thursday, June 22, 11:02 UTC @ Dan Counsell

I'm starting a new side project. It's been fun writing here, but I think it's time to try something a little different.Earlier this week I quietly launched minimalpath.net. It's a microblogging site that was designed to be minimal from the outset. No ads, no categories, no comments, no images, no mailing lists, no pop-ups, no junk. Just shorter, more regular content.Here's a e

This Week’s Hype

Thursday, June 22, 08:59 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

I’m on vacation in Europe, not in any mood to spend more time on this than just to point out that it’s the same usual tedious string theory promotional operation from the same people who have been at this for … Continue reading →

Polynomials evaluated at integers

Thursday, June 22, 01:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

Let p(x) = a0 + a1x + a2x2 + … + anxn and suppose at least one of the coefficients ai is irrational for some i ≥ 1. Then a theorem by Weyl says that the fractional parts of p(n) are equidistributed as n varies over the integers. That is, the proportion of values that land in some interval […]

TheoryFest Day 2: Directed Spectral methods

Wednesday, June 21, 14:44 UTC @ The Geomblog

There was an interesting talk on developing spectral tools for directed graphs. The magic of spectral methods for undirected graphs comes from the interpretation of the graph as a Markov chain, and then using spectral properties of the Laplacian (which is symmetric and positive semidefinite) to reason about a host of properties like conductance, mixing times, sparsification, and others. But for directed graphs none of this works as st

Statements, messages and reducers

Wednesday, June 21, 14:14 UTC @ Cocoa with Love on Cocoa with Love

Common advice when improving the design of a program is to break the programs into small isolated units of functionality so that we can consider the behavior within each component separately to the connections between components. If that’s the only advice you’re given though, it can be difficult to work out how to apply it in practice. In this article, I’ll show how this advice can be followed through the simple evolution of a piece of code, arriving at a pattern that i

TheoryFest: Avi Wigderson's plenary talk.

Wednesday, June 21, 14:08 UTC @ The Geomblog

The plenary talk on Tuesday morning was by Avi Wigderson, on the nature of TCS. Now if you haven't attended an Avi Wigderson plenary before, you should imagine yourself lying in a nice warm tub of water with soothing bath salts massaging your aching limbs. Avi's talks are balm for the poor persecuted theoretician who comes to STOC to remember that there people in the world who don't insist on demanding practical value for every darn theorem you prove. His talk was not technical, and

TheoryFest: Attack of the talks

Wednesday, June 21, 14:07 UTC @ The Geomblog

Day 2 at TheoryFest, and people are still attending talks. Ok maybe I shouldn't be that surprised. But it's kind of nice to see anyway. The lounge area is deserted during the sessions and full during the breaks. The TheoryFest organizing committee (as represented by Ryan Williams) has organized lunch time meetups for senior and junior people (where junior means grad students and postdocs, not assistant profs — sorry, assistant profs). The idea is that the senior people sign up and the junior p

Swift Package Manager Manifest API Redesign

Wednesday, June 21, 09:45 UTC @ Swift.org

The Package Manager in Swift 4 includes the redesigned Package.swift manifest API. The new API is easier to use and follows the design guidelines. The target inference rules in Swift 3 Package Manager were a common source of confusion. We revised these rules and removed most of the inference, favoring the practice of explicitly specifying package structure in the manifest. Swift 3 packages w

Micro-DataCenter from IBM Research and ASTRON Wins HPC Vendor Innovation Award

Wednesday, June 21, 07:30 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Nearly a decade ago IBM electrical engineer and weekend glider pilot Ronald Luijten had a vision to build a data centre the size of a shoe box. “As we know today, the volume of unstructured data and the need to compute it are severely mismatched due in part to the power to energy consumption ratio. I saw an opportunity to address […] The post Micro-Da

Harvard revokes admission of students based on what was said in a private(?) chat room

Tuesday, June 20, 20:21 UTC @ Computational Complexity

Harvard revoked the admission of 10 students (see here) based on what the students said in a private (can't have been too private) chat room.

The Theory of Devices

Tuesday, June 20, 14:45 UTC @ Azimuth

I’m visiting the University of Genoa and talking to two category theorists: Marco Grandis and Giuseppe Rosolini. Grandis works on algebraic topology and higher categories, while Rosolini works on the categorical semantics of programming languages. Yesterday, Marco Grandis showed me a fascinating paper by his thesis advisor: • Gabriele Darbo, Aspetti algebrico-categoriali della teoria dei […]

TheoryFest: Short Takes

Tuesday, June 20, 13:02 UTC @ The Geomblog

So far, the tutorials appear to have been well attended, The DL tutorial had a full house in a big room, but the other two tutorials did pretty well to. The plenary talks (the reason I'm here) start today and it will be interesting to see what kind of attendance we see. The business meeting will reveal the official numbers: indications are that they will be quite good especially considering we're not in the US. Montreal is a nice town. My AirBnB is right next to Chinatown a

TheoryFest I: Deep Learning

Tuesday, June 20, 12:55 UTC @ The Geomblog

(ed: I'm guessing you never thought those words would appear together in the same phrase) Ruslan Salakhutdinov gave a tutorial on deep learning today. Now deep learning is a tricky topic for theory (more on that below), but I thought he did a nice job in his two hours of explaining the basics of how a neural net works and how it's trained, without getting too far into engineering weeds, but also being able to explain

Leading digits of powers of 2

Tuesday, June 20, 12:00 UTC @ John D. Cook

The first digit of a power of 2 is a 1 more often than any other digit. Powers of 2 begin with 1 about 30% of the time. This is because powers of 2 follow Benford’s law. We’ll prove this below. When is the first digit of 2n equal to k? When 2n is between […]

If tensions in cosmological data are not measurement problems, they probably mean dark energy changes

Tuesday, June 20, 11:42 UTC @ Backreaction

Galaxy pumpkin.Src: The Swell Designer According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by but a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – unchanging, and yet these numbers determine everything about the

If tensions in cosmological data are not measurement problems, they probably mean dark energy changes

Tuesday, June 20, 11:42 UTC @ Backreaction

Galaxy pumpkin.Src: The Swell Designer According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by but a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – unchanging, and yet these numbers determine everything about the

Processing a generic Data.Array matrix

Tuesday, June 20, 08:08 UTC @ Emilian Bold's blog

I had an interesting Haskell problem the other week: work on columns and rows of a Data.Array i e. You only have the Ix i, Ord e class constraints, which make sense because the index must be a Data.Ix. The elements also must be

New committer: Kyle Evans (src)

Tuesday, June 20, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

Extreme beta distributions

Tuesday, June 20, 01:52 UTC @ John D. Cook

A beta probability distribution has two parameters, a and b. You can think of these as the number of successes and failures out of a+b trials. The PDF of a beta distribution is approximately normal if a and b are approximately equal and a + b is large. If a and b are close, they don’t have to be very large for the beta […]

The Geometric McKay Correspondence (Part 1)

Monday, June 19, 18:03 UTC @ Azimuth

The ‘geometric McKay correspondence’, actually discovered by Patrick du Val in 1934, is a wonderful relation between the Platonic solids and the ADE Dynkin diagrams. In particular, it sets up a connection between two of my favorite things, the icosahedron: and the Dynkin diagram: When I recently gave a talk on this topic, I realized […]

iPad Pro 10.5 Early Impressions

Monday, June 19, 12:12 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I was genuinely torn on size this time. It took me a while to warm up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro when I got it in the Fall of 2015, but eventually I learned to appreciate it. I still very much like the 12.9-inch size, especially for stage

Fractional parts, invariant measures, and simulation

Sunday, June 18, 20:49 UTC @ John D. Cook

A function f: X → X is measure-preserving if for each iteration of f sends the same amount of stuff into a given set. To be more precise, given a measure μ and any μ-measurable set E with μ(E) > 0, we have You can read the right side of the equation above as “the […]

TEDWomen update: Black Lives Matter wins Sydney Peace Prize

Sunday, June 18, 16:22 UTC @ TED Blog

Cross-posted from TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell’s blog on the Huffington Post. Last month, the Black Lives Matter movement was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, a global prize that honors those who pursue “peace with justice.” Past honorees include South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Irish President Mary Robinson. The prize “recognizes the vital contributions of [

Off to TheoryFest 2017

Sunday, June 18, 12:34 UTC @ The Geomblog

I'm at the airport getting ready to board my flight for Montreal to attend TheoryFest 2017. And much to my amazement, I discover that STOC has its own event mobile app. Who knows, maybe this means that by next decade theory conferences will do double blind review? (ed: stop it, now that's crazy talk!) Snark aside, I'm very excited to see how the new format for STOC works. This is an experimen

Paul Khuong: Chubanov's Projection Methods for 0/1 Programming

Saturday, June 17, 19:24 UTC @ Planet Lisp

I’ve long felt that compilers (and symbolic processing in general) would benefit from embedding integer programming solvers. However, I was never comfortable with actually doing so for a production system that others would have to run: industrial strength integer linear programming solvers are large systems with complex runtime behaviour, and that’s not the kind of black box you want to impose on people who just want to build their project. (That’s also true of SAT solvers, though, so

Co-hygiene and quantum gravity

Saturday, June 17, 15:11 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Co-hygiene and quantum gravity. Some light weekend reading by John Shutt. The post starts with a dazzling proposition: Gravity corresponds to pure function-application, and the other fundamental forces correspond to side-effects. ... quantum non-locality ("spooky action at a distance") is part of the analog to side-effects ... I can't do it

FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2 Available

Saturday, June 17, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The second BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

My thoughts on using React Native

Saturday, June 17, 00:00 UTC @ Pedro Piñera

We hear a lot about React Native these days. More companies are trying it out and building small features in their apps. They can iterate and prototype faster without having to compile large codebases in their development cycles. For those who don’t know about RN, it’s a native/javascript framework for Android and iOS that provides you a Javascript layer for coding your apps. It converts your code into a native representation. In other words, you code like if you were coding a website, but the DOM, i

5 TED Radio Hour episodes that explore what it’s like to be human

Friday, June 16, 23:35 UTC @ TED Blog

TED Radio Hour started in 2013, and while I’ve only been working on the show for about a year, it’s one of my favorite parts of my job. We work with an incredibly creative team over at NPR, and helping them weave different ideas into a narrative each week adds a whole new dimension to […]

A noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation, a new class of Emerging Explorers, and much more

Friday, June 16, 21:46 UTC @ TED Blog

As usual, the TED community has lots of news to share this week. Below, some highlights. Surface-level brain stimulation. The delivery of an electric current to the part of the brain involved in movement control, known as deep brain stimulation, is sometimes used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease, depression, epilepsy and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Blog: Why not to use Rust

Friday, June 16, 20:28 UTC @ gilded : rust

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Member of the Band – Gorilla Juan Diego Garita Segura

Friday, June 16, 15:00 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 talent! Are you Gorilla material? Join the band today! Juan Diego Garita Segura

Don't Push and Pull!

Friday, June 16, 13:54 UTC @ APIDesign - Blogs

It is hard to push and pull at once in real life and people tend to know it. Yet I have witnessed many attempts that try to put both approaches into the same API at the same time and pretend those are equal. Small advice from a

From garbage to gold: How advances in plastic recycling can help save the environment

Thursday, June 15, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Growing up in Seattle made me aware and interested in the environment and its conservation, particularly through recycling. I wanted to help develop technologies that would protect the unique and delicate ecosystem that I saw around me. To channel this interest, I got my PhD. in organic synthesis and catalysis — focusing on small-molecule bond […] The post From garbage to gold: How

/u/rgdmarshall on Poll: What do you think of Tokio's future?

Thursday, June 15, 12:08 UTC @ gilded : rust

We're not JavaScript where people dealt with Promise.then for years because they had to. The space is crowded and there are plenty of alternatives. Uncharitably, this could be interpreted as a passive-aggressive exhortation to rapidly adopt some kind, any kind, of async/await support or face irrelevance. Maybe all the pleas for HKT, keyword arguments, and other popular wishlist items, made in the similar vein, have made me

/u/ksion on Poll: What do you think of Tokio's future?

Thursday, June 15, 06:52 UTC @ gilded : rust

I'm not sure if this is just one big pun or if it's serious :) But if it's the latter, the problem Tokio faces is lack of necessary support on the language side. Without some async-related ergonomics, it will remain quite painful to develop bigger application in a Future style. The worst thing that could happen here is everyone betting on Tokio anyway (like Hyper did), and then finding out it has hamstrung the adoption of Rust as a l

This Time It’s Really for Real

Thursday, June 15, 01:37 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Twice now I’ve thought I had a finished version of the book I’ve been writing forever (see here and here). Each time it turned out that, the way the publishing process was going, I ended up having more time to … Continue reading →

WWDC Highlights Part 1 – An Overview

Wednesday, June 14, 16:19 UTC @ Gorilla Logic

  My first WWDC as an attendee has come and gone, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of changes and new APIs to keep developers busy.  In my second post, I dive into the new Drag and Drop API. In my third post, I explore the new  

The Power of Economic Inefficiency

Wednesday, June 14, 13:23 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I grew up in a time when long distance domestic phone calls from AT&T costed $0.20/minute off peak ($1.30 in today's dollars). I also grew up close to AT&T Bell Labs, a mecca that claimed more PhDs than any university many doing independent research. Now I get all the phone minutes I can use and Bell Labs is a tiny fraction of what it once was. Was it a good trade? Technology has helped eliminate many of the economic inefficiencies. Usually for the better but sometimes these inefficienc

What’s new in high energy physics? Clockworks.

Wednesday, June 14, 11:14 UTC @ Backreaction

Clockworks. [Img via dwan1509]. High energy physics has phases. I don’t mean phases like matter has – solid, liquid, gaseous and so on. I mean phases like cranky toddlers have: One week they eat nothing but noodles, the next week anything as long as it’s white, then toast with butter but it must be cut into triangles. High energy physics is like this. Twenty years ago, it was extra

What’s new in high energy physics? Clockworks.

Wednesday, June 14, 11:14 UTC @ Backreaction

Clockworks. [Img via dwan1509]. High energy physics has phases. I don’t mean phases like matter has – solid, liquid, gaseous and so on. I mean phases like cranky toddlers have: One week they eat nothing but noodles, the next week anything as long as it’s white, then toast with butter but it must be cut into triangles. High energy physics is like this. Twenty years ago, it was extra

More Advanced Swift Workshop, and Blog and Book Updates

Tuesday, June 13, 16:11 UTC @ NSBlog

I'm hoping to resume a regular posting schedule soon, and I wanted to give everybody some updates. (Read More)

Sneak preview lineup unveiled for Africa’s next TED Conference

Tuesday, June 13, 15:06 UTC @ TED Blog

On August 27, an extraordinary group of people will gather in Arusha, Tanzania, for TEDGlobal 2017, a four-day TED Conference for “those with a genuine interest in the betterment of the continent,” says curator Emeka Okafor. As Okafor puts it: “Africa has an opportunity to reframe the future of work, cultural production, entrepreneurship, agribusiness. We [

Most popular posts this year so far

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

These have been the most popular posts for the first half of 2017. Golden powers are nearly integers How efficient is Morse code? Putting SHA1 in perspective Improving on the Unix shell Three proofs that 2017 is prime How areas of math are connected

Automating low-level tasks for data scientists

Tuesday, June 13, 08:43 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Data scientists are among the most sought after professionals in the IT industry. In 2012, Harvard Business Review called data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” The professionals turn raw data into actionable insights that help drive business value or, sometimes, even disrupt industries or create entirely new ones. Surprisingly, however, data scientists […] The post

Information Processing in Chemical Networks (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 13, 07:00 UTC @ Azimuth

I’m in Luxembourg, and I’ll be blogging a bit about this workshop: • Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Information Processing in Chemical Networks, 13-16 June 2017, Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics Group, University of Luxembourg. Organized by Massimiliano Esposito and Matteo Polettini. I’ll do it in the comments! I explained the idea of this workshop here: • […]

The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory

Monday, June 12, 18:40 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

Eva Silverstein has a new preprint out, entitled The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory. The title is I guess intended to be playful, not referring to its accurate description of the current state of string theory, but to the possibility … Continue reading →

Optimizing Collections

Monday, June 12, 18:37 UTC @ Ole Begemann

A new Swift book is out: Optimzing Collections by Károly Lőrentey. I had a small part in this as the book’s t

WWDC 2017 Viewing Guide

Monday, June 12, 18:22 UTC @ Use Your Loaf

Another year, another WWDC and yet more session videos to catch up on. Here is my guide to the sessions I found most interesting this year. Machine Learning, Drag and Drop and Xcode 9 The platform state of the union is always a good place to start: Platforms State of the Union If you did not watch it yet start here for an overview of the changes acro

TOC In The Future

Monday, June 12, 18:14 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Results of the panel at the Theory Fest Géraud Sénizergues proved in 1997 that equivalence of deterministic pushdown automata (DPDAs) is decidable. Solving this decades-open problem won him the 2002 Gödel Prize. Today Ken and I want to ponder how theory of computing (TOC) has changed over the years and where it is headed. Of […]

Here We Go Again With iPad

Monday, June 12, 17:33 UTC @ joe cieplinski

When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad in 2010, he described the tablet as a product that sat somewhere between the laptop and the smartphone, excelling at tasks like browsing the web, reviewing photos and watching videos. Five years later, Mr. Jobs’s successor, Timothy D. Cook, took the iPad

Climate Change: The Evolution of the Deniers/Does Paul Ryan Hate His Grandchildren?

Monday, June 12, 15:29 UTC @ Computational Complexity

I went to the Mach for Science and then Drumpf pulled out of the Paris Accords. Causation or Correlation? I then posted about climate change (CC). That's caustation. 1) Deniers: The deniers have gone through several phases: There is no CC There is CC but its not caused by humans. There is CC and its caused by humans but since China and India and other countries aren't doing anything about it, if only we do it will have no effect excep

McCLIM: Progress report #8

Monday, June 12, 01:00 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Dear Community, During this iteration we had many valuable contributions. It's a joy to see how McCLIM gains more mindshare and people are willing to put their time and wallet in fixing issues and writing applications in McCLIM. Some highlights for this iteration: many Listener fixes, major tab layout extension refactor, new extension for Bezier curves (based on older internal implementation), interactor improvements, layo

Exploration Day — Solutions for Blind and Visually Impaired

Monday, June 12, 00:00 UTC @ The Syndicate

(To get an understanding of what Exploration Day is, take a look at our first post here.) The Theme - “In the Land of the Blind the One IDE is King” Described as, “Design, Build, or Conceptualize a mobile app (iOS, Android, TV, Mobile Web, Watch) to aid in the daily life of those afflicted by loss of vision (total blindness or severe vision i

Quick links

Sunday, June 11, 18:42 UTC @ Geeking with Greg

Some of the tech news I found interesting lately, and you might too: Jeff Bezos: "Many decisions are reversible, two-way doors. Those decisions can use a light-weight process. For those, so what if you’re wrong? .... If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure." ([1]) Jeff Bezos: "I would say, a lot of the value that we’re gett

ABCL Dev: ABCL 1.5.0

Sunday, June 11, 10:41 UTC @ Planet Lisp

We are pleased to announce that we have released the Sixth Edition of the Armed Bear Common Lisp implementation as ABCL 1.5.0. Due to the lack of a publicly available Java 5 implementation, with this release we drop support for that platform, and henceforth support running on Java 6, Java 7, and Java 8. In addition to consolidating eight months of bug fixes, the following notable features are now also present in the implementation. The compiler now records m

Information Density and the New App Store Design

Saturday, June 10, 15:22 UTC @ joe cieplinski

I’ve heard rumblings from some in the iOS community about the new App Store design regarding density of information. “There are fewer things on screen, so there’s less being featured” is the gist of the argument. Uh, no. By definition, to feature something is to make it stand

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Saturday, June 10, 13:48 UTC @ Martin Fowler

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Nicolas Hafner: Trial "Study Session" Next Saturday, 17th of June

Saturday, June 10, 09:10 UTC @ Planet Lisp

Next Saturday, the 17th of June, there is going to be a live "study session" about Shirakumo's game engine Trial. The intention of this event is to get people acquainted with the internal structure and features of Trial, so that they may work on it by themselves, and thus help improve it in the future. The study session is going to be held on my

FreeBSD 11.1-BETA1 Available

Saturday, June 10, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

The first BETA build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

"Parallelizing Julia with a Non-Invasive DSL" will appear at ECOOP 2017

Friday, June 09, 20:28 UTC @ composition.al

I’m very happy to announce that “Parallelizing Julia with a Non-Invasive DSL”, by Todd Anderson, Paul Liu, Ehsan Totoni, Jan Vitek, Tatiana Shpeisman, and me, will appear at ECOOP 2017

Two surprising strategies for effective innovation

Friday, June 09, 15:07 UTC @ TED Blog

Picture this: Three kids are given a LEGO set with the pieces to build a fire department. All of them want to build as many new toys as possible. The first kid goes straight for the easy wins. He puts a tiny red hat on a tiny minifig: presto, a firefighter! In this way, he […]

One practical application of functional programming

Friday, June 09, 15:02 UTC @ John D. Cook

Arguments in favor of functional programming are often unconvincing. For example, the most common argument is that functional programming makes it easier to “reason about your code.” That’s true to some extent. All other things being equal, it’s easier to understand a function if all its inputs and outputs are explicit. But all other things […]

Lispjobs: Lisp programmer, Keepit.com, Lviv, Ukraine

Friday, June 09, 13:24 UTC @ Planet Lisp

(See also: https://... Keepit.com is expanding and we are looking for candidates to join our strong cloud software development team. We use Lisp systems to implement business logic operations such as resource accounting, data mining, billing, automated operations (AI), full system test suites and more. We wish to extend our team with another skilled colleague, to work with us in this area. We expect a strong technical mind coupled with a v

Does Logic Apply To Hearings?

Thursday, June 08, 21:15 UTC @ Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

The problem of mining text for implications 2016 RSA Conference bio, speech Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee the other day about President Donald Trump. He was jointed by other heads of other intelligence agencies who also testified. Their comments were, as one would expect, widely […]

The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2017

Thursday, June 08, 15:00 UTC @ tecosystems

This iteration of the RedMonk Programming Language Rankings is brought to you by Pivotal, the company behind Spring and Cloud Foundry. Join us in San Francisco for SpringOne Platform, a cloud-native event for the professional Java developer. Register here using the promo code S1P_RedMonk100 for $100 off your pass. With a new and stable process

The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2017

Thursday, June 08, 15:00 UTC @ tecosystems

This iteration of the RedMonk Programming Language Rankings is brought to you by Pivotal, the company behind Spring and Cloud Foundry. Join us in San Francisco for SpringOne Platform, a cloud-native event for the professional Java developer. Register here using the promo code S1P_RedMonk100 for $100 off your pass. With a new and stable process

Article about Lua in The Hosting Blog

Thursday, June 08, 14:39 UTC @ Lua: news

An article about Lua has appeared in The Hosting Blog: "Lua Founding Developer Shares the Scripting Language's Journey and Advantages for App Configuration and Data Management"

Theory Jobs 2017

Thursday, June 08, 12:17 UTC @ Computational Complexity

In the fall we point to theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. Like last year and years past I created a fully editable Google Spreadsheet to crowd source who is going where. Ground rules: I set up sepa

The Mathematics of Open Reaction Networks

Thursday, June 08, 10:34 UTC @ Azimuth

Next week, Blake Pollard and I will talk about our work on reaction networks. We’ll do this at Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Information Processing in Chemical Networks, a workshop at the University of Luxembourg organized by Massimiliano Esposito and Matteo Polettini. We’ll do it on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, from 11:00 to 13:00, in room BSC […]

2017 Apple Design Award Winners

Wednesday, June 07, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

The Apple Design Awards recognize state-of-the-art apps that reflect the very best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. Learn about these winning apps and the talented developers behind them. See the winners.

MIPS: Use precise search for exit jump patching.

Wednesday, June 07, 17:16 UTC @ Recent commits to luajit-2.0

Contributed by Djordje Kovacevic and Stefan Pejic.

Xcode GitHub Integration

Wednesday, June 07, 14:34 UTC @ Indie Stack

Apple’s beta release of Xcode 9 features impressive improvements to its source control features, including streamlined integration with GitHub. There’s even a fancy “Open in Xcode” button when you go to clone a project: This integration is amazing. You just click the button, specify a save folder in Xcode, and boom! You’re off and … … Continue reading

Dear Dr B: What are the chances of the universe ending out of nowhere due to vacuum decay?

Wednesday, June 07, 13:08 UTC @ Backreaction

“Dear Sabine, my names [-------]. I'm an anxiety sufferer of the unknown and have been for 4 years. I've recently came across some articles saying that the universe could just end out of no where either through false vacuum/vacuum bubbles or just ending and I'm just wondering what the chances of this are occurring anytime soon. I know it sounds silly but I'd be dearly greatful for your reply

Dear Dr B: What are the chances of the universe ending out of nowhere due to vacuum decay?

Wednesday, June 07, 13:08 UTC @ Backreaction

“Dear Sabine, my names [-------]. I'm an anxiety sufferer of the unknown and have been for 4 years. I've recently came across some articles saying that the universe could just end out of no where either through false vacuum/vacuum bubbles or just ending and I'm just wondering what the chances of this are occurring anytime soon. I know it sounds silly but I'd be dearly greatful for your reply

ABCL Dev: ABCL 1.5.0-rc-0 draft of upcoming User Manual

Wednesday, June 07, 12:11 UTC @ Planet Lisp

An unsigned ABCL 1.5.0-rc-0 release now available to test the distributions mechanisms for the upcoming ABCL-1.5.0 release. http://... http://... Draft of upcoming User Manual to which corrections are solicited. http://...

The Cary Institute teams with IBM Research to address Zika

Wednesday, June 07, 11:58 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

When the Zika virus arrived in Brazil, it went largely unnoticed until infected infants were born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder marked by a small head caused by severe underdevelopment of brain tissue in utero. As the number of Zika-affected babies grew, the World Health Organization moved quickly to declare Zika virus a public health […] The post The Cary Institut

Dividing projects into math, statistics, and computing

Wednesday, June 07, 11:50 UTC @ John D. Cook

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know that my work is a combination of math, statistics, and computing. I was looking over my records and tried to see how my work divides into these three areas. In short, it doesn’t. The boundaries between these areas are fuzzy or arbitrary to begin with, but […]

New committer: Ryan Libby (src)

Wednesday, June 07, 08:00 UTC @ FreeBSD News Flash

2018 US HEP Budget

Tuesday, June 06, 22:44 UTC @ Not Even Wrong

HEPAP has been meeting the past couple days, with presentations available here. Much of the discussion is about the President’s 2018 budget proposal recently submitted to Congress, which contains drastic cuts to all sorts of programs, including for support of … Continue reading →

Updated Guidelines Now Available

Tuesday, June 06, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated. We review all apps submitted to the App Store in an effort to determine whether they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material. As you plan and develop your app, make sure to use these updated guidelines.See the App Store Review Guidelines.

Research for Practice: Technology for UnderservedCommunities; Personal Fabrication

Tuesday, June 06, 13:40 UTC @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

This installment of Research for Practice provides curated reading guides to technology for underserved communities and to new developments in personal fabrication. First, Tawanna Dillahunt describes design considerations and technology for underserved and impoverished communities. Designing for the more than 1.6 billion impoverished individuals worldwide requires special consideration of community needs, constraints, and context. Tawanna's selections span protocols for poor-quality communication networks,

x.ai Teams & How They Do It: Groundwork Ventures

Tuesday, June 06, 13:13 UTC @ x.ai

Today’s post is the first installment in our new series profiling teams that use x.ai’s Business edition. We chatted with Jason Towns to hear how the Groundwork Ventures team hands their meetings … View Article The post x.ai Teams & How They Do It: Groundwork Ventures appeared first on x

Using an air cavity to boost the performance of a 5G antenna module

Tuesday, June 06, 13:00 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

This week the International Microwave Symposium kicks off as part of Microwave Week 2017, where I am giving a talk on new phased array packaging developments for 5G communications. I am part of the RF Circuits and Systems Group at IBM Research which has been actively working on developing new 5G millimeterWave (mmWave) phased array […] The post Using an air cavity to boos

Just Code

Tuesday, June 06, 08:54 UTC @ APIDesign - Blogs

Is it JustCode that matters in a project or do projects need more? Is it necessary to have a bug tracking system or can we embed everything in the code? Is it better to keep snapshot of an API in the code or track it independently with additional tools? Check my

Gaussian correlation inequality

Tuesday, June 06, 00:41 UTC @ John D. Cook

The Gaussian correlation inequality was proven in 2014, but the proof only became widely known this year. You can find Thomas Royan’s remarkably short proof here. Let X be a multivariate Gaussian random variable with mean zero and let E and F be two symmetric convex sets, both centered at the origin. The Gaussian correlation inequality says that Prob(X in E […]

Big News on W(3,r) !

Monday, June 05, 22:09 UTC @ Computational Complexity

This is a JOINT POST with Evangelos Georgiadis who brought this problem to my attention.) In 2010 I posted about how dense a set of integers has to be before you know there is a 3-AP in it (a 3-AP is a set of three numbers equally spaced). Such results were motivated by and are applied to getting upper bounds on W(3,r) = the least W such that any r-coloring of {1,...,W} has a monochromatic 3-AP. That blog, which also has history and context, is

Build More Intelligent Apps with Core ML

Monday, June 05, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

Now you can bring intelligent features, such as face tracking, text detection, language identification, and much more into your apps with the new foundational machine learning technology that is used across Apple products. Core ML delivers blazingly fast performance with easy integration of machine learning models.Learn more about Core ML.

WWDC17. Now Live Streaming

Monday, June 05, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

See the latest advancements in macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS with over 100 sessions presented by Apple engineers at this year’s conference. We’re live streaming all sessions daily and posting videos and related sample code throughout the week. Watch WWDC session videos.

Get Ready for the All-New App Store

Monday, June 05, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

The App Store first launched nine years ago. And today, with over two million apps that transform the way we work, learn, and play, it’s the best app platform in the world. Now the App Store has been redesigned from the ground up to provide a beautiful place to showcase amazing apps and to help customers discover new favorites with the new Today tab, dedicated tabs for games and apps, a deeper product page experience, promoted in-app purchases, and enhanced search.In addition, starting today you can relea

Create Augmented Reality Experiences with ARKit

Monday, June 05, 19:00 UTC @ News and Updates - Apple Developer

iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad. ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.Learn more about ARKit.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Monday, June 05, 02:45 UTC @ Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

Obituary from NY Times. Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89 Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland. She was 89. .... Grace Hopper, a computer pioneer at Sperry

WWDC 2017 Sale

Monday, June 05, 00:00 UTC @ objc.io

Happy WWDC 2017 week! All of our eBooks are on sale during the whole week. Individual eBooks are off 25%, bundles are off 30%! Have a great week, Chris & Florian

/u/graydon2 on Question about Rust's odd Code of Conduct

Saturday, June 03, 20:24 UTC @ gilded : rust

For those following along: this user's behaviour is actually a good reference-example of the kind of rhetorical escalation one always encounters in these discussions (and which I refuse to engage with). Some points to note: Framing norms of behaviour as "arbitrary decisions", "politics" and "opinions" (i.e. trivial, particular, not worth respecting) Framing de-escalation of arguments and re

James Dempsey and the Breakpoints Benefit App Camp for Girls

Saturday, June 03, 05:05 UTC @ inessential.com

On Wednesday night I know where I’ll be — playing keyboard for a few songs at the James Dempsey and the Breakpoints concert benefitting App Camp for Girls. You should get tickets. It’s a fun time for a great cause. Bonus: James writes about how this concert is full circle for him. It’s a special night.

Listen in on couples therapy with Esther Perel, Tabby’s star dims again, and more

Friday, June 02, 21:04 UTC @ TED Blog

Behold, your recap of TED-related news: The truth about couples. Ever wonder what goes on in couples therapy? You may want to tune in to Esther Perel’s new podcast “Where Should We Begin?” Each episode invites the reader to listen to a real session with a real couple working out real issues, from a Christian […]

More on Facebook

Friday, June 02, 20:03 UTC @ joe cieplinski

Some folks had a little fun with me yesterday, when I posted about not outsourcing your online presence to Facebook. Once the link was tweeted by Marco Arment (thanks, Marco!) my site promptly got bombarded. And because of poorly configured cache settings on my part after a recent update (long

TPOT Automated Machine Learning Competition

Friday, June 02, 17:54 UTC @ Dr. Randal S. Olson

Can AutoML beat humans on Kaggle? Automated Machine Learning (AutoML) is poised to make a transformative impact on data science in 2017. At the University of Pennsylvania, we’ve been working hard to develop TPOT, a state-of-the-art open source AutoML tool…Read more ›

DREAM Challenge results: Can machine learning help improve accuracy in breast cancer screening?

Friday, June 02, 12:59 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

        Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is estimated that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that 99 percent of women whose breast cancer was detected early (stage 1 or 0) survive beyond five years after […] The post DREAM Challenge results: Can machine learning help improve accuracy in breast cancer

Irrational rotations are ergodic

Friday, June 02, 01:40 UTC @ John D. Cook

In a blog post yesterday, I mentioned that the golden angle is an irrational portion of a circle, and so a sequence of rotations by the golden angle will not repeat itself. We can say more: rotations by an irrational portion of a circle are ergodic. Roughly speaking, this means that not only does the […]

Evergreen Diary #1: Open Source

Friday, June 02, 00:27 UTC @ inessential.com

Evergreen is a new feed reader for Macs. It’s not actually done yet — in fact, it’s not even alpha yet, much less beta. It’s still in the painful-to-use stage, for sure. I’ve been working on it (among other things) on nights and weekends for a couple years. For much of the time I planned to make it a for-pay app — the plan was a free Lite version and a for-pay version. Bu

Announcing: Optimizing Collections

Friday, June 02, 00:00 UTC @ objc.io

Dear all, We’re happy to introduce a new member in our book family: Optimizing Collections by Károly Lőrentey. When we started reading Károly’s book we were hooked immediately. We asked him to team up, and are very happy to share the result with you. In this book, we show how to write very efficient Swift collection code. Throughout the book, we benchmark everything —

Evergreen Images

Thursday, June 01, 16:47 UTC @ Indie Stack

Brent Simmons, the original developer of MarsEdit and NetNewsWire, is building a new feed reader app called Evergreen: Evergreen is an open source, productivity-style feed reader for Macs. It’s at a very early stage — we use it, but we don’t expect other people to use it yet. I’ve never been one to shy away from … Continue reading Evergreen Images U

Not Open, Not Closed: The Future of Hybrid Licenses

Thursday, June 01, 16:31 UTC @ tecosystems

(Photo credit) Not many remember it, because the technology industry tends to focus on its future at the expense of its past, but in the beginning software was free. In both senses of the word free; it was available at no cost, and the source typically came without restrictions. One of the earliest user groups

Not Open, Not Closed: The Future of Hybrid Licenses

Thursday, June 01, 16:31 UTC @ tecosystems

(Photo credit) Not many remember it, because the technology industry tends to focus on its future at the expense of its past, but in the beginning software was free. In both senses of the word free; it was available at no cost, and the source typically came without restrictions. One of the earliest user groups

Outsourcing Your Online Presence

Thursday, June 01, 15:05 UTC @ joe cieplinski

The original post by Marc Haynes was public, which I know because I do not have a Facebook account, but here’s what it looks like for me without being a Facebook user — a full one-third of my window is covered by a pop-over trying to get me to sign

Who Sets Policy?

Thursday, June 01, 14:01 UTC @ Computational Complexity

In April the New York Times Magazine ran an article Is it O.K. to Tinker with the Environment to Fight Climate Change? The article asks about the ethics of even running tests on such methods and has this quote froms David Battisti, an atmospheric scientist at UW. Name a technology humans have developed that they haven't used. I can't think of any. So w

IBM’s Spark scientists show off their latest code at Summit

Thursday, June 01, 10:26 UTC @ IBM Blog Research

Since its inaugural event in 2013, thousands of developers, scientists, analysts, researchers and executives from around the globe have trekked to the Spark Summit to talk about how the open source processing engine known as Apache Spark can apply big data, machine learning and data science to deliver new insights. With more than 1,000 contributors […] The post IBM’s Spark