“Of the many, many scientists making original discoveries, only a few are good at recognizing and explaining their significance.” — from Lessons from the Lobster: Eve Marder's Work in Neuroscience : https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Lobster-Marders-Neuroscience-Press/dp/0262037785
Cathy O'Neill: #Zuckerberg is totally out of his depth, and so are the rest of the techbros https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-08-12/mark-zuckerberg-is-totally-out-of-his-depth
I visited an Amazon Books location yesterday after reading Hugh Howey glowing review (Howey is a big Amazon fan, understandably). It was nice but felt mostly like a bestseller list, so quite shallow. Nothing I had to buy.
Later in a Barnes & Noble (admittedly a much larger store) I found half a dozen books I wanted in ten minutes or so...
Siri, is the apocalypse nigh?
Facebook news chief to media: ‘Work with Facebook or die’ https://boingboing.net/2018/08/13/facebook-news-chief-to-media.html
Worried about the dominance of big instances? No, really, this is quite natural.
As an emergent and self-governing system, it could be expected that the size distribution of #Mastodon instances roughly follows Zipf's law.
At first you see the top 6 instances, and then the rest. But on a log-log scale the size distribution is close to a straight line, which would be expected from an emergent system.
The fact that a few micrograms of a substance like LSD can completely alter your perception of reality makes you realize that consciousness relies on a very tight chemical balancing act.
Congratulations to all Julia developers for the 1.0 release! https://julialang.org/blog/2018/08/one-point-zero
Don’t be fooled by the low version number, Julia is already a production-capable, carefully designed language with a well developed ecosystem. Version 1.0 brings syntax stability. I am very excited to be able to replace both Python and C++ for a lot of uses!
I like how they are thinking
Patents and copyright holding our society back by stifling research and innovation is just another example of how capitalism poisons everything. https://torrentfreak.com/sci-hub-proves-that-piracy-can-be-dangerously-useful-180804/
Fuzzy Tinkerer. Research Parasite. Sorcerer's Apprentice. Hand-waving Expert. Type Pirate.
Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!