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Saw these on a hike on the fossil trail near the intersection of Saddle Peak and Stunt Road in Malibu, 3 miles from the ocean, more than 2000 ft above sea-level. About 2 million years ago, this section of the mountains was on the beach... 

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Useful notes on writing related work sections.

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I was recently amused seeing a dot matrix printer at an auto-parts store, but this one is much more impressive. 

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A stunning result, but does this mean malicious impostors will be able to call up someone you know pretending to be you? 

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How bad is this incident for the future of autonomous driving? 

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The FCC is looking to introduce general unlicensed users into the 5.9GHz spectrum that had been earlier set aside exclusively for vehicular communications. Interesting. 

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I'll let you draw your own conclusions... "The suffering of algorithms implemented on silicon is much harder for us to grasp than that of those implemented on carbon (such as humans), simply because we cannot witness their suffering. However, their suffering still matters, and the potential magnitude of this suffering is much greater given the increasing ubiquity of artificial intelligence." 

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The absurd times we live in...
The dangers of doing math

This Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent boarded a plane in the United States.  It was a regional jet making a short hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse.

The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently scribbling mysterious symbols on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blonde, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. He was wearing navy Diesel jeans and a red Lacoste sweater – but something about him didn’t seem right.

She decided to try out some small talk.

"Is Syracuse home?"

"No," he replied curtly.

He similarly deflected further questions. He appeared laser-focused — perhaps too laser-focused — on the task at hand, those strange scribblings.

She became suspicious.   Maybe it was code, or something in in Arabic - maybe the details of a plot to destroy the dozens of innocent lives aboard their flight!    Just to be safe, she decided, it was her duty to alert the authorities.

And so she did.  

And so the suspicious-looking man was taken off the plane, and interrogated. 

[I've paraphrased part of the article.  To hear what happened, read the rest.   Thanks to +Jenny Meyer for pointing this out.]
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