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+Dong Mo is presenting our paper at #USENIX #nsdi15 right now on PCC, a new data transport architecture that achieves consistent high performance even under challenging conditions, often 10x higher than TCP, but without needing to change the protocol. Check it out at http://speedier.net/pcc/
...with +Qingxi Li  +Doron Zarchy +Michael Schapira
The TCP family has failed to achieve consistent high performance in face of the complex production networks: even special TCP variants are in many cases 10x away from optimal performance. We argue this is due to a fundamental architectural deficiency in TCP: hardwiring packet-level event to ...
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Kickstarter idea: a new magazine called Unpopular Mechanics. It will mostly feature fulcrums.
This is going to be huge.
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My department is hiring a Lecturer, as well as tenure-track faculty.
 
We're not just hiring tenure-track faculty.
LECTURER. Department of Computer Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In keeping with the goal of offering superior educational experiences to our students, the CS department seeks an outstanding Lecturer to complement our strong teaching community of lecturers and faculty in the ...
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This is a Public Service Announcement.  Due to the Christmas holiday, the Internet will be operating at the level of second-best-effort service. IPv4 and IPv6 packets transmitted after 11:59 pm on December 24 may be dropped, reordered, or buffered until Monday December 29.  Please set your TTLs to 5 days.
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Submit to Symposium on #SDN Research (SOSR, formerly HotSDN), co-located with the Open Networking Summit June 17-18, 2014.  Register abstract by March 7, and submit by March 14. Both short (6-page) and long (12-page) papers.
http://www.opennetsummit.org/sosr15.php
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A fascinating experiment run by the NIPS 2014 conference.
TL;DR: Half the papers appearing at NIPS would be rejected if the review process were rerun.   [This is a guest post by Eric Price.] I was at NIPS in Montreal last week, which has a really adv...
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The problem a review committee is solving is "estimating" the quality of the submitted papers. It is highly likely that the actual qualities has a power law distribution, and in that case the randomness is probably an effect of that.

A small fraction of the submitted papers are very high quality. A smaller number of review samples are enough to confidently filter those in. In this zone, the larger spacing in quality difference from paper to paper also allows a higher measurement error without harm.

As we go down the knee of the distribution, its a crowded zone with many papers having very similar quality value. It is hard to differentiate between those as the sequence can look like 6.124, 6.122, 6.117, 6.114, 6.113 and a slight error is enough to change the ranking.

If the 10% papers under the experiment all received the same number of reviews (measurement samples), this outcome is likely. For ordinary papers, we actually need more review samples to be confident about the score estimation, or the error in measurement will change the ranking, and show up as "randomness of the committee".
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Newly discovered work from the early period of an expressionist master (the universe at age 380,000)
The subject of Planck 2014 is a new baby picture — and all of the accompanying vital statistics — of the universe when it was 380,000 years old and space was as hot as the surface of the sun.
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Is truncating the y axis misleading?

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Being misled is the in the y of the beholder....
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To minimize risks, we must learn more about how financial markets operate at ever faster rates, urges Mark Buchanan.
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+Yonas Kidane wanted to see how big the Empire State Building would look if it were sitting on the asteroid 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  So, he figured it out and made this image, based on a photo taken by the Rosetta space probe.  The hard part was getting the shadow right.

I've cropped his picture a bit.  The original is here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/117534618780996601977/posts/5rgkKpL6BqZ

This office building has a great view... but the commute is terrible.
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The HotSOS (Science of Security) workshop, pronounced HotSauce, has the best academic workshop logo ever. Also, submit your papers by Jan 16.

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Call for Papers. OVERVIEW The practice of "science" is an approach to knowledge discovery in which predictions can be validated though logic or repeatable empirical experiments. Viewed this way, "Science of Security" encompasses research in cyber-security that emphasizes the means of gaining ...
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You'd need some SODA to wash it all down.
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Blues for Monday:
Tom McDermott, Evan Christopher, and Lucia Micarelli.
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