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I noticed these ceramic heatsinks in a flier from CPC; their micro porus so apparently have a high surface area, and being ceramic supposedly don't cause problems with rf.
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This is very nice, and even nicer is the cute interactive site; http://gallantlab.org/huth2016/
 
Interesting and surprising news from brain research: it looks like the brain's lexicon is distributed around the outer surface, and so far looks mostly consistent between individuals.

This needs much, much more research. So many questions! But if there's truth in this it could be tremendously useful for "mind reading" assistive technologies (give me my brain keyboard! >.<) and perhaps other scarier things.

Very curious to see lots of follow-up work, like:
- Just more data.
- Just how similar are people's individual neutral lexicons, and when they do differ, how?
- Comparisons across languages and cultures, especially where one language has a word for a concept and another does not.
- Studies of multilingual participants.
- Figure out how this ties in with known localized regions for language processing & production. It seems like language is distributed, but also has bottlenecks in specific regions. That sounds interesting, and could potentially speak volumes to the algorithms at work here.

Some speculation: if the layout of the concept space in a human brain is fixed, what does that say about our capacity for novel thought? Is the structure open ended? If so, to what extent?Obviously there's room for novelty in there, but perhaps only within certain bounds? Only new ideas of a certain shape? Or does the organization itself adapt to the ideas it needs to hold?

I can't wait to learn more.
Brain maps constructed by MRI show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.
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First nice butterfly of summer (well the 3 days of summer we had last week) - It looks like it's a 'Speckled wood'.
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It's odd how booking.com have 'Safety deposit box' and 'iron' under the 'Pets' category for hotels.
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+Alan Cox Surely ironing is for pugs?
+Stefan Hajnoczi I don't think so; at least I don't think a pet hotel would have a toaster.
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Funny screwed up ad of the day; ebay search for 8 core Xeon, gets me an ad for Tripadvisor deals for Nehalem, Oregon.  That's a pretty advanced screwup!
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I really really need to spend some time getting my head around some of the deep learning stuff;  one paper I spotted was:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1603.05279

It's a hack that seems to avoid doing FP calculations by using purely binary+sign weights - I've not fully figured it out; is the bitcount being used to add up a row of results from the xnor?
Abstract: We propose two efficient approximations to standard convolutional neural networks: Binary-Weight-Networks and XNOR-Networks. In Binary-Weight-Networks, the filters are approximated with binary values resulting in 32x memory saving. In XNOR-Networks, both the filters and the input to ...
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The ground is white, the robins are in the trees, ah it must be...may bank holiday weekend.
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At a talk on the brain and stem cells
Edit: this was interesting, his interests are more from the stem cell side and was looking how the few reserves of stem cells in the brain mature into neurons (or other cells)
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Our gov has boiled down the numbers on energy use and production and spat out 2015 stats; section 6 has renewable breakdown and there's lots of trends and stuff.  As well as the obvious changes (less coal, more gas) there's some less obvious things - apparently we export a lot of gas to Belgium and we've carried out a large scale survey to figure out how many people use wood burners to heat their home (I think so they can figure out how much to count as % of bio fuels we use).

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-trends-march-2016
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It’s no surprise that nature has come up all kinds of unique scents to increase an organism's chances of survival. These scents are usually horrible - Exhibit A: skunk, Exhibit B: the infamous corpse flower that, as its name implies, smells...
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From a local skip :-)  It's about old-scope sized.
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I love reading failure/disaster/screwup post-mortems and this one is very well done.  As in the case of most large scale screwups it's a tale of multiple problems that come together to make a real mess, and probably also a reminder of how many screwups no one hears of because the systems spotted/stopped them first in most cases.

https://status.cloud.google.com/incident/compute/16007?post-mortem
Google Cloud Status. This page provides status information on the services that are part of the Google Cloud Platform. Check back here to view the current status of the services listed below. For additional information on these services, please visit cloud.google.com.
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