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Rich Viet, Principal Engineer at Cloud Elements presents 'Scalable Logging and Analytics with LogStash' at All Things API meetup in Denver, CO. Learn more about scalable logging and analytics using LogStash. This will be an overview of logstash components, including getting started, indexing, storing and getting information from logs. Logstash is a tool for managing events and logs. You can use it to collect logs, parse them, and store them for l...
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jones_supa (887896) writes "Canonical, through John Zannos, VP Cloud Alliances, has proudly announced that the first ever Microsoft Azure hosted service will be powered by Ubuntu Linux. This piece of news comes from the Strata + Hadoop World Conference, which takes place this week in California. The...
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Logging. Everyone does it. Many don't know why they do it. It is often considered a boring chore. A chore that is done by habit rather than for a purpose. But it doesn't have to be! Learn how to build a powerful, scalable open source logging environment with LogStash.
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"This Cheat Sheet Shows You How to Make Every "Official" Cocktail" http://lifehacker.com/this-cheat-sheet-shows-you-how-to-make-every-official-1685350106
You don't have to be a bartender or a mixologist to pour a decent cocktail. You do, however, need to know what goes into it. This cheat sheet shows you how much of which ingredients to put in over 75 different, delicious cocktails.
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If you own a new car, there's a good chance that it features some form of keyless security. Whether it helps unlock your car or lets you start it with th
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"Grab 24 Free Ebooks to Learn a New Programming Language" http://lifehacker.com/grab-24-free-ebooks-to-learn-a-new-programming-language-1683499328
There are so many programming languages to choose from if you want to learn to code or continue your programming journey. This collection of free programming books introduces 24 languages, from C to Scheme.
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Dust Yourself Off

The existence of early cosmic inflation is one of the big questions in cosmology. It seems to be necessary to explain the uniformity of the cosmic microwave background, but confirming it observationally has been a challenge. Last March, BICEP2 released announced that they had detected evidence of primordial gravitational waves in the polarization of the CMB, which is one prediction of early inflation. This started a firestorm of debate over whether it was an actual detection of inflation, or whether it was simply an effect of light scattering off interstellar dust. Yesterday a new paper was released combining results of BICEP2, Planck, and Keck studies, and it’s being presented in the press as the killer of cosmic inflation. But in reality things aren’t so cut and dry.

It should be noted that this new paper hasn’t been peer reviewed, and is even designated as a draft on the paper itself, so it shouldn’t be taken as authoritative just yet. What the paper does is combine the data from these three independent studies to see what the combined results say about cosmic inflation and the question of dust. This is useful because BICEP2 and the Keck Array (both located in Antarctica) look at specific patches of sky where dust contamination is expected to be low. Planck, in contrast, made an all-sky survey including both dusty and non-dusty regions. Combining these very different approaches is a good way to test the validity of the results.

This new paper makes several conclusions. First, it compares the B-mode polarization results of BICEP2 and Keck with those of Planck, and finds that they strongly match. The agreement is at a 7-sigma level, which means the chance of the data not being an actual result is about 1 in 390 trillion. In short, we are absolutely detecting B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background. This is great, because it means there’s no debate about whether the data is valid.

The next question is whether this B-mode polarization is due to primordial gravitational waves from early inflation, light scattering off interstellar dust, or some combination of the two. (There’s actually a third effect due to gravitational lensing, but we understand that effect pretty well.) The primordial gravitational waves are measured in terms of what is known as an r factor, where a larger r means stronger gravitational waves and therefore stronger inflation. The original results from BICEP2 found that r is between 0.15 and 0.27, with the best result being r = 0.2 at a 5-sigma level. Taken by itself, this would seem to be a home-run discovery of cosmic inflation. But BICEP2 didn’t have great data on the distribution of interstellar dust, which Planck has.

In this new combined-data result, the teams find that r is 0.12. So the new results do show evidence of cosmic inflation. However, the confidence of this result is only 2-sigma, or about 95%. This means there’s about a 5% chance of it being a false positive. Given the significance of such a discovery, this isn’t remotely strong enough to declare it valid. What this means is that the BICEP2 results didn’t “discover” cosmic inflation. As it stands, there is evidence of cosmic inflation, but not strong evidence. The data hints at early inflation, but we don’t yet have a smoking gun.

In short, this new paper confirms the validity of the BICEP2 data, but disproves the conclusion drawn from that data. Early inflation has not been disproven, but it hasn’t been proven either. So we’ll have to dust ourselves off and keep looking for an answer one way or the other.

Paper: A Joint Analysis of BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Data. new.bicepkeck.org/BKP_paper_20150130.pdf
The press is announcing that BICEP2 results have been disproven. Actually the results are a bit more subtle.
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