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Great summary of 17 equations that have had tremendous impact on humanity
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The real guide to interpreting developer job ads @rundavidrun
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Excellent!
 
TLDR: simplified and community-driven man pages. Awesome.
Simplified and community-driven man pages
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Gentle reminder that correlations do not imply causation!

Watch out whenever someone tries to argue that x causes y based on the fact that they "go together".
Why do these things correlate? These 15 correlations will blow your mind. (Is this headline sensationalist enough for you to click on it yet?)
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This is really clever, zero overhead serialisation
Introduction · News · Installation · Schema Language · Encoding · RPC Protocol · The capnp Tool · C++ Serialization · C++ RPC · Other Languages · Road Map · FAQ. Introduction. Cap'n Proto is an insanely fast data interchange format and capability-based RPC system. Think JSON, except binary.
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Wow, just wow. The logical evolutionary conclusion of insects pollinating plants has been reached, by figs.
 
In the category of "really weird things I did not know:" apparently figs and certain wasps have co-evolved into a sort of single organism, with the wasps acting as highly mobile sex organs. It's basically what happens if you take "insects pollinating flowers" to its logical conclusion.

Essentially, a female wasp shows up at a fig, pollen in tow and laden with egs, enters the fig, spreads the pollen around, lays her eggs, and dies. Some of the fig's ovaries are now fertilized by pollen; they develop seeds. Others have wasp eggs; they form a shell around the eggs. Male wasps hatch first; they have no wings, but instead travel around the inside of the fig, fertilize the females (still in their eggs), cut escape hatches for them, and then die. Next the male flowers mature and produce pollen. Next, the female wasps hatch, already fertilized; they get covered in pollen, and fly out, in search of another fig. The wasps which die in the fig get digested by it and turned into more fig.

Which is to say, the wasp's entire life cycle is basically loading up on the parts to make more wasps and more figs, and then finding a fig. 

There are a few variations on this, summarized in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig_wasp . But basically, figs have managed to turn wasps into part of their biology, and can be considered to be part-animal, part-plant. Others instead would say that the figs are eating the wasps, which I suppose is also true, but that really understates the complexity of this relationship.

Apparently this is also enough for some people to consider figs not to be vegan. (cf http://www.organicauthority.com/health/figs-are-they-vegan.html , although to make it clear I am not endorsing any of the, well, anything on this site; it's just an example of what arguments around the kosher vegan status of the fig look like)

Mostly, this gives me an urge for figs. 

Via @silentkpants on Twitter.
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This is big - it's not your usual "try all the moves" program that fails hard at Go - there are neural networks in there offering candidate moves and evaluating board positions the way a human does, but with the benefit of millions of games of experience.

One caveat though: computers are still slow learners compared to biological neural networks, in terms of the amount of training they need to perform well.
 
Can a computer master the ancient game of Go? With more possible board configurations than the number of atoms in the universe, experts have long thought it to be impossible. But a system developed by researchers at Google DeepMind, called AlphaGo, has done it.

Combining a state-of-the-art Monte-Carlo tree search with two deep neural networks, AlphaGo not only has defeated the top existing Go programs at the forefront of A.I. research, but also has defeated reigning 3-time European Go champion Fan Hui. 

The next challenge will be to play the top Go player in the world over the last decade, Lee Sedol, this March in Seoul, South Korea. To learn more, visit the Google Research blog, linked below.
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When you invest for retirement, find an investment manager that applies ESG (Environmental, Social, Governmental) responsible investing principles. You can vote with your savings for the kind of world we'll have when you retire.
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For the last nine years Freedom House has reported on a global decline of political rights and civil liberties.

Dig into the report here:
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Great news of progress, but needs follow up confirmation that the fungus is causative, and replication of the results.

I imagine many are now asking for antifungal meds for Alzheimer's anyway.
 
Amazing! If this is true, how was it not discovered earlier? They cite studies that showed chitin in AD brains, and cases where anti-fungal treatment reversed AD. It's hard to imagine that this hypothesis did not occur to anyone until now.

Aside from the low number of patients investigated, it seems like a very thorough study, at least to a complete layman. (It's not saying much, I know :).) It appears to be an easily falsifiable hypothesis too. If I had Alzheimer's, I'd want to try taking anti-fungal drugs right away.
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Interesting to get a feel for how much a computer can do in one second
Do you know how much your computer can do in a second? Let's find out how well you know computers! All of these programs have a variable NUMBER in them. Your mission: guess how big NUMBER needs to get before the program takes 1 second to run. You don't need to guess exactly: they're all between ...
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Thanks! I also got a feel for how bad I am at estimating things :). 12/18
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  • University of Cape Town
    Master of Science: Bioinformatics, 2006 - 2008
  • University of Cape Town
    Bachelor of Science Honours: Applied Mathematics, 2005 - 2005
  • University of Cape Town
    Bachelor of Science: Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, 2001 - 2004
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Site Reliability Engineer at Google
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Systems Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering
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Distributed Systems, Troubleshooting, Python, Linux, Bash, Algorithms
Employment
  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
    Site Reliability Engineering for the Ads Quality systems
  • Naspers
    Senior Software Engineer at MIH Internet Africa, 2009 - 2013
    Developer for the Mocality.com directory, working on the back-end infrastructure with a focus on performance, reliability and monitoring.
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    Search Engine Systems Engineer at 24.com, 2008 - 2008
    Systems Engineer on the SearchSA South African search engine.
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Google Übersetzer
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Hanping Chinese DictionaryAndroid 上最受歡迎的中文普通話字典。關於如何獲取專業版:http://goo.gl/YGonR★ 搜索漢字,注音或是英文。還能顯示注音(Bopomofo) ★ 支持簡體以及正體中字★ 實時搜索 - 當你輸入時自動更新顯示

Auralux
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Cloud save support across devices with Google Games! Achievements and Leaderboards support! Access leaderboards in Speed and Nova Mode to co

Minimalism - Mark Manson
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What minimalism is and how you can apply it to your life to become more happy

Love is . . . ‘almost like a psychological disorder’
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Love might be good for the heart, and even your mood, but it is in the brain where the drama really plays out

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Annual Meeting 2014
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The scientific community is nervous. It’s not that the climate is changing; we know that already. What has everyone jumpy is new, undeniable

The NASA Studies on Napping
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The data behind why napping is considered good for your productivity.

NASA | GPM: Engineering Next Generation Observations of Rain and Snow
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Headspace (on-the-go)
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Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some headsp

For South Africans Abroad: A Guide to Voting in the 2014 Elections
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A guide for South African expats on everything you need to know in order to vote abroad in the 2014 national elections.

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Impressive hard coral formations found here provide the building blocks for the reef. (Source)

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Really enjoyed the grilled chicken, and the crème brulee with white chocolate - delicious. Great service too
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As an apartment block it has an old hotel feel to it, fairly good apartments and management company that's engaged in maintaining and improving it.
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I really like Chagall's work, maybe because be manages to squeeze so many themes and references into each painting - it gives each one depth or at least there's a lot to find and explore. Different from a lot of "one thing" pieces of modern art where yes you can have many of perspectives on the piece but it's still only one simple thing that you're looking at. The museum is great itself - comfortable spacious galleries.
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For conferences it has good configurable rooms and equipment, though the raised stage mostly forces one to keep behind the podium. They provide tasty buffet lunches and tea between sessions.
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There's lots of space but as a zoo has a small range of animals, at least only €3 entrance. Found one of the tiny monkey out of its cage. Aquarium is small but has some interesting fish (puffers, axolotls too), the insects too are interesting (the crawling roaches on a carpet of seemingly-dead roaches was a bit gross). The plants in the greenhouse are really the highlight - some nice orchids. Be aware that the entrance is on the airport side of the parc - don't walk 15 minutes round from the Nice-side like I did.
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