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Mike Fletcher
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My talk from PyCon.ca is up...

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In case anyone is interested, my talk from PyCon.ca is available. This is a talk primarily for other practitioners (i.e. programmers), rather than philosophers, but it does briefly touch on some of the issues surrounding standing up an intelligent machine.

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My talk from pycon.ca is now up. Yay!

WTF. Unplugged an HDMI cable from my desktop last night. This afternoon the desktop is locked up, so have to reboot. On reboot the Alt key is mapped to "volume down"... argh.

The more I have to work with PHP, the more I appreciate Python.

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Since when did the US annex all of the Great Lakes? Half of Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario are in Canada. Or is this size comparison skipping the Canadian halves of those 4 lakes?

Working in a basement has a plus; no phone service, so no distractions. Of course, there's no phone service when you actually need to receive calls.

Yay, SimpleParse under Python 2.7.9 or 2.7.10 is totally broken. Works perfectly under 2.7.6. It seems something has changed in how extensions are compiled such that everything is optimized away, including the arguments to the functions, the counters for tracking position, etc.

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Nice introduction to back propagation in neural networks with a very minimal set of Python (numpy) code. There's a lot of issues glossed over, but that's something of the point of such an introduction. You can intuitively see what the gradient descent is doing, you can get a feeling for how a network learns mappings between inputs and outputs.

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