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May the fourth be with you and all those on Parliament Hill treated to the noon-hour nod to Star Wars performed by the Dominion carillonneur
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Okay, so technically it isn't the punny May the 4th today. That's tomorrow. But since some of us are big Star Wars fans over here in the newsroom, we decided to get a head start on the celebrations...
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Douthat on public sector unions:

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In an irony typical of politics, then, the right’s intellectual critique of public-sector unions is illustrated by the ease with which police unions have bridled and ridden actual right-wing politicians. Which in turn has left those unions in a politically enviable position, insulated from any real pressure to reform.

Yet reform is what they need. There are many similarities between police officers and teachers: Both belong to professions filled with heroic and dedicated public servants, and both enjoy deep reservoirs of public sympathy as a result. But in both professions, unions have consistently exploited that sympathy to protect failed policies and incompetent personnel.

With this important difference, however: Even with the worst teacher, the effects are diffused across many years and many kids, and it’s hard for just one teacher to do that much damage to any given student. A bad cop, on the other hand, can leave his victim dead or permanently damaged, and under the right circumstances one cop’s bad call — or a group of cops’ habitual thuggishness — can be the spark that leaves a city like Baltimore in flames.
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Criticism of public sector unions has not always extended to the police, a group conservatives are often loath to criticize.
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The most challenging aspect of the recipe parsing problem is the task of predicting ingredient components from the ingredient phrases. Recipes display ingredients like “1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice,” but the database stores ingredients broken down by name (“lemon juice”), quantity (“1″) , unit (“tablespoon”) and comment (“fresh”). There is no regular expression clever enough to identify these labels from the ingredient phrases.
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Erica Greene describes the tool that she built to extract structured data from recipes.
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Anomaly detection in software is, and always will be, an unsolved problem. Your company will not solve it. Your software will not solve it. Our people will improvise around it and adapt their work to cope with the fact that we will not always know what and how something is wrong at the exact time we need to know.
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I’d like to open up a dialogue with companies who are selling X-As-A-Service products that are focused on assisting operations and development teams in tracking the health and performance of their software systems. [well]Note: It's likely that my suggestions below are understood and embraced by many companies already. I know a number of them who…
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The DEA likes to borrow stuff. It's just not very good about returning borrowed items in the same shape it got them. Like a woman's Facebook account. Or a businessman's semi truck. And his employee's life. Craig Patty...
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Another algorithm that would do the job is due to Seymour Ginsburg and Edwin Spanier (1966). Since the set of solutions can be described in Presburger arithmetic, Ginsburg and Spanier’s procedure can extract an explicit finite presentation of this set. But this algorithm is likely to be even slower; it is actually provable – without making any unproven assumptions about complexity classes such as P≠NP – that it must take at least doubly-exponential time in the worst case.
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This afternoon, Matt Locke tweeted the following problem from his nine-year-old daughter’s maths homework: Coins in general circulation in the UK come in the denominations 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p...
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When I was kid, I would have answered a question like that by saying there were 99 coins worth .01 and one coin worth 38.76. But then, I was a rebel on our school math team and always used shortcomings in the questions to come up with easy but defensible answers that were not what the question writer had intended.

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Ingenuity created an Eden, and ingenuity will save it, despite those who imagine the parched state is doomed.
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Even as harsh sentences are reconsidered, the financial — and human — tolls mount
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To his colleagues at the Environmental Protection Agency, John Beale was always a man of great import. Beginning in the early 1990s, he enjoyed one policymaking triumph after another, eventually establishing himself as a towering figure within the agency. He...
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About Public Key Pinning. 1 May 2015 3:21 UTC. At long last, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published RFC 7469, Public Key Pinning Extension for HTTP (HPKP). Thanks to my colleagues Ryan Sleevi, Adam Langley, and Chris Evans for coming up with the idea; and thanks to Ryan and ...
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