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Māris Ozols
Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam
Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam
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"Is NSA chasing shadowses?"

A mystical entity that calls themselves The Shadow Brokers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow_Brokers
is leaking cyber weapons originally developed and stockpiled by NSA. Here are some of their posts: https://steemit.com/@theshadowbrokers
This of course is very damaging to NSA and its operations (far more damaging than Snowden leaks). However, it also affects millions of people around the world whose computers get infected with ransom ware derived from these leaked tools.

This raises a question of whether one should be stockpiling large quantities of such highly potent cyber weapons in the first place. Of course, it would also be interesting to know how is behind this. Is it an insider job? Is it Russia? The truth is lurking in the shadows...
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It turns out Radiohead sampled their song Idioteque (released in 2000) from a 1973 composition called Mild Und Leise by a certain Paul Lansky (which in turn borrowed from Wagner's Liebestod aria in Tristan und Isolde). You can hear the characteristic Idioteque chord progression at 0:42 here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZDxMb4nago&t=42s
The same chord progression is also clearly heard throughout Idioteque:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoaPZDMlQFY
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Some quotes below from an article in Science on Sci-Hub's impact on publication industry.

The study itself can be found here:
https://peerj.com/preprints/3100/

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Q: Do you really foresee a time when librarians would endorse Sci-Hub over paying for journal access?

A: I don’t think librarians would ever endorse it, given the legal issues of instructing someone to do something illegal. But in a way they already do. There are many libraries nowadays that can’t provide 100% access to the scholarly literature. Globally, it’s a pretty small percentage of universities that offer full access.

Q: Is there anything publishers could do to stop new papers being added to Sci-Hub’s repository?

A: There are things they could do but they can really backfire terribly. The issue is the more protective the publishers are, the more difficult they make legitimate access, and that could drive people to use Sci-Hub.

Q: What do you hope the impact of this study will be?

A: I think the larger picture of this study is that this is the beginning of the end for subscription scholarly publishing. I think it is at this point inevitable that the subscription model is going to fail and more open models will be necessitated. One motivation for doing the study is that I want to bring that eventuality into reality more quickly.
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Wow, amazing! A speech synthesizer for a piano!

+Troy Herion
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Find the closest location and #MarchForScience tomorrow!

Here is a map of all satellite marches across the globe:
https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches/
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Bacteria growing, mutating and competing on a large Petri dish.
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A new interactive journal in machine learning!

Check out this very cool article about neural networks for handwriting:
http://distill.pub/2016/handwriting/
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