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I always envied Ralph because Alice was beautiful and smart
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Preferential attachment means that the more connected a node is, the more likely it is to receive new links. Nodes with higher degree have stronger ability to grab links added to the network. Intuitively, the preferential attachment can be understood if we think in terms of social networks connecting people. Here a link from A to B means that person A "knows" or "is acquainted with" person B. Heavily linked nodes represent well-known people with lots of relations. When a newcomer enters the community, s/he is more likely to become acquainted with one of those more visible people rather than with a relative unknown. Similarly, on the web, new pages link preferentially to hubs, i.e. very well known sites such as Google or Wikipedia, rather than to pages that hardly anyone knows. If someone selects a new page to link to by randomly choosing an existing link, the probability of selecting a particular page would be proportional to its degree. This explains the preferential attachment probability rule.
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With 1537 LinkedIn connections, I get about unsolicited 1.5 invitations per day (and I accept them if they are clearly not spammers).
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And my Lion upgrade is about to begin.
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Home machine updated and things seem to be working.

I'm deferring the work machine for now. I'm a scared! ;-)
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So, I'm sitting around the house on a Sunday afternoon trying to entertain myself when I decide to google ("paul ehrlich" & "Logistic function") in order to find out how the logistic function may have been used in the Simon–Ehrlich wager.

So I ask google, get my search results and proceed to open the promising links in background tabs. After exhausting the list, I start reviewing the winners in my search fo economic enlightenment and cliff-hanger-cocktail chatter (kidding!).

Anywho... I make my way to the result tabs and the first thing I see is:

http://www.walmartlabs.com/

My brain nearly explodes in an anarcho-capitalist fit trying to connected the dots between walmart, Erlich and Simon before I realize I'm look at an old tab and not a result of my search.

Repeat: There is no connection between the crazed machine learning ninja scientists of walmart labs and a Malthusian doomer with mass sterilization plans.
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Aaah, Ehrlich.  Sure makes me nostalgic.  In the 10th grade at Tustin High (1985) I took an honors Biology course, where The Population Bomb was required reading by the professor. (He'd left the university to teach high school.)  I distinctly remember my stunned disbelief to find that my classmates had literally pooled their books together in a metal trash can and set fire to the them on school grounds.  -These kids were NOT troublemakers.  They just didn't like having dogma shoved down their throats.  I wonder whatever became of Professor Peterson.  I down-graded myself to standard biology. (Best academic move of my life!)
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A blast from the past:


Miss Anne Thrope
Re: Blocked from rec.running?

What's the problem? Being blocked from a bunch of mouth breathing
joggers, is like being protected from venereal disease.............it's
a good thing.
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I'm on a network science kick, so you're likely to see a bunch of, hopefully interesting, graph theory floating by. If you have links or ideas related to network science, I would enjoy learning about them.
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Dude! You gotta love the numbers. ;-)

Pachube? Never heard of it but I'll check it out. Hope all is well in the mouse house.

Thanks.
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Want to change the world - Force standard bodies and content providers to identify all advertisements delivered in hypermedia as such.

For example, something like an <advertisement/> tag for html. Video, graphics and other forms of media would need to be addressed differently, but you get the idea.

Is anyone else talking about this? EFF? Somebody?
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The filtering chip could be embedded into our brains. A literal "bullshit detector". HA!
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I think rss/atom subscriptions ought to be a consideration in hiring decisions for folks involved in strategic technical development. Not a single person I work with shares their feeds. In fact, many of them don't even use a feed reader.

Now, I'm not saying there's something wrong with these folks. Perhaps I have an unrealistic view of information sharing. In any event, something strange is happening with rss/atom and I don't get it.

What am I missing? Do you share your rss/atom feeds with coworkers?
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I use google reader, like you, as my reed store. I use NetNewsWire and NetNewsWire light on my PC devices. On my iPad, I use feeder and NetNewsWire. Neither of which I like that much on the iPad. Come to think of it, I don't read feeds on my iPad. I mostly read books and listen/watch podcasts.

I'll have to look into Gruml as I'm not really happy with any feed reader I've used to date.
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02 Aug 2004 09:49:15
Miss Anne Thrope
Re: Runner dies at Grand Canyon

Nature always finds new and exciting ways to weed out the simpletons
from the herd.
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You mean the runner jogged over a cliff? I remember when I was at Yellowstone I read a book called "Death in Yellowstone" about how people would get into the "hot tubs" there, but the water temperature being over 160 Fahrenheit made it so they were instantly scalded so badly that they would not survive even if immediately pulled out. In some of those cases, it was a tragedy not borne so much out of stupidity as those hot pots are incredibly dangerous to be around. 
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Food for thought: An hour into this round table w/ Ralph Nadar, Peter Lewis explains how the best and the brightest don't know how to get things done.


http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/300422-1
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