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well worth reading.
 
As someone said in the OP (it was a private share): this article changed my mind. It's very well-written and brushes a very human story of the war on drugs. Long, but totally worth reading.
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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very nicely done...
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UBC Computer Science is hiring!  Three openings are posted, with two more likely to come soon. 
https://www.cs.ubc.ca/our-department/employment/faculty-positions
UBC Computer Science is one of the top computer science departments in Canada, known for excellence in both research and teaching.
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Pour l’économiste américain Jeremy Rifkin, l’heure de la troisième révolution industrielle a sonné. La société va devoir s’adapter.
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Quand le consommateur partagera ses biens? quand la richesse , le savoir ne sera plus accessible juste a une minorité? 
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Unbelievable at first. But it seems to be a real sport, i.e., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyTIN9IvF1Y
Insanely agile.
 
Found this link from an article about an IROS 2013 paper.  The maneuvers are so crazy that you might think that the video is fake! (http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots/iros-2013-should-quadrotors-all-look-like-this)  
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Interesting test regarding the randomness of conference program committee decisions, done at NIPS this year.
http://mrtz.org/blog/the-nips-experiment/
TL;DR: Half the papers appearing at NIPS would be rejected if the review process were rerun.   [This is a guest post by Eric Price.] I was at NIPS in Montreal last week, which has a really adv...
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maybe we should test it for SIGGRAPH !
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Announcing OpenDR, an approximate differentiable renderer. We take "vision as inverse graphics" literally.

OpenDR is an open-source Python-based toolkit for concisely rendering and optimizing graphics models to match image or depth evidence in a differentiable manner. 

Everything you need is here: http://open-dr.org/

For details, see the paper:

OpenDR: An Approximate Differentiable Renderer
Loper, M.M. and Black, M.J.
ECCV 2014.
pdf: http://files.is.tue.mpg.de/black/papers/OpenDR.pdf

If you are at ECCV, come to poster 19 on Thursday,1400–1645, Session 4B, Gartensaal.
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How to make tic-tac-toe worth playing. (HT +Ardra Hren)
Once at a picnic, I saw mathematicians crowding around the last game I would have expected: Tic-tac-toe.
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One of the difficulties that stands in the way of anybody who wants to do anything about the extortionate cost of scientific journals is lack of information: the big publishers insist on confidentiality clauses, so that we do not know what our universities are paying for their journals (though all the evidence is that it is a huge amount). The post linked to below is rather long, but the gist of it is that I have been trying to collect information about Elsevier. If you're in a hurry, then almost certainly the part you'll find most interesting is the result of Freedom of Information requests I made to 24 top British universities. Amazingly, 18 of them (and counting) ended up telling me what they are paying per year. Also, one of them gave the information to somebody else, so we know about 19. I hope that this is just the start. I especially hope that people in other countries with FOI legislation will try to use it.

I do recommend reading some of the accompanying explanation as well as the figures themselves, as it is possible to jump to incorrect conclusions if all you have to go on is the raw numbers. But the raw numbers are quite interesting ...
A little over two years ago, the Cost of Knowledge boycott of Elsevier journals began. Initially, it seemed to be highly successful, with the number of signatories rapidly reaching 10,000 and inclu...
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The lesson of the past is that societies try to protect themselves: they close their borders or have revolutions – or end up going to war. Piketty fears a repeat. His critics argue that with higher living standards resentment of the ultra-rich may no longer be as great – and his data is under intense scrutiny for mistakes. So far it has all held up.
Economist Thomas Piketty's message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us
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