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So, y'know how folks complain about the lines at the DMV and things taking forever to get done there? And trying to call but not getting anything but a busy signal until two minutes before closing?

Well, NYS seems have to replicated that experience with https://my.dmv.ny.gov/. I went to change my address today during business hours, but only got 503 Service Unavailable until after close of business. But if I had wanted to renew my registration without first changing my address, that feature was available, though on a different website with the appearance of both usability and performance.
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I guess you should have ordered some vanity plates while waiting to change your address.  ;)  
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How many brick-and-mortar stores listen to what queueing theory has to say about their checkout lines?
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That's an important consideration when designing the queue, but one shouldn't use hope to look for profit per customer. Which raises the question: Is probability a statistically more reliable tool than the hope placebo?
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That's OK. It's well within the margin of error.
 
This is nuts.  Training a model based on only 7 known true positives?  And then (allegedly?) using it to decide where to aim drone strikes?  

The article goes into a little more detail about random forests being prone to overfitting, but you can't expect much out of any model with so little ground truth.  

Yikes.

http://arstechnica.co.uk/security/2016/02/the-nsas-skynet-program-may-be-killing-thousands-of-innocent-people/
"Ridiculously optimistic" machine learning algorithm is "completely bullshit," says expert.
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Many things are analysed or designed using the Navier-Stokes equations, yet there are still some important yet unanswered questions about their existence and smoothness.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navier%E2%80%93Stokes_existence_and_smoothness
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Good discussion.
Need to formulate my thoughts better, but the loss of anonymity seems to approximate a reversion to smaller communities, when everyone knew everyone else, before we all went off to the Big City to seek our fortunes. The problems would appear to be more in power disparities than in the knowledge itself.
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Having some odd issues with the user interface on my iPhone 6. If this were a desktop, I'd suspect that some malware were installed. Since it's not, it may just be that the touchscreen is thrown off by greasy fingers. Or a bug.

What happens is that touches go astray, swipes happen when not done, taps happen when not done, etc. I can stand back from the phone and do nothing, and it will be alive with unintended responses to user interaction.

Since the iPhone is less transparent than Macintosh System 7, I've gone back to Ye Olde Process of Elimination: deleting apps not on my iPhone 5C, which doesn't exhibit this behavior, and slowly restoring them.

Suggestions welcome.
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Reinstalled Facebook and the problem recurred.

May be limited to low power, bad network conditions. 
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Though the perks would be nice too.
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Exploring the Really Important Questions of Life
Is there data in your beef? Can barbecue be optimized? Can data tell us if one brisket will be better than another? Can we Splunk an open flame?
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"The bottom line is that kids here are always going to throw dinner parties," said Mark Halsey, associate dean of Bard College. "No matter how hard we crack down, students will still find a way to get fresh produce from the local farmer's market and make a big garden salad or puree some root vegetables. Some of them may even whip out Apples to Apples after dinner and play that while sipping on some limoncello. All we can do is try to make sure it doesn't get out of hand."
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—The Princeton Review announced this week that Bard College has topped its annual ranking of the nation's biggest dinner party schools.
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No one actually means anything when they use the word "terrorism." 

The left uses it to describe drone strikes and white supremacists and militia members. The right uses it to describe Muslims and leftists. Both pile any sort of ideological violence they don't approve of into a single overloaded category. 

But we can only partially explain ideologies  by referring to the violence committed in their name, and we can only partially explain violence by referring to the ideologies that justify it. Given any other sufficiently justifying narrative, the same person would likely have simply killed the people that justification recommends.

This has policy consequences. 

When we have attempted to raise any sort of response to "terrorism," defined as "exceptional political violence, whatever the form" the results have been uniformly catastrophic. We have assumed that all individuals fantasizing about terrorism, whether supported or unsupported by others, are equally dangerous. But they're not: the vast majority of "plots" are simply jihadi fantasizing. Our response to individual fantasy-jihadis has been to take disaffected people fitting vaguely the same profile, to organize terrorist "plots" for them to participate in, and then to arrest them for participating.

This is an awful thing to be doing, it's caused by muddy thinking about terrorism and its causes, and the reason the thinking is muddy isn't caused by whom we're targeting: it's because we've turned a complex system of personal and ideological motives into a single, headline-worthy declaration, and then pretended that the headline was the whole story.
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Demonizing your neighbors has always proven to be a delightful way to live harmoniously and prosperously, has it not?   
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"On the far side of town, what had been nothing but unbroken sand became a horizon-to-horizon sea of sugarcane occupying every precious inch of the irrigated fields, right up to the highway’s edge. Chetelat had told me that pimps once thrived along the area’s fencerows, roadsides and ditch banks, but that intensive agricultural production had destroyed their habitat. Any wild tomatoes that managed to find a nook into which to sink their roots, he said, have been killed by herbicides sprayed over the sugarcane fields to kill weeds."


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Wow - the itsy-bitsy ancestor of all tomatoes - no larger than a pea... who knew?
Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomy
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