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Karlie Kloss and Lily Cole inspiring girls to shake up male world of tech enthusiasts
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A number of studies in recent years have shown there is no academic advantage to private schools, so parents weighing up which school to send their child to need to look at the evidence.
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And, if done intensively, this duo can create a social multiplier effect.
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After conducting automated analyses of what students do from moment to moment as they learn to write computer programs, Stanford University researchers were able to predict — with surprising accuracy — the students' final grades. What makes the feat more remarkable is that the projections were ...
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Interesting. There are a bunch of interpretation and follow-up questions apart from simple replication, but interesting. 
If you want women to pursue science degrees, managing group discussions is key.
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It looks like #GamerGate  has finally achieved something important: it got Congress to lean on the FBI to make harassment and stalking a priority. I'm very happy to hear this: while there are some laws on the books, they're often unevenly enforced, often for the simple reason that police departments don't know they exist, or because local law enforcement has very little experience with the Internet as a whole and doesn't really know what's going on. 

I'm also going to take this as an opportunity to recommend a very important new book on the subject. +Danielle Keats Citron of the University of Maryland just put out Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, which is possibly the best book written on the subject. She studies the situation, explains the range of things going on, what the law and social customs are like, and offers a range of concrete proposals, for everything from law enforcement to legislation to company policies.

Those who have worked with me or discussed serious legal or policy issues with me know that I am not famous for saying yes to proposals; rather, I tend to respond with half a dozen complicated corner cases designed to show all the ways in which a proposal can go wrong. So you may particularly appreciate how rare it is for me to say that this analysis is profoundly nuanced, comes with a deep understanding of tradeoffs and consequences, and seems overall quite feasible and to include numerous good ideas. If you're at all interested in this subject, I strongly recommend picking it up.

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Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts is not particularly happy about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice have responded--or not--to online threats against women, particularly the ones we've been seeing this year from the very devoted fans of Gamergate. Today, she launched a full-scale campaign to urge the DOJ to actually prosecute those threats. She spoke to Jezebel today about that initiative, and what...
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The way IT is taught in schools means girls are less likely to continue on to further study. When you take the boys out of class and direct teaching to the girls, interest in IT increases.
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I'm currently working my way slowly through Nick Bostrom's book on the dangers of superintelligence. I'd heard it was quite good, and it gets cited by people who aren't dumb.

But I'm about 20% through, and so far I'm disappointed. It is a nice work of philosophy, but could do with some more technical meat. There is no discussion of NP problems and how hard they are to solve, even approximately. There is no recognition that an intelligent system needs to have a model to optimise before it can be optimised. (I don't care if you take someone and make them think a million times faster, they're not going to become a brilliant politician and take over the world because their model of other people will not have changed. Similar arguments apply to most 'fast take-off' scenarios I've heard.)

There is an implicit assumption that intelligence is important. And it is, but intelligence is not the sole component of power. The geeks don't rule many high schools, and academics don't rule the world.

Has anyone with an AI background read it? Does it get any less philosophical?
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A website commenter who will end up being banned for antisocial behaviour can be spotted with 80% accuracy simply by examining their first five posts, claim researchers
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I'm not sure that 100% precision is required. It depends on what your intervention is.

But I found the softer parts of the article more interesting anyway. These are people who are integrating poorly into the group and who lash out if you exclude them further. I'd be interested in further research to find the best approach for dealing with (helping?) these people.

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As the G20 data leak shows, storing data creates the potential for it to be compromised. Brace yourself for more breaches
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Written with snark... but worth thinking about.
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    Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • University of New South Wales
    Adjunct Senior Lecturer, 2013 - present
  • University of New South Wales
    Conjoint Senior Lecturer, 2003 - 2012
  • NICTA
    Senior Researcher, 2003 - 2012
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    PhD (Comp. Sci.), 1995 - 2002
    Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Robotics
  • University of New South Wales
    Graduate Diploma of Applied Intellectual Property, 2010 - 2013
  • University of Sydney
    BSc. (Comp. Sci.), 1991 - 1994
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Poor service, mediocre food, not cheap. Won't be going back.
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Great hotel. Would stay again.
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Loved the chicken burrito with the red sauce!
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