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I'm shocked. Shocked!
 
Our latest research look at  the security and usability of secret questions.  For more information you can read our official blog post: Some Tough Questions for ‘Security Questions’ - here http://bit.ly/1c7mkBH or head straight for the slides and paper http://goo.gl/EDqkVC

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Practice makes perfect...
But more importantly, practice makes habits, which make more practice.
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Economic Growth and Shared Language Will Go a Long Way
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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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This includes the cost of externalities... 
‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments
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Whats that in $ per kWh? Otherwise such numbers are more or less meaningless. Sort of like that headline a while back saying fossil fuel was getting more subsidies than renewables, never mentioning that on a per kWh basis the picture was completely different.

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To perform under pressure, research finds that welcoming anxiety is more helpful than calming down
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I didn't read this as saying 'stress is good', but rather, 'if you're stressed, there are more and less productive ways of dealing with that'.

I agree with you about the dodge in that first quoted paragraph, but I wouldn't trust a popular press article for that level of accuracy.

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Disposable income in the United States is more unequally distributed than in most other advanced countries. But why? The answer to that question has important implications for our understanding of inequality more generally, and also for policies intended to reduce inequality.
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Looks like Gaya's Aunt has been detained. :-( Don't know much yet, except that it is a long weekend in Malaysia so if true she may be held until Tuesday even if ultimately they don't do anything.
Police have begun arresting protesters who were at the Workers Day rally to oppose the goods and services tax (GST) earlier today, according to lawyers.…
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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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  • Google
    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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