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David Yonge-Mallo
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Lived in Zürich
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Oh phew I almost thought this was real life.
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Congrats and Happy New Year to Norway.
On January 1st, the Church of Norway and the Norwegian government will formally divorce after nearly 500 years together.
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I wish it was as separated as in the US. It's one of the few things they got right.
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<TWO MEN came to Zurich in the spring of 1913, Max Planck and Otto Nernst, both future Nobel laureates. Their mission: to persuade Switzerland’s best-regarded young physicist, Albert Einstein, to join them in Berlin. As the three of them talked, Planck asked Einstein what he was working on at the moment. Einstein replied that he was wrestling with a new theory of gravity that would, if he could work it all out, supplant Isaac Newton’s universal law of gravitation — the most famous idea in the history of science.

Taking pity on the younger man, Planck broke into his pitch. “As an older friend,” he told Einstein, “I must advise you against it, for in the first place, you will not succeed; and even if you succeed, no one will believe you.”>
Two men came to Zurich in the spring of 1913, Max Planck and Otto Nernst, both future Nobel laureates. Their mission: to persuade Switzerland’s best-regarded young physicist, Albert Einstein, to join them in Berlin.
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Good read, though I thought when they talked about the drop in NIH funding of projects from 30% to 18% of applications, to be fair they should have said something about number/quality of applications ... presumably qualified people to do the work and qualified proposals may scale in different ways than, e.g., the general population (which presumably grew in that time period).
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<Out of the 40 countries involved, Canada was ranked 12th in the "Index of Ignorance." 

Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, says people's misperceptions have consequences for public policy.>
A recent survey suggests Canadians' perceptions of numbers like the size of the Muslim population are vastly out of step with reality. In a surprise twist, the media is to blame! We discuss what's at stake with two people.
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The best trailer yet for the Wolverine & Professor X Road Trip Movie.
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(The actual official trailer, for comparison: youtube.com - Logan | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX )
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I'd settle for the general public understanding what the terms "hypothesis" and "theory" mean. Everything else follows.
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I don't know who decided that 2016 was going to be a horror movie, but I didn't like it. I hope that they find new scriptwriters and take the sequel, 2017, in a new direction. Otherwise, this series is starting to suck.
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The very first time I heard George Michael's "Careless Whisper", I thought it was a cover of an Anita Mui song. It turns out it was the other way around.

For those of you who have not heard Anita Mui's Cantonese cover of Careless Whisper, here it is.
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I would've loved to be at that Christmas service.
A Christmas carol service in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo has accidentally printed out the lyrics to late rapper Tupac Shakur’s ‘Hail Mary’ in its programme instead of the 15th century Catholic prayer. The mix-up occurred at the 2016 Catholic Joy to the World Festival at the city's Nelum Pokuna Theatre during one of Sri Lanka's largest Christmas celebrations earlier this month.
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If I were a god, my followers would know it, because I'd be doing this kind of stuff to them all the time.
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Checkmate, Amazon.
Monoprix eschews "deep learning algorithms" in favor of old-fashioned humans.
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I honestly thought they had just voiced over the Amazon video for the most part. Pretty awesome parody. But that name "Monoprix Livraison à domicile plus" is even worse than "Google Play Music All Access".
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The Internet is made of tubes, and somebody has to make sure that the tubes connect and flow the right way in different countries, and uh, yeah.
Employment
  • Google - i18n
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • Google - mobile apps
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2011
  • University of Waterloo - Survey Research Centre
    Telemarketer... for science!, 2009 - 2009
  • University of Waterloo - Institute for Quantum Computing
    Research Assistant, 2006 - 2009
  • University of Waterloo - Programming Languages Lab
    Research Assistant, 2003 - 2006
  • University of Waterloo
    Teaching Assistant, 2003 - 2007
  • University of Toronto
    Teaching Assistant, 2000 - 2002
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Zürich - Toronto - Waterloo - Hong Kong - Tehran - Mississauga
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I teach computers how to reason. If the robot apocalypse happens, it'll probably be my fault.
Introduction

This is my personal account and any posts or comments I make using it reflect my own opinion, and do not represent any former or present employer or anyone else.

I’m a believer in what’s called a classical liberal education and aspire to be a polymath. My basic interest is the same as the fundamental question of science: “How do we know what is true?" But beyond the merely intellectual, I also want to build things.

Areas of professional expertise

  • Logic: abductive inference, parsimonious covering theory
  • Electrical engineering: discrete-event systems, control systems
  • Computer science: information retrieval, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, software internationalisation (i18n)
  • Physics: quantum information theory

Academic bibliography: [Google Scholar] [dblp]

Degrees

BASc, MASc, MMath

I also dropped out of (uh... withdrew from) a Ph.D.

Other areas of interest

  • Linguistics
  • Religion: history, psychology, sociology, secularisation thesis, atheism
  • Pop culture: Star Trek (pre-Abrams), Transformers (pre-Bay)

Languages

I’m a native English and 廣東話 speaker, and can converse in فارسی and   . I learned French in high school (because† Canada), and know just a little bit of German (because Switzerland). I have also studied Latin and Greek (because Catholic school), and Pāḷi, संस्कृत, and عربى‎ (because university courses in religious studies).

Nitpickers who want to point out that “because” is not a preposition, please read this.

Note to would-be "debaters"

If you're looking up my profile because you're arguing with me on the Internet, I'm a professional logician. I used to teach introduction to informal fallacies, and keep a set of course notes. If you argue with me online, I reserve the right to use your argument as an example.

Bragging rights
My cat has a Ph.D. in physics.
Education
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Toronto
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davinci, 