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David Yonge-Mallo
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This is good news for the quantum computing community.
Aliyun, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing subsidiary, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding in Shanghai to co-found the Chinese Academy of Sciences – Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory .
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There are all kinds of biases in the workplace that you don't notice if they don't work against you.

For example, most computer peripherals and office furniture are made for "the average man". If you're most women (or a man with a smaller frame), you'll just have to put up with working in slight discomfort, unless you're willing to go to the trouble of requesting special equipment. This sort of thing adds up.
According to the Harvard Business Review, 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to …
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I also think I need to say that working for Bombardier Transportation I have had the most positive experiences I think I could get working as a female with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Of course there a few bad apples whose faces sour when I start talking in meetings but for the most part my superiors support me, encourage me and develop me and as a result I've been here for 5 years and plan on sticking around! 
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I was a bit surprised to learn that Brian May (guitarist for Queen) has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. It turns out that he had turned in his thesis in 2007, a good 36 years after putting it on hold to join the band.

He's my new academic hero. Like him, I too have put my academic career on hold to become a rock star. (^_^)
He may be better known for rocking out on tracks like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Fat Bottomed Girls," but Queen guitarist Brian May was at NASA headquarters Friday to talk about a different kind of rock – Pluto, to be specific.
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The song Love of My Life was not written about a man. It was written by Freddie for the Night at the Opera album. The song was about Mary Austin.
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If you can't read this, you can use Google Translate to help you. And if you think the translation isn't any good, you can help to improve it.
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It's a travesty of education that there was even such a course at all.
TORONTO, Ont. A University of Toronto spokesperson says a controversial course that taught anti-vaccination materials will not be taught this year.
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I am now convinced that Bernie Sanders is a time traveler, sent from the future to guide the United States on the path that's most favourable for the future of humanity. Has anyone ever seen him and Doctor Who together in the same room? I thought not.

(Seriously, though. Look at the stuff he stood for in 1972. Yes, 1972. And that reference to Spock in his letter is awfully suspicious.)
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+Greg Batmarx​ Austrianism creating the financial crisis? LOL. Do you raise how regulated the financial market is? If anything, bad regulations created perverse incentives for financial institutions (to big to fail, etc). Do you have any data pointing towards the assertion that Austrian economics is retarded? I have data saying that more economic freedom leads to better standards of living and more economic growth.

Hong Kong is a great example. There, virtually zero regulation applies, yet they have one of the highest median standards of living in the world.

If not Keynesianism or Austrianism, what economic school of thought so you follow?
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: astronomers have no creativity when it comes to naming their telescopes.

<China’s telescope will be named FAST, short for Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope.>

It's 500 m wide. It has a (single) aperture. It is spherical. That's everything you need to know about it, right there.
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This one's for the linguists and (aspiring) polyglots: Routledge has recently made the audio available online for its "Colloquial" book series.
A Routledge Companion Website
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I'm through to A2 (though my reading comprehension far, far surpasses that), and have finally found a couple of texts which work well.
I'm almost exclusively a visual learner, and therefore I learn in reverse. Text first, then spoken. It's been quite a trial, helping instructors to understand that.
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<We suggest that low-status males increase female-directed hostility to minimize the loss of status as a consequence of hierarchical reconfiguration resulting from the entrance of a woman into the competitive arena.>

I love reading science abstracts. Plain English translation: "we think that men who make sexist insults towards women [while playing video games] do so because they (the men) suck and are trying to draw attention away from that fact".
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One of those "alone from this sentence you learn that I must be really brilliant" sentences.
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If you like cybernetics you might want to pick up the July 2015 issue of the IEEE Transactions thereon. Just sayin'.
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I spend a couple of weeks every year in Iran, and the Iran you see when you're actually there is very different from the one typically portrayed in mainstream American media.

The demographics of Iran are somewhat similar to those of America, I think: an older (and more rural) generation terrified of change slowly being replaced by a younger (and more urban) one eager to embrace it.
There wasn’t much exceptional about my recent lunch out with a couple dozen young, aspiring entrepreneurs. It was a typical, crowded, buzzing, Nandos-like joint—good food cheap, easy to pull tables together so we could talk. These were men and women debating the latest technologies, describing their recent ideas, regularly interchanging...
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+Betty Meissner​ just came back from a few weeks in Iran and has had nothing but glowing reports about the people and vibrant culture and staggering history and architecture. It's a shame more people can't experience it for themselves.
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Polish women use technology to circumvent religion-inspired laws.

<If you’re wondering if this is whole drone-flying-abortion-pill thing is legal, ... women who have illegal abortions... are not criminalized under current Polish law...

And as it turns out, it’s actually legal to fly this drone between German and Polish airspace. >
Drones are certainly the way of the future, and it seems like Women on Waves already has the stealthy technology all figured out. On June 27, the group dedicated to helping women safely obtain abortions in nations where the procedure is illegal will launch its first abortion-pill drop via drone in
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So when the pills fail, you could say:
I got pregnant by a robot.
ROFL ... ;-D

Nah, but sad it has to come to this.
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  • 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
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This is my personal account and any posts or comments I make using it reflect my own opinion, and do not represent my employer or anyone else.

I speak English, 廣東話, فارسی, and  , and can read Pāḷi, संस्कृत, and a smattering of other languages.

I have graduate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. I'm also a dropout from school. Yes, it's possible to have graduate degrees and still be a dropout. That's just how awesome I am.

I used to teach logic and I'm writing a book on it.  I try very hard not to argue with people online (what's that saying again about wrestling with pigs?), but if you argue with me, I claim the right to use your argument as a textbook example of poor reasoning. 

My view of religion is an academic one which is purely evidence-based. What I know about religion, I learned from university professors and textbooks used in university courses. Most popular books on religion (both apologetics literature and anti-religious screeds) are full of factual and logical errors. If your view of religion differs from mine, instead of wasting your time trying to convert me, I suggest you write up your findings and get it published in a peer-reviewed academic journal in religious studies. Otherwise, I'm going to stick with the evidence as reviewed and interpreted by professional experts.

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"There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear." -- Daniel C. Dennett, personal communication
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