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Debugging AI is a "hard problem"

Writing code is a lot easier than fixing code! For a lot of well-understood reasons, code requires a lot of debugging to run safely and property, and different code structures and practices make debugging harder or easier. S. Zayd Enam, an AI researcher at Stanford, writes about the specific problems of debugging AI code, which is extremely difficult. (more)

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Why "leftism" is parting ways with "liberalism" and what it means for the future of American politics

The 2016 elections were fraught and game-changing on many axes, but one important one that is still playing out is the split between the "left" (universal healthcare, steeply progressive taxation, no more wars of aggression, free higher education, and measures to remediate historical injustices on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc) and "liberals" (more representation in corporate board-rooms, responsible business practices, lim

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"Failure is fuel": Abby Wambach summons "Wolf Pack" in commencement speech

Last Wednesday, soccer champion, equal pay/LGBTQ activist, and badass extraordinaire Abby Wambach delivered the keynote for Barnard College, an all-women‘s liberal arts college in Manhattan. She shared with the graduating class, who she deemed the "Wolf Pack," the four rules she used to unite her own soccer team "pack," the team which went on to win Olympic gold. Here‘s the first rule, "MAKE FAILURE YOUR FUEL": Here‘s some

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Cat riding on car at 60 miles per hour

Fox 47 News reports on a fast cat, left atop a car as it speeds down an interstate highway: "How that cat held on at high speed is amazing," says a local Humane Society rep.

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Samurai Jack vs the soundtrack from Doom

There are a so many points of apparent correspondence here I can‘t believe it‘s not edited! [By HappyOrange, via via] P.S. You can buy the Doom soundtrack (by Mick Gordon) on vinyl at Amazon.

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Add Excel to your resume with this 4-course bootcamp

Businesses big and small use Microsoft Excel for everything from data visualization to bookkeeping, and chances are you‘ve already had some exposure to this ubiquitous tool. Whether you‘re looking to improve your hiring potential or boost your Excel efficiency, theUltimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp can get you Excel-savvy with nearly 70 hours of training, and it‘s available now in the Boing Boing Store for 29. Delivering four co

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Canton police set dog on a driver who politely refuses to answer questions

https://youtu.be/8985Of40hTo?t=49 WKYC Channel 3 in Canton, Ohio, posted footage of police smashing a car window, dragging out the driver and setting a dog on him after he very politely refused to answer questions. The driver, Ronald D. Wagner II, appears to be a "sovereign citizen" type who refuses to screw the number plate on their car for arcane constitutional reasons. Their excuse? The car‘s registered owner had a concealed carry permi

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The evolution of meme music from 1500 AD to the present

Pianist Lord Vinheteiro‘s latest tracks selections of meme music from the year 1500 AD to now. You‘ll hear "Greensleeves," Beethoven‘s "Symphony No. 9," The Village People‘s "YMCA," Rick Astley‘s rickroll hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," and lots more. It‘s a fun playlist. Still, why must he stare into our souls? Previously: The evolution of music from 1680 to 2017

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Interactive animation of why NYC‘s subway is so slow

In the last few years, the subway in New York has become clotted with delays. For just as long, the MTA -- the agency that runs the subway -- has claimed the reason was underfunding, rising ridership and overcrowding. Underfunding is a real thing, but ballooning riders isn‘t. Ridership has been mostly flat for the last five years. So what‘s really the uptick in delays? Adam Pearce at the New York Times offers a better explanation: Th

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TIL: Camels can eat long-needled cactus

Do not mess with a Dromedary camel. Their mouths are adapted to eat whole pieces of prickly pear cactus, six-inch long needles and all. Watch this video by Camels and Friends if you don‘t believe me. A zoologist on reddit chimed in on how this is possible: Camel mouths are full of cone-shaped papillae that look like this. These protrusions are partly keratinised - keratin being the hard stuff your nails are made out of - which makes th

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Analyzing mouse-movement to see if you‘re lying

Here‘s an interesting experiment: Using mouse-movement as a lie-detection technique. Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have long noted a big "tell" in human behavior: Crafting a lie takes more mental work than telling the truth. So one way to spot lies is to check someone‘s reaction time. If they‘re telling a lie, they‘ll respond fractionally more slowly than if they‘re telling the truth. Similarly, if y

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Gay elders try to figure out new gay slang

This is adorable. Bill, Robert, and Mick -- three elderly gay gentlemen -- try on young people‘s gay words and phrases on for size in this video by INTO. Thanks, Moe!

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Age Gate With Attitude

Damjanski, a really witty digital artist, has released his latest work -- "The Age Gate". I won‘t give any spoilers, but it‘s pretty funny.

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Matt Groening‘s new animated series "Disenchantment" headed to Netflix

The creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening, has a new animated series for adults called Disenchantment. The "medieval adventure" debuts August 17 on Netflix and "follows the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon." The Guardian reports: ...Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson will voice Bean, who, in the four promotional photos released by Groening on Reddit and the show‘s offic

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Why Donald Trump is the tabloid president

It‘s hard to believe that President Donald Trump didn‘t personally edit the supermarket tabloids this week. They ignore facts, present opinions as reality, leap to improbable conclusions, and claim to be doing it all first and best just like a certain occupant of the Oval Office. Trump and the tabloids, entwined in dewy-eyed mutual admiration the rags insist he is making America great again; he has said they deserve a Pulitzer priz

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Court rules that Trump can‘t block people on Twitter

A New York federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump can‘t block people he doesn‘t like on Twitter, because he uses Twitter to communicate his edicts and policies as President of the United States, and the US government can‘t exclude communications based on viewpoint, as this violates the First Amendment. (more)

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Depression: the psychedelic cure

George Goldsmith and Katya Malievskaia are a married couple whose startup Compass Pathways will soon launch the largest triple-blind clinical trial ever of a psychedelic drug. The drug is psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms. And the condition is treatment-resistant depression. This awful malady plagues over a hundred million people worldwide. And as the term ‘treatment-resistant‘ implies, it lacks a c

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The FBI‘s mountain of uncrackable crimephones was nearly entirely imaginary

The FBI has been trying to ban working cryptography since the Clinton years, a losing battle whose stakes go up with each passing day as the number of devices that depend on working crypto to secure them and their users goes up and up and up. (more)

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500,000 home routers have been infected with VPNFilter, malware that steals data and bricks devices

VPNFilter is a sophisticated, multi-stage malware package, part of the new breed of boot-persistent malware (software that can survive a reboot); it targets home routers and network-attached storage devices, then steals passwords and logins that traverse the network and exfiltrates it to the creators‘ servers. (more)

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A free internet is a configurable internet

I appeared on the O‘Reilly podcast this week to discuss my upcoming keynote at the O‘Reilly Fluent Conference. (more)

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Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users

New York federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that president Donald Trump is violating the Constitution when he blocks people on Twitter. "We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account -- the ‘interactive space‘ where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President‘s tweets -- are properly analyzed under the "‘public forum‘ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is

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NASA photographer‘s camera cooked by last week‘s SpaceX rocket launch

Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls apparently set up his Canon EOS 5DS at an unlucky spot near yesterday‘s SpaceX rocket launch. The camera was outside the pad perimeter and the launch sparked a small brush fire that cooked the camera. "I had many other cameras much closer to the pad than this and all are safe," Ingalls wrote. Fortunately, the SD cards didn‘t melt and he was able to access photos like these below.

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Neuron necklace

For 105, the delightful and enchanting silver Neuron Necklace is yours. Its just one of a number of clever items offered by science-inspired jewelry, which include brains, fetuses, spines and thyroid hormones. [Thanks, Heather!]

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The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is a Black woman running on an "unapologetic progressive" platform

Stacey Abrams has won a bitterly contested primary for the Democratic candidate in Georgia‘s upcoming gubernatorial race; Abrams aims to be the first Black, woman governor in US history, and she plans on taking that office with an "unapologetic progressive" platform of gun control, financial aid for low-income families, and marijuana decriminalization. (more)

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