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October 30, 2014

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7:18 PM | Turing machines vs. other models of computation
Every once in a while, I hear someone complain about the fascination with Turing Machines, in comparison with other models of computation such as lambda calculus, general recursive functions (well, ok, maybe not that one), etc. The following is Philip Wadler's answer, from "Propositions as Types", an otherwise equally good paper: Turing’s most significant difference from Church was not in logic or mathematics but in philosophy. Whereas Church merely presented the definition of […]
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5:56 PM | Visualizing @GenomeBrowser liftOver/chain files using animated #SVG
I wrote a tool to visualize some UCSC "chain/liftOver" files as an animated SVG file. This tool is available on github at:https://github.com/lindenb/jvarkit/wiki/LiftOverToSVG"A liftOver file is a chain file, where for each region in the genome the alignments of the best/longest syntenic regions are used to translate features from one version of a genome to another.".SVG Elements and CSS styles
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4:18 PM | NYC Event: “How the Age of Machine Consciousness is Transforming Our Lives”
Greg Charvat just sent me the following (see below). Let me state that the "consciousness" wording is not optimal for this blog but I definitely appreciate technical people getting into a room and thinking about the next steps (and I also like the 4combinator approach yet I have no link to them) so here we are: Hi Igor,You might find this interesting.I'm involved in this seminar series and panel discussion that will be held in NYC in November, on the topic of next gen deep learning as […]
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3:57 PM | Episode 276 - Baller Time for Charity - 10/30/2014
Gary Whitta joins Will and Norm for his twice annual visit to the show. We discuss last weekend's Tested stage show, the third wave of Marvel movies, the Antares rocket explosion, 5k iMac reviews, and the re-release of X-Wing and TIE Fighter. All that, plus what we're testing and more. Enjoy!
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3:52 PM | Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 vs. Nvidia Tegra K1: The Value of 64-bit on Android
Odds are good that if you buy a high-end Android device in the next few months, it's going to be packing either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC. We're at a pivotal moment in Android hardware as OEMs begin gearing up for the switch to 64-bit architectures, but only one of these chips has a 64-bit option. Let's take a look at where Nvidia and Qualcomm are going with their respective platforms, and whether or not you should hold out for a 64-bit device.ARM, but not from ARMThe […]
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3:00 PM | What a Blaster Bolt Would Look Like in Real Life
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2:00 PM | In Brief: Microsoft Announces $200 Fitness Tracking Band
Microsoft's answer to Apple's watch isn't a watch at all. It's a $200 fitness tracker dubbed the Microsoft Band, and was announced today as part of Microsoft's new cloud-based Health Platform. The band, which looks more like a Nike Fuelband or Jawbone Up than watch, has a thin rectangular display with Microsoft-style tiles that show information like step counts, notifications, and the time. 10 sensors on it track heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep quality--it's something Microsoft wants users […]
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2:00 PM | Eco-Cam Recycling #Exergaming With a Twist
Committing to sustainability and environmental healthy practices is an important component of wellness and this installation called Eco-Cam certainly could help to promote environmental health. Using... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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10:27 AM | Higher Criticism for Large-Scale Inference: especially for Rare and Weak effects
Two papers on an interesting subject today with a common co-author. From a footnote in the first paper:Our point here is not that HC [Higher Criticism] should replace formal methods using random matrix theory, but instead that HC can be used in structured settings where theory is not yet available. A careful comparison to formal inference using random matrix theory not possible here would illustrate the benefits of theoretical analysis of a specific situation as exemplified by random matrix […]
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10:00 AM | Inspire: Three Questions with LJ Rich
In our fourth video of our Inspire series we asked BBC Click’s LJ Rich and all tech wonder girl what got her into gadgets and technology. What you may not realise is that LJ is both into technology and music and she recently won a music hackathon! LJ has a music degree and doesn’t have your typical tech […]
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8:41 AM | Gaze-cueing and trustworthiness: New paper + raw data + R script on OSF
Recently, a student of mine (Felix Süßenbach, now at the University of Edinburgh) and I published a little study on gaze-cueing, and how it is moderated by the trustworthiness of the gazing person. In a nutshell, although instructed to ignore the gaze, participants shifted their attention into the direction where another person looked at (–> […]
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6:33 AM | Adam Savage's Ghostbusters Costume
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October 29, 2014

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4:00 PM | The Challenges of Hybrid Vehicle Design
My recent article on the OverDrive flying car design, triggered some debate about the practicality of hybrid designs. The comments were primarily focused on flying cars and floating cars, but all aspects of modern civilization teem with examples of hybrids. It seems an inescapable human desire to combine two good things in an effort to make one great thing. Some amalgams have achieved stellar results, perhaps even becoming a defining cultural element (think cameraphones). Others fade into a […]
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3:55 PM | In Brief: NASA Releases Library of Space Sounds for Public Use
Earlier this month, NASA posted to SoundCloud a large library of audio clips from its history of space endeavors. These aren't just vocal bytes from ground control or astronauts--they include the sounds of rocket launches, landings, and spacecraft exploring our solar system. The beeping of Sputnik and the chorus of radio waves in the Earth's atmosphere can now be downloaded and mixed into your own productions. Archive.org has 222 NASA public domain audio clips as well!
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3:47 PM | Color Grading Breakdown for a Beauty Commercial
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3:15 PM | In Brief: The Making of Danny DeVito's Penguin Makeup for Batman Returns
The Stan Winston school has posted an excerpt from the book "The Winston Effect", chronicling the design and application of Danny DeVito's iconic Penguin makeup for Batman Returns. For the Tim Burton film--which won Winston and collaborators Ve Neill and Ronnie Specter Oscar nominations--DeVito's makeup needed to capture the the director's creepy aesthetic and the essence of the villain. Behind-the-scenes art shows the various concept sketches for Penguin's look (and especially his nose), as […]
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3:00 PM | The Creature and Portrait Sculptures of Mike Hill
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3:00 PM | DYOG i-stapps #exergaming
Develop Your Own Game (DYOG) using Nyon's hardware connected to your smartphone or tablet to get your kids (or yourself) more active). As an open-source Kickstarter campaign that only got about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

October 28, 2014

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3:46 PM | Rankings Everywhere
Like many (theoretical) computer scientists, I spent far, far too much time this weekend thinking about rankings.  Well, really, it was more that I was being far, far too amused by the various posts and comments on the novel ranking site "Ranking of CS Departments based on the Number of Papers in Theoretical Computer Science",  which led to posts at the Computational Complexity blog and in theory, the first of which shut down the comments rather quickly, and the second of which is at […]
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3:27 PM | Thank you Tweeps & Blog Readers - #10kTweet
I just wanted to take this time and space to thank all of my Twitter Followers (@syangman), readers to my blogs (Exergamelab.org, RockstarPE.org) and other social media accounts for such a great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:00 PM | Creature Makeup On TV - 10/28/2014
This week, Adam, Norm, and Will, and joined by Frank Ippolito, who shares some exciting news before discussing the difference between creature effects in film and creature effects on TV. Enjoy!
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11:35 AM | Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity Measures - implementation -
Rewatching Leon Bottou's talk yesterday, I was reminded of David Lopez-Paz's paper on the subject that I had not mentioned before. I wonder if this work could not be helped with some of the tool developed in advanced matrix/tensor factorization:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity Measures by Daniel Hernandez-Lobato, Pablo Morales Mombiela, David Lopez-Paz and Alberto SuarezIn this paper we provide theoretical and empirical evidence of a type of asymmetry between causes and effects […]
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10:57 AM | Blue Bonnet Bayes
Blue Bonnet™ used to run commercials with the jingle “Everything’s better with Blue Bonnet on it.” Maybe they still do. Perhaps in reaction to knee-jerk antipathy toward Bayesian methods, some statisticians have adopted knee-jerk enthusiasm for Bayesian methods. Everything’s better with Bayesian analysis on it. Bayes makes it better, like a little dab of margarine […]
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9:41 AM | CSJob : OCE Postdoctoral Fellow - Real-time 2D compressive Hyperspectral Imaging, Brisbane, Australia
Mingrui just sent me the following postdoc opportunity in Brisbane, Australia:  Dear Dr. Carron, Could you please advertise the follow postdoc position on your blog? http://goo.gl/XiRt60Thanks, Mingrui ------------------------------------------------------------------ Mingrui Yang Autonomous Systems Laboratory CSIRO Digital Productivity Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) 1 Technology Court, Pullenvale QLD 4069, AustraliaThanks Mingrui, here it is:  […]

October 27, 2014

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8:27 PM | Rebooting Computing
How to beat the end of Moore’s Law Elie Track and Tom Conte were co-chairs of the recently-held Third IEEE workshop on Rebooting Computing. Tom is a computer architect at Georgia Tech. A year ago he became the 2014 President-Elect of the IEEE Computer Society, which according to both the press release and Conte’s Wikipedia […]
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7:46 PM | Welcome, Attorneys!
You might wonder why I am welcoming attorneys to the blog.  Well, I happen to know that some attorneys read my blog.  I know this because recently, as an expert witness, while I was testifying in court, the attorney on the other side during my cross-examination specifically asked me about my blog.  Based on their questions, I am reasonably sure they had downloaded all the posts.  I imagine some poor associate attorney low on the totem pole had to read through it all to see […]
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7:32 PM | Everything You Should Know About Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google took the unprecedented step of offering an early developer preview of Android L (now Android 5.0 Lollipop) last spring. We knew this version of Android was going to be a big shift, something for which developers would need to plan. However, it wasn't until the recent official announcement that it became clear how massive this change would be. Android 5.0 is a break from the past, and in many ways a complete reinvention of the platform.Here's what you need to know about Android 5.0, the […]
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7:10 PM | All in for AcWriMo 2014
November is just around the corner, which means once again it’s time for AcWriMo! For those who don’t know, AcWriMo is the academic’s version of NaNoWriMo (in which people pledge to write a novel during the month of November). The academic version is a bit more fluid—participants set their own academic writing goals for the month, […]
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6:30 PM | Chris Hadfield Explains His Space Photography Techniques
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6:00 PM | In Brief: Amazon Announces Fire TV Streaming HDMI Stick
Amazon today announced the Fire TV Stick, an HDMI streaming stick with the capability of Amazon's $100 Fire TV set-top box. The $40 stick is positioned against Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick, and Amazon is boasting its technical specs. It runs off of a dual-core Broadcom A9-based SoC, has 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal flash storage--higher than Google and Roku's options. Dual-antenna MIMO Wi-Fi may also give it a leg up in homes with spotty wireless connections. Of course, […]
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