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July 30, 2014

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9:16 AM | OverDrive: The Flying Car on Kickstarter
Over the years, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected from my friend and former NASA colleague, Fitz Walker. I’ve long been aware of his engineering and fabrication talents from projects that I have collaborated with him. Fitz has a secretive side too. The true depth and breadth of his skills always seem to be revealed through random, casual conversations: “That thing? Oh, that’s my RC submarine…I’ve been building them for years.” “What? I […]
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8:28 AM | Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 3
Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 3
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6:57 AM | Tested In-Depth: Android Wear LG G Watch
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5:00 AM | Adaptive-Rate Compressive Sensing Using Side Information - implementation -
Adaptive-Rate Compressive Sensing Using Side Information by Garrett Warnell, Sourabh Bhattacharya, Rama Chellappa, Tamer BasarWe provide two novel adaptive-rate compressive sensing (CS) strategies for sparse, time-varying signals using side information. Our first method utilizes extra cross-validation measurements, and the second one exploits extra low-resolution measurements. Unlike the majority of current CS techniques, we do not assume that we know an upper bound on the number of […]

July 29, 2014

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10:25 PM | The Computer's First Song
The 1956 composition "Illiac Suite for String Quartet" is a pleasant enough sounding piece of music – for the first three movements, that is. It's when you get to the fourth and final movement, that things get...weird. The notes sound random and dissonant. It doesn't sound much like music at all. But the peculiarity of "Illiac Suite" makes a little more sense when you realize how it was composed. This was the computer's first algorithmically generated song.Programmed in binary by Lejaren […]
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9:25 PM | Marilyn Myller, A Stop-Motion Short about Stop-Motion Animation
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9:20 PM | In Brief: The First Conversational Robot
Last month, Robohub posted a story about the first commercial toy that could respond to voice commands. Radio Rex, a toy dog that jumped out of a doghouse when called, was made and sold in 1922, decades before the first digital computers. Apparently, surviving models of Radio Rex still work today. Rex worked off of acoustic energy: a spring attached to the toy dog released when struck by 500Hz audio--roughly the "eh" vowel sound in the dog's name. The appeal of Rex resonates today, in our […]
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9:06 PM | The Influence and Legacy of Artist H.R. Giger
It will make a great question on a game show one day: What never-released movie had ambitions to be over ten hours long, star Mick Jagger and Orson Welles, feature a screenplay by the writer of Alien, and production design by H.R. Giger? Jodorowsky’s Dune of course, and the recent documentary on this unmade epic is a remarkable effort--probably the best movie about an unmade movie I've seen yet.All filmmakers have dream projects that for one reason or another, never get made, and Dune was […]
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6:17 PM | Including the hash for the current git-commit in a C program
Say you wrote the following simple C program: It includes a file "githash.h" that would contain the hash for the current commit in Git: Because you're working with a Makefile, the file "githash.h" is generated by invoking 'git rev-parse HEAD ': the file "githash.h" loooks like this: But WAIT that is not so simple, once the file 'githash.h' has been created it won't be updated by
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4:19 PM | A simple and useable classification of software by Aral Balkan via Wuthering Bytes
It’s getting pretty hard to do anything these days that doesn’t involve software. Our governments, businesses, laboratories, personal lives and entertainment would look very different without the software that makes them tick. How can we classify all this software to make sense of it all? The likes of this huge list of software categories on wikipedia are pretty […]

Malone, J., Brown, A., Lister, A., Ison, J., Hull, D., Parkinson, H. & Stevens, R. (2014). The Software Ontology (SWO): a resource for reproducibility in biomedical data analysis, curation and digital preservation, Journal of Biomedical Semantics, 5 (1) 25. DOI: 10.1186/2041-1480-5-25

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1:17 PM | D more popular than any functional language
All measures of programming language popularity are indirect and controversial. There’s no consensus on the best way to measure popularity, even if we could gather any data we want. Still, measures of popularity based on data, especially combining several kinds of data, are more useful than personal impressions. According to the normalized comparison chart on […]
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10:00 AM | Two Voices Down - 7/29/2014
In a very special episode direct from Comic-Con in San Diego, Adam, Will, and Norm recount tales from the Tested party, Comic-Con 2014, and San Diego livin'.
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9:23 AM | The Best Cheap Printer Today
Color is swell, but for most documents, black and white look just fine. Monochrome laser printers and avoid the waste and hassle of inkjet machines (no cleaning purges!), the cost and bulk of color laser (only one toner cartridge!), and still churn out a couple dozen pages per minute with razor-sharp text. For students, small-office denizens, or anyone with modest printing needs, the Samsung Xpress M2835DW is the most efficient way to make hard copies of term papers, tax forms, or any other […]
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8:12 AM | Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 2
Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 2
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5:00 AM | Tight convex relaxations for sparse matrix factorization - implementation -
Tight convex relaxations for sparse matrix factorization by Emile Richard, Guillaume Obozinski, Jean-Philippe Vert Based on a new atomic norm, we propose a new convex formulation for sparse matrix factorization problems in which the number of nonzero elements of the factors is assumed fixed and known. The formulation counts sparse PCA with multiple factors, subspace clustering and low-rank sparse bilinear regression as potential applications. We compute slow rates and an upper bound […]

July 28, 2014

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3:25 PM | Compressed Subspace Matching on the Continuum / Subspace Learning From Bits
Two different techniques to learn more about the subspace you're in.Compressed Subspace Matching on the Continuum by William Mantzel, Justin RombergWe consider the general problem of matching a subspace to a signal in R^N that has been observed indirectly (compressed) through a random projection. We are interested in the case where the collection of K-dimensional subspaces is continuously parameterized, i.e. naturally indexed by an interval from the real line, or more generally a […]
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2:20 PM | Software development becoming less mature?
Michael Fogus posted on Twitter this morning Computing: the only industry that becomes less mature as more time passes. The immaturity of computing is used to excuse every ignorance. There’s an enormous body of existing wisdom but we don’t care. I don’t know whether computing is becoming less mature, though it may very well be […]
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1:32 PM | The Comic-Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery (750+ Photos)
Every year, we attend Comic-Con to celebrate our favorite parts of popular culture. We meet amazing artists, storytellers, toymakers, and of course, cosplayers. Adam walks the floor incognito in one of his new costumes, and I get to spend my free time roaming the convention hall meeting and taking photos of people who embody their favorite characters through cosplay. (It's a great photography exercise, too!) The cosplayers of Comic-Con never cease to impress me with their creativity and […]
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7:50 AM | Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 1
Tested Builds: Quadcopter Drone, Part 1
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7:30 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Bamboo Paper, Wayward Souls, and Madefire
Get ready to fire up the Play Store and load up some new apps and games, because it's time once again for the Google Play App Roundup. This is where you can come each and every week to find out what's cool and new on Android. Just hit the links to open the Play Store on your device.This week you can take notes and doodle in a new way, go on a quest that is sure to end in death, and experience comics in a whole new way.Bamboo PaperWacom released the "memo" version of Bamboo paper for phones a […]
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7:00 AM | Show and Tell: LEGO Mystery Build #8
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5:00 AM | Mondrian Forests: Efficient Online Random Forests - implementation -
It looks Mondrian inspired a few images in the mind of people ( CS: The Boogie Woogie Grid ). Here is different version of a random forest, only online this time:  Mondrian Forests: Efficient Online Random Forests by Balaji Lakshminarayanan, Daniel M. Roy, Yee Whye TehEnsembles of randomized decision trees, usually referred to as random forests, are widely used for classification and regression tasks in machine learning and statistics. Random forests achieve competitive […]

July 27, 2014

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12:14 PM | A response to Vint Cerf
A somewhat grumpy response to +Vint cerf 's request for feedback on how the ACM can do more for "professional programmers".Dear  Dr. Cerf  In your recent letter to the members of ACM, you write "I would like to ask readers how they satisfy their need to keep informed about computing practices and research results that may influence their own work". While I suspect your goal is to understand how ACM can serve the larger tech community and not the research community and I am a […]
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7:54 AM | Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 7
Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 7
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3:53 AM | Adam Incognito at Comic-Con 2014: Alien Spacesuit
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July 26, 2014

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7:11 PM | So, We Had a Little Comic-Con Party...
To the Tested community members, new community members, and to all of the makers in general who were at our party last night at Comic-Con.Thank you.For those who might not be at the Con this year, Tested, AOL, our sister site Mandatory, and I threw a party for a few hundred people in San Diego, featuring about a dozen of my costumes and constructions on display, along with work we've commissioned for Tested. We called it Incognito.I think it was a pretty good party.I had an awesome time. I've […]
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7:01 PM | US State Department: Let in cryptographers and other scientists
Predictably, my last post attracted plenty of outrage (some of it too vile to let through), along with the odd commenter who actually agreed with what I consider my fairly middle-of-the-road, liberal Zionist stance.  But since the outrage came from both sides of the issue, and the two sides were outraged about the opposite things, I guess I should feel OK about it. […]
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5:07 PM | Quantum Angel
There has been much talk about science fiction turning from its themes and milieu from the outer space adventures of “classic science fiction” to the “inner spaces” of modern sci-fi — I prefer the “ontological dominant” thesis, put forward by … Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 6
Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 6
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5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Videos: 27th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), Barcelona 2014
 All the videos of the 27th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT), Barcelona 2014 are here.Here are a few:Sequential Learning Compressed Counting Meets Compressed SensingPing LiInvited Speakers48 views, 56:26  Invited TalkOn the Computational and Statistical Interface and "BIG DATA"Michael I. JordanInvited Speakers48 views, 56:26  Invited TalkOn the Computational and Statistical Interface and "BIG DATA"Michael I. Jordan[syn]  […]
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