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October 16, 2014

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9:00 AM | Inspire: Three Questions with Kate Russell
In our second video in our inspire series we catch up with BBC Click’s Kate Russell.  Many of you probably know Kate from her time at BBC Click but did you also know that she is a published author and has spoken at Girl Geek Dinners! We asked Kate three questions to provide an insight […]
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5:52 AM | NYCC: Triforce's Video Game Replica Props
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12:18 AM | My 10 Favorite Items in Prop Store's Epic Auction
Tomorrow's a big day for prop collectors and replica prop makers. As we mentioned in our video of Adam's new Samurai armor from 47 Ronin, London and LA-based Prop Store is gearing up for one of the largest film prop auctions in recent memory, and easily one of the most important. The auction is mere hours away, and will be held live in London at the Westfield Mall's Vue Cinema. We were fortunate to see some of those props in person at Comic-Con as well, where Prop Store had iconic items like […]

October 15, 2014

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11:12 PM | New York: Strata Conference, Day 1
I’m attending the O’Reilly Strata Conference (the well-respected techical books publisher, not the blowhard TV personality). This is the east coast edition, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Today was tutorials day. Out of about a dozen tracks, I picked the PyData track. This was a rewarding choice. The developers of varioius […]
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5:51 PM | Bits to Atoms: 3D Printing Quicksilver's Stereobelt
Remember a few months ago when I spent time obsessing over Quicksilver’s audio gear from X-men: Days of Future Past? I thought that exploration was enough to get it out of my system--until my friend Hadley told me that she would be cosplaying as Quicksilver for New York Comic Con. Without missing a beat, I proclaimed that I had to build her an accurate Stereobelt prop. And so my obsession began anew.Prototype - designing multiple parts - more work for better resultsTo recap: the […]
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5:15 PM | Shooting Scale Models using Forced Perspective
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5:00 PM | Google Announces Nexus 6 Phone, Nexus 9 Tablet
Nexus 6. Nexus 9. Nexus Player. All made their official debut today in Google's announcement of the next generation of Nexus devices. They all, of course, run Android L. Or as it's now officially named, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is made by Motorola, and looks like a larger version of the recently-released Moto X (my review next week!). It has a Quad HD 2560x1440 OLED display, which is likely the same screen used in Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. It'll run Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 […]
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4:00 PM | In Brief: HBO to Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service in 2015
This is it! At a Time Warner investor meeting today, HBO's CEO Richard Plepler announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service (likely HBO Go) in 2015. Citing the growing number of US households that don't pay for cable or satellite television, but are broadband only--10 million and growing--Plepler said that it was time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. The plan was only announced for the US market, with no word on pricing. What do you think they'll charge […]
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10:00 AM | Are smart phones getting too big?
  Smart phones seem to be growing and growing in size over the past few years but unless you are a child your hands just aren’t growing at the same rate… What can you do to combat the ever increasing screen size without compromising on usability? It seems like smaller screen phones just aren’t in […]
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6:18 AM | Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Immortal Masks
During our visit to Immortal Masks, we not only got a chance to learn about their entire sculpting and production process, but also check out their entire line of creature masks. Sculptor Andrew Freeman is always working on new mask designs, and their team of artists can create variations on a sculpt with unique paint applications. Lifelike Bebop and Rocksteady masks caught my eye, but my favorite has to be the Ogre mask. Which one do you think is the creepiest?
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6:03 AM | How Lifelike FX Creature Masks are Made
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5:00 AM | Ce soir: Paris Machine Learning #2 Season 2: : Learning Causality, Words, the Higgs & more.
 Tonight's event will be sponsored by ANEO. Here is the lineup for tonight's Paris Machine Learning Meetup: David Lopez-Paz, "Learning to learn causality" remote from Germany. Emanuela Boros, "Learning word representations for event extraction from text"Balazs Kegl: “Learning to discover: machine learning in high-energy physics and the HiggsML challenge"Cédric Coussinet, Une demo de Nomoseed. http://www.nomoseed.comFranck Bardol, Donner un sens aux donnees des ONGs. Igor […]

October 14, 2014

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7:36 PM | A few quick announcements
I gave a new survey talk at Yale, entitled “When Exactly Do Quantum Computers Provide a Speedup?”  Here are the PowerPoint slides.  Thanks so much to Rob Schoelkopf for inviting me, and to everyone else at Yale for an awesome visit. Aephraim Steinberg asks me to announce that the call for nominations for the 2015 […]
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7:29 PM | What do you mean by can’t?
You can’t subtract 4 from 3 (and stay inside the natural numbers, but you can inside the integers). You can’t divide 3 by 4 (inside the ring of integers, but you can inside the rational numbers). You can’t take the square root of a negative number (in the real numbers, but in the complex numbers […]
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7:11 PM | How To Get Into Hobby RC: Simple Scale Techniques for Models
Military aircraft have always been popular subjects for RC modelers. Many builders prefer to craft their “warbirds” from the ground up, perhaps even using their own plans. The more popular option is to purchase a factory-built model that requires only a few hours (or less) to complete. Some of these Almost-Ready-to-Fly (ARF) models use traditional balsa construction, while others are made of molded foam.THIS TURBINE-POWERED RC F-15 EAGLE PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW A […]
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6:00 PM | How Much Longer Will Directors Keep Shooting Film?
Ten years ago, Richard Crudo, the current president of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), went through a deep depression, and he’s certain most cinematographers went through the same. The reason? Film was coming to an end, and trying to stop celluloid’s demise would be like trying to hold back a tidal wave.Before becoming the president of the ASC, Crudo worked as a cinematographer for many years on such films as American Pie and Donnie Darko. “I was born, raised […]
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1:00 PM | Adventuring with Eric Cheng - 10/14/2014
This week, Adam, Will, and Norm are joined by Eric Cheng, whose adventures take him around the world. This time, he tells stories about flying drones and shooting video inside Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano. Enjoy!
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9:00 AM | Why Ada Matters
You may or may not realise it but today is Ada Lovelace day… Some may wonder who is Ada and others ask why does Ada matter so much… Well here goes.. Ada Lovelace is an inspirational young woman and a technology pioneer.  There aren’t many female technology pioneers out there and so we love to […]
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5:00 AM | A Bird's eye view of Compressive Sensing, Advanced matrix Factorization, Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra, Big Data and more ...
  As one can see from reading Nuit Blanche, it is becoming clear that Compressive Sensing has affected in some fashion or another the way we think and aim to solve problems when there are plenty of data. Subjects like Advanced Matrix Factorization  or Randomized Numerical Linear Algebra (RandNLA) are examples of that. Today, we have a few review papers that provide this bird's eye view. It is as much useful to the newcomers as it is for the practicing researcher or Machine […]

October 13, 2014

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8:36 PM | A rational animal
Man is a rational animal — so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents. Unpopular Essays […]
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4:25 PM | The New York Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery (475+ Photos)
This was my first time going to New York Comic Con, and what a year to attend. Attendance approached (and possibly even surpassed) that of San Diego, and I had a ton of fun exploring a new convention venue and figuring it out from a photography point-of-view. The massive muli-floor lobby of the Javits Center--lined from floor to ceiling with glass--made for great daytime photos with cool architecture and signage in the background. The show floor's bright red carpeting was a little less […]
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2:15 PM | NECA Toys' Alien Nostromo Spacesuit Figure
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2:13 PM | TEDx Time In Buffalo
Our own Ken joins the team for TEDx Adrienne Bermingham is the manager of this year’s TEDx Buffalo event, which will be held this Tuesday at the Montante Center of Canisius College in downtown Buffalo. Today I wish to proudly announce that our own Ken Regan is one of the presenters at this year’s event. […]
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7:30 AM | Post it notes for geeks!
So often us geeks tend to use post it notes for one thing or another. Whilst the history of these incredibly useful sticky notes is fascinating that’s not what this article is a about. We randomly came across these little beauties! Tetris Notes!  Why not put all your notes into a game of tetris… I […]
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5:00 AM | On the Effective Measure of Dimension in the Analysis Cosparse Model
On the Effective Measure of Dimension in the Analysis Cosparse Model by Raja Giryes, Yaniv Plan, Roman Vershynin Many applications have benefited remarkably from low-dimensional models in the recent decade. The fact that many signals, though high dimensional, are intrinsically low dimensional has given the possibility to recover them stably from a relatively small number of their measurements. For example, in compressed sensing with the standard (synthesis) sparsity prior and in matrix […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: Approximate Message Passing Algorithms for Generalized Bilinear Inference, Jason Parker
Here is a new thesis: Approximate Message Passing Algorithms for Generalized Bilinear Inference by Jason Parker Recent developments in compressive sensing (CS) combined with increasing demands for effective high-dimensional inference techniques across a variety of disciplines have motivated extensive research into algorithms exploiting various notions of parsimony, including sparsity and low-rank constraints. In this dissertation, we extend the generalized approximate message passing (GAMP) […]
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4:58 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Autodesk SketchBook, Haegemonia: Legions of Iron, and Tower Dwellers
You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. That;s what we're here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where you'll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google PlayThis week there's a new drawing tool, a classic space RTS, and a new take on tower defense.Autodesk SketchBookAutodesk has had a number of drawing tools in the Play Store for a few years, but recently it decided to […]
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4:27 AM | Show and Tell: Ultimate Ears Boom Speakers
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October 12, 2014

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10:56 PM | Rough Mandelbrot Sets
I’ve been reading up on Zdzisław Pawlak’s Rough Set Theory recently and wanted to play with them. They are used to address vagueness in data so fractals seem like a good subject. Super Quick Intro to Rough Sets: A rough set is a … Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

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5:02 PM | iPhone 6: boring, but must-have?
There have been substantial delays in my advance order for iPhone 6 Plus (apparently Apple underestimated the demand), and I have had some time to reflect on why I want to get the damned thing in the first place. There … Continue reading →
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