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November 14, 2014

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2:42 PM | Yes, We Can Locate Philae and Here Is How ...
Phew! @ESA_Rosetta I am confident that our teams will find me. Wouldn’t like to lose touch with you. #CometLanding— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) November 13, 2014According to this New Scientist story, one of the people helping in locating Philae, the probe that just landed on a comet two days ago, cannot be found because "we don't have an algorithm for this' Let me be very clear: Yes we do. If you are that person at ESA or somewhere else, here is what you need to do:release […]
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11:00 AM | Tested Mailbag: One for Each of Us
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7:20 AM | Net Neutrality and the Contrarian Backlash
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama gave a speech laying out strong support for “net neutrality”. Obama called on the FCC to change classification of broadband internet providers to “common carrier” class, meaning that they would be prohibited from privileging — or blocking — particular sorts of traffic passing through their systems. The backlash was […]
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7:00 AM | Accelerated NMR spectroscopy with low-rank reconstruction
Before reading the following, let me make a statement that except for today, I will probably never, ever, feature a paper that is a RoMEO white journal such as Angewandte Chemie International Edition . Look at the restrictions.   If I do feature another of those journals by accident, please do let me know. We have to start somewhere. Xiaobo Qu just me the following:  Dear Igor,    Thanks for maintaining your blog to share the progress on sparse and low rank […]
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6:00 AM | Call for Papers : SPARS 2015 – Cambridge UK – 6-9 July 2015
Nick Kingsbury just sent me the following:   Dear Igor I understand from Volkan Cevher that Nuit Blanche has kindly advertised previous instances of the SPARS series of workshops including SPARS 2013 at EPFL. I am organising SPARS 2015 in Cambridge and would be very grateful if you could post the following CfP on Nuit Blanche. If you wish to shorten this announcement and just leave a link to the website given, then that will be fine as there is a CfP page on the website. Many […]

November 13, 2014

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11:09 PM | Episode 278 - Comet Landing - 11/13/2014
This week, Will, Norm, and Jeremy discuss landing spaceships on comets, Disneyland, Amazon's speaker thing, Taylor Swift, net neutrality, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
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6:28 PM | Premium: Watch Frank Ippolito Sculpt the Farnsworth Project!
Premium: Watch Frank Ippolito Sculpt the Farnsworth Project!
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6:01 PM | In Brief: Knightscope Preparing Rollout of Security Droid
Knightscope, a robotics firm based in Mountain View, has been testing its K5 security robot since last year--and the droid may soon be ready for deployment. According to MIT Technology Review, the company has built seven of these robots that use HD cameras and navigation sensors to perform security sweeps and anomalous behavior along a patrol route. Four of the $6 million robots will be tested in the field at a tech company in the area, which has not been named (natch). The robots won't carry […]
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5:00 PM | Bits to Atoms: The State of Resin 3D Printing Technologies
In light of our recent video on the Form 1+ printer and as a lead-up to a full review, I wanted to delve deeper into 3D printing with liquid resin, so let's start with a primer on the state of resin 3D printing technologies and hardware.Printing with resin typically offers the highest resolution, detail and accuracy available with desktop 3D printing. For example, layer height for most resin printers ranges from 25 - 100 microns (.025mm - .10mm), as a comparison, human hair can range from 17 - […]
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4:30 PM | In Brief: Samsung Announces Project Beyond VR Camera for Gear VR
Oculus and Samsung have announced that Gear VR, the virtual reality headset accessory developed by both companies to work with Samsung's Note 4 phone, will be released early next month for an MSRP of $200 ($250 for the bundle with the Bluetooth controller). That's for what the company is calling the "Innovator Edition", which is essentially a commercially available developer kit for early adopters and developers. This announcement coincides with the release of the Oculus Mobile SDK (v0.4.0), […]
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3:18 PM | The News Is Out
Harvard Computer Science was given a sizable gift from Steve Ballmer;  we're excited at the opportunity to grow this gift will provide us over the next several years.  For more news, see the Crimson article, the Boston Globe article, the New York Times blog writeup, etc. 
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2:30 PM | Photo Gallery: The Making of the Farnsworth Project
We visited Frank's shop back in early October to watch him work on the sculpt for the Farnsworth project, which differs from the Zoidberg project because it's a prosthetics-based makeup, not a mask that anyone can wear. Here are photos from our shop visit, a close-up look at the silicone prosthetics, and the Farnsworth reveal at our live show.
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2:00 PM | Real-Life Professor Farnsworth from Futurama!
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6:00 AM | Slides : FOCS 2014 Workshop on The Sparse Fourier Transform: Theory and Applications
Haitham Al-Hassanieh just sent me the following:  Hello Igor, Thanks for the nice blog. I wanted to let you know that we have recently organized a workshop on "Recent Developments in the Sparse Fourier Transform" at the FOCS'14 conference. The slides of the talks are posted online and might be of interest to the readers of your blog. Here is a link to the workshop page: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/netmit/sFFT/focs2014workshopBest RegardsHaitham Al-HassaniehComputer Science and […]
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2:43 AM | Cyclic fractions
Somewhere along the way you may have noticed that the digits in the decimal expansion of multiples of 1/7 are all rotations of the same digits: 1/7 = 0.142857142857… 2/7 = 0.285714285714… 3/7 = 0.428571428571… 4/7 = 0.571428571428… 5/7 = 0.714285714285… 6/7 = 0.857142857142… We can make the pattern more clear by vertically aligning the […]

November 12, 2014

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7:10 PM | In Brief: Rosetta's Philae Has Landed
At about 8AM Pacific time this morning, the Philae lander made contact with the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.The first pictures have come back from the lander, including a gorgeous shot of the comet taken during the descent and this image of the landing site, Rosetta's ten-year journey wound through the solar system so the probe could match orbits with the comet. It will stay with the comet for the next 12 months, following its orbit around the Sun. Be sure to keep an eye on Phil […]
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5:38 PM | “Hello world” is the hard part
Kernighan and Ritchie’s classic book The C Programming Language began with a sample C program that printed “hello world.” Since then “hello world” has come describe the first program you write with any technology, even if it doesn’t literally print “hello world.” Hello-world programs are often intimidating. People think “I must be a dufus because […]
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4:33 PM | How To Fly and Tweak a Budget Mini Quadcopter
Anyone who has been following this column will know that I am not a fan of gamepad-like transmitters for quadcopters (or any other RC vehicle, for that matter). From a practical standpoint, these off-nominal controllers may not teach you the fine movements and muscle memory that will be needed when you transition to a standard transmitter. Cramped controllers may even cause you to learn things incorrectly. In the aerospace business, we called that “negative training”, and it’s […]
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4:30 PM | Three In The Room
A puzzle and a conference Zohar Manna is an expert on the mathematical concepts behind all types of programming. For example, his 1974 book the Mathematical Theory of Computation was one of the first on the foundations of computer programming. He wrote textbooks with the late Amir Pnueli on temporal logic for software systems. As […]
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3:00 PM | How to Make a Two-Part Mold (of a Lightsaber!)
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2:46 PM | The Best iPhone 6 Case (So Far)
This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy.Read the full article below atTheWirecutter.comAfter surveying almost 1,000 Wirecutter readers and testing 60 iPhone 6 cases over a period of about 30 hours (so far), our current pick for the best all-around case is the NGP from Incipio. The NGP has protected several generations of iPhones (and many other devices) and has a reputation for providing solid protection and a good fit. It’s slim enough […]
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8:46 AM | ESA's 28 minutes of Terror : Philae's Landing on 67P
NASA had its own 7 minutes of terror two years ago with the landing of Curiosity on Mars, ESA now has its own 28 minutes of terror today with the landing of Philae on Comet 67P. According to the timeline, the separation motors of Rosetta's lander Philae will ignite in 20 seconds. Then in 7 hours and fifteen minutes later, Philae will land on comet 67P.   Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's […]
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8:19 AM | Watch the ESA's Rosetta Probe Land on a Comet
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November 11, 2014

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11:46 PM | Testing: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Laptop
We're at a bit of a crossroads for Windows-based laptops. With Windows 10 coming out next year, the laptops on sale this holiday may be the last new generation to be designed with Windows 8.1 in mind, with all of the OS's quirks and shortcomings (touch on the Desktop and high DPI screen management still not perfected). My hope is that laptops like Lenovo's new Yoga Pro 3 to thrive in Windows 10--I can't wait for that virtual desktop manager--but you don't buy a laptop today to unlock its […]
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10:24 PM | In Brief: Good Tips for 3D Printing Adhesion Problems
The base cause of most 3D printing failures is some sort of problem with adhesion. If that first layer of plastic doesn't stick to your print bed, it's almost inevitable that the print will fail. I love this list of tips and tricks to improve adhesion that Make posted. It's got several of my personal favorites--level that build platform, ensure the print head is the right distance from the bed, and always wipe the print surface with isopropyl or acetone to remove fingerprint oil--but they also […]
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10:20 PM | Paris Machine Learning #3 Season 2: Building a Data Science Team, Opinion Mining, Word2Vec, Kaggle
Tomorrow, at 6:45PM we will have our third regular Paris Machine Learning meetup of the season. It will be an hour and 45 minutes after Philae landed on 67P. The good folks at ANEO (http://aneo.eu/) are sponsoring this meetup. We will have the following talks (In French but the slides should be in English). Come back to this entry for more information. The streaming will be here: Romain Ayres (UPMC), Eric Biernat (OCTO) and Matthieu Scordia (Dataiku) will talk about their recent ranking in […]
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10:00 PM | In Brief: Adam Remembers His Father's Sesame Street Animations
In past episodes of Still Untitled and most recently in the video with animator Marty Cooper, Adam has talked about the influence of his father's cartoons and animations on his life and art sensibilities. We got glimpses of the work of Lee Savage did for shows like Sesame Street, and Adam shares more of his memories in this guest post for AV Club to commemorate the show's 45th anniversary. It's a touching tribute.
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8:30 PM | Pixar Explains the Math Behind Smooth Character Rendering
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8:00 PM | In Brief: Photo Gallery of Ray Harryhausen at Work
io9 has a lovely gallery of photos showing stop-motion effects pioneer and legend Ray Harryhausen at work on some of the films he's best known for: Mighty Joe Young, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, and Clash of the Titans. Harryhausen, who passed away last year, inspired a generation of effects artist and animators, including still-active legends like Phil Tippet. The gallery is accompanied by a few video clips of the finished animation sequences, some behind-the-scenes […]
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3:30 PM | #AcWriMo progress report, one-third of the way through
I’m 1/3 of the way through AcWriMo 2014, and I thought I’d give an update on my progress so far. (I laid out my goals for the month in my last post, but to quickly review, my goals are: (1) revise my failed NSF grant proposal, and (2) draft a conference paper.) What’s working Setting […]
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