I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
Every year millions of male chicks are ground up alive or suffocated by the commercial egg industry. But after pressure from animal rights activists, the German government teamed up with scientists to come up with an alternative. From now on, new technology will be used to determine the sex of each fertilised egg before the chick inside develops. All of the male-identified eggs will be removed from the hatchery, leaving only the female ones to hatch. German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said the new technology will be fully implemented in all German farms from the end of 2016.
“A third study examined compassion toward a bullied teenager. Participants were either told that the teen was successfully coping with the bullying, or failed to cope by lashing out violently. Compared to participants who had no experience with bullying, participants who reported having been bullied in the past themselves were more compassionate toward the teen who was appropriately coping with the experience. But, similar to our earlier studies, participants who were bullied in the past were the least compassionate toward the teen who failed to successfully cope with the bullying.
Taken together, these results suggest that people who have endured a difficult experience are particularly likely to penalize those who struggle to cope with a similar ordeal. E.g. a manager may respond to employees’ concerns about burnout and fatigue with comments such as, “I had to work those hours, so why are you complaining?”
The program, called ‘Project Face’, offers a series of sliders for you to adjust the weight, crossbar and contrast, among others, alongside a collection of artful effects to help you design and achieve a stunning variety of typographic styles.
“We present a method for the real-time transfer of facial expressions from an actor in a source video to an actor in a target video, thus enabling the ad-hoc control of the facial expressions of the target actor. The novelty of our approach lies in the transfer and photo-realistic re-rendering of facial deformations and detail into the target video in a way that the newly-synthesized expressions are virtually indistinguishable from a real video.
Diffie-Hellman is a cornerstone of modern cryptography used for VPNs, HTTPS websites, email, and many other protocols. If a client and server are speaking Diffie-Hellman, they first need to agree on a large prime number. Many applications tend to use standardized or hard-coded primes. But there was a very important detail that got lost in translation between the mathematicians and the practitioners: an adversary can perform a single enormous computation to “crack” a particular prime, then easily break any individual connection that uses that prime.
A one-time investment in special purpose hardware that costs a few hundred million dollars would make it possible to eavesdrop on trillions of encrypted connections. NSA could afford such an investment.
The Void is a theme park in Utah, currently under construction, where virtual reality is combined with motion/vehicle simulations and physical environments that you can walk around in, as well as physical effects (like wind), to create a number of immersive experiences.
A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.
The authors examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.
They found a very surprising correlation: A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.
We don't know why this happens, but possible reasons include differences in chemical exposure, artificial sweeteners, the rising use of prescription drugs, and changing microbiomes.
SD översvämmar Göteborgs kommunfullmäktige med interpellationer, motioner, diktläsning, samt prat om storleken på grus, och fördröjer därmed mötena till dess att de måste avbrytas på grund av att det blivit natt. Varje motion måste utredas och kostar resurser i personal, tid och ekonomi, så när ett parti okritiskt formaliserar varje idé till en motion utarmas samtidigt utredningsresurser.
Bland motionerna finns t ex en motion om en ny Göta älvbro, som är så vag och orealistisk att SD själva avstod från att rösta för den. Motionen har behandlas i Byggnadsnämnden, Trafiknämnden och Kommunstyrelsen innan den kom till Kommunfullmäktige.
The fallacy of the hot hand was established in a classic 1985 study that has since become a part of the social-sciences canon. The paper’s conclusion—that the appearance of shooting streaks was a misreading of randomness—was so counterintuitive that many refused to believe it.
Now, though, comes the most intriguing argument that human intuition wasn’t wrong. A basketball player who shoots the same percentage after a streak of makes as he does after a streak of misses was long accepted as proof against the hot hand. Miller and Sanjurjo’s paper asserts it’s actually evidence of the opposite.
It begins with a question. Toss a coin four times. Write down the percentage of heads on the flips coming immediately after heads. Repeat that process one million times. On average, what is that percentage?
The obvious answer is 50%. That answer is also wrong. The real answer is 40%, and thus, a player who shoots the same percentage after a streak of makes as he does after a streak of misses is doing better than expected.
“China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system; the government has announced that it will be mandatory by 2020. Among the things that will hurt a citizen’s score are posting political opinions without prior permission, posting information that the regime does not like, or having friends who do. Those with higher scores are rewarded with benefits like travel permits and visas.
During the Cold War, we defined ourselves in opposition to an enemy that exemplified and embodied in very real form the nightmarish potential of widespread surveillance and control. This made it easy to point to surveillance and shout, “un-American!”
I hope this new Chinese system becomes household knowledge in the United States, and can provide the kind of widely recognized paradigm for what to avoid and how not to be that the old totalitarian regimes used to give us.
The friendship paradox can make minority opinions seem like majority ones.
Let's say there's 100 people in a social network; four people are very popular and linked to everyone, whereas 96 people only know those four people, plus one more person. If the popular people start campaigning against spaghetti, then it will seem to nearly everyone that four out of five people are against spaghetti, whereas in reality, only 4% are.
Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases.
“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”
The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.
Fornnordiskans former þæir och þæim utvecklades via de och dem till di och dom, som man i traditionens namn ändå stavade de och dem. I Norrland och norra Svealand började man använda dom i talspråk även som subjekt. Detta bruk spred sig via Stockholm till resten av landet, men de och dem användes fortfarande i skrift.
För hundra år sedan sågs det som vulgärt och obildat att uttala de som dom. Numera är det många som inte har någon aning om att ordet för några årtionden sedan brukade uttalas di.
“dom visar en tydlig tendens att sprida sig söderut, en tendens som gör sig särskilt märkbar bland ungdomen. Till en början är det säkert alltjämt så, att flertalet av svenska folket säger di.
– Gösta Bergman, Provinsialismer och skråspråk (1943)
“Pluralformen de (...) uttalas vanligen i ledigt talspråk di.
– Elias Wessén, Vårt svenska språk (1968)
Anita debunks some of the bizarre ways people try to dismiss her.
Nearly everyone is very overconfident. People who say they are 99% confident are wrong about 20% of the time. It gets worse. People who say there’s only a 1 in 100,000 chance they’re wrong? Wrong 15% of the time. One in a million? Wrong 5% of the time. They’re not just overconfident, they are fifty thousand times as confident as they should be.
Who the heck would burn heretics if they thought there was a 5% chance the heretic was right and they were wrong? Who would demand that dissenting opinions be banned, if they were only about 90% sure of their own? Who would start shrieking about “human garbage” on Twitter when they fully expected that in some sizeable percent of cases, they would end up being wrong and the garbage right?
Back in the 1960s, jogging was something only athletes and boxers really did. Normal people mostly didn't do it — and when they did, it was cause for concern. The New York Times ran an amused trend piece in 1968 on the handful of unusual freaks who chose to run in their free time.
The police were also alarmed by this weird new hobby. The men profiled in a 1968 Chicago Tribune article said they ran in the morning because police became suspicious if they ran at night. The biggest theme was self-consciousness: The Tribune cited neighbors who "only see folly in the sight of a grown man running."
If scientists have to register a scientific study before they start gathering data, then they can't hide the study in a file drawer if they don’t like the results, or decide after the fact which comparisons to make, in order to tease out a positive result.
A new study compares large medical trials from 1970 to 2000 with later trials, which had to be pre-registered. The percentage of positive studies dropped from 57% to 8%(!). This suggests that at least half of all published clinical trials are false positives, while only about 10% are true positive, and 40% are negative (both true and false negative).