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Curve-Fitting

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Cauchy-Lorentz: "Something alarmingly mathematical is happening, and you should probably pause to Google my name and check what field I originally worked in."
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ChrisDL
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the fact that the same dots both taper off and grow uncontrollably offends me.
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mburch42
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Stats!
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Cauchy-Lorentz: "Something alarmingly mathematical is happening, and you should probably pause to Google my name and check what field I originally worked in."
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Cauchy-Lorentz: "Something alarmingly mathematical is happening, and you should probably pause to Google my name and check what field I originally worked in."

Times Newer Roman is a sneaky font designed to make your essays look longer

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As someone who is ostensibly a professional writer, I can say with some authority that sometimes, writing is hard. And when you’re staring at page three of an essay that your professor has insisted should be at least five pages, single-spaced, in size 12 Times New Roman font... sometimes, you need a little help.

Any skiving student worth their salt knows the usual tricks to make an essay look longer: use larger punctuation marks and spaces, mess around with the margins, maybe even try to creep up to a larger font size. But now, there’s an easier solution: Times Newer Roman, a font from internet marketing firm MSCHF (which you may remember from the Tabagotchi Chrome extension). Times Newer Roman looks a lot like the go-to academic font,...

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lol
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Earthquakes, Circles and Spheres - Numberphile

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Some advice from Jeff Bezos

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A number of years ago, Jeff Bezos stopped by our office and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the office.

During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”.

He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary.

What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

Great advice.


Some advice from Jeff Bezos was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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That's just a rehash of "people who admit they're wrong the quickest are wrong the least often"
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Strong convictions loosely held.
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Voting Software

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There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.
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ChrisDL
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accurate.
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Very next story in my Newsblur feed: “Russian operatives have penetrated some of Florida's election systems and could delete registered voters ahead of the November elections if the systems are not adequately protected”
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siskamartin
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uff
caffeinatedhominid
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Yep.
tante
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xkcd on voting software is spot-on
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wmorrell
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Hazmat suit, too. Just to be safe.
rjstegbauer
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Amen!! Paper... paper... paper. It's simple. It's trivial to recount. Everyone already knows how to use it. It's cheap. It's verifiable. Just... use... paper.
ianso
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Yes!
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Legitimately share this comic with anyone who represents you in government.
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cheerfulscreech
45 days ago
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Truth.
jth
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XKCD Nails Secure Electronic Voting.
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skorgu
46 days ago
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100% accurate.
jsled
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endorsed; co-signed; it. me. &c.

(alt text: «There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.»)
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There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.
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There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.
srsly
46 days ago
Seconding this policy ^^

Bigfoot Erotica

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The last few years have taught us to expect the unexpected when it comes to politics in the United States. We’re pretty open minded here at Pornhub, but none of us were expecting that Bigfoot pornography would be at the center of a contentious race for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in Virginia.

When a Democratic candidate accused her Republican opponent of being “a devotee of Bigfoot erotica”, it caused tens of thousands of curious people to visit Pornhub to see if such a thing actually exists. Searches containing “bigfoot” shot up over 8000% on July 30th. Perhaps more unexpected, was that hundreds of “devotees” were searching for bigfoot porn every day, even before it was thrust into the political spotlight.

As for Virginia, residents there are 38% more likely to search for “bigfoot” compared to the U.S. average.

The post Bigfoot Erotica appeared first on Pornhub Insights.

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