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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1935: The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.
They never involved themselves with others, engaged in sex, nor would they fight. All appeared [outwardly] as a beautiful exhibit of the species with keen, alert eyes and a healthy, well-kept body. These mice, however, could not cope with unusual stimuli. Though they looked inquisitive, they were in fact, very stupid.
The turning point in this mouse utopia, Calhoun observed, occurred on Day 315 when the first signs appeared of a breakdown in social norms and structure. Aberrations included the following: females abandoning their young; males no longer defending their territory; and both sexes becoming more violent and aggressive. Deviant behavior, sexual and social, mounted with each passing day. The last thousand mice to be born tended to avoid stressful activity and focused their attention increasingly on themselves
One of the more famous ethologists in recent decades was John B. Calhoun, best known for his mouse experiments in the 1960s when he worked for the National Institute for Mental Health.
My two rat terriers get free food and free health care, though I am not only their provider, but I am also their “master” too.
By relieving individuals of challenges, which then deprives them of purpose, the welfare state is an utterly unnatural and anti-social contrivance. In the mouse experiment, the individuals ultimately lost interest in the things that perpetuate the species.

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Hydrogen has the potential to replace fossil fuels in jet engines, for the generation of electricity, and even for long-term storage of energy.
There are two major reasons why this reaction is not commonly used today; one is that aluminum reacts more readily with the oxygen in the air and forms aluminum oxide. The compound prevents aluminum from reacting with water. Therefore, for the reaction to occur, one simply needs to remove the top layer of aluminum oxide and drop the aluminum in water, while ensuring that the aluminum oxide is not formed again.
"Using aluminum as our source, we can ‘store’ hydrogen at a density that’s 10 times greater than if we just store it as a compressed gas," said Professor Douglas Hart.
To address the challenge of preventing the formation of aluminum oxide, the team used information from some previous experiments and painted the scrap aluminum with a eutectic mixture of gallium and indium which remains in liquid state at room temperature while being able to penetrate through the aluminum oxide

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It's been empowering to revisit those moments from a different angle as I've worked through those challenges.
I have a solid and clear recollection of the good, which is useful from a business management and engineering career perspective. Literature retains on the first pass, which is very useful in operations for manual/business requirements/security framework ingestion, and I don't need to keep a TODO list or agenda (but still do for transparency's sake to my reports and superiors).

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Glowacki is on the autism spectrum and has superlative memory and calendar recall skills.
He then, almost alarmingly, rattles off every Melbourne Cup winner, in chronological order, in the frenetic style of a horse race commentator. Later, he sends me a video of him singing a megamix of every UK Christmas No 1 song.
I’ve barely finished the question before she verbalises her confident response: 50.8C. Correct. Every hair on my arm stands up.
Coldest in Germany? “Minus 45.9 degrees, in a sinkhole in Bavaria on December 24, 2001.” I sit there blinking. At this point I actually laugh. Her memory is so good, it’s preposterous.
Glowacki relates to this. “Some events I’ve seen or heard I’d just like to forget, but I can’t,” she says. “When bad things happen to me, when I had arguments that escalated or when I misbehaved.”
For those born without the natural gift of phenomenal recall, there are tricks and techniques that train the brain into a better memory muscle.
The memory techniques, known as mnemonics, use imagery to aid encoding and retrieval. Another, the memory palace, dates back to the fifth century BC and “places” abstract things on to actual objects, narrativising memory.

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Come Saturday night, I’d be super-frustrated. Not only did I not complete the task because I was exhausted and my heart wasn’t in it, but I also didn’t use the time to recharge
We were just as effective running Zulip, and Zulip also had a great exit (in fact, it was an even better exit.)
Truly urgent is “the site is down” or “a big prospect wants to buy today and is waiting for your proposal.” Truly urgent is tomorrow morning’s VC partner meeting. In general, “truly urgent” is driven by an important external stakeholder or forcing function.
At my first company, Ksplice, I fell into the trap of working nonstop. In the early days of the company, our official policy was literally twelve hour days, six days a week, with Saturday as the day off. (Side note: in retrospect, this was an awful official policy.)
To maintain my sanity, I have one rule: Either be working or be actively not working. The case you most need to avoid is “trying to work, but just staring at your screen or mindlessly scrolling through LinkedIn.”

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"The aim of the network appears to be to delegitimise the West by amplifying pro-Chinese narratives," said Benjamin Strick, the author of the CIR report.
Other controversial figures featured in the cartoons included "whistleblower" scientist Li-Meng Yan, and Steve Bannon, former political strategist for Donald Trump.
A sprawling network of more than 350 fake social media profiles is pushing pro-China narratives and attempting to discredit those seen as opponents of China's government, according to a new study.

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CNNs use parameter sharing. All neurons in a particular feature map share weights which makes the whole system less computationally intense.
A huge neural network like that demands a lot of resources but even then remains prone to overfitting because the large number of parameters enable it to just memorize the dataset.
Any neural network, from simple perceptrons to enormous corporate AI-systems, consists of nodes that imitate the neurons in the human brain. These cells are tightly interconnected. So are the nodes.

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However, as Protocol noted in March, the information collected from accounts that did not “consent to the collection” that Clark appears to be referring to was actually advertisers’ accounts, not private users.
Facebook has also effectively cut off access to more than two dozen other researchers and journalists who get access to Facebook data through our project, including our work measuring vaccine misinformation with the Virality Project and many other partners who rely on our data.
Over the last several years, we’ve used this access to uncover systemic flaws in the Facebook Ad Library, identify misinformation in political ads including many sowing distrust in our election system, and to study Facebook’s apparent amplification of partisan misinformation.”
The social media giant announced in a blog post on Wednesday that it had banned the accounts, apps, and pages related to the NYU Ad Observatory, a project by Cybersecurity of Democracy.

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This problem is confounded by putting ‘experts’ on the payroll in a way that bias may be structured, and the supply of experts may be skewed in the direction desired by governments and “the market” - whoever else is willing to pay top dollar to shape public research.
Certain organisations are created ONLY for the purpose of eliciting flak2. However we see this everywhere now, not just in organisations - just look at your average Twitter or Facebook newsfeed, social media has become a powerful tool of polarisation where rhetoric is militant rather than compassionate.
What this means is that mass media are drawn into a symbiotic relationship with powerful sources of information by economic necessity and reciprocity of interest - they need a steady beat of information at regular times
The bottom line with advertisers is that they want to avoid programs with serious complexities and disturbing controversies that interfere with the “buying mood”. Just think, why do we have so much mass entertainment that serves little to no purpose apart from passing the time?
This is a serious problem because with advertising there is no neutral system in which the final buyer choice decides decides, it’s the advertisers’ choices which influence which media companies prosper and which burn
Furthermore, the media is closely linked to government, and there is a lot of flow in and out of people with a lot of influence - meaning the same people making decisions may be the same people broadcasting the narrative about them
n capitalist societies, however, this fact is concealed, since the media “actively compete, periodically attack and expose corporate and governmental malfeasance, and aggressively portray themselves as spokesmen for free speech and the general community interest.”
to amuse, entertain and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfil this role requires systematic propaganda.
Now, we may dismiss some of this as conspiracy but the truth about media is that it is controlled by a specific few, and their interests often do not lie with telling the objective truth as much as we’d like to think. In this article we will dive into the premises of Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s Manufacturing Consent.

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For instance, during the three months of April, May, and June, more than 200 million Jan Dhan Accounts, held by women, were credited with Rs. 500 each month under the Covid relief package while allowing them the freedom to use the money as they saw fit.
Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, these e-vouchers will only be valid for the services they are designated for by the government which could include healthcare, education, and an array of services in the future.
The beneficiaries will be able to use this voucher without any card, internet banking access, or internet-enabled mobile app when they wish to access the services at the designated provider for those services.
The e-RUPI has been envisioned as a cashless and contactless online payment system that will use a QR code or an SMS string-based e-voucher that will be delivered to the beneficiaries.
The e-RUPI is a person- and purpose-specific digital payment mechanism, intended to help people across different economic spectrums with easier access to better services.
For instance, to farmers for fertilisers and seeds before the farming season, or to students in universities to purchase books and other university resources, or to employees to spend on designated services, say leisure, or restaurants, or medical checkups, or travel, and so forth.
NPCI had issued the guidelines for the UPI platform, stating that e-vouchers can be issued to mobile phone holders without any app or bank account.

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The Cures Act also resulted in the immediate availability of clinician notes to patients
potential to create confusion and misunderstanding — particularly for those who don’t speak medicalese.
Not surprisingly, I have already encountered a number of displeased patients who would have preferred hearing about, for example, a new lung nodule found on a CT scan, from their doctor rather than seeing it pop up on their electronic patient portal and being left to wonder what it might mean.

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Yet six years later it clearly shows the risk that an outside party—and perhaps foreign spies—could glean valuable intelligence from Didi about some of the country’s most important officials.
Didi’s listing in the U.S. last week came just as Xi is looking for ways to control the vast reams of data held by China’s tech giants, in part to ensure the Communist Party spreads the wealth beyond a small circle of billionaires.

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Among other things, they also ban the teaching of foreign curriculums, tighten scrutiny over the import of textbooks and forbid the hiring of foreign teachers outside of China -- a curb that could have severe consequences for startups like VIPKid that specialize in overseas tutors.
Devised and overseen by a dedicated branch set up just last month to regulate the industry, the rules unveiled Saturday were couched in general terms that could be applied broadly to common practices throughout the industry
The government’s desire to assert control over the economy and one of its most valuable resources lies at the heart of recent regulatory clampdowns on online industries.

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To me, the highest form of wealth is controlling your time.
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I can't count the number of times that by trying to fit five points into three, we merged two, to create one, stronger point with more evidence behind it.
I've spent a lot of time in professional contexts telling people to delete content, remove words from slide decks and generally prioritize what they're trying to communicate.
But if you're trying to communicate, especially to groups of people, or if you're playing the role of a mentor or teacher, then complexity is your enemy.

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he most dramatised cities in the current age of globalisation also starred in the Victorian one.
The sun is setting, for now, on a certain kind of nomad’s idyll. In Hong Kong, reabsorption into China is the issue. In Singapore, it is the pandemic and a new commitment to the nation’s “core”. Even the United Arab Emirates, facing disease and domestic unemployment, has shooed out legion expats.
In their pomp, these cities put me in the mind of the French Foreign Legion: the homing beacon to those keen to shed an identity, the blend of harshness and openness.
If even these places succumb to the great turn inwards, the loss will be more than commercial.
To explain his air of liberation, then, his sense of ease, he cites culture, not law. What Dubai withholds in rights it also lacks in the informal pressures of “identity”.
But the chance to forget oneself, to disappear in plain sight, is a freedom too.
The mystery is where to find it in future.

Netflix is foraying in to the gaming arena

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“We are in the business of making these amazing worlds and great storylines and incredible characters” in its original movies and TV series, Greg Peters,
He also sees scope for Netflix to offer games developers and players a better deal through subscriptions. “We don’t have to think about ads. We don’t have to think about in-game purchases or other monetisation,” Peters said.
Despite a carefully choreographed series of announcements about its expansions into retail, podcasts and gaming in the weeks leading up to its earnings report, investors have remained focused on the challenges facing its core business, as economies reopen and streaming competition intensifies.
“Entertainment is converging,” Severin said. “Whether you are a video, games, music, sports or a social media proposition, you ultimately compete for the same entertainment time and money.”
Analysts estimate tens of millions of people subscribe to console-based services such as Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus.
Hastings, who famously says he likes to make “as few decisions as possible”, has finally decided to push the start button on Netflix’s gaming business.
As Netflix looks for new ways to retain its 209m paying subscribers, games could be one way to reduce churn, as Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia, Comcast, Discovery and ViacomCBS all look to lure away its subscribers.
Sign-ups in North America have ground to a halt in the past six months. From April through June, 430,000 people cancelled their Netflix subscriptions in the US and Canada.

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This lets us know where to focus for future improvements, whether that is for firmware updates, modules, or next products.
Reviewers loved the freedom to repair and upgrade, the Expansion Card system, CPU performance, keyboard feel, webcam quality, and more.
This lets us know where to focus for future improvements, whether that is for firmware updates, modules, or next products.

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Alright so let's create a simple contentEditable that also listens to the Paste event. I'll be doing this in ClojureScript as it is my favourite language, using Reagent for the React goodness as this is a React app, but all of this also applies for good ol' regular JS and React.j

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The study was spearheaded by Cambridge University’s Piers Mitchell, who splits his time between paleopathology research in the university’s archaeology department, and the country’s National Health Service hospitals, where he performs orthopedic surgeries on cancer patients.
Archaeological evidence from earlier eras, however, has long implied that as few as 1 percent of pre-industrial residents of the island suffered from the devastating disease.

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Speech recognition underwent a sea change in 2010, when a team of researchers at a Microsoft research lab outside Seattle built a new kind of speech recognition system using a method called “deep learning.”

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Other peoples, including most Africans, survived, and have thrown off European domination but remain behind in wealth and power. Still other peoples, including the original inhabitants of Australia, the Americas, and southern Africa, are no longer even masters of their own lands but have been decimated, subjugated, or exterminated by European colonialists. Why did history turn out that way, instead of the opposite way?

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Until after some life changes, an unexpected influx of money, and curious about all the news about Half-Life next installment (Alyx) and Valve’s own VR system, the Valve Index, and the claims that it is supported on Linux, I took the plunge and bought it. I got it on my house on April 30, 2020, an exact year after its debut.

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If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail Abraham Maslow
What did we do against such an unpredictable system? We took it apart: merging services that were too coupled; defining clear boundaries between services; moving some services away from the event-store into a traditional database; making some communication channels synchronous; writing integration and end-to-end tests.
I've made many bad decisions, and I've been fortunate enough to suffer the consequences of those decisions. A lot of developers don't get to experience consequences, so they never learn.

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The promise of Web Components was that we’d get this convenience, but for a much wider range of HTML elements, developed much faster, as nobody needs to wait for the full spec + implementation process. We’d just include a script, and boom, we have more elements at our disposal!