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My position/vision/proposal paper is finally available: "A Path Towards Autonomous Machine Intelligence" It is available on (not arXiv for now) so that people can post reviews, comments, and critiques: 1/N

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update on the canceled teen: turns out the writer's kid went to the same school

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Things You Should Know About Indexes and Transactions. This post covers internal workings of indexes and transactions of RDBMSs.

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The Supreme Court's first decision of the day is Kennedy v. Bremerton. In a 6–3 opinion by Gorsuch, the court holds that public school officials have a constitutional right to pray publicly, and lead students in prayer, during school events.

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If you've ever had the misfortune of being tasked with building a template for HTML emails, you know it's tricky business! In this blog post, I share the approach I took to build responsive, client-friendly emails without a single tag.

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via: https://t.co/ --- tendentious, anti-union, anti-regulation propaganda piece, with vested interests, but good references, examples, use the data, argue with the conclusions --- Despite its failure, the HSR project inaugurated the U.S.’s megaproject era. Once a rare type of project, by 2018 megaprojects comprised 33 percent of the value of all U.S. construction project starts. An alarming number of these have spiraled out of control for many of the same reasons that killed the California bullet train. The decade that followed the financial crisis was a kind of inflection point in the industry; this was when construction projects became noticeably worse and when the long-term implications could no longer be ignored. One of the most cited studies of the U.S.’s declining ability to build reviewed 180 transit megaprojects across the country, revealing that today, U.S. projects take longer to complete and cost nearly 50 percent more on average than those in Europe and Canada. ---This lack of in-house institutional expertise leads to bad decision-making. Bent Flyvbjerg, a professor at Oxford University who has written extensively about megaprojects summarized the problem when asked about California’s HSR project: “If you depend on consultants to know what you are doing then you are in real trouble…a good balance is where the owners are not outsourcing all the knowledge. A bad balance guarantees a bad outcome.” --- How did Madrid accomplish this? It used simple modular designs for each station and did not use any new construction techniques, novel engineering designs, or train technology. When tunneling segments, instead of using one TBM as is typical, it deployed up to six at a time—a number previously unheard of. Most importantly, Madrid ran its construction crews 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and achieved consistent worker productivity gains. Reducing complexity and repeatedly building the same simplified design made iterative improvements possible.

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What a fantastic picture of an elusive snow leopard in Ladakh, probably reacting to the shutter sound of the camera trap.

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New: #1 period tracking app on App Store says it may simply hand over data to cops without a warrant. Stardust has gained momentum by pitching itself as a privacy period app. But its policy says it may give cops data "whether or not legally required"

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https://old.reddit.com/r/Python/comments/vdfsel/upcoming_changes_in_python_311/ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=31888624 https://old.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/vll5n2/whats_new_in_python_311/

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I knew Congress could change the size of the Supreme Court. However, I only just learned from the excellent @jbouie’s @nytimes newsletter that Congress also has the power to place all kinds of targeted constraints and restrictions on the Court. Good piece.

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As @Hegemommy just pointed out to me, Clarence Thomas wants to overturn NY v. Sullivan. He wants to kill the actual malice test so orgs like Southern Poverty Law Center can't label hate groups "hate groups." The Court wants to protect fascists. #TeamLegal

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The U.S. seems to suffer from chronic Nothing Works Syndrome.

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Nondisabled people: Laws allowing forced sterilization against disabled people exist in 31 states plus Washington, D.C.  My state, Iowa, passed a sterilization law in 2019 Some disabled people haven’t had reproductive rights, do not forget @nwlc here:

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This 1982 replicant hunting classic remains the benchmark for everything that came after

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This story from NPR highlights the degree of mismanagement. It looks like we’ve tested 300 to 1000 individuals. That’s it. Nationwide.

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“We’re talking, and all of a sudden an employee came out of nowhere and open-handedly slapped [Rudy Giuliani] in the back and said, ‘Hey, what’s up scumbag?”

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Sotomayor's opinion in Concepcion is a major victory for federal defendants, and the split is extremely unusual: Gorsuch and Thomas joined the three liberals in the majority, while the remaining conservatives dissented.

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