My understanding:
1. Choose random initial expectation values and do Bayes on many datasets.
2. Calculate the diff against the initial expectation.
3. If the average diff is not zero the result shows either a tendency towards or against correlation.
It kinda makes sense in my head, but I'm very unfamiliar with the Bayes terminology used in the paper, so I might have made up some parts.

My god, the way I've treated people in my life thinking that there was responsibility at that juncture and we had no idea about that part of the brain, that hormone, that neurotransmitter, that gene, that childhood experience. My god, the damage that we have done.

Oh my god, the things we didn't know about then, the damage that we did thinking we understood behavior and that there was choice and responsibility and agency.
And that's not just gonna be scientists 300 years from now, almost certainly we're gonna last long enough to sit there and say: 17:08++
A cicumstance in which we feel now, that we're acting morally and rationally in holding somebody responsible for their actions, for punishing them, for killing them, for jailing them, for praising them, for giving them extra money, for telling them they're so smart and
wonderful and kind. At some point in the future there is a good chance that we're gonna sit there and look back at this and say:

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"I will slaughter you" - some emails penetrate even my thick open source maintainer skin. Like this threat.

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i… just understood the basic idea behind #zeroKnowledge proofs. and it actually makes sense 👀.

thank you, #numberphile!

(i linked the comment where i elaborated on it. the video itself left me a bit confused, but i narrowed the process down to something more concrete and then i got it.)

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Random thoughts: Let's say you want to do good in the world. (purposefully not specifying "good", may that be another discussion)
You find an opportunity, where you can do good, but it would be an anonymous contribution. Now you run into the problem, that you will never be able to quantify the results or your actions, and thus never know if you're actually doing good.
Would you assume the worst case, that your actions are entirely useless?

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Has anyone used .rpm-packages a lot and can share some experience?
I'm usually dealing with .deb-packages, and from what I found the features are almost 1-1 the same and differences are mostly based on configuration file formats (and with comes different tooling).
Even a features like delta-updates is supported by both formats (rpms [1], deb [2]), it seems the only difference is the default usage in distributions.


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Is information in itself a kind of violence?

How much knowledge can one acquire and still remain ethical?

Are sufficiently smart people by definition dangerous people, because their knowledge gives them power over others, which makes them an actual threat?

If you are actually a threat, is it justified for people to fear and distrust you for what you could do to them, rather than what you have done or might intend to do?

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RT @webfoundation
What steps can we take to make technology work better for users?

@EFF's new podcast miniseries, "How to Fix the Internet," explores the challenges facing the modern web & invites experts to discuss how we can chart a course toward a better future.

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Companies House, the British registrar of newly formed companies, has forced a firm to rename itself from


On the grounds that merely including the name of the company on a web-page (including the Companies House website) could trigger cross-site scripting attacks.


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The danger of such phrases: They are easily read and remembered. But what kind of plan or policy is behind? “Security through encryption and security despite encryption”

a *really* nice visualization of 4D space (quaternion stuff is merely a bonus):

Quote: "Imagine if someone could make a beloved (but unauthorized) third-party Facebook [...] client that [...] lets you talk to your [facebook] friends without being spied upon [...]. Now imagine that it gets shut down in a brutal legal battle. It’s always easier to convince people that something must be done to save a thing they love than it is to excite them about something that doesn’t even exist yet."

1. Is this idea technically possible?
2. Could it have the wanted sociological effect?

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Many years ago I stumbled across this amazing science fiction story while configuring a tor node:
Now Doctorow is back with non-fiction, trying to understand the reason behind a growing belief in conspiracy theories in "[...] a golden age of [...] readily available facts [...]":

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"I see Extinction Rebellion rebels as courageous people acting, in love, for life on planet Earth" _Dr. Gail Bradbrook

Finally, an interviewer that lets someone answer a question without some insipid interruption!

Decent, if not the best, coverage of the latest from #ExtinctionRebellion from Sky News (a subsidiary of Murdoch's empire)

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InfoSec Community within the Fediverse. Newbies, experts, gurus - Everyone is Welcome! Instance is supposed to be fast and secure.

We have a Getting Started Guide here: