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vendredi 7 juin 2019, 22:02
In Energy and Policy Considerations for Deep Learning in NLP, three UMass Amherst computer science researchers investigate the carbon budget of training machine learning models for natural language processing, and come back with the eyepopping headline figure of 78,468lbs to ...
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In the 2000s, the pharma company Questcor started raising the price of Acthar, an off-patent, 1950s-era drug prescribed for seizures in babies; they raised the price more than 10,000%, from $40 in 2000 to $38,892 today. To get doctors to prescribe their price-gouging meds,...
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Ars Technica reports that a judge ordered Comcast to pay a $9.1 million fine and refund 50,000 customers it tricked into subscribing to a worthless 'protection plan.' Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Comcast in August 2016, accusing the nation's largest...
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Today, Apple is one of the largest, most profitable companies on Earth, but in the early 2000s, the company was fighting for its life. Microsoft's Windows operating system was ascendant, and Microsoft leveraged its dominance to ensure that every Windows user relied on its...
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Responding to Professor Sir Angus Deaton’s report into the causes of inequality, economics writer Chris Dillow provides an excellent list of eight ways in which unequal societies sacrifice overall economic growth and national prosperity to preserve the fortunes of their...
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Amazon's Ring doorbells are surveillance devices that conduct round-the-clock video surveillance of your neighborhood, automatically flagging 'suspicious' faces and bombarding you and your neighbors with alerts using an app called 'Neighbors'; it's a marriage of Amazon's...
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Finnish company Valkee sells the HumanCharger, a pair of $150 earbuds with integrated LEDs to shine light into your ears. Their claim: This revolutionary device is for your well-being and channels bright light directly to the light-sensitive regions of the brain, right...
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NASA announced today that the International Space Station is now open to private astronauts for commercial business and, yes, tourism. It ain't budget travel, that's for sure. Kenneth Chang writes in the New York Times: NASA is not selling space vacations directly, but...
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This excellent 1982 TV commercial for Mattel's Intellivision game console features a 'computerized' futuristic newscast that predates both Max Headroom's cyber-pisstake on the media and A-Ha's rotoscoped classic 'Take On Me!'
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Rot in jail for cruelty to animals, Florida man. QCountry 103.7: A 25-year-old Florida man is jailed in upstate New York after police say he crashed a stolen car and was found naked in a chicken coop after a seven-hour manhunt. Kirkwood is 57 miles southeast of Ithaca. ...
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'What is a swastika?' asked the fool who built a giant swastika in his El Sobrante, CA yard. The gentleman claims to not be an enthusiast of German National Socialism, nor does it sound like he can spell it. While his neighbors believe he is harmless, they also doubt his...
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Our friend Attaboy’s got a fun(gi) art happening in the works called “Game of Shrooms.” You can play, no matter where you are, and, no, it’s not a drug-related activity. You can make mushroom art, find mushroom art, or both! Artists from all over the world have...
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My friend John Law is a legend of San Francisco's underground with an incredible resume of culture jamming brilliance. In the 1970s, he was an integral part of the Suicide Club, a Dadaist group of urban explorers and adventurers that eventually led to Law's co-founding of...
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I woke up this morning wondering something I hadn't in years. Why was Linux' BogoMip bogus? I first installed Slackware Linux from a huge stack of 3.5' floppy disks. My life was changed. This was in the 1.0.X kernel days. I stopped dicking around with Linux as my desktop...
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It's debatable whether it's ok to wear sandals with socks but what about socks that look like you're wearing sandals? What's next, wearing sandal socks ($11/pair) with actual sandals? Whatever happens, can we please call these things 'Birkensocks'? (Pee-wee Herman)
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If it's good enough for Dick Clark, it's good enough for me. [via Reddit]
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Just a few years after his death, there are now postage stamps showcasing the colorful art of Ellsworth Kelly. The U.S. Postal Service released these Forever stamps at the end of May, and they feature ten of his pieces: “Yellow White” (1961), “Colors for a Large...
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It's been 24 years since Black Isle got to work on Baldur's Gate, the classic computer RPG that melded AD&D rules with realtime-ish gameplay to make something immersive to play and gorgeous to look at. Though often counted among the top PC games of all time, the series...
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Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, John Waters' new book, sounds like a demented must-have: It “serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy...
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What better joke about American policing could be made than demanding 'let me see your hands' of a deer?
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