The League of Entropy Is Making Randomness Truly Random

With it came a random number generator designed by renowned computer scientist Alan Turing. One of the first uses of Ferranti Mark 1’s built-in random number generator was to write random love letters. Yet even complex machines find it difficult to produce a seemingly simple random number. “So it can’t be perfectly random because something random isn’t supposed to be predictable or reproducible.”To get a truly random number, you’ll need a high-entropy source. When a random value is requested from the league, its network of beacons go through these phases before generating the value.

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General Balanced Trees (1999) [pdf]

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Ruffle – An Adobe Flash Player Written in Rust Compiled to WebAssembly

website | demoRuffleRuffle is an Adobe Flash Player emulator written in the Rust programming language. Ruffle targets both the desktop and the web using WebAssembly. Project statusRuffle is in the proof-of-concept stage and can currently run early Flash animations. BuildingFollow the official guide to install Rust for your platform. ContributionUnless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.

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São Paulo Uncovered by Outdoor Advertising Ban – 99% Invisible

When São Paulo introduced its Clean City Law (Lei Cidade Limpa) a decade ago, over 15,000 marketing billboards were taken down. Most citizens were fans of the initiative, including local reporter Vinicius Galvao, who writes for the Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper. Passing the Clean City Law did uncover a number of things no one expected, for better and worse. The Clean City law also forced building owners and businesses to confront unpainted and unattractive architecture, reconsidering their visual presence in shared civic spaces. This move to reduce advertising in public spaces is not unique to São Paulo, though other cities rarely take it so far.

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Psychology vs. the Graphics Pipeline (2017)

I often come across phrases in psychology papers like:This is interesting because most modern monitors cannot display an image for exactly 40ms. At the typical refresh rate of 60hz you can display an image for 33ms or 50ms, but not 40ms. I recorded the experiment running on an IPS monitor with a 240fps camera, because that’s what I had to hand. First thing to note is that the image doesn’t appear and disappear sharply - instead it fades in and fades out. The number of partially visible frames is fairly consistent at around 16 frames / 67ms.

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The Grand C++ Error Explosion Competition

After much deliberation, the winners of the Grand C++ Error Explosion Competition are finally selected. The winners of the first category are those submissions that produced the largest error with the smallest amount of source code. Biggest error, category AnythingName: Turtles all the way down Author: Ed Hanway Multiplier: 5.9 billionThis entry is the best implementation of the most common pattern, the double include self. Here’s what it looks like:#include ".//.//.//.//jeh.cpp" #include "jeh.cpp" `This implementation produced almost six times the amount of error messages of the second best entry of the same type. Biggest error, Category PlainName: y u no backreference?

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Two brothers invented an alphabet for their native language, Fulfulde

We didn’t know how much work it would be,” said Abdoulaye Barry, now 39 and living in Portland, Oregon. The Barry brothers’ father, Isshaga Barry, who knew Arabic, would decipher letters for friends and family who brought them to the house. The brothers’ script found a champion in Glass, who had developed Windows keyboards for several languages and worked on supporting various writing systems in Microsoft technology. Glass told others at Microsoft about ADLaM and helped connect the Barry brothers to the right people at the company. Judy Safran-Aasen, a program manager for Microsoft’s Windows design group, also saw the importance of incorporating ADLaM into Microsoft products.

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How Life Sciences Work

How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long InvestigationSummary: academia has a lot of problems and it could work much better. After a year of studying how life science research actually works and progresses, I’m way more optimistic about it. If you’re smart and driven, you’ll find your way inThere are many labs in biology that have good funding and open and risk-loving PIs. Previously, I wrote Reviving Patronage and Revolutionary Industrial ResearchIf you’re interested in making life sciences work better, get in touch – alexey@guzey.com. CitationIn academic work, please cite this essay as:Guzey, Alexey, “How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation”, Guzey.com (2019-08), available at https://guzey.com/how-life-sciences-actually-workAppendixCorrectionsA previous version of this essay quoted Cosma Shalizi on peer review (a).

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Microsoft Has First Major Impact on Chrome

Thanks to the open-source nature of Chromium, Microsoft has had its first major and positive impact on Chrome, Google’s web browser. Thanks to a feature request from Microsoft, Google will issue a change to Chromium, the open-source project by which Google makes Chrome, that significantly improves battery life. Since media consumption is a high-usage scenario, this extra power usage has a negative impact on battery life. This change will prevent the caching of certain media content to disk for the purpose of improving device battery life for users.”And Microsoft knows battery life. And then it would publicize the results, in which classic Edge routinely outperformed the battery life in Chrome and other browsers.

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The Completely Reasonable Reason People Are Flying with Mini Horses

For many people, their most memorable encounter with a miniature horse might have been seeing Li’l Sebastian on the TV show “Parks and Recreation” or visiting a petting zoo. As a sort of mini horse ambassador, Ms. Ramouni feels pressure to ensure Cali doesn’t stink up a plane. On the way down, Ms. Ramouni gives Cali ice to chew for the pressure. She doesn’t like to fly too often — or for too long — because she knows that flying is hard on horses, small and large. Ms. Ramouni said she was hopeful that the new regulations would encourage other people to fly with their guide horses and, in doing so, would help make a case for guide horses over guide dogs.

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