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Omar Rizwan
the astonishing, unfailing Bell System
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Omar Rizwan 5h
Replying to @tophtucker
watching the trailer turns watching the movie into a different and fundamentally incommensurable experience, neither inferior nor superior. hate it
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Omar Rizwan 5h
"Regional Bell Operating Company"
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Xi Yang 7h
"Generally, Multics was more convenient to program on: we had long and short names for commands, Unix had only the short ones. Both were sharp knives, however, the Unix knife was delivered without a handle."
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sigfig 8h
in most dynamical systems knowing the future is straightforward but knowing the past is analytically and numerically intractable this probably doesnt mean very much but its fun to think about
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Omar Rizwan 9h
Replying to @rsnous
at least if I say something is 'understandable', you're immediately prompted to ask _who_ can understand it and how if I say something is 'transparent', well, that's supposedly just a property of the thing…
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Omar Rizwan 11h
Replying to @leezabuh
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Omar Rizwan 12h
Replying to @rsnous
I want a more active and less insular replacement for 'transparency', one which takes people into account, not just the system itself what is motivating people? what mental model do they have? what should the interface between the people and the system look like?
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Omar Rizwan 12h
the language of 'transparency' implies that you only need to think about the design of the system itself: just make the system 'transparent', and then people will automatically look at it and figure out what's going on
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Omar Rizwan 12h
reminds me of the old "Apps Hungarian" notation concept as opposed to the typical "Systems Hungarian" (machine datatypes) here, syntax highlighting, but for 'meaning' rather than 'part of speech'
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Omar Rizwan 13h
Replying to @probingofstate
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Omar Rizwan 14h
Replying to @djmacrofeels
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micah elizabeth scott 15h
it seems like so much of hardcore GNU-ism is based on this idea that somehow if we have all the source code for the operating system, 1) we can each understand and audit it all 2) that code completely describes the computer system's operation these are both very false, but..
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Michael J. Barany 20h
My mom was an industrial chemist and was once made to get security clearance so that (if I'm remembering the story correctly) the project's military sponsor could tell her a single data point she already knew, and thereby prevent her from talking about it.
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Bella Wang 21h
It always tickles me when people warn me that their data is messy or limited. I did my dissertation in international relations, home of the infamous Correlates of War dataset, so needless to say, nothing fazes me
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Omar Rizwan 20h
😮 "… the tool was presented in these terms by its supporters, in explicit opposition to Popperian epistemology, as descriptive exploratory analysis rather than causal analysis bolstered by a predetermined model."
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Justin Falcone 21h
Replying to @modernserf
William Blake's poetry describes how the ancient titan <div> was divided fourfold into these elements, and prophesies their unification at the dawn of a new era
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Justin Falcone 21h
the four classical elements are <header> <footer> <nav> and <section>
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Laurence Tratt 21h
Replying to @rsnous
We can get hung up on this, but it's worth noting that subsequent studies have found the effect to be *much* smaller (and the only software I know that had a big problem -- Jikes -- fixed it years ago). There are plenty of other things to be scared of when measuring though!
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