^ an underappreciated feeling - I think this is what Steve Jobs meant by “Everything in life was made up by people no smarter than you.” It’s a tragedy that many extremely smart people convince themselves that there’s no way they can make an impact on something they truly care about (a concrete action you can take right now if you are in such a situation is to block a couple of hours of your time today or tomorrow and literally just think about this backwards from the goal, as described by Aaron Schwartz here).
A thread on tacit knowledge in science - the fact that you can’t replicate a study doesn’t mean it’s false (xscienceasaprocess):
Another good example: measurements of the quality factor of sapphire (basically, how good a lasing substance is it) differed by _orders of magnitude(!)_ between Russia and the West during the cold war.
At @kevinakwok ‘s suggestion, just recorded a 3 hours long oral history with my grandmother. Highly recommend it. So many things I ignored, many quite messed up; the kind that makes you grateful to live in more modern times. Wish we could have talked longer.
10:29 PM - 27 Dec 2018
^ concrete action: call your parents or grandparents, ask them if you can record their story and schedule a visit
@webdevMason Speaking on the general topic rather than any specific example, I think tech folks should remember that e.g. passive asset management only overtook active management after more than a generation, despite objectively clocking it for basically the entire interval.
Autocompletion with deep learning https://t.co/WenacHVj7z very cool! I tried related ideas a long while ago in days of char-rnn but it wasn't very useful at the time. With new toys (GPT-2) and more focus this may start to work quite well. https://t.co/XSV9O7yxpf
This is a compelling account of data leakage through dodgy but popular browser extensions. To do a small useful task -- like letting you easily zoom in a picture on a web page -- an extension will ask for full permissions to read and modify everything you see as you surf. ... https://t.co/ny1XCXFnLT
... Thousands of extensions ask for and get that access from users who have no reason to know that, say, the URLs they click on will be shared for "marketing" purposes, eventually finding their way to brokers like Nacho Analytics, who then sell the data to anyone who pays ...
It turns out a lot of private data ends up in a URL. Long, un-guessable URLs are ways of referring to private Google Drive or OneDrive docs. They contain record locators and passenger names for airline flights. And those extensions read it all and pass it along. https://t.co/cOZ2JHWeBm
6:15 PM - 18 Jul 2019
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