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toto video sa deťom páčilo:

pomôžte nám nazbierať dáta o preklepoch pre neurónovú sieť: minútovka

k neurónkam ešte artbreeder 

ako predýchať šestonedelie

Keď mal Hugo tri týždne, sedela som na posteli, plakala od bolesti, únavy, samoty a pocitu márnosti. Prikladala som dieťa k svojmu boľavému prsníku s ragádami na bradavkách, ruky zatínala v päste, nohou búchala do zeme a – zapla diktafón.

Po stlačení tlačidla STOP som tú nahrávku až do dnešného dňa nepočula. Počúvam svoj zmenený hlas prelínajúci sa s Hugovým mrnkaním a premýšľam, či opäť plakať s mojím ja spred niekoľkých mesiacov, alebo sa smiať a jasať, že je to dávno za nami. Rozhodnutie je však jasné. Prepísať tých pár minút bolesti, strachu a zúfalstva a posunúť ďalej. Tak autenticky, ako sa len dá.

I Found the Outer Limits of My Pro-choice Beliefs

I was almost not brave enough to write this piece. In the United States, there are only two sides to abortion, and there is outrage on both. Anti-abortion activists will say that I’m a murderer, or an accessory to murder, because of the work I do.

I also hesitated for the opposite reason: Any time a pro-abortion-rights provider admits to any doubts, her ambivalence may be used to limit abortion care. One expert I interviewed for this piece said, “If you write how hard it is to counsel about abortions, please know this: Somewhere, someone will use that to stop women from getting the procedures that they need.” After that, I couldn’t write for weeks.

If Sapiens were a blog post

Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover

Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová: RTVS je pre mňa stále bolestivou témou a ešte jeden rozhovor s ňou, na feministické témy 

Možno to bude znieť hlúpo, ale pre mňa je feminizmus tak veľmi prirodzený, že skôr naopak, nechápem, že niekto nie je feminista alebo feministka. A ak nie je, zrejme je to len preto, že o tom málo vie.

Ja mám tú výhodu, že nie som v podriadenej pozícii napríklad s politikmi a na konci dňa mám v reportáži alebo v diskusii nad nimi istú moc, ktorú bežne ženy napríklad v asistentských pozíciách nemajú. Preto si myslím, že mám až povinnosť o tom viac hovoriť, pretože ma za to nikto nevyhodí ani nepotrestá. Komplimenty v práci sú pre mňa neprijateľné, sú na to úplne iné platformy – napríklad, ak ma osloví muž v bare, je to ok. To je miesto, kde to pokojne niekto urobiť môže. Ale v práci? Prečo? Prečo by ma malo zaujímať, čo si môj šéf myslí dnes o mojej sukni? Veď nech si to pomyslí, ale neobťažuje ma s tým.

The World War II Diet That Saved Britain

As Hitler planned to starve the Brits to death, one man was given total power to design their menu. It produced the healthiest generation in history and has lessons for today.

Letno-búrkové surfovanie

Plán bol, že dnes ráno sa vyvezieme do Snilovského sedla, prejdeme po hrebeni, prespíme na Chate pod Suchým a zajtra zídeme do Strečna. Ráno lialo. Keď som vstala, začalo hrmieť, predpoveď nevyzerala o nič lepšie… tak sme výlet smutne zrušili a lenivo sa povaľovali doma. Skúsime inokedy.

fotky a zážitky z iného výletu   

Niekto odrezal soche na Javorine ruky. Našli ich kúsok ďalej v kroví. Za takéto niečo by som už nedávala ani pokuty. Iba palicou vytrieskať po zadku a vlastnoručne opraviť. 

skip the small talk

tri a pol percenta

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.

fotky Jordana Hammonda – Sú upravované. Ale aj keď si odmyslím tie úpravy, tak sú parádne…

Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules

Slnovratové surfovanie

Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets

The Winners Of The National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Psychology and the Good Life

An AI Completes an Unfinished Composition 115 Years After Composer’s Death

This November, the Prague Philharmonic will perform the third and final movement of “From the Future World,” an AI-completed composition based on an unfinished piano piece by the famous composer Antonín Dvořák, 115 years after his death.

In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the notion of a “bit” and laid the foundation for the information age. His ideas ripple through nearly every aspect of modern life, influencing such diverse fields as communication, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cosmology, linguistics, and genetics.

Limiting Your Child’s Fire Time: A Guide for Concerned Paleolithic Parents

According to the most recent cave drawings, children nowadays are using fire more than ever before. And it’s no wonder: fire has many wonderful applications, such as cooking meat, warming the home, and warding off wild animals in the night. We adult Homo erectus, with our enlarged brains and experience of pre-fire days, can moderate our use, but our children—some of whom never lived during a time when you couldn’tsimply strike two rocks together for an hour over a pile of dried grass to eventually produce a spark that, with gentle coaxing, might grow into a roaring flame—can have difficulty self-monitoring their interactions with fire.

Prvomájové surfovanie

Podávam trestné oznámenie na Najväčšieho Slováka (táto show je problematická z veľa dôvodov, Natália Blahová píše o jednom z nich)

This Conversation Between A Passenger And An Airline Should Absolutely Terrify You

I just boarded an international @JetBlue flight. Instead of scanning my boarding pass or handing over my passport, I looked into a camera before being allowed down the jet bridge. Did facial recognition replace boarding passes, unbeknownst to me? Did I consent to this?

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Sometimes they hear recordings they find upsetting, or possibly criminal. Two of the workers said they picked up what they believe was a sexual assault. When something like that happens, they may share the experience in the internal chat room as a way of relieving stress. Amazon says it has procedures in place for workers to follow when they hear something distressing, but two Romania-based employees said that, after requesting guidance for such cases, they were told it wasn’t Amazon’s job to interfere.

“We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously,” an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Prestaňte sa pýtať, kde sme boli doteraz

V depresii, ďakujem za opýtanie.

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Seven ways the world is not designed for women

The results were consistent and rather worrying. As women’s breast sizes grew, their participation in physical activity declined, particularly if that exercise was vigorous. Few very-large-breasted women jogged, for example.

Viagra Might Relieve Period Cramps, but Male Pharmaceutical Execs Don’t Care

When Viagra — sildenafil citrate — was tested initially as heart medication, its well-known properties for men were discovered. “Hallelujah,” said Big Pharma, and research ceased. However, in subsequent tests the same drug was found to offer total relief for serious period pain over four hours. This didn’t impress the male review panel, who refused further funding, remarking that cramps were not a public health priority. (Zvýraznenie moje) 

Päť argumentov proti plošnému rušeniu malých pôrodníc

Iniciatíva Baby Friendly Hospital: po 25 rokoch stále na začiatku

Despite what you may think, Mercury is on average the closest planet to Earth

The country has doubled its forest cover in the last 30 years, after decades of deforestation, so that half of its land surface is now covered with trees.

Plastic pollution: One town smothered by 17,000 tonnes of rubbish

Malaysia has become one of the world’s biggest plastic importers, taking in rubbish the rest of the world doesn’t want.

Ako som v Singapure objavil skutočnú konkurenciu pre liberálnu demokraciu

No, data is not the new oil

Let’s consider this Coen brothers–esque thought experiment: Thanks to some eccentric, long-lost uncle, I inherit the Phoenix Beacon, a 50,000-ton, Panamanian-registered crude oil tanker. The thing is filled to the brim with petroleum and the captain awaits my orders. To realize my newfound wealth, I’d call refinery offloading ports and oil-futures brokers in Chicago. After much drama, I’d monetize my inheritance at the prevailing price for West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude, multiplied by the number of barrels in the ship (minus lots of fees).

Now, let’s consider a different inheritance: Amazon sends a delivery van to my home filled with hard drives containing all its sales and user browsing data for the past year. What do I do with it?

How personalized medicine is transforming your health care

The team also extracted a sampling of immune cells called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes and tested them to see which ones recognized her tumor’s genetic defects. The scientists reproduced the winning lymphocytes by the billions and infused them into Perkins, along with a checkpoint inhibitor, pembrolizumab. More than two years later, Perkins, a retired engineer from Florida, shows no signs of cancer.

How women photographers access worlds hidden from men

Underwater photographer of the year

This is what AI looks like (as sketched by AI)

The self-portrait raises questions about the nature of creativity and human expression.

The first step was conceptual. The AI read thousands of NYT articles to derive representative concepts. The winning concept was the notion of a robot shaking hands with a human.


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ako lepšie variť cestoviny

let’s talk rules of engagement. For every sauce, there’s a perfect shape, and there are some guidelines for the pairings: The chunkier the sauce, the stubbier the pasta (little ear-shaped orrechietti with sausage and broccoli). The thinner the sauce, the thinner the noodle (long and skinny capellini with garlic and butter). The thicker, the thicker (spaghetti carbonara).

The idea here is to cook the pasta for its final 2 minutes in the sauce, while adding more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to moisten the mixture as the noodles soak up the sauce. The starch from the pasta acts as an emulsifier, binding the water and fat together so the sauce coats the noodles properly. 

ako sme si blízki

Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online (ht Katka)

porozprávajme sa s knižkami: talk to books

People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

pri príležitosti 50teho výročia upálenia Jána Palacha HBO sprístupnilo prvý diel Horiaceho kra:

Science funding is a mess. Could grant lotteries make it better? (ht Ondro)

one Canadian peer review and approval process is more expensive than just fulfilling every single qualified grant

mravce stavajú most:

ešte z decembra: Nevážim si kolegov, ktorí nechávajú prejsť plagiáty, vysmievajú sa z mojej práce 

Nature’s 10

How to Deal with Difficult People on Software Projects (ht Andrej)

Here’s what scientists searched for in 2018: AI is up, stress is down

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Takto sa podporuje veda na Slovensku

Papier znesie všetko: návrh nových personálnych normatívov MZ SR

J. K. Jemisin: The evaluators: To trade with aliens, you must adapt

h/t Andrejovi:

What Does It Mean to ‘Speak as a Woman’?

He probably wouldn’t react in the same way if he were discussing a topic that touched on physics, and his interlocutor said, “As a physicist …” In that case, she has expertise that he is likely to recognize as conversationally relevant. Even if he knew she was a physicist before the conversation began, he might find it reasonable for her to preface some of her assertions with a reminder that she is speaking from a position of special knowledge.

Being a physicist gives a person a certain standing in conversations that have something to do with physics. So why shouldn’t being a woman give me a certain standing in conversations that have something to do with gender?

Dress for respect (Brazília)


Democracy of convenience, not of choice: why is Eastern Europe different

There are, in my opinion, two considerations that are almost never taken into account when the reluctance, or outright refusal, of East European countries to accept African and Asian migrants, many of them Islamic, is discussed.  They are the history of these countries over the past two centuries, and the nature of the 1989 revolutions.

skryté utrpenie žien – časť 1, časť 2, časť 3

Prečítate si rozprávanie ženy, ktorá po nástrihu hrádze (časť tela medzi vagínou a konečníkom) trpela niekoľko rokov, kým sa jej podarilo nájsť lekára ochotného pomôcť. Tento príbeh ilustruje, do akej miery môže narásť utrpenie, ak sa bolesť ženy zľahčuje a nepripisuje sa jej dostatočná vážnosť.

Chorvátske ženy: dosť bolo násilia pri pôrode

Pred pár dňami Ivana Ničević Lesandrić, členka chorvátskeho parlamentu, prejavila nesmiernu odvahu, keď pred celým parlamentom a ministrom zdravotníctva rozpovedala svoju osobnú skúsenosť s násilím pri pôrode. 

„Moje tehotenstvo skončilo potratom. V nemocnici mi uviazali ruky a nohy a začali robiť kyretáž bez akejkoľvek anestézy. Manuálne čistenie maternice prebiehalo bez akéhokoľvek tíšenia bolesti. Bolo to najmučivejších tridsať minút v mojom živote. Dokázala by som vám popísať každú sekundu, pretože to bolo najhroznejších tridsať minút. Tridsať minút potupy za každú jednu z tisícov žien, ktoré podpísali petíciu, aby tento spôsob „starostlivosti“ skončil raz a navždy.

Ako keby to bolo málo, že žena, ktorá práve stratila svoje dieťa, prežíva enormný emocionálny stres. Ako keby to nestačilo, musí byť dorazená ešte aj fyzicky na gynekologickom oddelení. Moja otázka je jasná – plánujete niekedy zmeniť tento stav? A kedy?”

Elektronické schránky – trest pre podnikateľov – treba čítať aj s diskusiou

The Moral Machine experiment (článok o článku) Myslím, že informatikom by sa zišla etika ako povinný predmet… Nie nejaké konkrétne svetonázory, ale ako príležitosť nad rôznymi otázkami rozmýšľať. A to nielen v life-or-death situáciách, ale aj v iných. Má aplikácia, ktorá niečo optimalizuje (napríklad navigácia, ktorá ma vedie cez zápchu), optimalizovať môj čas alebo celkový čas všetkých používateľov, alebo nejakej skupiny?

The Moral Machine took that idea to test nine different comparisons shown to polarize people: should a self-driving car prioritize humans over pets, passengers over pedestrians, more lives over fewer, women over men, young over old, fit over sickly, higher social status over lower, law-abiders over law-benders? And finally, should the car swerve (take action) or stay on course (inaction)?

how a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression

Chibanda … is one of just 12 psychiatrists practising in Zimbabwe – a country of over 16 million. Such grim statistics are typical in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the ratio of psychiatrists and psychologists to citizens is one for every 1.5 million.

Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

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in praise of mediocrity

But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.

If you’re a jogger, it is no longer enough to cruise around the block; you’re training for the next marathon. If you’re a painter, you are no longer passing a pleasant afternoon, just you, your watercolors and your water lilies; you are trying to land a gallery show or at least garner a respectable social media following. When your identity is linked to your hobby — you’re a yogi, a surfer, a rock climber — you’d better be good at it, or else who are you?

pendulum and marble

platiť sa dá aj osobnými údajmi

Zajtra ráno prednášam informatikom o konečných stavových automatoch a Turingových strojich. Pri tej príležitosti

It’s rare for a CS major to graduate without getting a healthy dose of NP-completeness and Turing machines, two beautiful areas of theory that would be enjoyable if they didn’t end up creating bad instincts. One biologist asked me to solve a problem in DNA sequence matching and I came back to him with the claim that it was NP-complete, a class of problems that can take a very long time to solve. He didn’t care. He needed to solve it anyway. And it turns out that most NP-complete problems are pretty easy to solve most of the time. There are just a few pathological instances that gum up our algorithms. But theoreticians are obsessed with the thin set that confound the simple algorithms, despite being rarely observed in everyday life.

The same problem happens with Turing machines. Dutiful CS students learn nihilistic results like Rice’s Theorem, which shows that we really can’t analyze computer algorithms at all. But Turing machines are a pretty bad model for how our regular machines operate and it’s often very easy to create software that does smart things with our code. Any CS major who doesn’t take these theoretical results with a healthy dose of salt risks giving up when a perfectly usable answer is close at hand.

Visualizing street orientations on an interactive map … tu sú niektoré svetové mestá a tu je Žilina:

improve in foreign languages by reading books in parallel

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