Links 12/3/14

Links for you. Science:

Meanwhile in Africa, crows are riding on the backs of eagles
Our planet may be on the verge of its sixth mass extinction
Notes on the Floating Crap Game (Economics Inside Baseball)
Forget the Turing test. This is a better way to measure artificial intelligence.
James Watson Throws a Fit: The disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.


We Were Had (excellent)
After Ferguson, can we change how American police react to potential threats? (excellent)
On Ferguson. My Very Limited Thoughts.
An Open Letter to Black Men
How racial discrimination in law enforcement actually works
America, 2014
Is “kill or be killed” replacing “to protect and to serve”? (yes, along with the idea that professional spies are trustworthy)
Why the Supreme Court should be the biggest issue of the 2016 campaign
Sex Talk Realness: What It’s Really Like to Be a Sex Worker
Bad Memories Down South
Ferguson: 5 Points We Need to Understand
Don’t blame liberals for Elizabeth Lauten, the Obama daughters scold, resigning
Metro wants more money; without it, officials say, rail service might be cut back
Marion Barry’s Washington: Snapshots of the city the former mayor left behind

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6 Responses to Links 12/3/14

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Don’t blame liberals for Elizabeth Lauten, the Obama daughters scold, resigning

    What a terribly written headline. The Obama daughters are resigning? How do you resign as someone’s offspring?

  2. jurassicpork says:

    Thanks for the linkie love, Mike. Didn’t notice the bump in traffic until today. It’s funny how that same post got trolled by some sneering assclown who called it a “word salad” (that’s Sarah Palin he’s thinking of). I set him straight and informed him that same post will be front-paged by Monkeyfister at Crooks and Liars.

  3. David J. Littleboy says:

    Grumble. Turing didn’t ask a computer to “fool more than 30%” of people that it was human, he asked computers to do a good job of being a man trying to fool you into thinking he was a woman. The machine was to be judged not by whether the judges thought that it was human or not, but by fooling the judges as well as a normal man would. Grumble. It’d be nice if even one person* who wrote about computers and AI actually read the paper and thought about it a bit before blathering on. Sigh. You’d think that in this day and age people would remember that Turing was a persecuted gay at the time he wrote that paper. But you’d be wrong.

    *: OK, one person did. Roger Schank wrote a memo at the Yale AI lab to this effect back in the 80s.

  4. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Boston fun facts
    from Tom the Dancing Bug

  5. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Crimea is Russia’s Temple Mount, Putin says

    Citing tradition that the peninsula was the site where Russians accepted Christianity in the 10th century, Putin said Crimea had “an enormous civilizational and sacral significance. The same as the Temple on the Mount in Jerusalem for those people who worship Islam or Judaism,” according to a Buzzfeed translation.

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