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[It is possible that] the human mind (in the realm of pure mathematics) is equivalent to a finite machine that, however, is unable to understand completely its own functioning.

(Gödel 1995, pp. 309)

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There’s also an MIT OpenCourseWare for Gödel, Escher, Bach.

Hacker School banning “feigned surprise” is absolutely brilliant

The biggest insight I’ve had as a programmer is just how often other programmers are portraying false confidence. My natural approach to problem-solving is Socratic, feeling out different ideas and taking small, well-supported steps. Compare and contrast that with making gigantic pronouncements full of bravado. Writing software is inherently an exercise in managing complexity, which is best done with caution.

The best developers I’ve worked with were willing to admit when they didn’t know something. Of course they could learn quickly. If you meet an arrogant developer who pretends to know everything, be careful. To them, their ego is more important than your software. An insecure person who mixes up their self-worth with their programming ability can be very unpleasant to work with. Sadly, some workplaces and development teams reward bombastic claims made with absolute certainty, even on complex topics.

If you have ability and a strong work ethic, people will notice. You will learn a lot from their reaction. If they react by treating with you with respect, they have strong character. If they react by taking every opportunity to belittle and undermine you, they perceive you as a threat to them. If you aren’t prone to petty jealousy and spiteful thinking, it will be difficult to empathize with people who are. Sadly, you must handle these threats. Declaring yourself “above it all” only makes you an easy target, especially once you gain more responsiblity and therefore power.

“Feigned surprise” (when someone gasps and says something like: “you don’t even know about monads?”) is a method of belittling someone and lording your superiority over them. Every organization says about itself, “we don’t have any rude, unpleasant people here. We’re different!” And during the interview process those people are hidden away. Usually you can only find out the truth by actually working there. But by banning feigned surprise, Hacker School strikes a real blow against unplesant, unproductive behavior, and drives away toxic people. That is a strong signal that Hacker School is the sort of place where someone can program and collaborate in a peaceful atmosphere, and therefore accomplish a great deal.

by Dennis Cahillanebrooklynoptimist.com

WHY NOT TO ENGAGE IN STANDARD DEBATES/FOLLOW NEWS

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This graph shows the relative role of independent factors in a system, with among, say 30 identifiable factors, 97% of the variations can be attributed to the first 2 factors (a system with “fat tails” will be even more concentrated with 99.999% coming from one single factor). The remaining 28 factors are chickens**t. The graph presents a statistical view of the “less is more” argument, and why one should not follow the news for, in a given month, “low loads” represent 99.99% of the conversation and .01% of the contribution.

If you are right on factor 1 (& possibly 2), the rest is irrelevant. But the problem is that those trained in debate will drag you into factors 3 through 99, just to distract from the core issue.

I have decided to avoid Cambridge and Oxford Union debates, those discussion with people trained in argument by debating societies. The Oxbridge system of “covering all sides of an issue” drives you to the irrelevant and drowns your Factor 1 argument. If you do things right you should have “only one argument”, which clashes with this culture.

(This graph also explains in statistical terms the “lady complains too much”, or why a “balanced” view presenting drawbacks is everything but balanced.)

telemetrix.al, te dhena mbi shikueshmerine televizive.

telemetrix.al publikon te dhena mbi shikueshmerine e TV-ve shqiptare (holy grail i bizneseve qe duan te target-ojne me teper audience me më pak kosto). Aktualisht, faqja ka te publikuar te dhena per Big Brother Albania 7, dhe teasera te tjere ne News & Teasers. Enjoy!

 

Sublime-Translator, translate while you’re typing.

Since I love and (ab)use 24/7 the Sublime Text editor, I wrote SublimeTranslator, a simple plugin to quickly translate text in any language using Google. If you’re not using Sublime Text yet, you’re missing out a lot.

Here’s how the plugin works: write anything you want to translate, be it a word or a sentence, then enter a language code (en, fr, es, it, sq, etc) to translate text into that language, and then press the CTRL + SHIFT + l shortcut, and the text you just typed will translate into that language.

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If you want to use it, here’s the plugin’s page.

Marketdata.al, portali me i ri i te dhenave ne tregun shqiptar.

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Marketdata.al, nje projekt i USAID dhe IDRA Research and Consulting, eshte nje faqe e re shqiptare qe synon centralizimin e gjithe te dhenave ne tregun shqiptar dhe aksesimin e tyre ne menyre te shpejte, te thjeshte dhe interaktive.

 

Nder te tjera faqja ofron: kerkim intuitiv te indikatoreve te ndryshem, te dhena ne forme tabelare (dhe XLS), grafike bar charts (qe mund te downloadohen), krahasim dhe shfaqje indikatoresh, dhe te dhena GIS qe i mungojne se tepermi tregut shqiptar. Faqja eshte ne versionin beta dhe azhornohet rregullisht.

Regjistrimi ne faqe eshte falas.

Disa screenshots:

Te dhena mbi termetet, i fokusuar termeti qe ndodhi ne qytetin e durresin me 20 Janar 2014.

Te dhena mbi termetet, i fokusuar termeti qe ndodhi ne qytetin e durresin me 20 Janar 2014.

 

Te dhena mbi prodhimin e qumeshtit.

Shfaqje interaktiv te grafikut, me indikatoret dhe vitet e perzgjedhur nga pedoruesi ne fushen e kerkimit.

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Nderkohe ne Elbasan (sot)

foto: Edi Piqoni

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Chomsky On Postmodernism

“There are lots of things I don’t understand — say, the latest debates over whether neutrinos have mass or the way that Fermat’s last theorem was (apparently) proven recently. But from 50 years in this game, I have learned two things: (1) I can ask friends who work in these areas to explain it to me at a level that I can understand, and they can do so, without particular difficulty; (2) if I’m interested, I can proceed to learn more so that I will come to understand it. Now Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, Kristeva, etc. — even Foucault, whom I knew and liked, and who was somewhat different from the rest — write things that I also don’t understand, but (1) and (2) don’t hold: no one who says they do understand can explain it to me and I haven’t a clue as to how to proceed to overcome my failures. That leaves one of two possibilities: (a) some new advance in intellectual life has been made, perhaps some sudden genetic mutation, which has created a form of ‘theory’ that is beyond quantum theory, topology, etc., in depth and profundity; or (b) … I won’t spell it out.” – Chomsky

A Spherical Joke

Milk production at a dairy farm was low, so the farmer wrote to the local university, asking for help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, headed by a theoretical physicist, and two weeks of intensive on-site investigation took place. The scholars then returned to the university, notebooks crammed with data, where the task of writing the report was left to the team leader. Shortly thereafter the physicist returned to the farm, saying to the farmer “I have the solution, but it only works in the case of spherical cows in a vacuum.”

More on the topic.

Tregime te Moçme Shqiptare {Mitrush Kuteli} [vizatime nga Gazmend Leka]

Kliko ne cilindo imazh per te filluar leximin. Burimi: MNVR.



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