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How can I implement thee, low pass filter, let me count the ways.

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8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance

disquietingtruths:

  1. Student-Loan Debt.
  2. Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance.
  3. Schools That Educate for Compliance and Not for Democracy.
  4. No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top.”
  5. Shaming Young People Who Take EducationBut Not Their SchoolingSeriously.
  6. The Normalization of Surveillance.
  7. Television.
  8. Fundamentalist Religion and Fundamentalist Consumerism.

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  • Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.

  • You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.

  • You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.

  • You want to focus on the system instead of objects.

  • You want to have good compasses not maps.

  • You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.

  • It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.

  • It’s the crowd instead of experts.

  • It’s a focus on learning instead of education.

Joi Ito via Wired

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Only time will tell if C is the right abstraction for the future, since it was designed for a sequential execution model rooted in Von Neumann architectures and existing design trends suggest increasingly heterogeneous and parallel architectures.

FPGA Programming for the Masses

David F. Bacon, Rodric Rabbah, Sunil Shukla, T.J. Watson Research Center

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WTF77

Fun fact: almost all commonly used scientific computing toolkits are written in Fortran77. A partial list includes….

  • FFTPACK - the (fast) Fourier transform engine used by the NumPy and SciPy projects
  • SLICOT - the control and/or systems library used by MATLAB’s Controls toolkit and Octave
  • LAPACK - the linear algebra toolkit used by NumPy, Octave, and MATLAB
  • ODEPACK - the ordinary differential equation solver / toolket used by Moby, SciPy, and Octave
  • BLAS - basic linear algebra library used by scipy
  • PROPACK - an advanced linear algebra system for executing singular value decomposition on structured matricies.
  • ARPACK - an advanced linear algebra system for large eigenvalue problems.
  • SVDPACK - a set of iterative solvers for sparse singular value decompositions.
  • DIERCKX - the smoothing spline library used by SciPy.
  • QUADPACK - library for integration of equations with one variable, with use supported by Octave and SciPy.
  • ODRPACK - library for orthogonal distance regression style curve fitting, used by SciPy and NumPy
  • MINPACK - least squares error minimization library, used by SciPy

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The Chymists are a strange Class of Mortals, impelled by an incomprehensible Impulse to take their Pleasure amid Smoke and Vapour, Fume and Flame, Poison and Poverty ? Yet among all these Evils, I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I would change places with the Persian King!
Johann Beccher
Physica Subterranea, 1703

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