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Revolut Adds ATOM, ALGO and 6 Other Assets as Users Demand Additional Crypto Offerings

Coinspeaker Revolut Adds ATOM, ALGO and 6 Other Assets as Users Demand Additional Crypto Offerings Revolut, a UK-based fintech company providing alternative banking services and listing crypto assets has announced its latest decision to add more digital assets to its current crypto offerings. Now the company states that the decision is in response to the demand of customers for more tokens to be added. The addition of these 8 tokens...

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Radar trends to watch: June 2021

The most fascinating idea this month is POET, a self-enclosed system in which bots that are part of the system overcome obstacles that are generated by the system. It’s a learning feedback loop that might conceivably be a route to much more powerful AI, if not general intelligence. It’s also worth noting the large number of entries under security. Of course, security is a field lots of people talk about, but nobody ends up doing...

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Computing the number of digits of an integer quickly

Suppose I give you an integer. How many decimal digits would you need to write it out? The number ‘100’ takes 3 digits whereas the number ’99’ requires only two. You are effectively trying to compute the integer logarithm in base 10 of the number. I say ‘integer logarithm’ because you need to round up to the nearest integer. Computers represent numbers in binary form, so it is easy to count the logarithm in base two. In C...

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All models are wrong

All models are wrong, but some are useful is a common saying in statistics. It does not merely apply to statistics, however. It is general observation. Box (1976) wrote an  influential article on the topic. He says that you make progress by successively making models followed by experiments, followed by more models, and then more experiments. And so forth. Importantly, a more sophisticated model might be worse and lead to...

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The benefits of locality in random access

Modern computers have several layers of memory, from fast cache (sometimes called L1) all the way to main memory (RAM). A lot of performance-critical code relies on what programmers call random access. Random access is somewhat of a misnomer since programmers do not really mean that they access memory at random. Rather they mean that they access memory by an address or an index. A better term might be direct access. Let us consider an...

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Radar trends to watch: May 2021

We’ll start with a moment of silence. RIP Dan Kaminski, master hacker, teacher, FOO, and a great showman who could make some of the more arcane corners of security fun.  And one of the few people who could legitimately claim to have saved the internet. AI Snorkel is making progress automating the labeling process for training data. They are building no-code tools to help subject matter experts direct the training process, and then...

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Science and Technology links (May 1st 2021)

Growing your own food could lower your carbon footprint by 3-5%. In recent years, we have acquired the ability to measure biological age: your chronological age does not necessarily match your biological since some people age faster. We measure biological aging with gene expression. Researchers found that an eight-week program of diet, exercise, and meditation could reduce biological age by two years. The study was small and...