December Links

Anders Sandberg on Whole Brain Emulation.
Anders Sandberg on Chess

An interesting point made by Maslov is that the branching ratios of the game tree seems to approach the distribution 2/(pi sqrt(1-r^2)), which has a peak close to 1 – most positions have very few likely subsequent positions. This may be due to the database used mainly contains games by skilful players, who do their best to move the game into situations where the opponent has few choices. So if he is right, here is a signature of intelligence in the game tree statistics.

Eric S Raymond on the CRU Climate Hack 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Now we learn that the CRU has admitted to throwing away the primary data on which their climate models were based. I quote: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”

Eric S Raymond on parsing (x|h)tml
Ben Casnocha: Let’s Just Add Some Virality
Ted Talk: Talks Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man via Wehr in the World
Seth Roberts: Three Things Elizabeth Kolbert Doesn’t Know
Ben Casnocha: Success on the Side
Bob Sutton: Selecting Talent: The Upshot from 85 Years of Research
Alain de Botton: A Religion for Atheists via Ben Casnocha
Paul Berberian: Picking a Business
Kalid: A BetterExplained Guide to Calculus
Michael F Martin: Do Animals Cooperate with Non-kin
Michael F Martin: Rolfe Winkler Looks Like a Major New Blogging Talent
Michael F Martin: How Persuasive are You?
Michael F Martin: Functionalism and Systems Theory and the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Review of American Needle
Michael F Martin: The New Economics by W. Edwards Deming
Michael F Martin: Reflexivity Goes Deeper than Soros Himself Seems to Realize
Haseeb: Story of Isildur1 (very good read)
Thorfinn: What a Free Market in Healthcare Looks Like
Charlie Stross: Designing society for posterity
Kevin Marks: Baron Mandelson and Magna Carta
Kevin Marks: How Twitter works in theory
Michael Pettis: Lecturing each other on trade
Mark Wethman: Twilight of Secular Europe? Maybe, maybe not.
Joe Hewitt: On Middlemen
James Hamilton: Yes the future deficits are worrisome
Kevin Meyer: Team Science
Bill Waddell: Throwing in the Towel
Brad Feld: Board Meeting Lessons from the Supreme Court
Andrew Chen: Product Design Debt Versus Technical Debt
Andrew Chen: Facebook Viral Marketing: When and WHy do Apps “Jump the Shark?”
Rabiz Khan: The Short Sellers of Philanthropy
Steve Hsu: IQ, Compression and Simple Models via Rabiz Khan
Denis Mangan: The Most Read Paper in Social Science over the Last Year (direct link)
Steve Blank: Times Square Strategy Session – Web Startups and Customer Development
Steve Blank: Relentless – The Difference Between Motion And Action
Aaron Schwartz: How I Hire Programmers
The Social Pathologist: I Live in Bedford Falls


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