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Looking for cheap reliable VPS service - any suggestions other than below, please just reply to the toot!

MdR (in het Nederlands / in Dutch) sust de zorgen over AI naar aanleiding van de documentaire iHuman op IDFA.

“The technology behind the internet is not incompatible with our rights, but the business model Facebook and Google have chosen is.”

Yep, that’s Amnesty International saying that.

Guido expects python in the browser "soon" through compilation to WASM

How python started. Claims Guido 😉

Take home msg: you cannot plan innovation. They were building Amoebe, a distributed O/S, but what had the huge impact one could never imagine was a side project - that only existed because Guido got bored writing utilities in C.

Python identation rules trace back to this paper, arguing for Readability as a programming language design criterium.
(Claims Lambert Meertens.)

Reminds me of Hemingway's "Easy reading is hard writing".

On my way to Amsterdam for CWI Lectures with Guido van Rossum (yes, that one) and several others, including Sape Mullender whose Distributed Operating Systems course got me into CS.

CfP MISDOOM 2020 - Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media


I would like to contribute by running an instance. Not by shipping money to Mr Wales!

I guess you have to choose!

Jaap Kamps from his ivory tower: Neural reranking is like using a T-Ford for most of the traveling, and a Ferrari for the last mile... Goal: Ferrari all the way; Means: make models sparse.

Coached Conversational Preference Elicitation: A Case Study in Understanding Movie Preferences

Filip Radlinski, Krisztian Balog, Bill Byrne, Karthik Krishnamoorthi

Nice story about Noble laureate Simon, modularity and watch making.

Some day I may manage to recollect how this came by in a discussion on coversational search...

I guess you have to choose!

Google Begins Testing Extension Manifest V3 Which Kills Adblockers. If you're still not using Firefox, now's the time to start.

Greetings from Dagstuhl Conversational Search workshop!

People who like graphs, here is the recent spike of activity thanks to India discovering Mastodon in the context of the last 6 months of

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.