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Overview of the TREC 2019 deep learning track. (arXiv:2003.07820v1 [cs.IR]) arxiv.org/abs/2003.07820

bandcamp is waiving its revenue share this friday, March 20

if you want to support artists/labels, they will get the full amount of any and all sales on that day

daily.bandcamp.com/features/ba

Important opinion piece by esteemed colleague researcher with the right background to make claims.

My take: stick to social distancing, but run those tests on true random samples, we need this data to base our decisions upon, a few weeks down the road! We can only organize to do this now.

statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fias

A friend's totally valid posts got blocked.

We now know why:

"Facebook sent home its content moderators this week and announced it would be relying more on its artificial intelligence systems, warning it could make “more mistakes”."

Smart tech is not that smart, but relies on pools of human workers.

We will see the true face of AI and state of natural language understanding now!

Thuiswerk voor de kids dag 1: stress! De jongste weet niet wat hij wil doen, de oudste moet huilen omdat hij een vraag van het thuis-leerwerk niet begrijpt.

Ben benieuwd hoe dit de komende weken verder loopt...

F-Droid is a repository of Android applications. They care a lot about my freedom, f.ex. by building reproducibly and flagging apps with a non-free smell as having "features you may not like". That's very considerate. Thank you F-Droid maintainers!

We have covid-19 crisis, climate crisis, but let us also not lose track of the privacy crisis.

Here's a relevant link for all those switching to Zoom for many tasks - be aware:
mashable.com/article/zoom-conf

INXS by The National

Appears on Songs for Australia, album coordinated by Julia Stone to help Oz recover after the fires.

open.spotify.com/track/2OsSKHF

Is this really the first step toward a medicine that works? Dutch team claims to have found an antibody to kill Covid19!

biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/20

(quietly assuming that the people who keep the server farms running are still going in to work)

Testing REL (Radboud Entity Linker) with Billy Joel's "We didn't start the fire!"

github.com/informagi/REL/

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make idf.social 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.