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Kosher search engine powered by 4 car batteries on a passively cooled server

Mission US | THIRTEEN Developed for use in middle and high school classrooms, Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Each mission consists of an interactive game and a set of curriculum materials that are aligned to national standards and feature document-based activities. The game immerses players in rich,…

Sweden: higher Covid-19 death rate while failing to collect on economic gains

Its decision to carry on in the face of the pandemic has yielded a surge of deaths without sparing its economy from damage — a red flag as the United States and Britain move to lift lockdowns.Sweden largely avoided imposing prohibitions. The government allowed restaurants, gyms, shops, playgrounds and most schools to remain open.Credit…Johan Nilsson/EPA,…

The Slack Social Network

On November 2, 2016, Microsoft announced Teams at a special event in New York City. Slack decided to mark the occasion: The text of the ad was condescension cloaked in congratulations: Dear Microsoft, Wow. Big news! Congratulations on today’s announcements. We’re genuinely excited to have some competition. We realized a few years ago that the…

Against Testing

I really dislike writing tests. There’s some amount of discomfort I’d be willing to sustain if I felt it they were beneficial, but I also find they’re rarely worth the bother.In order to be effective, a test needs to exist for some condition not handled by the code. However, typically when the same mind writes…

Code only says what it does

Only loosely related to what it should do. Code says what it does. That’s important for the computer, because code is the way that we ask the computer to do something. It’s OK for humans, as long as we never have to modify or debug the code. As soon as we do, we have a…

Building Domain Driven Microservices

Image credits: PixabayThe term ‘micro’ in Microservices, though indicative of the size of a service, is not the only criteria that make an application a Microservice. When teams move to a microservices-based architecture, they aim to increase their agility — deploy features autonomously and frequently. It’s hard to pin down a single concise definition of…

Dopamine is not addictive (2017)

Source: Joe Seer Shutterstock According to the “anxiety industry,” what I call modern media, dopamine, a neurotransmitter in human brains, is at the root of many social problems. In this recent viral video, dopamine is blamed for creating an addiction to technology like smartphones or social media.  There’s a group called The Dopamine Project, which…

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

Elliot AckermanSaladin Ambar, Rutgers UniversityMartin AmisAnne ApplebaumMarie Arana, authorMargaret AtwoodJohn BanvilleMia Bay, historianLouis Begley, writerRoger Berkowitz, Bard CollegePaul Berman, writerSheri Berman, Barnard CollegeReginald Dwayne Betts, poetNeil Blair, agentDavid W. Blight, Yale UniversityJennifer Finney Boylan, authorDavid BromwichDavid Brooks, columnistIan Buruma, Bard CollegeLea CarpenterNoam Chomsky, MIT (emeritus)Nicholas A. Christakis, Yale UniversityRoger Cohen, writerAmbassador Frances D. Cook, ret.Drucilla…

Ennio Morricone has died

Renowned for scoring Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, the Oscar winner also produced the sounds and music for ‘Days of Heaven,’ ‘The Mission,’ ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘The Hateful Eight.’ Ennio Morricone, the Oscar winner whose haunting, inventive scores expertly accentuated the simmering, dialogue-free tension of the spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone, has died. He was…

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