open cv

Note to self check out http://opencv.willowgarage.com/wiki/ looks really quite neat. If it’s fast (should be) it might prove useful in a number of areas!

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Gelman and Shalizi on Bayes and Induction

http://afinetheorem.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/philosophy-and-the-practice-of-bayesian-statistics-a-gelman-c-shalizi-2010/

How they managed to write this with only passing reference to Jaynes I have no idea. I’ve only skimmed it, my only concrete criticism at this point is that they talk about model-checking and don’t (afaik) seem to see that this can be cast as Bayesian updating.

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Learn to use Vim with Vim Kata

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Chuck Norrising Christopher Hitchens

From the comments on PZ Myer’s post about prayers for Hitchens. I filtered out the ones I thought were lame:

When Hitchens has a typo, the spelling changes to accommodate him.

Christopher Hitchens is not an alchoholic. He just appears drunk in every debate to give the other guy a fair chance.

Chuck Norris is on a mission to save the free world with uzis. Christopher Hitchens is on a mission to free the saved world. With a hangover.

Christopher Hitchens touched M.C Hammer. And then they deconverted.

When Cristopher Hitchens is rude, it’s because he’s too fucking awesome for courtesy.

The Bermuda Triangle is just the location where Cristopher Hitchens beat God in a debate. Sore loser, that dude.

(Thanks to Ing, Forbidden Snowflake and Keiranfoy,

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HTML5 Browser Readiness

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linux removeable drives

Using ubuntu hardy

To check the filesystem: sudo fsck /dev/sdb1

To mount it

To check what the filesystem table says about it sudo gvim /etc/fstab

To make it read-writable chmod 777 /media/disk

To mount sudo mount -rw /dev/sdb1 /media/Nabla -t ntfs

To unmount sudo umount /media/nabla

Might need to make the Nabla directory first.

To mount ntfs drives gksudo ntfs-config (be careful with this, my advice is only to mount for special purposes or read only. If your data is not very valuable then go for it).

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Caesareans Sell Probiotics

An Age story titled caesareans-take-toll-on-babies makes positive claims about causal links between caesarian babies’ health outcomes and whether they were exposed to vaginal bacteria. We should certainly like to know if it turns out there is strong evidence that widespread application of pro-biotics could save lives, but I wonder how strong it actually is. Found a few powerpoints but no current directory listing at UNSW BABS for Conway. Most likely their directory is out of date. Is Kate Benson a natural birth campaigner? Is there anything to the beneficial vaginal bacteria theory?

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