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Joined October 2020

Britain is refusing to give full diplomatic status to the European Union’s ambassador in London, causing a row between the recently divorced parties, the BBC reported on Thursday.

While it seems unreasonable to expect the XOR solutions in interviews, it is quite fun to figure out how they work. As it turns out, they are all based on the same fundamental trick, which we will derive in a bottom-up way in this post. Afterwards we will look at a bunch of applications of that XOR trick ™, such as solving this popular interview question:

You are given an array of n - 1 integers which are in the range between 1 and n. All numbers appear exactly once, except one number, which is missing. Find this missing number.

Of course, there are a number of straightforward ways to solve this problem, but there is also a perhaps surprising one using XOR.

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Artificial intelligence in healthcare is often a story of percentages. One 2017 study predicted AI could broadly improve patient outcomes by 30 to 40 percent. Which makes a manifold improvement in results particularly noteworthy. 

In this case, according to one Israeli machine learning startup, AI has the potential to boost the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) by as much as 3x compared to traditional methods. In other words, at least according to these results, couples struggling to conceive that use the right AI system could be multiple times more likely to get pregnant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines assisted reproductive technology (ART) as the process of removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fertilizing it with sperm and then implanting it back in the body.

The overall success rate of traditional ART is less than 30%, according to a recent study in the journal Acta Informatica Medica

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@communist commented on a post by @PeaceLaborMay Dec 30, 2020

Finally good to have another leftist here, welcome! Watching your video now.

Dear comrades,

I have been making leftist videos for a few months now. Here is a link to my newest one, folks seem to be enjoying it.

They could have just followed through with the bonus and turned this into positive PR? That’s probably too much expecting from the likes of GoDaddy…

Welcome to Koka – a strongly typed functional-style language with effect types and handlers.

// A generator effect with one operation
effect yield<a> {
  fun yield( x : a ) : ()

// Traverse a list and yield the elements fun traverse( xs : list<int> ) : yield<int> () { match(xs) { Cons(x,xx) -> { yield(x); traverse(xx) } Nil -> () } }

fun main() : console () { with fun yield(i : int) { println(“yielded ” + i.show)
} [1,2,3].traverse }

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The appreciation for unintended consequences means that we might sometimes hesitate to choose options that seem morally correct.

Eminently creative people working in fields as disparate as Physics and Literature refer to the experience of social rejection as fuel for creativity. Yet, the evidence of this relationship is anecdotal, and the psychological process that might explain it is as yet unknown. We theorize that the experience of social rejection may indeed stimulate creativity but only for individuals with an independent self-concept. In three studies, we show that individuals who hold an independent self-concept performed more creatively following social rejection relative to inclusion. We also show that this boost in creativity is mediated by a differentiation mindset, or salient feelings of being different from others.

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Nov 22, 2020

But rather than allowing a massive reduction of working hours to free the world’s population to pursue their own projects, pleasures, visions, and ideas, we have seen the ballooning not even so much of the “service” sector as of the administrative sector, up to and including the creation of whole new industries like financial services or telemarketing, or the unprecedented expansion of sectors like corporate law, academic and health administration, human resources, and public relations. And these numbers do not even reflect all those people whose job is to provide administrative, technical, or security support for these industries, or, for that matter, the whole host of ancillary industries (dog washers, all-night pizza deliverymen) that only exist because everyone else is spending so much of their time working in all the other ones.

These are what I propose to call “bullshit jobs.”

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