Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stuff I'm reading, December 1st edition

White Rabbit!

  • Turbo Boost and the New Mac Pro’s CPUs
    It looks like you’re paying a lot for slower clock speeds as the cores increase, but that’s not the entire story. Those weird Turbo Boost numbers, which are easy to pull from here and here, are worth understanding before choosing a modern Intel processor.

    They indicate the number of extra 100 MHz increments by which the CPU may ramp up its speed with a given number of cores in an active, high-power state. The sequence begins with all cores active, then counts down to just one core active.

  • Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama
    Out of that tense Oval Office meeting grew a frantic effort aimed at rescuing not only the insurance portal and Mr. Obama’s credibility, but also the Democratic philosophy that an activist government can solve big, complex social problems.
  • Datacenter Renewable Power Done Right
    What I like about this approach is: 1) no clear cutting was required to prepare the land for generation and the land remains multi-use, 2) it’s not fossil fuel powered, 3) the facility will be run by a major power generation operator rather than as a sideline by the datacenter operator, and 4) far more clean power is being produced than will be actually used by the datacenter so they are actually adding more clean power to the grid than they are consuming by a fairly significant margin.
  • Bash Pitfalls
    This page shows common errors that Bash programmers make. The following examples are all flawed in some way.
  • Getting Started with Sublime Text
    Sublime Text is a text editor. A very fast, efficient, cross-platform text editor written explicitly for editing code. It is not an IDE, debugger, or builder. It’s made to be super kick ass at editing text and not much else.
  • Expanding the Cloud: Enabling Globally Distributed Applications and Disaster Recovery
    Cross Region Read Replicas are available for MySQL 5.6 and enable you to maintain a nearly up-to-date copy of your master database in a different AWS Region. In case of a regional disaster, you can simply promote your read replica in a different region to a master and point your application to it to resume operations. Cross Region Read Replicas also enable you to serve read traffic for your global customer base from regions that are nearest to them.
  • It’s the little things, Pt. 3: Time to eliminate geek strongman competitions
    when you make software with a UI that's hard to use and confusing in its design, you create a situation where error is inevitable. In networking software, errors are really, really bad. When a misplaced semicolon can kill Internet routing to a large part of the country, your software design has an issue. And I don't believe that these situations are solvable by "knowing what you're doing." If that was the case, why bother with anything past binary? Why make anything easy to use?
  • Decision Quality, part 12: Queues
    there's a core truth which is near perfectly suited for the mind to remain more or less in balance
  • What this book is about
    Neural networks are one of the most beautiful programming paradigms ever invented. In the conventional approach to programming, we tell the computer what to do, breaking big problems up into many small, precisely defined tasks that the computer can easily perform. By contrast, in a neural network we don't tell the computer how to solve our problem. Instead, it learns from observational data, figuring out its own solution to the problem at hand.
  • Europa Universalis IV Manual
    Did Hungary, under your guidance, drive the Turks from Europe, unifying the Balkans along the way? Did your Aztecs hold off the Spanish, English, and French and maintain an Empire in Central America? Did your England win the Two Hundred Years War, conquering the French and building the mightiest Empire in Europe? Did your Iroquois launch a reverse colonial war, overwhelming the stunned nations of Europe after centuries of bitter warfare?

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