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Statistics, we have a problem. – Kristian Lum – Medium
Recently, while browsing Twitter, I saw a few machine learning researchers post about an incident at one of their big conferences (NIPS) in which a band performing at the closing party made jokes about sexual assault. I felt that I had brought it on myself by actively participating in the conference culture that rewarded provocative comments and excessive drunkenness with social approval and acceptance into an old boys club of sorts. At this same conference, the morning after a particularly debaucherous night, a married professor was overheard imploring other people to smell his fingers following an encounter with a junior colleague. I knew it would be even more difficult to get people to find S’s behavior problematic since he is employed by a large tech company and his participation in academic conferences, I have heard, often comes with sponsorship money. The fact that people are comfortable publicly making jokes about sexual assault on stage at a conference reveals how toxic the environment remains.
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https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/14/16777500/ajit-pai-net-neutrality-republican-politics-whoops?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Pai did this regardless of the millions of Americans who flooded the government asking for these protections to remain; regardless of the tens of thousands of fake comments that overwhelmed the FCC’s systems and prompted 12 states attorneys general across the country to demand further investigation; and regardless of the thousands of online businesses telling the FCC that their very survival is threatened by ISPs picking winners and losers. When Pai and his fellow Republican FCC commissioners do make arguments for this repeal, it is so trivial to dunk on them that lately I’ve just been asking them to stop giving me the opportunity, because it’s so deeply embarrassing. Threading the needle between massive telecom lobbying dollars and what the people of America actually want without a clear policy message or strong intellectual foundation is going to be extremely tough, especially against a huge field of energized Democrats who can already smell blood and can seize on net neutrality as an instant rallying cry. Here’s Randy Bryce, whose campaign against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District immediately raised another $75,000 after Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in Alabama. Verizon owns The Huffington Post and TechCrunch and already operates a complicated accounting scheme that lets its Go90 video unit bypass data caps.
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Amy Kaufman — Ontario colleges at 50: Vive la différence – It'sNotAcademic
The colleges would provide flexible learning options — full and part-time classes, daytime and evening — to accommodate adults as well as the traditional high school graduate. His vision was of a parallel postsecondary education system focused on applied arts and technology that would encourage more people to pursue study beyond high school (the use of the term “access” wasn’t as pervasive at the time, but the sentiment was the same). The college system is a major asset to the province and contributes heavily to Ontario’s high OECD ranking for the number of adults with postsecondary education. As colleges expand their degree programming and applied research, and universities rush to implement work integrated learning, we set up a false competition between the sectors. If we could all agree to celebrate, support and reinforce the important differences between the sectors, they would be stronger partners in achieving the system-wide goal of serving students and the economy.
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Susan Bro — the mother of Heather Heyer, 32, who was killed in Charlottesville, VA by a white supremacist — told The Daily Beast that she has been forced to conceal her daughter’s grave site because of ongoing violent threats against her and her family. The grieving mother said she had to take that step because threats and harassment from the violent right have not stopped since the day 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr. plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing Heyer and injuring 19 others. “It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” said Bro to Tim Teeman. Of Trump’s frantic attempts to call her during her daughter’s funeral, Bro said , “I thought, ‘Well, screw him, I’m not dealing with this.’ I’m not talking to him. David Ferguson14 Dec 2017 at 13:08 ET 2017 MTV Video Music Awards – Show – Inglewood, California, U.S., 27/08/2017 - Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month, speaks on stage.
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Steven Moffatt on Why He Never Cast a Woman as the Doctor | The Mary Sue
And Moffatt, on his way out, made some pretty strange statements defending his decision not to cast a woman in the role earlier, as many fans have been hoping for years. But any need to see some gender parity on a modern Doctor Who was apparently overridden by Moffatt’s “obsession” with the idea of Capaldi in the part. Did you know that every group save for progressive liberals could never stomach the idea of a female-bodied immortal Timelord who travels around space in a police call box? I find this sort of reasoning grossly unfair to pretty much everyone in the U.K. and the world at large—yeah, we’ve watching too, Steve, and we didn’t even vote for Brexit. The President of the United States has officially endorsed accused child molester Roy Moore for Senate!
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Things We Saw Today: Doctor Who Showrunner Steven...
December 13, 2017 I’m just gonna leave this right here for all the folks who keep saying that m’f’ing steven moffatt is any part of the reason there is a female doctor now or that it was the BBC preventing him from casting a woman earlier. FEMALE LEADS IS NOT A LIBERAL AGENDAAAAAAAAAAAA FUCK just in case anyone had forgotten to drag Moffat recently, just tie him to Joe Whee and floor it. He’s right - conservative Brits would never go for a woman in a position of authority. Two women in positions of national authority – at the same time?
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Alberta Conservative House Leader Fired Single...
December 13, 2017 A company owned by United Conservative Party house leader Jason Nixon was fined by British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal for firing a woman after she complained she was being sexually harassed at work. According to a 2008 BC Human Rights Tribunal ruling , the UCP house leader fired a single mother of three after she confided to him that a co-worker in a position of authority was “touching and propositioning her.” I called Jason Kenney, the leader of the United Conservative Party. His representative laughed out loud every time I said “workplace discrimination”, insisted workplace discrimination didn’t happen, and verbally berated me for calling about it. The only possible conclusion is that United Conservative Party thinks “touching and propositioning women” is a normal part of workplace behaviour that should be protected.
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Ontario enshrines Trans Day of Remembrance in law...
December 13, 2017 Ontario is now the first jurisdiction in the world to enshrine Trans Day of Remembrance into law. This is what happens when you have the awesomest lgbtq ally ever as prime minister This bill was put forward by Ontario NDP MPP Cheri Dinova (who has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights), in the Ontario Legislature, not the House of Commons. The NDP is the party of human rights. trilobytes-and-trilonybbles reblogged this from allthecanadianpolitics fandom-fantastic liked this plot-twist-i-am-an-android reblogged this from somebody-elsee somebody-elsee reblogged this from proudcrazygeek somebody-elsee liked this bow-ties-fezzes-and-stetsons liked this Show more notes Loading...
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Just Make it Automatic Already - HESA
But if you give assets to the poor, then they will start to have longer time-horizons for investment because suddenly they have a reason to do so (if this sounds flaky, rest assured the experimental evidence for this is pretty good). When the federal Liberals came to power in 2015, Minister Mihychuk’s mandate letter included working with the provinces to try to find ways to increase uptake on the CLB. The good answer, expertly summarized by Carleton University professor Jennifer Robson in a recent paper for the feds is that the legal framework to do so simply does not exist. And even if it did, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) doesn’t have the legal authority to check your income and transfer it to another federal department for a purpose to which you haven’t consented, so auto-enrolment is a no-go on that count, too. In short, the Government of Canada could continue futzing around with nudges, or it could do the smart thing, make a genuine commitment to low-income kids, and follow Professor Robson’s suggestion and move to universal, notional accounts.
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Sorry. There's a Problem - Transit Toronto
You can preview the TTC’s new Finch West Station this Saturday, December 16 from 1 until 5 p.m. Or, ride buses along the 36 Finch West route to Keele. The station will have elevator and escalator service during the open house. If you require elevator service, enter the station through the west entrance on the north-west corner of Keele and Finch. Free parking is available this Saturday in the commuter lot at 200 Tangiers Road, just east of the station.
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The rail Stations that didn't quite make it ... and one that will - West Side Action
And that section of chain link fence between the two would not have been required, although the barbed wire top is still missing. And if Carleton ever does get a grown-up station, I presume the faregate structure is modular enough it could be relocated out to a park and ride, PPUDO, or other facility. site work underway for Trinity Crossing project near Bayview Stationsewers are being relocated by July 2018; foundation work might begin in September ’18While there aren’t yet many details to reveal yet, and certainly no pictures of it, the future complex at 900 Albert Street (opposite Bayview Station) will have a nifty transit facility built in. The City now recognizes that Sobey’s, the drug store, restaurants, fitness gym, 2 – 50-ish storey rental towers, a third 50-ish tower of rentals and maybe a hotel too, plus gobs of office space, will generate significant passenger traffic to the rail transit. This access is also being extended right across the tracks to connect to the MUP running alongside Tom Brown arena.
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Announcing the 2018 Executive Council for the Carpentries
Voting in the election for community governance of the Carpentries
(Executive Council, formerly named Steering Committee or Board of Directors) closed last
week. Karen Cranston is a computational biologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
working on digitisation and integration of biodiversity data. He is currently working on training activities and coordinating life science data and
technology projects in the Netherlands. Her expertise in curriculum design and instruction stems from an
eight-year science teaching career in schools in the U.S. and Latin America. He is a Moore Foundation Investigator in Data
Driven Discovery and serves on the board of directors of Impactstory.
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Ready Player One arrives—abundant references intact—in its first full trailer | Ars Technica
For those unfamiliar with Cline's best-seller, Ready Player One is the story of a kid growing up in the near future, dreaming of escape from his life in a massive, dystopian trailer park. Our hero Wade Watts only finds real happiness in The OASIS, a massive multiplayer VR world where he can indulge his love for 1980s pop culture. A nostalgia-reference fest combined with a sort of gaming Matrix doesn't automatically make a great film, but hopes are high given '80s' pop culture master Steven Spielberg signed on long ago to guide Ready Player One. Keeping an eye on the plot through the referential trees will be vital for this story successfully jumping from page to screen, but all the licensed characters showing up even within this brief trailer gives us confidence that a lot of what people loved in the book will be represented fully here. In the Q&A, Cline went on to say the characters found in this first wave of footage merely represent "the tip of the iceberg" and that "even Michael Crichton on the set of Jurassic Park couldn't be this happy seeing this world come to life."
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Chapter 6, Page 55 – O Human Star
by Blue on December 11, 2017at 10:00 amSpeaking of patience, this will be the last 2017 update for O Human Star , which will return Monday January 8, 2018. This next month requires a lot of work on Meal, which is one of the reasons I’ll be stepping back for the next couple of weeks. There’s also the holidays, I guess, and my birthday. I’m 28 this week!
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Citizen Lab Launches Security Planner
However, we are often asked about security advice “for the rest of us.” Fortunately, experts tend to agree that there are basic steps that anyone can take to make their accounts and devices safer. That is why we are launching Security Planner, a new approach in making the first steps of online safety easier to take, even for those who don’t feel digitally savvy. And Security Planner is an accessible starting point for that journey, walking individuals through simple practices, like enabling two-factor authentication on important accounts, making sure software stays updated, and using encryption to protect devices from loss or theft. Security Planner is designed to give everyone the tools and knowledge necessary to stay safe online.Finally, it asks questions to identify people who, because of who they are or what they do, may face additional risks. Since these users are likely to require deeper, more personalized assistance, Security Planner points them to organizations and resources that offer these specialized services.
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prokopetz: prokopetz: Random D&D grump: if your...
December 11, 2017 Random D&D grump: if your character concept involves the phrase “fanatical cultist”, the class you’re probably looking for is the cleric , not the warlock. A warlock can totally work against her own partron’s interests, then turn around and go “yeah, but I’m still technically in compliance with the terms of our pact, so fuck you, give me my spells”. There’s always that one prick who thinks she can game the system and win, though, and that’s the stuff that player characters are made of. There’s lots of ways you can take that relationship; your warlock could be a conniving schemer, a smarmy kiss-ass, or anything in between - but if you’re not calling your patron by its first name behind its back, you’re missing out on your class’s full potential! Concept: a warlock and a paladin sworn to the same (Lawful Neutral) entity having theological debates about whether their patron is really a god.
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Monstrosity Superstar Styles • halorvic: wingedjewels: Little Owl by andrew...
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The Weaponization of Education Data
And then there was the ominously named “ Dark Overlord ,” who held the data of multiple school districts for ransom , in one case sending parents text messages threatening to kill their children if they did not pay up. There were immediately protests at airports and objections in the courts , the latter led in part by public universities who claimed they had legal standing to challenge the travel ban as it harmed their mission as research and teaching institutions. No surprise, colleges and universities have expressed some concern about how the travel ban – and attitudes in the US towards foreigners more broadly – will affect their ability to recruit and retainstudents and scholars . “Unprecedented,” Vox’s Dara Lind called it : “There’s never really been a time when a generation of people, raised and rooted in the United States, has been stripped of official recognition and pushed back into the precarity of unauthorized-immigrant life.” There seemed to be much more discussion in the media this year about ethics and the discriminatory tendencies in algorithmic decision-making, as more mainstream attention was brought to the topic through a combination of investigative journalism and academic scholarship.
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Monstrosity Superstar Styles • Hopper: You’re very mature for your age. Will:...
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Early Days of the CLRVs – Steve Munro
With the demise today of car 4000 , the first of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles, a look back on the prototypes when they were brand new. The photos here were taken in July 1978 at St. Clair Carhouse. I don’t know which fleet numbers the cars shown here wound up with, but I’m sure there is a reader who knows these details and will supply feedback. This entry was posted in Looking Back , Streetcars , Transit . Bookmark the permalink .
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Challenges Assessing Data Science
Kari Jordan attended a meeting of collaborators from industry, academia, and the non-profit sector to brainstorm the challenges and vision for keeping data science broad. During that meeting, a brainstorming session took place where attendees were asked to come up with core competencies for data science. For a negative definition (in logician’s terms, i.e., what data science is not), we turn to industry job descriptions. Perhaps surprisingly, attention to detail is not a key item to include in a data scientist’s skillset; ability to grasp the big picture is much more key, as data scientists will find themselves working at the interface of very different departments or fields (in an industry context, these could be engineering, marketing, or business intelligence). In the second part of the meeting, we split into breakout pairs to discuss the challenges of assessing data science education with respect to Carpentries’ workshops.
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When Do Workshops Work?
Contributors: Kari Jordan, Erin Becker, Jason Williams, Pamela Reynolds, Amy Hodge, Maxim Belkin, Ben Marwick, and Tracy Teal. There is abundant evidence that distributing instruction over time maximizes learning in comparison with the “massed practice” that occurs when teaching is concentrated into an intensive short-format course. However, specific emphasis seems likely to vary, and herein lies the concern most frequently voiced in our community: any given program might focus its efforts on any or all of the components identified (research, statistics, writing, or socialization). These are the sorts of problems that plague any effort at assessing students at scale, and are worth noting only as a standard “grain of salt” with which any study should be (but is not always) considered when it stands alone. This survey ( full report here ) measured self-reported behaviors around good data management practices, change in confidence in open source tools, and other specific program goals.
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Monstrosity Superstar Styles • Not to say that my story is the same as Rosa’s at...
But there were things that we wanted and thought would be really important — like the word itself: bisexual. I know that not all people are totally celebratory of that word because it’s from a time where it was like these two genders — that’s all there is. And now there’s a lot more flexibility and fluidity in sexuality, which is why sometimes I gravitate toward the word queer as well. Not just a suggestion that she dates girls now, but a clarity on this character: This is who I am, and I’d like you to know it — and accept it. Stephanie Beatriz on Rosa coming out ( x ) via life in the shark lane andtheclockstruckatmidnight liked this youandthemountains reblogged this from aimmyarrowshigh Show more notes Loading...
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Sorry. There's a Problem - Transit Toronto
From 12:01 until 5 a.m. each day, crews are adding rumble strips on the concrete track allowance and installing more signs at the bottom of the ramp. Shuttle buses replace the cars between Spadina Station and Queen Street West. 510 Spadina 310 Spadina overnight From 10 p.m. Friday, November 17 until 10 a.m. Saturday, November 18 , southbound cars start their trips in McCaul Loop (on the west side of McCaul Street north of Queen Street West), then proceed: Southbound cars start their trips in Spadina Station bus terminal, then proceed: Northbound buses start their trips on Adelaide Street West east of Spadina Avenue, then proceed:
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Data Science Podcasts | R-bloggers
Tim Harford and the More or Less team from BBC Radio 4 try to make sense of the statistics that surround us. Hosted by Jonathon, Vidya, and Chris, Partially Derivative is a podcast about data science in the world around us. Episodes are a mix of explorations into the techniques used in data science and discussions with the field’s leading experts. Hosts Katie Malone and Ben Jaffe explore machine learning and data science through interesting (and often very unusual) applications. R-bloggers.com offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: Data science , Big Data, R jobs , visualization ( ggplot2 , Boxplots , maps , animation ), programming ( RStudio , Sweave , LaTeX , SQL , Eclipse , git , hadoop , Web Scraping ) statistics ( regression , PCA , time series , trading ) and more...
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Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) Record Layout, Files, and Data Element Descriptions
Specifically, the records contained on the ID file describe how a postsecondary institution divides its year into periods (sessions, terms, or other components) during which courses are commonly offered. Specifically, the records contained on the ID file describe how a postsecondary institution divides its year into periods (sessions, terms, or other components) during which courses are commonly offered. The information is grouped by Element Number (appearing as row headers), Mnemonic, Name, Description, Codes, Alternate Codes, Core, Type, Position and Size (appearing as column headers).Element NumberMnemonicNameDescriptionCodesAlternate CodesCoreTypePositionSize1005RepstartDateStart date of report cycleYour report cycle should start on the day after the end of your previous year's winter session (or academic year if you do not have a winter session), including the time allocated for exams. Credits refer to the value that a postsecondary institution attaches to successful completion of a formal course of instruction and that can be applied by the recipient towards the requirements for a credential.Use the next element (IP2081) to specify which unit of measure you are using. Assign the same first four (4) digits of the start date of the report cycle (as found in element ID1005 on the ID file).YYYY (Year)NoneYesText1-445005N/aN/aThe Continuing education indicator is no longer required.
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Surveys and statistical programs - Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS)
Instrument design The content of the current record layout was developed in close cooperation with provincial education ministries, federal government departments, various national organizations and professional associations. Consultations were also done with the personnel of the different postsecondary institutions of each province and territory across Canada to ensure that the data elements included were or potentially would be available from their administrative database. It consists of institutions and coordinating bodies sending electronic flat files compiled and validated by Statistics Canada's Data Verification System (DVS). (2) Sending the corresponding electronic extracts and certification tables to each responding institution or coordinating body for their review and approval to ensure that Statistics Canada and their registry obtain the same (or similar) results; Other important accuracy factors to consider are the quality control measures implemented in PSIS such as the error detection that is completed at both the responding institution (or coordinating body) and at Statistics Canada (at the macro and micro level), the certification tables to be approved by each responding institution (or coordinating body), and the internal data audits.
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Pinboard on Twitter: 99% sure the fate of the American economy is being decided in a document called Copy of Copy of Tax Bill Final (Version 8 DRAFT).2.xls
@Pinboard: 99% sure the fate of the American economy is being decided in a document called Copy of Copy of Tax Bill Final (Version 8 DRAFT).2.xls
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Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked - The Washington Post
During the campaign, Trump had alternately dismissed the idea of Russian involvement — saying a hack of the Democratic National Committee was just as likely carried out by “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds” — and prodded the Kremlin to double down on its operation and unearth additional Clinton emails. Following a rehearsed plan, Clapper functioned as moderator, yielding to Brennan and others on key points in the briefing, which covered the most highly classified information U.S. spy agencies had assembled, including an extraordinary CIA stream of intelligence that had captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation. Kevin Harrington, a former associate of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel brought in to shape national security strategy, saw close ties with oil- and gas-rich Russia as critical to surviving an energy apocalypse — a fate that officials who worked with him said he discussed frequently and depicted as inevitable. On sensitive matters related to Russia, senior advisers have at times adopted what one official described as a policy of “don’t walk that last 5½ feet” — meaning to avoid entering the Oval Office and giving Trump a chance to erupt or overrule on issues that can be resolved by subordinates. They cite Trump’s decision in early August to sign legislation imposing additional economic sanctions on Moscow and steps taken by the State Department at the end of that month ordering three Russian diplomatic facilities — two trade off
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archivist: Boost the reproducibility of your research | SmarterPoland.pl
The common belief is that if one is able to replicate the execution environment then the same R source code will produce same results. But what about more complicated results like a random forest with 100k trees created with 100k variables or some deep neural network. Use the addHooksToPrint() function to automatically keep copies of every plot or model or data created with knitr report. Use the asearch() function to browse objects that fit specified search criteria, like class, date of creation, used variables etc. Use asession() to access session info with detailed information about versions of packages available during the object creation.
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A Deficit Worth Worrying About: The Gendered And Racialized Wage Gap - Canadian Women's Foundation
I was really hoping the recent release of Census data would bring good news: wage gap closed! And while your jaw is dropping and ire rising, consider also what the city and its women are missing out on in economic terms. Winnipeg has one of the largest Indigenous populations among Canadian cities; more than one in ten Winnipeggers is Aboriginal. Edmonton is the best city in Canada to be a man, as far as employment incomes go (see guys, I’m keeping an eye out for you). She is the director of the CCPA’s initiative on gender equality and public policy, Making Women Count, and is an ongoing contributor to the Alternative Federal Budget.
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https://512pixels.net/2017/12/imac-pro-orders-now-open/
3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon W CPU with Turbo Boost to 4.2 GHz) 32 GB DDR4 EEC RAM Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8 GB HBM2 Memory 1 TB SSD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8 GB HBM2 Memory: Stock Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16 GB HBM2 Memory: +$600 A Space Gray Magic Trackpad 2 can be swapped for the mouse for an extra $50. A fully loaded iMac Pro costs $13,348. I think a common order will be a 10-core machine with 64 GB of RAM but the stock GPU and SSD.
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Reshaping JSON with jq | Programming Historian
By the end of the lesson, you will understand how to combine basic operators to create queries that can reshape many types of JSON data. Keys must be text strings (wrapped in double quotation marks: "" ), while values may be quoted text; the unquoted words true , false , or null ; an unquoted number; an array (multiple equivalent values within square brackets: [] ); or another JSON object (wrapped in curly braces: {} ) (At the end of this lesson, we will download and install the command-line version of jq, which you may use to speedily parse much larger JSON files.) These set various jq command-line options, or flags , that affect things like input handling, and the final formatting of the output. In this section, we will use jq to extract a table of information about Twitter users from the tweet-based JSON, as well as grouping and counting tweet hashtags .
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OFFICIAL: The X-MEN & FANTASTIC FOUR Are Coming Home As Walt Disney Announces Acquisition Of 20th Century Fox
As for the big additions to their illustrious portfolio, Disney's announcement specifically namedrops the X-Men , Deadpool , and Fantastic Four franchises, meaning we should start to see Xavier's mutants and the Richards family make their way into Kevin Feige's Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner rather than later, barring any unforeseen setbacks. " The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love. " James Cameron's Avatar , The Simpsons , and Modern Family , amongst other things, will all also now join the House of Mouse's ever-expanding catalog. However, as for their other upcoming productions, which include at least Gambit , X-Force , and a potential Dark Phoenix sequel, the future has just gotten a whole lot murkier. DISCLAIMER : ComicBookMovie.com is protected from liability under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and "Safe Harbor" provisions.
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Ten per cent of Ontario college students withdraw from semester following strike - The Globe and Mail
For many, the decision to drop out is a gamble that they are better off trying to be readmitted to their programs in the winter term or in the fall of 2018 rather than risking their grades after missing weeks of classes. Student petitions asking for tuition fee refunds were launched early in the strike and garnered tens of thousands of signatures. The province announced that students would be able to receive refunds if they decided to withdraw and could also apply for up to $500 in grants to cover additional housing or travel costs they incurred. "We hope colleges will ensure students who withdrew are able to return to their program, no questions asked, the following year or semester," Ms. Scharbach said. The province has encouraged colleges to prioritize admission for students who withdrew late this fall, said a source at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).
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‘Collateral damage’: Faculty strike led 10% of Ontario college students to drop out, analysis finds | National Post
A preliminary analysis of the numbers by the province’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development shows that 10.3% of students applied to the government for a special tuition refund, according to spokesperson Jasmine Irwin. Those who remain in their programs may also apply for $500 in aid from a specially set up “hardship” fund, paid from money that would have otherwise been spent by colleges during the strike. There were fears that the lengthy absence from class could not only jeopardize the semester for some students, but even their entire college education, if they were to withdraw and not return. “There’s always collateral damage,” said Warren “Smokey” Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union, which represents the college instructors. {* #registrationForm *}
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Preliminary numbers say 10% of ON college students have dropped out post-strike | Academica Group - Research and Consulting for Higher Education
A preliminary analysis has found that over one in ten full-time college students in Ontario withdrew from their studies during or immediately after the faculty strike, reports the National Post, a percentage that represents over 25,000 students. “The withdraw numbers released today are proof this option was necessary for thousands of students,” said College Student Alliance Communications Manager Emmaline Scharbach. “Students didn't sign up for an extended semester, or condensed courses.” ON Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews expressed hope that students who took advantage of the tuition refund will return to their studies in the future. National Post | Globe and Mail
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Antipodean Tuition News - HESA
Most of the coverage seems to focus on young people talking about how happy they at the prospect of lower debt (students still borrow for living costs, so it won’t be eliminated entirely), and how they will be able to “concentrate on their studies”. Broadly speaking, you had a youth movement massively disenchanted with and disenfranchised by the ANC facing off against the obviously corrupt government of Jacob Zuma, and fees were as much of an excuse to organize as they were an actual bone of contention. Meanwhile Zuma’s decided it’s better to ignore the expert advice and play populist and told his new finance minister Malusi Gigaba to give the students what they want . That led to a fight with the Treasury, which thinks the plan both financially irresponsible (the estimated cost is in the range of $3 billion range) and regressive, and to the resignation of the country’s top civil servant in charge of the budget , who thought free fees for university while a quarter of primary schools lack running water was kind of mad. Posted in Politics , Tuition , Worldwide PSE Tagged Australia , Chile , New Zealand , South Africa
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