Pluralistic Ignorance and Theranos

Wikipedia
In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it.This is also described as “no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes“.

Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
page 45 –
“He told himself that if the company was moving to prime Palo Alto office space, then it must be doing something right.”

page 199 –
“George said a top surgeon in New York had told him the company was going to revolutionize the field of surgery and this was someone his good friend Henry Kissinger considered to be the smartest man alive. And according to Elizabeth, Theranos’s devices were already being used in medevac helicopters and hospital operating rooms, so they must be working.”

pages 271/272 –
“That thesis, as Mr. Carreyrou explained in discussions with us, is that all of the recognition by the academic, scientific, and health-care communities of the breakthrough contributions of Theranos’ achievements is wrong”

 

London Busker Breaks it Down

Do you remember the last busker you saw on the tube? There’s a chance they remember you. If you had any kind of interaction with me, I would. If you smile, wave, cover your ears or sing along, I’ll record it.

One such notable interaction occurred at Leicester Square on a Saturday afternoon during a bog-standard rendition of Bruno Mars’s The Lazy Song. It has a catchy chorus which is preceded by the line, “I said it ’cause I can!”.

Just as I started the “…I can”, I noticed a huge group of school kids approach my busking pitch, staring with huge grins on their faces. As they approached, I watched in slow motion as their mouths opened. They all took deep breaths and in a moment my one-man performance was joined by a chorus of voices in perfect sync and harmony and we became an unexpected choir right there on the Underground.

Dan Hough / Londonist

GatsbyJS Hello World

Cool react based static site generator. Dig it.
GatsbyHelloWorld

Get Started
Gatsby is a blazing-fast static site generator for React.

Install Gatsby’s command line tool
npm install –global gatsby-cli
Using the Gatsby CLI
Create a new site.
gatsby new gatsby-site
cd gatsby-site
gatsby develop — Gatsby will start a hot-reloading development environment accessible at localhost:8000
Try editing the javascript pages in src/pages. Saved changes will live reload in the browser.
gatsby build — Gatsby will perform an optimized production build for your site generating static HTML and per-route JavaScript code bundles.
gatsby serve — Gatsby starts a local HTML server for testing your built site.

OCR App demo

Q – What’s a good Document Scanning app for my phone?
A – Office Lens
See test run below.

Phone Camera image:
BookImageOCRDemo

Resulting text:
The shift-to-contrast reflex is designed so that it is suppressed when neurons in the central processing part of the model are firing at a high rate. When the firing rate drops off, say through fatigue, the reflex is released. We can, somewhat fancifully, think that the reflex is released when central processing is tired of (bored with) the current observation. For simple geometric figures, the net effect of the reflex is to cause the eye to shift to a new vertex of the observed figure.

Testing with this. Check it out.

Technology Bigot

TECHNOLOGY BIGOT –
noun
tech·nol·o·gy big·ot \ tek-ˈnä-lə-jē bi-gət \

Definition of TECHNOLOGY BIGOT
An individual who believes that their particular approach to a technical problem is the only one.

Example of TECHNOLOGY BIGOT in a sentence
“I get it, you like Oracle databases. But do you ever ask yourself if you’re just another TECHNOLOGY BIGOT?”

Zhengzhou / iPhone City

It all centers on Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of China. Running at full tilt, the factory here, owned and operated by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, can produce 500,000 iPhones a day. Locals now refer to Zhengzhou as “iPhone City.”

A 32-gigabyte iPhone 7 costs an estimated $400 to produce. It retails for roughly $649 in the United States, with Apple taking a piece of the difference as profit. The result: Apple manages to earn 90 percent of the profits in the smartphone industry worldwide, even though it accounts for only 12 percent of the sales, according to Strategy Analytics, a research firm.

They file steadily into dozens of factory sites, spread out across 2.2 square miles. At the peak, some 350,000 workers assemble, test and package iPhones — up to 350 a minute.
Apple’s labor force, the size of a national army, relies heavily on the generosity of the Zhengzhou government.
As part of its deal with Foxconn, the state recruits, trains and houses employees. Provincial officials call townships and villages to ask for help finding potential worker


NY TIMES December 2016

Amazon Help Desk

1-888-280-4331

Having a problem with Amazon? Call them up! Exercise your consumer rights.

I had a problem sending .mobi file to Kindle for PC. Established that it was not possible, thanks to the help desk.

* There is no kindle email for Kindle for PC. By design.
* .mobi files are not necessarily compatible with Kindle for PC. Maybe not at all. Unsure.

Two recommendations.

In the spirit of sharing, here are a couple free things that made my world a little better.

1. Cmder -> a Windows application
“Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout, looking sexy from the start.”

2. WhatRuns -> a Chrome extension
“Discover what runs a website. Frameworks, Analytics Tools, WordPress Plugins, Fonts – you name it. WhatRuns extension is one click away for you to find technologies used on any website you visit. From Developer Tools and Ad Networks to WordPress Plugins and Themes, we detect even the new and upcoming tools and services.”

Quines – Code can be data? Nay, Code Is Data.

New to this blogger –
What is a Quine? A program whose output is the source code itself. (Non empty si vous plais).

Python example ->
s = ‘s = %r\nprint(s%%s)’
print(s%s)

The name “quine” was coined by Douglas Hofstadter, in his popular science book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, in the honor of philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine (1908–2000), who made an extensive study of indirect self-reference, and in particular for the following paradox-producing expression, known as Quine’s paradox:
“Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation” yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

Net Neutrality.

Dear Mr. Hawkes,

Thank you for contacting me regarding net neutrality. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse the 2015 Open Internet Order. In 2015, the FCC reclassified broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 was originally designed to regulate the legacy telephone network.

While I strongly support preventing Internet companies from blocking or slowing consumers, the 2015 order relied on a 1930s portion of law, which was never intended to regulate the Internet. Using outdated regulation to police Internet companies threatens innovation and investment in the Internet. The FCC’s latest decision provides a new opportunity to find a way forward on bipartisan legislation that permanently prevents companies from blocking or slowing consumers. I support such a legislative approach to ensure this issue is resolved once and for all instead of leaving it up to the whim of the FCC.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.

Cory Gardner
United States Senator