Weekend Readings – Aug 21,2022

  • A frustrating hassle holding electric cars back: Broken Chargers. This definitely happened to me personally. Can’t reliably identify working chargers to charge my Nissan Leaf. It surely is frustrating to drive to a remote location using the apps provided by charging networks and find that the charging station either doesn’t work, and in worst case the entire charging station is “sold” to a new charging company. (NYT)
  • Drinking the kool-Air (How billions were lost creating PDAs). Why did so many invest so much money and time into the development of PDAs?  It’s a fascinating question.  Besides the key notion of portability, computers were considered to difficult to use, which restricted the size of the market.  The PDA was meant to be as easy to use as paper but as powerful as a computer; humans would interact with the device through a pen on a small screen. Handwriting was considered a more natural way to interact especially because so few actually knew how to type.(Two Thirds Done – Blog)
  • The Mysterious Dance of the Cricket Embryos. Humans, frogs and many other widely studied animals start as a single cell that immediately divides again and again into separate cells. In crickets and most other insects, initially just the cell nucleus divides, forming many nuclei that travel throughout the shared cytoplasm and only later form cellular membranes of their own. (NYT)
  • How do I become data scientist? Our educational institutions trained us to think that’s how you learn things. It might eventually work, too — but it’s a unnecessarily inefficient process. Some programs have capstone projects (often using curated, clean data sets with a clear purpose, which sounds good but it’s not). Many recognize there’s no substitute for ‘learning on the job’ — but how do you get that data science job in the first place? (Monica Rogati)
  • The coming California Megastorm. Unlike a giant earthquake, the other “Big One” threatening California, an atmospheric river superstorm will not sneak up on the state. Forecasters can now spot incoming atmospheric rivers five days to a week in advance, though they don’t always know exactly where they’ll hit or how intense they’ll be. (NYT)

Last Updated on August 21, 2022 by SK

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