Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

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abstractions blogBy Kevin HartnettNovember 7, 2018Alexander Smith’s work on the Goldfeld conjecture reveals fundamental characteristics of elliptic curves.Elliptic curves seem to admit infinite variety, but they really only come in two flavors. That is the upshot of a new proof from a graduate student at Harvard University. Elliptic curves may sound exotic, but they’re unspectacular…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Is Our Love of True Crime Shows Really About Social Justice?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Is Our Love of True Crime Shows Really About Social Justice?

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Making a Murderer’s second season launched last month on Netflix.NetflixRobert Durst. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong. Adnan Syed. Michael Peterson. Brendan Dassey. Steven Avery. Any self-professed true crime fan worth their weight in luminol is undoubtedly familiar with not just these names but with the minute details of the crimes of which those individuals have been accused (wrongly…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving

Hexbyte Tech News Wired This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving

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Natural selection has been a cornerstone of evolutionary theory ever since Darwin. Yet mathematical models of natural selection have often been dogged by an awkward problem that seemed to make evolution harder than biologists understood it to be. In a new paper appearing in Communications Biology, a multidisciplinary team of scientists in Austria and the…

This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

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The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 last month to approve an annual $275-per-employee tax on big employers like Amazon. The tax was expected to raise about $47 million a year for services for the homeless and construction of affordable housing. But Tuesday, less than a month after passing the tax, the council voted 7-2 to…