Monthly Archive: December 2013

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Acoustic cryptanalysis

This is not neuroscience, but still quite baffling. Did you know your CPU is possibly emitting sounds (at 10KhZ+) that reveal not only activity, but also which type of computations are performed? As has been demonstrated by Genkin et al., in the worst case, this can be used to actually snoop a RSA secret key from a computer decrypting texts...

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Bard Ermentrout @ SCNS

Just saw the revered, enigmatic and highly energetic Bard Ermentrout at the SCNS at EPF Lausanne. Besides being quite revealing on his early life hobbies and their effects on his sensory apparatus, he gave a hard to follow but interesting talk on how to perform a dimensional reduction of noisy oscillator neuron models. We formulate a phase-reduction method for a general...

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Become a Git Pro

I have been using Git for a while now and was always wondering about some of its peculiarities. Currently I am reading the book Pro Git by Scott Chacon that one can download for free as a n epub under above link. A nicely illustrated read that answered more than one of my questions (e.g. what is particular function of HEAD?)....

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Who is afraid of peer review?

What will happen if you make up a paper, along with authors, affiliations, the data and results. Say you include grave errors that should make any reviewer reject this immediately? Then you submit it to 307 open-access papers and wait for their response. John Bohannon did exactly this and came up with 157 accepted publications. The goal was to create...