FlexLib2: Experimental convolution implementation

ConvolutionMatrix-01I'm currently learning about convolutional neuronal networks (CNN) and have implemented a basic convolution operation for the matrices in my C++ library FlexLib2.

The implementation is still experimental, since I need to implement some test cases. Hopefully after the Gamma 2016 conference in Heidelberg I find some time for doing so 🙂

By the way: Gimp has the ability of manipulating a picture using a used defined convolution matrix. Very cool!

Python - Memory death with two lines

I've just shot my computer into a trashing death with just two lines of Python.

I've wrote a routine to check if a number is of the form 2^n and wanted to test it. And here you go

DON'T TRY THIS UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR COMPUTER TO CRASH!

 

Brexit - Off you go :-(

Dammit! Goodbye UK 🙁

Well, probably. Or ... maybe ...
The last word is not spoken yet. Unlike in other countries, the referendum on the British Isles is not legally binding - And most of the Parliament are against Brexit, for good reasons.

Brexit - Old against young, country against city

The Brexit vote is just another mirror of the gradient between country and city. Old vs young. Educated vs. ignorant. And this becomes a problem in many European countries as well as overseas, as we can see with all the people following Donald Drump.

Brexit is an example, where the old people outnumbered the votes of the young people. Most of the < 25 year old and most of the < 40 years old voted against the Brexit:

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This is terrible! People who probably live not long enough to really experience the consequences have outnumbered the young people, who have to deal with this! Regardless of what happens now, I believe that London has lost it's location as financial heart of Europe and it's quite obvious, that now Frankfurt (or Paris) will become the new European financial centre - including all the taxes and the thousands of jobs that come with it - this will be shifted from London to Frankfurt.

Many people in London and in England will tremble or loose their job, regardless if the UK really leaves the EU or not. And it's again the young people, that have to suffer from this. If I would be British, I would be really pissed of now.

And they are: From #Brexit to #WhatHaveWeDone to #Regrexit.

Shame on you Pro-Brexit voters. This are human existences that are destroyed. Many people will loose their jobs, many corporations will be punished, just for a spirit of nationalism. Is this really worth it? We live in a world that is so deeply connected, it's impossible to come back to a national state without serious drawbacks in economy and culture. If the UK really splits from the EU, a recession is risked, a significant braindrain will occur and the image of a stable and reliable country is lost, with all it's indirect economic consequences. The pound sterling is on a record low now, and who knows where it will go in the mid-range and distant future.

So, what do we learn from this?

We, the young people must stand for our own future. The older generation screw obviously up, when it comes to topics like xenophobia and the economic future on a larger scale. The time of the individual nationalist is over, every time a populist wins, it's population loses. Go to hell!

My position is clear. I consider myself as an educated European citizen, and I stand my point in a very vulgar manner:

F**k you Boris Johnson, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Norbert Hofer and f**k you all, you anti-EU populists. Do you really think we are so stupid, not to see your lies?

I am not afraid of a future with a bigger Europe. I am not afraid of building up the eastern countries, that are not yet so well developed. I am not afraid to show you nationalist that you are not longer welcome in this young Europe.

Brexit shows, what happens when you trust populists

Populists claim to be for the people, but all you do is to screw them up. Their politics is against their own people, it causes suffer and fear because that is the main ingredient for your power. What they do is to heat up emotions and bail down the logical and reasonable voices, because that's their main thread. Keep this in mind: always when someone shouts someone else to the ground or has to constantly interrupt discussion they want to hide something.

The Brexit shows clearly what happens when you trust populists: Their construct of lies and false promises collapses and fall apart, they have to admin that they lied.

This is what the promised before the Brexit. And this video is Nigel Farange, admitting that the NHS was a lie.

We are the young people, and we are smart enough to look behind your bright cover. And what you have to offer, stinks.

Brexit - Please don't go!

This week will be the Brexit vote. Please people, don't do anything stupid and do your research.
The EU is one of the organisations in the world, that keeps people together, and was the reason for a long and fruitful future without wars since 1945. For that it got the Nobel peace Prize in 2012.

And I really do not think, that the UK will be better on it's own than as a part of the EU. They are highly dependent on the EU market, and if they really withdraw (witch I do not think, and I do not want) then the payments to Brussels won't stop, but be on a different reason: The reason to stay in the internal market of the EU.

The whole topic is complex - People, do your research, and don't stick on stupid populist opinions, that are detached from reality.