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The current situation, unfortunately, is that it's on the end user to implement some fixes to speed up the process. But with work on optimizing the SAT solver, gracefully reprioritizing old packages over time, and implementing a more efficient .conda package structure, I'm optimistic things will get better in the next few versions

I could do a very complex forecasting model that will improve results by 2-3%, or I could spend that time producing colorful and clear charts that make everything self-explanatory.

My experience tells me that the activity with the most value added is the second one

As someone who uses for managing all my environments, I've noticed since v4.4 how much slower the entire process takes, especially since I need the and -forge channels.

It's nice to see Anaconda address the issue, offer tips for improvement, provide an explanation why there are speed issues, list next steps for improvement, and deal with the open source community

If you want an interesting step-by-step walkthrough of how to make useful plots in , take a look at this flipbook by Gina Reynolds (

I've recently been using bat instead of less/cat for viewing text files. It combines the best of both tools, adds in syntax highlighting while still allowing for piping. Very cool tool

I stumbled across a new interesting article about Richard Feynman today [0]. Of the many interesting parts of that article, I found this to be completely surprising:

"Princeton, where Feynman was now pursuing a Ph.D., threatened to withdraw the fellowships funding his graduate studies if he were to wed, for the university considered the emotional and pragmatic responsibilities of marriage a grave threat to academic discipline."


The more I learn about statistics the more I understand my complete ignorance about statistics.

it will never cease to baffle me that astronomy - which deals with the largest objects in the universe (including the universe itself!) - uses cgs units.
like? I have the mass of the sun memorized in GRAMS. I know the distance of the earth to the sun in centimeters. centimeters!

PIs who use undergrads as free labor 

For , sorting chromosomes in BED files is common. I often refer to this blog post to recall how to sort them in different way

For or people I'm curious about how you structure your research folders and how you keep track of them.

I've come up with a solution based on git's branches, and I'm wondering how that compares with what others have done

I'm a PhD candidate in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto studying epigenetics and cancer. Math and physics background taking a step into bioinformatics and evolution

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