The big speed increase for me was obtained using one minimisation search method which seemed to have been particularly well implemented in scipy. Since my project (https://bitbucket.org/pkwasniew/mcsas) uses an iterative procedure, this was very, very important.
Ugh, this reads like a job ad.
When I moved from Matlab to Python three years ago, I saw a massive speed increase of my methods. Also I no longer have to decide whether or not to shell out more cash for the statistics package, it's all there!
Looking back at my old Matlab code also makes me cringe a bit about the syntax of that language.
That, and the jellyfish which are arriving in August.
though if you are MS you "squirt" it.
(should be GPS-logger-coupled but autocorrect reverted my aborted autocorrect).
If, by "halfway between Tokyo and Fukushima", you mean it's a hell of a lot closer to Tokyo (60km) than Fukushima (200km). And I live there too, though I was in Hyogo at the time of the quake so didn't feel anything.
One rather nice outcome, though, is the SafeCast project. This project revolves around continuous mapping of the environment through bps-logger-coupled gamma spectrometers.
Actually, I've been working with Prof. Moriarty and he's great fun. He has some "sixty symbols" and "numberphile" videos up on youtube if you are interested.
Additional links: A big discussion has taken place on PubPeer following a pre-publication arXiv release of a paper (full disclosure: I'm a co-author on the second version of this paper). The paper is well worth a read, and should be coming out soon in PLoS One.
Except that the stripy particles used here are not real. Stellacci has been claiming to make these, but there are big doubts over the evidence:
This is a very well done rap video on the topic of net neutrality worth watching:
Piss off. It's the entire system that's failing here. You can't blame one party for all the faults in a two-party system.
All the government needs to do to make it worthless is to ask the NSA to mine with their resources for a while. That would quickly make the government the richest in terms of Bitcoin, and therefore gain even more power!