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  1. Mar 2019
    1. Which got McCulloch thinking about neurons. He knew that each of the brain’s nerve cells only fires after a minimum threshold has been reached: Enough of its neighboring nerve cells must send signals across the neuron’s synapses before it will fire off its own electrical spike. It occurred to McCulloch that this set-up was binary—either the neuron fires or it doesn’t. A neuron’s signal, he realized, is a proposition, and neurons seemed to work like logic gates, taking in multiple inputs and producing a single output. By varying a neuron’s firing threshold, it could be made to perform “and,” “or,” and “not” functions.

      I'm curious what year this was, particularly in relation to Claude Shannon's master's thesis in which he applied Boolean algebra to electronics.

      Based on their meeting date, it would have to be after 1940. And they published in 1943: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02478259

  2. Jan 2018
    1. Default Value

      Please note that the values listed below are the default ones. An Option can represent a Boolean toggle flag (i.e. HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError, PrintConcurrentLocks). For such Options, '+' and '-' flags deal with Boolean toggling. In short:

      • '+' means Enable (or set to '1');
      • '-' means Disable (or set to '0').

      For example, in the table pertaining to Debugging Options, by default the -XX:-HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError is Disabled, because it has the - prepended to it. To actually Enable it, change that with +, yielding the variant -XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError.

  3. Apr 2016