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- On Learning Rust and Go: Migrating Away from Python
- India’s data labellers are powering the global AI race
- The cortex is a neural network of neural networks
Neural networks of neural networks
- The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says
Study points toward lifelong neuron formation in the human brain’s hippocampus, with implications for memory and disease
- Resources for Learning Graphics Programming
- McDonald’s Acquires Machine-Learning Startup Dynamic Yield for $300M
- The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win the Turing Award
Yoshua Bengio, Geoff Hinton, and Yann LeCun pioneered work in artificial neural networks, paving the way for self-driving cars and facial-recognition software.
- Meta-Reinforcement Learning
- When the cows come home
- Learning Ada
I decided to try and learn Ada. I love programming languages. This post documents my attempt, and explains what I learned. This is pretty stream of consciousness and basically is a bunch of random notes, so if you hate that, better close the tab…. | Steve Klabnik | âThe most violent element in society is ignorance.â – Emma Goldman
- BBC removes it’s podcasts from Google’s podcast app and Google assistant
- Why Bother with What Three Words?
I’ll be wording this post carefully as What 3 Words (W3W) have a tenacious PR team and, probably, have a lot more lawyers than I do. W3W is a closed product. It is a for-profit company masqueâ¦
- A Deep Attention-Based Reinforcement Learning Algorithm for Model-Based Control
- ROSshow: ASCII art visualizations for robot sensor data
Visualize ROS topics inside a terminal with Unicode/ASCII art – dheera/rosshow
- Kicking neural network design automation into high gear
- A Real-Time Wideband Neural Vocoder at 1.6 Kb/S Using LPCNet
- Boston Dynamics’ new robot stacks boxes
- Boston Dynamics’ new robot stacks boxes
- TensorFlow 2.0 Deep Learning Video Tutorial
Blockchain and decentralization
- Three protocols and a future of the decentralized internet
- Qri: A global dataset version control system built on the distributed web
you’re invited to a data party! Contribute to qri-io/qri development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Relentless Competition Drives Down Ethernet Switch Costs
- The Rainbow Network: An Off-Chain Decentralized Synthetics Exchange
- More security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms
- Flaws in Bitcoin make a lasting revival unlikely
- Amazon Aurora: Avoiding Distributed Consensus for I/Os, Commits, Membership
Amazon Aurora: on avoiding distributed consensus for I/Os, commits, and membership changes, Verbitski et al., SIGMOD’18 This is a follow-up to the paper we looked at earlier this week on the design…
- News Inside: A print publication that will be distributed in prisons
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- How we manage plans and features in our SaaS app
This is how we manage what a user can do and see on their account and plan in our SaaS app. We check for feature toggles and volume limits.
- Oracle customers fear its reaction if they use Amazon’s or Microsoft’s cloud
- Microsoft says encryption laws make companies wary of storing data in Australia
The software giant’s president says vague new laws are damaging the Australian technology industry and causing customers to seek options in other countries.
- IBM purged ‘gray hairs’ and ‘old heads’ as it launched Millennial Corps: lawsuit
IBM has let go more than 20,000 U.S. workers over age 40 in the past six years, lawsuit claims.
- New Bitbucket Cloud features that spark joy
- Serverless DNS over HTTPS (DoH) at the Edge
- Huawei Equipment Has Major Security Flaws, U.K. Says
The U.K. accused Huawei of repeatedly failing to address security flaws in its products, subjecting the Chinese telecom-equipment giant to fresh international scrutiny as it tries to fend off U.S. accusations that it poses a cybersecurity threat.
- Cartography: Graph view of infrastructure assets and relationships between them
Cartography is a Python tool that consolidates infrastructure assets and the relationships between them in an intuitive graph view powered by a Neo4j database. – lyft/cartography
- Multi-Scale Turing Patterns 2
Development and languages
- Computer Scientists Create Reprogrammable Molecular Computing System
- End-User Programming
- Replete 2.0: ClojureScript REPL for iOS and Android
- Google Home like WiFi remote configuration for an headless Android device
- “The Barbados Mercury”: Thoughts from the digitization team
- Pyright: Python static type checker from Microsoft
Static type checker for Python. Contribute to Microsoft/pyright development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Betrayed by the Android UI
Betrayed by the Android UI Yanick Fratantonio EURECOM @reyammer Insomni’hack 2019 March 22nd, 2019
- iTerm2 beta adds Python API
- Fluent Terminal – Open Source, native Windows 10 tabbed terminal
A Terminal Emulator based on UWP and web technologies. – felixse/FluentTerminal
- Pyre: Facebook’s static type checker for Python
- PyType: Google’s static type analyzer for Python
A static type analyzer for Python code. Contribute to google/pytype development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Think Twice Before Downgrading to a Free GitHub Account
- Enigma, the Bombe, and Typex
The Cyber Swiss Army Knife – a web app for encryption, encoding, compression and data analysis – gchq/CyberChef
- DNA Computer Shows Programmable Chemical Machines Are Possible
- EFI Boot Application in C#
Demo of the potential of C# for systems programming with CoreRT – MichalStrehovsky/zerosharp
- What’s inside Python ‘for’ loop?
- A programming language agnostic type construction and interchange language
- An Intel Programmer Jumps over Wall: First Impressions of ARM SIMD Programming
(the pictured dish is apparently materials forÂ “Buddha Jumps Over The Wall”, named for its ability to seduce away vegetarians – sadly it uses shark fin so has some ethical issues&â¦
- Morning Cup of Coding – A curated daily newsletter for programmers of all fields
- C# ‘Hello World’ on x64 bare metal (no OS)
- UC Browser for Android, Desktop Exposes 500M Users to MiTM Attacks
- Standardizing WASI: A system interface to run WebAssembly outside the web
WebAssembly is an assembly language for a conceptual machine, not a physical one. This is why it can be run across a variety of different machine architectures. WebAssembly needs a …
- CopperheadOS Release: Android 9
- Developing for Android is like being a demonetized YouTuber
- Chinese Devs Protest on GitHub Against 996 Work (9am – 9pm, 6 days/week)
The name 996.ICU refers to ‘Work by 996, sick in ICU’, an ironic saying among Chinese programmers, which means that by following the 996 work schedule, you are risking yourself getting into ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
- Lucet: Native WebAssembly Compiler and Runtime
Today, weâre thrilled to announce the open sourcing of Lucet, our native WebAssembly compiler and runtime. WebAssembly is a technology created to enable web browsers to safely execute programs at near-native speeds, and itâs been shipping in the four major browsers since early 2017.
- Working with UTF-8 in the Kernel
- GitHub is now banned in China
- Vugu: Experimental library for web UIs written in Go and targeting WebAssembly
- Fibers: The Most Elegant Windows API
Quote of the week
What I cannot build, I do not understand.
— Richard Feynman
- The Quest to Acquire the Oldest, Most Expensive Book on the Planet
- A 20-Year Community Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Research in the US
- Man Stole $122m from Facebook and Google by Impersonating Quanta
- Amazon finds an alternative workforce of people with disabilities
- Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On
- What Is Amazon?
- Twitter forces all new users to enter a valid phone number
- Google removed my ads-free app for “deceptive ads”
I got an email from Google saying they removed Mommy Saver Plus (the paid version of Mommy Saver) for “deceptive ads”. This is strange be…
- Lyft moves San Francisco IPO roadshow as drivers protest
- Google will open a new office complex and add hundreds of jobs in Taiwan
Google announced today it will expand its office space in Taiwan with a new complex in Banqiao District, New Taipei City. The space will be in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park, about a 20-minute drive away from its offices in Taipei 101. Google currently has 2,000 employees in the country and plans â¦
- Google partners to fund new local media sites
- Google launches AMP for email
Google today officially launched AMP for Email, its effort to turn emails from static documents into dynamic, web page-like experiences. AMP for Email is coming to Gmail, but other major email providers like Yahoo Mail (which shares its parent company with TechCrunch), Outlook and Mail.ru will alsoâ¦
- On Internal Engineering Practices at Amazon
- Appeal rejected: Google removed my ads-free app for “deceptive ads”
(UPDATE: Mommy Saver Plus has been reinstated! This after I posted this on HN, tweeted at them, and sent a slightly-too-passive-aggressive …
- Anthropological/Artificial Intelligence and the HAI
- PayPal vs. Stripe for small businesses in 2019
fman is a dual-pane file manager for Mac, Windows and Linux.
- Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio win Turing Award
For their work on neural networks, Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio will share $1 million for what many consider the Nobel Prize of computing.
- Artificial intelligence pioneers win tech’s ‘Nobel Prize’
- The Enormous Numbers Behind Amazon’s Market Reach
- ‘Making Amazon look bad’: Microsoft supports a state tax on businesses
- New Amazon S3 Storage Class – Glacier Deep Archive
- Tesla’s current “autopilot” can’t see stopped cars directly ahead of you
- Microsoft bans April’s fools pranks
- Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg Have Blown Up on Twitter, and in Betting Markets
It is very early in the Democratic Primary race (the first state primaries are still nearly a year away) but two lesser-known candidates have burst onto the scene in recent weeks, from relative obscurity: Andrew […]Read More…
- What did Google+ get right?
Google+ got some things awfully wrong. They lost and they were hated. But many of us thought it was the best social network that existed…
- Lyft prices IPO at top of range
Lyft begins trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “LYFT” tomorrow.
- The Death of External Storage: Where’s Google?
- Lyft’s IPO Is Making the Same Circle of Men Rich, Again
- Intel lays off hundreds of tech administrators
These appear to be the chipmaker’s largest cuts since 2016.
- A Google side project evolved into a $4B company
How did Niantic happen? How did the company behind PokÃ©mon GO and (soon) Harry Potter: Wizards Unite come to be? When anyone talks about Niantic, they generally mention that it’s “a Google spinout” and move on. As if that’s something that just happens every day. That dozens â¦
- Cash Back Credit Card Comparison
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- Totaled Teslas contain unencrypted and personally revealing data about owners
- RReduX: The Fabled GMachine
- Chinese Education Startup Puts Western Teachers on Notice
VIPKid, a Chinese education startup backed by U.S. investors, is cracking down on how its Western teachers cover politically fraught topics.
- Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good
Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol.
- Digging into RISC-V and how I learn new things
A post about how I learn new things using RISC-V as an example.
- Alternative Funding Calculus: A Quant Comparison of Tiny, Indie, and Earnest
- Laws of the Universe and Teaching
- Instantbox: Spins up temporary Linux systems with webshell access from a browser
- The French semaphore system hack of 200 years ago
- Hackers Hijacked Asus Software Updates to Install Backdoors
- Hackers dropped a secret backdoor in Asus’ update software
Hackers targeted and compromised “hundreds of thousands” of Asus computer owners by pushing a backdoored update software tool from the company’s own servers. The bombshell claims, first reported by Motherboard, said the hackers digitally signed the Asus Live Update tool with one oâ¦
- Apple Arcade – Game subscription service
Apple wants to tilt the balance from ad-laden freemium gaming titles toward all-access ad-free gaming experiences that can be downloaded across platforms on iOS, macOS and tvOS. At the company’s services event this morning, they announced Apple Arcade, their new premium subscription service fâ¦
- Linux touchpad like a Macbook: progress and a call for help
- Duke University research fraud settlement: $112M payment to U.S. government
- Why Are Creators Paying for TikTok’s Mistake?
- ‘AWS vs. K8s’ Is the New ‘Windows vs. Linux’
Then… If, like me, you’re over 40 and work in IT, you’ll probably remember a time when everyone used Windows, and a small but growing proportion of people were wasting their livesâ¦
- What I Learned in My First Year Year as a Solo Founder
- $50M CTF from Hackerone – Writeup
- Coinbase: Learn about Stellar Lumens (XLM)
Coinbase Earn is giving out one billion Stellar Lumens (XLM) from the Stellar Development Foundation to millions of eligible users to…
- Fifty Women Say Salesforce Helped Sex Traffickers Exploit Them
- Goodly replaces office perks with student loan repayment
- Build an Air Quality Monitor with InfluxDB, Grafana and Docker on a Raspberry Pi
- Mux is looking for engineers and PMs to build the future of video infrastructure
- Common statistical tests are linear models
- A woman who doesn’t feel pain
Jo Cameron is one of two people on Earth known to have a mutation that means she feels almost no pain.
- A Link Layer Protocol for Quantum Networks
- Modern USB gadget on Linux and how to integrate it with systemd (Part 2)
- Search Algorithms Are Changing the Course of Mathematics
- Disney World to ban smoking in all parks, reduce stroller size