Gooooooood morning, Horde!!! Hey, this is not a test, this is a tech roundup. Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ.
AI, bots and robots
- AI and Communism: Narratives of AI Behind the Iron Curtain
- Is Alexandra Elbakyan in real trouble this time?
A recent lawsuit has prompted Sci-Hub to stop uploading new papers.
- Archive and genealogy of all Quake 1 bots
- The Future of Deep Learning Is Photonic
- AI Explorables: big ideas in machine learning, simply explained
- How many robots does it take to run a grocery store?
- Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?
- The AI Wolf That Preferred Suicide over Eating Sheep
A private musing over an AI experiment gone wrong unexpectedly sparked off a culture and ethics debate in China.
- AI bot trolls politicians with how much time they’re looking at phones
- YouTube’s recommender AI still a horrorshow, finds major crowdsourced study
- Ideas in statistics that have powered AI
Andrew Gelman, a statistics professor at Columbia, and Aki Vehtari, a computer science professor at Finland’s Aalto University, recently published a list of the most important statistical ideas in the last 50 years. Here, they break it down in easy-to-understand terms.
- Neurons Unexpectedly Encode Information in the Timing of Their Firing
A temporal pattern of activity observed in human brains for the first time may explain how we can learn so quickly.
- Not school or homeschool, but modular learning
- We need a Butlerian Jihad against AI
A proposal to ban AI research by treating it like human-animal hybrids
- Out of Africa’s midlife crisis: bottlenecks, crashes, and diversity
- Home Assistant iOS app adds local push notification support
Receive push notifications without going through the internet, directly from your HA server and without affecting rate limits. You can read more about this in the documentation.
- GitHub’s AI Copilot Might Get You Sued If You Use It
- Automating programming: AI is transforming the coding of computer programs
- AIeyes: Walking simulator where the world is seen through a realtime neural net
Neural network walking simulator. (GAN/ pix2pix)
- AI Text-to-Speech models have accents too
While playing around with the Web Speech API I discovered something interesting: if you let the Dutch voice speak English text, it sounds …
- Fast modeling of turbulent transport in fusion plasmas using neural networks
Blockchain and decentralization
- Ray: A Distributed Framework for Emerging AI Applications
- Cryptocurrency Blockchains Don’t Need to Be Energy Intensive
- Bitcoin mining heating NY lake and emitting greenhouse gases
- Some locals say a Bitcoin mining operation is ruining one of the Finger Lakes
- “Like a Hot Tub” Bitcoin Mining Effect on Seneca Lake
- Fake Tesla, Apple stocks have started trading on blockchains
- TSB bans cryptocurrency amid fraud concerns with Binance and Kraken
- JanusGraph – Distributed, open source, scalable graph database
- “We’re all criminals now” – South Africa cryptocurrency users
â¦local South African tech writer Jan Vermeulen wrote an article on MyBroadband titled âMoving Bitcoin overseas from your wallet is aâ¦
- Explaining Blockchains to Developers
- Cryptocurrency Jokes Get Serious
- Deep in rural China, Bitcoin miners are packing up
- No more DSLs: Implement and deploy a distributed system with a single program
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Open-Source Chrome Extension for auto-grouping tabs by URL patterns
Chrome extension for auto-grouping tabs by URL patterns – jdhayford/acid-tabs-extension
- Miniflare – Local simulator for developing and testing Cloudflare Workers
- New mystery AWS product ‘Infinidash’ goes viral despite being entirely fictional
Reg chats to developer whose joke that mere mention of a new prod would appear in job ads came true and spawned books, songs, forks, cryptocoin, and more
- Apple Reportedly Storing over 8M Terabytes of iCloud Data on Google Servers
- Pentagon cancels $10B Jedi cloud contract
- Pentagon Scraps $10B Cloud Deal Award to Microsoft
- Apple’s “iCloud Private Relay” broke risk based authentication
Apple’s “iCloud Private Relay” breaks risk based authentication (RIBA). You should get rid of your RIBA process and start towards the passwordless journey.
- Designing Our Serverless Engine: From Kubernetes to Nomad, Firecracker, and Kuma
- Undocumented x86 instructions to control the CPU at the microarchitecture level
- I made a mistake with Terraform and Azure made it worse
- Serverless Computing: A Security Perspective
- Quest for “green” cement draws big name investors to $300B industry
- AWS Lambda Behind the Scenes
Development and languages
- Things I wish Git had: Commit groups
- Research recitation: A first look at rote learning in GitHub Copilot suggestions
- GitHub scraped your code. And they plan to charge you
- Abandoning GitHub
- Commit Often, Perfect Later, Publish Once: Git Best Practices
- Digital Violence: How the NSO Group Enables State Terror
Forensic Architecture’s Digital Violence investigation is a multidimensional study of the global use of the malware Pegasus made by Israeli cyber-surveillance company NSO Group.
- Geohot/twitchcore: A RISC-V core, first in Python, then in Verilog, then on FPGA
- Is GitHub a derivative work of GPL’d software?
- Terrible Programming Features from the Past
- Devlog – converting this WordPress site to Bedrock itself
- Speeding Up the Webcola Graph Viz Library with Rust and WebAssembly
Speeding Up the Webcola Graph Viz Library with Rust + WebAssembly – Casey Primozic’s Blog
- The Programmer’s Brain
Your brain responds in a predictable way when it encounters new or difficult tasks. This unique book teaches you concrete techniques rooted in cognitive science that will improve the way you learn and think about code.
In The Programmer’s Brain: What every programmer needs to know about cognition you will learn:
Fast and effective ways to master new programming languages
- GitHub Copilot giving outdated code
I have been trying to generate code with the help of GPT3 from few months now and recently got access to a better product called Github copilot.
Github Copilot is an VS Code extension which can autocomplete your code and also synthesize code by se…
- Visual Python – open source visual Python code generator
GUI-based Python code generator. Contribute to visualpython/visualpython development by creating an account on GitHub.
- GitHub Copilot generates valid secrets
- Python Best Practices for a New Project in 2021
Intro The goal of this tutorial is to describe Python development ecosystem. It can be helpful for someone coming to Python from another programming language.
They say that you should stick to algorithms and data structures, that you can learn a new language in just a couple of weeks, that it’s just a new syntax. I completely agree that algorithms and data structures are extremely important but when it comes to language it’s slightly more than just syntax.
- GitHub Copilot is not infringing copyright
- Git vs. Fossil: What you should have done vs. What you did
- Music for Programming
- Measuring memory usage in Python: it’s tricky
- The future of programming with certified program synthesis
- GitHub taking company wide wellbeing days July 5-9 and 6 Fridays in Jul/Aug
- Student gets Windows 11 running on a Windows Phone
- A work-in-progress Magit clone for Neovim
magit for neovim. Contribute to TimUntersberger/neogit development by creating an account on GitHub.
- How to Migrate a Git Repository from GitHub to Bitbucket
- The Reason for Windows 11
- Programming Language Memory Models
- Programming Languages + Human-Computer Interaction: SPLASH 2020
- macOS extensions are moving away from the kernel
Management of kernel extensions has changed significantly in Big Sur and later. This overview for users contrasts kexts with user-level extensions which are replacing them.
- Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Windows Flaw
Microsoft on Tuesday issued an emergency software update to quash a security bug that’s been dubbed «PrintNightmare,» a critical vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that is actively being exploited. The fix comes a week ahead of Microsoft’s normal…
- Open-source real-time transcription playground (React, Python, GCP)
- Functools – The Power of Higher-Order Functions in Python
- A simple lazy Python Calculation Engine (with spreadsheet demo)
Simple Python Calculation Engine. Contribute to bsdz/calcengine development by creating an account on GitHub.
- GitHub confirmed using all public code for training copilot regardless license
- A New Python Linter
- Crypto Scammers Rip Off Billions as Pump-and-Dump Schemes Go Digital
- Git-power: emPOWer your commits with bespoke hashes
- Python Module of the Week
- Metaprogramming custom control structures in C
- F# Is the Best Programming Language Today
- A Git repository with 2^28 commits—one for every 7-character shorthash
Git repository with a commit for every single shorthash – not-an-aardvark/every-git-commit-shorthash
- Advice on the privacy and personal data protection aspects of a digital euro
Speed reading skills to quickly comprehend new code
Techniques to unravel the meaning of complex code
Ways to learn new syntax and keep it memorized
Writing code that is easy for others to read
Picking the righ
Quote of the week
It is not that uncommon for the cost of an abstraction to outweigh the benefit it delivers. Kill one today!
— John Carmack
- Bullshit Ability as an Honest Signal of Intelligence
- Intelligence and Practice in Chess Development
- You Need to Quit Twitter
- Leaving Google
- Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills
- Twitter has lost liability protection in India, government says
- Welcome to dystopia: getting fired from your job as an Amazon worker by an app
- How useful was the Netflix Prize challenge for Netflix?
- One-on-one calls with your followers on Twitter
- Open 3D Engine Open Sourced by Amazon
- Google’s unfair performance advantage in Chrome
- More Than 30 States Sue Google over ‘Extravagant’ Fees in Google Play Store
- Connect your bank account to Google Sheets
- Senior Google exec opposes remote work, moves to New Zealand to work remotely
- Google Internal Comics
- Google “bought off Samsung” to limit app store competition, 36 states allege
- Intel Financialized and Lost Leadership in Semiconductor Fabrication
- German region to fine Tesla for illegal construction
- The Amazon Personal Games Policy Is Ridiculous
- Amazon tells bosses to conceal when employees are on performance management plan
- 80% of my traffic is excluded from Google Analytics
- Apple Maps. vs Google Maps
- A bitter pill for Microsoft Copilot
- Is Amazon’s Stock Price Justified? What It Means If It Is
- PowerTOP – diagnose issues with power consumption and power management on Linux
For PowerTOP saving power on IA isn’t everything. It is the only thing! PowerTOP is a Linux tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management. In addition to being a diagnostic tool, PowerTOP also has an interactive mode where the user can experiment various power management settings for cases where the Linux distribution has not enabled these settings. PowerTOP User’s Guide
- John Lewis slams UK education system and offers staff literacy lessons
- On working too hard: finding balance, and lessons learned from others
- Iron Finance’s DeFi bank run – and how Mark Cuban got ‘rekted’
Iron Finance, once a DeFi darling, went from billions to bust in a day. Should investors have seen the crash coming? How stable are algorithmic stablecoins?
- Pro-Trump social media app hacked on launch day as half million sign up
- Ardour -Audacity Alternative to Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux, OS X and Windows
the open source cross-platform DAW
- Quantum Computing just got desktop sized
- Linux Rust Support
- Grafica Obscura – Collected Computer Graphics Hacks (1977-1996-Ish)
- Kaseya Hack: Incident Overview and Technical Details
- Strong quantum computational advantage using a superconducting quantum processor
- Wild birds learn to avoid distasteful prey by watching others
- What if biohackers injected themselves with mRNA?
- Armed Afghan women take to streets in show of defiance against Taliban
- China’s gene giant harvests data from millions of women worldwide
- I learned that stadiums can have different ads depending on channel and country
- Juul, The e-cigarette company, bought an entire issue of a scholarly journal
The e-cigarette company bought an entire issue of a scholarly journal, with all the articles written by authors on its payroll, to âproveâ that its product has a public benefit.
- MIT OpenCourseWare
Unlocking knowledge, empowering minds. Free course notes, videos, instructor insights and more from MIT.
- Programmers, Teach Non-Geeks the True Cost of Interruptions
Interruptions are one of the biggest sources of inefficiency for programmers. Now, to be fair, they’re probably a big source of inefficiency for everyone, but relatively speaking, they’re worse for programmers. To understand what I mean, let’s take someone whose job is in sales. A lot of the day is probably spent on the phone […]
- Linux Audio Is Dead
- 25 Gigabit Linux internet router PC build