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AI, bots and robots
- Photonic Computing for Transformative AI
- Machine-learning improves the prediction of stroke recovery
- Who’s running the Vincere bot network on Instagram?
- Handwriting is better than typing when learning a new language, study finds
- Contrastive Representation Learning
The main idea of contrastive learning is to learn representations such that similar samples stay close to each other, while dissimilar ones are far apart. Contrastive learning can be applied to both supervised and unsupervised data and has been shown to achieve good performance on a variety of vision and…
- RMA: Rapid Motor Adaptation for Legged Robots
- Reddit is forcing SaveVideo to shut down
- Resources for Learning Computational Complexity Theory
- Constructions in Combinatorics via Neural Networks
- Pay It Forward – P2P Crowdfunding for African Entrepreneurs
- The Alexander: Why did you build such a long piano?
- Only Train Once: A One-Shot Neural Network Training and Pruning Framework
- Four lessons from a year building tools for machine learning
- The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think with Analogies
- BlenderBot 2.0: A chatbot that builds long-term memory and searches the internet
Blockchain and decentralization
- Atlassian Compass: Mission control for your distributed architecture
- Met Police seize record £180m of cryptocurrency in London
- Apache Heron: A realtime, distributed, fault-tolerant stream processing engine
- Farm – an experiment in distributed peer-to-peer computing
- Thinking in Events: From Databases to Distributed Collaboration Software
- Paxos vs. Raft: Have we reached consensus on distributed consensus?
- I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency”
- Mathematical Coincidence
- Ethereum London Mainnet Announcement
After a successful testnet deployement, the London upgrade is now ready to be activated on the Ethereum mainnet. It will go live on block 12 965 000, which is expected between August 3-5, 2021. Client Versions In order to be compatible with the London upgrade, node operators will need to…
- Google Drive bans distribution of “misleading content”
- Defense Motion: Bitcoin is not “money” within the meaning of 18 U.S..C. § 1960
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- PostgreSQL, Memory and the Cloud
Intro to Memory Management Most software can not predict the exact memory needs during compile time, so memory is dynamically allocated during run time. When a programm needs more memory it requests a new chunk of memory from the operating system. The OS can either grant or deny the request. Most modern software does not always care very much about the amount that is actually needed and tries to get a lot more than is currently necessary – just to have some spare for bad times.
- Special Report: Afghan pilots assassinated by Taliban as U.S. withdraws
- Emacs Tramp over AWS SSM APIs
- AWS Cost Saving Recommendations
- Bank of England to crack down on ‘secretive’ cloud computing services
- Windows 365 Cloud PC
- Undocumented x86 instructions to control the CPU at the microarchitecture level
- Undocumented x86 instructions to control the CPU at the microarchitecture level
- Remote code execution in cdnjs of Cloudflare
Preface (日本語版も公開されています。) Cloudflare, which runs cdnjs, is running a “Vulnerability Disclosure Program” on HackerOne, which allows hackers to perform vulnerability assessments. This article describes vulnerabilities reported through this program and published with the permission of the Cloudflare security team. So this article is not intended to recommend you to perform an unauthorized vulnerability assessment. If you found any vulnerabilities in Cloudflare’s product, please report it to Cloudflare’s vulnerability disclosure program. TL;DR There was a vulnerability in the cdnjs library update server that cou
- Google parts with Cloud VP over his manifesto renouncing his antisemitism
- Consciousness and the Laws of Physics
We have a much better understanding of physics than we do of consciousness. I consider ways in which intrinsically mental aspects of fundamental ontology might induce modifications of the known laws …
Development and languages
- The Geography of Open Source Software: Evidence from GitHub
- Fluvio: A programmable data platform
- Cavalry – 2D Animation Software for Mac and Windows
- Dot Ink programming language
- Jelly: a recreational programming language inspired by J
- Programmers fired, including me, due to a single app crash
- I’m a programmer – how can I help SciHub?
- The Potential Orwellian Horror of Central Bank Digital Currencies
As citizens around the world are confronted with the severe curtailment of political, economic and cultural freedoms associated with COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies (e.g., lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations and/or vaccine passports), new risks to economic freedom and prosperity are quickly emerging which citizens must be aware of and remain vigilant about. One of these risks which is developing with rapid pace are Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). According to a Bank of International S
- Risk Assessment of GitHub Copilot
Risk Assessment of GitHub Copilot. GitHub Gist: instantly share code, notes, and snippets.
- Windows 11 still doesn’t understand our complex lives – and it hurts
- Łukasz Langa Is the New CPython Developer in Residence
- Python for Excel: A Modern Environment for Automation and Data Analysis
Python for Excel is an O’Reilly book by Felix Zumstein.
- maildog – Hosting email forwarding service on AWS with GitHub Actions
🐶 Hosting your own email forwarding service on AWS and manage it with Github Actions – edmundhung/maildog
- WebAssembly from Scratch: From FizzBuzz to DooM
WebAssembly from Scratch: From FizzBuzz to DooM. Contribute to diekmann/wasm-fizzbuzz development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Eurosystem launches digital euro project
- Red: A programming language inspired by REBOL
- C++ Is the New Python
- Microsoft Unveils Windows 365
- IP Attorney Discusses GitHub Copilot
The release of GitHub Copilot raises questions about potential copyright infringement and license compliance issues.
- Paradox Game Converters Collected on GitHub
- Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2021-34481)
- The original source for the 1981 masterpiece “Defender” is now on GitHub
The original source for Eugene Jarvis and Sam Dicker’s 1981 masterpiece “Defender” has been put on GitHub this week! The source code can be assembled into an executable that you c…
Quote of the week
Once you’ve dressed and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.
— Coco Chanel
- Google boss: The free and open internet is under attack
Sundar Pichai says AI will change the world – and defends Google’s record on tax, privacy and data.
- Amazon.com and its app are currently broken
- Amazon.com product pages are down
- Scenarios Tesla FSD Beta 9.0 fails
- Google and Microsoft have opaque and unpredictable ad moderation
- Why Google’s bookmark manager and Docs have purposefully bad UI
- Tesla’s $16k Quote for a $700 Fix Is Why Right to Repair Matters
This is what people are fighting for.
- A Repair Would Cost $16,000 at Tesla: The Electrified Garage Did It for $700
- France fines Google €500M over copyright row
France’s antitrust watchdog slapped a 500 million euro ($593 million) fine on Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Tuesday for failing to comply with the regulator’s orders on how to conduct talks with the country’s news publishers in a row over copyright.
- Fakeflix – Netflix open source clone
- Amazon SQS is 15 Years Old
- A review and how-to guide for Microsoft Form Recognizer
- Jeff Bezos’ Dystopian Legacy Goes Far Beyond Amazon
In the new report âThe Amazon Panopticon,â UNI Global Union catalogues the various methods Amazon uses to pile pressure on workers through extreme surveillance and monitoring.
- Google is capping Meet’s formerly unlimited group video calls to hour for free
- Amazon has acquired Facebook’s satellite internet team
- Microsoft/IoT-for-Beginners: 12 Weeks, 24 Lessons, IoT for All
12 Weeks, 24 Lessons, IoT for All! Contribute to microsoft/IoT-For-Beginners development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Microsoft exec: “Summary of meeting with Steve Jobs”
- The Well-Tempered Traveler
- Google engineer who criticized company in viral comics on why he finally quit
Software engineer Manu Cornet says Google went from being like Disneyland to like any other profit-driven company.
- Humanity Has Flipped the Amazon Forest from Carbon Sink to Source
- Google tries out error correction on its quantum processor
- Google just removed my app with no prior warning
- Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs
- Intel in talks to buy GlobalFoundries for about $30B
Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in talks to buy semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc for about $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
- Tesla’s Table Salt Patent Could Be a Game Changer
- Tesla’s new patent involves using table salt to mine lithium
- Israeli Firm’s Spyware Used Against Dissidents, Microsoft Says
- How Amazon turned a generation against labor
- Google executive steps down after offensive manifesto about antisemitic past
- Apple removes ‘Fakespot’ app from iOS App Store following Amazon request
- Tesla launches its Full Self-Driving subscription package for $199 per month
- This week in KDE: KDE-powered SteamDeck revealed
- What I learned from Erlang about Resiliency in Systems Design
- A Look into CBL-Mariner, Microsoft’s Internal Linux Distribution
- USA Today is getting a paywall. Who’s the audience for it?
The marketplace for online news has thus far rewarded (a) premium quality and (b) local connection. USA Today’s digital subscription offering seems likely, in its current form at least, to fall between those two stools.
- Women of Venice Discover Boating
- ‘You Just Feel Like Nothing’: California to Pay Sterilization Victims
- Teaching other teachers how to teach CS better
- Luxury Surveillance
- I critiqued my past papers on social media – here’s what I learnt
- Portable GELI: A portable version of FreeBSD GELI on Linux (with write support)
- Reducing the Computational Cost of Deep Reinforcement Learning Research
- Sega sued for ‘rigged’ arcade machine
The Key Master game machine has been a target for years
- How to win a hackathon without coming in first place
To win first place at a hackathon, you need to combine multiple components… and that’s not always possible. Here’s how to make the most of your next hackathon without coming in ‘first place’.
- A Facebook engineer abused access to user data to track down woman
- Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove content of journalists
Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) saw a surge in government demands worldwide in 2020 to take down content posted by journalists and news outlets, according to data released by the social media platform.
- Facebook plans to pay creators $1B to use its products
- Learn Something Old Every Day
- iOS zero-day let SolarWinds hackers compromise fully updated iPhones
- Faster sorted array unions by reducing branches
- SQLBolt – Interactive lessons and exercises to learn SQL
- How to unlearn a disease
- I made an interactive anti-procrastination video course
Learn to overcome procrastination with 5 min videos, and go to bed happy
- State Dept. To Pay Up to $10M for Information on Foreign Cyberattacks
- The Long Road to Linux-Only
- Of Course We Can Make a CSS-Only Clock That Tells the Current Time
- Israel’s Candiru sold states spyware to hack journalists and dissidents
- Master’s degrees are the second biggest scam in higher education?