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AI, bots and robots
- Speeding Up Reinforcement Learning with a New Physics Simulation Engine
- OpenAI disbands its robotics research team
- AI that finds disease targets and predicts a drug’s chances of FDA approval
- Robot teardown, stripping industrial collaborative robots for good
- Don’t Let Police Arm Autonomous or Remote-Controlled Robots and Drones
- “Neuroprosthesis” restores words to man with paralysis
Researchers at UC San Francisco have successfully developed a âspeech neuroprosthesisâ that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear as text on a screen.
- Gort is a chatbot framework designed for chatops
- EvilModel: Hiding Malware Inside of Neural Network Models
Delivering malware covertly and detection-evadingly is critical to advanced
malware campaigns. In this paper, we present a method that delivers malware
covertly and detection-evadingly through neural network models. Neural network
models are poorly explainable and have a good generalization ability. By
embedding malware into the neurons, malware can be delivered covertly with
minor or even no impact on the performance of neural networks. Meanwhile, since
the structure of the neural network models remains unchanged, they can pass the
security scan of antivirus engines. Experiments show that 36.9MB of malware can
be embedded into a 178MB-AlexNe
- NYT gives ‘water witches’ the both-sides treatment
- Good Riddance, TurboTax. Americans Need a Real ‘Free File’ Program
- AI and Robots Are a Minefield of Cognitive Biases
- Beware explanations from AI in health care
- Web-based visualization for robotics and autonomous vehicles
- Algorithmic Botany, Biological Modelling and Visualization Software
- AI breakthrough could spark medical revolution
- Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian warship sunk near Alexandria
The fast galley probably sank during an earthquake in the 100s BCE.
Blockchain and decentralization
- Police Destroy 1,069 Bitcoin Miners with Big Ass Steamroller in Malaysia
- ToyDB: Distributed SQL Database in Rust
Distributed SQL database in Rust, written as a learning project – GitHub – erikgrinaker/toydb: Distributed SQL database in Rust, written as a learning project
- Cryptocurrency is like taking the worst parts of today’s capitalist system
- Watch 1k illegal Bitcoin PCs get literally steamrolled, experience justice
- Nebulus: An IPFS-Less IPFS
- Torpar: TUI Client for Torrent Paradise (Distributed Torrent Search)
- EU plans to make Bitcoin transfers more traceable
- Intel Distribution for Python
- Ethereum dev Virgil Griffith back in jail after checking $1M Coinbase account
- Bitcoin: On anyone-can-spend Pay-to-Taproot outputs before activation
While working on taproot support for transactionfee.info, it became apparent that there already exist a few Pay-to-Taproot (P2TR) outputs on mainnet. Anyone can spend these outputs, but they are non-standard and thus not relayed between nodes in the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network. However, a mining pool can include non-standard transactions in their block. We cover the six P2TR outputs already present on mainnet and explain why the outputs can be spent by anyone before taproot activates.
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Old pattern powering modern tech
- The Imaginarium of a Solarpunk Architect
Imagine a world in which nature is intertwined with the industrial: giant lotus flowers replace concrete skyscrapers; an urban forest forms a city constantly in shift through a tree’s life cycle. This is the imaginarium of Belgian architect Luc Schuiten. To discover his work is to fall under the spe
- Are there flaws in some ARM64 instructions?
- Solving Machine Learning Performance Anti-Patterns: A Systematic Approach
- Bird of the Day: Using Azure Computer Vision to count birds in my yard
- GPU Architecture Types Explained
- Our lawsuit against ChessBase
- AWS Now Allows Customers to Pay for Their Usage in Advance
- Digger.dev – A PaaS that generates Terraform, in your AWS account
- I built my first serverless robot and won $1000
- A Twitter thread sparked a lawsuit against Nieman Lab’s founder
In the thirteen years since it was founded, Harvard University’s Nieman Lab has developed a reputation for thoughtful explorations of digital trends in journalism and incisive critiques of how reporters and editors go about their business. The Lab’s founder, Joshua Benton, and Harvard, are now facing scrutiny of their own. A former journalism professor has […]
- MicroK8s – Low-ops, minimal Kubernetes, for cloud, clusters, Edge and IoT
MicroK8s is the simplest production-grade upstream K8s. Lightweight and focused. Single command install on Linux, Windows and macOS. Made for devops, great for edge, appliances and IoT. Full high availability Kubernetes with autonomous clusters.
- AWS’s Egregious Egress
- Cloud Naming Convention
- Cloudflare’s Handling of an RCE Vulnerability in Cdnjs
Development and languages
- Nim on the Attack: Process Injection Using Nim and the Windows API
I was fortunate enough to start my front end career by actually using bare bones JS and CSS while we were trained 3/6 months. Others are not so lucky, they have to jump in on frameworks directly. In this post, I give a gentle introduction of React’s state and component model by comparing it with vanilla JS, primarily intended for beginners.
- GitHub Copilot: First Impressions
A glimpse of the coming paradigm shift in how we do development
- CuVec: Unifying Python/C++/CUDA memory
- Windows Hello bypassed using infrared image
- Thoughts on “The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation”
- Torvalds wants new NTFS driver in kernel
- Nvidia Shield TV Owners Are Pissed About the Banner Ads in Android TV
- Brython is an implementation of Python 3 running in the browser
- Is GitHub Copilot a blessing, or a curse?
Making neural nets uncool again
- Support for team members who are mistreated in their country
Why is this change being made? This MR shows support to team members who are being mistreated in their country and…
- Programmatic Video Editing with Python
Video editing with Python. Contribute to Zulko/moviepy development by creating an account on GitHub.
- A digital museum of video game levels
Two months ago my younger brother asked:-bhaiya I want to learn how to make a website, can you please help me.
I asked, bro you have just completed your… 1120 comments on LinkedIn
- Using WebAssembly threads from C, C++ and Rust
Learn how to bring multithreaded applications written in other languages to WebAssembly.
- Cargo Cult Programming
- Why aren’t there more programming-language startups?
In this blog post, Jean Yang talks about why there aren’t more “deep tech” developer tools startups. Jean debunks myths about lack of budget or developer buying power—and focuses on how we can all work together to use deeply technical solutions to solve major developer problems.
- MS Windows Defender and DeCSS
False MS Windows Defender positive of DeCSS DVD decryption software as a virus.
- Sell.app – A simple way to sell digital goods
- Macros on Steroids, Or: How Can Pure C Benefit from Metaprogramming
- Microsoft confirms taskbar in Windows 11 no longer supports drag and drop
- Digital Vegan
- GitHub brings supply chain security features to the Go community
GitHubâs supply chain security features are now available for Go modules, which will help the Go community discover, report & prevent vulnerabilities.
- Central Bank Digital Currency – US Senate Testimony of Dr. Neha Narula
- Researchers are pulling movements out of microfilm with digital history
- HiveNightmare a.k.a. SeriousSAM – anybody can read the registry in Windows 10
This is the story of how all non-admin users can read the registryâââand so elevate privileges and access sensitive credential informationâ¦
- How the Python import system works
Quote of the week
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
— George Santayana
- Google Maps updates ‘dangerous’ Ben Nevis route
- 12 Months, 850 Languages, 63 Fonts, No Waiting Or: Thank God for Google Noto
- Toxoplasmosis: An important risk factor for acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection
- Apple boots app that called BS on fake Amazon reviews from App Store
- Tesla is charging owners $1,500 for hardware they already paid for
This weekend, Tesla started offering their long-awaited Full Self-Driving subscription package for $199/month. Along with the package, Tesla is offering a $1,500 hardware upgrade for early owners who have old hardware that is not capable of full self-driving tasks. The problem is, Tesla previously told those same owners that their cars were capable of full […]
- Zoom to Acquire Five9 for $14.7 billion
- U.S. and key allies accuse China of Microsoft Exchange cyberattacks
- Amazon Shuts Down NSO Group Infrastructure
The move comes as activist and media organizations publish new findings on the Israeli surveillance vendor.
- Amazon.com’s Conditions of Use – Disputes now resolved by the courts
- Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Beta Software Used on Public Roads Lacks Safeguards
- SWE Book (Software Engineering at Google) Is Freely Available
- Man dies of a heart attack after minors swatted him over his rare Twitter handle
- Bezos thanks Amazon workers and customers for his vast wealth
- Tesla plans to open its charging network to other EVs later this year
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) plans to open its network of superchargers to other electric vehicles later this year, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Twitter.
- Epic Games acquires Sketchfab, a 3D model sharing platform
- Twitter tests Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons
- Alias – Google Alerts for your favorite people
- Google broke a conditional statement that verifies passwords on Chrome OS
- Google now shows why it ranked a specific search result
- Intrinsic, a new Alphabet company
Unlocking the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers
- If Richard Feynman applied for a job at Microsoft
Interviewer: Now comes the part of the interview where we ask a question to test your creative thinking ability. Don’t think too hard about it, just
- Tesla Autopilot thinks the moon is a yellow traffic light
- EV startup Rivian announces $2.5 bln funding round led by Amazon, Ford
- Sci-Hub Twitter account suspended
- Choose whether Search can show you personal results based on your Google Account
- Pay secrecy: Why some workers can’t discuss salaries
- Learn Something Old Every Day, Part II
- Looking Glass: Run a Windows VM on Linux in a Window with Native Performance
- Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists
- How NSO’s Pegasus Is Used to Spy on Journalists
- iOS 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus
- How to Learn Stuff Quickly
- iMessage, Apple Music used by NSO Pegasus to attack journalist iPhones
- Things I Learned Reading Webkit’s UA Stylesheet
- Primer – A conversational learning medium designed for self-learners
- Linux 5.0 shown to boot on ESP32 processor
ESP32 IoT processor supports up to 8MB PSRAM which makes it just enough to run a minimal version of Linux. There’s little practical application for it,
- Don’t Wanna Pay Ransom Gangs? Test Your Backups
Browse the comments on virtually any story about a ransomware attack and you will almost surely encounter the view that the victim organization could have avoided paying their extortionists if only they’d had proper data backups. But the ugly truth…
- CBL-Mariner – Linux OS for Azure 1P services and edge appliances
Linux OS for Azure 1P services and edge appliances – GitHub – microsoft/CBL-Mariner: Linux OS for Azure 1P services and edge appliances
- Hungarian journalists and critics of Orbán were targeted with Pegasus
Hungarian targets include media owner ZoltÃ¡n Varga and his acquaintances, the son and lawyer of former oligarch Lajos Simicska, and several investigative reporters.
- size_t-to-int vulnerability in Linux’s filesystem layer
- Square Banking
Square now offers business banking for small businesses. ✓Manage Cash Flow ✓Checking & Savings Accounts ✓Small Business Loans
- Sequoia: A deep root in Linux’s filesystem layer (CVE-2021-33909)
- Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit at Record Rate
- Teaching Tech Together
- NSO Group Hacked
- Nepalese dev learned front end without access to a PC
- Quantum Computing Hype Is Bad for Science
- Man Arrested in Connection with Alleged Role in Twitter Hack
- I just learned I only have months to live. This is what I want to say
- Wiser – minimal hypervisor boots Linux VM. Written in C
- Technical Introduction to the Use of Trusted Platform Module 2.0 with Linux
- Even if you’re paying, you’re still the product
- UK wants to reform Official Secrets law by pretending journalism doesn’t exist
- My app failed: Lessons learned
- California sues Activision Blizzard over unequal pay, sexual harassment
- Learn Python by doing fun interactive exercises
- Why is the university of California dropping the SAT?
- Rust for Linux Redux
On July 4, the Rust for Linux project
another version of its patch set adding support for the language to the
kernel. It would seem that the project feels that it is ready to be considered for
merging into the mainline. Perhaps a bigger question lingers, though: is the kernel
development community ready for Rust? That part still seems to be up in the air.
- Can consciousness be explained by quantum physics?