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AI, bots and robots
- The future of deep learning is photonic
- The Tokyo Olympic Robots
- Learning that you can use unions in C for grouping things into namespaces
- Todo apps are meant for robots
In my lifetime I’ve tried a dozen todo apps. In the beginning they all seem different, novel and special
- Fast, Efficient Neural Networks Copy Dragonfly Brains
- An attempt at demystifying graph deep learning
- Introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks
- Where are the robotic bricklayers?
When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching back decades. One of these new-but-actually-old ideas is the idea of a mechanical bricklayer, a machine to automate the construction of masonry walls.
- 17th-century botanists filled their gardens with plants from around the world
- UK Politician wants AI ‘nudifying’ tool DeepSukebe banned
- Yann LeCun on his start in AI and recent self-supervised learning research
- Fooling Neural Networks
- Robot police dog that scans homeless people sparks debate
- Learning APL
- Pandas Manual
Blockchain and decentralization
- IPFSify Documentation
- The Bitcoin mine with its own power plant
Environmentalists have criticised the gas-fired mine but the company says it offsets its emissions.
- Infrastructure Bill Cryptocurrency Surveillance Provision Is a Privacy Disaster
The forthcoming Senate draft of Biden’s infrastructure bill—a 2,000+ page bill designed to update the United States’ roads, highways, and digital infrastructure—contains a poorly crafted provision that could create new surveillance requirements for many within the blockchain ecosystem. This could…
- Distributed consensus (blockchain) simulation and visualization
- Ethereum just activated its ‘London’ hard fork
- Senators move to exempt Bitcoin, crypto miners from proposed U.S. tax rules
- A $100k Prize for a Decentralized Inflation Dashboard
- SEC Charges Decentralized Finance Lender for Raising $30M
- World’s Oldest Coin Mint Discovered in 2,800-Year-Old Chinese Foundry
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Cloudflare’s inaccessible browser contradicts the company’s mission
- Don’t Become an Enterprise/IT Architect–Strategist
With increasing IT volumes in the world, landscape change is getting harder and harder, and we need to adapt to that fact. Upper management is very slow to adapt and the Enterprise/IT Architect/Str…
- Google Cloud reported an operating loss of $5.6B in 2020
- Zoom settles US class action privacy lawsuit for $86m
The video conferencing firm denies wrongdoing, but has agreed to boost security measures.
- Varnish: Notes from the Architect
- SaaS Blocks 2.0 – tools for building a SaaS app
- Launching Rust Cloud Native
- Machine Learning with Julia on AWS SageMaker
- Tesla Model S garage fire follows pattern prompting warnings
- Framework Patterns
A software framework is code that calls your (application) code. That’s how we
distinguish a framework from a library. Libraries have aspects of frameworks so
there is a gray area.
My friend Christian
Development and languages
- Reprogrammable Satellite Launched
- Lang Jam: create a programming language in a weekend
Contribute to langjam/langjam development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Texas Instruments new TI-84 Plus CE Python graphing calculator
- New in Git: switch and restore
To my surprise, I recently found out about 2 new additions to the list of high-level commands: git restore and git switch
- Specifying Installation Requirements for Python Projects
- Python Source Code Refactoring Toolkit via AST
Simple python source refactoring toolkit based on AST – GitHub – isidentical/refactor: Simple python source refactoring toolkit based on AST
- MacType: Better Font Rendering for Windows
Better font rendering for Windows. Contribute to snowie2000/mactype development by creating an account on GitHub.
- The State of Python in 2021
At the risk of alienating most of the readership of this magazine, here is a confession. I hated Python for a very long time. My issue was not with the language per se, even though the indentation …
- Beautiful ideas in programming: generators and continuations
- The Windows 96 Story
→ Listen to this story on Racket. “You just learn one thing, and that’s the browser,” quipped Bill Gates while showcasing the then-upcoming Windows 98. The empire that Microsoft had built piecemeal—software languages here, DOS and Windows there, Office and a software ecosystem tying it all together—was suddenly
- Connecting Arduino and Android
- Old Android versions will no longer be able to log into Google account
- WireGuardNT, a high-performance WireGuard implementation for the Windows kernel
- GitHub Copilot is ‘unacceptable and unjust,’ says Free Software Foundation
The non-profit defender of software freedom has raised questions about the fairness, legitimacy, and legality of GitHub’s AI-driven coding assistant.
- LTTng 2.13 facilitates quick reaction to kernel/user-space instrumentation hit
- Microsoft deletes all comments under heavily criticized Windows 11 upgrade video
Some of the now deleted comments accused Microsoft of being tone-deaf, while others harshly criticized Windows 11’s controversial hardware requirements. The company now tries to get the displeased owners of incompatible hardware back under control.
- Gitly: A light and fast GitHub/GitLab alternative written in V lang (pre-alpha)
- Microsoft pauses free Windows 365 cloud PC trials after ‘significant demand’
- Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Phone Numbers
- Parametric Programming – an equational approach to OO and beyond
- Reflections on 10k Hours of Programming
31 reflections from 10,000 hours of deliberate programming practice.
- CalyxOS – De-Googled Android Alternative
Quote of the week
As a programmer, it is your job to put yourself out of business. What you do today can be automated tomorrow.
— Doug McIlroy
- Amazonian moths that drink the tears of sleeping birds
A rare tear-feeding moth discovered in Brazil could help explain the bizarre behavior and whether it harms the birds.
- Download a CSV of your Amazon purchases
- Microsoft Office 2010: Can’t be activated anymore?
[German]Owners of Microsoft Office 2010 who are still using this package should realize that this product has not only fallen out of Microsoft support, but can also no longer be re-activated in case of a fresh install. Microsoft seems to refuses now to activate the product after a re-install, as I h
- Life Without Google: Australia Is Now Facing the Unthinkable
- How Google quietly funds Europe’s leading tech policy institutes
- Intel Executive Posts Thunderbolt 5 Photo Then Deletes It: 80 Gbps and Pam-3
- Square announces plans to acquire Afterpay
- Tesla big battery fire under control after burning more than three days
- Google Tensor debuts on the new Pixel 6 this fall
- Amazon should redo union election over improprieties, NLRB officer recommends
- Official recommends rerun in Amazon union fight
- Tesla battery burned for four days
The large battery fire that started at Moorabool on Friday has been brought under control.
- The slow collapse of Amazon’s drone delivery dream
- Amazon Unlawfully Confiscated Union Literature, NLRB Finds
The National Labor Relations Board found that Amazon illegally interfered with worker organizing at its Staten Island, New York warehouse in May.
- Tesla CEO berated employees, investors and tried to get rid of safety measures
- AMD Radeon Pro W6000X for Mac Pro
- PhD student in Switzerland expelled after criticizing the CCP in Twitter
4,149 votes and 468 comments so far on Reddit
- Leaked Document Says Google Fired Dozens of Employees for Data Misuse
Some allegations potentially center around accessing Google user or employee data.
- Netflix announces Space X documentary on civilian mission into orbit
- Microsoft Edge Experimenting with a Super Duper Secure Mode
- 1.2M Tesla Cybertruck Pre-Orders
- Google Chrome to remove alert() inside cross-origin iframes in a future version
- Google hits undo on Chrome browser alert change that broke websites, web apps
- Tesla Owner Billed over $14,000 for Accidental Full Self-Driving Purchase
- Google Co-Founder Larry Page Allowed into New Zealand Despite Closed Border
- Amazon postpones return to office until January 2022
- Open-source intelligence challenges state monopolies on information
Academics, activists and amateurs are making imaginative use of powerful tools | Briefing
- The Pleasures of Tsundoku: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Book Piles
- Who Will Pay to Protect Tech Giants from Rising Seas?
- I was a teacher for 17 years, but couldn’t read or write
- Why women gymnasts compete to music in their floor routines but men don’t
- “Pregnant Women”
- The quiet battle raging around open banking
- Steam survey shows Linux marketshare hitting 1.0%
- Nordigen Free banking data API (EU)
- Back to Linux
- The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide
- Rep. Takano Introduces Legislation to Reduce the Standard Workweek to 32 Hours
The Official U.S. House website of Congressman Mark Takano of California District 41
- Pegasus spyware found on journalists’ phones, French intelligence confirms
- AMD and Valve Working on New Linux CPU Performance Scaling Design
- Paving the Way to Small-Sized Room-Temperature Quantum Computers
- Quaternion Quantum Mechanics
- The Education of Melvyn Bragg
- Indie Hackers: Now Invite-Only
- Ultra fast Thunderbolt NAS with Apple M1 and Linux
In this post I discuss how you can upgrade a NAS Server by adding Thunderbolt 3 for lightning fast connectivity at 20 or 40Gbps. This particular implementation is specific to an Apple Mac Mini M1 an
- Why don’t tech companies pay their engineers to stay?
- Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch Expand to Canada and More US Universities
This school year, tens of thousands of college students in the US and Canada will enjoy the convenience of mobile student IDs in the Wallet app.
- Test quantum mechanics in space – invest US$1B
Shooting glass beads across the inside of a satellite could probe the limits of quantum wave behaviour. Here’s how.
- Why you should learn SQL
Learn programming tools fast. Then remember them.
- Learn to identify the birds at any location in the world
- Woman sues L.A. after being struck by car on a street where tents block sidewalk
The Valley Village resident said she had gone to the 101 overpass on Gower Street to distribute sandwiches and water to people living at the encampment.
- NIST’s Quantum Crystal Could Be a New Dark Matter Sensor
- What do many terrorists have in common? They abuse women
- Making Sierra Pay
- A tweet cost his doctorate: Extent of China’s influence on Swiss universities
- What We Are Not Teaching Boys About Being Human