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AI, bots and robots
- AI training with PII for small players
- Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield, who revolutionized neuroimaging
- Alexa, Ring, and Astro: Where’s My Privacy, Amazon?
- Honda prepping AI robots electric air travel and lunar technology for 2030
- Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Industry 4.0
- Research AI – Your 24/7 AI Writing Assistant
- DeepMind AI predicts incoming rainfall with high accuracy
- AI can predict if it will rain in two hours’ time
- McKinsey never told the FDA it was working for both the FDA and opioid makers
- AI Is No Match for the Quirks of Human Intelligence
We may sometimes behave like computers, but more often, we are creative, irrational, and not always too bright.
- After a decade as Apple’s assistant, Siri still hasn’t figured out the job
- ChessCoach – A neural chess engine that comments on each player’s moves
- Towards Learning to Play Piano with Dexterous Hands and Touch
- How to train large deep learning models as a startup
Training large deep learning models is expensive and slow. Yet, startups are all about iterating fast. In this post, we share the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years.
- A visit from a social robot improves hospitalized children’s outlook
- $35M to leverage AI for better water management (Olea Edge Analytics)
Blockchain and decentralization
- FoundationDB: A Distributed Unbundled Transactional Key Value Store
- Metastable Failures in Distributed Systems
- Tox: Decentralized and Encrypted Instant Messaging
- Trillion-dollar platinum coin could be minted at the last minute
- Cryptocurrencies’ Carbon Footprint Underestimated
- Why web3 distributed libraries will change the world
- A trillion-dollar coin could be minted within hours of an emergency decision
- A distributed locking library built on top of Cloud Spanner and TrueTime
- A Bitcoin Mining Operation Started a Secret Power Plant, It Did Not Go as Plannd
- Yes, Bitcoin Is a Ponzi
- El Salvador’s Bitcoin use grows but headaches persist
A growing number of El Salvadorans have experimented with bitcoin since the country became the first to adopt it as legal tender last month, with a couple of million dollars sent daily by migrants using the cryptocurrency.
- 1 Year of Coinbase as a mission focused company – Brian Armstrong
- US Justice Department Launches a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team
- Shiba Inu shitcoin available on Coinbase for trading
Woman computer scientist of the week
Susan Dumais is an American computer scientist who is a leader in the field of information retrieval, and has been a significant contributor to Microsoft’s search technologies. According to Mary Jane Irwin, who heads the Athena Lecture awards committee, «Her sustained contributions have shaped the thinking and direction of human-computer interaction and information retrieval.»
Cloud and architecture
- Choice Architecture
- Cloud Wars and Company Wars
- SpotML – Managed ML Training on Cheap AWS/GCP Spot Instances
SpotML is a CLI tool that lets you train machine learning models on spot instances, easily and automatically. Save up to 70% on your cloud bill now.
- A curated list of PaaS and tools to emulate PaaS on cloud
- For Tesla, Facebook and Others, AI’s Flaws Are Getting Harder to Ignore
- Cloudflare just disrupted 3 industries in 1 week
- My own personal AWS S3 bucket
I’ve just rediscovered two digital assets that I’d forgotten about. 1. The Reddit username judell, which I created in 2005 and never used. When you visit the page it says “hmmR…
- Rowy: Open-source Airtable alternative on Google Cloud
- Comparing AWS’s RDS and PlanetScale
- Timescale Announces New Database Cloud
- The New Timescale Cloud
- Bytesize Architecture Sessions
- Will Cloudflare R2 Win Customers from Amazon S3?
Cloudflare announced their exciting new object storage product, Cloudflare R2. Will they take market share?
- Terraform vs. AWS CloudFormation
Several years ago I actually cared about the differences between AWS CloudFormation and Terraform. Namely, that Terraform did not provideâ¦
- RenderingNG: An architecture that makes and keeps Chrome fast for the long term
Our continual investments in the performance of Chrome have led to significant improvements in battery life, memory, and the speed of the we…
- AWS S3? Cloudflare R2? We think we know what’s coming next
- Cloudflare doesn’t have to cut off copyright-infringing websites, judge rules
- Vim Anti-Patterns That Cause Beginners To:Quit
- Lucid – software architecture for scalable Laravel projects
- Firefox: Dark pattern consent dialog invites users to share their location
- The Off-Grid Laws of Every State in America
The laws about off-grid electric, water, and sewage in every state in America, including information on how local governments make off-grid living illegal.
Development and languages
- Pull Requests vs. Pair Programming
Why choosing when you can have both?
- Windows 11 Half of enterprise workstations dont meet the new system requirements
- Gollum – A simple, Git-powered wiki with a sweet API and local frontend
A simple, Git-powered wiki with a sweet API and local frontend. – GitHub – gollum/gollum: A simple, Git-powered wiki with a sweet API and local frontend.
- Windows 11 review: An unnecessary replacement for Windows 10
- Maintenance windows are a mistake
- Unified Shader Programming in C++
In real-time graphics, the strict separation of programming languages and
environments for host (CPU) code and GPU code results in code duplication,
subtle compatibility bugs, and additional development and maintenance costs. In
contrast, popular general-purpose GPU (GPGPU) programming models like CUDA and
C++ AMP avoid many of these issues by presenting unified programming
environments where both host and GPU code are written in the same language, can
be in the same file, and share lexical scopes. To bring the benefits of unified
programming to real-time graphics, this paper examines graphics-specific
challenges that complicate the developme
- BANCStar: Financial Programming Language
- Python 3.11
- Hermit Programmers Are Dead
With the advent of cloud computing and AI, there is no room for hermit programmers. You better diversify your skills or perish in the process, so don’t call yourself just a programmer anymore.
- Monads for Clojure Programmers
- Android 12 is live in AOSP
Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering Today we’re pushing the source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and officially re…
- Windows 11 has started rolling out worldwide
- A new public beta of GitHub Releases
GitHub Releases has a new look and updated tools to make it easier for open source communities to create and share high-quality releases with auto-generated release notes.
- GitHub Repositories with Links to Academic Papers
- GitHub Having Issues
- .NET Foundation under fire as resigning board member questions its role
- MaryJane – Mjpeg server in 30 lines of async Python
- A Git Implementation in Awk
A git implementation in awk. Contribute to djanderson/aho development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Python 3.11: “Zero cost” exception handling
- Gentle Introduction to Realtime Fluid Simulation for Programmers and Artists
- Faster Python with Guido van Rossum
Listen now (31 min) | Making the Python interpreter faster
- GitHub Advisory Database now powers NPM audit
- Sat, the tiny WebAssembly compute module
- No-code in manufacturing: automation without programming
- Android wallpaper images can threaten privacy
Android 12 features Material You, a new UI theming system based on color extraction. Find out how this feature jeopardizes user privacy and what you can do to protect yourself.
- How the .NET Foundation kerfuffle became a brouhaha
How the .NET Foundation kerfuffle became a brouhaha
- Hugo Themes ranked by GitHub Stars (with preview)
- State of Digital Nomads
- Goodbye WordPress, Hello Jamstack
- Git as a Storage
- Python leads Tiobe Index for first time in 20 years
- Ć Programming Language
Quote of the week
The most important single aspect of software development is to be clear about what you are trying to build.
— Bjarne Stroustrup
- Tesla produces 238k; delivers 241k vehicles in Q3 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, October 2, 2021 – In the third quarter, we produced approximately 238,000 vehicles and delivered over 240,000 vehicles. We would like to thank our customers for their patience as we work through global supply chain and logistics challenges
- Google destroyed our startup by terminating our Play Developer Account
First of all, anyone reading this post, I wish health to you and your loved ones in this tough time of the pandemic.
- Amazon-backed EV maker Rivian discloses nearly $1B losses in IPO filing
- Google developing own CPUs for Chromebook laptops
US software giant ramps up hiring blitz for semiconductor and hardware ambitions
- Tesla Autopilot Hits a Deer
- ‘Seinfeld’ Fans Upset That Netflix’s Aspect Ratio Cuts Out Jokes, Literally
- Removing my site from Google search
At this point, we’re slowly starting to understand the threat that surveillance capitalism poses to democracy and human autonomy. With your phone’s operating system being run by Google, your every question answered by Google Search, and Google scripts on every website you visit, it’s difficult to overstate how intimately the company knows you. This knowledge is then squeezed to extract the maximum possible profit – not just by showing you a “relevant ad” above a search result, but by modifying your off-screen behaviour. Nudging us to consume more is only the most banal example of a process and a power that’s fundamentally antith
- Google keyword warrants give U.S. government data on search users
- Brave and Firefox to intercept links that force-open in Microsoft Edge
Brave and Firefox implement support for the microsoft-edge: URL scheme. Brave to hijack Bing search links. Plus, the history of all this anti-competitive crap.
- Apple execs describe a “unique arrangement” with Netflix
- Tesla Ordered to Pay Worker $137M for Racism at Plant
- Tesla must pay $137M to ex-worker over hostile work environment, racism
- Lead time for new Intel NIC orders is quoted around 52 weeks
- Stripe Press
- Nios V – Intel’s RISC-V Processor
Nios® V soft processor is based on the open-source RISC-V ISA.
- Moving Google toward the mainline
Two Google engineers came to Open
Source Summit North America 2021 to talk about a project to change the
way the company creates and maintains the kernel it runs in its data
centers on its production
systems. Andrew Delgadillo and Dylan Hatch described the current production
kernel (Prodkernel) and the problems that occur because it is so far from
the mainline. Project Icebreaker is an effort to change that and to
provide a near-mainline kernel for development and testing within Google;
the talk looked at the project, its risks, its current status, and its plans.
- Tesla to pay $137M to former contractor in racial discrimination case
- Did iOS 15 kill Google AMP
- Intel CEO Cites Brexit as Reason for Chip Fab Plans in UK Not an Option
- Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content
- Tesla moving headquarters to Texas from California
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday the electric carmaker plans to move its headquarters from Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto, California to Austin, Texas, where it is building a massive car and battery manufacturing complex.
- Intel said it didn’t consider UK for new chip-making factory because of Brexit
- Google’s recruiting system is famously brutal. Many workers think it’s failing
- Google Dropping Material Design for iOS Apps
Me, back in 2015: Google to iOS users: thanks for using our apps, please enjoy Android UI conventions— Jason Snell (@jsnell) October 8, 2015 Jeff Verkoeyen, staff engineering lead for Google â¦
- Tesla’s Texas Move Is Latest Sign of California Losing Tech Grip
- PipeWire and fixing the Linux Video Capture stack
- Is Hacking the Next Struggle for Agriculture?
- Ugit – DIY Git in Python
- Is Crypto Banking the Unbanked?
Crypto has long been pretending to bank the unbanked. But what does that actually mean?
- Futurecoder – A free online interactive Python course
- Teach Me PCB
- Personal Information of More Than 1.5B Facebook Users Sold on Hacker Forum
Data on over 1.5 billion Facebook users is being sold on a hacking-related forum, enabling cybercriminals advertisers to target users.
- A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Woman
- Hackers drain cryptocurrency accounts of thousands of Coinbase users
- PayPal Raises Fees for Most Domestic Transaction Types to 3.49% + $0.49
- Sixel-tmux displays graphics even if your terminal has no Sixel support
sixel-tmux is a fork of tmux, with just one goal: having the most reliable support of graphics – GitHub – csdvrx/sixel-tmux: sixel-tmux is a fork of tmux, with just one goal: having the most reliab…
- It is easier to educate a Do-er than to motivate the educated
- Asahi Linux for M1 Macs: progress report for September 2021
Porting Linux to Apple Silicon
- A USB Fan Controller that now works under Linux
Relying on the built-in motherboard headers on server grade motherboards to reliably control fans with Linux has been a crapshoot since forever. I’m pleased to report that last summer the Corsair Commander Pro received native Linux kernel driver support in the 5.9 release.
- PeerSend – Social Payments powered by crypto
- Hackers leaked her photos then she was charged for breaking anti-porn laws
- Twitch is hacked, and its source code leaked
- Twitch Hack of 135 GB of Data Includes How Much Its Biggest Streamers Make
- Dubai ruler hacked ex-wife using NSO Pegasus spyware, high court judge finds
- Lessons learned from sharding Postgres at Notion
This months-long project migrated Notion’s PostgreSQL monolith into a horizontally-partitioned database fleet — an effort to make Notion faster and more reliable for years to come.
- Remembering Huxley’s “Brave New World”
- Dutch watchdog finds Apple App Store payment rules anti-competitive
The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Appleâs rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, four people familiar with the matter said, in the latest regulatory setback for the iPhone maker.
- Diet soda may prompt food cravings, especially in women and people with obesity
- SolarWinds hackers stole data on US sanctions policy, intelligence probes
- USPS Begins Postal Banking Pilot Program
- Quickemu: Quickly create and run optimised Win-10,11/macOS/Linux on Linux
Quickly create and run optimised Windows, macOS and Linux desktop virtual machines. – GitHub – wimpysworld/quickemu: Quickly create and run optimised Windows, macOS and Linux desktop virtual machines.
- Things I’ve learned in my 20 years as a software engineer
Important, Read This First You’re about to read a blog post with a lot of advice. Learning from those who came before us is instrumental to success, but we often forget an important caveat. Almost all advice is contextual, yet it is rarely delivered with any context. “You just need to charge more!” says the company […]
- Birds Have a Mysterious ‘Quantum Sense’. Scientists Have Now Seen It in Action
- Crews Are Abandoned on Ships in Record Numbers Without Pay, Food or a Way Home