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AI, bots and robots
- Neuro Evolving Robot Operatives
- AI Training Is Outpacing Moore’s Law
- The Sea People: Alexander the Great Tread in the Footsteps of Forgotten Greeks
Alexander the Great tread in the footsteps of forgotten Greeks
- Learning with Not Enough Data: Semi-Supervised Learning
- A Cartel of Influential Datasets Are Dominating Machine Learning Research
A new paper from the University of California and Google Research has found that a small number of ‘benchmark’ machine learning datasets, largely from influential western institutions, and frequently from government organizations, are increasingly dominating the AI research sector. The researchers conclude that this tendency to ‘default’ to highly popular open source datasets, such as […]
- The Evolution of AI in the USA, 1956-1996
- “Xenobot” Living Robots Can Reproduce
- Creating and morphing Lego faces with neural networks
- Building an OpenTable Bot
- Apple Neural Engine Internal: From ML Algorithm to HW Registers
- DeepMind’s AI helps untangle the mathematics of knots
The machine-learning techniques could benefit other areas of maths that involve large data sets.
Blockchain and decentralization
- Bitcoin Price Tumbles After Wall Street Selloff
- fe: Emerging smart contract language for the Ethereum blockchain
Emerging smart contract language for the Ethereum blockchain. – GitHub – ethereum/fe: Emerging smart contract language for the Ethereum blockchain.
- How to make any immutable data structure distributed
- Snake in a block – how I ran snake on Ethereum
- LineFS: SmartNIC Offload of a Distributed File System with Pipeline Parallelism
- Half a Billion in Bitcoin, Lost in the Dump
- Pyth project could open up decentralized trading and lending, supporters say
- Self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor largely prevails in $54B Bitcoin trial
- Web3 Is Not Decentralization
- WhatsApp Launches Instant Cryptocurrency Payments in the US
- Weapons on Ancient Coins
- Decentralized, Mutable, Serverless Torrent Swarm Websites
- Bitcoin Failed in El Salvador. The President Says the Answer Is More Bitcoin
Woman computer scientist of the week
Danielle Bunten Berry, born Daniel Paul Bunten, and also known as Dan Bunten, was an American game designer and programmer, known for the 1983 game M.U.L.E., and 1984’s The Seven Cities of Gold.
Cloud and architecture
- Vegetable Oil for Lubricating Chainsaws
- Faster and Cheaper Serverless Computing on Harvested Resources
- The Memory Image Pattern
- Cloud infrastructure should be immutable
- Debunking Cloudflare’s recent performance tests
A couple of weeks ago Cloudflare, one of our competitors, claimed that their edge compute platform is roughly three times as fast as Compute@Edge. The false claim is a great example of how statistics can be used to mislead.
- AWS us-east-1 outage
- AWS Console is returning HTTP 500 errors
- Issues with Cloudflare Images
- Over 200 newspapers now involved in lawsuits vs. Google, Facebook
A small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement.
- Amazon packages pile up after AWS outage spawns delivery havoc
- The Serverless Shell
Shell scripting for serverless. Contribute to crucial-project/serverless-shell development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Base16 – architecture for building color themes for many apps
- Masayuki Uemura has died
The former lead architect of the Famicom and Super Famicom has died at age 78.
- Expanding Sourcegraph from an on-premise product into a cloud offering
- AWS down again?
Amazon Web Services offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services. Free to join, pay only for what you use.
- An 8-bit minicomputer with a fully custom architecture
- Summary of the AWS Service Event in the Northern Virginia (US-East-1) Region
- AI Is Discovering Patterns in Pure Mathematics That Have Never Been Seen Before
We can add suggesting and proving mathematical theorems to the long list of what artificial intelligence is capable of: Mathematicians and AI experts have teamed up to demonstrate how machine learning can open up new avenues to explore in the field.
Development and languages
- Nanos: A kernel designed to run only one application in virtualized environment
- Writing and publishing a Python module in Rust
- Fixing the Logitech MX Ergo Trackball Mouse Buttons
- Zrythm: A highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation
A highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation.
- NoiseCraft: Browser-Based Visual Programming Language for Sound and Music
- WebAssembly and Back Again: Fine-Grained Sandboxing in Firefox 95
In Firefox 95, we’re shipping a sandboxing technology called RLBox — developed with researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Texas
- Generic GPU Kernels
- Image Kernels Explained Visually
- Windows 10 RCE: The exploit is in the link
- The Age of Digital Divination
- Rockstar: a language for programs that are also hair metal power ballads
- Redesigned Notepad for Windows 11
- git-history, for analyzing scraped data collected using Git and SQLite
- Programming War Stories in Microsoft
Aaron Giles is a Seattle-area programmer, musician, web developer, and graphic designer.
- Improving GitHub Code Search
Today, we are rolling out a technology preview for GitHub code search, the next iteration for search, discovery, and navigation on GitHub.
- LLDB FreeBSD kernel core dump support
- Parallel Logic Programming: A Sequel
- PDM: A Modern Python Package Manager
- Faster Gitlab CI/CD pipelines
- The future of Python build systems and Gentoo
Quote of the week
You can’t have great software without a great team, and most software teams behave like dysfunctional families.
— Jim McCarthy
- Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence
- Don’t send your Google phone in for warranty repair/replacement
- MiroTalk – an alternative to Zoom / Teams
- Amazon is bypassing supply chain chaos with chartered ships and long-haul planes
Amazon is avoiding supply chain chaos by making its own containers, chartering ships and leasing long-haul planes to get goods from China to the U.S. faster
- Nvidia EditGAN: Image Editing with Full Control from Sketches
- Twitter’s heads of engineering and design will leave in a company shake-up
- The Amazon Empire Strikes Back
Amazon’s logistics investment makes the company increasingly attractive to 3rd party merchants.
- SEC probes Tesla over whistleblower claims on solar panel defects
The U.S. securities regulator has opened an investigation into Tesla Inc over a whistleblower complaint that the company failed to properly notify its shareholders and the public of fire risks associated with solar panel system defects over several years, according to a letter from the agency.
- “I lasted three minutes at Amazon.”
- Stacking Up AMD MI200 versus Nvidia A100 Compute Engines
- Google Webfonts Helper – Self-Hosting Google Fonts
- Twitter and Quill: Quill is joining Twitter
- Google Calendar Down
- Fedora 36 Planning to Run Wayland by Default with Nvidia’s Proprietary Driver
- Amazon’s search results are full of ads ‘unlawfully deceiving’ consumers
- Twitter suspends account tracking Maxwell trial without explanation
- Twitter suspends account tracking Maxwell trial
- Microsoft’s Halo Infinite Went from Disaster to Triumph
- The Microsoft paradox: Contributing to cyber threats and monetizing the cure
Microsoft could move slower to ship better code, discontinue old features (like Apple), or get its customers to a good security baseline (like Google).
- Amazon fined 1.1B euro in Italy for abuse of market dominance
Italy’s antitrust watchdog said on Thursday it had fined Amazon 1.13 billion euros ($1.28 billion) for alleged abuse of market dominance, in one of the biggest penalties imposed on a U.S. tech giant in Europe.
- Artificial Intelligence in the Cockpit
- Tesla Update Allows Video Games While Driving, and the Feds Aren’t Happy
- HashiCorp IPO today
As we officially enter the public markets, we plan to continue to do what we think we do best: solving problems for our end users.
- Mercedes-Benz wins approval for Level 3 autonomous driving on the Autobahn
- Amazon Facility Hit by Tornado
- Exodus – relocation of Linux binaries–and all of their deps–without containers
Painless relocation of Linux binaries–and all of their dependencies–without containers. – GitHub – intoli/exodus: Painless relocation of Linux binaries–and all of their dependencies–without contain…
- How new Linux users can increase their odds of success
- Bpytop: Linux/macOS/FreeBSD resource monitor
- Crypto exchange BitMart confirms hack, loss of $150M in crypto
Crypto exchange BitMart has reportedly been hacked for $100 million, according to security researchers PeckShield.
- Analog Devices Expands over 1000 Linux Device Drivers to Support Development
- GhOSt: Fast and Flexible User-Space Delegation of Linux Scheduling
- CFTC Orders JPMorgan to Pay Record $920M for Spoofing and Manipulation
- Digging into Linux namespaces – part 1
- Should Windows Transition to Linux?
- C++ in the Linux Kernel
If you find yourself having to put C++ in the Linux kernel, this post offers some great experienced-based guidance to help you get going and to help you avoid some major problems.
- Hacked Cryptocurrency Platform Begs Hacker to Please Return $119M
- Intel updates mysterious ‘software-defined silicon’ code in the Linux kernel
- Rust Support in the Linux Kernel
- Hacking the Go compiler to add a new keyword
I forked and modified Go compiler to add a new keyword called let, as alias for var
- Reduce Your Website’s Environmental Impact with a Carbon Budget
- Number of journalists in jail reaches global high
The number of journalists jailed around the world set another record in 2021. Invoking new tech and security laws, repressive regimes from Asia to Europe to Africa cracked down harshly on the independent press. A CPJ special report by Editorial Director Arlene Getz. Published December 9, 2021 NEW YORK It’s been an especially bleak year…
- My collection of fun and interesting hacking/coding movies and literature
- On Greece’s Mount Athos, No Women Allowed
In this week’s Maphead column, Ken Jennings explores the «Autonomous Monastic State» of Greece.
- An Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years
- DangerousThings Biohacking Forum
- Learn X in Y Minutes