Gooooooood morning, Human beings!!! Hey, this is not a test, this is a tech roundup. Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ.
AI, bots and robots
- Vectorflow: Minimalist neural network library faster than TensorFlow in D
- Off Belief Learning
- Researchers Gain New Understanding from Simple AI
- Hero 2.0, an ultra-low cost 3D-printed robotics platform
- Scallop: A Neurosymbolic Programming Language
- Planting Undetectable Backdoors in Machine Learning Models
- Can We Build Less Biased Medical Bots?
- Can synthetic data help train your AI model?
- Simple Sabotage Field Manual
- TurboTax’s fight against free tax filing
ProPublica’s Justin Elliot on how Intuit built its TurboTax empire.
- Are you the asshole? – AI powered answer bot
- Videolan.org Robots.txt
- Cog: Containers for Machine Learning
- The bottom is dropping out of Netflix
- The Weird and Wonderful World of AI Art
A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It’s the all-in-one workspace for you and your team
- Geometric deep learning: First steps
Blockchain and decentralization
- Beanstalk Farms stablecoin project loses $182M to exploit
- Beanstalk cryptocurrency loses $182M of reserves in flash ‘attack’
- YDB – An open-source Distributed SQL Database
- Testing consistency of rqlite
Contribute to wildarch/jepsen.rqlite development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Ancient Roman Coins: How Were They Made?
- Funding decentralised/local-first applications for GNOME
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Stacktape – Full power of AWS with Heroku-like experience
- Transitional Architecture
- Five Koans of Software Architecture
- The x86 architecture is the weirdo, part 2
It does everything differently, because of course it does.
- Netlify Edge Functions: A new serverless runtime powered by Deno
- Faster Geospatial Enrichment: PostgreSQL vs. ClickHouse vs. BigQuery
- You probably don’t need AWS and are better off without it
Development and languages
- Crossbeam – Tools for concurrent programming in Rust
- A tiling window manager like i3wm written entirely in C#
- Monitoring the kernel.org Transparency Log for a year
- How to code, build, and deploy from an iPad using Gitlab and Gitpod
- No patches for digital audio releases
- Implementing Global Injection and Hooking in Windows
- 7-Zip up to 21.07 on Windows allows privilege escalation and command execution
- 1x Programming
- Highlights from Git 2.36
Another new release of Git is here! Take a look at some of our highlights on what’s new in Git 2.36.
- Mastodon for Android app is officially released
- Scripnix: Useful Python3 and bash shell scripts for macOS/BSD and *NIX
- WebAssembly 2.0 First Working Draft
- Memray: a memory profiler for Python
Memray is a memory profiler for Python. Contribute to bloomberg/memray development by creating an account on GitHub.
- PyInpaint, a lightweight image inpainting tool written in Python
- Rust9x: Compile Rust code for Windows 95, NT and above
- An overview of version control in programming
- Python’s “type hints” are a bit of a disappointment to me
- GitHub: Private Profiles beta
- A programmer’s approach to finding gifts
- EU DSA: Industry and government interests prevail over citizens’ digital rights
After 16 hours of discussion, negotiators from the European Parliament and EU governments have just made deal on a new EU Digital Services Act. Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer sat at the negotiating table as Rapporteur for the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) and summarises:
«We were able to p
Quote of the week
Trying to express implicit and fuzzy relationships in ways that are explicit and sharp doesn’t clarify the meaning, it destroys it.
— Clay Shirky
- Vampire Attack Twitter
Here’s a simple way to take over Twitter for way less than $43 billion dollars.
- Jack Dorsey: Twitter Board “consistently the dysfunction of the company”
- Giggle – A self-hosted customizable and ad-free Google Search interface
- Google’s Pathways Language Model and Chain-of-Thought
- Is Twitter biased against conservatives? A Study
- De-AMP: Cutting out Google and enhancing privacy
Brave is rolling out a new feature called De-AMP, which allows Brave users to bypass Google-hosted AMP pages, and instead visit the content’s publisher directly.
- Google Docs will “warn you away from inappropriate words”
- Netflix loses subscribers for the first time in 10+ years
- Amazon releases 51-language dataset for language understanding
MASSIVE dataset and Massively Multilingual NLU (MMNLU-22) competition and workshop will help researchers scale natural-language-understanding technology to every language on Earth.
- Changing std:sort at Google’s scale and beyond
TL;DR; We are changing std::sort in LLVM’s libcxx. That’s a long story of what it took us to get there and all possible consequences, bugs you might encounter with examples from open so…
- California tech billionaire launches Senate campaign to take on Tesla
- Musk announces funding secured for Twitter buy
- What would open sourcing the Twitter algorithm actually look like?
- Intelligent Agent: How Pattie Maes Almost Invented Social Media
- The Onion Has Been Permanently Banned from Twitter
- Google’s AI-powered ‘inclusive warnings’ feature is very broken
A feature rolling out this month uses algorithms to suggest edits in Google Docs, but falls into the same bias traps it’s trying to prevent.
- A Tesla vehicle using ‘Smart Summon’ appears to crash into a $3.5mm private jet
- Google, Meta and others have to explain algorithms under new EU legislation
- Pipedream: ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for Hacking Industrial Control Systems
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Opens Its Development Model to the Public
- How to write more clearly, think more clearly, and learn complex material
- What Does “Shitty Job” Mean in the Low-Skill, Low-Pay World?
I once wrote an article about being poor, and I started it out with a story about a friend who had spent some time explaining to my wife (who, at the time, was struggling to maintain a household of four on entry-level retail money) how hard up for funds they were, and how stressful it was. The zinger of the story, such as it was, was that the woman and her husband were both doctors. They weren’t bad people, but they came from a context where things like “being broke” had entirely different meanings.
- We’re taking down the paywall on QZ.com
- The Green Book Redux
- InfoWars files for bankruptcy in U.S. court
- Infowars Declares Bankruptcy
- North Korea Diversifies into Ethereum via Record Crypto Hack
- Where Linux’s load average comes from in the kernel
- UK Government Officials Infected with Pegasus
We confirm that in 2020 and 2021 we observed and notified the government of the United Kingdom of multiple suspected instances of Pegasus spyware infections within official UK networks, including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- SpinQ Gemini: a desktop quantum computing platform for education and research
- Quantenkoffer: Quantum Physics Science Kit
- How to Build Your Own Quantum Entanglement Experiment
- Linux on the Framework Laptop
- AV Linux MX Edition
- Journalism and Corruption in Chicago, 1912–1931
- Column – a chartered bank for developers
The only nationally chartered bank built to enable developers and builders to create new financial products
- Apple must pay a man $1,000 for not including a power adapter with new iPhone
- Expanding global payouts with crypto
- Regular Blood Donations Can Reduce Toxic “Forever Chemicals” in the Bloodstream
«While both interventions are effective at reducing PFAS levels, plasma donations were more effective and corresponded to a 30 percent decrease.»