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AI, bots and robots
- Creating a Starcraft AI – Part 22: Caveat Implementor
First part of this series | Previous | Next |Index In the latter part of the last episode, I outlined two problems I want to solve next. The first is to weigh in the direction of my target when finâ¦
- One bottle of wine a week, has same effect on cancer risk as 5-10 cigarettes
In contrast to our knowledge about the number of cancers attributed to smoking, the number of cancers attributed to alcohol is poorly understood by the public. We estimate the increase in absolute risk of cancer (number of cases per 1000) attributed to moderate levels of alcohol, and compare these to the absolute risk of cancer attributed to low levels of smoking, creating a âcigarette-equivalent of population cancer harmâ. Alcohol and tobacco attributable fractions were subtracted from lifetime general population risks of developing alcohol- and smoking-related cancers, to estimate the lifetime cancer risk in alcohol-abstaining non-smokers. This was multiplied by the relative risk of drinking ten units of alcohol or smoking ten cigarettes per week, and increasing levels of consumption. One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute lifetime cancer risk for non-smokers of 1.0% (men) and 1.4% (women). The overall absolute increase in cancer risk for one bottle of wine per week equals that of five (men) or ten cigarettes per week (women). Gender differences result from levels of moderate drinking leading to a 0.8% absolute risk of breast cancer in female non-smokers. One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute lifetime risk of alcohol-related cancers in women, driven by breast cancer, equivalent to the increased absolute cancer risk associated with ten cigarettes per week. These findings can help communicate that moderate levels of drinking are an important public health risk for women. The risks for men, equivalent to five cigarettes per week, are also of note.
- Inmates in Finland are training AI as part of prison labor
Empowerment or exploitation?
- Machine Learning in the Judicial System Is Mostly Just Hype
- How can policy keep up with AI advances?
- Entrepreneurism Is Overrated
- Training Data for Robot Dogs by Scale AI
- Google employees call for removal of rightwing thinktank leader from AI council
- Sci-Hub and Alexandra Basic Information
I decided to make a quick summary of facts about Sci-Hub and myself, because in our times you cannot fully trust articles published in media, Wikipedia pages. Well, they do present facts about Sci-…
- Neural Algorithms and Computing Beyond Moore’s Law
- K-Means Clustering: Unsupervised Learning Applied on Magic:The Gathering
- Clojure from Scratch to GPU: A Simple Neural Network Training API
- Separating Use and Reuse to Improve Both
- Google’s new AI ethics board is already falling apart
- CS244: Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning
- Inverse Live Coding: A practice for learning web development
- Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry
- Google to pull plug on AI ethics council
- Mate: Netflix browser extension for learning words via subtitles
Click on words in the Netflix’s subtitles to translate and save words. Learn vocabulary with your favorite series in 103 languages. Available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge.
- Lossless Data Compression with Neural Networks
Blockchain and decentralization
- Blockchain’s Occam Problem
- Digital Asset Open Sources Its Smart Contract Language, DAML
Woman computer scientist of the week
Amy Ashurst Gooch is a computer scientist known for her contributions in non-photorealistic rendering. She is currently the Chief Operations Officer at ViSUS LLC, a data visualization research spin-off software company from the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. She is also an adjunct professor of computer science at Texas A&M University. Her current research is part of an interdisciplinary effort involving computer graphics, perceptual psychology, and computational vision. She is interested in better understanding the spatial information potentially available in CG imagery, determining what spatial cues are actually used when CG imagery is viewed, and using this information to create improved rendering algorithms and visualizations.
Cloud and architecture
- Radicle Architecture
- PostgreSQL DBaaS vendor comparison and calculator
- Cloudflare Says Its New VPN Service Won’t Slow You Down
- Buster Keaton: Anarchitect
Lapsus Lima | Embodiment | In which Will Jennings zooms into Buster Keaton’s transformative relationship with architecture and the built environment.
- Open-Source Business Intelligence for BigQuery. Looker Alternative
- An interview on the performance challenges of FaaS cloud architectures
- Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers
- Brunei implements stoning to death under anti-LGBT laws
- The Godfather: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century
- You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead
- Ray Dalio Sounds a New Alarm on Capitalism’s Flaws, Warns of Revolution
- Google Cloud Outage
- Laws against lies: Asian governments are trying to curb fake news
Some efforts are more sincere than others
- I’m Joining CloudFlare
Yesterday, I signed an offer letter from Cloudflare. Iâll be the product manager of Storage, which is the part of the company thatâs working on data storage products for the Cloudflare Workers platform. Iâll be starting at the end of the month. I… | Steve Klabnik | âThe most violent element in society is ignorance.â – Emma Goldman
- PaaS with database and free backups
Development and languages
- After ACCIDENTAL vote, EU copyright bill faces three legitimacy issues
- Python Tutorial – Python GUI Programming – Python GUI Examples
- PeerJS simplifies WebRTC peer-to-peer data, video, and audio calls
- The Programming Language Conundrum
- Shadama: A Particle Simulation Programming Environment
- A digital archive of all public utterances of Mark Zuckerberg spanning 2004-2019
- OpenTTD Compiled to WebAssembly
- WordPress theme provider pipdig using customer sites to DDoS competitors etc.
I love WordPress. I make my living from it. It’s no exaggeration to say that developing WordPress websites has changed my life: it provides me with an income that pays my mortgage and feeds my babies. However, every now and again something happens in the
- Git-thanos – restore balance to your OSS project with a single command
- Git implemented in Rust
git, implemented in rust, for fun and education :crab: – chrisdickinson/git-rs
- Git Implemented in OCaml
- Running Forth Unikernels
- Apple’s new feature a step towards digital apartheid
- The Worst Programming Language
- WebRTC wrapper for React and Vue (built-in signaling)
- Major Chinese-made web browsers are reportedly blocking 996ICU’s GitHub repo
- Visual Studio 2019 goes live with C++, Python shared editing
- Live Share now included in Visual Studio 2019, available for VS Code
- Gimli – A Visual Studio Code extension for front-end developers
- Cone Programming Langauge
- Programmers and Musicians
- Cog: Use pieces of Python code as generators in your source files
- The Lobster Programming Language
- Git9: Git Reimagined for the Plan 9 OS
- “Problems” with git format-patch
- UFO: A Drone/UAV Programming Library for Rust
Quote of the week
Software sucks because users demand it to.
— Nathan Myhrvold
- RSS Is Better Than Twitter
There is a good reason people call Twitter the hell website.
- Coc.nvim – Intellisense Engine for Vim8 and Neovim
Intellisense engine for vim8 & neovim, full language server protocol support as VSCode – neoclide/coc.nvim
- Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Government Malware
- What companies does Google own?
- Google Bankrolls Oligarch-Owned Media Group in Hungary
- Mission to find never-contacted Amazon tribe to stop “catastrophic” jungle war
- Intel VISA Exploit Gives Access to Computer’s Entire Data, Researchers Show
Security researchers have discovered a previously unknown feature in the Intel chipsets, which could allow an attacker to intercept data from the computer memory.
- Intel Visa: Through the Rabbit Hole
- Misleading Tesla S into moving into incorrect lane via adversarial sticker usage
Researchers successfully trick @Tesla autopilot into driving into opposing traffic via âsmall stickers as interference patches on the groundâ #adversarialAI #abusabilitytesting (ht @ryanaraine @keen_lab)
- Gmail spam-filters Stripe security messages as well
Screenshot of how GMail classified PayPal security message as spam – nh2/gmail-spamfilters-paypal-security-messages
- “Google just started mass banning/limiting Archive Team downloads”
âGoogle just started mass banning/limiting Archive Team downloads. If your thing doesn’t end up on the Internet Archive, talk to Google.â
- Google blocks China ads that help bypass censorship
- Lyft Crashes Below IPO Price
Koyfin provides free tools to help investors research stocks and other asset classes through dashboards and charting. Our coverage consists of equities, ETFs, futures, forex, bonds, mutual funds and economic data. For equities, we provide price history, fundamentals, estimates, news, and snapshots.
- Lyft’s IPO Was a Success, Just Not for Investors Who Bought on Friday
- Splitting atoms in XNU
Posted by Ian Beer, Google Project Zero TL;DR A locking bug in the XNU virtual memory subsystem allowed violation of the preconditions …
- AMD May Add Ray Tracing Feature in Navi 20 GPU
- MSX History: The Platform Microsoft Forgot
The MSX computer standard was big in both Japan and Brazil. But despite a sizable cult, it may be the most obscure part of Microsoftâs history. Hereâs why.
- Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand
- I tried creating a web browser, and Google blocked me
After 4 months of waiting, that is the response I got from Widevine, Googleâs DRM for web browsers, regarding a license agreement. For the last 2 years Iâve been working on a web browser that now cannot be completed because Google, the creators of the open source browser Chrome, wonât allow DRM in an open source project.
The browser Iâm building, called Metastream, is an Electron-based (Chromium derived), MIT-licensed browser hosted on GitHub.
- Implementing API Billing with Stripe
Writing new billing and payments code with Stripe for our video call API
- Google plus cannot be used with customer or brand accounts anymore
- Soon Google May Free You from Having to Think at All
- Simplify Gmail: Bringing the Simplicity of Google Inbox to Gmail
- Google requiring contractors get health care coverage, parental leave
- Mozilla and independent researchers publish guidelines for an ad archive API
Mozilla and a cohort of independent researchers have detailed the key traits that make for an effective ad archive API â and more transparent elections On March 28 â …
- Justice Department Warns Academy over Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix
- Facebook data found on publicly accessible Amazon servers
- Microsoft Finds Backdoor in Huawei Laptops
Our discovery of two privilege escalation vulnerabilities in a driver highlights the strength of Microsoft Defender ATPâs sensors. These sensors expose anomalous behavior and give SecOps personnel the intelligence and tools to investigate threats, as we did.
- When Microsoft’s eBook store closes, your books disappear too
- Load Google Fonts 5x Faster
You may have noticed that after adding Google Fonts, your site load time increases by around 500ms. If you’re reading this post, I guess you’ve already analyzed your site through Google PageSpeed Insights and you got the error «Ensure text…
- Combine statistical and symbolic artificial intelligence techniques
- Linus Torvalds Says Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Are ‘A Disease’
- Tesla Will Demonstrate Full Self-Driving Capabilities This Month
- Tesla’s First-Quarter Deliveries Plummet
- Tesla shares tank after quarterly figures ‘substantially worse’ than expected
- Jeff Bezos to keep 75 percent of couple’s Amazon stock after finalizing divorce
- Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife cedes control of Amazon in divorce deal
- Moving from Heroku to Google Kubernetes Engine
Here’s how Rainforest made the decision to upgrade our DevOps teck stack and move to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).
- U.S. blocks Amazon efforts to stop shareholder votes on facial recognition
U.S. securities regulators shot down attempts by Amazon.com Inc to stop its inve…
- 2.7M Americans Still Get Netflix DVDs in the Mail
Remember when Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail company? Well, for 2.7 million subscribers in the US, it still is. There are a number of reasons why so many people continue to use this old-school service in the age of streaming.
- Amazon will launch thousands of satellites to provide internet around the world
- Google’s ethics board shut down
- Google Killing Chrome Extensions with 1 Week Publishing Delays
- Amazon bought Eero for $97M and employees still got screwed
- Tesla upgrading Model S/X motors to permanent magnets
- A Nose for Luxury
- Devuan Linux considers machine IDs required by FreeDesktop docs
- Casino Screwup Royale: A tale of “ethical hacking” gone awry
- The surprising connection between single women and gentrification
- Gravity Payments: The Seattle company with a minimum salary of $70K
A small Seattle company shows that capitalism can have a heart.
- You Have to Pay the Right Person
- How “illegal” teacher strikes rescued the American labor movement
- Bezos’s Security Consultant Accuses Saudis of Hacking the Amazon CEO’s Phone
The accusations by Gavin de Becker, Mr. Bezosâ longtime security consultant, are the latest twist in a bizarre situation that has also pulled in the largest U.S. tabloid publisher and The Washington Post.
- Why I stuck with Windows for 6 years while developing Discourse
- Electronic music reduces host attack and mating success in dengue mosquitoes
- Linux Journal at 25
- American Hackers Helped UAE Spy on Al Jazeera Chairman, BBC Host
- Hackers steer Tesla into oncoming traffic by placing three stickers on the road
- SUSE will be the largest independent enterprise Linux company
- Reducing notification permission prompt spam in Firefox
Permission prompts are a common sight on the web today. They allow websites to prompt for access to powerful features when needed, giving users granular and contextual choice about what …
- Pachyderm Raised $10M and Is Looking for a Enterprise UI/UX Designer
- Oral sex is associated with reduced incidence of recurrent miscarriage
A possible way of immunomodulation of the maternal immune system before pregnancy would be exposure to paternal antigens via seminal fluid to oral mucâ¦
- Woman from China Carrying Malware Arrested After Entering Mar-a-Lago
- 25 Years Later: Interview with Linus Torvalds
- What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them
- EverCrypt – Researchers have just released hacker-proof cryptographic code
- Paying Money to Steal Movies and Music on the Internet
- I made a platform for journalists to “open source” their fact checking
- Learn to use email with Git
- The United States Needs a Universal System to Pay for Public Transit
Why doesnât the United States have a national system for transit payment? In some countries, a single travel card works to ride any train, bus, subway or tram.
- Creating a Linux Service with Systemd
- Who Pays the Price for Selling $10 Bills for $5?
Successful start-ups have impressive growth and revenue, but often at the cost of profit. Who really pays the price for these subsidized high tech services?
- Anatomy of a Hack assembly program
- Motel 6 to Pay $12M after Improperly Giving Guest Lists to ICE
- Education Dept. rejects most applicants for student loan forgiveness program
Tens of thousands of public servants have applied to have their federal student loans forgiven through a temporary program run by the U.S. Education Department. Fewer than 300 have had success.
- Why aren’t there more women in science? Maybe they’re too smart for the bullshit
- Lessons learned porting 50k loc from Java to Go
- Linux-based 4G phones with Google Assistant sold for $7 in Indonesia
Since the first iPhone in 2007, the whole mobile industry has moved to the
«smartphone» form factor: minimal hardware keys, touch screen navigation,
desktop-like Internet capabilities. However, while the revolution was more than
welcome for most aspects, things like battery life and overall device dimensions
are still missed by most users. Another important factor is the price, as
smartphones need gigabytes of relatively expensive RAM and storage, powerful
CPUs and wide screens.
Smart feature p
- Capitalism won’t rest until every single American takes yoga teacher training