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AI, bots and robots
- Fast.ai – Deep Learning from the Foundations
Today we are releasing a new course, Deep Learning from the Foundations, which shows how to build a state of the art deep learning model from scratch.
- MarIQ – Q-Learning Neural Network for Mario Kart
- Why Do Neural Networks Need an Activation Function?
- As a system programming language, C still deserves learning today
- Google’s robots.txt parser is now open source
The latest news from Google on open source releases, major projects, events, and student outreach programs.
- Cutting through the smog: making an air quality bot with Haskell
- Amazon stores Alexa transcripts indefinitely
- ActiveStereoNet: Deep learning for active stereo systems
- How A.I. Helped Improve Crowd Counting in Hong Kong Protests
- Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos
‘Oh wow, the AI just tagged my profile picture as basic’
- Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever
- California law banning bots from pretending to be real people without disclosure
California is the first state to try to reduce the power of bots by requiring that they reveal their âartificial identityâ when they are used to sell a product or influence a voter.
Blockchain and decentralization
- Jami – FOSS, Distributed Instant Messenger
Jami – the distributed and open source communication platform
- How blockchain takes us back to medieval times
- Deepfake revenge porn distribution now a crime in Virginia
- Lawmakers officially ask Facebook to put Libra cryptocurrency project on hold
- Bitcoin Rally Fuels Market in Crypto Derivatives
- SocialVault – Decentralized and encrypted storage for Facebook data
- Bitcoin’s energy consumption ‘equals that of Switzerland’
A new tool estimates how much electricity Bitcoin uses during the course of a year.
- Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment?
Woman computer scientist of the week
Sheeri Cabral, née Kritzer, is a MySQL community contributor. She was chosen as the first Oracle ACE Director for MySQL. She won the MySQL Community Advocate, Communicator and Facilitator award in 2007 and again in 2008 for her frequent blog posts, community work, and conference/user group presentations; this sparked a keynote presentation for the 2009 MySQL User Conference & Expo on «How to be a Community Superhero». She delivered another community keynote entitled, «Under New Management: Next Steps for the Community» at the same conference in 2010. In 2012, she won the MySQL Community Award again for her work founding and co-hosting the OurSQL podcast.
Cloud and architecture
- Cloudflare Network Performance Issues
- Oracle on why it thinks AWS winning the Pentagon’s $10bn Jedi contract stinks
- Cloudflare outage caused by bad software deploy
- Google Cloud networking issues in us-east1
- Cloudflare outage caused by bad software deploy (updated)
- How iOS 13 redraws your eyes so you’re looking at the camera
- Apple iCloud Experiencing Issues
- How I encrypt my data in the cloud
Development and languages
- NetBSD on the last G4 Mac mini and making the kernel power failure proof
(First, as a public service message, if you’re running Linux on a G5 you may wish to update the kernel .) I’m a big fan of NetBSD . I’ve ru…
- Windows Terminal Preview Available
- Windows 3.x looks for 3 occurrences of “CON” 59 bytes apart
- Was OS/2 a viable alternative for daily DOS and Windows tasks?
- GNU Linear Programming Kit
- Microsoft explains the lack of Registry backups in Windows 10
- Windows keeps automatically adding EN-US keyboard layout
- Non-English-based programming languages
- Google Earth Ported to Browsers with WebAssembly
- Microsoft Issues Warning for 800M Windows 10 Users
- Gitlab.com Running Slow
- The New HAProxy Data Plane API: Two Examples of Programmatic Configuration
Use the HAProxy Data Plane API to manage your load balancer configuration dynamically using HTTP commands.
- Senate passes bill to decrease grid digitization, move toward manual control
Lawmakers suggest that moving toward «retro» technology on some strategic points could decrease vulnerabilities, inspired in part by a 2015 blackout in Ukraine.
- Scaling from 2k to 25,000 engineers on GitHub at Microsoft
- One Program Written in Python, Go, and Rust
- It’s Time for a Modern Synthesis Kernel
- A Kernel Engineer at Microsoft’s Answer to “What Do You Think about ReactOS?”
- Gitlab ends support for MySQL – here’s why
- Why did moving the mouse cursor cause Windows 95 to run more quickly?
I was playing Hypnospace Outlaw, a game about a retro-themed OS. This OS has a peculiar behavior that when loading a webpage, wiggling the mouse cursor will load the page faster.
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- Matlab vs. Julia vs. Python
- Jump to definition is available on GitHub (Beta)
- Python Ported to WebAssembly
- Genetically modified microbes alert the immune system to cancer in mice
Genetically modified microbes release “nanobodies” that alert the immune system to cancer in mice, scientists report.
- Programmable bacteria induce durable tumor regression and antitumor immunity
Local release of an anti-CD47 nanobody from an engineered non-pathogenic Escherichia coli strain is safe and enhances activation of tumor-infiltrating T cells, slowing tumor growth in mice.
My personal website and blog
- Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy
- The Pike Programming Language
Quote of the week
Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
— Jon Franklin
- PiHole-Google: Completely Block Google and Its Services
- Microsoft’s eBook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM
Microsoft has closed its ebook store—and will soon make its customers’ libraries disappear along with it.
- Microsoft Tells FTC Repair Poses a Cyber Risk. It Doesn’t
- Porting Wine to amd64 on NetBSD, first evaluation report
- Why Google Duplex might make my design job redundant
- America needs to see Amazon’s tax returns
We don’t really know how much Amazon pays in taxes — it’s time to find out
- Jeff Hawkins: Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence
Jeff Hawkins is the founder of Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience in 2002 and Numenta in 2005. In his 2004 book titled On Intelligence, and in his research before and after, he and his team have worked to reverse-engineer the neocortex and propose artificial intelligence architectures, approaches, and ideas that are inspired by the human brain. These ideas include Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) from 2004 and The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence from 2017. If you would like to get more information about this podcast go to https://lexfridman.com/ai or connect with @lexfridman on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Medium, or YouTube where
- Google internet balloon spinoff Loon still looking for its wings
- Tesla’s head of production is going to EV startup Lucid Motors
- Tesla has a lab trying to build its own battery cells
- ‘Football pitch’ of Amazon forest lost every minute
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Twitter* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
- Tesla loses three vice presidents in a week
- Tesla Model 3 deliveries beat Wall Street targets, shares up 7%
- KKR has acquired Corel, reportedly for $1B
Only six months after snapping up virtualization specialist Parallels, Canadian software company Corel is itself getting acquired. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed with multiple sources that private equity giant KKR has closed a deal to buy the company from Vector Capital, which has owned some â¦
- How Google Pagespeed works
In this article, we uncover how PageSpeed calculates itâs critical speed score. Itâs no secret that speed has become a crucial factor inâ¦
- Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet
- Deep Dive: Nvidia Inference Research Chip Scales to 32 Chiplets
- Ebooks Purchased from Microsoft Deleted April 2019 as DRM Servers Shutdown
- Amazon can be held liable for third-party seller products: U.S. appeals court
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against Amazon.com Inc in a case that…
- Microsoft Restores Deleted Technet and MSDN Blogs
- Conflict at Walmart threatens its ecommerce battle with Amazon
- The Thousand Brains Theory: Framework for Building Intelligent Machines
- Wikipedia co-founder slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the ‘appalling’ internet
- Cue – Validate and define text-based and dynamic configuration
Validate and define text-based and dynamic configuration – cuelang/cue
- Amazon Seeks Permission to Launch 3k Internet Satellites
- Why did Intel kill off their modem program?
- Huawei staff CVs reveal alleged links to Chinese intelligence agencies
- The explosions, reenactments, and animals that made Vauxhall Gardens a hot spot
- CS Unplugged: Teaching material for CS using cards, string and crayons
- Lxss – Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL/LXSS)
- Baoshang Bank collapse threatens China’s economy and may trigger central bank
- Reducing Wasted Food at Home
Discusses the benefits of reducing food waste and its impact on the environment
- Study finds that mindfulness is associated with reduced procrastination
- The Hotel Hackers Are Hiding in the Remote Control Curtains
- China’s banks face cash crunch fears after authorities seize lender
- What Does It Mean That Quantum Gravity Has No Symmetry?
- Microsoft developer reveals Linux is now more used on Azure than Windows Server
- Apple to Pay £3.8m Tax on £1.2bn UK Sales
- Antarctic sea ice – rapid decreases reduced to lowest area in 40 years
- Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Grow Bee-Friendly Lawns
Leaving lawns untreated and allowing flowering plants to grow can help support the endangered rusty patched bumblebee
- ANU Quantum Random Number Server
- Renault’s driver UX is a disaster waiting to happen
- YouTube’s ban on “hacking techniques” threatens to shut down infosec YouTube
Youtube’s ban on «hacking techniques» threatens to shut down all of infosec Youtube
- Ice cream truck makes Instagram ‘stars’ pay double
- Hacking Digital Calipers
A new tool that blends your everyday work apps into one. It’s the all-in-one workspace for you and your team
- Partnering with publishers for a better journalism experience
- Lager: Unidirectional data-flow for C++ inspired by Redux and Elm
- New Report/Dataset: Just 10% of Workers Receive Nearly Half of Global Pay
- Japan’s 7-Eleven payment app gives easy access to scammers
- Is this Paypal experience customary?
Ask HN: Is this Paypal experience customary? GitHub Gist: instantly share code, notes, and snippets.
- Evolution of the x86 context switch in Linux
- Learn you a Lisp in 0 minutes