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
- Sensors and AI are finding their way into the barnyard
- Low-Memory Neural Network Training: A Technical Report
- Weld: Accelerating numpy, scikit and pandas as much as 100x with Rust and LLVM
After working for weeks with Pythonâs data science stack and R I started to ask my self if there could not be a common intermediateâ¦
- Researchers used a neural network to retrieve a lost Picasso painting
- Espresso: A Fast End-to-End Neural Speech Recognition Toolkit
- Why Are Some Societies More Entrepreneurial than Others?
- Why Are Some Societies More Entrepreneurial than Others?
- I made a neural net that analyzes privacy policies
Guard is an AI that reads privacy policies for you and uncovers their hidden, filthy secrets.
- Kheiron raises $22M for AI that helps radiologists detect cancer earlier
- 600k Images Removed from AI Database After Art Project Exposes Racist Bias
- “Did You Eat the Whole Cake?” On Learning Estonian
“Estonian is popularly known as a difficult language to learn. The only other national languages it’s related to are Finnish and Hungarian.”
- MegaBots calls it a day, puts fighting robot up for sale on eBay
- Animal, Vegetable, or Both?
- DOMPurify, Security in the DOM, and Why We Really Need Both
- Echo Frames – Eyeglasses with Alexa
- Prehistoric Babies Drank Animal Milk from Bottles
- Deep Learning with Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
- Tesla’s Neural Processor in the FSD Chip – WikiChip Fuse
- Deep Learning for Symbolic Mathematics
- Microplastics found in 93% of bottled water tested in global study
The image of bottle water as clean and pure is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic.
- Bot Land, a game where you fight others via code
- We can’t trust AI systems built on deep learning alone
Gary Marcus, a leader in the field, discusses how we could achieve general intelligence—and why that might make machines safer.
- Monoscopic panoramas to 3D using AI
- A.I. researchers are making more than $1M, even at a nonprofit
Tax forms filed by OpenAI provide insight into the enormous salaries and bonuses paid to artificial intelligence specialists across the world.
- Deep learning powers a motion-tracking revolution
Blockchain and decentralization
- Trillion-Dollar Coin
- Bedrock – A modular, WAN-replicated, blockchain-based database
- Telegram quietly snuck its blockchain past regulators
TON will be the largest blockchain ever when it launches next month, but it’s not on regulators’ radars.
- Doubling the speed of std:uniform_int_distribution in the GNU C++ library
- We need decentralized communication
Woman computer scientist of the week
Cloud and architecture
- Open-source companies gather to gripe: Cloud giants sell our code as a service
- Serverless: slower and more expensive
- Cleaning up bad bots
- Ten Years of Turning Documents into Data: A Q&A with DocumentCloud
- The Technical Challenges of Building Cloudflare Warp
- A patent lawsuit against GNOME
A company called Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC has filed a
lawsuit [PDF] against the GNOME Foundation, alleging that the Shotwell
photo manager violates patent
9,936,086. Stay tuned, more details will surely emerge.
- Rimbaud Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated
- Application Layering – A Pattern for Extensible Elixir Application Design
This paper covers building large, maintainable Elixir codebases using Hexagonal Architecture and the Layers pattern.
Development and languages
- Who cares about functional programming?
- .NET Core 3.0
- .NET Core gRPC
- Steve Jobs, NeXTStep, and Early Object Oriented Programming
- 50 ways to leak your data: apps’ circumvention of the Android permissions system
- Select Sections from Images of Newspaper Clippings Using OpenCV and Python
- The /e/ Google-free, pro-privacy Android clone is now available
- “Stubs” in the .NET Runtime
- Programming Idioms
- GitHub Releases an ImageNet for Code
Weâre announcing the CodeSearchNet Challenge and releasing a large dataset for natural language processing and machine learning.
- Privacy in a Digital World
- The Science of Functional Programming
- Running an eBPF program may require lifting the kernel lockdown
- Sentient: a high-level, declarative programming language
- Microsoft has removed the “use offline account” option when installing Windows
660 votes and 445 comments so far on Reddit
- How to Succeed as a Poor Programmer
In a previous post I outlined why programmers should strive to be good at one thing rather than everything. In this post I discuss how to …
- Creating the Go Programming Language
Carmen and Jon talk with Rob Pike and Robert Griesemer (the creators of Go) about its origins, growth, influence, and future. This an epic episode that dives deep into the history and details of the how’s and why’s of Go, and the choices they’ve made along the way in creating this awesome programing language.
- KDE is adopting GitLab
Code, test & deploy with GitLab. Everyone can contribute!
- Fugitive on run for seventeen years found living in cave by a drone
Police used drones to track down a man who evaded detection for almost two decades.
- The Principles behind Differentiable Programming
- Grail Demo from CHM Tape: Visual programming in the 1960s
- DigitalOcean block storage is down
- Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop service is now generally available
Quote of the week
You’re bound to be unhappy if you optimize everything.
— Donald Knuth
- Painting with Math Formulas in Google Sheets
- Anti-union activity is heating up ahead of Google contractor’s vote to unionize
Last month, more than 66 percent of Google tech contractors signed cards to hold a vote on whether to create a labor union at HCL…
- The Exponent IPO
- “Grassroots” anti-Amazon nonprofit turns out to be retailer astroturfing
- Blockbuster Could Have Bought Netflix for $50M
- NUMA Siloing in the FreeBSD Network Stack
- My Talk at Microsoft – Richard Stallman
- On the Leaked Google/NASA Quantum Supremacy Paper
- Trying To Fill In The Gaps On Google Street View, Starting With Zimbabwe
- How Google Discovered the Value of Surveillance
In 2002, still reeling from the dot-com crash, Google realized they’d been harvesting a very valuable raw material — your behavior.
- Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse
A leaked document highlights stories of abuse and retaliation against Google employees, told by the employees themselves.
- Facebook to acquire CTRL-Labs, a startup for controlling computers with the mind
- Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming
- China’s “Tesla Killer” Nio slashes thousands of jobs as losses mount
Electric vehicle startup to raise $200m from chairman and Tencent
- Google contractors in Pittsburgh vote to unionize
- Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual medical clinic for employees
- Google Chrome Keystone is modifying /var symlink on non SIP Macs causing k-panic
Reports that some AVID Users Macs would no longer boot. It now may be that a Google Chrome Keystone update modifies /var on NON SIP Protected Macs.
- Google wins privacy case: ‘Right to be forgotten’ applies only in EU
- Google Chrome Update Damages macOS File System
- Amazon Sidewalk is a new long-range wireless network
- Amazon Echo Buds
- Amazon Echo Loop
- Immigration Officials Use Google Translate to Vet Refugees
- Apps Selling for Hundreds of Dollars on Google Play Store
- Tesla Software Version 10.0
It’s here. Software Version 10.0 – our biggest software update ever. We’re raising the bar for what people have come to expect from their cars with new entertainment, gaming, music, and convenience features designed to make your car much more capable, as well as making time spent in your car more fun.
- Twitter launches its ‘Hide Replies’ feature in the US and Japan
- AMD’s Upcoming Ryzen 9 3900 Listed with 12 Zen 2 Cores at 65W
- Alphabet Waymo valuation cut 40% by Morgan Stanley to $105B
- Google to stop showing news snippets for French users
Alphabet Inc’s Google will stop showing news snippets from European publish…
- Google Achieves Quantum Supremacy. Is Encryption Safe?
A Financial Times report revealed that Google achieved quantum supremacy. Is it now time to panic about encryption being broken, or do we have nothing to worry about?
- People are reporting collisions with Tesla’s Smart Summon feature
- Bloomberg Misreports on Whatsapp Story
- The Intelligence of Plants
- Humans can acquire TB from deer
- Avoiding Intellectual Phase Lock
- Twitter Executive for Middle East Is British Army ‘Psyops’ Soldier
- WeWork says will file to withdraw IPO
WeWork’s parent The We Company on Monday filed to withdraw its initial publ…
- WeWTF, Part Deux
- Australian universities are accused of trading free speech for cash
Critics claim they try to suppress anti-Chinese views to keep lucrative Chinese students happy
- Denmark’s Jyske Bank lowers its negative rates on deposits
(Adds CEO quote, background)
- CodeTips – Learn to programme, with little or no prior experience
- Reverse Engineering – The Golden Age of Computer Hacking
- Hacker Who Revealed Soccer Secrets Is Charged with 147 Crimes
Rui Pinto ran a website called Football Leaks and won praise as a whistle-blower. Portugal’s authorities consider him a criminal.
- Woman treated by doctors after her blood turned blue
- An AI learned to play hide-and-seek. Strategies it came up with were astounding
- Hacking the Brain
an increasingly complex information society, demands for cognitive
functioning are growing steadily. In recent years, numerous strategies
to augment brain function have been proposed. Evidence for their efficacy
(or lack thereof) and side effects has …
- Viable Quantum Supercomputer
- 600k travelers are stranded after Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy
The 178-year-old tour operator failed to secure a £200 million rescue on Sunday, leading it to suspend its flights and bookings.
- Went to update payment info, showed me some random person’s credit card info
- Gridgarden: A cool game to learn CSS Grid
A game for learning CSS grid layout
- Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ
- Tmux Tutorial
- Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
- Woman discovers Renaissance masterpiece in kitchen
- To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight
- CentOS Stream and CentOS Linux 8 Released
- WeWork, Bankers Have Discussed Laying Off One-Third of Workforce
As WeWork investors jousted over Adam Neumannâs future at the company he built, a parallel debate by WeWork executives and bankers has centered on just how deeply WeWork should cut costs to save its business.In recent days, a group of executives from WeWorkâs parent company and bankers have been …
- Want to Reduce Suicides? Follow the Data to Medical Offices, Motels, etc.
- OSSU: A path to a free self-taught education in computer science
:mortar_board: Path to a free self-taught education in Computer Science! – ossu/computer-science
- Takotsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by wasabi consumption
- A Quantum Perceptron – First Steps in QML
- How the U.S. Hacked Isis
- AI becoming so expensive it is freezing out universities
A.I. research is becoming increasingly expensive, leaving few people with easy access to the computing firepower necessary to develop the technology.
- Understanding Disk Usage in Linux
- Proof emerges that a quantum computer can outperform a classical one
- US doctors are hoping to start offering women vaginal fluid transplants
- MyPayrollHR CEO Arrested, Admits to $70M Fraud
- Hacking Voi Scooters: How I Created $100k Worth of Free Rides
- Learn Just a Little Awk: An Awk Tutorial by Example
- SBCL 20: Steel Bank Common Lisp’s 20th Anniversary Workshop
- Online courses vs. colleges for software engineering
Proud dropouts sometimes swear by online courses, because the project-based learning that they provide is hands-on, and also representative of the how the real world is going to be. On the other hand, proud academics sometimes like to brag about equations and theorems that are really not relevant, but still sound academically enlightening.
I’ve done numerous Udacity nanodegrees and paid Coursera courses. I’m also currently pursuing my masters online from Georgia Tech in computer science (it’s OMSCS program). I’m going to make a contrast between the two approaches, highlighting their merits and demerits.
Vocational education can be v
- Learn X in Y Minutes
- Employers Used Facebook to Keep Women and Older Workers from Seeing Job Ads
- Forever 21, Which Helped Popularize Fast Fashion, to File for Bankruptcy
The retailer fell victim to the eroding power of shopping malls and said it would cease operations in 40 countries and close up to 178 stores in the U.S.
- Belgian startup Magnax has found a way to mass-produce the axial-flux motor
- Automation will drastically reduce police and city budgets
- Yahoo engineer admits hacking Yahoo accounts searching for images
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty to hacking into the accounts of some 6,000 Yahoo users in search of sexual photos and videos.