Gooooooood morning, Information superhighway!!! 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
- Africa Is Building an A.I. Industry That Doesn’t Look Like Silicon Valley
Researchers want to pave their own path. But the growing industry is still dependent on tech giants like Google and Microsoft.
- Streamlit launches open source machine learning application dev framework
- Pizza robot makes 300 pizzas per hour
After three years of quietly toiling away on a robotic food system, Seattle startup Picnic has emerged from stealth mode with a system that assembles custom pizzas with little human intervention.
- Robots to Cut 200k U.S. Bank Jobs in Next Decade, Study Says
- Dutch police take down hornets’ nest of DDoS botnets
Police seize servers from bulletproof hosting provider that harbored tens of DDoS botnets.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Deep Reinforcement Learning
- A Gentle Introduction to Bayes’ Theorem for Machine Learning
- Green AI
- Xilinx Vitis and Vitis AI Software Development Platforms
Blockchain and decentralization
- Cryptocurrency Startup School
- The World’s Most-Used Cryptocurrency Isn’t Bitcoin
- Paypal Withdraws from Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency
PayPal was one of several corporate backers of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project.
Woman computer scientist of the week
Fatimata Seye Sylla is the director of Senegal’s Digital Freedom Initiative, a council member for the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa, and the Senegal National Coordinator of the African Civil Society for the Information Society. She is a former member of the At-Large Advisory Committee for ICANN, where she represented Senegal, and advocated there for greater involvement of the developing world with Internet governance. She also served on the board of the CATIA initiative, a program that worked to support ICT initiatives and their directors across African countries.
Cloud and architecture
Development and languages
- Sid Sijbrandij: “People don’t want to commute; they just don’t want to miss out”
- Microsoft Offers Windows 7 Extended Update Support to SMBs
- Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property
- Blazor – Build client web apps with C#
- Microsoft introduces Windows 10 X for dual-screen devices
At its annual Surface hardware event in New York, Microsoft today announced the expected set of updates to its existing hardware lineup. The biggest surprise, though, was surely the announcement of the company’s dual-screen Surface Neo, which will go on sale before the 2020 holiday season. To…
- Microsoft doesn’t think Windows is important anymore
- CyberWeb – Building a Web Browser from Scratch on Windows 2000
- Fundamentals of Python Programming
- GitHub has removed their ‘This is note the page you’re looking for’ 404 page
Quote of the week
Languages that try to disallow idiocy become themselves idiotic.
— Rob Pike
- Amazon and Apple are quietly building rival location networks
Amazon’s new Sidewalk protocol and Apple’s experiments with ultra-wideband signal a new battleground that gets Amazon out of the house and Apple inside it
- Predictive CPU isolation of containers at Netflix using a MIP solver
- Big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS
DNS over HTTPS will make it harder for ISPs to monitor or modify DNS queries.
- WeTransfer Migrated to Stripe
- The 2002 mandate for internal communication systems at Amazon
Remote teams configuration and combination. Learn the caveats and nuances of running a remote team and why internal communication is paramount to success.
- Researchers Discover the Tallest Known Tree in the Amazon
- Intel slashes prices in face of AMD competition
- SIMD Made Easy with Intel Implicit SPMD Program Compiler
- Google – polling like it’s the 90s
- Microsoft announces dual-screen Surface Neo
- Microsoft announces new Surface Duo phone
- Tiny Acquires Meteor
- Tesla Delivers Record 97,000 Vehicles in Q3
- Iraq blocks Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram, shuts down internet
Network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory show that Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social and messaging apps have been blocked in Iraq by multiple internet providers as of …
- Evaluating the effectiveness of Google’s “Testing on the Toilet” program
- Troubles with Tesla’s automated parking summon safety regulators
- Vice Media Acquires Refinery29 in a $400M Deal
The fashion and lifestyle site had something that Vice lacked: an audience made up largely of women.
- Netflix – Evolving Regional Evacuation
- Google contractors reportedly targeted homeless people for facial recognition
They need facial scans of people with darker skin
- Amazon Plans $800M Data Center in Argentina
- Egypt activists outraged over Twitter suspensions against anti-Sisi accounts
- Disney Bans Netflix Ads as Streaming’s Marketing Wars Intensify
- Amazon Care
- Design patterns for hacking together prototypes: object dictionaries
- The myth of the teacher pay gap?
- A Jewish Woman’s Appeal of Murder in Thirteenth-Century England
Posted by Sara M. Butler; 17 August, 2018. Setting the Scene The period leading up to the expulsion of the Jews from England in July of 1290 was a time of mounting uncertainty for the Anglo Jewry. …
- How Is Python 2 Supported in Red Hat Enterprise Linux After 2020?
How is Python 2 supported in RHEL after 2020? How long will Python 2.7 be supported within Red Hat products? As per https://pythonclock.org the Python project is retiring development on Python 2 Jan 1st, 2020. What happens after this date? Python2 is available in an Application stream in RHEL8. Can you let me know what that means for the Python 2 lifecycle within RHEL8? Will Python 2 be available for the entire life of RHEL 8? Will Red Hat continue to provide bugfix/security errata to Python 2 after the EOL of the language?
- Was it worth paying €41.7bn to bail out Irish banks?
- No evidence that testosterone reduces cognitive empathy
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that testosterone administration did not affect cognitive empathy, a measure of the ability to recognize another’s feelings and motivations. The finding calls into question the theory that the symptoms of autism are caused by a hyper-masculinized brain.
- What are the most indispensable books for indie hackers?
- Brex wants to replace startup bank accounts with Brex Cash
- Google Is Uncovering Hundreds of Race Conditions Within the Linux Kernel
- A new Linux memory controller promises to save lots of RAM
- Doing enterprise financial data visualization after data journalism
- Attorneys say disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes isn’t paying them
Lawyers representing disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes said she hasn’t paid them for more than a year and probably never will, according to court records.