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AI, bots and robots
- Gimp-ML – Machine Learning Python plugins for GIMP
- CMU Robotics Prof. Breaks Down Robot Scenes from Film and TV (Wired, 20m video)
- Julia library for fast machine learning
- My robotic basketball hoop won’t let you miss
- ALMa – Active Learning Data Manager
- Deep Learning for Guitar Effect Emulation
Since the 1940s, electric guitarists, keyboardists, and other instrumentalists have been using effects pedals, devices that modify the sound of the original audio source. Typical effects include distortion, compression, chorus, reverb, and delay. Early effects pedals consisted of basic analog circuits, often along with vacuum tubes, which were later replaced with transistors. Although many pedals today apply effects digitally with modern signal processing techniques, many purists argue that the sound of analog pedals can not be replaced by their digital counterparts. We’ll follow a deep learning approach to see if we can use machine learnin
- New Abbott SARS-CoV-2 antibody test has 99.90% specificity and 100% sensitivity
- Neurable Technology
- Can AI Become Conscious?
- Learning Rust in 2020
- The logging framework isn’t a bottleneck, and other lies your laptop tells you
- Graph2Plan: Learning Floorplan Generation from Layout Graphs
- Nvidia Unifies AI Compute with “Ampere” GPU
- Sony Builds AI into a CMOS Image Sensor
- Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models
- CMU’s OpenTPOD: Create Deep Learning Object Detectors Without Coding
- Poi: Pragmatic point-free theorem prover assistant in Rust
- Podcasts are my new Wikipedia
Blockchain and decentralization
- Wikipedia-IPFS: An exploration to host Wikipedia in IPFS
- If you overlay all atomic spectra, you get a Planck distribution
- Dissecting the code responsible for the Bitcoin halving
- Bitcoin Halving Just Occured
The easiest and most trusted transaction search engine and block explorer.
- What Was TON And Why It Is Over
For the last 2,5 years some of our best engineers have been working on a next-generation blockchain platform called TON and a cryptocurrency we were going to name Gram. TON was designed to share the principles of decentralization pioneered by Bitcoin and Ethereum, but to be vastly superior to them in speed and scalability.
We were very proud with the result – the technology we created allowed for an open, free, decentralized exchange of value and ideas. When integrated with Telegram, TON had the potential…
- Telegram abandons its TON blockchain platform
- JPMorgan Extends Banking Services to Bitcoin Exchanges
JPMorgan Chase has taken on two well-known bitcoin exchanges, Coinbase and Gemini Trust, as banking customers, say people familiar with the matter, the first time the bank has accepted clients from the cryptocurrency industry.
- Reddit rolls out community currencies on Ethereum
- Bug Hunting in Smart Contracts with Crytic
Woman computer scientist of the week
Sarah Ann Douglas is a distinguished computer scientist, known for her work in human-computer interaction (HCI), a field of computer science that she has helped pioneer, and, in particular, pointing devices and haptic interactions, WWW interfaces and bioinformatics, and visualization and visual interfaces. She is a Professor Emerita of Computer and Information Science and a member of the Computational Science Institute at the University of Oregon.
Cloud and architecture
- AzureNotebooks: Free tier performance is slow
- AWS EC2 General Price Cut
It is my great pleasure to tell you about a price reduction for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) customers who plan to use Standard Reserved Instances or EC2 Instance Saving Plans. The price changes are already in effect, and so anyone buying new RIs or a new EC2 Instance Saving Plan will be able to […]
- AWS Services You Should Avoid
- New – M6g EC2 Instances, Powered by AWS Graviton2
- Lidl to Launch Rival to AWS
Lidl’s parent company Schwarz Group is taking on Amazon by launching its own cloud computing service for third party retailers. Schwarz Group, which owns both Lidl and Kaufland, is launching its own rival to Amazon Web Services (AWS) following the recent acquisition of software specialist Camao IDC, according to Lebensmittel Zeitung. The acquisition, which completed…
- Are There Laws of History?
- Manage AWS costs on non-production environments
We are simplifying cost optimization by focusing on non-production environments only and cloud resources that have the biggest cost impact.
- Nvidia CEO Introduces Nvidia Ampere Architecture, Nvidia A100 GPU
NVIDIA today set out a vision for the next generation of computing that shifts the focus of the global information economy from servers to a new class of powerful, flexible data centers. In a keynote delivered in nine simultaneously released episodes recorded from the kitchen of his California home, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang Read article >
- Security Flaws in Adobe Acrobat Reader Allow Gaining Root on macOS Silently
Yuebin Sun(@yuebinsun) of Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab 0x0 SummaryToday, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for macOS patched three critical vulnerabilities(CVE-2020-9615, CVE-2020-9614, CVE-2020-9613) I reported
- FBI serves warrant on Apple to access Senator’s iCloud data
- Announcing Google Cloud VMware Engine
- SaaS Pricing Models and How They Affect Valuation
- Justice Department, states likely to bring antitrust lawsuits against Google
Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet’s Google—and are well into planning for litigation, according to people familiar with the matter.
Development and languages
- Rawdrawandroid: Build Android apps in C
Build android apps without any java, entirely in C and Make – cnlohr/rawdrawandroid
- Pyp – Easily, magically, run Python at the shell
Easily run Python at the shell! Magical, but never mysterious. – hauntsaninja/pyp
- In:Verse – a poetic programming language
- How to disable the built-in Windows 10 ads
- Block-style programming environment for multi agent system, based on MIT Scratch
- Gitlab.com Is Moving to 13.0
Our next release, 13.0, will include narrow breaking changes. Find out how this could affect you and what you need to do.
- GitHub Stores Deleted Credit Cards
- Programming Steve Reich’s Piano Phase in SuperCollider
- Programming a 144-computer Chip to Minimize Power
Chuck Moore discusses what it takes to program a 144-core asynchronous chip that consumes only 7 pJ/inst, the idle cores taking just 100 nW while the active ones need 4mW running at 666 Mips: tight coding to minimize the number of instructions executed, reducing instruction fetches, transistor switching, and duty cycle.
- React Native for Windows and Mac
- GitHub CLI allows you to close, reopen, and add metadata to issues and PR
GitHub CLI now allows you to close, reopen, and add metadata to issues and pull requests.
- Every software system used at Gitlab
Code, test & deploy with GitLab. Everyone can contribute!
- Cluegen – Python Data Classes From Type Clues
- Subinterpreters for Python
- Bosque Programming Language
The Bosque programming language is an experiment in regularized design for a machine assisted rapid and reliable software development lifecycle. – microsoft/BosqueLanguage
- Up to 4GB of Memory in WebAssembly
- How to prepare for losing your programming job
- Stop tracking me: Austrian citizen files complaint over Android Advertising ID
- WebAssembly COBOL Pong
- Vice Media Lays Off 155 Employees with Deepest Cuts in Digital Group
- GitHub Actions: Org level secrets
- Python – Writing large ZIP archives without memory inflation
Quote of the week
The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren’t there.
— Gordon Bell
- My Job Interview at Google
A while ago I had an on-site job interview at Google. The position I was interviewing for was a Google SRE. SRE stands for Site Reliability Engineering. Site reliability engineers (SREs) are both software engineers and systems administrators, responsible for Google’s production services from end-to-end. I interviewed…
- Elon: Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately
- Elliot Virtual Mall – Google Sheets
- Tesla vs Alameda County
- Tesla sues Alameda County to force California factory reopening
- Self-hosted, ad-free, privacy-respecting alternative to Google search
- Microsoft now blocks reply-all email storms to end our inbox nightmares
- My blog is now generated by Google Docs
- Trump and Chip Makers Including Intel Seek Semiconductor Self-Sufficiency
- Microsoft Surface Go 2 review
- Stripe’s API Is Down
- Bullshit Ability as an Honest Signal of Intelligence
- Elon Musk reopening Tesla factory despite Alameda County order
- Tesla restarting production defying local order
The Tesla CEO said the company would resume production at its assembly plant outside San Francisco that authorities have ordered to remain closed.
- Twitter Will Allow Employees to Work at Home Forever
Two months into working from home, Twitter makes it permanent for some.
- Intel Initiates EOL for the VCA2: Three Xeons on a PCIe Card
- Tesla workers’ unemployment may be suspended if they don’t return, emails show
- Review of New Apple and Google Contact Tracing Protocol
- Tesla superfandom becomes toxic, negative for electric revolution
- Let’s guess what Google requires in 14 days or they kill our extension
- Alameda County agrees to let Tesla reopen if certain conditions are met
- Tesla employees who dont return to work could lose unemployment benefits
- Nvidia Ampere GA100 GPU Powered Tesla A100: 1 PetaOps Compute and 96 GB HBM2 Mem
- Tesla’s batteries aim to rework the math for electric cars and the grid
- Tesla’s readying a ‘million mile’ battery that could greatly lower cost of EVs
- How Google, DoorDash, & GrubHub Conspire to Screw Local Restaurants
DoorDash & GrubHub charge restaurants an advertising fee and then use that money to pay Google to run advertisements that use our restaurant’s brand name to divert cust
- Google Erases Thousands of Links, Tricked by Phony Complaints
A Wall Street Journal investigation shows how dubious copyright complaints citing 1998 law led the search giant to make unfavorable articles vanish. “We worked hard to reveal corruption,” says an editor whose work disappeared, “but Google corporation can easily ban our story.”
- Google Drive Desktop – A cross-platform Google Drive desktop app made w Electron
An Electron Wrapper that converts Google Drive into an office suite desktop app. – alexkim205/Google-Drive-Desktop
- Scientists demonstrate quantum radar prototype
- The world’s biggest PC games are fighting a new surge of cheaters and hackers
- How I Turned an Idea into $7K by Teaching Online
- Linux on the Desktop as a Web Developer
- Huawei HKSP Introduces Trivially Exploitable Vulnerability in the Linux Kernel
- Learn Istio: A Service Mesh and Istio Resource List
- Qatar Airways demands payment for training from terminated flight crew
- The open source DIY laptop for hacking, customization, and privacy
- The coming disruption of colleges and universities
- Age Reduction Breakthrough
If you eschew hyperbole and hang in for the long haul, maintaining a discipline of understatement in the midst of a flashy neon world, you may be offered a modicum of credence when you make an extr…
- Linux (In)Security
- Marcus Hutchins put a stop to the WannaCry attack, then was arrested by the FBI
At 22, Marcus Hutchins put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.
- Safeboot: Booting Linux Safely
Debian package to enable UEFI SecureBoot, enroll your own hardware backed platform key, sign the kernel and initrd, decrypt the disk with the TPM, and enable system integrity protection with dmverity
- Linux is Most Used OS in Microsoft Azure – over 50 percent of VM cores
- When the sum of two actual UX improvements becomes a bigger UX problem
- Linux containers in a few lines of code
Trying to figure out how Linux containers work by implementing them from scratch in C.
- Boeing CEO warns of possible industry bankruptcy
- Cognitive biases and principles that affect UX
- Don’t require a user to be interested twice: Lessons on reducing signup friction
I’ve been working for the past few months on a side project called Cortado. It’s a website that helps to give you control over your daily information intake. You can create a personalized daily email with content from RSS feeds, email newsletters, Twitter, Reddit, Hacker News, and a
- Lessons I’ve Learned as a 15 Year Old Web Developer
- Talking about white privilege causes major reduction in support for politicians
- Stuxnet’s Legacy Lives on in New Windows Bug
A vulnerability in the Windows print spooler service patched this week echoes a similar one exploited by the Stuxnet worm 10 years ago.
- Woman stalked by sandwich server via her Covid-19 contact tracing info
- Reading Got Farm Women Through the Depression
- Device.farm Generates Linux+Docker Images for about 100 Arm Linux SBCs
- A List of Free Networking courses that offer free certification
Are you looking to pursue a career as Network Administrator or Network Engineer? This is going to be an extremely helpful guide for you because we are going to share a number of free Network certification and courses.
Network Administration is one of the core fields of Information Technology. Thousands of Network Administrators are born each year worldwide. It’s an extremely
- The CPU Cost of Networking on a Linux Host
- Linux not Windows: Why Munich shifts back from Microsoft to open source – again
- Swamped bankruptcy courts threaten US recovery
- Swift 5.3 Will Be Supported on Windows and Additional Linux Distributions
Swift 5.3 has recently entered the final stage of its development with the creation of the release/5.3 branch. One of the major goals for the upcoming Swift release is extending official platform support, including additional Linux distributions and Windows.