Gooooooood morning, Subscriptors!!! 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
- A look into bias in AI and how to combat it
- Sightbit deploys AI on beaches to help lifeguards spot distressed swimmers
- Neurons that fire together, wire together Ok, but how?
- Klutz Press: books built for learning stuff
writing klutz books stanford john cassidy juggling table top football
- Curve Detecting Neurons
- Learning to Cartoonize Using White-Box Cartoon Representations
Official tensorflow implementation for CVPR2020 paper “Learning to Cartoonize Using White-box Cartoon Representations” – SystemErrorWang/White-box-Cartoonization
- Apple machine learning in 2020: What’s new?
- Generative Zoology with Neural Networks
- Program “Greppy”, a 2-wheeled robot, using a new robotics language
- Yann LeCun quits Twitter amid acrimonious exchanges on AI bias
Turing Award Winner and Facebook Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun has announced his exit from Twitter after getting involved in a long and often acrimonious dispute regarding racial biases in AI.
- One-time treatment generates new neurons, eliminates Parkinson’s disease in mice
- Don’t Dox Scott Alexander (Slate Star Codex)
- OpenNMT: Open-Source Neural Machine Translation with Torch Mathematical Toolkit
- Uncovered: 1k phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
- The gap between learning code and producing usable software
- A Google bot scrapes pricing info by adding items to carts
Merchants have seen a lot of browsing by John Smith, who picks up items, then leaves without buying; ‘it started getting out of hand’
- Substack has spawned a new class of newsletter entrepreneurs
- Hundreds of Botswana elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off
- On Moving from Statistics to Machine Learning, the Final Stage of Grief
- Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks
- HotSpot compiler: Stack allocation prototype for C2
- Neural Supersampling for Real-Time Rendering
- Botswana: Lab tests to solve mystery of hundreds of dead elephants
Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana’s Okavango Delta since May.
- TaBERT: A new model for understanding queries over tabular data
TaBERT is the first model that has been pretrained to learn representations for both natural language sentences and tabular data.
Blockchain and decentralization
- The largest unknown Bitcoin wallet moved nearly $1B for $0.48 in fees
- Bitcoin From Scratch – Part 1
Writing bitcoin from scratch as a way to learn the concepts.
Woman computer scientist of the week
Barbara Bluestein Simons is a computer scientist and the past president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She is a Ph. D graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and spent her early career working as an IBM researcher. She is the founder and former co-Chair of USACM, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council. Her main areas of research are compiler optimization, scheduling theory and algorithm analysis and design.
Cloud and architecture
- Our AWS bill is less than 2% of revenue. Here’s how we did it
Leveraging AWS lightsail to achieve a minimal AWS bill
- A primer on the cruel, tacit laws of type-level programming in Haskell
- AI predicts effective depression treatment based on brainwave patterns
Tracking brainwave patterns and symptoms in patients with depression, researchers used artificial intelligence to predict best treatment options.
- Cloud Nuke-Safely delete AWS resources in 3 clicks
- Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws, oaths remained on the bench
- Taking over Azure DevOps accounts with one click
- AWS App2Container
- Estonian Electronic Identity Card: Security Flaws in Key Management
- Does saying “Fuck You AWS” constitute offensive content?
Development and languages
- Digital Hygiene 101: Take Control over Your Feeds to Regain Mindfulness
- Foam – A Roam Research alternative with VSCode, Markdown and GitHub
A personal knowledge management and sharing system for VSCode – foambubble/foam
- Pareto Front Sort for Python
- Wanted: Console Text Editor for Windows
- Speeding up function calls with just one line in Python
One line summary: Use lru_cache decorator
- Windows98 Running in the Browser
- GitHub Is Down
- Has GitHub been down more since its acquisition by Microsoft?
Was GitHub down more after Microsoft acquired them? We analyzed their status page and found a 41% increase in disruptions.
- Try these 4 languages from 4 corners of Programming
- What every scientific programmer should know about compiler optimizations?
- The KDE community is moving to GitLab
Open source software community giant KDE finished phase one of their migration to GitLab and has joined our GitLab open source program. Checkout what’s next for KDE and GitLab.
- KoNLPy: Korean NLP in Python
- System Hardening in Android 11
Posted by Platform Hardening Team In Android 11 we continue to increase the security of the Android platform. We have moved to safer def…
- How to Deploy Blazor WebAssembly on GitHub Pages Using GitHub Actions
- Git Repo of Police Brutality During the 2020 George Floyd Protests
- What is the core of the Python programming language?
- Museum of Digital Art forced to close its doors
- A tale of latency and broken windows
- Pygooglenews – Python library for advanced Google News data mining
If Google News had a Python library. Contribute to kotartemiy/pygooglenews development by creating an account on GitHub.
- How the Digital Camera Transformed Our Concept of History
- Android might be the most secure device you own
- MS Will Ban Forza Players Who Add the Confederate Flag to Their Digital Cars
- Nicholas Carr on deep reading and digital thinking
- Guietta – Python module to create simple GUIs
Contribute to alfiopuglisi/guietta development by creating an account on GitHub.
- WebAssembly System Interface for Deno has been merged into Deno
Quote of the week
Do I really want to be using a language where memoize is a PhD-level topic?
— Mark Engelberg about Haskell
- Die shrink: How Intel scaled down the 8086 processor
- “Loss of smell” Google search now trending in West Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada
- Innovation by ancient farmers adds to biodiversity of the Amazon, study shows
- Mysterious meme gets Tech Twitter to clamor for invite to app that doesn’t exist
- Break Up Google
- The fall of Quibi: how did a starry $1.75bn Netflix rival crash so fast?
- Forget Google, time to end the Visa-MasterCard duopoly
In the last few years, you’ve likely seen a fair few comments about monopolies in the tech industry, and suggestions for breaking them up…
- Google Acquires North
Google has acquired North, a pioneer in human computer interfaces and smart glasses.
- Studies in Intelligence
- How Twitter Adopted SLOs
- GShard: Scaling giant models with conditional computation and automatic sharding
Neural network scaling has been critical for improving the model quality in
many real-world machine learning applications with vast amounts of training
data and compute. Although this trend of scaling is affirmed to be a sure-fire
approach for better model quality, there are challenges on the path such as the
computation cost, ease of programming, and efficient implementation on parallel
devices. GShard is a module composed of a set of lightweight annotation APIs
and an extension to the XLA compiler. It provides an elegant way to express a
wide range of parallel computation patterns with minimal changes to the
existing model code. GShard enab
- Systemd: Don’t fallback to Google NTP and DNS
For obvious privacy reasons, Google servers shouldn't be used as fallback DNS and NTP servers. In case of FallbackNTP, having two different vendors as fallback will also aid in stability if Goo…
- Intel Lakefield Deep Dive
- Microsoft just sank to a new low by shoving Edge down our throats
- Twitter is dropping coding terms like ‘master’ and ‘slave’
- Google-backed groups criticize Apple’s new warnings on user tracking
A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.
- Beware the Google Password Manager
Hey internet! So, someone broke into some of my accounts. I’m taking entire responsibility for this – there’s the part where I fucked
up, and if I didn’t fuck up, then none of t…
- Where Am I? NYTimes or Google?
- Dolphins learn from their peers to use empty shells to catch fish
- FreeDVDBoot – Hacking the Playstation 2 through its DVD player
- 2010 SoftBank 30 year vision document: its a wilde ride
- Adventures in booting Linux on Raspberry Pi 4
- Bypass Paywalls Clean for Chrome/Firefox
- Linux Kernel Is Still Seeing Driver Work for the Macintosh II
- The Internet is too unsafe: We need more hackers
- NYU professor: “reckoning is overdue” for universities; many “will not” survive
- Make educated wireless router/AP upgrade decisions
- Shale pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy
Chesapeake Energy Corp filed for Chapter 11 on Sunday, becoming the largest U.S. oil and gas producer to seek bankruptcy protection in recent years as it bowed to heavy debts and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on energy markets.
- UCSF forced to pay more than $1 million ransom to perpetrators of malware attack
- A decidedly non-Linux distro walkthrough: Haiku R1/beta2
- Polymorphic Allocators from C++17, std:vector Growth and Hacking
- YouTube Bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer for Hate Speech
YouTube is taking more action against supremacy channels and hate speech
- Guy Who Reverse-Engineered TikTok Reveals the Scary Things He Learned
- What can you learn by writing as a developer
- Learn Lua in 15 Minutes
- Cirque Du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Investment firms TPG, Fosun International and Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec have submitted a proposal to buy the circus company’s assets
- Hazard Pay in Focus as Essential Workers Earn Less Than the Jobless
- Deconstructing Pinterest’s reverse-image-search SEO growth hack
By Ryan Bednar (CEO of RankScience) Update: This post got a ton of traffic on Hacker News today and Pinterest reached out to comment: “The claim that we scrape Google search results is false. We do not, and never have, scraped Google search results at any time.” The original article suggested Pinterest scrapes Google directly, but …
- Japan auto companies triple Mexican pay rather than move to US
- Quantum fluctuations have been shown to affect macroscopic objects
- Algolia introduces pay-as-you-go pricing for search
- Lessons learned from building a commercial open-source bot development platform
Summary of my keynote talk at BotSE 2020 where I discuss the organizational, technical, NLP and Business challenges of building a commercial bot platform
- Scientists move to strip offensive names from journals, prizes, and more
- Scaling Linux Services: Before accepting connections
- Children’s game accounts hacked to support Donald Trump
- Learn to Create and Flex Flexagons