Gooooooood morning, Human race!!! 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
- Spaced-repetition flashcards linked to your learning materials
- Dam built by robots? Japan’s Obayashi tests it out
- Harry Eng, the Master of the “Impossible Bottle”
- Floating-Point Formats and Deep Learning
- Are we in an AI Overhang?
- Neural text to speech with dozens of celebrity voices
- Gmail, Contacts, Assistant and Messages apps no longer support sending money
- 30 years of family videos in an AI archive
- Otto: Friendly Machine Learning Assistant
- Humans vs AI – A/B testing GPT-3
A friendly copywriting challenge between human & OpenAI’s GPT-3 AP for your website. Built & Brought to you by VWO, #1 A/B Testing Tool in the World.
- Autonomous Robots Rule: Largest Rollout in Grocery Industry
- Woodman’s Markets to deploy aisle-roving robots
- Experts recommend Machine Learning books
- Study finds learning music won’t make children smart
- Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021
- Microsoft Shutting Down Cortana on Multiple Devices, Including iOS and Android
Blockchain and decentralization
- Corecursion and coinduction: how they relate to recursion and induction
- Fanouts and Percentiles: Visualizing Latency in Distributed Systems
- In October 1953 Paul Niquette coined the word ‘software’
- Tesorio is Senior Analytics Engineer and Back end Engineer – join our distributed team
- Odin – The Observable and Distributed Workflow System
Woman computer scientist of the week
Dorothy Elizabeth Denning, born August 12, 1945, is a US-American information security researcher known for lattice-based access control (LBAC), intrusion detection systems (IDS), and other cyber security innovations. She published four books and over 200 articles. Inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2012, she is now Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School.
Cloud and architecture
- The Surprise AWS Bill Heard Far and Wide
The tale of the July 4th surprise $2700 AWS bill. It is more nuanced than you think and might have exposed a bug.
- Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns
- Docker Releases Plugin for Simplified Deployments into AWS
Docker has announced the public beta of their enhanced integration of Docker with AWS Elastic Container Service and AWS Fargate. The release of the ECS plugin allows for developers to work within the Docker experience to create the necessary infrastructure to operate within AWS.
- Cloudflare launches Workers Unbound, next evolution of its serverless platform
- Cloudflare Workers Gets Python, Scala, Kotlin, Reason and Dart support
- Benchmarking the Major Cloud Vision AutoML Tools
- How to Choose a Neutral Net Architecture for Medical Image Segmentation
- I’m building a catalog of cloud architecture
- Internet Archive responds to publishers’ lawsuit
Yesterday, the Internet Archive filed our response to the lawsuit brought by four commercial publishers to end the practice of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), the digital equivalent of traditional library lending. CDL is a respectful and secure way to bring the breadth of our library collections to digital learners. Commercial ebooks, while useful, only cover […]
- Eliminating cold starts with Cloudflare Workers
- ECJ rules US Cloud services fundamentally incompatible with EU Privacy laws
Nextcloud is the most deployed on-premises file share and collaboration platform. Access & collaborate across your devices. Your data remains under your control.
Development and languages
- Doing stupid stuff with GitHub Actions
TL;DR: DevOps doesn’t have to be all work and no play. I built 5 stupid (but fun!) GitHub actions… because why not?
The full code for these actions can all be found in this GitHub repo. I encourage you to fork and/or add issues/PRs with impractical actions of your own!
I also recorded a video about this project on YouTube. ← Check out the video and subscribe if you are into this sort of thing 🙏
- OpenJDK Migrates to GitHub
The transition of the OpenJDK projects from Mercurial to GitHub will be completed by September 2020.
- Running DOS Apps on Windows
A rough comparison of the experience of running DOS apps under each early release of Windows
- Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps
- GitHub Readme Templates
A collection of awesome readme templates to display on your profile – kautukkundan/Awesome-Profile-README-templates
- Research Based on the .NET Runtime
- Porting a macOS Clojure Dev Setup to Windows WSL2
- Highlights from Git 2.28
- GitHub Public Roadmap
GitHub public roadmap. Contribute to github/roadmap development by creating an account on GitHub.
- Historical programming-language groups disappearing from Google
As Alex McDonald notes in this
support request, Google has recently banned the old Usenet groups
comp.lang.forth and comp.lang.lisp from the Google Groups system.
«Of specific concern is the archive. These are some of the oldest
groups on Usenet, and the depth & breadth of the historical material that
has just disappeared from the internet, on two seminal programming
languages, is huge and highly damaging. These are the history and
collective memories of two communities that are being expunged, and it’s
not great, since there is no other comprehensive archive after Google’s
purchase of Dejanews around 20 years ago.»
Perhaps Google can be conv
- NetLogo: A multi-agent programmable modeling environment
- Dafny: Verification-Aware Programming Language
- GOMP, a tool for comparing Git branches
- Exactly-Once Initialization in Asynchronous Python
Quote of the week
Never attribute to funny hardware that which can be adequately explained by broken locking.
— Erik Quanstrom
- An Intel 8080 Assembler and Online Simulator
- Grit Has a Negligible Effect on Success Compared to Intelligence
- One company’s plan to build a search engine Google can’t beat
- Warren Buffett 1997 Email Exchange on Microsoft
- ACCC alleges Google misled consumers about expanded use of personal data
Correction: An earlier version of this media release used a hypothetical example that suggested that Google used information about users’ health to personalise or target advertisements. Google says that it does not show personalised ads based on health information. This example has been removed from the media release.
- Amazon gets priority while mail gets delayed, say US letter carriers
Several letter carriers are accusing Portland’s postmaster of deliberately delaying the delivery of first-class and priority mail by ordering clerks to sort Amazon packages first, ensuring that carriers deliver them on time.
- The Electric Car Atop Europe’s Sales Charts Isn’t a Tesla or VW
- Google to Keep Employees Home Until Summer 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
- Intel Ponte Vecchio GPU Will Be Made on TSMC 6nm Process, CPUs Could Be TSMC 3nm
Update: This leak has partially inaccurate information. Please refer to this exclusive for the full story. A huge report from DigiTimes has leaked out claiming that Intel’s Ponte Vecchio GPU has found its home on TSMC’s lower-cost 6nm process. The leak originally sprung from a paywalled DigiTimes article and has since been corroborated by China […]
- Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer
- The pandemic was just a ‘scamdemic’ – until truth hit home hard
- Google Drive – How do I stop others from sharing files with me?
- Intel ousts its chief engineer, shakes up technical group after delays
Intel Corp’s Chief Engineering Officer Murthy Renduchintala is departing, part of a move in which a key technology unit will be separated into five teams, the chipmaker said on Monday.
- Not an Amazon Problem
- Google’s Top Search Result? Surprise, It’s Google
The search engine dedicated almost half of the first page of results in our test to its own products, which dominated the coveted top of the page
- How to track costs in multi-tenant Amazon EKS clusters
- AMD Reports Q2 2020 Earnings: Notebook and Server Sales Drive a Record Quarter
- CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google prepare their antitrust defense
- Google offers refunds after smart glasses stop working
- Microsoft Joins the Blender Development Fund
Microsoft is joining the Blender Foundation’s Development Fund as a Corporate Gold member!
- Jeff Bezos can’t promise Amazon employees don’t access independent seller data
- Bezos: No guarantee Amazon didn’t exploit third-party seller data
The executive made the admission under questioning at a House antitrust hearing.
- Did glitch help Amazon escape early questions in Washington hearing?
- Apple halved app store fee to get Amazon Prime video on devices
- Google’s problems are bigger than just the antitrust case
As the computing conglomerate has grown, so too have the risks that it becomes more like a conventional company
- Amazon sales soar as pandemic fuels online shopping
- Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Results
- How Best Buy saved itself
- YouTube: Community contributions will be discontinued across all channels
- Google Earth Timelapse
Explore the dynamics of our changing planet over the past three and a half decades.
- Google adds «Black-owned» business attribute to local listings
- Twitter says spear-phishing attack on employees led to breach
Twitter Inc , whose internal systems were breached about two weeks ago, said on Thursday the incident targeted a small number of employees through a phone «spear-phishing» attack.
- Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first
Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world.
- Google removes all Danish music from YouTube
- Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies
- Balancing AMD’s Future on the Edge of a Silicon Wafer
- Nvidia is reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ to buy ARM for more than $32B
- Nvidia in Advanced Talks to Buy SoftBank’s Chip Company Arm
- FCC approves Amazon’s internet-from-space constellation of 3,236 satellites
- Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s US operations
- Microsoft in talks to buy out TikTok – sources
- Amazon investing $10B to compete against SpaceX in satellite broadband
- Developer Accuses Google of Retaliation for Assisting Antitrust Investigation
- Add popups to your website ️ backed with Google Sheets (for free)
- How to survive a ransomware attack without paying the ransom
- Teaching Isn’t About Managing Behavior
- Redux Overview and Concepts – Reimagined Redux Tutorial
- Open-source isolated browser, free for journalists etc.
- If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention
- Topological magnet exhibits exotic quantum effects at room temperature
- A new class of magnet that exhibits novel quantum effects
- How to pay your rent with your open source project
A look at the different business and pricing models to fund open source software and make it sustainable.
- What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power
- Make School is recruiting an adjunct faculty to teach at an HBCU
- DoNotPay Unsubscribes You from Spam–and Tries to Get You Paid
- Research shows irradiation may dramatically reduce corrosion from molten salts
Better understanding the synergy between radiation and corrosion is necessary to deploy advanced nuclear reactors. Here, the authors contradict the misconception that radiation always results in deleterious effects and show that proton irradiation slows the corrosion of Ni-Cr alloys in 650âÂ°C molten salt.
- Remington Arms Declares Bankruptcy
The firearms maker filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2018, weighed down by more debt than it can repay even as fearful Americans buy more guns than ever.
- US universities announcing online Fall 2020
- How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers
For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don’t know there’s anything wrong with it.
- Microsoft Engineer Proposes “Trampfd” for Improving Linux Security
- Teaching GPT-3 to Identify Nonsense
In Giving GPT-3 a Turing Test, Kevin Lacker found that GPT-3 does well answering simple factual questions like “Who was president of the United States in 1955?”, but also happily answered absurd qu…
- UPUP Simple Credit Card Verification to Reduce Fraud
- iRobot’s New Education Robot Makes Learning to Code a Little More Affordable
- Flipper Zero – Tamagochi for Hackers
- Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis
- What Is the PCI of Bank Payments?
- Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank
Chip-based credit and debit cards are designed to make it infeasible for skimming devices or malware to clone your card when you pay for something by dipping the chip instead of swiping the stripe. But a recent series of malware attacks on U.S.-based merchants suggest thieves are exploiting weaknesses in how certain financial institutions have…
- Glucosamine Supplementation Reduces All-Cause Mortality – Lifespan.io
It is one of the most commonly used supplements frequently taken to address joint pain, but there might be more to this dietary supplement than first […]
- Florida Teen Arrested in Twitter Hack
- Three Individuals Charged for Alleged Roles in Twitter Hack
- Tampa teen faces 30 felony charges for hacking prominent Twitter accounts
- What I learned from doing over 60 technical interviews in 30 days
In this article, I’ll share my motivation for doing 60+ technical interviews in 30 days. More importantly, I’ll share 13 lessons I learned from my failures and my successes.
I’ve grouped the lessons into three categories to match the phases of a typi…
- US Department of Homeland Security surveilling journalists covering protests
- A platform for beginners to learn programming in Python
A platform for beginners to learn programming in Python – alexmojaki/futurecoder