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https://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=3489047
Reminder: Never read existing software patents or you might get sued
software
patents
lawyers
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-02-20 12:53:56
https://billwadge.com/2024/02/12/the-rise-and-fall-of-gofai/
Interesting jump-through why symbolic reasoning was superseeded with ML and brute force approach with todays GPTs.
reasoning
symbolic
gpt
llm
machine learning
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-02-15 14:21:52
https://sohl-dickstein.github.io/2024/02/12/fractal.html
Great visualization and thinking of actually how to visualize something that is hyper-dimensional in 'nature'
fractals
ai
training
visualize
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-02-13 07:37:23
https://www.jwz.org/blog/2008/09/light-switch-complicator/
Why not make interesting switch in less-than-simple way :)
switch
steampunk
complicator
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-02-07 07:53:58
https://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/em/dyson.pdf
GREAT high-level overview of Maxwell’s Theory and why it is hard to understand. BUT more importantly great explanation of 'languages' and why people have hard time to interpret or explain his equations or quantum mechanics. Great quote below: "Each of the interpretations of quantum mechanics is an attempt to describe quantum mechanics in a language that lacks the appropriate concepts. The battles between the rival interpretations continue unabated and no end is in sight." Or in other words, you need to know intended 'language' to actually read and understand a new world. Be it that spoken or mathematical one.
quantum mechanics
physics
maxwell equations
language
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-01-29 07:15:26
https://proton.me/blog/big-tech-2023-fines-vs-revenue
Fines are not enough. Just a slap on a wrist to continue doing the same with FAANG and monopol companies.
fines
monopoly
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-01-09 13:23:13
https://sarahconstantin.substack.com/p/what-does-the-cerebellum-do-anyway
Great insight what cerebellum works in brains :)
cerebellum
brain
how it works
Author: Bojan
on: 2024-01-09 13:09:42
https://marianogappa.github.io/software/2023/07/28/real-life-indirection-is-the-root-of-all-evil-and-ai-agents-can-fix-it/
Nice connection between delegation and indirection, and how it affects the world.
Indirection
delegation
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-08 16:51:12
https://www.atvbt.com/the-carrot-problem/
Carrot problem is everywhere, the question is if you can see.
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-08 16:37:01
https://slate.com/technology/2023/12/ai-mass-spying-internet-surveillance.html
Mass AI assisted surveillance will be soon just 3 clicks away.
Surveillance
ai
tracking
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-07 21:04:54
https://binarly.io/posts/The_Far_Reaching_Consequences_of_LogoFAIL/
Your BIOS image might root-kit you :D It is still funny how it looks like that even BIOS vendors do not use all available (and free) analysis tools to check for standard implementation issues.
bios
vunerablity
rootkit
exploit
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-07 13:52:00
https://www.scarletink.com/p/crush-your-interviews-power-of-storytelling
A bit too shallow, but good point how to tell a story in interviews instead of basic Q&A
interviews
q&a
story telling
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-07 13:36:30
https://dalton-nrs.manchester.ac.uk/
Play with your own nuclear reactor, safely :)
nuclear reactor
simulator
game
learn
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-07 10:55:26
http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/COMMS/ear/ear.htm
'ears' of war
war
ears
tools
listening
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-06 12:56:19
https://www.cameronmacleod.com/blog/how-does-shazam-work
If you ever wondered how shazam works.
shazam
fourier
open source
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-12-06 12:18:56
https://www.publicbooks.org/a-novel-the-cia-spent-a-fortune-to-suppress/
A Novel the CIA Spent a Fortune to Suppress
cia
blackops
hiding
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 14:31:30
https://www.amygoodchild.com/blog/computer-art-50s-and-60s
Interesting use of computers in its dawn
computers
art
generating
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 14:28:53
https://www.electrospaces.net/2023/09/some-new-snippets-from-snowden-documents.html
Security findings from some unreleased Snowden docs that possibly point to reduced security in security keys
security
snowden
vunerablity
keys
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 13:59:09
https://mprove.de/script/99/kai/
I still remember some tools (Bryce 3D and few more) that I played and how intuitive they were + not polished by 'current' trends
gui
old school
windows
bryce
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 13:43:34
https://benjiweber.co.uk/blog/2023/10/15/engineering-team-lessons-from-cycling/
Lessons for teams from cycling parallel. Good and short parallels
software development
lessons
cycling
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 13:42:15
https://pharr.org/matt/blog/2018/04/18/ispc-origins
Elegy for Intel Larabee CPU architecture
intel
cpu
larabee
elegy
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 13:40:50
https://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/enginelist2.php#instar
Nuclear rockets should be revisited :D
nuclear
nuclear rockets
rockets
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 13:35:13
https://tonsky.me/blog/good-times-weak-men/
Good points on why we have such a bloat today. We have insane power in our pockets and on desks, yet, everything feels way more sluggish than it just to be.
rant
bloated software
slow
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 12:38:39
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iL0fYmMmariFoSvLd9U5nPVH1uFKC7bvVasUcYq78So/edit?pli=1#heading=h.uwhd2fma7ekp
This doc describes nicely what I could not pinpoint with OSI model for years! The OSI 'model' is really hard to explain or find easy examples for levels above 3 or for, until 7 at least :)
osi model
change
replace
description
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:56:27
https://www.thedial.world/issue-9/yugolsav-wars-yu-domain-history-icann
What happens when a country’s internet domain outlives the nation?
yugoslavia
internet
domain
history
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:44:07
https://andadinosaur.com/youtube-s-anti-adblock-and-ublock-origin
Youtube is in on offensive towards ad blockers, even though it should be illegal (at least some guy filed a complaint in Ireland).
youtube
ad blockers
fight
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:41:21
https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2023/11/06/wpa3/
Strange, but rPI5 is unusable in latest WiFi security scheme
rpi
wifi
wpa3
not working
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:40:08
https://lepiter.io/feenk/what-exactly-is-glamorous-toolkit-v1-0--7sex44dze2dqlocqxwfz8ju0i/
Interesting approach to a tool. But deep dive is needed to evaluate if it is useful
tool
deep dive
useful
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:39:20
https://rednafi.com/misc/oh_my_poor_business_logic/
Good ol' reminder that you should not get stuck in old codebases, but also not on the bleeding edge shiny new thing.
processes
tools
bleeding edge
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:32:31
https://blog.giovanh.com/blog/2023/10/26/apples-trademark-exploit/
A bit USA specific, but there are probably all kinds of different ways where big money influence what it should not when it comes to rights-to-use
apple
trademark
exploit
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-11-23 09:29:55
https://jsoverson.medium.com/was-rust-worth-it-f43d171fb1b3
Fast go-through of some Rust learnings
rust
programming
feedback
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-26 08:29:04
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/windows-10-warns-me-use-microsoft-verified-app
Slowly but surely Microsoft is going back to its monopoly 'rules of engagement' :)
microsoft
monolopy
firefox
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-16 13:13:01
https://jakelazaroff.com/words/an-interactive-intro-to-crdts/
Quite intuitive and straightforward explanation how you can edit one file with many others at the same time
crdt
intro
explanation
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-05 21:31:57
https://www.beren.io/2023-03-19-LLMs-confabulate-not-hallucinate/
Another take on LLMs halucinations and human parallel
llm
ai
halucination
confabulate
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-05 08:44:27
https://prog21.dadgum.com/38.html
Interesting take on 'puzzle' languages (mostly functional). And a great last line: 'Sometimes advice is too idealistic to follow'
functional
languages
programming
advice
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-04 09:52:41
https://nextword.substack.com/p/vector-database-is-not-a-separate
Interesting thinking where databases could go in the AI age and vector databases
ai
llm
vector database
database
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-03 10:03:34
https://buildkite.com/blog/goodbye-integers-hello-uuids
Yet another, but with good reasoning for UUIDs. I've never liked the pure randomness of UUIDs in many cases, as there is no way to 'reason' of origin or the time information.
uuid
random
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-10-02 09:14:42
https://dothemath.ucsd.edu/2023/08/fusion-foolery/
Pull-down-to-Earth calculations from physics guy about recent net positive fusion news.
fusion
calculations
far from done
Author: Bojan
on: 2023-08-18 16:50:05