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Bash Bunny | Technolust since 2005
$95.00 hacking device: plug it in anywhere, and enjoy the victim's network. To be paired with the dedicated face recognition thing
nerd  techie  might_write  privacy  surveillance 
2 days ago by seatrout
A better NerdTree setup
NerdTree is one of the first plugins you’ll install in Vim. It allows you to browse your files easily and perform some basic operations like creating or moving files without leaving vim.
It’s useful enough to take a minute to set it up properly, yet I often see developers not fully taking advantage of it. Here are a couple of tips to make your NerdTree more awesome:
nerd  techie 
7 days ago by seatrout
Intel makes homebrew neural net development faster and easier
This thing has a dedicated vision processing chip and costs $99.00. You could plug it into a raspberry pi.
might_write  nerd  privacy  security 
16 days ago by seatrout
Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along | ZEIT online
Happy teenage memories of respite from the daily drudgery of life under an autocratic regime. pew pew
gaming  history  coldwardinosaur  computing  tech  nerd  socialism 
18 days ago by gominokouhai
Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive? | The Pudding
Pithier. They're getting pithier. This article, while awesome, seems to suffer from the common delusion that repetition in music is somehow undesirable. It's called 'melody' and it's kinda fundamental. Go count the number of times Beethoven said "da da da dum" and then get back to me about repetition in music.
music  dataisbeautiful  nerd 
18 days ago by gominokouhai
How Do You Test Out A New Look? Dating Apps! | Application Science
Dude uses A/B testing and Tinder to determine the attractiveness of his beard. With graphs. TLDR: beards are awesome.
dataisbeautiful  nerd  tech  relationships 
18 days ago by gominokouhai
The Case Against Quantum Computing - IEEE Spectrum
The huge amount of scholarly literature that’s been generated about quantum-computing is notably light on experimental studies describing actual hardware. The relatively few experiments that have been reported were extremely difficult to conduct, though, and must command respect and admiration.

The goal of such proof-of-principle experiments is to show the possibility of carrying out basic quantum operations and to demonstrate some elements of the quantum algorithms that have been devised. The number of qubits used for them is below 10, usually from 3 to 5. Apparently, going from 5 qubits to 50 (the goal set by the ARDA Experts Panel for the year 2012) presents experimental difficulties that are hard to overcome. Most probably they are related to the simple fact that 25 = 32, while 250 = 1,125,899,906,842,624.

By contrast, the theory of quantum computing does not appear to meet any substantial difficulties in dealing with millions of qubits.

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While I believe that such experimental research is beneficial and may lead to a better understanding of complicated quantum systems, I’m skeptical that these efforts will ever result in a practical quantum computer. Such a computer would have to be able to manipulate—on a microscopic level and with enormous precision—a physical system characterized by an unimaginably huge set of parameters, each of which can take on a continuous range of values. Could we ever learn to control the more than 10300 continuously variable parameters defining the quantum state of such a system?

My answer is simple. No, never.

I believe that, appearances to the contrary, the quantum computing fervor is nearing its end. That’s because a few decades is the maximum lifetime of any big bubble in technology or science. After a certain period, too many unfulfilled promises have been made, and anyone who has been following the topic starts to get annoyed by further announcements of impending breakthroughs. What’s more, by that time all the tenured faculty positions in the field are already occupied. The proponents have grown older and less zealous, while the younger generation seeks something completely new and more likely to succeed.

nerd  techie  might_write 
22 days ago by seatrout
‘Oumuamua, Thin Films and Lightsails | Centauri Dreams
"`Oumuamua could be defunct sails floating under the influence of gravity and stellar radiation. Similar to debris from ship wrecks floating in the ocean. The alternative is to imagine that `Oumuamua was on a reconnaissance mission."
spaaace  coolstuff  science  astronomy  news  nerd 
5 weeks ago by gominokouhai
UC Browser Opens 100m Windows for Alibaba in India
BENGALURU: UCWeb, a subsidiary of China's internet giant Alibaba, recently reached the 100-million monthly active user mark in India for its flagship product UC Browser.
The mobile browser, that captures 57% market share in India, will now focus on a content distribution through UC News, a content-aggregation platform by UCWeb.
"With the changing mobile internet landscape, UCWeb has adopted a strategy of becoming a content distribution platform from being a browsing tool by engaging and aggregating entertainment-based content on our platforms - UC Browser and UC News," said Kenny Ye, general manager of overseas business at Alibaba Mobile Business Group.
While most mobile users don't identify with the need of a special mobile browser on their phones, UC Browser, since its launch in India in 2012, has gained popularity , strikingly among the youth.
adtech  china  nerd  politics 
5 weeks ago by seatrout
How to build your own AlphaZero AI using Python and Keras
The codebase contains a replica of the AlphaZero methodology, built in Python and Keras. Gain a deeper understanding of how AlphaZero works and adapt the code to plug in new games.
python  nerd  AI 
5 weeks ago by seatrout

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