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Gordon Bell has died

arstechnica.com — Benj Edwards - May 21, 2024 6:53 pm UTC GORDON, 1

Clever code is probably the worst code you could write

engineerscodex.com — Engineer’s Codex is a free publication about real-world software engineering. I write about real-world technical case studies, outages, and interesting stories from the industry. CLEVER, 2

The curious case of the missing period

substack.com — They explained that one of the emails they sent to a customer was missing a period (.) in the email body. What was more confusing is it only happened to this specific customer, when the same email was sent to a different customer the period was not missing. CURIOUS, 3

What UI density means and how to design for it

matthewstrom.com — Interfaces are becoming less dense. WHAT, 4

CADmium: A local-first CAD program built for the browser

mattferraro.dev — We're building a new open-source CAD program. We've gotten pretty far, but we need your help. CADMIUM, 5

Show HN: Pls Fix – Hire big tech employees to appeal account suspensions

news.ycombinator.com — I used to work for Facebook and Google and constantly got asked questions like "Hey, my Instagram account got blocked for no reason. Could you help me get it back?". I'd say yes, it would take me 10 min to fill out an internal form and 1 week later the account was back. PLS, 6

Wikimedia Enterprise – APIs for LLMs, AI Training, and More

wikimedia.com — Enrich user experience by improving answers to user questions and augmenting search results no matter your platform size. WIKIMEDIA, 7

Show HN: Openpanel – An open-source alternative to Mixpanel

news.ycombinator.com — I have created an open-source alternative to Mixpanel and will explain a bit about why I decided to do this. OPENPANEL, 8

Business Booms and Depressions Since 1775 (1943)

stlouisfed.org — Home > Browse by Title > Business Booms and Depressions Since 1775 BUSINESS, 9

Storing knowledge in a single long plain text file

breckyunits.comSTORING, 10

Semantic note-taking

cceckman.com — Early in my career,1 I learned a particular approach to taking meeting notes. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about this over the years; here’s my attempt to explain the approach and why it’s effective. SEMANTIC, 11

I want flexible queries, not RAG

win-vector.com — By John Mount on May 21, 2024 • ( 1 Comment ) WANT, 12

Fast real time fluid simulator based on MPM algorithm

kotsoft.github.ioREAL, 13

Format String Attacks (2000)

seclists.org — Bugtraq mailing list archives By Date By Thread Format String Attacks From: Tim Newsham <tim.newsham () guardent com> Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 11:32:05 -0700 Hi, Attached is a whitepaper on format string attacks. It is presented in Ascii. The full paper can be found in PDF format on the Guardent R&D website in the white papers archive at: http://www.guardent.com/rd_whtpr.html ----- Tim Newsham tim.newsham () guardent com www.guardent.com Format String Attacks Tim Newsham Guardent, Inc. September 2000 Copyright (c) 2000. All Rights Reserved ----[ CONTENTS INTRODUCTION WHAT IS A FORMAT STRING ATTACK? PRINTF - WHAT THEY FORGOT TO TELL YOU IN SCHOOL A SIMPLE EXAMPLE FORMAT ME! X MARKS THE SPOT SO WHAT? ----[ ABSTRACT The cause and implications of format string vul... FORMAT, 14

The Effects of Early Relational Trauma (2001) [pdf]

allanschore.comEFFECTS, 15

Gifski: Optimized GIF Encoder

github.com — GIF encoder based on libimagequant (pngquant). Squeezes maximum possible quality from the awful GIF format. GIFSKI, 16

Show HN: I built a game to help you learn neural network architectures

sabrina.devGAME, 17

Building an AI game studio: what we've learned so far

braindump.me — Braindump is our attempt to imagine what game creation could be like in the brave new world of LLMs and generative AI. We want to give you an entire AI game studio, complete with coders, artists, and so on, to help you create your dream game. BUILDING, 18

40-Year old BASICA utility code for teaching

github.com — A suite of BASICA educator tools originally authored over 40 years ago 40-YEAR, 19

Shadow Robot’s three-fingered hand is robust enough for reinforcement learning

ieee.org — Shadow Robot’s three-fingered hand is robust enough for reinforcement learning SHADOW, 20

Reversing Choplifter

blondihacks.com — The Apple II line of computers had an amazing run, from 1977 to 1993. In that time, hundreds of thousands of pieces of software were written for it, including many tens of thousands of games. Like any platform, however, the number of truly great games within that range is much smaller. If you ask any former (or current) Apple II user what the best five games on the platform are, there would be variation of course, but one game would be on everyone’s list: Choplifter. REVERSING, 21

Taking Risk

tomblomfield.com — I just spent a week talking with some exceptional students from three of the UK’s top universities; Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College. Along with UCL, these British universities represent 4 of the top 10 universities in the world. The US - a country with 5x more people and 8x higher GDP - has the same number of universities in the global top 10. TAKING, 22

Scaling Monosemanticity: Extracting Interpretable Features from Claude 3 Sonnet

transformer-circuits.pub — Eight months ago, we demonstrated that sparse autoencoders could recover monosemantic features from a small one-layer transformer. At the time, a major concern was that this method might not scale feasibly to state-of-the-art transformers and, as a result, be unable to practically contribute to AI safety. Since then, scaling sparse autoencoders has been a major priority of the Anthropic interpretability team, and we're pleased to report extracting high-quality features from Claude 3 Sonnet,For clarity, this is the 3.0 version of Claude 3 Sonnet, released March 4, 2024. It is the exact model in production as of the writing of this paper. It is the finetuned model, not the base pretrained model (although our method also works on the base model). Anthropic's medium-sized production model. SCALING, 23

Install Alpine Linux on FreeBSD Jail

dragas.net — Alpine Linux is one of my favorite Linux distributions, particularly for specialized purposes. I recently faced the task of moving an Alpine Linux-based VPS onto a FreeBSD host and considered two approaches: INSTALL, 24

Images that Sound: Generating spectrograms that are also images

ificl.github.io — Spectrograms are 2D representations of sound that look very different from the images found in our visual world. And natural images, when played as spectrograms, make unnatural sounds. In this paper, we show that it is possible to synthesize spectrograms that simultaneously look like natural images and sound like natural audio. We call these spectrograms images that sound. Our approach is simple and zero-shot, and it leverages pre-trained text-to-image and text-to-spectrogram diffusion models that operate in a shared latent space. During the reverse process, we denoise noisy latents with both the audio and image diffusion models in parallel, resulting in a sample that is likely under both models. Through quantitative evaluations and perceptual studies, we find that our method successfully... IMAGES, 25

Sam Altman Is Showing Us Who He Really Is

slate.com — OpenAI, the research firm whose 2022 launch of ChatGPT single-handedly pushed “artificial intelligence” into the mainstream, isn’t often inclined to back down from the knotty disputes—over copyright, safety concerns, appropriate regulations—that its innovative tech has raised. Yet this month, it antagonized someone much more powerful, and is already retreating just a touch. SAM, 26

Microsoft Phi-3 Cookbook

github.com — This is a Phi-3 book for getting started with Phi-3. Phi-3, a family of open AI models developed by Microsoft. Phi-3 models are the most capable and cost-effective small language models (SLMs) available, outperforming models of the same size and next size up across a variety of language, reasoning, coding, and math benchmarks. PHI-3, 27

How Might We Learn?

andymatuschak.org — Talks about learning technology often center on technology. Instead, I want to begin by asking: what do you want learning to be like—for yourself? If you could snap your fingers and drop yourself into a perfect learning environment, what’s your ideal? MIGHT, 28

Dyson Sphere Candidates from Gaia DR3, 2MASS, and Wise

oup.com — Matías Suazo, Erik Zackrisson, Priyatam K Mahto, Fabian Lundell, Carl Nettelblad, Andreas J Korn, Jason T Wright, Suman Majumdar, Project Hephaistos – II. Dyson sphere candidates from Gaia DR3, 2MASS, and WISE, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 531, Issue 1, June 2024, Pages 695–707, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stae1186 DYSON, 29

Continue (YC S23) is hiring a founding engineer in San Francisco ycombinator.com

Roame (YC S23) is hiring a founding back end engineer ycombinator.com

Langfuse (YC W23) is hiring engineers in Berlin: open-source LLM devtool github.com