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A New Kind of Instant Messaging

A New Kind of Instant Messaging

Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging application that ran without requiring the use of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and end-to-end encrypted, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at…
Swift: When Unused Code Is a Bug

Swift: When Unused Code Is a Bug

Spot test - what’s the output of this code? protocol Greeter { func greet() } extension Greeter { func greet() { print("Hello, World!") } } class BaseGreeter: Greeter {} class LazyGreeter: BaseGreeter { func greet() { print("sup") } } let greeter: Greeter = LazyGreeter() greeter.greet() Even seasoned Swift developers may get this wrong, so don’t…
The Dark Core of Personality

The Dark Core of Personality

Over 100 years ago, Charles Spearman made two monumental discoveries about human intelligence. First, a general factor of intelligence (g) exists: people who score high on one test of intelligence also tend to score high on other tests of intelligence. Second, Spearman found that the g-factor conforms to the principle of the "indifference of the…
Fred Turner: Silicon Valley Thinks Politics Doesn’t Exist – 032c

Fred Turner: Silicon Valley Thinks Politics Doesn’t Exist – 032c

Technology isn’t handed down to us by the gods. At 032c, we inspect the components of our digital reality, fully expecting to see ourselves reflected back. In this interview, excerpted from Rhizome’s Seven on Seven conference publication, What’s to be Done?, editor Nora Khan spoke to media theorist Fred Turner about the tech industry’s frontier…
In pursuit of minimalism

In pursuit of minimalism

While working at Lockheed during the cold war, Kelly Johnson was reported to have coined KISS (“keep it simple, stupid”); a principle that suggests glibly that systems should be designed to be as simple as possible. While complexity is never a conscious design goal of any project, it arises inherently as new features are pursued…
tb0yd/rootfinder

tb0yd/rootfinder

A fun little project to play with Jupyter Notebooks, Scikit-learn, and neural nets with Keras. Goal To train a neural network to learn Arabic morphology. Includes: Scripts for data mining Starter data 2 iterations of the model: roots.ipynb and roots-with-noroots.ipynb. roots-with-noroots.ipynb is named weird, but it just means we are more intelligent about tracking words…
Windows Calculator invalid input with 10^x function

Windows Calculator invalid input with 10^x function

This is definitely a glitch with the calculator that never used to happen until the update. I get "Invalid input" whenever I try the 10^x function with a decimal input with at least 5 decimal places. I have verified that a value with 4 decimal p
As Memes Evolve, Apps Are Struggling to Keep Up

As Memes Evolve, Apps Are Struggling to Keep Up

“I use four apps to make a meme,” says Andy, who runs the Instagram meme page @heckoffsupreme. “There’s not one app I can go to for everything I need, not even close.” “It’s ad hoc,” says Terry, who runs the page @socialpracticemafia and has used a slew of photo- and video-editing apps to make memes.…

Walmart stumbles with its ‘last mile’ package delivery plan

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Reuters) - Standing before an audience of 14,000 people last year, Walmart Inc executives described a radical plan to help it fend off Amazon.com Inc and other online delivery services from stealing its customers. Walmart’s own store employees would bring online orders directly to shoppers’ homes after completing their usual shifts of…
A treasure trove of skate culture is being saved… but it needs your help

A treasure trove of skate culture is being saved… but it needs your help

From 1978 to 1995, Read and Destroy magazine grew to become a skateboarding bible – the foundation and inspiration of today’s UK scene. Yet for the last quarter of a century, this groundbreaking piece of skate history has been hidden, kept in boxes and envelopes of various private collections, out of sight. ’90, ©TLB: Curti McCann,…
How F5Bot Slurps All of Reddit

How F5Bot Slurps All of Reddit

In this guest post, Lewis Van Winkle talks about F5Bot, a free service that emails you when selected keywords are mentioned on Reddit, Hacker News, or Lobsters. He explains in detail how F5Bot is able to process millions of comments and posts from Reddit every day on a single VPS. You can check out more…
The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan’s Economy

The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan’s Economy

For the past century, a public pension was an ironclad promise. Whatever else happened, retired policemen and firefighters and teachers would be paid. That is no longer the case. Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are…

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