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Four short links: 8 July 2020

When Data is Messy — I love stories that illustrate the ways machine learning can draw the wrong conclusions. Researchers at the University of Tuebingen trained a neural net to recognize images, and then had it point out which parts of the images were the most important for its decision. When they asked it to highlight the most important pixels for...

Four short links: 7 July 2020

eDEX-ui — a fullscreen, cross-platform terminal emulator and system monitor that looks and feels like a sci-fi computer interface. Announcing Microsoft Freta — Microsoft have a service for detecting evidence of OS and sensor sabotage, such as rootkits and advanced malware, in memory snapshots of live Linux systems. Placeholdifier — Turn any website...

Four short links: 6 July 2020

Debubble — I like that people are trying software like this, to bring out our better angels. Parallel Programming in Multicore OCaml — A glimpse at how OCaml is handling parallelism. There’s a lot to learn from the paradigms of “weird languages”. Language Independent Validation Rules — Multi-language supported validation rules. The two languages...

Four short links: 3 July 2020

Open Differential Privacy — Open source software from Microsoft and Harvard. (via Microsoft’s announcement). Engineering Resumes — to help those of you looking for a new job in these uncertain times, here are some examples of what accomplishments look like for software engineers. These are oriented towards individual contributors (perhaps I’ll do...

Four short links: 2 July 2020

Sweetviz — an open source Python library that generates beautiful, high-density visualizations to kickstart EDA (Exploratory Data Analysis) with a single line of code. Output is a fully self-contained HTML application. (via Mike Loukides) DrRepair — Code from this paper, which tackles learning to repair programs from diagnostic feedback (e.g., compiler...

Radar trends to watch: July 2020

News of the past month is dominated by COVID-19 and the #BlackLivesMatter protests. I’ve considered them both “disruptions” because they’re forcing us to re-evaluate how we deal with data, health, and so many other issues. Those are disruptions I can get behind. Disruptions: COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter The state of California...

Four short links: 1 July 2020

PyLance — Python language server for VS Code that brings type information, auto-imports, type-checking, and multi-root workspace support to Visual Studio Code. 50 Short Product Lessons — A set of short thoughts from John Cutler on different elements of product management. (via Twitter). Mozilla Updates its Voice Dataset — 54 languages, 7,226 total...

Four short links: 30 June 2020

Durable Teams — Rael Dornfest called this “project mindset vs product mindset”. If you’re in a project mindset, you spin up and wind down teams and codebases. If you’re in a product mindset, you have code that lives forever so you need a team to stick with it. Unmaintained code is a security and operational risk, to paraphrase this article. Breaking...

Four short links: 29 June 2020

Why Does DARPA Work? — Absolutely the best thing you’ll read this month. A very lucid essay on what makes DARPA work. Resonates with everything else I’ve read and what I’ve heard from program managers. Secretive — open-source app for storing and managing SSH keys in the Secure Enclave. Break Up Google — Following on from his post about Amazon, Tim...

Four short links: 28 June 2020

timecraft — synthesizing time lapse videos depicting the creation of paintings. Natural Language Processing Advancements By Deep Learning: A Survey — This survey categorizes and addresses the different aspects and applications of NLP that have benefited from deep learning. It covers core NLP tasks and applications and describes how deep learning methods...

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