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CH The cost to train an AI system is improving at 50x the pace of Moore’s Law

The cost to train an artificial intelligence (AI) system is improving at 50x the pace of Moore’s Law. For many use cases, the cost to run an AI inference system has collapsed to almost nil. After just five years of development, deep learning – the modern incarnation of AI – seems to have reached a…

CH McKinsey Helps Companies Avoid Responsibility

Moneybox The “best available advice” is usually what’s best for the C-suite. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by George Marks/Getty Images. The following article is a written adaptation of an episode of Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism, Slate’s new podcast about companies in the news and how they got there. What exactly do management consultants…

CH From context collapse to content collapse

When social media was taking shape fifteen-odd years ago, the concept of “context collapse” helped frame and explain the phenomenon. Young scholars like Danah Boyd and Michael Wesch, building on the work of Joshua Meyrowitz, Erving Goffman, and other sociologists and media theorists, argued that networks like Friendster, MySpace, YouTube, and, later, Facebook and Twitter…

CH MaXX Interactive Desktop: A Re-Implementation of the IRIX Interactive Desktop

July 4th 2020 mid-day afternoon (EDT/GMT-4), we are releasing a new version of the MaXX Interactive Desktop. Links to follow. Yes the MaXX Interactive Desktop is the little brother of the great SGI Desktop on IRIX! Introduction The MaXX Interactive Desktop a.k.a.  MaXX Desktop or MID is the continuation of the 5dwm.org project released many…

CH A look at the Gemini protocol: a brutally simple alternative to the web

Published on 2020-06-18 I have really come to hate the World Wide Web. It is bloated at every level! Websites themselves are doubling in size at an alarming rate. The web standards are expanding at an alarming rate. Trying to build a web browser that works with the modern web from scratch, would take the…

CH Scuba diver accidentally discovers prehistoric industrial complex in Mexico

Author of the article:National Post StaffPublishing date:Jul 03, 2020  •   •  4 minute readAfter a vast underwater underground prehistoric ochre mine was accidentally discovered in Mexico in 2017 by cave divers, a McMaster University professor who studies the flooded caves of the Yucatan went in to map it and collect samples that demonstrate these ancient…

CH SSH Emergency Access

In this post we’ll design a break glass procedure for reaching SSH hosts in an emergency, using security keys that you can store offline. This is just one approach, but you can adapt it to your circumstances. We will store an offline SSH Certificate Authority on a hardware security key, and have our hosts trust…

CH Quick Intro to Fully Homomorphic Encryption

Preface Recently I have taken CS355 (Topics in Cryptography) at Stanford. This was a comprehensive course on advanced crypto topics. Throughout the 3-month course, the instructors covered various topics that span the history of Cryptography, starting from One-way Functions, PRFs all the way to applied cryptosystems such as MPC, Zero-Knowledge, and PIR. This was really…

CH Harmful Workload Generator for PostgreSQL

Harmful workload generator for PostgreSQL. Supported workloads: idle transactions – transactions that do nothing during its lifetime. rollbacks – transactions performed some work but rolled back in the end. waiting transactions – transaction locked by other transactions and thus waiting. deadlocks – simultaneous transactions where each hold locks that the other transactions wants. temporary files…

CH Where Am I? NYTimes or Google?

JULY 3, 2020 Take a look at the below screenshot from Safari for iOS. What website am I on? Based on the contents of the page, I’m clearly on a NYTimes property, but based on the address bar I’m clearly on google.com. If I click in the address bar I see https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/technology/google-antitrust.amp.html. Confused, I consult…

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