Just saw a picture of an ancient multimeter. That's really cool.
FOSS/tech company secret plan (Don't open if you're Bill Gates or Tim Cook!!) Show more
Dear friends who work at Microsoft or Apple:
Sneak a GPL or something into the EULA for Windows/iOS/Mac OS
You'll lose your job, but no one will notice until it's too late
TOTALLY WORTH IT
"In the future, we would prefer users to not have to just trust Mozilla, especially when we’re collecting data that is sufficiently sensitive to require an opt-in."
What is the definition of free/open source software?
Stuff like Hacker News, Instant messaging, IRC (over weechat+tmux+ssh), and _thoughtfully_ built websites are still usable. A bit slow, but you can get stuff done.
OTOH: Every damn news website, Google, e-commerce platforms, etc are outright unusable. Like, I am technically unable to use them because the stuff so much !@#$ down my browser throat, that connections are timing out.
Really cool regex puzzles: https://regexcrossword.com/
want a small programming exercise in privacy-preserving statistics? Show more
Say you have lots of data about people liking things, and you want to share "people who like A also like B" (the "2-way marginals") without breaching individuals' privacy. This paper gives one method:
Exercise: Read at least section 2, then implement step 2 of the algorithm in section 3.3. The notation assumes a strong math background but it's really just arrays/sets and maps/dicts. Ask me for details!
Here's a fun TIL: Because the ratio of terms in the Fibonacci sequence approaches phi, and because phi is close to the ratio of km to miles, you can approximate conversion between distances with adjacent Fibonacci numbers.
So 2 km ≈ 1 mile, 3 km ≈ 2 miles, 5 km ≈ 3 miles, 8 km ≈ 5 miles, 13 km ≈ 8 miles, etc, etc
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