Four short links: 17 February 2020
Hackers vs. Coders, Deep Learning, Bluetooth Vulnerabilities, and the Deadlock Empire
- Coders are not Hackers: Hacker Culture is Dead and Coders Killed It (Twitter) — interesting thesis, though I think there’s a non-trivial amount of rhetorical fudging in those claims. I subscribe to Mel Conway’s idea that software is bifurcating into tool-makers and tool-users, or architects and plumbers. The industry in 2020 feels qualitatively very different than it did in 2000.
- Trax — Google Brain’s deep learning library. Trax helps you understand and explore advanced deep learning. We focus on making Trax code clear while pushing advanced models like Reformer to their limits.
- Bluetooth Vulnerabilities — I’m always surprised by how many things Bluetooth is in, especially the things that I wouldn’t have imagined flashing firmware on. (“Buoy device”, “Inhaler”, “Blood Glucose Meter”).
- The Deadlock Empire — Welcome to The Deadlock Empire, commander! The skills you need are your intelligence, cunning, perseverance, and the will to test yourself against the intricacies of multi-threaded programming in the divine language of C#. Each challenge below is a computer program of two or more threads. You take the role of the Scheduler—and a cunning one! Your objective is to exploit flaws in the programs to make them crash or otherwise malfunction.