Four short links: 8 August 2016

Star Simpson, Inside Malware Network, Code Generation, and Trippy Face Tricks

By Nat Torkington
August 8, 2016
Four short links
  1. Interview with Star Simpson (BoingBoing) — Foo and my personal superhero on the Cool Tools podcast.
  2. Wire Wire: A West African Cyber Threat — fascinating look inside the malware Nigerian scammers use. Amusingly, the security researchers were able to study what the scammers do because the scammers inadvertently installed their malware on their own boxes, so their keystrokes were logged to command-and-control machines. Dog-fooding your malware is just not best practice, guys. (via BoingBoing)
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  4. Latent Predictor Networks for Code Generation (PDF) — Using this framework, we address the problem of generating programming code from a mixed natural language and structured specification. We create two new data sets for this paradigm derived from the collectible trading card games Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone. On these, and a third preexisting corpus, we demonstrate that marginalizing multiple predictors allows our model to outperform strong benchmarks.
  5. Omote Demonstration (YouTube) — stunning real-time face tracking and projection mapping system. Starts out as makeup and then gets so much more wow. Demo two is where the acid kicks in. (via BoingBoing)
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