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Strongmen rush to remake the world order as Trump faces potential election defeat

  • London (CNN) - This past week, on US President Donald Trump's watch Russia and China have effectively re-aligned the coming world order.
  • This past week, in a referendum on constitutional revisions so predictable that copies were on sale before the vote, Putin has effectively been made President for life, as Xi has moved equally ruthlessly, taking control of Hong Kong through a new national security law, while telling US allies Canada, Australia and the UK to keep out of China's internal affairs.
  • Tangled in a trade war, he has had to calculate Trump's real intent: on money, human rights issues, such as the Uyghurs or Hong Kong, and simply stopping the rise of the world's next superpower.
  • Hong Kong's new National Security Law, promulgated in Beijing this week and immediately enforced on the territory's streets, is a game changer.

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Our Intellectual Property Laws Are Out of Control

  • This twist on 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has encouraged people to rethink what, exactly, intellectual property laws should protect, and to wonder if they've gone too far.
  • Also, influential companies often get Congress to extend their own patent rights through special legislation.
  • The DMCA's rules make things worse by interfering with the repair or repurposing of electronic goods after they have been sold.
  • John Wiley, where it protected the right to resell books bought overseas.
  • The publisher had argued, essentially, that you might own a book you bought, but the company retained the right to sell it.
  • When you buy a smartphone or an automobile, it should be yours, and companies shouldn't be able to leverage their intellectual property rights in software to keep you from unlocking, repairing, modifying, or reselling it as you see fit.
  • Intellectual property is a good thing, all right.

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Beginner's Guide to Abstraction

  • You'll know you've made the wrong abstraction when after a while the interface has been expanded to support various optional flags, each for a different use case, and you need to be a genius to reason about what the code will actually do for a given use case.
  • If you want to know how the average method behaves when you're dealing with an array of strings with no nil values, you have to read through the first if condition which has nothing to do with your use case before reaching the code that does.
  • Note that looking at the Good variant, it's clear that the behaviour is quite different from one use case to the next, but that is not at all clear in the Bad variant because the method calls all look so simple and it was anybody's guess how much code inside average applied to each use case.

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How deepfakes could actually do some good

  • Because survivors can rarely reveal their own identities safely, the team behind the film Welcome to Chechnya turned to the same sort of technology typically seen in deepfake videos.
  • Still, the promise of deepfake-like technology to anonymize people may grow more popular, experts told Recode, complicating the debate over the ethics and the regulation of this controversial application of artificial intelligence.
  • The man behind Welcome to Chechnya’s technology is visual effects expert Ryan Laney, who says the technology used in the film essentially moves faces like marionette puppets.
  • When asked about the questions surrounding deepfakes, Welcome to Chechnya’s Laney says that his technology doesn’t technically count because “deepfakes as a practice are inherently nonconsensual.” To him, the artificial intelligence used in the film required both the agreement of those filmed to be anonymized and the consent of the activists who volunteered their faces.

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Discord, a quarantine tech darling, raises another $100 million

  • New York (CNN Business) - One of the fastest growing communications apps is Discord, known primarily within the gaming community.
  • Discord has a feature that lets gamers share their screens and livestream the game they're playing to friends in a voice call.
  • At the start of the growing pandemic in March, Discord increased the number of people who can tune into a livestream to 50 users.
  • In a test conducted by CNN Business in May, an online birthday party of 19 people quickly ran into technical issues, as new users had to download the Discord app or encountered audio issues when speaking via the web browser page.
  • And when trying a new video game during a media Discord event, CNN Business observed other users using the wrong channel to ask for tech support and having difficulty getting the mic and audio to work.

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How I grew my Shopify micro-SaaS to $25k MRR and 20k users in 14 months

  • We wanted to enable our users to start using the app with the least amount of setup time or steps.
  • During initial days, we found it useful to let our users contact us on WhatsApp. It lead to tons of conversations which shaped our understanding of the user’s needs and how we can better solve them.
  • Until March 2020, users would install the app and directly land on the chat settings page, which is the starting point of the user’s journey.
  • When we added one screen which asked the user upfront whether they want to continue with the Free plan, or start a trial for the Paid plan, daily paid trials DOUBLED overnight, while trial-to-paid conversion rate remained steady at 50%.
  • If there’s copy on your website, or a specific sign up flow that might be holding you back from getting 2x the users, you need to unblock it early and realise compounded gains over time.

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

  • MaXX Desktop or MID is the continuation of the 5dwm.org project released many years back.
  • Our mission is to bring back this great user experience which focused on performance, stability and productivity while sporting a smooth-clean-minimalism look and feel  with low-resources consumption.
  • MaXX Desktop is a true re-implementation of the SGI Desktop while respecting the classic/retro SGI look and feel (which is very important for us to get it right), but also to expand and build on top of those solid foundations with a more modern user experience.
  • The modern look still supports SGI Color Schemes and introduce UTF-8 support, anti-aliased font rendering, more hardware acceleration and a new virtual-desktop manager.
  • We believe in a High Performance Desktop Environment that provides the right set of tools to maximize creativity and productivity without sacrificing  your system resources to some eye candy non-sense.

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Task Cheatsheet for Almost Every Machine Learning Project

  • It guides you through the next steps and pushes you to check if every task has been executed successfully or not.
  • Sometimes, we struggle to find the starting point, the checklist helps you elicit the right information(data) from the right sources in order to establish relationships and uncover correlational insights.
  • In most cases, this step can be executed before the first step if you have the data with you and you want to define the questions(problem) around it to make better use of the incoming data.
  • For an application to be deployed in production, this step should be automated by developing data pipelines to keep the incoming data flowing into the system.
  • It’s time to execute the findings of the previous step by defining functions for data transformations, cleaning, feature selection/engineering, and scaling.

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Welcome to MaXX Interactive Desktop

  • Our mission is to bring back this great user experience which focused on performance, stability and productivity while sporting a smooth-clean-minimalism look and feel  with low-resources consumption.
  • MaXX Desktop is a true re-implementation of the SGI Desktop while respecting the classic/retro SGI look and feel (which is very important for us to get it right), but also to expand and build on top of those solid foundations with a more modern user experience.
  • See it as the classic or original  look and feel of the desktop and a new modern take.
  • The modern look still supports SGI Color Schemes and introduce UTF-8 support, anti-aliased font rendering, more hardware acceleration and a new virtual-desktop manager.
  • We believe in a High Performance Desktop Environment that provides the right set of tools to maximize creativity and productivity without sacrificing  your system resources to some eye candy non-sense.

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Task Cheatsheet for Almost Every Machine Learning Project

  • It guides you through the next steps and pushes you to check if every task has been executed successfully or not.
  • Sometimes, we struggle to find the starting point, the checklist helps you elicit the right information(data) from the right sources in order to establish relationships and uncover correlational insights.
  • In most cases, this step can be executed before the first step if you have the data with you and you want to define the questions(problem) around it to make better use of the incoming data.
  • For an application to be deployed in production, this step should be automated by developing data pipelines to keep the incoming data flowing into the system.
  • It’s time to execute the findings of the previous step by defining functions for data transformations, cleaning, feature selection/engineering, and scaling.

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