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AI snake oil

These slides from “How to recognize AI snake oil” by Arvind Narayanan does a pretty good job of putting AI – really Machine Learning, ML – capabilities in perspective. There’s a great example in them of machine learning being given … Læs resten

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When the end user is not the customer

When you are selling to the end user, you have to show him that your product will solve a problem for him, in a way that is worth the effort. You are forced to prioritise usability. When you are selling … Læs resten

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Impressive value for money

A recent comment led me down the Internet hole and I found this: The previous paragraph noted that they sales were going well, and they had already sold 30 units by August 1st. $24,000 for 8k memory.

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DRM as a prison

About Apple and Quartz, but also China and censorship: A secure building that keeps people from leaving is a prison Hardware-backed code signing that is used to prevent people from accessing uncensored news is DRM in the service of authoritarianism. … Læs resten

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Hexadecimal numbers, as text

TIL: Someone tried to introduce a naming-scheme for hexadecimal numbers: I don’t think dotty-ernest annty-frost will take off (the number 57007, or hexadecimal DEAF). The image is apparently a magazine page from 1968.

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UCS-2; the Unicode character set that failed

Having spent far too many hours working with Unicode, I think this story of UCS-2 and how it failing to become the standard caused all sorts of trouble, is interesting. Around 1996, the Unicode consortium decided that no, 16 bits was … Læs resten

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

From the great “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” by Alan Cooper: What Do You Get When You Cross a Computer with a Car? A computer! And as Cooper pointed out, this was not restricted to cars but to anything … Læs resten

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Data modeling always fails

Sixth law: Data modeling always fails, given enough time. This means that the model either evolves, or restricts the actions of the people using the model. A data model has to balance flexibility and efficiency and you can’t have both … Læs resten

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Sorting of Korean words

As an aside to my “Sorting of Danish words“, I just found Mark Jason Dominus’ “Alphabetical order in Korean” where I learned how individual letters are written in Korean and that alphabetization is also done on the syllable level. Man, … Læs resten

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Best browsers for privacy

I switched VPN provider to NordVPN and they are a much more communicative company than my previous VPN provider. That’s probably good. They have published a nice article with the best browsers for privacy and security. Interesting read. On my … Læs resten

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