One of the paradoxical lessons of the nuclear age is that at the moment when we are acquiring an unparalleled command over nature, we are forced to realize as never before that the problems of survival will have to be solved above all in the minds of men. In this task the fate of the mammoth and the dinosaur may serve as a warning that brute strength does not always supply the mechanism in the struggle for survival.

Henry Kissinger

Computer chips have advanced to the point that they’re no longer reliable: they’ve become “mercurial,” as Google puts it, and may not perform their calculations in a predictable manner.

Not that they were ever completely reliable. CPU errors have been around as long as CPUs themselves. They arise not only from design oversights but also from environmental conditions and from physical system failures that produce faults.

But these errors have tended to be rare enough that only the most sensitive calculations get subject to extensive verification if systems appear to be operating as expected. Mostly, computer chips are treated as trustworthy.

Lately, however, two of the world’s larger CPU stressors, Google and Facebook, have been detecting CPU misbehavior more frequently, enough that they’re now urging technology companies to work together to better understand how to spot these errors and remediate them.

Source: The Register

Money quote:

“One of our mercurial cores corrupted encryption,” he explained. “It did it in such a way that only it could decrypt what it had wrongly encrypted.”

They also have a short talk (~10 minutes) where they explain what happend.

2021-05-11 @ 10:41: Patina on CDs Music | Personal | Technology | Tools

Over the years I bought lots of compact-discs. The collection is massive (several hundred discs) and some of the discs are more than 20 years old, and to my mind in perfect condition. In order to preserve this wonderful collection for the future generation I decided to create perfect copies as FLAC files using EAC. Easy task: Install EAC, put disc into drive, click a button and wait. But there’s a catch. Due to the age of some of the discs some of them cannot be read properly. I checked the surface and it looks pretty perfect. No scratches, no marks, nothing. But the drive still had serious issues reading the disc. I use a new Asus BW-16D1HT and a new Asus DRW-24D5MT to extract the audio data. Very good drives by the way.

Still, EAC told me about read and sync errors on some discs. So, I canceled the extraction and again looked at the surface of the disc. Now, there were thin, matt clouds of some kind of patina on the discs, which were previously not visible. I guess, the laser made them somehow visible.

Since I was unable to remove them with a cloth and I didn’t want to ruin the disc, I tried a wet glasses cloth, and to my surprise it worked. Put the disc back into the drive and it had no issues reading it.

The downside of this is, since the patina is not visible prior trying to read the disc, I have to clean every disc before I put it in the drive regardless of if it’s dirty or not.

It’s a zombie economy. For 40 years, we’ve eroded the wages of workers and transfered their share of profit and productivity to owners of capital. This is a problem, because people need money to buy things, and if they run out of money, they stop buying and profits vanish.

Source: Cory Doctorow

At first glance, Matthew Macy seemed like a perfectly reasonable choice to port WireGuard into the FreeBSD kernel. WireGuard is an encrypted point-to-point tunneling protocol, part of what most people think of as a “VPN.” FreeBSD is a Unix-like operating system that powers everything from Cisco and Juniper routers to Netflix’s network stack, and Macy had plenty of experience on its dev team, including work on multiple network drivers.

So when Jim Thompson, the CEO of Netgate, which makes FreeBSD-powered routers, decided it was time for FreeBSD to enjoy the same level of in-kernel WireGuard support that Linux does, he reached out to offer Macy a contract. Macy would port WireGuard into the FreeBSD kernel, where Netgate could then use it in the company’s popular pfSense router distribution. The contract was offered without deadlines or milestones; Macy was simply to get the job done on his own schedule.

Source: Arstechnica

So, yes, we know the mRNA sequence of the Moderna, BioNTech/Pfizer and CureVac vaccines. Moderna did not publish this sequence themselves, but because RNA can be read (‘sequenced’) in the lab, it is now also available.

As yet however, there is no technology that lets you “just print” this code as mRNA. There barely are DNA printers, and even these are not really desktop things, and from what I hear, still need you to send off your results for post-processing.

Source: Berthub

More than 700 thousand human deaths from mosquito bites are observed annually in the world. It is more than 2 times the number of annual murders in the world. In this regard, the invention of new more effective methods of protection against mosquitoes is necessary. In this article for the first time, comprehensive studies of mosquito neutralization using machine vision and a 1 W power laser are considered. Developed laser installation with Raspberry Pi that changing the direction of the laser with a galvanometer. We developed a program for mosquito tracking in real. The possibility of using deep neural networks, Haar cascades, machine learning for mosquito recognition was considered. We considered in detail the classification problems of mosquitoes in images. A recommendation is given for the implementation of this device based on a microcontroller for subsequent use as part of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Any harmful insects in the fields can be used as objects for control.

Source: Rakhmatulin, I. Raspberry PI for Kill Mosquitoes by Laser. Preprints 2021, 2021010412 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0412.v1).

A team of researchers looked to see whether the success of a startup company can be predicted after it is trending on Twitter.

As a result, the mood on Twitter turned out to be of little significance for long-term success.

Source: Heise

With that being said, Twitter is and remains completely irrelevant.

Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.

Toyota already operates a “Mobility Services Platform” that it says helps it to “develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience”.

That data comes from a device called the “Data Communication Module” (DCM) that Toyota fits into many models in Japan, the USA and China.

Toyota reckons the data could turn into “new contextual services such as car share, ride share, full-service lease, and new corporate and consumer services such as proactive vehicle maintenance notifications and driving behavior-based insurance.”

Source: The Register

I don’t like their cars anyway. They are too small, too slow and the level of quality is bad. They use lots of plastic where others at least hide that under some fine leather or alcantara. The real issue with this is that others also collect driving behavior and will likely sell that data to insurance companies. Toyota is just the one who did the first step into that direction. So, you’re better off buying an old car without any phone-home crap in.


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