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Investing in lighting did great things for my mental and physical health

Investing in lighting did great things for my mental and physical health

Controlling lighting is an extremely powerful force on your daily life satisfaction. Used correctly it can be calming, or energy building. Used incorrectly, it is an oppressive pressure on the eyes and the mind. Yellow Lights In my bedroom, I use soft yellow Edison bulbs. They’re warm enough to not cause stress, but powerful enough…

A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done

A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done

GTD—or “Getting things done”—is a framework for organizing and tracking your tasks and projects. Its aim is a bit higher than just “getting things done”, though. (It should have been called “Getting things done in a much better way than just letting things happen, which often turns out not to be very cool at all”.)…

Blender shader-based halftone CMYK offset printing emulation process

Blender shader-based halftone CMYK offset printing emulation process

MRMO-Halftone is a Blender shader-based halftone offset printing emulation process that aims to evoke the “feel” of color halftone prints. It converts the input texture from RGB to an approximated CMYK color model and overlays the four halftone “screens”, resulting in an emulated halftone offset print. It works in Eevee and Cycles render engines, and…

Amazon investors nuke ethics overhaul and say yes to $212M CEO pay

Amazon investors nuke ethics overhaul and say yes to $212M CEO pay

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s first shareholder meeting was a rousing success for Amazon leadership and Jassy’s bank account. But for activist investors intent on making Amazon more open and transparent, it was nothing short of a disaster. While actual voting results haven’t been released yet, Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky told Knowasiak that stock owners…

Organice: An implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs

Organice: An implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs

organice organizes Org files nicely! Tests: Documentation: https://organice.200ok.ch/documentation.html Community chat: #organice on IRC Libera.Chat, or #organice:matrix.org on Matrix What does this project do? organice is an implementation of Org mode without the dependency of Emacs. It is built for mobile and desktop browsers and syncs with Dropbox, GitLab, WebDAV and Google Drive. At 200ok, we…

Parsing JSON faster with Intel AVX-512

Parsing JSON faster with Intel AVX-512

Many recent Intel processors benefit from a new family of instructions called AVX-512. These instructions operate over wide registers (Up to 512 bits) and follow the Single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) paradigm. These new AVX-512 instructions allow you to break some speed records, such as decoding base64 data at the speed of a memory copy. Most…

Proton is trying to become Google without your data

Proton is trying to become Google without your data

Since its founding in 2014, ProtonMail has become synonymous with user-friendly encrypted email. Now the company is trying to be synonymous with a whole lot more. On Wednesday morning, it announced that it’s changing its name to, simply, Proton—a nod at its broader ambitions within the universe of online privacy. The company will now offer…

The billable hour is a trap into which more and more of us are falling

The billable hour is a trap into which more and more of us are falling

It will take about three minutes to read this column. Whether it’s worth three minutes depends on me, of course. I will do my best. But it also depends on you, on your attitude to time and, perhaps, on your profession. Twenty years ago, M Cathleen Kaveny, a professor of law and theology, began an…

Why We Switched from Python to Go (2021)

Why We Switched from Python to Go (2021)

Switching to a new language is always a big step, especially when only one of your team members has prior experience with that language. Early this year, we switched Stream’s primary programming language from Python to Go. This post will explain some of the reasons why we decided to leave Python behind and make the switch to…

Bolt Financial’s loans come due

Bolt Financial’s loans come due

One-click checkout company Bolt Financial yesterday laid off one-third of its workforce, just months after raising $355 million in VC funding at nearly an $11 billion valuation. Why it matters: For some, the financial ramifications go well beyond the loss of future salary. In February, we discussed how Bolt offered loans to employees who wanted…

Implementation of Imagen, Google’s text-to-image neural network, in PyTorch

Implementation of Imagen, Google’s text-to-image neural network, in PyTorch

Imagen – Pytorch (wip) Implementation of Imagen, Google’s Text-to-Image Neural Network that beats DALL-E2, in Pytorch. It is the new SOTA for text-to-image synthesis. Architecturally, it is actually much simpler than DALL-E2. It composes of a cascading DDPM conditioned on text embeddings from a large pretrained T5 model (attention network). It also contains dynamic clipping…

Credit Scores Can Run – and Ruin – Our Lives

Credit Scores Can Run – and Ruin – Our Lives

Listen to an audio version of this story For more audio from The Walrus, subscribe to AMI-audio podcasts on iTunes. Angela Monaghan was perched on a lawn chair when she learned that she was dead. A fifty-six-year-old high school teacher from the township of Tiny, Ontario, Monaghan had gone to her nearby Canadian Tire to…

Yes, I was forced to be a child star. it was never my dream or my idea

Yes, I was forced to be a child star. it was never my dream or my idea

CW: Child abuse, self-harm, suicide. I did this interview for Access Hollywood that aired yesterday. In this interview, I told my whole truth, like I have before, about the things I have survived. When Access Hollywood told me they’d have to reach out to my parents to get a comment, I told them I understood…

DARPA moving forward with nuclear thermal engine design

DARPA moving forward with nuclear thermal engine design

¶OFT-2 looks like a success! Starliner grabbed headlines this past week with a successful launch, insertion, docking, and stay at the ISS. Later today, it should complete its mission by landing using parachutes and airbags at White Sands Missile Range, currently scheduled for 6:49 EDT. However, this second-attempt mission hasn’t been without its own set…

A Kernel Hacker Meets Fuchsia OS

A Kernel Hacker Meets Fuchsia OS

Fuchsia is a general-purpose open-source operating system created by Google. It is based on the Zircon microkernel written in C++ and is currently under active development. The developers say that Fuchsia is designed with a focus on security, updatability, and performance. As a Linux kernel hacker, I decided to take a look at Fuchsia OS…

Ranked-Choice Voting Is More Democratic, Not Less

Ranked-Choice Voting Is More Democratic, Not Less

Mickey Edwards, who served as a member of Congress for sixteen years from Oklahoma, has performed lifelong service to American democracy—including his opposition to “sore loser” laws that, in forty-seven states, prohibit candidates who lose party primaries from running as independents in the general election. In 2006, Joseph Lieberman lost to Ned Lamont in the…

Browsh – A fully-modern text-based browser, rendering to TTY and browsers

Browsh – A fully-modern text-based browser, rendering to TTY and browsers

A fully interactive, real-time, and modern text-based browser rendered to TTYs and browsers Why use Browsh? Not all the world has good Internet. If you only have a 3kbps internet connection tethered from a phone, then it’s good to SSH into a server and browse the web through, say, elinks. That way the server downloads…

Modern programming languages require generics

Modern programming languages require generics

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Hare language and its lack of generic data structures. I don’t want to talk about this topic again, instead I want to discuss something more generic (pun intended). In my view, any modern programming language that aims for high performance should have some form of generics in…

Data shows that the EU’s CSAM scanning will not have the intended effect

Data shows that the EU’s CSAM scanning will not have the intended effect

In its draft law to combat child sexual abuse, the EU Commission describes one of the most sophisticated mass surveillance apparatuses ever deployed outside China: CSAM scanning on everybody’s devices. As an email service we regularly receive monitoring orders from German authorities. We have analyzed this data to find out whether monitoring orders are issued…

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