So, Google fired their star AI ethics researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru after she tried to publish a paper demonstrating that Google’s BERT natural language model is unethically biased along gender and racial lines and not fit for use. It sounds like Google squashed the paper because it found the contents “objectionable”, and is claiming that Gebru chose to resign instead of being fired.
Note to self:
Remember to do `copy running-config startup-config` to persist your network switch settings.
*Particularly* remember to do this if you have a cat that's decided the network switch is her favourite place to sleep, and may be prone to quietly rebooting the network switch at a moment's notice.
Otherwise you may just spend two days debugging mysterious network problems before discovering kitty raised an old switch config from the dead... Sigh.
So, according to Spotify, this was the song that got me through 2020...
Interested in learning how to develop for Programmable Logic Devices using VHDL? Here's one way to do it cheap...
Excellent article in The New Yorker this week on the toxic poison that is Venture Capital...
These people took the floppy controller used in the BBC Micro, an Intel 8271, and set about finding out how it worked. In the course of that, they discovered it's actually a dual core processor, with over 3x the transistor count of a 6502.
Then they dumped the ROM by visual inspection of the micrographs of a decapped 8271, and reverse engineered the instruction set, with a full disassembly available.
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This is firmly in the category of "so niche it's practically invisible", but just in case... I wrote a guide on how to compile and deploy Rust code for the Arduino Nano Every.