2011-05-07 Nerd Roundup

James, Bob, and the dude ... back together again. Ray guns, new flying technology, bulldozer wars, and a linux poster full of Easter eggs.

2011-05-07 Nerd Roundup

James, Bob, and the dude ... back together again.

C++ Constructors, Memory, and Lifetimes

I liked this, dang it. It's old home week kind of stuff, remedial almost, but the author did a great job with it

US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House

Ray guns!

Senate Intel leaders say mysterious directed energy attacks appear to be increasing

(background and broader overview. not just one story)

Havana syndrome: NSA officer’s case hints at microwave attacks since 90s

(yet another backgrounder on DE attacks)

Plant UML

Cool tool! Played around with it a little bit, not a lot though

This Bladeless Air Taxi Has a Wild Propulsion System

Holy #@$#! Would that really work? Really?

A Lock Picking Game Changer?

I want this. Very educational and could save me a lot of practice.

How to Rewrite the Laws of Physics in the Language of Impossibility

Seen this story a couple of times over the last year and still don't know what to make of it.

Predictive Coding Approximates Backprop along Arbitrary Computation Graphs

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!? Beats me. Good example of content you might like to dive into, but life's short. It's nerdy. Freaking bodaciously nerdy. I wish I had time to dive down.

How we use Web Components at GitHub (skipped, sadly)

Don't agree with using Rails as a back-end, but web components with a shared base-util component and something like Elixir as a back-end, alongside a robust linting suie outta be the bomb

Defenseless: UVA Engineering Computer Scientists Discover Vulnerability Affecting Computers Globally

Another week, another disastrous security vuln. This time more SPECTRE. Poor, poor intel

Unix Magic

Lots of Easter Eggs!

Manhunting the Manhunters: Digital Signature Management in the Age of Great Power Competition

Military is playing digitial hide-and-seek. This is the future for the rest of us, maybe 10 years out

Somebody Might Hear Us: The Future of Secure Communications

Same subject, some possible mitigations