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Google did some interesting research on the impact of discrimination on code reviers [1]. It turns out that this is a bigger problem than most white men would have ever suspected and it even has an adverse effect on Asian people.

nothello.net is an amusing site to make the point that you shouldn’t use IM to say hello separately from asking the question [2]. A good link to share on your corporate IM system.

TechCrunch has an amusing article about the Facebook farewell to Sheryl Sandburg [3].

BleepingComputer has an interesting article about a bug-bunty program from a crime syndicate offering up to $1M in crypto-currency [4]. Among other things finding the real first and last names of the crime lord gets you $1M.

BleepingComputer has an interesting article about how “deepfakes” are being used to apply for work from home jobs [5]. I wonder whether the people doing that intend to actually do any of the work or just get paid for doing nothing while delaying getting sacked for as long as possible. I have read about people getting a job they don’t want to do that has a long training period so that they can quit at the end of training without working – apparently call center work is a good option for this.

BleepingComputer has an interesting article about phishing attacks that use a VNC remote desktop connection to trick a user into authenticating using the attacker’s PC [6]. The real problem here is getting humans to do things that computers do better, which is recognising the correct foreign party.

Fortune has an interesting article about the problems with Tesla self-driving and the possibility of a recall [7]. The main issue is apparently Teslas driving at full speed into emergency services vehicles that are parked while attending an incident. Having a police car unexpectedly occupying a lane of traffic is something you just have to deal with, either stop or change lanes. Teslas have been turning off autopilot less than one second before impact so Telsa can claim that it didn’t happen with autopilot engaged but in reality a human can’t take over in less than one second, a pilot I know says it takes 2-3 seconds to take over the controls in a plane.

BonAppetit has an interesting and amusing article about protest foods [8] which starts by explaining why Ukrainians are throwing pasta at the Russian consulate.

The NVidia blog has an informative post about how Pony.ai optimised their pipeline for sensor data for autonomous cars [9].

Matt Crump wrote an educational and amusing blog post about his battle with cheaters in university tests he administered [10].

The Cricket Monthly has an insightful article about how a batsman manages to see and hit a cricket ball that’s going well in excess of 100KM/h [11]. One particularly noteworthy part of this article is the comparison of what amateur cricketers do with what anyone who wants to be a contender for the national team must do.

Darker Shades of Blue is an insightful paper by Tony Kern about the needless crash of a B52 at Fairchild air base in 1994 [12]. This is specifically written to teach people about correct and effective leadership.

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