Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 75)

Why paper is the real 'killer app'

Science suggests these traditional types might be on to something. While technology can certainly provide an edge for certain tasks, digital overload is a real and growing concern. A 2010 study by the University of California at San Diego suggests we consume nearly three times as much information as we did the 1960s. And a report by Ofcom in the UK says that 60% of us consider ourselves addicted to our devices, with a third of us spending longer online each day than we intend. So are we doing too much, and are our screens too distracting? Possibly. For instance, many studies indicate that multitasking is bad for us and makes our brains more scattered.

Why paper is the real 'killer app'

Learn TensorFlow and deep learning, without a Ph.D.

To help more developers embrace deep-learning techniques, without the need to earn a Ph.D., I have attempted to flatten the learning curve by building a short crash-course (3 hours total). The course is focused on a few basic network architectures, including dense, convolutional and recurrent networks, and training techniques such as dropout or batch normalization. (This course was initially presented at the Devoxx conference in Antwerp, Belgium, in November 2016.) By watching the recordings of the course and viewing the annotated slides, you can learn how to solve a couple of typical problems with neural networks and also pick up enough vocabulary and concepts to continue your deep learning self-education — for example, by exploring TensorFlow resources. (TensorFlow is Google’s internally developed framework for deep learning, which has been growing in popularity since it was released as open source in 2015.)

Pipenv

Pipenv is an experimental project that aims to bring the best of all packaging worlds to the Python world. It harnesses Pipfile, pip, and virtualenv into one single toolchain. It features very pretty terminal colors.

It automatically creates and manages a virtualenv for your projects, as well as adds/removes packages from your Pipfile as you install/uninstall packages. The lock command generates a lockfile (Pipfile.lock).

Websauna

Websauna
Websauna gives you building blocks for creating scalable, state-of-the-art websites and services. The framework enables efficient business problem solving, so that developers can maximize productivity from day zero. Websauna is suggestive and has default options on all parts of stack, so one can follow a red line to get the first release out quickly. On the other hand, Websauna does not enforce hard opinions and sacrifice flexibility, so that experienced developers can easily override parts and use more sophisticated components for specific needs.

Websauna achieves flexibility by keeping its own codebase minimal and not reinventing the wheel. Instead it provides a polished integration of the top packages of Python ecosystem like Pyramid web framework, SQLAlchemy object relationship mapper, Alembic migration scripts, IPython shell, Authomatic federated login, Jinja templating and pytest testing framework.

Oculus accused of destroying evidence, Zuckerberg to testify in VR theft trial

ZeniMax Media, the parent company of both Bethesda Softworks and Id Software, says it will prove at trial that John Carmack and others at Oculus stole trade secrets to "misappropriate" virtual reality technology that was first developed while Carmack was working at Id Software. What's more, ZeniMax is now accusing Oculus of "intentional destruction of evidence to cover up their wrongdoing." Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Oculus parent company Facebook, is scheduled to respond to those accusations in testimony starting tomorrow.

Oculus accused of destroying evidence, Zuckerberg to testify in VR theft trial