Some things I read this week 11/13 —11/19

This is the start of what will be an ongoing series where I just post some highlights of interesting things I read the previous week. Articles are currently posted in no particular order, but are grouped by topic.

Human Interest

Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car

One year later : A blog post following up one year after they quit their job to never “work” again.

Who Will Command the Robot Armies?: On the ethics of building our current technologies without thinking about how and why they will be used.

Code I’m Still Ashamed Of: On the increasing importance for programmers to understand the moral implications of what they build

This fall, the “Radioactive Boy Scout” died at age 39: The boy who was building a nuclear reactor in his backyard passed away


Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump Will Have Terrifying Powers. Thanks, Obama: On all of the powers that have been given to the position of Presidency simply because the current president was trusted with those powers

Britain passed the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy”

The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield Is Concrete

Donald Trump hopes to abolish intelligence chief position, reverse CIA reforms

Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.

Google Gets a Seat on the Trump Transition Team

All around the world, nationalists are gaining ground. Why?

This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World

‘White Working Class’ Narrative Is Nothing but a Racist Dog Whistle


A Dinosaur With a Beak and Feathers Unearthed in China

NIH Scientists Identify Antibody That Neutralizes Nearly All HIV Strains


Zero-knowledge Proofs

What is a Non-Interactive Zero Knowledge Proof?

Pinocchio: Nearly Practical Verifiable Computation

Succinct Non-Interactive Zero Knowledge for a von Neumann Architecture

Privacy on the Blockchain


Enhance! RAISR Sharp Images with Machine Learning: Using machine learning to enlarge images

[0day] [exploit] Compromising a Linux desktop using… 6502 processor opcodes on the NES?!: How playing music from the NES video game system can get your Linux computer hacked

Wazer introduces the first desktop water-jet cutter: CNC cut metal and glass on your desktop

HP Unveils Mini Workstation: A super small, but super powerful desktop

A.I. Experiments: Google’s games and experiments that use AI

Microsoft Becomes Linux Foundation Platinum Member: The times, they are a changing

The Next Concorde?: A company is working on making a commercial jet that would travel 2.2x the speed of sound

DJI’s newest drones are built for filmmakers: DJI announced the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2

Don’t Mess with The Google: Users who sold their Google Pixel phones to a reseller find themselves locked out of everything Google, and how loosing access to your email account affects the rest of your life.

SpaceX seeks U.S. approval for internet-via-satellite network

Shareholders approve Tesla Solarcity acquisition

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Understanding light field volumes

Google Earth VR

OTOY Is Building One of VR’s Most Important Technologies: A universal format that could help lead to the ‘metaverse’

Reach Robotics’ MekaMon is now ready to rumble in augmented reality

Artist Carl Burton’s first videogame reveals the surreal secrets of the city