Note - “Computer Nerdery” was a newsletter I ran a while back. Moving archives here for posterity.
Woo! A second one! I’ve set up an archive at https://github.com/dafyddcrosby/computer-nerdery in addition to the one TinyLetter provides, just as future-proofing. Thanks to Mo K. for mentioning that I didn’t provide the subscribe link at https://tinyletter.com/computer-nerdery
On the impending crypto monoculture
Or ‘wow, the next generation of crypto is hosed if DJB gets hit by a bus’
Not smart is not stupid
Another nice tedu rant.
“Heisenbugs are mentally difficult for programmers to deal with. It is very frustrating to have something that eludes clear methodical debugging, and where you are forced into speculation, experiments and even debugging based on vague statistics. But a single Heisenbug can derail a project, especially if it is not addressed as soon as possible.”
cvdazzle - avoiding facial recognition using tricks from dazzle ships
As deep learning becomes more of a thing, I suspect dazzle camo will need to extend to more than just faces
ddrescue - data recovery without dealing with timeouts due to read-errors
A dd with crappy old hard drives in mind
A hardened Android port, but will be curious about its survival if Google does that work on their own…