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If anyone with Unix skills (and preferably some development skills as well, but not really a requirement) wants a job, my employer has some openings right here in Singapore. You don't need to live in Singapore to apply.

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♲ @staticsafe@mastodon.zombocloud.com: Introducing people.kernel.org

"Ever since the demise of Google+, many developers have expressed a desire to have a service that would provide a way to create and manage content in a format that would be more rich and easier to access than email messages sent to LKML. Today, we would like to introduce people.kernel.org, which is an ActivityPub-enabled federated platform powered by WriteFreely and hosted by very nice and accommodating folks at write.as."

people.kernel.org/monsieuricon…

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Remember how Facebook said your 2FA phone number was for security then used it for advertising? And their VPN that actually spied on you?

Any way, they said their Libra crypto currency is handled by a different group and they won't access your financial data.

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"Fundamental to liberal democracy is the ability to have sacrosanct private spaces. That is where the life of civil society exists. It is where our own personal lives exist, where we are able to pursue our dreams and passions. And it is often where we hold power to account. When you uncover those spaces, you fundamentally put all of those things at risk."

-- Holland Michel, author "Eyes in the Sky"

#surveillance #privacy #GorgonStare

longreads.com/2019/06/21/nothi

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Sadly, the STOC Wikipedia edit-a-thon has been called off because the convention center is locked up and participants can't get into the room it was scheduled for.

In other news from STOC, spammy journal publishers have found a new way to spam us: fund student authors with travel awards (laudable and non-spammy!) but then require the student presenters to display a whole slide of advertising for the journal by way of acknowledgements (spammy!).

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Certain conference speakers need to be told that using sans-serif ∑ for one central notation and sans-serif bold ∑ for a different central notation is a bad idea. That decorating both of them by the same subscripts and the same hats doesn't help. And that when someone asks for clarification of the notation, answering with "We should move on...this is a thing you can compute on your own" rather than actually explaining is rude.

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My phone said it wasn't raining, but I looked outside and it was. One of the few times windows proved better than Android.

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"How Google is building a browser monopoly"
invidio.us/watch?v=ELCq63652ig

tl;dr
STOP USING CHROM* :blobangery:

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How to ask for advice on Mastodon:

Need advice on what bike to by? Post that your car won't stat.

Need an Linux Distribution recommendation? Post that you Windows OS just decided to upgrade.

Need to do an informal poll of what people drink in the morning? Post that you like coffee.

(Tongue in cheek. I love you all.)

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Dreaming of a 128-core, 1 TB RAM machine so I can compile llvm-8.0.0 in a reasonable amount of time.

#OpenBSD

IMHO the usual way is not even be bothered by \(\epsilon\) and just use relative tolerance and some ULPs (as in your link, but without \(\epsilon\) )

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University of Strathclyde proposes to axe combinatorics and their three strong combinatorics faculty members: cameroncounts.wordpress.com/20
via gowers.wordpress.com/2019/06/1

This comes despite the group being both strong in research and important in undergraduate education. The apparent cause is Strathclyde's placement of combinatorics in computer science rather than in mathematics and in their use of standards aimed more at computer science than mathematics (like bringing in large grants).

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Dear Mastomind:

If you were to talk to financial services about upping their privacy and authentication game (2FA, I've Been Pwned, acount recovery, data minimisation, etc.), what would you bring up & what references / initiatives would you cite?

(Boosts welcomed.)

#Privacy #OnlineBanking #Security

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Integer linear programming, change-making, and Presburger arithmetic: gilkalai.wordpress.com/2019/03

Integer arithmetic problems with O(1) variables and one level of quantifiers (example: given O(1) coin types, find the largest amount of money for which you cannot make change) have long been known to be polynomially solvable, but in FOCS 2017 Nguyen and Pak proved that only two levels of quantifiers make the problem hard. See also review mathscinet.ams.org/mathscinet- and paper math.ucla.edu/~pak/papers/hard

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Bulgarian authorities appear to be striking back at journalists whose investigations led to the “ApartmentGate” scandal that saw several members of the Bulgarian government resign.

#Bulgaria #press #mediafreedom

occrp.org/en/daily/9966-bulgar

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