Category Archives: Things I Read

#covid and Narcizism. Good read.

“How individuals with dark personality traits react to COVID-19 – People high in narcissism and psychopathy were less likely to engage in cleaning behaviors. People with narcissism have a negative response to the pandemic as it restricts their ability to exploit others within the social system.: science”

How individuals with dark personality traits react to COVID-19 – People high in narcissism and psychopathy were less likely to engage in cleaning behaviors. People with narcissism have a negative response to the pandemic as it restricts their ability to exploit others within the social system. from science

Nice article by the Guardian on how COVID is changeing us…

Since early 2020 I’ve been telling my friends that I doubt there is a back to pre-corona thing. And I told them this is a stress test for societies, health systems, but also for the variety of authoritarian systems or non-authoritarism. I didn’t foresee that China and some Asia countries can party again while the free western world is locked in, but who would? 

Has a year of living with Covid-19 rewired our brains? | World news | The Guardian

“People talk about the return to normality, and I don’t think that is going to happen,” says Frank Snowden, a historian of pandemics at Yale, and the author of Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present. Snowden has spent 40 years studying pandemics. Then last spring, just as his phone was going crazy with people wanting to know if history could shed light on Covid-19, his life’s work landed in his lap. He caught the coronavirus. Snowden believes that Covid-19 was not a random event. All pandemics “afflict societies through the specific vulnerabilities people have created by their relationships with the environment, other species, and each other,” he says. Each pandemic has its own properties, and this one – a bit like the bubonic plague – affects mental health. Snowden sees a second pandemic coming “in the train of the Covid-19 first pandemic … [a] psychological pandemic”.

Perfect Weapon

‘There’s a whole war going on’: the film tracing a decade of cyber-attacks | Documentary films | The Guardian

In under an hour and a half, The Perfect Weapon blisters through the proliferation of cyberwarfare in the last decade-plus: how offensive ransomware and disinformation campaigns have morphed from a undercover sideshow – as late as 2007, cyberwarfare was not even listed as a pressing concern on the US military’s threat assessment – into a relatively cheap, accessible and potentially devastating staple of international relations.

open sourced TransCoder

Deep learning to translate between programming languages

We’ve developed and open sourced TransCoder , an entirely self-supervised neural transcompiler system that can make code migration far easier and more efficient. Our method is the first AI system able to translate code from one programming language to another without requiring parallel data for training. We’ve demonstrated that TransCoder can successfully translate functions between C++, Java, and Python 3. TransCoder outperforms open source and commercial rule-based translation programs. In our evaluations, the model correctly translates more than 90 percent of Java functions to C++, 74.8 percent of C++ functions to Java, and 68.7 percent of functions from Java to Python. In comparison, a commercially available tool translates only 61.0 percent of functions correctly from C++ to Java, and an open source translator is accurate for only 38.3 percent of Java functions translated into C++.

Danone – Volvic – Mineralwasser: Selbstverpflichtungen haben noch nie geholfen

 

“Im französischen Volvic fördert der Danone-Konzern riesige Mengen Mineralwasser und bringt die Bevölkerung gegen sich auf. Dort versiegt nun ein Fluss – und der Konzern hat ein warnendes Gutachten zurückgehalten.”

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“Hier abgepumpte Wassermengen sollten dem Grundwasser später wieder zugeführt werden, ist in den Genehmigungsunterlagen zu lesen. Der Konzern solle das “Gesamt-Resultat” dieses Vorhabens selbst überwachen,heißt es weiter.”


Volvic: Wasser marsch! | ZEIT ONLINE