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Petals Bloom, 301 vs 308, MS Paint OP, DHH is bacc, OpenAI updates, Social Engineering, Bard integrations, and more...
👋🏻 Hola & welcome to Nibble #26
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🧳 OpenAI Red Teaming Network invites domain experts interested in improving the safety of OpenAI’s models
🎧 Listen to this as a Podcast via Recast: Nibble #26 Recast
What’s happening 📰
🎨 Your favourite childhood pastime, MS Paint, is bringing support for transparency and layers (The last best time to bring transparency to paint was instead of that dammed transparency effect in Vista. The next best time was now.)
DHH launches Kamal, which is basically a
right-wingway to make Indiayour deployments independent and empowered. (so all that controversy was building up to a new launch, huh? Take our word stay out of e-lafda discussions and go build something nice!)
🐞 Cisco makes its largest-ever acquisition buying cybersec company Splunk in a whopping $28B all-cash deal. TBH can’t be a better deal than a network company acquiring a cybersec company and helping improve network sec.
💵 Unity Runtime Fee Update - We talked about Unity’s runtime fee in the last edition, and they are now apologizing for not having talked to the dev community before. Now they’d be increasing the cap from $100,000 to $200,000 and will remove the requirement to use the Made with Unity splash screen. Would this help?
😱 38TB of data accidentally exposed by Microsoft AI researchers, as reported by the Wiz Team all because of one misconfigured SAS token
✨ AI Wrapup
🤓 ChatGPT now has a cutoff date of Jan 2022 [GPT-4 only as of now]
💺 AI chatbots were tasked to run a tech company. They built software in under 7 minutes for less than $1 (but it won’t scale trust me please)
🏋️♂️ Finnish prisoners are now AI trainers, honestly a W for everyone!
🧩 Google released Bard Extensions and now can interact with the complete Google Ecosystem using Bard.
💭 The YouTube team showed Dream Screen, where creators can generate new background videos, right from the app. The shorts are only going to get crazier from here!
🏞️ OpenAI announces DALL-E 3, saying that “it understands significantly more nuance and detail than our previous systems” and plugs in right with ChatGPT. And yeah, it performs really well on text too!
What brings us to awe 😳
👾 When MFA isn’t MFA - A story on how you can still fall in for social engineering and lose your data no matter how many security levels you have.
🤥 Are we really Engineers? Imposter Syndrome aside, yes we are!
瑞 History of SEO - A trip down memory lane to chart some of the biggest events in SEO that have helped shape the industry today.
🔎 Limited JSON API for Google searches using Programmable Search Engine
TL;DR - The author used the custom Google search API and opted to search the whole web instead to get a sweet little API.
🎚️ GPT 3.5 vs Llama 2 fine-tuning - So for most use cases, it’s better to fine-tune your own custom Llama.
Today I(we) Learnt 📑
🪧 Semiotics is the science of signs and symbols. A stop sign isn’t a stop sign unless it looks like a stop sign.
👃 Researchers have created a neural net for an odor map which achieves human-level odor description performance and generalizes to diverse odor-prediction tasks
🔴 Swiggy rounding off your paise - Seeing those rounding off differences in your Swiggy bill? Swiggy has legit been acting fishy and here’s proof of how it has been doing this.
⚙️ HTTP status code 308 is a “permanent redirect”. What’s the difference between this and 301 “moved permanently”, you ask?
→ It’s just that 301 is a loose check (only the URL should be the same) & 308 is a strict check (the URL & HTTP method both need to be the same).
There’s a 307 as well, but we’ll leave that as an exercise for you.
Full Source: 301 vs 308 | Stackoverflow
🍩 How donut.c works? In short, a clever combination of some high-school mathematics, ASCII rendering and z-buffering
🤝 You have read ~50% of Nibble, the following section brings tools out from the wild.
What we have been trying 🔖
🔗 ipsync.link - Get notified or update your firewall rules automatically when static IPs for important websites change. [ah! but there is no free plan here]
🎥 snapy.ai - Auto Edit & Generate Short Videos with Prompts
💬 Klu: Unify your apps. Seamlessly search and discover. Bring ChatGPT to your internal data.
🥽 optics - Scalable state management for TypeScript applications
Builders’ Nest 🛠️
nestia - Make NestJS much faster and easier
🚨 nue.js - Nue is a (yet another) powerful React, Vue, Next.js, Vite, and Astro alternative
📈 npmgraph - A tool for exploring NPM modules and dependencies
🏃♂️ async-sequential-runner - TypeScript class for sequentially running async tasks to completion
Meme of the week 😌
Off-topic reads/watches 🧗
❓ Asking questions the right way for software engineers/tech professionals
🧗♂️ How to be Successful by Sam Altman - An excerpt, “Everything here is easier to do once you’ve already reached a baseline degree of success (through privilege or effort) and want to put in the work to turn that into outlier success….”
Wisdom Bits 👀
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
— Lord Byron
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