What I found interesting this time - Porto vacation edition

by: Artur Dziedziczak

March 3, 2024

I did not do mutch this week as I went to Porto. Yes, Porto is in Portugal. AMAZING PLACE!

“This Is Not a Good Way to Fight Racism in America,” n.d. https://www.noahpinion.blog/p/this-is-not-a-good-way-to-fight-racism

Blog post about Google Gemini image generation fuckup where you could generate black German soldiers and similar incredibly impossible scenarios by default. It looks like it was added as a shortcut solution. Instead of diverse training of data and some innovation, they were adding ’diverse’ word to every prompt that generated humans.
The author makes numerous valid points about the USA. Touches statistics of racial prejudices between races.  
I’m not an expert on this field, so I guess I just need to trust the sources of author. Post is pretty long. What I learned is that the shortcuts like this are made all the time and not only in AI world. Diversity programs of companies are also a shortcut that does not seem to work in the long run.

“What We Can Learn from the Fediverse Spam for Codeberg,” n.d. https://blog.codeberg.org/what-we-can-learn-from-the-fediverse-spam-for-codeberg.html

3 weeks ago massive spam on Fediverse happened, and now other open alternatives try to learn about what they can do to earlier respond to spam. This knowledge is shared from codeberg.org.
I think currently Codeberg is one of few code sharing services which actually cares about privacy.

“Unreasonably Effective - How Video Games Use LUTs and How You Can Too,” n.d. https://blog.frost.kiwi/WebGL-LUTS-made-simple/

A super well-written, interactive post about LUT (look-up tables) and their usage in shaders.
This blog post is so well made, I think it’s not only worth learning how to use LUT but also how to write good blog posts.
Amazing stuff!

“Insecure Features in PDFs,” n.d. https://web-in-security.blogspot.com/2021/01/insecure-features-in-pdfs.html?m=1

Pretty old post about PDF attacks. Various techniques are mentioned, but what I found interesting in comparison between PDF reader tools on different platforms.  
Linux and Mac are pretty safe by default but Windows. Windows is that young brother that always got into trouble.