ReHacked #159: James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteoroid, The epic story behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini rivalry, The EU plan to monitor your phone is unconstitutional and more

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ReHacked #159: James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteoroid, The epic story behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini rivalry, The EU plan to monitor your phone is unconstitutional and more
A detail from one of Picasso’s sketchbooks for his daughter. Photograph: Marc Domage/© Private collection

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James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteoroid - BBC News #space

A tiny rock fragment has hit the new James Webb Space Telescope's main mirror.

The damage inflicted by the dust-sized micrometeoroid is producing a noticeable effect in the observatory's data but is not expected to limit the mission's overall performance.

James Webb was launched in December to succeed the revolutionary - but now ageing - Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers are due to release its first views of the cosmos on 12 July.

The EU plan to monitor your phone is unconstitutional #privacy

The proposal affects confidentiality of communications

Still, the proposal merely creates the possibility of issuing a detection order – it does not constitute a a detection order itself. Thus, an assessment of the compatibility with the Charter necessarily involves mapping the possible kinds of detection orders which can be issued. To get a sense of these potential kinds of orders, it’s useful to discuss how we got here, because European institutions and technology companies have been laying the groundwork for this for quite some time already.

The epic story behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini rivalry | Mondo Gran Turismo #history #engineering

The year is 1963. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a successful tractor manufacturer, is unhappy with his Ferrari. He thinks the car's clutch breaks too easily. He drives to the neighbouring village of Maranello and knocks on the door of none other than Enzo Ferrari.

The meeting, which was quite short, would change the fate of supercars forever. It would be a textbook example of how to not treat your customers. Mr Lamborghini explained that the clutch was bad. He also made a suggestion on what Mr Ferrari, with simple means, could do for the clutch to last much longer.

Researchers Achieve ‘Absurdly Fast’ Algorithm for Network Flow | Quanta Magazine #datascience #ai #machinelearning

A team of computer scientists has come up with a dramatically faster algorithm for one of the oldest problems in computer science: maximum flow. The problem asks how much material can flow through a network from a source to a destination if the links in the network have capacity limits.

The new algorithm is “absurdly fast,” said Daniel Spielman of Yale University. “I was actually inclined to believe … algorithms this good for this problem would not exist.”

World’s Largest Computing Society Makes Thousands of Research Articles Freely Available; Opens First 50 Years Backfile #copyrights

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced that its first 50 years of publications, from 1951 through the end of 2000, are now open and freely available to view and download via the ACM Digital Library. ACM’s first 50 years backfile contains more than 117,500 articles on a wide range of computing topics. In addition to articles published between 1951 and 2000, ACM has also opened related and supplemental materials including data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.

Pre–Studio Ghibli Guide to Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata #history #art #culture

Studio Ghibli has created some of the most beloved animated films in the history of the medium worldwide. Yet here we are, nearly four decades after the studio’s founding, with much of the work of its two great directors — Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, etc.) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, etc.) — almost entirely unheralded outside of Japan and animation circles. That’s beginning to change, with American institutions like the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles holding retrospectives of both directors’ films and the distributor GKIDS bringing more and more of Miyazaki and Takahata’s extra-Ghibli works Stateside. But despite Miyazaki and Takahata’s outsize influence on the history of animation, many cartoon lovers still haven’t seen some of their most significant works, either for want of access or simply because they’ve never heard of them.

Found: the ‘how to draw’ books Pablo Picasso created for his daughter | Pablo Picasso | The Guardian #art #history

They are the ultimate “how to draw” books for a young child, created by a doting dad who just happened to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The granddaughter of Pablo Picasso has discovered an extraordinary collection of sketchbooks used by the artist to teach his eldest daughter to draw and colour.

Picasso filled the pages with playful scenes – animals, birds, clowns, acrobats, horses and doves – which would delight any child, as well as adults.

He created them for Maya Ruiz-Picasso when she was aged between five and seven. On some pages, the little girl made impressive attempts to imitate the master. She also graded her father’s work, scribbling the number “10” on a circus scene, to show her approval.

Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient | Google | The Guardian #technology

The suspension of a Google engineer who claimed a computer chatbot he was working on had become sentient and was thinking and reasoning like a human being has put new scrutiny on the capacity of, and secrecy surrounding, the world of artificial intelligence (AI).

The technology giant placed Blake Lemoine on leave last week after he published transcripts of conversations between himself, a Google “collaborator”, and the company’s LaMDA (language model for dialogue applications) chatbot development system.

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