Monday, March 6, 2017

From around the web March 2017

Boston Dynamics' new toy



Pix2pix
This TensorFlow model given a drawn tries to generate a real world image that match it.


Interactive website: https://affinelayer.com/pixsrv
TensorFlow model: https://github.com/phillipi/pix2pix

I created a beautiful cat:


Interesting reads from the web
Virtual reality directly in Chrome
https://blog.google/products/chrome/experience-virtual-reality-web-chrome/
Finding the coaching in criticism
https://hbr.org/2014/01/find-the-coaching-in-criticism
Using machine learning for a lawyer robot
http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/worlds-first-ai-robot-lawyer-overturns-160000-parking-tickets-uk
Twitter Bots during US elections
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/twitter-bots-democracy-usa-election
❖ A Filesystem that literally stores the information in a network.
https://github.com/yarrick/pingfs

Cloud Spanner
Google introduced Spanner, a global database service: distributed, high availability, scalable, global.



Amazon Go





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Facebook is censuring the web

tl;dr: Facebook copies and stores GIFs from other websites by converting them to mp4 videos.

Driven by my curiosity and by chance, I did this interesting and a bit polemical finding.

I was browsing a friends wall and noticed an old GIF I published there. It was a funny picture of an actor. When I click on it to open the original website I encounter myself with a security warning, and there was no way to proceed to the apparently "unsafe website".

Original post

Malicious website warning

By checking the source HTML of the page I discovered that the gif that I was seeing in my friends wall was an infinite loop video hosted in Facebook's servers "video-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net". And I was able to see the video in an embed player.

HTML source of the page

Embed video direct link hosted by Facebook

Finally, one last interesting thing is that Facebook stores and sends along the original URL of the image, but this is encoded and as part as their URL requests. Maybe they are using this to do some sort of caching?
This last finding allowed me to recover the original url:


Now I am able to share again the link with other friends, outside of Facebook.

Monday, February 13, 2017

From around the web February 2017

Around the world
Incredible hyperlapse around the world using Google Maps.




Done that pollinate plants
Researchers from Japan are working on a small drone that can pollinate plants, in case all the bees die.


Link to source: theverge.com/2017/2/9/14549786


Your own giant flashlight
Spireworks let's you control two giant antenna located in NYC Midtown. By using a website you can choose the light of the antenas for two minutes, separately, and pick colors and effects. How to get it? It's by invitation only ;-)





Link to website: spireworks.org