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How to choose a proxy network for business: 3 practical tips

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time2 min
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Masking an IP address with a use of a proxy is necessary not only to circumvent censorship on the Internet and watch TV series. In recent years, proxies have been increasingly used to solve corporate objectives from application testing under load to competitive intelligence. Habr has a good overview of the various options for using proxies in the business sector.

Today we will talk about what to pay attention to when choosing a proxy network for solving such corporate objectives.

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Overview: Six ways to use residential proxies for solving corporate objectives

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time5 min
Views299

IP address masking may be required for various tasks – from accessing blocked content to bypassing anti-bot systems of search engines and other online resources. We found an interesting post about how this technology can be used to solve corporate objectives.

There are several options of implementing a proxy:

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How to increase capacity of drive from 32 to 256 GB for Asus E200H laptop

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time5 min
Views545

Hi Everyone.

Recently I got Asus E200H laptop, which I would like to use as a portable computer to work with a high-precision equipment.

Within the scope of the article we will perform the experiment about the upgrade of the default 32 GB eMMC capacitor to 256 GB and will test it.

Have a nice reading!

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How to practice user empathy in UX design and make product more accessible

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time6 min
Views235

According to the Oxford Dictionary, empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”. In UX, there is a special term “user empathy”. It refers to the ability of UX designers to fully understand what users need from a particular software product. Having user empathy and basing design solutions around users” comfort is one of the most true indicators of a designer”s professionalism. Without that, any product a designer works on has a high chance of turning out to be pointless. Apart from having empathy as a soft skill in general, there are several ways a designer can practice user empathy through different UX methods and techniques. In this article we would like to talk on how a UX designer can treat users with empathy and make the product more accessible for different groups of target audience.

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VS Code Extensions You Need in 2024: My Top Picks

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time2 min
Views1.3K

Welcome to my latest article. If you haven't caught my previous ones, I highly recommend checking them out for some really useful content. Today, I'm excited to dive into something special: my top 10 favorite VS Code extensions. These tools are incredibly popular among developers globally, and I believe they're essential for anyone serious about coding.

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Machines are learning to lie: The Dark Side of Intelligent Systems

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Recent research published in the journal Patterns has shown examples of how artificial intelligence (AI) systems are learning to manipulate information and deceive people. The concept of deception by AI dates back to Alan Turing's famous 1950 paper, which introduced the "Imitation Game" - a test that evaluates whether a machine can demonstrate human-like intelligence.

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Top 10 Google Sheets Features to Enhance Your Productivity

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time3 min
Views958

It's been a while since my last appearance, but I'm excited to be back and to share something truly special with you. In this article, we'll explore my top 10 Google Sheets features that are guaranteed to boost your productivity, speed up your workflow, and make your data handling more efficient. So, without further ado, let's dive into these game-changing tools!

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Simple complex programming

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time5 min
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I always pay attention to assessing the complexity of programming in a particular language. Programming is indeed not an easy task and this is perceived as a fact and usually does not require any confirmation.


But the concept of “complexity” is akin to the term “heap”. For some, five coconuts is not so much, but for someone who ate one and “didn’t want any more,” this means that even one coconut will be too much for him.


The same goes for the complexity of programs. It seems that the constant increase in the complexity of programs is obvious to everyone and is observed in all areas of application of IT technologies, and programming languages themselves become more and more complex as they develop, but assessing “complexity” using numerical metrics is a problem. obviously a thankless task, but also “You can’t manage what you can’t measure...”


Typically, talk of “complexity” only implies value judgments without any numerical evaluation. And since I am personally interested in the issue of the complexity of programming languages, I decided to calculate the complexity of implementing the gcc compiler on some conditional “parrots”. What if we could see some patterns of difficulty changing over time?

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Building blocks in programming languages

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time5 min
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Practically all programming languages are built either on the principle of similarity (to make like this one, only with its own blackjack) or to realize some new concept (modularity, purity of functional calculations, etc.). Or both at the same time.


But in any case, the creator of a new programming language doesn't take his ideas randomly out of thin air. They are still based on his previous experience, obsession with the new concept and other initial settings and constraints.


Is there a minimal set of lexemes, operators, or syntactic constructs that can be used to construct an arbitrary grammar for a modern general-purpose programming language?

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What is to see under the Black Sun of Giedi Prime?

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time6 min
Views714

The director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Greig Fraser in their Dune: Part Two movie made a curious decision to film the scenes on the surface of the Giedi Prime planet in the infrared spectrum. It turned out to have interesting aesthetics and there are some interesting related physics to discuss and speculate about how realistic the look of it is.

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VERBAL CALCULATION (VC) IN EVIDENCE-BASED DSS AND NLP

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time14 min
Views223

S.B. Pshenichnikov

The article outlines a new mathematical apparatus for verbal calculations in NLP (natural language processing). Words are embedded not in a real vector space, but in an algebra of extremely sparse matrix units. Calculations become evidence-based and transparent. The example shows forks in calculations that go unnoticed when using traditional approaches, and the result may be unexpected.

 

The use of IT in Natural Language Processing (NLP) requires standardization of texts, for example, tokenization or lemmatization.

After this, you can try to use mathematics, since it is the highest form of standardization and turns the objects under study into ideal ones, for example, data tables into matrices of elements. Only in the language of matrices can one search for general patterns in data (numbers and texts).

If text is turned into numbers, then in NLP these are first natural numbers for numbering words, which are then embedded into real vectors is irreversible ed in a real vector space.

Perhaps we should not rush to do this but come up with a new type of numbers that is more suitable for NLP than numbers for studying physical phenomena. These are matrix hyperbinary numbers. Hyperbinary numbers are one of the types of hypercomplex numbers.

Hyperbinary numbers have their  own  arithmetic,  and  if  you get used to  it,  it  will  seem  more  familiar  and  simpler  than  Pythagorean arithmetic.

In Decision Support Systems (DSS), the texts are value judgments and a numbered verbal rating scale. Next (as in NLP), the numbers are turned into vectors of real numbers and used as sets of weighted arithmetic average coefficients.

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Experiment: How to disguise the use of Tor to bypass blocking

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time4 min
Views800

Internet censorship is becoming an increasingly important issue worldwide. This leads to increasing of the "race of armaments" – in different countries government agencies and private corporations try to block various content and fight against the ways of circumventing of such restrictions. At the same time developers and researchers strive to create effective tools to combat censorship.

Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, and SRI International conducted an experiment in which they developed a special service for masking the use of Tor – one of the most popular tools for bypassing blocking. Here is the story about the work done by the researchers.

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互联网屏蔽是如何工作的:使用实例概述现代方法

Level of difficultyHard
Reading time2 min
Views1.3K

一组印度科学家发表了以其本国为例政府机构采用的现代互联网屏蔽方法概述。他们研究了互联网服务提供商限制访问被禁信息的机制,评估了这些机制的准确性以及绕过这些屏蔽的能力。2captcha常驻代理团队整理了这项研究,并提请大家关注这项工作成果的主要论点。

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How blocking on the Internet works: an overview of modern methods using a real example

Level of difficultyEasy
Reading time4 min
Views892

A group of Indian scientists has published an overview of modern methods of Internet blocking introduced by government agencies, using the example of their own country. They studied the mechanisms used by Internet service providers restricting access to prohibited information, assessed their accuracy, and the ability to bypass such blocks. We would like to bring to your attention the main theses of this work.

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Possible solution to the problem of references in programming languages

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time4 min
Views451


Every programmer is familiar with the concept of "reference." This term usually refers to a small object whose main task is to provide access to another object physically located elsewhere. Because of this, references are convenient to use, they are easily copied, and they make it very easy to access the object to which the reference points, allowing access to the same data from different parts of the program.


Unfortunately, manual memory management, or more precisely, manual memory control, is the most common cause of various errors and vulnerabilities in software. All attempts at automatic memory management through various managers are hampered by the need to control the creation and deletion of objects, as well as periodically run garbage collection, which negatively affects application performance.


However, references in one form or another are supported in all programming languages, although the term often implies not completely equivalent terms. For example, the word "reference" can be understood as a reference as an address in memory (as in C++) and a reference as a pointer to an object (as in Python or Java).


Although there are programming languages that try to solve these problems through the concept of "ownership" (Rust, Argentum, or NewLang). The possible solution to these and other existing problems with references will be discussed further.

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Enabling Cross-Process Dialogue with C# Sockets

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time4 min
Views469

In the ever-evolving landscape of software development, communication between processes has been a fundamental requirement since the inception of computer networking. As technology advanced, the need for efficient and reliable inter-process communication (IPC) mechanisms became increasingly crucial. One such mechanism that has stood the test of time is the socket.
Sockets trace their origins back to the early days of computer networking in the 1970s. The concept was first introduced in the Unix operating system by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, as part of their work on the ARPANET project, which eventually evolved into the modern internet. Sockets were designed to provide a standardized interface for network communication, allowing processes to exchange data across different machines and networks.
Initially, sockets were primarily used for network programming tasks, such as building client-server applications and facilitating communication between distributed systems. However, their versatility soon became apparent, and sockets found their way into various domains, including inter-process communication (IPC) within a single machine.
Over the years, sockets have undergone numerous enhancements and standardizations, with the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) sockets becoming the de facto standard for network programming. This standard was later adopted by other operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, ensuring cross-platform compatibility and enabling widespread adoption.
In the world of software development, communication between processes is a common requirement, whether it’s a client-server architecture, distributed systems, or inter-process communication (IPC). Sockets provide a powerful mechanism for processes to exchange data efficiently and reliably. This article explores a simple implementation of a TCP client-server communication using sockets in C#, showcasing the versatility and robustness of this time-tested technology.

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Unlocking Selenium Testing for Flutter's Web Apps

Level of difficultyMedium
Reading time3 min
Views420

Navigating the intricacies of UI testing in the world of Flutter web applications can be a daunting task. If you've ever found yourself scratching your head, wondering how to apply your Selenium expertise to a Flutter-rendered interface, this article is for you. We're going to explore a method that bridges the gap between Flutter's unique rendering process and the robust testing capabilities of Selenium. Whether you're a seasoned tester or just starting out, the insights shared here will equip you with the knowledge to streamline your testing process and enhance the quality of your Flutter web apps. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let's unravel the mysteries of UI testing for Flutter web applications together.

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