TLDR Daily Update 2022-11-23

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Big Tech & Startups

Meta researchers create AI that masters Diplomacy, tricking human players (3 minute read)

Meta AI's Cicero AI can achieve human-level performance in the strategy board game Diplomacy. Diplomacy is a game that requires deep interpersonal negotiation skills, implying that Cicero has obtained a mastery of the language necessary to win the game. The technology could be used to ease communication barriers between humans and AI or power video games where NPCs can talk just like humans. A link to a detailed site that explains how Cicero works is available at the end of the article.

RealityOS: Everything We Know About the Software Designed for Apple's Mixed Reality Headset (3 minute read)

Apple is rumored to be developing a mixed-reality AR/VR headset. This guide contains everything that is currently known about realityOS, the operating system that will run on the headset. It looks at the software goals for the platform as well as the different apps being developed for it. The guide will be updated over time as more is revealed about realityOS.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

A game-changing new hybrid EV battery recharges in only 72 seconds (3 minute read)

A new electric hybrid battery system called eTechnology can recharge to 80% in just 72 seconds. The battery's hybrid system uses technology from traditional batteries and ultracapacitors. eTechnology offers much longer lifespans than traditional lithium-ion batteries. The battery is well-suited for small city cars, drones, and e-bikes.

'SuperGPS' Technology Accurately Pinpoints Your Position Within Inches (3 minute read)

SuperGPS is a new approach to determining positioning that uses networks similar to telecommunication networks. It can provide devices with connectivity as well as accurate positioning. SuperGPS works by measuring and interpreting the timings of radio signals between transmitters and devices. It uses a synchronized atomic clock and fiber-optic cables to keep everything in sync and accurate to one billionth of a second.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Llama (GitHub Repo)

Llama is a terminal file manager. It allows for quick navigation with fuzzy searching. Llama is very simple and minimalistic.

D2 (GitHub Repo)

D2 is a modern diagram scripting language that turns text to diagrams. It can be run as a command-line tool or used as a library to produce diagrams from Go programs. D2 features an API that makes it easy to build functionality on top of it. It also includes a variety of themes out-of-the-box.
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Miscellaneous

What features would you like to see in a TLDR job board? (Short Form)

After seeing the response to the spreadsheet listing firms that were still hiring last week, I am thinking about launching a job board to help TLDR readers find jobs and make new hires. If you are interested in a TLDR job board (as either an employer or job searcher) please fill out the short 2-question form linked above!

Ask HN: How do you start a startup in your 30s when you have wife/kids/mortgage? (Hacker News Thread)

This Hacker News thread contains many anecdotes about how difficult building a startup while having responsibilities can be. It may be impossible to create a business while raising children and paying off a mortgage without making significant sacrifices. Waiting and planning for when life is more manageable with less responsibilities is likely the best strategy. However, it can still be possible through a lot of hard work.

How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation (5 minute read)

Our universe could be a computer simulation. A branch of science called information physics suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena, but are instead made up of bits of information. There is some evidence that our reality could be simulated, and some prominent scientists believe that we are living in a virtual reality. Some of the methods of testing this theory are highly achievable with existing tools.

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Twitter is making DMs encrypted and adding video, voice chat (2 minute read)

Encrypting communications will allow users to communicate without having to worry about being spied on or their DMs being leaked due to a data breach.

Retrofitting null-safety onto Java at Meta (15 minute read)

Meta has developed a new static analysis tool for detecting NullPointerException errors in Java code.

Pinduoduo’s sister shopping app Temu tops US App Store (2 minute read)

Temu offers a wide range of products at lower prices through Pinduoduo's well-established supply chain.

Extremely Linear Git History (3 minute read)

With extremely linear git history, commits have incremental version numbers, making it easy to discuss revisions.

Google's parent company Alphabet prepares to lay off 10,000 employees (2 minute read)

Alphabet plans to lay off 10,000 poor performing employees through a new performance management system.

Musk antagonist George Hotz hired to fix Twitter search β€” he’s got 12 weeks (3 minute read)

George Hotz, noted iPhone hacker, will also remove the login prompt to allow users to browse the service without signing in.

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