A look behind the curtain at some very clever systems

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Password managers like Lastpass, 1Password and Dashlane are becoming more and more popular as users are being forced to remember passwords for everything they use online. However, many people are sceptical of this technology.

It’s only natural to question the security of a service that you’re trusting with your entire digital life, and often I hear security as the reason people don’t use these services. They feel unsafe, after all:


An Analysis of the Spelling and Pronunciations of Over 80 Thousand Words

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We all know that the word-segment ‘ough’ can be pronounced many different ways.

  • Cough
  • Dough
  • Plough
  • Thought
  • Through
  • + more (less common) ones

This is a commonly-cited example of English spelling being bad. Learning to pronounce the same set of letters differently requires lots of experience, and is frustrating when learning new words.

Another example of this is the ‘correct’ way to spell potato.

https://www.facebook.com/grammarly/posts/986701041348886:0

Although this pushes it to the extreme, it’s still a valid example of this phenomenon. And it gets you thinking.

It’d be way better if every sound we could make had only one way of…


Here are the highlights

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Tim Denning is one of the most successful figures in the self-improvement & entrepreneurial blogging culture. With over 140k followers and 100 million views on Medium alone, it’s clear he’s got this game figured out.

I love writing articles like these, but I obviously can’t do it as well as he can. But maybe I don’t have to.

What I can do (I thought, naively) is feed a machine learning model all of the articles on timdenning.com and get it to auto-generate whole articles for me in his style!

How wrong I was.

After doing hours of model training on…


Everything you need to know to get started hosting your projects in Google Cloud for free

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Let’s say you’ve just made a Python script that does something cool like analysing Tweets or automates image deep frying in a Facebook Messenger group chat. These are great, but you need them to run 24/7 to get the best out of them and you don’t want to leave your laptop running all the time: that’s just annoying!

What if I told you there’s a way you can host your Python script, exactly how you’re running it on your laptop, easily and for free? …


It’s free and surprisingly easy

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I’m in a meme group-chat on Facebook Messenger, and sometimes a situation arises (naturally) where an image just needs to be deep fried. In this circumstance we have to use an online service, taking valuable minutes out of the day. It’s this exact type of minor inconvenience that bots are perfect for solving.

Wouldn’t it be great, I thought to myself, if saying the phrase “Can I request a deep fry” triggers a bot to automatically deep fry the last image sent to the chat? Yes, yes it would.

(If you don’t know what deep frying refers to, please see…


Diving deeper into the FBChat library and Deeppyer

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I’m in a meme group-chat on Facebook Messenger, and sometimes a situation arises (naturally) where an image just needs to be deep fried. In this circumstance we have to use an online service, taking valuable minutes out of the day. It’s this exact type of minor inconvenience that bots are perfect for solving.

Wouldn’t it be great, I thought to myself, if saying the phrase “Can I request a deep fry” triggers a bot to automatically deep fry the last image sent to the chat? Yes, yes it would.

(If you don’t…


A Lesson In Google Natural Language API and BigQuery

*This work is a personal project and not affiliated with Dyson in any way*

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This project began, as all things seem to do nowadays, with COVID-19. With the amount of free time I was gifted, I decided the only logical way to spend it was programming. As an undergraduate at the Dyson Institute, I thought it would be interesting to see how the wider company was perceived by the public. So, armed with £300 worth of free Google Cloud credits I decided to give it a go.

It just so happened that the week I let my finished code run…

Ethan Roberts

Software Engineer at the Dyson Institute

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