07 May 2021

The Hacker’s Tribute Vol. 69: Let's Get Galactic


Greetings, Fellow Techno-nauts,

Our issue is galactic and stratospheric. Each issue, of course, is a milestone – and there’s no earth-defying, game-changing point in time than the year ’69! We pay tribute not just to the hackers and mind-benders of our world but to those taking bold steps into the unknown.

Explore malicious AI tricks, $1 strokes, clear URLs, tweaking tools, and Z3 tutorials – to whip up a recipe of success and innovation unlike the planet has ever seen.

So, what are you waiting for? A giant leap for mankind!

Dan 'The Man' Kowalski


Dan ‘the Man’ Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief, The Hacker’s Tribute

1-Dollar Stroke

If rapid prototyping of gesture-based user interfaces is your thing – and you’re on a strict budget – then have we got the thing for you! The $1 Unistroke Recognizer is a 2D single-stroke recognizer whose simplicity makes it resistant to overreliance on templates and only takes up 100 lines of code. See a demo of this incredible gadget and be ready for unprecedentedly easy deployment too. For even faster results, refer to the Protractor – a speed boost like no other, and a broad extension of the proportional shape matching of SHARK too!

I Can See Clearly Now

Fire up your Firefox, and shine your Chrome browsers – this one is a breath of fresh air. Clear URLs are an add-on modelled from the mindset of the all-new WebExtentions tech. Do away with pesky tracking elements found in conventional URLs, and reclaim your privacy like a pro. Whether you’re looking for Russian Blin recipes on Yandex or pancake mix on Google – you’ll be safe knowing the search giants can’t rewrite your results. Oh, and if you hate common ad domains, you can fire those into the stratosphere too.

Z3 Tutorial

Sometimes we need a back-end to have our backs. This blog outlines just how Z3 excels at offering simplification capabilities that overlap with algebra systems, constrain satisfaction solvers, in addition to being able to manipulate and express logic – the mother of reason. Above all – it’s fun! Find out how Z3 will solve problems with a passion and is simply unbeatable in its field. Click to begin the first day of the rest of your life.

The Illicit Tradesman’s Entrance

Backdoors are no place for decent people. In fact, if you ever hear of one, then you can be sure that they’re used by the bad guys. If that sort of thing entices you, then read this article for an in-depth article on how you too can manipulate AI to work towards your evil ends. Bring out the Bond Villain in you with this academic paper examining ML model manipulation, aptly named “Stealthy Backdoors as Compression Artifacts” – take over the world with that!

Tweaking Tools

Pega is on the verge of launching context-aware APIs that let users tweak back-end processes. Easy enough, right? Now imagine taking the burden off your budget by keeping the front end intact. This low-code and automation provider is introducing a breakthrough for UI, allowing you to update a foundation without toppling the gorgeous structure that is your software creation. It’s the tweak break we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s finally here!

Knowledge is free and shared. We’re always on the lookout for new insights into the world of Web and Mobile App Development.

We’ll be in touch with more news, as it happens!

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Hackers of the world dream to be him. And that’s an understatement. With methods decades ahead of cyberspace, he’s proceeded only by his own reputation. ‘The Man’ infamous for single-handedly causing the ’08 global financial meltdown, he dropped off-grid searching for purpose. He twice-dominated each of the Himalayan peaks, negotiated the rift valleys of Africa, and swam the Amazonian Basin end-to-end. It was in Siberia where we caught up to him – convincing him to work for the ‘good guys’. The veteran’s veteran of coding, now confidently within our ranks, is finally a force for good. Just don’t test him.