01 April 2022

The Hacker's Tribute Vol. 83: We're Getting Galactic!


Hello, dearest hackers,


There’s an almost galactic mindset to our publication. Indeed, the subjects we write about are truly out of this world. But when you consider what got us out past the stratosphere, just remember, its technologies, and some good ol’ fashioned hacking that got us out into the nether regions of the universe.

As such, it’s time we got to know our computers a little better. With real time speech recognition, typing’ll become a thing of the past. We explore the outer-reaches of the universe with Google’s 100,000 Stars project, Microsoft Azure, and a whole world more where that came from.

So, don’t be afraid to get cosmic. But when you do, remember to always stay true to your planet!




Dan 'The Man' Kowalski

Dan ‘the Man’ Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief, The Hacker’s Tribute



Reach for the stars

Let’s get celestial for a moment. Planet earth is yesterday’s news once you sample Google’s latest experiment – 100,000 Stars. Thanks to real-time data, this ultra-interactive visualisation of our cosmic neighbours gives us the lowdown on 100k stars – directly as they are mapped. Worried about your place in the universe? This cosmic ballet of stellar spectacles will give you a healthy dose of perspective.

Read more: 100,000 Stars


Can you hear me?

Converting your spoken words to (digital) paper, is a pillar of machine learning. Now it’s your turn to give your smooth, silky voice the chance it deserves. This blog gives you all the tips and tricks to identify factors in developing your own Automatic Speech Recognition module. Consider the speech patterns, pitches, and background audio conditions. Learn how to set it up, create full-context and streaming demos – and get ready to throw that keyboard away!

Read more: Gradio: Real Time Speech Recognition


Azure in 2 versions

Microsoft’s prodigal child, Azure Front Door content delivery network (CDN) is gracing us with its latest version. Users of Microsoft’s Azure CDN and Azure Front Door are also forced into a corner as a result, meaning they’ll need to jump aboard the all-new product once they look for an upgrade. That said, users of legacy CDN’s can expect continued support, but without any new features. Those that migrate to new services can look forward to zero downtime migrations, improved log analysis, and a whole heap of other existential goodies.

Read more: Microsoft reveals revamped Azure CDN – in two editions


Graph that Query Language

Supabase’s platform has just enabled GraphQL support via its open-source PostgreSQL extension. Pg_graphql grants you the ability to query an existing PostgreSQL database with GraphQL. Now, that could be over the smooth surface of the HTTP, or from within the depths of SQL – you decide. This first availability release supports full CRUD on table columns with scalar types, read-only support for array types, extending types with computer fields, as well as configuration with SQL comments. Get it? Got it? Good.

Read more: GraphQL is now available in Supabase


Modern text for zee modern human

Zee is what the geeks worship as the first true ‘a modern text editor’. It’s designed for the terminal and is written in the world-renowned lingua of Rust. Oh, it’s the bee’s knees – but watch out – it’s also very experimental. Discover a smorgasbord of eccentric features, from the 100FPD editor, buffers backed by fast B-tree implementation, Tree-sitter for parse tree code generation, and much more.

Read more: Zee Modern Text Editor

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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.