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Hacker Public Radio is an podcast that releases shows every weekday Monday through Friday. Our shows are produced by the community (you) and can be on any topic that are of interest to hackers and hobbyists.

    HPR3958: Bikepacking in 1993 without technology

    HPR3958: Bikepacking in 1993 without technology

    My 5 day Ride from Oostende to Le Havre (540km)

    Oostende: https://goo.gl/maps/1CFXuHeBcHpHX3RZ8
    Calais: https://goo.gl/maps/1CFXuHeBcHpHX3RZ8
    Boulogne: https://goo.gl/maps/1CFXuHeBcHpHX3RZ8
    Le Treport: https://goo.gl/maps/1CFXuHeBcHpHX3RZ8
    Dieppe: https://goo.gl/maps/Pn4K2DuATVAFoCPV8
    Yvetot: https://goo.gl/maps/Pn4K2DuATVAFoCPV8
    Le-Havre : https://goo.gl/maps/Pn4K2DuATVAFoCPV8

    HPR3957: The Oh No! News.

    HPR3957: The Oh No! News.

    The Oh No! news.
    Oh No! News is Good

    TAGS: User space, investment scams, recovery

    User space.

    Source: Avoiding and Reporting

    Supporting Source: Refund
    and Recovery Scams.

    Supporting Source: Investment
    opportunity scams.

    Source: Reddit Community:

    Additional Information.

    What is a "Data
    Breach"? A data breach is a security violation, in which sensitive,
    protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen,
    altered or used by an individual unauthorized to do so.
    What is "Malware"?
    Malware (a portmanteau for
    malicious software) is any software intentionally designed to cause
    disruption to a computer, server, client, or computer network, leak
    private information, gain unauthorized access to information or systems,
    deprive access to information, or which unknowingly interferes with the
    user's computer security and privacy.
    What is a "Payload"?
    In the context of a computer virus or worm, the payload is the portion
    of the malware which performs malicious action; deleting data, sending
    spam or encrypting data. In addition to the payload, such malware also
    typically has overhead code aimed at simply spreading itself, or
    avoiding detection.
    What is "Phishing"?
    Phishing is a form of social engineering
    where attackers deceive people into revealing sensitive information or
    installing malware such as ransomware. Phishing
    attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and often transparently
    mirror the site being targeted, allowing the attacker to observe
    everything while the victim is navigating the site, and transverse any
    additional security boundaries with the victim.
    engineering (security) In the context of information security,
    social engineering is the psychological
    manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging
    confidential information. A type of confidence trick for the purpose of
    information gathering, fraud, or system access, it differs from a
    traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more
    complex fraud scheme.

    What is "Information
    Security" (InfoSec)? Information security, sometimes shortened to
    InfoSec, is the practice of protecting information by mitigating inf

    HPR3956: HPR Community News for September 2023

    HPR3956: HPR Community News for September 2023

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    New hosts

    Welcome to our new hosts:


    Last Month's Shows


    Server build retrospective
    Daniel Persson

    HPR Community News for August 2023
    HPR Volunteers

    Adventures in Pi-Hole

    An open directory of web audio stream

    How I got into tech and hacking

    Equipment Maintenance

    Interview with Yosef Kerzner

    RE: How to make friends.
    Some Guy On The Internet


    HPR3955: airgradient measurement station

    HPR3955: airgradient measurement station

    AirGradient is an open-source solution to measure the air in your
    living area. In my case, I need to keep track of the air in my office,
    so I have a healthy working environment.

    HPR3954: Sedating HPR at the Steading

    HPR3954: Sedating HPR at the Steading



    We recorded this on Sunday September 3rd 2023. We met in
    person again, and as before first visited the pub called The
    Steading where we had lunch. Then we adjourned to Dave's car in the
    car park, and recorded a chat.
    The name "Steading" is another (Scots?) version of "Farmstead", and
    means the same. It's also an anagram of "Sedating"1, so
    Topics discussed


    Dave has an appointment for COVID-19 and
    influenza vaccines. The new Omicron
    variant BA.2.86 has prompted another booster for some people.
    Discussion of Smallpox
    MrX has an appointment for an influenza vaccine


    MrX and MrsX recently stayed in Glasgow for a holiday
    Point A
    Hotel - boutique hotel
    Jungle Rumble -
    indoor golf with UV lighting!
    Wikipedia: Glasgow


    Dave took a trip on the recently extended Edinburgh tram

    There is only one route, from the airport to Leith (port).
    Older residents get free access.

    MrX and MrsX recently walked from the centre of Edinburgh along the
    Water of Leith to the
    area where the tram terminus is at Newhaven.


    Dave is using version Thunderbird 115.1.1 which
    is a rewrite of the original series where the API has now changed a
    Long-used add-ons now no longer work:

    A favourite was Mailbox Alert which triggered sound alerts
    (or others) then mail arrived in a folder - so this could be after
    filtering. This was much more useful than the traditional "You have
    mail" type alerts.

    Discussion of tags:

    MrX mentions tags, meaning bits of text that can be attached to
    messages and used to classify them and to search for them.
    In Gmail there are labels which can do this and these can
    be used to group messages regardless of folders
    Thunderbird also has this concept which it calls tags. It
    comes with pre-defined tags such as Important and
    To Do, but more tags can be added. Any message can be
    given one or more tags. The filtering system can add tags as a message
    is processed. Searches can be performed on tags also.
    Dave is an enthusiast of nested folders with filters to classify
    messages. MrX is keen on using tags for the same purpose. Dave mentioned
    Thunderbird's saved search feature (which he wrongly called
    virtual mailboxes) which can collect messages according to many
    criteria, including tags.
    Some discussion about mail message storage strategies: file per
    message, mbox format, etc.


    MrX's dog has brought some ticks back from recent walks.
    Scotland seems to be a bit worse off for ticks in recent years.
    Hikers need to protect against them and to perform checks that they
    are not on clothes. Wearing long socks or gaiters over long trousers can

    HPR3953: Large language models and AI don't have any common sense

    HPR3953: Large language models and AI don't have any common sense

    Hobson and Greg are working with volunteers to develop an open source
    AI that we call Qary (QA for question answering). We're adding plugins
    to support open source large language models (LLMs) like GPT-2 and
    Llama2. Here's how you can use LLMs in your own Python Programs.

    Create a Hugging Face account:


    Create and copy your access token:

    Your user

    Create a .env file with your access token string:

    echo "HUGGINGFACE_ACCESS_TOKEN=hf_..." >> .env

    Load the .env variables in your python script using
    dotenv package and os.environ:

    TIP: Use os.environ to retrieve the dict of variable
    values rather than dotenv.load_values- Otherwise other
    environment variables that have been set by other shell scripts such as
    .bashrc will be ignored.
    This confused us when we were getting our GitLab CI-CD pipeline
    working and deploying to Render.com.
    Each of your cloud services will have different approaches to
    setting environment variables.
    This token string can be passed as a keyword argument to most of the
    pipeline and model classes.

    import dotenv
    import os
    env = dict(os.environ)

    Find the path and name for the model on Hugging Face hub you want to

    search for "llama2" in the top search bar on huggingface.co/
    TIP: don't hit enter at the end of your search, instead click on
    "See 3958 model results for llama2"
    I clicked on meta-llama/Llama-2-7b-chat-hf
    to see the documentation

    On the documentation page for your model you may have to apply for a
    license if it's not really open source but business source like Meta
    does with its AI so you can't use their models to compete with them

    Apply for a license to use Llama2 on ai.meta.com
    using the same e-mail you used for your Hugging Face account.

    Follow the instructions on
    huggingface.co to authenticate your python session

    TIP: You'll need to use the kwarg use_auth_token in the
    AutoModel.from_pretrained or pipeline
    And it should be set to the token from your Hugging Face profile
    page. The hugging face documentation says to use the token
    kwarg, but that never worked for me.

    from transformers import pipeline, set_seed
    generator = pipeline('text-generation', model='openai-gpt')
    q = "2+2="
    responses = generator(
    [{'generated_text': '2+2= 2.2, 1.1 and'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 3336 miles. they'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 2, = 2 = 2'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 4 = 2 = 5 n'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 0 ( 1 ) = ='},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 6 times the speed of sound'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 2 times 5, 865'},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 3 / 7 / 11 ='},
    {'generated_text': '2+2= 2 2 n 2 of 2'},
    {'generated_text': &#39

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Reece O'Bryan ,

Love this idea

Keep it up

Andrew Erickson ,

This is real Open Source

With a different host every day, you get people's once every few month bit of tech awesomeness every day, not oh no we have to do a show, let's throw something together. Great job on this show community. Way to go open source podcasting.

JDanielPeel ,

Mixed bag, at best

Some of it is moderately interesting from time to time. But after just listening to a guy (probably drunkenly,) ramble about installing an SSD and 16 gigs of RAM into a decade old MacBook for 18 minutes straight, I can't recommend. (Real hacker stuff, that...) There's plenty of better podcasts that are more consistent and technology-focused out there.

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