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Sander Hofman

🚨Nerd alert! Communications at ASML. Fascinated by the now, how and wow of science + tech + chips. Curious and creative since 1982. 🇳🇱🇪🇺🇺🇸

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“The Art Of Deception” by Kevin Mitnick

This week, the world lost Kevin Mitnick (59). Dubbed “the most dangerous hacker in America” back in the 1990s, he was a legendary blend: half hacker, half con man. An incredibly smart cookie with the wit and audacity to get anything done. When he was 12 years old, Mitnick convinced a bus driver to tell him where he could buy his own ticket puncher, and was then able to ride any bus in the greater Los Angeles area using unused transfer slips he found in a dumpster next to the bus company garage. When he was a young adult in the 80s and 90s, he got obsessed with exploring telephone and computer systems. The way he hacked was about much more than infiltrating and exploiting computer systems—he was a gifted "social engineer", someone who could con people into doing things to unwittingly compromise a system. As he honed the arts of phreaking (phone hacking), social engineering and hacking, he broke into the systems of Sun Microsystems, NEC, Motorola, Nokia, and even got access to the switch access services of Pacific Bell (which could be used to wiretap phone lines). He also got himself a prime spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He was hunted down and jailed in 1995. He spent 5 years in federal custody, of which 4 in solitary confinement out of fear that he could "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”. After his release, he became a speaker, white hat hacker, security consultant and author. When I was a kid coming online in the mid 90s, I vividly remember being enthralled with the FREE KEVIN campaign that was all over the internet. The campaign was run out of the hacker mag “2600 Magazine” during Mitnick’s time in jail. It was a trigger for me to dive headfirst into the online hacker scene of the 90s and I was in awe of what I discovered. Mitnick was one of the pioneers. Later, his 2003 book “The Art of Deception” became a bible on my desk—and on the desks of an entire generation.

July 22
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This week, the world lost Kevin Mitnick (59). Dubbed “the most dangerous hacker in America” back in the 1990s, he was a legendary blend: half hacker, half con man. An incredibly smart cookie with the wit and audacity to get anything done. When he was 12 years old, Mitnick convinced a bus driver to tell him where he could buy his own ticket puncher, and was then able to ride any bus in the greater Los Angeles area using unused transfer slips he found in a dumpster next to the bus company garage. When he was a young adult in the 80s and 90s, he got obsessed with exploring telephone and computer systems. The way he hacked was about much more than infiltrating and exploiting computer systems—he was a gifted "social engineer", someone who could con people into doing things to unwittingly compromise a system. As he honed the arts of phreaking (phone hacking), social engineering and hacking, he broke into the systems of Sun Microsystems, NEC, Motorola, Nokia, and even got access to the switch access services of Pacific Bell (which could be used to wiretap phone lines). He also got himself a prime spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He was hunted down and jailed in 1995. He spent 5 years in federal custody, of which 4 in solitary confinement out of fear that he could "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone”. After his release, he became a speaker, white hat hacker, security consultant and author.

When I was a kid coming online in the mid 90s, I vividly remember being enthralled with the FREE KEVIN campaign that was all over the internet. The campaign was run out of the hacker mag “2600 Magazine” during Mitnick’s time in jail. It was a trigger for me to dive headfirst into the online hacker scene of the 90s and I was in awe of what I discovered. Mitnick was one of the pioneers. Later, his 2003 book “The Art of Deception” became a bible on my desk—and on the desks of an entire generation.

‎The Rest Is History - Oppenheimer: The Father of the Atom Bomb (Apple Podcasts)

🍿Ben je van plan om de film Oppenheimer te gaan kijken? 🎥 Pak dan eerst nog even deze podcast mee! Tom Holland en Dominic Sandbrook van The Rest Is History hebben een tweedelige podcast gemaakt over de man en zijn missie, echt de moeite waard om de context mee te pakken.

July 22
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“Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Een toekomst door de ogen van een ‘Artificial Friend’ (of AF) met de naam Klara. 🤖 In dit boek van Nobelprijswinnaar Ishiguro is Klara de verteller en dat geeft een bijzondere stijl en tone of voice: observerend, zoekend, vragend, maar niet veroordelend. Terwijl het gedrag van de mensen om haar heen toch wel erg…menselijk is. 😬 Liefde en eenzaamheid zijn centrale thema’s.

May 18
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Possible

😁 When you’re sick of doom and gloom and instead want to hear experts elaborate on what’s possible for humanity—if everything were to break our way. Interesting topics like limitless fusion energy, AI, health tech and more! 💡

April 15
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ASML CTO Martin van den Brink over de obstakels naar ASML’s euv-alleenheerschappij (Tweakers)

Vorig jaar publiceerde Tweakers het veelgelezen eerste deel van hun interview met ASML CTO Martin van den Brink, en nu is er part deux, geschreven door Daan van Monsjou. Martin duikt de roerige jaren van EUV in, vertelt over de belangrijke technische doorbraken, evalueert de rol van een beetje geluk, en kijkt vooruit naar High-NA en Hyper-NA.

April 8
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Pause giant AI experiments: an open letter (Future of Life Institute)

Interessant. 🧐 Het Future of Life Instituut pleit om tijdelijk te stoppen met het ontwikkelen/trainen van geavanceerde AI’s zoals GPT-4. Momenteel is er te weinig controle mogelijk om te zorgen dat deze AI’s een positieve bijdrage aan de samenleving gaan leveren, terwijl al duidelijk is dat er een groot maatschappelijk risico schuilt in de content die ze genereren, zoals in het onderwijs en op social media. “Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable.”

March 29
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Remembering Dr. Gordon Moore

Dr. Gordon Moore (94) died last week. He was a computing visionary, co-founder of chipmaker Intel and namesake of the famous “Moore’s Law”. I got to interview him in 2014. A memorable moment in multiple ways! 🙏

March 27
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Tiny data centre used to heat public swimming pool (BBC News)

Omdenken! De warmte van een bescheiden datacenter houdt dit Britse zwembad meer dan de helft van de tijd op een comfy 30C. 😎

March 19
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Efteling (Noordbrabants Museum)

Wat is het geheim van de Efteling? Deze nieuwe tentoonstelling in het NBM geeft een kijkje achter de schermen en “laat zien, horen en voelen hoe een klein Sprookjesbos, met inzet van generaties bevlogen mensen, in 70 jaar uitgroeide tot een attractiepark van wereldformaat.” “De Efteling is een fenomeen. Je gaat er heen als kind, ouder en grootouder. De tentoonstelling speelt in op die nostalgische gevoelens maar heeft naast nostalgie ook een historische insteek. De tentoonstelling is een feest van herkenning", zei Joris Westerink, conservator bij het Noordbrabants Museum. Te zien tot 21 mei!

March 5
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I made an AI clone of myself (VICE)

Je hebt ze vast wel op social media voorbij zien komen: AI-gegenereerde kloons die AI-gegenereerde teksten voorlezen. Wat komt er bij kijken om zo’n kloon te maken? Deze journalist van Vice accepteert een uitnodiging van het Amerikaanse bedrijf Synthesia om er achter te komen.

February 26
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