Radio Garden – Listen to world radio by navigating an interactive globe Full article on radio.garden | 527 Points and 110 Comments Why I still won’t review for or publish with Elsevier Summary: To my mind, there wasn’t (and isn’t) any reason to support a company that, on top of arms sales, fake journals, and copyright violations, thinks it’s okay to lobby the government to make it harder for taxpayers to access the results of publicly-funded research that’s generated and reviewed at no cost to Elsevier itself.
Things You Notice When You Quit the News Summary: There’s a big difference between watching a half hour of CNN’s refugee crisis coverage (not that they cover it anymore) versus spending that time reading a 5,000-word article on the same topic. Keywords: news, world, people, watching, information Full article on raptitude.com | 891 Points and 487 Comments What Makes a Senior Software Developer? Summary: While that is a worthy goal, it still leaves us with the challenge of figuring out how to answer the question of what makes a senior software developer.
My Pixel has a manufacturing defect Summary: After recapping my one and a half hour call with me, the supervisor stated that there was nothing customer service could do but forward along the claim to a “higher” level of support who would get back to me at some point if they reversed their opinion on my case. Keywords: pixel, google, support, service, hold Full article on 9to5google.com | 544 Points and 344 Comments
Developers’ side projects Summary: The way it is often expressed is by using the legal phrase work for hire , which means “we have decided that the copyright will be owned by the company, not the employee.” Keywords: company, software, work, contract, games Full article on joelonsoftware.com | 1052 Points and 389 Comments Bose Hearphones Summary: FAQs Bose Hearphones are the first headphones designed to improve live listening in environments where you may have difficulty understanding conversations, like noisy places or when watching television with someone who prefers a different volume.
‘Clean your desk’: My Amazon interview experience Summary: I remember in previous years, while applying for internships at Amazon, on being told that I have to take an automated test while being recorded through my camera, I’d recoiled at this intrusion of privacy. Keywords: interview, proctor, amazon, work, access Full article on shivankaul.com | 911 Points and 509 Comments John Glenn has died Summary: An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.
Launchaco – Instantly generate a responsive, free, website Full article on launchaco.com | 929 Points and 164 Comments Talks that changed the way I think about programming Summary: When faced with the reality of real word programs, promises of encapsulation tend to be broken, and object graphs quickly become tangled webs. Keywords: programming, code, spent, real, end Full article on opowell.com | 593 Points and 95 Comments Amazon seller’s account suspended after changing profile name on Kindle Fire Full article on reddit.
Google says it will run entirely on renewable energy in 2017 Summary: gimmick,” said Chris Warren, vice president of communications at the Institute for Energy Research, a think tank in Washington supported largely by donations from individuals and companies in the fossil fuel industry. Keywords: google, energy, wind, data, power Full article on nytimes.com | 861 Points and 249 Comments I’m giving up on PGP Summary: Your average adversary probably can’t MitM Twitter DMs (which means you can use them to exchange fingerprints opportunistically, while still protecting your privacy).
Amazon Go Summary: We offer delicious ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options made fresh every day by our on-site chefs and favorite local kitchens and bakeries. Keywords: amazon, store, shopping, checkout, walk Full article on amazon.com | 1247 Points and 983 Comments Why does calloc exist? Summary: I hope the HN moderators find a way to step up to the responsibility their position entails; in the mean time, you might consider also subscribing to to The Recompiler and Model View Culture , and checking out Safety Pin Box , techsolidarity.
OpenAI Universe Summary: It does this by packaging the program into a Docker container, and presenting the AI with the same interface a human uses: sending keyboard and mouse events, and receiving screen pixels. Keywords: universe, docker, environment, agent, run Full article on universe.openai.com | 1021 Points and 129 Comments Disassembling Sublime Text Summary: Skia: It’s been mentioned online this is used for rendering everything Google densehash: Faster hash map, used everywhere Oniguruma: Fallback for fancy regexes the custom engine can’t handle Boost Google breakpad CryptoPP/Crypto++ (in old versions, now replaced with libtomcrypt) leveldb: Used to store symbol indexes I think snappy: Fast compression, not sure what it is used for Hunspell YAML (apparently actually yaml-cpp) lzma Hunzip: Probably what is used to unzip the zipped up package format libtomcrypt
This AI Boom Will Also Bust Summary: And the total value achieved is only a small fraction of the world economy, at least as measured by income received by workers and firms who specialize in predicting from data. Keywords: prediction, data, tech, pipes, big Full article on overcomingbias.com | 662 Points and 302 Comments Chrome 55 uses 30% less memory than 54 Summary: see the Chrome team’s official memory benchmark process in their blog post for more “real world” tests.
Crypto 101 – Introductory course on cryptography Summary: PDF (for Mac and PC) EPUB (for most ebook readers, iPad and iPhone) Mobi (for Kindle) Keywords: crypto, cryptography, pdf, ciphers, key Full article on crypto101.io | 919 Points and 140 Comments Htop explained Summary: kernel threads /dev/pts more about memory ( CODE , DATA , SWAP ) figure out time slices length Linux scheduler algorithm pinning proceses to cores write about manual pages cpu/memory colors in bars process ID limit & fork bomb lsof , ionice , schedtool
How the Singapore Circle Line rogue train was caught with data Summary: Singapore’s MRT Circle Line was hit by a spate of mysterious disruptions in recent months, causing much confusion and distress to thousands of commuters. Keywords: incidents, train, data, line, figure Full article on blog.data.gov.sg | 921 Points and 110 Comments Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off Summary: Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, who expressed disappointment with Uber previously, told NPR in a statement that the update “raises questions” that the app is requiring users to “grant permission to track their location at all times.
Amazon LightSail: Simple Virtual Private Servers on AWS Summary: 5USD 512 MB Memory 1 Core Processor 20 GB SSD Disk 1 TB Transfer * Keywords: gb, transfer, tb, zones, memory Full article on amazonlightsail.com | 1142 Points and 614 Comments Software Engineering Internship Amazon Interview Experience Summary: In particular, I am not a fan of tracking physical location, all running applications, or other browser tabs (I’m not sure how this works with Chrome’s sandbox, though).
Logojoy: AI-powered logo creator Summary: I did a quick Google Trends lookup and saw “logo maker” was searched 3x more than “website builder” — which was a big source of comfort during the development process. Keywords: logo, logojoy, product, people, logos Full article on indiehackers.com | 1113 Points and 329 Comments Farm Hack: worldwide community of farmers that build and modify our own tools Full article on farmhack.org | 621 Points and 107 Comments
CyberChef – A Cyber Swiss Army Knife Summary: ClassicDarkGeoCitiesTheme (only supported in modern browsers) Keywords: note, options, persist, sessions, classicdarkgeocitiestheme Full article on gchq.github.io | 785 Points and 139 Comments We turned $140k on Kickstarter into $40k debt and broke even Summary: Turns out, Kickstarter is a magical fantasy land where people get excited about your stuff in a way that doesn’t translate into your small business. Keywords: game, result, games, kickstarter, money
Learning to Read X86 Assembly Language Summary: rax , rbx , rcx and rdx are general purpose registers used to hold on to intermediate values loaded from memory or used during a calculation of some kind. Keywords: language, assembly, code, instruction, registers Full article on patshaughnessy.net | 591 Points and 234 Comments Let’s Colonize Titan Summary: Exposing mice to this radiation at levels similar to those found in space caused brain damage and loss of cognitive abilities, according to a study published last year by Vipan K.
Cards Against Humanity is digging a hole in the earth Summary: Okay, there’s a hole now.Update: We filled in the hole for insurance purposes. Keywords: hole, filled, insurance, purposes Full article on holidayhole.com | 570 Points and 352 Comments Let Postgres Do the Work (2013) Summary: Combining the recentness and the popularity yields a composite trending score Let’s try it out purely in Ruby land, ignoring any pesky database details:
Matrix Multiplication Full article on matrixmultiplication.xyz | 873 Points and 131 Comments Fidel Castro has died Summary: Media captionLittle Havana, a neighbourhood in Miami, celebrates Fidel Castro’s deathHe temporarily handed over power to his brother in 2006 as he was recovering from an acute intestinal ailment. Keywords: castro, cuba, president, media, fidel Full article on bbc.com | 810 Points and 769 Comments What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?
Show HN: A visual guide to the most popular CSS properties Summary: Please whitelist us in your ad blocker. Keywords: css, reference, free, whitelist, ad Full article on cssreference.io | 1117 Points and 122 Comments Show HN: Dply – Free temporary Linux servers Summary: Create a cloud server FREE for 2 hours, add more time as you need it. Keywords: create, cloud, server, free, hours Full article on dply.co | 673 Points and 198 Comments
Reddit CEO admits to altering user comments that were critical of him Full article on reddit.com | 668 Points and 665 Comments A practical guide to securing macOS Summary: Most Web Browsers offer predictions services to resolve typos or URL redirections, store analytics data of browsing patterns, crash reports and black listing of known malicious servers. Keywords: system, web, macos, security, chrome Full article on github.com | 633 Points and 84 Comments
NIST’s new password rules – what you need to know Full article on nakedsecurity.sophos.com | 501 Points and 229 Comments Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back into China Summary: Continue reading the main story But the project illustrates the extent to which Facebook may be willing to compromise one of its core mission statements, “to make the world more open and connected,” to gain access to a market of 1.
4-bit calculator made from cardboard and marbles Summary: LOGIC is a fully functional 4-bit calculator made entirely out of cardboard, hot glue and marbles. Keywords: marble, make, marbles, fall, path Full article on lapinozz.github.io | 703 Points and 182 Comments Pipfile for Python Full article on github.com | 479 Points and 179 Comments What I learned from spending 3 months applying to jobs after a coding bootcamp Summary: Pro-Tip: During interviews, ask the following questions:What are some technical challenges you’ve recently faced?
Quit Social Media, Your Career May Depend on It Summary: Once this Pavlovian connection is solidified, it becomes hard to give difficult tasks the unbroken concentration they require, and your brain simply won’t tolerate such a long period without a fix. Keywords: media, social, idea, professional, opportunities Full article on mobile.nytimes.com | 1131 Points and 548 Comments Scientist discovers particular seaweed nearly eliminates cow methane emissions Summary: farmer has helped lead to a researcher’s discovery of an unlikely weapon in the battle against global warming: a seaweed that nearly eliminates the destructive methane content of cow burps and farts.
Google Cloud is 50% cheaper than AWS Summary: To give a point of comparison, the c4|m4|r3.large instances have a hard cap at 220 Mbits/s of network traffic (Note: It also applies internally within a VPC). Keywords: cpu, instances, memory, aws, instance Full article on thehftguy.wordpress.com | 598 Points and 392 Comments EmDrive study officially published Summary: Any outgassing that might occur from the dielectric insert will be vented from the flat ends of the cone in an orthogonal, radial axisymmetric manner to the axis of the test article, which will not be detected as a rectified force by the torsion pendulum.
SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed Summary: SpaceX supported its argument that the FCC should approve its application in part by pointing to increasing demand for data services and shortcomings in the broadband market that have left many US consumers with poor Internet access. Keywords: spacex, satellite, internet, satellites, system Full article on arstechnica.com | 1111 Points and 520 Comments Who Will Command the Robot Armies?
Quick, Draw Summary: Built by Jonas Jongejan, Henry Rowley, Takashi Kawashima, Jongmin Kim, Nick Fox-Gieg, with friends at Google Creative Lab and Data Arts Team. Keywords: built, machine, learning, learn, game Full article on quickdraw.withgoogle.com | 1083 Points and 327 Comments Don’t Mess with The Google Summary: I’m guilty of this myself and it’s a good thing that they didn’t have this kind of account auditing in place when my friends and I passed hundreds of thousands of dollars around with Google Checkout when they were offering free credit card processing in 2006.
Show HN: Primitive for macOS Summary: Use the default working size of 256px to experiment and then bump it up to a large value when you’re ready to produce a more detailed result. Keywords: image, shapes, shape, mode, program Full article on primitive.lol | 798 Points and 145 Comments How We Make Money at Stack Overflow Summary: These services in turn help developers find better jobs and also learn about companies in a way that is respectful to the user experience (no spammy inmail, no flash ads, etc.
“I have toyota corola” Summary: The main effect is that normal end users find my email address via the curl license text in products in cars to a higher degree. Keywords: curl, email, cars, find, address Full article on daniel.haxx.se | 1155 Points and 350 Comments Maine Ranked Choice Voting Initiative Approved Summary: ” The editorial board for Village Soup newspapers, which include the Camden Herald , Courier-Gazette , and Republican Journal said, “We believe Maine should follow the path of the city of Portland, which elected its mayor in 2011 by ranked-choice voting, and allow this into our ballot booths.
Diamonds Suck (2006) Summary: Saving for a down payment, creating an emergency fund, and putting aside money to invest are all substantially easier when you’re not paying hundreds of dollars a month to the lending institution that financed the diamond purchase. Keywords: diamond, moissanite, ring, people, diamonds Full article on diamondssuck.com | 1336 Points and 576 Comments Visual Studio for Mac Summary: Visual Studio for Mac supports editing a wide range of languages though the use of TextMate bundles, which provide syntax highlighting and simple IntelliSense.
Blueprint – A React UI toolkit for the web Summary: Blueprint is a collection of React UI components that cover the majority of the common interface elements, patterns, and interactions on the web. Keywords: components, blueprint, react, typescript, interfaces Full article on blueprintjs.com | 603 Points and 203 Comments Why 30 is the decade friends disappear Summary: “There’s a certain kind of poignancy in young adulthood, when we’ve come to develop a mature regard for friends at the very same time that somehow they’ve started slipping away,” said William Rawlins, an Ohio University professor who has been researching friendship for nearly 40 years.
Reasons not to use Uber Summary: If you take an ordinary taxi and pay cash, it will generate no records associated with you — where the government might apply face recognition to identify your photo in real time. Keywords: uber, drivers, nonfree, software, users Full article on stallman.org | 544 Points and 361 Comments Wind Waker Graphics Analysis Summary: This is a learning exercise after-all, so I still want to use the most efficient techniques to my knowledge, while applying the concepts that the Nintendo devs put in place all those many years ago!
Leonard Cohen Has Died Summary: However, he risked a production catastrophe by hiring wall-of-sound maximalist Phil Spector to work on his next album, Death of a Ladies Man , whose adversarial creation resulted in a Rolling Stone review titled “Leonard Cohen’s Doo-Wop Nightmare.” Keywords: cohen, leonard, songwriter, songs, album Full article on rollingstone.com | 978 Points and 114 Comments Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation Summary: Beyond literal fake news spread via Facebook’s click-hungry platform, the wider issue is the filter bubble its preference-fed Newsfeed algorithms use to encircle individuals as they work to spoonfeed them more clicks — and thus keep users spinning inside concentric circles of opinion, unexposed to alternative points of view.
Epic Games chief pays $15M to protect 7,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness Summary: This donation, earmarked as a “conservation easement” (which typically require landowners to forfeit the right to develop, subdivide, or otherwise interfere with the preservation of a natural landscape), is a nice example of how a successful member of the game industry might invest some of their wealth in a way that benefits others. Keywords: sweeney, games, epic, acres, north
Donald Trump is the president-elect of the U.S. Summary: Early on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, Republican President-elect Donald Trump addressed supporters in New York, declaring victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Keywords: trump, states, michigan, won, wisconsin Full article on washingtonpost.com | 1817 Points and 2215 Comments Benefits of using tmux – streamlining your development environment Summary: We’ve all been there, that unfortunate keystroke or click that results in the unintentional loss of a crucial terminal window, gone with it a collection of attached processes: dev servers, text editors, REPLs and their state, ssh sessions, etc.
Google Data Studio Summary: English (United Kingdom)English (United States)Español (Latinoamérica) Keywords: united, kingdom, states, latinoamérica Full article on datastudio.google.com | 572 Points and 183 Comments Hyper.sh – Effortless Docker Hosting Summary: The combination of incredibly fast boot times, coupled with strong isolation and ease of use, makes Hyper.sh a perfect service to run your event-driven workloads. Keywords: docker, app, service, running, build Full article on hyper.sh | 549 Points and 211 Comments
Time to Dump Time Zones Summary: “The U.K. would turn into a time theme park,” suggested an English Twitter user, John Powers, “where you could experience 9 o’clock as your grandparents knew it.” Keywords: time, world, clock, clocks, sun Full article on nytimes.com | 629 Points and 524 Comments Intercooler.js – Making AJAX as easy as anchor tags Summary: These features allow you to build modern web applications with little fuss, using a simple and intuitive REST-ful architecture that ensures good performance, excellent user experience and a minimum of complexity.
Show HN: Make an app by adding JSON to this app Summary: Currently Jasonette covers all the essential native APIs and components, which means you can build pretty much any app you can imagine. Keywords: json, app, jasonette, native, apps Full article on github.com | 648 Points and 176 Comments I don’t like computers Summary: Somewhere along the way, in the last OH GOD TWENTY YEARS, we – along with a bunch of vulture capitalists and wacky Valley libertarians and government spooks and whoever else – built this whole big crazy thing out of that 1990s Internet and…I don’t like it any more.
Advanced Data Structures Summary: Welcome to Advanced Data Structures , a graduate class at MIT. Keywords: advanced, data, structures, prof, erik Full article on courses.csail.mit.edu | 1276 Points and 140 Comments H.264 is Magic Summary: There is another mindfuck mathematical theorem 2 that states that you can do this for any data and you can achieve a perfect lossless transformation as long as freqX and freqY are high enough.
Web fonts, boy, I don’t know Summary: Just remember that it’s also your responsibility to make your site load super fast, and if you don’t, it’s totes fair game for people (me) to whine about it on Twitter. Keywords: font, web, text, content, fonts Full article on meowni.ca | 690 Points and 323 Comments The People’s Code Full article on code.gov | 569 Points and 192 Comments MicroG Project: A re-implementation of Google’s Android apps and libraries Summary: microG is not only used on real devices, but also replaces Google tools in test emulators and is even used in virtual mobile infrastructure.
Pornhub Bypasses Ad Blockers with WebSockets Summary: Then in August 2016, an employee of the company that owns Pornhub.com (MindGeek) started arguing against adding the WebSocket blocking capabilities to the Chrome API. Keywords: websocket, ad, api, chrome, data Full article on blog.bugreplay.com | 873 Points and 575 Comments Darling – MacOS translation layer for Linux Summary: Darling is a translation layer that allows you to run unmodified macOS binaries on Linux.
Guide to Remote Work Summary: Beginning as a series of posts on the Zapier blog, this book is an ongoing work about our experiences as a remote team, with much of the book written by Zapier CEO Wade Foster along with chapters from our team members and other remote employees. Keywords: remote, team, work, zapier, run Full article on zapier.com | 747 Points and 103 Comments Music for Programming Summary: music_for_programming_49-julien_mier.
WebAssembly Browser Preview Summary: However, the Browser Preview period marks a time during which we are actively collecting feedback on the design and implementation of the spec. Keywords: webassembly, browser, compilation, community, binary Full article on v8project.blogspot.com | 759 Points and 338 Comments Minoca OS: A new open source operating system Summary: If you’re interested in writing a driver, adding a feature, porting a package, fixing a bug, root-causing an issue, or participating in design discussions, we’d love the help.
Buttery Smooth Emacs Summary: When Emacs gets an Expose event, it draws a god damn white square to tide the window system over until it gets around to letting redisplay (which still thinks it’s talking to a 1960s teletype) redraw the display. Keywords: emacs, program, redisplay, gui, system Full article on facebook.com | 651 Points and 228 Comments Elementary OS Summary: Epiphany is good enough of a browser to use and keep as the default – you’ll always need Chrome to tackle trendy websites these days (and I rely a lot on it for development), but it’s fast and lightweight, and that greatly offsets any quirks and limitations it might have (such as the lack of extensions and full-blown ad blocking).
Eve: Programming designed for humans Summary: Read up on new releases, programmer musings, and more. Keywords: blog, read, releases, programmer, musings Full article on programming.witheve.com | 1070 Points and 374 Comments New MacBook Pro Is Not a Laptop for Developers Anymore Summary: They’ve deleted Esc and function keys Today’s Apple Event confirmed many of the rumors surrounding the long-awaited refresh of the Macbook Pro line. Keywords: macbook, pro, developers, function, keys
MacBook Pro Summary: So MacBook Pro incorporates innovations throughout the system that efficiently eliminate heat — increasing airflow during intensive tasks like editing video, playing graphics-heavy games, and transferring huge files. Keywords: pro, macbook, performance, video, tasks Full article on apple.com | 861 Points and 1328 Comments Soylent halts sales of its powder as customers keep getting sick Summary: In an announcement late Thursday, the Los Angeles company said there appears to be a common ingredient that’s causing trouble in the latest version of its nutritional powder and its snack bar.
Tesla reports first quarterly profit in more than three years Summary: Turning a profit, even for one quarter, should help counter skeptics who have questioned his ambitious plans for combining Tesla and solar panel maker SolarCity SCTY.O into a company offering roof-to-garage no-carbon energy systems. Keywords: tesla, model, musk, quarter, profit Full article on reuters.com | 822 Points and 278 Comments Git from the inside out Summary: The index and HEAD commit both use hashes to refer to blob objects, but the working copy content is stored as text in a different place.
Music Theory: An Education from First Principles Summary: Why does 90% of pop music use the same chord progressions? Keywords: music, lessons, notes, sound, theory Full article on lightnote.co | 955 Points and 148 Comments White House urges ban on non-compete agreements for many workers Summary: (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday called on U.S. states to ban agreements prohibiting many workers from moving to their employers’ rivals, saying it would lead to a more competitive labor market and faster wage growth.
Introducing Initialized Capital Summary: Every year, retailers lose $45 billion to theft, so even before the holy grail of checkout-without-lines, Standard Cognition can make a huge dent in anti-theft in a way existing solutions have only dreamed. Keywords: standard, cognition, retailers, team, retail Full article on initialized.com | 548 Points and 149 Comments The “432 Hz vs. 440 Hz” conspiracy theory Summary: In Britain, however, the French standard was interpreted in an erroneous way (it was understood as being relative to a certain temperature), due to which British orchestras commonly tuned to A = 439 Hz.
Why you should never use Upwork Summary: Medium support asked me to take down all images. Keywords: website, medium, client, upwork, view Full article on medium.com | 1175 Points and 264 Comments HN comments are underrated Summary: Running a successful pizzeria is more about schlepping to local hotels and leaving them 50 copies of your menu to put at the front desk, hiring drivers who will both deliver pizzas in a timely fashion and not embezzle your (razor-thin) profits while also costing next-to-nothing to employ, maintaining a kitchen in sufficient order to pass your local health inspector’s annual visit (and dealing with 47 different pieces of paper related to that), being able to juggle priorities like “Do I take out a bank loan to build a new brick-oven, which will make the pizza taste better, in the knowledge that this will commit $3,000 of my cash flow every month for the next 3 years, or do I hire an extra cook?