PostgreSQL Scalability: Towards Millions TPS Summary: When I gave Andres access to that big machine, he very quickly find a way to take care about performance irregularity: make all PGXACTs full cacheline aligned . Keywords: postgresql, scalability, tps, optimization, performance Full article on akorotkov.github.io | 521 Points and 210 Comments “We’re considering banning domains that require users to disable ad blockers” Full article on reddit.com | 521 Points and 257 Comments
New GNU Emacs website Summary: Content-aware editing modes, including syntax coloring, for many file types. Keywords: emacs, including, file, support, released Full article on gnu.org | 547 Points and 229 Comments How I Got the $84k Hepatitis C Drug for $1500 by Buying It from India Summary: Last year, Gilead entered into an agreement with India that would allow Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce generic versions of Harvoni and Sovaldi and sell them in 101 developing countries at “a significantly reduced flat price.
OxyContin’s 12-hour problem Summary: (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times) While Purdue’s litigators were working in courthouses around the country to fend off civil suits, its regulatory attorneys in Washington, D.C., made a blunt admission to the FDA: The 12-hour dosing schedule is, at least in part, about money. Keywords: oxycontin, purdue, patients, drug, hours Full article on static.latimes.com | 565 Points and 359 Comments Tesla crash after flying 82 feet in the air shows importance of a crumple zone Summary: This highlights the importance of a large crumple zone, like the Tesla Model S’ front trunk (frunk), something easier to design with electric vehicles due to the lack of engines and the use of smaller motors.
SpaceX lands rocket at sea second time after satellite launch Summary: This photo provided by SpaceX shows the first stage of the company’s Falcon rocket after it landed on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Florida coast on Friday, May 6, 2016, after launching a Japanese communications satellite. Keywords: spacex, rocket, falcon, landed, satellite Full article on phys.org | 814 Points and 264 Comments Inside Palantir Summary: Calling 2015 “a learning journey,” Hershey spokesperson Leigh Horner said in a statement that the candy company had worked with Palantir “to better understand consumer and shopping insights as well as enhance internal data mining and analysis.
The void left by the parallel port Summary: I started to experiment with the USB CDC virtual serial port demo in LUFA instead and realized the most modern operating systems have built in drivers for it. Keywords: port, parallel, usb, super, wild Full article on medium.com | 496 Points and 144 Comments 30 years later, QBasic is still the best Summary: ), does not distract the coder with any visual artifacts, has a very confined and cosy dev environment, shows errors as early as possible, compiles and executes the code in a heartbeat with a single key, and is extremely straightforward.
Medical error is third biggest cause of death in the US, experts say Summary: There is no US system for coding these deaths, but Martin Makary and Michael Daniel, researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s school of medicine, used studies from 1999 onward to find that medical errors account for more than 9.5% of all fatalities in the US. Keywords: medical, error, death, deaths, researchers Full article on theguardian.com | 636 Points and 502 Comments
Remote code execution vulnerability in ImageMagick Summary: msl.txt and image.gif should exist in known location - /tmp/ for PoC (in real life it may be web service written in PHP, which allows to upload raw txt files and process images with ImageMagick): Keywords: imagemagick, file, vulnerability, vulnerabilities, execution Full article on imagetragick.com | 478 Points and 230 Comments Uvloop: Fast Python networking Summary: scheduling calls, transmitting data over the network, performing DNS queries, handling OS signals, convenient abstractions to create servers and connections, working with subprocesses asynchronously.
WhatsApp, Used by 100M Brazilians, Shut Down Nationwide Today by a Single Judge Summary: The post-Snowden fixation of tech companies to demonstrate a genuine commitment to protect the privacy of their users (motivated by business self-interest) has driven a wedge between the once-fully collaborative Silicon Valley and U.S. government surveillance state partners, creating a protracted and bitter public PR war that culminated last month in the Apple/FBI fight over access to iPhones.
Go best practices, six years in Summary: Instead, we’ve seen a reification of tropes and proverbs that were reasonably well-known in the early years, and a gradual movement “up the stack” as design patterns, libraries, and program structures are explored and transformed into idiomatic Go. Keywords: dependencies, top, tip, code, link Full article on peter.bourgon.org | 440 Points and 202 Comments SSH for Fun and Profit Summary: I skimmed through the PyCrypto RSA encrypt documentation a few times before noticing the very obvious Attention banner that said I shouldn’t be calling this function unless I really knew what I was doing.
What Happened to Google Maps? Summary: Someone had taken the map and turned it into a cover for a photo album, the kind of thing you’d typically find on Etsy and other online craft sites. Keywords: map, roads, cities, maps, google Full article on justinobeirne.com | 464 Points and 193 Comments Lavabit code open sourced Full article on github.com | 458 Points and 60 Comments Simon Peyton Jones Elected into the Royal Society Fellowship Summary: He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation – that is one reason he loves functional programming so much.
Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone Summary: After establishing contact through an encrypted chat system, she worked with me over the course of several weeks to create a data set for public release: every download event over the 6-month period starting 1 September 2015, including the digital object identifier (DOI) for every paper. Keywords: papers, access, data, elbakyan, university Full article on sciencemag.org | 1085 Points and 381 Comments Steam now accepts Bitcoin for purchases Summary: As the internet’s universal currency, Bitcoin will allow Steam to easily reach gamers in every market around the world – without the high fees or the risk of chargeback fraud that come with card payments.
Introducing MIR Summary: In fact, one such example has already arisen: Scott Olson has been making great strides developing a MIR interpreter miri , and the techniques it is exploring may well form the basis for a more powerful constant evaluator in the compiler itself. Keywords: mir, rust, compiler, code, data Full article on blog.rust-lang.org | 736 Points and 164 Comments Xamarin Open-Sourced Summary: We’re excited for your contributions in continuing our mission to make it fast, easy, and fun to build great mobile apps.
Dropbox Project Infinite Summary: Sadly, the tools that many rely on to access their data—traditional ones like corporate file servers (shared network drives) and newer, browser-based solutions—aren’t suited to the way modern teams work. Keywords: access, teams, project, infinite, file Full article on blogs.dropbox.com | 743 Points and 290 Comments Node.js v6.0 Released Summary: “This release is committed to Long Term Support, which allows predictable long-term stability, reliability, performance and security to the growing number of enterprise users that are adopting Node.
Being a Developer After 40 Summary: Objective-C blocks, Rust & Swift (the two most loved strongly typed and compiled programming languages in the 2016 StackOverflow developer survey ,) Dropbox Pyston , the Clang Static Analyser, ARC, Google Souper , Emscripten , LLVMSharp , Microsoft LLILC , Rubymotion , cheerp , watchOS apps, the Android NDK , Metal , all of these things were born out or powered by LLVM.
Dark Patterns by the Boston Globe Summary: The real dark pattern is hidden at the top – the ‘Close’ button (circled in red) uses a very low contrast font, making it hard to see. Keywords: real, price, page, dark, week Full article on rationalconspiracy.com | 726 Points and 317 Comments The Science of Making Friends Summary: I exchanged numbers with the person sitting next to me at a Cabernet tasting at my favorite wine bar and went for a coffee with a neighbor I met walking my dog.
Bots won’t replace apps, only better apps will replace apps Summary: As I’ll explain, messenger apps’ apparent success in fulfilling such a surprising array of tasks does not owe to the triumph of “conversational UI.” What they’ve achieved can be much more instructively framed as an adept exploitation of Silicon Valley phone OS makers’ growing failure to fully serve users’ needs, particularly in other parts of the world. Keywords: app, apps, ui, users, phone
The average size of Web pages is now the average size of a Doom install Summary: In the 1990’s when desktop publishing technology suddenly became accessible at a much lower price point thanks to PCs and cheap DTP software people went crazy—the more colours and fonts you could cram onto a page the better. Keywords: web, page, average, top, size Full article on mobiforge.com | 857 Points and 449 Comments
A Protocol for Dying Summary: This article or parts of it have been reproduced in Chinese, Facebook , Russian, Geek times , Italian, Il Post , The Guardian , Dutch, RTL Nieuws , N.TV in Germany , and French , Romanian , and was much discussed on Hacker News . Keywords: bob, time, people, die, work Full article on hintjens.com | 1610 Points and 318 Comments How I Hacked Facebook and Found Someone’s Backdoor Script Summary: When the scale of a company has grown large, there are tens of thousands of routers, servers, computers for the MIS to handle, it’s impossible to build up a perfect mechanism of protection.
Almost Nothing About the ‘Apple Harvests Gold from iPhones’ Story Is True Summary: In other words, in this alternate reality, rather than refurbish and resell these iPhones for hundreds of dollars a piece in developing nations , Apple decided to destroy them to harvest roughly $1 worth of gold per device. Keywords: apple, recycling, pounds, million, products Full article on motherboard.vice.com | 655 Points and 202 Comments Arduino in the size of a AA battery Summary: If you want to get your hands dirty and build your own, Johan has embraced the spirit of Arduino fully, and made schematics and all the other fun things you need available on GitHub .
Intel to Cut 12,000 Jobs, Forecast Misses Amid PC Blight Full article on bloomberg.com | 637 Points and 502 Comments Git Tips Summary: So every Friday I would just run: git log –author=“Alex Kras” –after=“1 week ago” –oneline , edit it a little and send it in to the manager for review. Keywords: git, commit, branch, log, file Full article on alexkras.com | 487 Points and 98 Comments Google.com partially dangerous Full article on google.
Kindle Unlimited scammers on Amazon Summary: Aside from immediate suspension of new accounts within KDP for new authors (which will seriously suck for many legit authors) they will need to go back through everyone on there and weed out the cheaters, ban for life the egregious ones (I know the black hats get new EINs like candy, which is where new accounts comes in), ban for life all KU users who have circled these wagons (should be a fairly straightforward program there), stop expanding KU into countries where click-farms are so easily created, and create an actual customer service center with actual English speaking people who have more than 20 seconds on the timer to service calls.
Remote code execution, git, and OS X Summary: My reading suggests that if you were to point a vulnerable version at a repository which is controlled by an attacker, then they could run code as you on your machine. Keywords: git, people, lots, machine, code Full article on rachelbythebay.com | 616 Points and 370 Comments Brutalist Websites Summary: Brutalist Websites – In its ruggedness and lack of concern to look comfortable or easy, Brutalism can be seen as a reaction by a younger generation to the lightness, optimism, and frivolity of today’s web design.
Uber wants access to browsing history, bookmarks, and running apps Full article on reddit.com | 703 Points and 244 Comments I decided to make a graphics card for my Amiga 2000 Summary: I shopped around the web for FPGA boards that combine SDRAM with lots of IO breakouts and found Scarab Hardware’s miniSpartan6+, which has a nice small formfactor and includes two HDMI ports, a mini SD card reader and even an audio jack.
Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule Summary: The constitutional right to free speech is subject only to restraints narrowly tailored to serve compelling governmental interests, a standard that is neither required by the statute being applied nor met by the government in practice here. Keywords: government, secrecy, issue, orders, customers Full article on blogs.microsoft.com | 528 Points and 148 Comments Gone in Six Characters: Short URLs Considered Harmful for Cloud Services Summary: This means that anyone who randomly scans bit.
Kite – Programming Copilot Full article on kite.com | 1138 Points and 233 Comments Visual Studio Code 1.0 Summary: The editor we built can now be found on some of the most demanding global websites – OneDrive, Visual Studio Team Services, Bing Code Search, Azure – sites used by millions of people every day. Keywords: code, developers, visual, studio, editor Full article on code.visualstudio.com | 966 Points and 461 Comments
Post-Mortem for Google Compute Engine’s Global Outage on April 11 Summary: With the immediate outage over, the team froze all configuration changes to the network, and worked in shifts overnight to ensure first that the systems were stable and that there was no remaining customer impact, and then to determine the root cause of the problem. Keywords: google, configuration, network, gce, ip Full article on status.cloud.google.com | 799 Points and 351 Comments
Leaving Beta, New Sponsors Summary: “This milestone is confirmation of Let’s Encrypt’s ability to execute on that vision and have a tremendous impact to the Internet ecosystem.” Keywords: encrypt, sponsor, internet, beta, cisco Full article on letsencrypt.org | 896 Points and 170 Comments Tinker with a Neural Network in Your Browser Summary: Many thanks also to D. Sculley for help with the original idea and to Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg and the rest of the Big Picture and Google Brain teams for feedback and guidance.
The 1% hide their money offshore, then use it to corrupt our democracy Summary: David Cameron accepts blame over mishandling of Panama Papers questions To flesh out the corrosion of democracy that is happening, you need to go to a Berlin-born economist called Albert Hirschman , a giant in modern economic thinking. Keywords: tax, panama, papers, voice, britain Full article on theguardian.com | 542 Points and 338 Comments Hack-petya mission accomplished – Petya ransomware decryptor Summary: The code reads a file “src.
Online Dating and the Death of the ‘Mixed-Attractiveness’ Couple Summary: This dynamic interested Lucy Hunt, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, who decided to investigate “how time might affect how similarly attractive couple members are to one another.” Keywords: dating, people, couples, attractiveness, attractive Full article on priceonomics.com | 396 Points and 405 Comments What if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people?
Congratulations You’ve Been Fired Summary: Cavernous red-brick rooms where skilled craftsmen once labored on elaborately hand-carved custom pieces — woodworking treasures that today can be found in museums and in the White House — were now packed with young people who spent long days cold-calling prospects, racing to meet tough monthly quotas, with algorithms measuring their productivity. Keywords: people, hubspot, companies, work, company Full article on mobile.nytimes.com | 679 Points and 429 Comments
SpaceX Launch Livestream: CRS-8 Dragon Hosted Webcast Full article on youtube.com | 845 Points and 343 Comments Forbes Site, After Begging You Turn Off Adblocker, Serves Up Malware ‘Ads’ Summary: Insisting that users turn off their adblockers in this ecosystem is akin to refusing to allow people to tour the wing of a hospital dedicated to combatting highly infectious disease if they want to wear a bio-hazard suit. Keywords: ad, forbes, malware, security, websites
YouTube-dl: Open-source YouTube downloader Summary: It is released to the public domain, which means you can modify it, redistribute it or use it however you like. Keywords: python, windows, program, download, videos Full article on rg3.github.io | 989 Points and 321 Comments React v15.0 Summary: While this isn’t directly related to the release, we understand that in order to receive more community contributions like Michael’s, we need to communicate our goals and priorities more openly, and review pull requests more decisively.
The Sugar Conspiracy Summary: This is the idea, now familiar, that an excess of saturated fats in the diet, from red meat, cheese, butter, and eggs, raises cholesterol, which congeals on the inside of coronary arteries, causing them to harden and narrow, until the flow of blood is staunched and the heart seizes up. Keywords: yudkin, fat, sugar, heart, nutrition Full article on theguardian.com | 413 Points and 352 Comments
My Biggest Regret as a Programmer Summary: Being both an experienced programmer and leader who understood what it took to deliver (we did 9 major releases of the apps during my time, all of which I built the master floppies for, with no need for hot fixes which were hard to do then anyway) I can only imagine how in demand I could have been. Keywords: programmer, years, company, things, time
Save Netflix Summary: But thanks to a new Copyright Office rule, website owners could lose safe harbor protections if they don’t register online by December 31. Keywords: internet, copyright, website, december, washington Full article on eff.org | 813 Points and 225 Comments Freedom and security issues on x86 platforms Summary: This is a question that will need to be answered soon; the long-term consequences of a fully TiVo-ized computing world are not to be taken lightly, and thus far the free software community has put up very little resistance to the antifeatures being forced into modern x86 platforms.
Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite’s tax havens Summary: Jennie Granger, a spokeswoman for the UK’s tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), said the organisation had received “a great deal of information on offshore companies, including in Panama, from a wide range of sources, which is currently the subject of intensive investigation”. Keywords: documents, mossack, fonseca, tax, company Full article on bbc.com | 1373 Points and 434 Comments
How an Army of Ocean Farmers Are Starting an Economic Revolution Summary: They shield themselves with a “politics of no.” I’m sympathetic to these fears, especially given the history of industrial aquaculture in the 1980s; yet in the era of climate change, it’s an illusion for environmentalists to think they can save our seas by relying on a conservation strategy alone while continuing to ask the oceans to feed our hunger for wild seafood.
Squash your commits Summary: This lets repository administrators stay flexible when deciding whether or not to retain all history from a feature branch. Keywords: merge, commits, history, branch, commit Full article on github.com | 702 Points and 339 Comments The Trouble with CloudFlare Summary: CloudFlare’s approach to blocking abusive traffic is incurring a large amount of false positives in the form of impeding normal traffic, thereby damaging the experience of many innocent Tor and non-Tor Internet users, as well as impacting the revenue streams of CloudFlare’s own customers by causing frustrated or blocked users to go elsewhere.
Xamarin now free in Visual Studio, and Xamarin SDK being open-sourced Summary: As an independent company, Xamarin did have a free version to give developers a taste of what it offered, but the product was historically restricted to only support small executables, with anything larger requiring a paid license. Keywords: xamarin, studio, developers, visual, build Full article on arstechnica.com | 944 Points and 386 Comments Reddit removed NSL canary from 2015 Transparency Report Full article on reddit.
Ubuntu on Windows Summary: That required me to use Microsoft Visual Studio to clone a sample application, edit a few dozen XML files, create a bunch of icon .png’s of various sizes, and so on. Keywords: windows, ubuntu, microsoft, linux, running Full article on blog.dustinkirkland.com | 2049 Points and 513 Comments Microsoft Bot Framework Full article on dev.botframework.com | 627 Points and 134 Comments Microsoft and Canonical partner to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10 Summary: Is it a major step forward in the integration of Windows and Linux on the developer desktop?
He Always Had a Dark Side Summary: In time they revealed that his full name was Edward Snowden, that he had worked in various capacities at the National Security Agency, and that he had downloaded and handed over a trove of documents from the NSA in an effort to blow the whistle on what he believed were egregious privacy encroachments by the U.S. government. Keywords: le, roux, lulu, hafner, told
My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT Summary: For users left stranded, I recommend taking a look at Zapier or Botize , which offer a similar service, or at one of the dozens of new sites that will spring up next week to capture the market that IFTTT is foolishly abandoning. Keywords: ifttt, service, pinboard, work, services Full article on blog.pinboard.in | 1236 Points and 208 Comments U.S. Drops California Case Against Apple After Accessing iPhone Full article on bloomberg.
Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases Summary: It is very common when I first encounter a client struggling with mental health issues that they report their problem is that they feel anxious or depressed. Keywords: client, feeling, don, depression, problem Full article on psychologytoday.com | 551 Points and 266 Comments Building Web Apps in Go Full article on astaxie.gitbooks.io | 472 Points and 218 Comments My year in startup hell Summary: If you made a movie about a laid-off, sad-sack, fiftysomething guy who is given one big chance to start his career over, the opening scene might begin like this: a Monday morning in April, sunny and cool, with a brisk wind blowing off the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.
VNC Roulette Summary: Owning a premium .com gives you great benefits including better SEO, name recognition, and providing your site with a sense of authority. Keywords: domain, web, domains, great, unique Full article on vncroulette.com | 478 Points and 282 Comments Andy Grove’s Warning to Silicon Valley Summary: “All of us in business,” Mr. Grove wrote, “have a responsibility to maintain the industrial base on which we depend and the society whose adaptability — and stability — we may have taken for granted.
Amazon Provides DIY Echo Plans for Raspberry Pi Summary: This project provides a step-by-step walkthrough to help you build a hands-free Alexa Voice Service (AVS) prototype in 60 minutes, using wake word engines from Sensory or KITT.AI . Keywords: sample, avs, app, alexa, dec Full article on github.com | 461 Points and 101 Comments Microsoft demos ‘holoportation’ 3D presence tech with HoloLens Summary: When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space.
Citus Unforks from PostgreSQL, Goes Open Source Full article on citusdata.com | 763 Points and 153 Comments Privacy – Forget Your Credit Card Full article on privacy.com | 661 Points and 359 Comments Tools for thought: graphical algebra and Fourier analysis Summary: In practice, we tend to cheat and use the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) instead, but conceptually, this is what is happening underneath: we’re taking the average of increasingly twisted versions of the same wave, creating a whole new dimension, while collapsing the old one by summation.
NPM and Left-Pad: Have We Forgotten How to Program? Summary: It feels to me as if the entire job of an NPM-participating developer is writing the smallest amount of code possible to string existing library calls together in order to create something new that functions uniquely for their personal or business need. Keywords: code, dependency, functions, dependencies, write Full article on haneycodes.net | 1725 Points and 854 Comments That awkward moment when Apple mocked good hardware and poor people Full article on techinasia.
I’ve Just Liberated My Modules Summary: By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out. Keywords: clap, forty, clapping, signal, stories Full article on medium.com | 1573 Points and 495 Comments Autocomplete from Stack Overflow Summary: Available completions are sorted by a proprietary blend of post score, left-hand context similarity, and nearby identifiers. Keywords: stack, overflow, code, function, find Full article on emilschutte.com | 672 Points and 145 Comments
We only hire the trendiest Summary: Thanks to Kelley Eskridge, Laura Lindzey, John Hergenroeder, Kamal Marhubi, Julia Evans, Steven McCarthy, Lindsey Kuper, Leah Hanson, Darius Bacon, Pierre-Yves Baccou, Kyle Littler, Jorge Montero, and Mark Dominus for discussion/comments/corrections. Keywords: people, companies, ve, trendco, don Full article on danluu.com | 1615 Points and 716 Comments Andy Grove has died Summary: He was the company’s chief executive officer from 1987 to 1998 and its president from 1979 to 1997.