Too many people have peed in the pool Summary: I started work on a comedy series for CBS television in the US this week and I will certainly keep the @stephenfry feed up to date with information and pictures about this… Keywords: people, twitter, don, revolution, pandora Full article on stephenfry.com | 694 Points and 511 Comments Building a Startup in 45 Minutes per Day While Deployed in Iraq Summary: I wound up getting assigned to lead a team that oversaw communications (network, radio, satellite, etc) for the aviation unit that supported special operations forces in Iraq.
I no longer understand my PhD dissertation Summary: I cannot prove this except to say that research empowered me with unrivalled tools for problem-solving: scouring journal papers to draw insight on existing methods, brainstorming with peers, trying new approaches…the list is endless. Keywords: mathematics, students, research, knowledge, phd Full article on medium.com | 682 Points and 272 Comments Wikipedia starts work on $2.5M internet search engine project to rival Google [pdf] Full article on m.
3D printed sundial whose precise holes cast a shadow displaying the current time Summary: This should still give them the opportunity to build their own digital sundial, and then hack it / modify it / invent something else.— Geeks that might be interested in a cool gadget that won’t be available anywhere else.And at the same time, I am hoping it will help a bit with the financing of the R&D for the next few inventions/episodes !
GitHub responds to Dear GitHub letter Full article on github.com | 763 Points and 331 Comments Wikimedia removes the Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law Summary: We believe, based on the detail and specificity contained in the emails, that we received that we had actual knowledge sufficient for the DMCA to require us to perform a takedown even in the absence of a demand letter. Keywords: copyright, anne, states, frank, united
Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves, Proving Einstein Right Summary: The chirp is also sweet vindication for the National Science Foundation , which spent about $1.1 billion over more than 40 years to build a new hotline to nature, facing down criticism that sources of gravitational waves were not plentiful or loud enough to justify the cost. Keywords: waves, black, gravitational, ligo, holes Full article on nytimes.com | 2011 Points and 483 Comments
Show HN: Htop 2.0 released, now cross-platform Summary: This release includes code supporting Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. Keywords: htop, process, interactive, viewer, unix Full article on hisham.hm | 613 Points and 153 Comments My Little Sister Taught Me How to “Snapchat Like the Teens” Summary: For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t), your Snapchat score can be found beneath your barcode on your account page.
Show HN: I’ve been writing daily TILs for a year Full article on github.com | 819 Points and 150 Comments U.S. tells Google computers can qualify as drivers Summary: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc ( GOOGL.O ), of its decision in a previously unreported Feb. 4 letter to the company posted on the agency’s website this week. Keywords: google, nhtsa, vehicles, vehicle, safety
Apple fans are coming to hate Apple software Summary: The last few weeks have seen an explosion of discontent with the quality of the core apps of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Mac computers – not only its OS X and iOS operating systems, but programs and services such as iTunes, Music, iCloud and Photos. Keywords: apple, software, users, mossberg, company Full article on latimes.com | 641 Points and 586 Comments
The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High Summary: On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that General Growth Properties, a big mall owner, said Amazon plans to open 300 to 400 physical bookstores in coming years. Keywords: jobs, businesses, percent, workers, occupational Full article on fivethirtyeight.com | 321 Points and 243 Comments SSH: Best practices Summary: The OpenSSH ssh-agent also has protection against tampering, making it hard for a hacker (without root access) to extract private keys from the cache, as most debugging interfaces will not be available.
GitHub is undergoing a full-blown overhaul as execs and employees depart Summary: Cofounder CEO Chris Wanstrath, with support from the board, is radically changing the company’s culture: Out with flat org structure based purely on meritocracy, in with supervisors and middle managers. Keywords: github, company, person, people, wanstrath Full article on businessinsider.com | 808 Points and 973 Comments Maybe: run a command, see what it does to your files without actually doing it Summary: If the filter is enabled (which is the default, but can be altered with the –allow and –deny command line arguments), it intercepts all calls to syscall made by the controlled process.
LinkedIn shares drop 40%, erasing $10B of company’s value Summary: Shares cratered by as much as 44% in trading on Friday after the company reported a quarterly loss on Thursday, with guidance that was weaker than expected. Keywords: linkedin, billion, stock, company, expected Full article on businessinsider.com | 1012 Points and 635 Comments The Malware Museum Summary: eye1,471favorite 0 comment 0 Malware Example: PPSCARE.COM *PPSCARE.COM - upon invocation, PingPongScare ™ will become resident and clutter the screen with the characteristic “bouncing ball” of the PingPong boot block infector.
Apple’s declining software quality Summary: Countless kernel panics, stack overflow errors, null pointer exceptions, and memory leaks are plaguing poor users and tired system administrators and overworked programmers right now. Keywords: apple, software, quality, time, hardware Full article on sudophilosophical.com | 1282 Points and 704 Comments Introducing the Keybase filesystem Summary: In my folder you’ll find some techie things, such as my SSH public keys, my Signal app fingerprint, and some software I’ve manually verified and want to distribute safely to friends.
No More Deceptive Download Buttons Full article on googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com | 706 Points and 253 Comments Idea Debt Summary: Forest Lords is a series of ten fantasy novels, each a 1000-page brick, about the epic adventures of Greenleaf Barksley, elf proletarian, and his journeys to attain the Golden Leaf and save his homeland from the scourge of the Curse of the Titaness Denox. Keywords: idea, thing, debt, work, time Full article on jessicaabel.
Show HN: 3D Vector Graphics Summary: Unfortunately, it’s difficult to compute the joint formed at the boundaries of these combined shapes, so sufficient texturing is needed on the original solids for a decent result. Keywords: paths, cube, intersection, ln, output Full article on github.com | 441 Points and 56 Comments LSD: My Life-Saving Drug Summary: Because S fell asleep on the couch—I don’t blame her; she was exhausted and I hadn’t been the most exciting company—and I was left to my own devices in a strange hotel room at three in the morning, too wired to sleep and feeling the seriously bad vibes of being my analytical self again in an out-of-whack world, wanting to leave the fun house but unable to find an exit.
Alphabet Becomes the Most Valuable Public Company in the World Summary: “Our very strong revenue growth in Q4 reflects the vibrancy of our business, driven by mobile search as well as YouTube and programmatic advertising, all areas in which we’ve been investing for many years,” CFO Ruth Porat said in a statement with the earnings report. Keywords: company, revenue, google, billion, earnings Full article on techcrunch.com | 720 Points and 420 Comments
Microsoft Edge records browsing history in InPrivate mode Summary: More than this, by examining the WebCache file it is a relatively simple task for someone to reconstruct full browsing history, regardless of whether surfing was performed in regular or InPrivate mode. Keywords: browsing, private, mode, edge, browser Full article on betanews.com | 686 Points and 209 Comments Introducing Bootstrap Studio Summary: Productivity Features Bootstrap Studio has comprehensive support for keyboard shortcuts which allow you to speed up your workflow dramatically.
Get HTTPS for free Summary: openssl genrsa 4096 > account.key Print your public key: openssl rsa -in account.key -pubout Copy and paste the public key into the box below. Keywords: openssl, key, generate, account, public Full article on gethttpsforfree.com | 731 Points and 159 Comments Why use www? Summary: If you use the naked domain, the cookies get sent to all subdomains (by recent browsers that implement RFC 6265 ), slowing down access to static content, and possibly causing caching to not work properly.
Kinto by Mozilla – An open-source Parse alternative Summary: Feb 28, 2017 CONTRIBUTING.mdConvert readthedocs links to HTTPS Jun 28, 2016 CONTRIBUTORS.rstupdate changelog, add name to contributors file, add documentation, b… Dec 21, 2017 Dockerfileremove unecessary spaces at eof Dec 4, 2017 LICENSEAdd Apache Licese Mar 19, 2015 MANIFEST.in@natimreview. Keywords: add, dec, changelog, contributors, file Full article on github.com | 537 Points and 73 Comments The Command Line Murders Full article on github.
How I fixed a bug in Atom Summary: At the start, I had never seen CoffeeScript, and I only had a vague recollection of regular expressions left over from the two weeks we covered them in CS 164 at Berkeley all those years ago. Keywords: function, decreasenextindentregex, string, line, matches Full article on davidvgalbraith.com | 551 Points and 183 Comments The Best Teacher I Never Had Summary: While helping develop the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, he entertained himself by figuring out how to break into the safes that contained top-secret research.
Request For Research: Basic Income Summary: I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this at a national scale. Keywords: people, research, basic, income, work Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 1876 Points and 1120 Comments Google achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ by beating Go champion Summary: Image copyrightThinkstockImage caption DeepMind played with a full-sized board of 19 rows and 19 columns Prof Zoubin Ghahramani, of the University of Cambridge, said: “This is certainly a major breakthrough for AI, with wider implications.
Voxel.css Summary: View in JSFiddle Keywords: css, means, view, jsfiddle, makes Full article on voxelcss.com | 771 Points and 103 Comments Disabling npm’s progress bar yields a 2x npm install speed improvement Summary: CloseCloseCloseCloseCloseCountryCodeFor customers ofUnited States40404(any)Canada21212(any)United Kingdom86444Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2Brazil40404Nextel, TIMHaiti40404Digicel, VoilaIreland51210Vodafone, O2India53000Bharti Airtel, Videocon, RelianceIndonesia89887AXIS, 3, Telkomsel, Indosat, XL AxiataItaly4880804Wind3424486444Vodafone » See SMS short codes for other countries Keywords: tweet, location, instant, love, add Full article on twitter.
Marvin Minsky dies at 88 Summary: Professor Minsky’s book “The Society of Mind,” a seminal work published in the mid-1980s, proposed “that intelligence is not the product of any singular mechanism but comes from the managed interaction of a diverse variety of resourceful agents,” as he wrote on his website. Keywords: minsky, professor, intelligence, marvin, artificial Full article on nytimes.com | 1259 Points and 178 Comments Microsoft releases CNTK, its open source deep learning toolkit, on GitHub Summary: Although GPUs were designed for computer graphics, researchers have found that they also are ideal for processing the kind of algorithms that are leading to these major advances in technology that can speak, hear and understand speech, and recognize images and movements.
Amazon’s customer service backdoor Summary: Trying very hard to not take out my frustrations on an unrelated support rep, I contacted both Amazon Retail and AWS expressing my disappointment and asking them to put a note on my account that it is at extremely high risk of being social engineering, and I will always be capable of logging in. Keywords: amazon, support, address, account, email Full article on medium.com | 1447 Points and 154 Comments
Virginia Tech Professor Spent $147k to Help Uncover the Flint Water Scandal Summary: The lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan might have stayed hidden for much longer if it wasn’t for the massive volunteer effort by a university research team and the civil engineering professor who organized them and personally funded the project. Keywords: water, flint, team, edwards, roy Full article on attn.com | 384 Points and 60 Comments
Privilege and Inequality in Silicon Valley Summary: It’s very irresponsible to pursue the startup path, and even if you do succeed in upgrading your mind software to get rid of all the bugs I mentioned above, you start to sound and act differently from the people you grew up with. Keywords: money, didn, startup, time, successful Full article on medium.com | 634 Points and 292 Comments Why I quit my dream job at Ubisoft Summary: This is about 250 km away from the famous Ubisoft Montreal studio, that created all kinds of obscure games like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Splinter Cell & Assassin’s Creed.
Google’s Free Deep Learning Course Summary: Prior to taking this course, and in addition to the prerequisites and requirements outlined for the Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program, you should possess the following experience and skills: Keywords: learning, experience, requirements, machine, github Full article on udacity.com | 614 Points and 58 Comments Show HN: Super Mail Forward, an HTML email that evolves as you forward it Summary: In fact, webmails like Yahoo, Outlook.
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Planet Beyond Pluto Summary: Batygin and Brown describe their work in the current issue of the Astronomical Journal and show how Planet Nine helps explain a number of mysterious features of the field of icy objects and debris beyond Neptune known as the Kuiper Belt. Keywords: planet, objects, brown, orbits, batygin Full article on caltech.edu | 883 Points and 151 Comments Linux Foundation quietly drops community representation Summary: The timing may be coincidental, but it certainly looks like the Linux Foundation was willing to throw out any semblance of community representation just to ensure that there was no risk of someone in favour of GPL enforcement ending up on their board.
Desktop Neo – rethinking the desktop interface for productivity Summary: With people switching to mobile devices for mundane tasks, we have the opportunity to rethink the desktop computer with a focus on getting professional work done. Keywords: desktop, neo, click, work, input Full article on desktopneo.com | 798 Points and 314 Comments The Rails Doctrine Summary: But the grand fallacy is thinking that by not providing a feature like concerns, which when used by even mildly capable hands allows an eloquent partial separation of concepts, we’d put programmers on the path to architectural bliss.
Top Books on Amazon Based on Links in Hacker News Comments Summary: Apart from what gets referred to outside of Hacker News you can also explore internal aspects such as user interactions via comment replies, text analysis or topic detection. Keywords: hacker, news, links, comments, books Full article on ramiro.org | 1043 Points and 181 Comments Dear open-source maintainers, a letter from GitLab Summary: Maintainers should be able to configure a file in the repo (interpreted as GFM) to be displayed at the top of the new issue / PR page instead of that link.
I ended up paying $150 for a single 60GB download from Amazon Glacier Summary: But doing the math (and factoring in VAT and the higher prices at AWS’s Irish region), I had the choice of either paying almost $10 a month for the simplicity of S3 or just 87¢/mo for what was essentially the same thing, modulo the small amount of hacking that Glacier’s quirks made necessary. Keywords: glacier, retrieval, pricing, aws, month
Life is Short Summary: The “flow” that imaginative people love so much has a darker cousin that prevents you from pausing to savor life amid the daily slurry of errands and alarms. Keywords: life, time, bullshit, things, short Full article on paulgraham.com | 970 Points and 407 Comments An introduction to Machine Learning Full article on docs.google.com | 302 Points and 36 Comments Iceland sentences bankers to prison for their part in the 2008 collapse Summary: However, Iceland is also noted for being one of the Nordic Socialist countries, complete with universal health care, free education and a lot other Tea Potty nightmares.
Before Growth Summary: That’s true, and very good advice, but I think the current fashion of Silicon Valley startups has taken this to an unhealthy extreme—startups have a weekly growth goal before they really have any strong idea about what they want to build. Keywords: growth, figure, product, users, companies Full article on blog.samaltman.com | 364 Points and 206 Comments Etsy stock has lost 76% of its value in 9 months Summary: 10:00 AM12:00 PM2:00 PM4:00 PM6:00 PM8:00 PM
Dear GitHub Summary: We’ll continue to focus on Issues moving forward by adding new features, responding to feedback, and iterating on the core experience. Keywords: issues, github, issue, maintainers, information Full article on github.com | 1678 Points and 380 Comments The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment Summary: As an example, the plan Gavin and Jeff refer to was announced at the “Scaling Bitcoin” conferences but doesn’t involve making anything more efficient, and manages an anemic 60% capacity increase only through an accounting trick (not counting some of the bytes in each transaction).
Code that will break in Python 4 Summary: However, there are some more complex cases where one has to resort to the type of if statement shown at the top of this post. Keywords: python, package, code, statement, case Full article on astrofrog.github.io | 433 Points and 221 Comments Stripe now supports ACH payments Summary: You can also charge for subscriptions (as Slack or Digital Ocean do), while companies using Connect (like Fancy or Tilt ) can accept ACH payments on behalf of their customers.
TrendMicro Node.js HTTP server listening on localhost can execute commands Full article on code.google.com | 1030 Points and 229 Comments People Call Me Aaron Summary: I wanted to cry all the time, occasionally I succeeded — like on the flight back from Sundance after standing on stage after the first screening of The Internet’s Own Boy — answering crowd questions about Aaron’s life and prosecution. Keywords: aaron, people, brother, started, friends
David Bowie Has Died Summary: With his different-colored eyes (the result of a schoolyard fight) and needlelike frame, Bowie was a natural to segue from music into curious movie roles, and he starred as an alien seeking help for his dying planet in Nicolas Roeg’s surreal The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). Keywords: bowie, rock, album, star, ziggy Full article on hollywoodreporter.com | 1484 Points and 297 Comments
Nvidia GPUs can break Chrome’s incognito mode Summary: When the Chrome incognito window was closed, it’s framebuffer was added to the pool of free GPU memory, but it was not erased. Keywords: gpu, screen, nvidia, chrome, incognito Full article on charliehorse55.wordpress.com | 474 Points and 166 Comments Show HN: I’ve made a tool to generate beautiful gradient background images Summary: Save HTTP requests, serve the background instantly, provide unique designs.
How to C in 2016 Summary: For the rest of us who can’t hold entire multi-level decision tree platform specification hierarchies in our heads while writing fizzbuzz, we can use fixed width types and automatically have more correct code with much less conceptual hassle and much less required testing overhead. Keywords: types, code, type, pointed, platforms Full article on matt.sh | 1145 Points and 582 Comments Japan Keeps This Defunct Train Station Running for Just One Passenger Summary: But if this story of a young girl and her special connection to the Kyu-Shirataki station is any indicator, Japan’s disappearing rural railroads will be remembered for their service to even the most remote parts of the country.
PostgreSQL 9.5: UPSERT, Row Level Security, and Big Data Summary: RLS is the culmination of five years of security features added to PostgreSQL, including extensive work by KaiGai Kohei of NEC, Stephen Frost of Crunchy Data, and Dean Rasheed. Keywords: postgresql, data, security, database, big Full article on postgresql.org | 660 Points and 165 Comments Chinese Markets Halted, Equities Plunge Another 7% Summary: The Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets were shuttered as “circuit breakers” installed Monday were triggered for the second time this week.
Netflix Is Now Available Around the World Summary: Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth. Keywords: netflix, world, original, members, service Full article on media.netflix.com | 1015 Points and 492 Comments Non-volatile Storage: CPUs no longer more performant than I/O devices Summary: For example, a common legacy scheduling policy is to encourage yielding when lightly loaded, in exchange for higher priority when busy and in danger of missing deadlines—a strategy that penalizes device polling threads that are needed to drive the system at capacity.
Three Years as a One-Man Startup Summary: Es de verdad grande trabajo.I’m in a polyglot group, and we all try different language tools constantly (Memrise, Anki, FluentU, etc), but I think Readlang has been the “stickiest” for the majority of us. Keywords: year, readlang, years, ve, making Full article on medium.com | 718 Points and 218 Comments Why privacy is important, and having “nothing to hide” is irrelevant Summary: Even aside from the risk of systematic state misbehaviour, in Australia we know that the 2500 snoopers who have unrestricted access to your data are subject to “professional curiosity” , fallible morals , and are only human, so will make mistakes and become victims of social engineering, blackmail or bribery.
Dutch government says no to backdoors, grants $540k to OpenSSL Summary: As things stand, the tech sector is refusing to provide a backdoor (although Google has been noticeably quiet on the issue), and politicians have instead put their faith into a vague formulation of the country’s “best minds” coming up with a new, as yet unspecified solution. Keywords: encryption, government, paper, security, notes Full article on theregister.co.uk | 1144 Points and 99 Comments
Peter Naur has died Summary: In later years he was quite outspoken of the pursuit of science as a whole: Naur can possibly be identified with the empiricist school, that tells that one shall not seek deeper connections between things that manifest themselves in the world, but keep to the observable facts. Keywords: naur, isbn, computer, science, human Full article on en.wikipedia.org | 570 Points and 96 Comments The $10 Echo Summary: The CHIP came pre-installed with a custom build of Debian on its built-in 4GB storage, (taking about 400MB leaving plenty of room to work) Out of the box it has composite output and comes with an old school phono cable so I hooked it up to my TV and plugged in a USB keyboard and mouse which got me booted to a typical desktop, from here I configured the WiFi to connect to my home network, checked the IP address and then confirmed I could SSH onto it.
The Refragmentation Summary: Thanks to Sam Altman, Trevor Blackwell, Paul Buchheit, Patrick Collison, Ron Conway, Chris Dixon, Benedict Evans, Richard Florida, Ben Horowitz, Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, Tim O’Reilly, Geoff Ralston, Max Roser, Alexia Tsotsis, and Qasar Younis for reading drafts of this. Keywords: companies, big, people, world, war Full article on paulgraham.com | 852 Points and 444 Comments Why Age of Empires 2 is still growing Summary: A few dedicated modders gradually morphed into many, and Forgotten Empires took shape just like any other modding project — a loose collective that grew and contracted fluidly as people gained and lost interest or time, and which, through sheer force of will from its lead developers, eventually emerged as a somewhat coherent thing.
Show HN: GPU text rendering with vector textures Summary: The previous two techniques were based on taking the original glyph description, which is a list of bezier curves, and using the CPU to produce an image of it that can be consumed by the GPU. Keywords: glyph, pixel, bezier, curves, window Full article on wdobbie.com | 334 Points and 86 Comments Elixir 1.2.0 Released Summary: The goal is to enable tools in the ecosystem to emit multiple failure reports from the same test [ExUnit] Support @tag report: [:foo, :bar] which will include the values for tags :foo and :bar whenever a test fails
The Website Obesity Crisis Summary: It does not explore the relationship between history and individual will at all: This poignant story of two foods touching on a hospital plate could almost have been written by Marcel Proust, for whom the act of dipping a morsel of cake in a cup of tea was the starting point for an expanding spiral of vivid recollections, culminating in the realization, nine volumes and 3 megabytes of handwritten prose later, that time and memory themselves are only an illusion.
How Completely Messed Up Practices Become Normal Summary: Pay attention to weak signals Resist the urge to be unreasonably optimistic Teach employees how to conduct emotionally uncomfortable conversations System operators need to feel safe in speaking up Realize that oversight and monitoring are never-ending Keywords: people, company, companies, things, normal Full article on danluu.com | 631 Points and 252 Comments Iran’s blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web Summary: The prominence of the stream today doesn’t just make vast chunks of the internet biased against quality – it also means a deep betrayal to the diversity that the world wide web had originally envisioned.
Springer Textbooks More Than 10 Years Old Available for Free Legal Download Summary: 14th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 22-24, 2017, Proceedings Keywords: book, conference, proceedings, symbiotic, international Full article on link.springer.com | 990 Points and 171 Comments Best things and stuff of 2015 Summary: Machine Learning: The High-Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt ( PDF ) by D.
Introducing d3-scale Summary: For two, scales alleviate the tedium of drawing legible axes by generating and formatting nice, round values ( ticks ) from the domain. Keywords: data, scales, scale, visual, dimension Full article on medium.com | 328 Points and 70 Comments Free Springer math books Full article on gist.github.com | 322 Points and 68 Comments Stupid Patent of the Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent on a Slider Summary: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors are a vital protection for websites and Internet services of all sizes.