I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10 Summary: “Use page prediction to improve reading, speed up browsing, and make your overall experience better in Windows browsers…“ Sounds great! Keywords: location, microsoft, data, send, windows Full article on jonathan.porta.codes | 965 Points and 575 Comments Open Letter to Microsoft’s CEO: Don’t Roll Back the Clock on Choice and Control Summary: It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows.
GitHub Raises $250M at $2B Valuation Summary: So it is fitting that the latest multibillion-dollar company in Silicon Valley is GitHub Inc., which says it hosts the largest community of software developers and projects on the Web. Keywords: github, million, billion, valuation, software Full article on wsj.com | 569 Points and 389 Comments How Google Translate squeezes deep learning onto a phone Full article on googleresearch.blogspot.com | 403 Points and 92 Comments
Show HN: Spot the Drowning Child Summary: ReplayPlay Another Video Keywords: replayplay, video Full article on spotthedrowningchild.com | 1215 Points and 378 Comments Newegg vs. Patent Trolls: When We Win, You Win Summary: There are a number of different troll “species,” and bottom feeders literally send thousands of claim letters out or file hundreds of lawsuits. Keywords: trolls, patent, newegg, businesses, companies Full article on blog.newegg.com | 704 Points and 151 Comments
Using Google without a Google+ profile Full article on googleblog.blogspot.com | 589 Points and 273 Comments A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, nuclear scientist and former president of India, has died Summary: As scientific advisor to the Defence Minister from July 1992 to December 1999, the former President led the “weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy”. Keywords: president, kalam, india, shillong, padma
I am an 18-year-old techie/student. I have leukemia and need your help Summary: Finding a match is especially hard for ethnic minorities and mixed-race people, because it’s based on a protein marker that gets more varied as genetic diversity increases (or something, I don’t understand it completely) but not blood type. Keywords: registry, marrow, donors, patients, nation Full article on github.com | 549 Points and 74 Comments One in every 600 websites has .
In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me Summary: And when you threaten to Taser a woman during a routine traffic stop (as happened to 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail this month), you cultivate a fear of police. Keywords: officers, police, apartment, iraq, security Full article on washingtonpost.com | 600 Points and 285 Comments Receiving Weather Satellite Images With An £8 Dongle Summary: A 2 metre bit of wire jammed in the screwhole at the base of the tiny antenna (not the MCX connector), in a vain attempt to have something slightly more tuned to 137MHz.
The Battle for Wesnoth needs help Summary: Flee the Lich Lords to a new home across the sea… Delve into the darkest depths of the earth to craft a jewel of fire itself… Defend your kingdom against the ravaging hordes of a foul necromancer… Or lead a straggly band of survivors across the blazing sands to confront an unseen evil. Keywords: macos, windows, wesnoth, players, stable Full article on wesnoth.
NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth Full article on nasa.gov | 851 Points and 288 Comments NASA announces discovery of Earth-like planet with earth similarity index 0.98 Full article on nasa.gov | 410 Points and 162 Comments The Verge’s web sucks Summary: But, is it ultimately a good idea to optimize for these icebergs that consist of the tiny bit we came for, perched atop a great big submerged intelligence gathering apparatus assembled on-demand from a consortium of marketing & analytics firms?
Airbnb, My $1B Lesson Summary: Based on their traction and burn rate, we came to an agreement that they needed to raise funding closer to $250,000 to give them enough runway, and that it made sense to increase the valuation in order to protect their interest and upside as founders. Keywords: deal, airbnb, investors, founders, back Full article on arenavc.com | 504 Points and 136 Comments iLoo Summary: The i-Loo internet toilet roll browser was featured at the 2003 Daily Mail Ideal Home Show as part of the Future Concepts exhibition in Earls Court , London, where it was nominated for the MFI Bright Sparks 2003 awards.
Hackers Remotely Attack a Jeep on the Highway Summary: Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. Keywords: miller, valasek, security, vehicles, vehicle Full article on wired.com | 691 Points and 603 Comments Show HN: Bocker – Docker implemented in 100 lines of bash Summary: Bocker runs as root and among other things needs to make changes to your network interfaces, routing table, and firewall rules.
YC Fellowship Summary: Fellowship recipients will have a kickoff day and an end event in Mountain View, and we’ll pay for remote teams to fly out for these. Keywords: yc, fellows, ll, good, lot Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 998 Points and 378 Comments Web Design: The First 100 Years (2014) Summary: If you talk to anyone who does serious work in artificial intelligence (and it’s significant that the people most afraid of AI and nanotech have the least experience with it) they will tell you that progress is slow and linear, just like in other scientific fields.
“Let’s talk about a hypothetical public-facing service” Summary: For purposes of this discussion, let’s imagine the service was developed in the early 00s and their last major hardware purchase was done in the late 00s, so many of the contemporary infrastructure technology we take for granted nowadays (virtualization, cloud, software-defined networking, logical RAID) were on the horizon but not necessarily mature enough to rely on. Keywords: storage, user, data, id, ids
Dear Google Mail Team Summary: Dear Google Mail Team,I’ve said very nice things about your spam filter in the past, but I’m afraid I am going to have to take it all back. Keywords: spam, threads, emails, started, things Full article on plus.google.com | 719 Points and 260 Comments Ex-Googler says she exposed company-wide pay inequality with spreadsheet 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
Two.js Summary: Returns an object with top, left, right, bottom, width, and height parameters representing the bounding box of the path. Keywords: instance, representing, number, drawing, space Full article on jonobr1.github.io | 613 Points and 88 Comments How a car works (2012) Summary: How manual gearboxes work Internal-combustion engines run at high speeds, so a reduction in gearing is necessary to transm… Keywords: car, works, engine, engines, system Full article on howacarworks.
The Icy Mountains of Pluto Full article on nasa.gov | 591 Points and 136 Comments Potato paradox Summary: The “paradox” involves dehydrating potatoes by a seemingly minuscule amount, and then calculating a change in mass which is larger than expected. Keywords: water, potatoes, weight, edit, lb Full article on en.wikipedia.org | 559 Points and 132 Comments 1.5 TB of Dark Net Market scrapes Full article on gwern.net | 364 Points and 73 Comments
New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft speeds past Pluto Summary: The stretching amplifies surface differences Image caption David Shukman talks to Al Tombaugh, the son of Pluto discoverer Clyde The cheering and jubilation are phenomenal. Keywords: pluto, flyby, horizons, image, caption Full article on bbc.co.uk | 558 Points and 190 Comments A Neural Network in 11 Lines of Python Summary: I worked with neural networks for a couple years before performing this exercise, and it was the best investment of time I’ve made in the field (and it didn’t take long).
Firefox makes click-to-activate Flash the default Summary: Note: If there is not an updated version to install, you may need to contact the developer of the add-on that was blocked. Keywords: firefox, plugin, unsafe, blocked, blocklist Full article on support.mozilla.org | 931 Points and 377 Comments The Really Big One Summary: That is enough time for earthquake early-warning systems, such as those in use throughout Japan, to automatically perform a variety of lifesaving functions: shutting down railways and power plants, opening elevators and firehouse doors, alerting hospitals to halt surgeries, and triggering alarms so that the general public can take cover.
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has died [pdf] Full article on nintendo.co.jp | 937 Points and 179 Comments 7 Rejections Summary: On June 26, 2008, our friend Michael Seibel introduced us to 7 prominent investors in Silicon Valley. Keywords: clap, rejections, investors, rejected, time Full article on medium.com | 720 Points and 192 Comments Firefox, you’re supposed to be in my pocket, not the other way around Summary: Also, you can’t modify, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or create any derivative works based on the Pocket Technologies, including any of its files, tables or documentation, or any portion thereof, or determine or attempt to determine any source code, algorithms, methods or techniques embodied in the Pocket application or any portion thereof .
If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear Summary: If you really strongly feel that you have nothing that you consider private ask yourself this: Even if you have done nothing wrong, are you willing to publish your pin code, a high resolution scan of your signature, your passport, your SSN, your passwords, your photographs (naked, preferably), your medical records, the conversations with your attorney, the amount of money you currently have, your criminal record (if you have any), your bank statements, your tax returns for the last 10 years, your license plate and a copy of your driving license, your sexual orientation, your infidelities, the names of the people that you love, the names of the people you despise, the contents of your diary, all the emails you ever wrote and received, your report cards, your entire credit history, all the stuff you ever bought, all the movies you’ve ever watched, all the books you ever read, your religion, your home address and so on for all the world to see?
Ellen Pao Is Stepping Down as Reddit’s Chief Summary: Last October, Reddit raised $50 million in venture capital from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Mr. Altman and the rapper Snoop Dogg. Keywords: reddit, pao, kleiner, board, site Full article on nytimes.com | 862 Points and 822 Comments Revised and much faster, run your own high-end cloud gaming service on EC2 Summary: Huge thanks for helping me with this goes out to: @crisg , @martinmroz , Jeff K.
The Coder Who Encrypted Your Texts Summary: ET SAN FRANCISCO—In the past decade, Moxie Marlinspike has squatted on an abandoned island, toured the U.S. by hopping trains, he says, and earned the enmity of government officials for writing software. Keywords: marlinspike, moxie, coder, encrypted, texts Full article on wsj.com | 473 Points and 180 Comments Amazon API Gateway – Build and Run Scalable Application Backends Summary: Self-Service & Highly Usable – Allow you to define, revise, deploy, and monitor APIs with a couple of clicks, without requiring specialized knowledge or skills, including easy SDK generation.
Facebook’s Piracy Problem Full article on slate.com | 439 Points and 236 Comments DigitalOcean Raises $83M in Series B Funding Summary: We’ve raised a seed round and Series A which we used to build out servers in six locations (New York, London, Singapore, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and San Francisco), added features like user data, IPv6, private networking, team account management, and updated our Community platform. Keywords: developers, digitalocean, series, cloud, infrastructure
Project Oberon Full article on projectoberon.com | 417 Points and 87 Comments Code Specialists Oppose U.S. and British Access to Encrypted Communication Summary: Today, the government’s plans could affect the technology used to lock data from financial and medical institutions, and poke a hole in mobile devices and countless other critical systems that are moving rapidly online, including pipelines, nuclear facilities and the power grid. Keywords: communications, government, paper, technical, security
Stuff in Space Summary: Find all objects from this launch… Keywords: find, objects, launch, downloading, resources Full article on stuffin.space | 629 Points and 130 Comments Show HN: “Who is hiring?” Map Full article on whoishiring.it | 546 Points and 136 Comments Snow – A layer 3 virtual network that uses public keys instead of IP addresses Summary: Packets sent to and from that IP address are transparently delivered to and from the machine with that key over a datagram TLS tunnel, e.
Hacking Team hacked, attackers claim 400GB in dumped data Summary: Specializing in surveillance technology, Hacking Team is now learning how it feels to have their internal matters exposed to the world, and privacy advocates are enjoying a bit of schadenfreude at their expense. Keywords: hacking, team, world, security, hacked Full article on csoonline.com | 582 Points and 221 Comments Thomas Piketty: “Germany has never repaid.” Summary: The original German interview with Thomas Piketty can be found here .
Greece Summary: If perceived credit risk leaves public finance too expensive Europe-wide, then the EU should develop a mechanism whereunder states are permitted to sell equity securities to the ECB up to a fixed limit, set uniformly across Europe in per capita terms. Keywords: greece, european, creditors, banks, greek Full article on interfluidity.com | 236 Points and 199 Comments How I’d redesign piano sheet music Summary: Traditional sheet music relies on symbols, scales and memorization, and can be difficult to learn and read, so this new notation uses visual cues by showing “fingers and hands” on keys.
Things Rust shipped without Summary: a shared root namespace variables with runtime “before main” static initialization (the .ctors section) a compilation model that relies on textual inclusion ( #include ) or textual elision (#ifdef) a compilation model that relies on the order of declarations (possible caveat: macros) accidental identifier capture in macros random-access strings UTF-16 or UCS-2 support anywhere outside windows API compatibility routines signed character types (hah! Keywords: operators, silent, coercions, things, proud
Front Page Subreddits Go Private in Response to Firing of Reddit Admin Full article on reddit.com | 963 Points and 592 Comments Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan Summary: On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy. Keywords: elsevier, access, universities, publishers, published Full article on universonline.nl | 542 Points and 126 Comments A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving Summary: They were too eager to find “green shoots” of economic recovery that would suggest that the answer to the big question in their minds was, just as they hoped and believed: “Yes, the crisis response is aggressive enough, and it’s working.
1⁄999999999999999999999998999999999999999999999999 Summary: Divide the number 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,998,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 into 1 and express the result as a decimal expansion, and you’ll find the Fibonacci sequence presented in tidy 24-digit strings: Keywords: made, order, divide, number, express Full article on futilitycloset.com | 446 Points and 84 Comments A Dutch city is giving money away to test the basic income theory Summary: “What you lose by limiting the program to current welfare recipients is the possibility of making life better for the working poor—people earning low wages in part-time or contractual jobs who sometimes fall between the cracks of the existing system,” said Forget.
Safari is the new IE Summary: This is a strategy I highlighted in my opening talk for the frontend data panel, where I showed that you can get nearly the same features as Service Worker by using AppCache and PouchDB (which falls back to WebSQL on Safari). Keywords: apple, web, safari, indexeddb, developers Full article on nolanlawson.com | 753 Points and 356 Comments John Carmack working on Scheme as a VR scripting language Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages
Tota11y Summary: Instead, tota11y aims to reduce this barrier of entry by helping visualize accessibility violations (and successes), while educating on best practices. Keywords: page, accessibility, violations, button, bottom Full article on khan.github.io | 747 Points and 91 Comments Own-Mailbox, the first 100% confidential mailbox Summary: 3)In case of large amount of missed attempt to login the user is immediately warned so that he can change his password This makes Brute Force attacks almost impossible.
ICANN’s assault on personal and small business privacy Summary: The whole proposal is a giant pile of BS that does nothing but service ICANN’s friends in governments and intellectual property (think RIAA/MPAA) at the expense of anyone who’s ever set up a web site and thought that maybe it would be good if their detractors didn’t have their home address. Keywords: privacy, domain, icann, providers, proxy Full article on blog.
Same-Sex Marriage Is a Right, Supreme Court Rules Summary: “Love has won,” the crowd chanted as courtroom witnesses raised their arms in victory.Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times “If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. Keywords: justice, marriage, court, wrote, opinion Full article on nytimes.com | 1905 Points and 1195 Comments
Atom 1.0 Summary: Atom has become more modular through stabilizing the API , built-in ES6 support using babel , services for inter-package communication, decorations for extending the core editor, and new themes that automatically adapt the UI to the syntax colors. Keywords: atom, today, packages, editor, defunkt Full article on blog.atom.io | 1096 Points and 439 Comments What happens when you stop relying on resumes Summary: He hadn’t attended a brand-name school, his GPA wasn’t high enough to stand out, and his only professional programming experience was a multiyear cybersecurity stint at a huge defense contractor, the nature of which he was forbidden from discussing, on a resume or otherwise.
What’s Really Warming the World? Full article on bloomberg.com | 750 Points and 523 Comments Mattermost: Open-source, on-premises, Slack alternative Full article on mattermost.org | 432 Points and 216 Comments How mosquitos deal with getting hit by raindrops Summary: All that happens is that our mosquito is suddenly scooped up by the raindrop and finds itself hurtling toward the ground at a velocity of roughly nine meters per second, an acceleration which can’t be very comfortable, because it puts enormous pressure on the insect’s body, up to 300 gravities worth, says professor Hu.
I spent the last 15 years trying to become an American and failed Summary: Americans may romanticize New Zealand for its natural beauty, for being Middle Earth, but we from the small country often dreamed of the metropolis, longed for its culture, its opportunities, its sense of being the center of the world. Keywords: immigration, work, visa, american, america Full article on vox.com | 526 Points and 589 Comments
Organizing complexity is the most important skill in software development Summary: I’ve worked on large telecommunications systems, console games, blogging software, a bunch of personal tools, and very rarely is there some tricky data structure or algorithm that casts a looming shadow over everything else. Keywords: organization, skill, blog, care, important Full article on johndcook.com | 742 Points and 276 Comments Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft, Amazon to Develop Common Container Standard Summary: Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware — that is, virtually everybody who has a stake in building a thriving container ecosystem.
Megaprocessor Summary: The Megaprocessor has featured in a several articals, for example: The Register , the BBC News web site, IEEE Spectrum . Keywords: megaprocessor, built, long, inside, large Full article on megaprocessor.com | 728 Points and 125 Comments Asciinema Full article on asciinema.org | 513 Points and 90 Comments Wooden combination lock Summary: Ideally, they would turn with a bit of friction so they wouldn’t overshoot with momentum when dialing a combination quickly.
Suddenly, a leopard print sofa appears Summary: When each student was given a heavy book of MNIST database, hundreds of pages filled with endless hand-written digit series, 60000 total, written in different styles, bold or italic, distinctly or sketchy. Keywords: leopard, image, lot, features, recognition Full article on rocknrollnerd.github.io | 530 Points and 109 Comments Management things I learned at Imgur Summary: A personal mantra I’ve found useful is “we were lucky but now is the time to be good.
Show HN: Wayback HN, a cross between the Wayback Machine and Hacker News Summary: 1 Good books for deep hacks (begriffs.com) 70 points by signa11 today | 6 comments 2 Bitcoin: Update network descriptions to be more accurate (github.com) 61 points by SnowProblem today | 49 comments 3 Telegram shuts down major Iranian anti government channel (twitter.com) 4 points by chvid today | 3 comments 4 Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager (theverge.
Why Greet Apple’s Swift 2.0 With Open Arms? Summary: Here’s a great example: Apple is a wily opponent, utilizing Open Source (the cooption of Free Software) to manipulate the press and hoodwink the would-be spokespeople for Linux to support them. Keywords: apple, software, swift, open, freedom Full article on ebb.org | 421 Points and 313 Comments Redis re-implemented in Rust Summary: IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
How Naughty Dog Fit Crash Bandicoot into 2MB of RAM on the PS1 Summary: Andy even controlled the physical layout of bytes on the CD-ROM disk so that—even at 300KB/sec—the PS1 could load the data for each piece of a given level by the time Crash ended up there. Keywords: crash, fit, code, packing, andy Full article on quora.com | 934 Points and 247 Comments From Asm.js to WebAssembly Summary: I’d like to single out for highest praise JF Bastien , K.
Chromium unconditionally downloads binary blob Summary: Last modified: Sun Dec 31 11:03:57 2017; Machine Name: beach Copyright © 1999 Darren O. Benham, 1997,2003 nCipher Corporation Ltd, 1994-97 Ian Jackson, 2005-2017 Don Armstrong, and many other contributors. Keywords: chromium, gmt, full, text, mbox Full article on bugs.debian.org | 550 Points and 176 Comments How to receive a million packets per second Summary: Since both threads are using the same socket descriptor, they spend a disproportionate amount of time fighting for a lock around the UDP receive buffer.
LastPass Security Notice Summary: The investigation has shown, however, that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised. Keywords: password, master, lastpass, data, security Full article on blog.lastpass.com | 544 Points and 305 Comments The Art of Command Line Summary: Java system debugging is a different kettle of fish, but a simple trick on Oracle’s and some other JVMs is that you can run kill -3 and a full stack trace and heap summary (including generational garbage collection details, which can be highly informative) will be dumped to stderr/logs.
Philae comet lander wakes up Summary: Esa’s senior scientific advisor, Prof Mark McCaughrean, told the BBC: “It’s been a long seven months, and to be quite honest we weren’t sure it would happen - there are a lot of very happy people around Europe at the moment.” Keywords: philae, comet, scientists, media, life Full article on bbc.co.uk | 922 Points and 154 Comments Greenwald: “The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story Is Journalism at Its Worst” Summary: Last night, the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times published their lead front-page Sunday article, headlined “British Spies Betrayed to Russians and Chinese.
Why did Borland fail? Summary: Hot rodders, hackers, and modern day makers were tasked with making things they had no passion for - building the software analogs of sewer systems, utility poles, or synthetic hairballs for ceramic cats. Keywords: market, enterprise, borland, software, company Full article on quora.com | 381 Points and 262 Comments Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software Summary: The philosophy of open source, with its purely practical values, impedes understanding of the deeper ideas of free software; it brings many people into our community, but does not teach them to defend it.
Let’s Encrypt Overview Summary: So you google a few random keywords like “secure website https” and you end up with a bunch of links and services (which may not be free) and you suddenly have to understand what are certificates, PKI, x509, public-key cryptography, RSA, FQDN, haaa…. Well, worry no more, Let’s Encrypt was thought so that you wouldn’t have to go through all that trouble and destroy your server on the way.
What Is Code? Full article on bloomberg.com | 1384 Points and 352 Comments Open-sourcing Facebook Infer: Identify bugs before you ship Summary: Acknowledgements: The Infer engineering team @FB includes Sam Blackshear, Jeremy Dubreil, Andrzej Kotulski, Martino Luca, Irene Papakonstantinou, Dulma Rodriguez, and Jules Villard, in addition to Calcagno, Distefano, and O’Hearn. Keywords: facebook, infer, code, logic, program Full article on code.facebook.com | 475 Points and 117 Comments Oculus Rift Summary: Overcome ten devious dungeons, decipher mind-bending puzzles, avoid terrifying traps, and vanquish hordes of vicious monsters to save your kidnapped master!