Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free Summary: The state of Unreal is strong, and we’ve realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. Keywords: unreal, engine, game, free, epic Full article on unrealengine.com | 1128 Points and 240 Comments Signal 2.0 released with private messaging support Summary: It is now possible to send end-to-end encrypted group, text, picture, and video messages between Signal on iPhone and TextSecure on Android, all without SMS and MMS fees.
Notes on watching “Aliens” for the first time again, with a bunch of kids Summary: Maybe this was true when I was a kid as well (I honestly don’t remember), but rather than endlessly correct them I decided to just roll with it, exercising my slumber party guardian veto power during scenes that I felt pretty sure would enthrall them if they would just shut up for five minutes (I was rarely proved wrong in my guesses).
Consulting Summary: Distilling “what I want” statements into hard technical requirements comes next and I’ve noticed, oddly enough, clients enjoy this part of the phase the most. Keywords: time, consulting, made, clients, ve Full article on dopeboy.github.io | 328 Points and 101 Comments Microwave Oven Diagnostics with Indian Snack Food Summary: A super convenient method of warming up certain foods, for boiling a cup of water, melting a little butter, or reheating frozen leftovers.
Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 Summary: Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some special effects that appear primitive by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s. Keywords: nimoy, star, trek, spock, movie Full article on nytimes.com | 1584 Points and 165 Comments
FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations on 3-2 Vote Summary: Notably, the FCC’s plan is now known to have undergone a last-minute revision to remove a potential weakness in its formation, pointed out by Google, that might have allowed for some paid prioritization. Keywords: fcc, plan, internet, commission, net Full article on techcrunch.com | 1489 Points and 711 Comments Side projects Summary: blog comments powered by Keywords: side, projects, blog, comments, powered
It’s Time to Break Up the NSA (2014) Summary: This is best illustrated by the work of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group, including its catalog of hardware and software “implants” designed to be surreptitiously installed onto the enemy’s computers. Keywords: nsa, security, communications, cyber, command Full article on schneier.com | 638 Points and 133 Comments How to pick startup ideas Summary: If you’re committed to building a food delivery service, you can always invent a hypothesis, weave a narrative about your product around it, find credible supporting data, and polish your pitch until a large number of people believe it.
Introducing Pebble Time Summary: We will ship Pebble Time worldwide, with the exception of Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Keywords: pebble, time, steel, apps, watch Full article on kickstarter.com | 658 Points and 386 Comments Proving that Android’s, Java’s and Python’s sorting algorithm is broken Summary: Update (August 2017): The KIT group used KeY to verify the JDK’s dual pivot quicksort implementation used as default sorting algorithm for integer or long arrays.
Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald: AUAA Full article on reddit.com | 559 Points and 79 Comments How crazy am I to think I actually know where that Malaysia Airlines plane is? Summary: In late March, New Zealand–based space scientist Duncan Steel began posting a series of essays on Inmarsat orbital mechanics on his The comments section quickly grew into a busy forum in which technically sophisticated MH370 obsessives answered one another’s questions and pitched ideas.
“Citizenfour” Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014 Summary: One of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools is scheduled to sunset in less than three weeks, and, for months, EFF has fought multiple legislative attempts to either extend or expand the NSA’s spying powers—warning the public, Representatives, and Senators about circling bills that threaten Americans’ privacy. Keywords: surveillance, december, deeplinks, blog, government Full article on eff.org | 647 Points and 156 Comments
Magic Summary: Delegating our administrative tasks to Magic allowed us to focus on building a great product instead of daily minutiae. Keywords: magic, assistants, time, assistant, find Full article on getmagicnow.com | 1329 Points and 528 Comments “Just the Beginning of What We Can Do on Super Nintendo” Summary: I was lucky enough to experience the gAtari firsthand, when cTrix performed at Blip Festival NYC in 2011. Keywords: working, ctrix, public, super, nintendo
Startup advice, briefly Summary: Don’t waste your time on stuff that doesn’t matter (i.e. things other than building your product, talking to your users, growing, etc.). Keywords: don, company, people, users, build Full article on blog.samaltman.com | 490 Points and 130 Comments Lenovo’s Response to Its Dangerous Adware Is Astonishingly Clueless Summary: “I can intercept the encrypted communications of Superfish’s victims (people with Lenovo laptops) while hanging out near them at a cafe wifi hotspot,” Graham wrote in a blog post detailing how he did this .
Extracting the SuperFish certificate Summary: The consequence is that I can intercept the encrypted communications of SuperFish’s victims (people with Lenovo laptops) while hanging out near them at a cafe wifi hotspot. Keywords: password, certificate, file, superfish, dictionary Full article on blog.erratasec.com | 867 Points and 231 Comments Stripe: Bitcoin Summary: A complete commerce toolkit, built for developers. Keywords: payments, complete, commerce, toolkit, built Full article on stripe.com | 855 Points and 368 Comments
Lenovo Caught Installing Adware on New Computers Summary: A Lenovo community administrator, Mark Hopkins, wrote in late January that the software would be temporarily removed from current systems after irate users complained of popups and other unwanted behavior: Keywords: software, superfish, lenovo, users, user Full article on thenextweb.com | 1142 Points and 419 Comments Whiteboard Clock Summary: The USB device behaves as an abstract modem, which simply broadcasts every line of text sent to it.
HTTP/2 Is Done Summary: Roberto also served alongside Herve Ruellan as editor of HPACK, after they merged their competing proposals for header compression. Keywords: iesg, editor, roberto, hpack, rfc Full article on mnot.net | 437 Points and 136 Comments An Open Letter to Tim Cook Regarding the App Store 70⁄30 Revenue Split Summary: Looking at the numbers reported by independent developers, I think it’s safe to say that Apple’s 30% cut of App Store revenues can have a big impact on their success or failure.
“Equation Group” ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered Summary: One of the Equation Group’s malware platforms, for instance, rewrote the hard-drive firmware of infected computers—a never-before-seen engineering marvel that worked on 12 drive categories from manufacturers including Western Digital, Maxtor, Samsung, IBM, Micron, Toshiba, and Seagate. Keywords: group, equation, malware, malicious, drive Full article on arstechnica.com | 870 Points and 362 Comments Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program Summary: The group used a variety of means to spread other spying programs, such as by compromising jihadist websites, infecting USB sticks and CDs, and developing a self-spreading computer worm called Fanny, Kasperky said.
The New Haskell.org Summary: DataDog provides powerful, customizable 24⁄7 metrics and monitoring integration for all of Haskell.org, and complains loudly for us when things go wrong. Keywords: haskell, sponsor, summer, infrastructure, community Full article on haskell.org | 312 Points and 103 Comments Life in a post-database world: Using crypto to avoid database writes Summary: For example, links to paid downloads, access tokens giving permissions to carry out an action (backend admin tasks, posting to an account, etc), and storing login sessions.
Now, I can see wifi signals Summary: I used CNC wood mill to move the receiver around, recording its position and RX power at every point. Keywords: wifi, map, video, power, point Full article on imgur.com | 695 Points and 56 Comments Show HN: A Unixy approach to WebSockets Full article on websocketd.com | 421 Points and 140 Comments The State of Go Summary: Teams compete to produce Go apps, judged by “usefulness, creativity, completeness, and how well they showcase Go’s strengths.
Fuck It, I’m Going Back to Firefox Summary: I’ve known things were bad, but what pushed me over the edge to actually switch was when I fired up Safari yesterday, to make sure that an issue I was having with Gizmodo dot com was not Chrome-specific (BECAUSE I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF IT WAS). Keywords: firefox, chrome, switch, google, extensions Full article on gizmodo.com | 1174 Points and 636 Comments
The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. My students and I dug it up Summary: The problems were so bad and so widespread that, contrary to its usual practice, the FDA declared the entire study to be “ unreliable .” Yet if you look in the medical journals, the results from RECORD 4 sit quietly in The Lancet without any hint in the literature about falsification, misconduct, or chaos behind the scenes.
GitHut – Programming Languages on GitHub Summary: By observing the history of languages we can enjoy the quest of human kind for a better way to solve problems, to facilitate collaboration between people and to reuse the effort of others. Keywords: github, languages, data, programming, githut Full article on githut.info | 406 Points and 124 Comments Enough’s enough: Contract teaching at a Canadian University Summary: Officially, they maintain the extremely flimsy pretence that it is merely a temporary situation caused by unexpected events like extra enrolment or sabbatical leave by a permanent faculty member.
Flipboard releases React Canvas Summary: React Canvas brings some of the APIs web developers are familiar with and blends them with a high performance drawing engine. Keywords: react, canvas, components, component, text Full article on github.com | 501 Points and 131 Comments The Bitcoin Piñata Summary: Now, we want to boost our confidence in the TLS implementation we’ve developed and show that robust systems software can be written in a functional language.
I Am Releasing Ten Million Passwords Summary: In the case of me releasing usernames and passwords, the intent here is certainly not to defraud, facilitate unauthorized access to a computer system, steal the identity of others, to aid any crime or to harm any individual or entity. Keywords: data, passwords, information, authentication, security Full article on xato.net | 594 Points and 216 Comments Boston Dynamics’ New Robot – Spot Full article on youtube.
Modern SQL in PostgreSQL Summary: AvailabilityWITH RECURSIVE 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 5.1 MariaDB MySQL 8.4 PostgreSQL 3.8.3 SQLite 7 DB2 LUW 11gR2 Oracle 2005 SQL Server  Expected in 10.2.2  Announced for 8.0: http://www.percona.com/blog/2016/09/01/percona-live-europe-featured-talk-manyi-lu  Only for top-level SELECT statements 70. Keywords: select, cte, ts, recursive, order Full article on slideshare.net | 446 Points and 130 Comments Why Is the Dollar Sign a Letter S?
A Xenon flash will cause the Raspberry Pi 2 to freeze Summary: gregeric Posts: 1495 Joined: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:08 am I recall way back easing the metal lid off the 2114 ram chips (1024 x 4 bit, 2 needed per KiB) on my Ohio Scientific Superboard 2 to peer inside to wonder at the ordered layout beneath. Keywords: pi, posts, joined, flash, pm Full article on raspberrypi.org | 544 Points and 128 Comments
First Impressions Using React Native Summary: Writing native UIs has never been easier, and additionally there is no performance impact on things like animations because JS is running on a separate thread. Keywords: native, react, apps, web, app Full article on jlongster.com | 539 Points and 191 Comments YouTube Ditches Flash, and It Hardly Matters 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.
Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who Is Going Broke Summary: The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive. Keywords: koch, software, encryption, free, year Full article on propublica.org | 2088 Points and 453 Comments YC for Hardware Summary: Some of our deal partners include Novatel, Proto Services, The Build Shop, Jatco, Studio Fathom, Fictiv, DIX Metals, The Collaborationist, and Tempo Automation, and YC startups CircuitHub, Octopart, Tilt and Upverter.
FCC Chairman: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality Summary: This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. Keywords: internet, fcc, open, network, rules Full article on wired.com | 1275 Points and 422 Comments A Software Engineer’s Adventures in Learning Mathematics Summary: The author thanks the following people (in no particular order), discussions with whom on numerous occasions directly led to this article: Colin Barrett, Patrick Thomson, Phillip Bowden, Tom Burns, Brandon Burton, and Bradford Stephens.
CoreCLR is now open source Summary: .NET Core is a modular implementation of .NET that can be used as the base stack for a wide variety of scenarios, today scaling from console utilities to web apps in the cloud. Keywords: coreclr, core, build, console, open Full article on blogs.msdn.com | 709 Points and 333 Comments Alan Turing’s notes found being used as roof insulation at Bletchley Park Full article on mkweb.
F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating the Internet as a Utility Summary: How smoothly a Netflix video stream of “House of Cards” plays on a subscriber’s screen, for example, reflects the performance of all the network operators that have transported the digital bits of that hit program. Keywords: internet, wheeler, service, services, lanes Full article on nytimes.com | 636 Points and 438 Comments Google Is Developing Its Own Uber Competitor Full article on bloomberg.
Turbocharged Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed Summary: Upton promised 100,000 units available straight away, with Sony’s plant in Pencoed, South Wales, churning out more at the rate of “thousands a day”. Keywords: pi, upton, raspberry, model, broadcom Full article on theregister.co.uk | 573 Points and 203 Comments Croatia just canceled the debts of its poorest citizens Summary: Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has convinced multiple cities, public and private companies, the country’s major telecommunications providers, as well as nine banks to clear some of their citizens of their debt.
Screw motivation, what you need is discipline Summary: Trying to drum up enthusiasm for fundamentally dull and soul crushing activities is literally a form of deliberate psychological self-harm, a voluntary insanity: “I AM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE SPREADSHEETS, I CAN’T WAIT TO FILL OUT THE EQUATION FOR FUTURE VALUE OF ANNUITY, I LOVE MY JOB SOOO MUCH!” Keywords: motivation, discipline, feel, form, wrong Full article on wisdomination.com | 550 Points and 116 Comments
Sandstorm – An open source platform for personal servers Summary: Each document, chat room, mail box, notebook, blog, or anything else you create is a “grain” in Sandstorm. Keywords: sandstorm, security, access, secure, document Full article on sandstorm.io | 507 Points and 184 Comments Cultivated Disinterest in Professional Sports Summary: But to signal to others that you belong in the intellectual elite, it can pay in cultural capital to dislike things, like sports, that are enormously popular among the least educated parts of society.
EFF Wins Battle Over Secret Legal Opinions on Government Spying Summary: One of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools is scheduled to sunset in less than three weeks, and, for months, EFF has fought multiple legislative attempts to either extend or expand the NSA’s spying powers—warning the public, Representatives, and Senators about circling bills that threaten Americans’ privacy. Keywords: surveillance, nsa, bill, deeplinks, blog Full article on eff.org | 582 Points and 64 Comments
Firefox Hello Summary: Cisco Spark : Create rooms for video calling, group messaging and sharing. Keywords: firefox, video, sharing, webrtc, calling Full article on mozilla.org | 710 Points and 225 Comments Introducing React Native [video] Full article on youtube.com | 542 Points and 184 Comments Use ReactJS to Build Native Apps 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
YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video Full article on youtube-eng.blogspot.com | 1035 Points and 393 Comments CVE-2015-0235 – GHOST: glibc gethostbyname buffer overflow Summary: Please check out the Open Source Software Security Wiki , which is counterpart to this mailing list . Keywords: check, open, source, software, security Full article on openwall.com | 531 Points and 241 Comments Source Code Similarities Between NSA Malware and ‘Regin’ Trojan Summary: The Austrian newspaper Der Standard , citing anonymous sources, reported last November that malware code from the Regin family had been found in the network of the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna.
EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance Summary: There’s the FISA Amendments Act, which the NSA believes allows it to spy on groups of people instead of with directed warrants and scoop up all of the Internet traffic it can, and grants it carte blanche to target anyone overseas on the grounds that they are potentially relevant to America’s “foreign interests.” Keywords: surveillance, nsa, companies, mass, people Full article on eff.
PaperLike: 13.3″ E Ink Monitor by Dasung Tech Summary: It seems the former is a promotional first sale discount and the latter the regular price (it’s hard to make sense of Dasung’s website when you don’t read Chinese). Keywords: ink, paperlike, dasung, monitor, usb Full article on blog.the-ebook-reader.com | 524 Points and 177 Comments I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure Summary: Even after searching my luggage without probable cause of a crime and finding nothing out of the ordinary, TSA agents and the police felt they had the authority to detain and then arrest me, purely on ignorant assumptions about a language spoken by 295 million people worldwide.
Everything you ever wanted to know about hexagonal grids Summary: The simplest and fastest approach is to precompute the permutations and put them into a table of Cube(dx, dy, dz) at compile time: Keywords: coordinates, hex, cube, axial, offset Full article on redblobgames.com | 460 Points and 39 Comments The $3500 Shirt – A History Lesson in Economics Summary: “I somehow or somewhere got the idea,” wrote Lucy Larcom in the 18th century, “when I was a small child, that the chief end of woman was to make clothing for mankind.
What should I do about YouTube? Full article on zoekeating.tumblr.com | 1391 Points and 290 Comments Britons: You Have 72 Hours to Stop the Snooper’s Charter Summary: For example services like Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp that offer voice or video calls over the Internet compete with traditional SMS and… Keywords: consumer, order, european, research, government Full article on eff.org | 700 Points and 105 Comments Diagnostic page for Google.com Full article on google.
A better pull request Summary: A pull request reviewer will spot the duplicated line (hopefully) and let Bob know that the code needs some rework, thus preventing a serious bug from reaching master and eventually production. Keywords: merge, pull, request, master, diff Full article on developer.atlassian.com | 479 Points and 160 Comments Elevator Saga – An elevator programming game Summary: ResetUndo resetApplySave Keywords: resetundo, resetapplysave Full article on play.elevatorsaga.com | 409 Points and 104 Comments
Hands-On with Microsoft’s New Holographic Goggles Summary: Kipman cues a concept video in which a young woman wearing the slate gray headset moves through a series of scenarios, from collaborating with coworkers on a conference call to soaring, Oculus-style, over the Golden Gate Bridge. Keywords: kipman, project, hololens, microsoft, gesture Full article on wired.com | 946 Points and 325 Comments A Designer’s War on Misleading Parking Signs Summary: Instead of writing up a proposal to take to a city council meeting, Sylianteng did what she had learned to do in design school: she made a prototype and started user testing.
µBlock for Firefox Summary: EasyList , Peter Lowe’s Adservers , EasyPrivacy and Malware domains are enabled by default when you install uBlock₀. Keywords: ublock₀, origin, ublock, users, blocker Full article on github.com | 707 Points and 264 Comments Eigenvectors and eigenvalues explained visually Summary: Eigenvalues/vectors are instrumental to understanding electrical circuits, mechanical systems, ecology and even Google’s PageRank algorithm. Keywords: av, eigenvalue, eigenvector, columns, eigenspaces Full article on setosa.io | 523 Points and 52 Comments
Matter.js – A 2D rigid body physics engine for the web Full article on brm.io | 545 Points and 62 Comments Google Nears $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Summary: ET Google Inc. is close to investing roughly $1 billion in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to support its nascent efforts to deliver Internet access via satellites, according to a person familiar with the matter. Keywords: google, billion, investment, spacex, person
Command-line tools can be faster than your Hadoop cluster Summary: Although we have improved the performance dramatically by parallelizing the grep step in our pipeline, we can actually remove this entirely by having awk filter the input records (lines in this case) and only operate on those containing the string “Result”. Keywords: data, processing, pipeline, hadoop, case Full article on aadrake.com | 810 Points and 309 Comments Salary negotiations for techies (2011) Summary: If they’re not willing to move towards you in a significant way, you have to be prepared to hand in your notice, so make sure that any jobs that you have lined up are ‘solid’.
New Snowden Docs Indicate Scope of NSA Preparations for Cyber Battle Summary: According to top secret documents from the archive of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seen exclusively by SPIEGEL, they are planning for wars of the future in which the Internet will play a critical role, with the aim of being able to use the net to paralyze computer networks and, by doing so, potentially all the infrastructure they control, including power and water supplies, factories, airports or the flow of money.
What Doesn’t Seem Like Work? Summary: I didn’t realize how hard it can be to decide what you should work on, and that you sometimes have to figure it out from subtle clues, like a detective solving a case in a mystery novel. Keywords: work, people, father, solving, chapter Full article on paulgraham.com | 711 Points and 320 Comments SpaceX: “Close, but no cigar. This time” Full article on vine.
Be My Eyes – Lend your eyes to the blind Summary: “It’s my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world.” Keywords: blind, eyes, video, live, volunteer Full article on bemyeyes.org | 827 Points and 160 Comments Moved ~/.local/share/steam. Ran steam. It deleted everything owned by user Summary: fix master …
Man saves wife’s sight by 3D printing her brain tumor Summary: A startup called Butterfly Network recently received $100 million in funding to build the device and the cloud tool, which will recognize and automatically diagnose certain irregularities, such as a cleft palate in an unborn fetus, and learn over time. Keywords: scott, balzer, medical, tumor, printing Full article on makezine.com | 697 Points and 144 Comments DigitalOcean now supports FreeBSD Summary: Given the freedom to focus on a single goal, clear communication, and well defined restraints, we were able to finally deliver a long standing user request with relative ease.
Hi, It’s Google Corporate Development Summary: We have to justify internally as we are pretty methodical about how we do these acquisitions, so we will discuss and get back to you.Best,MarXXX—MarXXXXXCorporate DevelopmentGoooooooooooooooglemarXXX@google.com650-253-XXXX Now, I may be a bit naive with regard to the workings of Silicon Valley but I’ve been at the sharp end of a flotation and a trade sale, and that’s bullshit. Keywords: googler, max, time, mycompany, google
What Happens When You Install the Top Download.com Apps Summary: Seriously, this YAC thing pops up a message every few seconds saying something or another.After installing Virtual DJ with no ill side effects for some reason, we decided that we’d finish off the list with Download App which we’re not entirely sure… but appears to be made by Download.com. Keywords: software, avast, install, list, yac Full article on howtogeek.com | 740 Points and 383 Comments