Youtube-dl Full article on rg3.github.io | 597 Points and 173 Comments Quantum OS - OS based on Linux which conforms to Material Design guidelines Summary: Automates many manual QA tasks Support a proven standard methodology Prevents haphazard and incomplete testing Can be applied to both batch and on-line Fits into an existing environment Saves time and money Simplifies regression testing Minimizes disruption of normal production operations Reduces the impact of the project on staff Includes powerful customization features.
How to reward skilled coders with something other than people management Summary: The way to empower your technical leaders is to set expectations early and often , encouraging them to be clear about their ultimate goals, without sending the message that they will be less respected if they don’t transition into people management. Keywords: technical, engineers, work, time, job Full article on lizthedeveloper.com | 414 Points and 157 Comments
Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI, Part 2 Summary: Upstart website has a 35% opacity black filter.If you hop into Firebug and remove the overlay, you’ll see that the original image was too bright and had too much contrast for the text to be legible. Keywords: text, good, image, fonts, ui Full article on medium.com | 551 Points and 111 Comments Stop Changing UIs for No Good Reason Summary: As far a I can tell (and I have not taken a large survey), these big UI changes almost always come because there are no other useful features to contribute to the system and, for whatever reason, people cannot leave well enough alone.
Unicode Text Converter Summary: Psuedo transforms (made by picking and choosing from here and there in Unicode) available:acute accents, CJK based, curvy variant 1, curvy variant 2, curvy variant 3, faux Cyrillic, Mock Ethiopian, math Fraktur, rock dots, small caps, stroked, subscript (many missing, no caps), superscript (some missing), inverted, and reversed (an incomplete alphabet, better with CAPITALS). Keywords: math, bold, characters, italic, curvy Full article on panix.com | 908 Points and 239 Comments
Launching in 2015: A Certificate Authority to Encrypt the Entire Web 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 | 2019 Points and 423 Comments
WhatsApp Co-Founder Donates $1M to FreeBSD Foundation Summary: We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative. Keywords: freebsd, foundation, donation, jan, years Full article on freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com | 1230 Points and 213 Comments Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt on Journalists Summary: At the dinner, Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick, boyish with tousled graying hair and a sweater, made the case that he has been miscast as an ideologue and as insensitive to driver and rider complaints, while in fact he has largely had his head down building a transformative company that has beat his own and others’ wildest expectations.
The Programmer’s Price: Want to hire a coding superstar? Call the agent Summary: “The first person who comes to mind, he’s also a bioinformatician.” He rattled off a dazzling list of accomplishments: the developer does work for the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, where he is attempting to attack complicated biological problems using crowdsourcing, and had created Twitter tools capable of influencing elections. Keywords: guvench, solomon, people, told, tech
Our lander’s asleep Summary: The possibility that this may happen was boosted this evening when mission controllers sent commands to rotate the lander’s main body, to which the solar panels are fixed. Keywords: philae, lander, contact, rosetta, sunlight Full article on blogs.esa.int | 392 Points and 162 Comments The Man Who Made the UK Say “I’m Sorry for What We Did to Turing.” Summary: Arriving in theaters this fall is a major new film about Alan Turing, the man who broke the German codes, an achievement critical in winning World War II.
MetricsGraphics.js – D3-based library optimized for visualizing time-series data Summary: The emergent philosophy is one of efficiency and practicality - by following the standards embodied by the library, you will make beautiful, concise and impactful presentations and dashboards. Keywords: data, library, graphic, graphics, line Full article on metricsgraphicsjs.org | 380 Points and 76 Comments Show HN: Explained Visually Summary: EV 10 - 2015/02/17 Keywords: ev, ordinary, squares, regression, betas
Letter to Amazon Board from Fired Ad Exec Summary: A few weeks prior to launch, I was forced to escalate a key technical issue to the VP and SVP around latency - it was taking at least 3-5 seconds for our advertising app to load our advertiser’s custom landing pages - this is a problem the Kindle Ad Products team owned - ultimately an issue owned my manager Munira Rahemtulla and VP Paul Kotas.
Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform Summary: NEW YORK — Nov. 12, 2014 — On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. reinforced its commitment to cross-platform developer experiences by open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms. Keywords: visual, studio, microsoft, developers, preview Full article on news.microsoft.com | 2376 Points and 772 Comments Philae has landed Summary: Media captionThe moment the Philae comet landing was confirmedEarly data started to come back from instruments, and one team could see that the lander had sunk about 4cm (1.
Help the Gnome Foundation Defend the Gnome Trademark Against Groupon Summary: GNOME has been an integral part of the free and open source universe for over a decade and half, and is a vital component of Fedora’s desktop operating system. Keywords: gnome, software, groupon, trademark, community Full article on gnome.org | 722 Points and 223 Comments Rosetta comet landing – live stream Summary: Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.
Firefox Developer Edition Summary: By using the Developer Edition, you gain access to tools and platform features at least 12 weeks before they reach the main Firefox release channel. Keywords: developer, firefox, edition, tools, features Full article on developer.mozilla.org | 979 Points and 288 Comments The Founder’s Guide to Selling Your Company Summary: When a sufficiently high-up decision maker decides he/she wants to buy your startup, he/she will attempt to meet with you constantly and put time pressure on you, so as to prevent you from shopping the deal and getting a better offer.
Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize Summary: In the sessions, officials share tips on maximizing profits, defeating the objections of so-called “innocent owners” who were not present when the suspected offense occurred, and keeping the proceeds in the hands of law enforcement and out of general fund budgets. Keywords: forfeiture, civil, law, seized, cars Full article on nytimes.com | 403 Points and 78 Comments
Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court to Rule APIs Can’t Be Copyrighted Summary: PRESS RELEASE Keywords: press, release, computer, scientists, supreme Full article on eff.org | 517 Points and 169 Comments Urbit: a personal cloud computer Full article on doc.urbit.org | 460 Points and 280 Comments Almost Everything in “Dr. Strangelove” Was Based on Fact Summary: “The very existence of the lock capability,” a top Air Force general claimed, “would create a fail-disable potential for knowledgeable agents to ‘dud’ the entire Minuteman [missile] force.
Doing Business in Japan Summary: Taro called me on March 12th, the day after the Touhoku earthquake, to say that he was concerned about my balance in the circumstances (I had cleared out my account to pay a tax assessment minutes before the quake) and, if I needed it, to come down to the bank and, quote, we’ll take care of you and worry about the numbers some other time, endquote.
Sometimes, it’s just time to go home Summary: I’ve been on , selling for weeks non stop and there is no shortage of new things to sell… We forget sometimes that this is a fair reason to want to go home and as founders… We constantly justify getting on that flight even we’re running on empty. Keywords: time, home, ve, hard, family Full article on benmilne.com | 564 Points and 174 Comments
The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-Computing Summary: In general, abandonware websites are badly categorized nightmares that require you to click five affiliate links to download a 20 kilobyte DOS file—or hyper-categorized massive sets of tens of thousands of disks created by obsessive completists. Keywords: people, computer, amiga, back, software Full article on medium.com | 799 Points and 93 Comments Reverse OCR Full article on reverseocr.tumblr.com | 745 Points and 91 Comments
The Other Side of Diversity Summary: When I left that job and hightailed it across the country to Atlanta, I landed in one of the most diverse workplaces I’ve experienced to this day: The Home Depot Corporate Headquarters (Store Support Center). Keywords: black, ve, team, feel, work Full article on medium.com | 704 Points and 467 Comments Principles of Rich Web Applications Summary: The basic advice regarding response times has been about the same for thirty years Miller 1968; Card et al.
Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’ Dies at 77 Summary: Courtesy of Car Talk Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio’s most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Keywords: tom, car, ray, talk, magliozzi Full article on npr.org | 963 Points and 115 Comments The First Browser Dedicated to Developers Is Coming Summary: So we decided to unleash our developer tools team on the entire browser to see how we could make your lives easier.
FreeBSD turns 21 Summary: The FreeBSD Core Team acts as the project’s “board of directors” and is responsible for approving new src committers, resolving disputes between developers, appointing sub-committees for specific purposes (security officer, release engineering, port managers, webmaster, etc …), and making any other administrative or policy decisions as needed. Keywords: freebsd, release, architectures, iso, images Full article on freebsd.org | 412 Points and 132 Comments HTTP/2 all the things Full article on docs.
Please remove mitsuhiko/* Full article on github.com | 634 Points and 442 Comments Why Innocent People Plead Guilty Summary: As I envision it, shortly after an indictment is returned (or perhaps even earlier if an arrest has occurred and the defendant is jailed), a magistrate would meet separately with the prosecutor and the defense counsel, in proceedings that would be recorded but placed under seal, and all present would be provided with the particulars regarding the evidence and issues in the case.
SpaceshipTwo crashes shortly after Mojave test flight Summary: The catastrophic breakup came after the plane dropped away from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its hybrid rocket engine, said Stuart Witt, CEO and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Keywords: spaceshiptwo, test, plane, virgin, galactic Full article on nbcnews.com | 598 Points and 311 Comments Hungary Internet tax cancelled after mass protests Summary: Image copyrightReutersImage caption Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority in parliament Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan.
Tim Cook Speaks Up Summary: So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy. Keywords: people, ve, gay, equality, apple Full article on businessweek.com | 3086 Points and 1039 Comments
Microsoft Band Summary: Reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn, and sleep quality, and be productive with email, text, and calendar alerts on your wrist. Keywords: microsoft, windows, band, app, health Full article on microsoft.com | 857 Points and 321 Comments Sprout Summary: Manipulate the physical and digital worlds in innovative ways with immersive technology that’s built with a PC, hi-res cameras, Touch Mat and 2D and 3D scanning capabilities.
Meteor hits 1.0 Full article on meteor.com | 572 Points and 141 Comments Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explodes after liftoff Full article on nasa.gov | 503 Points and 263 Comments FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers with ‘Unlimited’ Data Promises Summary: The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.
Spidermonkey has passed V8 on Octane performance Summary: On one hand, it’s just a few JS benchmarks, real-world performance is much more complicated, and it’s entirely possible that V8 (or even Chakra) could take the lead again in the future. Keywords: benchmarks, spidermonkey, octane, performance, hand Full article on robert.ocallahan.org | 651 Points and 337 Comments Rewriting Reddit (2005) Summary: After it was published, Django launched a RemovingTheMagic project to address some of my criticisms (though personally I still find it unusable), web.
Lawrence Lessig Interviews Edward Snowden [video] Full article on youtube.com | 427 Points and 200 Comments How a differential gear works (1937) [video] Full article on youtube.com | 391 Points and 58 Comments An open source engine clone of Age of Empires II Summary: TechnologyComponent C++17 Engine core Python3 Scripting, media conversion, in-game console, code generation Qt5 Graphical user interface Cython Glue code CMake Build system OpenGL2.1 Rendering, shaders SDL2 Cross-platform Audio/Input/Window handling Opus Audio codec nyan Content Configuration and Modding Humans Mixing together all of the above Fully authentic look and feel This can only be approximated, since the behaviour of the original game is mostly undocumented, and guessing/experimenting can only get you this close We will not implement useless artificial limitations (max 30 selectable units…)
Pro Git, 2nd Edition Full article on git-scm.com | 411 Points and 81 Comments Don’t run ‘strings’ on untrusted files Summary: Perhaps simply by the virtue of being a part of that bundle, the strings utility tries to leverage the common libbfd infrastructure to detect supported executable formats and “optimize” the process by extracting text only from specific sections of the file. Keywords: strings, libbfd, running, file, files Full article on lcamtuf.
Alan Eustace Jumps from Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record Summary: He wore a specially designed spacesuit with a life-support system.Credit Paragon Space Development Corporation James Hayhurst, director of competition at the United States Parachute Association , who verified the record, described the venture as “legitimate science.” Keywords: eustace, space, parachute, suit, feet Full article on nytimes.com | 816 Points and 266 Comments The Fourier Transform, explained in one sentence Summary: If, like me, you struggled to understand the Fourier Transformation when you first learned about it, this succinct one-sentence colour-coded explanation from Stuart Riffle probably comes several years too late:
1984 v. Brave New World Summary: In October of 1949, a few months after publication of George Orwell ’s dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four , he received a letter from fellow author Aldous Huxley , a man who, 17 years previous, had seen his own nightmarish vision of society published in the form of Brave New World , a book also now considered a classic. Keywords: world, huxley, book, orwell, nineteen
Google Inbox Full article on googleblog.blogspot.com | 1069 Points and 471 Comments “Did you mean?” Experience in Ruby Summary: Everytime I misspelled a method name or a class name and got an error but didn’t realize the typo, I kept saying, Keywords: gem, method, error, weird, hours Full article on yukinishijima.net | 455 Points and 186 Comments My adventures in CNC robotics Summary: Compared to Omnibot mkI, the manufacturing process proved to be remarkably smooth; for example, thanks to several earlier weekends spent reading about the polyurethane chemistry and measuring the precise effects of various inhibitors and catalysts, I had no problems with the shrinkage of bulkier parts or with humidity-related defects in OC-7086, a crystal-clear casting resin used to make a nice housing for the gearboxes.
Firebase is Joining Google Full article on firebase.com | 878 Points and 240 Comments My Day Interviewing for the Service Economy Startup from Hell Summary: After Googling Lindsay, the first page of results was filled with links to all of her social media profiles — Twitter, Facebook, MeetUp.com, alumni groups for the Ivy League college she graduated from — all under her full name and without any privacy settings.
Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant Summary: Dr Pawel Tabakow, consultant neurosurgeon at Wroclaw University Hospital, who led the Polish research team, said: “It’s amazing to see how regeneration of the spinal cord, something that was thought impossible for many years, is becoming a reality.” Keywords: spinal, cord, cells, research, oecs Full article on bbc.com | 510 Points and 81 Comments China collecting Apple iCloud data Summary: This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos, contacts, etc.
Making sure crypto remains insecure [pdf] Full article on cr.yp.to | 439 Points and 173 Comments Safari is sending every search query to Apple Full article on gist.github.com | 327 Points and 143 Comments Facebook’s software architecture Summary: Since Facebook presents each user with customized content (which needs to be filtered with privacy checks) an efficient, highly available, and scalable graph data store is needed to serve this dynamic read-heavy workload.
Cursors Full article on cursors.io | 1032 Points and 244 Comments Impending kOS Summary: K is the language part of kdb+, Arthur’s frighteningly fast column-store database, used by trading rooms to handle huge real-time data flows from financial exchanges. Keywords: whitney, code, interpreter, programs, lines Full article on archive.vector.org.uk | 323 Points and 241 Comments How a lawyer, mechanic, and engineer blew open an auto scandal Summary: Her boyfriend died in the accident and police, pointing to skid marks that indicated that she hadn’t attempted evasive maneuvers, charged Anderson, who suffered broken limbs and internal injuries in the crash, with intoxication manslaughter even though a blood test came back mostly negative (there were trace amounts of an anti-depressant).
FFS SSL Summary: You send in your CSR, finally figure out how to receive mail for email@example.com because that’s what “verification” means (not, god forbid, control of the actual web site), and you get back a certificate. Keywords: key, site, web, certificate, ca Full article on wingolog.org | 447 Points and 155 Comments How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy’s B.F.F Summary: According to the folks at SRI International, the research and development company where Siri began before Apple bought the technology, the next generation of virtual assistants will not just retrieve information — they will also be able to carry on more complex conversations about a person’s area of interest.
iMac with Retina 5K display Summary: Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports come standard on all iMac models, each delivering up to 40Gb/s data transfer for external drives and cameras and twice the bandwidth for video and display connectivity. Keywords: imac, display, magic, retina, graphics Full article on apple.com | 615 Points and 427 Comments Why Inequality Matters Summary: I fully agree that we don’t want to live in an aristocratic society in which already-wealthy families get richer simply by sitting on their laurels and collecting what Piketty calls “rentier income”—that is, the returns people earn when they let others use their money, land, or other property.
Nexus 6 Summary: Placed on the back of your device to complement the way you naturally hold it, Nexus Imprint will turn on your screen with one touch, unlock your apps quickly and easily, and let you breeze through checkout lines with Android Pay. Keywords: nexus, hours, battery, google, usb Full article on google.com | 1005 Points and 709 Comments Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details Summary: Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy.
The Great Robocoin Rip-off: How We Lost $25,000 Buying a Robocoin ATM Summary: June 22-July 14, 2014: We spend weeks on the phone with Frank Clark, their super agro support guy, just trying to get a single transaction to work successfully. Keywords: jordan, robocoin, date, atm, kiosk Full article on docs.google.com | 575 Points and 135 Comments Humble Mozilla Bundle Summary: Monthly Store Charities Keywords: log, monthly, store, charities, insign
My Philosophy on Alerting: Observations of a Site Reliability Engineer at Google Summary: Some tools might be unavailable until the crowd clears. Keywords: wow, file, popular, tools, unavailable Full article on docs.google.com | 574 Points and 121 Comments The Emails Snowden Sent to First Introduce His NSA Leaks Summary: From now, know that every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cell phone tower you pass, friend you keep, article you write, site you visit, subject line you type, and packet you route, is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not.
Rolling Shutters Summary: To figure out the real number of blades and the rotation velocity we can look to this excellent post at Daniel Walsh’s Tumblr blog here , where he definitely has the edge on mathematical explanation. Keywords: image, propeller, exposure, object, rotation Full article on jasmcole.com | 708 Points and 42 Comments Building Web Apps with Go Summary: NameImport PathDescription httprouter github.com/julienschmidt/httprouterA high performance HTTP request router that scales well Negroni github.
Manyland Summary: In an open world, you can chat with people, build, draw, play multiplayer platformers, RPGs and adventures others made, join friendly PvP, and create worlds and games yourself! Keywords: manyland, open, universe, invent, live Full article on manyland.com | 421 Points and 109 Comments From Novice to Master, and Back Again Summary: One week I sat in the Science Center terminal room and started going through the alphabetical list of the commands available on the VAX, trying each one and reading its man page to learn what it did.
My Isometric Voxel Engine: One Year Later Summary: On the bright side, it was a good practice run for what not to do.One really powerful thing in the UI is that you can autobind shader variables to sliders, as seen in the video (the part where the hue is adjusted). Keywords: data, ui, chunks, video, memory Full article on voxelquest.com | 362 Points and 85 Comments What will it take to run a 2-hour marathon?
Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds Summary: What if , I wondered, what if this tiny joke could through some magic grow into a giant decentralized system of cheap and secure Unix servers spread humming away in homes, schools, and across various clouds, machines that people could use for learning and teaching. Keywords: people, web, unix, pages, computer Full article on medium.com | 635 Points and 179 Comments
The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’ Summary: This week, the Washington Post’s editorial board, in a widely circulated call for “compromise” on encryption, proposed that while our data should be off-limits to hackers and other bad actors, “perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key ” so that the good guys could get to it if necessary. Keywords: data, apple, key, government, google Full article on keybase.
Hacker News API Summary: Because there are a lot of apps and projects out there that rely on scraping the site to access the data inside it, we decided it would be best to release a proper API and give everyone time to convert their code before we launch any new HTML. Keywords: api, hacker, news, data, developers Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 1715 Points and 307 Comments GitHub Student Developer Pack Summary: Learn, build, and share at hackathons every weekend of the semester with the latest technologies, best mentors, and most creative student hackers in the world.
Become Estonia’s e-resident Summary: After the background check has been completed, you will be notified by email whether your application is approved If you are granted e-Residency, you will be invited to pick up your digital ID card from your chosen location Keywords: digital, card, id, application, online Full article on e-estonia.com | 447 Points and 125 Comments Reddit CEO Calls Out Former Reddit Employee on Reddit Full article on np.
Zen Buddhism and Alan Watts Summary: Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea — in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some shocking unexpected event — that the human intellect is unable, finally, to make sense of the world: everything is contradiction and paradox, and no one really knows much for sure, however loudly they profess to the contrary.