Show HN: Markov chains explained visually Summary: In the hands of metereologists, ecologists, computer scientists, financial engineers and other people who need to model big phenomena, Markov chains can get to be quite large and powerful. Keywords: state, markov, chain, transition, matrix Full article on setosa.io | 1065 Points and 92 Comments Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case Summary: (on 2014-07-29) Today, 29 July 2014, WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented Australian censorship order concerning a multi-million dollar corruption case explicitly naming the current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials.
Terraform Summary: Identity, FIPS 140-2 compliance, new UI, cloud auto-unseal, and more. Keywords: identity, fips, compliance, ui, cloud Full article on hashicorp.com | 600 Points and 110 Comments NPR One Summary: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Image by Eric Long Keywords: phone, npr, stories, listening, national Full article on npr.org | 445 Points and 180 Comments How to take over the computer of a Maven Central user Summary: http://max.
Game about squares Summary: 0 level undo reset level 0 Keywords: level, undo, reset Full article on gameaboutsquares.com | 905 Points and 201 Comments How to find your Uber passenger rating Summary: Edit 3: After being hidden for over a week, the Uber passenger rating hack is back online. Keywords: rating, uber, find, passenger, edit Full article on medium.com | 323 Points and 192 Comments Rolling your own CDN for $25 in 1 hour Summary: For a fun weekend project, we decided to roll our own CDN using Go GeoDNS, DigitalOcean, Docker and Nginx.
The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization Summary: We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws. Keywords: marijuana, prohibition, states, repeal, editorial Full article on nytimes.com | 349 Points and 196 Comments “Learning to Read” excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X Summary: My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.
Show HN: OneBody Church Directory software I’ve been hacking on for 7 years Summary: OneBody is open-source, web-based social networking, email list, online directory, and lightweight document management software for churches. Keywords: install, sep, onebody, git, program Full article on github.com | 1016 Points and 318 Comments Today Rails turns 10 years old Summary: @@ -1,5 +1,5 @@#– Summary:# Copyright © 2004-2013 David Heinemeier Hansson +# Copyright © 2004-2014 David Heinemeier Hansson## Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining
Choose hotels by the quality of their WiFi Summary: Because your results are bound to the hotel in which you are staying, our speed test is an excellent way to alert them about problems with the service they offer, and motivate them to make changes for the better. Keywords: test, hotel, wifi, speed, stay Full article on hotelwifitest.com | 671 Points and 239 Comments Mistakes You Should Never Make Summary: Ashu Desai, Mattan Griffel, Henry Xie, Dan Friedman, Joel Califa, Paul Cretu, and Ela Madej for reading drafts of this post The YC network for being so supportive through this
Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus Summary: Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president’s office. Keywords: ebola, health, disease, khan, sierra Full article on reuters.com | 339 Points and 110 Comments Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 Summary: A paperin the March 2014 edition of Nature Communications by UC Berkeley space physicist Janet G.
SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage Summary: Following last week’s successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. Keywords: falcon, landing, rocket, launch, velocity Full article on spacex.com | 561 Points and 193 Comments How to Ruin Your Company With One Bad Process Summary: Surely, you wouldn’t want me to take a U.S.-centric view.
Count to ten when a plane goes down Summary: As the team in Tokyo went back to rewriting the report—with clear evidence that the plane had been downed in the Sea of Japan—the South Korean government, working from flawed data, announced that the airliner had simply been forced to land in Russian territory and that all passengers and crew were safe. Keywords: computer, korean, early, system, japanese Full article on johncbeck.
Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router Summary: The organization released an alpha version of the firmware over the weekend, reporting that the software is designed to support shareable, secure Open Wireless networks. Keywords: open, wireless, networks, router, deeplinks Full article on eff.org | 850 Points and 143 Comments Love People, Not Pleasure Summary: Celebrities have described fame like being “an animal in a cage; a toy in a shop window; a Barbie doll; a public facade; a clay figure; or, that guy on TV,” according to research by the psychologist Donna Rockwell.
MiniLock – File encryption software that does more with less Summary: It’s developed by experts, using proven cryptographic standards and under the scrutiny of the open source cryptography community. Keywords: minilock, easy, ids, files, modern Full article on minilock.io | 137 Points and 83 Comments Squatter doesn’t sit well with Airbnb host Summary: The texts threatened to press charges for “blackmail and damages caused by your negligence and malicious misconduct, including $3,800 PID Espresso machine as well as medical bills for my brother’s hospital visit after he got sick here drinking unfiltered tap water.
Now Accepting Bitcoin on Dell.com Summary: We look forward to continuing to support the team as they explore other ways to offer even more functionality when it comes to bitcoin payments,” said Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder of Coinbase. Keywords: bitcoin, payment, coinbase, wallet, purchase Full article on en.community.dell.com | 400 Points and 206 Comments Filecoin – Data storage network and crypto-currency based on Bitcoin Summary: Clients can tune their storage strategy to suit their needs, creating a custom balance between redundancy, speed of retrieval, and cost.
Thanks, HN: You helped discover a disease and save lives Summary: In April of 2009, the Mights flew to Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, to meet with a range of specialists, including a geneticist named Vandana Shashi, whose clinical practice focusses on children with birth defects, intellectual disabilities, and developmental delays. Keywords: bertrand, matt, mights, told, cristina Full article on newyorker.com | 1482 Points and 111 Comments Verizon’s accidental mea culpa Full article on blog.
What’s the scariest thing in the world? Ask your teenage daughter Summary: Apparently letting a seventeen year old girl drive alone through dark streets to knock on a stranger’s door is perfectly okay so long as she’s wearing a pizza uniform. Keywords: game, gemma, pizza, girl, raven Full article on polygon.com | 495 Points and 258 Comments Making of Aprilzero Summary: The ultrasound process is a bit inconvenient — it takes a few minutes and you need to use a special gel — but I found the data it produced was really accurate and fascinating to see every day.
Show HN: Pangoly – Build your shiny new PC Full article on pangoly.com | 776 Points and 214 Comments Google Noto Fonts Summary: 72 styles 582 languages 237 regions Keywords: noto, sans, languages, styles, regions Full article on google.com | 588 Points and 135 Comments Why the Bootstrap 3 Grid Works (2013) Summary: This is the most common reason for odd column alignment or weird horizontal scrolling when you’re close to the edge of the browser, or have a container with a hidden overflow.
Y Combinator has filed an official comment with the FCC Summary: Y Combinator was an early investor in Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Scribd, Heroku, Pebble, Twitch, Loopt, WePay, Crowdtilt, Teespring, Codecademy, Hipmunk, Coinbase, Cloudkick, Wufoo, ZenPayroll, SocialCam, Parse, and reddit. Keywords: fcc, combinator, title, ii, broadband Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 841 Points and 122 Comments ITerm2 2.0 Summary: New proprietary escape sequences integrate terminal apps, allowing you to change a session’s profile automatically, manipulate the pasteboard remotely, bounce the dock icon, and much more.
Introducing Raspberry Pi B+ Summary: In the two years since we launched the current Raspberry Pi Model B, we’ve often talked about our intention to do one more hardware revision to incorporate the numerous small improvements people have been asking for. Keywords: model, raspberry, pi, gpio, ve Full article on raspberrypi.org | 605 Points and 217 Comments Show HN: A mostly complete 2014 “Tools of the Trade” Summary: Telemetry | https://www.
I’ve been tracking everything about myself Summary: 1 day, 1 hour ago Keywords: ago, hour, minutes, york, ny Full article on aprilzero.com | 456 Points and 162 Comments Higher antioxidant, lower cadmium, and lower pesticide residues in organic crops [pdf] Full article on csanr.wsu.edu | 306 Points and 206 Comments Making an embedded Linux computer Summary: Besides the processor and RAM other essential components are: mass memory, voltage regulators and supervisor circuit for handling the reset of the chip.
Amazon Zocalo Summary: Amazon WorkDocs makes it easy for everyone to access their files from any device, and collaborate with flexible sharing features and rich feedback.” – Dragan J. Lazic, IT Manager, Gateway Engineers Keywords: workdocs, users, files, amazon, aws Full article on aws.amazon.com | 467 Points and 222 Comments Show HN: Breach – A modular browser built on Chromium and Node.js Full article on breach.cc | 404 Points and 169 Comments
Pinboard Turns Five Summary: And I enjoy the looking-glass aspect of our industry, where running a mildly profitable small business makes me a crazy maverick not afraid to break all the rules. Keywords: people, site, years, burnout, perspective Full article on blog.pinboard.in | 491 Points and 122 Comments A Server Naming Scheme Summary: Our server naming scheme lowers the mental effort required to keep track of machines and makes connecting services and maintaining proper hardware records straightforward.
A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity Summary: Dr. Simons received his doctorate at 23; advanced code breaking for the National Security Agency at 26; led a university math department at 30; won geometry’s top prize at 37; founded Renaissance Technologies, one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, at 44; and began setting up charitable foundations at 56. Keywords: simons, math, world, science, university Full article on mobile.nytimes.com | 504 Points and 212 Comments
Python is now the most popular introductory language at top U.S. universities Summary: Stephen Lecheler July 15, 2014 05:54While I am all for python I take umbrage of using PHD level rankings to determine the top 39 schools in terms of the sample set for intro to programming language. Keywords: python, programming, language, courses, cs Full article on cacm.acm.org | 742 Points and 368 Comments MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, a Next-Generation Email Platform Summary: Similarly, the idea with Inbox is to offer an upgrade of sorts from the “archaic protocols and formats” that developers would otherwise have to learn today in order to work with email.
JSON Resume – a JSON-based open source standard for resumes Summary: View themes Every part of JSON Resume is open source on GitHub. Keywords: resume, themes, json, open, source Full article on jsonresume.org | 489 Points and 215 Comments The Developer’s Dystopian Future Summary: I still never felt like I had a great handle on the tech stack though, and my understanding of so much of the new JS hotness (ES6, Angular, Ember, Shadow DOM, Module systems, etc) feels woefully lightweight.
Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain Summary: Invasive species often start with just a few individuals and multiply to huge numbers across a continent, but they don’t seem to suffer from a lack of genetic diversity. Keywords: december, leaves, leaf, blades, november Full article on newscientist.com | 319 Points and 116 Comments Dijkstra’s algorithm and the Fibonacci heap Summary: I closed my laptop, finished my peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich, said goodbye to my friends and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the Lower East Side in the dusty sunlight.
MayDay PAC Summary: The idea is to use the $12mm to make campaign finance reform the fundamental issue in five high profile congressional races and win them. Keywords: campaign, big, day, money, pac Full article on avc.com | 310 Points and 93 Comments Breaking Spotify DRM with PANDA Summary: Working with a replay rather than a live system will also make our job considerably easier – no need to worry that we’re going to slow things down enough to trip anti-debugging measures or network timeouts.
Show HN: Show HN Summary: 4 points by pdknsk1 day ago | discuss Keywords: points, day, ago, discuss Full article on news.ycombinator.com | 1301 Points and 174 Comments Bootstra.386 – A Bootstrap theme from the 1980s Summary: Built at Twitter by @mdo and @fat , Bootstrap utilizes LESS CSS , is compiled via Node , and is managed through GitHub to help nerds do awesome stuff on the web.
Show HN: Free, anonymous coding interview practice Summary: interviewing.io is a phenomenal platform [and] nice surprise in the sheer number of onsites I was able to attain within a few weeks… For those with non-traditional backgrounds like myself, interviewing.io will help shine light on your abilities. Keywords: software, engineer, job, platform, practice Full article on interviewing.io | 503 Points and 220 Comments Moving Atom to React Summary: After some initial incremental progress, we decided to take a step back and rewrite the editor component’s view layer with a superior framework and a better understanding of the problem.
New Y Combinator Website Summary: A lot of the best content on the site like What Happens at Y Combinator and How to Apply Successfully went largely unread because a number of people were either intimidated by the wall of text or didn’t have the patience to read through it. Keywords: site, text, combinator, content, people Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 343 Points and 136 Comments Newegg is now accepting Bitcoin Summary: AMD Sempron 2.
An Introduction to Reactive Programming Full article on gist.github.com | 452 Points and 119 Comments Sleep as a Competitive Advantage Summary: Sara C. Mednick, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, has found , for example, that subjects given a visual task to practice at four intervals deteriorated in performance over the course of the day. Keywords: sleep, hours, nap, awake, work Full article on dealbook.nytimes.com | 412 Points and 177 Comments
Why Go Is Not Good Summary: For example, if your microcontroller is controlling a rocket engine, it would suck if you tried to allocate some space on the heap and it happened to take a few hundred milliseconds longer than usual, leading to incorrect valve timing and a massive explosion. Keywords: type, data, programming, function, good Full article on yager.io | 434 Points and 356 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.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz [video] Summary: Reviewer: pablomassa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2014 Subject: Muy capo este flaco Necesitamos más nerds orientados a política y derechos humanos.Irónico que el streaming del video se cortara y lo tuve que ir a buscar a YouTube. Keywords: aaron, swartz, reviewer, subject, favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite Full article on archive.org | 212 Points and 88 Comments How I Start: Erlang Summary: The problem with this it that Erlang’s standard library doesn’t support a timeout mode for io operations, which would tell us “wait 10 seconds for input or quit”.
Commencement address by Bill and Melinda Gates Summary: On another trip, to South Los Angeles, I was talking to a group of high school students from a tough neighborhood when one young woman said to me: “Do you ever feel like we are just somebody else’s kids whose parents shirked their responsibilities, that we’re all just leftovers?” Keywords: people, optimism, world, melinda, stanford Full article on news.stanford.edu | 321 Points and 124 Comments
Visualizing Algorithms Summary: The color scale cycles as you get deeper into the tree; this is occasionally misleading when a deep path circles back adjacent to a shallow one, but the higher contrast allows better differentiation of local structure. Keywords: algorithm, random, maze, sample, array Full article on bost.ocks.org | 1290 Points and 91 Comments Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations Summary: While set up as “corporations,” LECs are funded by local and federal taxpayer money, are composed exclusively of public police officers and sheriffs, and carry out traditional law enforcement functions through specialized units such as SWAT teams .
Supreme court: Warrantless cell phone searches illegal [pdf] Full article on supremecourt.gov | 740 Points and 149 Comments Google Cardboard Summary: Get the latest news and tips Keywords: dive, inresources, started, stay, connected Full article on developers.google.com | 712 Points and 127 Comments Gmail API Summary: Read and send messages, work with labels, and search for specific threads. Keywords: flexible, restful, access, user, inbox Full article on developers.google.com | 454 Points and 144 Comments
A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son Summary: After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. Keywords: bou, son, baby, swat, officers Full article on salon.com | 595 Points and 457 Comments The Death of the Urdu Script Summary: Layering the hand held wooden board with white clay paste, drying it in the sun, and writing with a reed pen that needed to be filled every few minutes, was messy and frustrating.
My startup failed, and this is what it feels like Summary: I had launched 99dresses in Australia 9 months earlier and received some great traction, but I was losing momentum due to technology problems that I didn’t understand and battling a whole host of other issues. Keywords: didn, day, money, team, visa Full article on medium.com | 894 Points and 265 Comments WebIDE lands in Firefox Nightly Summary: You have the same sort of rapid iteration that makes developing for the desktop web simple – just hit Ctrl/Command+R to reload the application on your device or simulator.
Inside the Mirrortocracy Summary: His thinking is actually more subtle than that quote, but subtlety and introspection are not common traits among young people out to make a lot of money in a short period of time. Keywords: people, valley, interview, culture, time Full article on carlos.bueno.org | 393 Points and 206 Comments Employees That Stay In Companies Longer Get Paid Less Full article on forbes.com | 378 Points and 195 Comments
Eigenmorality Summary: Even though, by and large, reasonable people mostly agree about what needs to be done—weaning ourselves off fossil fuels (especially the dirtier ones), switching to solar, wind, and nuclear, planting forests and stopping deforestation, etc.—after decades of debate we’re still taking only limping, token steps toward those goals, and in many cases we’re moving rapidly in the opposite direction. Keywords: people, moral, morality, eigenmorality, google Full article on scottaaronson.
The Water-Repelling Surface That Lives Outside My Window Summary: Update: There’s a good discussion of this post brewing at Hacker News , with some thoughtful points about the benefits of being superhydrophobic. Keywords: water, leaf, surface, janine, tiny Full article on wired.com | 317 Points and 62 Comments Go support for Android Summary: Some tools might be unavailable until the crowd clears. Keywords: wow, file, popular, tools, unavailable Full article on docs.
Web Starter Kit Summary: This is not to say that Web Starter Kit cannot be used in browsers older than those reflected, but merely that our focus will be on ensuring our layouts work great in the above. Keywords: web, kit, run, starter, support Full article on developers.google.com | 553 Points and 209 Comments Call me maybe: Elasticsearch Summary: I am indebted to Camille Fournier, Cliff Moon, Coda Hale, JD Maturen, Ryan Zezeski, Jared Morrow, Kelly Sommers, Blake Mizerany, and Jeff Hodges for their feedback on both the conference talks and these posts, and to everyone who reached out with reports of production failures, paper recommendations, and so much more.
Amazon Fire Phone Summary: You will not have any problem performing everyday tasks like phone calls, text messages, Facebook, Twitter etc.The only time where I experienced a bit of lag and stuttering was when I was playing 3D games that used Dynamic Perspective. Keywords: phone, amazon, time, apps, found Full article on amazon.com | 552 Points and 416 Comments Go 1.3 is released Summary: When enabled with the -analysis flag, analysis results are presented in both the source and package documentation views, making it easier than ever to navigate and understand Go programs.
Show HN: Wavepot – Digital audio workstation of the web Full article on wavepot.com | 586 Points and 134 Comments The co-designer of the F-16 on why the F-35 is a failure [video] Full article on youtube.com | 358 Points and 364 Comments Show HN: We put an iPhone on the front wheel of a car Summary: As we are getting even closer to the release date of the next major Horizon update, we decided to create a small experiment.
Penny Arcade – Surface Pro 3 update Summary: One of the engineers that came out seemed 100% confident that they could make the machine “feel” the way I wanted it to and the two custom pressure curves they showed me were super interesting. Keywords: surface, pro, pressure, device, draw Full article on penny-arcade.com | 488 Points and 249 Comments The Pivot Summary: Thanks to Google Analytics, Optimizely, Bitly, and other tools for measuring customer behavior in real time, a smart team can try different approaches and different products until something works out.
Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers Summary: The Starbucks program sounds like a boon to Abraham G. Cervantes, 24, who lives in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles with his mother and two of his brothers, and would be the first in his family to earn a college degree. Keywords: starbucks, degree, college, school, arizona Full article on nytimes.com | 458 Points and 195 Comments
Kingston and PNY using cheaper components after good reviews Summary: Kingston, to be sure, doesn’t see it that way — the company has released a statement previously saying: “If the drive is tested with ATTO Benchmark the speed results should meet or exceed advertised specifications which is officially 450MB/s read and write.” Keywords: kingston, performance, drive, nand, pny Full article on extremetech.com | 539 Points and 161 Comments The Largest Black Hole in the Known Universe Summary: Image credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo of Deep Sky Colors, via APOD at http://apod.
Founder Depression Summary: And it’s lonely in a way that’s difficult to explain, even with a cofounder (one of the things that works about organizations like Y Combinator is that you have a peer group you can lean on for support). Keywords: founders, founder, failing, end, lot Full article on blog.samaltman.com | 445 Points and 203 Comments How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution Summary: The previous Mrs.
All Our Patent Are Belong To You Summary: Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. Keywords: tesla, electric, cars, patents, technology Full article on teslamotors.com | 1855 Points and 322 Comments Cross-platform Rust Rewrite of the GNU Coreutils Summary: Many GNU, Linux and other utils are pretty awesome, and obviously someeffort has been spent in the past to port them to Windows.
Vermeer’s paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs Summary: The annual Share Festival, held in both Turin and Belgrade, features a juried prize for electronic art; this year’s theme is “Fr@nkenstein: The Modern Prometheus,” and will be judged by an international panel under the direction of Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic. Keywords: vermeer, machine, paint, painted, painting Full article on boingboing.net | 711 Points and 160 Comments Netflix responds to Verizon Summary: This action might not be possible to undo.
The Several Million Dollar Bug Summary: On a lan you’d get 15 fps (which was absolutely astounding at the time), 320x240, whereas over the WAN links of the day we’d scale it down to something more leisurely (and probably using a smaller image). Keywords: time, request, response, frame, question Full article on jacquesmattheij.com | 322 Points and 81 Comments Docker Misconceptions Summary: Build on the expertise of others Phusion (the company that makes the excellent Passenger web server) has built advanced Docker images that you can use as a base for your services.