It’s time to kill the web app Summary: CNN and other news outlets following the spread of Code Red urged users to patch their systems.” Windows did have automatic updates, but if I recall correctly they were not switched on by default. Keywords: web, apps, secure, security, code Full article on blog.plan99.net | 1003 Points and 702 Comments Org-Mode Is One of the Most Reasonable Markup Languages to Use for Text Summary: Most prominent and most important examples are files pushed within a GitHub repository and the swiss army knife named Pandoc which is able to convert Org-mode to dozens of formats like HTML, odt (LibreOffice), docx (Word), LaTeX, PDF, and so forth.
Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js Summary: We’re relicensing these projects because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don’t want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons. Keywords: react, projects, license, open, source Full article on code.facebook.com | 2280 Points and 498 Comments New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains Summary: Dr Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer at Sanofi and one of the report authors, told the BBC News website: “They are more potent and have greater breadth than any single naturally occurring antibody that’s been discovered.
New in PostgreSQL 10 Summary: Suppose I decide I want to replicate just the fines and loans tables from my public library database to the billing system so that they can process amounts owed. Keywords: version, postgresql, replication, data, tables Full article on wiki.postgresql.org | 962 Points and 249 Comments How I got to 200 productive hours a month Summary: As a side note, I prefer to take caffeine only a couple of times a week — it keeps the tolerance low, so even a small amount gives me a huge concentration boost for the hardest tasks.
DuckDuckGo vs Google Summary: Tl;dr: we can do this anonymously by deriving the location from information sent automatically by web browsers, and immediately throwing it away after serving local results (like weather or restaurant info) on the fly. Keywords: duckduckgo, google, search, gabriel, weinberg Full article on fourweekmba.com | 1140 Points and 533 Comments A new kind of map: it’s about time Summary: Recently, we’ve been thinking of a visualization that cuts directly to the way in which people make decisions about where to go: w hat would a map look like if we swept the physical world away completely, in favor of the time needed to move around it?
iTerm2: Please disable ‘Perform DNS lookups to check if URLs are valid’ Summary: And, to stress the impact, in the act of selecting text and Cmd-C’ing it to Copy, it is very easy to trigger this for passwords (for example, when I generate them using pwgen).Edited Sep 19, 2017 by Peter van Dijk 👍 135 👎 0 😱 132 🧀 4 Keywords: iterm, things, dns, default, text Full article on gitlab.
W3C abandons consensus, standardizes DRM, EFF resigns Summary: The W3C leadership countered with proposals — like the chartering of a nonbinding discussion group on the policy questions that was not scheduled to report in until long after the EME ship had sailed — that would have still left researchers, governments, archives, security experts unprotected. Keywords: drm, web, compromise, eme, members Full article on boingboing.net | 2735 Points and 978 Comments
Buffett wins $1M decade-old bet that the S&P500 would outperform hedgefunds Summary: In Berkshire’s 2005 annual report, I argued that active investment management by professionals – in aggregate – would over a period of years underperform the returns achieved by rank amateurs who simply sat still. Keywords: funds, hedge, fund, index, bet Full article on aei.org | 786 Points and 312 Comments How the Bitcoins Were Stolen from Mt. Gox [video] Summary: Kim Nilsson of WizSec gave an amazing talk at this year’s “Breaking Bitcoin” last week on precisely what they did to analyse what had happened: “Cracking MtGox.
We’ve failed: open access is winning and we must change our approach Summary: Consider the relative ease of agreeing with your co-authors on which institutional or subject repository to post which version of your work in line with multiple stakeholder policies (employer, funder, and publisher) as compared with self-posting in your own time to an academic sharing network of which you are already a member or, indeed, doing nothing and leaving it to Sci-Hub.
Firefox Multi-Account Containers Summary: The Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension lets you carve out a separate box for each of your online lives – so Exhaustive Shopping Researcher Self can steer clear of Humble Bragging Social Self, and Super Professional Work Self can go about the bizness without worrying about being followed by those other two. Keywords: firefox, online, containers, extension, accounts Full article on blog.mozilla.org | 850 Points and 237 Comments
Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent Summary: A second issue was that Facebook wasn’t obtaining specific and informed consent from the users because the data it was offering them about the collection was not sufficiently clear. Keywords: data, facebook, users, aepd, company Full article on tomshardware.com | 645 Points and 193 Comments Face ID, Touch ID, No ID, PINs and Pragmatic Security Summary: Now of course we don’t know how much of this is fancy Apple speak versus reality and I’m very keen to see the phone get into the hands of creative security people, but you can’t help but think that the breadth of sensors available for visual verification trumps those required for touch alone.
Sublime Text 3.0 Summary: However the difference is frequently felt in the hundreds of improvements that don’t warrant being featured on their own: spell checking works better, automatic indentation does the right thing more often, word wrapping handles source code better, high DPI screens are properly supported, and Goto Anything is smarter. Keywords: sublime, text, list, faster, ui Full article on sublimetext.com | 1653 Points and 674 Comments Windows for Linux Nerds Summary: This was super important to me since I am used to Linux where everything is scriptable and I have scripts for starting from a blank machine to my exact perfect setup.
iPhone X Summary: The intelligent, Apple-designed image signal processor detects elements in the scene — like people, motion, and lighting conditions — to optimize your photos even before you take them. Keywords: cameras, portrait, lighting, optical, image Full article on apple.com | 995 Points and 1066 Comments Daniel Kahneman “I placed too much faith in underpowered studies” Summary: This result confirms Kahneman’s prediction that priming research is a train wreck and readers of his book “Thinking Fast and Slow” should not consider the presented studies as scientific evidence that subtle cues in their environment can have strong effects on their behavior outside their awareness.
Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch Summary: There are of course plenty of weighty, important topics worth criticizing Facebook for, from their perpetuating fake news to their role in influencing the election to enabling the surveillance state and so on. Keywords: facebook, people, friends, ve, users Full article on bradfrost.com | 1111 Points and 387 Comments Equifax’s Maddening Unaccountability Summary: The consumer credit reporting agency Equifax revealed that as many as 143 million Americans’ Social Security numbers , dates of birth, names and addresses may have been stolen from its files — just the kind of information that allows for identity theft and other cybercrimes.
Equifax Lobbied to Kill Rule Protecting Victims of Data Breaches Summary: Equifax’s lobbying group argued against the prohibition even as it acknowledged that a 2015 government study found “that credit reporting constituted one of the four largest product areas for class action relief” for consumers. Keywords: equifax, rule, class, arbitration, data Full article on ibtimes.com | 893 Points and 167 Comments Give away your code, but never your time Summary: “It’s also been a massive opportunity cost because of all the things I haven’t learned or done in the meantime because FubuMVC takes up so much of my time and that’s the main reason that it has to stop now.
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You Summary: Blindingly obvious errors lead to punitive damages and very incensed regulators, so even if the CRA has a low-ceremony way for “validating” a trade line (“We checked in our web application and shocker the database says what we said it said; click here to generate form letter”) they will not trust their usual process to do it . Keywords: credit, bank, letter, people, account
Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack Summary: In the complaint filed in Portland, Ore., federal court, users alleged Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack. Keywords: equifax, information, data, filed, hack Full article on bloomberg.com | 1345 Points and 613 Comments How Many Years of Life Does That House Cost? Full article on nation.
Delta Goes Big, Then Goes Home Summary: As DL302 departed, it followed the gap between Irma’s outer band and the core of the storm, allowing the aircraft to navigate in relatively calm air. Keywords: delta, san, juan, hurricane, air Full article on flightradar24.com | 1107 Points and 188 Comments Cybersecurity Incident Involving Consumer Information Summary: The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted.
Facebook recruiting and Unix systems Full article on imgur.com | 1091 Points and 477 Comments Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency Summary: The basic idea is to create a model of the network path based on packet delivery rate and then execute control loops to maximize bandwidth while minimizing rtt. Keywords: performance, nginx, latency, tls, cpu Full article on blogs.dropbox.com | 987 Points and 84 Comments
Demon-Haunted World Summary: This presents profound challenges to our current regulatory model: Vegas slot machines could detect their location and if they believe that they are anywhere near the Nevada Gaming Commission’s testing labs, run an honest payout. Keywords: software, wannacry, cheating, world, computer Full article on locusmag.com | 768 Points and 282 Comments A collection of things software developers should know Full article on github.com | 589 Points and 165 Comments
“Google: it is time to return to not being evil” Summary: Two days after my thoughts were published in an article by Wired , we found out that all the campaigns under our Google AdWords account were suspended – without prior warning. Keywords: google, services, search, browser, users Full article on vivaldi.com | 739 Points and 238 Comments HSBC is killing my business, piece by piece Summary: It’s the fallout of HSBC receiving a record $1.
“Oracle laid off all Solaris tech staff in a classic silent EOL of the product” Summary: CloseCloseCloseCloseCloseCountryCodeFor customers ofUnited States40404(any)Canada21212(any)United Kingdom86444Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2Brazil40404Nextel, TIMHaiti40404Digicel, VoilaIreland51210Vodafone, O2India53000Bharti Airtel, Videocon, RelianceIndonesia89887AXIS, 3, Telkomsel, Indosat, XL AxiataItaly4880804Wind3424486444Vodafone » See SMS short codes for other countries Keywords: tweet, location, instant, love, add Full article on twitter.com | 753 Points and 387 Comments Watsi launches universal health coverage, funded by YC Research Summary: Five years ago, in a Costa Rican town called Watsi, one of our founders met a woman on a hot, crowded bus who was asking passengers for donations to fund her son’s healthcare.
Rental camera gear destroyed by the 2017 eclipse Summary: Most cinema cameras are equipped with a built in ND system that slides over the sensor, allowing them to adjust f-stop and shutter speeds to work better with their frame rate and shooting style. Keywords: damage, eclipse, camera, solar, damaged Full article on lensrentals.com | 599 Points and 153 Comments You are not ‘behind’ Summary: I would read articles about a 26-year-old entrepreneur with a billion-dollar company or a 16-year-old kid who invented a new kind of fusion reactor and a slow creep of panic would start to rise in my chest.
The art of over-engineering your side projects Summary: The sad thing is, those software engineers often have the tendency to over-engineer their side projects, put all of their effort into mundane and, let’s be honest, pointless tasks and burn out before they’ve even finished their MVP. Keywords: project, mistake, solution, software, infrastructure Full article on elsyms.com | 869 Points and 257 Comments Juicero Is Shutting Down Summary: “Some held up the countertop appliance as a symbol of all that was wrong with Silicon Valley: a $699 connected device that solved a problem most people didn’t even have the luxury of affording—how to get fresh juice on demand at home,” Fortune wrote in January.
Criticizing Google got me fired Summary: Much of my work has continued to focus on the ways that concentration of capacity can make complex systems like banking and communications — in addition to industrial production — subject to potentially catastrophic disruption. Keywords: power, corporations, world, fewer, google Full article on washingtonpost.com | 1010 Points and 441 Comments Insane state of today’s advertising part 3 Summary: Look if products you are reviewing are sold on any major online marketplaces (amazon, aliexpress, taobao, e.
A camera that snaps a GIF and ejects a cartridge that displays it Summary: I enjoy this part of the design process as you have to visualize and imagine how things will fit, move, be assembled, be dismantled, in your head before even touching a CAD program. Keywords: cartridge, camera, screen, pins, design Full article on imgur.com | 1480 Points and 296 Comments Headless mode in Firefox Summary: Next, we will create a new binary object representing Firefox Nightly, and add the -headless argument to it so that it will be run in headless mode:
24⁄192 Music Downloads Are Very Silly Indeed (2012) Summary: For example, an error on the part of the testers inadvertantly revealed that an invited audiophile expert had not been making choices based on audio fidelity, but rather by listening to the slightly different clicks produced by the ABX switch’s analog relays! Keywords: audio, range, audible, digital, bit Full article on xiph.org | 647 Points and 428 Comments When it comes to internet privacy, be afraid, analyst suggests Summary: In the internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.
Disabling Intel ME 11 via undocumented mode Summary: Therefore, the kernel does not need to switch between the memory of different processes (changing page directories), as compared to Microsoft Windows or Linux, for instance.Keeping in mind this overview of Intel ME software, now we can examine how the operating system and modules are loaded. Keywords: intel, bup, hap, mode, platform Full article on blog.ptsecurity.com | 734 Points and 218 Comments
Doomsday planning for less crazy folk Summary: But no matter if our elected officials prefer to school us with passages from Milton Friedman or from Thomas Piketty , the hard truth is that no state can provide a robust safety net for all of life’s likely contingencies; in most places, government-run social programs are severely deficient in funding, in efficiency, and in scope. Keywords: link, home, water, make, people
If the Waffle House is closed, it’s Time to Panic (2016) Summary: The concept of restaurant operations as an indicator of storm impact percolated slowly into emergency-management culture — the magazine Environment Health Safety Today wrote about it in July 2011 — and broke out into the open around the time of Hurricane Irene in August 2011 (when, according to The Wall Street Journal , 22 Waffle Houses lost power but only one stayed closed longer than a day) .
Epistle 3 Summary: Years before, during the Disparate invasion, various members of an earlier science team, working in the hull of a dry-docked liner situated at the Tocsin Island Research Base in Lake Huron, had assembled what they called the Bootstrap Device. Keywords: disparate, alex, hyperborea, time, jerry Full article on marclaidlaw.com | 470 Points and 177 Comments Catching the Great American Eclipse at 35,000 Feet Summary: Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik, professor of astrophysics at the School for Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and her son Reuben Dragushan chat during the Alaska Airlines Great American Eclipse Flight.
“Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course on Coursera Summary: She joined the Army out of high school to help pay for college and received extensive training in Russian at the Defense Language Institute. Keywords: oakley, learning, brain, learn, neural Full article on nytimes.com | 848 Points and 183 Comments Feather: Open-source icons Summary: Simply beautiful open source icons Keywords: simply, beautiful, open, source, icons Full article on feathericons.
Disconnect. Offline only Full article on chris.bolin.co | 601 Points and 199 Comments iOS 11 Safari will automatically strip AMP links from shared URLs Summary: CloseCloseCloseCloseCloseCountryCodeFor customers ofUnited States40404(any)Canada21212(any)United Kingdom86444Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2Brazil40404Nextel, TIMHaiti40404Digicel, VoilaIreland51210Vodafone, O2India53000Bharti Airtel, Videocon, RelianceIndonesia89887AXIS, 3, Telkomsel, Indosat, XL AxiataItaly4880804Wind3424486444Vodafone » See SMS short codes for other countries Keywords: tweet, location, instant, love, add Full article on twitter.com | 534 Points and 420 Comments Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right, Says Indian Supreme Court Summary: An invasion of life or personal liberty must meet the three-fold requirement of (i) legality, which postulates the existence of law; (ii) need, defined in terms of a legitimate state aim; and (iii) proportionality which ensures a rational nexus between the objects and the means adopted to achieve them; and
Inside a fast CSS engine Summary: Speed up initial render (and the cascade) with the style sharing cache Think about a page with thousands of nodes. Keywords: css, engine, dom, node, style Full article on hacks.mozilla.org | 660 Points and 141 Comments Let Consumers Sue Companies Summary: For example, a group lawsuit against Wells Fargo for secretly opening phony bank accounts was blocked by arbitration clauses that pushed individual consumers into closed-door proceedings.
Ellen Pao: My lawsuit failed. Others won’t Summary: No one ever exercised a veto while I was there, but fear of it motivated us to practice the California art of superficial collegiality, where everything seems tan and shiny on the outside but behind closed doors, people would trash your investment, block it, or send you on unending “rock fetches” — time-consuming, unproductive tasks to stall you until you gave up.
Explaining React’s license Summary: The BSD + Patents license just intends to give our teams more room to make meaningful contributions to open source while decreasing our time spent fighting frivolous lawsuits. Keywords: license, source, open, bsd, patents Full article on code.facebook.com | 978 Points and 425 Comments Firefox Focus – A new private browser for iOS and Android Summary: For example, if you need to jump on the internet to look up Muddy Waters’ real name, and instead of “McKinley Morganfield” you get pop-up ads, screen takeovers, “sponsored” content and other third-party advertising-driven distraction, then you know what browser overkill feels like.
Essential Phone, available now Summary: There is a significant advantage to that kind of scale, but we also know that when a company gets to a certain size, the desire to create a customer-first experience sometimes takes a back seat to other considerations, like profits and corporate agendas. Keywords: phone, essential, camera, made, devices Full article on essential.com | 818 Points and 672 Comments Afraid of Makefiles? Don’t be Summary: Makefiles were text files, not magically encoded binaries, because that was the Unix ethos: printable, debuggable, understandable stuff.
Why We Terminated Daily Stormer Summary: In fact, in the case of the Daily Stormer, the initial requests we received to terminate their service came from hackers who literally said: “Get out of the way so we can DDoS this site off the Internet.” Keywords: content, cloudflare, internet, due, daily Full article on blog.cloudflare.com | 857 Points and 1526 Comments Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund Summary: Many of these funds are putting time and resources into securing data sets, technical mentors and advanced simulation tools to support the unique needs of AI startups.
Ask a Female Engineer: Thoughts on the Google Memo Summary: I’ve been deeply disappointed to see a number of big names in tech defend this in ways I find really frustrating – like Paul Graham suggesting in a tweet that the strong reaction is due to “worry [the claims in the memo] might be true.” (No, I’m just exhausted by having this same damn argument over and over again since I was a teenager and the amount of time and energy I keep having to spend to counter it.
I’m an Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader and I’m Sick of Our Approach to Diversity Summary: Before you get all worked up about what I say here, I’ve had my exposure to gender biases, subliminal and deliberate, and I wrote some thoughts on Balancing Brains, Beauty, Boobs & Booty for fellow women in tech. Keywords: women, tech, diversity, men, woman Full article on medium.com | 791 Points and 420 Comments
An Intro to Compilers Summary: It will replace that line with the entire contents of the stdio.h C standard library file, which will include the declaration of the printf function. Keywords: ir, llvm, code, compiler, optimizer Full article on nicoleorchard.com | 687 Points and 104 Comments German universities take on Dutch publishing giant Elsevier Summary: Tim Gowers , a mathematician at the University of Cambridge and an open access supporter who led a boycott against Elsevier in 2012, tells Chemistry World that he is ‘following the situation in Germany with great interest’.
YouTube AI deletes war crimes evidence as ‘extremist material’ Summary: YouTube is facing criticism after a new artificial intelligence program monitoring “extremist” content began flagging and removing masses of videos and blocking channels that document war crimes in the Middle East. Keywords: videos, youtube, removed, content, video Full article on middleeasteye.net | 674 Points and 320 Comments Show HN: Extension-blocking domains removed by threat from other blacklists Summary: I also pledge to only add domains belonging to companies which have attempted to remove themselves from other blacklists through legal threats, including (but not limited to) “Cease and Desist” letters and DMCA takedowns.
Ad blocking is under attack Summary: This might set a very important precedent of an advertising company exploiting DMCA to force people to see their ads, and can lead to ridiculous consequences if left unnoticed. Keywords: ad, dmca, easylist, blocking, commit Full article on blog.adguard.com | 1111 Points and 559 Comments I Fell Victim to a $1,500 Used Camera Lens Scam on Amazon Summary: I then finally figured out that I can reply directly to these emails with attachments myself, so I submitted the proof of delivery proving it was sent to the wrong address.
The world in which IPv6 was a good design Summary: Various LAN technologies came and went, including one of my favourites, IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange, though it had nothing to do with the “real” Internet) and Netware, which worked great as long as all the clients and servers were on a single bus network. Keywords: ip, ethernet, address, addresses, internet Full article on apenwarr.ca | 677 Points and 190 Comments
uBlock Origin Maintainer on Chrome vs. Firefox WebExtensions Full article on discourse.mozilla.org | 776 Points and 324 Comments Salesforce fires red team staffers who gave Defcon talk Summary: MEATPISTOL was pitched as taking “the boring work” out of pen-testing to make red teams, including at Salesforce, more efficient and effective. Keywords: talk, salesforce, security, schwartz, cramb Full article on zdnet.com | 698 Points and 290 Comments DeepMind and Blizzard Open StarCraft II as an AI Research Environment Summary: The release also contains a series of ‘mini-games’ - an established technique for breaking down the game into manageable chunks that can be used to test agents on specifictasks , such as moving the camera, collecting mineral shards or selecting units.
Disney acquires own streaming facilities, will pull Netflix content Summary: “The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. Keywords: disney, bamtech, service, espn, company
Google Fires Employee Behind Controversial Diversity Memo Summary: Damore’s 10-page memorandum accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions. Keywords: google, company, memo, diversity, wrote Full article on bloomberg.com | 1697 Points and 2373 Comments Show HN: Is the stock market going to crash? Full article on isthestockmarketgoingtocrash.com | 813 Points and 325 Comments
A checklist of marketing ideas for side projects Summary: The great thing about online advertising is that you can get really granular with your targeting and avoid spending money on users who aren’t converting well. Keywords: advertising, free, marketing, tactics, pretty Full article on sideprojectchecklist.com | 632 Points and 68 Comments “Rest and vest”: engineers who get paid and barely work Summary: The company, he says, would nab hard-to-find experts in up-and-coming fields like artificial intelligence, robotics, natural speech language, quantum computing, and so on, often allowing them to collect their Microsoft pay while maintaining a job as a professor or researcher at a university.
HTML5 Version of the Tron:Legacy Boardroom Scene Summary: To make this a bit more fun, the boardroom is configured to visualize live updates from Github and Wikipedia , with more streams to come. Keywords: github, wikipedia, film, stream, data Full article on robscanlon.com | 701 Points and 66 Comments Cheap Beijing Flights With a Dangerous Catch Summary: So, despite the obviously strong qualifications in air cargo handling and logistics possessed by the founding team, the reason why I’d personally pass on this is that there’s a really big catch–one so serious it could potentially make you the star of an episode of “ Locked Up Abroad .