Martin Shkreli is found guilty of securities fraud Summary: Shkreli’s infamy hung over the more than month-long case, beginning with jury selection when the judge struggled to find potential jurors who didn’t already dislike the man known as “pharma bro.” He is best known for raising the price of Daraprim — a 62-year-old drug primarily used to treat newborns and HIV patients — from $13.50 to $750 a pill.
Exa, a modern replacement for ls Summary: It uses colours for information by default, helping you distinguish between many types of files, such as whether you are the owner, or in the owning group. Keywords: exa, information, file, install, ls Full article on the.exa.website | 740 Points and 403 Comments Operation Luigi: How I hacked my friend without her noticing Summary: At one stage, I’m browsing through hit political discourse platform and opinion conveyor belt twitter dot com, and I notice Diana tweet something along the lines of “Finally spent my day off consolidating my 4 email accounts into 1, feels good to be organised”.
Hy – A Lisp-flavored Python Summary: © Copyright 2017 the authors. Keywords: copyright, authors, revision Full article on hy.readthedocs.io | 625 Points and 216 Comments Bitcoin Exchange Had Too Many Bitcoins Summary: The Delaware judge who heard the case sort of punted this issue to the Depository Trust Co., which keeps track of all the shares of all the companies, and told DTC to follow its procedures to figure it out.
App sizes are out of control Summary: More and more companies are adopting shorter release cycles (two weeks or so) and it’s becoming unsustainable as a consumer to update frequently. Keywords: size, app, update, download, apps Full article on trevore.com | 729 Points and 442 Comments How the Collison brothers turned ‘seven lines of code’ into Stripe Summary: And its technology was crafted for the modern internet’s newfangled business models: Marketplace builders such as Shopify needed to divvy up payments between vendors and consumers, and sharing-economy upstarts such as Lyft had contractors and riders to move money between.
Out of all major energy sources, nuclear is the safest Summary: 8 Furthermore, as James Hansen argues in his 2011 paper, our empirical evidence of mortality risk based on historical nuclear events (of which, there has been only three large-scale incidents: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima) is several orders of magnitude lower than those we would predict from theoretical linear, no-threshold models of probability. Keywords: energy, nuclear, deaths, production, sources
Ubershaders: A Ridiculous Solution to an Impossible Problem Summary: While it has some fixed-function parts, Flipper features a programmable TEV (Texture EnVironment) unit that can be configured to perform a huge variety of effects and rendering techniques - much the same way that pixel shaders do. Keywords: shader, shaders, ubershaders, stuttering, compilation Full article on dolphin-emu.org | 772 Points and 88 Comments Deep Learning for Coders – Launching Deep Learning Part 2 Summary: Sara Hooker, who only started coding 2 years ago, and is now part of the elite Google Brain Residency Tim Anglade, who used Tensorflow to create the Not Hot Dog app for HBO’s Silicon Valley, leading Google’s CEO to tweet “ our work here is done ” Gleb Esman, who created a new fraud product for Splunk using the tools he learnt in the course, and was featured on Splunk’s blog Jacques Mattheij, who built a robotic system to sort two tons of lego Karthik Kannan, founder of letsenvision.
Apple Removes Apps from China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship Summary: This is not the first time that Apple has removed apps at the request of the Chinese government, but it is a new reminder of how deeply beholden the tech giant has become to Beijing at a moment when the leadership has been pushing to tighten its control over the internet. Keywords: china, apple, chinese, company, app
Phoenix 1.3.0 Released Summary: Also making it into the 1.3 release is a V2 of our channel wire protocol that resolves race conditions under certain messaging patterns as well as an improved serialization format. Keywords: controller, phoenix, code, channel, add Full article on phoenixframework.org | 437 Points and 138 Comments GNU Ring 1.0 released Summary: Addition of the following tests: ⁃ functional: SIP ⁃ Unit-Test: various simple classes for now This is a GSoC 2017 contribution by Olivier Gregoire, accessible by command /make check/ (see test/ directory for further details) 1.
Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed Summary: Their findings, published in a preprint on the PeerJ journal site on 20 July, indicate that Sci-Hub can instantly provide access to more than two-thirds of all scholarly articles, an amount that Himmelstein says is “even higher” than he anticipated. Keywords: access, papers, articles, scholarly, coverage Full article on sciencemag.org | 632 Points and 243 Comments
Petition to open source Flash Summary: Flash and Shockwave was a platform for creative expression in an exciting new medium with global reach at a time when sound and moving images were barely breaking into the internet. Keywords: flash, shockwave, source, open, games Full article on github.com | 560 Points and 245 Comments BTC-e and its founder charged in 21-count indictment over hack of Mt. Gox Summary: The indictment alleges BTC-e was operated to facilitate transactions for cybercriminals worldwide and received the criminal proceeds of numerous computer intrusions and hacking incidents, ransomware scams, identity theft schemes, corrupt public officials, and narcotics distribution rings.
“We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020” Summary: We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple , Facebook , Google , Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content. Keywords: flash, content, web, adobe, open Full article on blogs.adobe.com | 1213 Points and 140 Comments How Fear and Outrage Are Sold for Profit Summary: During the 2016 election cycle, CNN made over a billion dollars in gross profit above the previous year driven primarily by advertising attached to news about the most outrageous candidate: Donald Trump.
How a VC-funded company is undermining the open-source community Summary: Kite was started by Adam Smith, a successful tech entrepreneur who raised funding from a slew of big names including the CEO of Dropbox and the creator of WordPress. Keywords: kite, tools, open, source, minimap Full article on theoutline.com | 1014 Points and 415 Comments Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers in Test It Doesn’t Inform Customers About Summary: Rather than undermining consumer confidence and creating needless confusion, Chairman Pai should end his misguided efforts to roll back the FCC’s net neutrality rules any further.
18yo arrested for reporting a bug in the new Budapest e-Ticket system Summary: As the story has stirred the online and the social media, this outrageous move from the police brought about fierce reaction resulting in tens of thousands of 1-star reviews on the facebook pages of the companies involved: the Budapest Transport Authority (operator of the new service, abbreviated as BKK for its Hungarian name) and T-Systems Hungary, developers and maintainers of the e-Ticket System.
Computational Linear Algebra Summary: Photo = Background + People How to reconstruct an image from a CT scan using the angles of the x-rays and the readings (spoiler: it’s surprisingly simple and we use linear regression! Keywords: linear, algebra, matrix, numerical, math Full article on fast.ai | 537 Points and 55 Comments Open Bazaar – decentralized Bitcoin marketplace Summary: OpenBazaar has done the job of providing a fee-free trading platform that’s allowed my shop to be discovered as well as to complete many transactions successfully!
The New Firefox and Ridiculous Numbers of Tabs Summary: Part of this effort is a project called Quantum Flow - a bunch of engineers making changes that directly impact Firefox responsiveness. Keywords: firefox, time, tabs, startup, memory Full article on metafluff.com | 984 Points and 537 Comments Show HN: $200 Solar Self-Sufficiency Without Your Landlord Noticing Summary: I’ve learned that basic electrical knowledge and a little assembly bring us very close to this ideal: Self-contained renewable lighting and charging is achieved with a simple $211 setup off Amazon.
Scientists Reverse Brain Damage in Drowned Toddler? Summary: Using oxygen therapy, scientists were able to restore her ability to walk and talk just months after the accident, in which she spent 15 minutes submerged in a swimming pool and two hours where her heart did not beat on its own. Keywords: oxygen, therapy, brain, hbot, eden Full article on newsweek.com | 563 Points and 290 Comments A hacker stole $31M of Ether – how it happened, and what it means for Ethereum Summary: Unless you build intelligent security mechanisms into your contracts, if there’s a bug or successful attack, there’s no way to shut off your servers and fix the mistake.
153k Ether Stolen in Parity Multi-Sig Attack Summary: Switch To Opcodes ViewFind Similiar Contracts Keywords: eth, contract, compiler, version, optimization Full article on etherscan.io | 943 Points and 724 Comments Things I’ve Learned from Reading IndieHackers Summary: We made it a desktop app; used PayPal for our payment processor; had an ugly, unintuitive design; hired additional cheap developers who did poor quality work; failed to talk to enough customers; and used the wrong tools.
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates Summary: Olivia Shopshear, director of science and regulatory advocacy for the drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, says expiration dates are chosen “based on the period of time when any given lot will maintain its identity, potency and purity, which translates into safety for the patient.” Keywords: drugs, expiration, dates, expired, drug Full article on propublica.org | 609 Points and 263 Comments
The Limitations of Deep Learning Summary: This ability to handle hypotheticals, to expand our mental model space far beyond what we can experience directly, in a word, to perform abstraction and reasoning , is arguably the defining characteristic of human cognition. Keywords: learning, deep, data, models, geometric Full article on blog.keras.io | 794 Points and 260 Comments Machine Learning Crash Course: The Bias-Variance Dilemma Summary: It’s entirely possible to have state-of-the-art algorithms, the fastest computers, and the most recent GPUs, but if your model overfits or underfits to the training data, its predictive powers are going to be terrible no matter how much money or technology you throw at it.
Employees Who Stay in Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less Summary: CLOSE More Options Keywords: close, options Full article on forbes.com | 708 Points and 535 Comments Things I wish someone had told me before I started angel investing Summary: Back in 2005 I suddenly found myself sitting on a big pile of money after the Google IPO so I did what any young nouveau-riche high-tech dilettante would do: I started angel investing.
Apache Foundation disallows use of the Facebook “BSD+Patent” license Full article on issues.apache.org | 1277 Points and 362 Comments Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman and Iranian to win Fields Medal, has died Summary: Maryam Mirzakhani, the world’s first woman as well as the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes for mathematical research, passed away on July 15 after a four-year battle with breast cancer.
Seeing AI for iOS Summary: Hear short snippets of text instantly and get audio guidance to capture full documents Keywords: text, audio, camera, guidance, capture Full article on microsoft.com | 835 Points and 126 Comments Redis 4.0 Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages Keywords: hidden, fieldssearch, groups, messages Full article on groups.google.com | 588 Points and 164 Comments Google is releasing 20M bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno Summary: Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has hatched a plan to release about 20 million lab-made, bacteria-infected mosquitoes upon Fresno, California — and that’s a good thing!
Toward Go 2 Summary: In contrast, adding new API to Go would add new problems: we would have to explain the two kinds of clocks, educate users about when to use each, and convert many lines of existing code, all for an issue that rarely occurred and might plausibly go away on its own. Keywords: problem, time, solution, clock, language Full article on blog.golang.org | 746 Points and 643 Comments
Net Neutrality Day of Action: Help Preserve the Open Internet Summary: Thanks in part to net neutrality, the open internet has grown to become an unrivaled source of choice, competition, innovation, free expression, and opportunity. Keywords: internet, open, net, neutrality, make Full article on blog.google | 1664 Points and 433 Comments The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem Summary: Anecdotally most in social media have long known that doing this type of workflow causes your content to be treated like a second class citizen, particularly on Facebook which greatly prefers that users post to it manually or using one of its own apps rather than via API.
Battle for the Internet Summary: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules, letting Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast control what we can see and do online with new fees, throttling, and censorship. Keywords: net, neutrality, fcc, internet, congress Full article on battleforthenet.com | 1275 Points and 486 Comments How Discord Scaled Elixir to 5M Concurrent Users Summary: In most other languages, we could use an atomic counter to track outstanding requests and bail early if the number was too high, effectively implementing a semaphore.
Taking control of all .io domains with a targeted registration Summary: I promised a friend of mine that I would do a silly old-school hacker shout-out in my next blog post so I’m fulfilling this obligation here special thanks to the following folks for both moral and “immoral” support (as phrased by the one and only HackerBadger ). Keywords: domain, tld, dns, nameservers, email Full article on thehackerblog.com | 1404 Points and 246 Comments
24-core CPU and I can’t move my mouse Summary: That’s Amdahl’s law visualized, as 98% of my machine’s CPU resources sit idle for almost two seconds, while process destruction hogs the lock that I need in order to move the mouse. Keywords: cpu, lock, processes, process, readied Full article on randomascii.wordpress.com | 1011 Points and 499 Comments How to make a friend fast Summary: The exercise that the student strangers engaged in involved 36 questions divided in three sections and designed to make them discuss gradually more personal feelings and experiences on everything from childhood memories, hobbies, and daily life.
Photos of Mosul 2017 Full article on petapixel.com | 365 Points and 131 Comments Minimal PDF Full article on brendanzagaeski.appspot.com | 363 Points and 99 Comments API Security Checklist for developers Summary: Don’t use any sensitive data ( credentials , Passwords , security tokens , or API keys ) in the URL, but use standard Authorization header. Keywords: nov, language, links, api, pull Full article on github.com | 321 Points and 69 Comments
What Is Ethereum? Summary: Design Rationale - “The purpose of this document will be to detail all of the finer potentially nonobvious or in some cases controversial decisions that were made in the process of building the Ethereum protocol, as well as showing the risks involved in both our approach and possible alternatives.”” Keywords: ethereum, read, minute, network, contracts Full article on whatthefuckisethereum.com | 837 Points and 257 Comments
Wildcard Certificates Coming January 2018 Summary: We decided to announce this exciting development during our summer fundraising campaign because we are a nonprofit that exists thanks to the generous support of the community that uses our services. Keywords: wildcard, encrypt, certificates, web, certificate Full article on letsencrypt.org | 857 Points and 191 Comments Mental health is still an issue in the workplace Summary: I had friends reaching out to me stating that I was “Blowing up on their Twitter feed.
Making a virtual machine in Google Sheets Summary: Reset clears all registers and the output field, which makes the program ready to run again. Keywords: memory, cell, dst, instruction, src Full article on briansteffens.github.io | 1074 Points and 113 Comments I’m not a Woman in Tech Summary: I played Diablo II, LoD so much that I clicked an imaginary mouse in my sleep but I also loved (the concept of) my high heeled boots.
It is as if you were doing work Full article on pippinbarr.github.io | 752 Points and 205 Comments Gitter is open source Summary: This project is the main monolith web application. Keywords: webapp, gitter, community, software, developers Full article on gitlab.com | 522 Points and 172 Comments Tesla Model 3 Hits Production Summary: In June, Mr. Musk told shareholders that Model 3 production was set to begin in July at the company’s assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.
New Skype Update Is Horrible Summary: It’s ugly, unintuitive, messy, disorganized, and the “flow” of the app is atrocious, it’s difficult finding your contacts, call history, and settings. Keywords: contacts, june, skype, version, mexmer Full article on answers.microsoft.com | 499 Points and 315 Comments Shedding Light on the “Black Box of Inappropriateness” Summary: Separately, they should survey their own partners, associates and staff members on what behaviors they consider acceptable vs crossing boundaries and ask for admission of any wrong doings as a step to create awareness and as a reminder that there are severe consequences if they are caught violating company policy and abusing their position.
Largest-ever study of controversial pesticides finds harm to bees Summary: “We’re showing significant negative effects at critical life-cycle stages, which is a cause for concern,” says Richard Pywell, who studies sustainable land management at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology near Wallingford, UK, and is co-author of a paper resulting from the experiment, published on 29 June in Science 1 . Keywords: bees, study, neonicotinoids, found, pesticides Full article on nature.
How I Took an API Side Project to 250M Daily Requests Summary: Best practices include spending hundreds on tools to survey and chat with your site visitors, talking about your product at Thanksgiving Dinner, and asking your entire professional network for advice. Keywords: people, api, community, ve, product Full article on blog.ipinfo.io | 494 Points and 160 Comments As the U.S. fantasizes, the world builds high speed rail Summary: Since 1976, for example, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain slowly but steadily built up large networks, under varying political and economic environments (Japan had started opening such lines in 1964; see the bottom of the post for a similar graph including China).
Silicon Valley Women, in Cultural Shift, Frankly Describe Sexual Harassment Summary: In 2015, Ellen Pao took her former employer, the prestigious venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to trial for allegations of gender discrimination, leveling accusations of professional retaliation after spurned sexual advances. Keywords: women, venture, times, investor, caldbeck Full article on nytimes.com | 1188 Points and 730 Comments “Which word begins with “y” and looks like an axe in this picture?
Milestone: 100M Certificates Issued Summary: We’d like to thank our community for creating a wide range of clients for automating certificate issuance and management. Keywords: web, certificates, encrypt, number, illustrates Full article on letsencrypt.org | 581 Points and 184 Comments The .feedback scam Summary: Of course, there is a free option: Just let the site remain and suffer as people send their feedback and feel ignored. Keywords: feedback, company, pay, tld, scam
An easter egg for one user: Luke Skywalker Summary: Posted: 2017-06-28 Last updated: 2017-06-28 A few weeks ago a user on my site, cardgames.io , sent me a message saying that Mark Hamill had just tweeted a photo of himself playing Yahtzee . Keywords: easter, egg, mark, user, episode Full article on einaregilsson.com | 798 Points and 133 Comments Is it unethical for me to not tell my employer I’ve automated my job?
Magic-Wormhole – Get things from one computer to another, safely Summary: This package provides a library and a command-line tool named wormhole , which makes it possible to get arbitrary-sized files and directories (or short pieces of text) from one computer to another. Keywords: nov, wormhole, latest, commit, library Full article on github.com | 744 Points and 179 Comments European Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance Summary: It subsequently extended the practice to France in October 2010, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain in May 2011, the Czech Republic in February 2013 and Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Sweden in November 2013.
Intel Skylake/Kaby Lake processors: broken hyper-threading Summary: As described in official public Intel documentation (processor specification updates): Errata: SKZ7/SKW144/SKL150/SKX150/SKZ7/KBL095/KBW095 Short Loops Which Use AH/BH/CH/DH Registers May Cause Unpredictable System Behavior. Keywords: processor, intel, processors, skylake, microcode Full article on lists.debian.org | 1108 Points and 269 Comments Sega releasing every console game for free with ads on mobile Summary: Double the pleasure, triple the fun ARMOR ON TOP SUMMON SOME FUN BLURRY AND IN A HURRY All’s fare Tennis anyone?
Pencil – an open-source GUI prototyping tool for all platforms Summary: Custom fonts can now be embedded into Pencil .epz documents Printing and PDF export will be improved to support all platforms and with many options New UI approach Keywords: pencil, version, supported, build, dec Full article on github.com | 379 Points and 87 Comments Show HN: Insect – a high-precision scientific calculator with physical units Summary: high precision scientific calculator with full support for physical units.
Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads Summary: Greene announced the changes on Friday in a blog post, where she wrote that G Suite has more than 3 million paying companies and had more than doubled its user base among large businesses in the past year. Keywords: google, ads, gmail, greene, cloud Full article on bloomberg.com | 903 Points and 437 Comments After 3072 hours of manipulating BGP, a Nyancat was drawn on this RIPE interface Full article on stat.
Luna – Visual and textual functional programming language Summary: After enabling the debugging mode, Luna gathers detailed evaluation statistics including computation time, CPU / GPU memory allocation, network transfer and threading model. Keywords: luna, programming, visual, software, language Full article on luna-lang.org | 944 Points and 310 Comments Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business Summary: Telecom Cable LLC had “229 satisfied customers” in Weston Lakes and Corrigan, Texas when Comcast and its contractors sabotaged its network, the lawsuit filed last week in Harris County District Court said.
Teller – API for your bank account Summary: Look how long it takes for a screen-scraper to fail when supplied with bogus data, while Teller comes back instaneously with an error message. Keywords: teller, bank, data, api, account Full article on blog.teller.io | 609 Points and 269 Comments My Uber driver robbed me, so I took Uber to court and won Summary: These last 6 months I have seen nothing positive in the news about them; they have had massive turnover including top management, they are accused of stealing self-driving technology, breaking strikes, and their culture is claimed to be toxic among other things.
Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O. Summary: Watch in Times Video » Mr. Kalanick’s troubles began earlier this year after a former Uber engineer detailed what she said was sexual harassment at the company , opening the floodgates for more complaints and spurring internal investigations. Keywords: uber, kalanick, company, investors, chief Full article on nytimes.com | 2119 Points and 1291 Comments Tesla hires Andrej Karpathy Summary: The dissertation also included developing a system that works in reverse, allowing for a model that can use descriptions from a user articulated in natural language (i.
Why we’re betting against real-time team messaging Summary: As a remote team of 50 with very few opportunities for face-to-face interaction, Twist has given us a space to fully discuss complex ideas and projects from start to finish, to give more meaningful feedback, to promote transparency in our decision-making, and to disconnect to do the deep work that we’re truly excited about. Keywords: team, communication, conversations, slack, work Full article on blog.
Georgia Tech’s free math textbook collective Summary: Professor Jim Herod and I have written Multivariable Calculus ,a book which we and a few others have used here at Georgia Tech for two years. Keywords: professor, complex, book, algebraic, topology Full article on people.math.gatech.edu | 834 Points and 78 Comments Stop Buying Things and Start Borrowing Them Summary: Before they started up the project, Dyment and cofounder Lawrence Alvarez , a community activist, polled local Torontonians to find out what items people needed occasionally but didn’t have room for at home or found too expensive to buy outright.
Your own company? You can do it (2011) Summary: Burning the midnight oil, studying 6809 and 6502 assembler (using Lance Leventhals books), digital logic and Schaums Outline series on boolean algebra and any other subject that might be remotely related to computing in any shape or form. Keywords: job, time, bank, bit, work Full article on jacquesmattheij.com | 701 Points and 366 Comments Debian 9 Stretch released Summary: Firefox and Thunderbird return to Debian with the release of Stretch , and replace their debranded versions Iceweasel and Icedove, which were present in the archive for more than 10 years.
Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7B Summary: CEO Jeff Bezos will try to recast Whole Foods’ ailing business, likely starting with upgraded technology, in much the same he has upended book selling, retailing, newspapers and other industries. Keywords: foods, amazon, deal, percent, jana Full article on bloomberg.com | 1687 Points and 824 Comments European leaders call for open access to all scientific papers by 2020 (2016) Summary: “The means are still somewhat vague but the determination to reach the goal of having all scientific articles freely accessible by 2020 is welcome,” says long-time OA advocate Stevan Harnad of the University of Québec in Canada.