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.
Developers who use spaces make more money than those who use tabs Summary: I did several other visual examinations of possible confounding factors (such as level of education or company size), and found basically the same results: spaces beat tabs within every group. Keywords: tabs, spaces, salary, developers, developer Full article on stackoverflow.blog | 881 Points and 663 Comments Telegram founder: US intelligence tried to bribe us to weaken encryption Summary: Pavel Durov, the Russian founder of the popular secure messaging app Telegram has revealed in a series of tweets that U.
Show HN: Get Paid to Build Your Next Side Project Summary: Many podcasts nowadays have annoying ads that interrupt the content - this problem has been solved a long time ago for websites by AdBlock and similar browser plugins. Keywords: day, google, time, tracking, company Full article on demandrush.com | 1101 Points and 451 Comments The Konami exodus Summary: Those words were contained in a letter that Japanese gaming giant Konami sent last fall to Hideo Kojima, the renowned creator of the company’s hit “Metal Gear” series.
Verizon closes $4.5B acquisition of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer resigns Summary: The sale of Yahoo is another sign of the massive consolidation that continues to happen in the world of online media and content, as large companies look to bring together multiple audiences for economies of scale to build out stronger advertising businesses in competition with the likes of Google and Facebook. Keywords: yahoo, brands, people, verizon, today Full article on techcrunch.
How is GNU yes so fast? Full article on reddit.com | 872 Points and 334 Comments Reverse engineering guide for beginners: Methodology and tools Full article on 0x00sec.org | 801 Points and 63 Comments #c0ffee is the color Summary: Use STRICT to limit the list to 100% valid HEX words as opposed to the default output which contains 0157 disguised as OIST (limited/ intuitive 1337 ). Keywords: words, hex, valid, colors, letters
Hackers Are Hijacking Phone Numbers and Breaking into Email, Bank Accounts Summary: CLOSE More Options Keywords: close, options Full article on forbes.com | 650 Points and 362 Comments Inkscape Moves to GitLab Summary: Tools exist to convert from bzr to git branches, but a lot of testing and experimentation was conducted to make sure this large project would translate correctly. Keywords: inkscape, project, platform, system, developers Full article on inkscape.
Please Make Google AMP Optional Summary: One of my big asks at the time was to give users a way to get to the original link, instead of only being able to see google’s cached version of the URL in the browser’s tab. Keywords: amp, google, don, url, realized Full article on alexkras.com | 1146 Points and 436 Comments Area code 710 Summary: The addition of 710 in the Northeast, 810 in the South (plus Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) and 910 west of the Mississippi allowed each major city one or more local exchange prefixes in the special area code.
$80k/month App Store Scam Summary: So, aside from the obvious moral wrongs of exploiting the vulnerable for profit, it’s extremely disheartening to know that some developers are becoming financially successful the easy and unethical way — by making bogus apps that take a few hours to code, and whose functionality is purely to steal from the less well-informed. Keywords: app, apple, store, apps, top Full article on medium.com | 716 Points and 195 Comments
SoftBank Agrees to Buy Boston Dynamics From Alphabet Summary: “Typically, when Son makes a big acquisition, the markets are worried,” said Tomoaki Kawasaki, an analyst at Iwai Cosmo Securities Co. “If this deal goes through the Vision Fund, no one will fret about the impact on SoftBank’s balance sheet.” Keywords: softbank, company, robotics, boston, dynamics Full article on bloomberg.com | 566 Points and 215 Comments Redditors design worst volume sliders possible Summary: Hope you enjoy consuming this content as much as I did.
“Let her speak please” Full article on facebook.com | 995 Points and 646 Comments A subway-style diagram of the major Roman roads, based on the Empire ca. 125 AD Summary: Huge shoutout to: Stanford’s ORBIS model , The Pelagios Project , and the Antonine Itinerary (found a full PDF online but lost the url). Keywords: roads, road, real, names, rome Full article on sashat.me | 752 Points and 101 Comments
Show HN: Monica, an open-source CRM to manage friends and family Summary: Monica is for people who have jobs, a family, and are busy trying to find a good work/life balance. Keywords: monica, remember, life, people, busy Full article on monicahq.com | 1097 Points and 563 Comments Alex Honnold Scales El Capitan Without Ropes, and the Climbing World Reels Summary: Honnold, 31, has become famous for eye-popping ascents that rely on his unique blend of athleticism and mental focus, ascending Yosemite’s Half Dome and Zion National Park’s Moonlight Buttress.
Apple adds a tracker blocker to desktop Safari Summary: Apple’s SVP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, unveiled the incoming Safari feature — which it’s calling “intelligent tracking prevention” — onstage at its developer conference, WWDC, drawing applause and a handful of appreciative “woos” from the crowd. Keywords: apple, users, cookies, tracking, data Full article on techcrunch.com | 517 Points and 286 Comments Secret Dots from Printer Outed NSA Leaker Summary: The NSA almost certainly has a record of who used the printer at that time.
On average, skipping college and investing tuition costs nets a higher return Summary: In other words, a student planning on enrolling in college would generate higher returns entering the labor force and investing tuition into the stock market 90% of the time. Keywords: college, roi, school, tuition, market Full article on erikrood.com | 739 Points and 640 Comments A list of practical projects that anyone can solve in any programming language Summary: Bandwidth Monitor - A small utility program that tracks how much data you have uploaded and downloaded from the net during the course of your current online session.
Accidentally destroyed production database on first day of a job Full article on np.reddit.com | 740 Points and 265 Comments A hands-on introduction to video technology: image, video, codec and more Summary: Now we have an idea about how an image is represented digitally, how its colors are arranged, how many bits per second do we spend to show a video, if it’s constant (CBR) or variable (VBR), with a given resolution using a given frame rate and many other terms such as interlaced, PAR and others.
Network Protocols Summary: Those errors would take time to accumulate, but we don’t want our network devices to suddenly corrupt data after two years of uptime simply because we happened to send more binary 1s than 0s. Keywords: packet, packets, ethernet, tcp, data Full article on destroyallsoftware.com | 842 Points and 75 Comments 4D Toys: a box of four-dimensional toys Full article on marctenbosch.com | 575 Points and 138 Comments
Facebook is an attack on the open web Summary: I’ve made exceptions a handful of times over the years, but as a general rule I refuse to link to anything on Facebook either, for the same reasons as Dave. Keywords: facebook, post, web, original, open Full article on daringfireball.net | 1635 Points and 420 Comments TLDR Stock Options Full article on tldroptions.io | 819 Points and 205 Comments Pinboard Acquires Delicious Summary: Founded in 2003, the site received funding from Union Square Ventures in 2005, and sold to Yahoo later that year for somewhere between $15-$30M.
Fireflies Summary: Like Christmas lights gently floating in midair, fireflies always add a little bit of magic to the forests they live in. Keywords: fireflies, firefly, bit, scientists, bright Full article on ncase.me | 1243 Points and 89 Comments Kubernetes by Example Summary: Michael Hausenblas • 2017 • Kubernetes By Example Keywords: michael, hausenblas, kubernetes Full article on kubernetesbyexample.com | 612 Points and 132 Comments Kerbal Space Program Acquired by Take-Two Interactive Summary: We’re continuing to work closely with Blitworks on the updated version of KSP for consoles, which will be available on the Xbox and PSN digital stores when it is complete.
SCOTUS: Patent Rights Over a Printer Cartridge Are Exhausted When It Is Sold Summary: and identity of purpose,” Bauer & Cie v. O’Donnell , 229 U. S. 1 , 13 (1913) , and many everyday products—“automobiles, microwaves, calculators, mobile phones, tablets, and personal computers”—are subject to both patent and copyright protections, see Kirtsaeng , 568 U. S., at 545; Brief for Costco Wholesale Corp. et al. as Amici Curiae 14–15.
Why do so few people major in computer science? Summary: To say that immigrants are discouraging people from majoring in CS requires arguing that students are acutely aware of the level of the H1B cap, expect that it will be lifted at some point in the near future, and therefore find it too risky to enter this field because they think they’ll be competing with foreign workers on home soil.
How to Sleep Summary: We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, Texas, a space that has witnessed countless difficult conversations between troubled children, their worried parents, and clinical therapists. Keywords: sleep, people, caffeine, melatonin, make Full article on theatlantic.com | 649 Points and 265 Comments “They Basically Reset My Brain” Summary: They had all kinds of neuro training exercises and routines they put me through, but a lot of it was centered around meditation and intense emotional therapy sessions.
View Counting at Reddit Summary: As an added benefit, using Redis alleviated many of our performance concerns by taking the CPU and memory-intensive portion of the counting application (HLL computations) out and moving that onto a dedicated server. Keywords: post, hll, counting, redis, event Full article on redditblog.com | 489 Points and 112 Comments A Year of Google and Apple Maps Summary: And in addition to the color changes, Google also flattened the map – eliminating the coastline dropshadows it had added just a couple years ago and removing most of the road casings:
Linux Inside – How the Linux Kernel Works Summary: Questions/Suggestions : Feel free about any questions or suggestions by pinging me at twitter @0xAX , adding an issue or just drop me an email . Keywords: linux, kernel, insides, support, feel Full article on 0xax.gitbooks.io | 564 Points and 31 Comments Facebook’s tentacles reach further than people think Summary: Image copyrightShare LabImage caption Part of a huge flow chart mapping the influence and connections of Mark Zuckerberg The data our interactions provide feeds the complex algorithms that power the social media site, where, as Mr Joler puts it, our behaviour is transformed into a product.
Why I Quit Being So Accommodating (1922) Summary: Until five years ago, if the city directory had told the truth, it would have listed after my name, as my real occupation, something like, “General Attender to Things,” or “Pinch Hitter,” or “Fine Old Scout.” I hope I am entitled in some measure to these designations even to-day. Keywords: business, father, joe, years, life Full article on mikecanex.wordpress.com | 866 Points and 316 Comments
The largest Git repo Summary: People on my team were holding their breath that whole weekend, praying we weren’t going be pummeled by a mob of angry engineers who showed up Monday unable to get any work done. Keywords: git, gvfs, team, work, windows Full article on blogs.msdn.microsoft.com | 1053 Points and 403 Comments Little Things I Like to Do with Git Summary: This will log–all branches showing you the work that the specified –author has done –since midnight that day (but –no-merges ), and present a simplified –oneline overview.
1Password Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders Summary: Off I go from sunny Winnipeg to hopefully-sunnier San Jose, ready to cross the border knowing that my iPhone and my Mac no longer contain the vast majority of my sensitive information. Keywords: travel, mode, devices, data, turn Full article on blog.agilebits.com | 1004 Points and 521 Comments Helping a Million Developers Exit Vim Summary: In any case, next time you solve your problem through Stack Overflow, remember the hundreds of thousands of users who regularly ask, answer, edit, and moderate the site to make it all possible.
U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to ‘patent trolls’ Summary: “Individuals and businesses in the U.S. have been unfairly required for decades to defend patent suits in far off locales adding cost, complexity and unpredictably to the intellectual property marketplace,” company Chief Executive Ted Gelov said. Keywords: patent, court, filed, suits, company Full article on reuters.com | 746 Points and 195 Comments Get your loved ones off Facebook Summary: There are marketplaces to buy and sell consumer data , originally started around credit agencies and direct mail companies, then growing with the browser toolbar industry when Internet Explorer was big - now they’re filled with more information than ever before.
Windows 10 Enterprise ignores various privacy settings 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 | 467 Points and 255 Comments Linux utils that you might not know Summary: I encourage you to read through the documentation and update your knowledge on these wonderful tools that are installed out of box on our modern Linux distributions.
Kill Google AMP before it kills the web Summary: Betts found content from Russia Today , an organisation 100 per cent funded by the Russian government and classified as propaganda by the Columbia Journalism Review and by the former US Secretary of State Keywords: google, amp, content, web, deal Full article on theregister.co.uk | 969 Points and 462 Comments Theresa May to create new internet controlled and regulated by government Summary: A demonstrator wears a mask depicting Britain’s Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May, poses with a mock gravestone bearing the words “Hard Brexit, RIP”, during a protest photocall near the entrance 10 Downing Street in central London AFP/Getty Images
Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation Summary: At a press briefing on Friday, Ms Ny said that by remaining in the embassy in London Mr Assange had evaded the exercise of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) that would have seen him extradited to Sweden. Keywords: mr, assange, sweden, arrest, case Full article on bbc.co.uk | 538 Points and 375 Comments Engineering management lessons (2014) Summary: Ignore it — the people who believe managers are useless don’t understand the dynamics of building a winning human organization.
Let them paste passwords Summary: Rather than stopping password pasting, help your computers to avoid catching viruses in the first place by following our guidance on securing enterprise IT . Keywords: password, passwords, clipboard, pasting, spp Full article on ncsc.gov.uk | 694 Points and 365 Comments One Step Closer to a Closed Internet Summary: Today’s FCC vote to repeal and replace net neutrality protections brings us one step closer to a closed internet.
A startup’s Firebase bill suddenly increased from $25 to $1750 per month Summary: Nice warning at the top showing it is not a valid measure — — yet the difference is in the hundreds of thousands of percent!I eventually got in touch with Firebase‘s Database team whom informed me that they changed how they report bandwidth to include the SSL overhead of requests. Keywords: firebase, service, change, mistakes, bill
My Family’s Slave Summary: We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, Texas, a space that has witnessed countless difficult conversations between troubled children, their worried parents, and clinical therapists. Keywords: lola, mom, years, parents, family Full article on theatlantic.com | 1419 Points and 606 Comments Maru OS – A complete desktop experience on a smartphone Full article on maruos.com | 652 Points and 251 Comments
AI Playbook Summary: While there are dozens of excellent tutorials available on the web (once you’ve figured out what library or API you want to use - we’ve listed a few of our favorites in the Reference section), we felt a pre-tutorial – a “Chapter 0” if you will, was missing: something that would help you survey the landscape broadly; to give you a sense of what’s possible; and help you think about how you might use artificial intelligence techniques to make your software smarter, your users happier, and your business better.
Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars Summary: Waymo’s self-driving minivan in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January.Credit Brett Carlsen for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley’s most prominent players are teaming up. Keywords: waymo, lyft, uber, deal, technology Full article on nytimes.com | 719 Points and 371 Comments
Accidentally Stopping a Global Cyber Attack Summary: While the domain was propagating, I ran the sample again in my virtual environment to be met with WannaCrypt ransom page; but more interestingly was that after encrypting the fake files I left there as a test, it started connecting out to random IP addresses on port 445 (used by SMB). Keywords: domain, malware, registered, ransomware, sample Full article on malwaretech.com | 1981 Points and 338 Comments