Top Posts for January 10, 2018

Courts: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime

Summary: Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that threatens to transform a law against computer break-ins into a mechanism for criminalizing password sharing and policing Internet use.

Keywords: computer, eff, statute, act, court

Full article on eff.org | 553 Points and 129 Comments

A Type of Road Junction that Kills Cyclists

Summary: In 2015, nearly three years after the death of Mark Brummell, a local resident sent a pencil sketch to councillor David Harrison, which he passed on to Hampshire County Council.

Keywords: driver, junction, road, speed, cross

Full article on singletrackworld.com | 552 Points and 490 Comments

Turning web design mockups into code with Deep Learning

Summary: Also thanks to Qingping Hou, Charlie Harrington, Sai Soundararaj, Jannes Klaas, Claudio Cabral, Alain Demenet and Dylan Djian for reading drafts of this.

Keywords: features, markup, network, neural, word

Full article on blog.floydhub.com | 474 Points and 113 Comments

GPU Fluid

Summary: One of the core ingredients of a Eulerian solver is the pressure solve, which involves computing the solution to a large system of linear equations (more than 1 million variables are typical).

Keywords: gpu, fluid, texture, step, solver

Full article on benedikt-bitterli.me | 454 Points and 72 Comments

Learn to Code Ethereum DApps by Building Your Own Game

Summary: So we built CryptoZombies to help educate and inspire the next generation of blockchain game devs.

Keywords: cryptozombies, blockchain, made, email, thinking

Full article on cryptozombies.io | 378 Points and 92 Comments

Let’s Encrypt tls-sni-01 disabled due to credible vulnerability report

Summary: [Investigating] The tls-sni challenge has been disabled due to strong credibility of a vulnerability report.

Keywords: utc, assurance, january, staging, datacenter

Full article on letsencrypt.status.io | 369 Points and 82 Comments

AppStore Preferences can be unlocked by a local admin with any bogus password

Summary: Originator:eholtamNumber: rdar :// 36350507 Date Originated:08-Jan-2018 11:15 AMStatus:OpenResolved:Product:macOS + SDKProduct Version:10.13.2 17C88Classification:SecurityReproducible:Always

Keywords: posted, information, apple, reports, eholtamnumber

Full article on openradar.appspot.com | 368 Points and 165 Comments

WhatsApp Encryption Security Flaws Could Allow Snoops to Slide into Group Chats

Summary: At the Real World Crypto security conference Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, a group of researchers from the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany plan to describe a series of flaws in encrypted messaging apps including WhatsApp, Signal, and Threema.

Keywords: group, whatsapp, researchers, messages, administrator

Full article on wired.com | 331 Points and 147 Comments

Summary: Venture Capital often pushes what could’ve been a successful small business to over-expand and ultimately fail; prevents companies from focusing their priorities; distracts from finding a monetization plan; causes conflict due to the misalignment of incentives between VCs and founders; and is full of far too many unethical bullies and thugs.

Keywords: employees, work, business, learning, product

Full article on fast.ai | 288 Points and 97 Comments

North Carolina Is Ordered to Redraw Its Congressional Map

Summary: In a separate post on Twitter, Mr. Woodhouse argued that Judge Wynn had concluded that North Carolina’s Republicans “should not be allowed to draw election districts under any circumstances under any set of rules,” an effort he called “a hostile takeover” of the General Assembly and legislatures nationwide.

Keywords: court, map, judge, republicans, north

Full article on nytimes.com | 263 Points and 321 Comments

Meltdown Update Kernel doesnt boot

Summary: ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04 Package: linux-image-4.4.0-104-generic 4.4.0-104.127 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-104.127-generic 4.4.98 Uname: Linux 4.4.0-104-generic x86_64 NonfreeKernelModules: zfs zunicode zcommon znvpair zavl AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version k4.4.0-104-generic.

Keywords: error, file, dell, errno, directory

Full article on bugs.launchpad.net | 250 Points and 169 Comments

Britain’s Next Megaproject: A Coast-To-Coast Forest

Summary: Consisting mainly (if not exclusively) of slower-growing broadleaf trees sourced from the local area—a marked difference from the regimented stands of non-native pine that British forestry focused on for much of the 20th century—the forest is gradually starting to reveal its ultimate appearance.

Keywords: forest, national, cities, percent, trees

Full article on citylab.com | 239 Points and 144 Comments

The State of Atom’s Performance

Summary: This feature allows us to perform major parts of Atom’s initialization ahead of time on our build servers: not just source code compilation (as is done with C or C++) but even the construction of complex object graphs on the heap .

Keywords: atom, code, text, memory, improvements

Full article on blog.atom.io | 214 Points and 247 Comments

Intel has released new CPU microcode for download

Summary: INTEL SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT IMPORTANT - READ BEFORE COPYING, INSTALLING OR USING.

Keywords: software, intel, license, agreement, products

Full article on downloadcenter.intel.com | 210 Points and 102 Comments

Turning a side project into an open-source project

Summary: You’ll find some nasty hacks to hastily go around the situation, the ugliest solution being fooling the Google PageSpeed Insights crawler so that the analytics script isn’t shown to them.

Keywords: project, google, source, time, side

Full article on reaktor.com | 199 Points and 38 Comments

Bitcoin Can Drop 50% and China Miners Will Still Make Money

Summary: Even at the country’s highest regulated electricity tariff, miners can profit from bitcoin as long as it’s worth more than $6,925, BNEF analysts including Sophie Lu wrote in a report Wednesday.

Keywords: bitcoin, electricity, china, power, miners

Full article on bloomberg.com | 180 Points and 149 Comments

Buffett Says Stock Ownership Became More Attractive With Tax Cut

Summary: Berkshire Vice Chairman Charles Munger joined Buffett in the interview and also addressed succession at the conglomerate, saying shareholders probably have “seven or more good years coming out of Warren.”

Keywords: buffett, percent, year, berkshire, ibm

Full article on bloomberg.com | 173 Points and 295 Comments

The Basic Ideas in Neural Networks (1994) [pdf]

Full article on www-isl.stanford.edu | 161 Points and 15 Comments

iPhone update for Meltdown-Spectre: before/after performance benchmarks

Summary: Some extra info: iOS is in Dutch, no jailbreak, had no battery changes, no refurbished model, no exotic configuration (if that is even possible).

Keywords: performance, score, spectre, benchmark, memory

Full article on melv1n.com | 157 Points and 107 Comments

Issue with TLS-SNI-01 and Shared Hosting Infrastructure

Full article on community.letsencrypt.org | 157 Points and 75 Comments

Show HN: Monthly subscription airline with SFO-LAX flights starting at $78

Full article on jumpdriveair.com | 156 Points and 156 Comments

Sourcegraph Server 2.4: free, powerful search for private code

Summary: It is now free for unlimited users and repositories, can be installed in minutes with a single docker run command, and is easily configurable in the new web-based site admin.

Keywords: search, server, sourcegraph, commit, site

Full article on about.sourcegraph.com | 154 Points and 63 Comments

The ozone layer is healing

Summary: The significant healing of ozone layer is good news that should be out amidst the general public to encourage better schemes to solve the problem of global warming and rapid climate change.

Keywords: ozone, layer, depletion, chlorine, earth

Full article on tecake.in | 151 Points and 44 Comments

Autonomous transportation launching to 125k residents in Florida

Summary: CARMERA is mapping all 750 miles of road within The Villages, and will provide continuous updates of localization and navigation-critical data that Voyage self-driving cars will consume on the fly.

Keywords: villages, florida, voyage, miles, residents

Full article on news.voyage.auto | 145 Points and 60 Comments

SureFly – a personal helicopter designed for safe and easy flight

Summary: Filetype Download

Keywords: download, dimensions, filename, surefly, filesize

Full article on workhorse.com | 132 Points and 136 Comments

A Gym Chain Is Banning Cable News

Summary: But Bryan Sieve, a member for more than 10 years, said the change hurt his ability to manage his time and had stirred up “a hornet’s nest” at the branch he goes to in Maple Grove, Minn. As a businessman with a full schedule, he said, it is important for him to multitask during his morning workout, and he enjoyed the large selection of channels on his gym’s TV screens.

Keywords: news, life, time, gym, member

Full article on nytimes.com | 124 Points and 116 Comments

Data structure and algorithms problems in C++

Summary: Expected time complexity O(n) and solution should use constant space firstMissingPositiveNum.cpp Given an unsorted array of integers, find the length of the longest consecutive elements sequence.

Keywords: find, number, array, tree, string

Full article on github.com | 121 Points and 7 Comments

What’s the Difference Between Children’s Books in China and the U.S.?

Summary: The values included setting a goal to achieve something difficult, putting in a lot effort to complete the task and generally viewing intelligence as a trait that can be acquired through hard work rather than a quality that you’re born with.

Keywords: cheung, children, storybooks, happiness, china

Full article on npr.org | 121 Points and 108 Comments

Show HN: Nerv – A fast React alternative, compatible with IE8 and React 16

Summary: Nerv is a virtual-dom based JavaScript (TypeScript) library with identical React 16 API, which offers much higher performance, tinyer package size and better browser compatibility.

Keywords: react, nerv, install, usage, api

Full article on github.com | 118 Points and 65 Comments

Bayesian analysis of ego-depletion studies favours null hypothesis

Summary: Despite many published studies consistent with this hypothesis, recurrent null findings within our laboratory and indications of publication bias have called into question the validity of the depletion effect.

Keywords: effect, hypothesis, null, task, significantly

Full article on onlinelibrary.wiley.com | 111 Points and 82 Comments

World without antibiotics

Summary: “We wanted to create this sort of fierce public health campaign.” Alongside these ads, Kenney began to envision the kinds of products that might be sold by people “capitalizing on a crisis,” like cleaning robots and bactericidal sprays.

Keywords: kenney, surgeon, antibiotics, rosa, world

Full article on publicbooks.org | 108 Points and 80 Comments

Penn Station Could Get Worse

Summary: As he dodges homeless people and glassy-eyed tallboy vendors, Rivers, who’s also written an off-Broadway play about the original station’s demise, tells the story of Alexander Cassatt, the visionary railroad president who began construction on both Penn and the Hudson tunnels at the turn of the last century.

Keywords: station, penn, tunnels, amtrak, york

Full article on bloomberg.com | 106 Points and 128 Comments

Bitcoin has little shot at ever being a major global currency

Summary: But rather than seeing all these digital currencies as a small part of a larger system known as blockchain, I am predisposed to view them as just speculative tokens in a cryptocurrency bubble that has inflated more quickly than any other in financial market history.

Keywords: bitcoin, dollar, dollars, digital, cash

Full article on cnbc.com | 95 Points and 164 Comments

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts

Summary: In August 2017, Apple were heavily criticised by Beijing for threatening to remove applications by leading Chinese tech company Tencent, including the WhatsApp-like mobile messenger WeChat.

Keywords: apple, china, icloud, data, chinese

Full article on bbc.com | 94 Points and 111 Comments

Google Announces Plan to Improve URLs for AMP Pages, but AMP Will Still Suck

Summary: We have built a prototype based on the Chrome Browser and an experimental version of Google Search to make sure it actually does deliver on both the desired UX and performance in real use cases.

Keywords: amp, web, google, pages, search

Full article on daringfireball.net | 94 Points and 15 Comments

Suburbs That Haven’t Recovered from the Recession

Summary: Why does Donald Trump’s national-security adviser insist —more vigorously than any administration official except the president himself—that Kim Jong Un must be denied the capability to place a nuclear warhead on a missile that can reach the United States, even if this requires initiating a military conflict with the North that could devolve into a cataclysmic war?

Keywords: hemet, percent, people, jobs, community

Full article on theatlantic.com | 90 Points and 143 Comments

Summary: Paying franchise tax and filing an annual report is a requirement for all Delaware corporations; it’s traditionally involved a bill in the mail and a confusing government website.

Keywords: stripe, atlas, taxes, tax, ve

Full article on stripe.com | 87 Points and 49 Comments

In Tucson, subsidies for rainwater harvesting produce big payoff

Summary: The city of Tucson, Arizona, officially got serious about rainwater harvesting five years ago, viewing it as a cost-effective tool to reduce demand for potable water.

Keywords: water, rainwater, harvesting, systems, demand

Full article on newsdeeply.com | 87 Points and 37 Comments

Node v9.4.0

Full article on nodejs.org | 84 Points and 38 Comments

Container Structure Tests: Unit Tests for Docker Images

Summary: One of the major use cases for these tests is running in CI systems, and often we can’t guarantee that we’ll have access to a working Docker daemon in these environments.

Keywords: tests, container, test, file, contents

Full article on opensource.googleblog.com | 82 Points and 23 Comments

Snow in the Sahara

Summary: Continue reading the main story Those icy blasts usually sweep into Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, Mr. Haarsma explained, but in this case, high-pressure systems over the Continent had diverted the weather much farther south.

Keywords: snow, sahara, temperatures, rare, haarsma

Full article on nytimes.com | 81 Points and 25 Comments

Affine transformations

Summary: Pivoting from algebra to programming, affine functions have a use when discussing one of the most fundamental building blocks of computer science: accessing arrays.

Keywords: affine, linear, vector, matrix, transformation

Full article on eli.thegreenplace.net | 79 Points and 19 Comments

Performance Impact of Spectre and Meltdown Mitigations on Windows Systems

Summary: No Spectre 2017-5715Variant 2Branch Target InjectionCalling new CPU instructions to eliminate branch speculation in risky situationsYes Meltdown 2017-5754Variant 3Rogue Data Cache LoadIsolate kernel and user mode page tablesNoBecause Windows clients interact with untrusted code in many ways, including browsing webpages with advertisements and downloading apps, our recommendation is to protect all systems with Windows Updates and silicon microcode updates.

Keywords: windows, server, performance, silicon, customers

Full article on cloudblogs.microsoft.com | 75 Points and 37 Comments

Power outage at CES

Summary: The Consumer Tech Association, which puts on the show, addressed the occurrence on social media, stating, “There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Keywords: hall, power, south, central, center

Full article on techcrunch.com | 74 Points and 46 Comments

How MacArthur Geniuses Handle Their Money Windfalls

Summary: And there’s Lenny Dykstra, the baseball great who served six months for bankruptcy fraud, as well as the fleet of football players who have fast cars but little else when their careers are cut short.

Keywords: money, macarthur, research, people, years

Full article on nytimes.com | 71 Points and 61 Comments

PiTubeDirect: A Raspberry Pi as a BBC Micro Second Processor

Summary: It’s the lowest cost way to run a Tube-enhanced Elite on a fast 6502, or CP/M, DOS+, or Panos on the relevant CPU type, or a gigahertz of Native ARM.

Keywords: pi, processor, tube, raspberry, arm

Full article on github.com | 70 Points and 23 Comments

Teleport 2.4 released

Summary: Major benefits include certificate-based authentication which removes the need to manage static keys, integration with SAML and OAuth2 providers, built-in bastions and advanced audit with full session recording.

Keywords: teleport, ssh, recording, github, users

Full article on gravitational.com | 66 Points and 8 Comments

Life Beyond Distributed Transactions: An Apostate’s Opinion (2016)

Summary: Let’s assume the number of customers, purchasable entities, orders, shipments, health-care patients, taxpayers, bank accounts, and all other business concepts manipulated by the app grows significantly over time.

Keywords: entity, entities, application, message, messages

Full article on queue.acm.org | 63 Points and 6 Comments

Without right policies, automation risks shift of income from labour to capital

Summary: Carys Roberts explains why public policy should seek to accelerate automation to reap the productivity benefits that come with it, but do so while building new institutions to ensure the dividends are broadly shared.

Keywords: capital, wages, automation, jobs, income

Full article on blogs.lse.ac.uk | 62 Points and 89 Comments

The Impossibility of Knowing Mark Twain

Summary: Nevertheless, Brooks’s contention that Sam had been crippled artistically by the censors who surrounded him, including his wife, editor Howells, and his friend Mary Mason Fairbanks, had the effect of fostering the false notion that “Mark Twain” was his alter ego or that he suffered from a multiple personality disorder like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Keywords: twain, mark, sam, clemens, paine

Full article on theparisreview.org | 62 Points and 21 Comments

Netflix hid a fake bio-tech booth in the middle of CES

Summary: Most of the other attendees, a mixture of business people, media and other exhibitors were immediately curious of the glossy white stand with two sexy, realistic mannequins on display at the front.

Keywords: netflix, ces, show, plenty, body

Full article on engadget.com | 58 Points and 10 Comments

Olivetti – Programma 101 (1967) [video]

Full article on youtube.com | 58 Points and 23 Comments

Microsoft: Haswell and older CPUs are slowed down significantly by Spectre fixes

Summary: This means the typical home and business PC user should not see significant slowdowns in common tasks such as reading email, writing a document or accessing digital photos.

Keywords: performance, windows, impact, variant, spectre

Full article on hothardware.com | 57 Points and 29 Comments

Mocker: A crappy imitation of Docker, written in 100% Python

Summary: Create a veth0 bridge virtual ethernet adapter in the root namespace Create a network namespace for the “container” Bridge a veth1 adapter into the new network namespace under the IP 10.0.0.324 Setup a default route for 10.0.0.1 Create a cgroup for the processes ChRoot to the extracted image directory - no snapshots (yet) which is bad Execute the docker image’s chosen Cmd, setup environment variables and write the output to /tmp/stdout

Keywords: docker, image, mocker, oct, commit

Full article on github.com | 52 Points and 11 Comments

Hitchhiking robot that relied on human kindness found decapitated (2015)

Summary: Advertisement The robot had hoped to tick off items on its “bucket list” while touring America – including hearing jazz music in New Orleans, experiencing Las Vegas, and enjoying the magic of Walt Disney World in Florida.

Keywords: hitchbot, robot, adventure, head, hitchhiking

Full article on wired.co.uk | 50 Points and 38 Comments