Top Posts for January 11, 2018

Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype

Summary: We’re going to continue our efforts to advance the state of the art for frictionless private communication, in our own app and in others.

Keywords: signal, private, skype, protocol, microsoft

Full article on signal.org | 708 Points and 309 Comments

Protecting Google Cloud customers without impacting performance

Summary: But as we disclosed last week, Project Zero discovered techniques that can circumvent these protections in some cases, allowing one application to read the private memory of another, potentially exposing sensitive information.

Keywords: cloud, google, vulnerabilities, performance, infrastructure

Full article on blog.google | 421 Points and 111 Comments

Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO

Summary: A share sale by San Francisco-based Dropbox, one of a closely watched group of high-profile private tech companies with multibillion-dollar valuations, would follow Snap Inc.’s disappointing step into the public markets.

Keywords: dropbox, company, people, ipo, public

Full article on bloomberg.com | 412 Points and 254 Comments

YC Bio

Summary: The first area we’re going to focus on is healthspan and age-related disease—we think there’s an enormous opportunity to help people live healthier for longer, and that it could be one of the best ways to address our healthcare crisis.

Keywords: companies, yc, bio, ll, ve

Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 302 Points and 139 Comments

House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits

Summary: President Trump posted his tweet shortly after a Fox News legal analyst appealed directly to him during a Thursday morning segment about the upcoming House vote.Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times Representative Justin Amash, the Republican of Michigan who sponsored the privacy measures, expressed disappointment but vowed to keep fighting.

Keywords: house, surveillance, intelligence, bill, privacy

Full article on nytimes.com | 301 Points and 166 Comments

Pineapple Fund Offers $4M Matching Grant to MAPS for MDMA Research

Summary: Cryptocurrency philanthropist hopes to inspire others to complete funding for Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD CONTACT: Brad Burge, Director of Strategic Communications, MAPSThis email address is being protected from spambots.

Keywords: maps, trials, million, cryptocurrency, phase

Full article on maps.org | 282 Points and 63 Comments

Stellar Protocol: A Federated Model for Internet-Level Consensus (2016) [pdf]

Full article on stellar.org | 277 Points and 59 Comments

Buried Ice Water Discovered on Mars

Full article on nasa.gov | 269 Points and 26 Comments

GitHub down

Summary: Encourage teams to work together while limiting access to those who need it with granular permissions and authentication through SAML/SSO and LDAP.

Keywords: github, maintainer, work, security, signed

Full article on github.com | 265 Points and 186 Comments

Spectre and the end of langsec

Summary: Spectre shows us that the building blocks provided to us by Intel, ARM, and all the rest are no longer “small parts understood entirely”; that instead now we have to do “basic science” on our CPUs and memory hierarchies to know what they do.

Keywords: language, spectre, semantics, work, approach

Full article on wingolog.org | 251 Points and 173 Comments

MoneyGram Signs Deal to Work with Currency Startup Ripple

Summary: ET MoneyGram International Inc. signed on to run a pilot program testing XRP, a digital currency created by San Francisco startup Ripple, in its payments network, the companies said Thursday.

Keywords: moneygram, ripple, xrp, currency, companies

Full article on wsj.com | 226 Points and 110 Comments

The Brutal Lifecycle of JavaScript Frameworks

Summary: Thousands of developers adopt it into their new projects, blog posts are written, Stack Overflow questions are asked and answered, and then a newer (and even more revolutionary) framework pops up to usurp the throne.

Keywords: frameworks, developers, framework, angular, react

Full article on stackoverflow.blog | 217 Points and 114 Comments

‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

Summary: “Even more unusual, the matrix contains a high amount of very specific carbon compounds, called polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, a major component of interstellar dust, which existed even before our solar system was formed,” says Kramers.

Keywords: hypatia, stone, solar, rock, system

Full article on popularmechanics.com | 208 Points and 63 Comments

South Korea justice ministry prepares to ban cryptocurrency trading

Summary: South Korean financial authorities had previously said they are inspecting six local banks that offer virtual currency accounts to institutions, amid concerns the increasing use of such assets could lead to a surge in crime.

Keywords: virtual, south, korea, trading, exchanges

Full article on reuters.com | 205 Points and 133 Comments

What the Four Color Theorem Can Teach Us About Writing Software

Summary: My main takeaway from this exercise has been that a good way to manage the complexity of a codebase is to use objects that present an API on top of a group of others.

Keywords: graph, colors, complexity, color, nodes

Full article on alexkudlick.com | 182 Points and 51 Comments

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home

Summary: His bet paid off: his popular English teaching app Liulishuo or LingoChamp raised $100 million in July, putting him in the growing ranks of successful Silicon Valley alumni lured back to China by the promise of a brighter future.

Keywords: chinese, china, valley, home, engineers

Full article on bloomberg.com | 180 Points and 288 Comments

Cory Doctorow: Persuasion, Adaptation, and the Arms Race for Your Attention

Summary: Not everyone has this reaction, of course: people in the fifth or sixth sigma of slot-machine susceptibility go out and buy adult diapers and gloves to prevent blisters, mortgage their houses, raid their kids’ college funds, and hock their mothers’ wedding rings.

Keywords: zynga, farmville, paperclips, slots, attentional

Full article on locusmag.com | 176 Points and 61 Comments

Writing a C Compiler, Part 5

Summary: That means the behavior here is undefined, so you can technically handle this however you want – fail, continue silently, issue a HALT AND CATCH FIRE instruction.

Keywords: variable, stack, function, return, statement

Full article on norasandler.com | 175 Points and 5 Comments

How Neglecting Minorities in Medical Research Has Led to Deadly Outcomes

Summary: In contrast, African-American, Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American minority groups are often left out due to a lack of insurance, the absence of a physician with knowledge of such studies, and inaccessibility to major research facilities, such as Stanford, Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, or the Mayo Clinic.

Keywords: research, medical, percent, clinical, minorities

Full article on hdphealth.com | 168 Points and 123 Comments

Turning brain signals into useful information

Summary: And although computational neuroscientists can piggyback on broader advances in the field of machine learning, from facial recognition to autonomous cars, the noisiness of neural data presents a particular challenge.

Keywords: brain, neural, data, algorithms, speech

Full article on economist.com | 165 Points and 65 Comments

Attack of the Week: Group Messaging in WhatsApp and Signal

Summary: If all you want is the TL;DR, here’s the headline finding: due to flaws in both Signal and WhatsApp (which I single out because I use them), it’s theoretically possible forstrangers to add themselves to an encrypted group chat.

Keywords: group, signal, whatsapp, member, add

Full article on blog.cryptographyengineering.com | 153 Points and 34 Comments

Filecoin 2017 Q4 Update

Summary: While the Filecoin Sale was the first use of that framework, we formally launched the SAFT Project in October - a collaboration between Protocol Labs, Cooley, and many other token creators, legal experts, and investors.

Keywords: filecoin, ipfs, team, community, protocol

Full article on filecoin.io | 147 Points and 66 Comments

The Google Brain Team – Looking Back on 2017

Full article on research.googleblog.com | 145 Points and 5 Comments

Elizabeth Warren’s bill would fine the next Equifax for data breach

Summary: If passed into law, the bill would give the US Federal Trade Commission the authority to inspect the companies that collect vast amounts of financial data on consumers to make sure they’re protecting that information.

Keywords: data, bill, equifax, credit, breach

Full article on cnet.com | 142 Points and 101 Comments

Show HN: TensorFlow-Resources – Organized and Useful Resources about TensorFlow

Summary: A deep learning is of great interest these days, the crucial necessity for rapid and optimized implementation of the algorithms and designing architectures is the software environment.

Keywords: tensorflow, resources, request, project, pull

Full article on github.com | 134 Points and 10 Comments

Making tab switching faster in Firefox with tab warming

Summary: For many cases, I don’t actually think tab warming will be very noticeable; in my experience, we’re able to render and upload the layers 2 for most sites quickly enough for the difference to be negligible.

Keywords: tab, warming, switch, firefox, layers

Full article on mikeconley.ca | 128 Points and 65 Comments

The problem of game developers receiving abusive messages

Summary: Secondly most indies don’t make mass market games that appeal to the broadest cross section of players, and that include every feature under the sun.

Keywords: abuse, people, game, games, developers

Full article on medium.com | 126 Points and 121 Comments

Huawei’s CEO going off-script to rage at US carriers was the best speech of CES

Summary: Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division, just spent a solid hour mumbling his way through an awkwardly scripted presentation of the Mate 10 Pro for the US market.

Keywords: huawei, yu, carriers, big, carrier

Full article on theverge.com | 125 Points and 75 Comments

Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Harvey,Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a public statement calling on the wireless industry to activate these dormant FM chips to assist in emergency situations.

Keywords: fm, chips, samsung, headphones, radio

Full article on arstechnica.com | 125 Points and 107 Comments

Google managers kept blacklists of conservative employees

Summary: Whether expressing anti-diversity sentiments at a workplace is a protected “conservative viewpoint” or, rather, a form of bigotry that actually creates a hostile environment is at the heart of the case – and it reflects a broader debate gripping the country under the divisive presidency of Donald Trump.

Keywords: lawsuit, google, employees, conservative, conservatives

Full article on businessinsider.com.au | 124 Points and 121 Comments

Teslasuit – full body haptic VR suit

Summary: 14 Motion capture sensors On-board data processing Offline animation recording Compatible with MotionBuilder, Unreal Engine, Unity 3D The suit’s climate control system provides the user with extra realistic immersive sensations.

Keywords: system, motion, sensations, capture, haptic

Full article on teslasuit.io | 123 Points and 99 Comments

Post-mortem of this weekend’s NPM incident

Summary: Working with Smyte , we have developed systems to analyze package contents as they are published, as well as flag users with problematic posting habits or associations with previously detected spam.

Keywords: packages, package, spam, npm, user

Full article on blog.npmjs.org | 122 Points and 36 Comments

Unskilled and Unaware of It (1999) [pdf]

Full article on psych.colorado.edu | 107 Points and 80 Comments

Update Regarding ACME TLS-SNI and Shared Hosting Infrastructure

Full article on community.letsencrypt.org | 106 Points and 36 Comments

Two suns? No, it’s a supernova drawn 6,000 years ago, say scientists

Summary: According to a study published in the Indian Journal of History of Science, the Kashmir rock drawings may be the oldest depiction of a supernova, the final explosion of a dying star, ever discovered.

Keywords: supernova, vahia, kashmir, sky, oldest

Full article on theguardian.com | 104 Points and 59 Comments

A simple makefile is a unicorn

Summary: As an example of a slightly more advanced feature, cross compilation is not supported at all.These are all things you can add to this supposedly super simple Makefile, but the result will be a multi-hundred (thousand?)

Keywords: simple, build, makefile, support, objs

Full article on nibblestew.blogspot.com | 104 Points and 129 Comments

Detecting Spectre and Meltdown Using Hardware Performance Counters

Summary: Given the impact and technical challenge inherent within these vulnerabilities, we quickly dove into the details to investigate potential detection and prevention strategies to ensure the Endgame product is robust against these new kinds of hardware attacks.

Keywords: branch, cache, spectre, attack, attacks

Full article on endgame.com | 103 Points and 14 Comments

Two genes in Chromosomes 13 and 14, linked to Homosexuality

Summary: Alan R. Sanders 1 , 2 , Gary W. Beecham 3 , Shengru Guo 3 , Khytam Dawood 4 , Gerulf Rieger 5 , Judith A. Badner 6 , Elliot S. Gershon 2 , Ritesha S. Krishnappa 7 , Alana B. Kolundzija 8 , Jubao Duan 1 , 2 , MGS Collaboration , Pablo V. Gejman 1 , 2 , J. Michael Bailey 9 & Eden R. Martin 3

Keywords: sexual, orientation, male, association, men

Full article on nature.com | 103 Points and 123 Comments

Millennials Strike Back: An Esoteric Reading of the Last Jedi

Summary: The original Star Wars films (Episodes IV-VI) celebrated the revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s, which the boomers believed had led to a more peaceful, enlightened, and improved universe.

Keywords: boomers, jedi, kylo, order, luke

Full article on firstthings.com | 102 Points and 65 Comments

Simcoin – A Docker-Based Blockchain Simulation Framework

Summary: Blocks and transactions are created by sending respective commands over RPC to the nodes according to a pre-configured simulation scenario.

Keywords: simulation, host, check, make, dec

Full article on github.com | 101 Points and 20 Comments

Using Yelp Data to Predict Restaurant Closure

Summary: The most challenging part of this project was to build the right dataset that contained current information about restaurants that existed at some point in the past and to engineer predictive features.

Keywords: restaurants, restaurant, yelp, model, open

Full article on towardsdatascience.com | 100 Points and 17 Comments

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

Summary: When the call came in, staffers quickly remotely logged off every computer in the Montreal office, making it practically impossible for the authorities to retrieve the company records they’d obtained a warrant to collect.

Keywords: uber, ripley, people, offices, police

Full article on bloomberg.com | 99 Points and 104 Comments

Neural Style Transfer for Musical Melodies

Summary: In the absence of pre-trained models capable of successfully learning features to distinguish between pitch progressions and rhythms of monophonic melodies, we first introduce an extremely simple approach to style transfer for music.

Keywords: style, music, pitch, transfer, duration

Full article on ashispati.github.io | 96 Points and 38 Comments

Peter Thiel submits bid for Gawker

Summary: NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders for the online news site the billionaire helped shutter by funding litigation against it, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Keywords: thiel, gawker, site, bid, court

Full article on reuters.com | 95 Points and 138 Comments

States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal

Summary: State Representative Norma Smith, a Republican who introduced the other bill in Washington, said net neutrality was an important safeguard for small businesses that might not be able to pay internet service companies for fast speeds.

Keywords: state, net, neutrality, states, internet

Full article on mobile.nytimes.com | 95 Points and 39 Comments

OpenSSL wins the Levchin prize

Summary: Today I have had great pleasure in attending the Real World Crypto 2018 conference in Zürich in order to receive the Levchin prize on behalf of the OpenSSL team.

Keywords: team, community, prize, openssl, real

Full article on openssl.org | 94 Points and 29 Comments

The Making of Apple’s Emoji

Summary: In other words, I sat next to one of the best iconographers, got to pick his brain until I could kick off my training wheels, all the while exchanging stories of our time growing up in South Florida including our trips to ‘Pollo Tropical’ in the search of amazing plantains.

Keywords: emoji, raymond, design, apple, friendship

Full article on medium.com | 93 Points and 25 Comments

Why dolphins are deep thinkers (2003)

Summary: Another dolphin mimicked the scraping of the pool’s observation window by a diver, even copying the sound of the air-demand valve of the scuba gear while releasing a stream of bubbles from his blowhole.

Keywords: dolphins, dolphin, fish, bottlenose, humans

Full article on theguardian.com | 93 Points and 63 Comments

SAFE Network: a decentralized data storage and communications network

Summary: Rather than using data centers and servers which are prone to data theft and surveillance, the SAFE Network uses advanced peer-to-peer technology that joins together the spare computing capacity of all SAFE users, creating a global network.

Keywords: safe, network, users, apps, computing

Full article on safenetwork.org | 91 Points and 9 Comments

Learning Tree-Based Deep Model for Recommender Systems

Summary: Meanwhile, finding candidates from the entire corpus brings more novelty than content-based approaches like item-based collaborative filtering.Moreover, in this paper, we show that the tree structure can also act to refine user interests distribution, to benefit both training and prediction.

Keywords: tree, user, interests, based, model

Full article on arxiv.org | 88 Points and 9 Comments

Études for Elixir

Summary: sorted by: RelevanceAuthor(s)Title returning 5102050100 values at a time.

Keywords: title, sorted, returning, relevanceauthor, values

Full article on chimera.labs.oreilly.com | 80 Points and 6 Comments

Does Brexit end not with a bang but a whimper?

Summary: The fact that the Brexiters will still be agitating for a more pronounced break from Europe will be one reason why the UK will stiff suffer in economic terms (albeit much less than with No Deal), and this will be increased if we are no longer in the Single Market for services.

Keywords: uk, deal, eu, brexit, brexiters

Full article on mainlymacro.blogspot.com | 78 Points and 223 Comments

Poverty, segregation persist in U.S. schools, report says

Summary: WASHINGTON — Too often, low-income, black and Latino students end up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Keywords: schools, funding, education, districts, money

Full article on pbs.org | 73 Points and 80 Comments

YouTube Drops Online Star Logan Paul from Premium Advertising

Full article on nytimes.com | 73 Points and 108 Comments

Why the Job Search Sucks

Summary: Having my time wasted is one of my chief pet peeves and it’s an unavoidable part of the job search…falling in love with a product and/or company only to later be rejected, dismissed, and ignored is a soul-crushing exercise, one that we subject ourselves to because we quite literally don’t have a choice.

Keywords: time, people, companies, experience, job

Full article on thewebb.blog | 66 Points and 115 Comments

Takeaways from KotlinConf 2017

Summary: Excitement for Kotlin in our office has never been higher than in November when the Android engineering team packed our bags and headed out west to San Francisco to catch KotlinConf , the first conference dedicated to the language.

Keywords: kotlin, android, java, sea, developers

Full article on vokal.io | 66 Points and 24 Comments

Bitcoin is no long the only game in crypto-currency town

Summary: Kodak, the archetypal victim of digital disruption, wants to jump on the crypto-wagon: on January 9th it announced that it will launch a coin to allow photographers to charge for their works.

Keywords: bitcoin, coin, capitalisation, ripple, called

Full article on economist.com | 64 Points and 84 Comments

HodlFeed – a Cryptocurrency Newsfeed

Full article on hodlfeed.com | 61 Points and 56 Comments

Inmates can no longer receive book donations. They have to buy them

Full article on wnyc.org | 58 Points and 22 Comments

FBI Hacker Says Apple Are ‘Jerks’ and ‘Evil Geniuses’ for Encrypting iPhones

Summary: On Wednesday, at the the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley lashed out at Apple, calling the company “jerks,” and “evil geniuses” for making his and his colleagues’ investigative work harder.

Keywords: apple, flatley, fbi, harder, cellebrite

Full article on motherboard.vice.com | 58 Points and 10 Comments

Rousseau: Meditations of a Solitary Walker (2016)

Summary: Photograph: [Public Domain] Wikimedia Commons Rousseau laments the scorn and criticism that has been lavished upon him, which has led him to seek refuge far away from the vagaries of civilization and return, as far as is possible at least, to the life harking back to the “noble savage”, the idealized conceptual state of uncivilized man, symbolizing innate goodness, uncorrupted by the ways of the world.

Keywords: life, rousseau, time, world, walk

Full article on theculturium.com | 56 Points and 4 Comments

Show HN: Making a bike route of every road in Atlanta

Summary: Several years ago, Concrete Jungle had a small project with the US Forest Service to survey the fruit trees growing in several low-income Atlanta neighborhoods: West End, Castleberry Hill, English Ave, Vine City, and Mechanicsville.

Keywords: road, atlanta, node, nodes, problem

Full article on highcube.org | 55 Points and 17 Comments

William James and the philosophy of pragmatism

Summary: Delivering the two-volume manuscript of The Principles of Psychology to his impatient publisher, James attached a note, which read, “No one could be more disgusted than I at the sight of the book.” Fellow academics quickly recognized a monumental work that combined laboratory research with introspective insights.

Keywords: james, psychology, life, pragmatism, william

Full article on neh.gov | 54 Points and 16 Comments

Cierge – passwordless authentication

Summary: This ensures users can’t use unverified emails, and makes it hard for an intruder to completely take ownership of an account.

Keywords: cierge, password, email, logins, user

Full article on pwdless.github.io | 51 Points and 15 Comments