Top Posts for January 22, 2018

Linus Torvalds: “Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons.”

Summary: > Certainly it’s a nasty hack, but hey â the world was on fire and in the > end we didn’t have to just turn the datacentres off and go back to goat > farming, so it’s not all bad.

Keywords: garbage, intel, patches, complete, things

Full article on lkml.iu.edu | 1614 Points and 579 Comments

Montana becomes first state to implement net neutrality after FCC repeal

Summary: The contents of this site are ©2018 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc.

Keywords: hill, capitol, site, fcc, neutrality

Full article on thehill.com | 1014 Points and 127 Comments

“Get Out of Jail Free” Cards in New York

Summary: It’s important for me to get in touch with shield [ omitted ] and ask him why he felt it necessary to say “I’m not even going to look at that” to my PBA card and proceed [sic] to write a speeding ticket on the Bronx River Parkway yesterday afternoon to my fukking WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!

Keywords: cards, officer, card, gold, police

Full article on marginalrevolution.com | 522 Points and 177 Comments

Elixir on Google Cloud Platform and App Engine

Summary: It equips you with insight into the health, performance, and availability of cloud-powered applications, enabling you to find and fix issues faster.

Keywords: google, cloud, project, platform, console

Full article on cloud.google.com | 421 Points and 81 Comments

SpaceX can’t test fire its Falcon Heavy rocket due to the government shutdown

Summary: Efforts in Congress have paved the way for the government to open as soon as Tuesday, which means Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station could also return to active status soon.

Keywords: spacex, rocket, heavy, falcon, test

Full article on floridatoday.com | 336 Points and 220 Comments

How to Study: A Brief Guide

Summary: Pressley, Michael, & El-Dinary, Pamela Beard (1992), “Memory Strategy Instruction that promotes Good Information Processing”, in Douglas J. Herrmann, Herbert Weingartner, Alan Searleman, & Cathy McEvoy (eds.

Keywords: reading, read, sentence, slow, understand

Full article on cse.buffalo.edu | 317 Points and 57 Comments

Thousands of Turks accused of using Bylock app despite never having used it

Summary: Months later, with no progress in his case, Demir’s wife found social media messages Aktaş, Beşikçi and Peksayar had been spreading, telling potential victims they may be able to clear their names.

Keywords: bylock, beşikçi, accused, app, people

Full article on cbc.ca | 311 Points and 182 Comments

Netflix is now worth more than $100B

Summary: The company said it added more than 8 million new subscribers total after already setting pretty robust targets for the fourth quarter this year, giving it a healthy push as it crossed the $100 billion mark after the report came out this afternoon.

Keywords: billion, company, netflix, content, million

Full article on techcrunch.com | 306 Points and 199 Comments

20 Years of LWN

Summary: Back in mid-1997, your editor (Jonathan Corbet) and Liz Coolbaugh were engaged in a long-running discussion on how to trade our nice, stable, reliably paying jobs for a life of uncertainty, poverty, and around-the-clock work.

Keywords: community, lwn, linux, part, work

Full article on lwn.net | 299 Points and 19 Comments

Why is Rust difficult?

Summary: One of the problems why I found Rust hard to learn was that it looked similar to other imperative languages on one side, but introduced a lot of novel concepts.

Keywords: language, rust, languages, time, makes

Full article on vorner.github.io | 299 Points and 244 Comments

219 days of postmarketOS

Summary: Despite not being a smartphone or tablet, this next device is still right at home in this section: @dee-gomma managed to run and demonstrate basic functionality of pmbootstrap on a 32 bit “postmarket PC”, check out his instructions if you still own such an old computer and feel adventurous.

Keywords: devices, device, postmarketos, kernel, work

Full article on postmarketos.org | 293 Points and 100 Comments

PyTorch, a year in

Summary: This community is so active and fast-moving, we had our first pytorch-probabilistic-programming meetup at NIPS 2017 with Fritz Obermeyer, Noah Goodman, Jan-Willem van de Meent, Brooks Paige, Dustin Tran and 22 additional attendees discussing how to make the world bayesian.

Keywords: pytorch, research, package, released, framework

Full article on pytorch.org | 286 Points and 39 Comments

Turning Down a Blockchain Job Offer

Summary: Companies are doing initial coin offerings (ICOs), giving out their own cryptotoken to public investors, circumventing a proper IPO process.

Keywords: blockchain, job, cryptocurrencies, work, offer

Full article on hookrace.net | 276 Points and 216 Comments

One Bitcoin miner is buying 20,000 16nm wafers from TSMC per month

Summary: Gamers have to suffer from low availability and extremely high pricing in the retail channel, and now we’re seeing that the larger players are going straight to the source by contracting TSMC to make their in-house ASICs using the latest process technology.We already touched on this a couple of days ago, but here’s an interesting tweet from ARKInvest that shows just how large the crypto business is for TSMC.

Keywords: tsmc, bitmain, quarter, cryptocurrency, business

Full article on dvhardware.net | 246 Points and 205 Comments

Once seniors are too old to drive, our transportation system fails them

Summary: “A lot of things that make you not a competent driver aren’t serious enough disabilities to qualify,” Sandra Rosenbloom , author of a recent Urban Institute report on transportation for seniors, told the New York Times .

Keywords: seniors, paratransit, people, drive, transportation

Full article on vox.com | 245 Points and 215 Comments

Bitcoin.org removes “fast” and “low fees” from Bitcoin description page

Summary: dc50a7e update network descriptions to be more accurate / less open to interp…

Keywords: accurate, jlopp, update, open, descriptions

Full article on github.com | 244 Points and 236 Comments

BeyondCorp: How Google Ditched VPNs for Remote Employee Access

Summary: It is probably already owned,” added Max Saltonstall , a Google program manager for corporate engineering, who also participated in the presentation.

Keywords: network, google, security, approach, device

Full article on thenewstack.io | 243 Points and 86 Comments

German Union Steps Up Fight for ‘Modern’ 28-Hour Workweek

Summary: BERLIN — Germany’s largest union is bracing for a combative start to the new year as it presses demands for a 28-hour working week, warning employers to expect mass strikes in the battle for a better work-life balance.

Keywords: metall, ig, employers, work, week

Full article on industryweek.com | 233 Points and 118 Comments

New Zealand startup successfully launches rocket

Summary: “Rocket Lab is a small start-up, a few people and a dream— it really shows what can happen in the modern day space area,” Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker said.

Keywords: launch, rocket, space, australia, satellites

Full article on abc.net.au | 221 Points and 99 Comments

Y Combinator is accepting applications for S18

Summary: About 11 weeks in, we organize an event called Demo Day at which the startups present to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.

Keywords: fund, companies, company, startups, founders

Full article on ycombinator.com | 215 Points and 95 Comments

Sugar lobby paid scientists to blur sugar’s role in heart disease (2016)

Summary: New report highlights battle by the industry to counter sugar’s negative health effects, and the cushy relationship between food companies and researchers

Keywords: sugar, disease, heart, review, research

Full article on theguardian.com | 206 Points and 60 Comments

Blizzard games were vulnerable to DNS rebinding attack

Summary: The obvious flaw in this scheme is that the blacklist needs to be complete and maintained, so I expect it will break in future or for users on unusual browsers.

Keywords: data, db, xref, align, solution

Full article on bugs.chromium.org | 199 Points and 87 Comments

The U.S. will impose duties on solar equipment and washing machines made abroad

Summary: The administration already decided to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, sought to roll back Obama-era regulations on power plant-emissions and signed sweeping tax reforms that constrained financing for solar and wind.

Keywords: solar, tariffs, percent, energy, trump

Full article on bloomberg.com | 196 Points and 168 Comments

China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials

Summary: ET HANGZHOU, China—In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising new gene-editing tool.

Keywords: china, tool, trials, wu, treat

Full article on wsj.com | 188 Points and 85 Comments

How to tame the tech titans

Summary: Just as America drew up sophisticated rules about intellectual property in the 19th century, so it needs a new set of laws to govern the ownership and exchange of data, with the aim of giving solid rights to individuals.

Keywords: google, facebook, amazon, tech, data

Full article on economist.com | 183 Points and 152 Comments

Fourier transforms of images (2017)

Summary: The centre point represents the (0,0) wave – a flat plane with no ripples – and its intensity (its brightness in colour in the grey scale) is the average value of the pixels in the image.

Keywords: wave, waves, fourier, image, transform

Full article on plus.maths.org | 165 Points and 35 Comments

Flicks – A unit of time defined in C++

Summary: Many people contributed and refined the unit, including Dan Goldman, Pascal Pincosy, Simon Eves, Kearsley Higgins, Francisco De La Torre, Benjy Feen, Eric Landreneau and Sebastian Sylwan, among others.

Keywords: flicks, frame, fps, commit, jan

Full article on github.com | 155 Points and 48 Comments

Experiences with running PostgreSQL on Kubernetes

Summary: DBAs are the operators right now and the intelligence that humans possess and the decision making process that they can take with the analysis of the state - you have to build something really, really sophisticated to replicate a good DBA team.

Keywords: kubernetes, postgres, data, abe, replication

Full article on gravitational.com | 154 Points and 40 Comments

Private landowners blocking access to public lands in the American West

Summary: According to a study from the Center for Western Priorities, 4m acres of public lands in the Rocky Mountain West (Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico) are considered “landlocked”, blocked off by private landowners who control adjacent properties or roadways.

Keywords: public, montana, land, access, private

Full article on theguardian.com | 137 Points and 45 Comments

My Forgotten Language: the brain can lose and reclaim an abandoned mother tongue

Summary: Monika Schmid, a linguist at the University of Essex and a leading expert on language loss, gives me another explanation: It’s always easier to listen than to produce.

Keywords: language, tamil, age, speaking, time

Full article on discovermagazine.com | 135 Points and 83 Comments

Decades of movie poster history go online

Summary: The collection encompasses upwards of 10,000 posters and spans decades: from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s.

Keywords: collection, poster, posters, online, movie

Full article on sites.utexas.edu | 129 Points and 23 Comments

Experiments reveal faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track (2014)

Summary: Here we report five hiring experiments in which faculty evaluated hypothetical female and male applicants, using systematically varied profiles disguising identical scholarship, for assistant professorships in biology, engineering, economics, and psychology.

Keywords: faculty, women, mothers, applicants, preferred

Full article on pnas.org | 119 Points and 92 Comments

What happens when you grep the file you’ve redirected grep to?

Summary: line buffered characters are saved up until a newline is output or input is read from any stream attached to a terminal device (typically stdin).

Keywords: grep, read, file, write, buffer

Full article on anniecherkaev.com | 115 Points and 21 Comments

Coinbase booked $1B in revenue last year, has told hovering VCs to back off

Summary: The six-year-old company crossed $1 billion in revenue last year, Recode has learned from industry sources, a tremendous rise fueled by layman interest in both bitcoin and competing virtual currencies that users can buy and sell through the app.

Keywords: company, coinbase, bitcoin, investors, recode

Full article on recode.net | 114 Points and 120 Comments

Scammers Using Fake News to Screw with Bitcoin Investors

Summary: Despite his infamy (he founded one of the most successful antivirus software companies ever, fled from Belize police in 2012 after being wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor, and ran for president in 2016), McAfee is still viewed by some as a cryptocurrency sage; he was touting bitcoin as the currency of the future long before its recent gains.

Keywords: bitcoin, pump, facebook, news, cryptocurrency

Full article on buzzfeed.com | 113 Points and 80 Comments

Microsoft’s PowerShell Core Offers Cross-Platform Automation

Summary: But the general availability of PowerShell Core 6 for Windows, macOS and Linux doesn’t just mean Microsoft’s solution for managing the heterogeneous mix of systems now common in business is ready to use in production.

Keywords: powershell, windows, core, linux, microsoft

Full article on thenewstack.io | 104 Points and 111 Comments

Worked for 52 Years, Still Running: 1912 C-T 4WD Electric Truck

Summary: Current Bid: $14,000 Ends in:

Keywords: bid, ends, current

Full article on bringatrailer.com | 104 Points and 25 Comments

Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

Summary: “It is absolutely a positive move to start to try to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of reputation and use brands as proxies for trust,” said Jason Kint, the chief executive of Digital Content Next, a trade group that represents entertainment and news organizations, including The New York Times.

Keywords: news, facebook, asked, trust, sources

Full article on nytimes.com | 104 Points and 222 Comments

Faster R-CNN: Down the rabbit hole of modern object detection

Summary: Complete Faster R-CNN architecture The input images are represented as \mathit{Height} \times \mathit{Width} \times \mathit{Depth} tensors (multidimensional arrays), which are passed through a pre-trained CNN up until an intermediate layer, ending up with a convolutional feature map.

Keywords: convolutional, proposals, anchors, image, object

Full article on tryolabs.com | 103 Points and 10 Comments

Artist Nan Goldin​ takes on the billionaire family behind OxyContin

Summary: After Goldin’s article in Art Forum, Arthur’s daughter, Elizabeth Sackler, wrote a letter to the periodical, which will go online on 1 February, noting that her father’s one-third stake in Purdue was sold by his estate to his brothers shortly after his death and that neither she nor her children have “benefited in any way” from it, or from the sale of OxyContin.

Keywords: goldin, oxycontin, family, sackler, rehab

Full article on theguardian.com | 102 Points and 36 Comments

Dr. Seuss’ arms race allegory

Summary: In fact, Senge argues that most children are taught just the opposite — how to break apart problems, instead of how to connect the dots and see related issues as part of a bigger picture.

Keywords: book, butter, systems, side, nuclear

Full article on dailyfig.com | 101 Points and 76 Comments

The Evolution of Pleasure and Pain

Summary: Following Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio may be the neuroscientist whose popular books have done the most to inform readers about the biological machinery in our heads, how it generates thoughts and emotions, creates a self to cling to, and a sense of transcendence to escape by.

Keywords: brain, systems, feelings, life, nervous

Full article on nautil.us | 100 Points and 35 Comments

Candy Wrappers Are Listening (2014)

Summary: Davis is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, and his group’s image processing algorithm can turn everyday objects into visual microphones—deciphering the tiny vibrations they undergo as captured on video.

Keywords: sound, davis, objects, video, camera

Full article on spectrum.ieee.org | 98 Points and 41 Comments

Root Cause of Reboot Issue Identified; Updated Guidance

Summary: Navin Shenoy is executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel Corporation.

Keywords: intel, partners, customers, updated, solution

Full article on newsroom.intel.com | 91 Points and 37 Comments

The Melancholy of Don Bluth (2017)

Summary: Meg Shields February 14, 2017 Editor’s PicksMovies

Keywords: picksmovies, pictures, editor, don, melancholy

Full article on filmschoolrejects.com | 88 Points and 16 Comments

Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

Summary: The images captured from these cameras are sent to a central processing unit (for lack of a better term, not knowing exactly what it is), which does the real work of quickly and accurately identifying different people in the store and objects being picked up or held.

Keywords: amazon, store, system, camera, cameras

Full article on techcrunch.com | 87 Points and 126 Comments

More than 10 percent of $3.7B raised in ICOs has been stolen

Summary: NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 10 percent of funds raised through “initial coin offerings” are lost or stolen in hacker attacks, according to new research by Ernst & Young that delves into the risks of investing in cryptocurrency projects online.

Keywords: icos, projects, research, blockchain, percent

Full article on reuters.com | 85 Points and 73 Comments

Show HN: Peer-to-peer chat example built with JavaScript IPFS

Full article on ipfs.io | 85 Points and 29 Comments

Netflix plans to spend $8B to make its library 50 percent original by 2018

Summary: Netflix last month debuted its very first original anime series, the quirky Neo Yokio , with Jaden Smith lending his voice to Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig’s bizarre blend of Eastern, Western, and online culture.

Keywords: netflix, billion, anime, original, company

Full article on theverge.com | 83 Points and 75 Comments

Biotech booms in China

Summary: Ray Stevens, a chemist renowned for determining the crystal structures of the body’s receptors, which are important for identifying drug targets, can recall the exact moment he decided to trade sunny California for Shanghai, uprooting his school-age children and wife.

Keywords: china, biotech, chinese, drug, industry

Full article on nature.com | 82 Points and 34 Comments

Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate

Summary: Monaco, who chronicles her adventures and research in ancient food on her blog, Tavola Mediterranea , helped document features there related to eating—from a restaurant to a small peasant kitchen to altars where animals were sacrificed.

Keywords: monaco, ancient, food, pompeii, quadratus

Full article on atlasobscura.com | 79 Points and 18 Comments

Universities Are Becoming Hedge Funds with Schools Attached (2016)

Summary: In practice, however, hedge funds are alternative investment vehicles that tend to be housed offshore to avoid oversight and taxes, which means they are largely unregulated, face minimal disclosure requirements, and can engage in all sorts of risky bets and market manipulations.

Keywords: hedge, funds, public, university, endowment

Full article on thenation.com | 78 Points and 8 Comments

Waymo heads to Atlanta to test its self-driving cars

Summary: We are thrilled to welcome Waymo to our state because fully self-driving vehicle technology holds tremendous potential to improve road safety, and we are proud Georgia is paving the way for the future of transportation.

Keywords: testing, waymo, metro, autonomous, atlanta

Full article on techcrunch.com | 75 Points and 29 Comments

Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

Summary: In addition, moon-orbiting probes like the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have found around 100 previously unknown craters , including a spike in impacts as early as 4.3 billion years ago.

Keywords: years, life, earth, billion, ago

Full article on quantamagazine.org | 74 Points and 22 Comments

Isomorphic Go

Summary: Isomorphic Go makes it possible to share parts of the application codebase, between the client and the server, allowing you to reuse code and avoid repetition.

Keywords: language, isomorphic, programming, web, server

Full article on isomorphicgo.org | 73 Points and 43 Comments

The iOS Economy, Updated

Summary: Apps are the biggest component of Apple services and helped that segment gross over $57 billion in 2017, passing Fortune 100 level (net of developer payments).

Keywords: app, ios, store, apps, billion

Full article on asymco.com | 71 Points and 31 Comments

People Keeping Mold-A-Rama Alive

Summary: In Jones’s Mold-A-Rama warehouse, rows of repurposed Cheese Ball jars are full of clear plastic pellets mixed with dyes that melt together to create the vibrantly colored molds.Glennon says the internet has played an important role in Mold-A-Rama’s continued popularity, with rare molds selling for hundreds of dollars online.

Keywords: molds, jones, machines, plastic, machine

Full article on atlasobscura.com | 69 Points and 17 Comments

Posse of SF police with battering ram sent to arrest architect for iPhone theft

Summary: On one recent morning, Rick Garcia and his wife Shannon Knuth woke up to a posse of San Francisco police officers at their front door.

Keywords: police, garcia, knuth, san, francisco

Full article on sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com | 66 Points and 17 Comments

Show HN: HTML5 webcam pics to email with motion detection

Summary: Requirements This works with up-to-date Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Opera browsers on Windows, Mac, and Android.

Keywords: phone, app, pictures, motion, camera

Full article on pixeltwenty.com | 65 Points and 22 Comments

6 alternative (and better) uses for blockchain

Summary: Walmart is working with Tsinghua University in Beijing and IBM, to monitor how and where pork moves within China and Australia’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton is tracking mineral analysis performed by those outside its business.

Keywords: blockchain, end, monitor, information, identity

Full article on dtcollective.org.au | 64 Points and 30 Comments

Richest 1% took 82% of new global wealth last year, report says

Summary: And data at the end of December compiled by Bloomberg showed that the richest people on the planet added $1 trillion to their collective wealth in 2017 – more than four times the previous year’s gains – thanks to a surge in stock prices.

Keywords: oxfam, wealth, world, people, average

Full article on independent.co.uk | 62 Points and 52 Comments

82% of Wealth Created in 2017 Went to the top 1%, says Oxfam

Summary: The report, titled “Reward Work, Not Wealth”, revealed how the global economy enabled a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are struggling to survive on poverty pay.

Keywords: wealth, oxfam, workers, global, billionaires

Full article on vanguardngr.com | 54 Points and 49 Comments

The Eastern Corner of Siberia Is the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth

Summary: Photo: APSiberia is geographical shorthand for “very cold.” But even by Siberian standards, what’s happening in the eastern Siberia hamlet of Oymyakon right now is ridiculous—and itbegs the question of just what the heck makes this part of the world so freaking cold.

Keywords: cold, oymyakon, weather, siberia, winter

Full article on earther.com | 52 Points and 17 Comments