Microsoft disables Spectre mitigations as Intel’s patches cause instability
Summary: Both microcode and software updates designed to address the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have turned out to be buggy, often making systems unbootable or causing them to reboot more frequently.
Keywords: spectre, variant, meltdown, updates, windows
My new favorite book of all time
Summary: Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in Better Angels to track violence throughout history and applies it to 15 different measures of progress (like quality of life, knowledge, and safety).
Keywords: pinker, book, enlightenment, time, progress
LinuxBoot: Linux as Firmware
Summary: Proven approach for almost 20 years in military, consumer electronics, and supercomputing systems – wherever reliability and performance are paramount.
Keywords: firmware, drivers, boot, linux, reliability
Plunging costs make solar, wind and battery storage cheaper than coal
Summary: The plunging cost of storage, along with that of wind and solar power, appears to have crossed a new threshold after a tender conducted by a major US energy utility suggests “firm and dispatchable” renewables are now cheaper than existing coal plants.
Keywords: storage, battery, solar, wind, cost
EFF’s Fight to End Warrantless Device Searches at the Border
Summary: On September 13, 2017, EFF along with ACLU filed our lawsuit, Alasaad v. Nielsen , against the federal government on behalf of ten U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent resident whose smartphones and other devices were searched without a warrant at the U.S. border.
Keywords: border, devices, warrant, government, electronic
Practical Deep Learning for Coders 2018
Summary: Sara Hooker, who only started coding 2 years ago, and is now part of the elite Google Brain Residency Tim Anglade, who used Tensorflow to create the Not Hot Dog app for HBO’s Silicon Valley, leading Google’s CEO to tweet “ our work here is done ” Gleb Esman, who created a new fraud product for Splunk using the tools he learned in the course, and was featured on Splunk’s blog Jacques Mattheij, who built a robotic system to sort two tons of lego Karthik Kannan, founder of letsenvision.com , who told us “Today I’ve picked up steam enough to confidently work on my own CV startup and the seed for it was sowed by fast.ai with Pt.1 and Pt.2” Matthew Kleinsmith and Brendon Fortuner, who in 24 hours built a system to add filters to the background and foreground of videos, giving them victory in the 2017 Deep Learning Hackathon .
Keywords: learning, deep, students, model, year
Software Complexity Is Killing Us
Summary: It’s not intentional, but over time, we get waylaid by unforeseen complexities in building software and train ourselves to seek out edge cases, analysis gaps, all of the hidden repercussions that can result from a single bullet point of requirements.
Keywords: software, tools, code, platforms, application
The paradigms of programming
Summary: Because he there joins men who learned the bases of their field from the same concrete models, his subsequent practice will seldom evoke overt disagreement over fundamentals.
Keywords: programming, paradigms, languages, design, floyd
Why Japanese web design is so different (2013)
Summary: Urban Landscape – Walk around one of Tokyo’s main hubs like Shibuya and you’re constantly bombarded with bright neon advertisements, noisy pachinko parlours (game arcades), and crowds of rambunctious salary men or school kids.
Keywords: web, japanese, people, japan, space
How a malicious seed generation website stole $4M
Summary: Click here if you are not redirected.
Keywords: click, redirected
Summary: A fully charged Telsa traveling over 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour that crashes into a chemical plant, electrical subsystem, oil line, or gas station will have an impact worse than bombs that terrorists set off in the middle east.
Keywords: cyber, security, devices, computer, software
Godot 3.0 game engine released
Summary: Thanks to the fantastic work done by Nathan Lovato ( GDquest ), Chris Bradfield ( KidsCanCode ) and many other contributors, Godot 3.0 also comes with brand new documentation (which is to be expected, as most APIs changed considerably).
Keywords: godot, support, work, features, engine
The U.S. Gets Less Subway for Its Money Than Its Peers
Summary: In Manhattan, the population density and utilities around Second Avenue make it comparable to Paris, London, Berlin, and other older cities with large subway systems that have complex tunnel networks.
Keywords: rail, subway, cost, line, costs
Status.im Invests $5M in Riot.im
Summary: “Our investment in Riot.im and Matrix will ensure the continued development of decentralized communications protocols, and presents some really interesting opportunities for Status in the future.” said Jarrad Hope, our Co-Founder.“The funding is absolutely key to us now,” said Amandine Le Pape, head of operations and product for Riot.im.
Keywords: open, matrix, status, source, investment
Ten days in Shenzhen
Summary: It’s not my goal to elaborate on that here, though I might in a subsequent post, but there is an enormous difference between cooking up a project using a standard dev board like an Arduino and self-printing a case for it, and actually charting a path to creating a finished product that can be mass-produced, marketed and supported.
Keywords: time, shenzhen, hardware, teges, hqb
Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology including testosterone production
Summary: Featured PortalsArticles by Topic
Keywords: sciences, featured, portalsarticles, topic, biological
Dell could emerge as a public company through a reverse merger with VMware
Summary: While the technique is still widely used, VMware’s growth prospects have been tempered as companies have moved more of their infrastructure from their own data centers to large cloud providers like Amazon and Microsoft .
Keywords: dell, vmware, company, deal, billion
Why Personas Fail
Summary: Teach them how to recruit representative users for testing, how to write scenarios for design inspiration and usability-test tasks, or how to segment their analytics with your persona data.
Keywords: personas, persona, people, work, created
Qubes Air: Generalizing the Qubes Architecture
Summary: new approach to managing one’s digital life (i.e. an explicit partitioning model into security domains); and last but not least, 3) it has very specific hardware requirements , which is the result of using Xen as the hypervisor and Linux-based Virtual Machines (VMs) for networking and USB qubes.
Keywords: qubes, gui, qube, cloud, vms
PID Without a PhD [pdf]
Linear logic and deep learning [pdf]
MPEG: A crisis, the causes and a solution
Summary: We could introduce fractional options in the sense that a proposer could indicate that the technology be assigned to a specifically identified profile with an “industry licence” (defined outside MPEG) that does not contain monetary values.
Keywords: mpeg, standards, option, video, standard
Making Sense of Super Smash Bros. Melee
Summary: There’s so many things about Claude Bloodgood that warrant their own post (his opening of choice, the Grob Attack, of which he wrote a book on ; his self-proclamation of being a Nazi spy during the war; his attempt to break out of prison after overpowering a guard at a chess tournament - the list is unending), but I’ll leave them for another time, or perhaps encourage Jon Bois to do a video on him.
Keywords: players, data, player, skill, melee
Minigo: An open-source implementation of the AlphaGo Zero algorithm
Summary: This is an independent effort by Go enthusiasts to replicate the results of the AlphaGo Zero paper (“Mastering the Game of Go without Human Knowledge,” Nature ), with some resources generously made available by Google.
Keywords: model, cluster, run, games, set
Clive OS: Go applications that can run without an operating system (2016)
Summary: Clive is an operating system designed to work in distributed and cloud computing environments.
Keywords: software, clive, cloud, system, main
Outperforming LAPACK with C++ metaprogramming
Summary: However, it preserves safety thanks to its balloting and anchoring system, and will provide progress as soon as the partial synchrony kicks in and weak-complete & eventually-weak-accurate failure detectors are implementable (i.e., when we are out of the realm of the FLP result).
Keywords: node, algorithm, state, paxos, request
Show HN: Card Proxy Generator – Generate printable game cards from JSON
Summary: If a field with the key ‘count’ is present it will be ignored and if it’s a number that many duplicates of the card will be made.
Keywords: key, card, fields, data, json
Vulnerable industrial controls directly connected to Internet
Summary: They include a possibly drunk former employee of an industrial control-system vendor who used default login credentials to remotely shut down tower gateway base stations (TGBs) that collect data from smart water meters.
Keywords: systems, security, control, devices, electrical
Why I find IOTA alarming
Summary: Bitcoin, with its proof-of-work system, attempted to balance incentives of the parties on the platform in a way that would allow it to function without a bank being involved or without creating new centralized bank-like entities on the network.
Keywords: iota, network, cryptocurrency, transaction, iot
Designing Distributed Systems E-Book
Summary: Exploration of a platform for integrating applications, data sources, business partners, clients, mobile apps, social networks, and Internet of Things devices.
Keywords: systems, distributed, build, development, business
CoreRT – .NET Core runtime optimized for AOT compilation
Summary: New pull request Latest commit 81f8086 Jan 30, 2018 jkotasCleanup + Small TimeZoneInfo optimization for Unix (#5314) …
Keywords: jan, build, jun, cli, test
6.S191: Introduction to Deep Learning
Summary: D. Sculley leads teams in Google Brain focused on TensorFlow Usability, ML Fairness, Bayesian Optimization, and general deep learning research.
Keywords: ai, learning, research, lab, director
Becoming a Lawyer Without Going to Law School (2015)
Summary: But with courses focusing on a wide range of subject matter — Biblical studies, Aristotle, Adam Smith, Montesquieu — the schools, in actuality, didn’t do much to prepare students for the bar exam.
Keywords: law, bar, exam, school, study
A16z Monthly Newsletter: Good things come in threes
Summary: But these fears about the implications of a black box are misplaced: AI is no less transparent than the way in which doctors have always worked – and in many cases it represents an improvement, augmenting what hospitals can do for patients and the entire health care system.
Keywords: trade, china, services, tech, read
Drones that can plant 100k trees a day
Fears grow over Tether ‘printing press’ as auditors part ways
Summary: Professor Nicholas Weaver from UC Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute has warned of a “bloodbath” in cryptocurrency prices if the “Tether printing press ever breaks”.
Keywords: tether, bitfinex, price, bitcoin, market
High Performance Browser Networking (2013)
Summary: This book is required reading for anyone who cares about web performance; it’s already established as the go-to reference on the topic.
Keywords: protocols, web, performance, book, types
TomTom ditches map updates for some sat-navs
Summary: When the BBC contacted TomTom, the company confirmed that there were two devices named “Start 20” and that Paula’s, the newer version, would in fact receive map updates.
Keywords: tomtom, updates, maps, customers, device
Easy laser-cut electronics cases for maker boards (2017)
Summary: The board doesn’t include a heatsink as standard, but the case leaves room to add one on the main SoC and I’ve put a small ventilation grill above it for passive cooling.
Keywords: case, laser, pi, nylon, pack
America’s Love Affair with Avocado
Summary: At Avocaderia, which claims to be the world’s first avocado bar, in Brooklyn, long queues stretch from the counter outward into a large food hall.
Keywords: avocado, year, avocados, production, california
‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. It didn’t exist
Summary: He created a Web page with a menu based off emotions — a concept “silly enough to infuriate your dad,” he wrote — and illustrated it with photographs of artsy looking dishes made out of household products like bleach tablets and shaving cream.
Keywords: restaurant, tripadvisor, butler, shed, fake
Blockshell – A minimal blockchain learning CLI
Summary: A command line utility for learning Blockchain technical concepts likechaining, mining, proof of work etc.
Keywords: jan, blockshell, step, blockchain, fixed
The Open Sourcerer’s Magic Spell Book
Summary: Now that we made our application safe and easy to maintain in any possible way we can think of, we need to think of managing upcoming releases, issues and to make our roadmaps as well as the amount of work we put into securing the quality of it visible to our users and contributors.
Keywords: dependencies, code, signal, github, issues
An ER visit, a $12,000 bill – and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay
Summary: All of these policies suggest a new and controversial strategy for reining in health care costs: asking patients to play a larger role in assessing their own medical condition — or pay a steep price.
Keywords: anthem, emergency, cloyd, room, care
The SCO vs IBM Zombie Shambles On
GDPR and Google Analytics
Summary: GDPR and Google Analytics: adactio.com/journal/13364 - Remember to ensure that Apache doesn’t store IP addresses to its access log ;)
Keywords: analytics, google, site, gdpr, consent
Write dumb code
Summary: We first learn loops, then functions, then classes, etc.. We are praised as we ascend this hierarchy, writing longer programs with more advanced technology.
Keywords: code, problems, time, solve, project
How Apple fumbled a five-year lead in voice control
Summary: Brian makes a persuasive case that Apple held Siri back from being all it could be because it would compete with iOS.
Keywords: voice, apple, siri, people, future
MS to Give Windows 10 a ‘Modern’ Overhaul with Light Weight Polaris Windows Core
Summary: The OS will feature CShell, the coming universal shell that is shared across all devices, but the Polaris composer will offer a traditional desktop environment that computer users are accustomed to.
Keywords: windows, polaris, microsoft, os, components
Keurig to Acquire Dr Pepper Snapple in Largest Soft-Drink Deal Ever
Summary: But Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj questions the logic of the deal and worries about its potential impact on Dr Pepper’s distribution arrangements with Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, which he estimates will account for about 15% of the new company’s earnings before interest or taxes.
Keywords: dr, pepper, keurig, billion, company
PointCNN – A simple and general framework for feature learning from point cloud
Summary: PointCNN is a simple and general framework for feature learning from point cloud, which refreshed five benchmark records in point cloud processing, including:
Keywords: segmentation, classification, defined, accuracy, pointcnn
Greenlet – Move an async function into its own thread in the browser
Summary: New pull request Latest commit 4107e60 Jan 30, 2018 developitAdd note of credit to@sgb-iofor his lovely annotation
Keywords: jan, greenlet, web, function, credit
Governments Worry That Cryptocurrencies Could Be the ‘Next Swiss Bank Account’
Summary: The study looked at money laundering through Bitcoin ATMs, exchanges, gambling sites and mixers – services that convert one digital currency to another – and found that illicit uses rose steadily between 2013 and 2016, the time range of its research.
Keywords: study, offshore, zcash, drake, cryptocurrencies
A motorbike-racing robot
Summary: This rule meant that the designers then had to deal with constraints on all sorts of things like geometry, the size of the actuators that control the robot’s movements, where sensors were placed and more factors that wouldn’t have been an issue in a purpose-built vehicle.
Keywords: motobot, robot, bike, rossi, human
My next laptop isn’t gonna be a Mac
Summary: Sure, I could vainly search for 64-bit versions of the tools I use, some of which might not exist or be maintained, and spend a lot of time trying to upgrade the ones I’ve written which work just fine now (breaking the unified build I do on my G5 and being generally inconvenient), and could click through the warning you’ll now get in 10.13.4 whenever you open a 32-bit app and leap whatever hoops I have to jump through on 10.14 to run them “without compromise.”
Keywords: apple, sierra, os, good, macs
Snowflake Computing raises $263M for its data warehouse
Summary: Snowflake sells database software that runs in Amazon’s cloud and provides businesses with a high-performance, highly scalable environment to store massive amounts of information for processing by a range of applications, including machine learning algorithms.
Keywords: snowflake, round, capital, company, muglia
Tech Giants Brace for Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules
Summary: because it sets a strong standard for privacy and data protection rights, which is at the core of our business,” Julie Brill, a corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, said in an interview.
Keywords: data, companies, privacy, rules, facebook
Restoring MacOS device from a snapshot with APFS (2017)
Summary: APFS now support snapshots, a feature users of Virtual Machines love and can barely live without!
Keywords: snapshot, select, command, restore, tmutil
Cisco Security Advisory Cisco ASA RCE and DoS Vulnerability
Summary: In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to upgrade contain sufficient memory and confirm that current hardware and software configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release.
Keywords: software, customers, cisco, release, major
How the Guardian improbably put itself on the path to profits
Summary: The publisher’s pledge to cut 20 percent of its costs within three years, began with scrapping plans to transform the 30,000 square foot Midlands Goods Shed (a former train depot) at King’s Cross into a dedicated events space.
Keywords: guardian, publisher, million, advertising, revenue
Show HN: The ZynAddSubFX open source musical synthesizer
Summary: Polyphonic with support for legato and mono playing modes Three synthesizer engines: Additive Synthesis for classic synth sounds composed of a variety of voices with powerful modulation.
Keywords: instruments, filters, support, effects, synthesis