Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan to Create Healthcare Company
Summary: “I’m in favor of anything that helps move the markets a bit, incentivizes competition and puts pressure on the big insurance carriers,” said Ashraf Shehata, a partner in KPMG LLP’s health care and life sciences advisory practice in the U.S. “An employer coalition can do a lot of things.
Keywords: health, care, companies, costs, buffett
Red Hat to Acquire CoreOS
Summary: Founded in 2013, CoreOS was created with a goal of building and delivering infrastructure for organizations of all sizes that mirrored that of large-scale software companies, automatically updating and patching servers and helping to solve pain points like downtime, security and resilience.
Keywords: red, hat, coreos, cloud, kubernetes
Xi: an editor for the next 20 years [video]
Summary: In addition to pushing the state of computer science for text handling, the project also seeks to build an open-source community for teaching and learning, and working together to create a joyful editing experience.
Keywords: text, raph, community, design, working
Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies
Summary: That means no advertiser — even those that operate legal, legitimate businesses — will be able to promote things like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings — ICOs for short — or binary options, according to a Facebook blog post.
Keywords: facebook, crypto, ads, network, ad
UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful
Summary: “The government must now bring forward changes to the Investigatory Powers Act to ensure that hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are innocent victims or witnesses to crime, are protected by a system of independent approval for access to communications data.
Keywords: court, data, powers, judges, communications
Matrix Calculus for Deep Learning
Summary: (Note that, unlike many more academic approaches, we strongly suggest first learning to train and use neural networks in practice and then study the underlying math.
Keywords: vector, chain, rule, derivative, function
U.S. Regulators to Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether
Summary: While Tether and Bitfinex don’t disclose on their websites or in public documents where they’re located or who’s in charge, Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the firms, said in a Dec. 3 email that Jan Ludovicus van der Velde is the CEO of both.
Keywords: tether, bitfinex, friedman, accounts, bank
Regexper – Regular expressions visualizer
Content-aware image resize library
Summary: Failed to load latest commit information.
Keywords: jan, commit, pull, bitmap, request
How to Work Out What to Charge Clients
Summary: So instead of intimidating you with complex value-based pricing formulas or boring you to death with project Gantt charts, I am going to share with you the rather inelegant approach I take to the subject.
Keywords: charge, minimum, work, project, pricing
A Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz (2012)
Summary: According to Pawlowicz, Pilecki’s successful operations in this period included obtaining the phone numbers of government officials and Soviet advisors, documents showing the falsification of the results of the People’s Referendum of 1946 by the communists, and a secret bilateral trade agreement between Poland and Russia calling for the Red Army to be stationed on Polish territory.
Keywords: pilecki, polish, camp, auschwitz, trump
How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel
Summary: Piper Jaffrey senior analyst Mike Olson says that by designing its own chips, Apple cuts component costs, gets an early jump on future features because it controls research and development and keeps secrets away from frenemies such as Samsung.
Keywords: apple, chip, iphone, custom, chips
Garbage collectors open a library with abandoned books
Summary: Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills.
Keywords: library, books, tasdelen, garbage, collection
Waymo Launches Its Self-Driving Armada
Summary: And while the business model for making money off these robots is still opaque—will it sell its software to carmakers, or maybe manage its own nationwide fleet of self-driving taxis?—it’s moving full speed ahead.
Keywords: waymo, testing, driverless, cars, tech
Nanopore MinION – $1k solid-state DNA sequencers
Summary: The MinION streams data in real time so that analysis can be performed during the experiment and workflows are fully versatile.
Keywords: minion, data, sequencing, time, run
Can We Copy the Brain?
Summary: Robin Hanson
Keywords: copy, mead, ray, bostrom, brain
Google winning 98% ad spots it auctions off, after order to treat others equally
Summary: ET Google continues to stymie competition in online shopping, despite a record fine from European authorities and an order to modify its behavior, rivals say.
Keywords: google, european, rivals, billion, shopping
Goodyear Hid Evidence of ‘The Worst Tire in History’ Linked to at Least 9 Deaths
Summary: Jennifer Bennett, a staff attorney at Public Justice, a nonprofit legal advocacy group who’s representing the Center in its motion to unseal records, said it’s common in cases involving an alleged defect for people to not learn about it for years “because of protective orders that’ve been inserted in lawsuits.”
Keywords: goodyear, tire, court, kurtz, case
Kodak’s Dubious Blockchain Gamble
Summary: In a recent speech , Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said that the agency was “looking closely at the disclosures of public companies that shift their business models to capitalize on the perceived promise of distributed ledger technology.”
Keywords: company, kodak, blockchain, kodakcoin, chell
Advanced Denanonymization through Strava
Summary: All I did was play around with a web UI showing photographs from orbiting cameras, adjacent to a map of the world with humanities’ activities inferred by published traces of how phones, watches and bike computers calculated their positions from a set of atomic clocks, uploaded over the internet to a queue in Apache Kafka, processed for storage in AWS S3, whose consistency and throttling is the bane of my life and rendered via Apache Kafka, as covered in Strava Engineering .
Keywords: strava, people, segment, route, private
What’s behind rich people pretending to be self-made?
Summary: The concept of ERI allows us to better understand how a sense of fairness and justice affects health: feeling that our efforts aren’t appropriately compensated creates stress – even if the “problem” is being overly rewarded.
Keywords: work, hard, people, roberts, reward
Fools and their crypto
Summary: Assume, for the sake of argument, that the token economy is a real thing and will lead, eventually, to a true utopia of token-based equity and utility coins.
Keywords: token, made, startup, prodeum, thing
On undoing, fixing, or removing commits in git
Summary: This is normally a good thing and it will eventually go away by itself, but if for some reason you want to cut your seat belts, you can expire the reflog now and garbage collect with immediate pruning.
Keywords: git, commit, branch, commits, merge
Why we wrote our Kafka Client in Pony
Summary: It is feature rich , high performance , battle tested, well maintained, officially supported by Confluent, the backbone of a number of Kafka clients in other languages and used for mission critical data processing applications.
Keywords: kafka, pony, wallaroo, client, librdkafka
Optimizing hash tables: hiding the hash code
Summary: There’s not much to be done here, as storing the hashcode in a reserved slot (like the 0th index) would still waste memory when we don’t use the object as a key in a hash table.
Keywords: hash, store, code, backing, properties
High Sierra broke AFP searching on our server
Summary: Sometimes edgy, sometimes important, sometimes weird… We’re talking artists like Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, Lawrence Weiner, Jef Cornelis, Johan Grimonprez, Steve Reinke, Walid Ra’ad, Jordi Colomer, Beatrice Gibson, Hans Op de Beeck, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, Manon de Boer and many others.
Keywords: apple, server, video, afp, don
How to Beat Amazon
Summary: For example, emerging brands can build communities by hosting local events or deploying local marketing (e.g., Warby Parker’s 2012 “Class Trip” campaign which involved a yellow school bus turned library), creating a platform for consumers to communicate with one another (e.g, Glossier evolved from the beauty blog Into the Gloss), or even just building recognizable products that consumers can use to identify each other (e.g, Blue Bottle coffee drinkers may identify other epicurean coffee drinkers by the baby blue cups they’re holding).
Keywords: amazon, brands, consumer, company, consumers
How Amazon’s Ad Business Could Threaten Google and Facebook
Summary: But analysts, brands and advertising agencies are waking up to the fact that a growing piece of Amazon’s business impinges on turf now controlled by two other tech titans, Google and Facebook.
Keywords: amazon, advertising, business, google, facebook
Upcoming Go protobuf release
Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages
Keywords: fieldssearch, groups, hidden, messages
ARM immediate value encoding (2014)
Summary: To form the constant for the data processing instruction, the 8-bit immediate value is extended with zeroes to 32 bits, then rotated the specified number of places to the right.
Keywords: instruction, arm, bits, values, set
A man accused of cheating at video games may lose his Guinness World Record
Summary: Koziel said Monday’s ruling by Twin Galaxies was a relief and that his efforts to disprove Rogers’s time wasn’t personal — the two don’t know each other and have never spoken, he said — but rather “a question of integrity” to the speedrunning community, those who try to find new ways to play video games as quickly as possible.
Keywords: rogers, time, twin, galaxies, dragster
Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by worker believing attack on US was imminent
Summary: David Benham, a Pacific Command spokesman, said in an email Tuesday that his military headquarters is using the incident as an “opportunity to improve our internal processes as well as coordinate with state authorities.” He declined to comment on the specifics of those procedures, citing security concerns.
Keywords: alert, state, emergency, false, hawaii
LibreOffice 6.0 is coming
Summary: So to conclude, this is a development that is aimed at the improvement of portability between different formats as even with the rise of the FOSS movement, many people still are used to using licensed software like MS Office.
Keywords: libreoffice, openoffice, documents, importing, libraries
Paradigm shifts for the decentralized Web
Summary: And while the David versus Goliath way of thinking is definitely present among decentralists, there are many more advantages to a world in which people and organisations regain the ability to store their data wherever they want—without missing out on the enormous potential and diversity the Web has to offer.
Keywords: data, web, applications, decentralized, pods
U.S. To Probe Apple Over Updates That Slow Older iPhones
Summary: Earlier in January, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told ABC News that when the company put out the software update that caused the performance issues for older iPhones “we did say what it was, but I don’t think a lot of people were paying attention.
Keywords: apple, iphone, company, older, update
SEC halts AriseBank ICO
Summary: Its press release was picked up by major media sites like HuffingtonPost and its endeavor was endorsed by Stan Larimer, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bitshares, who announced a partnership with the bank.
Keywords: arisebank, bank, rice, texas, fdic
All Followers Are Fake Followers
Summary: Meanwhile, the country it has viewed as a linchpin, Pakistan—a nuclear-armed cauldron of volatile politics and long America’s closest military ally in South Asia—has pursued a covert campaign in Afghanistan designed to ensure that the money and the lives have been spent in vain.
Keywords: followers, twitter, trump, people, times
Minitel – The Rise and Fall of a National Tech Treasure [video]
What’s Hiding Inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid? Tiny Robots May Find Out
Summary: Researchers who analyzed the density of particles called muons found an empty space (shown in this illustration) more than 98 feet (30 meters) long right above the grand gallery of the Great Pyramid — a passageway that leads to what may be the chamber of the pharaoh Khufu.
Keywords: void, robot, pyramid, great, robots
Open Application for YC Growth Program
Summary: Ideal candidates are companies that expect to double employees, revenue, customers, etc in the next year of operation.
Keywords: companies, application, yc, program, meet
Bill Nye Does Not Speak for Us and He Does Not Speak for Science
Summary: Credit: Ed Schipul Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) AdvertisementBut by attending the SOTU as Rep. Bridenstine’s guest, Nye has tacitly endorsed those very policies, and put his own personal brand over the interests of the scientific community at large.
Keywords: science, nye, bill, climate, public
The Trippy, High-Speed World of Drone Racing
Summary: A series of three gates at different points on a vertical loop up to the central hall’s high, vaulted ceiling required that the pilots flip their drones backward through them and emerge upright at the bottom—a dauntingly complicated move—before the final sprint to the finish line, at which they crashed into a restraining net.
Keywords: drone, drones, pilots, jordan, flying
Who Built the Pyramids? (2003)
Summary: Faunal analyst Richard Redding, of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, identified tremendous quantities of cattle, sheep, and goat bone, “enough to feed several thousand people, even if they ate meat every day,” Lehner adds.
Keywords: lehner, pyramid, pyramids, found, city
A LessWrong Crypto Autopsy
Summary: This was the easiest test case of our “make good choices” ability that we could possibly have gotten, the one where a multiply-your-money-by-a-thousand-times opportunity basically fell out of the sky and hit our community on its collective head.
Keywords: bitcoin, people, make, made, good
Tesla soliciting supplier quotes for Model Y crossover, production March 1, 2020
Summary: Caresoft Global , an engineering firm in the Chicago area, has purchased several Model 3 cars from early owners and is selling data to Tesla’s competitors.
Keywords: model, tesla, market, suv, niedermeyer
Bubble, Bubble, Fraud and Trouble
Summary: Instead, ownership of a Bitcoin is verified by possession of a secret password, which — using techniques derived from cryptography, the art of writing or solving codes — lets you access that virtual coin without revealing any information you don’t choose to.
Keywords: bitcoin, bubble, money, bitcoins, bills
The narcissism epidemic is dead?
Summary: An interesting piece from Wetzel et al. , who find no evidence for a commonly reported narcissism epidemic over the past 10-20 years, based on the perception that today’s popular culture encourages individuals to engage in self-inflation: Are recent cohorts of college students more narcissistic than their predecessors?
Keywords: cohorts, narcissism, students, narcissistic, epidemic
Steve Wozniak: ‘I don’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says’
Summary: At a conference in Sweden last week, Wozniak, who owns two Model S vehicles, doubled down on his Tesla criticism — while still leaving an opening for future optimism.
Keywords: wozniak, tesla, musk, car, elon