Top Posts for February 4, 2018

A pessimistic vision of India’s looming environmental and economic collapse

Summary: Recently, writing against the backdrop of the unprecedented spike in Delhi’s air pollution, Raghu Raman, the president of Reliance Industries’ risk, security & new ventures division and former CEO of India’s National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), put forward a starkly apocalyptic vision of the country’s future:

Keywords: india, economic, growth, resources, raman

Full article on thewire.in | 298 Points and 164 Comments

Migrating to Python 3 with pleasure

Summary: Previously different modules used custom ways to point types in doctrings (Hint: pycharm can convert old docstrings to fresh typehinting).

Keywords: python, code, data, type, types

Full article on github.com | 282 Points and 137 Comments

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form a Center for Humane Technology

Summary: In January, two big Wall Street investors asked Apple to study the health effects of its products and to make it easier to limit children’s use of iPhones and iPads.

Keywords: facebook, children, technology, center, social

Full article on nytimes.com | 276 Points and 161 Comments

RustBelt: securing the foundations of the Rust programming language

Summary: 66 ACM New York, NY, USA table of contents doi> 10.11453158154 Author Tags

Keywords: artifacts, downloads, article, programming, acm

Full article on dl.acm.org | 271 Points and 94 Comments

Donkey Kong scoreboard strips high score claim

Summary: Billy Mitchell has been a polarizing figure in the tight-knit world of classic video game high scores since well before he appeared as Steve Wiebe’s antagonist in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters .

Keywords: kong, mitchell, donkey, evidence, mame

Full article on arstechnica.com | 239 Points and 89 Comments

LLVM for Grad Students (2015)

Summary: Emery Berger pointed out that dynamic binary instrumentation tools, like Pin , are still the right choice if you need to observe architecture specifics: registers, the memory hierarchy, instruction encoding, etc.

Keywords: llvm, pass, code, ir, compiler

Full article on cs.cornell.edu | 218 Points and 19 Comments

Spain cracks King Ferdinand’s 500-year-old code

Summary: Image copyrightRadio Television EspanolaImage caption The men used “over 200 symbols” to communicate with each other A 500-year-old secret code used in letters between one of Spain’s most famous monarchs and a military commander has been cracked.

Keywords: letters, spain, ferdinand, code, century

Full article on bbc.com | 190 Points and 33 Comments

Single Page Application Is Not a Silver Bullet

Summary: And it really helped – the user was able to see the markup (though it does not work on old mobile devices), but the problem is that before the javascript is downloaded, parsed and executed, so React can add event listeners and your page is finally interactive, a lot of time actually passes.

Keywords: time, lot, problem, application, big

Full article on blog.bloomca.me | 189 Points and 102 Comments

Exploiting modern microarchitectures: Meltdown, Spectre, and other attacks [pdf]

Full article on people.redhat.com | 187 Points and 24 Comments

Microsoft Office could be a bigger productivity drain than Candy Crush

Summary: Design a pretty graph, search the internet for cartoons for a presentation, use a price-comparison site to book some travel, craft an eloquent post on LinkedIn, and office life starts to look mildly entertaining — even if there isn’t much time left to do the jobs for which we’re paid.

Keywords: productivity, jobs, office, smith, book

Full article on timharford.com | 183 Points and 101 Comments

MIT 6.S099: Artificial General Intelligence

Summary: This class takes an engineering approach to exploring possible research paths toward building human-level intelligence.

Keywords: learning, mit, ai, intelligence, deep

Full article on agi.mit.edu | 161 Points and 3 Comments

Talks I have given

Summary: This potentially self-destructive behavior seems likely to have unwanted side-effects like spontaneous righteous indignation, superfluous historical metaphor, and near-lethal exposure to tangential anecdote — and yet I find myself compelled to enable it by collecting my erstwhile scattered talks.

Keywords: talk, slides, talks, trilogy, dtrace

Full article on dtrace.org | 136 Points and 11 Comments

In a society obsessed with success, how do we come to terms with failure?

Summary: I’d spend the day at school dreading the start of gym, the hour at which Janice would try to make me do an insane release on the bars, or take a sketchy tumbling pass from the foam pit to the hard floor, or throw me up on the beam again and demand the resurrection of those back flips.

Keywords: sport, janice, failure, time, gymnast

Full article on theglobeandmail.com | 132 Points and 109 Comments

Venice without water

Summary: Yes, look at these famed Venetian gondolas helplessly abandoned on the docks, as the low tides caused by Wednesday’s ‘super blue blood moon’ dried up the canals, robbing gondoliers of their money and residents of their transportation.

Keywords: low, pinto, city, vincenzo, tides

Full article on strangesounds.org | 131 Points and 87 Comments

Show HN: Simple Print – Convert web articles into printable PDFs

Summary: Convert web articles into printable PDFs

Keywords: convert, printable, pdfs, web, articles

Full article on pdf.fivefilters.org | 115 Points and 38 Comments

Micro-op fusion in x86

Summary: I tried manually unrolling the loop and doing other sort of things, but as what I understand in my toy examples latency of the memory operations (even though data should be in the L1-cache) are big enough to hide the inefficiencies in fetch and decode bandwidth.

Keywords: fused, number, instructions, code, performance

Full article on dendibakh.github.io | 114 Points and 39 Comments

25 Days of ReasonML

Summary: I’m definitely interested in investing more of my time in learning and building things in ReasonML, and I’ve started to take an active part in the community.

Keywords: reasonml, code, javascript, set, module

Full article on medium.com | 112 Points and 34 Comments

​Pipenv: One Year Later and a Call for Help

Summary: The project will be fine without any additional contributors — but the level of quality we are striving for requires more development man hours than our team is capable of producing at this time.

Keywords: project, pipenv, team, python, packaging

Full article on kennethreitz.org | 112 Points and 12 Comments

Revisiting ‘Monadic Parsing in Haskell’

Summary: To be fair, the Applicative abstraction hadn’t been discovered yet, and this is also the reason why the authors define mzero and mplus (which they call (++) ) instead of the more general Alternative methods empty and (<|>) .

Keywords: haskell, applicative, parser, parsing, don

Full article on vaibhavsagar.com | 112 Points and 10 Comments

Stripping CO2 from the air and using it to produce carbon-neutral fuel

Summary: Photograph: pembina.org It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western Canada could just provide the fix to stop the world tipping into runaway climate change and substitute dwindling supplies of conventional fuel.

Keywords: emissions, carbon, negative, technologies, air

Full article on theguardian.com | 110 Points and 100 Comments

Ten Years of Instapaper

Summary: By the end of the year, we also added the first proper offline mode, more fonts, the Archive section, “Give me something to read” (the precursor to the current Daily/Feature content), tilt-scroll and our first business model–a separate version of the app called Instapaper Pro which cost $9.99.

Keywords: instapaper, app, support, store, added

Full article on blog.instapaper.com | 108 Points and 51 Comments

SENS Research Foundation Receives $2.4M Ethereum Donation from Vitalik Buterin

Summary: Their focus on creating solutions to the diseases of aging, one of the greatest problems facing humanity, is very much in line with my goal to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world,” said Vitalik Buterin.

Keywords: research, sens, foundation, diseases, aging

Full article on sens.org | 108 Points and 79 Comments

TensorFlow on Mobile: TensorFlow Lite

Summary: The interpreter ensures minimum load, initialization and execution delay by using static graph ordering and custom memory allocator.

Keywords: models, tensorflow, mobile, api, neural

Full article on towardsdatascience.com | 107 Points and 25 Comments

The Piranha of Portugal: the Greatest Counterfeiter of All Time (2014)

Summary: As in all of these cases, whether it be counterfeiting currency, pumping and dumping, forging corporate books, hiding money in offshore accounts, or any of the other financial schemes that crooks are heir to, it was hubris and greed which undid Reis.

Keywords: reis, portugal, banknotes, banco, angola

Full article on globalfinancialdata.com | 101 Points and 18 Comments

Slack is not for me

Summary: Despite the taming tactics, the organization (roughly 300 employees large) implicitly understands Slack to be grounds for unfettered access to each other; requiring only a few key strokes to summon peers.

Keywords: slack, communication, person, time, tool

Full article on medium.com | 101 Points and 105 Comments

Thunderbolt 3 Unblocker

Summary: This project provides a kernel extension that unblocks unsupported Thunderbolt 3 peripherals (such as the Razer Core) on macOS.

Keywords: feb, project, kernel, refactoring, separate

Full article on github.com | 97 Points and 79 Comments

Government to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year 84 percent jump from last year

Summary: Investors are concerned about all the additional borrowing and the likelihood of higher inflation, which is why the interest rates on U.S. government bonds hit the highest level since 2014.

Keywords: debt, borrowing, treasury, fiscal, year

Full article on chicagotribune.com | 92 Points and 90 Comments

Bitcoin has a huge scaling problem–Lightning could be the solution

Summary: To unlock those funds, Bob and Charlie would have to work together, generating a single bitcoin transaction that’s signed by both of their private keys.

Keywords: bob, alice, transaction, bitcoin, bitcoins

Full article on arstechnica.com | 91 Points and 127 Comments

Why are successful professionals still working 70 hours a week?

Summary: Executive Summary In the old days, if you were a white-collar worker, the deal was that you worked as hard as you could at the start of your career to earn the right to be rewarded later on, with security of tenure and a series of increasingly senior positions.

Keywords: work, insecure, professional, organizations, firm

Full article on hbr.org | 90 Points and 79 Comments

The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

Summary: Plenty of college graduates couldn’t make sense of a table explaining how an employee’s annual health-insurance costs varied with income and family size, or summarize the work-experience requirements in a job ad, or even use a newspaper schedule to find when a television program ended.

Keywords: students, education, college, hours, years

Full article on theatlantic.com | 87 Points and 92 Comments

Sweden is deporting entrepreneur for lowering his own salary

Summary: Sweden’s strict rules in the area are designed to stop workers being exploited, but Ismail pointed out that he was in no way forced into his decision, and that it was simply a conscious choice by a young company to sacrifice in the short term for long-term gain.

Keywords: ismail, order, sweden, birka, entrepreneur

Full article on thelocal.se | 78 Points and 56 Comments

Show HN: I implemented seamless copy and paste of images, and wrote a tutorial

Summary: In our case, we utilized Gimp to draw a closed loop around the kitten in a separate layer, and then finished the mask by performing a simple flood fill, as is illustrated below.

Keywords: image, gradients, poisson, blending, source

Full article on erkaman.github.io | 64 Points and 8 Comments

Tesla Model 3 Teardown by Engineering Firm Reveals Flaws Like ‘A Kia in the 90s’

Summary: In addition to the fit and finish issues, Munro also talks about how hard it’s going to be to tear into the Model 3, calling it a “miserable job,” and labeling Tesla engineers as “definitely electronics snobs.” He backs this up by showing how difficult it is to get to the “Front Trunk First Responder Loop,” which shuts off the high voltage system and disables the airbags.

Keywords: munro, rear, company, car, front

Full article on jalopnik.com | 60 Points and 7 Comments

The search for Jackie Wallace

Summary: From the interstate ramp heading west, he had caught a glimpse of a living room of sorts, with men resting on ragged couches and old easy chairs circled around a camp stove and rickety tables.

Keywords: wallace, jackie, story, back, man

Full article on nola.com | 57 Points and 7 Comments

The U.S. government is set to borrow nearly $1 trillion this year

Summary: Those deficits and the debt that keeps rising is a serious problem, not only in the long run, but right now,” Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, a former Reagan adviser, told Bloomberg .

Keywords: debt, borrowing, treasury, trump, year

Full article on washingtonpost.com | 57 Points and 54 Comments

Things that were more likely to kill you in 1970s Britain than today

Summary: “The main strain of flu that year affected older people more than the young, which likely contributed to the high number of winter deaths,” says Dr Annie Campbell, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Keywords: deaths, people, death, winter, rates

Full article on bbc.co.uk | 54 Points and 52 Comments

Show HN: A Tetris clone written in ES6 using React

Full article on tetris.joshbassett.info | 53 Points and 21 Comments

Three Meanings of E=mc²

Summary: Image credit: Ray Shapp / Mike Luciuk; modified by E. Siegel.If we want to conserve energy, we have to understand that gravitational redshift (and blueshift) must be real.

Keywords: energy, mass, einstein, mc², particle

Full article on medium.com | 53 Points and 15 Comments

An Updated Analysis for the “Giving Up on Julia” Blog Post

Summary: 3-Feb-2018 8:00 PM PST – clarified the reason for not including certain performance results from the other blog and added references to array & string formatting packages (feedbacks from Christopher Rackauckas & Scott Jones) 4-Feb-2018 11:25 AM PST – updated Julia project lines of code statistics based on release-0.6 branch; updated notes about Markdown vs. reStructuredText after doing more research.

Keywords: julia, code, author, μs, language

Full article on tk3369.wordpress.com | 53 Points and 18 Comments

Why do we keep designing streets for speed?

Summary: Bryan has also held leadership positions with the Cities of Carlsbad, Fremont and Fresno where he has inspired bold visions and big campaigns and aligned them with a strategic implementation plans that delivered numerous projects to enhance safety, livability and economy.

Keywords: speed, safety, limits, fatalities, communities

Full article on strongtowns.org | 52 Points and 108 Comments