Top Posts for February 9, 2018

VLC 3.0 release

Summary: Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively Can play Blu-Ray Java menus : BD-J VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS

Keywords: audio, windows, hardware, vlc, video

Full article on videolan.org | 778 Points and 263 Comments

Uber and Waymo Reach Settlement

Summary: But the prospect that a couple of Waymo employees may have inappropriately solicited others to join Otto, and that they may have potentially left with Google files in their possession, in retrospect, raised some hard questions.

Keywords: uber, waymo, technology, future, people

Full article on uber.com | 499 Points and 254 Comments

Amazon will launch its own delivery service to compete with FedEx, UPS

Summary: WSJ first reported on a delivery service pilot program from Amazon back in 2016, and this new initiative appears to be the result of a successful test run.

Keywords: amazon, service, swa, ups, packages

Full article on bgr.com | 405 Points and 279 Comments

Postmortem of Service Outage at 3.4M Concurrent Users

Summary: The online team has been working diligently over the past month to keep up with the demand created by the rapid week-over-week growth of our user base.While we cannot promise there won’t be future outages as our services reach new peaks, we hope to live by this great quote from Futurama, “ When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.

Keywords: service, services, xmpp, data, cluster

Full article on epicgames.com | 373 Points and 150 Comments

Is developer compensation becoming bimodal?

Summary: Highly paid programmers couldn’t get their work done without microprocessors, and there are more processors sold than ever before, but the comp packages for a “senior” person at places like Intel and Qualcomm aren’t even within a factor of two as at Google or Facebook.

Keywords: compensation, data, companies, programmers, people

Full article on danluu.com | 354 Points and 517 Comments

Show HN: TablePlus – A macOS client for relational databases

Summary: Supporting most of relational databases : PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, Amazon Redshift, SQLite, MariaDB… Extendable , because we don’t want to include everything in one tool.

Keywords: tool, native, modern, tools, relational

Full article on medium.com | 320 Points and 147 Comments

Fertility ‘breakthrough’ as human eggs grown in lab for first time

Summary: “This is an elegant piece of work, demonstrating for the first time that human eggs can be grown to maturity in a laboratory,” said Dr Channa Jayasena, a member of the Society for Endocrinology and clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London, who was not involved with the research.

Keywords: eggs, women, ovarian, fertility, telfer

Full article on independent.co.uk | 291 Points and 106 Comments

Facebook’s Desperate Smoke Screen

Summary: He then turned to the political problems, arguing that these companies have an undue ability to influence people’s behavior by leveraging their massive data stores to precisely target messages that nudge users in specific directions.

Keywords: facebook, social, soros, media, attention

Full article on calnewport.com | 266 Points and 239 Comments

GitHub shouldn’t allow username reuse

Summary: Several days ago however the user who ran it, “Jim Teeuwen” ( wayback machine ), completely disappeared from the internet – deleting his Github account and personal domain in the process.

Keywords: github, project, original, user, package

Full article on donatstudios.com | 193 Points and 122 Comments

QUIC as a solution to protocol ossification

Summary: A few things have to be transmitted in clear text, though; a connection ID is required, for example, to find the key needed to decrypt the rest.

Keywords: quic, protocol, connection, udp, tcp

Full article on lwn.net | 192 Points and 118 Comments

What Thunderbird Learned at FOSDEM

Summary: It proved to be a great opportunity to discuss Thunderbird with a wide range of contributors, users, and interested developers – and the feedback I received at the event was fantastic (and helpful)!

Keywords: thunderbird, project, people, heard, community

Full article on blog.mozilla.org | 189 Points and 137 Comments

“The effects of lifelong exposure to a perverse contingency” (2002)

Summary: I had the most satisfying Eureka experience of my career while attempting to teach flight instructors that praise is more effective than punishment for promoting skill-learning.

Keywords: analysis, behavior, experimental, nobel, flight

Full article on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov | 189 Points and 74 Comments

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 looks set to retain the headphone jack

Summary: This is a phone that will compete against the iPhone X, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and more niche rivals like Google’s Pixel 2: all of them surviving sans a headphone jack.

Keywords: galaxy, samsung, headphone, jack, dex

Full article on theverge.com | 182 Points and 190 Comments

Meltdown Initial Performance Regressions

Summary: Based on PMC analysis and the description of the changes, one suspected factor is additional page table memory demand on the KPTI system, causing the workload to fall out of a CPU cache sooner.

Keywords: syscall, overhead, performance, rate, kpti

Full article on brendangregg.com | 181 Points and 34 Comments

JIT Compilation for Emacs Lisp

Summary: libjit seemed like a nice middle ground between a JIT with heavy runtime costs (LLVM, GCC) and one that is too lightweight (Lightning).

Keywords: emacs, jit, code, bytecode, libjit

Full article on tromey.com | 159 Points and 43 Comments

Escaping Data from Faraday-Caged, Air-Gapped Computers via Magnetic Fields

Summary: We introduce a malware code-named ODINI that can control the low frequency magnetic fields emitted from the infected computer by regulating the load of the CPU cores.

Keywords: magnetic, faraday, data, sensitive, computer

Full article on arxiv.org | 148 Points and 69 Comments

Financial Times journo’s private messages quoted to her at China visa renewal

Full article on twitter.com | 147 Points and 58 Comments

How and Why Athletes Go Broke (2009)

Summary: FilmsPHOTODAVID BERGMAN Roadblock McAllister filed for bankruptcy for his car dealership and allegedly owes Nissan almost $7 million.FIVE PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR.; TONY TOMSIC; HERB SCHARFMAN; GEORGE LONG; JOHN IACONO PHOTONEILSON BARNARD/GETTY IMAGES¬†Relative Values Usually eager to share his wisdom, Johnson won’t work with those who rely on friends and family.PHOTODAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS PoorDad Having fathered nine kids by nine women, Henry has been jailed for falling behind in child-support payments.PHOTOGREG NELSON VinnieChase no more Artest sent home six members of his entourage to minimize hisliabilities.PHOTODARREN CARROLL LessonLearned?

Keywords: million, athletes, players, money, financial

Full article on si.com | 145 Points and 240 Comments

A Sleeping Alexa Can Listen for More Than Just Its Name

Summary: The company has already encoded the sound of a baby’s cry, a window being broken, a dog barking, and a smoke alarm, as well as the ability to spot a general anomaly in ambient noise, and is licensing its software to various consumer electronics manufacturers.

Keywords: sound, audio, company, sounds, mitchell

Full article on spectrum.ieee.org | 139 Points and 147 Comments

Anatomy of a Ceph meltdown

Summary: Tracking down the exact place where this corruption happened turned out to be hard: printing STL data structures is provided by gdb, but to create watchpoints on certain addresses you need to reverse-engineer the actual memory layouts.

Keywords: ceph, osd, started, server, run

Full article on chneukirchen.org | 137 Points and 96 Comments

PostgreSQL 10.2 Released

Summary: The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an update to all supported versions of our database system, including 10.2, 9.6.7, 9.5.11, 9.4.16, 9.3.21.

Keywords: fix, postgresql, fixes, update, release

Full article on postgresql.org | 136 Points and 19 Comments

Creating a Linux Desktop App with Ruby

Summary: In the Common tab of the properties section, set the Widget Spacing > Margins > Top, Bottom, Left, Right all to 10 so that the contents are not stuck to the borders of the window.

Keywords: application, widget, set, section, window

Full article on iridakos.com | 127 Points and 47 Comments

Impala: Scalable Distributed Deep Reinforcement Learning

Summary: This work was done by Lasse Espeholt, Hubert Soyer, Remi Munos, Karen Simonyan, Volodymir Mnih, Tom Ward, Yotam Doron, Vlad Firoiu, Tim Harley, Iain Dunning, Shane Legg and Koray Kavukcuoglu

Keywords: impala, learning, actors, agent, tasks

Full article on deepmind.com | 120 Points and 28 Comments

IOTA: Cannot be used for IoT, loss of funds may occur

Summary: I hope he grants me my wish of finding my first peer.I don’t think the genie is running a full node.Nor does Alain.I noticed a mistake in my firewall rules.

Keywords: iota, wallet, start, discord, shows

Full article on shitcoin.com | 119 Points and 84 Comments

Skylight, a Ruby profiler, free for open source applications

Summary: We aim to make it easier for them to tackle slow parts of their favorite open source apps, and have a good way to measure the result of their contributions.

Keywords: source, open, performance, skylight, contributors

Full article on blog.skylight.io | 109 Points and 27 Comments

Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5M

Summary: In a statement on Friday night, John Bennett, president of Oakhurst Dairy, said the company “is pleased the dispute regarding overtime pay for delivery drivers has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.”

Keywords: comma, oxford, dairy, drivers, law

Full article on nytimes.com | 96 Points and 65 Comments

OpenBoard – An interactive whiteboard for schools and universities

Summary: The University of Lausanne, who developped the original Uniboard software in 2003 has recently joined the effort by means of a logistical and financial contribution.

Keywords: openboard, open, software, switzerland, geneva

Full article on openboard.ch | 96 Points and 16 Comments

Researchers giving psilocybin to religious leaders (2017)

Summary: This is all a part of what’s now being called the “psychedelic renaissance” with MDMA (often confused with its recreational version ecstasy) on track to be administered by psychotherapists for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by 2021; the growing legalization of cannabis nationwide; and a positive response among the public to the psilocybin trials for cancer patients.

Keywords: mystical, religious, experiences, psilocybin, people

Full article on qz.com | 95 Points and 52 Comments

Tesla Roadster has been officially logged as a celestial object by NASA

Full article on twitter.com | 89 Points and 41 Comments

Google fined in India for search bias

Summary: Thursday’s verdict stems from two cases filed in 2012 by Consim Info Private Ltd (now known as Matrimony.com Ltd) and the NGO Consumer Unity and Trust Society which charged Google with contravening provisions of the Competition Act.

Keywords: google, search, results, services, commission

Full article on telegraphindia.com | 86 Points and 20 Comments

Closing out an incredible week in Rust

Summary: Breakthrough #2 : @nikomatsakis had a eureka moment and figured out a path to make specialization sound, while still supporting its most important use cases (blog post forthcoming!).

Keywords: rust, working, week, led, subgroup

Full article on aturon.github.io | 83 Points and 6 Comments

Show HN: Automatic detection of non-colorblind safe colors

Summary: Since color blindness affects hue perception I thought it made sense to get a good sample of the entire hue-spectrum.

Keywords: color, colors, difference, distance, differences

Full article on vis4.net | 79 Points and 27 Comments

For first time a dedicated conversation on cryptocurrency in US congress

Summary: Amidst the government’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies and banks blocking customers from bitcoin with their credit cards, this Senate hearing was a respite for HODLers.

Keywords: bitcoin, giancarlo, cftc, blockchain, currencies

Full article on coingape.com | 78 Points and 46 Comments

Learning Go as a Node.js Developer

Summary: This package provides synchronization, error propagation, and Context cancellation for groups of goroutines working on subtasks of a common task.

Keywords: dep, language, asynchronous, npm, dependency

Full article on nemethgergely.com | 78 Points and 76 Comments

Microbe Emoji

Summary: EmojiOne™ images provided by EmojiOne.

Keywords: registered, trademarks, trademark, provided, microsoft

Full article on emojipedia.org | 71 Points and 50 Comments

Regular Expression Matching Can Be Simple and Fast (2007)

Summary: [ 2 ] Ville Laurikari, “NFAs with Tagged Transitions, their Conversion to Deterministic Automata and Application to Regular Expressions,” in Proceedings of the Symposium on String Processing and Information Retrieval, September 2000. http://laurikari.net/ville/spire2000-tnfa.ps

Keywords: regular, nfa, expression, state, implementation

Full article on swtch.com | 71 Points and 20 Comments

Rent Control Needs Retirement, Not a Comeback

Summary: Meanwhile, price ceilings reduce the supply because they decrease the incentive to build, and can make it downright imperative to remove rental housing from the market and turn it to some other use – condos, warehouses, anything that won’t trigger the rent controls.

Keywords: rent, housing, people, control, supply

Full article on bloomberg.com | 71 Points and 90 Comments

The fanciest shopping center in America is expanding

Summary: Early shops and boutiques at Bal Harbour included FAO Schwartz and a Martha Phillips dress salon, but Whitman was unable to lure a major anchor for years.

Keywords: mall, harbour, bal, shops, malls

Full article on bloomberg.com | 69 Points and 38 Comments

LibreOffice remote arbitrary file disclosure vulnerability

Summary: 100% success rate, absolutely silent, affect LibreOffice prior to 5.4.56.0.1 in all operation systems (GNU/Linux, MS Windows, macOS etc.)

Keywords: libreoffice, files, function, send, current

Full article on github.com | 66 Points and 9 Comments

Shelling Out: The Origins of Money (2002)

Summary: largeprey(horse,auroch,giantelk,bison,giantsloth,

Keywords: money, wealth, cultures, sapiens, collectibles

Full article on fermatslibrary.com | 65 Points and 37 Comments

The special data device SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy sent to orbit is just the start

Summary: Just like how offsite backup is a smart idea for your home office because it means you’ll still have your data even if something happens to your entire house, like a fire or a flood, a galaxy-spanning repository of information provides something of an insurance policy in case of events like massive electromagnetic pulses, solar flares, or (and it hardly seems all that fantastic anymore) global thermonuclear war.

Keywords: arch, spivack, data, dna, musk

Full article on techcrunch.com | 60 Points and 27 Comments

Firefly book series announced: Joss Whedon to serve as consulting editor

Summary: EW can exclusively report that Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have teamed up to publish an original range of new fiction tying in to Joss Whedon’s beloved but short-lived TV series Firefly .

Keywords: firefly, books, series, fiction, serenity

Full article on ew.com | 57 Points and 13 Comments

When will the world reach ‘peak child’?

Summary: The result that alternative education scenarios alone make a difference of one billion for the global population over such a short time frame is shown in more detail in a publication in Science by Lutz and KC (2011) 13 .

Keywords: population, children, world, global, fertility

Full article on ourworldindata.org | 56 Points and 56 Comments

Show HN: Bounding-box labeler tool to generate the training data for YOLO v2

Summary: Bounding box labeler tool to generate the training data in the format YOLO v2 requires.

Keywords: readme, bounding, box, tool, jan

Full article on github.com | 53 Points and 13 Comments

Mad Max violence stalks Venezuela’s lawless roads

Summary: LA GRITA, Venezuela (Reuters) - It’s midnight on one of the most dangerous roads in Latin America and Venezuelan trucker Humberto Aguilar hurtles through the darkness with 20 tons of vegetables freshly harvested from the Andes for sale in the capital Caracas.

Keywords: truckers, venezuela, truck, people, roads

Full article on reuters.com | 50 Points and 23 Comments