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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
Financial Times journo’s private messages quoted to her at China visa renewal
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tesla Roadster has been officially logged as a celestial object by NASA
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
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
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
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
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
Summary: EmojiOne™ images provided by EmojiOne.
Keywords: registered, trademarks, trademark, provided, microsoft
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
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
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
LibreOffice remote arbitrary file disclosure vulnerability
Summary: 100% success rate, absolutely silent, affect LibreOffice prior to 5.4.5⁄6.0.1 in all operation systems (GNU/Linux, MS Windows, macOS etc.)
Keywords: libreoffice, files, function, send, current
Shelling Out: The Origins of Money (2002)
Keywords: money, wealth, cultures, sapiens, collectibles
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
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
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
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
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