The European Commission is preparing an attack on the hyperlink Summary: Not the complete failure of pushed-through legislation like the one in Germany – where not only the hoped-for increase in revenue stayed away, but where the fast and meek introduction of a free licence for google, a grand backpedalling by the publishing houses, is a possible violation of German law . Keywords: copyright, european, ancillary, law, internet Full article on juliareda.
Thank you, Y Combinator Summary: Led by Sam, the YC partnership has taken the founding vision and put it on track for tremendous success and impact. Keywords: yc, wanted, time, success, great Full article on blog.garrytan.com | 515 Points and 73 Comments Ramanujan surprises again Summary: When Ono and his graduate student Sarah Trebat-Leder decided to investigate further, looking at other pages in Ramanujan’s work, they found he had developed a sophisticated mathematical theory that went beyond anything people had suspected.
Startup Playbook Full article on playbook.samaltman.com | 1202 Points and 232 Comments Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Summary: The Agreement has also been translated into French and Spanish language versions, available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s TPP depositary pages . Keywords: external, link, pdf, annex, tariff Full article on tpp.mfat.govt.nz | 755 Points and 346 Comments Flutter – Cross-platform mobile framework from Google Summary: The debug configuration runs your Dart code in a VM (Virtual Machine) enabling a fast development cycle with hot reload (release builds are compiled using the standard Android and iOS toolchains).
Google engineer writing Amazon reviews on USB-C cables that don’t work Summary: Prime members enjoy FREE Two-Day Shipping and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Keywords: prime, free, shipping, members, enjoy Full article on amazon.com | 1524 Points and 392 Comments Reconsider Summary: You’ve plucked your self-serving moniker from the parables of a religion that specifically and explicitly had its head honcho throw the money men out of the temple and proclaim a rich man less likely to make it into heaven than a camel through a needle’s eye.
Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? Summary: As Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act of Killing shows, leaders of the death squads that helped murder a million people during Suharto’s terror in the 1960s, with the approval of the west, have since prospered through other forms of organised crime, including illegal deforestation. Keywords: media, great, fires, burning, indonesia Full article on theguardian.com | 586 Points and 228 Comments
The Tech Bust of 2015 Summary: Thanks to Jack Altman, Patrick Collison, Paul Graham, Aaron Levie, Geoff Ralston, and Ali Rowghani for reading draft of this. Keywords: tech, companies, valuations, bubble, debt Full article on blog.samaltman.com | 562 Points and 175 Comments GTA V – Graphics Study Summary: This is meant to simulate the human eye behavior: have you noticed that after driving in a dark tunnel and suddenly exiting under the sunshine all the environment looks too bright during a few frames?
Please don’t use Slack for FOSS projects Summary: In other words, it’s still going strong, and I put a lot more faith in something that’s been going full speed ahead since the 80s than in a Silicon Valley fad startup. Keywords: irc, slack, projects, client, open Full article on drewdevault.com | 886 Points and 484 Comments My Livecoding.tv account deletion saga Summary: After being up all night with libel posted all over it, hours after Jamie Green (the other Livecoding co-founder) and Sam Altman (Y Combinator president) replied to the Hacker News thread claiming they were trying to do something, something finally happened.
Apple doesn’t allow Chaos Computer Club tvOS application Summary: Members of the Chaos Computer Club Frankfurt (http://www.ccc-ffm.de) started a project, which aimed at making available to a broad audience in an easy and entertaining way content from the media.ccc.de portal. Keywords: apple, https, content, app, chaos Full article on pastebin.com | 344 Points and 159 Comments Linux TCP will have lockless listener processing 3.5M SYNs per sec Summary: Miller” davem@davemloft.
Show HN: Twitch Installs Arch Linux – A cooperative text-based horror game Summary: Every five seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine. Keywords: twitch, arch, linux, install, installs Full article on twitchinstalls.com | 802 Points and 250 Comments Do One Thing Summary: There’s a reason for this regression to the mush that doesn’t have to do with the megalomaniac plans of product managers (“hey, if we add a chat client, we could eat AOL’s lunch”).
Google to Fold Chrome Operating System into Android Summary: ET Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing. Keywords: operating, system, alphabet, google, fold Full article on wsj.com | 510 Points and 481 Comments China to begin two-child policy Summary: Media captionThe BBC’s Carrie Gracie explains China’s one-child policyChina has decided to end its decades-long one-child policy, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.
Didn’t Homejoy Shut Down? Summary: This new “Fly Maids” site completely stole the exact homepage of their competitor thinking nobody would notice. Keywords: homejoy, email, site, account, information Full article on medium.com | 1121 Points and 339 Comments Novena: A Laptop with No Secrets Summary: You need an oil-cooled block weighing about a ton, capable of handling pressures found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, machined internally to a tolerance less than the width of a human hair, with a moving clockwork of dozens of ejector pins, sliders, lifters, and parting surfaces separating and coming back together again smoothly over thousands of cycles.
EFF Wins Petition to Inspect and Modify Car Software Summary: “We’re pleased that the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office have expanded these legal protections to users of newer products like tablets, wearable computers, and Blu-Ray discs,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz. Keywords: eff, legal, software, attorney, car Full article on supporters.eff.org | 730 Points and 107 Comments Cutting Back Sugar Improves Obese Children’s Health in Just 10 Days Summary: All the subjects were black or Hispanic and obese, and had at least one or more symptoms of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that includes hypertension, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol and excess body fat around the waist.
Why Homejoy Failed Summary: Although both companies employed many of the same tactics, such as offering cheap deals on Groupon , Handy’s executive team made the strategic decision to expand to fewer cities and operate with a slower burn rate than Homejoy. Keywords: homejoy, cleaners, company, customers, cleaning Full article on medium.com | 421 Points and 333 Comments Vue.js 1.0.0 Summary: Specifically, we are deprecating features that make it hard to maintain and refactor a component in isolation without affecting the rest of the project.
Write like you talk Summary: And then of course there are cases where writers don’t want to make it easy to understand what they’re saying—in corporate announcements of bad news, for example, or at the more bogus end of the humanities. Keywords: language, write, spoken, people, talking Full article on paulgraham.com | 647 Points and 272 Comments Environment Variables and Path in Windows 10 Summary: Not only is the Environment variables resizeable , but the Path window is no longer a long list of ; separated strings that you pretty much needed to copy into an external editor to do anything with.
Do you know how much your computer can do in a second? Summary: The goal is to not be wrong by more than 10x :) We know computers have different disk & network & CPU speeds! Keywords: run, guess, code, computer, computers Full article on computers-are-fast.github.io | 557 Points and 174 Comments Stop forcing arbitrary password rules Summary: Stop forcing your crappy password rules on me :( Don’t take this post too harshly, I am just trying to make a point.
Mimic – abusing Unicode to create tragedy Summary: MT: Replace a semicolon (;) with a greek question mark (;) in your friend’s C# code and watch them pull their hair out over the syntax error Keywords: oct, mimic, code, pull, support Full article on github.com | 408 Points and 171 Comments Tolkien’s annotated map of Middle-earth discovered in copy of Lord of the Rings Summary: It shows what Blackwell’s called “the exacting nature” of Tolkien’s creative vision: he corrects place names, provides extra ones, and gives Baynes a host of suggestions about the map’s various flora and fauna.
A story about <input> Summary: Input initially came along with 8 types: text , password , checkbox , radio , image , hidden , submit and reset , and in a separate RFC that followed, file . Keywords: input, text, image, file, types Full article on meowni.ca | 693 Points and 181 Comments Chromium calls home even in incognito mode with safe browsing turned off Summary: Last modified: Sun Dec 31 10:05:27 2017; Machine Name: beach Copyright © 1999 Darren O.
BMW i8 in WebGL Full article on car.playcanvas.com | 479 Points and 135 Comments Twitter CEO Dorsey Apologizes to Developers Summary: Dorsey went on to talk about how the company, turning over a new leaf, now wants “to make sure we have a great relationship with our developers… that we’re fulfilling and serving everyone’s needs….We need to have a better conversation with our developer community, with everyone in this room… We can’t stand alone.
OpenStreetMap is the Most Important thing in Geo Summary: One of the best parts of this community has been HOT OSM , whose members help coordinate updates to OpenStreetMap to areas impacted by natural or humanitarian disasters. Keywords: openstreetmap, data, geo, important, community Full article on gisdoctor.com | 529 Points and 138 Comments The NYPD Is Using Mobile X-Ray Vans to Spy on Unknown Targets Summary: Jamison’s essay “Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain” unpacked the suffering-woman archetype, which encompasses literature’s broken hearts (Anna Karenina, Miss Havisham) and society’s sad girls—the depressed, the anorexic, and in the 19th century, the tubercular.
Let’s Encrypt is Trusted Summary: This is a significant milestone since it means that visitors to websites using Let’s Encrypt certificates can enjoy a secure browsing experience with no special configuration required. Keywords: encrypt, certificates, received, means, secure Full article on letsencrypt.org | 1260 Points and 311 Comments Ogo, a new take on personal transportation Summary: “We change the accepted thinking behind personal transportation and mobility through our intelligent and cool design and are providing greater levels of freedom and independence for our users.
Trix: A rich text editor for everyday writing Summary: Most WYSIWYG editors are wrappers around HTML’s contenteditable and execCommand APIs, designed by Microsoft to support live editing of web pages in Internet Explorer 5.5, and eventually reverse-engineered and copied by other browsers. Keywords: trix, editor, document, text, method Full article on github.com | 510 Points and 130 Comments 1Password Leaks Your Data Summary: When we first developed AgileKeychain a few years ago, 1Password had significantly less processing power with which to function, and decrypting the keychain on the fly to do something as simple as a login search incurred huge performance penalties for our users.
The Hostile Email Landscape Summary: Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Keywords: domain, owner, contact, copyright, rights Full article on liminality.xyz | 544 Points and 241 Comments OS X El Capitan License: in Plain English Summary: I decided to upgrade my Mac to El Capitan, but my computer said, on one condition : I must “carefully” read and agree with something.
Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA Summary: Usry was ultimately determined to be innocent and the Electronic Frontier Foundation called it a “ wild goose chase ” that demonstrated “the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases.” Keywords: law, genetic, dna, information, enforcement Full article on fusion.net | 658 Points and 216 Comments Google Wins Appeals Court Approval of Book-Scanning Project Full article on bloomberg.
Page Weight Matters (2012) Summary: This engineer openly vented that “if they can write an entire Quake clone in under 100KB, we have no excuse for this!” Given that I agreed with him and I was excited to find a new project, I decided to champion the cause of getting the YouTube watch page to weigh in under 100KB. Keywords: page, video, feather, numbers, weight Full article on blog.chriszacharias.com | 556 Points and 165 Comments
How is NSA breaking so much crypto? Full article on freedom-to-tinker.com | 1005 Points and 246 Comments Tesla Model S Autopilot Features Summary: Active safety technologies, including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking, have begun rolling out through over-the-air updates Electric All-Wheel Drive for maximum efficiency and traction Parking sensors and blind spot warning Full LED headlamps Power-folding, heated side mirrors Up to four LATCH child seat attachments Keywords: tesla, model, energy, power, system
Twitter announces layoffs Summary: We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. Keywords: twitter, team, roadmap, people, plan Full article on sec.gov | 582 Points and 381 Comments Flux is the new WndProc Summary: Virtually every widget you see in Windows — every list, every checkbox, every button, every menu — is actually its own little reusable view, each with its own little WndProc and its own messages.
Show HN: Exposé – a static site generator for photos and videos Summary: Site title, theme, jpeg quality and other config values can be edited in expose.sh itself, you can also create _config.sh in the top level of your project, eg: Keywords: image, images, video, directory, file Full article on github.com | 548 Points and 73 Comments The Little Printf Summary: The configurations were wrong, the logs would not rotate, the disk had unpredictable speed, the network would get the hiccups, bugs would show up, the encodings would be confused, the database needed vacuuming, transactions would hang, certificates would expire, CVEs would keep coming, and the metrics would remain silent.
Blowing the Whistle on the UC Berkeley Mathematics Department Summary: Arthur Ogus in some sense helped me by supplying me with a large body of documentary evidence to substantiate what I am saying, but Craig Evans instead told me that he learned in a previous harassement case that he should never put anything in writing because “we might get subpoenaed.” Keywords: department, mathematics, students, teaching, math Full article on alexandercoward.
Just Say No to Facebook’s Internet.org, Says Inventor of World Wide Web Summary: NEW DELHI: Tim Berners-Lee , the English computer scientist who is the inventor of the World Wide Web, has attacked Facebook ’s Internet.org or ‘Free Basics’ initiative that offers a limited set of websites and apps free of charge to users in developing countries. Keywords: internet, people, facebook, initiative, web Full article on timesofindia.indiatimes.com | 313 Points and 109 Comments
The Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared Summary: Today’s release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn’t survive to the end of the negotiations. Keywords: copyright, tpp, users, domain, years
Mercury Spill Summary: Friday morning was a holiday for them so we would have needed to pay big overtime costs to get them to come out and finish, but they did send me a letter ( pdf ) to give to the Somerville Board of Health: Keywords: mercury, spill, house, back, time Full article on jefftk.com | 764 Points and 359 Comments Machine Learning for Developers Summary: If you want to play around a bit more with Naive Bayes and Spam classification the corpus website also has a set of ‘hard ham’ emails that you could try to classify correctly by tweaking the feature amounts and removing more stopwords.
YC Research Summary: But startups aren’t ideal for some kinds of innovation—for example, work that requires a very long time horizon, seeks to answer very open-ended questions, or develops technology that shouldn’t be owned by any one company. Keywords: startups, research, yc, funding, work Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 1776 Points and 368 Comments Amazon Snowball Summary: Once the transfer is complete and the appliance is ready to be returned, the E Ink shipping label will automatically update and you can track the job status via Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) , text messages, or directly in the Console.
New Windows 10 Devices From Microsoft Summary: And, we’re excited to welcome new universal Windows apps for Shazam, Box, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, NASCAR, Uber and many, many more. Keywords: windows, devices, lumia, xbox, ve Full article on blogs.windows.com | 875 Points and 644 Comments Larry Wall Unveils Perl 6.0.0 Summary: But my favorite part was when he alluded to the old joke about development – that you can choose any two of the follow three attributes: fast, good, and cheap.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached Summary: Tim Groser of New Zealand, a small nation that is a major dairy exporter and would gain new access to markets in Canada, the United States and elsewhere, interjected, “Look, long after the details of this negotiation on things like tons of butter have been regarded as a footnote in history, the bigger picture of what we’ve achieved today will be what remains.
Why the Internet Needs IPFS Summary: Licklider’s vision for an “intergalactic” Internet — is the brainchild of Juan Benet, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico as a teen, earned a computer science degree at Stanford, started a company acquired by Yahoo! Keywords: internet, ipfs, content, http, system Full article on techcrunch.com | 341 Points and 148 Comments Google Cloud Shell Summary: Admin tools such as MySql client and kubernetes, Docker are configured and ready–no more hunting around for how to install the latest version and all its dependencies.
Losing Sight Summary: There were pool tables in the office, Nerf guns on every desk, insane parties that the company wrote off against tax, Paul Okenfold was the soundtrack to our lives, and we’d fall out of clubs at 6am and drive to Glastonbury Tor to watch the sunrise just for the hell of it. Keywords: sight, blood, time, things, back Full article on tink.uk | 564 Points and 93 Comments
Free Lossless Image Format Summary: It is a variant of CABAC (context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding) , where instead of using a multi-dimensional array of quantized local image information, the contexts are nodes of decision trees which are dynamically learned at encode time. Keywords: flif, image, lossless, compression, png Full article on flif.info | 1254 Points and 362 Comments Image diffing using CSS Summary: Doing the visual diff using pure CSS is nice because it is possible even if you don’t have access to the raw pixel data (which is usually only available by loading the image into a canvas or using Chrome extension’s captureVisibleTab ).
Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices Full article on bloomberg.com | 716 Points and 529 Comments Do not let your CDN betray you: Use Subresource Integrity Summary: If you are serving your page over plain HTTP, the browser can still figure out if the script was modified on the CDN, but it is not protected against active network attackers, as they would be able to just remove the integrity attribute from your HTML.
Study: Some car models consuming around 50% more fuel than official results Summary: The gap between official and real-world performance found in many car models has grown so wide that it cannot be explained through known factors including test manipulations . Keywords: fuel, results, mercedes, bmw, peugeot Full article on transportenvironment.org | 462 Points and 326 Comments Firefox 41 can screenshot a single DOM element Summary: Firefox 41 (the Fire-y-est Fox to date) brings a bevy of new and improved features for browser users and web developer audiences.
Two HN Announcements Summary: Dan will report directly to me, though I don’t plan to be very involved–other than as an enthusiastic user (who would, however, prefer that it be easier to read on a phone) and someone who’s always happy to bounce around ideas. Keywords: hn, yc, community, moderation, dan Full article on blog.ycombinator.com | 698 Points and 284 Comments Amazon Flex Summary: “Before I delivered for Amazon Flex, my work schedule made it tough to do the things I wanted to, like coach high school football.
Signs of Liquid Water Found on Surface of Mars, Study Says Summary: In an interview after the news conference, Dr. Green of NASA said that if the streaks in Gale Crater turned out to be recurring slope lineae, the space agency would consider how great a contamination threat Curiosity, irradiated by ultraviolet light for several years, might pose to a potential Martian habitat. Keywords: water, nasa, streaks, mars, liquid
Procedural City Generation in Python Summary: After the semester was over, we continued working on the project though, with the goal in mind to make it usable for as many people as possible. Keywords: vertex, vertices, rule, edge, blender Full article on josauder.github.io | 240 Points and 20 Comments Mobile browser traffic is 2X bigger than app traffic, and growing faster Summary: But since, as we’ve seen in our research, apps-per-smartphone users is maxxing out at an average of 50-60, and no-one besides Robert Scoble is going to install an app for each company, service, or site he or she interacts with, your mobile web experience has to be good, and it has to be strong.
Show HN: I spent a year making an electro-mechanical prototype of a liquid clock Summary: What is expected to be its primary function tends to remain in the shadows of its much more invaluable role: Rhei is a dynamic installation, an animated sculpture, an idea expressed in the form of a minimalistic, digital clock. Keywords: rhei, form, digital, liquid, time Full article on hellorhei.com | 681 Points and 103 Comments
Dropbox has open-sourced Zulip Summary: Zulip has a significantly larger and more active development community than other modern open source group chat solutions like Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, and matrix.org. Keywords: zulip, community, group, chat, world Full article on zulip.org | 755 Points and 313 Comments From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities Summary: The rest included a combination of email and instant messenger records, details about search engine queries, information about social media activity, logs related to hacking operations, and data on people’s use of tools to browse the internet anonymously.
Give Google Contributor a try: Pay to remove ads Full article on mattcutts.com | 549 Points and 453 Comments Glowforge launches consumer-grade laser cutter Summary: Dual cameras: wide angle & macro Custom 40W (basic) / 45W (pro) laser Optical thickness measurement Continuous realtime autofocus Keywords: glowforge, material, print, laser, time Full article on glowforge.com | 493 Points and 205 Comments John Carmack on Developing the Netflix App for Oculus Summary: One of the big features of our VR system is the “Asynchronous Time Warp”, where redrawing the screen and distortion correcting in response to your head movement is decoupled from the application’s drawing of the 3D world.
Volkswagen’s Diesel Fraud Makes Critic of Secret Code a Prophet Summary: The software could silently deduce that an inspection was taking place based on the position of the steering wheel (cars hooked up to emissions meters don’t make turns), the speed of the vehicle, how long the engine had been running and barometric pressure. Keywords: software, cars, volkswagen, code, moglen Full article on nytimes.com | 474 Points and 227 Comments
‘Happy Birthday’ song copyright is not valid, judge rules Summary: Ultimately, the judge ruled that no evidence existed that the Summy Co. – the original company to assert a copyright claim – ever legally obtained the rights to the “Happy Birthday To You” song from whomever wrote it. Keywords: song, birthday, copyright, warner, happy Full article on latimes.com | 872 Points and 196 Comments What Happens Next Will Amaze You Summary: This includes your IP address, cell tower, inferred location, recent search queries, the contents of your shopping cart, your pulse rate, facial expression, what pages or ads you clicked, browser version, and on and on.
Drug Goes from $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight Summary: Last month, it filed a complaint in Federal District Court in Manhattan, accusing him of using Retrophin as a personal piggy bank to pay back angry investors in his hedge fund. Keywords: drug, price, turing, shkreli, daraprim Full article on nytimes.com | 830 Points and 450 Comments Researchers Could Have Uncovered Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheat If Not for DMCA Summary: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors are a vital protection for websites and Internet services of all sizes.
Show HN: %%30%30: A Game Summary: New pull request Latest commit 4e6b2a4 Sep 25, 2015 szhuAdd stub readme Keywords: sep, stub, readme, work, latest Full article on github.com | 608 Points and 89 Comments “This story is being previewed exclusively on Apple News until Tuesday” Summary: Ingels takes care to show how the building respects one of Libeskind’s beloved features, a plaza called the Wedge of Light, and displays a rendering of the lobby, where he intends to use an array of diagonal columns to solve the challenge of aligning his structural supports with predetermined points in Foster’s foundation.
PaperBack – How to store data on a single A4/Letter sheet Summary: Copy it to any directory, if possible, with unrestricted write access (to allow PaperBack to save settings to the initialization file), optionally create shortcut on the desktop - that’s all. Keywords: paperback, data, code, paper, page Full article on ollydbg.de | 255 Points and 114 Comments How Norway Created Salmon Sushi Summary: JIANG: Ishikawa’s aversion is not unusual among the Japanese because for much of sushi’s history, salmon was a fish you did not eat raw.