macOS High Sierra: Anyone can login as “root” with empty password Summary: CloseCloseCloseCloseCloseCountryCodeFor customers ofUnited States40404(any)Canada21212(any)United Kingdom86444Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2Brazil40404Nextel, TIMHaiti40404Digicel, VoilaIreland51210Vodafone, O2India53000Bharti Airtel, Videocon, RelianceIndonesia89887AXIS, 3, Telkomsel, Indosat, XL AxiataItaly4880804Wind3424486444Vodafone » See SMS short codes for other countries Keywords: tweet, location, instant, love, add Full article on twitter.com | 3001 Points and 813 Comments DRM’s Dead Canary: How We Lost the Web, What We Learned, and What to Do Next Summary: If the millions of dollars and the high-power personnel committed to EME were allocated to create a technology that would effectively prevent copyright infringement, then you’d think that Netflix or one of the other media companies in the negotiations would have diverted some of those resources to a quick audit to make sure that the stuff actually worked as advertised.
Stanford CS007: Personal Finance For Engineers Summary: It covers bitcoin, ethereum, ICOs, cryptocurrency, bubbles, derivatives, futures, options, private equity & venture capital. Keywords: session, seminar, focuses, financial, real Full article on cs007.blog | 1089 Points and 343 Comments Norvig’s Python programs to practice or demonstrate skills Summary: You can view the files here, or clone the project, or run the notebooks online by clicking this button: Keywords: dec, jupyter, notebooks, run, pull
Facebook Is the Junk Food of Socializing (2015) Summary: In fact, some scientists have argued that the evolutionary arms race for strategic social thinking—either for competition , for cooperation , or both—was a large part of why we became so intelligent as a species. Keywords: people, social, posted, person, dec Full article on nautil.us | 571 Points and 200 Comments Super Tiny Website Logos in SVG Summary: It costs you time, money, and battery power whenever you download a file larger than it needs to be.
My unusual hobby Summary: Recently I set up a small GitHub repository with a continuous integration system that checks my proofs when I push to a branch, preventing me from merging it into master if there is a mistake. Keywords: proof, coq, language, programming, type Full article on stephanboyer.com | 856 Points and 146 Comments Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is the Browser Built for 2017 Summary: I definitely notice Firefox’s better memory usage; I routinely find myself with 30 or 40 tabs open while I’m researching a story, and at that point Chrome effectively drags my computer into quicksand.
Terrain rendering in fewer than 20 lines of code Summary: Consider the field of view and the perspective projection (Objects are smaller farther away) Raster the line so that it matches the number of columns of the screen. Keywords: color, height, map, engine, voxel Full article on github.com | 793 Points and 93 Comments More Than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments Were Likely Faked Summary: As it turns out, the next two highest comments on the list (“In 2015, Chairman Tom Wheeler’s …” and “The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed …”) have already been picked out from previous reporting as possible astroturf as well.
The Western Elite from a Chinese Perspective Summary: Goldman Sachs, even with its reputation as the top investment bank, has been involved in scandals in mortgage products, trades with the Greek government, its links with Malaysia’s corrupt 1MDB, and so on. Keywords: goldman, school, china, class, life Full article on americanaffairsjournal.org | 533 Points and 224 Comments Workers at Amazon’s main Italian hub, German warehouses strike on Black Friday Summary: The company said salaries paid to its workers were among the highest in the logistic sector and that it also provided some benefits such as private medical insurance or money to pay for training programs.
I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality Summary: Without it, your broadband provider could carve internet access into fast and slow lanes, favoring the traffic of online platforms that have made special payments and consigning all others to a bumpy road. Keywords: internet, online, fcc, net, neutrality Full article on latimes.com | 966 Points and 405 Comments An Open Letter to the FCC Summary: I encourage the FCC to reconsider its refusal to assist in my office’s law enforcement investigation to identify and hold accountable those who illegally misused so many New Yorkers’ identities to corrupt the public comment process.
Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57M People Summary: Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. Keywords: uber, company, hack, data, breach Full article on bloomberg.com | 1720 Points and 572 Comments FCC plan would give Internet providers power to choose the sites customers see Summary: The FCC’s effort would roll back its net neutrality regulation which was passed by the agency’s Democrats in 2015 and attempted to make sure all Web content, whether from big or small companies, would be treated equally by Internet providers.
Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Free Will Summary: Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian media theorist, talked about this: He said, when a new technology comes out, and we still don’t know how to wrap our heads around it, there’s an initial period where our sensory ratios, our perception, is re-acclimating, a kind of a hypnosis moment. Keywords: attention, time, thing, people, things Full article on m.nautil.us | 1466 Points and 496 Comments
Qubes OS: A reasonably secure operating system Summary: Qubes brings to your personal computer the security of the Xen hypervisor, the same software relied on by many major hosting providers to isolate websites and services from each other. Keywords: qubes, learn, experts, inside, secure Full article on qubes-os.org | 441 Points and 144 Comments Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics Made Simple (2012) Summary: In spring 2013, students in my class, Computational Bayesian Statistics, made many helpful corrections and suggestions: Kai Austin, Claire Barnes, Kari Bender, Rachel Boy, Kat Mendoza, Arjun Iyer, Ben Kroop, Nathan Lintz, Kyle McConnaughay, Alec Radford, Brendan Ritter, and Evan Simpson.
Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is ‘Shot Heard Around the World’ Summary: The Nordic nation’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said Thursday that it’s considering unloading its shares of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other oil giants to diversify its holdings and guard against drops in crude prices. Keywords: oil, fund, norway, fossil, proposal Full article on bloomberg.com | 343 Points and 139 Comments Span<T> in C Summary: We now target non-Windows operating systems, our developers write cloud hosted services demanding different tradeoffs than client-server applications, the state of the art patterns have moved away from once popular technologies like XML, UTF16, SOAP (to name a few), and the hardware running today’s software is very different than what was available 20 years ago.
Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, Linux Summary: Microsoft itself has had similar demands from enterprise; the company told us that Siemens wanted to move away from the Team Foundation Server version control to using Git instead . Keywords: git, microsoft, file, company, files Full article on arstechnica.com | 796 Points and 218 Comments Is software development really a dead-end job after age 35-40?
Tesla Roadster Summary: A lightweight, removable Glass Roof stores in the trunk for an open-air, convertible driving experience. Keywords: performance, roadster, efficiency, supercar, glass Full article on tesla.com | 1261 Points and 708 Comments Tesla Semi Summary: Four independent motors provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile. Keywords: independent, motors, mile, expected, price Full article on tesla.com | 922 Points and 554 Comments
Code together in real time with Teletype for Atom Summary: After several late nights reading research papers, we ended up deciding to base Teletype on the theoretical framework of conflict-free replicated data types , or CRDTs . Keywords: teletype, collaborators, code, atom, portal Full article on blog.atom.io | 873 Points and 223 Comments Numpy: Plan for dropping Python 2.7 support Summary: If you are a vendor who wishes to continue to support NumPy on Python2 in 2020+, please get in touch; ideally we’d like you to get involved in maintaining the LTS before it actually hits end of life so that we can make a clean handoff.
Firefox 57.0 Released Summary: It’s over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand new technology from our advanced research group, and graced with a clean, modern interface. Keywords: firefox, users, windows, release, video Full article on mozilla.org | 1692 Points and 813 Comments Using SVG as image placeholders Summary: The decision of how many triangles to use will depend largely on the type of image (eg contrast, amount of colours, complexity) and level of detail.
How Firefox Got Fast Again Summary: Rather than focusing on overall performance of a particular subsystem, they zero-ed in on some very specific, important use cases — for example, loading your social media feed — and worked across teams to figure out why it was less responsive in Firefox than other browsers. Keywords: cores, firefox, quantum, work, parallelism Full article on hacks.mozilla.org | 2180 Points and 685 Comments Don’t Tax Options and RSUs Upon Vesting Summary: If this provision becomes law, startup and growth tech companies will not be able to offer equity compensation to their employees.
Confession as an AI researcher; seeking advice Full article on reddit.com | 346 Points and 98 Comments A/B test of banner ads vs. traffic Summary: One of the more common criticisms of the usual A/B test design is that it is missing the forest for the trees & giving fast precise answers to the wrong question; a change may have good results when done individually, but may harm the overall experience or community in a way that shows up on the macro but not micro scale.
RSS: there’s nothing better Summary: Most of my inbox is worthless marketing spam punishing me for forgetting to uncheck some ‘I’d like to receive updates about this service’ checkbox hidden away at the bottom of a registration form. Keywords: rss, updates, twitter, people, feeds Full article on davidyat.es | 640 Points and 287 Comments Inside a low-budget consumer hardware espionage implant Summary: This is presumably the remote server which is contacted to turn the MCC, MNC, LAI and CID codes into street, city and country information as well as the link to gpsui.
“We have obtained fully functional JTAG for Intel CSME via USB DCI” Summary: CloseCloseCloseCloseCloseCountryCodeFor customers ofUnited States40404(any)Canada21212(any)United Kingdom86444Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2Brazil40404Nextel, TIMHaiti40404Digicel, VoilaIreland51210Vodafone, O2India53000Bharti Airtel, Videocon, RelianceIndonesia89887AXIS, 3, Telkomsel, Indosat, XL AxiataItaly4880804Wind3424486444Vodafone » See SMS short codes for other countries Keywords: tweet, location, instant, love, add Full article on twitter.com | 760 Points and 392 Comments YouTube says it will crack down on bizarre videos targeting children Summary: Earlier this week, a report in The New York Times and a blog post on Medium drew a lot of attention to a world of strange and sometimes disturbing videos on YouTube aimed at young children.
Simple React Patterns Summary: As a sample spec, let’s build an app that fetches information about the Dagobah planet from Star Wars API and shows it to the user. Keywords: component, view, logic, render, props Full article on lucasmreis.github.io | 625 Points and 83 Comments Sean Parker unloads on Facebook “exploiting” human psychology Summary: Chalk that up to sky-high home prices and those massive piles of student debt, which the New York Fed said accounted for a noted drop in homebuyers amongst millennials this year.
Paradise Papers: Dear Tim Cook Summary: Apple employs thousands of excellent, highly qualified engineers, technicians, lawyers, managers and public relations specialists who attended colleges and universities around the world. Keywords: apple, taxes, süddeutsche, zeitung, tax Full article on projekte.sueddeutsche.de | 1200 Points and 791 Comments Senators push to ditch social security numbers in light of Equifax hack Summary: Members of the Senate committee also advocated for “rigorous” data security rules, expanding FTC authority to enforce them and stiffer penalties to motivate companies to protect consumers proactively.
Waymo now testing its self-driving cars on public roads with no one at the wheel Summary: When that happens (sometime in the next “few months,” per Krafcik, Waymo will be operating a fully autonomous ride hailing service without any humans at the wheel, a major first for the industry in terms of realizing the dream of making commercial self-driving available to the public at large. Keywords: waymo, public, area, driverless, chandler
Chrome breaks the Web Summary: All websites and web apps that did any sort of draggable UI (sliders, maps, reorderable lists, even slide-in panels) were affected and essentially broken by this change. Keywords: chrome, web, feature, detection, api Full article on tonsky.me | 1187 Points and 458 Comments The sound of the dialup, pictured (2012) Summary: The telephone network exploits this fact and temporarily silences the return channel to suppress any confusing echoes of the talker’s own voice.
Exploring different microcontrollers less than $1 Summary: A new series that explores 21 different microcontrollers — all less than $1 — to help familiarize you with all the major ecosystems out there. Keywords: amazing, microcontroller, series, explores, microcontrollers Full article on jaycarlson.net | 929 Points and 183 Comments Does anyone remember websites? Summary: It seems many or most of them have disappeared, since the WayBack machine only started saving sites for posterity in the mid-2000s and before that time, before platforms, websites were hosted by providers who rented space out to people, and after they stopped paying for them (the cost per month was around the equivalent of 2 or 3 hours of minimum wage, I think, through the same company that provided your home phone line and internet connection - sometimes you got some free hosting as part of your internet plan).
Freelancer.com has ruined my life Summary: I had $3600 in my account which freelancer refused to allow me to withdraw, and at the same time I had bills piling up, so I contacted them appealing to their humanity and explaining that I did absolutely nothing wrong to deserve such treatment. Keywords: limitation, support, account, told, agent Full article on trustpilot.com | 845 Points and 344 Comments What is backpropagation and what is it doing?
Sometimes all a maintainer needs is a “thank you” Full article on github.com | 527 Points and 64 Comments LineageOS for microG – Access Google services without closed software Summary: Our ROM includes “F-Droid Privileged Extension”, which allows F-Droid to install and update apps without the need of user interaction or the unsafe “Unknown sources” option. Keywords: lineageos, microg, apps, play, free Full article on lineage.microg.org | 504 Points and 198 Comments
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web Summary: Le Monde article Astronomie : la sonde Juno s’est mise en orbite autour de Jupiter If you run this URL through Dataskydd’s Webbkoll and a web inspector tool (I used Chromium’s web inspector), you learn a few interesting things: the page is 3.1 MB in size, makes about 460 HTTP requests of which 430 are third-party requests (outside of its parent domain) and takes 20 seconds to fully load on a fast 3G connection (from Paris, France).
A Minimalist Guide to SQLite Summary: Here’s an example where I turn on headers, set the display mode to column, shorten the prompt, attach a timer to every command and print a special character for NULL values. Keywords: sqlite, database, data, csv, file Full article on tech.marksblogg.com | 472 Points and 120 Comments What every systems programmer should know about lockless concurrency [pdf] Summary: %PDF-1.5 % 148 0 obj <> stream x\Ɏ8WN acnN2 \tJDaJmJ$cyT~?
Do you need a VPN? Summary: Firefox private browsing with tracking protection is great at protecting you from invasive trackers and keeping your browser history secret, but when you surf the web, you leave footprints that Firefox can’t erase — your IP address is logged at the sites you visit and your ISP may keep records. Keywords: vpn, data, provider, browsing, browser Full article on blog.mozilla.org | 969 Points and 479 Comments
Orchid: a new surveillance-free layer on top of the existing Internet Summary: Early in 2018 we plan to offer a public beta of the Orchid Protocol to help billions of users on all corners of the globe make Internet Freedom a reality. Keywords: orchid, internet, traffic, protocol, bandwidth Full article on orchidprotocol.com | 378 Points and 188 Comments Why would anyone choose Docker over fat binaries? Summary: Two years after open sourcing the software and donating it to a new Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Kubernetes (aka K8s to developers) has become the de facto standard container management and orchestration tool.
The New York Times Is Now Available as a Tor Onion Service Summary: Today we are announcing an experiment in secure communication, and launching an alternative way for people to access our site: we are making the nytimes.com website available as a Tor Onion Service. Keywords: onion, service, tor, website, times Full article on open.nytimes.com | 878 Points and 192 Comments Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain Summary: Soon after the vote at the regional parliament, the Senate - Spain’s upper house - made the unprecedented step of approving measures allowing the Spanish government to impose direct rule over Catalonia.
“Startup” asks internship applicant to build their app before phone screen Full article on reddit.com | 625 Points and 273 Comments Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show Trouble for Its New Weedkiller Summary: Dicamba, an old weedkiller that is being used in new ways, has thrust Bradley and a half-dozen other university weed scientists into the unfamiliar role of whistleblower, confronting what they believe are misleading and scientifically unfounded claims by one of the country’s biggest seed and pesticide companies: Monsanto.
I have no side code projects to show you Summary: And while some companies are realizing that I am not an edge case - Facebook, Google, Amazon, they all have a significant presence in Austin specifically because they’ve drained the talent elsewhere - too many places are still convinced that “the best” lives to code. Keywords: code, projects, passionate, side, show Full article on codementor.io | 771 Points and 523 Comments
Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics Summary: In 2011, the entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen quipped in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal that “ software is eating the world ”—meaning that it’s now in pretty much everything: phones, microwave ovens, coffeemakers, sewing machines, even Barbies . Keywords: repair, information, apple, manufacturers, equipment Full article on spectrum.ieee.org | 866 Points and 258 Comments
Try quickly typing 1+ 2 + 3 into the iOS 11 Calculator Full article on reddit.com | 886 Points and 479 Comments Show HN: Arxiv Vanity – Read academic papers from Arxiv as responsive web pages Summary: To convert papers with one click, drag this bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar: Keywords: arxiv, papers, vanity, renders, academic Full article on arxiv-vanity.com | 721 Points and 134 Comments Stripe Atlas: Getting your first 10 customers Summary: You have advantages most sales reps lack: the ring of authenticity, commanding understanding of the problem domain, and the ability to make changes to the product to close early deals almost in real time.
After the end of the startup era Summary: Because we’ve all lived through back-to-back massive worldwide hardware revolutions — the growth of the internet, and the adoption of smartphones — we erroneously assume another one is around the corner, and once again, a few kids in a garage can write a little software to take advantage of it. Keywords: big, startups, startup, today, expensive Full article on techcrunch.com | 418 Points and 296 Comments
Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 Summary: Set up advanced rules to control devices and bring your home alive. Keywords: home, devices, control, lights, assistant Full article on home-assistant.io | 552 Points and 170 Comments Google and the Resurgence of Italian Design Summary: The emphasis is not on calculating and power, but on stimulating a sense of pleasure.” The innovative rubber membrane and the “volcano” shape to the keys has been called “the most influential button design ever ”, and combined with the eye-popping orange color, makes this a really stunning piece, especially when seen and held in person.
Iceland’s attempts to replant its forests Summary: Despite the planting of three million or more trees in recent years, the amount of land that is covered in forest — estimated at about 1 percent at the turn of the 20th century, when reforestation was made a priority — has barely increased. Keywords: iceland, trees, soil, country, percent Full article on nytimes.com | 697 Points and 273 Comments HolyJit: A New Hope Summary: If our experiment proves successful, we believe that employing a strategy based on HolyJit will let us avoid many potential bugs and let us concentrate on strategic issues.
DevDocs API Documentation Full article on devdocs.io | 1239 Points and 141 Comments Robert Scoble and Me Summary: I looked at him, keeping a blank expression, and said “I am.” I had learned this attitude after many years working in tech, that knowing how to deliver pain and putting everyone on notice that you would, was a way to avoid harassment. Keywords: scoble, people, woman, back, things Full article on medium.
Documenting the Web together Summary: We will continue to maintain Microsoft- and Windows-focused documentation on Microsoft Docs ( docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-edge ), including Windows-specific test guidance, information on the Edge DevTools, and upcoming details about Progressive Web Apps in the Windows Store. Keywords: web, mdn, microsoft, docs, mozilla Full article on blogs.windows.com | 1210 Points and 203 Comments AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch Summary: This work was done by David Silver, Julian Schrittwieser, Karen Simonyan, Ioannis Antonoglou, Aja Huang, Arthur Guez, Thomas Hubert, Lucas Baker, Matthew Lai, Adrian Bolton, Yutian Chen, Timothy Lillicrap, Fan Hui, Laurent Sifre, George van den Driessche, Thore Graepel and Demis Hassabis.
Show HN: Metaballs Summary: Back in the days of Scriptographer Hiroyuki Sato created a script for generating gooey blobs in Adobe Illustrator. Keywords: circles, circle, point, spread, metaball Full article on varun.ca | 673 Points and 93 Comments Vim after 15 Years Summary: It also changes the color scheme from my regular dark theme to the light version of Solarized, which is important because it becomes a visual reminder that I’m in “writing mode” and that I shouldn’t mess around or get distracted since my goal is to produce words.
Key Reinstallation Attacks – Breaking WPA2 by Forcing Nonce Reuse Summary: Quite quickly, Theo de Raadt replied and critiqued the tentative disclosure deadline: “In the open source world, if a person writes a diff and has to sit on it for a month, that is very discouraging” . Keywords: key, handshake, attack, attacks, reinstallation Full article on krackattacks.com | 1371 Points and 411 Comments Keyboard latency Summary: The input jitter could probably be reduced to a negligible level by building a device to both trigger the logic analyzer and press a key on the keyboard under test at the same time.
US telcos appear to be selling non-anonymized access to consumer telephone data Summary: AT&T’s “consumer choice” opt-out at https://att.com/cmpchoice didn’t appear to do anything to stop this, even after waiting the stated 48 hours. Keywords: phone, services, cell, location, demo Full article on medium.com | 1273 Points and 300 Comments I Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived Summary: Then after a short rest, we’d continue our 6,000-mile trek to Atsugi, Japan, via Midway and Wake Island.
The impossible dream of USB-C Summary: Most standalone batteries sold to date don’t support USB-C PD — there are only a handful on the market so far, and most of them can’t charge a laptop at full speed, unless it’s the 12-inch MacBook. Keywords: ports, cable, port, support, thunderbolt Full article on marco.org | 635 Points and 306 Comments The software engineering notebook Summary: In addition to keeping a record of things that can make your development and debug life easier, a software engineering lab notebook can serve as a good way to learn from previous mistakes.
Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U Summary: At launch, the curriculum will center around computer support specialists and software developers, with courses on data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity coming in the future. Keywords: woz, launch, platform, students, offer Full article on techcrunch.com | 578 Points and 113 Comments Handmade Hero – A complete game live-coded from scratch Summary: The copious emails I received from college students around the world in response to a post I made about compression-oriented programming confirmed for me that there are many young programmers out there whose progress is being hamstrung by bad learning materials.
Rejecting a candidate for over-qualification results in age bias Summary: “You are over-qualified for the position and we don’t think you’d be satisfied” is de facto age discrimination The subsequent conversation was diverse and intense enough that I want to follow up on the many interesting comments. Keywords: thoughts, mechanism, father, code, responses Full article on facebook.com | 644 Points and 419 Comments An open source re-implementation of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Summary: The player must try to make a profit and maintain a good park reputation whilst keeping the guests happy.
Firefox Send: Private, Encrypted File Sharing Summary: Send files through a safe, private, and encrypted link that automatically expires to ensure your stuff does not remain online forever. Keywords: private, encrypted, file, sharing, send Full article on send.firefox.com | 856 Points and 275 Comments The Depression Thing Summary: I find it kind of darkly amusing in retrospect that, ahem, some people will snort, chug, or smoke anything put in front of them as long as it’s between the hours of 11pm Friday - 5am Saturday, but when it comes to taking “actual” drugs they start getting cold feet.
iOS Privacy: Easily get a user’s Apple ID password, just by asking Summary: Showing a dialog that looks just like a system popup is super easy, there is no magic or secret code involved, it’s literally the examples provided in the Apple docs, with a custom text. Keywords: app, code, apple, users, system Full article on krausefx.com | 867 Points and 319 Comments The web at maximum FPS: How WebRender gets rid of jank Summary: On a typical web page, it vastly reduces the number of pixels that we need to touch, and we’re currently looking at ways to move more work to the opaque pass.