Tracking friends and strangers using WhatsApp Summary: However, you have developed reason to suspect that Steve Steveington is losing his commitment to the plan and is staying up until the early hours of the morning partying at nightclubs or playing Call of Duty. Keywords: whatsapp, steve, steveington, start, sleep Full article on robertheaton.com | 828 Points and 150 Comments Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile Summary: The announcement comes a week after HP had said it no longer planned to release further Windows 10 Mobile handsets, and a fortnight after Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates disclosed that he had already made the switch to Android .
Designing Data-Intensive Applications Summary: The essence of building reliable and scalable distributed data systems and efficiently using them to solve real world problems is in mastering the tradeoffs associated with the design choices. Keywords: systems, book, data, software, applications Full article on dataintensive.net | 598 Points and 59 Comments Deutsche Bank makes source code publicly available for the first time Summary: By making this code publicly available, we aim to create a common industry standard that will deliver a faster and more convenient service to clients, strengthen controls and reduce costs.
Five minute guide to better typography Summary: From a three-part talk series on graphic design. Keywords: minutes, guide, typography, talk, series Full article on pierrickcalvez.com | 868 Points and 126 Comments Sorting Visualizations Summary: This example only used values up to 360 to be an easy map to hues in the HSV color scale, but you can certainly use this with larger sets of data, and the algorithm would just keep going up the digits until there were none left to check.
‘Our minds can be hijacked’: tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia Summary: Loren Brichter, who in 2009 designed the pull-to-refresh feature now used by many apps, on the site of the home he’s building in New Jersey: ‘Smartphones are useful tools, but they’re addictive … I regret the downsides.’ Photograph: Tim Knox for the Guardian But notification technology also enabled a hundred unsolicited interruptions into millions of lives, accelerating the arms race for people’s attention.
PostgreSQL 10 Released Summary: “Features such as logical replication and improved query parallelism represent years of work and demonstrate the continued dedication of the community to ensuring Postgres leadership as technology demands evolve.” Keywords: postgresql, database, data, replication, partitioning Full article on postgresql.org | 1024 Points and 296 Comments A Pre-History of Slashdot Summary: The years that followed were a blurry mix of victories and failures as Slashdot grew from a hobby to a real business depended on by hundreds of thousands of nerds around the world.
Keybase launches encrypted Git Summary: I also have access to team repositories made by my friends, family, and coworkers: founding docs for Keybase; some nostalgia from the old OkCupid and SparkNotes days; maybe even some shared erotic art that’s Not Safe For Work . Keywords: keybase, git, team, repositories, make Full article on keybase.io | 1427 Points and 270 Comments Interactive Vim tutorial Summary: /Keywords: enter, find Full article on openvim.
How the Elderly Lose Their Rights Summary: A Government Accountability report from 2010 said, “We could not locate a single Web site, federal agency, state or local entity, or any other organization that compiles comprehensive information on this issue.” A study published this year by the American Bar Association found that “an unknown number of adults languish under guardianship” when they no longer need it, or never did. Keywords: parks, told, rudy, court, belshe
Guacamole – A clientless remote desktop gateway Summary: Apache Guacamole is built on its own stack of core APIs which are thoroughly documented , including basic tutorials and conceptual overviews in the online manual . Keywords: guacamole, access, apache, desktop, web Full article on guacamole.incubator.apache.org | 1096 Points and 216 Comments Streams: a new general purpose data structure in Redis Summary: rss feed | twitter | google group | old site :
Hacker News Clone Using GraphQL and React Summary: Declarative UI - (react) Flux State Management - (redux) GraphQL Fragment Colocation - (react-apollo) Prefetch Page Assets - (next) Keywords: npm, graphql, server, run, oct Full article on github.com | 418 Points and 181 Comments I wanted to understand why racists hated me, so I befriended Klansmen Summary: Kelly agreed to participate, and we secured a room at a Frederick, Md., motel, where my secretary filled an ice bucket with cans of soda so I could offer my guest a drink.
HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for the Distributed Web (2015) Summary: As our electronic country becomes more influential and facilitates the world with more information, governments and corporations alike have started to pry into HTTP’s flaws, using them to spy on us, monetize us, and block our access to any content that represents a threat to them, legitimate or otherwise. Keywords: ipfs, http, web, content, site Full article on blog.
It’s time to give Firefox another chance Summary: This means that, unlike previous versions, Firefox Quantum can now take full advantage of multiple CPU cores — especially when it comes to its CSS engine, which plays a major role in how fast a web page renders. Keywords: firefox, mozilla, browser, quantum, version Full article on techcrunch.com | 1674 Points and 712 Comments How the Catalan government uses IPFS to sidestep Spain’s legal block Summary: To do so, they had to enter a limited set of their personal information (birthdate, government ID number (sort of ISSN) and current zip code) and, if all those are correct, they would get the voting station back.
A “right to repair” movement tools up Summary: And not being able to easily mend a device, says Mark Schaffer, a manufacturing consultant, contributes to a problem that already plagues many markets, as more products, from smartphones to washing machines, are thrown away rather than repaired, adding to waste and pollution. Keywords: repair, devices, make, shops, firms Full article on economist.com | 928 Points and 304 Comments Three Paths in the Tech Industry: Founder, Executive, or Employee Summary: The hard part here is that picking a company that will grow rapidly for many years is extremely difficult (in many ways your task is similar to a VC).
Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo Summary: “This increased precision will allow the entire astrophysical community to eventually make even more exciting discoveries, including multi-messenger observations,” says Georgia Tech professor Laura Cadonati, the deputy spokesperson of the LSC. Keywords: virgo, ligo, detector, collaboration, gravitational Full article on ligo.caltech.edu | 528 Points and 154 Comments Privacy Summary: We’ve proved time and again that great experiences don’t have to come at the expense of your privacy and security.
React 16 Summary: If you previously relied on undocumented React internals, and they don’t work anymore, let us know about your specific case in a new issue, and we’ll try to figure out a migration strategy for you. Keywords: react, kb, render, error, rendering Full article on facebook.github.io | 914 Points and 338 Comments Firefox Quantum Lands in Beta, Developer Edition Summary: One example: we’ve developed a breakthrough approach to laying out pages: a super fast CSS engine written in Rust , a systems programming language that Mozilla pioneered.
China Blocks WhatsApp Summary: Over the past several years, China has not only stepped up censorship but also closed numerous churches and jailed large numbers of human rights activists, lawyers and advocates for ethnic minorities. Keywords: whatsapp, china, chinese, users, services Full article on nytimes.com | 1174 Points and 618 Comments YC’s Essential Startup Advice Summary: Conferences, dinners, meeting with venture capitalists or large company corporate development types ( Don’t Talk to Corp Dev by Paul Graham), chasing after press coverage and so on.
Scenic Tram Simulator Summary: If you would like to support Short Trip, you’re welcome (but not obliged) to make a contribution here. Keywords: short, trip, alexander, perrin, hold Full article on alexanderperrin.com.au | 918 Points and 127 Comments PixelNN – Example-Based Image Synthesis Summary: We design a simple pipeline that combines the best of both worlds: the first stage uses a convolutional neural network (CNN) to maps the input to a (overly-smoothed) image, and the second stage uses a pixel-wise nearest neighbor method to map the smoothed output to multiple high-quality, high-frequency outputs in a controllable manner.
It’s time to kill the web app Summary: CNN and other news outlets following the spread of Code Red urged users to patch their systems.” Windows did have automatic updates, but if I recall correctly they were not switched on by default. Keywords: web, apps, secure, security, code Full article on blog.plan99.net | 1003 Points and 702 Comments Org-Mode Is One of the Most Reasonable Markup Languages to Use for Text Summary: Most prominent and most important examples are files pushed within a GitHub repository and the swiss army knife named Pandoc which is able to convert Org-mode to dozens of formats like HTML, odt (LibreOffice), docx (Word), LaTeX, PDF, and so forth.
Relicensing React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js Summary: We’re relicensing these projects because React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don’t want to hold back forward progress for nontechnical reasons. Keywords: react, projects, license, open, source Full article on code.facebook.com | 2280 Points and 498 Comments New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains Summary: Dr Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer at Sanofi and one of the report authors, told the BBC News website: “They are more potent and have greater breadth than any single naturally occurring antibody that’s been discovered.
New in PostgreSQL 10 Summary: Suppose I decide I want to replicate just the fines and loans tables from my public library database to the billing system so that they can process amounts owed. Keywords: version, postgresql, replication, data, tables Full article on wiki.postgresql.org | 962 Points and 249 Comments How I got to 200 productive hours a month Summary: As a side note, I prefer to take caffeine only a couple of times a week — it keeps the tolerance low, so even a small amount gives me a huge concentration boost for the hardest tasks.
DuckDuckGo vs Google Summary: Tl;dr: we can do this anonymously by deriving the location from information sent automatically by web browsers, and immediately throwing it away after serving local results (like weather or restaurant info) on the fly. Keywords: duckduckgo, google, search, gabriel, weinberg Full article on fourweekmba.com | 1140 Points and 533 Comments A new kind of map: it’s about time Summary: Recently, we’ve been thinking of a visualization that cuts directly to the way in which people make decisions about where to go: w hat would a map look like if we swept the physical world away completely, in favor of the time needed to move around it?
iTerm2: Please disable ‘Perform DNS lookups to check if URLs are valid’ Summary: And, to stress the impact, in the act of selecting text and Cmd-C’ing it to Copy, it is very easy to trigger this for passwords (for example, when I generate them using pwgen).Edited Sep 19, 2017 by Peter van Dijk 👍 135 👎 0 😱 132 🧀 4 Keywords: iterm, things, dns, default, text Full article on gitlab.
W3C abandons consensus, standardizes DRM, EFF resigns Summary: The W3C leadership countered with proposals — like the chartering of a nonbinding discussion group on the policy questions that was not scheduled to report in until long after the EME ship had sailed — that would have still left researchers, governments, archives, security experts unprotected. Keywords: drm, web, compromise, eme, members Full article on boingboing.net | 2735 Points and 978 Comments
Buffett wins $1M decade-old bet that the S&P500 would outperform hedgefunds Summary: In Berkshire’s 2005 annual report, I argued that active investment management by professionals – in aggregate – would over a period of years underperform the returns achieved by rank amateurs who simply sat still. Keywords: funds, hedge, fund, index, bet Full article on aei.org | 786 Points and 312 Comments How the Bitcoins Were Stolen from Mt. Gox [video] Summary: Kim Nilsson of WizSec gave an amazing talk at this year’s “Breaking Bitcoin” last week on precisely what they did to analyse what had happened: “Cracking MtGox.
We’ve failed: open access is winning and we must change our approach Summary: Consider the relative ease of agreeing with your co-authors on which institutional or subject repository to post which version of your work in line with multiple stakeholder policies (employer, funder, and publisher) as compared with self-posting in your own time to an academic sharing network of which you are already a member or, indeed, doing nothing and leaving it to Sci-Hub.
Firefox Multi-Account Containers Summary: The Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension lets you carve out a separate box for each of your online lives – so Exhaustive Shopping Researcher Self can steer clear of Humble Bragging Social Self, and Super Professional Work Self can go about the bizness without worrying about being followed by those other two. Keywords: firefox, online, containers, extension, accounts Full article on blog.mozilla.org | 850 Points and 237 Comments
Spain Fines Facebook Over Tracking Users Without Consent Summary: A second issue was that Facebook wasn’t obtaining specific and informed consent from the users because the data it was offering them about the collection was not sufficiently clear. Keywords: data, facebook, users, aepd, company Full article on tomshardware.com | 645 Points and 193 Comments Face ID, Touch ID, No ID, PINs and Pragmatic Security Summary: Now of course we don’t know how much of this is fancy Apple speak versus reality and I’m very keen to see the phone get into the hands of creative security people, but you can’t help but think that the breadth of sensors available for visual verification trumps those required for touch alone.
Sublime Text 3.0 Summary: However the difference is frequently felt in the hundreds of improvements that don’t warrant being featured on their own: spell checking works better, automatic indentation does the right thing more often, word wrapping handles source code better, high DPI screens are properly supported, and Goto Anything is smarter. Keywords: sublime, text, list, faster, ui Full article on sublimetext.com | 1653 Points and 674 Comments Windows for Linux Nerds Summary: This was super important to me since I am used to Linux where everything is scriptable and I have scripts for starting from a blank machine to my exact perfect setup.
iPhone X Summary: The intelligent, Apple-designed image signal processor detects elements in the scene — like people, motion, and lighting conditions — to optimize your photos even before you take them. Keywords: cameras, portrait, lighting, optical, image Full article on apple.com | 995 Points and 1066 Comments Daniel Kahneman “I placed too much faith in underpowered studies” Summary: This result confirms Kahneman’s prediction that priming research is a train wreck and readers of his book “Thinking Fast and Slow” should not consider the presented studies as scientific evidence that subtle cues in their environment can have strong effects on their behavior outside their awareness.
Facebook, You Needy Sonofabitch Summary: There are of course plenty of weighty, important topics worth criticizing Facebook for, from their perpetuating fake news to their role in influencing the election to enabling the surveillance state and so on. Keywords: facebook, people, friends, ve, users Full article on bradfrost.com | 1111 Points and 387 Comments Equifax’s Maddening Unaccountability Summary: The consumer credit reporting agency Equifax revealed that as many as 143 million Americans’ Social Security numbers , dates of birth, names and addresses may have been stolen from its files — just the kind of information that allows for identity theft and other cybercrimes.
Equifax Lobbied to Kill Rule Protecting Victims of Data Breaches Summary: Equifax’s lobbying group argued against the prohibition even as it acknowledged that a 2015 government study found “that credit reporting constituted one of the four largest product areas for class action relief” for consumers. Keywords: equifax, rule, class, arbitration, data Full article on ibtimes.com | 893 Points and 167 Comments Give away your code, but never your time Summary: “It’s also been a massive opportunity cost because of all the things I haven’t learned or done in the meantime because FubuMVC takes up so much of my time and that’s the main reason that it has to stop now.
Identity Theft, Credit Reports, and You Summary: Blindingly obvious errors lead to punitive damages and very incensed regulators, so even if the CRA has a low-ceremony way for “validating” a trade line (“We checked in our web application and shocker the database says what we said it said; click here to generate form letter”) they will not trust their usual process to do it . Keywords: credit, bank, letter, people, account
Equifax Faces Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Hack Summary: In the complaint filed in Portland, Ore., federal court, users alleged Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack. Keywords: equifax, information, data, filed, hack Full article on bloomberg.com | 1345 Points and 613 Comments How Many Years of Life Does That House Cost? Full article on nation.
Delta Goes Big, Then Goes Home Summary: As DL302 departed, it followed the gap between Irma’s outer band and the core of the storm, allowing the aircraft to navigate in relatively calm air. Keywords: delta, san, juan, hurricane, air Full article on flightradar24.com | 1107 Points and 188 Comments Cybersecurity Incident Involving Consumer Information Summary: The company promptly engaged a leading, independent cybersecurity firm that has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion, including the specific data impacted.
Facebook recruiting and Unix systems Full article on imgur.com | 1091 Points and 477 Comments Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency Summary: The basic idea is to create a model of the network path based on packet delivery rate and then execute control loops to maximize bandwidth while minimizing rtt. Keywords: performance, nginx, latency, tls, cpu Full article on blogs.dropbox.com | 987 Points and 84 Comments
Demon-Haunted World Summary: This presents profound challenges to our current regulatory model: Vegas slot machines could detect their location and if they believe that they are anywhere near the Nevada Gaming Commission’s testing labs, run an honest payout. Keywords: software, wannacry, cheating, world, computer Full article on locusmag.com | 768 Points and 282 Comments A collection of things software developers should know Full article on github.com | 589 Points and 165 Comments
“Google: it is time to return to not being evil” Summary: Two days after my thoughts were published in an article by Wired , we found out that all the campaigns under our Google AdWords account were suspended – without prior warning. Keywords: google, services, search, browser, users Full article on vivaldi.com | 739 Points and 238 Comments HSBC is killing my business, piece by piece Summary: It’s the fallout of HSBC receiving a record $1.
“Oracle laid off all Solaris tech staff in a classic silent EOL of the product” 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 | 753 Points and 387 Comments Watsi launches universal health coverage, funded by YC Research Summary: Five years ago, in a Costa Rican town called Watsi, one of our founders met a woman on a hot, crowded bus who was asking passengers for donations to fund her son’s healthcare.
Rental camera gear destroyed by the 2017 eclipse Summary: Most cinema cameras are equipped with a built in ND system that slides over the sensor, allowing them to adjust f-stop and shutter speeds to work better with their frame rate and shooting style. Keywords: damage, eclipse, camera, solar, damaged Full article on lensrentals.com | 599 Points and 153 Comments You are not ‘behind’ Summary: I would read articles about a 26-year-old entrepreneur with a billion-dollar company or a 16-year-old kid who invented a new kind of fusion reactor and a slow creep of panic would start to rise in my chest.
The art of over-engineering your side projects Summary: The sad thing is, those software engineers often have the tendency to over-engineer their side projects, put all of their effort into mundane and, let’s be honest, pointless tasks and burn out before they’ve even finished their MVP. Keywords: project, mistake, solution, software, infrastructure Full article on elsyms.com | 869 Points and 257 Comments Juicero Is Shutting Down Summary: “Some held up the countertop appliance as a symbol of all that was wrong with Silicon Valley: a $699 connected device that solved a problem most people didn’t even have the luxury of affording—how to get fresh juice on demand at home,” Fortune wrote in January.
Criticizing Google got me fired Summary: Much of my work has continued to focus on the ways that concentration of capacity can make complex systems like banking and communications — in addition to industrial production — subject to potentially catastrophic disruption. Keywords: power, corporations, world, fewer, google Full article on washingtonpost.com | 1010 Points and 441 Comments Insane state of today’s advertising part 3 Summary: Look if products you are reviewing are sold on any major online marketplaces (amazon, aliexpress, taobao, e.
A camera that snaps a GIF and ejects a cartridge that displays it Summary: I enjoy this part of the design process as you have to visualize and imagine how things will fit, move, be assembled, be dismantled, in your head before even touching a CAD program. Keywords: cartridge, camera, screen, pins, design Full article on imgur.com | 1480 Points and 296 Comments Headless mode in Firefox Summary: Next, we will create a new binary object representing Firefox Nightly, and add the -headless argument to it so that it will be run in headless mode:
24⁄192 Music Downloads Are Very Silly Indeed (2012) Summary: For example, an error on the part of the testers inadvertantly revealed that an invited audiophile expert had not been making choices based on audio fidelity, but rather by listening to the slightly different clicks produced by the ABX switch’s analog relays! Keywords: audio, range, audible, digital, bit Full article on xiph.org | 647 Points and 428 Comments When it comes to internet privacy, be afraid, analyst suggests Summary: In the internet era, consumers seem increasingly resigned to giving up fundamental aspects of their privacy for convenience in using their phones and computers, and have grudgingly accepted that being monitored by corporations and even governments is just a fact of modern life.
Disabling Intel ME 11 via undocumented mode Summary: Therefore, the kernel does not need to switch between the memory of different processes (changing page directories), as compared to Microsoft Windows or Linux, for instance.Keeping in mind this overview of Intel ME software, now we can examine how the operating system and modules are loaded. Keywords: intel, bup, hap, mode, platform Full article on blog.ptsecurity.com | 734 Points and 218 Comments
Doomsday planning for less crazy folk Summary: But no matter if our elected officials prefer to school us with passages from Milton Friedman or from Thomas Piketty , the hard truth is that no state can provide a robust safety net for all of life’s likely contingencies; in most places, government-run social programs are severely deficient in funding, in efficiency, and in scope. Keywords: link, home, water, make, people
If the Waffle House is closed, it’s Time to Panic (2016) Summary: The concept of restaurant operations as an indicator of storm impact percolated slowly into emergency-management culture — the magazine Environment Health Safety Today wrote about it in July 2011 — and broke out into the open around the time of Hurricane Irene in August 2011 (when, according to The Wall Street Journal , 22 Waffle Houses lost power but only one stayed closed longer than a day) .
Epistle 3 Summary: Years before, during the Disparate invasion, various members of an earlier science team, working in the hull of a dry-docked liner situated at the Tocsin Island Research Base in Lake Huron, had assembled what they called the Bootstrap Device. Keywords: disparate, alex, hyperborea, time, jerry Full article on marclaidlaw.com | 470 Points and 177 Comments Catching the Great American Eclipse at 35,000 Feet Summary: Dr. Evgenya Shkolnik, professor of astrophysics at the School for Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and her son Reuben Dragushan chat during the Alaska Airlines Great American Eclipse Flight.
“Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course on Coursera Summary: She joined the Army out of high school to help pay for college and received extensive training in Russian at the Defense Language Institute. Keywords: oakley, learning, brain, learn, neural Full article on nytimes.com | 848 Points and 183 Comments Feather: Open-source icons Summary: Simply beautiful open source icons Keywords: simply, beautiful, open, source, icons Full article on feathericons.
Disconnect. Offline only Full article on chris.bolin.co | 601 Points and 199 Comments iOS 11 Safari will automatically strip AMP links from shared URLs 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 | 534 Points and 420 Comments Right to Privacy a Fundamental Right, Says Indian Supreme Court Summary: An invasion of life or personal liberty must meet the three-fold requirement of (i) legality, which postulates the existence of law; (ii) need, defined in terms of a legitimate state aim; and (iii) proportionality which ensures a rational nexus between the objects and the means adopted to achieve them; and
Inside a fast CSS engine Summary: Speed up initial render (and the cascade) with the style sharing cache Think about a page with thousands of nodes. Keywords: css, engine, dom, node, style Full article on hacks.mozilla.org | 660 Points and 141 Comments Let Consumers Sue Companies Summary: For example, a group lawsuit against Wells Fargo for secretly opening phony bank accounts was blocked by arbitration clauses that pushed individual consumers into closed-door proceedings.