Top Posts for December 29, 2017

Call of Duty gaming community points to ‘swatting’ in Wichita police shooting

Summary: Swautistic responded by falsely reporting to the Kansas police a domestic dispute at the address 7aLenT posted, telling the authorities that one person had already been murdered there and that several family members were being held hostage.

Keywords: police, swatting, man, officers, swautistic

Full article on | 446 Points and 480 Comments

Escaping Docker container using waitid() – CVE-2017-5123

Summary: I decided to take an approach similar to Federico, so I proceeded to spray the kernel heap with thousands of struct creds and then start guessing by writing to various addresses and pray to hit my target.

Keywords: kernel, capabilities, struct, order, write

Full article on | 394 Points and 108 Comments

Things I have learnt as the software engineering lead of a multinational

Summary: There are some very rare cases where delivery date is more important than what you are delivering, but modern management seems to delight in generalizing this unusual occurrence to every situation.

Keywords: people, don, organization, good, work

Full article on | 364 Points and 190 Comments

From Bootstrap to CSS Grid

Summary: From misusing tables, to over-engineering simple floats that push around content, developers have consistently struggled to translate designs to code.

Keywords: grid, css, start, layout, code

Full article on | 355 Points and 96 Comments

Open-source clone of the Age of Empires II engine

Summary: TechnologyComponent C++17 Engine core Python3 Scripting, media conversion, in-game console, code generation Qt5 Graphical user interface Cython Glue code CMake Build system OpenGL2.1 Rendering, shaders SDL2 Cross-platform Audio/Input/Window handling Opus Audio codec nyan Content Configuration and Modding Humans Mixing together all of the above Fully authentic look and feel This can only be approximated, since the behaviour of the original game is mostly undocumented, and guessing/experimenting can only get you this close We will not implement useless artificial limitations (max 30 selectable units…)

Keywords: dec, openage, windows, original, game

Full article on | 352 Points and 65 Comments

Review: Copperhead OS

Summary: Luckily, I discovered that the Copperhead gang has published their own fork called Noise , which removes the Googly bits but still works with the rest of the Signal infrastructure, so I have been using it as my default client with no issues.

Keywords: google, copperhead, app, software, security

Full article on | 247 Points and 142 Comments

Your Mother’s Maiden Name Is Not a Secret

Summary: “What is the last name of the teacher who gave you your first failing grade?” includes an assumption about academic records; strangely, it appears on the LSAT registration website, whose users’ transcripts are likely to be too unblemished to furnish an answer.

Keywords: security, questions, answer, answers, users

Full article on | 222 Points and 156 Comments

Free electron laser – A fourth-generation synchrotron light source [video]

Summary: This talk aims to explain how particle accelerators and in particular light sources work, for what reason we need these big facilities to enable new types of science and why most of modern technology would be inconceivable without them.

Keywords: particle, accelerators, free, electron, billion

Full article on | 186 Points and 36 Comments

Dumping a PS4 Kernel in “Only” 6 Days

Summary: Other obvious changes from the vanilla FreeBSD method are that the mdbg_run_dump encodes data recorded into the dump on a field-by-field basis and additionally encrypts the resulting buffer before finally storing it to disk.

Keywords: crashdump, kernel, dump, process, crashdumps

Full article on | 168 Points and 4 Comments

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half

Summary: Republicans famously charged that the establishment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) through the Affordable Care Act, would lead to the creation of “death panels.” The politicians made that argument even though the agency only funds studies and was given no authority to make policy decisions or payment recommendations.

Keywords: treatments, patients, medical, doctors, medicine

Full article on | 122 Points and 41 Comments

Algebra, Topology, Differential Calculus, and Optimization Theory for CS [pdf]

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Keywords: obj, stream, xvkofwlo, marɞ, qio

Full article on | 117 Points and 25 Comments

Why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

Summary: Once is in terms that remind me of the weeks of pained post-election analysis about how urban elites had failed to heed the struggles of the working class: “When you get out in the rural part of our country, and you see what’s happened … regardless of what your political affiliation is, I can tell you, Donald Trump tapped into something,” says Mike Grimm, CEO of American Eagle Paper Mills in Tyrone, Pennsylvania (population 5,301).

Keywords: paper, mohawk, world, industry, building

Full article on | 108 Points and 106 Comments

How Raganwald Lost His Crown

Summary: Gravitational waves were first proposed by Henri Poincaré in 1905, but most people associate them with Albert Einstein, who predicted them ten years later within the framework of his General Theory of Relativity , one of the great human intellectual achievements.

Keywords: star, neutron, gravity, stars, matter

Full article on | 104 Points and 41 Comments

Gridcoin: Rewarding Scientific Distributed Computing

Summary: If you require a serious amount of distributed computing power for free, you can easily create a BOINC project and the Gridcoin network can potentially reward your active userbase to help offset their electricity bills and improve userbase retention.

Keywords: gridcoin, userbase, require, amount, distributed

Full article on | 93 Points and 32 Comments

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rocker

Summary: Fast forward thirty years, and this same early backer is haranguing me to make the record available on Spotify—an arrangement that, in addition to once more placing my career narrative in someone else’s profit-hungry hands, wouldn’t even yield him a serious cash return for his efforts.

Keywords: music, world, song, kids, record

Full article on | 90 Points and 55 Comments

Summary: The state’s marijuana market, for which detailed information is available to the public, has faced consistent declines in prices, production consolidated in larger farms and a competitive marketplace that has forced cannabis processors to shell out for sophisticatedtechnology to create brand new ways to get high .

Keywords: pot, market, legal, weed, washington

Full article on | 84 Points and 73 Comments

The Rendering of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Summary: In this case the LUT was the neutral one (i.e. the coordinate and the color it contains are the same value) so I’ve modified the same scene with some of the different presets the game comes with in the camera editor.

Keywords: game, buffer, texture, shadow, pass

Full article on | 83 Points and 10 Comments

Classical Cryptography Will Survive Quantum Computers

Summary: This is incredibly useful in modern electronic commerce—if you want to send your credit card number safely over the Internet to Amazon, for instance, you don’t want to have to drive to their headquarters to have a secret meeting first.

Keywords: quantum, computers, computer, cryptography, hidden

Full article on | 82 Points and 38 Comments

Taxation – Explaining What a Double Irish Sandwich Is

Summary: “Revelations of the extent of tax avoidance by multinationals based on exploitation of the arm’s length system prompted a rear-guard action by the OECD described as the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) programme but the programme deliberately avoids any principled re-examination of norms underlying the international tax regime or any consideration of a shift from residence to source-based taxation.”

Keywords: tax, taxation, pay, international, ireland

Full article on | 78 Points and 11 Comments

I went full nomad and it almost broke me

Summary: Everything’s fine.Physically my experience of burnout meant poor quality sleep, rock bottom energy levels and leaning progressively on stimulants like coffee, sugar and alcohol.

Keywords: nomad, time, burnout, people, nomads

Full article on | 77 Points and 93 Comments

Decline of Rural Lending Crimps Small-Town Business

Summary: Ms. Baker, the peanut-business owner, says 45 years ago, when her mother moved her ceramics classes from home to a storefront, a local banker took a personal interest in the business and gave her a loan.

Keywords: bank, rural, branch, business, southern

Full article on | 73 Points and 61 Comments

A Very Old Man for a Wolf

Summary: About a month after OR2 got her new name and collar, she and the black male, along with their pups, were eating an elk carcass that lay partially submerged in a minor stream called Grouse Creek, about ten miles from Hells Canyon—the especially deep river gorge that separates Oregon and Idaho.

Keywords: wolf, morgan, wolves, oregon, pack

Full article on | 72 Points and 13 Comments

Adversarial Learning for Good: On Deep Learning Blindspots

Summary: In case you haven’t been following the explosion of adversarial learning in neural network research, papers and conferences, let’s take a whirlwind tour of some concepts to get on the same page and provide further reading if you open up arXiv for fun on the weekend.

Keywords: adversarial, learning, data, network, research

Full article on | 72 Points and 12 Comments

The Near Future of Electric Cars: Many Models, Few Buyers

Summary: Wall Street continues to reward Tesla and values the Silicon Valley electric-car maker as worth more than Ford, even as the Detroit automaker dwarfs Musk’s company in nearly all metrics, from output to revenue.

Keywords: electric, models, percent, tesla, years

Full article on | 71 Points and 133 Comments

Intel ME: Myths and Reality [pdf]

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Keywords: obj, endobj, stream

Full article on | 71 Points and 15 Comments

Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25

Summary: For years, I’ve used a variety of services on my home server.

Keywords: years, variety, services, home, server

Full article on | 68 Points and 18 Comments

640k Really Is Enough for Anyone

Summary: Yet with all these enhancements, many gamers who were kids during the 80’s and early 90’s recall a time when primitive (by today’s standards) graphics and singsong square and triangle wave tones forced them to fill in the blanks with their imaginations.

Keywords: dos, ll, system, time, programs

Full article on | 66 Points and 92 Comments

Investing in “Magic” Cards

Summary: Dospil compares the secondary market to an elaborate stock exchange, one he monitors with digital algorithms, price aggregation tools, and a massive network of e-commerce hubs that swap, he says, “millions of dollars in cards every day.” The tangents that drive the commerce can mutate in a moment’s notice.

Keywords: magic, cards, game, card, list

Full article on | 66 Points and 48 Comments

Adderall Risks: Much More Than You Wanted to Know

Summary: To adjust for this potential bias, a multivariant analysis that compared current users with individuals who had used stimulant therapy more than one year ago (defined as remote use) found no difference in the risk of serious CV events (RR 1.03, 95% CI 0.86-1.24).

Keywords: people, adderall, risk, adhd, stimulants

Full article on | 62 Points and 12 Comments

A Curated List of Checklists You Should Save

Summary: New pull request Latest commit 113433d Dec 27, 2017 huyingjieadd website url

Keywords: dec, latest, commit, website, url

Full article on | 58 Points and 4 Comments

Show HN: Simple Gameboy Emulator

Summary: A Gameboy emulator created to better understand computer architecture, design, as well as get more experience with low level programming.

Keywords: dec, works, decent, frame, rate

Full article on | 57 Points and 14 Comments

Kodi for the Xbox One

Summary: As time passed by developers and users were happy running XBMC on their Linux, Windows, OSX, Raspberry-Pi and Android devices as such no one really looked back.

Keywords: kodi, xbox, windows, uwp, work

Full article on | 56 Points and 22 Comments

Computing’s Fundamental Principle of No Learning

Summary: Drag-and-drop makes for a visual placement metaphor letting me “put” work from one document into another, but you can’t obviously see that it’s a thing (nor indeed what it will actually achieve; Drag and Drop seems intuitively destructive, sometimes is, but sometimes surprisingly isn’t.

Keywords: app, things, computing, taligent, computer

Full article on | 56 Points and 17 Comments

The Worst Job in Technology: Staring at Human Depravity to Keep It Off Facebook

Summary: ET By her second day on the job, Sarah Katz knew how jarring it can be to work as a content moderator for Facebook Inc. She says she saw anti-Semitic speech, bestiality photos and video of what seemed to be a girl and boy told by an adult off-screen to have sexual contact with each other.

Keywords: posts, katz, day, sarah, job

Full article on | 54 Points and 26 Comments

Why didn’t Denmark sell Greenland? (2011)

Summary: Likewise, Denmark has failed to capture the indirect geostrategic value of Greenland: not only did it refuse the US offer, it then - as a founding member of NATO, joining 4 April 1949 - proceeded to let the US use Greenland as much as it pleased, expanding the US WWII installations into the gigantic Thule Air Base (linchpin of the Strategic Air Command nuclear bombers aimed at Russia) and agreeing to govern Thule under a 1951 treaty which specifically says (emphasis added):

Keywords: greenland, denmark, danish, oil, subsidy

Full article on | 53 Points and 40 Comments

Not Explicit

Summary: There’s always a trade off in choosing to ensure that something is explicit like this (for example, the compiler can’t silently decide to allocate data in the heap instead of the stack, or vice versa, as an optimization).

Keywords: explicit, users, code, rust, explicitness

Full article on | 52 Points and 5 Comments

Uber’s Financials: An Inside Look

Summary: The Wall Street Journal reviewed recent quarterly statements that show how fast the most valuable U.S. private technology company is growing — and losing money.

Keywords: uber, company, financials, inside, technologies

Full article on | 51 Points and 50 Comments

The Refuseniks

Summary: Beryozka stores reserved for tourists had tables piled high with Russian fur hats, stacks of painted nesting dolls, and silver spoons bearing a Moscow city emblem.

Keywords: naum, kgb, asked, moscow, lecture

Full article on | 51 Points and 4 Comments

Cryptocurrency Analysis with Python – Log Returns

Summary: Benefit of using returns, versus prices, is normalization: measuring all variables in a comparable metric, thus enabling evaluation of analytic relationships amongst two or more variables despite originating from price series of unequal values (for details, see Why Log Returns ).

Keywords: returns, log, prices, ltc, distribution

Full article on | 50 Points and 4 Comments