Top Posts for January 19, 2018

LuLu: An open-source macOS firewall that blocks unknown outgoing connections

Summary: While it was designed to generically detect malware by flagging unauthorized networking connections, LuLu can also be used to block OS components or 3rd-party applications from transmitting information to remote servers.

Keywords: lulu, rules, process, rule, window

Full article on | 629 Points and 198 Comments

Reality has a surprising amount of detail (2017)

Summary: This surprising amount of detail is is not limited to “human” or “complicated” domains, it is a near universal property of everything from space travel to sewing, to your internal experience of your own mind.

Keywords: details, angle, things, ll, stairs

Full article on | 558 Points and 274 Comments

Is it time for open processors?

Summary: The ISA is designed with the ability for specific implementations to add extensions, making experimentation easier and facilitating the addition of hardware acceleration techniques.

Keywords: hardware, designs, level, open, processors

Full article on | 527 Points and 217 Comments

Programming Notes for Professionals books

Full article on | 442 Points and 60 Comments

Laws of UX

Summary: Learn More The time it takes to make a decision increases with the number and complexity of choices.

Keywords: learn, time, users, complexity, items

Full article on | 425 Points and 191 Comments

List of oldest companies: Before 1300

Summary: The Raeapteek in the center of Tallinn city, Estonia is one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, having always been in business in the same exact house since the early 15th century.

Keywords: companies, oldest, years, germany, older

Full article on | 393 Points and 196 Comments

An Amazon Order Might Lock You Out of Trusted Traveler Programs

Summary: It’s impossible to say for sure (CBP doesn’t release specifics), but U.S Customs probably intercepted the shipment of the counterfeit bag as soon as it arrived, then Rimowa was sent a seizure notice with the names of the importer and exporter who are breaking the law.

Keywords: amazon, reed, customs, rimowa, read

Full article on | 283 Points and 210 Comments

Trial of a blood test that detects eight common forms of cancer

Summary: Dr Cristian Tomasetti, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told the BBC: “This field of early detection is critical.

Keywords: cancer, test, cancers, early, dr

Full article on | 283 Points and 97 Comments

Embedded in Rust: Brave new I/O

Summary: The end goal of having these traits is writing generic drivers: library crates that let you interface external components but that – thanks to the HAL – whose implementation is oblivious to the hardware details of the platform they are running on.

Keywords: peripherals, api, crates, configuration, model

Full article on | 278 Points and 58 Comments

U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

Summary: “Mars is a very difficult environment for power systems, with less sunlight than Earth or the moon, very cold nighttime temperatures, very interesting dust storms that can last weeks and months that engulf the entire planet,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA‘s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Keywords: power, nasa, system, mars, surface

Full article on | 261 Points and 124 Comments

Homebrew 1.5.0

Summary: brew info now shows –devel and –HEAD options for optionless formulae Homebrew’s portable ruby has a GitHub mirror for users that cannot access Bintray ( brew upgrade skips the formula rather than exiting if an upgrade fails due to an unsatisfied Requirement The no_proxy variable is passed through to the Homebrew fetch/install process (e.g. for curl )(

Keywords: python, homebrew, brew, formula, formulae

Full article on | 254 Points and 80 Comments

Going Global with Your Startup

Summary: Just make sure you do a little bit of up front planning to account for the extra overhead that comes with travel, coordination across time zones, and dealing with multiple government agencies.

Keywords: office, work, shipping, international, country

Full article on | 221 Points and 76 Comments

Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

Summary: “No 365 cottage cheese, no 365 plain nonfat organic yogurt, no Brat Hans chicken breakfast sausage, no Norwegian salmon, no 365 brown eggs — shelves are bare!”

Keywords: foods, store, employees, system, employee

Full article on | 220 Points and 256 Comments

Meltdown and Spectre Linux Kernel Status

Summary: I keep getting a lot of private emails about my previous post about the latest status of the Linux kernel patches to resolve both the Meltdown and Spectre issues.

Keywords: kernel, spectre, state, patches, properly

Full article on | 206 Points and 95 Comments

The radical idea of a world without jobs

Summary: Illustration: Nathalie Lees for the Guardian Graeber, Hester, Srnicek, Hunnicutt, Fleming and others are members of a loose, transatlantic network of thinkers who advocate a profoundly different future for western economies and societies, and also for poorer countries, where the crises of work and the threat to it from robots and climate change are, they argue, even greater.

Keywords: work, people, working, social, time

Full article on | 170 Points and 229 Comments

Driving a Car in Manhattan Could Cost $11 Under Congestion Plan

Summary: With New York’s population at an all-time high, its streets snarled by mounting traffic and its famed public transit system in steep decline both above ground and below , it has become increasingly apparent that the city is choking on its own growth.

Keywords: city, congestion, traffic, transit, manhattan

Full article on | 161 Points and 252 Comments

The US is the most expensive nation in which to have a baby

Summary: Dr Renee Hsia, an emergency department physician at the University of California San Francisco and a health policy expert likened the experience to buying a car, but not knowing whether the dealership sells Fords or Lamborghinis.

Keywords: birth, costs, insurance, apo, family

Full article on | 159 Points and 203 Comments

Jordan B Peterson, Critical Theory, and the New Bourgeoisie

Summary: Second, she seemed unable to engage with his arguments, instead misrepresenting them (“You’re saying women aren’t intelligent enough to run top companies?”) or taking issue with them (during a conversation about unhealthy relationships, Newman asked: “What gives you the right to say that?” Answer: “I’m a clinical psychologist.”) At one point, she was rendered speechless.

Keywords: theory, critical, social, people, justice

Full article on | 158 Points and 59 Comments

Union Is Formed at Los Angeles Times and Publisher Put on Leave

Summary: Known for years as the “citadel of the open shop,” The Times, and the city it covered, has traditionally been against organized labor — a sentiment cultivated under Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, who acquired part ownership of the paper in 1884, and continued under his son-in-law, Harry Chandler.

Keywords: times, levinsohn, union, tronc, angeles

Full article on | 154 Points and 233 Comments

I Built the Largest Natural Light Wet Plate Studio in the US in Over a Century

Summary: There is something special about that, but then again, I am a hopeless romantic who feels the world is a better place when the wet plate collodion process is still practiced by people like myself that really want to create something from nothing.

Keywords: wet, plate, studio, light, glass

Full article on | 153 Points and 57 Comments

However improbable: The story of a processor bug

Summary: Furthermore, such languages have sophisticated runtimes that take advantage of page faults for implementation tricks that make them more efficient (a process can install a signal handler for SIGSEGV so that it does not get terminated, and instead can recover from the situation).

Keywords: core, dumps, memory, code, servers

Full article on | 152 Points and 23 Comments

Reverse-engineering FPGAs [video]

Summary: In this talk I describe the basic makeup of FPGAs and how I reverse engineered the Xilinx 7 Series and Lattice iCE40 Series together with the implications.

Keywords: fpgas, series, reverse, describe, club

Full article on | 140 Points and 41 Comments

Shitcoin vs. buttcoin: a dummies guide to cryptocurrency manipulation

Summary: Specific, limited permission is granted to reprint in any book, movie, website, magazine, newspaper, animation or other media under the following ‘professional courtesy’ conditions: Cartoon creator Mike Adams must be conspicuously credited.

Keywords: cartoon, reprint, posted, mike, manner

Full article on | 137 Points and 64 Comments

Atari Tempest: Dave Theurer’s Masterpiece

Summary: This catalogue was an actual physical book, full of generic ideas that came out of regular brainstorming sessions, where the whole coin-op team would camp down someplace away from the office, and discuss new proposals for upcoming games that they thought might work.

Keywords: game, tempest, atari, theurer, hardware

Full article on | 133 Points and 39 Comments

The cost of games

Summary: Yeah, over the long haul, that may render you the developer obsolete, but at least publishers will live on and raise a glass to your memory as they feed your brains into the training data set for their neural net designer AIs.

Keywords: games, costs, data, game, cost

Full article on | 132 Points and 74 Comments

Want to use my wifi? (2013)

Summary: So, an attacker who poisons that file with some evil code while you’re in his wifi can manipulate any sourceforge download page that you look at later and redirect you to his server instead of a legitimate mirror.

Keywords: attacker, browser, http, js, site

Full article on | 118 Points and 63 Comments

How to see a memory

Summary: Sometimes called brain decoding, the statistical method typically feeds fMRI data into a computer algorithm that automatically learns the neural patterns associated with specific thoughts or experiences.

Keywords: memory, neurons, memories, brain, people

Full article on | 115 Points and 13 Comments

How Slack Stays Secure During Hyper Growth

Summary: Geoff is a technical and strategic advisor to policy-makers, start-ups, and investors and a regular speaker at public and private industry events such as CIO 100, True University, Structure Security, Okta, SAP, FBI, etc.

Keywords: security, sort, people, things, slack

Full article on | 114 Points and 87 Comments

Mobile Devices Compromised by Fake Secure Messaging Clients

Summary: Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, February 2, at 9:30 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the law firms of Jones Day and Robins Kaplan will urge an appeals court to let an American continue his suit against the Ethiopian government for infecting his computer with custom spyware and monitoring…

Keywords: eff, fbi, government, court, electronic

Full article on | 106 Points and 28 Comments

Commitment vs. Forecast: A Subtle But Important Change to Scrum (2011)

Summary: At first sight we may think - maybe some people are mistakenly already doing so - that changing commitment by forecast will drive Development Teams to believe that they can happily relax, and assume that they can finish any Sprint without delivering a usable increment of software.

Keywords: sprint, commitment, team, development, scrum

Full article on | 104 Points and 84 Comments

JEP 325: Switch Expressions

Summary: As we prepare to enhance the Java programming language to support pattern matching (JEP 305) , several irregularities of the existing switch statement – which have long been an irritation to users – become impediments.

Keywords: switch, expression, case, statement, break

Full article on | 93 Points and 63 Comments

Show HN: – Netboot Run-From-RAM OS’s on AWS, Google and Digital Ocean

Summary: They can (optionally) be set up to have no user login system at all, no way to get inside & no unneeded code on the server (which represents a security risk).

Keywords: run, os, linux, bootrino, code

Full article on | 90 Points and 16 Comments

GoPro has discontinued its developer program

Full article on | 89 Points and 63 Comments

Oculus Start: Technical and Financial Resources for Beginning VR Developers

Summary: Gain new knowledge and bond with fellow developers at industry events like Oculus Connect.

Keywords: oculus, benefits, include, vr, receive

Full article on | 89 Points and 55 Comments

Monthly Amazon Prime membership fees are about to increase

Summary: If you’re on-board for Amazon’s monthly Prime membership, I’ve got a bit of bad news for you on this cold January morning.

Keywords: company, increase, prime, amazon, pricing

Full article on | 88 Points and 155 Comments

Show HN: Triangulart – Isometric graphic editor, like pixel art with triangles

Full article on | 87 Points and 28 Comments

QDirStat – Treemap Visualization of Directory Statistics

Summary: I don’t like the fact that the mail client relies on that MySQL based framework called Akonadi that is not only resource-hungry, but also so fragile that I had to use the akonadiconsole lots of times just to bring it back to life.

Keywords: file, qdirstat, directory, kde, kdirstat

Full article on | 86 Points and 41 Comments

US regulators charge three Bitcoin operators with fraud

Summary: “When market participants engage in fraud under the guise of offering digital instruments – whether characterized as virtual currencies, coins, tokens, or the like – the SEC and the CFTC will look beyond form, examine the substance of the activity and prosecute violations of the federal securities and commodities laws,” they said in a joint statement.

Keywords: enforcement, cryptocurrency, action, bitcoin, cftc

Full article on | 80 Points and 42 Comments

The De Bruijn-Newman constant is non-negative

Summary: One can also formally calculate the derivative of to be a somewhat complicated but manifestly non-negative quantity (a sum of squares); see this previous blog post for analogous computations in the case of heat flow on polynomials.

Keywords: zeroes, time, real, function, riemann

Full article on | 80 Points and 62 Comments

The DNA of Iceland’s First Known Black Man, Recreated from Living Descendants

Summary: Lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to keep the government open, as Senate Democrats and a group of Republicans blocked a House-passed bill that would have given the two parties more time to work out a long-term budget agreement and a deal to protect nearly 700,000 young immigrants at risk for deportation beginning in early March.

Keywords: jonatan, reading, continue, dna, descendants

Full article on | 79 Points and 15 Comments

The Tether Conundrum: a look into a suspicious cryptocurrency

Summary: Over the course of the past few days, when Bitcoin appeared as if it was almost about to crash but at the last minute recovered, we saw an awful lot of buys that look like this, many of which are suspiciously timed shortly after those $100 million Tether issuances:

Keywords: tether, usd, bitcoin, cryptocurrency, usdt

Full article on | 76 Points and 65 Comments

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

Summary: We all need to think creatively in our daily lives, whether it’s figuring out how to make dinner using leftovers or fashioning a Halloween costume out of clothes in your closet.

Keywords: network, creative, brain, thinking, connections

Full article on | 74 Points and 110 Comments

Mike Moritz slams politically correct tech culture, praises Chinese work ethic

Summary: Mike Moritz of Sequoia Capital writes that Silicon Valley has become “unhinged” with discussions about the “inequity of life.”

Keywords: silicon, valley, discussions, culture, work

Full article on | 73 Points and 86 Comments

The Untreatable: The Spanish Flu of 1918

Summary: Across the world communities adapted traditional remedies: in China, public sweat baths, opium and herbal extracts; in India, hill tribes moulded figures out of flour and water, and waved them over the sick.

Keywords: flu, virus, died, spanish, pandemic

Full article on | 71 Points and 81 Comments

The Gen Z Pyramid Scheme Sweeping Instagram

Summary: The credibility of Venmo adds a sense of legitimacy to confused teens, which makes it dangerous for kids who might ordinarily think they’re aware of scams and how to avoid them.

Keywords: top, venmo, pyramid, friends, level

Full article on | 70 Points and 51 Comments

WebGPU demos

Summary: WebGPU is an experimental technology, and you should not browse the entire Web with it enabled for now.

Keywords: webgpu, experimental, enabled, make, content

Full article on | 60 Points and 49 Comments

CSS Paint API: New possibilities in Chrome 65

Summary: As of now, text rendering methods are missing and for security reasons you cannot read back pixels from the canvas.As an introductory example, let’s write a checkerboard paint worklet and use it as a background image of a