Top Posts for January 23, 2018

Ending Bitcoin Support

Summary: So, we will continue to pay close attention to the ecosystem and to look for opportunities to help our customers by adding support for cryptocurrencies and new distributed protocols in the future.

Keywords: bitcoin, payments, support, transaction, transactions

Full article on | 939 Points and 589 Comments

Ursula Le Guin has died

Summary: This was founded by an ancient people who seeded humans on habitable planets throughout the galaxy — including Gethen, Earth and the twin worlds of her most ambitious novel, “The Dispossessed,” subtitled “An Ambiguous Utopia” (1974).

Keywords: le, guin, ms, earthsea, books

Full article on | 824 Points and 82 Comments

Facebook open-sources Detectron

Summary: These algorithms, powered by Detectron, provide intuitive models for important computer vision tasks, such as instance segmentation, and have played a key role in the unprecedented advancement of visual perception systems that our community has achieved in recent years.

Keywords: research, detectron, models, platform, object

Full article on | 764 Points and 171 Comments

DuckDuckGo moves beyond search to also protect you while browsing

Summary: Except, instead of a nosey neighbor, it’s a vast array of highly sophisticated tracker networks, run by big companies like Google and Facebook, recording everything you do online , often without your knowledge, and selling their findings to the highest bidder via targeted ads.

Keywords: privacy, search, duckduckgo, app, extension

Full article on | 688 Points and 306 Comments

Hetzner Cloud

Summary: Intel Skylake Xeon CPUs together with speedy NVMe SSDs mean you’ll profit from high performance hardware.

Keywords: cloud, server, ll, data, make

Full article on | 556 Points and 318 Comments

Show HN: Self-generated custom art for your home or Airbnb

Summary: Enter your city, address or Airbnb listing link to automatically create your hospitality map.

Keywords: poster, create, select, automatically, rules

Full article on | 509 Points and 138 Comments

Firefox 58

Summary: We’re optimizing the performance gains we released in 57 by improving the way we render graphics and cache JavaScript.

Keywords: firefox, release, apps, ve, websites

Full article on | 334 Points and 176 Comments

Branchless Doom

Summary: This set of patches corrects some issues in DOOM, replaces some missing library functions like alloca, works around the C warnings that LCC (the compiler frontend) treats as errros, and fixes a specific bug with floating point casts in M/o/Vfuscator.

Keywords: doom, patches, branchless, desktop, version

Full article on | 333 Points and 53 Comments

Why Discrete Math Is Important

Summary: We strongly recommend that, before students proceed beyond geometry, they invest some time learning elementary discrete math, in particular counting & probability and number theory.

Keywords: math, discrete, students, geometry, mathematics

Full article on | 285 Points and 117 Comments

Amazon Go and the Future

Summary: In cloud services, more tenants lead to great economies of scale, not just in terms of servers and data centers but in the leverage gained by adding ever more esoteric features that both meet market needs and create lock-in.

Keywords: amazon, costs, store, company, software

Full article on | 272 Points and 172 Comments

In-N-Out managers earn triple the industry average

Summary: Denny Warnick, vice president of operations, said in an email that the approach was set down with the company’s founding in 1948 by Harry and Esther Snyder, who made quality service a central focus.

Keywords: california, workers, benefits, jayaraman, average

Full article on | 265 Points and 193 Comments

The U.S. drops out of the top 10 in innovation ranking

Summary: “One common trait of the U.S., Korea and China is that people accept failure as part of the process,” said Prinn Panitchpakdi, country head of CLSA Thailand, an Asian brokerage and investment group.

Keywords: top, innovation, ranking, category, moved

Full article on | 233 Points and 132 Comments

Tsunami warning ends for B.C. after large earthquake strikes off Alaska

Summary: In Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, warning sirens were activated on the two main beaches in town, and hundreds of people evacuated to the emergency reception centres at the community hall and an elementary school.

Keywords: tsunami, emergency, warning, people, sirens

Full article on | 231 Points and 89 Comments

Show HN: Paper Programs – Run JavaScript on pieces of paper

Summary: If you’re interested in contributing to Paper Programs, feel free to submit PRs, bugs, and suggestions at the Github repo .

Keywords: programs, paper, program, dynamicland, browser

Full article on | 222 Points and 50 Comments

It Takes Two Neurons to Ride a Bicycle (2004)

Full article on | 219 Points and 77 Comments

Forging a Swiss Lens: How Zurich’s tech scene changed my view of SV

Summary: The MUNI’s lack of predictability contributes to the creation of fallbacks onto private infrastructure filling the vacuum for an in-efficient public transportation system in San Francisco, such as ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft.

Keywords: switzerland, swiss, public, zurich, work

Full article on | 206 Points and 167 Comments

The 10,000 Year Clock

Summary: If the sun shines through the clouds more often than expected, and if the nights are colder than usual, the extra power generated by this difference (beyond what is ordinarily needed to nudge the pendulum) will bleed over into the Clock weights.

Keywords: clock, time, mountain, long, years

Full article on | 194 Points and 55 Comments

GitLab 10.4 released

Summary: This allows geographically distributed teams to enjoy faster Git fetch operations using GitLab Geo and the increased redundancy of highly available configurations

Keywords: gitlab, kubernetes, integration, performance, epics

Full article on | 193 Points and 157 Comments

Reducing Memory Usage in Ruby

Summary: I found that this saves approximately 3% memory on a basic Rails application set to production mode.

Keywords: instruction, objects, ruby, sequences, object

Full article on | 191 Points and 39 Comments

Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

Summary: “Due to religious guidelines,” Hellwege wrote to the clinic’s HR director, Chad Lindsey, in an email, “I am able to counsel women regarding all forms of contraception, however, cannot Rx [prescribe] it unless pathology exists—however, have no issue with barrier methods and sterilization.”

Keywords: beer, breweries, saffron, continue, craft

Full article on | 191 Points and 127 Comments

Taking Equifax to Small Claims Court

Summary: As money expert Clark Howard wrote about the Equifax breach, “ When your whole business is cataloging information on Americans without our permission, packaging us, slicing and dicing us, building these dossiers, and then selling us off over and over again, you have to keep our data secure.

Keywords: equifax, court, data, judge, damages

Full article on | 184 Points and 50 Comments

The Challenges of Being in the New Contract Workforce

Summary: But that also raises big questions about the future of the safety net: According to the poll, 51 percent of freelance and contract workers do not receive benefits common to many full-time jobs — sick leave, unemployment insurance or retirement savings.

Keywords: net, safety, freelancers, workers, freelance

Full article on | 182 Points and 257 Comments

Why Don’t the 20 Cities on Amazon’s HQ2 Shortlist Collectively Bargain?

Summary: Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor who studies urban policy, suggested on Twitter that the competing cities form a non-aggression pact and tell Amazon they are not going to continue to beg the company for HQ2 with incentives and giveaways:

Keywords: amazon, cities, company, bidding, jobs

Full article on | 174 Points and 262 Comments

Plotter Drawings: Five seconds of Donkey Kong

Summary: For these drawings, I use an NES emulator ( of my own creation ) to record a snapshot of the Nintendo’s RAM at each frame (60 fps).

Keywords: drawings, nes, game, plotter, drawing

Full article on | 171 Points and 58 Comments

Show HN: A cryptocurrency news scraper inspired by Hacker News

Full article on | 171 Points and 96 Comments

Bolt: An End-To-End Payments Stack with Zero Fraud

Summary: “Bolt has completely removed the need for us to monitor our credit card transactions, allowing us to focus on growing our numbers and servicing our valued customers.”

Keywords: bolt, fraud, detection, revenue, checkout

Full article on | 167 Points and 145 Comments

Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose? (2017)

Summary: In this view, the disordered and extreme thinking that accompanies depression, which can leave you feeling worthless and make you catastrophize your circumstances, is needed to punch through everyday positive illusions and focus you on your problems.

Keywords: depression, model, bargaining, suicide, hagen

Full article on | 160 Points and 95 Comments

Perl 6 Optimism

Summary: Eugene Barsky I’m only a recent newcomer, but I already use Perl 6 to analyze linguistic data (collecting stats while matching different patterns, making interactive console dictionaries, morphological parsing, finding orthographic variants of the same word etc.).

Keywords: perl, week, rakudo, blog, modules

Full article on | 152 Points and 204 Comments

Employees at Practice Fusion got nothing as execs pocketed millions

Summary: Confidential documents obtained by CNBC reveal that the board had started seeking a potential buyer in November 2015, several months before the Times report, and had hired Evercore to help it solicit interest.

Keywords: million, fusion, practice, employees, company

Full article on | 144 Points and 67 Comments

Ursula K. Le Guin has died

Summary: Le Guin was equally adept as a short fiction writer, with countless influential and iconic stories, among them “Vaster than Empires and More Slow” (1971), “The Word for World is Forest” (1972), “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” (1974), “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight” (1987), “The Matter of Seggri” (1994), and “A Woman’s Liberation” (1995).

Keywords: le, guin, ursula, university, sf

Full article on | 144 Points and 44 Comments

Can staying awake beat depression?

Summary: According to a study published in Lancet Psychiatry in September 2017 – the largest randomised trial of a psychological intervention to date – insomniacs who underwent a 10-week course of cognitive behavioural therapy to address their sleep problems showed sustained reductions in paranoia and hallucinatory experiences as a result.

Keywords: sleep, depression, people, light, benedetti

Full article on | 143 Points and 64 Comments

Opening Remarks at the Securities Regulation Institute

Summary: In the area of rulemaking, this means efficiently allocating the Commission’s limited resources to a combination of statutory mandates and the needs of the day (such as the broad dissatisfaction with the current regulatory approach to retail investment advice, which is commonly referred to as the “fiduciary rule”).

Keywords: rules, securities, sec, mandates, lawyers

Full article on | 142 Points and 112 Comments

OpenWrt in a WiFi card reader (2017)

Summary: While people managed to access the device serial console a few weeks ago, the plan was to eventually run OpenWrt since it’s based on the popular Atheros AR9331 WiSoC combined with 64MB RAM and 16MB SPI Flash.

Keywords: wifi, openwrt, files, zsun, reader

Full article on | 141 Points and 22 Comments

The Transistor, Part 1: Groping in the Dark

Summary: The small bit of wire on the left is the ‘whisker’ and chunk of silver material below it is the galena crystal.However, as many a frustrated hobbyist would learn, it could take minutes or even hours of tedious hunting around on the surface of the crystal to find that magic spot that would produce good rectification.

Keywords: current, bell, copper, rectifier, crystal

Full article on | 140 Points and 23 Comments

The eardrums move when the eyes move

Summary: Here, we report a form of eardrum motion produced by the brain via these systems: oscillations synchronized with and covarying with the direction and amplitude of saccades.

Keywords: eardrum, university, brain, department, eye

Full article on | 138 Points and 48 Comments

Building a Distributed Log from Scratch: Sketching a New System

Summary: This has the advantage that we don’t need to worry about partitioning so long as NATS is able to withstand the load (there is also an assumption that we can ensure reasonable balance of stream leaders across the cluster).

Keywords: nats, stream, leader, streaming, messages

Full article on | 131 Points and 7 Comments

Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It

Summary: Once the lords of a desolate peninsula of sand dunes and salt flats, they have become strutting sophisticates on the global stage: style icons who are celebrated in Vanity Fair and Vogue; art titans who splurge hundreds of millions on a Cézanne or a Gauguin; and media moguls who built Al Jazeera, the groundbreaking television network that helped fan the Arab Spring in 2011.

Keywords: qatar, saudi, tamim, doha, times

Full article on | 131 Points and 139 Comments

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author of Black Swan, on Bitcoin

Summary: That previous Federal Reserve bosses, Greenspan and Bernanke, had little grasp of empirical reality is something we only discovered a bit too late: one can macroBS longer than microBS, which is why we need to be careful on who to endow with centralized macro decisions.

Keywords: bitcoin, currency, control, government, banks

Full article on | 130 Points and 111 Comments

Resources for Learning about .NET Internals

Summary: Finally, bear in mind that some of the posts are over 10 years old, so there’s a chance that things have changed since then (however, in my experience, the low-levels parts of the CLR are more stable).

Keywords: clr, blogs, blog, ve, botr

Full article on | 128 Points and 9 Comments

Where Planes Go to Die: A One Way Trip to the Mojave Boneyard (2015)

Summary: Despite an infinite number of differences in size, shape, purpose, flight history, clientelle, and so on, all of the planes at Mojave nevertheless share one thing in common: their final destination.

Keywords: planes, boneyard, plane, rows, time

Full article on | 120 Points and 56 Comments

Net neutrality bill in CA

Summary: (d) Conditioning any state-granted right to attach small cell or other broadband wireless communications devices to utility poles on adherence to net neutrality.

Keywords: state, neutrality, net, service, internet

Full article on | 119 Points and 36 Comments

Tesla ‘on Autopilot’ slams into parked fire truck on freeway

Summary: Two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday to probe the crash, and will focus on “the driver’s actions and how the vehicle performed,” Bloomberg reported Jan. 23.

Keywords: tesla, truck, autopilot, fire, driver

Full article on | 115 Points and 167 Comments

Printing and binding your own books and manuals (2003)

Summary: One very good thing about this type of glue and binding method is that it is flexible as well as strong, which means that you can open the book out flat without damaging the spine or weakening it.

Keywords: book, glue, spine, paper, pages

Full article on | 104 Points and 23 Comments

Running BBS Door Games on Windows 10 with GameSrv and DOSBox

Summary: Originally we would call (like literally dial-up one to one) a BBS but ubiquitous internet added telnet as a nice option that persists today.

Keywords: bbs, door, games, telnet, run

Full article on | 103 Points and 23 Comments

Naomi Parker Fraley, the Real Rosie the Riveter, Dies at 96

Summary: Dr. Kimble, an associate professor of communication and the arts at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, reported his findings in “Rosie’s Secret Identity,” a 2016 article in the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

Keywords: fraley, rosie, woman, kimble, photo

Full article on | 98 Points and 12 Comments

A History of the Erlang VM (2011) [pdf]

Full article on | 97 Points and 8 Comments

Twitter’s COO Noto Resigns to Become Chief Executive at SoFi

Summary: San Francisco-based SoFi, one of the most valuable fin-tech startups, lost its co-founder and CEO, Mike Cagney, last fall amid company turmoil, including allegations of sexual harassment and fraudulent actions by managers.

Keywords: twitter, company, noto, sofi, officer

Full article on | 85 Points and 27 Comments

Fir: A Friendly, Interactive Ruby REPL

Summary: This is essentially what Fir is based on, fetching raw input, processing it, and then manually drawing to the screen using ANSI escape sequences to do things like erase or move the cursor.

Keywords: program, fir, characters, raw, escape

Full article on | 79 Points and 11 Comments

Bitcoin May Split Many Times in 2018

Summary: “Unfortunately, most fork-based projects we see today are more of a sheer money grab,” said George Kimionis, chief executive officer of Coinomi, a wallet that lets Bitcoin owners collect their new forked coins.

Keywords: bitcoin, forks, coins, miners, fork

Full article on | 78 Points and 75 Comments

Cognitive and Attentional Mechanisms in Delay of Gratification (1972)

Summary: tractors Thinking “sad thoughts” produced short delay times,

Keywords: delay, waiting, subjects, cognitive, children

Full article on | 75 Points and 6 Comments

Hawaii missile alert standdown delayed by forgotten log-in

Summary: Image copyrightAlamyImage caption Governor Ige has apologised for the stress and anxiety the false alarm caused Forgotten Twitter log-in details have been blamed for delaying a public correction to Hawaii’s missile alert earlier this month.

Keywords: ige, governor, text, alert, twitter

Full article on | 75 Points and 32 Comments

Bad month for the main thread

Summary: Second, the Meltdown/Spectre attack vectors threaten to slowdown CPUs ~20% in order to fix a security hole caused by an eager caching performance boost.

Keywords: performance, html, javascript, battery, websites

Full article on | 72 Points and 31 Comments

Welcome to the neighbourhood, have you read the terms of service?

Summary: “If we don’t collect it and own it, then I don’t think we can define the privacy stuff,” says Wylie, a columnist who writes about civic tech initiatives and an associate at the consulting firm Open North.

Keywords: data, privacy, smart, cities, collected

Full article on | 70 Points and 64 Comments

Car insurers accused of discriminating against people with Hotmail accounts

Summary: With the passage of time and the absence of a brand overhaul, the word “hotmail” near your name started to be quite ageing; like “ntlworld” or “blueyonder”, it was a sign that you weren’t keeping up.

Keywords: hotmail, address, people, email, didn

Full article on | 68 Points and 84 Comments

Styled Components v3.0.0

Summary: Add ESLint precommit hook, thanks to @lukebelliveau (see #1393 ) Remove trailing commas on function arguments (not compatible with ES5 JS engines) Upgrade test suites to run against react v16 ( see #1426 ) Ship source maps for all bundles to make debugging easier ( see #1425 )

Keywords: native, react, easier, release, bundles

Full article on | 67 Points and 34 Comments

About the security content of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3

Summary: Description: Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and indirect branch prediction may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis of the data cache.

Keywords: sierra, macos, high, issue, description

Full article on | 60 Points and 39 Comments

HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday

Summary: HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with directional control, and powerful technologies that preserve the richness and intent of original recordings.

Keywords: homepod, apple, music, siri, audio

Full article on | 60 Points and 100 Comments

Ijk – Transforms arrays into virtual DOM trees

Summary: A tree like this can be passed as a node to patch, diff and render algorithms exposed by libraries like hyperapp , picodom or preact .

Keywords: children, dom, index, virtual, call

Full article on | 56 Points and 45 Comments