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
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
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
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
Summary: Intel Skylake Xeon CPUs together with speedy NVMe SSDs mean you’ll profit from high performance hardware.
Keywords: cloud, server, ll, data, make
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
Keywords: firefox, release, apps, ve, websites
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It Takes Two Neurons to Ride a Bicycle (2004)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Show HN: A cryptocurrency news scraper inspired by Hacker News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A History of the Erlang VM (2011) [pdf]
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
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
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
Cognitive and Attentional Mechanisms in Delay of Gratification (1972)
Summary: tractors Thinking “sad thoughts” produced short delay times,
Keywords: delay, waiting, subjects, cognitive, children
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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