Top Posts for January 25, 2018

Waze Carpool

Summary: Every day, millions of drivers in thousands of cities use Waze to get around.

Keywords: traffic, people, day, millions, seats

Full article on | 659 Points and 356 Comments

Senator asks FBI director to name the cryptographers who support backdoors

Summary: During his January 9th speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York, Wray called the prevalence of encryption an “urgent public safety issue” and said it had prevented law enforcement from accessing some 7,800 devices in the last fiscal year.

Keywords: wray, encryption, wyden, speech, security

Full article on | 373 Points and 205 Comments

Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

Summary: It struck a settlement with Uber where the startup agreed to limit access to designated employees using multi-factor authentication, establish someone to supervise privacy of the system and audit usage of it.

Keywords: lyft, data, staffers, access, uber

Full article on | 360 Points and 184 Comments

It’s About Time for Time Series Databases

Summary: And while they are by no means alone in this market, the open source TimescaleDB that they let loose on the world last summer is getting traction and on the rise, in part because of the growing popularity of the PostgreSQL database engine that it overlays with time series capabilities and enhanced scalability.

Keywords: database, data, scale, time, series

Full article on | 320 Points and 134 Comments

Why I left Google (HN search results)

Full article on | 311 Points and 188 Comments

Surviving 75 hours alone in the ocean

Summary: In a recent issue of the journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine , a team of researchers led by physiologist Heather Massey of the University of Portsmouth in the UK take a closer look at what happened next: Hewitt’s progressive deterioration over the next four days and three nights, how he survived, and what took place after his eventual rescue.

Keywords: water, hewitt, degrees, cold, diving

Full article on | 286 Points and 113 Comments

2018 Stellar roadmap

Summary: At the end of 2017 we recruited a veteran team, with a substantial track record of product and marketing success, to build a front-end for Stellar’s inherent decentralized exchange.

Keywords: stellar, network, sdex, lightning, exchange

Full article on | 279 Points and 117 Comments

Why social media bosses don’t use social media

Summary: From Chris Marcellino – one of the inventors of Apple’s system for push notifications, who quit the industry to train as a neurosurgeon – to Loren Britcher – who created the pull-to-refresh motion that turns so many apps into miniature one-armed-bandits and is now devoting his time to building a house in New Jersey – many of the workers at the coalface of interface design have had second thoughts.

Keywords: facebook, people, social, time, back

Full article on | 267 Points and 122 Comments

Robinhood Crypto – Invest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Summary: Before using margin, customers must determine whether this type of trading strategy is right for them given their specific investment objectives, experience, risk tolerance, and financial situation.

Keywords: robinhood, financial, trading, cryptocurrency, crypto

Full article on | 252 Points and 300 Comments

DNA seen through the eyes of a coder (2017)

Summary: Genes are not there to cause diseases Human Molecular Genetics, second edition by Tom Strachan and Andrew P. ReadNeatly fills the gap between ‘primary literature’ (ie, peer reviewed academic magazines and papers) and introductory textbooks.

Keywords: dna, code, genome, cell, genes

Full article on | 238 Points and 59 Comments

Some obscure C features

Summary: The entire describe call will be expanded into this (with added newlines and indentation for clarity; the actual preprocessor would put it all on one line):

Keywords: macro, function, code, preprocessor, describe

Full article on | 231 Points and 101 Comments

Google doesn’t necessarily need innovation

Summary: For instance they waited years too long to get into both the Cloud and Social spaces, showing a kind of institutional blindness, which wouldn’t be a problem if they would “go to the ground” more often.

Keywords: google, problem, microsoft, grab, post

Full article on | 205 Points and 153 Comments

How a fix in Go 1.9 sped up our Gitaly service by 30x

Summary: We expect the migration effort to be completed by the beginning of April at which point all Git operations in the GitLab application will use the service and we’ll be able to decommission NFS infrastructure.

Keywords: gitaly, process, processes, git, service

Full article on | 203 Points and 42 Comments

An update on Redis Streams development

Summary: blog comments powered by

Keywords: development, streams, redis, update, powered

Full article on | 186 Points and 39 Comments

YC Series A Program

Summary: We don’t yet have enough data to quantify the impact of what we’re doing, but our early anecdotal evidence – seen through speed of process and quality of outcome – is significant and positive.

Keywords: companies, ve, time, yc, investors

Full article on | 158 Points and 34 Comments

The Founder’s Guide To Selling Your Company (2014)

Summary: When a sufficiently high-up decision maker decides he/she wants to buy your startup, he/she will attempt to meet with you constantly and put time pressure on you, so as to prevent you from shopping the deal and getting a better offer.

Keywords: acquirer, company, startup, term, acquisition

Full article on | 151 Points and 39 Comments

9-5 Is Out. Try the 1-6 Instead

Summary: CLOSE More Options

Keywords: close, options

Full article on | 148 Points and 130 Comments

Summary: Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Grumpy Cat is thought to have earned millions in endorsement and advertising deals They also alleged that the owners had told them Tardar Sauce was set to star in a film alongside Hollywood actors Will Ferrell and Jack Black, something that did not happen.

Keywords: cat, owners, image, grumpy, company

Full article on | 146 Points and 100 Comments

Deep-copying in JavaScript

Summary: The nice thing about structured cloning is that it handles cyclic objects and supports a wide set of built-in types .

Keywords: object, copy, function, create, clone

Full article on | 142 Points and 110 Comments

Mayor quits FCC committee, says it favors ISPs over the public interest

Summary: The problem “became particularly apparent at our most recent meeting in Washington, DC,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in his resignation letter .

Keywords: broadband, code, industry, group, model

Full article on | 141 Points and 16 Comments

Conflict vs. Mistake

Summary: When conflict theorists criticize democracy, it’s because it doesn’t give enough power to the average person – special interests can buy elections, or convince representatives to betray campaign promises in exchange for cash.

Keywords: theorists, people, conflict, mistake, good

Full article on | 140 Points and 37 Comments

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide from Its Deep Poverty Problem

Summary: Money spent by and for fellow citizens, either individually or collectively, is subject to democratic evaluation by both donors and recipients, who can see the effects and who can show their approval or disapproval in the voting booth.

Keywords: poor, united, states, poverty, people

Full article on | 139 Points and 216 Comments

Tinder’s lack of encryption allows spying

Summary: Even if all they wanted to do was to freak you out, you’d expect Tinder to make that as good as impossible by sending all its traffic via HTTPS, short for Secure HTTP.

Keywords: tinder, images, mobile, app, people

Full article on | 131 Points and 31 Comments

gRPC-Go Engineering Practices

Summary: To resolve this, we made a concerted effort to either merge or close all of those PRs, and we now hold weekly meetings to review the status of every active PR to prevent the situation from reoccurring.

Keywords: grpc, issues, open, prs, source

Full article on | 126 Points and 64 Comments

Why is setState asynchronous?

Summary: Imagine that without any writing any coordination code yourself, you could choose to show a spinner if the update took more than a certain threshold (e.g. a second), and otherwise let React perform a seamless transition when the async dependencies of the whole new subtree are satisfied .

Keywords: state, immediately, don, updates, react

Full article on | 120 Points and 41 Comments

Code Less, Think More… Incrementally

Summary: And listen to your customers.— An excerpt from “The Cathedral And The Bazaar,” 1999 If you always start to build a big task from the beginning without incremental development in mind, you’re very likely to get stuck.

Keywords: build, step, car, user, builds

Full article on | 108 Points and 27 Comments

Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa Discovered in Israeli Cave

Summary: “What I was surprised by was how well this new discovery fits into the new picture that’s emerging of the evolution of Homo sapiens,” said Julia Galway-Witham, a research assistant at the Natural History Museum in London who wrote an accompanying perspective article .

Keywords: modern, found, jawbone, africa, university

Full article on | 106 Points and 36 Comments

Digital marketing: a free curriculum

Summary: You’ll conclude the learning path with a capstone project that will have you build a marketing plan for the product or company you chose to promote in the beginning.

Keywords: digital, marketing, ll, career, path

Full article on | 98 Points and 23 Comments

Mistakes in time

Summary: Over the last few years, I’ve tried to set up new projects for myself built around reasonable near and long term goals to make sure I’m getting the sort of dopamine hits I clearly need to keep going.

Keywords: time, learning, great, started, camera

Full article on | 97 Points and 13 Comments

In Japan, there’s an industry devoted to cleaning up after people who died alone

Summary: The 200-square-foot apartment was overflowing with the detritus of a lonely life: instant-noodle bowls and soft-drink bottles, empty coffee cans, cigarette butts in ashtrays, dozens of lighters, months’ worth of newspapers, clothes in disheveled piles.

Keywords: hiroaki, apartment, people, cleaning, lonely

Full article on | 93 Points and 41 Comments

Ultraslow radio for decentralized global digital communication (2013)

Full article on | 90 Points and 38 Comments

Citus and pg_partman: Creating a scalable time series database on Postgres

Summary: Over time we found big benefits in further enhancing the features around hash-based partitioning which enabled us to add richer SQL support, transactions , foreign keys, and more.

Keywords: partitioning, time, data, postgres, partitions

Full article on | 85 Points and 15 Comments

Algorithmic decision making and the cost of fairness (2017)

Summary: The unconstrained algorithm thus maximizes public safety while also satisfying one important understanding of equality: that all individuals are held to the same standard, irrespective of race.

Keywords: fairness, defendants, algorithms, algorithmic, gmt

Full article on | 85 Points and 105 Comments

CNN Is Closing Down Beme, YouTube Star Casey Neistat’s Video Company

Full article on | 82 Points and 57 Comments

The Humanity Star

Summary: No matter where you are in the world, rich or in poverty, in conflict or at peace, everyone will be able to see the bright, blinking Humanity Star orbiting Earth in the night sky.

Keywords: humanity, star, species, planet, lives

Full article on | 71 Points and 55 Comments

Update on Pocket and Firefox Integration

Summary: When Mozilla and Pocket joined forces less than a year ago, we said that together we will work to provide people everywhere with the tools to discover and access high-quality web content across platforms and silos, for a safer, empowered, independent online experience.

Keywords: content, web, pocket, firefox, privacy

Full article on | 71 Points and 104 Comments

Blockchain Stocks Collapse by 40% to 90%

Summary: LBCC, at the time a failing beverage-maker called Long Island Iced Tea, got its shares to rocket by 360% from $2.06 on December 18 to $9.49 a few days later by announcing that it would change its name and ticker symbol.

Keywords: shares, peak, blockchain, december, trading

Full article on | 70 Points and 33 Comments

Breaking Into an Information Security Career

Summary: ICMP/Ping does is portless don’t fall for that trick question Know in at least small detail what happens on the network side when you go to Problem solving and analyzing is a MAJOR part of infosec.

Keywords: don, ll, learn, information, make

Full article on | 70 Points and 35 Comments

Tips for Application Performance (2015)

Summary: NGINX Plus also has session draining , which stops new connections while existing tasks complete, and a slow start capability, allowing a recovered server to come up to speed within a load‑balanced group.

Keywords: performance, server, application, nginx, web

Full article on | 69 Points and 23 Comments

Summary: Interestingly, Google didn’t even catch on and flag the site as being hacked in the search results, although the pages were indexed… and the injected content and links were there since Aug 2016.

Keywords: site, google, plugin, client, files

Full article on | 69 Points and 11 Comments

Keeping “Free Law” Free

Summary: FLP also proposed to upload litigation materials to IA in only machine-readable formats compressed into enormous multi-gigabyte tarballs, ending the human-readable individual HTML files that have for years made it easy for normal users with standard web browsers to see court records.

Keywords: recap, documents, flp, public, users

Full article on | 68 Points and 32 Comments

How big cats hunt zebras and impalas, and how these prey flee their predators

Summary: In the new study, led by Alan Wilson, a professor of locomotor biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College in London, researchers captured thousands of high-speed runs by fitting five cheetahs, seven impalas, nine lions and seven zebras with custom collars that could record each animal’s location, speed, acceleration, deceleration and turning performance many times per second.

Keywords: cheetahs, wilson, impalas, running, speed

Full article on | 63 Points and 23 Comments

Open Letter to the Airbnb Community About Building a 21st Century Company

Summary: We are instituting many actions to begin to put this ideal into practice, starting on February 22, where we’ll be announcing the next chapter to empower a host-led world with some substantial improvements to our service that set us up for an infinite time horizon.

Keywords: airbnb, company, world, companies, vision

Full article on | 62 Points and 80 Comments

Kotlin and linear programming

Summary: More succinctly, when you hear a business problem that includes objectives that say “minimize”, “maximize”, or simply find a solution that’s “feasible”, linear programming should come right out of your tool kit.

Keywords: number, programming, slots, linear, letter

Full article on | 59 Points and 21 Comments

Dutch intelligence agency spied on Russian hacking group

Summary: AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch intelligence agency AIVD spied on the Russian group believed to be behind the hack of the Democratic Party ahead of U.S. elections, local media reported on Thursday.

Keywords: intelligence, russian, aivd, group, agency

Full article on | 58 Points and 10 Comments

Apple prepares macOS users for discontinuation of 32-bit app support

Summary: The next release of macOS after High Sierra will begin to restrict 32-bit apps and will feature “aggressive” warnings about the coming change.

Keywords: app, macos, apple, apps, software

Full article on | 58 Points and 55 Comments

AI Learning How to Play Pong in RealTime – PyTorch

Full article on | 58 Points and 12 Comments

Something doesn’t ad up about America’s advertising market

Summary: In the analogue era the rule of thumb was that ads could comprise no more than 33-50% of TV or radio programming, or of a magazine’s pages, says Rishad Tobaccowala, of Publicis, an advertising firm.

Keywords: advertising, firms, ad, ads, digital

Full article on | 58 Points and 64 Comments

Netflix is down

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Keywords: experiencing, issue, service, netflix, interruption

Full article on | 52 Points and 35 Comments

Summary: As noted by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association’s Jonny Roses on Twitter , that means the original decision and $2.4 million fine will be put on hold until the High Court moves forward with the appeal, or rejects it outright.

Keywords: valve, consumer, court, appeal, law

Full article on | 50 Points and 82 Comments