Top Posts for January 27, 2018

The Follower Factory

Summary: Sonja Morgan, a cast member on the Bravo show “The Real Housewives of New York City,” uses her Devumi-boosted Twitter feed to promote her fashion line, a shopping app and a website that sells personalized “video shout-outs.” One former “American Idol” contestant, Clay Aiken, even paid Devumi to spread a grievance: his customer service complaint against Volvo .

Keywords: devumi, followers, twitter, accounts, social

Full article on | 384 Points and 155 Comments

An Italian Song That Sounds Like English But Is Nonsense

Summary: According to Francesco Ciabattoni, who teaches Italian culture and literature at Georgetown University, this Anglo-Italian pop genre grew from Italy’s collective interest in America, as well as the British Invasion of the 1960s.

Keywords: american, language, italian, celentano, song

Full article on | 362 Points and 200 Comments

Terraforming 1Password

Summary: 1Password saves you time and makes you more secure by filling logins, shopping carts, and long forms with a single tap or click.

Keywords: secure, time, click, shopping, home

Full article on | 324 Points and 110 Comments

Finding Profitable Startup Ideas

Summary: [1] W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Blue ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant , Harvard Business School Press, pg.

Keywords: market, business, entrepreneur, approach, competitive

Full article on | 251 Points and 80 Comments

If you watch closely enough, everything is a speaker

Summary: The group tested an eclectic selection of materials, including a bag of chips (excellent), a soda can (surprisingly mediocre), and a potted plant (average).

Keywords: song, playing, essentially, recover, nearby

Full article on | 233 Points and 50 Comments

USAF Is Jamming GPS in Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise

Summary: The year’s first iteration of the USAF’s premier set of aerial war games, known commonly as Red Flag , is kicking off today at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, but this exercise will be different than any in the past.

Keywords: flag, training, red, gps, usaf

Full article on | 218 Points and 140 Comments

Operation Gunman – how the Soviets bugged IBM typewriters (2015)

Summary: Although the Americans did use a non-linear junction detector (NLJD), which is capable of finding electronic circuits even if they are not switched on, the Russians knew this as well, and had taken extra measures to hide the Selectric Bug from NLJDs, such as the Audiotel Broom .

Keywords: selectric, bug, ibm, head, print

Full article on | 216 Points and 17 Comments

Kaggle Learn review: there is a deep learning track and it is worth your time

Summary: So when I saw Ben Hamner ‘s tweet launching Kaggle Learn , a set of interactive data science tutorials, I made up my mind to give it a shot.

Keywords: learning, deep, track, data, machine

Full article on | 202 Points and 12 Comments

Data Science at the Command Line

Summary: At the same time I’m updating terms (e.g., macOS instead of Mac OS X) and sections (e.g., Installing the Docker image instead of Setting up the Data Science Toolbox ) where appropriate.

Keywords: data, science, line, command, tools

Full article on | 201 Points and 29 Comments

My Delorean runs Perl

Summary: I feel like Perl hits a magic sweet spot of providing enough structure to build a correct, performant program, while being minimal and generic enough to plug things together with ease, and even offering enough syntax features to express complex operations in terse but readable code.

Keywords: perl, code, project, time, software

Full article on | 184 Points and 42 Comments

Amazon’s $23M book about flies (2011)

Summary: Nonetheless this seems like a fairly risky thing to rely on – most people probably don’t behave that way – and meanwhile you’ve got a book sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

Keywords: price, book, profnath, bordeebook, prices

Full article on | 173 Points and 100 Comments

Python 1.0.0 is out (1994)

Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages

Keywords: hidden, fieldssearch, groups, messages

Full article on | 163 Points and 136 Comments

Craftsmanship – The alternative to the four-hour work week mindset

Summary: A mindset that I see when I hear people talk about having an amazing idea that they want to farm out to a young college student who can code or outsourcing development of a product to a cheap dev house.

Keywords: expertise, mindset, business, startup, resources

Full article on | 154 Points and 50 Comments

Postgres indexes under the hood

Summary: In the database tables themselves, Postgres uses a hack strategy called The Oversized Attribute Storage Technique to split out the data into multiple pages.

Keywords: postgres, node, index, data, split

Full article on | 153 Points and 20 Comments

Free Linux cloud shell for Gmail users

Summary: ‪English (United Kingdom)‬‪English (United States)‬‪Español (Latinoamérica)‬

Keywords: united, latinoamérica, states, kingdom

Full article on | 145 Points and 75 Comments

FOSDEM 2018 schedule

Summary: The lightning talk is a very popular format, used at many conferences, where speakers have a mere 15 minutes at their disposal to showcase an open source project, an idea, or a concept thereof.

Keywords: fosdem, open, source, conference, tracks

Full article on | 143 Points and 27 Comments

Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older

Summary: Being a quiet, timid person, I simply nodded, walked back to my desk and stared at that spreadsheet for like an hour, hoping to make some sense of it (yep, just like George Costanza and the Penske file ).

Keywords: time, feel, life, lot, mistakes

Full article on | 142 Points and 99 Comments

The good guy/bad guy myth

Summary: In her study of folklore From the Beast to the Blonde (1995), the English author and critic Marina Warner rejects a reading of folktales, popularised by the American child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, as a set of analogies for our psychological and developmental struggles.

Keywords: good, moral, stories, guys, values

Full article on | 140 Points and 183 Comments

Show HN: Find a co-hacker for your project

Full article on | 135 Points and 62 Comments

VM escape vulnerabilities patched in VirtualBox

Summary: The next step for Red Hat’s Hans de Goede is landing the “vboxsf” driver for VirtualBox guest shared folder support.

Keywords: guest, virtualbox, host, operating, vulnerabilities

Full article on | 121 Points and 42 Comments

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch is reportedly set for February 6th

Full article on | 119 Points and 22 Comments

Summary: Ludlow also said uses of the song had in the past been “carefully vetted” but warned that its words and melody could now be used by advertising agencies and others “in any manner they wish, including inaccurate historical uses, commercials, parodies, spoofs and jokes, and even for political purposes by those who oppose civil rights for all Americans.”

Keywords: song, copyright, overcome, ludlow, plaintiffs

Full article on | 117 Points and 25 Comments

Tether has “dissolved” relationship with auditor Friedman LLP

Full article on | 107 Points and 79 Comments

Ted Nelson’s published papers on computers and interaction, 1965 to 1977

Summary: From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind’s Machine

Keywords: comment, texts, selected, papers, nelson

Full article on | 100 Points and 33 Comments

Nicolas Cage DeepFake

Summary: derpfakes was the user who first demonstrated how the framework could be used in a Hollywood setting in a well known recent scene:

Keywords: derpfakes, deepfake, framework, pornography, demonstrated

Full article on | 97 Points and 76 Comments

What Life Looks Like When Night Lasts for Days

Summary: I spend nearly the whole day outside chopping firewood for our house (we live off the grid), maintaining trails, plowing, going on walks with our dogs, snowshoeing, skiing, winter biking.

Keywords: lives, norway, finland, arctic, sweden

Full article on | 96 Points and 35 Comments

Newton’s Financial Misadventures in the South Sea Bubble [pdf]

Full article on | 95 Points and 33 Comments

A Washington state bill that would make it easier to fix your electronics

Summary: As has happened in other states , these groups say that allowing consumers to repair their own electronics would lead to cybersecurity and safety issues, though the industry has yet to put forward a coherent argument of what, specifically, would be at risk.

Keywords: repair, bill, electronics, introduced, states

Full article on | 84 Points and 46 Comments

Towards LaTeX in the Browser

Summary: Nonetheless, there is a gap, because LaTeX does more than display formulas— there are automatically numbered sections and subsections, equations which are cross-referenced by a convenient system of labels, special “environments” for theorems, itemized lists, verbatim text, etc., etc.

Keywords: minilatex, text, latex, mathjax, language

Full article on | 83 Points and 38 Comments

Coincheck Says It Lost Crypto Coins Valued at About $400M

Summary: In Japan, one of the world’s biggest markets for cryptocurrencies, policy makers have introduced a licensing system to increase oversight of local venues, seeking to avoid a repeat of the Mt.

Keywords: bitcoin, coincheck, japan, nem, cryptocurrency

Full article on | 75 Points and 44 Comments

Compared to paper towel, Dyson hand dryers blow 1300x as many viral germs (2016)

Summary: Some audacious folks just skip the sink all together, while others don’t wash for long enough (experts recommend singing “Happy Birthday” twice in your head) or omit the cleansing soap step.

Keywords: dryer, viruses, air, jet, hands

Full article on | 74 Points and 57 Comments

Increased Network Bandwidth for EC2 Instances

Summary: The ENA gives you high throughput and low latency, while minimizing the load on the host processor.

Keywords: bandwidth, traffic, gbps, instances, advantage

Full article on | 73 Points and 28 Comments

Bitfinex fails to perform promised audits

Summary: There is one way we could do a third party audit: Simply everyone try and redeem their Tethers for real money, but I’m sure when they suspend withdrawals they’ll just blame evil banks for the problems like everything else.

Keywords: bitfinex, audit, llp, source, money

Full article on | 69 Points and 26 Comments

A look inside Amazon’s Spheres as they get set to open

Summary: As of next week, the retail giant adds another benefit: a curated slice of nature inside three geodesic domes, called, at various stages of design and construction, fly eyes, glass orbs, melted-together Milk Duds and biospheres.

Keywords: spheres, amazon, seattle, plants, employees

Full article on | 66 Points and 54 Comments

Show HN: A blockchain alternative to Airbnb

Summary: Industry-level Hard ForkOur vision is to fully disintermediate vacation rentals and let you explore the world with low transaction costs.

Keywords: crypto, world, community, forkour, vision

Full article on | 66 Points and 59 Comments

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse

Summary: In a truer way, it means people nodding and smiling and going about their everyday business as their neighbours, friends, and colleagues die early deaths in shallow graves.

Keywords: social, american, collapse, america, pathologies

Full article on | 64 Points and 47 Comments

Understanding the C/C++ memory model

Summary: If we forget about standard synchronisation tools such as mutexes, then there are two essential mechanisms to making ordering consistent between threads: atomic operations, and memory barriers.

Keywords: thread, atomic, memory, barrier, lock

Full article on | 63 Points and 4 Comments

Scalable and accurate deep learning for electronic health records

Summary: Authors: Alvin Rajkomar , Eyal Oren , Kai Chen , Andrew M. Dai , Nissan Hajaj , Peter J. Liu , Xiaobing Liu , Mimi Sun , Patrik Sundberg , Hector Yee , Kun Zhang , Gavin E. Duggan , Gerardo Flores , Michaela Hardt , Jamie Irvine , Quoc Le , Kurt Litsch , Jake Marcus , Alexander Mossin , Justin Tansuwan , De Wang , James Wexler , Jimbo Wilson , Dana Ludwig , Samuel L. Volchenboum , Katherine Chou , Michael Pearson , Srinivasan Madabushi , Nigam H. Shah , Atul J. Butte , Michael Howell , Claire Cui , Greg Corrado , Jeff Dean

Keywords: data, ehr, models, auroc, patient

Full article on | 61 Points and 39 Comments

Show HN: Gymphy – Create Free Shareable Workout Plans

Summary: Create quick and simple workout plans that you can share with your friends, family or students.

Keywords: create, shareable, plans, quick, simple

Full article on | 60 Points and 17 Comments

A Letter from Dijkstra on APL (1982)


Keywords: apl, table, ack, inverted, dijkstra

Full article on | 57 Points and 26 Comments

MacOS High Sierra Kills Terminal FTP

Summary: Oct 2, 2017 7:26 AM in response to tintinve Case Number: I’ve received answer from our engineers and it is not possible to access FTP through the terminal, because High Sierra is a more secure operating system.

Keywords: ftp, response, tintinve, level, points

Full article on | 56 Points and 29 Comments

New population of one of world’s rarest fish found off Tasmania

Summary: A team of seven divers from Australia’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Reef Life Survey heard reports that a red handfish was seen in another area and went down to investigate.

Keywords: handfish, population, cooper, red, antonia

Full article on | 56 Points and 8 Comments

“I guess you can’t use NYU Libraries if you don’t have Twitter or Facebook?”

Full article on | 55 Points and 30 Comments

Montana to FCC: You can’t stop us from protecting net neutrality

Summary: Attorneys general representing twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are suing the FCC to reverse the net neutrality repeal, and the preemption questions will undoubtedly play a significant role in the lawsuit.

Keywords: state, fcc, net, neutrality, montana

Full article on | 54 Points and 13 Comments

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Summary: Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional)

Keywords: understand, understanding, knowledge, learn, technique

Full article on | 54 Points and 12 Comments

Intel: Meltdown, Spectre silicon fixes coming 2018; 3D XPoint RAM, not so much

Summary: As part of Intel’s fourth quarter financials release, CEO Brian Krzanich promised that chips shipping this year would include true hardware fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown attacks .

Keywords: year, intel, lake, percent, xpoint

Full article on | 53 Points and 24 Comments

A fatal inconsistency within neoliberalism

Summary: Thus neoliberalism that might have started as extolling the virtues of the market ends up as “a consultancy racket, in which corporations purchase complex models to justify their chosen strategy”, to quote Will Davies more recently .

Keywords: firms, market, firm, large, neoliberalism

Full article on | 50 Points and 19 Comments