Top Posts for January 30, 2018

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan to Create Healthcare Company

Summary: “I’m in favor of anything that helps move the markets a bit, incentivizes competition and puts pressure on the big insurance carriers,” said Ashraf Shehata, a partner in KPMG LLP’s health care and life sciences advisory practice in the U.S. “An employer coalition can do a lot of things.

Keywords: health, care, companies, costs, buffett

Full article on | 957 Points and 474 Comments

Red Hat to Acquire CoreOS

Summary: Founded in 2013, CoreOS was created with a goal of building and delivering infrastructure for organizations of all sizes that mirrored that of large-scale software companies, automatically updating and patching servers and helping to solve pain points like downtime, security and resilience.

Keywords: red, hat, coreos, cloud, kubernetes

Full article on | 806 Points and 118 Comments

Xi: an editor for the next 20 years [video]

Summary: In addition to pushing the state of computer science for text handling, the project also seeks to build an open-source community for teaching and learning, and working together to create a joyful editing experience.

Keywords: text, raph, community, design, working

Full article on | 587 Points and 228 Comments

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies

Summary: That means no advertiser — even those that operate legal, legitimate businesses — will be able to promote things like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings — ICOs for short — or binary options, according to a Facebook blog post.

Keywords: facebook, crypto, ads, network, ad

Full article on | 504 Points and 215 Comments

UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

Summary: “The government must now bring forward changes to the Investigatory Powers Act to ensure that hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are innocent victims or witnesses to crime, are protected by a system of independent approval for access to communications data.

Keywords: court, data, powers, judges, communications

Full article on | 486 Points and 180 Comments

Matrix Calculus for Deep Learning

Summary: (Note that, unlike many more academic approaches, we strongly suggest first learning to train and use neural networks in practice and then study the underlying math.

Keywords: vector, chain, rule, derivative, function

Full article on | 481 Points and 73 Comments

U.S. Regulators to Subpoena Crypto Exchange Bitfinex, Tether

Summary: While Tether and Bitfinex don’t disclose on their websites or in public documents where they’re located or who’s in charge, Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the firms, said in a Dec. 3 email that Jan Ludovicus van der Velde is the CEO of both.

Keywords: tether, bitfinex, friedman, accounts, bank

Full article on | 477 Points and 381 Comments

Regexper – Regular expressions visualizer

Full article on | 454 Points and 92 Comments

Content-aware image resize library

Summary: Failed to load latest commit information.

Keywords: jan, commit, pull, bitmap, request

Full article on | 365 Points and 54 Comments

How to Work Out What to Charge Clients

Summary: So instead of intimidating you with complex value-based pricing formulas or boring you to death with project Gantt charts, I am going to share with you the rather inelegant approach I take to the subject.

Keywords: charge, minimum, work, project, pricing

Full article on | 341 Points and 172 Comments

A Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz (2012)

Summary: According to Pawlowicz, Pilecki’s successful operations in this period included obtaining the phone numbers of government officials and Soviet advisors, documents showing the falsification of the results of the People’s Referendum of 1946 by the communists, and a secret bilateral trade agreement between Poland and Russia calling for the Red Army to be stationed on Polish territory.

Keywords: pilecki, polish, camp, auschwitz, trump

Full article on | 327 Points and 130 Comments

How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel

Summary: Piper Jaffrey senior analyst Mike Olson says that by designing its own chips, Apple cuts component costs, gets an early jump on future features because it controls research and development and keeps secrets away from frenemies such as Samsung.

Keywords: apple, chip, iphone, custom, chips

Full article on | 213 Points and 143 Comments

Garbage collectors open a library with abandoned books

Summary: Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills.

Keywords: library, books, tasdelen, garbage, collection

Full article on | 205 Points and 85 Comments

Waymo Launches Its Self-Driving Armada

Summary: And while the business model for making money off these robots is still opaque—will it sell its software to carmakers, or maybe manage its own nationwide fleet of self-driving taxis?—it’s moving full speed ahead.

Keywords: waymo, testing, driverless, cars, tech

Full article on | 189 Points and 132 Comments

Nanopore MinION – $1k solid-state DNA sequencers

Summary: The MinION streams data in real time so that analysis can be performed during the experiment and workflows are fully versatile.

Keywords: minion, data, sequencing, time, run

Full article on | 184 Points and 105 Comments

Can We Copy the Brain?

Summary: Robin Hanson

Keywords: copy, mead, ray, bostrom, brain

Full article on | 176 Points and 69 Comments

Google winning 98% ad spots it auctions off, after order to treat others equally

Summary: ET Google continues to stymie competition in online shopping, despite a record fine from European authorities and an order to modify its behavior, rivals say.

Keywords: google, european, rivals, billion, shopping

Full article on | 154 Points and 90 Comments

Goodyear Hid Evidence of ‘The Worst Tire in History’ Linked to at Least 9 Deaths

Summary: Jennifer Bennett, a staff attorney at Public Justice, a nonprofit legal advocacy group who’s representing the Center in its motion to unseal records, said it’s common in cases involving an alleged defect for people to not learn about it for years “because of protective orders that’ve been inserted in lawsuits.”

Keywords: goodyear, tire, court, kurtz, case

Full article on | 145 Points and 59 Comments

Kodak’s Dubious Blockchain Gamble

Summary: In a recent speech , Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said that the agency was “looking closely at the disclosures of public companies that shift their business models to capitalize on the perceived promise of distributed ledger technology.”

Keywords: company, kodak, blockchain, kodakcoin, chell

Full article on | 141 Points and 62 Comments

Advanced Denanonymization through Strava

Summary: All I did was play around with a web UI showing photographs from orbiting cameras, adjacent to a map of the world with humanities’ activities inferred by published traces of how phones, watches and bike computers calculated their positions from a set of atomic clocks, uploaded over the internet to a queue in Apache Kafka, processed for storage in AWS S3, whose consistency and throttling is the bane of my life and rendered via Apache Kafka, as covered in Strava Engineering .

Keywords: strava, people, segment, route, private

Full article on | 138 Points and 70 Comments

What’s behind rich people pretending to be self-made?

Summary: The concept of ERI allows us to better understand how a sense of fairness and justice affects health: feeling that our efforts aren’t appropriately compensated creates stress – even if the “problem” is being overly rewarded.

Keywords: work, hard, people, roberts, reward

Full article on | 136 Points and 108 Comments

Fools and their crypto

Summary: Assume, for the sake of argument, that the token economy is a real thing and will lead, eventually, to a true utopia of token-based equity and utility coins.

Keywords: token, made, startup, prodeum, thing

Full article on | 135 Points and 69 Comments

On undoing, fixing, or removing commits in git

Summary: This is normally a good thing and it will eventually go away by itself, but if for some reason you want to cut your seat belts, you can expire the reflog now and garbage collect with immediate pruning.

Keywords: git, commit, branch, commits, merge

Full article on | 134 Points and 6 Comments

Why we wrote our Kafka Client in Pony

Summary: It is feature rich , high performance , battle tested, well maintained, officially supported by Confluent, the backbone of a number of Kafka clients in other languages and used for mission critical data processing applications.

Keywords: kafka, pony, wallaroo, client, librdkafka

Full article on | 127 Points and 93 Comments

Optimizing hash tables: hiding the hash code

Summary: There’s not much to be done here, as storing the hashcode in a reserved slot (like the 0th index) would still waste memory when we don’t use the object as a key in a hash table.

Keywords: hash, store, code, backing, properties

Full article on | 124 Points and 65 Comments

High Sierra broke AFP searching on our server

Summary: Sometimes edgy, sometimes important, sometimes weird… We’re talking artists like Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, Lawrence Weiner, Jef Cornelis, Johan Grimonprez, Steve Reinke, Walid Ra’ad, Jordi Colomer, Beatrice Gibson, Hans Op de Beeck, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Julia Meltzer & David Thorne, Manon de Boer and many others.

Keywords: apple, server, video, afp, don

Full article on | 114 Points and 104 Comments

How to Beat Amazon

Summary: For example, emerging brands can build communities by hosting local events or deploying local marketing (e.g., Warby Parker’s 2012 “Class Trip” campaign which involved a yellow school bus turned library), creating a platform for consumers to communicate with one another (e.g, Glossier evolved from the beauty blog Into the Gloss), or even just building recognizable products that consumers can use to identify each other (e.g, Blue Bottle coffee drinkers may identify other epicurean coffee drinkers by the baby blue cups they’re holding).

Keywords: amazon, brands, consumer, company, consumers

Full article on | 109 Points and 65 Comments

How Amazon’s Ad Business Could Threaten Google and Facebook

Summary: But analysts, brands and advertising agencies are waking up to the fact that a growing piece of Amazon’s business impinges on turf now controlled by two other tech titans, Google and Facebook.

Keywords: amazon, advertising, business, google, facebook

Full article on | 101 Points and 74 Comments

Upcoming Go protobuf release

Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages

Keywords: fieldssearch, groups, hidden, messages

Full article on | 96 Points and 20 Comments

ARM immediate value encoding (2014)

Summary: To form the constant for the data processing instruction, the 8-bit immediate value is extended with zeroes to 32 bits, then rotated the specified number of places to the right.

Keywords: instruction, arm, bits, values, set

Full article on | 94 Points and 26 Comments

A man accused of cheating at video games may lose his Guinness World Record

Summary: Koziel said Monday’s ruling by Twin Galaxies was a relief and that his efforts to disprove Rogers’s time wasn’t personal — the two don’t know each other and have never spoken, he said — but rather “a question of integrity” to the speedrunning community, those who try to find new ways to play video games as quickly as possible.

Keywords: rogers, time, twin, galaxies, dragster

Full article on | 93 Points and 90 Comments

Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by worker believing attack on US was imminent

Summary: David Benham, a Pacific Command spokesman, said in an email Tuesday that his military headquarters is using the incident as an “opportunity to improve our internal processes as well as coordinate with state authorities.” He declined to comment on the specifics of those procedures, citing security concerns.

Keywords: alert, state, emergency, false, hawaii

Full article on | 92 Points and 80 Comments

LibreOffice 6.0 is coming

Summary: So to conclude, this is a development that is aimed at the improvement of portability between different formats as even with the rise of the FOSS movement, many people still are used to using licensed software like MS Office.

Keywords: libreoffice, openoffice, documents, importing, libraries

Full article on | 88 Points and 34 Comments

Paradigm shifts for the decentralized Web

Summary: And while the David versus Goliath way of thinking is definitely present among decentralists, there are many more advantages to a world in which people and organisations regain the ability to store their data wherever they want—without missing out on the enormous potential and diversity the Web has to offer.

Keywords: data, web, applications, decentralized, pods

Full article on | 88 Points and 19 Comments

U.S. To Probe Apple Over Updates That Slow Older iPhones

Summary: Earlier in January, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook told ABC News that when the company put out the software update that caused the performance issues for older iPhones “we did say what it was, but I don’t think a lot of people were paying attention.

Keywords: apple, iphone, company, older, update

Full article on | 83 Points and 107 Comments

SEC halts AriseBank ICO

Summary: Its press release was picked up by major media sites like HuffingtonPost and its endeavor was endorsed by Stan Larimer, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bitshares, who announced a partnership with the bank.

Keywords: arisebank, bank, rice, texas, fdic

Full article on | 79 Points and 63 Comments

All Followers Are Fake Followers

Summary: Meanwhile, the country it has viewed as a linchpin, Pakistan—a nuclear-armed cauldron of volatile politics and long America’s closest military ally in South Asia—has pursued a covert campaign in Afghanistan designed to ensure that the money and the lives have been spent in vain.

Keywords: followers, twitter, trump, people, times

Full article on | 70 Points and 35 Comments

Minitel – The Rise and Fall of a National Tech Treasure [video]

Full article on | 66 Points and 63 Comments

What’s Hiding Inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid? Tiny Robots May Find Out

Summary: Researchers who analyzed the density of particles called muons found an empty space (shown in this illustration) more than 98 feet (30 meters) long right above the grand gallery of the Great Pyramid — a passageway that leads to what may be the chamber of the pharaoh Khufu.

Keywords: void, robot, pyramid, great, robots

Full article on | 65 Points and 38 Comments

Open Application for YC Growth Program

Summary: Ideal candidates are companies that expect to double employees, revenue, customers, etc in the next year of operation.

Keywords: companies, application, yc, program, meet

Full article on | 64 Points and 19 Comments

Bill Nye Does Not Speak for Us and He Does Not Speak for Science

Summary: Credit: Ed Schipul Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) AdvertisementBut by attending the SOTU as Rep. Bridenstine’s guest, Nye has tacitly endorsed those very policies, and put his own personal brand over the interests of the scientific community at large.

Keywords: science, nye, bill, climate, public

Full article on | 63 Points and 79 Comments

The Trippy, High-Speed World of Drone Racing

Summary: A series of three gates at different points on a vertical loop up to the central hall’s high, vaulted ceiling required that the pilots flip their drones backward through them and emerge upright at the bottom—a dauntingly complicated move—before the final sprint to the finish line, at which they crashed into a restraining net.

Keywords: drone, drones, pilots, jordan, flying

Full article on | 63 Points and 27 Comments

Who Built the Pyramids? (2003)

Summary: Faunal analyst Richard Redding, of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, identified tremendous quantities of cattle, sheep, and goat bone, “enough to feed several thousand people, even if they ate meat every day,” Lehner adds.

Keywords: lehner, pyramid, pyramids, found, city

Full article on | 63 Points and 51 Comments

A LessWrong Crypto Autopsy

Summary: This was the easiest test case of our “make good choices” ability that we could possibly have gotten, the one where a multiply-your-money-by-a-thousand-times opportunity basically fell out of the sky and hit our community on its collective head.

Keywords: bitcoin, people, make, made, good

Full article on | 61 Points and 52 Comments

Tesla soliciting supplier quotes for Model Y crossover, production March 1, 2020

Summary: Caresoft Global , an engineering firm in the Chicago area, has purchased several Model 3 cars from early owners and is selling data to Tesla’s competitors.

Keywords: model, tesla, market, suv, niedermeyer

Full article on | 56 Points and 71 Comments

Bubble, Bubble, Fraud and Trouble

Summary: Instead, ownership of a Bitcoin is verified by possession of a secret password, which — using techniques derived from cryptography, the art of writing or solving codes — lets you access that virtual coin without revealing any information you don’t choose to.

Keywords: bitcoin, bubble, money, bitcoins, bills

Full article on | 54 Points and 49 Comments

The narcissism epidemic is dead?

Summary: An interesting piece from Wetzel et al. , who find no evidence for a commonly reported narcissism epidemic over the past 10-20 years, based on the perception that today’s popular culture encourages individuals to engage in self-inflation: Are recent cohorts of college students more narcissistic than their predecessors?

Keywords: cohorts, narcissism, students, narcissistic, epidemic

Full article on | 52 Points and 53 Comments

Steve Wozniak: ‘I don’t believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says’

Summary: At a conference in Sweden last week, Wozniak, who owns two Model S vehicles, doubled down on his Tesla criticism — while still leaving an opening for future optimism.

Keywords: wozniak, tesla, musk, car, elon

Full article on | 51 Points and 41 Comments