Top Posts for February 2, 2018

John Hennessy named chairman of Alphabet/Google

Summary: As a Stanford professor in the early 1980s, Hennessy worked with Forest Baskett and Jim Clark on the chip that became the Geometry Engine and launched Silicon Graphics .

Keywords: hennessy, stanford, president, valley, silicon

Full article on | 438 Points and 100 Comments

Family fun with deepfakes

Summary: In case of Elke (my wife) I accidentally noticed, while watching the Dark Knight Rises, that Anne Hathaway might be a good fit.

Keywords: elke, anne, face, faces, good

Full article on | 401 Points and 254 Comments

Sprawling Mayan network discovered under Guatemala jungle

Summary: Image copyrightWild Blue Media/Channel 4Image caption Most structures are believed to be stone platforms for pole-and-thatch homes Results from the research using Lidar technology, which is short for “light detection and ranging”, suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilisation more akin to sophisticated cultures like ancient Greece or China.

Keywords: lidar, maya, image, archaeologists, years

Full article on | 339 Points and 91 Comments

CSS Grid changes everything [video]

Full article on | 260 Points and 76 Comments

Solving Minesweeper and making it better (2015)

Summary: If we implement the above algorithm but only search the state space of the constrained squares, and we make sure to backtrack as soon as we violate a constraint, we can resolve all logical requirements in a reasonable amount of time for many games:

Keywords: game, squares, mines, games, number

Full article on | 258 Points and 70 Comments

RFC: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Minimal Images

Summary: are subject to fewer security vulnerabilities and subsequent updates reduce overall network bandwidth consumption and require less on disk storage

Keywords: ubuntu, images, lts, minimal, bionic

Full article on | 238 Points and 94 Comments

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Summary: Two types of bacteria, Bacteroides fragilis and a strain of E. coli, can pierce a mucus shield that lines the colon and normally blocks invaders from entering, the researchers found.

Keywords: cancer, colon, bacteria, cells, people

Full article on | 210 Points and 47 Comments

How a Medical Catastrophe Can Bankrupt a Life

Summary: As I read Molly Osberg’s harrowing essay for Splinter detailing her health catastrophe, the result of contracting a rare form of strep that began to wreak havoc on her internal organs, I found myself mentally transported to my own uncertainties this past summer.

Keywords: time, life, osberg, medical, health

Full article on | 198 Points and 352 Comments

I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind

Summary: Our stories are eerily similar, our loved ones’ symptoms almost identical: the bizarre behavior I had tried to ignore, the obsessive laundering of old clothes — our washing machine ran from morning till night.

Keywords: years, football, time, brain, players

Full article on | 197 Points and 250 Comments

A.I. Has Arrived in Investing, Humans Are Still Dominating

Summary: Examples offered by Jessica Greaney, a company spokeswoman, include identifying and trying to exploit nonintuitive relationships between securities or market indicators, perusing social media “to gain insights on employee attitudes, sentiment and preferences,” and monitoring search engines for words being entered on particular topics, say cars or luxury goods.

Keywords: data, investment, fund, artificial, intelligence

Full article on | 179 Points and 97 Comments

Why some apps use fake progress bars (2017)

Summary: Amazon, the global internet retailer, was opening a massive 950,000-square-foot distribution center, one of its first in California, and hiring more than 1,000 people here.“This opportunity is a rare and wonderful thing,” San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris told a local newspaper at the time.

Keywords: turbotax, make, people, users, reading

Full article on | 173 Points and 152 Comments

Writing space invaders with Go

Summary: Days of blinking lights, intense music, frantic tugs at the joystick, furious mashing of the buttons then the groans of dismay as the last life was lost.

Keywords: game, sprite, laser, aliens, cannon

Full article on | 172 Points and 55 Comments

Minimodem – General-purpose software audio FSK modem (2016)

Summary: Minimodem is a command-line program which decodes (or generates) audio modem tones at any specified baud rate, using various framing protocols.

Keywords: audio, minimodem, installation, modem, tones

Full article on | 153 Points and 60 Comments

Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Summary: The Fuchsia system UI, which was written with a cross-platform SDK called “Flutter,” quickly shut down the Android (and iOS) compatible builds.

Keywords: fuchsia, pixelbook, amadeo, ron, work

Full article on | 145 Points and 99 Comments

What If GPS Stood for “Galactic Positioning System”?

Summary: Illustration: NASAAt the American Astronomical Society’s 231st meeting , in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, Keith Gendreau, principal investigator for NASA’s Neutron-star Interior Composition Explorer ( NICER ) mission described something remarkable: the first successful demonstration of a system to use pulsars for navigation in space.

Keywords: pulsars, pulsar, space, navigation, signals

Full article on | 133 Points and 58 Comments

JPMorgan, BofA Ban Cryptocurrency Transactions on Credit Cards

Summary: Mastercard Inc. said this week that cross-border volumes on its network – a measure of customer spending abroad – have risen 22 percent this year, fueled partly by clients using their cards to buy digital currencies.

Keywords: cards, credit, cryptocurrencies, transactions, purchases

Full article on | 131 Points and 93 Comments

Apollo 13: the Towing Invoice (2007)

Summary: Flowing in every day, these data are added to the Wayback Machine after an embargo period.

Keywords: data, alexa, internet, added, donating

Full article on | 118 Points and 16 Comments

5 months of /r/place at my elementary school (One pixel per student per day)

Summary: For this I want to use methods from electronic music production to design an interface for audiovisual storytelling, which I hope will result in a better understanding for both the data and what the heck r/Place was.

Keywords: design, data, understanding, approach, similar

Full article on | 117 Points and 11 Comments

Bloxels – Build Your Own Video Games

Summary: Use our free Bloxels Builder app to capture your Gameboard and edit your layouts and art, and animate your heroes and enemies.

Keywords: blocks, game, art, build, bloxels

Full article on | 115 Points and 68 Comments

The Evolution of Bitcoin Hardware [pdf]

Full article on | 111 Points and 39 Comments

DragonFFI: C Foreign Function Interface and JIT Using Clang/LLVM

Summary: cffi are python bindings around this library that also uses pycparser to be able to easily declare interfaces and types.

Keywords: support, function, functions, library, bindings

Full article on | 110 Points and 16 Comments

DensePose: Dense Human Pose Estimation in the Wild

Summary: As shown below, in the first stage we ask annotators to delineate regions corresponding to visible, semantically defined body parts.

Keywords: part, surface, images, correspondence, points

Full article on | 106 Points and 17 Comments

Urban Birds Are Evolving to Be Fed

Summary: The idea traces to the mid-1980s when the wildlife ecologist Stanley Temple and his then-student Margaret Brittingham color-banded several hundred black-capped chickadees in the Wisconsin woods, mounted two specially designed feeders, then laboriously counted the sunflower seeds each bird ate.

Keywords: birds, finches, feeder, house, feeders

Full article on | 101 Points and 35 Comments

Bitcoin drops below $9000 on Coinbase

Summary: India’s Jaitley said in a speech Thursday that the government “does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use of these cryptoassets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system,” according to a transcript from The Hindu .

Keywords: bitcoin, trading, price, cryptocurrency, major

Full article on | 101 Points and 130 Comments

A first naïve look at Truffle Ruby

Summary: Figure out weither or not bundler is supported (I didn’t see a bundle command in the tgz) Realising that gem install minitest-focus works I was then able to run:

Keywords: kiba, install, rvm, gem, truffleruby

Full article on | 100 Points and 47 Comments

VS Code to autocomplete JavaScript class ‘this’ properties automatically

Summary: Users will simply need to get a copy from the VS Code Insiders Download page and accept they are using software that is potentially broken as it is not thoroughly tested.

Keywords: code, javascript, feature, typescript, syntax

Full article on | 100 Points and 58 Comments

New reports suggest limits to autonomous vehicle performance

Summary: Waymo recently put in an order for “thousands” of self-driving Pacificia minivans with Chrysler, to start operations later this year, while GM said it will mass-produce autonomous Chevrolet Bolts without steering wheels or manual controls by 2019.

Keywords: miles, waymo, autonomous, disengagement, companies

Full article on | 93 Points and 101 Comments

Bitcoin Drops Below $8,000 as Cryptocurrency Pain Continues

Summary: Since reaching a record high of $19,511 on Dec. 18 shortly after the introduction of regulated futures contracts in the U.S., Bitcoin has wiped out more than half its value amid waves of negative news.

Keywords: bitcoin, friday, cryptocurrencies, bloomberg, percent

Full article on | 85 Points and 83 Comments

A Tale of Two Columbia Classes

Summary: Of course, I’m cherry-picking the most preacherly examples from an entire semester; my point isn’t that she’s evil or even particularly proselytizing, but rather that the atmosphere, caused as much by our silence as by her style of teaching, was bizarre––a fact made all the more striking to me by its contrast to every other class I’ve taken.

Keywords: class, philosophy, professor, students, ve

Full article on | 81 Points and 66 Comments

How Amazon Rebuilt Itself Around Artificial Intelligence

Summary: Sivasubramanian, who was managing the AWS database and analytics business at the time, was on a family trip to India, when due to a combination of jet lag and a cranky infant daughter, he found himself at his computer late into the night fiddling with tools like Google’s Tensorflow and Caffé, which is the machine-learning framework favored by Facebook and many in the academic community.

Keywords: amazon, company, learning, ai, machine

Full article on | 80 Points and 29 Comments

Facebook Has Got an Instagram Problem

Summary: This blog post is an excerpt from MIDiA’s forthcoming report ‘ Facebook’s Instagram Problem: Building Media Strategy In A Fragmented Audience World’ .

Keywords: facebook, messaging, ad, apps, users

Full article on | 77 Points and 56 Comments

Dancing mania

Summary: [5] :43 It has been suggested that the outbreaks may have been due to cultural contagion triggered, in times of particular hardship, by deeply rooted popular beliefs in the region regarding angry spirits capable of inflicting a “dancing curse” to punish their victims.

Keywords: dancing, mania, people, outbreaks, occurred

Full article on | 75 Points and 20 Comments

The Social Dynamics of Programming Together in Dynamicland

Summary: If you’ve ever participated in a good craft table you’ve experienced this kind of creative energy: riffing, combining creations, taking someones scraps and reinterpreting them, and more generally laughing, making friends, and enjoying other people’s company.

Keywords: dynamicland, people, programming, code, dynamic

Full article on | 74 Points and 12 Comments

Allwinner VPU support for the Linux kernel

Summary: Developing and upstreaming complete Linux support for the Allwinner VPU, for hardware accelerated video decoding and encoding.

Keywords: project, support, allwinner, linux, vpu

Full article on | 73 Points and 18 Comments

Did Ancient Greeks Sail to Canada?

Summary: The story of the European settlement of North America usually features a few main characters: red-headed Norsemen who sailed across an icy sea to set up temporary outposts , Spanish conquistadors, white-collared English separatists, French trappers, and Dutch colonists.

Keywords: liritzis, plutarch, greek, ce, ancient

Full article on | 69 Points and 47 Comments

Facebook lost a million users in the US and Canada last quarter

Summary: I may not able to join your cause while I’m still gainfully employed here at TNW because it’s part of my job to keep an eye on our social channels, but I now have another challenge to add to my personal list for my upcoming sabbatical: reducing Facebook’s monthly active user base by one will require me to avoid logging in for 30 days, and that’s exactly the amount of time I’ll have on my break.

Keywords: facebook, ve, break, million, days

Full article on | 67 Points and 31 Comments

2017 was probably the best year in the history of humanity

Summary: Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychology professor, explores the gains in a terrific book due out next month, “ Enlightenment Now ,” in which he recounts the progress across a broad array of metrics, from health to wars, the environment to happiness, equal rights to quality of life.

Keywords: world, progress, year, day, important

Full article on | 64 Points and 65 Comments

Patio11 AMA about Japan, Technology, Business and Startups

Summary: Senior decisionmakers in many Japanese companies are not natively technologically literate, to a degree which is occasionally surprising, and are very influenced by trends, general prestige/branding/etc in the industry, and whatever a small selection of (print!)

Keywords: people, japanese, business, question, companies

Full article on | 64 Points and 20 Comments

Tesla racing series: Electric cars get the green light – Roadshow

Summary: It kind of reminds us of the excellent KPax Racing Volvo S60 that ran in the Pirelli Challenge a few years ago, and that’s a good thing.

Keywords: racing, series, car, electric, model

Full article on | 61 Points and 54 Comments

Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10

Summary: Office 2019 (which will arrive in the second half of 2018) will include the usual applications of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, as well as the Exchange, Sharepoint, and Skype for Busines versions.

Keywords: office, windows, microsoft, support, versions

Full article on | 60 Points and 171 Comments

We Need Fewer Product Managers

Summary: I say this because I have seen teams with the right hats in the building — UX, data science, Agile coaching, self-organization, research — take high-level business goals and deliver results without a product manager micromanaging their work.

Keywords: product, manager, managers, team, ux

Full article on | 60 Points and 29 Comments

More evidence of rent declines in Portland

Summary: Despite its many merits, RentCafe lacks data for several neighborhoods, including zip code 97212, where all of the “for rent” signs illustrated above are posted.

Keywords: rents, rent, demand, portland, city

Full article on | 54 Points and 41 Comments

The Shallowness of Google Translate (by Douglas Hofstadter)

Summary: Amazon, the global internet retailer, was opening a massive 950,000-square-foot distribution center, one of its first in California, and hiring more than 1,000 people here.“This opportunity is a rare and wonderful thing,” San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris told a local newspaper at the time.

Keywords: translate, google, translation, words, language

Full article on | 53 Points and 23 Comments

Show HN: More feedback for Show HN stories

Full article on | 52 Points and 28 Comments