Top Posts for February 7, 2018

John Perry Barlow has died

Summary: Barlow’s lasting legacy is that he devoted his life to making the Internet into “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth .

Keywords: barlow, internet, eff, world, empower

Full article on | 1018 Points and 96 Comments

Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

Summary: Rapid Iteration Phase As we started working on new designs, we hoped to avoid the classic “easy to learn but hard to use” paradox by always keeping in mind that the basic features of the UI must scale.

Keywords: windows, design, users, usability, figure

Full article on | 517 Points and 369 Comments

The ReMarkable E Ink Tablet

Summary: An on-screen keyboard works well enough, but handwriting recognition would be a welcome addition to the tablet’s feature-set.That 1GHz processor (which is slower than the one the Kindle Oasis uses) and just 512Mb of RAM also results in boot-up times of about 15 seconds, the occasional sluggishness when loading larger files, and some unfortunately long waits when zooming in and out of a page full of notes and illustrations.

Keywords: tablet, remarkable, stylus, paper, screen

Full article on | 470 Points and 240 Comments

Tinc VPN: Secure Private Network Between Hosts

Summary: Automatic full mesh routing Regardless of how you set up the tinc daemons to connect to each other, VPN traffic is always (if possible) sent directly to the destination, without going through intermediate hops.

Keywords: tinc, vpn, network, traffic, internet

Full article on | 361 Points and 174 Comments

Car Hacker’s Handbook (2016)

Summary: With a focus on low-cost, open source hacking tools such as Metasploit, Wireshark, Kayak, can-utils, and ­ChipWhisperer, The Car Hacker’s Handbook will show you how to:

Keywords: systems, communication, car, handbook, hacker

Full article on | 299 Points and 66 Comments

Googlebot’s JavaScript random() function is deterministic

Summary: I hope they now set the random seed and the date using a keyed cryptographic hash of all of the loaded javascript and page text, so it’s deterministic but very difficult to game.

Keywords: google, random, javascript, googlebot, deterministic

Full article on | 292 Points and 103 Comments

Python’s Weak Performance Matters

Summary: They regularly pop-up in side projects: psyco, unladen swallow, stackless, shedskin, and pypy; the last one being the only one that is in active development; however, for all the buzz they generate they never make into CPython, which is still using the same basic bytecode stack-machine strategy that it used 20 years ago.

Keywords: python, time, code, performance, haskell

Full article on | 287 Points and 304 Comments

Growing from 0 to 4M users on our fashion app with vertical machine learning

Summary: What type of looks should we suggest someone?There are more and more researchers working of these areas, you can read Tangseng’s paper on recommending outfits from personal closet or clothing parsing project , or how Edgar Simo-Serra defines similarity between images using user-provided metadata.

Keywords: people, data, app, fashion, taste

Full article on | 269 Points and 62 Comments

LCUI – A small C library for building user interfaces with XML and CSS

Summary: It is written in C, support the use XML and CSS to describe the graphical interface, you can use it to build simple desktop apps.

Keywords: support, feb, lcui, windows, update

Full article on | 262 Points and 86 Comments

A photographer capturing subcultures that refuse to die

Summary: Amid some blank frames and blurred exposures taken out of sheer excitement, a handful of images nailed the subculture’s timeless appeal – inspiring Owen to spend years documenting Mods all across England.

Keywords: owen, project, skinhead, time, music

Full article on | 258 Points and 111 Comments

A Developer’s Guide to Responding to National Security Letters

Summary: In response to Twilio following the process above and issuing a request for judicial review, the Department of Justice withdrew their nondisclosure requirements on the two National Security Letters we’ve published.

Keywords: security, national, letters, information, twilio

Full article on | 253 Points and 69 Comments

Americans are spending less on clothing

Summary: Even if retailers can thread that needle, the underlying problem of weak demand is expected to dog the apparel industry for years, meaning more store closures and more bankruptcies lie ahead—with or without Amazon.

Keywords: apparel, retailers, spending, clothing, industry

Full article on | 201 Points and 312 Comments

WireGuard: fast, modern, secure VPN tunnel

Summary: Compared to behemoths like *Swan/IPsec or OpenVPN/OpenSSL, in which auditing the gigantic codebases is an overwhelming task even for large teams of security experts, WireGuard is meant to be comprehensively reviewable by single individuals.

Keywords: peer, interface, wireguard, ip, packet

Full article on | 198 Points and 34 Comments

Distributed Databases Should Work More Like CDNs

Summary: Forrester research found that 19% of major service disruptions were caused by acts of nature that could take down a cloud host’s entire region: hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and earthquakes.

Keywords: data, distributed, database, databases, users

Full article on | 195 Points and 77 Comments

SpaceX craft overshot Mars’ orbit and is headed to asteroid belt

Summary: But astronomers online noticed some discrepancies with the numbers Musk tweeted, and SpaceX ultimately sent a revised orbit to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Wednesday (You can find it by selecting “target body” -143205.)

Keywords: orbit, tesla, belt, car, space

Full article on | 171 Points and 295 Comments

Telegram Login for Websites

Summary: Bots could be used for providing customer support, accepting payments , or sending notifications of any kind – including account statements, shipment tracking, flight updates, and so much more.

Keywords: telegram, login, website, today, widget

Full article on | 165 Points and 128 Comments

The cpu_features library

Summary: Written in C89 for maximum portability, it allocates no memory and is suitable for implementing fundamental functions and running in sandboxed environments.

Keywords: cpu, code, library, run, write

Full article on | 161 Points and 31 Comments

Visual Studio Live Share Preview

Summary: Open a folder, project, or solution, and simply click “Share” within your tool and an invite link will be automatically copied to your clipboard.

Keywords: share, visual, studio, install, live

Full article on | 161 Points and 54 Comments

Show HN: An extension to turn your LinkedIn into a resume

Summary: No account needed, no paying to download your resume, and no watermarks or Ceev branding anywhere on it.

Keywords: resume, free, ceev, linkedin, transform

Full article on | 160 Points and 91 Comments

An Argument Against Quantum Computers

Summary: Quanta Magazine recently spoke with Kalai about quantum computing, noise and the possibility that a decade of work will be proven wrong within a matter of weeks.

Keywords: quantum, noise, computer, computing, work

Full article on | 144 Points and 53 Comments

Man who stole $1M bucket of gold details escape from US

Summary: Col. Fausto Geovanny Buenano Castillo told News 4 they’d been investigating Nivelo since they heard he was wanted in the gold theft in New York City: “We cannot allow compatriots to make us look bad out of the country,” he said in Spanish.

Keywords: nivelo, gold, back, pail, truck

Full article on | 143 Points and 63 Comments

Nocode: The best way to write secure and reliable applications

Summary: New pull request Latest commit ed6c73f Feb 7, 2018 kelseyhightoweradd Docker support

Keywords: application, feb, code, deploy, time

Full article on | 139 Points and 26 Comments

“Principles of Adult Behavior” by JP Barlow

Full article on | 131 Points and 51 Comments

Nest to join forces with Google’s hardware team

Summary: By working together, we’ll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a home that’s safer, friendlier to the environment, smarter and even helps you save money—built with Google’s artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core.

Keywords: google, nest, hardware, company, home

Full article on | 129 Points and 73 Comments

What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn

Summary: The course, with the official title The Truth About Pornography: A Pornography-Literacy Curriculum for High School Students Designed to Reduce Sexual and Dating Violence, is a recent addition to Start Strong, a peer-leadership program for teenagers headquartered in Boston’s South End and funded by the city’s public-health agency.

Keywords: porn, sex, girls, teenagers, girl

Full article on | 127 Points and 129 Comments

Falcon Heavy core booster lost at sea

Summary: Still, two out of three first stages recovered is a tremendous achievement, which acts as not only a demonstration of SpaceX’s progress when it comes to making sure its boosters can return smoothly from their flights, but also a key new proof of concept regarding Elon Musk’s vision of reusable spaceflight.

Keywords: spacex, boosters, falcon, heavy, landing

Full article on | 126 Points and 63 Comments

Repairing the card reader for a 1960s mainframe: cams, relays and a clutch

Summary: But it provided an interesting look back in time at the obsolete technology used inside the card reader: relay logic, spinning cams and a mechanical clutch.

Keywords: card, reader, clutch, cam, cards

Full article on | 125 Points and 52 Comments

The conceptual origins of Maxwell’s equations and gauge theory (2014) [pdf]

Full article on | 125 Points and 19 Comments

Many Animals Can Count

Summary: Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the University of Paris, and his colleagues presented evidence from brain scans of professional mathematicians that the neural circuitry for advanced mathematical thinking is an elaboration on the archaic number sense we share with other animals.

Keywords: university, number, sense, words, hyenas

Full article on | 122 Points and 68 Comments

LMARV-1: A RISC-V processor you can see [video]

Full article on | 114 Points and 16 Comments

How Will I Measure My Life?

Summary: I want to emphasize that the above is an intuition honing exercise, not an attempt to superglue a veneer of rationality atop a subjective, uncertain, non-linear, and changing landscape of decisions.

Keywords: options, freetime, tradeoff, life, moneyoptions

Full article on | 114 Points and 61 Comments

Show HN: Dotmesh – A git-like CLI for application states

Summary: Instead, capture all the states corresponding to a failed test in a datadot, even if it covers multiple data services, and pull it down to a dev environment to debug a problem without holding up the entire build and keeping all your colleagues waiting.

Keywords: dotmesh, state, data, dothub, test

Full article on | 101 Points and 32 Comments

Airbnb’s Battle to Stay Private

Summary: Four prominent backers—General Atlantic, Glade Brook Capital, Technology Crossover Ventures and TPG—supported Tosi’s plan to begin the listing process by drafting paperwork as soon as next month, according to emails reviewed by Bloomberg and people familiar with the matter.

Keywords: tosi, airbnb, company, chesky, people

Full article on | 99 Points and 82 Comments

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years (2014)

Summary: Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.

Keywords: nations, animal, numbers, water, global

Full article on | 98 Points and 42 Comments

Spider-Like Creature with a Scorpion’s Tail Found Trapped in Amber

Summary: “Take the front of a spider, the end of a vinegarroon and then you put spinnerets on it and that’s our fossil,” said Gonzalo Giribet, an invertebrate biologist from Harvard University and an author on one of the papers.

Keywords: spiders, yingi, end, spinnerets, today

Full article on | 96 Points and 56 Comments

Visualising Electromagnetic Fields

Summary: Using custom software, long exposure photography and stop-frame animation, a light-painting technique was developed that captured and visualised the EMF around everyday objects like our laptops and radios.

Keywords: invisible, emf, exposure, project, electromagnetic

Full article on | 95 Points and 32 Comments

Watch Every Episode of Bob Ross’ the Joy of Painting Free Online

Summary: Whether your New Year’s resolution involves taking up painting, managing stress, cultivating a more positive outlook, or building a business empire, the late television artist Bob Ross can help you stick it out.

Keywords: ross, business, landscapes, highly, happy

Full article on | 90 Points and 15 Comments

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Steps Aside, Focuses on Initialized Capital

Full article on | 89 Points and 108 Comments

Reddit bans ‘deepfakes’ AI porn communities

Summary: And so far, there’s no legal consensus on deepfakes , although videos could hypothetically run afoul of laws against copyright infringement or unsimulated so-called “revenge porn.” But Reddit, often under public pressure, has banned subreddits featuring things like sexually suggestive images of minors, leaked celebrity nude photos , and “creepshots” of unsuspecting women .

Keywords: reddit, deepfakes, banned, content, subreddit

Full article on | 84 Points and 72 Comments

Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially If You’re Over 40

Summary: Using databases of published research, they looked for experiments that had lasted at least six weeks, included a control group and carefully tracked participants’ protein intake as well as the eventual impacts on their muscle size and strength.

Keywords: protein, weight, people, training, muscle

Full article on | 83 Points and 79 Comments


Summary: I’ve seen a lot of commentary along the lines up “ Well, of course Apple is promoting HomePod’s audio quality, because Siri sucks compared to Alexa and Google Home as a voice assistant.

Keywords: homepod, apple, siri, home, hey

Full article on | 83 Points and 102 Comments

Discovering types for entity disambiguation

Summary: On the Wikipedia source text, we only have supervision on intra-wiki links, however this is sufficient to train a deep neural network to predict type membership with an F1 of over 0.91.

Keywords: type, system, entities, types, wikipedia

Full article on | 79 Points and 6 Comments

Tesla announces biggest quarterly loss

Summary: Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The tech billionaire Elon Musk sent one of his Tesla electric cars into space yesterday, a day before the company that built it announced its biggest ever quarterly loss.

Keywords: model, tesla, musk, company, production

Full article on | 77 Points and 92 Comments

Brainjunk and the killing of the internet mind

Summary: The internet and its disruption of traditional print business models has now reached the watershed of publications like Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, household names with large — paying — subscriber bases who loved their Pulitzer Prizes.

Keywords: brainjunk, content, paying, improve, quality

Full article on | 77 Points and 60 Comments

Visual Studio Code January 2018 Update (version 1.20)

Summary: Indonesian: Joseph Aditya P G, Wildan Mubarok, Aden Aziz, Riwut Libinuko, codenameupik, Febrian Setianto (Feber), Alfa Phi, simplyeazy, Herman Prawiro, Mulia Arifandi Nasution, Rizki Adiguno Wibowo, Septian Adi.

Keywords: code, extension, command, setting, launch

Full article on | 74 Points and 2 Comments

Probing Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies Using Quasar Microlensing

Summary: Here, we show that quasar microlensing provides a means to probe extragalactic planets in the lens galaxy, by studying the microlensing properties of emission close to the event horizon of the supermassive black hole of the background quasar, using the current generation telescopes.

Keywords: planets, quasar, microlensing, mass, moon

Full article on | 69 Points and 25 Comments

Go Library for the VMware vSphere API

Summary: eventAdd option to filter events by type (#976) Dec 21, 2017 examplesDoc updates (#915) Nov 8, 2017 findAdd and cluster.rule commands (#928) Nov 21, 2017 genRemove omitempty tag from AffinitySet field Jan 22, 2018 govcvcsim: set VirtualMachine summary.config.instanceUuid Jan 30, 2018 guestSeveral context changes: Jan 25, 2018 internalvim25: Move internal stuff to internal package Sep 26, 2017 licensevcsim: Implement add/remove license Sep 27, 2017 listFinder: support automatic Folder recursion (#663) Feb 13, 2017 nfcSeveral context changes: Jan 25, 2018 objectSeveral context changes: Jan 25, 2018 ovfFixup recent tasks output Sep 18, 2017 pbmAdditional wrapper functions for SPBM May 2, 2017 performanceAdd unit conversion to metric CSV Mar 14, 2017 propertyFix#933(#936) Nov 24, 2017 scriptsBump vcsa scripts to use 6.5U1 EP5 Jan 12, 2018 sessionAdd clone methods to session manager Oct 19, 2017 simulatorvcsim: set VirtualMachine summary.config.instanceUuid Jan 30, 2018 taskHandle nil TaskInfo in task.Wait callback#2(#666) Feb 16, 2017 testBump to 1.7 and start using new context pkg Aug 22, 2016 toolboxtoolbox: validate request offset in ListFiles (#946) Dec 11, 2017 unitsDoc updates Jun 6, 2017 vcsimvcsim: stats related fixes Jan 26, 2018 vendorSwitch to kr/pretty package for the -dump flag Oct 26, 2017 viewgovc: add tasks and task.cancel commands Aug 1, 2017 vim25vcsim: add EventManager support Jan 27, 2018 vmdkUse ovf to import vmdk Jul 28, 2017 .gitignoreUpdate CI config Apr 20, 2016 .mailmapDoc updates (#915) Nov 8, 2017 .travis.ymlMove toolbox from vmware/vic to govmomi Jun 22, 2017 CHANGELOG.mdDoc updates (#915) Nov 8, 2017 CONTRIBUTING.mdDoc updates Jun 6, 2017 CONTRIBUTORSDoc updates (#915) Nov 8, 2017 LICENSE.txtRename LICENSE file Apr 2, 2015 Makefilevcsim: avoid data races Jan 23, 2018 README.mdDoc updates (#915) Nov 8, 2017 client.goBump to 1.7 and start using new context pkg Aug 22, 2016 client_test.goBump to 1.7 and start using new context pkg Aug 22, 2016

Keywords: jan, nov, updates, api, context

Full article on | 61 Points and 13 Comments

Air pollution in London passes levels in Beijing (2017)

Summary: Rebecca Abrahams, head teacher at St Luke’s Church of England school in Tower Hamlets , said: “We have a duty to protect the children in our care, but sadly, even while they play outside at lunch, they are being harmed by invisible air pollution from traffic.

Keywords: air, pollution, london, children, schools

Full article on | 61 Points and 72 Comments

Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg’s approval ratings

Summary: Understanding how Zuckerberg’s posts and speeches resonate globally could help the company navigate a difficult period in which it has faced stern criticism from lawmakers, regulators, journalists, and average users.

Keywords: facebook, company, mcginn, mark, people

Full article on | 58 Points and 43 Comments

Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom

Summary: Each SmartBroom has four sensors in the broom head that relay data to a small display unit showing force in pounds and stroke rate in hertz.Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times “As a Thursday night club curler, I’d be happy to get 2,000,” he said.

Keywords: hamilton, flemming, smartbroom, stroke, broom

Full article on | 57 Points and 13 Comments

An Empirical Study of the Reliability of Unix Utilities (1989) [pdf]

Full article on | 57 Points and 14 Comments

Amazon Wants to Extend Its Dominance in Audiobooks

Summary: Audible paid for the lion’s share of the memoir to gain rights to the audio version, which will be published by its in-house studio.

Keywords: audible, audiobooks, memoir, print, audiobook

Full article on | 57 Points and 70 Comments

Gig economy is the mass exploitation of millennials

Summary: The free market needs a firm hand because the invisible one has lost its grip The profit-driven exploitation of young workers reveals a profound misunderstanding by baby boomers and generation Xers, of the financial mechanics of the pension industry.

Keywords: young, workers, cent, worker, wage

Full article on | 56 Points and 28 Comments

Reddit bans /r/deepfakes

Full article on | 52 Points and 38 Comments