Top Posts for March 23, 2018

Congrats Dropbox

Summary: It’s not easy to make file syncing look exciting, but Paul thought of a way: he suggested Drew delete his Demo Day presentation in the middle of giving it, and then recover it from Dropbox and keep going.

Keywords: drew, arash, dropbox, day, demo

Full article on | 1434 Points and 247 Comments

Elon Musk Deletes Own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Pages After #deletefacebook

Summary: The prolific entrepreneur noted that Instagram was “borderline,” since FB’s “influence is slowly creeping in,” but it seems like he’s okay with maintaining that presence for now.

Keywords: musk, spacex, pages, facebook, tesla

Full article on | 1308 Points and 472 Comments

Craigslist takes personals sections offline in response to FOSTA

Summary: US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA” , seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.

Keywords: personals, craigslist, risk, websites, misused

Full article on | 855 Points and 543 Comments

With SESTA/FOSTA, lawmakers failed to separate good intentions from bad law

Summary: Section 230 strikes a careful balance between enabling the pursuit of justice and promoting free speech and innovation online: platforms can be held responsible for their own actions, and can still host user-generated content without fear of broad legal liability.

Keywords: trafficking, law, internet, platforms, online

Full article on | 628 Points and 147 Comments

Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, then lost his job

Summary: On the night Roy Jones clicked his mouse and lost his dream job, he arrived a half-hour early to his tan two-story west Omaha office building, plopped down at his computer and logged on to Twitter.

Keywords: marriott, roy, jones, china, job

Full article on | 546 Points and 385 Comments

Downloaded my Facebook data and it has the call history with my partner’s mother

Full article on | 480 Points and 138 Comments

My daughter’s disabled. Please don’t look away from her

Summary: Esprit can bring to mind big-picture questions about blind fortune or the mystery of God’s plan — something seemingly terrible has been visited upon an innocent child.

Keywords: esprit, child, staring, disabled, children

Full article on | 404 Points and 149 Comments

Listening for illegal logging chainsaws using TensorFlow

Summary: We’ve hidden modified smartphones powered with solar panels—called “Guardian” devices—in trees in threatened areas, and continuously monitor the sounds of the forest, sending all audio up to our cloud-based servers over the standard, local cell-­phone network.

Keywords: rainforest, tembé, change, learning, climate

Full article on | 391 Points and 109 Comments

Rent out your GPU compute to AI researchers, ~2x more than mining cryptocurrency

Full article on | 360 Points and 90 Comments

C for All

Summary: While C++ had similar goals, it has the disadvantages of multiple legacy design-choices (e.g., object-oriented) that cannot be changed, and active divergence from C in new versions, requiring significant effort and training to incrementally add C++ to a C-based project.

Keywords: language, modern, project, features, problems

Full article on | 302 Points and 250 Comments

Pivotal Software S-1

Summary: Factors that may be considered a change in circumstances indicating that the carrying value of our goodwill or amortizable intangible assets may not be recoverable include a decline in our stock price and market capitalization, reduced future cash flow estimates and slower growth rates in our industry.

Keywords: stock, common, class, shares, fiscal

Full article on | 274 Points and 117 Comments

How Facebook handles account deletions

Summary: The only parts I liked and would consider implementing are the tips to help people overcome their reasons for leaving and the 14 day buffer to change your mind after the account deletion.

Keywords: account, deletion, people, page, link

Full article on | 262 Points and 94 Comments

Medieval peasants got more vacation time than modern workers (2013)

Summary: In Europe, where workers average 25 to 30 days off per year, politicians like French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras are sending signals that the culture of longer vacations is coming to an end.

Keywords: time, workers, vacation, work, peasant

Full article on | 259 Points and 207 Comments

100 days with Rust: a series of brick walls

Summary: The horribly anti-user futures system, compiler messages generated by a misused macros that are second only to C++ template errors in how egregiously difficult they are to parse, universally terrible documentation and lacking examples, unstable APIs, type annotation hell, and so much more.

Keywords: rust, walls, don, point, brick

Full article on | 258 Points and 282 Comments

Game Workers Unite

Full article on | 253 Points and 157 Comments

Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes

Summary: Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the new nominee to direct the NSA, faced questions Thursday from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about how he would lead the spy agency.

Keywords: data, privacy, facebook, argentina, act

Full article on | 252 Points and 57 Comments

You probably don’t want to run Firefox Nightly any more

Summary: In , it’s revealed that Mozilla is planning an opt-out DNS over HTTPS study for Firefox Nightly users that will send DoH queries for all hostnames to a server implementation at Cloudflare (with some legal protections for the privacy of this information).

Keywords: nightly, mozilla, firefox, privacy, studies

Full article on | 248 Points and 135 Comments

Journalist faces criminal charges over coverage of protest

Summary: Brake said his aim is to “practice journalism as responsibly as I can.” A key element of doing that involves covering Indigenous issues and ensuring marginalized voices are heard (during a two-year stretch, he said he worked without pay as an editor for The Independent as part of an effort to keep the publication afloat).

Keywords: brake, mr, story, criminal, journalist

Full article on | 219 Points and 62 Comments

Police chief said Uber victim “came from the shadows” – don’t believe it

Summary: The more likely explanation is that the Uber vehicle’s dashcam was poorly configured for nighttime recording, and so the video gives a misleading impression of how bright the scene was and how much warning the driver had.

Keywords: video, uber, herzberg, road, car

Full article on | 212 Points and 197 Comments

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash

Summary: The crash, which occurred Sunday night, was a major setback for Uber, which has been trying to improve its image since Mr. Khosrowshahi replaced Travis Kalanick as the company’s chief executive in a messy transfer of power last August.

Keywords: uber, car, drivers, autonomous, cars

Full article on | 204 Points and 198 Comments

Summary: The article is “ Report of final results regarding brain and heart tumors in Sprague-Dawley rats exposed from prenatal life until natural death to mobile phone radiofrequency field representative of a 1.8 GHz base station environmental emission ” by L. Falcioni, L. Bua, E.Tibaldi, M. Lauriola, L. De Angelis, F. Gnudi, D. Mandrioli, M. Manservigi, F. Manservisi, I. Manzoli, I. Menghetti, R. Montella, S. Panzacchi, D. Sgargi, V. Strollo, A.Vornoli, F. Belpoggi ( ).

Keywords: cell, study, environmental, health, radiation

Full article on | 193 Points and 71 Comments

South Korean government to shut off computers to stop its employees working late

Summary: Earlier this month, South Korea’s national assembly passed a law to cut down the maximum weekly working hours to 52, down from 68.

Keywords: computers, south, korea, working, government

Full article on | 192 Points and 61 Comments

Facebook Use of Sensitive Data for Advertising in Europe [pdf]

Summary: This paper quantifies the portion of Facebook users in the European Union (EU) who are labeled with interests linked to sensitive personal data.

Keywords: sensitive, facebook, data, users, personal

Full article on | 182 Points and 23 Comments

London Metropolitan Police admits role in blacklisting construction workers

Summary: While Scotland Yard’s letter says there is no evidence that SDS officers passed information to the blacklist network, a separate document published by the inquiry has revealed the existence of a unit called the “ Industrial Intelligence Section “.

Keywords: police, information, workers, undercover, special

Full article on | 178 Points and 53 Comments

Understanding Deep Learning Through Neuron Deletion

Summary: Deep neural networks are composed of many individual neurons, which combine in complex and counterintuitive ways to solve a wide range of challenging tasks.

Keywords: neurons, networks, deep, neural, important

Full article on | 176 Points and 31 Comments

Toys ‘R’ Us Founder Charles Lazarus Dies at 94

Summary: Amy von Walter, a spokeswoman for Toys “R” Us, said the news adds to the chain’s “many sad moments” recently, but she added that the company “will forever be grateful for his positive energy, passion for the customer and love for children everywhere.”

Keywords: lazarus, toys, company, store, stores

Full article on | 173 Points and 80 Comments

Review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now

Summary: If you’ve read Better Angels , to which Enlightenment Now functions as a sort of sequel, then you know even more specifically what to expect: a saturation bombing of line graphs showing you how, despite the headlines, the world has been getting better in almost every imaginable way—graphs so thorough that they’ll eventually drag the most dedicated pessimist, kicking and screaming, into sharing Pinker’s sunny disposition, at least temporarily (but more about that later).

Keywords: pinker, book, intelligence, human, enlightenment

Full article on | 168 Points and 103 Comments

Bolton paid Cambridge Analytica to make Facebook users more favorable to war

Summary: New information from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie has revealed that incoming national security adviser John Bolton’s super PAC tried to use data on Facebook users to make people more willing to support backing wars.

Keywords: bolton, analytica, cambridge, pac, john

Full article on | 165 Points and 34 Comments

What is Mastodon? [video]

Full article on | 160 Points and 48 Comments

Linux v4.15: Performance Goodies

Full article on | 158 Points and 37 Comments

Facebook is America’s scapegoat du jour

Summary: An 18th-century English upper class, worried about social and economic upheaval, blamed novels for seducing women into rebelling against their roles; an American intelligentsia fretful about the “empty consumerism” of affluent postwar America panicked that subliminal advertising was brainwashing people.

Keywords: facebook, data, analytica, cambridge, trump

Full article on | 152 Points and 156 Comments

The great Pacific garbage patch is largely abandoned fishing gear

Summary: It was named by Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer known for his expertise in tracking ocean currents and the movement of cargo lost overboard, including rubber duck bath toys and Nike tennis shoes.

Keywords: plastic, patch, study, ocean, fishing

Full article on | 152 Points and 62 Comments

Chernoff face

Summary: ^ “An Experimental Analysis of the Pre-Attentiveness of Features in Chernoff Faces”, Morris CJ, Ebert DS, Rheingans P. 1999; published by the conference “Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition: 3D Visualization for Data Exploration and Decision Making”.

Keywords: faces, chernoff, data, face, edit

Full article on | 149 Points and 26 Comments

The making of Dark Castle

Summary: drew lots of positive attention and buzz across the three days of the show, including from much of the Macintosh team, who were all curious how the Silicon Beach crew got the sounds to work, and from the independent retailers that scoured the floor for exciting new software and who collectively ordered hundreds of copies for their stores.

Keywords: game, jackson, zocher, sound, pierce

Full article on | 144 Points and 31 Comments

Lessons for Building AI-Driven Products

Summary: Peter Norvig, while interacting with the Fellows at Insight , recently noted that in many cases reporters in the popular media twist the words of influencers working in the field of AI or create hype to instill in readers a sense of FOMO and FUD.

Keywords: ai, product, data, models, manager

Full article on | 143 Points and 14 Comments

China regulator bans TV parodies amid content crackdown

Summary: BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping.

Keywords: content, media, videos, china, video

Full article on | 141 Points and 65 Comments

Rise in cancers ‘caused by weight’

Summary: “Given the currently high rates of obesity in young people, this represents (like cigarette smoking) a major societal challenge beyond the bounds of the medical arena.”

Keywords: cancer, uk, research, smoking, obesity

Full article on | 138 Points and 58 Comments

Reduced-calorie diet shows signs of slowing ageing in people

Summary: “I think that’s going to be a way to get all the benefits, without the problems of constant dieting,” says gerontologist Valter Longo of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who is embarking on clinical trials of intermittent calorie restriction in various disorders.

Keywords: restriction, calorie, study, ageing, metabolism

Full article on | 131 Points and 72 Comments

Facebook, Google spending big bucks to fight California data privacy measure

Summary: The political consulting firm, funded by Republican donor Robert Mercer and Stephen Bannon, acquired personal Facebook data from over 50 million profiles and used the information to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to reports.

Keywords: california, initiative, internet, measure, ballot

Full article on | 124 Points and 33 Comments

Investigation Confirms IBM Layoffs Targeted Older Workers

Summary: Additionally, by using social media, ProPublica targeted days on which IBM released earnings and regions where layoffs were rumored to be happening as part of its questionnaire distribution strategy.

Keywords: ibm, layoffs, workforce, older, people

Full article on | 124 Points and 20 Comments

Dropbox jumps more than 40% in trading debut

Summary: The cloud storage company faces some stiff competition in giants such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Keywords: storage, cloud, giants, trading, nasdaq

Full article on | 123 Points and 57 Comments

Blender’s Prehistory – Traces on Commodore Amiga (1987-1991)

Summary: It’s an interesting artifact, a true representative of its times, when there was hardly any 3D software that ran on home computers, as this traditionally required the power of mainframes and millions of dollars in hardware to operate.

Keywords: amiga, blender, traces, time, code

Full article on | 114 Points and 16 Comments

Figma Platform

Summary: Unlike our desktop competitors, Figma’s Web API isn’t tied to operating systems, specific file paths or versions of design software.

Keywords: figma, design, api, file, github

Full article on | 112 Points and 19 Comments

Luck and startups: Our journey

Summary: Prioritizing the toughest issues will spark growth, reveal tactics that no one has discovered yet, and generate momentum and flare that attracts customers, investors, partners, and ideas to your startup.

Keywords: lightning, don, rods, things, luck

Full article on | 110 Points and 39 Comments

The Best Alternative for Every Facebook Feature

Summary: While deleting Facebook might feel like a step in a more private direction, it’s ultimately not going to do much to change the online digital economy that profits by collecting your personal information and selling it to data brokers.

Keywords: facebook, friends, app, people, social

Full article on | 100 Points and 62 Comments

Why German companies fail at digital innovation

Summary: (No) thanks to hierarchical managers, obsolete tools and daft politics, Germany risks being left in the digital dark age.

Keywords: german, digital, innovation, tools, germany

Full article on | 95 Points and 164 Comments

A letter from Drew and Arash

Full article on | 90 Points and 41 Comments

Expanding MongoDB Atlas Availability on GCP

Full article on | 85 Points and 5 Comments

Why I didn’t fix your bug

Summary: Many of you have left me bug reports, feature requests, and other issues relating to my tools in the WikiVerse.

Keywords: issue, time, issues, fixed, haven

Full article on | 85 Points and 18 Comments

Require multiple reviewers for pull requests

Summary: As your projects grow in size and complexity, it can be challenging to make sure all of the code changes are reviewed by enough people on your team.

Keywords: reviewers, pull, branches, select, multiple

Full article on | 71 Points and 34 Comments

The FBI Says It Can’t Find Hackers to Hire Because They All Smoke Pot (2014)

Summary: Earlier this year, the feds admitted that the government isn’t very good at internet security—despite the fact that the NSA is basically a Philip K. Dick character’s worst nightmare—and that various agencies need to take a long, hard look at hiring practices across the board.

Keywords: marijuana, government, fbi, hiring, director

Full article on | 70 Points and 41 Comments

Millenials aren’t entitled; Boomers were just lucky

Summary: Lately, though, our nation’s conservative commentators have taken to raising the specter of an All-American Cultural Revolution by referring to the recent wave of campus activism as evidence of “Maoism,” as if undergrads disrupting some speaker they find offensive were magically a precursor to Nancy Pelosi personally leading an army of antifa supersoldiers on a purge of every Republican over the age of 40.

Keywords: generation, millennials, boomers, gap, political

Full article on | 68 Points and 24 Comments

Silicon Valley’s Regulatory Exceptionalism Comes to an End

Summary: As I argued in a recent , “When Goldman Sachs or Monsanto urges us to support something, that’s enough to cause many of us to oppose it; when Apple’s CEO denounces a technical assistance order, many of the same corporate skeptics quickly fall in line.” I’m not sure that’s true anymore.

Keywords: technology, regulation, companies, facebook, silicon

Full article on | 67 Points and 40 Comments

Thundra: AWS Lambda Observability for Java, Go and Node.js

Summary: Thundra does not affect the duration and memory usage of your functions while keeping track of everything because it leverages Amazon CloudWatch logs for asynchronous execution.

Keywords: thundra, tracing, overhead, functions, aws

Full article on | 66 Points and 22 Comments

Velodyne Lidar Inc. baffled by Uber crash

Summary: A top executive for the maker of sensors used on the self-driving car that struck and killed a woman in Arizona this week said she’s “baffled” as to why the tech-outfitted vehicle failed to recognize a pedestrian crossing the street and hit the brakes.

Keywords: lidar, uber, car, hall, thoma

Full article on | 63 Points and 94 Comments

Shkreli Got Prison Time, Holmes Didn’t. Is That Fair?

Summary: As Mr. Brafman put it in his opening statement, Mr. Shkreli shouldn’t be found guilty for being “odd,” “weird,” or having a “dysfunctional personality.” But prosecutors cited his behavior to assert in closing arguments that he “had no respect for the law.” At his sentencing, Judge Matsumoto suggested his actions called into question whether his purported remorse was genuine.

Keywords: shkreli, holmes, theranos, investors, charges

Full article on | 60 Points and 27 Comments

The Rise of Dismal Science Fiction

Summary: Ken Liu, whose 2015 novel The Grace of Kings was snapped up by DMG Entertainment for a possible film, said that his fantasy world building “tends to place a lot of emphasis on the technology of politics, land ownership systems, and the administrative state in part as a result of reading the works of [Santa Fe Institute economist] W. Brian Arthur.”

Keywords: world, economics, fiction, science, financial

Full article on | 56 Points and 41 Comments

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 revealed as Russian agent when forgets VPN

Summary: Son of nanny who brutally stabbed two New York kids to… Man ‘strangled his wife to death and then let his… ‘Please deny it’: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer tweets picture… Group of men with red stained crotches travel the country… Patriots owner Robert Kraft donates the team’s private… Former CIA director is slammed by Senator Rand Paul for…

Keywords: guccifer, hacker, russian, agency, intelligence

Full article on | 52 Points and 8 Comments