Top Posts for March 25, 2018

Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones

Summary: Google deprecated version 4.0 of the Android API in October 2017—the point at which the latest call metadata in Facebook users’ data was found.

Keywords: facebook, data, call, android, sms

Full article on | 774 Points and 191 Comments

How to Fall Asleep in Two Minutes or Less

Summary: Winter strongly believed that the wartime program for relaxation he helped develop to fight combat stress, and which athletes subsequently used to deal with the pressures of competition, was just as applicable to the tensions and fatigue civilians faced in their everyday lives.

Keywords: relax, winter, asleep, relaxation, physically

Full article on | 687 Points and 176 Comments

Medium suspended our account and blocked access to all our published stories

Summary: @ekaitz_zarraga has great wordpress hosting, as long as you don’t install loads of pluggins and someone else manages the security it’s sufficient, much less of a pain to run a static file blog via something like github pages.

Keywords: liberapay, medium, blog, wordpress, platform

Full article on | 458 Points and 225 Comments

Godot at GDC 2018

Summary: Many medium (and large) sized companies told me they are angry at the major player in this industry for trying to abuse its dominant position by using analytics and telemetry built into their closed engine to force them pay for per seat licenses.

Keywords: godot, companies, game, gdc, industry

Full article on | 377 Points and 80 Comments

Towards a world without Facebook

Summary: That Facebook’s advantage of massive scale could melt away if faced by the dark magic of decentralization , wherein users own their own data, encrypted by them, stored in the location of their choice, shared only as and when they explicitly approve, while they connect peer-to-peer with interactions mediated and paid for via a tokenized protocol, across an armada of nodes running — yep, you guessed it — some sort of blockchain.

Keywords: decentralized, facebook, blockchain, people, alternative

Full article on | 316 Points and 151 Comments

ViperCard – An open source re-creation and re-imagination of HyperCard

Full article on | 305 Points and 75 Comments

Gokrazy: A pure-Go userland for Raspberry Pi 3 appliances

Summary: Your app(s) + only 4 moving parts the Linux kernel the Raspberry Pi firmware files the Go compiler and standard library the gokrazy userland

Keywords: gokrazy, raspberry, linux, status, pi

Full article on | 298 Points and 61 Comments

Achtung: Decentralize, decentralize, decentralize

Summary: Finally, open source is a term used by the technology community to refer to the free distribution of the secret sauce that makes our services tick.

Keywords: facebook, open, don, source, platform

Full article on | 252 Points and 115 Comments

Oni: Modern Modal Editing – Powered by Neovim

Summary: And React ;) keforbes for helping to get this project off the ground tillarnold for giving us the oni npm package name mhartington for his generous support badosu for his support, contributions, and managing the AUR releases All our current monthly sponsors and backers All of our contributors - thanks for helping to improve this project!

Keywords: oni, project, vim, neovim, code

Full article on | 251 Points and 73 Comments

Zuckerberg Takes Steps to Calm Facebook Employees

Summary: Earlier this week, some Facebook employees had said that colleagues had started looking to transfer from the main social network product to other branches of the company, such as to messaging app WhatsApp and photo-sharing site Instagram, which have been relatively unscathed by the recent scandals.

Keywords: facebook, zuckerberg, employees, company, analytica

Full article on | 233 Points and 239 Comments

All rise and no fall: how Civilization reinforces a dangerous myth

Summary: But all these attempts to make the player feel like David when they’re clearly Goliath – to give them a heroic arc – are ultimately unsatisfactory, because they’re trying to escape the fundamental principles of their genre.

Keywords: civilization, growth, games, rise, fall

Full article on | 225 Points and 127 Comments

IRS reminds taxpayers to report virtual currency transactions

Summary: In more extreme situations, taxpayers could be subject to criminal prosecution for failing to properly report the income tax consequences of virtual currency transactions.

Keywords: currency, virtual, transactions, tax, income

Full article on | 222 Points and 245 Comments

AWS Public Datasets

Summary: SpaceNet on AWS : A corpus of commercial satellite imagery and labeled training data to foster innovation in the development of computer vision algorithms.

Keywords: aws, data, satellite, imagery, genome

Full article on | 215 Points and 16 Comments

It’s time for a digital protection agency

Summary: Given that the federal government is currently one angry man with nuclear weapons and a Twitter account, and that it’s futile to expect reform or self-regulation from internet giants, I’d like to propose something that will seem impossible but I would argue isn’t: Let’s make a digital Environmental Protection Agency.

Keywords: data, ve, facebook, google, agency

Full article on | 214 Points and 165 Comments

Show HN: Find3 – An indoor positioning system for smartphones and laptops

Summary: The Framework for Internal Navigation and Discovery ( FIND ) is like indoor GPS for your house or business, using only a simple smartphone or laptop.

Keywords: mar, previously, latest, license, scanning

Full article on | 203 Points and 42 Comments

iPhone protected you from Facebook call scraping. Android, not so much

Summary: Google deprecated version 4.0 of the Android API in October 2017—the point at which the latest call metadata in Facebook user’s data was found.

Keywords: facebook, android, data, call, phone

Full article on | 201 Points and 58 Comments

Tim Cook says Facebook’s collection of user data ‘shouldn’t exist’

Summary: The Apple CEO said the situation is “dire” and that he believed regulation is necessary during a public speech in China on Saturday — without specifically mentioning Facebook by name, according to a Bloomberg report .

Keywords: facebook, apple, data, ceo, people

Full article on | 201 Points and 116 Comments

Uzi Nissan Spent 8 Years Fighting Nissan Motor Company to Keep

Summary: Nissan was of little help here, either, declining to comment on past litigation when Jalopnik reached out to confirm if any attempt to discuss the purchase of Uzi’s domains occurred following the court case, including whether Ghosn himself was involved.

Keywords: nissan, uzi, court, business, motor

Full article on | 181 Points and 78 Comments

Void Linux: Into the Void

Summary: As an SRE I bring to the table the weird sense of duty involved in keeping the fleet healthy and making sure that when you want to install something, the nearest server responds promptly and serves up the files you requested.

Keywords: void, people, system, package, time

Full article on | 161 Points and 92 Comments

Thoughts on Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media

Summary: I can tell you from experience that this approach is harder than simply setting up a Twitter handle and letting the clever hashtags fly, but it’s immensely more satisfying to produce things when you’re not a data point in some Silicon Valley revenue report.

Keywords: social, media, internet, approach, web

Full article on | 149 Points and 63 Comments

KDE Plasma Voted Best Desktop Environment in Linux Journal Readers Choice Awards

Summary: Can I make it so…“, with KDE, the answer is always “Yes”, which is much better than explaining limitations of a desktop environment and trying to train someone, because then you hit “But I could always do this in Windows…“.

Keywords: desktop, kde, environment, linux, essential

Full article on | 148 Points and 129 Comments

Concurrency Limits by Netflix

Summary: Concurrency limits are very easy to enforce but difficult to determine as they would require operators to fully understand the hardware services run on and coordinate how they scale.

Keywords: limit, limiter, batch, client, traffic

Full article on | 140 Points and 10 Comments

A Glimpse into the Bureaucratic Hell of Denying Health Insurance Claims

Summary: The whole business is risk management, which was really drilled into us from the first day: It’s constant in the ambiance, from the corporate motto to the materials, from when you walk in the door to get trained to every time the CEO speaks in a big company meeting.

Keywords: insurance, people, health, worked, care

Full article on | 137 Points and 164 Comments

Migra – A schema diff tool for PostgreSQL

Summary: If you want to generate “drop …” statements, you need to use the –unsafe flag if using the command, or if using the python package directly, set_safety( to false on your Migration object.

Keywords: migra, migration, database, schema, migrations

Full article on | 136 Points and 22 Comments

Regulation could protect Facebook, not punish it

Summary: The only social networks to carve out communities since Facebook’s rise did so largely by being completely different, like the ephemeral Snapchat that purposefully doesn’t serve as a web identity platform, and the mostly-public Twitter that caters to thought leaders and celebrities more than normal people sharing their personal lives.

Keywords: facebook, regulation, data, government, instagram

Full article on | 131 Points and 54 Comments

Guide to Speech Recognition with Python

Summary: This approach works on the assumption that a speech signal, when viewed on a short enough timescale (say, ten milliseconds), can be reasonably approximated as a stationary process—that is, a process in which statistical properties do not change over time.

Keywords: speech, audio, file, microphone, speechrecognition

Full article on | 128 Points and 20 Comments

Uber Agrees on Southeast Asian Sale to Grab

Summary: But the deal marks the latest retreat by the world’s most valuable startup from a rapidly expanding arena: Uber sold its business in China to Didi in 2016 after a battle in which both burned through cash to court drivers and riders with rich subsidies.

Keywords: grab, uber, region, southeast, billion

Full article on | 127 Points and 56 Comments

A dietary supplement makes old mice youthful, but will it work in people?

Summary: ransfusing young blood and freezing heads may get most of the anti-aging and life-extension buzz, but don’t count out the molecule hunters: After setbacks and stumbles and what critics called debacles , these scientists are figuring out which biochemicals might potentially, possibly be fountains of youth in pill form.

Keywords: mice, blood, aging, sinclair, vessels

Full article on | 121 Points and 43 Comments

Forget Cambridge Analytica. Zuck could use FB data for his own presidential run

Full article on | 109 Points and 31 Comments

The dark truth about chocolate

Summary: Marion Nestle Its foundations lie in chocolate manufacturers having poured huge sums into funding nutrition science that has been carefully framed, interpreted and selectively reported to cast their products in a positive light over the last 20 years.

Keywords: chocolate, health, research, food, industry

Full article on | 102 Points and 41 Comments

Landfills – a future source of raw materials

Summary: At the same time, landfills and open dumpsites are still the dominant global waste disposal options, despite the fact that the long-term environmental impact in the form of emissions of greenhouse gases and contaminated leachates is significant.

Keywords: waste, glass, jani, materials, metals

Full article on | 101 Points and 31 Comments

Userland PCI drivers

Summary: Again, a first approximation can be done by simply wiring pages with mlock(3) and then asking the kernel for a virtual-to-physical translation to program hardware DMA registers.

Keywords: kernel, userland, device, pci, drivers

Full article on | 101 Points and 44 Comments

Show HN: Wishminer – Mining social media for app ideas, my weekend project

Full article on | 98 Points and 30 Comments

ProteinNet: A standardized data set for machine learning of protein structure

Summary: ProteinNet builds on the biennial CASP assessments, which carry out blind predictions of recently solved but publicly unavailable protein structures, to provide test sets that push the frontiers of computational methodology.

Keywords: casp, proteinnet, structures, data, protein

Full article on | 92 Points and 1 Comments

Code your own Proof of Stake blockchain in Go

Summary: Read through our Proof of Work tutorial and tinker with it to see if you can create a hybrid blockchain Add time chunks where validators have a chance to propose new blocks.

Keywords: proof, validator, stake, blockchain, block

Full article on | 91 Points and 18 Comments

AdoptOpenJDK – Prebuilt OpenJDK Binaries

Summary: AdoptOpenJDK provides prebuilt OpenJDK binaries from a fully open source set of build scripts and infrastructure.

Keywords: openjdk, prebuilt, build, binaries, source

Full article on | 90 Points and 28 Comments

The people owned the web, tech giants stole it. This is how we take it back

Summary: There are countless examples, from the Egyptian teenagers who used Facebook to rally protesters to Tahrir Square, eventually toppling the Mubarak regime, to the British blogger who methodically proved Russia had supplied the weapon that brought down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, leaving Moscow’s denials in tatters.

Keywords: cambridge, media, internet, social, facebook

Full article on | 87 Points and 65 Comments

The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy (2014) [pdf]

Full article on | 82 Points and 13 Comments

California’s quality of life is the worst in the country?

Summary: Flying in the face of traditional wisdom that we live on the best coast comes a stinging new U.S. News & World Report study that says we have the worst quality of life in the nation.

Keywords: life, quality, state, iowa, fiscal

Full article on | 82 Points and 102 Comments

The Shipping Container Is a Blessing to All Humanity

Summary: Widely adopted internationally in the second half of the 20 th century, intermodal containers largely supplanted break bulk cargo—the bags, barrels, pallets, and crates that must be individually loaded and unloaded onto ships, railcars, and trucks.

Keywords: shipping, trade, containers, important, container

Full article on | 72 Points and 34 Comments

Heat loss from big corporate projects

Summary: It involved investments of engineer time, design work, tech writers and documentation changes, and all kinds of other “meta” stuff.

Keywords: system, time, money, work, things

Full article on | 71 Points and 55 Comments

The Truth Wears Off (2010)

Summary: “As a researcher, you’re always aware that there might be some nonrandom patterns, but I had no idea how widespread it is.” In a recent review article, Palmer summarized the impact of selective reporting on his field: “We cannot escape the troubling conclusion that some—perhaps many—cherished generalities are at best exaggerated in their biological significance and at worst a collective illusion nurtured by strong a-priori beliefs often repeated.”

Keywords: effect, results, schooler, studies, data

Full article on | 66 Points and 15 Comments

The Benefits of Server Side Rendering Over Client Side Rendering

Summary: If the customer is really fast and clicks a button, the action won’t be executed until React is done executing; SSR TTFB(Time To First Byte)is slower than CSR, because your server will have to spend the time to create the HTML for your page instead of just sending out a relatively empty response; SSR throughput of your server is significantly less than CSR throughput.

Keywords: ssr, page, csr, server, rendering

Full article on | 66 Points and 30 Comments

Facebook buys offline data gathered by marketers or gathered from other sources

Summary: Ian Bogost, a Georgia Tech communications professor who built a tongue-in-cheek game called “Cow Clicker” in 2010, wrote in The Atlantic recently that abusing the Facebook platform for “deliberately nefarious ends” was easy to do then.

Keywords: facebook, data, privacy, users, information

Full article on | 52 Points and 7 Comments