Top Posts for March 31, 2018

It’s time to head back to RSS?

Summary: Even with minimal tweaking, though, returning to RSS this week offered up a few fun surprises I never would have seen otherwise: the Yankees getting in trouble for player beer-foam art; an American contending for the world chess championship; the latest on Ben Affleck’s hilariously oversized back tattoo.

Keywords: rss, reader, news, feedly, social

Full article on | 1254 Points and 442 Comments

Facebook Secretly Saved Videos Users Deleted

Summary: Cambridge Analytica’s effect on the election is still disputed, but if there’s one thing everyone can agree is true in the wake of the scandal over its data-harvesting, it’s that we’ve paid far too little attention to the scale and scope of the data that Facebook has collected on us over our years of platform use.

Keywords: facebook, video, videos, data, archive

Full article on | 840 Points and 287 Comments

I almost lost my hearing from the lid on the tank of a toilet

Summary: This content can be removed from Twitter at anytime, get a PDF archive by mail!

Keywords: premium, year, asked, unlimited, drphiltill

Full article on | 754 Points and 329 Comments

You can’t Rust that

Summary: The last year has been fun because I could build a lot for really nice stuff for Sentry in Rust and for the first time the development experience was without bigger roadblocks.

Keywords: config, rust, arc, thread, object

Full article on | 399 Points and 99 Comments

An Update on Last Week’s Accident

Summary: The driver had about five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken.

Keywords: autopilot, safety, crash, tesla, vehicle

Full article on | 341 Points and 398 Comments

OVH CEO: Unlike Amazon, Google, “we will never be in competition with you”

Summary: Klaba also noted that “OVH is the only European company that provides cloud services on the global scale,” adding, “we just invested $1.5bn in infrastructure - 300,000 servers deployed, 27 data centers across 12 locations on three continents, 13Tbps of network capacity, 32 PoPs.

Keywords: cloud, business, company, klaba, data

Full article on | 270 Points and 185 Comments

Time to talk about why so many postgrads have poor mental health

Summary: “Decent funding which runs until their subimission [ sic ] deadline, coupled with a culture shift to less focus on publications in certain journals defining success.”

Keywords: nature, change, phd, culture, problem

Full article on | 267 Points and 154 Comments

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Full article on | 250 Points and 52 Comments is 20 years old

Summary: Now, we intend to use the name Mozilla as the generic term referring to web browsers derived from the source code of Netscape Navigator.

Keywords: netscape, code, source, mozilla, communicator

Full article on | 176 Points and 21 Comments

APFS encrypted plaintext password found in another log file

Summary: I have found that the install.log will only get wiped out upon major re-installation (ie: 10.11 -> 10.12 -> 10.13), therefore these plaintext passwords will hang around for quite a bit longer than a few weeks!

Keywords: found, logs, previously, plaintext, update

Full article on | 167 Points and 56 Comments

Why Apple and Microsoft Are Healthier Than Facebook

Summary: Apple’s closest equivalent in terms of data collection, sharing and “pass-through” to app developers is Google, which offers roughly the same array of services (plus search) and also owns mobile and desktop operating systems.

Keywords: apple, data, facebook, microsoft, customers

Full article on | 156 Points and 59 Comments

Modern PHP without a framework

Summary: Though it can be a bit more complex, a real app should be configured to automatically use a streaming emitter for large downloads, and the Zend blog shows how you can accomplish that .

Keywords: request, middleware, app, php, response

Full article on | 153 Points and 111 Comments

Startups not status: Japan’s top grads rethink success

Summary: Japan’s version of Silicon Valley is buzzing with startups that specialize in fields such as wealth management, health care, home sharing and space debris collection.

Keywords: university, tokyo, ministry, government, shibayama

Full article on | 151 Points and 27 Comments

GameNetworkingSockets – Reliable and unreliable messages over UDP

Summary: Connection-oriented protocol (like TCP) … but message-oriented instead of stream-oriented Mix of reliable and unreliable messages Messages can be larger than underlying MTU, the protocol performs fragmentation and reassembly, and retransmission for reliable Bandwidth estimation based on TCP-friendly rate control (RFC 5348) Encryption.

Keywords: code, layer, steam, mar, messages

Full article on | 146 Points and 42 Comments

How Do You Make or Maintain Friends? Put in the Time

Summary: These answers come from a newly published report in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships by Jeffrey Hall , a professor of communications studies at the University of Kansas.

Keywords: time, hall, friend, hours, friends

Full article on | 124 Points and 27 Comments

Facebook Employees Are Reportedly Deleting Controversial Internal Messages

Summary: Facebook employees are deleting potentially controversial comments and messages from the company’s internal communications systems, after the leak of a 2016 memo in which Vice President Andrew Bosworth appeared to place growth priorities ahead of public safety concerns .

Keywords: bosworth, facebook, memo, wrote, users

Full article on | 122 Points and 71 Comments

A lambda calculus for quantum computation

Summary: The simulator relies on a quantum version of McCarthy’s nondeterministic operator AMB, which ambiguously returns one of its arguments.

Keywords: quantum, functions, function, qubits, lambda

Full article on | 111 Points and 9 Comments

Blueprint of a distributed social network on IPFS, and its problems

Summary: The dat protocol, for example, features mutable content as it is roughly based on bittorrent (if I understood everything correctly, feel free to point out mistakes).

Keywords: content, profile, post, ipfs, user

Full article on | 108 Points and 48 Comments

Non-uniform memory access meets the OOM killer

Summary: “You can OOM a single NUMA node” thus entered my list of things to worry about when a box seems to have plenty of memory but still goes off and slaughters innocent (but big) processes.

Keywords: memory, numa, node, started, start

Full article on | 105 Points and 68 Comments

Gradual Programming

Summary: The manifesto presented in the remainder of this note stems mostly from my personal experience—I’ve been programming for just over a decade now in games (Lua, C), websites (PHP, JS), high-performance/distributed systems (C++, Go, Rust), compilers (Standard ML, OCaml), and data science (Python, R).

Keywords: programming, program, gradual, languages, language

Full article on | 104 Points and 60 Comments

The Profile Engine has now been donated to the Internet Archive

Summary: Profile Engine has millions of regular users who will be keen to try your new version and we hope this opportunity will spark innovation and people will find creative new ways to search this free, public data.

Keywords: data, engine, facebook, public, profile

Full article on | 101 Points and 44 Comments

OpenTTD 1.8.0-RC1

Summary: Bankruptcy is now checked before reoccurring infrastructure costs are paid, so AI companies running on tight budget no longer close down as fast.

Keywords: windows, graphics, close, train, paid

Full article on | 93 Points and 21 Comments

Show HN: Nothing.js – A chainable mock object which always returns itself

Full article on | 84 Points and 36 Comments

Into the Forbidden Zone: Varosha, Ghost City of Cyprus

Summary: Almost 40 years without human intervention have resulted in the streets becoming overgrown with lush vegetation (3) ; former shops and bars disintegrating in the hot sunshine (4) ; signs becoming simply vacant spaces in the sky (5) ; and former apartments turning into the homes of pigeons and crows (6) .

Keywords: varosha, ruins, spaces, fence, human

Full article on | 78 Points and 24 Comments

Google is shutting down its URL shortening service

Full article on | 78 Points and 53 Comments

Prince of Persia Ported to the BBC Micro

Summary: Kieran had mentioned his interest in the 6502 Apple source code for Prince Of Persia, and expressed some mad ideas to get it working on the BBC Micro, which seemed like crazy talk back then since the two machines are similar in some ways but very different in others.

Keywords: game, kieran, bbc, ctrl, code

Full article on | 77 Points and 16 Comments

Falling Chinese Space Station to Crash This Weekend

Summary: Numerous factors influence the rate of the space station’s descent, and ESA today had to modify its estimates because a storm of solar particles was not as strong as anticipated .

Keywords: space, station, atmosphere, china, earth

Full article on | 74 Points and 32 Comments

It’s weirdly hard to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s trash

Summary: Here was a guy who created one of the biggest mass surveillance operations in human history: A digital Oppenheimer, too naive or narcissistic to own the horrific consequences of his invention, who instead apparently sees the spread of global fascism and the unraveling of democracy as a mere engineering and PR problem.

Keywords: trash, zuckerberg, facebook, house, mark

Full article on | 69 Points and 18 Comments

Show HN: Auditus – Ebook to Audiobook Conversion

Summary: Enter Book Title Here

Keywords: title, book, enter

Full article on | 69 Points and 31 Comments

A circuit-like notation for lambda calculus (2015)

Summary: These last two don’t happen to satisfy the aesthetic that I personally was aiming for: they use color to represent variable names, whereas I wanted something that would be closer in spirit to De Bruijn indices, providing computational meaning by the careful placement of symbols or wires – but they are nifty nonetheless.

Keywords: lambda, function, calculus, functions, arguments

Full article on | 60 Points and 9 Comments

Redemption of a Lost Prodigy

Summary: The adolescent prodigy Saul Lipshutz in 1960, before he gave up the violin and changed his name to Chandler.Credit Paterson Evening News Photo Collection, via The Passaic County Historical Society On his boat recently, Mr. Chandler discussed his brush with classical music greatness, finishing half a pack of smokes over three hours.

Keywords: chandler, violin, music, life, boat

Full article on | 57 Points and 8 Comments

First clear evidence cell phone radiation can cause cancer in rats

Summary: This week, following three days of live-broadcast peer review sessions, experts concluded that a pair of federal studies show “clear evidence” that cell phone radiation caused heart cancer in male rats.

Keywords: evidence, cancer, study, peer, radiation

Full article on | 56 Points and 24 Comments

Biologist E.O. Wilson suggests ‘moon shot’ conservation effort

Summary: Wilson made his comments during a panel discussion, “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and the Future of Conservation in America,” that also included Jonathan Jarvis , director of the National Park Service during the Obama administration.

Keywords: jarvis, wilson, land, people, conservation

Full article on | 56 Points and 34 Comments

Well-Kept Gardens Die by Pacifism (2009)

Summary: Any political enemy I have on a mailing list who’s popular enough to be dangerous is probably not someone who would abuse that particular power of censorship, and when they put on their moderator’s hat, I vocally support them—they need urging on, not restraining.

Keywords: community, censorship, garden, fool, moderators

Full article on | 55 Points and 20 Comments

TensorFlow Model Analysis – A library for evaluating TensorFlow models

Summary: It allows users to evaluate their models on large amounts of data in a distributed fashion, using the same metrics defined in their trainer.

Keywords: mar, generated, import, copybara, tfma

Full article on | 55 Points and 11 Comments

Internet access is quietly changing Seattle’s tent cities

Summary: When Seattle librarians visited the gated cluster of tents and tiny houses that make up Camp Second Chance in White Center, they brought Star Wars comics, Dean Koontz books and Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild” for homeless campers to check out.

Keywords: seattle, camps, library, tent, homeless

Full article on | 55 Points and 34 Comments

Apple Pippin (1996)

Summary: Instead, it attempted to use the system as a set-top box for a television set or VGA display, to be distributed to its partners’ respective client bases in order to interface with a variety of vertically marketed interests , such as catalogs, databases, Internet content, and so on.

Keywords: pippin, apple, bandai, system, platform

Full article on | 53 Points and 14 Comments

Show HN: Lag Radar Chrome Extension from Dan Abramov’s Beyond React 16 Demo

Summary: (See our source code if you like, its open source) You should see the radar appear Now you can toggle it on or off using ctrl + R If you refresh your page or navigate away you’ll need to click the icon to reactivate again (we try not to inject ourselves into every page, that would be douchey) Also try dragging the box around Enjoy tuning up your apps!

Keywords: mar, react, source, extension, page

Full article on | 51 Points and 10 Comments