Top Posts for April 7, 2018

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

Summary: Perhaps Eve is actually one of the twelve James Fishers in Huntsville, AL , and perhaps he typed his email address in wrong when he signed up months ago.

Keywords: email, netflix, gmail, address, card

Full article on | 819 Points and 431 Comments

TextQL: Execute SQL Against CSV or TSV

Summary: inputsFixed incorrect spelling of word Separator Jul 18, 2017 manAdd -pretty as a command flag, output pretty printed tables using g… Dec 18, 2015 outputsFixed incorrect spelling of word Separator Jul 18, 2017 sqlparserMoved all the parts of vitess actually used into this project, droppe… Sep 4, 2015 storageFixed incorrect spelling of word Separator Jul 18, 2017 test_utilSmall refectoring, many improvements in testing, started adding stora… Jun 19, 2015 textqlFixed incorrect spelling of word Separator Jul 18, 2017 utilprevent slice bounds out of range Dec 16, 2015 .gitignoreFix misnamed resulting binary in normal go install Dec 15, 2015 .travis.ymlSwitch to travis containers, add versioning support Aug 21, 2015 LICENSEMIT License added,closes#16 Feb 6, 2014 MakefileUpdate all deps, enforce GO15VENDOREXPERIMENT at Makefile level Feb 17, 2016 Readme.mdUpdate Readme to say Go 1.4 or later is required Jan 11, 2016 TODO.txtAdd todo text to track final changes as release approaches Aug 24, 2015 VERSIONVersion bump Dec 17, 2015 glide.yamlUpdate all deps, enforce GO15VENDOREXPERIMENT at Makefile level Feb 17, 2016 textql_usage.gifUpdate usage gif Aug 24, 2015

Keywords: textql, command, added, jul, dec

Full article on | 505 Points and 76 Comments

I miss Windows Phone

Summary: It took Microsoft a few years to finally admit Windows Phone is dead , and the company is no longer planning to release any new hardware running its mobile OS or update it with any features.

Keywords: phone, windows, microsoft, ios, android

Full article on | 286 Points and 317 Comments

Mailinator launches Disposable SMS

Summary: You can find the Public SMS numbers on the left navigation of Mailinator’s “email” page (which we should probably think about renaming, huh?)

Keywords: email, sms, mailinator, disposable, public

Full article on | 219 Points and 67 Comments

PostgreSQL Begins Adding LLVM JIT Support For Faster Performance

Summary: It’s using an abstraction layer to allow for the just-in-time functionality to be provided by shared libraries, so perhaps in the future we will see support too for GCC’s experimental JIT too.

Keywords: postgresql, llvm, jit, queries, sql

Full article on | 215 Points and 25 Comments

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

Summary: “If the system of capitalist liberal democracy which has triumphed in the west is to pass the big test of globalisation – and the assault from radical Islam as well as its own internal pressures from post-crash austerity – we need some new thinking on ways to widen opportunity, share ownership and philanthropy.

Keywords: wealth, inequality, world, global, top

Full article on | 203 Points and 318 Comments

Are unsound type systems wrong?

Summary: An early underestimation of this guarantee brought about the value restriction in Standard ML, and later, covariant-arrays in Java required additional runtime checks to avoid segfaults.

Keywords: soundness, type, typed, system, typescript

Full article on | 196 Points and 124 Comments

“Close to tears, he left at the intermission”: how Kubrick upset Arthur C Clarke

Summary: He is considered the doyen of optimistic, technical, Space Age speculative writers, believing our species’ salvation to lie entirely in scientific discovery and engineering invention, his fiction full of detailed explication, sometimes virtually indistinguishable from fact.

Keywords: arthur, space, film, kubrick, sf

Full article on | 184 Points and 124 Comments

Hash-based Signatures: An illustrated Primer

Summary: Since they only require only the evaluation of a hash function and some data copying, from a purely computational cost perspective they’re highly competitive with schemes like ECDSA and RSA .

Keywords: key, signature, message, public, secret

Full article on | 176 Points and 21 Comments

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Summary: At a 1997 conference in Phoenix sponsored by drug maker Eli Lilly, a panel of academic psychiatrists produced a lengthy report detailing the symptoms, like balance problems, insomnia and anxiety, that went away when the pills were restarted.

Keywords: withdrawal, people, drug, antidepressants, symptoms

Full article on | 173 Points and 210 Comments

At 88, doctor pursues a long-ignored treatment for strokes, heart attacks

Summary: Although stroke specialists are moving away from tPA now, in favor of surgery, Dr. David Liebeskind, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the right drug could still catch the field’s attention.

Keywords: gurewich, tpa, patients, heart, urokinase

Full article on | 172 Points and 46 Comments

Why is everyone so busy? (2014)

Summary: Niggling feelings of guilt and ambivalence over working outside the home, together with some social pressures, compel many women to try to fulfil idealised notions of motherhood as well, says Judy Wajcman, a sociology professor at the London School of Economics and author of a new book, “Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism”.

Keywords: time, people, hours, leisure, work

Full article on | 169 Points and 135 Comments

Turn a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware

Summary: Kevin, back in middle school, noticed this phenomenon and built ShinyTouch , utilizing an external webcam to build a touch input system requiring virtually no setup.

Keywords: jul, webcam, latest, touching, instructions

Full article on | 145 Points and 13 Comments

Show HN: TerrainVer – Generate Worms-Style Cartoon Terrain in JavaScript

Summary: As you can see the differences are quite subtle but there is a clear winner: the hqx algorithm gives the clearest image, with sharp contours and no visual artifact.

Keywords: terrain, image, pixels, mask, generate

Full article on | 141 Points and 10 Comments

‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances

Summary: Continue reading the main story But India’s program is in a league of its own, both in the mass collection of biometric data and in the attempt to link it to everything — traffic tickets, bank accounts, pensions, even meals for undernourished schoolchildren.

Keywords: government, aadhaar, india, system, times

Full article on | 137 Points and 146 Comments

China’s experiment in ranking and monitoring citizens has started

Summary: According to the system’s founding document, released by the State Council in 2014, the scheme should “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.” But at a time when the Chinese Communist Party is aggressively advancing its presence across town hall offices and company boardrooms, this move has sparked fears that it is another step in the tightening of China’s already scant freedoms.

Keywords: credit, social, system, people, rongcheng

Full article on | 132 Points and 173 Comments

2017 Tax Software Developer’s Guides and Test Cases

Summary: The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.

Keywords: organizations, bureaus, alphabetical, commissions, listing

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YouTube Kids Is Going to Release a Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version of App

Full article on | 120 Points and 58 Comments

A Food Shortage Revealed the Cause of Celiac Disease

Summary: In 1948, using five test subjects, Dicke provided different cereals for them to eat, carefully measuring patient weight and examining feces for fat absorption.

Keywords: dicke, celiac, children, karel, food

Full article on | 120 Points and 67 Comments

Molyneux’s problem

Summary: “— I agree with this thinking gentleman, whom I am proud to call my friend, in his answer to this problem; and am of opinion that the blind man, at first sight, would not be able with certainty to say which was the globe, which the cube, whilst he only saw them; though he could unerringly name them by his touch, and certainly distinguish them by the difference of their figures felt.

Keywords: cube, sight, touch, blind, sphere

Full article on | 116 Points and 57 Comments

The Graphing Calculator Story (2004)

Summary: All the sweat that Greg and I had put in, all the clandestine aid from the friends, acquaintances, and strangers on whom I had shamelessly imposed, all the donations of time, expertise, hardware, soft drinks, and junk food would be wasted.

Keywords: software, apple, people, greg, work

Full article on | 113 Points and 18 Comments

China’s global kidnapping campaign may now be reaching inside U.S. borders

Summary: How to define these cases — as instances of extralegal repatriations, extreme coercion, or even sometimes as extraordinary renditions — is open to debate, but intelligence officials watching the issue say these actions signal a future where China is emboldened to unleash its security apparatus abroad, even on U.S. soil.

Keywords: china, chinese, intelligence, officials, official

Full article on | 102 Points and 18 Comments

The Qualcomm ‘Tax’ Rebellion

Summary: While Qualcomm designs and sells chips used in cellphones – Snapdragon being its most famous one – the real money comes from its huge portfolio of patents that offers up a complete system for wireless communications.

Keywords: qualcomm, technology, model, chips, licensing

Full article on | 102 Points and 52 Comments

Wizard for Mac – new kind of statistics program

Summary: Wizard comes with a plethora of import options, including Excel, Access, Numbers, R workspaces, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and plain old comma-separated values (CSV).

Keywords: watch, data, video, wizard, statistical

Full article on | 98 Points and 43 Comments

Curated List of Privacy Respecting Services and Software

Summary: To the extent possible under law, Nikita Voloboev has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work.

Keywords: google, owned, privacy, latest, list

Full article on | 97 Points and 40 Comments

Facebook was Caught Secretly Deleting Mark Zuckerberg’s Sent Messages

Summary: On Thursday, TechCrunch reported that some recipients of Zuckerberg’s messages found they had disappeared from their inboxes without their knowledge while their replies remained.

Keywords: messages, feature, zuckerberg, facebook, executives

Full article on | 91 Points and 25 Comments

A Wyoming Creek Flows into Two Oceans

Summary: Splash where the two branches meet and play god: The tiniest motion of your hands will change the fate of individual water droplets forever.

Keywords: creek, ocean, america, continental, atlantic

Full article on | 85 Points and 18 Comments

Vial-Http – Simple HTTP REST Tool for Vim

Summary: :VialHttp executes request line under the cursor :VialHttpBasicAuth [username] makes Authorization header

Keywords: sep, response, features, request, awesome

Full article on | 76 Points and 14 Comments

Months Before Deadly Crash, Helicopter Pilots Warned of Safety Issues

Summary: Since the deadly crash, the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered a halt to all doorless helicopter flights like the one that crashed.Credit Eric Adams Mr. Day boasted in an internal email in February that FlyNYON had defied its doubters, whom he called “dinosaurs,” and had increased its business last year by 400 percent.

Keywords: flynyon, harnesses, pilots, company, passengers

Full article on | 66 Points and 29 Comments

Knitters teamed up with a neural-network creator to generate new shapes

Summary: “I like to imagine that some of the techniques and stitch patterns used today [were] invented via a similar process of trying to decipher instructions written by knitters long since passed, on the back of an envelope, in faded ink, assuming all sorts of cultural knowledge that may or may not be available,” the user GloriaHanlon concluded.

Keywords: patterns, knitting, user, ravelry, neural

Full article on | 63 Points and 6 Comments

A Functional Interface for Key/Value Store

Summary: Initial implementations using specific client libraries for each storage mechanism gradually gravitated towards bad software development practices that made code hard to test (i.e. required S3/SFTP credentials) and reduced performance and scalability limited by host memory or filesystem.

Keywords: store, data, key, size, storage

Full article on | 63 Points and 5 Comments

Amazingly Good Security

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DHS Confirms Presence of Cell-Site Simulators in U.S. Capital

Summary: This simple privacy measure would create an opportunity for drivers to protect sensitive information about their travel and whereabouts from mass collection by law enforcement and private data brokers.

Keywords: eff, bill, enforcement, license, agencies

Full article on | 54 Points and 7 Comments