Top Posts for April 10, 2018


Summary: I tried a number of different exercise programs for a few months each and the one that seemed best was lifting heavy weights 3x a week for an hour, and high intensity interval training occasionally.

Keywords: time, don, people, productivity, important

Full article on | 1009 Points and 339 Comments

Why Does “=” Mean Assignment?

Summary: This made the compiler a lot more portable at the expense of leading to more logic errors, but Richards expected/hoped that better process improvements, descriptive naming, would counteract this.

Keywords: assignment, language, cpl, bcpl, equality

Full article on | 524 Points and 296 Comments

Why SQLite Does Not Use Git

Summary: This mirror is maintained by user “mackyle” who is unaffiliated with, and unknown to, the official SQLite development team.

Keywords: git, fossil, sqlite, version, branch

Full article on | 418 Points and 468 Comments

Facebook Employees Are Quitting or Switching Departments Over Ethical Concerns

Summary: Some dissatisfied Facebook engineers are attempting to switch divisions to work on the company’s other products, like Instagram or WhatsApp, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, The New York Times reported over the weekend.

Keywords: facebook, company, data, zuckerberg, analytica

Full article on | 414 Points and 231 Comments

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress

Summary: closeThune is closing things up by again bringing up concerns about conservative bias, and asks Facebook to err on the side of allowing speech.

Keywords: facebook, zuck, zuckerberg, data, users

Full article on | 407 Points and 433 Comments

Web Authentication: Proposed API for accessing Public Key Credentials

Summary: We thank the following people for their reviews of, and contributions to, this specification: Yuriy Ackermann, James Barclay, Richard Barnes, Dominic Battré, John Bradley, Domenic Denicola, Rahul Ghosh, Brad Hill, Jing Jin, Wally Jones, Ian Kilpatrick, Axel Nennker, Yoshikazu Nojima, Kimberly Paulhamus, Adam Powers, Yaron Sheffer, Anne van Kesteren, Johan Verrept, and Boris Zbarsky.

Keywords: authenticator, extension, attestation, user, client

Full article on | 396 Points and 178 Comments

Form a California LLC in 10 minutes for $70

Full article on | 394 Points and 226 Comments

FTC Warns Manufacturers That ‘Warranty Void If Removed’ Stickers Are Illegal

Summary: It’s a safe bet that Sony and Microsoft are two of them, though—the Playstation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles both come with stickers that claim opening the device voids the warranty.

Keywords: warranty, ftc, companies, consumer, law

Full article on | 355 Points and 111 Comments

Facebook Data Collected by Quiz App Included Private Messages

Summary: The development may provide grist to lawmakers on a day when Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is set to be grilled on Capitol Hill over data privacy and other matters, such as Russian misuse of the social network to influence the 2016 election.

Keywords: people, facebook, cambridge, messages, data

Full article on | 317 Points and 108 Comments

YouTube and Facebook Are Losing Creators to Blockchain-Powered Rivals

Full article on | 313 Points and 264 Comments

Apple says it’s now powered by renewable energy worldwide

Summary: It is powered by 100 percent renewable energy from multiple sources, including a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage.

Keywords: apple, energy, renewable, percent, projects

Full article on | 266 Points and 177 Comments

YouTube Face is clickbait, attaining human form

Summary: The tech is currently primitive, but it’s easy to imagine scrolling through some future feed and seeing the faces of long-deceased relatives digitally grafted onto advertisements for #FappuccinoHappyHour; close friends suddenly revealed to be replicants working for foam mattress startups; augmented reality Pillsbury Doughboys stalking us on late night walks home, their soft footsteps squishing confidently along.

Keywords: videos, people, youtube, video, face

Full article on | 249 Points and 95 Comments

We saved $50k/year with a Go microservice coded in a hackathon

Summary: In the past few weeks we’ve rolled out a Go microservice called “KIB” to production, which reduced a huge portion of the infrastructure necessary for Movio Cinema ’s core tools: Group Builder and Campaign Execution.

Keywords: group, infinidb, filters, builder, set

Full article on | 233 Points and 172 Comments

Portugal electricity generation temporarily reaches 100% renewable

Summary: The new record coincides with the move by the Portuguese government, last Tuesday, to suspend annual subsidies of around €20 million for guaranteed power supplies paid to producers – most of which goes to fossil fuel plants left in stand-by mode.

Keywords: renewable, cent, electricity, portugal, energy

Full article on | 233 Points and 83 Comments

ISPs Aim to Use Facebook Fracas to Saddle Silicon Valley with Crappy New Laws

Summary: From Ajit Pai’s bizarre attacks on Netflix to an endless wave of ISP-payrolled consultants falsely accusing Google of stealing bandwidth , major ISPs have long made it clear they see Silicon Valley not as a collaborator, but as a mortal enemy.

Keywords: isps, privacy, charter, broadband, protections

Full article on | 208 Points and 102 Comments

Differentiable Plasticity: A New Method Learning to Learn

Summary: Because gradient-based methods underlie many of the recent spectacular breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (including image recognition , machine translation , Atari video games , and Go playing ), making plastic networks amenable to gradient descent training may dramatically expand the power of both approaches.

Keywords: plasticity, learning, plastic, networks, network

Full article on | 199 Points and 17 Comments

500M of “Have I been Pwned” hashes broken

Full article on | 161 Points and 53 Comments

Theranos Lays Off Most of Its Remaining Workforce

Summary: Under the SEC settlement, she was forced to relinquish her voting control over the company she founded 15 years ago as a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, give back a big chunk of her stock and pay a $500,000 penalty.

Keywords: company, theranos, holmes, investors, firm

Full article on | 154 Points and 120 Comments

CoinTracker raises $1.5M to make tracking cryptocurrency investments easy

Summary: Now to price : the basic tracking service is free, but users pay from $49 up to $999 per year for more advanced features centered around optimizing tax filings by computing capital gains reports using FIFO, LIFO or HIFO accounting.

Keywords: crypto, cointracker, track, lodha, service

Full article on | 147 Points and 87 Comments

AVIF – AV1 based image format

Summary: AVIF is a file format wrapping compressed images based on the Alliance for Open Media AV1 intra-frame encoding toolkit.

Keywords: image, avif, images, master, track

Full article on | 139 Points and 29 Comments

Our experience with Stripe Atlas (2017)

Summary: Apart from that mistake that we could have easily avoided, everything was super smooth, with emails received at each step of the process, friendly discussions with the Stripe staff, and documents that we could seamlessly sign electronically with DocuSign or HelloSign .

Keywords: stripe, company, atlas, business, money

Full article on | 139 Points and 79 Comments

Sex workers fear violence as US cracks down on online ads: ‘Girls will die’

Summary: But the US government’s recent crackdown on those platforms has abruptly eliminated many workers’ primary source of income, forcing some to turn to the streets or to rely on abusive pimps, greatly increasing the risk of violence.

Keywords: sex, workers, trafficking, people, work

Full article on | 134 Points and 208 Comments

Setting Emacs theme based on ambient light

Summary: So I decided to try to have my MacBook automatically switch the Emacs theme based on readings from the ambient light sensor.

Keywords: theme, light, sensor, based, elisp

Full article on | 134 Points and 19 Comments

Apple is making a show based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ books

Summary: Goyer is best-known for comic book adaptations like Blade,Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Friedman was the creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles .

Keywords: science, books, goyer, fiction, series

Full article on | 131 Points and 33 Comments

Simultaneous Imaging and Energy Harvesting in CMOS Image Sensor Pixels

Summary: In the paper, the researchers point out that they could easily produce better images with a few tweaks to the sensor, and Park tells IEEE Spectrum that the power consumption of the chip is also not optimized — so it could also operate at higher framerates or lower lighting levels.

Keywords: sensor, power, camera, light, cell

Full article on | 130 Points and 34 Comments

Myst creators launch Kickstarter to bring every game in the series to Windows 10

Summary: That’s disappointing and unusual both because Cyan has a long history of supporting Apple platforms and because porting games to the Mac has generally been a lot easier than it has been in the past, especially when cutting-edge graphics technology is not involved.

Keywords: myst, games, cyan, kickstarter, book

Full article on | 129 Points and 56 Comments

Steve Wozniak on why he is leaving Facebook [video]

Summary: The tech giant tells us why he and some good friends are leaving Facebook.

Keywords: leaving, tech, friends, good, facebook

Full article on | 129 Points and 104 Comments

iOS 11.3 update breaks iPhone 8 devices with third party-repaired screens

Summary: Users who have had a screen repair performed by a third party, rather than with Apple, on their iPhone 8 smartphones found that the iOS 11.3 update stopped the touchscreen from working, reports Motherboard .

Keywords: apple, iphone, repair, update, ios

Full article on | 127 Points and 127 Comments

We’ll pay you $3000/mo to build your startup on Dark

Summary: You give us lots of feedback and we fix whatever is broken, and make sure you’re always able to build productively.

Keywords: build, ll, product, building, work

Full article on | 121 Points and 122 Comments

New NASA X-Plane Construction Begins

Full article on | 121 Points and 69 Comments

Avoiding the Distributed Monolith

Summary: When you get down to the other extreme end of the scale, where you have less than five developers working on an entire system, you’ll find that there are huge advantages to sticking with a monolith and potentially pulling out a service or two — if it really makes sense.

Keywords: microservices, system, monolith, distributed, services

Full article on | 120 Points and 34 Comments

14 years of Mark Zuckerberg saying sorry, not sorry about Facebook

Summary: From the moment the Facebook founder entered the public eye in 2003 for creating a Harvard student hot-or-not rating site, he’s been apologizing.

Keywords: facebook, zuckerberg, promises, time, post

Full article on | 118 Points and 8 Comments

GraphQL Best Practices

Full article on | 107 Points and 5 Comments

A new JPEG format

Summary: With JPEG XS, images and videos maintain an extremely high level of quality thanks to a compression process that is simpler and faster – and thus more energy efficient.

Keywords: jpeg, xs, format, images, image

Full article on | 107 Points and 44 Comments

Japan Wants to Allow Crypto ICOs [video]

Summary: TD Securities (USA) LLC, Global Rates Strategy Head

Keywords: bloomberg, markets, chief, llc, house

Full article on | 99 Points and 11 Comments

The BEAM needs an APL-y language

Summary: My dear friend Mary Kane informs me that when she left school to join Irish Life Insurance she was trained as an APL programmer — taking sets of actuarial tables, apply an individuals data to them and reducing the resulting boolean matrices to business decisions, buy/sell, pricing, calculate returns, etc, etc.

Keywords: apl, language, data, boolean, business

Full article on | 99 Points and 32 Comments

Zuckerberg struggles to name a single Facebook competitor

Summary: In Zuckerberg’s testimony before a joint session between the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees today, the Facebook CEO was forced to confront whether his company was now effectively a monopoly.

Keywords: mz, facebook, lg, zuckerberg, buy

Full article on | 91 Points and 65 Comments

Breakthrough Announced in Dark Matter Detection Technology

Summary: This technological breakthrough is the result of more than 30 years of research and development, with the latest piece of the puzzle coming in the form of a quantum-enabled device that allows ADMX to listen for axions more closely than any experiment ever built.

Keywords: admx, university, washington, axions, national

Full article on | 91 Points and 47 Comments

Improving SyntaxError in PyPy

Summary: Obviously these are just some very simple cases, and there is still a lot of room for improvement (one huge problem is that only a single SyntaxError is ever shown per parse attempt, but fixing that is rather hard).

Keywords: error, messages, parser, parentheses, pypy

Full article on | 89 Points and 16 Comments

One bad night’s sleep may increase levels of Alzheimer’s protein

Summary: When scans were used to track the tracer, the team found that when sleep was restricted to only around five hours, beta-amyloid increased in two regions of the brain that are known to be vulnerable to damage in Alzheimer’s disease.

Keywords: sleep, alzheimer, brain, night, protein

Full article on | 86 Points and 46 Comments

YouTube Accounts Of Famous Singers Hacked. Despacito video deleted.

Full article on | 83 Points and 30 Comments

Lessons on Bubbles from Bitcoin

Summary: One reason is lack of liquidity – since relatively few people owned and traded the cryptocurrency in years past, even a small surge of buying could push the price up dramatically, and even a modest pullback could send it crashing.

Keywords: bitcoin, asset, futures, bubbles, price

Full article on | 82 Points and 39 Comments

Debugging a Long-Running Apache Spark Application: A War Story

Summary: After all, it’s quite similar to a detective story but instead of interrogating some witnesses we will usually inspect a few stack traces, sift through the logs, correlate some possibly related events and come up with a theory.

Keywords: spark, class, classes, metrics, code

Full article on | 79 Points and 2 Comments

In the 1950s, a California teacher’s annual mortgage payments were 14% of salary

Full article on | 74 Points and 96 Comments

Language-integrated provenance in Haskell

Summary: Our implementation serves as a proof of concept showing how this combination of metaprogramming features can, for the first time, make data provenance facilities available to programmers as a library in a widely-used, general-purpose language.

Keywords: provenance, techniques, haskell, programming, database

Full article on | 64 Points and 5 Comments

Common Mistakes in Firebase Security Rules

Summary: correct_rules_2.jsonAny authenticated client can read and write /users , but due to the rules under /users/$uid we can infer that allowing such access was not intentional.

Keywords: rules, read, write, access, false

Full article on | 59 Points and 13 Comments

Zuck’s live grilling on Facebook Live

Full article on | 58 Points and 54 Comments

The Dawn of PC Multimedia: Laser Discs and CD-ROMs (2013)

Summary: Criterion appeared on the scene in 1984 to serve this market with a series of elaborate special editions of classic films loaded with the sorts of extras that other publishers wouldn’t begin to offer until the DVD era: cast and crew interviews, “making of” documentaries, alternate cuts, unused footage, and of course the ubiquitous commentary track (like DVDs, laser discs had the ability to swap and mix audio streams).

Keywords: video, laser, disc, computer, discs

Full article on | 55 Points and 50 Comments

Puffin beaks glow under UV light

Summary: Dunning normally works with twites, another type of bird, but he had been wondering if puffins had Day-Glo beaks for a while, since crested auklets — seabirds in the same family — also have light-up bills.

Keywords: light, dunning, uv, puffin, birds

Full article on | 54 Points and 28 Comments