H&R Block and Intuit Lobbying Against Simpler Tax Filing (2017)
Summary: “We anticipate that governmental encroachment at both the federal and state levels may present a continued competitive threat to our business for the foreseeable future,” Intuit said in its latest corporate filings .
Keywords: file, tax, free, bill, intuit
ReactOS releases 0.4.8 with experimental Vista/7/10 software compatibility
Summary: Additional new features included in this release should also boost the user experience, such as the shell autocompletion brought to you by Mark, a nice bonus on top of the improved relative path handling done by Stanislav.
Keywords: reactos, fixed, work, ntfs, version
Vipassana for Hackers [pdf]
D3 in Depth
Jupyter, Mathematica, and the Future of the Research Paper
Summary: Python libraries let me replicate everything I wanted to do with Mathematica: Matplotlib for graphics, SymPy for symbolic math, NumPy and SciPy for numerical calculations, Pandas for data, and NLTK for natural language processing.
Keywords: mathematica, proprietary, jupyter, open, notebook
A dive into the making of a 64K Intro
Summary: Hoping that his name would yield better results than merely “Artemision”, we followed up, and we immediately found the book he wrote in 1877, in which he reports not only descriptions and drawings of the temple, but also his eleven years journey to find the lost site, his negotiations with the British Museum to stay funded, his relations with the local workers and the diplomacy involved before randomly digging holes.
Keywords: code, light, music, make, data
Probability Theory for Scientists and Engineers
Summary: In an understandable desire to present concrete examples as early as possible, many introductory treatments of probability theory begin immediately with these representations only to end up muddling their relationship with the abstract mathematics that they are characterizing.
Keywords: probability, distribution, space, function, set
The long, tortuous and fascinating process of creating a Chinese font
Summary: For JinXuan, Justfont is attempting to apply the feel of the Latin typeface Optima —which blends the simplicity of sans-serif fonts with the extravagance of serif ones—to the writing style they found on an ancient scroll.
Keywords: chinese, characters, fonts, font, character
The Price of Free Is Actually Too High
Summary: There are a few mentions of Zynga (which we were investors in) in the various article chain which caused me to reflect even more on the 2007 – 2010 time period when free-to-consumer (supported by advertising) was suddenly conflated with freemium (or free trials for enterprise software).
Keywords: facebook, free, propaganda, advertising, problem
It’s time to give Firefox a fresh chance
Summary: After spending some quality time comparing the actual experience of using Chrome, Safari, and Firefox across a variety of websites, I’m confident in saying browser benchmarks are profoundly uninformative.
Keywords: chrome, browser, firefox, safari, google
Jolla is the last company with an ‘alternative’ mobile operating system
Summary: It could be a mobile device management framework, or an open VPN solution – mundane features to the average consumer, but critical for secure business communications.
Keywords: jolla, sailfish, platform, pienimäki, open
What Erlang Taught Me About Distributed Systems
Summary: Like OTP, this API will ensure that the pods which are running are healthy based on their underlying deployment (very similar to a child specification in Erlang).
Keywords: erlang, distributed, kubernetes, otp, process
Casino high-roller database stolen through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank
Summary: Robert Hannigan, who ran the British government’s digital spying agency GCHQ from 2014 to 2017, appeared alongside Eagan on the panel and agreed that hackers targeting internet of things devices is a growing problem for companies.
Keywords: devices, things, internet, cctv, systems
A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash
Summary: Since then, two other retirees have surpassed him.Credit Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard, via Associated Press When he retired in 2010 as the university’s athletic director, the standard pension formula was applied to his salary, plus a share of the outside licensing fees and product endorsements the football program brings in.
Keywords: pension, oregon, school, system, state
Talk to Books
Is sorted using SIMD instructions
Summary: Recently, I came across a function that checks whether an array is sorted, i.e. if there is no element which would be greater than its successor.
Keywords: generic, vector, input, elements, element
You Can’t Do Data Science in a GUI
Summary: Or taking the question and “trying to make it sufficiently precise so that you can answer it quantitatively.” Wickham also advocates the use of visualization because it may surprise a data scientist or lead them to see something they didn’t expect to see.
Keywords: data, wickham, science, talk, scientists
Thinning in brain regions important for memory linked to sedentary habits
Summary: The researchers found that sedentary behavior is a significant predictor of thinning of the MTL and that physical activity, even at high levels, is insufficient to offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods.
Keywords: brain, sitting, researchers, sedentary, thinning
Proposal to restore a destroyed Ethereum contract
The Artificial Intelligentsia
Summary: Raymond, the lead product developer, a linguine-thin Princeton grad with a permanent frown and an aversion to conversation, was in the middle of a speech about “ground truth” and “executive dashboards.” John interjected that what we really needed to do was “capture the mental models of our analysts, then put them into the system.” He gave the example of a protocol he and his “team” used to follow when he worked at Palantir, the company covered so offensively by “journalist” Will Alden.
Keywords: jim, company, intelligence, data, predata
Kubrick found what he wanted by trying things out
Summary: ET When Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” emerged in 1968, after repeated delays (filming had begun in late 1965) and nearly doubling the original $6 million budget, it was greeted as something of a disaster.
Keywords: kubrick, odyssey, stanley, space, adler
The Crystal Programming Language
Summary: Crystal has a dedicated syntax to easily call native libraries, eliminating the need to reimplement low-level tasks.
Keywords: crystal, type, syntax, system, compiler
A game of tag that’s been going for 20+ years
Summary: Some things we did early on we wouldn’t do now — like when Mike sneaked into Brian’s house at night, crept into the bedroom and woke him up to tag him, surprising the life out of him and his girlfriend.
Keywords: tag, game, tagged, funeral, year
Giant coconut crabs feed on birds (2017)
Summary: Between January and March 2016, Mark Laidre of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire visited the Chagos Archipelago, a remote series of atolls in the Indian Ocean.
Keywords: crabs, coconut, laidre, crab, island
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Prepare for an I.P.O. Wave
Summary: SAN FRANCISCO — Jason Pressman spent Thursday morning cheering from the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange as shares of the software firm Zuora, which he backed in 2008, began trading.
Keywords: public, venture, investors, companies, capitalists
Autonomous braking: ‘The most significant development since the safety belt’
Summary: Image copyrightVWImage caption Reverse AEB protects against unseen hazards Adaptive Cruise Control ACC: unlike standard cruise control, this uses radar or cameras to maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front Reverse AEB: if you are about to reverse into a moving car or a pedestrian, this warns you and brakes automatically if there is no response Blind Spot Indication System BLIS: helps if you are about to move into the path of an overtaking vehicle, hidden in a blind spot Cyclist or Pedestrian AEB: a more sensitive AEB that can detect cyclists, pedestrians and some animals Lane Keep Assist LKA: uses a front-facing camera to track lane markings, it automatically corrects your steering if you stray into another lane Autonomous Emergency Steering: currently under development, it automatically steers you away from another car that is on track to hit your vehicle
Keywords: aeb, car, safety, standard, systems
911 calls from chronically ill drop after Milwaukee community initiative
Summary: The Community Paramedic Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program began as a pilot project in the fall of 2015 after an analysis by the department revealed that 7% of the 62,763 calls for emergency medical services the year before — 4,288 responses — came from the same 100 people.
Keywords: care, department, health, paramedics, program
Rich Formula: Quant Trading (2015)
Summary: Overdeck, 45, and partner David Siegel, 54, run Two Sigma Investments, a little-known quantitative hedge fund firm that gathers seemingly random bits of information and tries to detect patterns that can be used to forecast the price direction of stocks and other securities.
Keywords: sigma, fund, overdeck, gao, siegel
Avoid Google Maps with Gnome Maps on GNU/Linux
Summary: I was scrolling around the world, setting directions for how to cross Russia by foot (which let me tell you in case you ever wondered, should take roughly 60 hours, depending on locations used) in a matter of moments, and it really was quite easy to do.
Keywords: maps, gnome, google, linux, software
Cosmos is an operating system “construction kit”
Summary: Items of interest that are on our current task list include interfaces (necessary for foreach), file systems (partial support exists), threads, networking, and graphics.
Keywords: cosmos, operating, system, kit, studio
In the Beginning Was the Command Line (1999)
Summary: Sometimes he would actually manage to get it running and then he would take us for a spin around the block, with a memorable look of wild youthful exhiliration on his face; to his worried passengers, he was a madman, stalling and backfiring around Ames, Iowa and eating the dust of rusty Gremlins and Pintos, but in his own mind he was Dustin Hoffman tooling across the Bay Bridge with the wind in his hair.
Keywords: microsoft, people, linux, windows, time
Intel Compiler Intrinsics Guide
Summary: The Intel Intrinsics Guide is an interactive reference tool for Intel intrinsic instructions, which are C style functions that provide access to many Intel instructions - including Intel® SSE, AVX, AVX-512, and more - without the need to write assembly code.
Keywords: intel, instructions, style, functions, assembly
For $5k, Chevy Will Let You Assemble Your Corvette Z06’s Engine Yourself (2015)
Summary: And there’s something uniquely American about the whole idea: Whereas Porsche’s engine plant is populated by stoic professionals in pragmatic coveralls , any yahoo with a Z06 order form and five stacks in cash can barge in, grab a torque wrench, and start slingin’ together an LT4 .
Keywords: engine, build, won, experience, assembly
Understanding Bitcoin Transactions
Summary: The protocol has spent 9 years evolving towards real world demands (transactions per second, ease-of-use), anonymity, centralization fears, and security requirements so what you see in the wild today is slightly different but backwards compatible (which is incredible) with the original v0.1 2009 release .
Keywords: bitcoin, transaction, public, transactions, script
Turn-of-the-Century Pigeons Photographed Earth from Above
Summary: In 1907, just a few years after the Wright brothers lifted off in Kitty Hawk, and while human flight was still being measured in metres and minutes, Dr. Julius Neubronner, a German apothecary, submitted a patent application for a new invention: the pigeon camera.
Keywords: pigeons, neubronner, birds, photos, camera
IBM 7950 Harvest
Summary: A scanned PDF version is on-line at 2 Samuel Simon Snyder History of NSA General-Purpose Electronic Digital Computers , pp 39–64, National Security Agency, 1964.
Keywords: harvest, system, edit, ibm, tape
To opt out of Facebook’s tracking, I’m going to have to join Facebook
Summary: Then I got into tech, and privacy, and data protection, and I learned that you were throttling internet freedoms in developing countries, and letting random strangers see your users’ most intimate details, so I started becoming one of those paranoid people who uses a VPN all the time, and puts a scrap of torn-off Post-It note on their laptop camera.
Keywords: facebook, people, ve, don, question
Zillow surprises investors by buying up homes
Summary: We continue to be focused on building technology to remove friction from the transaction through a world-class pricing model, a suite of vertically integrated applications, All-Day Open Houses, our Buyer Guarantee, and a few new productswe will be launching shortly.
Keywords: zillow, sellers, home, offers, instant
Notation as a Tool of Thought (1979) [pdf]
Unit Economics (2015)
Summary: If you hold yourself to the standard of making a product that is so good people spontaneously recommend it to their friends, and you have an easy-to-understand business model where you make more than you spend on each user, and it gets better not worse as you get bigger, you may not look like some of hottest companies of today, but you’ll look a lot like Google and Facebook.
Keywords: companies, money, unit, economics, make
Google’s guide for becoming a Software Engineer
Summary: Whether you’re a student or an educator, newer to computer science or a more experienced coder, or otherwise interested in software engineering, we hope there’s something for you here in Google’s Guide to Technical Development.
Keywords: computer, science, skills, google, resources
Do adult human brains renew their neurons?
Summary: TWO papers with starkly contradictory conclusions, published three weeks apart, have reignited debate about whether adult human brains can grow new neurons.
Keywords: dr, neurons, hen, boldrini, brains
Cellular Automata Laboratory
Summary: This is a common way to invert the direction of simple reversible rules, so this button is provided as a shortcut to avoid having to resort to the Bit Plane Editor dialogue.
Keywords: rule, map, rules, webca, url
YouTube demonetized my tuba videos
Reverse Engineering the Soundcloud API
Summary: Everything is working perfectly fine and as promised you have reverse engineered the soundcloud web app and figured out a way to download mp3 files.
Keywords: url, soundcloud, requests, media, file