Top Posts for April 17, 2018

Facebook Container for Firefox

Summary: Watch the video

Keywords: watch, video

Full article on mozilla.org | 938 Points and 281 Comments

GraalVM: Run Programs Faster Anywhere

Summary: Turning JVM into a Polyglot VM with Graal This presentation shows the techniques used to execute languages such as Ruby with high performance in GraalVM.

Keywords: oracle, graalvm, languages, labs, vm

Full article on graalvm.org | 598 Points and 158 Comments

Whois public database is in breach of GDPR, according to European authorities

Summary: We spoke with the president of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah, and he told us that while there was “general agreement that having every thing public is not the right way to go”, he was hopeful that the letter would not result in the Whois service being turned off completely while a replacement was developed.

Keywords: icann, whois, service, data, public

Full article on theregister.co.uk | 481 Points and 290 Comments

Mylo: A leather-like material made from mycelium

Summary: Those impacts are substantial: Livestock use an astonishing 30% of the earth’s entire land surface and cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse gases, as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, than all transportation methods.

Keywords: mycelium, material, leather, animal, made

Full article on boltthreads.com | 420 Points and 108 Comments

Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician

Summary: He is the co-founder and chief science officer of an organization that aims to develop technologies for “ reversing the negative effects of aging .” He found his way to the chromatic number of the plane problem through a board game.

Keywords: graph, problem, number, vertices, de

Full article on quantamagazine.org | 382 Points and 114 Comments

Oracle owns “JavaScript”, so Apple is taking down my app

Full article on reddit.com | 367 Points and 145 Comments

I was Zuckerberg’s speechwriter

Summary: It doesn’t feel like it was very long ago that I was sitting, legs crossed, on the floor of a nondescript office building on University Avenue in Palo Alto, watching Mark Zuckerberg raise his fist with a slight smile and say, “Domination!” as a way of closing out our weekly Friday all-hands meeting.

Keywords: facebook, company, zuckerberg, questions, world

Full article on vox.com | 336 Points and 236 Comments

Russia Bans 1.8M Amazon and Google IPs in Attempt to Block Telegram

Summary: Many users ridiculed Roskomnadzor’s decision on social media, and for good reasons, as the move to mass-ban so many IP addresses had secondary repercussions, as it also blocked many legitimate web services.

Keywords: ip, russia, banned, telegram, users

Full article on bleepingcomputer.com | 315 Points and 209 Comments

San Francisco’s Seismic Gamble

Summary: Last September, San Francisco’s former mayor, Edwin M. Lee, responding to a scandal about a skyscraper that was sinking and leaning, ordered city officials to strengthen building codes for high rises and requested an independent study on their safety.

Keywords: francisco, san, buildings, building, city

Full article on nytimes.com | 300 Points and 194 Comments

Parsing: a timeline

Summary: On the other hand, Marpa’s ability to handle second-order languages allows it to take statements which describe expressions in terms of precedence and association, and rewrite them in a natural way into Chomskyan form.

Keywords: parsing, operator, parser, compiler, expressions

Full article on jeffreykegler.github.io | 295 Points and 77 Comments

Summary: If the images are of sufficient quality, the software provides the doctor with one of two results: (1) “more than mild diabetic retinopathy detected: refer to an eye care professional” or (2) “negative for more than mild diabetic retinopathy; rescreen in 12 months.” If a positive result is detected, patients should see an eye care provider for further diagnostic evaluation and possible treatment as soon as possible.

Keywords: retinopathy, diabetic, device, eye, patients

Full article on fda.gov | 266 Points and 95 Comments

The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science

Summary: A reproducibility crisis afflicts a wide range of scientific and social-scientific disciplines, from epidemiology to social psychology.

Keywords: scientific, crisis, reproducibility, political, results

Full article on nas.org | 263 Points and 229 Comments

Quake III Arena GPL Source Release (2012)

Summary: codeThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 commonThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 lccThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 libsThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 q3asmThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 q3mapThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 q3radiantThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 uiThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 COPYING.txtThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012 README.txtThe Quake III Arena sources as originally released under the GPL lice… Jan 31, 2012

Keywords: iii, jan, gpl, originally, sources

Full article on github.com | 257 Points and 74 Comments

An enzyme that digests plastic could boost recycling

Summary: The team determined the structures of their enzymes by protein crystallography, a technique that takes detailed pictures of a molecule by bombarding crystals of it with X-rays (in this case, at the Diamond Light Source, a machine in Oxfordshire that produces particularly strong X-rays for such purposes).

Keywords: enzyme, petase, pet, plastic, enzymes

Full article on economist.com | 247 Points and 120 Comments

France’s government is building its own encrypted messenger service

Summary: None of the world’s major encrypted messaging apps, including Facebook’s ( FB.O ) WhatsApp and Telegram - a favorite of President Emmanuel Macron - are based in France, raising the risk of data breaches at servers outside the country.

Keywords: telegram, encrypted, whatsapp, government, app

Full article on reuters.com | 233 Points and 124 Comments

Netflix, Long an AWS Customer, Tests Waters on Google Cloud

Summary: Read comments from top tech and industry leaders

Keywords: industry, tech, read, leaders, top

Full article on theinformation.com | 231 Points and 139 Comments

Using GnuCash as a Freelancer to Track Finances and Prepare Taxes

Summary: Doing Your Due Diligence Makes Filing Taxes Easy Of course, with the above said, that means you’ll be responsible for entering in the details all of your transactions manually.

Keywords: gnucash, account, expenses, income, don

Full article on nickjanetakis.com | 231 Points and 173 Comments

Text Embedding Models Contain Bias

Full article on developers.googleblog.com | 220 Points and 198 Comments

A step-by-step guide to the “World Models” AI paper

Full article on applied-data.science | 214 Points and 30 Comments

United States v. Microsoft Corp. Dismissed [pdf]

Full article on supremecourt.gov | 213 Points and 137 Comments

Woman Partially Sucked Out of Jet When Window Breaks

Summary: As a Southwest Airlines jet hurtled 32,000 feet over suburban Philadelphia, a rare engine explosion caused a passenger’s window to burst, partially pulling the woman sitting next to the opening out of the plane.

Keywords: plane, engine, passengers, southwest, flight

Full article on nbcphiladelphia.com | 195 Points and 268 Comments

Proof-Of-Work is a Decentralized Clock

Summary: It must be stressed that the impossibility of associating events with points in time in distributed systems was the unsolved problem that precluded a decentralized ledger from ever being possible until Satoshi Nakamoto invented a solution.

Keywords: clock, blockchain, time, hash, problem

Full article on grisha.org | 185 Points and 101 Comments

Carl Kasell Has Died

Summary: Hide caption Kasell, who woke up at 1 a.m. to get ready for work, talks with Morning Edition producer Claudette Habermann and director Van Williamson at NPR’s headquarters in Washington.

Keywords: kasell, wait, caption, hide, previous

Full article on npr.org | 170 Points and 16 Comments

Eminent Philosophers Name the Most Important Philosophy Books from 1950-2000

Summary: As an addendum, Ho adds that “most of the works on the list are analytic philosophy,” therefore Prof. Chen asked Habermas to recommend some additional European thinkers, and received the following: “Axel Honneth, Kampf um Anerkennung (1992), Rainer Forst, Kontexte der Cerechtigkeit (1994) and Herbert Schnadelbach, Kommentor zu Hegels Rechtephilosophie (2001).”

Keywords: philosophy, important, philosophers, university, life

Full article on openculture.com | 169 Points and 150 Comments

Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Italy

Summary: The crew chief, he said, “would scream at us to work faster, to get more pieces done.” (The employees were officially paid a higher salary, to comply with the law, but, according to a union representative, managers required them to withdraw their “extra” wages and give that money to the owner.)

Keywords: chinese, prato, italian, italians, bags

Full article on newyorker.com | 166 Points and 60 Comments

Mode Studio – Python, R and SQL Editor

Summary: When the impact of your work starts to reach a broader audience, you can use Mode Business to manage permissions, automate distribution, and handle everything else an organization needs to sustain a powerful data ecosystem.

Keywords: mode, data, people, analyst, python

Full article on blog.modeanalytics.com | 160 Points and 42 Comments

Fake Barack Obama delivers a PSA about “deep fakes” using a deep fake video

Summary: Using some of the latest AI techniques, Peele ventriloquizes Barack Obama, having him voice his opinion on Black Panther (“Killmonger was right”) and call President Donald Trump “a total and complete dipshit.”

Keywords: ai, fake, peele, news, obama

Full article on theverge.com | 148 Points and 69 Comments

Taste is increasingly dictated by algorithms

Summary: Instead of the maximalist, celebrity-driven, intoxicant culture of ‘70s television — Nixon, Star Wars , shag rugs, cocaine, nuclear bombs — we now have the flattened, participatory, somehow salutary aesthetic of avocado toast, Outdoor Voices leggings , reclaimed wood, Sky Ting yoga classes , and succulents in ceramic planters .

Keywords: taste, style, fashion, algorithmic, algorithm

Full article on racked.com | 146 Points and 75 Comments

Lessons on product and marketing from the growth of Domino’s Pizza

Summary: Domino’s could create campaigns around other psychological triggers like quality (focusing on fresh ingredients and local partners) or nutrition (how to incorporate their better-for-you pizza into a healthy diet) to help build more positive brand associations that run deeper than convenience.

Keywords: pizza, domino, delivery, company, customers

Full article on producthabits.com | 143 Points and 87 Comments

More than 95% of world’s population breathing unhealthy air, says new report

Summary: “Air pollution takes a huge personal toll worldwide, making it difficult to breathe for those with respiratory disease, sending the young and old to hospital, missing school and work, and contributing to early death,” Bob O’Keefe, vice president of HEI, said in a statement.

Keywords: pollution, air, report, deaths, china

Full article on edition.cnn.com | 133 Points and 28 Comments

Running Lisp in Production (2015)

Summary: With a large heap, we have noticed a gradual memory usage buildup over periods of tens of minutes which resulted in spans of more time spent in GC and decreased application throughput.

Keywords: lisp, code, sbcl, bug, production

Full article on tech.grammarly.com | 132 Points and 59 Comments

Conway’s Law

Summary: ^ M. M. Mahbubul Syeed & Imed Hammouda, 2013, “Socio-technical Congruence in OSS Projects: Exploring Conway’s Law in FreeBSD,” In Open Source Software: Quality Verification, Part I (Etiel Petrinja, Giancarlo Succi, Nabil El Ioini & Alberto Sillitti, Eds.

Keywords: conway, law, software, product, edit

Full article on en.wikipedia.org | 130 Points and 46 Comments

North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

Summary: Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state, the newspaper said.

Keywords: korean, north, south, president, kim

Full article on cnbc.com | 124 Points and 83 Comments

Mailtrain.org, self-hosted open-source newsletter app like Mailchimp

Summary: configAdd support for passport-ldapauth Nov 8, 2017 docsMoving the majority of the documentation from the README file to the … Sep 27, 2017 languagesMerge pull request#402from rrooij/translation_fix Apr 14, 2018 libSubscriptions: fix error typo Mar 23, 2018 protected/reportsHalfway through in refactoring the report generation to a separate pr… Apr 17, 2017 publicFixed/reverted Mosaico social icons Jun 20, 2017 routesChanged route Jan 9, 2018 servicesSupport multiple usage of RSS merge tags,closes#329 Sep 29, 2017 setupupdated install script Jan 9, 2018 tasksinitial translations support Mar 4, 2017 testDisable eslint rule no-await-in-loop for e2e tests Jun 15, 2017 viewsDocs for api/lists/:email Feb 6, 2018 workers/reportsAdditions to the install scripts Apr 27, 2017 .dockerignoreAdd node_modules to .dockerignore to avoid unneeded building time / o… Jun 24, 2017 .eslintrcUpdated translation support Mar 7, 2017 .gitignoreadd package-lock.json file to gitignore Sep 20, 2017 .travis.ymlFixed Travis CI Checks Jul 13, 2017 BACKERS.mdv1.14.0 Jul 9, 2016 CHANGELOG.mdv1.23.2 Apr 4, 2017 DockerfileAdded ldapauth support to docker Feb 13, 2018 Gruntfile.jsSatisfy eslint rule linebreak-style Jun 22, 2017 LICENSEv1.22.0 Mar 2, 2017 README.mdUpdate README.md Apr 10, 2018 app.jsHalf way in improving e2e test infrastructure and refactoring tests t… May 23, 2017 docker-compose.override.yml.tmplMake docker-compose.override.yml a template Jun 24, 2017 docker-compose.ymlAdd volume for reports Jun 24, 2017 docker-entrypoint.shUse production.toml for reports when it exists in config Jun 24, 2017 index.jsReport processor worker refactored to run under another user (nobody)… Apr 27, 2017 meta.jsonMerge with upstream May 27, 2017 package.jsonBump deps Sep 26, 2017

Keywords: mailtrain, git, jun, apr, http

Full article on github.com | 117 Points and 35 Comments

An Augmented Reality Microscope for Cancer Detection

Full article on research.googleblog.com | 111 Points and 15 Comments

You Share Everything with Your Friends, Even Brain Waves

Summary: Behind the enthusiasm is a virtual Kilimanjaro of demographic evidence that friendlessness can be poisonous, exacting a physical and emotional toll comparable to that of more familiar risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, unemployment, lack of exercise, smoking cigarettes.

Keywords: friends, social, students, parkinson, friendship

Full article on nytimes.com | 110 Points and 43 Comments

The Chemistry of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Summary: A very unfortunate and imprudent graduate student in the 1970s (1976 to be exact), Barry Kidston, self-injected a preparation he had made of MPPP (at the time a legal “designer drug”) which apparently had gone slightly awry, and almost immediately began exhibiting symptoms akin to those of Parkinson’s disease (one in which dopamine is present in chronically low amounts in the brain).

Keywords: cocaine, case, drug, meperidine, left

Full article on chemistry-blog.com | 110 Points and 17 Comments

The Blindness of Social Wealth

Summary: Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy summarized his experience as a doctor in an article in September in The Harvard Business Review : “During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.”

Keywords: social, socially, loneliness, percent, big

Full article on nytimes.com | 102 Points and 73 Comments

YouTube employees say violent threats from creators have been going on for years

Full article on businessinsider.com | 101 Points and 76 Comments

Everything You Wanted to Know About Synchronization (2013) [pdf]

Full article on sigops.org | 98 Points and 4 Comments

A Contagious Cancer That Jumped Between Species

Summary: One might be forgiven for giving up on trying to navigate the intricacies of congressional Russia inquiries, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-widening probe, news about foreign intrusions into voting systems , investigations about Twitter bots, and the developing story about the manipulation of Facebook data.

Keywords: reading, cells, cancer, cancers, continue

Full article on theatlantic.com | 96 Points and 22 Comments

Microsoft v MikeRoweSoft

Summary: [20] Robertson opined that – had legal proceedings ensued – Rowe would have made a strong argument for keeping his domain, as he was using his real name and was not claiming to be affiliated with Microsoft.

Keywords: microsoft, rowe, retrieved, mikerowesoft, domain

Full article on en.wikipedia.org | 95 Points and 17 Comments

Show HN: Decentralized P2P Messaging with Blockchain Verified Identities

Full article on stealthy.im | 91 Points and 33 Comments

How to Get Rich Quick in Silicon Valley

Summary: Nine-to-five jobs with benefits and overtime may be in the process of getting disrupted out of existence, but in their place we have the internet, with endless gigs and freelance opportunities, where survival becomes something like a video game – a matter of pressing the right buttons to attain instant gratification and meagre rewards.

Keywords: startup, silicon, valley, tech, work

Full article on theguardian.com | 86 Points and 54 Comments

Semantic Experiences

Summary: Play word association gamespowered by semantic search.

Keywords: books, semantic, semantris, ownsemantic, wayto

Full article on research.google.com | 82 Points and 9 Comments

GPUs Mine Astronomical Datasets for Golden Insight Nuggets

Summary: To showcase their new neural network method, the team used a dataset of twenty-two classes of glitches, carefully curated and labeled by the “ Gravity Spy ” project using raw data collected during LIGO’s first discovery campaign.

Keywords: data, learning, ligo, deep, team

Full article on nextplatform.com | 81 Points and 30 Comments

Bird, Lime and Spin Receive Cease-And-desist Letters from SF City Attorney

Summary: “We are confident that by continuing to work with the city, we can build a framework that can make San Francisco a leader in bringing new mobility options that curb traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Keywords: city, bird, san, francisco, public

Full article on techcrunch.com | 80 Points and 160 Comments

Huawei, Failing to Crack U.S. Market, Signals a Change in Tactics

Summary: Founded three decades ago, Huawei made $93 billion in revenue last year — not much less than Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and more than its two main rivals in telecom gear, Nokia of Finland and Ericsson of Sweden, combined.

Keywords: huawei, company, american, chinese, united

Full article on nytimes.com | 73 Points and 33 Comments

Plasmodium-associated changes in human odor attract mosquitoes

Summary: Featured PortalsArticles by Topic

Keywords: featured, topic, sciences, portalsarticles, physical

Full article on pnas.org | 73 Points and 31 Comments

The IRS Really Needs Some New Computers

Summary: Most of it is in the Assembly programming language, which the IRS itself has described as “antiquated” and “inflexible.” Worse, the number of programmers who can understand and maintain the code behind the Individual Master File (IMF) dwindles with every passing year.

Keywords: irs, returns, tax, audit, computer

Full article on bloomberg.com | 68 Points and 93 Comments

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline

Summary: The episode recalled other high-profile government technology breakdowns, such as the challenging launch of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in 2013, and raised fresh questions about whether the IRS, which has long complained about antiquated computer systems, is prepared for the massive overhaul mandated by last year’s sweeping tax law.

Keywords: irs, tax, agency, taxpayers, tuesday

Full article on washingtonpost.com | 67 Points and 89 Comments

A college professor gives her students extra credit for going on dates

Summary: About 12 years ago, Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin added an unorthodox task to her syllabus: Ask someone out on a date, where there will be no alcohol or physical contact.

Keywords: cronin, date, dating, students, college

Full article on washingtonpost.com | 63 Points and 38 Comments

A.G. Schneiderman Launches Inquiry into Cryptocurrency “Exchanges”

Summary: [1] OAG is asking major virtual currency trading platforms (often referred to as “exchanges”) to respond to a questionnaire addressing key aspects of their operations, including their fee structure, their internal controls, and the measures they take to safeguard funds in customer accounts.

Keywords: virtual, platforms, trading, currency, investors

Full article on ag.ny.gov | 62 Points and 70 Comments

Show HN: I Write In-Depth Wordpress Plugin Reviews

Summary: For $0, you’re getting a pretty decent feature set.

Keywords: decent, set, ninja, review, forms

Full article on wpplugincheck.com | 61 Points and 19 Comments

Sigaction: see who killed you, and more

Summary: I created this as a proof-of-concept, but I assure you that occasionally, real programmers wind up making that kind of mistake and put text into a pointer.

Keywords: signal, things, pointer, struct, handler

Full article on rachelbythebay.com | 61 Points and 32 Comments

Debugging a TCP socket leak in a Kubernetes cluster

Summary: Googling around to see what tcp_mem does revealed that this error can happen when a machine’s TCP stack runs out of memory pages allocated by the kernel or when there are lot of orphaned/open sockets.

Keywords: node, kubernetes, pods, tcp, issue

Full article on blog.hasura.io | 59 Points and 11 Comments

Cambridge Analytica’s Virtual Currency Plans

Summary: Ms. Carlson said the Cambridge Analytica employees had bragged about their success in helping get President Trump elected and their ability to carefully target advertising campaigns using data from social networks like Facebook.

Keywords: coin, dragon, cambridge, analytica, company

Full article on nytimes.com | 58 Points and 21 Comments

Selling full autonomy before it’s ready could backfire for Tesla

Summary: “Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed.”

Keywords: tesla, cars, car, full, fully

Full article on arstechnica.com | 58 Points and 52 Comments

Operant Conditioning by Software Bugs (2012)

Summary: For example, I used to have a laptop that would lock up to the point where the battery needed to be removed when I scrolled down a web page for too long (I’m guessing the video driver’s logic for handling a full command queue was defective).

Keywords: software, computer, bugs, march, april

Full article on blog.regehr.org | 57 Points and 10 Comments

Improved Hubble data provide fresh evidence for new physics

Summary: The latest Hubble results are based on measurements of the parallax of eight newly analyzed Cepheids in our Milky Way galaxy located about 10 times farther away than any studied previously, residing between 6,000 light-years and 12,000 light-years from Earth.

Keywords: universe, hubble, riess, distances, space

Full article on hub.jhu.edu | 55 Points and 19 Comments

Cat purr genrator

Summary: The buzz on the Internet softly stretched from a subtle gentle purr to the roaring crescendo of a growl of now over a million views.

Keywords: cat, purr, purrli, sound, generator

Full article on purrli.com | 54 Points and 11 Comments

Starbucks to Close All U.S. Stores for Racial-Bias Education

Summary: Earlier this week, Starbucks began a review of its training and practices to make important reforms where necessary to ensure our stores always represent our Mission and Values, by providing a safe and inclusive environment for our customers and partners.

Keywords: starbucks, stores, partners, training, company

Full article on news.starbucks.com | 51 Points and 74 Comments

Shellfish Gene: One piece of mobile DNA has spread itself throughout the oceans

Summary: One might be forgiven for giving up on trying to navigate the intricacies of congressional Russia inquiries, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-widening probe, news about foreign intrusions into voting systems , investigations about Twitter bots, and the developing story about the manipulation of Facebook data.

Keywords: steamer, genes, reading, continue, clams

Full article on theatlantic.com | 51 Points and 9 Comments

Magic Bitboards: Finding all valid bishop moves in a 64-bit multiply (2008)

Full article on chessprogramming.wikispaces.com | 50 Points and 21 Comments