Top Posts for April 19, 2018

Apple open-sources FoundationDB

Summary: Layers extend that core by adding features to model specific types of data and handle their access patterns.

Keywords: foundationdb, community, layers, open, core

Full article on | 1735 Points and 344 Comments

List of places to find remote jobs and freelancing projects

Summary: Its clients include publicly traded corporations, small business owners, e-commerce websites, social media communities, and publishing houses etc.Suggested88RecruitT Mission Statement “Finding the best remote people in the world.”

Keywords: jobs, remote, https, http, job

Full article on | 548 Points and 56 Comments

Scuttlebutt, a Decentralized Alternative to Facebook

Summary: With the revelations of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the media circus that’s ensued in its subsequent fallout, many people outside the developer community have become aware of the scope of Facebook’s data collection practices.

Keywords: data, facebook, users, social, scuttlebutt

Full article on | 538 Points and 273 Comments

The latest trend for tech interviews: Days of unpaid homework

Summary: In a talk given at PyCon last year, software developer Susan Tan said she spent as long as 32 hours on homework, only to be rejected because it was missing a feature not even stated in the original requirements.

Keywords: homework, job, time, interview, work

Full article on | 538 Points and 825 Comments

Palantir is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens

Summary: High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named Peter Cavicchia III ran special ops for JPMorgan Chase & Co. His insider threat group—most large financial institutions have one—used computer algorithms to monitor the bank’s employees, ostensibly to protect against perfidious traders and other miscreants.

Keywords: palantir, company, data, jpmorgan, engineers

Full article on | 483 Points and 250 Comments

Stripe Home

Summary: We’re still figuring out how to balance transparency with information overload, serendipity with curated content, and crisp interfaces and team boundaries with the actual human part that makes the company what it is.

Keywords: stripes, people, home, team, stripe

Full article on | 432 Points and 134 Comments

‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’

Summary: Because there was so much shit going on: on the site; in the press because of Ellen’s case; internally in the company, we had just moved everybody to San Francisco and pretty much the entire employee base was totally pissed off, and there was so much cleanup to be done just from an organization side; and the technology was in such bad shape.

Keywords: reddit, don, people, growth, time

Full article on | 402 Points and 532 Comments

Facebook to change user terms, limiting effect of EU privacy law

Summary: The previously unreported move, which Facebook confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, shows the world’s largest online social network is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR, which allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users’ consent.

Keywords: facebook, users, data, law, change

Full article on | 377 Points and 384 Comments

Flow chart of cognitive biases

Summary: add textchange textcopy styleflip fat sideDetachReset

Keywords: font, copy, bottom, topto, rowcol

Full article on | 346 Points and 27 Comments

Southwest 1380: think about the flight attendants

Summary: Full flaps enable landing at a slower speed, but the extra drag means that the remaining engine would be straining to keep the plane on the standard glide path to the runway.

Keywords: engine, flight, pilot, pilots, plane

Full article on | 308 Points and 189 Comments

Apple’s investment into Clangd and refactoring tooling

Summary: Hi all, We at Apple have decided to switch focus from supporting the libclang-based tooling infrastructure in order to join forces on the Clangd development efforts.

Keywords: clangd, transport, layer, lsp, xpc

Full article on | 279 Points and 81 Comments

A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1M, Even at a Nonprofit

Summary: In 2015, Elon Musk, the chief executive of the electric-car maker Tesla, and other well-known figures in the tech industry created OpenAI and moved it into offices just north of Silicon Valley in San Francisco.

Keywords: openai, researchers, lab, salaries, year

Full article on | 268 Points and 149 Comments

A manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene

Summary: “For several years, researchers have thought of graphene as a potential route to ultrathin membranes,” says John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT.

Keywords: graphene, membranes, foil, hart, researchers

Full article on | 251 Points and 53 Comments

A lesson in wireless engineering from the Raspberry Pi

Summary: To ensure that the embedded antenna continues to meet expectations even once it is surrounded by other components and enclosed in the final product’s exterior form factor, it is important to work with an RF/wireless expert who can conduct the proper testing and assist with modifications that can achieve the performance end users are seeking.

Keywords: antenna, design, wireless, pi, efficiency

Full article on | 235 Points and 45 Comments

The AI Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet

Summary: Although not visible to the general public, research and systems-building in areas such as document retrieval, text classification, fraud detection, recommendation systems, personalized search, social network analysis, planning, diagnostics and A/B testing have been a major success — these are the advances that have powered companies such as Google, Netflix, Facebook and Amazon.

Keywords: ai, engineering, data, systems, human

Full article on | 225 Points and 123 Comments

How engineers can stand out from the applicant pool

Summary: Speaking about programming or relevant professional topics, recording screencasts, sharing code snippets, designing cheat sheets, writing blog posts, all of these things will build reputation and communication skills and demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual and not just a keyboard jockey.

Keywords: founder, engineers, stand, previously, person

Full article on | 219 Points and 133 Comments

MySQL 8.0 is now generally available

Summary: Slow down brute force attacks on user passwords MySQL 8.0 introduces a delay in the authentication process based on consecutive unsuccessful login attempts.

Keywords: mysql, blog, json, post, functions

Full article on | 212 Points and 94 Comments

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Deep Dive

Summary: This is not AMD’s next big microarchitecture, which we know is called Zen 2 on 7nm, but an opportunity to launch a wave of components with minor improvements and take advantage of a manufacturing process that gives more frequency and more performance.

Keywords: ryzen, amd, performance, cpu, core

Full article on | 200 Points and 80 Comments

Shortest bit sequence that’s never been sent over the Internet (2017)

Summary: It’s probably greater than 48 bits because of how common collisions are at that end for hashes and CRCs, and the Internet has generated a lot of traffic.

Keywords: sequence, bits, length, number, heads

Full article on | 191 Points and 113 Comments

Interview with Simon Peyton-Jones

Summary: I was one, John Hughes was another, Paul Hudak was another, Thomas Johnsson and Lennart Augustsson at Gothenburg, Arvind and his dataflow colleagues at MIT, Joe Fasel Los Alamos was another, Rinus Plasmeijer at Nijmegen, and so on.

Keywords: programming, time, functional, research, jy

Full article on | 190 Points and 79 Comments

API and Other Platform Product Changes

Full article on | 161 Points and 94 Comments

Ursa Labs: an innovation lab for open source data science

Summary: Most people know that I struggled for many years to obtain support for developing pandas; in the end I convinced Adam Klein and Chang She to take time away from their well-paying New York finance day jobs (at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, respectively) to work on the project with me in 2012.

Keywords: data, project, science, python, oss

Full article on | 155 Points and 12 Comments

Darwin: a genomics co-processor provides up to 15,000x acceleration

Summary: A linear array of processing elements (PEs) exploits wavefront parallelism to compute up to cells of the DP-matrix for the Smith-Waterman algorithm with affine gap penalties.

Keywords: alignment, sequence, bases, seed, gact

Full article on | 154 Points and 45 Comments

Show HN: Telescope – News and RSS Reader

Summary: 1.0.1 Mar 18, 2018 - Minor feature updates - Bug fixes

Keywords: mar, apr, updates, fixes, bug

Full article on | 153 Points and 84 Comments

A polymer made from waste cooking oil and sulphur can clean up crude oil spills

Summary: The research is published in the new paper, Sustainable Polysulfides for Oil Spill Remediation: Repurposing Industrial Waste for Environmental Benefit , published in Advanced Sustainable Systems (Wiley) by Flinders and other researchers – Justin Chalker, Max Worthington, Cameron Shearer, Louisa Esdaile, Jonathan Campbell, Christopher Gibson, Stephanie Legg, Yanting Yin, Nicholas Lundquist, Jason Gascooke, Inês Albuquerque (Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon), Joseph Shapter (Flinders and University of Queensland), Gunther Andersson, David Lewis and Gonçalo Bernardes (Cambridge University and IMM, Portugal).

Keywords: oil, research, chalker, polymer, spills

Full article on | 138 Points and 18 Comments

Bad news for AT&T and Comcast: Calif. Senate panel OKs net neutrality bill

Summary: “Today, the Internet is a space where every Californian, no matter the color of their skin or the size of their wallets, has equal chance of reaching people online,” van Schewick told the committee shortly before the vote.

Keywords: bill, net, neutrality, fcc, california

Full article on | 137 Points and 31 Comments

Airplanes that fly on electricity debut at Fresno’s Chandler Airport

Summary: The first all-production electric aircraft to fly in Fresno County took off under sunny skies as part of the Sustainable Aviation Project, an effort of the cities of Reedley and Mendota and CALSTART San Joaquin Valley.

Keywords: reedley, mendota, airplane, airports, chandler

Full article on | 136 Points and 117 Comments

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

Summary: A few hours later, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, U.S. Attorney, and presidential candidate, said he was joining Trump’s legal team, telling The Washington Post , “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller.”

Keywords: reef, corals, great, barrier, coral

Full article on | 131 Points and 62 Comments

Facebook Is Forming a Team to Design Its Own Chips

Summary: Facebook Inc. is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. , according to job listings and people familiar with the matter.

Keywords: facebook, job, chips, intelligence, artificial

Full article on | 129 Points and 57 Comments

FCC Issues Warning in Wake of Swarm’s Unauthorized Launch

Summary: Spaceflight Industries, the company that manifested Swarm’s Spacebees on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV rocket, said last month it will exercise greater vigilance to ensure customers have the appropriate licenses from the FCC or other agencies.

Keywords: fcc, launch, satellite, enforcement, regulatory

Full article on | 127 Points and 150 Comments

Robot Assembles Ikea Furniture

Summary: A team from Nanyang Technological University programmed a robot to create and execute a plan to piece together most of Ikea’s $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own, calling on a medley of human skills to do so.

Keywords: robot, team, researchers, chair, assemble

Full article on | 126 Points and 77 Comments

Widescreen laptops are dumb

Summary: After years of phones, laptops, tablets, and TV screens converging on 16:9 as the “right” display shape — allowing video playback without distracting black bars — smartphones have disturbed the universality recently by moving to even more elongated formats like 18:9, 19:9, or even 19.5:9 in the iPhone X’s case.

Keywords: laptop, space, video, vertical, laptops

Full article on | 125 Points and 162 Comments

Amazon worker’s median pay in 2017: $28,446

Summary: Amazon for the first time disclosed average worker pay, as part of a report mandated by federal Wall Street reform legislation passed after the 2008 financial crisis.

Keywords: amazon, pay, data, employees, median

Full article on | 123 Points and 129 Comments

Fake ad blockers in Chrome Web Store

Summary: Quite remarkably, all of these turned up clean: the differences to their respective open source counterparts were all minor, mostly limited to renaming and adding Google Analytics tracking.

Keywords: extensions, extension, user, chrome, ad

Full article on | 120 Points and 50 Comments

Show HN: Slate-md-editor – A markdown editor that allows live editing

Summary: Additionally, blocks, marks, inlines default types are the same as Markup-it .

Keywords: slate, editor, markdown, bold, pass

Full article on | 117 Points and 48 Comments

Postgres as the Substructure for IoT and the Next Wave of Computing

Summary: And then, after hearing from a multitude of other developers who were facing the same problem, we pivoted from an IoT platform to an open source time-series database company, launched the product ( April 2017 ), and then raised $16M ( Jan 2018 ) to grow the business.

Keywords: postgres, data, iot, relational, database

Full article on | 114 Points and 23 Comments

Show HN: Lisp Shell

Summary: I use it in Windows, but it should work out of the box on Linux, BSD and MacOS - and if not, would require minor changes.

Keywords: racket, require, commit, apr, latest

Full article on | 113 Points and 53 Comments

Finland is scrapping plans to extend its basic income project

Summary: Entrepreneurs who have expressed support for universal basic income include Elon Musk , the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Chris Hughes , a Facebook cofounder, and Ray Kurzweil , Google’s futurist and engineering director.

Keywords: income, universal, money, finland, basic

Full article on | 111 Points and 146 Comments

George Washington’s “Yelp Reviews”

Summary: He was eager, as well, to prove his impartiality, by not favoring any one citizen with the president in their home, and to reward American entrepreneurship by paying a fair fee to the businessmen and -women who provided his meals and lodgings.

Keywords: washington, house, good, places, tavern

Full article on | 108 Points and 20 Comments

StarCraft Micromanagement with Reinforcement Learning and Curriculum Transfer

Summary: In small scale scenarios, our units successfully learn to combat and defeat the built-in AI with 100% win rates.

Keywords: learning, units, scenarios, transfer, curriculum

Full article on | 89 Points and 47 Comments

Designing a Userspace Disk I/O Scheduler for Modern Datastores (2016)

Summary: Figure 3 shows the node’s response in terms of CQL ops/second and their correlation with the system’s iowait and Seastar’s pending I/O, which is the number of requests sitting in the internal queue waiting for their turn to be dispatched to the kernel.

Keywords: requests, disk, seastar, scylla, scheduler

Full article on | 89 Points and 7 Comments

Toward better phone call and video transcription with new Cloud Speech-to-Text

Full article on | 84 Points and 30 Comments

The Opening Bell (no one told me I had to make a speech)

Summary: We spent that year working night and day, surviving on Glass Nickel pizza, in a mostly empty concrete walled building, with Curt blasting us with Tool and Pearl Jam.

Keywords: years, opening, spent, trading, bell

Full article on | 79 Points and 18 Comments

The History of Processing

Summary: This new IDE shared almost all of the user interface elements of Processing and worked in a similar way, abstracting away the complexity of programming and compiling software for microcontrollers (Barragan, Wiring: Prototyping Physical Interaction Design, 2004).

Keywords: processing, programming, design, users, dbn

Full article on | 69 Points and 10 Comments

Deutsche Bank Inadvertently Made a $35B Payment in a Single Transaction

Summary: It’s another misstep for Deutsche Bank at a time when it is undergoing a change of leadership in the wake of its third straight annual loss , and, like other lenders, faces increased scrutiny from regulators.

Keywords: bank, deutsche, person, error, billion

Full article on | 66 Points and 51 Comments

Lea Kissner’s job is making sure Google products protect the privacy of users

Summary: Intimidatingly, precisely focused and eager to drill into complex topics, Kissner talks me through the finer points of building robots before breaking down the particulars of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Keywords: kissner, google, privacy, data, don

Full article on | 63 Points and 48 Comments

jQuery CDN having SSL issues

Summary: This allows browsers to ensure that resources hosted on third-party servers have not been tampered with.

Keywords: jquery, ui, sri, integrity, loaded

Full article on | 58 Points and 51 Comments

The messy, brilliant life of Pablo Neruda

Summary: “It should be shared by all, by scholars and by peasants, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of humanity.” When it was not overtly political, his poetry tended to concern itself with matters of quotidian existence, finding love and beauty in the commonplace, ordinary objects of daily human life.

Keywords: neruda, life, poetry, eisner, political

Full article on | 55 Points and 19 Comments