Top Posts for April 21, 2018

A journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class

Summary: ICYMI: A pretty bad typo in the LA Times A breaking-news intern with a penchant for crime reporting, Padilla, 23, was tasked with visiting the county jail each morning during the project’s week of coverage to sort through hundreds of paper arrest slips and flag opioid mentions.

Keywords: padilla, class, journalism, enquirer, pulitzer

Full article on | 528 Points and 83 Comments

VS Code can do that?

Full article on | 416 Points and 243 Comments

Heart surgeons refuse difficult operations to avoid poor mortality ratings

Summary: The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery even wrote to Simon Stevens, the NHS England Chief Executive, calling for the policy to be abandoned, saying it was having a damaging effect on surgeons, destroying confidence and garnering unfair media attention.

Keywords: surgeons, transparency, nashef, surgery, heart

Full article on | 376 Points and 233 Comments

Google’s Project Zero exposes unpatched Windows 10 lockdown bypass

Summary: The researcher downplayed the seriousness of disclosing the bug in the absence of a patch due to the existence of two other known and unfixed Device Guard bypasses in the .NET framework.

Keywords: windows, google, microsoft, code, bypass

Full article on | 218 Points and 111 Comments

Mapping the internet with Hilbert curves

Summary: This means you have roughly 4.2 billion IP addresses to work with, except you don’t really, because large sections are not usable:

Keywords: ip, internet, addresses, blocks, big

Full article on | 206 Points and 28 Comments

Gravitation water vortex power plant

Summary: Later, Austrian Inventor Franz Zotlöterer created a similar turbine while attempting to find a way to aerate water without an external power source.

Keywords: water, turbine, vortex, energy, power

Full article on | 204 Points and 68 Comments

Elon Musk reveals his productivity rules in a letter he sent to Tesla employees

Summary: The reason that the burst-build target rate is 6000 and not 5000 per week in June is that we cannot have a number with no margin for error across thousands of internally and externally produced parts and processes, amplified by a complex global logistics chain.

Keywords: tesla, model, week, make, production

Full article on | 157 Points and 111 Comments

A guide to building a fast electric skateboard at home

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To Understand the Future of Tesla, Look to the History of GM

Summary: As Tesla struggles in the transition from a visionary pioneer to a reliable producer of cars in high volume, one wonders if Musk’s $2.6 billion compensation scheme would be better spent finding the company’s Alfred P. Sloan.

Keywords: company, gm, durant, sloan, tesla

Full article on | 148 Points and 93 Comments

How to Find Product Market Fit – founder of Segment (2017) [video]

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Yes, You Should Delete Facebook

Summary: Someone observing the digital landscape a couple years from now could see Facebook continuing its dominance and deduce that it’s fine to play fast and loose with customer data in the name of growth, to optimize your product around addictiveness, and to sell information on your users.

Keywords: facebook, ads, product, people, information

Full article on | 137 Points and 77 Comments

A brief list of what Scrum gets wrong

Summary: Scrum discourages bug fixing, reduction of technical debt, and risk taking, all because of its narrow, exclusive focus on only doing items that Product Owners would interpret as valuable.

Keywords: scrum, product, engineers, task, assumes

Full article on | 132 Points and 134 Comments

When There’s an Audience, People’s Performance Improves

Full article on | 128 Points and 39 Comments

Shaper Origin: Hand-Held CNC Machine

Summary: Make with More Create with materials like wood, soft metals, plastics, and composites, including Carbon Fiber, which 3D printers and laser cutters cannot.

Keywords: origin, work, machine, size, create

Full article on | 127 Points and 61 Comments

Datomic: Look at all the things I’m not doing

Summary: Given Datomic’s extremely simple write API, it is able to implement time management for you, without any additional cost of data modeling or query hatching on your part.

Keywords: datomic, data, time, database, view

Full article on | 126 Points and 43 Comments

Not your Tibetan Buddhism

Summary: Add to that the utopian myth of Tibet, the sympathetic victimisation of the Chinese invasion, and the widespread belief that rituals are just exotic cultural garnish surrounding a simple core of wisdom, and you get the uncomplicated mainstream understanding of Tibetan Buddhism: a monolithic tradition of smiling, peaceful monks telling us how to live a broadly good life.

Keywords: buddhism, tibetan, buddhist, faith, western

Full article on | 118 Points and 84 Comments

The Looming Battle Over AI Chips

Summary: By April 21, 2018 For some years now, there has been a tension between the world’s largest tech companies—Alphabet,, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Baidu, and Alibaba Group Holding—and the chip companies they rely on, especially Intel and Nvidia.

Keywords: nvidia, intel, buy, companies, group

Full article on | 114 Points and 70 Comments

CBC is destroying its broadcast archives after they’re digitized

Summary: “At a time when Canada is finally committed to sustain and support Indigenous cultures, it has become the first developed nation to systematically destroy master recordings of its largest audiovisual heritage collection, our English-language radio and television artifacts.”

Keywords: cbc, content, recordings, original, foundation

Full article on | 113 Points and 60 Comments

Coinbase blocks WikiLeaks Shop

Full article on | 110 Points and 72 Comments

Dissecting the NVIDIA Volta GPU Architecture via Microbenchmarking

Summary: In this technical report, we continue this line of research by presenting the microarchitectural details of the NVIDIA Volta architecture, discovered through microbenchmarks and instruction set disassembly.

Keywords: nvidia, gpu, volta, level, kepler

Full article on | 108 Points and 12 Comments

Giving money directly to poor people (2013)

Summary: Sitting on a rough bench in his moonshine bar in a banana grove, a tipsy Bernard Okumo says his wife used her windfall to bail him out of jail, where he was facing a murder charge.

Keywords: money, cash, ccts, conditional, conditions

Full article on | 99 Points and 91 Comments

13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Battery Replacement Program

Summary: Apple has determined that, in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units, a component may fail causing the built-in battery to expand.

Keywords: number, pro, macbook, program, serial

Full article on | 94 Points and 64 Comments

How to scrape anything on the web and not get caught

Summary: While it might be tempting to use one of paid providers of such services it isn’t that hard to craft a home baked solution that will cost you no money.

Keywords: proxies, pay, list, data, project

Full article on | 92 Points and 26 Comments

Friendship’s Dark Side

Summary: Based on a detailed survey of 540 participants, researchers at Oxford University determined that people had a falling out with a member of their social circle about once every 7.2 months , or nearly two times annually, and that a year later 40 percent of those ruptures remained unhealed.

Keywords: friends, people, friendship, researchers, university

Full article on | 90 Points and 45 Comments

Building Robust Systems (2008) [pdf]

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How IBM quietly pushed out 20,000 aging workers

Summary: Last month, ProPublica reported that over the past five years, IBM has targeted its older American employees for layoffs.

Keywords: ibm, company, employees, older, propublica

Full article on | 83 Points and 19 Comments

Matabele ants have evolved a complex system of battlefield triage and rescue

Summary: But researchers at the University of Würzburg in Germany recently looked at one of Africa’s most implacably ferocious ants, and their work revealed a startling tale of possible battlefield comradeship and care.

Keywords: ants, nest, termites, ant, back

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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Summary: They Do Nothing’ In a small office lined with posters in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, members of an advocacy group called the Center for Policy Alternatives watched as hate exploded on Facebook — all inspired by the video from Ampara, which had overtaken Sinhalese social media in just a week.

Keywords: facebook, sri, lanka, sinhalese, officials

Full article on | 75 Points and 79 Comments

Fluree DB – A scalable blockchain database

Summary: Level 3 - Full Decentralization - In Development Soon, applications can perform transparent but safe transactions by taking complete advantage of the public blockchain.

Keywords: database, query, blockchain, transactions, data

Full article on | 70 Points and 66 Comments

Show HN: Writt – Make and publish notes from Telegram

Summary: Write notes and share them quickly, with support for markdown formatting

Keywords: write, writt, share, notes, markdown

Full article on | 69 Points and 33 Comments

Freeman Dyson’s Life, Through His Letters

Summary: Born an Englishman in 1923, Dyson worked for the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command during World War II, but in 1947 he moved to Cornell University to study physics under Hans Bethe.

Keywords: dyson, letters, freeman, oppenheimer, imme

Full article on | 69 Points and 2 Comments

Study suggests drunk people are better at creative problem solving

Summary: Professor Andrew Jarosz of Mississippi State University and colleagues served vodka-cranberry cocktails to 20 male subjects until their blood alcohol levels neared legal intoxication and then gave each a series of word association problems to solve.

Keywords: people, alcohol, sober, subjects, problems

Full article on | 67 Points and 27 Comments

Tricks Make Virtual Reality Feel Real (2016)

Summary: Evan Suma, a research assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, is an alum), says he worries that virtual reality, once the novelty has subsided, may reach a plateau; because, as he says, most of the experiences being created, while graphically sophisticated, are “couch-locked.” “A lot of the magic for me is lost when you’re just sitting down and moving.”

Keywords: virtual, reality, space, perlin, real

Full article on | 63 Points and 11 Comments

Show HN: Vinyl record and sleeve grading tool

Summary: For example, if the record is perfect but you hear a background noise when playing, according to the guidelines it can’t be higher than VG.

Keywords: record, sleeve, grade, higher, answers

Full article on | 59 Points and 11 Comments

A Feasible Approach to Human Stasis for Long-Duration Deep Space Missions

Summary: deep space missionshuman stasistorpor

Keywords: space, deep, approach, stasistorpor, missions

Full article on | 58 Points and 37 Comments

Tidis - Redis protocol on top of TiKV

Summary: Tidis is a Distributed NoSQL database, providing a redis-protocal api(string,list,hash,set,sorted-set), written in Go.

Keywords: apr, commands, tidis, latest, distributed

Full article on | 57 Points and 25 Comments

Is dark matter made of primordial black holes?

Summary: CfA astronomer Qirong Zhu led a group of four scientists investigating the possibility that today’s dark matter is composed of primordial black holes, following up on previously published suggestions.

Keywords: black, holes, matter, halos, dark

Full article on | 56 Points and 56 Comments