Top Posts for April 23, 2018

Summary: We include them in every part of the process, working with them tirelessly to fix every edge case (whether it be broken summaries, or inappropriate images) and to reassure them we know what we are doing, the impact of why we are doing and why we are continuing to do it.

Keywords: team, content, article, community, lot

Full article on blog.wikimedia.org | 615 Points and 231 Comments

Now Is the Perfect Time for an RSS Renaissance

Summary: The modern web looks remarkably similar to 90’s monoliths of unmanageable code: overbuilt websites which load megabytes of resources, massive external javascript libraries, unnecessary analytics tools applied to “all the things” , and advertising run amok.

Keywords: content, web, layout, privacy, site

Full article on neflabs.com | 522 Points and 267 Comments

MIT Researchers Have Developed a ‘System for Dream Control’

Summary: The first generation of Dormio consisted of an Arduino microcontroller mounted to a glove with a small pressure sensor in the palm that Horowitz designed with his colleagues Ishaan Grover, Sophia Yang and Pedro Reynolds Cuéllar.

Keywords: sleep, hypnagogia, dormio, horowitz, asleep

Full article on motherboard.vice.com | 460 Points and 121 Comments

Renting is Throwing Money Away, Right? (2015)

Full article on affordanything.com | 456 Points and 451 Comments

Show HN: Giving a Broken Barcode Scanner a New Life with Elixir and Nerves

Summary: I was at the Scrap Exchange, a local reuse center, when I found a very nice looking scanner that you might find at a grocery store kiosk.

Keywords: code, pi, upc, project, raspberry

Full article on bcarrigan.com | 293 Points and 53 Comments

The Many Ways Google Harvests Data

Summary: If the concern is that companies might be collecting some personal data without our knowledge or explicit consent, Alphabet Inc.’s Google is a far bigger threat by many measures: the volume of information it gathers, the reach of its tracking and the time people spend…

Keywords: data, personal, facebook, google, consent

Full article on wsj.com | 285 Points and 174 Comments

Underestimating the mind-warping potential of fake video

Summary: Or maybewe’ll grow so accustomed to lies that we won’t believe anything — a concept technologist Aviv Ovadyadescribed as “reality apathy” in an interview with BuzzFeed.

Keywords: memories, false, memory, people, video

Full article on vox.com | 245 Points and 180 Comments

How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream

Summary: The relentless weather over this long strip of farmland, bogs and mud flats — and the real-world laboratory it provides — has given the country a leading role in transforming wind power into a viable source of clean energy.

Keywords: wind, turbines, blades, energy, power

Full article on nytimes.com | 236 Points and 262 Comments

Qt for WebAssembly Technology Preview

Summary: There is additional info in in the official wiki page , including information on how to set up an environment and build the package.

Keywords: qt, browser, webassembly, release, web

Full article on blog.qt.io | 220 Points and 143 Comments

New AI Imaging Technique Reconstructs Photos with Realistic Results

Summary: Using NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs and the cuDNN -accelerated PyTorch deep learning framework, the team trained their neural network by applying the generated masks to images from the ImageNet, Places2 and CelebA-HQ datasets.

Keywords: image, nvidia, holes, missing, learning

Full article on news.developer.nvidia.com | 208 Points and 64 Comments

The last day of linotype at the NYT (1978) [video]

Full article on vimeo.com | 206 Points and 62 Comments

What’s Not Included in Facebook’s “Download Your Data”

Summary: In a February 2017 email to Facebook, he wrote , “It feels a bit disingenuous,” after the company added the advertisers who uploaded your contact info list because of him, but didn’t mention it.

Keywords: facebook, data, download, information, users

Full article on wired.com | 204 Points and 87 Comments

Planning a Morrowind all-faction speedrun with simulated annealing, part 2

Summary: There were some hilarious coincidences, like Alveleg who has to be killed as part of a Fighters Guild quest but who can also train the player in Block, Sneak and Marksman up to fairly high levels.

Keywords: skill, trained, route, player, graph

Full article on kimonote.com | 200 Points and 26 Comments

An Introduction to Hashing in the Era of Machine Learning

Summary: As we already pointed out, the current design, even without any significant modifications, is already useful to replace index structures as used in data warehouses, which might be only updated once a day, or BigTable [ 18 ] where B-Trees are created in bulk as part of the SStable merge process.

Keywords: hash, data, machine, learning, function

Full article on blog.bradfieldcs.com | 195 Points and 16 Comments

Using USB-VGA dongles as SDR transmitter

Summary: reach out to him personally contribute to his work, e.g. help to maintain it package it for distributions send patches (via osmocom-sdr mailing list) register an osmocom.org account and update the wiki with more information

Keywords: sdr, steve, work, software, long

Full article on laforge.gnumonks.org | 186 Points and 47 Comments

How vulture capitalists ate Toys ‘R’ Us

Summary: Frustratingly, the story of Toys ‘R’ Us’ debt burden has been a footnote in news coverage, buried under musings on how the company failed to compete with the likes of Amazon.

Keywords: toys, company, billion, debt, bain

Full article on theweek.com | 176 Points and 158 Comments

The “unpatchable” exploit that makes every current Nintendo Switch hackable

Summary: Hardware hacker Katherine Temkin and the hacking team at ReSwitched released an extensive outline of what they’re calling the Fusée Gelée coldboot vulnerability earlier today, alongside a proof-of-concept payload that can be used on the Switch.

Keywords: exploit, nintendo, switch, bootrom, temkin

Full article on arstechnica.com | 163 Points and 60 Comments

Show HN: HTTP/2 Python-Asyncio Web Microframework

Summary: Quart is a Python asyncio web microframework with the same API as Flask.

Keywords: quart, web, python, microframework, api

Full article on gitlab.com | 160 Points and 40 Comments

Alphabet Q1 2018 Earnings [pdf]

Full article on abc.xyz | 156 Points and 133 Comments

Ex-Facebook Executive: “You Don’t Realize It but You Are Being Programmed”

Summary: Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of user growth at Facebook stated at a recent public discussion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

Keywords: bad, people, social, don, palihapitiya

Full article on medium.com | 153 Points and 37 Comments

How I Write SQL, Part 1: Naming Conventions (2014)

Summary: Similarly, if we try inserting an email address that is not lower case into the person table created above, we’ll get a constraint violation error that tells us exactly what is wrong:

Keywords: names, database, object, data, words

Full article on launchbylunch.com | 153 Points and 75 Comments

IAmA Dane Jasper, CEO of Sonic, Northern California’s Largest Independent ISP

Full article on reddit.com | 147 Points and 15 Comments

Accelerating Deep Neuroevolution: Train Atari in Hours on a Single Computer

Summary: Our code enables everyone in the research community, including students and self-taught learners, to rapidly experimentally iterate on training deep neural networks on challenging problems like Atari, which heretofore has been a luxury limited to only well-funded industry and academic labs.

Keywords: neural, deep, networks, research, gpu

Full article on ubere.ng | 147 Points and 32 Comments

Johns Hopkins surgeons perform world’s first male genital transplant

Summary: /Published April 24, 2018 Many soldiers returning from combat bear visible scars, or even lost limbs, caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

Keywords: surgery, transplant, hopkins, tissue, johns

Full article on hub.jhu.edu | 143 Points and 65 Comments

Summary: Massive speed Colored outputs Different tags support ( a , img , link , script , etc)

Keywords: apr, handling, fragment, tags, links

Full article on github.com | 140 Points and 37 Comments

Show HN: Interactive WebGL visualization of all 47K buildings in Manhattan

Summary: If you choose to go ahead and view with this browser, you can generally improve its performance by selecting “Fewer Buildings” from the dropdown controls menu in the upper righthand corner of the screen.

Keywords: rentals, view, chrome, buildings, screen

Full article on tbaldw.in | 138 Points and 34 Comments

Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service

Summary: Google’s Anil Sabharwal told technology news site The Verge that “RCS continues to be a carrier-owned service”, which means that messages can still be legally intercepted.

Keywords: chat, android, messages, mobile, messaging

Full article on bbc.com | 138 Points and 205 Comments

Bringing Objective-C to the Amiga

Summary: Looking at the assembly output of a small test program that just throws and catches in both C++ and ObjC, there was no obvious difference.

Keywords: work, exceptions, abort, worked, finally

Full article on heap.zone | 136 Points and 104 Comments

YouTube networks drop thousands of creators as YouTube policy shifts

Full article on polygon.com | 128 Points and 75 Comments

Giving away the company’s secret sauce

Summary: It’s also entirely possible this story was a fabrication created to explain why a certain someone (the person in the picture, no doubt) was “thrown under a bus” by the company at some point.

Keywords: company, happened, stuff, story, racks

Full article on rachelbythebay.com | 125 Points and 55 Comments

The Node.js Ecosystem Is Chaotic and Insecure

Summary: Don’t trust package managers, every dependency is written by some random developer somewhere in the world.

Keywords: package, code, packages, patch, machines

Full article on medium.com | 117 Points and 118 Comments

The Surprisingly Solid Mathematical Case of the Tin Foil Hat Gun Prepper

Summary: “Do you think the United States will exist forever and until the end of time?” Clearly any reasonable answer must be “no.” So at that point, we’re not talking “if,” but “when.” If you don’t believe my presumed probability, cook up your own, based on whatever givens and data pool you’d like, and plug it in.

Keywords: chance, war, violent, disaster, years

Full article on medium.com | 114 Points and 126 Comments

Cryptonetworks and why tokens are fundamental

Summary: The decentralized architecture of cryptonetworks has the potential to address many issues in today’s tech and business landscape, including information security , market competition , product innovation , and equitable distribution of gains from technology .

Keywords: cryptonetworks, important, services, tokens, today

Full article on nickgrossman.is | 114 Points and 95 Comments

The Future of Software Is No Code

Summary: That began to change when John Backus developed Fortran in the early 1950s, which replaced assembly language into command statements that compiled the lower level code into something that roughly resembled English.

Keywords: systems, platforms, development, code, quick

Full article on inc.com | 111 Points and 167 Comments

Gerontopoly: Homeownership, wealth, and age

Summary: A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that since the housing bubble, a much higher share of homeowner equity has been accumulated by households with the highest credit scores.

Keywords: housing, wealth, equity, older, households

Full article on cityobservatory.org | 108 Points and 128 Comments

Amazon is said to be building home robots

Summary: Codenamed “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family, the project is overseen by Gregg Zehr, who runs Amazon’s Lab126 hardware research and development division based in Sunnyvale, California.

Keywords: amazon, robot, company, computer, robots

Full article on bloomberg.com | 106 Points and 40 Comments

Hyper 2, Electron based terminal

Summary: Thanks to the great improvements made to xterm (as part of the VS Code project, in which it’s also included), this is no longer an issue:

Keywords: hyper, improved, plugins, themes, plugin

Full article on zeit.co | 101 Points and 216 Comments

Tech workers who are engineering a mid-30s retirement

Summary: Riding the wave of entrepreneurial excitement, he designed a three-fold plan of which he’s currently in the first stage: (1) learn from his job while building a startup fund of $500,000, (2) eventually launch a small company to generate passive income or sell for a profit, and (3) accumulate enough to quit working and become either a musician or an angel investor.

Keywords: engineer, daniel, fire, financial, jordan

Full article on story.californiasunday.com | 97 Points and 140 Comments

Bringing people back to the open web

Summary: We need to make sure open web tools appeal to the a user’s interest in easy sharing and resharing of content, in maximizing visibility while protecting privacy, in having conversations and interactions that, whether intimate or public, help us grow and learn as humans.

Keywords: web, open, closed, tools, people

Full article on chrishardie.com | 95 Points and 90 Comments

Tesla batteries will live longer than expected, survey finds

Summary: Lost battery capacity over time is one of the biggest concerns for EV buyers, so this new data, based on real-world usage, should be reassuring.

Keywords: miles, capacity, percent, battery, tesla

Full article on engadget.com | 93 Points and 57 Comments

How DNA Transfer Framed Lukis Anderson for Murder

Summary: A survey of the published science, interviews with leading scientists, and a review of thousands of pages of court and police documents associated with the Kumra case has elucidated how secondary DNA transfer can undermine the credibility of the criminal justice system’s most-trusted tool.

Keywords: dna, anderson, lunsford, forensic, found

Full article on themarshallproject.org | 90 Points and 10 Comments

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a myth, according to study

Summary: Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Forget what you’ve heard about 22-year-old wunderkinds, sitting in the corner offices of their wildly popular Silicon Valley startups—if you want to find the most successful entrepreneurs, you have to go back a few decades.

Keywords: age, data, azoulay, entrepreneurship, kim

Full article on phys.org | 90 Points and 32 Comments

Show HN: Create a personalized and optimized webpack configuration

Full article on web.jakoblind.no | 90 Points and 43 Comments

Retirement Shock: Need to Find a Job After 40 Years at General Electric

Summary: The job paid well, came with benefits and, for Mr. Zabroski, provided a career ladder for a man with a high- school education who started out cleaning toilets.

Keywords: years, zabroski, electric, general, company

Full article on wsj.com | 88 Points and 126 Comments

Gwynne Shotwell: SpaceX’s Plan to Fly You Across the Globe in 30 Minutes [video]

Summary: Subtitles in 1 languages

Keywords: subtitles, languages, views

Full article on ted.com | 87 Points and 99 Comments

How China Is Buying Its Way into Europe

Summary: Information on large equity stake purchases on the open market or investments in land or greenfield developments are based on research by Derek Scissors of the American Enterprise Institute and by the European Council on Foreign Relations and attempt to capture the Chinese share of a deal’s value.

Keywords: china, billion, chinese, deals, company

Full article on bloomberg.com | 87 Points and 42 Comments

On Becoming an American Writer

Summary: My generation of writers—​and yours, if you are reading this—​lives in the shadow of Auden’s famous attack on the relevance of writing to life, when he wrote that “poetry makes nothing happen.” I had heard the remark repeated so often and for so long I finally went looking for its source, to try to understand what it was he really meant by it.

Keywords: write, time, told, life, tom

Full article on theparisreview.org | 81 Points and 14 Comments

The Categories Were Made for Man, Not Man for the Categories (2014)

Summary: I could relate this mysterious difference to the various heavily researched apparent biological correlates of transgender , including unusual variants of the androgen receptor, birth-sex-discordant sizes of various brain regions, birth-sex-discordant responses to various pheromones, high rates of something seemingly like body integrity identity disorder , and of course our old friend altered digit ratios.

Keywords: fish, people, whales, hair, whale

Full article on slatestarcodex.com | 80 Points and 45 Comments

Careem has identified an incident involving unauthorised access to customer data

Summary: Our team immediately investigated this, working with an external cybersecurity firm to put in place measures to protect our customers and captains, and to ensure that our service and your lives were not disrupted.

Keywords: customers, careem, data, information, security

Full article on blog.careem.com | 79 Points and 23 Comments

How the border patrol faked statistics showing a 73% rise is assaults on agents

Summary: At the Department of Homeland Security’s 15th anniversary celebration in March, Vice President Mike Pence talked about why the Border Patrol needs $21 billion in additional funding “to provide our front-line agents with the personnel, the technology, the equipment, and the facilities to do their job.”

Keywords: border, agents, patrol, assaults, cbp

Full article on theintercept.com | 65 Points and 12 Comments

Show HN: ReactCircle – Renders SVG circle and percentage

Summary: ReactCircle is opinionated and comes with default size and colors, just pass the progress prop to get them:

Keywords: apr, native, examples, demo, input

Full article on github.com | 63 Points and 48 Comments

Finland ends Basic Income trial

Summary: Speaking to the BBC from Turku, he said the government had turned down Kela’s request for €40-70m extra to fund basic income for a group of employed Finns, instead of limiting the experiment to 2,000 unemployed people.

Keywords: income, basic, people, social, government

Full article on bbc.com | 62 Points and 97 Comments

How to avoid getting stuck with the middle seat on a Ryanair flight

Summary: From experience, I wouldn’t expect more than 30 priority passengers, meaning if approximately 75 people have checked in before you, you can be relatively sure of avoiding a middle seat as there aren’t any left to take.

Keywords: passengers, seat, middle, seats, priority

Full article on nathancunn.com | 60 Points and 153 Comments

Pedro Domingos on the Arms Race in Artificial Intelligence

Summary: The best-selling book, published in 2015, describes how machines that can learn are changing our everyday lives – from the social networks and science to business and politics and right up to the way modern wars are waged.

Keywords: domingos, spiegel, ai, der, china

Full article on spiegel.de | 54 Points and 11 Comments

Most Europeans believe their countries are more polarised than 10 years ago

Summary: Yet the rift, which is part of the everyday rhetoric of Argentines and is recurrently mentioned by the media, is far from being closed under Macri’s Conservative administration - if anything, it may have deepened, given that almost 40% of people suggested their country was more divided than a decade ago in the Ipsos Mori poll .

Keywords: people, respondents, divisions, divided, political

Full article on bbc.co.uk | 52 Points and 102 Comments

Chinese Tech Companies’ Dirty Secret [video]

Summary: Prominent New York Stock Exchange-listed companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising applicants “beautiful girls” as co-workers, labeling them “late night benefits.” While tech companies tout themselves as progressive to the rest of the world, these disturbing recruitment strategies show how deeply entrenched discrimination against women remains in China.

Keywords: job, companies, recruitment, government, women

Full article on nytimes.com | 51 Points and 41 Comments

ASP.NET Core MVC vs. Razor Pages – A quick comparison

Summary: Just to be clear, by sticking to “server-side” we’re deliberately ignoring another option; building Web APIs in order to serve front-end frameworks like Angular.

Keywords: razor, page, action, view, pages

Full article on jonhilton.net | 50 Points and 14 Comments