Top Posts for April 24, 2018

Hijack of Amazon’s domain service used to reroute web traffic for two hours

Summary: Source: Oracle Threat Intelligence Mounting an attack of this scale requires access to BGP routers at major ISPs and real computing resource to deal with so much DNS traffic.

Keywords: traffic, customers, internet, attack, server

Full article on doublepulsar.com | 923 Points and 262 Comments

Dumber phone

Summary: Your phone shouldn’t dictate to you what you focus your attention on, and the behavior it cultivates in keeping you “always ready” is unhealthy and spills over into parts of our lives that aren’t serving us well.

Keywords: phone, facebook, notifications, time, smart

Full article on nomasters.io | 761 Points and 298 Comments

Things I Learned from a Job Hunt for a Senior Engineering Role

Summary: In terms of full disclosure, at the end of this article, I’m going to pitch you on a new tool I built for managing your personal job hunt, but don’t worry, it’s free to use.

Keywords: job, coding, process, interview, company

Full article on fuzzyblog.io | 698 Points and 666 Comments

Show HN: Intuitive Linear Algebra and 3D Geometry

Summary: It is written using technologies such as React and WebGL with animated explanations of fields like Linear Algebra and Geometry designed to help you develop a visual intuition for what is going on.

Keywords: intuition, math, time, hard, fields

Full article on intuitive-math.club | 373 Points and 41 Comments

Tech company career ladders

Summary: Folks at smaller companies which have none of this who have been alternatively rolling around on the floor laughing or scratching their heads at the wackiness described above, you now know how good you have it.

Keywords: level, company, manager, companies, start

Full article on rachelbythebay.com | 330 Points and 179 Comments

Show HN: Watch Stanford CS Lectures Together

Summary: Classroomies is an experiment (still in beta), exploring a better format for online classes, aiming to enable likeminded people to connect & discuss the intellectual material at hand.

Keywords: classroomies, sam, altman, startup, online

Full article on classroomies.com | 323 Points and 46 Comments

Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry

Summary: And because they consume 30 times more fuel than average sized cars, their impact on energy use so far has become much greater than the than the passenger sedans produced companies from Tesla Inc. to Toyota Motor Corp.

Keywords: buses, electric, fuel, energy, byd

Full article on bloomberg.com | 303 Points and 198 Comments

Patent Review System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Summary: Drugmakers, research companies and independent inventors criticized the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, saying its rules unfairly lean toward challengers and make it harder to fend off competitors and protect their ideas from copycats.

Keywords: patent, court, patents, system, review

Full article on bloomberg.com | 298 Points and 155 Comments

Why I’ve lost faith in p values

Summary: I’ve come to the conclusion that best solution, at least in my areas of research, is what I was told many times by my graduate advisor, Steve Hillyard: “Replication is the best statistic.”

Keywords: null, effect, significant, true, false

Full article on lucklab.ucdavis.edu | 277 Points and 129 Comments

The Ocean Cleanup’s Machine Is About to Set Sail

Summary: In a study that The Ocean Cleanup recently published in Nature with researchers from several universities, the team realized that the problem at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was 16 times larger than it initially thought, or 80,000 metric tons.

Keywords: plastic, ocean, slat, cleanup, back

Full article on fastcompany.com | 256 Points and 100 Comments

Nerves – Craft and deploy bulletproof embedded software in Elixir

Summary: Pack your whole application into as little as 12MB and have it start in seconds by booting a lean cross-compiled Linux directly to the battle-hardened Erlang VM.

Keywords: nerves, linux, code, open, embedded

Full article on nerves-project.org | 247 Points and 56 Comments

Jenkins X: a CI/CD solution for cloud applications on Kubernetes

Summary: So I’m hoping that even if you are not yet ready to use Kubernetes in your day job or are not yet interested in automating your Continuous Delivery - that you’ll at least consider taking a look at Jenkins X, if for no other reason than to help you learn more about all these new ideas, technologies and approaches!

Keywords: jenkins, environment, kubernetes, pull, environments

Full article on jenkins.io | 239 Points and 84 Comments

Startup says it wants to fight poverty, but a food stamp giant is blocking it

Summary: But in February, when Ms. LaBelle tried to check her food stamps balance, she got a message that access to her information was “currently unavailable to the residents of Maine.” That interruption, she said, lasted for nearly a month, in which she also lost the timesaving and meal-planning convenience of the app.

Keywords: propel, app, food, conduent, stamp

Full article on nytimes.com | 221 Points and 153 Comments

Scientists plan huge European AI hub to compete with US

Summary: Leading scientists have drawn up plans for a vast multinational European institute devoted to world-class artificial intelligence (AI) research in a desperate bid to nurture and retain top talent in Europe .

Keywords: ai, institute, europe, european, scientists

Full article on theguardian.com | 206 Points and 187 Comments

Blloc – minimalist smartphone

Full article on blloc.com | 204 Points and 157 Comments

TSMC Kicks Off Volume Production of 7nm Chips

Summary: TSMC’s CLN7FF process technology will rely on deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography with argon fluoride (ArF) excimer lasers operating on a 193 nm wavelength.

Keywords: tsmc, technology, nm, process, company

Full article on anandtech.com | 203 Points and 84 Comments

Getting Laid Off in Tech: The Myth of Upper Middle Class Security

Summary: Choosing to believe in their personal agency justifies their own success as something of effort and perseverance, and gives the prospect of their approaching retirement a sense of narrative purpose: their lives’ natural prophecy coming to fruition.

Keywords: people, ve, personal, spent, life

Full article on hackernoon.com | 202 Points and 180 Comments

Unraveling rm: what happens when you run it?

Summary: I’ve been diving into the curl codebase over the past couple of blog posts, but something else has spiked my interest today, so I figured I might as well dig into it while the curiosity is still hot.

Keywords: memory, command, code, rm, function

Full article on blog.safia.rocks | 189 Points and 82 Comments

Strange and maddening rules

Summary: You just want to go to a nice glittery dance party in the desert, but the Burning People are yammering on about their goddamn 10 principles , and “radical self-expression” and so on and so forth, and therefore after washing your dishes you must carefully save the dirty dishwater like a cherished relic and remove every drop of it from the Playa, bringing it home with you, in your check-in luggage if necessary.

Keywords: stack, overflow, question, questions, people

Full article on joelonsoftware.com | 187 Points and 174 Comments

Geolocating requests with Google Load Balancer for free

Summary: Google Load Balancer adding user-defined headers to my user’s requestsCongratulations — you now have geolocation information for all of your requests for free and in completely serverless form!

Keywords: google, requests, headers, application, balancer

Full article on blog.doit-intl.com | 186 Points and 63 Comments

Facebook Has Hosted Stolen Identities and Social Security Numbers for Years

Summary: Motherboard was able to confirm the first four digits of the social security numbers, names, addresses, and dates of birth for four people whose data appears in a post from July 2014.

Keywords: facebook, posts, security, social, information

Full article on motherboard.vice.com | 186 Points and 34 Comments

Instagram launches “Data Download” tool to let you leave

Summary: An Instagram spokesperson now confirms to TechCrunch that “the Data Download tool is currently accessible to everyone on the web, but access via iOS and Android is still rolling out.” The download contains you profile info, photos, videos, archived Stories (those posted after December 2017), your post and story captions, your uploaded contacts, the usernames of your followers and people you follow, Direct messages, non-ephemeral Direct message photos and videos, comments, Likes, searches, and settings.

Keywords: instagram, users, data, app, download

Full article on techcrunch.com | 183 Points and 98 Comments

In UK universities there is a daily erosion of integrity

Summary: Anyone tempted to dismiss these points as the alarmism of disappointed idealists or other malcontents should read the sober and detailed survey of academic freedom across Europe by Terence Karran and Lucy Mallinson .

Keywords: university, academic, freedom, universities, uk

Full article on theguardian.com | 167 Points and 222 Comments

Improved code caching

Summary: Data from the wild shows similar results with a 20–40% reduction in the time spent in compiling JavaScript code both on desktop and mobile.

Keywords: code, cache, chrome, script, data

Full article on v8project.blogspot.com | 163 Points and 24 Comments

So Long Last /8 and Thanks For All the Allocations

Summary: With Provider Independent assignments via sponsoring LIRs no longer an option, a significant number of End User organisations signed up, seeing a RIPE NCC membership as the most affordable way to obtain (additional) IP addresses for their own infrastructure.

Keywords: allocated, policy, space, ripe, addresses

Full article on labs.ripe.net | 158 Points and 181 Comments

Designing a ‘Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer’ from Diamond Age

Summary: Penny from Inspector Gadget with her OG computer bookLike most Sci-Fi nuts, I’ve dreamt of building the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer ever since reading The Diamond Age *.

Keywords: agent, primer, ai, learning, building

Full article on medium.com | 140 Points and 96 Comments

Hunger Is a Gatekeeper of Pain in the Brain

Summary: Second, the authors’ thorough characterization of a pathway in which signals for two negative states (hunger and pain) interact paves the way to understanding the biological mechanisms that define other complex and dynamic hierarchies in human and animal behaviours.

Keywords: pain, neurons, brain, agrp, feeding

Full article on nature.com | 137 Points and 92 Comments

A more privacy-friendly blog

Summary: However, I had some great contributions as comments in the past and I also think they can work as some kind of peer review for blog articles: they are a weak guarantee that the content is not totally wrong.

Keywords: google, code, feeds, rss, solution

Full article on vincent.bernat.im | 137 Points and 42 Comments

Why people have trouble reading neutral faces

Summary: “CreditThe National Institute of Mental Health“Angry interactions could be a cue for them to retreat to their room,” said Alice Schermerhorn , a developmental psychologist at the University of Vermont and the author of the study.

Keywords: children, neutral, faces, angry, people

Full article on nytimes.com | 126 Points and 61 Comments

Pythran: Crossing the Python Frontier [pdf]

Full article on computer.org | 119 Points and 55 Comments

Show HN: Fast 2kB date library alternative to Moment.js with the same API

Summary: Passing an integer value representing the number of milliseconds since the Unix Epoch (Jan 1 1970 12AM UTC).

Keywords: object, dayjs, date, return, unix

Full article on github.com | 113 Points and 37 Comments

Hand Made Vacuum Tubes by Claude Paillard (2012) [video]

Full article on vimeo.com | 112 Points and 47 Comments

Migrating to React’s New Context API

Summary: One very common pitfall that I’m sure we’ll be battling with forever is the importance that the value prop you give to the Provider component is only changed when you want consumers to re-render.

Keywords: api, context, components, react, component

Full article on blog.kentcdodds.com | 112 Points and 38 Comments

Chart of the Milky Way Includes More Than 1B Stars

Summary: Precise knowledge of stellar motions will not only improve scientists’ understanding of galactic history and evolution, it could also offer clues to the nature and distribution of mysterious “dark matter” and could test alternative theories of gravity, says Amina Helmi, an astrophysicist at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in the Netherlands and a member of the ESA’s Gaia mission.

Keywords: gaia, data, set, stars, galaxy

Full article on scientificamerican.com | 104 Points and 65 Comments

Announcing NPM 6

Summary: This is borne out by the metrics we’ve observed in the npm Registry, which served 5 billion package downloads last week : it’s indisputable that the model of finding, sharing, and reusing others’ modular code is the new normal in software development.

Keywords: npm, code, security, source, open

Full article on medium.com | 103 Points and 50 Comments

Samsung’s 970 EVO SSDs Reviewed – 500GB and 1TB

Summary: Similar to the last generation, Samsung offered a 2TB model, but from the PRO line - that option has been dropped this time around in favor of the much cheaper EVO version for a 2TB TLC drive.

Keywords: samsung, evo, ssd, nvme, controller

Full article on anandtech.com | 99 Points and 61 Comments

Billionaire Khosla Is Asking the Supreme Court to Keep People Off His Beach

Summary: “We have stringent rules protecting public views of the coast, and Mr. Khosla is not the only property owner who has been required to remove trees,” says Steve Monowitz, community development director at the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department.

Keywords: khosla, beach, public, martins, case

Full article on bloomberg.com | 99 Points and 130 Comments

Co-living in London: Friendship, fines and frustration

Summary: Image caption Matty Pepprell, who was left isolated by a severe kidney condition, credits communal living with boosting his self-esteem As I walk down the long dark corridors, I notice various food smells emanating from the private rooms - curry, garlic, fried onions, and pizza.

Keywords: collective, living, people, roam, image

Full article on bbc.co.uk | 96 Points and 94 Comments

Taking a Stroll Between the Pixels

Summary: (note that the rough edges of the curve are due to the fact that interpolation happens in X.8 fixed point format, so has pretty limited precision.

Keywords: bilinear, line, interpolation, quadratic, degree

Full article on blog.demofox.org | 95 Points and 2 Comments

What you get is what you C: Controlling side effects in mainstream C compilers [pdf]

Full article on cl.cam.ac.uk | 87 Points and 49 Comments

GSMA puts eSIM work ‘on hold’ due to US collusion investigation

Summary: View

Keywords: view, synced, overdue, mobile, user

Full article on engadget.com | 86 Points and 60 Comments

Paper as a Substrate for Circuits

Summary: I’ve spent a considerable portion of my time in the past couple of years helping to develop products for Chibitronics , a startup that blends two unlikely bedfellows together, papercraft and electronics, to create paper circuits.

Keywords: paper, copper, tape, circuit, electronics

Full article on bunniestudios.com | 80 Points and 18 Comments

Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history

Summary: He has previously served as a director for several public and private companies, including MyVest, RSA Security, Yodlee, GoDaddy, EarthLink, Macromedia, Visual Sciences, NexTag, Answers.com , Avalara, Business.com , LowerMyBills, and SuccessFactors.

Keywords: bitcoin, cryptocurrency, ordinary, people, means

Full article on recode.net | 78 Points and 40 Comments

WeWork to Sell $500M of Bonds in Debut Sale

Summary: WeWork began business by leasing office space and renting desks to New York’s creative set, with unusual work perks such as microbrews on tap and a “community manager” who programs events such as book clubs and Ping-Pong tournaments.

Keywords: wework, company, debt, documents, bond

Full article on bloomberg.com | 78 Points and 78 Comments

TSB Bank: Botched upgrade has left customers unable to access their accounts

Summary: TSB’s botched IT “upgrade” has snowballed into a full-scale crisis, with up to 1.9 million customers locked out of their accounts for a sixth day, MPs demanding action and the bank facing a potential multimillion-pound compensation bill and regulatory fines.

Keywords: tsb, customers, pester, bank, banking

Full article on theguardian.com | 78 Points and 50 Comments

BGP leaks and cryptocurrencies

Summary: For the people who do not have a direct link to our routers , they receive the route via transit providers, who will deliver packets to those addresses as they are connected to Cloudflare and the rest of the Internet.

Keywords: dns, route, bgp, certificate, leak

Full article on blog.cloudflare.com | 75 Points and 31 Comments

Apple Will Start Paying Back Taxes to Irish Government Next Month

Summary: As expected, the report states that Apple and the Irish government have reached an agreement to set up an escrow account to hold the money while both sides appeal the August 2016 ruling in Europe’s highest court.

Keywords: apple, european, government, irish, forum

Full article on macrumors.com | 70 Points and 75 Comments

Used PHP in a Hackathon was made fun of and it made me feel really shitty

Full article on reddit.com | 70 Points and 76 Comments

Show HN: JSON storage bins with schema validation

Full article on npoint.io | 67 Points and 17 Comments

Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car

Summary: The company announced an expansion of its Amazon Key in-home delivery service that now lets Prime members get packages deposited in their cars at no extra cost.

Keywords: amazon, delivery, car, access, service

Full article on arstechnica.com | 65 Points and 82 Comments

Europe’s New Privacy Rules Favor Google and Facebook

Summary: In an attempt to cut a path to consent for these smaller tech firms, online-ad trade group IAB Europe has put together a standardized system for websites and apps to ask for user permission on behalf of the sometimes dozens of companies that collect data or place advertising on a given destination.

Keywords: facebook, google, consent, companies, data

Full article on wsj.com | 65 Points and 171 Comments

George Clinton: Life lessons from a funked-up superstar

Summary: When the smoke and sparks cleared, a figure calling himself Dr Funkenstein – dressed all in fur with a pair of shades – stepped out to the sound of P-Funk: a psychedelic mix of rock and soul played by incredible musicians in ridiculous costumes.

Keywords: people, laughs, music, ve, time

Full article on huckmagazine.com | 63 Points and 14 Comments

Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Summary: Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a new technology that promises to help radar operators cut through heavy background noise and isolate objects—including stealth aircraft and missiles—with unparalleled accuracy.

Keywords: radar, quantum, photons, technology, researchers

Full article on phys.org | 63 Points and 60 Comments

The Node.js Project Introduces Latest Release Line: Node.js 10.x

Summary: Node.js is now able to take full advantage of the significant work in code quality, clean-up and modernization undertaken by the OpenSSL team — supported by the Core Infrastructure Initiative , a Linux Foundation project.

Keywords: release, performance, line, support, versions

Full article on medium.com | 60 Points and 18 Comments

Announcing a single C++ library manager for Linux, macOS and Windows: Vcpkg

Summary: This gives you immediate access to the vcpkg catalog of C++ libraries on two new platforms, with the same simple steps you are familiar with on Windows and UWP today.

Keywords: linux, vcpkg, windows, libraries, wsl

Full article on blogs.msdn.microsoft.com | 53 Points and 22 Comments