Top Posts for April 25, 2018

Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online

Summary: Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the new requirement for online prices reflects the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to encourage patients to become better-educated decision makers in their own care.

Keywords: patients, medicare, online, prices, pay

Full article on | 951 Points and 500 Comments

A one-second video taken by the Rosetta probe on the surface of a comet

Full article on | 515 Points and 81 Comments

Microsoft makes AI training courses available to the public

Summary: Microsoft’s AI training efforts range from internal offerings tailored to employees on specific teams and product groups, such as software engineers at LinkedIn, to external ones designed for a variety of expertise levels.

Keywords: ai, microsoft, learning, program, skills

Full article on | 405 Points and 46 Comments

E-waste recycler loses appeal on computer restore disks, must serve prison term

Summary: Glenn Weadock, a former expert witness for the government in its antitrust case against Microsoft, was asked, “In your opinion, without a code, either product key or COA [Certificate of Authenticity], what is the value of these reinstallation disks?”

Keywords: lundgren, disks, microsoft, computers, computer

Full article on | 378 Points and 245 Comments

JavaScript Pattern Matching Proposal

Summary: A document including suggestions for other future proposals , which are dependent on match , but do not directly affect the main behavior of the feature.

Keywords: matching, proposal, patterns, match, pattern

Full article on | 338 Points and 229 Comments

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule (2009)

Summary: Thanks to Sam Altman, Trevor Blackwell, Paul Buchheit, Jessica Livingston, and Robert Morris for reading drafts of this.

Keywords: schedule, day, maker, manager, time

Full article on | 331 Points and 107 Comments

How to write a spelling corrector (2016)

Summary: But I figured that in the course of a transcontinental plane ride I could write and explain a toy spelling corrector that achieves 80 or 90% accuracy at a processing speed of at least 10 words per second in about half a page of code.

Keywords: words, word, model, edit, correction

Full article on | 329 Points and 81 Comments

Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin-based

Summary: There is also budget for developing a language converter IT program to recode Cyrillic script into Latin in the third quarter of 2018 (approximately $166,000), improving the qualifications of secondary school teachers ($33.2m), and hiring influential bloggers to push forward an awareness campaign for the final stage of the transition, beginning in 2024 ($1.4 million).

Keywords: government, alphabet, script, transition, change

Full article on | 321 Points and 317 Comments

Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman [pdf]

Full article on | 307 Points and 49 Comments

Notes on structured concurrency, or: Go statement considered harmful

Summary: There are some existing constructs that meet this constraint, but (a) my proposal is slightly different than all the ones I’m aware of and has advantages over them (especially in the context of wanting to make this a standalone primitive), and (b) the concurrency literature is vast and complicated, and trying to pick apart all the history and tradeoffs would totally derail the argument, so I’m going to defer that to a separate post.

Keywords: goto, control, nursery, function, task

Full article on | 283 Points and 192 Comments – High quality software skills, at a competitive price

Summary: I feel very comfortable in JavaScript (ES6), Ruby, Python, Java (7 and 8), HTML5, CSS (and Less, Sass, and Stylus), React.js, Vue.js, Objective-C, Swift, Clojure, Node.js, Express.js, Sinatra, C, Lua, some Rails and a little C++.

Keywords: software, years, competitive, offered, hire

Full article on | 280 Points and 152 Comments

Addressing Recent Claims of “Manipulated” Blog Posts in the Wayback Machine

Summary: Her attorneys stated that they didn’t know if the alleged insertion happened on the original site or with our archives (the point at which the manipulation is to have occurred, according to Reid, is still unclear to us).

Keywords: blog, archives, machine, reid, wayback

Full article on | 274 Points and 203 Comments

Google’s new Chat service shows contempt for Android users’ privacy

Summary: Responding to Google’s launch of a new messaging service for Android phones, Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby said:

Keywords: google, messaging, service, encryption, privacy

Full article on | 270 Points and 153 Comments

A rundown of the new Gmail

Summary: Finally, a new confidential mode allows you to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages—useful for when you have to send sensitive information via email like a tax return or your social security number.

Keywords: gmail, email, stay, messages, web

Full article on | 254 Points and 278 Comments

How to become a bank (2016)

Full article on | 250 Points and 56 Comments

Giving Up on the Current MacBook Pro Keyboard

Summary: A few months ago, I wrote about how my one-year-old MacBook Pro’s keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there , and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem.

Keywords: macbook, pro, keyboard, apple, buy

Full article on | 238 Points and 174 Comments

Redux – Not Dead Yet

Summary: Unfortunately, shortly after the talk, a site known for writing misleading and poorly-written articles about React put up a post claiming that “Dan Abramov announced a new ‘future-fetcher’ library that replaces Redux”, and linked a tweet by Kent C Dodds with that statement as evidence.

Keywords: redux, react, people, context, apollo

Full article on | 226 Points and 187 Comments

Ethereum Sharding FAQ

Summary: Light client : a way of interacting with a blockchain that only requires a very small amount (we’ll say O(1), though O(log©) may also be accurate in some cases) of computational resources, keeping track of only the block headers of the chain by default and acquiring any needed information about transactions, state or receipts by asking for and verifying Merkle proofs of the relevant data on an as-needed basis.

Keywords: shard, state, transaction, shards, attacker

Full article on | 214 Points and 211 Comments

Lessons from My First Two Years of AI Research

Summary: A paper showing that some clever combination of existing techniques is sufficient to break the state of the art on a benchmark will pique the interest of the engineers but might earn yawns or even scorn from the cognitive scientists.

Keywords: papers, research, paper, time, ai

Full article on | 212 Points and 11 Comments

Facebook Q1 2018 Earnings Slides [pdf]

Full article on | 191 Points and 231 Comments

A censorship resistant deadman’s switch

Summary: If the owner stops checking in after a period of time, the killcord is triggered and the secret key that decrypts an encrypted payload is published.

Keywords: killcord, project, payload, owner, secret

Full article on | 176 Points and 61 Comments

Ford to Stop Selling Every Car in North America but the Mustang and Focus Active

Summary: Currently, Ford sells six sedans and coupes in North America: the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang and Taurus.

Keywords: ford, mustang, cars, suvs, trucks

Full article on | 169 Points and 211 Comments

Don’t buy the MacBook Pros even on sale, in my opinion

Summary: A few months ago, I wrote about how my one-year-old MacBook Pro’s keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there , and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem.

Keywords: macbook, pro, keyboard, apple, buy

Full article on | 163 Points and 144 Comments

Startup School Beijing

Summary: Y Combinator started in 2006 and since then has accelerated and funded over 1500 startups, helping to create large companies such as Airbnb, Twitch, Stripe, Dropbox, Coinbase, and Cruise.

Keywords: yc, combinator, china, startup, founders

Full article on | 153 Points and 172 Comments

Java SE 8 business users must buy a licence from Jan 2019 to receive updates

Summary: The software company advises checking your system and installing the updates ASAP to ensure all products are running on the latest versions and thus as safe from the hands of those pesky cyber criminals as possible.

Keywords: java, oracle, se, updates, company

Full article on | 146 Points and 118 Comments

The Race to Save the Axolotl

Summary: Unlike in other laboratory animals, like the mouse, zebrafish, or fruit fly, researchers had long been unable to specifically modify axolotl genes.

Keywords: axolotl, axolotls, regeneration, genome, xochimilco

Full article on | 140 Points and 33 Comments

Apple will start paying $21B in back taxes to Ireland

Summary: “We now find ourselves in the unusual position of being ordered to retroactively pay additional taxes to a government that says we don’t owe them any more than we’ve already paid,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a 2016 letter .

Keywords: apple, ireland, account, pay, escrow

Full article on | 138 Points and 68 Comments

Hollywood Is Wrong: Netflix Is the Future of Film

Summary: “Studios are lagging behind for the very simple reason that they are relying on retreads and reboots, and most of those aren’t being well received,” Jeff Bock, an expert on film industry trends at Exhibitor Relations, told Business Insider .

Keywords: netflix, industry, theater, film, service

Full article on | 134 Points and 170 Comments

One Giant Leap for SQL: MySQL 8.0 Released

Summary: Window functions are so powerful that even newcomers like several Apache SQL implementations ( Hive , Impala , Spark ), NuoDB and Google BigQuery introduced them years ago.

Keywords: mysql, sql, functions, database, window

Full article on | 126 Points and 150 Comments

90-minute ‘super commutes’ more common as Bay Area housing shortage intensifies

Summary: “The fact that driving two hours or taking a bunch of different forms of public transit from Vallejo or Stockton or Modesto is a realistic commute that people do on a daily basis is surprising, and I think would have been hard to imagine 20 or 30 years ago.

Keywords: san, commuters, area, percent, stockton

Full article on | 125 Points and 283 Comments

The Underrated Pleasures of Eastern European Dumplings

Summary: Our outdoor markets in spring and summer are full of bright soft herbs and sorrel, massive pink tomatoes and enormous watermelons, sour cherries and fragrant peaches, and our food during the warm part of the year is accordingly light and vibrant.

Keywords: butter, dumplings, dough, large, time

Full article on | 113 Points and 90 Comments

How our heartbeat shapes our thinking [video]

Summary: Emerging evidence shows that how good we are at listening to our heartbeat can shape the way we feel and even affect how fast we are at making decisions.

Keywords: research, learn, beats, interoception, autism

Full article on | 113 Points and 26 Comments

PipelineDB v0.9.9 – One More Release Until PipelineDB Is a PostgreSQL Extension

Summary: While costly in terms of the extension timeline, the benefit of this engineering investment is that it has made us profitable by a comfortable margin, which will fund the ongoing and indefinite development of PipelineDB.

Keywords: pipelinedb, extension, continuous, postgresql, views

Full article on | 110 Points and 23 Comments

To censor the internet, 10 countries use Netsweeper filtering technology

Summary: As part of a globe-spanning investigation released Wednesday , researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab say they have found fresh evidence that internet-filtering technology developed by Waterloo, Ont.-based Netsweeper is being used in 10 countries to censor access to news, religious content, LGBTQ+ resources, and political campaigns.

Keywords: technology, lab, blocked, citizen, netsweeper

Full article on | 110 Points and 65 Comments

Introspect Yourself

Summary: Lastly, make sure to surround yourself by supportive friends and family ( environment ), who will help relax that thought pattern.

Keywords: good, ll, back, day, people

Full article on | 110 Points and 39 Comments

The War on Waze

Summary: We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them.

Keywords: comments, reason, moderate, note, post

Full article on | 96 Points and 188 Comments

‘E-waste’ activist gets 15 months in prison for selling Windows restore disks

Summary: Government lawyers still valued the disks at $299 each, in an indictment saying Lundgren cost Microsoft $8.3 million — which, if it isn’t nonsense, is couch-cushion change to a company that stashes $138.5 billion of its cash overseas .

Keywords: disks, lundgren, court, microsoft, restore

Full article on | 85 Points and 11 Comments

Show HN: RemoteML – Job Directory for Remote Machine Learning Positions

Full article on | 84 Points and 12 Comments

Kate Middleton’s ‘luxury’ birth cost less than the average U.S. birth

Summary: The United States is in fact the most expensive country in the world to give birth, and the high price tag does little to improve health outcomes for mothers and children, The Guardian reported .

Keywords: birth, average, wing, cost, reporter

Full article on | 84 Points and 119 Comments

Electric scooter “mayhem” sounds like when cars were introduced

Summary: People were soon being killed by the new automobiles in ever greater numbers, three-quarters of them pedestrians, writes author Bill Loomis who researched Detroit’s history for his book On This Day .

Keywords: scooters, cities, cars, streets, detroit

Full article on | 82 Points and 144 Comments

Caddy – The HTTP/2 Web Server with Automatic HTTPS

Summary: John Resig Creator of jQuery Link I both love and hate how my website has a better TLS setup than my bank because of Caddy.

Keywords: caddy, caddyfile, sites, https, site

Full article on | 82 Points and 60 Comments

Ink – inkle’s narrative scripting language

Summary: Every one of our games has had one piece of technology that has remained constant, a bedrock that has enabled us to write literally millions of words of highly branching narrative: our scripting language, ink .

Keywords: ink, game, inky, unity, integration

Full article on | 81 Points and 21 Comments

Don’t buy the MacBook Pros even on sale, in my opinion

Summary: A few months ago, I wrote about how my one-year-old MacBook Pro’s keyboard keys stopped working if a single piece of dust slipped under there , and more importantly, that neither Apple nor its Geniuses would acknowledge that this was actually a problem.

Keywords: macbook, pro, keyboard, apple, buy

Full article on | 81 Points and 56 Comments

Neandertals, Stone Age people may have voyaged the Mediterranean

Summary: Then in 2008 and 2009, Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island co-led a Greek-U.S. team with archaeologist Curtis Runnels of Boston University and discovered hundreds of stone tools near the southern coastal village of Plakias.

Keywords: tools, years, stone, ago, islands

Full article on | 80 Points and 53 Comments

America is moving toward becoming a better version of itself

Summary: Romney rode from one forlorn coal or manufacturing community to another in a big chartered bus that had iconic small-town scenes painted on its sides, along with the slogans “Believe in America” and “Every town counts.” In an old battered metal-casting shop in Weatherly, in Carbon County, he talked to a nearly all-white crowd about the region’s loss of factory jobs and the need to bring them back.

Keywords: people, national, city, trump, country

Full article on | 78 Points and 133 Comments

Swedish archaeologists reveal 5th Century massacre at Sandby borg

Summary: Image copyrightSebastian JakobssonImage caption The walled fort at Sandby Borg Local authorities asked staff at the Kalmar Lans Museum to examine the area after treasure hunters found items at the site.

Keywords: found, team, victor, caption, image

Full article on | 76 Points and 15 Comments

China Rolls Out ‘Social Credit Score’ System

Summary: The fear, of course, it that the government may use this social credit scoring system to punish people that it deems not sufficiently loyal to the communist party, Tracy reported.

Keywords: score, china, people, government, li

Full article on | 73 Points and 33 Comments

JavaScript Isn’t Scheme (2013)

Summary: If you think JavaScript is one of the most Scheme-like languages out there, then you’re missing out on the fact that Forth is really minimal, Dart has great scoping, Lua does tail call elimination, Haskell and Ruby have continuations, C# has dynamic typing, Io is homoiconic, Go has closures, Scala has macros, and Clojure seriously dislikes mutation.

Keywords: scheme, javascript, language, js, basically

Full article on | 72 Points and 41 Comments

Why we should collectively worry about Facebook and Google owning our data

Summary: Over the past few weeks, I’ve written extensively about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook, after it was discovered some 87 million users’ data was scraped by an analytics firm without their knowledge, for the purpose of influencing voters ahead of an election.

Keywords: data, companies, company, people, facebook

Full article on | 69 Points and 17 Comments

E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks

Summary: Per the Post , the appeals court ruled Lundgren’s original sentence of 15 months in prison and a $50,000 fine would stay, despite the software being freely available online and only compatible with valid Windows licenses:

Keywords: microsoft, post, lundgren, disks, court

Full article on | 68 Points and 4 Comments

64-bit Tiano Core UEFI for the Raspberry Pi 3

Summary: Initially, this was supposed to be an easy walk in the park, where the Microsoft drivers just sorta slide into Ard’s UEFI implementation, and I call it a day.

Keywords: boot, uefi, usb, media, sd

Full article on | 66 Points and 22 Comments

Installing Fonts Using Homebrew

Summary: Author Collin Donnell Posted on April 20, 2018 Categories Tools Tags command-line , homebrew

Keywords: fonts, homebrew, install, script, donnell

Full article on | 66 Points and 19 Comments

It’s weirdly hard to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s trash

Summary: Here was a guy who created one of the biggest mass surveillance operations in human history: A digital Oppenheimer, too naive or narcissistic to own the horrific consequences of his invention, who instead apparently sees the spread of global fascism and the unraveling of democracy as a mere engineering and PR problem.

Keywords: trash, zuckerberg, facebook, house, bins

Full article on | 66 Points and 19 Comments

Stuck: Why the rent and mortgage-burdened don’t always move to cheaper pastures

Summary: There’s no universally good reason why our communities can’t at least make it legal to build a granny flat over the garage when demand is high or slightly relax requirements for developers in markets where the costs of meeting strenuous occupancy standards don’t match up with the rock-bottom rents that come with a low population level.

Keywords: housing, city, make, cities, move

Full article on | 61 Points and 83 Comments

Put Down the Pitchforks; Amazon Didn’t Steal Your Dunning-Krugerrands

Summary: This time, it took over roughly 1300 AWS-owned IP addresses in order to reroute traffic so that some sophisticated attacker could gain access to “MyEtherWallet,” which I presume to be some form of Easter candy savings account.

Keywords: time, internet, amazon, people, routes

Full article on | 60 Points and 13 Comments

Towards Secure System Graphics: Arcan and OpenBSD

Summary: One of the many lofty goals behind Arcan has been to not only reduce system-wide desktop complexity, to push the envelope in terms of system graphics features, quality and performance – but also to enable experimentation with security sensitive workflows and interaction schemes, with the One Night in Rio: Vacation Photos from Plan9 article covering one such experiment.

Keywords: linux, openbsd, display, device, arcan

Full article on | 58 Points and 8 Comments

Basic Income Experiment in Finland will continue until the end of 2018

Summary: “The experiment is proceeding according to plan and will continue until the end of 2018”, says Professor Olli Kangas , the leader of the research team at Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland).

Keywords: experiment, income, basic, end, study

Full article on | 58 Points and 11 Comments

A Timely Discovery: Examining Our AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Results

Summary: Initially we were under the impression that this was as a result of the Spectre and Meltdown (or Smeltdown) updates, as we were one of the few media outlets to go back and perform retesting under the new standard.

Keywords: hpet, testing, timer, windows, system

Full article on | 57 Points and 31 Comments

Urban Dictionary: Hacker News

Full article on | 52 Points and 8 Comments

Wanted at Chinese Startups: Attractive Women to Ease Coders’ Stress

Summary: Her job mostly involves tending the front desk, organizing social events, ordering snacks and chatting with programmers.Credit Giulia Marchi for The New York Times In tech, men dominate the top ranks.

Keywords: shen, women, job, companies, work

Full article on | 52 Points and 63 Comments

Awesome-live-reloading – A collection of live reloading tools and libraries

Summary: “Live reloading” refers to tools that run your compile/build step as you write code.

Keywords: latest, apr, tools, write, commit

Full article on | 50 Points and 13 Comments