Top Posts for April 26, 2018

Magnasanti: Large and Terrifying SimCity (2010)

Summary: But it wouldn’t be the same as doing it in the game, for the reason that I wanted to magnify the unbelievably sick ambitions of egotistical political dictators, ruling elites and downright insane architects, urban planners and social engineers.

Keywords: city, magnasanti, simcity, life, oscala

Full article on | 584 Points and 127 Comments

Matrix and Riot Confirmed as the Basis for France’s Secure Instant Messenger App

Summary: “With this new French solution, the state is demonstrating its ability to work in an agile manner to meet concrete needs by using open source tools and very low development costs.

Keywords: matrix, open, state, source, secure

Full article on | 581 Points and 154 Comments

Google’s “Director of Engineering” Hiring Test (2016)

Summary: Me: “big-O” ignores data storage latencies, topology, volume, available memory, and even the computational cost of every CPU instructions involved in a given implementation – instead, it merely counts the number of algorithmic operations!

Keywords: recruiter, google, thought, file, inode

Full article on | 535 Points and 298 Comments

Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming – It’s Time for That to Change

Summary: In the longer term, I’d like us to aim for something closer to what Jon Skeet told me about his experience attending a pride parade (as a cis straight dude): “I wasn’t just tolerated ; I was made to feel like the community was actually better because I was there.

Keywords: users, people, community, stack, ve

Full article on | 467 Points and 545 Comments

Flask 1.0 Released

Summary: Accessing missing keys from request.form shows a more helpful error message in debug mode, addressing a very common source of confusion for developers.

Keywords: flask, json, names, app, development

Full article on | 444 Points and 136 Comments

Belgium declares loot boxes gambling and therefore illegal

Summary: A statement from Minister of Justice Koen Geens said FIFA 18, Overwatch and CS:GO were therefore illegal and demanded their loot boxes removed.

Keywords: loot, boxes, game, geens, publishers

Full article on | 370 Points and 259 Comments

Square to buy Weebly for $365M

Summary: The cash-and-stock deal will allow small business customers to use both Weebly and Square to easily build websites and online stores, the companies said.

Keywords: square, weebly, company, ceo, twitter

Full article on | 359 Points and 80 Comments

Go’s New Brand

Summary: Since we are making significant changes, we are also taking this opportunity to update our website infrastructure to support internationalization and multilingual to better serve our global community.

Keywords: brand, guide, slides, logo, presentation

Full article on | 292 Points and 232 Comments

What I learned by living without artificial light

Summary: The protocol looked like this: during the first week, I would try to maximise my exposure to daylight by moving my desk next to the window, lingering in the park on the way back from school drop-off each morning, getting outside at lunchtime and trying to exercise outdoors.

Keywords: light, sleep, daylight, time, evening

Full article on | 290 Points and 256 Comments

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up for University

Summary: “There’s that perception of the bachelor’s degree being the American dream, the best bang for your buck,” said Kate Blosveren Kreamer, deputy executive director of Advance CTE, an association of state officials who work in career and technical education.

Keywords: college, report, sy, hechinger, washington

Full article on | 285 Points and 366 Comments

Relative’s DNA from genealogy websites cracked East Area Rapist case

Summary: The crime lab began testing the material and Schubert said she got a call last Friday night from Grippi while she was at a high school fundraiser telling her that the DeAngelo DNA matched that found at decades-old murder scenes in Ventura and Orange counties.

Keywords: deangelo, schubert, county, office, sacramento

Full article on | 267 Points and 20 Comments

Introduction to Decision Tree Learning

Summary: If you want to go to lunch with your friend, Jon Snow, to a place that serves Chinese food, the logic can be summarized in this tree:

Keywords: decision, tree, entropy, chocolates, information

Full article on | 256 Points and 25 Comments

A Lengthy, Pedantic Review of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

Summary: I’m not a smart phone, but I play one on TV.Both the mouse and touchpad default to “Natural Scrolling,” an abomination invented by Apple who thought that every input device that humans can lay their greasy little hands on should behave like an iPhone.

Keywords: ubuntu, work, pass, desktop, window

Full article on | 246 Points and 321 Comments

Impersonators who are paid to flirt on dating apps

Summary: If a woman doesn’t respond to our cheesy pick-up lines or cough up her number by the third message, I’m instructed to move on, as the match is no longer cost-effective.Despite my attempts at embracing the “Alpha Male” attitude, the training staff have repeatedly told me that my writing is “too female,” a characteristic that has never been fully explained.

Keywords: client, dating, clients, online, company

Full article on | 233 Points and 129 Comments

What Good Is ‘Community’ When Someone Else Makes All the Rules?

Summary: Over the decades, its meaning has lost the precision of city limits and has expanded to accommodate groups with shared values, planned and intentional organizations and a general sense of interpersonal connectedness.

Keywords: community, people, communities, makes, things

Full article on | 219 Points and 69 Comments

MacOS monitoring the open source way

Summary: Proton malware storing stolen credentials before exfiltrationNetwork call captured by the macOS audit systemAll of the above interactions could be seen using individual events, which is great.

Keywords: events, process, santa, audit, osquery

Full article on | 202 Points and 39 Comments

AMD’s Stock Price Jumps on News of Earnings Spurred by Ryzen

Summary: Dr. Lisa Sue has gone on record downplaying just how much cryptocurrency contributes to its bottom line, though the company did state in its earnings report that the average selling price for GPUs increased both sequentially and year-over-year, as a result of “new Radeon products.”

Keywords: amd, quarter, company, percent, million

Full article on | 197 Points and 71 Comments

Boltzmann Encoded Adversarial Machines

Summary: Abstract: Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RBMs) are a class of generative neural network that are typically trained to maximize a log-likelihood objective function.

Keywords: probability, training, boltzmann, machines, objective

Full article on | 189 Points and 23 Comments

How Dyson Saw Feynman

Summary: So our first appointment in this romantic city of homecoming was an interview with the justice of the peace; he was a pleasant enough fellow, completely informal, and ended up by fining us ten dollars with $4.50 costs, while chatting amiably about the way the Southwest was developing.

Keywords: feynman, schwinger, theory, ideas, time

Full article on | 187 Points and 33 Comments

China Installs Nearly 10 Gigawatts of Solar in First Quarter

Summary: Related Posts Lynk & Co Reveals Superbly Connected Plug-In SUV (In China) → Carlos Ghosn: Nissan EV Strategy Focus Shifting To Affordability Rather Than Range → Volkswagen & JAC Unveil SOL E20X → India Beats North America, Europe, & Japan In 2017 Solar Additions →

Keywords: solar, china, gw, quarter, year

Full article on | 184 Points and 79 Comments

A look at terminal emulators, part 2

Summary: Fatin also warns about standard deviation (the std column above and the width of error bars in the graph): “any irregularities in delay durations (so called jitter) pose additional problem because of their inherent unpredictability”.

Keywords: latency, terminal, terminals, memory, test

Full article on | 181 Points and 62 Comments

Swift for TensorFlow Design Overview

Summary: This enables improved availability checking (described above), allows better management of the interfaces used for inference, eliminates certain classes of bugs, and should directly support deployment workflows that want to update weight values without recompiling and changing code.

Keywords: tensorflow, swift, tensor, function, code

Full article on | 179 Points and 36 Comments

CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran (2013)

Summary: But the CIA documents, which sat almost entirely unnoticed in a trove of declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Md., combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States’ knowledge of how and when Iraq employed the deadly agents.

Keywords: chemical, iraq, cia, iraqi, iranian

Full article on | 179 Points and 77 Comments

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

Summary: As a reminder, stock market volatility skyrocketed in early February upon publication of new wage data suggesting that inflation pressures might be building, which could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster.

Keywords: years, rates, inflation, interest, prices

Full article on | 174 Points and 193 Comments

Comparing Google’s TPUv2 against Nvidia’s V100 on ResNet-50

Summary: At RiseML we are building an end-to-end machine learning platform based on Kubernetes that accelerates model development and lowers IT operations costs.

Keywords: tpu, implementation, cloud, gpus, batch

Full article on | 168 Points and 99 Comments

SEC Penalizes Yahoo $35M for Massive, Undisclosed Cyber Theft

Summary: This included information called the “crown jewels” – email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and security questions and answers.

Keywords: yahoo, firm, security, data, information

Full article on | 160 Points and 42 Comments

An open source implementation of DeepVoice 3: 2000-Speaker Neural Text-to-Speech

Summary: Hideyuki Tachibana, Katsuya Uenoyama, Shunsuke Aihara, “Efficiently Trainable Text-to-Speech System Based on Deep Convolutional Networks with Guided Attention”.

Keywords: audio, support, browser, element, english

Full article on | 157 Points and 24 Comments

DNA linked to Golden State Killer arrest came from a genealogy website

Summary: The attacks on sleeping women – and sometimes their partners – in middle and upper-middle-class subdivisions east of the state Capitol shattered the security of an area where people didn’t lock their doors and children rode bicycles to school and played outside until dark.

Keywords: deangelo, years, sacramento, investigators, crimes

Full article on | 145 Points and 198 Comments

AWS EC2 T2 Instances Demystified: Don’t Learn the Hard Way

Summary: At this point your application grinds to a halt but since it’s under such heavy load, the instance is not able to earn/accrue as fast as it can use them, resulting in almost complete downtime until the server traffic lowers (Since your website is no longer working properly, that’s going to be pretty quickly).

Keywords: cpu, credits, hour, instance, usage

Full article on | 143 Points and 37 Comments

The Great Theorem Prover Showdown

Summary: Off Twitter, David Pearce wrote about some possible issues Leftpad exposed in his theorem prover and Neel Krishnaswami emailed me his thoughts on the interplay between procedures, aliasing, state, and formal verification.

Keywords: people, prove, proofs, code, fp

Full article on | 143 Points and 20 Comments

Managed Redis on Google Cloud Platform

Full article on | 137 Points and 42 Comments

Tesla’s Autopilot Chief Keller Steps Down After Two Years

Summary: Keller, who joined the auto maker two years ago and has a background in chip development, had his last day as a Tesla vice president on Tuesday, the company said in a statement.

Keywords: tesla, autopilot, keller, company, day

Full article on | 122 Points and 112 Comments

Programming Bottom-Up (1993)

Summary: Like the border between two warring states, the boundary between language and program is drawn and redrawn, until eventually it comes to rest along the mountains and rivers, the natural frontiers of your problem.

Keywords: program, design, language, lisp, programs

Full article on | 120 Points and 55 Comments

‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else dare mention

Summary: When we meet at his converted coach house in London, his classic Dawes racer still parked hopefully in the hallway (a stroke and a triple heart bypass mean he is – currently – forbidden from cycling), Hillman is anxious we are not side-tracked by his best-known research, which challenged the supremacy of the car.

Keywords: hillman, climate, children, change, years

Full article on | 118 Points and 146 Comments

Doctors have reversed an inherited disorder in utero using a biotech drug

Summary: The experiment, described in a case report today in the New England Journal of Medicine , took place in Germany in 2016 at a clinic that specializes in rare, inherited skin diseases—particular one called XLHED, in which patients are born with fang-like front teeth and without the ability to sweat.

Keywords: drug, sweat, schneider, corinna, twins

Full article on | 117 Points and 26 Comments

Yes it’s a bubble, so what?

Summary: At the beginning of 2000, the 10 largest market-cap tech stocks in the United States, collectively representing a 25% share of the S&P 500 Index—Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, IBM, AOL, Oracle, Dell, Sun, Qualcomm, and HP—did not live up to the excessively optimistic expectations.

Keywords: market, bubble, investors, risk, stock

Full article on | 113 Points and 101 Comments

Streaming Video and Audio with Low Delay

Summary: In the above comparison, the parameters are chosen such that the delay and packet overhead are identical to that of the 2022 scheme, with the gain used to improve burst and random loss protection.

Keywords: fec, packets, rlnc, mode, packet

Full article on | 112 Points and 45 Comments

Newspaper op-eds change minds

Summary: Readers might nod along or roll their eyes at a newspaper opinion piece, but a new study provides evidence that op-ed columns are an effective means for changing people’s minds about the issues of the day.

Keywords: people, views, participants, pieces, researchers

Full article on | 109 Points and 38 Comments

Drupal Remote Code Execution vulnerability exploited widely

Summary: The end result being the site compromised as remote code can be executed, possibly giving unrestricted control to the hosting environment.

Keywords: drupal, vulnerability, security, code, remote

Full article on | 108 Points and 76 Comments

Hollywood Groups Advocate for More Internet Regulation

Summary: The problem is endemic in a system that applies a different set of rules to the internet and fails to impose ordinary norms of accountability on businesses that are built around monetizing other people’s personal information and content.

Keywords: hollywood, internet, content, facebook, platforms

Full article on | 107 Points and 33 Comments

F-Secure Hack Can Unlock Millions of Hotel Rooms with Handheld Device

Summary: The hack involves a small handheld computer and an RFID reader (it also works with older magnetic stripe cards).

Keywords: hotel, locks, hack, researchers, key

Full article on | 103 Points and 47 Comments

Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa with Routine Antibiotics

Summary: Sabiha Essack, director of antimicrobial research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, said it was “unclear whether the benefits will outweigh the costs” and noted that the study did not look at the effects on the infants’ microbiomes, or bacterial makeup.

Keywords: study, azithromycin, children, antibiotics, bacteria

Full article on | 99 Points and 31 Comments

France’s Zone Rouge – A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War (2015)

Summary: After WWI, in a rush to convert areas for the growth of crops or livestock, the first industrial pig farm was established as early as 1929 near the site of the Battle of Verdun, the longest sustain ed conflict of World War I, l asting 300 days and costing more than 300,000 French and German lives.

Keywords: zone, french, red, war, munitions

Full article on | 98 Points and 20 Comments

Programmers: Before you turn 40, get a plan B (2009)

Summary: Still, smart money seems to concur that the software engineer depreciates only slightly more slowly than the machine he or she toils behind as exemplified in this 1996 comment from Craig Barrett , then President and Co-founder of Intel.

Keywords: experience, technology, years, percent, management

Full article on | 98 Points and 84 Comments

How the Nintendo Switch prevents firmware downgrades

Summary: Each firmware version with its respective expected number of burnt fuses (Table courtesy of SwitchBrew) Just this week the first serious exploit the Switch BootROM was released .

Keywords: fuses, switch, nintendo, fuse, modifying

Full article on | 98 Points and 97 Comments

Snapchat launches Spectacles V2

Summary: Snap did learn that users wanted to take photos, get them in less flashy coral colors, bring Spectacles to the beach, pair them quicker with better resolution exports and hear less wind noise when moving.

Keywords: spectacles, snap, snapchat, people, randall

Full article on | 98 Points and 121 Comments

The impossibly wide learning of Sabine Baring-Gould

Summary: The Victorian parson’s interests included but were not limited to philology, anthropology, folklore, children’s stories, hymnology, hagiography, geology, topography, painting, optics, metallurgy, ancient and modern history, musical theory, biblical archeology, the plausibility of miracles, the minutiae of the English salt mining industry, and the theater.

Keywords: life, man, history, subject, modern

Full article on | 97 Points and 27 Comments

TDM: From Model-Free to Model-Based Deep Reinforcement Learning

Summary: We use deep deterministic policy gradient (DDPG) to train a TDM and retroactively relabel the goal and time horizon to increase the sample efficiency of our learning algorithm.

Keywords: tdm, plan, learning, bike, planning

Full article on | 85 Points and 9 Comments

NCSA Mosaic for X 1.0 available (1993)

Full article on | 79 Points and 40 Comments

Boeing and Airbus, the new ‘super duopoly’

Summary: So within weeks of the inauguration of the most protectionist president in modern times, Boeing filed a complaint with the Commerce Department alleging that Bombardier had snagged the Delta contract by “dumping” its government-subsidized airplanes in the U.S. market at a price below the cost of production, in violation of U.S. trade laws.

Keywords: boeing, bombardier, airbus, market, american

Full article on | 73 Points and 36 Comments

Controversial New Milk Shakes Up Big Dairy

Summary: New Zealand-based Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd.—the world’s biggest dairy exporter, which sells Anchor butter and Mainland cheese in the U.S.—said in February it would start producing A2 milk, which contains only the A2 beta-casein protein, after years of dismissing it as a gimmick.

Keywords: milk, dairy, big, controversial, upstart

Full article on | 72 Points and 153 Comments

Multi-core cryptography for Node.js

Full article on | 70 Points and 16 Comments

Blocked by Facebook and the Vulnerability of New Media

Summary: It is also the case that due to change in personal circumstance I am no longer in a position to devote my time to it without income – the need to earn a living caused the blog to go dark for almost five months last year, and the last six weeks this journalism has stopped me doing anything else to pay the rent.

Keywords: facebook, media, site, shared, fact

Full article on | 67 Points and 18 Comments

Berlin now home to soaring rents and rising tensions

Summary: Growing in size and volume, the ongoing demonstrations for tougher rent control and more low-income housing are now shaping political forums and making newspaper headlines, in part because — unlike in many large cities — the overwhelming majority of Berlin voters are renters.

Keywords: berlin, city, property, rent, lustig

Full article on | 55 Points and 111 Comments

Why data scientists should start learning Swift

Summary: As I was becoming familiar with the Python scientific stack, two other technology trends were slowly percolating in the background: the resurgence of AI through neural networks and deep learning and a shift toward mobile-first applications running on billions of smartphones and IoT devices.

Keywords: learning, swift, python, machine, tensorflow

Full article on | 55 Points and 59 Comments

Think about Equity

Summary: Founding a startup is not for everyone, but anyone who’s reasonably smart and willing to work sufficiently hard can be an early employee of one.

Keywords: startup, equity, work, people, money

Full article on | 54 Points and 54 Comments

Universal Basic Income Is Not Feasible

Summary: At the recent World Government Summit in Dubai, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said autonomous technology will lead to high levels of unemployment and so some form of UBI is “going to be necessary.” EBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar is testing the idea in Kenya while tech startup incubator Y Combinator is launching a pilot program in Oakland, Calif.

Keywords: income, ubi, idea, basic, guaranteed

Full article on | 52 Points and 95 Comments

BigCommerce raises $64M to power e-commerce sites

Summary: BigCommerce has built a robust business in the United States and Australia, and hopes to use the capital to expand further internationally.

Keywords: bigcommerce, company, million, business, revenue

Full article on | 52 Points and 34 Comments

Trump’s cell phone use is security “nightmare” waiting to happen, lawmakers say

Summary: How has WHCA adapted to the growing threat of “Stingray” devices , or IMSI catchers, in Washington D.C., especially given the President’s alleged proclivity for making outgoing voice calls on his personal cell phone?

Keywords: president, phone, personal, trump, cell

Full article on | 51 Points and 40 Comments