Top Posts for April 27, 2018

EU agrees on total ban of bee-harming pesticides

Summary: Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for Health and Food Safety, welcomed Friday’s vote: “The commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from Efsa.

Keywords: ban, bees, neonicotinoids, farmers, food

Full article on | 785 Points and 252 Comments

Two Koreas Agree to End War This Year, Pursue Denuclearization

Summary: “We have agreed to share a firm determination to open a new era in which all Korean people enjoy prosperity and happiness on a peaceful land without war,” Kim told reporters, without taking questions.

Keywords: kim, korean, north, moon, korea

Full article on | 641 Points and 390 Comments

”@” on Twitter

Full article on | 381 Points and 99 Comments

NPR Retracts Story ‘The Man Who Spent $100K To Remove A Lie From Google’

Summary: As we do, we will work hard to make sure the reports live up to our promise to produce content that meets “the highest standards of public service in journalism.”

Keywords: author, story, npr, website, motivation

Full article on | 360 Points and 250 Comments

8088 MPH: We Break All Your Emulators (2015)

Summary: I knew from experience that some cheap video capture devices, such as the Terratec Grabby or the Dazzle DVC100, have extra tolerance built into them as they were designed to be used with VCR sources, so I bought a few and sent one to reenigne for testing.

Keywords: demo, effect, mode, screen, time

Full article on | 273 Points and 28 Comments

Illegal prime

Summary: Following this, Carmody discovered a 1811 digit prime – this one being non-compressed, directly executable machine language in the ELF format for Linuxi386 , implementing the same DeCSS functionality.

Keywords: prime, number, edit, decss, form

Full article on | 255 Points and 183 Comments

Researchers have identified a new DNA structure called the i-motif inside cells

Summary: Featured paper: Mahdi Zeraati, David B. Langley, Peter Schofield, Aaron L. Moye, Romain Rouet, William E. Hughes, Tracey M. Bryan, Marcel E. Dinger and Daniel Christ .

Keywords: dna, research, cells, garvan, medical

Full article on | 254 Points and 72 Comments

Credit card fraud warning signs

Summary: Googling the address revealed this to be a reshipping center – a company that accepts packages inside the US and then ships them forward to other countries.

Keywords: address, orders, order, shipping, country

Full article on | 252 Points and 194 Comments

Intel’s 10nm Is Broken, Delayed Until 2019

Summary: Intel’s CCG group posted $8.2 billion in revenue, a 3% YoY gain, but this is largely due to increased average selling prices and strength in enthusiast processor sales.

Keywords: intel, company, process, year, krzanich

Full article on | 237 Points and 96 Comments

Tesla’s Simultaneous Brilliance and Incompetence Revealed in Teardown of Model 3

Summary: Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO of Airbnb

Keywords: don, room, jonathan, options, grow

Full article on | 208 Points and 163 Comments

Scaling a High-Traffic Rate Limiting Stack with Redis Cluster

Summary: It only became a real problem came in when we were targeted with huge surges of illegitimate traffic (i.e., orders of magnitude over allowed limits) from legitimate users who could authenticate successfully and run expensive operations on the underlying database.

Keywords: redis, cluster, node, slot, operations

Full article on | 194 Points and 35 Comments

A coworker stole my spicy food, got sick, and is blaming me (2016)

Summary: I’d like your assurance that the company does not intend to penalize me for eating spicy food at lunch.” I’d also put a similar message in writing and email it to them “to document our conversation from earlier today.”

Keywords: lunch, hr, food, coworker, boss

Full article on | 177 Points and 191 Comments

Lisp in Small Pieces of Clojure, part 3

Summary: Not dogmatically - any language feature is fair game to developers striving for the simplest and cleanest expression of their intentions - but enough to acquire a firm conviction that inheritance is heavily overused in both ecosystems.

Keywords: continuation, implementation, clojure, protocol, control

Full article on | 176 Points and 37 Comments

The Power to Revoke Lies with the Certificate Authority

Summary: CAs have technical criteria set out in the Baseline Requirements and EV SSL Guidelines and they do not include any kind of ‘are you a good person’ metric, to suggest that they should is terrifying.

Keywords: ev, certificate, site, certificates, ca

Full article on | 167 Points and 81 Comments

Interview with CTO and Co-founder of Zapier on Working with Remote Engineers

Summary: In his interview with YouTeam Co-founder and CPO Yurij Riphyak, Bryan shares his thoughts on working with remote engineers and best practices of managing a development team distributed all over the world.

Keywords: remote, people, team, bryan, yurij

Full article on | 159 Points and 43 Comments

A US millionaire who buried treasure in the Rockies has offered one main clue

Summary: The millionaire was criticised in the 1990s for excavating the San Lazaro Pueblo Indian site he bought, for example, and the FBI searched his home in 2009 in connection with the sale of artefacts looted from the Four Corners area, though no charges were filed.

Keywords: fenn, treasure, people, told, chest

Full article on | 142 Points and 83 Comments

A Cartography Nerd’s Guide to Custom Map-Making

Summary: With a couple of tweaks, I was able to label the tennis courts and isolate the MUNI bus lines according to route number, so that it looked less like a giant red spider web.

Keywords: tennis, map, bus, courts, court

Full article on | 141 Points and 22 Comments

Structured Procrastination (1995)

Summary: I get almost daily reminders from the department secretary, students sometimes ask me what we will be reading, and the unfilled order form sits right in the middle of my desk, right under the wrapping from the sandwich I ate last Wednesday.

Keywords: important, things, tasks, list, work

Full article on | 139 Points and 27 Comments

A group of techies is using data skills to alter Seattle’s housing affordability

Summary: But Anderstone says there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence for an even more basic generational gap: The millennials he knows who are moving into Seattle simply aren’t “as attached to a traditional single-family home as people of past generations.” Even those who want to raise families, he says, are more willing to consider multifamily options in order to stay close to the urban core.

Keywords: housing, seattle, city, lubarsky, people

Full article on | 139 Points and 250 Comments

Fully Homomorphic Encryption: Secret Key Homomorphic Encryption Over Integers

Summary: Pre definitions We will start by introducing mathematical concepts like in the last time as usual this part was made to help the reader gain a vocabulary to sound smart at parties everyone is amazed by the person that can say the 8 axioms that define rings as algebraic structures:

Keywords: scheme, mod, key, homomorphic, bit

Full article on | 134 Points and 41 Comments

ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one

Summary: But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents repeatedly target U.S. citizens for deportation by mistake, making wrongful arrests based on incomplete government records, bad data and lax investigations, according to a Times review of federal lawsuits, internal ICE documents and interviews.

Keywords: ice, citizenship, immigration, watson, records

Full article on | 133 Points and 56 Comments

Theology majors marry each other a lot, but business majors don’t

Summary: This excellent data has lots of untapped potential for family research, because it tells us something about people’s character and experience that we don’t have from any other variables in this massive annual dataset.

Keywords: majors, major, people, college, marry

Full article on | 122 Points and 112 Comments

The Fall of Eclipse (2016)

Summary: The awful coloring of the toolbar, the terrible looking icons with jagged edges, dark theme that gave you a seizure, no support for retina display (until very recently).

Keywords: eclipse, ide, ui, intellij, free

Full article on | 120 Points and 137 Comments

GIMP 2.10.0 Released

Summary: Improved digital painting with canvas rotation and flipping, symmetry painting, MyPaint brush support… Support for several new image formats added (OpenEXR, RGBE , WebP, HGT ), as well as improved support for many existing formats (in particular more robust PSD importing).

Keywords: gimp, tools, support, improved, transform

Full article on | 117 Points and 38 Comments

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver Released

Summary: In Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, gcc is now set to default to compile applications as position independent executables (PIE) as well as with immediate binding, to make more effective use of Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).

Keywords: ubuntu, support, default, openstack, release

Full article on | 105 Points and 59 Comments

MoviePass no longer lets you see the same movie more than once

Summary: View

Keywords: view, vr, profit, brings, facebook

Full article on | 98 Points and 76 Comments

8OD – Arduino form factor Intel 8086

Summary: Blessed with a bit of spare time recently, I completed my most zany ever contraption: A Non-Arduino powered by the giant of computing history – Intel’s 8086 processor.

Keywords: board, project, cool, interested, intel

Full article on | 94 Points and 5 Comments

Artificial Intelligence with Erlang: The Domain of Relatives (2007)

Summary: We will design a system able to derive new knowledge using some inference rules and starting from a small set; as a sample application, we chose the domain of relatives: we will start from some base concepts, such as parent , male and female , and then, by means of a proper set of rules, we will derive the concepts of mother , father , sister , brother , grandmother and grandfather .

Keywords: eresye, rules, function, facts, engine

Full article on | 92 Points and 25 Comments

Two More Chinese DRAM Fabs Ready

Summary: Several years ago, the Chinese government announced plans to invest billions of U.S. dollars in the local semiconductor and adjacent high-tech industries and support appropriate companies directly and indirectly.

Keywords: dram, memory, production, china, fab

Full article on | 84 Points and 32 Comments

Dry, the beloved country

Summary: It was a mob scene—60 people in flip-flops, bathrobes, headscarves, shalwar kameez, tony private school uniforms, surf shirts and the form-fitting clothes popular in the black townships swirled around Harleys and busted-up old bicycles, pushing jugs of water back and forth in strollers, in shopping carts, on homemade trolleys and on skateboards.

Keywords: people, water, cape, town, city

Full article on | 82 Points and 13 Comments

Algorithms tutorial for beginners

Summary: The Big O notation is used to classify algorithms by their worst running time or also referred as the upper bound of the growth rate of a function.

Keywords: sec, time, algorithms, complexity, code

Full article on | 80 Points and 7 Comments

Gruber on the 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: keyboard, apple, macbook, keys, pro

Full article on | 79 Points and 50 Comments

Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea

Summary: Serra and Schoolman’s critique was that TV placed the interests of advertisers over those of viewers in a subtle but deeply insidious way: by purveying content and ads that perpetuated the consumerist status quo, deadening free thinking and dampening activism.

Keywords: facebook, product, users, people, data

Full article on | 76 Points and 85 Comments

NASA Mars Mission Faces Setback After Heat Shield Cracks Under Pressure

Summary: “The test was designed to subject the heat shield to forces up to 20 percent greater than those expected during entry into the Martian atmosphere,” NASA said in a statement.

Keywords: shield, mars, mission, nasa, heat

Full article on | 74 Points and 38 Comments

I built a screenshot API and some guy was mining cryptocurrencies with it

Summary: you have not implemented any mechanisms to prevent bots or automated access Me: We allow users to create accounts freely, but we have various tools in place to ban people.

Keywords: make, site, guy, accounts, legal

Full article on | 71 Points and 30 Comments

Microsoft Convinces Judges to Jail Man for Copying Software It Gives Out Free

Summary: Although the defense expert testified that discs containing the relevant Microsoft OS software had little or no value when unaccompanied by a product key or license, the district court explicitly stated that it did not find that testimony to be credible .

Keywords: microsoft, discs, lundgren, software, judges

Full article on | 71 Points and 18 Comments

Forking Redis: SSL/TLS and Transactions

Summary: Occasional blips in performance were observed due to logging in and out of the workstations to check progress, which is why each command is run 10 times, with averages and standard deviations in response rates plotted.

Keywords: redis, termination, cpu, bytes, operations

Full article on | 70 Points and 35 Comments

Reflections on Rust, and the Sand Castle Metaphor

Summary: Powerful primitives like Rust are our path to building sustainable services that don’t need human attention around the clock, and which can be expected to operate reliably over epochs measured in decades instead of weeks.

Keywords: rust, sand, languages, castle, building

Full article on | 66 Points and 74 Comments

Fermilab used aspirin to detect water leaks in their rings (1979) [pdf]

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Keywords: obj, hb, stream, startxref, eof

Full article on | 66 Points and 19 Comments

How long does it take to linear search 200MB in memory?

Summary: compute: Google Compute Engine (GCE) at $16/mo/core, and 2nd tier cloud providers at $10/core data transfer: ingress data transfer is often free actual usage: assume most users are not tailing or searching their logs continuously so you could auto scale and read into memory from disk when they sign in example finances: 1,000 1GB rolling buffer customers at $10/mo == $10,000 revenue where only 20% of customer base is actively signed in searching/tailing is 200 * $16 or ~$3,200

Keywords: golang, log, linear, search, ingestion

Full article on | 65 Points and 63 Comments

An MSG Convert Visits the High Church of Umami

Summary: At the gift shop, on the other side of the lobby, visitors can purchase an array of products manufactured by the company’s family of brands, including Knorr soup mix, Hello Kitty instant tea, and Amino-Vita, a sports energy drink.

Keywords: msg, ajinomoto, company, taste, umami

Full article on | 65 Points and 88 Comments

A GPU-Accelerated Quantum Computer Simulator

Summary: Open Source, High Performance & Hardware Accelerated, Quantum Computer Simulation in Rust

Keywords: apr, qiskit, libquantum, install, benchmarks

Full article on | 65 Points and 13 Comments

Open-source DNA website GEDmatch helped crack Golden State Killer case

Summary: The website revealed a “distant relative” early this year that helped lead authorities to DeAngelo, who was arrested at his Citrus Heights home on suspicion of conducting a reign of terror up and down California, including 12 homicides, 45 rapes and more than 100 residential burglaries between 1976 and 1986, investigators said.

Keywords: dna, law, genetic, information, database

Full article on | 65 Points and 35 Comments

Finding design errors before it’s too late

Summary: SoC design is becoming ever more complex, and that combined with the pressures to reduce cost and time-to-market at the same time as increasing performance, is pushing the drive for higher efficiency.

Keywords: design, review, reviews, core, issues

Full article on | 63 Points and 1 Comments

Coder of 37 years fails Google interview because he doesn’t match answer sheet

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 | 62 Points and 22 Comments

William Stein on the struggle for open source funding in pure mathematics [pdf]

Full article on | 61 Points and 10 Comments

Spaceflight from Super-Earths is difficult

Summary: This makes space-flight on these worlds very challenging, because the required fuel mass for a given payload is an exponential function of planetary surface gravity, $\sim 3.3\,\exp(g_{\rm 0})$.

Keywords: earth, gravity, surface, rocky, mass

Full article on | 56 Points and 82 Comments

How Poetry and Math Intersect

Summary: Compared with Euclid’s elementary forms, Nature, loosening her hair, exhibits patterns (sweetly disarrayed, afloat, uncombed) not simply of a higher degree n but rather of an altogether different level of complexity: the number of the scales of distances describing her is almost infinite.

Keywords: mathematics, poetry, math, growney, forms

Full article on | 55 Points and 31 Comments

Shorebirds, the World’s Greatest Travelers, Face Extinction

Summary: Several years ago, two whimbrels being tracked via a satellite transmitter somehow survived a harrowing migratory flight through Hurricane Irene, only to be shot by bird hunters shortly after touching down for a rest in the West Indies.

Keywords: shorebirds, nests, hatched, insect, shorebird

Full article on | 50 Points and 6 Comments