IBM is not doing “cognitive computing” with Watson (2016)
Summary: Ann Rubin, IBM’s vp of branded content and global creative, told Adweek that the commercials were needed to help people understand the new world of cognitive computing.
Keywords: watson, words, people, dylan, understand
A home-made lithographically-fabricated integrated circuit
Summary: so my testing right now is limited to manually probing the wafer with sharp tweezers or using a flip-chip board (difficult to align) to connect it to a curve tracer.
Keywords: wafer, oxide, process, fabrication, gate
Jan Koum to leave after broad clashes with Facebook
Summary: In a recent blog post announcing his donation and role as the executive chairman of the nonprofit Signal Foundation, Acton said his goal was to build “the most trusted communications experience on the planet.”
Keywords: facebook, whatsapp, koum, acton, data
Simone Giertz on her brain tumour [video]
Thinking of yourself as an insomniac may be a part of the problem
Summary: In contrast to the message relentlessly promoted by lifestyle gurus these days, this book would argue that four hours a night is probably fine, that caffeine before bed is no big deal, and that even severe sleep deprivation poses no real risk of poor performance, health troubles or early death.
Keywords: sleep, insomnia, identity, insomniac, book
Stripe Atlas for LLCs
Summary: The Stripe Atlas LLC has the features common to LLCs: limited liability for founders and the flexibility to be taxed as an individual.
Keywords: stripe, atlas, founders, llc, llcs
Twitter also sold data access to Cambridge Analytica researcher
Summary: Twitter confirmed to The Telegraph on Saturday that GSR, Kogan’s own commercial enterprise, had purchased one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period between December 2014 and April 2015.
Keywords: twitter, analytica, cambridge, data, platform
Show HN: ReLaXed – High-quality PDFs using web technologies
Keywords: pdf, relaxed, source, file, markdown
Summary: This means you’re free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them).
Keywords: free, copy, means, details, sell
How to speed up the Rust compiler in 2018
Summary: This PR changed the ‘#’ counts in raw Lit variants from usize to u16 , which reduced the size of Token from 32 to 24 bytes, speeding up some of the runs for coercions and html5ever by 1%.
Keywords: rustc, code, function, compiler, runs
Top Checklists on HN
Building games that can be understood at a glance
Summary: Once you’re comfortable finding words, you need to think about which columns are getting close to the top, and which letters are special and extra helpful for reducing the height of your stacks.
Keywords: read, game, things, information, reads
Lessons from Building Static Analysis Tools at Google
Keywords: analysis, code, google, developers, checks
Show HN: Create your own crapcoin in 3 minutes
Detroit Was Crumbling, Now It’s Reviving
Summary: But departures have slowed a lot and Mayor Mike Duggan says ending the shrinking – and starting to grow again – is the true test of the city.
Keywords: detroit, city, mayor, park, oversight
Show HN: A free, lightweight static page to get stock quotes using the IEX API
Summary: I used to use Google Finance portfolios as a simple way to watch a few baskets of stocks organized along some dimension, typically by sector (banks, tech, etc).
Keywords: api, stocks, iex, apr, indices
The False Allure of Hashing for Anonymization
Summary: When I joined Gravitational, I was reading through the specs for upcoming product features for the commercial version of Teleport , our modern SSH system for clusters.
Keywords: data, make, anonymous, unmask, algorithm
Show HN: FPGA Ultrasound Imaging on a Raspberry Pi
Summary: You can join the slack channel if you want to discuss, but there are plenty of other sources: Hackaday page too You can also fork the project repo , Or, you can go vintage and see: Old repo can be used for an extensive archive for the source files, raw data and raw experiment logs or explore the hackaday page , where I tried to blog day-to-day experiments in a casual format Obviously, you can read the online manual/book for a easily readable and searchable archive of the whole work on this family of hardware
Keywords: ultrasound, imaging, hardware, kit, transducer
Bezos: A CEO Who Can Write
Summary: Most of the strategies and practices advocated by Amazon’s founder have broad applicability, but a central mystery remains: Bezos himself, his combination of early life experience, intellect, emotional abilities and communication skills.
Keywords: amazon, bezos, company, day, letter
The TLA+ Video Course by Leslie Lamport
Summary: Last modified 2 April 2018 This is a series of video lectures to teach programmers and software engineers how to write their own TLA+ specifications.
Keywords: file, version, video, web, zip
IRS’ 60-Year-Old IT System Failed on Tax Day Due to New Hardware
Summary: The president’s fiscal 2018 budget request called for a $239 million reduction in funding for the IRS, which has faced numerous cuts in recent years.
Keywords: irs, individual, file, master, million
Smartphone cradle used to cheat “10k steps/day” health insurance discounts
Hosting Jupyter Notebooks for 100k Users [video]
Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away free
Summary: In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft’s bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people reinstall Windows on licensed machines.
Keywords: microsoft, software, discs, license, disc
YouTube Is Removing Some Nootropics Channels
All You Need to Know About UML Diagrams
Summary: Within the interactions (rectangular frames), we have included a complete stand-alone sequence diagram, containing three main actors: the assistant, the middleware reporting system and the inspector.
Keywords: uml, diagram, diagrams, system, class
Summary: (I have no problem with the inclusion of item 6, 17 miles away; that is the town of Wawa, Pennsylvania , after which the store takes its name.)
Keywords: wawa, miles, directions, store, top
Comcast won’t give new speed boost to Internet users who don’t buy TV service
Summary: Comcast says speed increases will kick in automatically without raising the customers’ monthly bills—but only if they subscribe to certain bundles that include both Internet and TV service.
Keywords: customers, comcast, tv, internet, video
Alphabet’s Median Pay Nears $200k
Summary: ET Google parent Alphabet Inc. said its workers earned a median pay package of more than $197,000 last year, the fourth-highest pay among the hundreds of companies in the S&P 500 index that have disclosed those figures.
Keywords: median, pay, alphabet, earned, google
A Look at MyRocks Performance
Summary: Percona Labs designs no-gimmick tests of hardware, filesystems, storage engines, and databases that surpass the standard performance and functionality scenario benchmarks.
Keywords: myrocks, memory, innodb, size, cpu
Anatomy of a Program in Memory (2009)
Summary: Anatomy of a Program in Memory | Many But Finite
Keywords: program, anatomy, finite, memory
Nvidia Tesla V100 on Google Cloud Platform
Rural Kansas is dying
Summary: When I spoke with him back in January, the Bureau was pressing President Trump to break his campaign promise and keep the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) intact while pushing him to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with new Asia deals.
Keywords: kansas, state, farmers, rural, farm
‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will 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, change, children, years
Macros: the Plan for Scala 3
Summary: But there is another meta programming system that is quite complementary to it: Scalameta provides high-quality syntactic and semantic analysis and code generation tools which are separate from the Scala compiler.
Keywords: tasty, scala, macros, trees, type
Scrcpy: Display and control of Android devices connected on USB
Summary: To limit the video dimensions (e.g. if the device is 2540×1440, but the host screen is smaller, or cannot decode such a high definition):
Keywords: install, build, android, click, ctrl
Civilization Is Built on Code (2017)
Summary: In this way, the artisans, serfs, and merchants who defined the medieval agrarian economy were replaced by an industrial economic order dominated by workers who executed the subroutines of complex algorithms performed by large corporate entities.
Keywords: code, advance, human, economy, humans
Chinese businesses and the military using “emotional surveillance technology”
Summary: At State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power in the southeast city of Hangzhou, company profits jumped by $315 million since the technology was introduced in 2014, an official told the South China Morning Post .
Keywords: technology, china, employees, brain, post
Planning a Morrowind all-faction speedrun with simulated annealing, part 3
Summary: I tried rerunning the Mark/Recall planner on the fully expanded route (which enumerates each vertex on the travel graph) but by this point, it was getting more and more clear that simply maintaining a Mark at any Mages Guild teleporter was a really good option that was difficult to improve on.
Keywords: route, player, mark, guild, quest
Bike Share Oversupply in China
Summary: However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles.
Keywords: read, bicycles, getty, china, shanghai
Sergey Brin warns of AI threats through a ‘technology renaissance’
Summary: And while he didn’t do the classic ‘OMG robots are going to destroy us all’ thing in the manner of AI sceptics Steve Wozniak and Bill Gates , he did give a nod towards the potential dangers of very smart tech.
Keywords: ai, brin, google, questions, noted
Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’
Summary: Perched on a bluff overlooking downtown and separated by the Los Angeles River, Boyle Heights, a neighborhood of about 100,000 residents, has long suffered from a host of land-use inequities, including its proximity to polluting freeways that decimated housing and sliced the community’s largest park in half.
Keywords: street, play, neighborhood, heights, fickett
The Difficulty of Untraining Drug Dogs How to Smell Marijuana
Summary: Given the opinions of Cooper and Woodford as well as many of their colleagues, maintaining that they can be retrained feels both condescending and dangerous, since the dogs’ false triggers could lead to further escalated policing over something that is now (or will be) legal.
Keywords: marijuana, dogs, legal, weed, drug
Summary: So what we‘ll do is force a bunch of cutsy little gophers do all the work of trying to yell the correct permutation back to us over a channelwhile we just fit in the main chamber and decide if it’s the right or wrong answer.
Keywords: world, string, ll, gophers, permutation
Facebook Median Pay now $240k
Summary: “Given the composition of our workforce, we do not believe the pay ratio calculation required by the SEC provides a complete picture of our compensation practices,” nor the value it places on employees, Gap spokeswoman Trina Somera said in an email.
Keywords: pay, median, companies, ceo, compensation
Hanging the Linux core dump pipe helper
Summary: That keeps the progress in the process table effectively forever, sort of like a zombie, but even more interesting in that it looks like it’s sleeping or maybe running, but it’s not the classic “state Z”.
Keywords: core, pipe, helper, dump, kernel
A Pedagogical Analysis of Online Coding Tutorials [pdf]
Artificial intelligence is being used to predict gambler behaviour
Summary: “The industry is using AI to profile customers and predict their behaviour in frightening new ways,” said Asif, a digital marketer who previously worked for a gambling company.
Keywords: gambling, data, people, industry, gamblers
Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong with the Internet
Summary: But then because the technology gets better and better, the computers get bigger and cheaper, there’s more and more data — what started out as advertising morphed into continuous behavior modification on a mass basis, with everyone under surveillance by their devices and receiving calculated stimulus to modify them.
Keywords: people, thing, na, ve, world
Understanding OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect
Summary: The four grant types - Authorization Code , Implicit , Resource Owner Password , and Client Credential - define how an application can retrieve tokens from your OAuth server and are used in different use cases.
Keywords: user, application, information, authorization, code
Put a Fork in Caddy; It’s Done
Summary: But we’re not full-time developers (if you are, here’s your shot at fame) which leaves us reaching out to the larger tech community to discuss the future of web servers, default TLS, and HTTP2.
Keywords: privacy, matt, caddy, trust, video
A sketch of string unescaping on GPGPU
Summary: There’s some precedent for my exploration, including nvParse , a GPU-based parser for CSV, and a fair amount of work in SIMD parsing, of which Mison and pikkr are two of the most promising and interesting.
Keywords: state, prefix, function, parallel, string
Inkjet Printing of High Performance Transistors (2017)
Summary: Based on its compatibility with flexible substrates and high production rates promised via the use of roll-to-roll (R2R) methodologies 1 , printed electronics has the potential to open doors to new types of devices and development paradigms.
Keywords: printed, printing, gap, transistor, doi
Using gmail with mutt (2016)
Summary: Initial configuration The first order of business is to enable IMAP support in your gmail account settings.
Keywords: email, gmail, address, account, mutt
Glyphosate found in granola, crackers and oatmeal
Summary: Toxicologist Linda Birnbaum, who is director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), said that current regulatory analysis of pesticide dangers does not account for low levels of dietary exposures.
Keywords: fda, glyphosate, food, residues, testing
Foxconn Will Take 7M Gallons of Water per Day from Lake Michigan to Make LCDs
Summary: The massive diversion of water from the lake will be used to produce LCD screens at the company’s planned $US10 ($13) billion, 20 million square foot manufacturing plant set to be built in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
Keywords: water, foxconn, dnr, diversion, lakes
Embedded C: Struct and Union (Part 2)
Summary: Dealing with bit field needs open eyes as we have seen in the last example, where the Struct division has a great impact on performance and size of code.
Keywords: unsigned, register, foo, struct, bit
Your success isn’t down to free will – luck determines everything
Summary: The philosopher Galen Strawson has a knack for translating big, abstract questions – the kind of things you might assume were of little interest outside philosophy lecture halls – into puzzles so personally troubling I can’t continue with my day until I’ve figured out where I stand on them, or at least been distracted by a sleepless baby or enticing cheeseburger.
Keywords: luck, person, kind, born, things
America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People
Summary: Along with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century examines historical and modern inequality, Temin’s book has provided a giant red flag, illustrating a trajectory that will continue to accelerate as long as the 20 percent in the FTE sector are permitted to operate a country within America’s borders solely for themselves at the expense of the majority.
Keywords: sector, temin, economy, people, america