Top Posts for May 6, 2018

Subscription Hell

Summary: I paid $70 to buy the apps, but then the company switched to a $40 a year annual subscription , and as the dozens of angry reviews and comments illustrate, that price is vastly out of proportion from the cost of providing the software (which I might add, is entirely hosted on iCloud infrastructure).

Keywords: subscription, subscriptions, month, consumers, price

Full article on techcrunch.com | 558 Points and 482 Comments

Gitea: Open source, self-hosted GitHub alternative

Summary: Gitea is a community managed fork of Gogs , lightweight code hosting solution written in Go and published under the MIT license.

Keywords: gitea, git, lightweight, written, requirements

Full article on gitea.io | 540 Points and 211 Comments

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2M

Summary: Jane Lockshin, the treasurer of the Henry Street Settlement’s board, said her aunt, Ms. Bloom, left $6.2 million to the settlement’s Expanded Horizons College Success Program, which helps disadvantaged students prepare for and complete college.Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times Donald and Mildred Othmer , who settled in Brooklyn Heights, lived relatively simple lives; he was a professor at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn and she was a former teacher and buyer for her mother’s dress stores.

Keywords: bloom, lockshin, firm, settlement, money

Full article on nytimes.com | 310 Points and 225 Comments

California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

Summary: Pierre Delforge, energy efficiency program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the proposed update “another important step toward the environmentally-friendly, healthy and affordable home of the future.”

Keywords: solar, energy, homes, state, home

Full article on ocregister.com | 276 Points and 280 Comments

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? (2012)

Summary: “I take an extremely efficient approach and seek out like-minded folks to fill very specific needs,” she said.Credit Sally Ryan for The New York Times Basically, she suggests, this is because people have an internal alarm clock that goes off at big life events, like turning 30.

Keywords: friends, people, friend, making, work

Full article on nytimes.com | 261 Points and 197 Comments

Thermal Paper Polaroid

Summary: I’m editing the init scripts using the serial port, but if we bugger up the boot process we have to completely disassemble the camera in order to access the SD card and fix the problem.

Keywords: camera, pi, image, time, printer

Full article on mitxela.com | 215 Points and 21 Comments

Researchers have developed a water-based battery to store solar and wind energy

Summary: On a hot day, when people come home from work and crank up the air conditioning, utilities must have load-balancing strategies to meet peak demand: some way to boost power generation within minutes to avoid brownouts or blackouts that might otherwise bring down the grid.

Keywords: energy, battery, cui, power, doe

Full article on news.stanford.edu | 213 Points and 62 Comments

CS109 Data Science

Summary: Instructors Joe Blitzstein, Statistics, Office hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm in SC 714 Hanspeter Pfister, Computer Science Verena Kaynig-Fittkau, Computer Science, Office hours: Tuesdays 4:15-5pm in NW B164

Keywords: data, science, assignments, lectures, material

Full article on cs109.github.io | 211 Points and 16 Comments

Letting go of the GPS to learn the art of natural navigation

Summary: There’s “the tick”, but there’s also “the celebration” (the burst of wildflowers on a forest floor that tells you where light falls) and “the shear” (the tilt of a cloud that indicates wind direction) and “the invisible handrail” (the use of a prominent landscape feature to help you retain your bearings).

Keywords: gooley, tristan, birds, london, lost

Full article on theguardian.com | 193 Points and 84 Comments

Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses

Summary: A small group of researchers, led by Leonid Margolis , a Russian-born virologist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and Robert Gallo , the HIV pioneer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has proposed that this similarity is more than mere coincidence.

Keywords: vesicles, extracellular, viruses, arc, cells

Full article on quantamagazine.org | 187 Points and 33 Comments

Show HN: Morning Cup of Coding – A curated newsletter of programming articles

Summary: Morning Cup of Coding is a daily programming newsletter featuring long form technical articles of all fields of software engineering.

Keywords: morning, content, technical, coding, cup

Full article on humanreadablemag.com | 184 Points and 39 Comments

Tesla reviewing contractors, firing everyone not vouched for by an employee

Summary: Musk has been pushing for Tesla to become profitable during the second half of the year and that’s completely dependent on the automaker optimizing Model 3 production and reducing labor hour per car.

Keywords: tesla, contractor, contractors, excellence, musk

Full article on electrek.co | 159 Points and 75 Comments

NASA advisers say SpaceX rocket technology could put lives at risk

Summary: Other private companies eventually could compete for other government launch contracts — including Blue Origin, which was founded by Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos — but none are expected to send people to the space station anytime soon.

Keywords: nasa, spacex, rocket, space, astronauts

Full article on chicagotribune.com | 159 Points and 180 Comments

Earth’s carbon dioxide levels reach highest point in 800,000 years

Summary: The increase in gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide is fuelling climate change and making “the planet more dangerous and inhospitable for future generations,” the World Meteorological Organization has said.

Keywords: carbon, dioxide, gases, greenhouse, million

Full article on therecord.com | 140 Points and 73 Comments

Origins of the finger command (1990)

Summary: Hidden fieldsSearch for groups or messages

Keywords: hidden, fieldssearch, groups, messages

Full article on groups.google.com | 136 Points and 51 Comments

More fun with reactive-banana-automation

Summary: The sensor data is available over http, so I can run this controller code in test mode, on my laptop, and observe how it reacts to real-world circumstances.

Keywords: code, testing, house, bugs, mode

Full article on joeyh.name | 134 Points and 17 Comments

China Plans $47B Fund to Boost Its Semiconductor Industry

Summary: ET BEIJING—In a move that could further heighten tensions with the U.S., China is poised to announce a new fund of about 300 billion yuan—$47.4 billion—to spur development of its semiconductor industry as it seeks to close the technology gap with the U.S. and other rivals, according to people familiar with the matter.

Keywords: china, fund, industry, chip, billion

Full article on wsj.com | 132 Points and 83 Comments

Sidepact: start a company with a full-time job

Summary: After reviewing applications, we will have structured group interview sessions and assign teams based on complementary preferences, values, and interests.

Keywords: sidepact, engineers, teams, week, companies

Full article on sidepact.com | 128 Points and 53 Comments

New autoplay policy in Chrome

Summary: In fact, in Chrome a significant number of autoplays are paused, muted, or have their tab closed within six seconds by people who don’t want them.

Keywords: chrome, don, play, unwanted, policy

Full article on blog.google | 118 Points and 138 Comments

Java’s Mysterious Interrupt

Summary: Early termination of tasks - When you submit a Runnable or Callable to an ExecutorService , occasionally you need a way to indicate you don’t want the result any more.

Keywords: thread, code, interrupt, interrupted, work

Full article on carlmastrangelo.com | 114 Points and 33 Comments

Europe Takes First Steps in Electrifying World’s Shipping Fleets

Summary: Despite these signs of progress, serious national and international regulations and incentives on converting the shipping industry to renewable sources of energy must be enacted, including a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic to reduce the emissions of sooty, heat-absorbing pollution particles.

Keywords: electric, shipping, norway, batteries, emissions

Full article on e360.yale.edu | 102 Points and 24 Comments

How I got my first thousand users

Summary: Many visitors ran a pagecheck (conversion rate ±30%), and seemed to be happy with it (based on their click behavior, time on page, etc.).

Keywords: siteguru, tool, users, sign, seo

Full article on indiehackers.com | 98 Points and 26 Comments

Rotor sail helps Finnish ferry Viking Grace reduce fuel consumption

Summary: Passengers traveling on the Baltic sea on the Viking Grace vessel can now observe a 24 meter high spinning tube on deck.

Keywords: sail, grace, norsepower, shipping, viking

Full article on metropolitan.fi | 96 Points and 66 Comments

Is It Time to Give Up on a Single Diagnostic Label for Autism?

Summary: Five years ago, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) established autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as an umbrella term when it published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ( DSM -5), the primary guide to taxonomy in psychiatry.

Keywords: autism, diagnostic, type, spectrum, single

Full article on blogs.scientificamerican.com | 93 Points and 60 Comments

Show HN: Stadia Maps, reasonably priced map tiles, static maps, and routing

Summary: Basemaps are the layer of “normal” things you’d expect to see on a map like water, country borders, cities, points of interest, etc.

Keywords: map, stadia, maps, routing, static

Full article on stadiamaps.com | 85 Points and 38 Comments

How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep into Big Business

Summary: “Highlights from 100 years of expert solicitude confirm the dirty little secret of child rearing: Though parenting gurus preach the supreme importance of consistency, their own shifting wisdom is proof of its impossibility,” Ann Hulbert, the author of “Raising America” (2003), a sweeping history of child-rearing advice, wrote in this magazine.

Keywords: karp, baby, babies, sleep, parents

Full article on nytimes.com | 82 Points and 46 Comments

GopherCon Singapore 2018 Videos

Full article on engineers.sg | 78 Points and 6 Comments

Open sourcing Terratest: tools for testing infrastructure code

Summary: Most IaC tools are immature, modern architectures are complicated, and seemingly minor changes to infrastructure code sometimes cause severe bugs, such as wiping out a server, a database, or even an entire data center.

Keywords: code, terraform, terratest, test, run

Full article on blog.gruntwork.io | 75 Points and 5 Comments

A venture fund’s experiment in human-free investing

Summary: Ray Ko, a partner who leads the firm’s tech development, is intrigued by the idea of pulling in information about founders that could serve as proxies for technical expertise, such as their histories in coding communities like GitHub Inc. and Stack Overflow , and seeing if that correlates with success.

Keywords: capital, social, companies, carroll, firm

Full article on bloomberg.com | 75 Points and 19 Comments

Windows 10 1803 Update Failure

Summary: Upon further inspection you quickly realize that this modern beauty is built upon the skeleton of an actual mid century house, one poorly constructed decades ago.

Keywords: windows, update, updates, time, dell

Full article on sdbr.net | 72 Points and 100 Comments

Hosting your static site with AWS S3, Route 53, and CloudFront for free

Summary: At the time, I found the AWS documentation to be rather fragmented and inconvenient to follow - it was hard to find what you were looking for without knowing what a specific setting might be called, or where it was, or if it existed at all.

Keywords: ll, domain, cloudfront, route, set

Full article on vickylai.com | 71 Points and 45 Comments

Limiting breakage with a software deployment checklist

Summary: So we came up with simple rule — here is a checklist, go answer all the questions in it — like a 15 minutes exam, file a deployment ticket, we will go over it and you will have a green signal to push the button.

Keywords: checklist, deployment, great, deploy, deployments

Full article on blog.gojekengineering.com | 70 Points and 13 Comments

A woman’s brain stimulator stopped working after her home struck by lightning

Summary: One stormy afternoon in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, thunder rolled, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, and the television and air conditioner went dark in the apartment of a woman with electrodes implanted in her brain.

Keywords: brain, lightning, electrodes, flisar, found

Full article on nytimes.com | 69 Points and 37 Comments

The Basic Sourdough

Summary: Thus the combination of 40% sourdough on the flour creates an excellent bread which is not too hard to handle.

Keywords: dough, sourdough, grams, mother, yeast

Full article on github.com | 68 Points and 18 Comments

Who Are These Economists, Anyway? (2009) [pdf]

Full article on levyinstitute.org | 62 Points and 27 Comments

1,000 True Fans (2008)

Summary: A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

Keywords: fans, true, fan, tail, long

Full article on kk.org | 61 Points and 7 Comments

Google News to be revamped, incorporate YouTube videos and magazines

Full article on arstechnica.com | 58 Points and 45 Comments

Facial recognition tech wrongly identified 2,000 people as potential criminals

Summary: South Wales Police began trialling the technology in June last year in a bid to catch more criminals, using cameras to scan faces in a crowd and compare them against a database of custody images.

Keywords: technology, recognition, police, people, facial

Full article on telegraph.co.uk | 53 Points and 20 Comments

Birchbox reached a deal, but it will leave some investors with nothing

Summary: The brand was founded by Stanford Business School students Brian Spaly and Andy Dunn, who wanted to disrupt the menswear space by selling well-designed chinos online.

Keywords: birchbox, company, beauchamp, million, experience

Full article on fastcompany.com | 51 Points and 21 Comments