Suburbs such as Montgomery County rethink transit to court millennials
Concerns gained urgency when Marriott said it would move partly because workers want Metro access.
We should just get public transit and/or self driving cars everywhere.
Driving sucks, and the amount of time/energy/effort people waste driving is outrageous. It would just be better if people could be productive, or just relax and not waste mental effort driving or being stuck in traffic.
Also, I think smartphone use contributes to people not wanting to drive as much...Posted on 2015-03-31T21:03:58+0000
China's Man-on-the-Side Attack on GitHub - NETRESEC Blog
On March 27 The following message was posted on the official GitHub blog: We are currently experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history. The attack began around 2AM UTC on Thursday, March 26, and involves a wide combination of attack vectors. These inc…
How I doubled my Internet speed with OpenWRT
How I doubled my Internet speed with OpenWRT Mike Solomon OpenWRT is a powerful Linux distribution for embedded devices, such as my router, and this is the story of how I used it to double my bandwidth at no extra cost to myself. How? By doubling the number of Internet connections I have. My setup M…
TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations' laws
A new Wikileaks-published leak from the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty reveals a January 2015 draft "Investment Chapter" of the agreement, where the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are set out. They allow companies to repeal nations' environmental, health and la…
The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong
He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?
:The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a tough guy,” says Prof Susskind with a chuckle. “He said: ‘What do you want to be: a ballet dancer?’ I said: ‘No, I don’t want to be a ballet dancer, I want to be a physicist.’ He said: ‘You aint going to work in no drugstore.’ I said: ‘No, not a pharmacist, a physicist.’ He said: ‘What’s a physicist?’ I said: ‘Like Einstein.’ That shook him and from that moment he got it. My mother was crying and saying, ‘We’re going to be broke,’ and he just looked at her and said: ‘Shut up – he’s going to be Einstein.’”"Posted on 2015-03-28T17:24:01+0000
Super Mario 64 HD
Demonstration project for the Super Character Controller, a recreation of Super Mario 64's first level, Bob-Omb Battlefield. Everything is just as you remember, except some really minor stuff that ...
Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelter is entering production
Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The...
Woman held in psychiatric ward after (correctly) saying Obama follows her on Twitter
A woman is suing a psychiatric ward after claiming she was diagnosed as being delusional because she told doctors Obama follows her on Twitter, according to a suit filed at Manhattan Federal court.
Errata Security: x86 is a high-level language
Inside the CPU, the results always appear as if the processor executed everything in-order, but outside the CPU, things happen in strange order. - shouldn't inside and outside be swapped in this sentence?
Google Sends Reporter a GIF Instead of a 'No Comment' | WIRED
The GIF was apparently the official answer Google sent to a reporter in response to his seeming scoop on a new YouTube livestreaming plan.
Amazon Goes After Dropbox, Google, Microsoft With Unlimited Cloud Drive Storage
Last year, Amazon gave a boost to its Prime members when it launched a free, unlimited photo storage for them on Cloud Drive. Today, the company is expanding..
An interactive computational Haskell environment bundled as a convenient Mac App. See also – Kronos Notebook for Python
Chris's Wiki :: blog/programming/ProgrammingViaSuperstition
[...] Failure to adhere to a standard while on the surface making use of it is a bug. It's not a SySV init bug, but a bug in the particular init script. Why write the information at all if it's not going to be used, and especially if it could cause unexpected behavior? [...]
Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire...
It won't be as bad as in "The Day After Tomorrow." But it's definitely not good, either.
After Jobs Dry Up, What Then?
Economic growth, even where it looks impressive, seems to be creating fewer jobs than in the past, and for the most part, poorly paid ones.
Free Non-Commercial RenderMan
RenderMan is now free for all non-commercial purposes, including evaluations, education, research, and personal projects. The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation. For further details please refer to Pixar's Non-Commercial RenderMan FAQ.
Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee”
This week AT&T got a lot of media attention for its expansion of its GigaPower service to Kansas City announced on Monday. The news wasn’t so much about the expansion, but about the ISP’s plans to to offer a $29 per month discount for customers who let Ma Bell scan their web searches in exchange…
In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas
Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities.
"Safe spaces are an expression of the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being “bombarded” by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints. Think of the safe space as the live-action version of the better-known trigger warning, a notice put on top of a syllabus or an assigned reading to alert students to the presence of potentially disturbing material."
I can understand needing and having safe places, but if we all went to our safe places every single time, we would never solve the underlying problemsPosted on 2015-03-22T18:12:45+0000
The Decline of Vancouver
Vancouver, once a city with its own unique spin on Canadian ideals and culture, is well on its way to becoming a vacation city for the world’s rich, its economy transforming into one predicated almost...
"We’ve reached an almost criminal point of misinformation and political correctness. Picture an elephant in the room. This elephant has a large bed sheet poorly covering half its body. Most in the room say “hey look it’s an elephant.” Property owners say “no, we can’t be sure it’s an elephant, there’s a bed sheet covering part of it”. Politicians say “we can’t be sure it’s an elephant, we need to study it more”. And developers say “we did a survey and concluded it’s a hamster.” "Posted on 2015-03-22T18:06:35+0000
David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’
The books interview: The anarchist author, coiner of the phrase ‘We are the 99%’, talks to Stuart Jeffries about ‘bullshit jobs’, our rule-bound lives and the importance of play
John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper
"A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It's not Urschel's first paper.
Google Just Fixed One of Wi-Fi's Biggest Annoyances | WIRED
With the new Android 5.1 update, which began rolling out yesterday in the U.S., your phone will remember which networks you attempt to connect with have crappy Wi-Fi.
Silicon Valley’s Sex Workers Are Being Priced Out of the City By Their Own Clients
An FBI crackdown and skyrocketing rents in San Francisco are forcing them to take side jobs—like driving for Uber—or leave.
Rationality: From AI to Zombies - Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Between 2006 and 2009, senior MIRI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote several hundred essays for the blogs Overcoming Bias and Less Wrong, collectively called “the Sequences.” With two days remaining until Yudkowsky concludes his other well-known rationality book, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rat…
Optimizing performance on low end devices
One of the hardest parts of building for Android is making your app work well on all phones. While device fragmentation often brings forth concerns on design, the bigger struggle will be behind the...
Elon Musk Says Self-Driving Tesla Cars Will Be in the U.S. by Summer
The automaker’s chief says a software update will allow the Model S to navigate streets without the driver’s touching the wheel or pedals.
We Buy Broken Gold
My Uncle Pat claims the Martin family fortune has its origins in a World War I gold scam. I won’t apologize for this because I never saw a nickel of the family money. It was squandered by my father on
Warren Buffett Just Wrote His Best Annual Letter Ever
Bill Gates shares what he has learned from Warren Buffett’s look back at 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway’s history in his new annual letter.
YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin
This is HUGE. It may not look like much, but if you're involved in music production, recording, mixing or mastering, this image could be the most
The 'SimCity' Empire Has Fallen and 'Skylines' Is Picking Up the Pieces
'Cities: Skylines' is the deep, complex city-builder game you always wanted.
7 things every kid should master - The Boston Globe
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
BitTorrent-Style Updates Revealed in Leaked Windows 10 | TorrentFreak
A leaked build of Windows 10 has revealed that Microsoft may be about to utilize BitTorrent-style tech to deliver updates to its new OS. Deep in the settings is an option to receive updates from multiple sources including Microsoft, local computers and those "on the Internet." Could this be BitTorre…
I Can Text You A Pile of Poo, But I Can’t Write My Name
We can’t ignore the composition of the Unicode Consortium’s members, directors, and officers -- the people who define the everyday writing systems of all languages across the globe.
"The evolution of emoji is impressive and fascinating, but it makes for an uncomfortable contrast when other pictorial writing systems – the most commonly-used writing systems on the planet – are on the chopping block. We have an unambiguous, cross-platform way to represent “PILE OF POO” (💩), while we’re still debating which of the 1.2 billion native Chinese speakers deserve to spell their own names correctly."Posted on 2015-03-18T00:24:15+0000
Richard Stallman’s GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty - The New Yorker
The GNU Manifesto is characteristic of its author, Richard Stallman—deceptively simple, lucid, explicitly left-leaning, and entirely uncompromising.
Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand
The Internet giant is placing its bets on its new flagship browser codenamed Project Spartan.
Makani – Google
Makani is working to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that uses lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software to generate more energy with less materials—all at lower cost.
How the FBI Created a Terrorist - The Intercept
In 2012, Sami Osmakac was 25 years old, broke and struggling with mental illness. His family wanted to get him help. The FBI wanted him to carry out a terrorist attack.
" In these cases, the FBI says paid informants and undercover agents are foiling attacks before they occur. But the evidence suggests — and a recent Human Rights Watch report on the subject illustrates — that the FBI isn’t always nabbing would-be terrorists so much as setting up mentally ill or economically desperate people to commit crimes they could never have accomplished on their own."Posted on 2015-03-16T16:17:14+0000
How GitHub Conquered Google, Microsoft, and Everyone Else | WIRED
Google Code was supposed to spread the open source religion. But then GitHub came along. And GitHub, it turns out, was a much better preacher.
Tubes vs. Torrents: the Ethics of Piracy
Graphic Descriptions the official Blog of Stoya
Bidding farewell to Google Code
When we started the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was limited. We were worried about reliability and stagnation, so we took action by giving the open source community another option to choose from. Since then, we’ve seen a wide variety of better project ho…
Drones and the rise of the high-tech assassins
How twenty-three innocent Afghani civilians were wiped out by self-deceiving drone operators seven and a half thousand miles away.
My Roommate, the Darknet Drug Lord
I lived with Ross Ulbricht while he was running Silk Road.
Early Retirement in the N.F.L. and at Google, and the Paradox of Success
What a retiring chief financial officer and three football players — Patrick Willis, Jason Worilds and Jake Locker — have in common.
There is No Now - ACM Queue
The time elapsed between when I wrote that word and when you read it was at least a couple of weeks. That kind of delay is one that we take for granted and don't even think about in written media.
Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a cu...
The crazy, true-life adventures of Norway’s most radical billionaire
Fred Olsen is both the owner of Timex and its most successful watch designer. He’s also a world-class sailor and an oil industry pioneer, and was rumored to have inspired a Simpsons character. Now he’s leading a revolution in offshore wind.
Using Named Pipes and Process Substitution in Bioinformatics
It’s hard not to fall in love with Unix as a bioinformatician. In a past post I mentioned how Unix pipes are an extremely elegant way to interface bioinformatics programs (and do inter-process communication in general). In exploring other ways of interfacing programs in Unix, I’ve discovered two gre…
Introducing Google Cloud Storage Nearline: (near)online data at an offline price
Bill Watterson talks: This is why you must read the new ‘Exploring Calvin and Hobbes’ book
Coming out tomorrow, the bound catalog for OSU's Bill Watterson retrospective offers a rarity of a revealing, in-depth interview.
Raytracing a Black Hole
It's now clear I'm on a Black Hole binge (I can stop when I want, by the way). They're endlessly fascinating. My recent interest was in particular focused on simulating visualizations of the Schwarzschild geometry. I was preoccupied by the problem of generating a decent accurate representation of ho…
Apple - MacBook
The incredibly thin and light new MacBook features a stunning 12-inch Retina display, a redesigned keyboard, and the new Force Touch trackpad.
Thomas Ptacek, Erin Ptacek, and I are pleased to announce Starfighter, a company that will publish CTFs (games) that are designed to develop, improve, and assess rare, extremely valuable programmin...
Lint For Math
Can we remove simple errors from math proofs? simple-talk interview source Stephen Johnson is one of the world's top programmers. Top programmers are inherently lazy: they prefer to build tools rat...
Five minutes with Mariana Mazzucato: "We have socialised the risk of innovation but privatised...
The public sector is often seen as sclerotic and conservative in contrast with a dynamic and innovative private sector. This assumption lies at the basis of much of the outsourcing of public servic...
" When Google received funding for its algorithm from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is it right that after it earned billions nothing went back to the NSF (which is today starved of funds), or that some of Apple’s profits go into a national innovation fund to fund the next wave of Apples?"Posted on 2015-03-09T16:16:08+0000
DevOps Is Bullshit: Why One Programmer Doesn't Do It Anymore
The story of one programmer's journey into, and vehement rejection of, this thing we call "DevOps" - lessons learned, sound advice and why you're probably doing it all wrong.
The Hiring Post
The Hiring Post 06 March 2015 1 The software developer job interview doesn’t work. Companies should stop relying on them. The savviest teams will outcompete their peers by devising alternative hiring schemes. Years from now, we’ll look back at the 2015 developer interview as an anachronism, akin to…
On March 4th, 2015, we found a tracking device inside of the wheel well of a car belonging to an attendee of the Circumvention Tech Festival in Valencia, Spain. This was reported in the local media.
The dangers of intermediate targets: IQ, cholesterol, and 99%-ile latency
Most real-world problems are big enough that you can’t just head for the end goal, you have to break them down into smaller parts and set up …
The man who posted himself to Australia
In 1964 Australian athlete Reg Spiers sent himself from London to Australia in a wooden box - he was transported as freight in the cargo hold of a plane.
MySpace – what went wrong: ‘The site was a massive spaghetti-ball mess’
Sean Percival on corporate interference, Punch The Monkey, and a failed attempt to buy Spotify: ‘They sure as hell were not selling to us...’
Newest version of uTorrent has Bitcoin mining offer during install | Hacker News
Introducing Google Compare for U.S. car insurance
Silicon Valley gets a taste for food
A PLANT-BASED hamburger patty that bleeds. Meatless chicken strips with the same fleshy and fibrous texture as cooked poultry. Mayonnaise made without eggs that is...
Contributor by Google
Introducing Contributor by Google. An experiment in additional ways to fund the web.
How we upgrade a live data center - Server Fault Blog
A few weeks ago we upgraded a lot of the core infrastructure in our New York (okay, it’s really in New Jersey now – but don’t tell anyone) data center. We love being open with everything we do (including infrastructure), and really consider it one of the best job perks we have. So here’s how and why…
Exclusive Extract From Jon Ronson Book 'So You've Been Publicly Shamed'
In which Ronson investigates a peculiar case of online retribution
Introducing Airpal - Airbnb Engineering
Airbnb is pleased to announce the launch of Airpal, a web-based query execution tool that leverages Facebook’s PrestoDB to facilitate data analysis. People who spend time using SQL for exploration and investigation know that the workflow is not always smooth. Remembering how a query was written, cop…
India’s Daughter: BBC brings forward airing of Delhi rape documentary
Film on brutal attack on Jyoti Singh broadcast in UK on Wednesday night despite being banned by Indian authorities
" India’s parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu declared: “We can ban the film in India. But this is an international conspiracy to defame India. We will see how the film can be stopped abroad too.”"
I thought us Pakistanis had the monopoly on claiming any bad press was a foreign conspiracyPosted on 2015-03-05T16:14:42+0000
One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't
Identical twins who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, a new study from Finland found.
EA Shuts Down ‘SimCity’ & ‘The Sims’ Developer Maxis
Maxis Emeryville, the studio responsible for huge PC hits including 'The Sims' and 'SimCity', has been closed by EA after nearly thirty years of operation.
SpaceX Profitable as Musk Pulls In NASA Contracts, Google Cash
Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.
Decision in ‘free-range’ case does not end debate about parenting and safety
CPS investigation leads to finding that Md. parents are responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect.
"“The go-to narrative in the last 20 or 30 years for parents was, ‘Take your eyes off your kid for even a second and he’ll be snatched.’ What the Meitiv case did was pivot the story to: ‘Give your kid one second of freedom and the government will arrest you.’ ”"Posted on 2015-03-04T17:50:26+0000
Why Unreal, Unity, and Source are Going Free
In the last three days, three major game engine developers have announced they are giving their technology away. Why would they do that? What do they hope to achieve?
The Night My Girlfriend Dissociated and Forgot Who I Was | VICE | United Kingdom
Because of her dissociative identity disorder, I was a stranger in the eyes of the woman I loved.
"She listened for a little while longer and then passed the phone to me. "He wants to talk to you." I spoke to George for a couple of minutes. I've never been so relieved to hear the voice of a girlfriend's ex."Posted on 2015-03-04T17:43:42+0000
The Overprotected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
Oh man. This is really long but I loved every bit of it. It shows how society has become so risk averse, especially with children.
" If a mother is afraid that her child might be abducted, her ironclad rule should not be Don’t talk to strangers. It should be Don’t talk to your father."Posted on 2015-03-04T17:12:31+0000
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Attack of the week: FREAK (or 'factoring the NSA...
If you don't know what these are, in year 1999 the US government raised the limit to 56-bit encryption and 1024-bit RSA. They were described in https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-tls-56-bit-ciphersuites-01
We’re still geared to delivering even better workflows, more optimizations and the features that give you creative freedom to drive your game development to new heights.
Mozilla not accepted for Google Summer of Code 2015 - Florian Quèze
As you may have already seen, Mozilla is not in the list of organizations accepted for Google Summer of Code 2015.People who have observed the list carefully may have noticed that
Project managers, ducks, and dogs marking territory
There's a story I read on one of the Stack Overflow type sites a couple of years ago about a "duck". It was an answer about terms people have invented in the world of programming, and it went like this.
Corona SDK is now Free + Mac/Win Desktop Apps + GDC | Corona Labs
This week, to coincide with GDC, we’re making some very exciting announcements! Corona SDK is completely FREE First, Corona SDK is now completely free! Starting today, anyone who registers on our site will get the full power of Corona SDK (existing users can just logout and then re-login to the Coro…
Stephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes"
"I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn."
Fork me! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers
Taxi biz demands IP addresses and more