End of the car age: how cities outgrew the automobile
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? Stephen Moss investigates
Thinking About Performance | Chad Austin
First, when I announced BufferBuilder on reddit, one early commenter asked "Did you run your Haskell through a profiler to help identify the slow parts of your code?" A fairly reasonable question, but no, I didn’t. And the reason is that, if stuff shows up in a Haskell profiler, it’s already going t…
Category Theory for Programmers: The Preface
Table of Contents Part One Category: The Essence of Composition Types and Functions Categories Great and Small Kleisli Categories Products and Coproducts Simple Algebraic Data Types Functors Functo...
Microsoft announces full preview of the .NET Core runtime for Linux and Mac OS X
Last November, Microsoft said that it would bring some of the core features of its .NET platform -- which has traditionally been Windows-only -- to Linux and..
Microsoft announces a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud...
Visual Studio Code will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. The application is still officially in preview, but you can now download it soon.
The days are long but the decades are short
I turned 30 last week and a friend asked me if I'd figured out any life advice in the past decade worth passing on. I'm somewhat hesitant to publish this because I think these lists usually seem...
Five Disturbing Things You Didn't Know About Forensic "Science" - The Intercept
The FBI’s review of flawed hair analysis — its largest-ever post-conviction evaluation of questionable forensic evidence — is just the tip of the iceberg.
As Cognition Slips, Financial Skills Are Often the First to Go
Studies show that the ability to perform math problems, as well as handling money matters, are typically one of the first skills to decline in diseases like Alzheimer’s.
“A person can appear to have their wherewithal cognitively, but not have the ability to understand money in the same way anymore,” said Ms. Clark, a retired registered nurse and family therapist in Cottonwood, Calif."Posted on 2015-04-28T20:36:40+0000
Take Nothing, Leave Nothing
Seventeen hundred miles from what is customarily called civilization—in this case, the western shore of the Republic of South Africa—lies a tiny British-run volcanic island populated by fewer than thr
This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind
As the Supreme Court considers extending same-sex marriage rights to all Americans, we look at the patterns of social change that have tranformed the nation.
Volatile and Decentralized: Rewriting a large production system in Go
Matt, have you tried the margo and gocode systems? I use GoSublime with Sublime Text, but am otherwise a Vim snob, and if I hadn't gotten used to using Sublime Text for Go, I believe from what I've read that I'd be using these. The plugins turn Sublime Text into something very close to an IDE, and I…
Docker Without Docker
Some common questions What is Docker? Do I really need it? How does Docker actually work? How can I set up a single dev environment to work on any computer? My code works on my computer. Now how do I put it on a production server? Can't I just write code and have it "just work" everywhere? Package m…
A Bot Made Millions on Wall Street by Reading the Web. It Also Ate This Guy’s Lunch.
On the afternoon of Friday, March 27, as several news outlets reported at the time, somebody apparently made $2.4 million from a tweet. That tweet was a bit of breaking news from Wall Street Journal writer Dana Mattioli: Quicker than any human seemingly could have done it, someone—or rather somethin…
Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: World of Warcraft
As more and more of our time and lives move into the digital world, the online landscape is becoming so vast, we have begun leaving some things behind.
Legacy of Agent Orange
As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.
An Android is urinating on the Apple logo in Google Maps
Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted
Apple now rejecting apps with Pebble Smartwatch support
We have just had the latest version of our SeaNav US iOS app rejected by Apple because we support the Pebble Smartwatch and say so in the app description and meta-data (we also state in the review notes that "This application was approved for use with the Pebble MFI Accessory in the Product Plan xxx…
Transcript of Speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Founders Forum Smart Nation Singapore...
Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Singapore! At a time where grey clouds are hovering over the world economy, we are lucky. Firstly, there were no grey clouds in the sky this evening. Secondly, the tech industry is one of the bright spots in the world. There is a sense of adventure,…
A speech from a leader who gets tech.
"I take a personal interest in this. 40 years ago, after doing a math degree, I went on to study computer science, on my father’s advice. He said there is a future in that, and he was right. So for the Smart Nation Programme Office, I have put Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in charge, reporting to me. Vivian is both a hacker and a dabbler – He used to be an eye surgeon but since he does not get to operate on eyes nowadays, he dabbles in building simple robots, assembling watches, wireless devices and programming apps. His day job is to be the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and so when he builds apps, he uses the real time APIs generated by the Ministry. That’s called user-testing. I used to enjoy this; it is a long time since I’ve done anything. The last programme I wrote was a Sudoku solver in C++ several years ago, so I’m out of date. My children are in IT, two of them – both graduated from MIT. One of them browsed a book and said, “Here, read this”. It said “Haskell – learn you a Haskell for great good”, and one day that will be my retirement reading. "Posted on 2015-04-22T16:45:57+0000
blogorrhea: Why the Super-Rich Get Richer
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.
Google’s Steely Foe in Europe
The European Union’s commissioner for competition has a reputation for being tough, but she says it’s her responsibility to make sure that competition is fair and open.
"As minister of the economy, for instance, she pushed for changes to Denmark’s generous social welfare benefits, including substantially curtailing unemployment benefits. Subsequently, a group of jobless builders presented her with a gift: a life-size sculpture of a hand with a raised middle digit. She keeps the artifact prominently displayed on a coffee table at her office in the European Commission."Posted on 2015-04-20T16:35:49+0000
Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing A.D.H.D. Drugs
Interviews with users and treatment experts suggest a growing number of young American workers are taking stimulants to enhance concentration and stamina at work.
"Those lawyers said they and dozens of young colleagues at their firms had casually traded pills to work into the night and billed hundreds of extra hours a year in the race for partnerships."Posted on 2015-04-19T19:38:21+0000
Manna, Chapter 1, by Marshall Brain
Depending on how you want to think about it, it was funny or inevitable or symbolic that the robotic takeover did not start at MIT, NASA, Microsoft or Ford. It started at a Burger-G restaurant in Cary, NC on May 17. It seemed like such a simple thing at the time, but May 17 marked a pivotal moment i…
I don't know how I took this long to find this great story. It's a light 30 minute read that covers both possibilities of what happens when software, robotics and automation are taken to their logical conclusion. Scary, enlightening and uplifting.Posted on 2015-04-19T19:13:02+0000
United Airlines Stops Researcher Who Tweeted about Airplane Network Security from Boarding...
Our client, Chris Roberts, a founder of the security intelligence firm One World Labs, found himself detained by the FBI earlier this week after tweeting about airplane network security during a United Airlines flight. When Roberts landed in Syracuse, he was questioned by the FBI, which ultimately s…
FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all criminal trials for decades
FBI and Justice Department for the first time acknowledge that nearly all hair examiners gave flawed testimony
The photographers who refuse to abandon traditional film cameras
Film photography was supposed to have been killed off by the digital era - but a committed band of enthusiasts refuse to abandon the traditional camera.
French Senate Backs Bid To Force Google To Disclose Search Algorithm Workings
In France, the upper house of parliament yesterday voted to support an amendment to a draft economy bill that would require search engines to display at least..
Microsoft Just Took Android’s Future Out of Google’s Hands | WIRED
Microsoft partnership with open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS makes one thing very clear: Android’s not just for Google anymore.
Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy
"Here’s Uber, a business model with $40 billion behind it, that is seen as the future, but if she’s correct about their needing to classify all of these drivers as employees, it destroys that model."
"Liss-Riordan says that Uber, Lyft and other on-demand companies are making the same kind of arguments she’s seen before. “FedEx argued that it was a logistics operation, connecting people who wanted to deliver packages, not a delivery service. Strip clubs argued that dancers weren’t employees, that they were in the business of selling drinks and that naked women just danced on the side,” said Liss-Riordan. “These arguments have not gone well for these companies.”"Posted on 2015-04-18T02:55:35+0000
Scientists Perturbed by Loss of Stat Tool to Sift Research Fudge from Fact
The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology recently banned the use of p-values and other statistical methods to quantify uncertainty from significance in research results
Chord progressions of 25 000 songs!
The Hooktheory.com database contains analyses of over 25000 songs. These analyses are uploaded by users and allow for all these songs to be analyzed in bulk, as well as individually. One of these '...
Android's 10 Millisecond Problem: How Google and Android are leaving billions on the table.
Android's 10 Millisecond Problem: The Android Audio Path Latency Explainer
100 Days As A Black Man In Silicon Valley | VSB
I’d like to see more Blacks in tech, so I started with myself
Remote Code Execution Via HTTP Request In IIS On Windows
Patching time. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the HTTP protocol stack (HTTP.sys) that is caused when HTTP.sys improperly parses specially crafted HTTP requests. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the context of the System accoun…
Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?
The maker of the TurboTax tax preparation program opposes return-free filing, a system that might eliminate the use of its software.
How Two Sentences Overturned 200 Years Of Mathematical Precident
For almost 200 years, Euler's conjecture reigned in mathematics unchecked. Then, a paper came out that turned the whole thing on its head... and it did it all in just two sentences.
llilc - This repo contains LLILC, an LLVM based compiler for .NET Core. It includes a set of cross-platform .NET code generation tools that enables compilation of MSIL byte code to LLVM supported platforms.
Owner of a Credit Card Processor Is Setting a New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year
The owner of a small company in Seattle said he heard stories of how tough it was to make ends meet even on salaries that exceeded the federal minimum wage.
Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil
The biggest exporter has let prices plummet—delaying the day when climate concerns, efficiency, and fuel switching break the world’s dependence on crude.
To Raise Productivity, Let More Employees Work from Home
The study: Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang, who is also a cofounder of the Chinese travel website Ctrip, gave the staff at Ctrip’s call center the opportunity to volunteer to work from home for nine months. Half the volunteers were allowed to telecommute; the rest remained in the off…
The one line you should add to every makefile | John Graham-Cumming
If you enjoyed this blog post, you might enjoy my travel book for people interested in science and technology: The Geek Atlas. Signed copies of The Geek Atlas are available.
U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels' Cross-Border Trade
The cartels are still smuggling harder drugs but advocates point out the success of legalization in cutting illegal trade
Working Remotely From A Tropical Island in Thailand
Mobile Jazz is an engineering and design agency. But unlike our peers, when it comes to working at Mobile Jazz we are becoming known for sometimes taking a rather different approach to the work/life balance. Unlike most companies out there, our main objective is to optimize for happiness, rather...
Hidden backdoor API to root privileges in Apple OS X
TL;DR The Admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges. It’s been there for several years (at least since 2011), I found it in October 2014 and it can be exploite...
Unit tests fail when run in Australia · Issue #5017 · angular/angular.js
I'm receiving the same error reported in this comment: #3474 (comment) I'm also in Australia/Sydney. I was able to skip with --force, but it'd be good to get a clean bill of health for contributing! Chrome 31.0.1650 (Mac OS X 10.9.0) ...
Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents
The technology industry highlights the difficulties that the American economy has had adapting to modern family life.
What I'd tell myself about startups if I could go back 5 years.
Blog by Ben Dixon, Ruby on Rails Developer, about rails, devops, docker, climbing and startups
VP9: Faster, better, buffer-free YouTube videos
As more people watch more high-quality videos across more screens, we need video formats that provide better resolution without increasing bandwidth usage. That’s why we started encoding YouTube videos in VP9, the open-source codec that brings HD and even 4K (2160p) quality at half the bandwidth use…
Meet the most fascinating part of the F-35: The &u0024;400,000 helmet
To truly understand the F-35, the most expensive weapons program in the history of the Pentagon, forget the plane for a minute. Consider the helmet.
Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible' | WIRED
One day, Microsoft could "open source" the code that underpins the OS---giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company's top engineers.
We’ve Been Cheated Out of Condoms That Actually Feel Good During Sex
In 1993, Danny Resnic was having anal sex during a casual hookup in Miami Beach when his partner’s latex condom broke. Resnic had been using condoms ever since the man he describes as “my best friend and love of my life” died from AIDS in 1984. “I have always been...
Devlin's Angle: The Importance of Mathematics Courses in Computer Science Education
Tesla is a Battery Company • Jeremy Welch
Tesla Motors started as a Car company, but they should now be considered to be a Battery company for three key reasons: Tesla Leadership has Expertise in Batteries and Energy Systems Batteries Are the Most Important Component of an Electric... | Jeremy Welch | Pattern Recognition and Acceleration