Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years
All prices change. So why did the price of a Coke stay the same for decades? The answer includes a 7.5-cent coin and a company president who wanted to get a couple of lawyers out of his office.
With 61 Seconds in a Minute, Markets Brace for Trouble
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.
Squib | A Ruby DSL for prototyping card games
Squib is a Ruby DSL for prototyping card and board games. Write a little bit of Ruby, define your deck's stats, then compile your game into a series of images ready for print-and-play or even print-on-demand. Squib is very data-driven and built on the principle of Don't Repeat Yourself. Think of it…
The Sikhs who saved Parmesan - BBC News
What do Punjab and the Po Valley have in common? More than you might imagine, which is why Sikhs have played a key role in Italian cheese-making.
In Pakistan, Heat Waves and the Holy Month Don’t Mix
Piety and high temperatures are killing the residents of Karachi, the world’s third-largest city.
"But it really wasn’t the lack of electricity or even the heat that killed these 1,000 people. What killed them was the forced piety enshrined in our law and Karachi’s contempt for the working poor. These people died because we long ago removed any shade that could shelter them from the June sun and then took away their drinking water. When they were about to die, we rushed them to hospitals in ambulances paid for by charities and gave them medicines paid for by charities. We gave them white sheets to recuperate in if they survived, and when they didn’t, those white sheets became their shrouds. Karachi’s hospitals are now awash with chilled bottles of Nestlé water donated by the kindhearted people of the city, but you still can’t get a drink of water on the streets."Posted on 2015-06-26T23:59:45+0000
Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers’ Sex Lives
Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of hackers.
Basics of the Unix Philosophy
The ‘Unix philosophy’ originated with Ken Thompson's early meditations on how to design a small but capable operating system with a clean service interface. It grew as the Unix culture learned things about how to get maximum leverage out of Thompson's design. It absorbed lessons from many sources al…
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: A Mosquito’s Lament
This, in case you were wondering, is a mosquito. This is a raindrop. And here’s a puzzle. Raindrops aren’t mosquito friendly. If you’re a mosquito darting about on a rainy day, those ...
Class, capitalism and the tech industry
The tech industry has constructed a series of myths that obscure the realities of class power, exploitation and oppression.
I don't know why this hasn't been shared around more.
"But no matter who we are in the industry--cleaner, coder, designer or picker/packer--if we don't go to work, our bosses can't make a profit from our labor. In the end, to keep delivering things of value to people, we don't need them: They need us."Posted on 2015-06-26T16:45:49+0000
We need to rethink employee compensation
I think that the way that employees are getting compensated at startups is starting to break. The old model of relatively low salary and "high" equity only works when there's a healthy public...
Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry
In a landmark victory for gay rights, a divided Supreme Court ruled that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution.
The $80 Million Fake Bomb-Detector Scam—and the People Behind It
When Baghdad bought tens of millions of dollars’ worth of British-made A.D.E. 651s, advertised as a foolproof bomb detector, the Iraqi government thought it would be saving countless lives. But the devices were laughable—based on a toy—and in the end have led to many deaths. Iraq is not the only cou…
Start-Ups Finding the Best Employees Are Actually Employed
Some on-demand companies are rejecting the practice of using independent contractors, like Uber drivers, and are hiring people they can train and hold accountable.
Lush cosmetics in YouTube address dispute - BBC News
A popular video blogger hits out at cosmetics brand Lush after he loses control of a YouTube address he has been using since 2005.
A World Without Work
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
"Decades from now, perhaps the 20th century will strike future historians as an aberration, with its religious devotion to overwork in a time of prosperity, its attenuations of family in service to job opportunity, its conflation of income with self-worth."Posted on 2015-06-24T05:20:39+0000
The Cartel That Makes Sure Airplane Tickets Never Get Cheaper
It’s been a windfall year for the industry, but you won’t be getting any better accommodations or more affordable fares. What gives?
"The problem is that the people running airlines in the U.S. have one part of their brain missing, the part that provides the service ethic. As well as fare-gouging they’re space gouging in the cabins. Even with the newest jets like the Dreamliner they are packing more seats into coach than the airplane designers (or nature) intended."Posted on 2015-06-23T07:29:45+0000
The Curse of the Excluded Middle - ACM Queue
There is a trend in the software industry to sell "mostly functional" programming as the silver bullet for solving problems developers face with concurrency, parallelism (manycore), and, of course, Big Data. Contemporary imperative languages could continue the ongoing trend, embrace closures, and tr…
Slack CEO explodes over editorial about the South Carolina shooting, says 'f--- you' to Wall...
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield criticized The Wall Street Journal for an editorial published following the Charleston shootings.
Update from the Team: CRYENGINE 3.8.1 is here, adding OpenGL, Linux and Oculus Rift Support
CRYENGINE 3.8.1 is now availableNew API: OpenGL Support Starting with 3.8.1, we are shipping a fully-featured OpenGL rendering implementation with CRYENGINE, which goes hand in hand with Linux support for your games (see below).New platform: Oculus Rift Support You asked about it, and we listened:…
To Apple, Love Taylor
I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of...
A farmer's straight talk on the drought: Listen up, city dwellers
It was heating up in the San Joaquin Valley this week. Joe Del Bosque, a farmer who had to make some hard decisions this year, was driving toward an asparagus field he's about to plow under. The windshield of his white Yukon was splattered with dead bugs. He didn't seem to notice.
Biotech firm creates fake rhino horn to help save real rhinos
A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3 D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching.
The Best Way to Reduce Research Bias Is Hiding in Plain View - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
In the late 1970s, groups of soda marketers descended on the nation’s malls. They gave shoppers two unmarked cups, one filled with…
The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life
Inspired to make a meaningful donation, I wondered: What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think that math and logic could help me find it?
Quiz: Find the missing World Cup ball (Group stages)
The New York Times removed the ball from World Cup photos. See if you can find where it belongs in today's quiz.
Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks
Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?
This racist media narrative around mass violence falls apart with the Charleston church shooting.
AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its ‘unlimited’ data
It's one of the biggest fines ever levied by the FCC against a telecom provider.
A look inside Google’s Data Center Networks
Brendan Eich » Blog Archive » From ASM.JS to WebAssembly
tl;dr I’m burying the lede with context and catch-up material first, so impatient or already-clued-in readers should skip to below the videos for today’s big news. Or just read Luke Wagner‘s blog post right now.
Uber Drivers Deemed Employees By California Labor Commission
It would appear that the California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are employees. As it stands now, Uber employs its drivers as third-party..
The 100-year-old scientist who pushed the FDA to ban artificial trans fat
100-year-old professor has pushed the government to ban trans fats.
How to receive a million packets per second
Last week during a casual conversation I overheard a colleague saying: "The Linux network stack is slow! You can't expect it to do more than 50 thousand packets per second per core!" That got me thinking. While I agree that...
Why Mathematicians Are Hoarding This Special Type of Japanese Chalk
This spring, an 80-year-old Japanese chalk company went out of business. Nobody, perhaps, was as sad to see the company go as mathematicians who had become obsessed with Hagoromo Fulltouch Chalk, the so-called “Rolls Royce of chalk.”
mikeash.com: I Do Not Agree To Your Terms
Apple introduced their News app at WWDC, and the other day they sent me an e-mail saying they want to include this blog in News.
A Curious Midlife Crisis for a Tech Entrepreneur
Fabrice Grinda, who is worth an estimated $100 million, ditched his 20-acre estate and $300,000 sports car in search of an elusive happiness.
California Announces Restrictions on Water Use by Farmers
Farmers with long-time rights to California water will face cutbacks, the first reduction in their usage since 1977, state officials announced Friday.
A YouTube built for gamers
Reassessing Airport Security - Schneier on Security
Reassessing Airport Security News that the Transportation Security Administration missed a whopping 95% of guns and bombs in recent airport security "red team" tests was justifiably shocking. It's clear that we're not getting value for the $7 billion we're paying the TSA annually. But there's anothe…
What is code? If you don't know, you need to read this:
The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.
Max Howell on Twitter
“Google: 90% of our engineers use the software you wrote (Homebrew), but you can’t invert a binary tree on a whiteboard so fuck off.”
"Google: 90% of our engineers use the software you wrote (Homebrew), but you can’t invert a binary tree on a whiteboard so f*** off."
Tech interviews are brokenPosted on 2015-06-12T07:37:36+0000
I quit the tech industry / fuzzy notepad
Tue 09 June 2015 I quit the tech industry This Friday, June 12, will be my last day at Yelp. I don’t intend to look for another tech job. Or another job at all. Ever. I’m just thoroughly exhausted. I have so much I want to do, yet I’m selling half of my waking hours every weekday to someone else, fo…
Taking a Tire Iron to Techie Triumphalism
A new book by Kentaro Toyama, a computer scientist, criticizes the efforts by technology entrepreneurs to effect social change.
"There are various explanations for the technology world’s contempt for existing human structures. It’s a world full of trained engineers — and many college dropouts — who cannot be expected to grasp human dynamics any more than political scientists understand Java code. Many brilliant technology leaders have stories of bullying and isolation in their youths that would leave anyone with abiding skepticism of human groups, institutions, cultures. If family dinners and school lunches were painful for you, “disrupting” eating with a venture-capital-backed protein drink like Soylent can seem like liberation."
Well putPosted on 2015-06-10T04:00:30+0000
Mortgages Are About Math: Open-Source Loan-Level Analysis of Fannie and Freddie
[M]ortgages were acknowledged to be the most mathematically complex securities in the marketplace. The complexity arose entirely out of the option the homeowner has to prepay his loan; it was poetic …
It’s The Future | The Circle Blog
[Editor Note: At the risk of spoiling the joke a bit, we want to make sure that everyone knows that the following is satire, and we’re actually quite fond of the companies we mention. Docker, CoreOS, Google, Vagrant/Hashicorp, Heroku, Aphyr, Amazon, Mongo, Redis—we love you really and mean you no ha…
A Constructive Look At TempleOS
TempleOS is somewhat of a legend in the operating system community. It's sole author, Terry A. Davis, has spent the past 12 years attempting to create a new operating from scratch. Terry explains t...
Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain
There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?
Is Social Rejection the Key to Creativity?
On the psychology of why rejection and loneliness may be necessary evils for the creative genius “In the deepest and most important things, we are unutterably alone, and for one person to be able t...
The Batteriser Explained | EEVblog - The Electronics Engineering Video Blog
I have a 40 minute video on the recent media claims about the Batteriser, a device that claims up to 800% improvement in battery life with primary Alkaline batteries. Many people have asked for a much shorter explanation of the claims, so here we go, for those who can’t afford the 40 minutes:
How safe is air quality on commercial planes? - BBC News
Seventeen flight staff are planning legal action over the alleged contamination of air on board British flights. But what is the evidence to suggest it is unsafe?
How Math’s Most Famous Proof Nearly Broke - Issue 24: Error - Nautilus
Andrew Wiles gave a series of lectures cryptically titled “Modular Forms, Elliptic Curves, and Galois Representations” at a mathematics…
How US students get a university degree for free in Germany - BBC News
While the cost of college education in the US has reached record highs, Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for both German and international students. An increasing number of US students are taking advantage.
"His mother Amy is okay with that as long as her son finds a good job and doesn't struggle. She does wonder why her own country was not able to give him a similar education at a price tag that this single mother could afford.
"I feel like my child is getting an absolute wonderful education over there for free. Betrayal is too strong of a word, but why can't we do that here?""Posted on 2015-06-09T04:29:00+0000
NSA whistleblower warns of surveillance state
William Binney spent more than 30 years at the National Security Agency designing programs that enabled mass surveillance of foreign terrorists.
PepsiCo’s CEO was right. Now what?
Years ago Indra Nooyi made an audacious strategy shift beyond unhealthy snacks and drinks. She was prescient—as well as disciplined and tough—but the challenges are still daunting.
Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school
The Oklahoma City School District will work to preserve the chalkboards which carry lessons on pilgrims.
The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling
A new report into U.S. consumers' attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are..
Map: The remarkable distances you can travel on a European train in less than a day
Warning: Americans might get jealous reading this.
The Underhanded C Contest
The goal of the contest is to write code that is as readable, clear, innocent and straightforward as possible, and yet it must fail to perform at its apparent function. To be more specific, it should do something subtly evil. Every year, we will propose a challenge to coders to solve a simple data p…
In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief
An investigation by NPR and ProPublica finds a string of poorly managed projects, questionable spending and dubious claims of success, according to a review of the charity's internal documents.
Computer Scientists Are Astir After Baidu Team Is Barred From A.I. Competition
The team from China’s leading search engine was disqualified when it was discovered it had broken rules in a way that could give it an advantage in the competition.
Change trays | The Japan Times
Dear Alice, I am very curious about those small trays that are used in Japan when settling daily cash transactions. Instead of handing your payment to the
Steam Is Now Offering Refunds
Steam is finally getting a proper refund system. Starting today, users of Valve’s PC platform will be able to get a full refund on any game for any reason, provided it’s been less than 14 days since purchase and they’ve spent less than two hours playing.
SSDs: A gift and a curse
Artur Bergman, founder of a CDN exclusively powered by super fast SSDs, has made many compelling cases over the years to use them. He was definitely ahead of the curve here, but he's right. Nowaday...
FBI operating fleet of surveillance aircraft flying over US cities
The planes, which are equipped with video and cellphone technology at times, are being managed behind fake companies to mask government involvement
Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System
Researchers discover the brain and immune system are directly linked through vessels previously thought not to exist.
Looking Forward: Microsoft: Support for Secure Shell (SSH) - Looking Forward: Microsoft: Support...
As Microsoft has shifted towards a more customer-oriented culture. Microsoft engineers are using social networks, tech communities and direct customer feedback as an integral part on how we make decisions about future investments. A popular request the PowerShell team has received is to use Secure…
How Is Critical 'Life or Death' Software Tested?
Ideally, it's so good that it barely needs to be in the first place.
Head of T.S.A. Out After Tests Reveal Flaws
Transportation Security Administration screeners failed to detect weapons and other prohibited items 95 percent of the time in a covert test.
HTTP/2 is here, let's optimize! - Velocity SC 2015
WebRTC HTTP/2 is here, let’s optimize! or, why (some) yesterday's best-practices are today's HTTP/2 anti-patterns. +Ilya Grigorik @igrigorik RFC 7540