I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10
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The Advanced Rust Programming Language
So you've played around with Rust a bit. You've written a few simple programs and you think you grok the basics. Maybe you've even read through The Rust Programming Language. Now you want to get neck-deep in all the nitty-gritty details of the language. You want to know those weird corner-cases. You…
How Google Translate squeezes deep learning onto a phone
Optimising Garbage Collection Overhead in Sigma · Simon Marlow
Software Engineer at Facebook in London Co-developer of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler Author of Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Haskell.
Moving Fast With High Code Quality
A high-quality codebase boosts the long-term development speed by making iteration, collaboration, and maintenance easier. At Quora, we take the quality of our codebase seriously. But despite the benefits, maintaining high code quality creates a non-trivial overhead and consumes real develop...
If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention
According to the Harvard Business Review, 41% of women working in tech eventually end up leaving the field (compared to …
The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship smartphone can be
There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year’s OnePlus One was a standout. For $300, you got a well-made, nice-looking phone with cutting-edge hardware and...
Generate a reason to Work from Home
Need a reason to work from home? Get some of the most effective excuses as voted by the community. WFH.Ninja is the best way to start your day!
Steam Hit by Major Security Breach, Many Accounts Hacked
Valve’s Steam is the biggest platform in the PC gaming market, with Valve themselves being one of the most prominent companies in the gaming industry as a whole. Steam has millions of accounts all ove
Neural networks and deep learning
Thanks to all the supporters who made the book possible. Thanks also to all the contributors to the Bugfinder Hall of Fame.
One in every 600 websites has .git exposed | Jamie's OC
One in every 600 websites has .git exposed For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, salts, hashes, and third party API keys or usernames and passwords. Ove…
My Szechuan Restaurant Is So Spicy That a Customer Called The Cops on Me
I invented a heat index scale for my restaurant, Han Dynasty, so people don't send dishes back to the kitchen, one of the biggest cultural insults in China.
"Everybody takes spice differently. When I opened my first restaurant, I got so many complaints about the level of spice. A older woman once tried to call the cops on me because she thought that I was trying to fuck with her because the dish was so hot."Posted on 2015-07-26T18:23:29+0000
Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
Translations: - Norsk 汉语 - tiếng Việt - Español - Italiano - Français - Magyar - Português - română - Deutsch - Suomi - Svenska - Čeština - Русско -Íslenska - Nederlands - ελληνικά - Audio Vers...
"of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening."
This is really scary. I wonder why this isn't drilled into people more (I had no idea about this)Posted on 2015-07-26T00:09:16+0000
The Singular Mind of Terry Tao
A prodigy grows up to become one of the greatest mathematicians in the world.
"Tao, by contrast, is, as one colleague put it, ‘‘super-normal.’’ He has a gentle, self-deprecating manner. He eschews job offers from prestigious East Coast institutions in favor of a relaxed, no-drama department in a place where he can enjoy the weather. In class, he conveys a sense that mathematics is fun. One of his students told me that he had recently joked with another about the many ways Tao defies all the Hollywood mad-genius tropes. ‘‘They will never make a movie about him,’’ he said. ‘‘He doesn’t have a troubled life. He has a family, and they seem happy, and he’s usually smiling.’"Posted on 2015-07-25T22:31:41+0000
Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ |...
If you talk to the reporters who work for various big media companies, they insist that they have true editorial independence from the business side of their companies. They insist that the news coverage isn't designed to reflect the business...
The Facebook Method of Dealing With Complexity
Computer systems used to be weak, so we had to make their world simple and standardized. They now can handle almost endless complexity—but we still need to understand how to make the world simple, so we don’t risk burdening the majority of users with the needless complexity of the few.
In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me.
The military changed its overly aggressive tactics. It’s time for law enforcement to do the same.
"I understood the risks of war when I enlisted as an infantryman. Police officers should understand the risks in their jobs when they enroll in the academy, as well. That means knowing that personal safety can’t always come first. That is why it’s service. That’s why it’s sacrifice."
A rational mindset amongst all this madnessPosted on 2015-07-25T19:05:52+0000
NVIDIA Pascal GPU To Feature 17 Billion Transistors and 32 GB HBM2 VRAM - Full CUDA Compute...
NVIDIA will be introducing their next generation Pascal GPU in 2016 which will introduce several new and key technologies to the green team.
Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars - BBC News
Car giant Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles in the US after security researchers showed that one of its cars could be hacked.
How Berlin’s Futuristic Airport Became a $6 Billion Embarrassment
Inside Germany’s profligate (Greek-like!) fiasco called Berlin Brandenburg
> "Professor, let me understand this," Loge said. "You are talking about having 800 people wearing orange vests, sitting on camping stools, holding thermoses filled with coffee, and shouting into their cell phones, 'Open the fire door'?" Loge refused the airport an operating license. Schwarz stood up and walked out without another word.Posted on 2015-07-24T05:11:52+0000
NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
Steve Jobs Made Warner Music Sue My Startup — Startup Study Group
We had 50M monthly active users and 250M searches every month. Steve Jobs told the labels, including Warner Music, to su…
New research: Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe online
This Bizarre Criminal Case Shows the Danger of Prosecutors Who Won’t Admit They’re Wrong
Three years ago, one of the strangest criminal cases in recent memory began in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I live, when a young woman sent a series of text messages telling her boyfriend that a man had abducted her, followed by a series of texts, allegedly from her captor, taunting her...
Famous Fluid Equations Are Incomplete | Quanta Magazine
A 115-year effort to mathematically bridge the particle and fluid descriptions of nature has led physicists to an unexpected answer.
Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
This is why we should all just go back to riding horses - I often don't see why all cars need to be "smart" given that most software companies (let alone hardware companies) are so bad at securityPosted on 2015-07-21T16:26:12+0000
Why you should never, ever, ever use MongoDB - joepie91's Ramblings
... so realistically, there's nothing it's good at, and a bunch of stuff it's outright bad at. And these bulletpoints are facts, not 'just your opinion'. You can go out and verify them yourself.
Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free
Last year, a young man walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn't come down since
An Identity Thief Explains the Art of Emptying Your Bank Account
Meet Dmitry Naskovets, the con man from Minsk
A good read. Also, an interesting way to get to the US: commit crimes, get extradited to a US prison, then claim amnesty when your sentence is over... (not saying it's easy)Posted on 2015-07-19T02:01:14+0000
The end of capitalism has begun
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
How I nearly almost saved the Internet, starring afl-fuzz and dnsmasq » SkullSecurity
How I nearly almost saved the Internet, starring afl-fuzz and dnsmasq Leave a reply If you know me, you know that I love DNS. I'm not exactly sure how that happened, but I suspect that Ed Skoudis is at least partly to blame. Anyway, a project came up to evaluate dnsmasq, and being a DNS server - and…
Potato paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Potato Paradox is a mathematical calculation that has a counter-intuitive result. The "paradox" involves dehydrating potatoes by a seemingly minuscule amount, and then calculating a change in mass which is larger than expected. This is not to be confused for the Potato-Effect, which is sometimes…
The Netflix Tech Blog: Tracking down the Villains: Outlier Detection at Netflix
We don’t trust drinking fountains anymore, and that’s bad for our health
One sultry day in 2012, a handful of New Yorkers laid out a rich red carpet in Union Square Park. As a jazz band grooved in the background, vested and begloved hosts led guests to the star attraction:...
"The transition away from fountains has also made it harder to access water in public. For example, in 2007, the University of Central Florida built a 45,000-seat stadium with no fountains. The university claimed they were too expensive to install and maintain. Selling bottled water at $3 a bottle, meanwhile, would generate profits. But at the opening game, with temperatures reaching near 100 degrees, vendors ran out of water. Some 60 attendees were treated for heat-related issues; 18 were hospitalized for heat exhaustion. The university eventually installed 50 fountains."Posted on 2015-07-14T02:43:37+0000
The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle
When the giant fault line along the Pacific Northwest ruptures, it could be our worst natural disaster ever.
A really engrossing article.
"That problem is not specific to earthquakes, of course. The Cascadia situation, a calamity in its own right, is also a parable for this age of ecological reckoning, and the questions it raises are ones that we all now face. How should a society respond to a looming crisis of uncertain timing but of catastrophic proportions? How can it begin to right itself when its entire infrastructure and culture developed in a way that leaves it profoundly vulnerable to natural disaster?"Posted on 2015-07-14T02:33:43+0000
The Electric Car
The electric car is going to take over the world. Soon. Let me explain. 75% of US consumers and over 85% of US millennials own smartphones. Perhaps more amazing is that 1/4 of people in the...
singleton-considered-stupid - steveyegge2
Design Patterns was a great book, no question. It's still in my Top Ten List of books every programmer should read. It's a beautifully crafted book, and I get a rush of nostalgia when I read through it, ten years since it was published. It was a seminal work, groundbreaking, something that revolutio…
The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America
How a team of young people, living in a repurposed McMansion in Maryland, helped fix Healthcare.gov
"It also indexed family members by presuming everyone would have a unique birthday—meaning twins couldn’t both have accounts."
How the original programmers even thought they could legitimately charge for that is beyond belief.Posted on 2015-07-12T05:44:05+0000
If you've got nothing to hide... - Jacques Mattheij
The Past Since 1851 Amsterdam had a registry that recorded the following innocent pieces of data about the residents: Name, Date of birth, Address, …
"When you say I don't care about the right to privacy because I have nothing to hide, that is no different than saying I don't care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say or freedom of the press because I have nothing to write."
- Edward Snowden
New York Times' Reddit Piece Shows Dangers of Internet Journalism - TechRaptor
The New York Time's has become the latest journalistic organization to show the dangers of internet journalism and rewriting of stories.
Revised and much faster, run your own high-end cloud gaming service on EC2!
Playing Witcher 3, a GPU-intensive game on a 2015 fanless Macbook
When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job
For climate scientists, it can be hard to sleep at night.
"No one has experienced that hostility more vividly than Michael Mann, who was a young Ph.D. researcher when he helped come up with the historical data that came to be known as the hockey stick—the most incendiary display graph in human history, with its temperature and emissions lines going straight up at the end like the blade of a hockey stick. He was investigated, was denounced in Congress, got death threats, was accused of fraud, received white powder in the mail, and got thousands of e-mails with suggestions like, You should be "shot, quartered, and fed to the pigs along with your whole damn families." Conservative legal foundations pressured his university, a British journalist suggested the electric chair. In 2003, Senator James Inhofe's committee called him to testify, flanking him with two professional climate-change deniers, and in 2011 the committee threatened him with federal prosecution, along with sixteen other scientists."Posted on 2015-07-10T11:24:58+0000
The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had - The Crux
With the naked eye people can sense the polarization angle of light better than most other animals.
How technology could kill the art of lying
When every move you make is data-mined, evidence piles up fast.
"In Pennsylvania, police are prosecuting a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted earlier this year after data from her Fitbit didn't match up with her story, according Lancaster Online. According to an arrest affidavit, data collected by the device showed the woman "was awake and walking around at the time she claimed she was sleeping," the outlet reported."Posted on 2015-07-10T08:59:44+0000
May update - a tale of indie RPG development
May update - a tale of indie RPG development
Why We Shut Down Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ Forum
The moderators of a popular section of a highly trafficked website explain their protest of the company’s latest personnel move.
"The community on the whole has also spoken quite loudly: Pay attention to the user base. Users are not simply a screaming mob. They are actually asking for reasonable support"Posted on 2015-07-08T16:27:41+0000
The people who need very little sleep
Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.
interfluidity » Why is finance so complex?
Lisa Pollack at FT Alphaville mulls a question: “Why are we so good at creating complexity in finance?” The answer she comes up with is the “Flynn Effect“, basically the idea that there is an uptrend in human intelligence. Finance, in this view, gets more complex over time because financiers get sma…
Code Specialists Oppose U.S. and British Government Access to Encrypted Communication
A new report says giving the governments “exceptional access” to encrypted communications would jeopardize confidential data and critical infrastructure.
Samsung releases world's first 2TB consumer SSDs
Samsung has begun shipping 2TB 850 PRO and 850 EVO SSDs, which the company claims are the first to break the "multi-terabyte" SSD barrier.
Google Launches Uber Rival RideWith - Americans.org
Google’s complicated relationship with taxi-hailing app Uber got even more complex over the weekend as it emerged the Mountain View based search giant will launch a pilot project of its carpooling app RideWith, which allows users to share rides to work and back. The ride sharing will also be support…
GREECE JUST TAUGHT CAPITALISTS A LESSON ABOUT WHAT CAPITALISM REALLY MEANS
Greece has effectively voted to default on its...
The headline is provocative and the article is kinda biased but this has some good points. Especially
"Trichet made a colossal, elementary mistake. The right place for risky debt by definition is in the private markets, like Goldman. The entire point of private debt investment is that those creditors are prepared for a haircut. The risk absolutely should not be borne by central banks who rely on taxpayer money for bailouts."
Could someone explain why they ever thought that was a good idea? I'm genuinely curiousPosted on 2015-07-06T11:05:44+0000
Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, 'Just Lie Down and Start Screaming' | WIRED
The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally unacceptable.
Petzold Book Blog - De-Obfuscating the Statistics of Mass Shootings
After the horrifying killings at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama once more had to speak publicly about a mass shooting. "Let’s be clear," he said. "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of…
"Our political arena is open enough to debate these issues. But the debate should not involve the abuse of statistics. If people are opposed to gun-safety legislation, they should own the consequences of that opposition rather than try to hide those consequences behind a bogus interpretation of statistics.
Actual lives are at stake."Posted on 2015-07-06T06:42:13+0000
Why Invest in Tools?
A few days ago I got to share GraphQL at the React-Europe conference, a project I’ve been working on for over three year…
"Facebook is able to consistently produce new technology that “rethinks current best practices” and makes waves in the industry because we focus on producing long-term value. We take risks. We trust our people to do what they think is right, and when something seems to have potential, smart people across teams come together."
Another reason I love working herePosted on 2015-07-06T03:25:14+0000
interfluidity » Greece
Greece is a remarkable country full of wonderful people, but along dimensions of development and governance, the place is plainly pretty fucked up. It has been fucked up that way for a long time, for decades at least. This has never been secret. Anyone who has visited Athens knows it has far more in…
Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world
It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius
Why Netflix and Amazon want your kids
Stupid Template Tricks: Super Template Tetris
In which C++ templates are used to play Tetris at compiletime....
Money remitted abroad for education taxed
ISLAMABAD: The government has imposed 5 percent advance tax on amounts remitted abroad for education purposes through Finance Bill 2015-16. The government was already char ...
This doesn't seem right. First taxing businesses 8% on gross revenue, a 14% tax on internet service, and now this.
Can't we just focus on actually, you know, collecting tax from the large majority that doesn't pay anything?Posted on 2015-07-03T17:19:38+0000
72 hours to launch Celebrate Pride
The project was originally for internal use, started by two interns at a hackathon. A few days before the Supreme Court ruling, they decided to try to take it global.
Made to Order - Futility Closet
Divide the number 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,998,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999 into 1 and express the result as a decimal expansion, and you’ll find the Fibonacci sequence presented in tidy 24-digit strings: (Thanks, David.)
U.S. Chamber Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures
The American trade group and its foreign affiliates pit countries against one another and lobby on behalf of the tobacco industry around the world.
MIT's Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data | WIRED
MIT says it's found a new, more efficient way to blend data mining with the privacy protections of encryption.
The Software Engineer’s Guide to Negotiating a Raise
Mike Adams Negotiation Imagine that you’re poking around in your company’s payroll website when you stumble upon a mutable and persistent input field labeled “Market Rate Salary”. You naturally give yourself a 10x adjustment (b/c you’re that type of engineer of course) and go about the rest of your…
Back to SF after the U.S. Digital Service - Insouciant
After 6 months working for the U.S. Digital Service, I returned back to San Francisco mid-April to figure out what was next for me back here. I got …
"Within a few seconds, I’d fall back into my old groove, geeking out with other engineers about tech stuff. It was so fun and intellectually satisfying to nerd out with them about all the techie subjects I loved. But after a period of time, sometimes sooner, sometimes later, this background process would kick off in the back of my head and ask me “But does this matter?”"Posted on 2015-07-01T11:46:35+0000
When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too
Some consumer websites say they will not sell users’ data, but unrestricted-data clauses allow them to transfer it if a merger or other transaction occurs.
Should I Work for Free?
Who's ready to stop working for free? Hopefully you are! If you have any doubts, consult this handy chart below. Start in the middle and work your way to your answer!