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The programming community has been opening up over the past few years about mental health issues, so, I want to take this opportunity to open up about my own. Generally, my life has been extremely stable, with nothing peculiar of note. I've spent with my time with friends/family, working on my hobbi…
Wesley A. Clark, legendary computer engineer, dies at 88 - TechRepublic
Wes Clark, the computer engineer whose work largely influenced the design of DEC minicomputers, CAD software, graphical user interfaces, and the ARPAnet, died Monday.
Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes.
I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing: It’s the word “bestseller.”
"Author’s update: Since writing this piece and making my debut, my book has inexplicably been removed from the Amazon catalogue. I have yet to hear from an Amazon representative on the matter, but it is clear that something is afoot."Posted on 2016-02-26T04:13:57+0000
How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen
If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Ubisoft’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good…
Confirmed: Carnegie Mellon University Attacked Tor, Was Subpoenaed By Feds
A judge has ordered that no more details about the attack should be provided to the defense in an affected Silk Road 2.0 case.
Welcoming the Xamarin team to Microsoft
As the role of mobile devices in people's lives expands even further, mobile app developers have become a driving force for software innovation. At Microsoft, we are working to enable even greater …
The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal
From Indonesia to Latin America and Russia to Japan, metal has become the music of the world, lifted by growing economies and a rebellious bent.
Break Up the Insulin Racket
Too many Americans with diabetes can’t afford their medication.
"What makes this so worrisome is that the big three have simultaneously hiked their prices. From 2010 to 2015, the price of Lantus (made by Sanofi) went up by 168 percent; the price of Levemir (made by Novo Nordisk) rose by 169 percent; and the price of Humulin R U-500 (made by Eli Lilly) soared by 325 percent."Posted on 2016-02-24T05:41:46+0000
Google AdWords Switching to 4 Ads on Top, None on Sidebar
It seems that Google is rolling out a change to Google AdWords that sees 4 ads at the top of the search results, none on the sidebar at all, and an additional 3 ads at the bottom of the search results. This replaces the usual mix of top, bottom and sidebar-heavy AdWords ads, depending on …
The peril of talking to normal people – Math, Chocolate and Circus
The peril of talking to normal people by MC&C on February 23, 2016 in Mathematicians, Well-being • 0 Comments My sister used to vacation with me and my math friends for a week each summer; as you might guess she has a lot of patience. By the end of each vacation she was well-trained: she would laugh…
"The other day Pink and I were filling out a pre-checkup questionnaire about our baby Pixie. “Are you concerned about your child’s hearing?” “No”. Pixie obviously hears just fine, at least to the extent that one can tell based on observing his behaviour: he turns towards our voices and startles at loud sounds. “Is anyone else concerned about your child’s hearing?” I was about to check “No” when Pink objected: “How would we know that no-one is? We can’t read everyone’s minds.”"
Mathematicians taking everything too literallyPosted on 2016-02-24T05:22:55+0000
No patent if invention lies only in computer programme, says Indian Patent Office
The Indian Patent Office has come out with a new guideline for its officials to follow when deciding on applications related to software and hardware related inventions, in place of an earlier guideline which was kept in abbeyance by the Patent
The one word reporters should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered
We’re used to thinking in keywords, but there’s a variety of keyword used by good sources that often goes unnoticed.
"For all the focus on traffic generation and conversation, we ought to appreciate that social media also represents the deepest source pool and one of the greatest reporting tools ever given to journalists. Just gotta know how to wield it."Posted on 2016-02-24T01:58:21+0000
Ouch. Quite wise, but definitely quite a pointed rebuttal.
"Work ethic is not something that develops from entitlement. Quite the opposite, in fact. It develops when you realize there are a million other people who could perform your job and you are lucky to have one. It comes from sucking up the bad aspects and focusing on the good and above all it comes from humility. It comes from modesty. "Posted on 2016-02-22T06:32:33+0000
The man who made 'the worst video game in history' - BBC News
The video game of ET has been blamed for destroying the tech company, Atari. Here the programmer, Howard Scott Warshaw, gives his personal account of the fiasco.
"I actually prefer it when people do identify it as the worst game of all time because I also did Yars Revenge and that's frequently identified as one of the best of all time. So between the two, I have the greatest range of any designer in history!"Posted on 2016-02-22T06:26:04+0000
The Ad Blocking Wars
It’s like being “caught between two parents fighting.”
“Ad blocking is a symptom of a pervasive problem,” Mr. Spiezle said. “If consumers enjoyed the web experience and felt there were adequate controls for privacy and the ad industry was making a sincere effort to fight abuse and malfeasance, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”Posted on 2016-02-22T05:01:53+0000
Young Saudis See Cushy Jobs Vanish Along With Nation’s Oil Wealth
Saudi Arabia has survived oil shocks before, but now 70 percent of its citizens are under 30, and they face a harder future than their parents.
"The government is good, but our generation is spoiled,” said Ahmed Mohammed, 21. “Everyone wants a government job.”
His colleagues agreed. “Everyone wants to sit at home and get paid,” Mr. Alkhelaifi said."Posted on 2016-02-22T02:23:33+0000
Why Don't People Manage Debt Better?
Psychology experiments show why even the financially savvy have a hard time following sensible strategies
"With a little better understanding of our own psychology, we can change the way people make decisions about their debt and help set them on the path towards greater financial well-being."Posted on 2016-02-21T02:06:54+0000
Graphing when your Facebook friends are awake
Look I’m not really sure why but I think I made a thing that makes graphs of when people are online on Facebook. It sounds kinda creepy and uh it is. Read along so you, too, can be the NSA....
How to Google's Webcrawler Bypasses Paywalls - Elaine's Idle Mind
by Isoroku Yamamoto Wall Street Journal fixed their “paste a headline into Google News” paywall trick. However, they still allow Google to index their content. Digital publications allow discriminatory access for search engines by inspecting HTTP request headers. The two relevant headers are “Refere…
"Remember: Any time you introduce an access point for a trusted third party, you inevitably end up allowing access to anybody."
The thing everyone seems to forget in this whole encryption debate tooPosted on 2016-02-21T01:57:34+0000
Issue 703 - google-security-research - Comodo: Comodo Internet Security installs and starts a...
Uber's Atomic Meltdown
Most of us have come to accept the new Uber redesign as normal–after all, it has been a whole two weeks since its reveal. Nevertheless, it is well worth examining this prime example of both design and managerial dysfunction.
Technical interview performance is kind of arbitrary. Here’s the data.
Note: Though I wrote most of the words in this post, there are a few people outside of interviewing.io whose work made it possible. Ian Johnson, creator of d3 Building Blocks, created the graph ent…
Facebook Hired Me At 18. But My Story Isn’t As Perfect As It Sounds.
I have the opportunity to share the imperfect story. To share what it's like to succeed in a world where everything is falling down around you.
This is a pretty moving story.
"I wasn’t surprised or sad. My parents didn’t really understand what was going on. They didn’t know what apps really were and didn’t understand because there was really no way of explaining it to them. It was easy to assume that all of this was just me playing games.
After the first month, things got real. Apple had sent me my first check containing about $5,000. My mom could not believe her eyes. She was so proud and shocked at the same time. I couldn’t describe the emotion in her at that moment."
"I appeared to be the pillar of success to thousands of kids all over, and meanwhile, in my family, our situation continued to get worse. One day, my mom told me, crying, that we had to leave our house — that we were being evicted."Posted on 2016-02-17T21:57:51+0000
"While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
KudosPosted on 2016-02-17T16:28:20+0000
Dear Startups: Here’s How to Stay Alive
There are storm clouds gathering over Silicon Valley – and it’s more than just El Nino. As a venture capitalist, I see a lot of data points within the private company marketplace. Every Monday, I sit in a room with my partners and we discuss dozens of companies, both portfolio companies as well a…
" If you are in Silicon Valley and your customers are mostly well-paid consumers with no free time, or other venture-backed startups, well, I’d be worried. "Posted on 2016-02-17T08:02:40+0000
The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood
Some brands promising 100 percent purity contained no Parmesan at all.
"According to the FDA’s report on Castle, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, “no parmesan cheese was used to manufacture” the Market Pantry brand 100% grated Parmesan Cheese, sold at Target Corp. stores, and Always Save Grated Parmesan Cheese and Best Choice 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, sold by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., which along with its subsidiaries supplies 3,400 retail stores in 30 states. "Posted on 2016-02-17T05:15:55+0000
CVE-2015-7547: glibc getaddrinfo stack-based buffer overflow
If you look at the patch (https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2016-02/msg00416.html); THAT is the perfect example of when/how you should write commentsPosted on 2016-02-16T17:27:05+0000
"By this time we have collected more than 47 million research papers on our library, and it's growing. Articles are free to read for any visitor."
She is trying to make scientific papers free, without the burden of paywallsPosted on 2016-02-15T19:49:10+0000
Write code that is easy to delete, not easy to extend.
“ “Every line of code is written without reason, maintained out of weakness, and deleted by chance” Jean-Paul Sartre’s Programming in ANSI C. ” Every line of code written comes at a price:...
Nergis Mavalvala, Pakistan’s unexpected celebrity scientist
"I grew up thinking women can, must and should do anything and everything."
“I really thought of what I want people to know in Pakistan as I have garnered some attention there. Anybody should be able to succeed — whether you’re a woman, a religious minority or whether you’re gay. It just doesn’t matter,” she says.
“Anybody should be able to do those things. And I am proof of that because I am all of those things. With the right combination of opportunity, it was possible for me to do.”Posted on 2016-02-15T07:11:39+0000
How a Muslim Immigrant from Bangladesh Became America’s Master Builder
If the United States has a national architectural form, it is the skyscraper. The notion of building a tower to the heavens is as old as Genesis, but it took some brash 19th century Americans to devel...
"He eventually convinced the owner to leave the braces in place by using an engineer’s most powerful rhetorical device: purposefully indecipherable technical jargon intended to confuse the other party into submission. Khan got his way, and the top tier diagonals were built"Posted on 2016-02-12T05:26:09+0000
Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory
Scientists say they heard the faint chirp of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, fulfilling Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
I Made Less Than $13 an Hour to Serve $13 Bud Lights at the Super Bowl
What it’s like making less than $13 an hour to serve $13 beers at one of the biggest games on Earth.
This is a pretty interesting and depressing article.
"The lack of actual tasks didn’t mean we were off the hook. An hour later, still waiting for a customer, I was instructed by a manager to “find something to do.” Taking a co-worker’s advice, I grabbed a wet rag and started wiping down the glistening countertop. From then on, the rag remained in my apron pocket. Whenever someone wearing a suit was in sight, I pulled it out and started wiping. No one seemed to care that I was cleaning the same two-foot by two-foot section of the counter. I had found something to do."Posted on 2016-02-10T16:32:25+0000
The Math Revolution
What’s behind the surge in American teens who are highly fluent in high-order math
This is a pretty great read.
"The No Child Left Behind Act, which shaped education for nearly 15 years, further contributed to the neglect of these programs. Ignoring kids who may have had aptitude or interest in accelerated learning, it demanded that states turn their attention to getting struggling learners to perform adequately—a noble goal. But as a result, for years many educators in schools in poor neighborhoods, laser-focused on the low-achieving kids, dismissed suggestions that the minds of their brightest kids were lying fallow. Some denied that their schools had any gifted children at all."Posted on 2016-02-10T06:23:35+0000
Not-so-secret atomic tests: Why the photographic film industry knew what the American public didn’t
It's one of the dark marks of the U.S. Government in the 20th century — a complete willingness to expose unwitting citizens to dangerous substances in the name of scientific advancement. It happened with the Tuskegee syphilis…
""Kodak complained to the Atomic Energy Commission and that Government agency agreed to give Kodak advanced information on future tests, including 'expected distribution of radioactive material in order to anticipate local contamination.'
"In fact, the Government warned the entire photographic industry and provided maps and forecasts of potential contamination. Where, I ask, were the maps for dairy farmers? Where were the warnings to parents of children in these areas? So here we are, Mr. Chairman. The Government protected rolls of film, but not the lives of our kids. There is something wrong with this picture.""Posted on 2016-02-10T06:23:00+0000
Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers
What's the deal with ad blockers?
Social network age limits ignored by young - BBC News
More than three quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, according to a survey from BBC Newsround.
Why are Americans so angry? - BBC News
Americans are generally known for having a positive outlook on life, but with the presidential election now well under way, polls show voters are angry. Why are they so cross?
Troy Hunt: No, VTech cannot simply absolve itself of security responsibility
A few months ago, the Hong Kong based toy maker VTech allowed itself to be hacked and millions of accounts exposed including hundreds of thousands of kids complete with names, ages, genders, photos and their relationships to their parents replete with where they (and assumedly their children) could…
So they're effectively saying "we got hacked, it's no big deal, we'll just make our customers agree in the ToC that their data will be hacked by someone"Posted on 2016-02-09T04:10:27+0000
Apple takes its eye off the ball: Why Apple fans are really coming to hate Apple software
There always have been two great virtues in Apple 's policy of keeping the development of hardware and core software in-house: their seamless integration with each other and their quality.
You can now fit 256 people into a WhatsApp group chat
The maximum number of people you can have in a WhatsApp group chat has increased to 256, rather than 100 as it was before. It's not clear why WhatsApp settled on the oddly specific number, but it'll be good news for those users for whom 100 just wasn't big enough.
An introduction to C++'s variadic templates: a thread-safe multi-type map
Trivia: One of our favorite motto in our C++ team at work is: you shall use dependency injections instead of singletons! It actually comes with our unit-testing strategy. If the various components of your architecture are too tightly coupled, it becomes a tremendous effort to deeply test small criti…
These Gorgeous Buildings Showcase the Surprisingly Innovative Future of Wood
Wood is the future. That’s the feeling you get after looking through the 2016 award winners named by WoodWorks, the United States wood building council.
The Rich Are Already Using Robo-Advisers, and That Scares Banks
Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant.
Disappointed With Europe, Thousands of Iraqi Migrants Return Home
Many of the Iraqis who joined Syrians, Africans and Afghans in the great migrant wave to Europe last year with expectations of quick success are now turning around.
"Last summer, Facebook was filled with posts about making the trip. Now, some Iraqis in Europe are turning to social media to warn their countrymen away. One video posted recently shows an Iraqi man complaining of the food in Europe and saying, “I’m just waiting for my flight to Baghdad, and I will be back soon. I would advise everyone not to take the risk and come to Europe.”"Posted on 2016-02-08T03:41:53+0000
The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High
This is In Real Terms, a new column analyzing the week in economic news. We’re still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email me or drop a note in the comments. And thank you…
"A new poll from the Pew Research Center released Thursday gives some more perspective on voters’ anxieties. Nearly half of those polled said their family incomes aren’t keeping up with the cost of living; among those identifying as lower class, two-thirds said their incomes weren’t keeping up. And despite the improving job market — the latest jobs numbers will be released this morning — 58 percent of middle-class respondents said good jobs are difficult to find. (Among the lower class, 73 percent said this.)"Posted on 2016-02-08T03:38:00+0000
GitHub is undergoing a full-blown overhaul as execs and employees depart — and we have the full...
As GitHub grows up, disgruntled employees are telling startling stories. But it seems to be part of normal growing pains
""They are trying to control culture, interviewing and firing. Scary times at the company without a seasoned leader. While their efforts are admirable it is very hard to even interview people who are 'white' which makes things challenging," this person said.
Sanchez is known for some strong views about diversity. She wrote an article for USA Today shortly before she joined GitHub titled, "More white women does not equal tech diversity."
At one diversity training talk held at a different company and geared toward people of color, she came on a bit stronger with a point that says, "Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women." Here's a photo of the talk, which was shared with Business Insider."
I don't even know where to start here.Posted on 2016-02-06T19:56:02+0000
Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave
To reduce the number of foreign workers, some of those making less than $50,000 won't qualify to stay in Britain beyond April. Critics say the deal would cause labor shortages.
See Inside the Himalayan Villages That Grow Cannabis
The plant is native but illegal in India, and mountain farmers rely on its cultivation.
Bob Poekert's Web-Log | Twitter Star Chart
Twitter Star Chart Here shown is a chart of the top ten thousand websites linked to on twitter. You can play with an interactive version of it here. Before I get into the details of how I made the chart, here are some interesting things that fall out from it: Spambot networks are really obvious. It'…
Announcing InfluxDB v0.10 GA with Support for Hundreds of Thousands of Writes Per Second and 98%...
InfluxData is based on the TICK stack, the first open source platform for managing IoT time-series data at scale.
The State of Go
Time flies Go 1.4 is one year old (happy birthday!) Go 1.5 is already 6 months old! Go 1.6 to be released sometime in February. Go 1.6 Candidate Release 1 was released on January 28th
Was Uber’s Branding done while Uber High?
Uber is the focus of much controversy of late, from aspects of accountability and safety, to taking advantage of their “contractors” and a host of dubious business practices and individ…
Shkreli insults Congress on Twitter after refusing to testify
REUTERS - Former Turing Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli on Thursday called members of the U.S. Congress "imbeciles" on Twitter moments after refusing to testify before ...
With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt
The National Football League’s Rams left behind more than bitterness when the team ditched St. Louis for Los Angeles last month - it left a stadium saddled with about $144 million in debt and maintenance costs.
Amit Singhal, an Influential Engineer at Google, Will Retire
Mr. Singhal, one of the earliest builders of Google’s computer system, said he would leave the parent company, Alphabet, on Feb. 26.
Apple's declining software quality - Sudophilosophical
Software quality is a nebulous and divisive topic. There are many parameters to software quality – reliability, speed, user experience, design, discoverability, and more – and a move towards any of these virtues leads to sacrifices in others, especially on a limited time schedule. Additionally, a nu…
Apple Ordered To Pay $625M To Patent Troll In FaceTime Lawsuit
Apple has been ordered to pay $625 million to VirnetX after a U.S. court judged that the iPhone-maker had infringed on patents used in its iMessage and..
No More Deceptive Download Buttons
WikiLeaks' Assange 'unlawfully detained' in Ecuador embassy, U.N. panel to rule, BBC says
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to 'unlawful detention', a United Nations panel examining his appeal will rule on Friday, the BBC reported.
The software engineer’s guide to asserting dominance in the workplace — Hacker Daily
As a software engineer, changing jobs is a way of life. Every day, beautiful recruiters from top tech companies reach ou…
This is pure gold.
"Be the first one at your daily stand-up, and run it like the Scrum master you know you are. If someone talks for more than ten seconds, immediately interrupt them and tell them to take it offline."Posted on 2016-02-03T16:28:48+0000
Yahoo ex-employee sues, alleging manipulation of performance reviews and gender bias
A former Yahoo Inc. employee is suing the Internet company, alleging that a manipulated employee-rating system, as well as gender bias, led to his illegal termination.
The Silicon Valley Children Who Get Left Behind
Thousands of low-income kids—most of whom have immigrant parents—are missing out on the early education they need to keep up with their affluent peers.
Here's the full text of Bernie Sanders' Iowa speech
"I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment,."
"What amazes me, what totally amazes me, is that we have not one Republican candidate for president prepared to come up and tell us, and agree with what virtually all scientists agree with, and you know why they are not prepared to do that? Because on the day that they do acknowledge the reality of climate change and call for change, you know what happens? They're going to lose their campaign funds from the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel (industry) ...
So I say to the Republicans, stop worrying about your campaign funds from big oil or the Koch brothers worry about the planet you're going to be leaving your children and your grandchildren."Posted on 2016-02-02T06:18:33+0000
Yahoo to cut 15 percent jobs, close several units: WSJ
Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include a reduction of 15 percent of the internet company's workforce and the closure of several business units, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Feeling Of Power
Jehan Shuman was used to dealing with the men in authority on long-embattled earth. He was only a civilian but he originated programming patterns that resulted in self-directing war computers of the highest sort. Generals, consequently listened to him. Heads of congressional committees too.
Asimov's writing always amazes me with how he considered every possibility. I need to hunt down all his works that I haven't read and get started
"The general drove on. "At the present time our chief bottleneck is the fact that missiles are limited in intelligence. The computer controlling them can only be so large, and for that reason they can meet the changing nature of anti-missile defenses in an unsatisfactory way. Few missiles, if any, accomplish their goal, and missile warfare is coming to a dead end, for the enemy, fortunately, as well as for ourselves.
"On the other hand, a missile with a man or two within, controlling flight by graphitics, would be lighter, more mobile, more intelligent. It would give us a lead that might well mean the margin of victory. Besides which, gentlemen, the exigencies of war compel us to remember one thing. A man is much more dispensable than a computer. Manned missiles could be launched in numbers and under circumstances that no good general would care to undertake as far as computer-directed missiles are concerned . . ."
The Prickly Genius of Jonathan Blow - The New Yorker
The video-game designer’s latest project, The Witness, reflects his personality: logical, stubborn, unsuffering of fools.
"Perfectionism has come at a great and quantifiable cost. The money is—for now, at least—all gone. The Witness cost close to six million dollars, vastly overshooting Blow’s original budget of eight hundred thousand dollars. When Braid’s profits ran out, he borrowed funds from a friend."Posted on 2016-02-01T06:59:43+0000