Ask HN: Is S3 down? | Hacker News
But if you go to your personal health dashboard (https://phd.aws.amazon.com/phd/home#/dashboard/open-issues) they report an S3 operational issue event there.
Also: "Reminds me of an old joke: Why do we host on AWS? Because if it goes down then our customers are so busy worried about themselves being down that they don't even notice that we're down!"Posted on 2017-02-28T18:40:28+0000
Mahershala Ali's Oscar win stirs controversy in Pakistan - The Express Tribune
Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi apparently forced to delete a congratulatory tweet
Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse
We all know that cola and lemonade aren't great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain.
I Wrote The Fastest Hashtable
I had to get there eventually. I had a blog post called “I Wrote a Fast Hashtable” and another blog post called “I Wrote a Faster Hashtable.” Now I finally wrote the fastest…
I am an Uber survivor.
When I read Susan Fowler’s story, my blood boiled.
"When I voiced my concern, Mike#2 looked at me and said “There is no place for ethics in this business sweetheart. We are not a charity.” I was upset to hear such an insensitive comment. I repeated my point and this time, I raised my voice to show that I was unhappy with his attitude. Visibly angry, Mike #2 covered the microphone of the conference phone, he reached over to hold my hand tightly and told me to stop being a whiny little bitch. Two of the men in the room looked at each other and laughed while the rest of the men, like me, were shocked."
This just keeps getting worsePosted on 2017-02-28T01:38:49+0000
Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing kids' voice messages
Only a couple of weeks ago, there were a lot of news headlines about how Germany had banned an internet-connected doll called "Cayla" over fears hackers could target children. One of their primary concerns was the potential risk to the privacy of children: conversations between the child and others…
Next in the internet of horribly insecure things.
The headline is actually fairly lenient, the reality is much worsePosted on 2017-02-28T01:30:58+0000
Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today
Abdul Sattar Edhi, who founded the world's largest volunteer ambulance network, would have been 89 years old on Tuesday.
"Asked why he helped non-Muslims, he replied: Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you."Posted on 2017-02-28T00:47:48+0000
A Newly Wed Bride On Period Said No To Her Husband For Sex, He Broke Her Collar-Bone In Return
I met a girl last week at the Radiology department. Her hands were stained with Hena, the face was fully covered with makeup like a newly wed bride, her hair combed up professionally.
:( in where people don't recognise marital rape as a thing, which seems to be common (both the act and lack of acknowledgement)Posted on 2017-02-28T00:46:15+0000
Uber’s SVP of engineering is out after he did not disclose he left Google in a dispute over sexual harassment allegation
Amit Singhal, a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley, denied the claims after top execs at the search giant presented them to him.
The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States | Frommer's
Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from vi
A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like. "
How Ikea's Billy bookcase took over the world - BBC News
Ikea's humble bookcase epitomises a relentless pursuit of lower costs and acceptable functionality.
Marijuana Industry Projected To Create More Jobs Than Manufacturing By 2020
The cannabis industry is projected to add more jobs over the next few years than manufacturing, the utility industry or even the government.
Interesting to see how the fight between drugs!!! and we need more jobs!!! will play outPosted on 2017-02-26T18:24:01+0000
Black Muslims Face Double Jeopardy, Anxiety In The Heartland
The intersection of these two identities has become more acute thanks to Black Lives Matter and protests against the Trump administration's executive order on immigration.
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?
50% chicken DNA: Why your favourite fast food chicken sandwich might not be what you ordered
Canadians who opt for chicken sandwiches while dining at fast food restaurants may find a Marketplace analysis of what they contain a little hard to swallow.
Pakistan airline admits taking extra passengers in aisle - BBC News
The airline admits that seven extra passengers stood in the aisle during a Karachi to Medina flight.
"Staff had issued additional handwritten boarding passes, the paper reported"
Stay classy,. PIAPosted on 2017-02-25T16:17:36+0000
I'm an Arab actor who's been asked to play a terrorist 30 times. If La La Lands cleans up at the Oscars, I'm done
I’ve worked as a professional performer in the UK since the age of 12 – and my Arab heritage has pitted me against some pretty awful racial profiling in the industry. My first film job at the age of 14 – Steven Spielberg’s Munich – featured me as an Islamic terrorist’s son. Needless to say, that was...
Fake Sweden expert on Fox News – has criminal convictions in US, no connection to Swedish security - DN.SE
Fox News continues to focus on the debate about how immigration is breaking Sweden.
"Nils Bildt sent a short e-mail to DN late earlier on Friday, explaining why he was given the title of ”Swedish defense and national security advisor”: ”I appeared on Bill O'Reillys's show on Fox News. The title was chosen by Fox News's editor – I had no personal control over what title they chose. I am an independent analyst based in the USA”, he wrote."Posted on 2017-02-25T06:38:03+0000
Incident report on memory leak caused by Cloudflare parser bug
Last Friday, Tavis Ormandy from Google’s Project Zero contacted Cloudflare to report a security problem with our edge servers. He was seeing corrupted web pages being returned by some HTTP requests run through Cloudflare. It turned out that in some unusual circumstances, which I’ll detail below, our...
Uber blocks employees at work from chatting on a popular anonymous app, the app's developer says
Over 2,000 employees use the app to dish about Uber's culture and drama, but can't do so at work, developer says.
Video Games Are Better Than Real Life
Many Americans have replaced work hours with game play — and ended up happier. Which wouldn’t surprise most gamers.
"To the uninitiated, the figures are nothing if not staggering: 155 million Americans play video games, more than the number who voted in November’s presidential election. And they play them a lot: According to a variety of recent studies, more than 40 percent of Americans play at least three hours a week, 34 million play on average 22 hours each week, 5 million hit 40 hours, and the average young American will now spend as many hours (roughly 10,000) playing by the time he or she turns 21 as that person spent in middle- and high-school classrooms combined. Which means that a niche activity confined a few decades ago to preadolescents and adolescents has become, increasingly, a cultural juggernaut for all races, genders, and ages. How had video games, over that time, ascended within American and world culture to a scale rivaling sports, film, and television? Like those other entertainments, video games offered an escape, of course. But what kind?"Posted on 2017-02-24T23:44:00+0000
The Jobs Americans Do
Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.
Pretty eye opening, especially for folks who think manufacturing is coming back, or have older notions of what a middle class job looks like.Posted on 2017-02-24T20:43:06+0000
1139 - cloudflare: Cloudflare Reverse Proxies are Dumping Uninitialized Memory - project-zero - Monorail
Today's a bad day for security. This is much worse than the sha-1 collision since people's data could be indefinitely exposed
""The examples we're finding are so bad, I cancelled some weekend plans to go into the office on Sunday to help build some tools to cleanup. I've informed cloudflare what I'm working on. I'm finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites, hotel bookings. We're talking full https requests, client IP addresses, full responses, cookies, passwords, keys, data, everything. ""Posted on 2017-02-24T00:16:59+0000
A note on our lawsuit against Otto and Uber – Waymo
Competition in the self-driving space is a good thing; it pushes everyone to develop better, safer and more affordable technology. But we…
Pope Francis says it's better to be an atheist than a greedy Christian
Atheists cause less scandal then Christians who talk one way and act another, Pope Francis said.
This guy is pretty cool.
"(CNN) - If you're a Christian who exploits people, leads a double life or manages a "dirty" business, perhaps it's better not to call yourself a believer, Pope Francis suggested in a homily on Thursday in Rome."Posted on 2017-02-23T22:45:18+0000
Announcing the first SHA1 collision
Posted by Marc Stevens (CWI Amsterdam), Elie Bursztein (Google), Pierre Karpman (CWI Amsterdam), Ange Albertini (Google), Yarik Markov (Goog...
Interesting that this is the amount of SHA1 computations the Bitcoin network does every 3 seconds, so ... Fairly practical for an agency with resourcesPosted on 2017-02-23T17:34:17+0000
Demangling C++ Symbols
I wrote a Rust crate to demangle C++ symbols: cpp_demangle. Find iton crates.io and github.
Our Miserable 21st Century
On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. To most privileged and well-educated...
Reflecting on Susan Fowler’s Reflections
The following post is entirely my personal opinion and should not reflect on Uber at large.
What I Heard From Trump Supporters
After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online. This was a...
Well worth reading the full thing. So many quotes, that I can't pick any one out, except for the given TLDR.
"The TL;DR quote is this:
“You all can defeat Trump next time, but not if you keep mocking us, refusing to listen to us, and cutting us out. It’s Republicans, not Democrats, who will take Trump down.”"
Do read the whole thing though.Posted on 2017-02-21T21:33:06+0000
Efficient game updates
, it listed a series of reasons, from network problems to invalid content to imperfect hardware that may occur when initially installing a game.
Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber
As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January. I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like. It's a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story that deserves to be told while it is still fre
Reading all of this makes me wonder why Uber doesn't already have a huge discrimination lawsuit on their hands.
Especially the HR, WTF?Posted on 2017-02-19T21:25:13+0000
Dole Food Had Too Many Shares
It's enough to make you wish for a blockchain.
Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's
Trade in food between the U.S. and Mexico has exploded over the past 15 years. President Trump is talking about restricting that trade, but when it comes to food, such moves could backfire.
Alexandra Ressler, Data Scientist at Facebook
Alexandra Ressler graduated from the Management and Technology Dual Degree Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Alexandra worked a few years for McKinsey before starting her JD/MBA Program at Stanford in 2009. Since her graduation, she’s been working at Facebook as a Data Scientist. Ed...
This is a great read on becoming and being a data scientist.Posted on 2017-02-18T00:13:21+0000
More than 80 people died in a Pakistan terror attack last night – where exactly is the hashtag and the solidarity?
Last night, a suicide attack on a shrine in Pakistan killed at least 80 people and injured a further 250 at last count. This comes just two days after a suicide bomber attacked a rally in Lahore, the cultural heart of Pakistan, and killed over a dozen people.
"Western media and governments want the whole world to consider the Western terrorism problem as their own, demanding solidarity and action, yet they won’t extend the same courtesy when the victims of Isis are in a majority-Muslim country. Until we realise that all lives deserve the same respect, regardless of race, wealth or creed, we’ll never be able to eradicate the threat of extremism which hangs over us all."Posted on 2017-02-17T21:08:15+0000
Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good
In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research
"In cities such as Allahabad in India, or Zabol in Iran, the long-term damage from inhaling fine particulates could outweigh the usual health gains of cycling after just 30 minutes. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this tipping point happens after just 45 minutes a day cycling along busy roads."Posted on 2017-02-17T20:23:05+0000
At least 50 dead as bomb rips through Lal Shahbaz shrine in Sehwan, Sindh
Scores of people injured in the explosion; rescue efforts ongoing.
What I’ve been up to for the past 4 years
This is the 4-year anniversary of DistroKid. This article covers some of the history, current stats, and where we’re goi…
"DistroKid has dozens of automated bots that run 24/7. These bots do things that humans do at other distributors. For example, verifying that artwork & song files are correct, changing song titles to comply with each stores’ unique style guide, checking for infringement, delivering files & artwork to stores, updating sales & streaming stats for artists, processing payments, and more."Posted on 2017-02-16T02:08:08+0000
In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant| George Monbiot
A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future
"In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?"Posted on 2017-02-15T16:16:36+0000
Raising the American Weakling - Issue 45: Power - Nautilus
When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak.…
Government-grade spyware hits Mexican advocates of soda tax
SAN FRANCISCO — Last summer, Dr. Simón Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown numbers. One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died — with a link to funeral details.Yet another message...
One Reason Staffers Quit Google's Car Project? The Company Paid Them So Much
'F-you money' awarded to veteran team members boosted parent Alphabet’s R&D costs, prompting comment from the company's CFO
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Also worrying due to people expecting jobs to come back. No, inequality will only widen over time due to this.Posted on 2017-02-13T19:22:34+0000
Why Falling Home Prices Could Be a Good Thing
If we regarded our home like a TV or a car, instead of something we always expect to increase in value, there would be societal benefits.
Postmortem of database outage of January 31
Postmortem on the database outage of January 31 2017 with the lessons we learned.
Why Whole Foods is now struggling
Whole Foods relied on one kind of food to fuel its success. It's not working out anymore.
Most of the web really sucks if you have a slow connection
A couple years ago, I took a road trip from Wisconsin to Washington and mostly stayed in rural hotels on the way. I expected the internet in rural areas too sparse to have cable internet to be slow, but I was still surprised that a large fraction of the web was inaccessible. Some blogs with lightwei...
YC Research: Universal Healthcare
Today, we’re excited to announce that YC Research is funding Watsi for a project that will study using technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare. Currently, up to 40% of all healthcare funding is wasted on operational inefficiencies, fraud, and ineffective care. Watsi’s goa...
"Today, we’re excited to announce that YC Research is funding Watsi for a project that will study using technology to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare. Currently, up to 40% of all healthcare funding is wasted on operational inefficiencies, fraud, and ineffective care. Watsi’s goal is to improve the efficiency of funding, making universal healthcare possible"Posted on 2017-02-08T05:28:58+0000
Why Our Super Bowl Ad Failed
Cards Against Humanity purchased a Super Bowl ad, but it was not successful.
"The problem we failed to anticipate was that sports fans ultimately had trouble making the leap from “Super Bowl” to “potato” to “Cards Against Humanity.” This was a real lesson in humility. In hindsight, our model lacked “external validity.” Instead of asking one person if the ad was effective 70 times, we should have asked 70 people one time. This left us susceptible to what statisticians call “correlated errors.”"
This is amazingPosted on 2017-02-06T07:31:01+0000
The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs
This isn’t about lifestyle choices. It’s about a system in which the boomers are protecting their wealth and views at the expense of the rest of us.
48 U.S. Jewish centers received bomb threats in past month: 'Why is no one talking about this?' - U.S. News
The coordinated threats started on the East Coast and spread west two weeks ago, culminating in the evacuation of 14 centers on Tuesday. U.S. Jews insist the threats should not be dismissed just because no bombs have been found.
Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them.
A former immigration officer describes the long, grueling process of gaining refugee status in the United States.
"Whoever wrote this order is evidently not aware that these screenings, procedures and questions already exist."
"All this information is available to Trump. The only explanation for this order is that refugees are being used by the president to appeal to his base at the expense of U.S. security. Such a move is not only despicable and devastating to the people who desperately crave the safety of our country — it erodes the American legal system by turning it into a political tool."Posted on 2017-02-02T05:17:06+0000
Documents reveal how Peter Thiel was granted New Zealand citizenship
Government documents show the PayPal mogul has not met the residency requirements – but he has donated $1m to Christchurch earthquake relief
Of course, billionaires can do what they want, where they want, and aren't really bound by "countries" anymore.Posted on 2017-02-01T20:10:18+0000
GitLab.com Status on Twitter
“We accidentally deleted production data and might have to restore from backup. Google Doc with live notes https://t.co/EVRbHzYlk8”
This is painful to read
"So in other words, out of 5 backup/replication techniques deployed none are working reliably or set up in the first place."Posted on 2017-02-01T06:24:58+0000