Crowd Funding is Not Allowed in Pakistan: SECP
Crowd funding is not allowed in Pakistan, Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has said in an official statement, leaving techies wondering about t
Uber Executive’s Lawyers Warn He Could Face Criminal Charges
The executive at the center of an intellectual property fight between Waymo and Uber is exercising his right to avoid self-incrimination in the dispute.
SES-10 MISSION | SpaceX
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver SES-10, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). SES is a world-leading satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite communications solutions across the globe. The SES-10 mission will mark a historic…
Hello from the Other Side: Live Demo
Black Hat Asia 2017: Hello From the Other Side Live-streaming a music video over the cache between two Amazon EC2 instances.
The $350K Google Salary Is Hurting Startups « The Startup Conference
What’s the #1 need of early-stage tech startups? Experienced software engineers. And they are becoming impossible to find in Silicon Valley, even though they are everywhere.
Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
Researchers are surprised to see very little employment increase in other occupations to offset the job losses in manufacturing.
"The paper is all the more significant because the researchers, whose work is highly regarded in their field, had been more sanguine about the effect of technology on jobs. In a paper last year, they said it was likely that increased automation would create new, better jobs, so employment and wages would eventually return to their previous levels. Just as cranes replaced dockworkers but created related jobs for engineers and financiers, the theory goes, new technology has created new jobs for software developers and data analysts.
But that paper was a conceptual exercise. The new one uses real-world data — and suggests a more pessimistic future. The researchers said they were surprised to see very little employment increase in other occupations to offset the job losses in manufacturing. That increase could still happen, they said, but for now there are large numbers of people out of work, with no clear path forward — especially blue-collar men without college degrees."Posted on 2017-03-29T03:39:23+0000
Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don't want the job
Trump's immigration crackdown is supposed to help U.S. citizens. For California farmers, it's worsening a desperate labor shortage.
"He hired 483 U.S. applicants, slightly less than a quarter of what he needed; 109 didn’t show up on the first day. Another 321 of them quit, “the vast majority in the first two days,” Carr testified. Only 31 lasted for the entire peach season."Posted on 2017-03-29T03:37:00+0000
Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines.
Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open
More people are rejecting general anesthesia for procedures, prompting doctors to narrate their steps as they deal with alert patients asking questions.
Google's bad week: YouTube loses millions as advertising row reaches US
Major brands including Verizon and Walmart pulled their ads after they were found to be appearing next to videos promoting extremist views or hate speech
Amber Rudd Says It's "Completely Unacceptable" Khalid Masood's WhatsApp Messages Are Encrypted
The home secretary also said legislation was not the answer to taking extremist content offline, but a case of getting people from tech companies "who understand the necessary hashtags" in the same room.
They already had the guy on some watch list. When will it become clear that the problem is not a lack of data, but a lack of tools to sift through it?Posted on 2017-03-26T17:07:34+0000
Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias
Americans may see themselves working past retirement age, but to do that, they may face obstacles getting hired. New research shows that can be harder when you're older.
Netflix: The Monster That’s Eating Hollywood
The streaming-video service is hogging talent and pushing up prices, spurring pushback from rival TV producers who once saw it as a partner.
"Netflix’s spending on original and acquired programming this year is expected to be more than $6 billion, up from $5 billion last year, more than double what Time Warner Inc.’s HBO spends and five times as much as 21st Century Fox’s FX or CBS Corp.’s Showtime. It spent close to $10 million an episode on “The Crown,” a lavish period drama about a young Queen Elizabeth II."Posted on 2017-03-25T21:21:04+0000
Scraping By On Five Hundred Thousand A Year | Financial Samurai
Making multiple six figures a year sounds like a lot of money, but with taxes, debt, and family expenses, it's hard for some high income earners to break free.
Michael Tsai - Blog - APFS’s “Bag of Bytes” Filenames
“iOS HFS Normalized UNICODE names, APFS now treats all files as a bag of bytes on iOS. We are requesting that Applications developers call the correct Normalization routines to make sure the file name contains the correct representation.”
This city saw 26 opioid overdoses in less than four hours
Maybe on an average day, the city of Huntington, W.Va., sees two or three opioid overdoses. But on this day, the calls kept coming.
Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs
The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price.
This whole thing is horrifying.
"Matsu, it turned out, had known for years that Press 10, where Allen was dragooned into working, was dangerous. Three years earlier a press operator on the plant’s safety committee reported a near miss on an identical machine after the light curtain failed to pick up a worker. The safety committee recommended fixes to the vertical beam, but nothing was done, according to testimony in the court case. In 2012 a worker on that same press had his hand crushed. In response, Todd, the general manager, recommended installing horizontal beams to eliminate the blind spot in the vertical light curtains of both machines. It would have cost $6,000 to $7,000, Todd testified. John Carney, the company’s vice president for operations at the time, rejected the proposal. Instead, he told Todd to install a safety bar, for $150, Todd testified. It failed to protect Allen."
also interesting, and sad: ">Elsea was 20 and not easily deterred. “She thought she was rich when she brought home that first paycheck,” Ogle says. Elsea and her boyfriend got engaged. She worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, hoping to move from temporary status at Ajin to full time, which would bring a raise from $8.75 an hour to $10.50. College can wait, she told her mom and stepdad."Posted on 2017-03-24T05:41:24+0000
We Have Some Good News on the California Drought. Take a Look.
Using NASA data, we compared this year's snowpack in the Sierra Nevada with that of 2015, when the state was in the grip of drought.
Unspeakable Realities Block Universal Health Coverage In America
When it seems like people are voting against their interests, I have probably failed to understand their interests. We cannot begin to understand Election 2016 until we acknowledge the power and reach of socialism for white people.
Onedrive for Business open is very slow on Linux (Chrome/Firefox) but with very fast with a "Windows" user-agent
Hello, Onedrive for Business open is very slow on Linux (Chrome/Firefox) but with very fast with a "Windows" user-agent. On Ubuntu/Linux 16.04 + Chrome/Firefox (last version), when I open:
CEOs of Delta, United and American Hope Trump Will Block Arab Competition
Airline CEOs, who have been courting the new president, met with him at the White House on Thursday.
This is really damning, and from Feb.
"The day after Trump won the election, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies campaign issued a statement saying, “We look forward to briefing President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration on the massive, unfair subsidies that the UAE and Qatar give to their state-owned Gulf carriers.”"Posted on 2017-03-22T06:27:05+0000
Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.
The makers of TurboTax and other online systems spent millions lobbying last year, much of it directed toward a bill that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers prefilled filings.
Carlsbad to photograph every car entering city
Carlsbad to expand automated surveillance with police purchase
"Four council members, however, said they’re confident the information can be kept secure and that the system will increase safety for residents and police officers. They also said it may deter criminals from breaking the law in the city.
“To me, $1 million is a drop in the bucket when you are trying to protect 100,000 or more people, and everyone who comes into our city every day,” said Councilman Keith Blackburn, a retired police officer. “I don’t think this ... is going to violate privacy.”"
(Not) looking forward to the inevitable hack...Posted on 2017-03-22T04:40:02+0000
GitHub now lets its workers keep the IP when they use company resources for personal projects
The new policy is called the Balanced Employee IP Agreement (BEIPA), and GitHub is—of course—going to open-source it.
2038: only 21 years away [LWN.net]
The following subscription-only content has been made available to you by an LWN subscriber. Thousands of subscribers depend on LWN for the best news from the Linux and free software communities. If you enjoy this article, please consider accepting the trial offer on the right. Thank you for visitin...
How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps
Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that it will harm them personally.
Private mobile phone numbers of nearly every federal MP accidentally published online
Blunder has exposed the mobile phone number of hundreds of federal politicians, their staffers and even former prime ministers.
"While in previous years the numbers were taken out of the PDF documents altogether, this time it appears the font was merely turned white - meaning they could still be accessed using copy and paste."
Um...Posted on 2017-03-20T20:26:37+0000
Two Executives to Leave Uber, Adding to Departures
Jeff Jones, the company’s president of ride sharing, had been seen as a possible successor to the chief executive, Travis Kalanick. Brian McClendon, who headed mapping, is also leaving.
Suicides in Rural America Increased More than 40% in 16 Years | American Council on Science and Health
Rural America is facing an existential crisis. As cities continue to grow and prosper, small towns are shrinking. That fundamental divide played itself out in the recent presidential election.
Windows 10 is bringing shitty ads to File Explorer, here's how to turn them off
Don't want crappy OneDrive ads in File Explorer? You can turn them off with just a few clicks - just follow our simple guide.
Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel
How a British fixer's murder helped one man dominate China
Shut Up About Harvard
It’s college admissions season, which means it’s time once again for the annual flood of stories that badly misrepresent what higher education looks like for most American students — and skew…
Murder or Self-Defense if Officer Is Killed in Raid?
With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects’ homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.
Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood
Using SWAT officers to storm into homes to execute search warrants has led time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries and costly legal settlements.
Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams talks about simulating the most complex magic system ever
In his quest to create a true 'fantasy world simulator,' Adams is working on Dwarf Fortress's most monumental changes in years.
Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute
An appeals court ruling on Monday was a victory for truck drivers and punctuation pedants.
The Secret Most of the "Occupy Wall Street" Folks Haven't Realized Is the Struggle Is Not Between the Rich and Poor -
The Occupy Wall Street hasn’t figured out that the reason the bottom of society is struggling isn’t tax policy or the top 1% of wealth. It was spelled out decades ago, with shocking detail and precision, in a prophecy by business thinker Peter Drucker that we are now watching unfold before our eyes....
Pakistani Artist’s Concept Art Of A Sci-Fi Pakistan Will Blow You Away
Sci-Fi and Fantasy fans get ready to be blown away by what you are about to see. Have you ever wondered what would Pakistan look like if it was set in a sci-fi movie? Your prayers
Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone
The history of coffee gives us surprising insight into the future of the world's most popular banana.
"That we have created such a simple world seems dissatisfying, but just because something is dissatisfying doesn’t mean it won’t suffice. Theoretically, we could live off of a diminishing number of crops. We could even get by on a single crop. Potatoes, for example, provide nearly all the nutrients we need, as do cassava and sweet potatoes. But just as our demand for a few basic foods whenever we want them was predictable, so, too, were the problems these crops are now facing. The more we feed ourselves according to our most primitive desires, the more we create a world dominated by just a few productive crops—crops that are threatened by their very commonness. Even coffee is at risk again. Having learned nothing from Sri Lanka, we have once more planted varieties of coffee that are susceptible to coffee rust in large plantations, and the rust is back. That these crops are nearly all at risk today from pests, pathogens, and climate change is not a fluke. Given our preferences, it was nearly inevitable"Posted on 2017-03-17T04:41:13+0000
Escape to another world
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
"However one cuts the economic data of the last few decades, the labour market has become harder for the young. The Great Recession and its aftermath were somewhat worse for young workers than the population as a whole. Yet the struggles of younger workers pre-date the crisis. Hourly wages, adjusted for inflation, have stagnated for young college graduates since the 1990s (that is, young graduates now earn roughly the same wage as new graduates did 20 years ago), while pay for new high-school graduates has declined. The shares of young high-school and college graduates not in work or education has risen; in 2014, about 11% of college graduates were apparently idle, compared with 9% in 2004 and 8% in 1994.
“Underemployment” – work in a position for which one is overqualified – has risen steadily since the beginning of the millennium; the share of recent college graduates working in jobs which did not require a college degree rose from just over 30% in the early 2000s to nearly 45% a decade later. As frustrated college students take jobs for which they are overqualified, young people with less education often find themselves competing for still less demanding work, which pays lower wages and offers less security and room for advancement."Posted on 2017-03-17T04:33:27+0000
HTTPS Interception Weakens TLS Security | US-CERT
TLS and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), are important Internet protocols that encrypt communications over the Internet between the client and server. These protocols (and protocols that make use of TLS and SSL, such as HTTPS) use certificates to establish an identity chain showing that…
Enroute A380 wake flips Challenger 604 upside down
We normally don't report on individual aircraft incidents here, because the causal factors are related to a very narrow set of unique circumstances. This instance is different, and should be of concern to all operators. A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opp
"A Challenger 604 at FL350 operating from Male-Abu Dhabi passed an A380 opposite direction at FL360, one thousand feet above, about 630nm southeast of Muscat, Oman, over the Arabian Sea.
A short time later (1-2 minutes) the aircraft encountered wake turbulence sending the aircraft into an uncontrolled roll, turning the aircraft around at least 3 times (possibly even 5 times), both engines flamed out, the aircraft lost about 10,000 feet until the crew was able to recover the aircraft, restart the engines and divert to Muscat. The aircraft received damage beyond repair due to the G-forces, and was written off."Posted on 2017-03-17T04:11:43+0000
Young people are right to be angry about their financial insecurity
Social injustice on an unprecedented scale, massive inequities and loss of trust in elites define our political moment – and rightly so
WiFi ResetPlug - A smart plug to monitor your WiFi router/modem and automatically reset power if WiFi fails.
WiFi ResetPlug Plug your WiFi router/modem into the ResetPlug. The smart plug will act as a WiFi client to test the Internet connection. If the Internet fails to work, the ResetPlug will automatically cycle power to the WiFi equipment to reset the Internet connection. Do you have devices that de...
React VR | A framework for building VR apps using React
A framework for building native apps using React
Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use
The makers of the We-Vibe, which can be paired with an app, don't admit any wrongdoing. But they will pay $3.75 million after allegations that the app was collecting "highly sensitive information."
Working While Female
A Twitter thread has gotten some attention recently, where my former-coworker / current-best friend, Marty, recounted the day he realized…
Declaration of Gary Brown (PUBLIC)
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch).
Sharing this separately just because this looks like a solid nail in the coffin in the Waymo vs Uber case. Incriminating evidence that the guy took secret documents with himPosted on 2017-03-14T05:21:43+0000
The Uber Bombshell About to Drop – Daniel With Music
about flying cars). I suspect that what is coming next will be prove to be a far bigger story than all of the other incidents so far.
The Dangerous Safety of College
The ugly protest at Middlebury is a wake-up call. We’re failing today’s students.
"“You are creating a kind of liberalism that the minute it crosses the street into the real world is not just useless, but obnoxious and dangerous,” he added. “I want you to be offended every single day on this campus. I want you to be deeply aggrieved and offended and upset, and then to learn how to speak back. Because that is what we need from you.”"Posted on 2017-03-13T02:49:19+0000
glandium.org » Blog Archive » When the memory allocator works against you
Cloning mozilla-central with git-cinnabar requires a lot of memory. Actually too much memory to fit in a 32-bits address space.
Stop Beating Black Children
By hitting our kids, we are serving the goals and carrying on the legacy of white supremacy.
"We need to stop teaching children that obedience is their greatest virtue. Especially as we brace for the possibility of more systemic racial devastation, we need young people who push boundaries and become the kinds of adults who will not let themselves be victimized."Posted on 2017-03-12T07:02:04+0000
Italian Band Soviet Soviet Denied Entry To The U.S., Jailed And Then Deported
The Italian post-punk group, which had tried to enter the U.S. to play at member station KEXP and then at SXSW, says it was sent back to Italy by authorities after spending the night in jail.
While this sucks for the band, as far as I know they do need a proper visa for this (B1 doesn't cut it either).
Honestly disappointed with NPR for this poorly researched article, especially the quote below:
" It was traveling under ESTA (also known as the Visa Waiver Program), which allows citizens of nearly 40 countries to travel to the United States without having to obtain a visa.
Such visas are frequently used by bands coming to the United States when they only are slated to play unpaid showcases, as paid work while traveling on an ESTA is prohibited."
The ESTA is explicitly not a visa, you also state so (so you know that fact), and then you go ahead and call it a visa? Sigh.Posted on 2017-03-11T21:52:09+0000
Ohio police crack down on imported stimulant used by teens to get high
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio— Police in Ohio are cracking down on an illegally imported organic stimulant. WBNS-TV reports that Reynoldsburg police were alerted after several students were caught chewing betel nut at the Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus. Police say the students were visibly off balance.
Who gets high on Tulsi and supari? This is ridiculous.
I can understand going after it because the cancer will kill you, but it makes no sense to go after it because it'll make you "high"Posted on 2017-03-11T18:35:54+0000
What the CIA WikiLeaks Dump Tells Us: Encryption Works
If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it's that data-scrambling encryption works, and the industry should use more of it.
WECT : Video shows WPD sergeant falsely telling citizen to stop recording him because of state law
<p>WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington police sergeant is shown on video instructing a citizen who was pulled over for a traffic stop that he is not allowed to record the interaction due to a ne
system-design-primer - Learn how to design large scale systems. Prep for the system design interview.
So good. Great piece on the tech interview torture chamber
""I see your background is in artificial intelligence, you've written your own compiler, and you maintain an open source project - how nice. Now implement radix sort using only red-black trees.""Posted on 2017-03-08T05:52:10+0000
A lot of people ask me what the ideal cofounder looks like. I now have an answer: Greg Brockman. Every successful startup I know has at least one person who provides the force of will to make...
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
"“This is how a community of knowledge can become dangerous,” Sloman and Fernbach observe. The two have performed their own version of the toilet experiment, substituting public policy for household gadgets. In a study conducted in 2012, they asked people for their stance on questions like: Should there be a single-payer health-care system? Or merit-based pay for teachers? Participants were asked to rate their positions depending on how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the proposals. Next, they were instructed to explain, in as much detail as they could, the impacts of implementing each one. Most people at this point ran into trouble. Asked once again to rate their views, they ratcheted down the intensity, so that they either agreed or disagreed less vehemently.
Sloman and Fernbach see in this result a little candle for a dark world. If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less time pontificating and more trying to work through the implications of policy proposals, we’d realize how clueless we are and moderate our views. This, they write, “may be the only form of thinking that will shatter the illusion of explanatory depth and change people’s attitudes.”"Posted on 2017-03-08T05:08:19+0000
Gregory Szorc's Digital Home | Better Compression with Zstandard
compression algorithm at a Mercurial developer sprint in 2015. At one end of a large table a few people were uttering expletives out of sheer excitement. At developer gatherings, that's the universal signal for
Google is acquiring data science community Kaggle
Sources tell us that Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform that hosts data science and machine learning competitions. Details about the transaction remain..
Vault7 - Home
If you need help using Tor you can contact WikiLeaks for assistance in setting it up using our simple webchat available at:
This is huge.
There is this quote in here which is hilarious and scary at the same time, which I'd love independent verification on.
"In what is surely one of the most astounding intelligence own goals in living memory, the CIA structured its classification regime such that for the most market valuable part of "Vault 7" — the CIA's weaponized malware (implants + zero days), Listening Posts (LP), and Command and Control (C2) systems — the agency has little legal recourse.
The CIA made these systems unclassified.
Why the CIA chose to make its cyberarsenal unclassified reveals how concepts developed for military use do not easily crossover to the 'battlefield' of cyber 'war'.
To attack its targets, the CIA usually requires that its implants communicate with their control programs over the internet. If CIA implants, Command & Control and Listening Post software were classified, then CIA officers could be prosecuted or dismissed for violating rules that prohibit placing classified information onto the Internet. Consequently the CIA has secretly made most of its cyber spying/war code unclassified. The U.S. government is not able to assert copyright either, due to restrictions in the U.S. Constitution. This means that cyber 'arms' manufactures and computer hackers can freely "pirate" these 'weapons' if they are obtained. The CIA has primarily had to rely on obfuscation to protect its malware secrets."
YC’s Online Class (Sign up at StartupSchool.org)
We’re excited to announce our new online Startup School, with classes beginning on April 5. Anyone can sign up at StartupSchool.org for the 10-week massively open online course (MOOC), starting today. We want to teach everyone how to start a startup and help them along the way with guidance from peo...
ConvertKit on Indie Hackers
In 2013, Nathan Barry challenged himself to start a software company. Today, ConvertKit generates $600,000 every month. Here's how he did it.
How a biotech billionaire used a donation to boost his business
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong was hailed for donating $12 million to University of Utah. But the contract ensured that $10 million came back to his company.
Life is meaningless! Maybe you need some kind of ism to attempt to ward off the inevitable and unavoidable despair! Here, have some isms made of snakes! Life is still meaningless but now you have a…
Secure computing for journalists
This morning on Twitter, Buzzfeed editor Miriam Elder asks the following question: Possibly stupid question: is the Signal desktop client as secure as the mobile app? — Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) …
PayPal Redirects Charitable Contributions Without Consent, Lawsuit Says
The federal lawsuit accuses the PayPal Giving Fund of collecting contributions for groups that may never receive the funds.
How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide
A program uses data Uber collected to evade law enforcement in cities that resist the ride-hailing service, some current and former Uber employees said.
Summary of the Amazon S3 Service Disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region
We’d like to give you some additional information about the service disruption that occurred in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region on the morning of February 28th. The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the S3 billing system to progress more slowly than expe...
Muslim teen found hanged in woods near Seattle; family seeks answers
A Lake Stevens family is asking the FBI to investigate the death of their teenage son. The young man, an African-American Muslim, was found hanged in the
Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose
The attorney general did not disclose the encounters during his confirmation hearing.
A software engineer is detained for several hours by U.S. Customs — and given a test to prove he’s an engineer
Celestine Omin was accustomed to tackling tough engineering problems. Just not the two that the Border Agent had put in front of his face — or at