Kilogram redefined in terms of Planck constant

2018-11-16 23:52:12 @ The Endeavour

The General Conference on Weights and Measures voted today to redefine the kilogram. The official definition no longer refers to the mass of the International Prototype of the Kilogram (IPK) stored at the BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Measures) i

AWS Quest 2: Reaching Las Vegas

2018-11-16 20:23:08 @ AWS Blog

Hey AWS Questers and puzzlehunters! We’ve reached the last day of AWS Quest: The Road to re:Invent! Ozz has made it from Seattle to Las Vegas—after taking the long way via Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai, Stockholm, Cape Town, Paris,

Member of the Band – QA Software Engineer Cindy Gamboa

2018-11-16 20:04:01 @ Gorilla Logic

Much like a pod of whales or a pack of wolves, did you know that a group of gorillas is called a band? In this blog series, we’re going to introduce you to members of our band – engineers, technical recruiters, PMs, designers, and more who make up t

Announcing AWS Machine Learning Heroes (plus new AWS Community Heroes)

2018-11-16 19:57:34 @ AWS Blog

The AWS Heroes program helps developers find inspiration and build skills from community leaders who have extensive AWS knowledge and a passion for sharing their expertise with others. The program continues to evolve to align with technology trends and rec

Langlands/Frenkel and Some Other Things

2018-11-16 19:31:31 @ Not Even Wrong

The Canadian publication The Walrus today has a wonderful article about Robert Langlands, focusing on his attitude towards the geometric Langlands program and its talented proponent Edward Frenkel. I watched Frenkel’s talk at the ongoing Minnesota co

IBM Q in the Arctic: 76.4° North

2018-11-16 18:34:43 @ IBM Research blog

I’m sitting in front of my microscope, trying to fight against the first onset of seasickness by gazing out to sea as the horizon goes up and down. Counting microplastic particles seemed easy on paper, but distinguishing fly wings from plastic films and f

Microsoft Is Putting Ads on the Mail App in Windows 10

2018-11-16 18:07:46 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 232 # Comments: 330

International System of Units overhauled in historic vote

2018-11-16 17:53:01 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 491 # Comments: 203

Golua – A Lua 5.3 engine implemented in Go

2018-11-16 17:21:29 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 200 # Comments: 76

I Found the Best Burger Place in America, Then I Killed It

2018-11-16 17:19:41 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 393 # Comments: 291

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 16 November 2018

2018-11-16 16:04:57 @ ASF

Mid-month already! Here's what happened with the Apache community over the past week: Support Apache –help offset the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses and keep Apache software for everyone.  - Join Bloomberg, Google, Microsoft, and

iOS Dev Weekly - Issue 378 - Nov 16th 2018

2018-11-16 16:00:00 @ iOS Weekly

Comment You may have noticed that I've been putting more time into writing introductory comments over the last year. Now that you've had a while to get used to it, I'd love to to hear your thoughts on what you

Some Unique Sessions at re:Invent 2018

2018-11-16 15:11:31 @ AWS Blog

We recently added three unique breakout sessions to the re:Invent Session Catalog and I want to make sure that you are aware of them. It’s rare for Distinguished Engineers like Peter Vosshall, Principal Engineers like Colm MacCarthaigh, and Directors and V

Microsoft’s enterprise products covertly gather personal data on users

2018-11-16 13:35:56 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 230 # Comments: 110

New paper claims that LIGO’s gravitational wave detection from a neutron star merger can’t be right

2018-11-16 13:03:00 @ Backreaction

Two weeks ago, New Scientist warmed up the story about a Danish groups’ claim that the LIGO collaboration’s signal identification is flawed. This story goes back to a paper published in Summer 2017. After the publication of this paper, however, the VI

New paper claims that LIGO’s gravitational wave detection from a neutron star merger can’t be right

2018-11-16 13:03:00 @ Sabine Hossenfelder

Two weeks ago, New Scientist warmed up the story about a Danish groups’ claim that the LIGO collaboration’s signal identification is flawed. This story goes back to a paper published in Summer 2017. After the publication of this paper, however, the VI

Podcast CB S&R 189: Varias noticias científicas

2018-11-16 12:58:50 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

He participado en el episodio 189 del podcast Coffee Break: Señal y Ruido [iVoox, iTunes], titulado “Huracán de Materia Oscura; Polémica LIGO; Barnard b; Eventos Solares en la Guerra de Vietnam; Agujeros Negros”. Por cierto, el

Big List of Naughty Strings

2018-11-16 07:02:17 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 657 # Comments: 127

Amazon S3 Block Public Access – Another Layer of Protection for Your Accounts and Buckets

2018-11-16 05:40:44 @ AWS Blog

Newly created Amazon S3 buckets and objects are (and always have been) private and protected by default, with the option to use Access Control Lists (ACLs) and bucket policies to grant access to other AWS accounts or to public (anonymous) requests. The ACL

C Portability Lessons from Weird Machines

2018-11-16 04:06:09 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 245 # Comments: 105

PSA: Firefox Nightly now with experimental Wayland support

2018-11-16 02:42:46 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 270 # Comments: 93

Communication-Optimal Distributed Dynamic Graph Clustering. (arXiv:1811.06072v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We consider the problem of clustering graph nodes over large-scale dynamic graphs, such as citation networks, images and web networks, when graph updates such as node/edge insertions/deletions are observed distributively. We propose communication-efficien

State Complexity Characterizations of Parameterized Degree-Bounded Graph Connectivity, Sub-Linear Space Computation, and the Linear Space Hypothesis. (arXiv:1811.06336v1 [cs.CC])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

The linear space hypothesis is a practical working hypothesis, which originally states the insolvability of a restricted 2CNF Boolean formula satisfiability problem parameterized by the number of Boolean variables. From this hypothesis, it follows that th

Adversarial Examples from Cryptographic Pseudo-Random Generators. (arXiv:1811.06418v1 [cs.LG])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

In our recent work (Bubeck, Price, Razenshteyn, arXiv:1805.10204 ) we argued that adversarial examples in machine learning might be due to an inherent computational hardness of the problem. More precisely, we constructed a binary classification task for

On the Complexity of Closest Pair via Polar-Pair of Point-Sets. (arXiv:1608.03245v4 [cs.CG] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

Every graph $G$ can be represented by a collection of equi-radii spheres in a $d$-dimensional metric $\Delta$ such that there is an edge $uv$ in $G$ if and only if the spheres corresponding to $u$ and $v$ intersect. The smallest integer $d$ such that $G$

Optimal Algorithms for Distributed Optimization. (arXiv:1712.00232v3 [math.OC] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

In this paper, we study the optimal convergence rate for distributed convex optimization problems in networks. We model the communication restrictions imposed by the network as a set of affine constraints and provide optimal complexity bounds for four dif

Tensor network complexity of multilinear maps. (arXiv:1712.09630v3 [cs.CC] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We study tensor networks as a model of arithmetic computation for evaluating multilinear maps. These capture any algorithm based on low border rank tensor decompositions, such as $O(n^{\omega+\epsilon})$ time matrix multiplication, and in addition many ot

Towards Completely Characterizing the Complexity of Boolean Nets Synthesis. (arXiv:1806.03703v3 [cs.CC] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

Boolean nets are Petri nets that permit at most one token per place. Research has approached this important subject in many ways which resulted in various different classes of boolean nets. But yet, they are only distinguished by the allowed interactions

Static Data Structure Lower Bounds Imply Rigidity. (arXiv:1811.02725v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We show that static data structure lower bounds in the group (linear) model imply semi-explicit lower bounds on matrix rigidity. In particular, we prove that an explicit lower bound of $t \geq \omega(\log^2 n)$ on the cell-probe complexity of linear data

Memory-Efficient Quantum Circuit Simulation by Using Lossy Data Compression. (arXiv:1811.05630v2 [quant-ph] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

In order to evaluate, validate, and refine the design of new quantum algorithms or quantum computers, researchers and developers need methods to assess their correctness and fidelity. This requires the capabilities of quantum circuit simulations. However,

Maximum-Width Empty Square and Rectangular Annulus. (arXiv:1811.06217v1 [cs.CG])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

An annulus is, informally, a ring-shaped region, often described by two concentric circles. The maximum-width empty annulus problem asks to find an annulus of a certain shape with the maximum possible width that avoids a given set of $n$ points in the pla

A Note On Universal Point Sets for Planar Graphs. (arXiv:1811.06482v1 [math.CO])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

We investigate which planar point sets allow simultaneous straight-line embeddings of all planar graphs on a fixed number of vertices. We first show that $(1.293-o(1))n$ points are required to find a straight-line drawing of each $n$-vertex planar graph (

The EdgeConflict Predicate in the 3D Apollonius Diagram. (arXiv:1811.06504v1 [cs.CG])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

In this paper we study one of the fundamental predicates required for the construction of the 3D Apollonius diagram (also known as the 3D Additively Weighted Voronoi diagram), namely the EdgeConflict predicate: given five sites $S_i, S_j,S_k,S_l,S_m$ that

On the Complexity of Closest Pair via Polar-Pair of Point-Sets. (arXiv:1608.03245v4 [cs.CG] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

Every graph $G$ can be represented by a collection of equi-radii spheres in a $d$-dimensional metric $\Delta$ such that there is an edge $uv$ in $G$ if and only if the spheres corresponding to $u$ and $v$ intersect. The smallest integer $d$ such that $G$

Randomisation Algorithms for Large Sparse Matrices. (arXiv:1811.05974v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

In many domains it is necessary to generate surrogate networks, e.g., for hypothesis testing of different properties of a network. Furthermore, generating surrogate networks typically requires that different properties of the network is preserved, e.g., e

Faster manipulation of large quantum circuits using wire label reference diagrams. (arXiv:1811.06011v1 [quant-ph])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Large scale quantum computing is highly anticipated, and quantum circuit design automation needs to keep up with the transition from small scale to large scale problems. Methods to support fast quantum circuit manipulations (e.g.~gate replacement, wire re

Incentivizing Exploration with Unbiased Histories. (arXiv:1811.06026v1 [cs.GT])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

In a social learning setting, there is a set of actions, each of which has a payoff that depends on a hidden state of the world. A sequence of agents each chooses an action with the goal of maximizing payoff given estimates of the state of the world. A di

Communication-Optimal Distributed Dynamic Graph Clustering. (arXiv:1811.06072v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We consider the problem of clustering graph nodes over large-scale dynamic graphs, such as citation networks, images and web networks, when graph updates such as node/edge insertions/deletions are observed distributively. We propose communication-efficien

Prophet Inequalities for Independent Random Variables from an Unknown Distribution. (arXiv:1811.06114v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

A central object in optimal stopping theory is the single-choice prophet inequality for independent, identically distributed random variables: Given a sequence of random variables $X_1,\dots,X_n$ drawn independently from a distribution $F$, the goal is to

Vectorized Character Counting for Faster Pattern Matching. (arXiv:1811.06127v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Many modern sequence alignment tools implement fast string matching using the space efficient data structure called FM-index. The succinct nature of this data structure presents unique challenges for the algorithm designers. In this paper, we explore the

Computing Quartet Distance is Equivalent to Counting 4-Cycles. (arXiv:1811.06244v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

The quartet distance is a measure of similarity used to compare two unrooted phylogenetic trees on the same set of $n$ leaves, defined as the number of subsets of four leaves related by a different topology in both trees. After a series of previous result

Secretary Ranking with Minimal Inversions. (arXiv:1811.06444v1 [cs.DS])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We study a twist on the classic secretary problem, which we term the secretary ranking problem: elements from an ordered set arrive in random order and instead of picking the maximum element, the algorithm is asked to assign a rank, or position, to each o

Large-Scale Distributed Algorithms for Facility Location with Outliers. (arXiv:1811.06494v1 [cs.DC])

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

This paper presents fast, distributed, $O(1)$-approximation algorithms for metric facility location problems with outliers in the Congested Clique model, Massively Parallel Computation (MPC) model, and in the $k$-machine model. The paper considers Robust

Dimensionality reduction of SDPs through sketching. (arXiv:1707.09863v2 [math.OC] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We show how to sketch semidefinite programs (SDPs) using positive maps in order to reduce their dimension. More precisely, we use Johnson\hyp{}Lindenstrauss transforms to produce a smaller SDP whose solution preserves feasibility or approximates the value

Tensor network complexity of multilinear maps. (arXiv:1712.09630v3 [cs.CC] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We study tensor networks as a model of arithmetic computation for evaluating multilinear maps. These capture any algorithm based on low border rank tensor decompositions, such as $O(n^{\omega+\epsilon})$ time matrix multiplication, and in addition many ot

The Electric Two-echelon Vehicle Routing Problem. (arXiv:1803.03628v3 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Two-echelon distribution systems are attractive from an economical standpoint and help to keep large vehicles out of city centers. Large trucks can be used to deliver goods to intermediate facilities in accessible locations, whereas smaller vehicles allow

A Nearly-Linear Bound for Chasing Nested Convex Bodies. (arXiv:1806.08865v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Friedman and Linial introduced the convex body chasing problem to explore the interplay between geometry and competitive ratio in metrical task systems. In convex body chasing, at each time step $t \in \mathbb{N}$, the online algorithm receives a request

Static Data Structure Lower Bounds Imply Rigidity. (arXiv:1811.02725v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2018-11-16 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We show that static data structure lower bounds in the group (linear) model imply semi-explicit lower bounds on matrix rigidity. In particular, we prove that an explicit lower bound of $t \geq \omega(\log^2 n)$ on the cell-probe complexity of linear data

★ Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables Might Come in Mid-2019 (Which Is Good, Because I Still Don’t Think iPhone Is Ever Going to Switch to USB-C)

2018-11-16 01:28:33 @ Daring Fireball

It’s small consolation to those of us looking for high-quality third-party USB-C to Lightning cables today, but it does sound like they’ll start appearing in the second quarter of 2019.

Facebook Applied for Patent to Predict Who’s in House Based on Family Photos

2018-11-16 01:07:13 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 214 # Comments: 155

New – Train Custom Document Classifiers with Amazon Comprehend

2018-11-16 01:06:39 @ AWS Blog

gives you the power to process natural-language text at scale (read my introductory post, Amazon Comprehend – Continuously Trained Natural Language Processing, to learn more). After launching late 2017 with support for English and Spanish, we have added cu

The US Is Preparing to Prosecute Julian Assange

2018-11-16 00:10:27 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 313 # Comments: 520

Rumors Float Claiming AirPods 2 Are Still Coming This Year

2018-11-15 23:48:11 @ Daring Fireball

Chris Smith, BGR: A few weeks ago, Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo said that the AirPods 2 would launch either in late 2018 or early next year . Now we have a Samsung insider making a similar claim. “Ice Universe”, who’s a constant source of r

Linkage

2018-11-15 23:14:00 @ 0xDE

I’m gradually shifting weight to my Mastodon account and away from my doomed G+, but I hope to stick with both through the end of the year to provide a gradual transition. Today’s step: the Mastodon links go first.

Tulsa Remote

2018-11-15 22:30:22 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 333 # Comments: 209

‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ Say Some Computer Science Students

2018-11-15 20:51:26 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 609 # Comments: 513

Estimating the chances of something that hasn’t happened yet

2018-11-15 20:38:37 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 528 # Comments: 145

SpaceX just got FCC approval to launch 7,518 satellites

2018-11-15 19:52:33 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 428 # Comments: 278

Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely on a CPAP Machine Hacker

2018-11-15 19:17:20 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 351 # Comments: 241

Idea: Deleting Apps From the App Store Updates Tab

2018-11-15 19:16:50 @ Daring Fireball

600+ likes and counting on this tweet that popped into my head this morning: I wish you could delete apps right from the App Store Updates tab. When I see an update is pending for an app I never use, I just want to delete it right there. Also, it

Simons and Amazon

2018-11-15 17:59:00 @ Computational Complexity

I'm spending this week at the Simons Institute in smokey Berkeley, California. This fall Simons has a program in Lower Bounds in Computational Complexity . Scroll down that page and you'll see the rather strong collection of participants that are spending

Airtable raises $100M at a $1.1B valuation

2018-11-15 17:56:24 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 392 # Comments: 141

Krisp.ai – Mute background noise during your calls

2018-11-15 17:41:23 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 377 # Comments: 103

Comparing bfloat16 range and precision to other 16-bit numbers

2018-11-15 17:23:51 @ The Endeavour

Deep learning has spurred interest in novel floating point formats. Algorithms often don’t need as much precision as standard IEEE-754 doubles or even single precision floats. Lower precision makes it possible to hold more numbers in memory, reducing

Facebook reportedly discredited critics by linking them to George Soros

2018-11-15 17:12:48 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 256 # Comments: 267

Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

2018-11-15 16:13:07 @ Quanta Magazine

Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.

Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

2018-11-15 16:13:07 @ Quanta Magazine

Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.

A cheaper, smaller Raspberry Pi 3 is now available

2018-11-15 15:59:16 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 214 # Comments: 124

How Smart People Sabotage Their Success

2018-11-15 15:22:22 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: Comments URL: Points: 673 # Comments: 204

New iPad Pro 11-inch: First Impressions

2018-11-15 15:18:12 @ joecieplinski's blog

I was all set to go on a weeklong trip out of the country just one day after the new iPads became available. It was as if Apple knew I was leaving town and rushed it out on a Wednesday instead of the usual Friday. Now that I’m back,

Modified gravity, demystified [video]

2018-11-15 14:48:00 @ Backreaction

Here is the promised follow-up on my earlier video about dark matter. This time I explain how Modified Newtonian Dynamics gives rise to flat rotation curves and what’s the deal with the Tully-Fisher relation. Fixed my make-up issues but now I put the micro

Modified gravity, demystified [video]

2018-11-15 14:48:00 @ Sabine Hossenfelder

Here is the promised follow-up on my earlier video about dark matter. This time I explain how Modified Newtonian Dynamics gives rise to flat rotation curves and what’s the deal with the Tully-Fisher relation. Fixed my make-up issues but now I put the micro

How to Utilize your Scrum Master Part 1: Agile Reports

2018-11-15 13:30:14 @ Gorilla Logic

I’ve often read guides and best practices directed at Scrum Masters to help them excel at their job, but most Agile teams often don’t have a clear understanding of what to expect and how to maximize the value of their Scrum Master. Are you asking enough f

Observan las nubes de Kordylewski en el punto de Lagrange L5 del sistema Tierra-Luna

2018-11-15 09:47:17 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

En 1961 el astrónomo polaco Kazimierz Kordylewski observó dos nubes de polvo interplanetario situadas en el punto de Lagrange L5 del sistema Tierra–Luna. Estas nubes de polvo de Kordylewski (KDC) han estado rodeadas de cierta polémica

New – EC2 Auto Scaling Groups With Multiple Instance Types & Purchase Options

2018-11-15 04:40:35 @ AWS Blog

Earlier this year I told you about EC2 Fleet, an AWS building block that makes it easy for you to create fleets that are built from a combination of EC2 On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot Instances that span multiple EC2 instance types. In that post I showed yo

How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity

2018-11-14 19:40:27 @ Quanta Magazine

In the latest campaign to reconcile Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics, many physicists are studying how a higher dimensional space that includes gravity arises like a hologram from a lower dimensional particle theory.

How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity

2018-11-14 19:40:27 @ Quanta Magazine

In the latest campaign to reconcile Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics, many physicists are studying how a higher dimensional space that includes gravity arises like a hologram from a lower dimensional particle theory.

Síntesis epitaxial de una nueva fase del fosforeno azul

2018-11-14 17:53:21 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

El fosforeno es un material bidimensional (2D) formado por capas monoatómicas de fósforo. Además del fosforeno negro, cuyas capas forman el fósforo negro, se ha predicho otro alótropo llamado fosforeno azul. Se publica en la revis

How to See the Magnets in the New iPad Pro

2018-11-14 17:43:19 @ Daring Fireball

It’s one thing to hear that there are a lot of magnets in the new iPad Pros. It’s another to see them.  ★ 

La constante dieléctrica del agua en un canal nanométrico

2018-11-14 17:08:27 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

La constante dieléctrica del agua es ε ≈ 80, pero decrece conforme el agua se confina en un canal nanométrico (por debajo de los 100 nm). Las simulaciones por ordenador predecían un valor de ε ≈ 10 para canales […

Why “work smarter, not harder” bothers me

2018-11-14 16:50:52 @ The Endeavour

One of my most popular posts on Twitter was an implicit criticism of the cliché “work smarter, not harder.” Productivity tip: Work hard. — John D. Cook (@JohnDCook) October 8, 2015 I agree with the idea that you can often be more productive by

Trump Warns That Florida Recount Could Set Dangerous Precedent of Person With Most Votes Winning

2018-11-14 14:45:23 @ Daring Fireball

Satirist Andy Borowitz: Calling for an “immediate end” to the recount in Florida, Donald J. Trump warned on Monday that it could set a dangerous precedent of the person with the most votes winning. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump sai

30% faster Windows builds with clang-cl and the new /Zc:dllexportInlines- flag

2018-11-14 13:49:00 @ Planet Clang

Background In the course of adding Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) compatible Windows support to Clang, we worked hard to make sure the dllexport and dllimport declspecs are handled the same way by Clang as by MSVC. dllexport and dllimport are used to specify

Brian Donohue on Operating Instapaper Through an Acquisition

2018-11-14 11:15:13 @ YC

Brian Donohue is President of Instapaper and a Product Engineering Manager at Pinterest.

Introducing Amazon Corretto, a No-Cost Distribution of OpenJDK with Long-Term Support

2018-11-14 10:30:45 @ AWS Open Source News

Java is one of the most popular languages in use by AWS customers, and we are committed to supporting Java and keeping it free. Many of our customers have become concerned that they would have to pay for a long-term supported version of Java to run their w

El interior de la Tierra observado con neutrinos

2018-11-14 08:53:54 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Los neutrinos atmosféricos son producto de la colisión de rayos cósmicos con núcleos atómicos en la atmósfera. El detector IceCube observa neutrinos que vienen desde abajo, tras atravesar el interior de la Tierra. Para neutri

Dear Jeff

2018-11-13 23:32:30 @ Signal vs. Noise

New – CloudFormation Drift Detection

2018-11-13 22:17:12 @ AWS Blog

supports you in your efforts to implement Infrastructure as Code (IaC). You can use a template to define the desired AWS resource configuration, and then use it to launch a CloudFormation stack. The stack contains the set of resources defined in the templa

Breve historia del embargo de artículos en revistas científicas

2018-11-13 19:56:32 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

En la comunicación científica se llama embargo al acuerdo entre periodistas, científicos y editores de revistas por el cual los periodistas aceptan no publicar o difundir una noticia científica hasta cierto día a cierta hora. Como

Why Aren’t There Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables?

2018-11-13 18:34:25 @ Daring Fireball

Here’s a thread on Reddit asking why there aren’t any USB-C to Lightning cables from reliable, certified companies like Anker, Monoprice, and Amazon. It’s a year-old thread and the situation is unchanged. This stinks now that all MacBooks and the new iPad

Radical Craft: An electrifying evening of talks from the TED World Theater

2018-11-13 17:31:03 @ TED Blog

Craft — in the timeless, universal sense of making — connects us all. We craft our environments, our tools and toys, our transport and communications, our world. At Radical Craft — an evening of talks curated by TED’s design curator

Securing Amazon EKS Using Lambda and Falco

2018-11-13 17:01:13 @ AWS Open Source News

Intrusion and abnormality detection are important tools for stronger run-time security in applications deployed in containers on Amazon EKS clusters. In this post, Michael Ducy of Sysdig explains how Falco, a CNCF Sandbox Project, generates an alert when a

An Italian Cosmologist Who Wanders in Dante’s Dark Wood

2018-11-13 16:54:37 @ Quanta Magazine

A scientist and programmer with a literary bent, Valeria Pettorino thinks multiple angles and diverse points of view are needed to unriddle the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

An Italian Cosmologist Who Wanders in Dante’s Dark Wood

2018-11-13 16:54:37 @ Quanta Magazine

A scientist and programmer with a literary bent, Valeria Pettorino thinks multiple angles and diverse points of view are needed to unriddle the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

CodeFlow: Improving the Code Review Process at Microsoft

2018-11-13 15:39:04 @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Delivering a new set of capabilities for managing and improving Microsoft's code-review process was the primary goal right from the start. In the course of accomplishing that, much was also learned about certain general code-review principles. In fact, sub

Vídeo de mi charla “La física de la película Interstellar” en Coffeeversity (Granada)

2018-11-13 11:15:40 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Ya puedes disfrutar del vídeo YouTube de mi charla y tertulia científica Coffeeversity del pasado miércoles, 07 Nov 2018, en la Cafetería “El Doce” en Granada (España). Tras la charla (65 min) hubo una animada tertulia

In the Works – AWS Region in Milan, Italy

2018-11-13 09:17:13 @ AWS Blog

Late last month I announced that we are working on an AWS Region in South Africa. Today I would like to let you know that we are also building an AWS Region in Italy and plan to open it up in early 2020. Milan in 2020 The upcoming Region will have three Av

This Week in Rust 260

2018-11-13 06:00:00 @ This Week in Rust

Hello and welcome to another issue of This Week in Rust ! Rust is a systems language pursuing the trifecta: safety, concurrency, and speed. This is a weekly summary of its progress and community. Want something mentioned? Tweet us at @ThisWeekInRust

AWS ParallelCluster

2018-11-13 03:57:27 @ AWS Open Source News

Orchestration software has played a key role in cluster bring-up and management for decades. Dating back to solutions like SunCluster, PSSP, and community solutions such as CFEngine, the need to launch many resources together to enable large parallel appli

Stan Lee: ‘America Is a Dream’

2018-11-13 03:01:04 @ Daring Fireball

Great little graphic essay Stan Lee wrote for The Atlantic in 2007.  ★ 

New expansions of confluent hypergeometric function

2018-11-13 02:22:36 @ The Endeavour

Last week Bujanda et al published a paper [1] that gives new expansions for the confluent hypergeometric function. I’ll back up explain what that means before saying more about the new paper. Hypergeometric functions Hypergeometric functions are some

AWS GovCloud (US-East) Now Open

2018-11-13 02:08:43 @ AWS Blog

Last year I told you that we were working on , an eastern US companion to the existing AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region that we launched in 2011. The new region is now open and ready to serve the needs of federal, state, and local government agencies, the IT

Swift Tip: Custom Views Without Subclassing

2018-11-13 01:00:00 @ objc.io

UIKit is a framework that relies heavily on subclassing. While subclassing can be very useful, sometimes we can get away with much simpler techniques for composing views. As an example, we’ll build a simple alert popup from scratch: One reason for

‘An Unshakable Humanism’ — Michael Chabon on Stan Lee

2018-11-13 00:07:32 @ Daring Fireball

Michael Chabon, on Instagram: Some people are influences. Others — a rare few — rearrange the very structure of your neurons. Stan Lee’s creative and artistic contribution to the Marvel pantheon has been debated endlessly, but one has only

New – Redis 5.0 Compatibility for Amazon ElastiCache

2018-11-12 23:28:26 @ AWS Blog

Earlier this year we announced Redis 4.0 compatibility for . In that post, Randall explained how ElastiCache for Redis clusters can scale to terabytes of memory and millions of reads and writes per second! Other recent improvements to Amazon ElastiCache fo

Fully self-directed replication

2018-11-12 21:30:30 @ Complex Projective 4-Space | Where exciting things happen

A new form of artificial life has been born — and there are no doubts that it directs its own self-replication: So, what exactly is happening? At 0:06, the organism begins to sequentially construct four identical copies of itself. At … Continue read

Postmortem on the read-only outage of Basecamp on November 9th, 2018

2018-11-12 21:28:45 @ Signal vs. Noise

Stan Lee Dies at 95

2018-11-12 21:28:19 @ Daring Fireball

Alexander F. Remington and Michael Cavna, writing for The Washington Post: Traditionally, comics were drawn from a screenplay-like script provided by the writer. Instead, Mr. Lee said, he would offer his artists plot ideas and brainstorm with them. Th

[Sponsor] Square Reader SDK

2018-11-12 21:11:37 @ Daring Fireball

You might know us for our little white reader, but did you know that Square Developer has a suite of APIs and SDKs to help you take payments in-person and online? Square Reader SDK allows you to use Square hardware to take payments directly in your app. L

Y Combinator is Hiring a Visiting Partner in the Life Sciences

2018-11-12 20:34:26 @ YC

YC started funding bio companies 2011 and since then the number of bio companies we’ve funded per batch has risen exponentially, now over 141 in total. To support our growing number of bio companies, we are hiring a Visiting Partner to work with them.

Jack Dorsey Says Twitter Is ‘Considering’ an Edit Button to Fix Typos in Tweets

2018-11-12 20:22:30 @ Daring Fireball

It’s perfectly reasonable for something as advanced as an “Edit” button to take a multi-billion dollar company years to consider.  ★ 

The Pockels Effect on Silicon: A New Material for Ultra-Fast Data Transfer

2018-11-12 20:03:39 @ IBM Research blog

As data grows, so does the energy consumption required to store and process it, which is why scientists around the world are turning to light (photonics) as a means of moving data. The Pockels effect, an important phenomenon in certain materials, allows c

Big data and privacy

2018-11-12 18:55:27 @ The Endeavour

How does big data impact privacy? Which is a bigger risk to your privacy, being part of a little database or a big database? Rows vs Columns People commonly speak of big data in terms of volume—the “four v’s” of big data being volume, var

Qué te parece llamar «materia oscura homeopática» a la de gran masa ultradiluida

2018-11-12 18:27:41 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Un buen título para un artículo científico es clave para su promoción. Qué te parece llamar «materia oscura homeopática» a las partículas con una masa en la escala O(100) TeV, que se diluyen produciendo rayos c

And the winner is again, Harambe: A pre election poll of my class that was truly a referenum on the Prez

2018-11-12 18:02:00 @ Computational Complexity

I had meant to post this before the election but I didn't quite time it right. Oh well. It has been said that this midterm election (more than others) was a referendum on the prez.  Every prez election year I have my students (or someone's students

Gurobi versus the no-three-in-line problem

2018-11-12 17:30:00 @ 0xDE

For the no-three-in-line problem, it has been known since the 1990s that grids with have sets of points with no three in line. Those results, by Achim Flammenkamp, were based on custom search software and a lot of compute time. I was curious to see how far

Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries

2018-11-12 16:36:43 @ Quanta Magazine

Stem cells seem to retain memories of old injuries to improve future healing. When that system goes wrong, chronic inflammation can result.

Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries

2018-11-12 16:36:43 @ Quanta Magazine

Stem cells seem to retain memories of old injuries to improve future healing. When that system goes wrong, chronic inflammation can result.

Upside Down and Rotating iPhones

2018-11-12 14:33:08 @ Use Your Loaf

Have you wondered why your App doesn’t rotate to upside down on the iPhone but works fine on the iPad? How about preventing your App from rotating at all or restricting rotation for some view controllers but not all of them? Changing the orientation

El efecto Hall cuántico inducido por luz en grafeno

2018-11-12 13:56:37 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

En 2008 se predijo la aparición del efecto Hall cuántico al iluminar una hoja de grafeno con luz polarizada circularmente de alta intensidad. Este efecto no lineal requiere pulsos de luz muy cortos que no dañen el material. Se […]

CustomPlaygroundDisplayConvertible

2018-11-12 09:00:00 @ NSHipster

Playgrounds use a combination of language features and tooling to provide a real-time, interactive development environment. With the Custom Playground Display Convertible protocol, you can leverage this introspection for your own types.

What is proof-of-work?

2018-11-12 00:13:35 @ The Endeavour

The idea of proof of work (PoW) was first explained in a paper Cynthia Dwork and Moni Naor [1], though the term “proof of work” came later [2]. It was first proposed as a way to deter spam, but it’s better known these days through its ass

Open Source at re:Invent 2018

2018-11-11 21:18:13 @ AWS Open Source News

re:Invent 2018 is coming soon, with so many open source-related sessions that we barely have room to mention them all here! Across almost every topic area, there are sessions about AWS open source projects and services, as well as builder sessions, chalk t

A Conversation with Werner Vogels

2018-11-11 17:45:01 @ YC

Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, joins YC Software Engineer Kyle Corbitt to share his experience and insights on tech and startups.

Reseña: “Eso no estaba en mi libro de historia de la ciencia” de Eugenio M. Fernández

2018-11-11 16:51:08 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

“Historias de hombres y mujeres dedicados a la ciencia y que perdieron la vida por alguna razón que merece la pena mencionar. [Una] nómina de 150 científicos y científicas que han muerto de forma traumática o accidental. [Lo

Guest Post: Phillip Helbig reviews “Lost in Math”

2018-11-11 11:55:00 @ Backreaction

[Phillip Helbig worked in cosmology and gravitational lensing at Hamburg and Jodrell Bank Observatories and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. Although no longer employed in academia, he regularly attends conferences and writes book reviews for The Obser

Guest Post: Phillip Helbig reviews “Lost in Math”

2018-11-11 11:55:00 @ Sabine Hossenfelder

[Phillip Helbig worked in cosmology and gravitational lensing at Hamburg and Jodrell Bank Observatories and the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. Although no longer employed in academia, he regularly attends conferences and writes book reviews for The Obser

Universe

2018-11-11 01:19:15 @ Daring Fireball

My thanks to Universe for sponsoring Daring Fireball this week. Universe is the first website builder designed from the ground up for iOS. Building a website should be fun and creative, so Universe doesn’t have templates. Themes, yes. Templates, no. Inste

Random no-three-in-line sets

2018-11-10 16:25:00 @ 0xDE

The UCI algorithms, combinatorics and optimization seminar this week featured a nice talk by local mathematician Nathan Kaplan on the no-three-in-line problem, which asks how many points you can choose from an grid so that no three of them lie on a single

Self-driving car rewarded for speed learns to spin in circles. Or, how science works like a neural net.

2018-11-10 14:18:00 @ Backreaction

When I write about problems with the current organization of scientific research, I like to explain that science is a self-organizing, adaptive system. Unfortunately, that’s when most people stop reading because they have no idea what the heck I am talking

Self-driving car rewarded for speed learns to spin in circles. Or, how science works like a neural net.

2018-11-10 14:18:00 @ Sabine Hossenfelder

When I write about problems with the current organization of scientific research, I like to explain that science is a self-organizing, adaptive system. Unfortunately, that’s when most people stop reading because they have no idea what the heck I am talking

FreeBSD 12.0-BETA4 Available

2018-11-10 09:00:00 @ FreeBSD news

The fourth BETA build for the FreeBSD 12.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

A Dumb Group Theory Question

2018-11-10 07:14:58 @ Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A question on finite simple groups Cropped from Schock Prize src Michael Aschbacher is a professor of mathematics at Caltech. He was a leading figure in the classification of finite simple groups (CFSG). Today Ken and I ask a simple question about proofs t

The Talk Show: ‘Welcome to Dongletropolis’

2018-11-10 02:12:53 @ Daring Fireball

Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the new iPad Pro and the state of iOS as a work platform, the mid-term election results, and holiday parties of yore. Brought to you by these fine sponsors: Away : Travel smarter with th