JDK11. OMG! Nashorn got Deprecated!

2019-01-21 06:14:00 @ APIDesign - Blogs

Nashorn, the so far default JavaScript engine of JDK got deprecated in JDK11. What are you going to do? Freak out? Jump out of the window? Switch to Rhino? Give up on Java completely and use NodeJS? No, use Graal.js! Here is how: Don't hesitate and make Tweet

Programming Fonts – Test Drive

2019-01-21 04:30:17 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: http://app.programmingfonts.org/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18957406 Points: 268 # Comments: 105 Tweet

Busy is the new stupid

2019-01-21 03:41:33 @ Signal vs. Noise

Looks like I may be doing it right. This is exactly why we don’t have shared calendars at Basecamp. At Basecamp, everyone controls their own calendar, and no one can see anyone else’s schedule. You can’t claim time on anyone else’s calendar, either. Tweet

Geometric Quantization (Part 8)

2019-01-21 03:25:24 @ John Carlos Baez

  Let’s start with a puzzle: Puzzle. You measure the energy and frequency of some laser light trapped in a mirrored box and use quantum mechanics to compute the expected number of photons in the box. Then someone tells you that you used the wron Tweet

Geometric Quantization (Part 8)

2019-01-21 03:25:24 @ Physics Phorums

  Let’s start with a puzzle: Puzzle. You measure the energy and frequency of some laser light trapped in a mirrored box and use quantum mechanics to compute the expected number of photons in the box. Then someone tells you that you used the wron Tweet

Get to know Max Büsser – a creative powerhouse

2019-01-21 03:18:42 @ Signal vs. Noise

Maximilian Büsser is the MB in MB&F. They make wholly original mechanical creations – most of which tell time and fit on your wrist. MB&F’s machines are an acquired taste, and they’re priced out of reach for most, but they’r Tweet

H&R Block and Intuit Lobby Against Free and Simple Tax Filing (2017)

2019-01-21 02:40:42 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.propublica.org/article/filing-taxes-could-be-free-simple-hr-block-intuit-lobbying-against-it Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18956883 Points: 289 # Comments: 110 Tweet

Tesla laid off my disabled veteran husband then cancelled his sign on bonus

2019-01-21 00:46:53 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://twitter.com/_kariedaway_/status/1086913043932446721 Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18956371 Points: 222 # Comments: 170 Tweet

ACM prize and some thoughts on the Godel Prize

2019-01-20 23:44:00 @ Computational Complexity

As Lance Tweeted, and I will re-iterate, nominations for the following prizes are due soon and you can nominate people here Godel Prize for outstanding paper in TCS. (Godel mentioned P vs NP in a letter to Von Neuman. I've heard it said that its to Tweet

When hiring senior engineers, you’re not buying, you’re selling

2019-01-20 22:30:37 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://hiringengineersbook.com/post/trouble-hiring/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18955731 Points: 586 # Comments: 419 Tweet

Se observa la capacitancia negativa en materiales ferroeléctricos

2019-01-20 21:15:43 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

La teoría de Landau (1937), Ginzburg (1945) y Devonshire (1949) para los materiales ferroeléctricos predice un doble pozo de potencial para la energía libre en función de la polarización eléctrica; […] La entrada Se observa la capacitancia negativa e Tweet

Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids

2019-01-20 18:32:17 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/01/paris-metro-tickets-prices-kids-bus-ride-disability-fares/580759/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18954221 Points: 214 # Comments: 150 Tweet

Switching my parents over to Linux saved me a lot of headache and support calls

2019-01-20 17:44:56 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://write.as/simonfrey/how-switching-my-parents-over-to-linux-saved-me-a-lot-of-headache-and-support Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18953889 Points: 309 # Comments: 260 Tweet

Kubernetes Failure Stories

2019-01-20 17:12:37 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://srcco.de/posts/kubernetes-failure-stories.html Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18953647 Points: 420 # Comments: 177 Tweet

Windows 98 Icons are Great

2019-01-20 16:53:57 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://alexmeub.com/old-windows-icons/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18953542 Points: 477 # Comments: 307 Tweet

Proper Breathing Brings Better Health

2019-01-20 13:18:35 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/proper-breathing-brings-better-health/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18952698 Points: 239 # Comments: 82 Tweet

Students learn from people they love

2019-01-20 12:49:40 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/learning-emotion-education.html Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18952614 Points: 358 # Comments: 94 Tweet

Japan's Rail Workers Pointing at Things (2017)

2019-01-20 10:41:57 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pointing-and-calling-japan-trains Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18952193 Points: 233 # Comments: 89 Tweet

Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by 'Planet Nine'

2019-01-20 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of Cambridge) The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system, hypothesized by some astronomers to be shaped by an unknown ninth planet, can instead be explained by the combined gravitational force of small object Tweet

Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than HBO

2019-01-20 04:31:19 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/334702/Netflix_claims_Fortnite_is_now_a_bigger_competitor_than_HBO.php Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18950807 Points: 458 # Comments: 388 Tweet

Internals of PostgreSQL

2019-01-20 02:57:58 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: http://www.interdb.jp/pg/index.html Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18950460 Points: 414 # Comments: 25 Tweet


2019-01-19 23:35:10 @ Daring Fireball

My thanks to Procreate for sponsoring Daring Fireball this week. Procreate is a beautiful, fast, and powerful painting app made for creative professionals. It gives you all the tools you need to create quick sketches, inspiring paintings, and detailed illu Tweet

I Nearly Lost All of My Data

2019-01-19 23:05:06 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://kevq.uk/i-nearly-lost-all-of-my-data/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18949484 Points: 224 # Comments: 243 Tweet

Apple resumes selling iPhone SE at lower $249 price on its clearance store

2019-01-19 22:42:39 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MP7X2LL/A/iphone-se-128gb-space-gray-unlocked Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18949366 Points: 329 # Comments: 319 Tweet

HandBrake 1.2.0 Released

2019-01-19 21:33:11 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://handbrake.fr/news.php?article=42 Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18949007 Points: 230 # Comments: 54 Tweet

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2019-01-19 21:12:00 @ Martin Fowler

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Hay problemas de aprendizaje que no son decidibles

2019-01-19 20:59:31 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Calcular, entender y aprender son conceptos intuitivos, pero su formulación matemática no lo es. Gracias a ella se pueden aplicar a problemas sobre conjuntos transfinitos. Se publica en Nature Machine […] La entrada Hay problemas de aprendizaje que n Tweet

Applying programming language research ideas to transform spreadsheets

2019-01-19 20:30:04 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/blog/influencing-mainstream-software-applying-programming-language-research-ideas-to-transform-spreadsheets/?OCID=msr_blog_PLspreadsheets_popl_highlights Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item Tweet

ALMA observa un disco protoplanetario circumbinario en configuración polar

2019-01-19 16:13:51 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Ya hace lustros que se observaron los primeros planetas circumbinarios, que orbitan a dos estrellas. Según las simulaciones por ordenador, el plano orbital de las dos estrellas puede ser coplanar o […] La entrada ALMA observa un disco protoplanetario Tweet

EU Cancels 'Final' Negotiations on EU Copyright Directive

2019-01-19 14:50:23 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190118/11062441423/eu-cancels-final-negotiations-eu-copyright-directive-as-it-becomes-clear-there-isnt-enough-support.shtml Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18947024 Points: 395 # Comments Tweet

25 years of coding, and I'm just beginning

2019-01-19 13:33:14 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: https://dev.to/dechamp/25-years-of-coding-and-im-just-beginning-442n Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18946712 Points: 371 # Comments: 182 Tweet

B612 is a highly legible open source font to be used on aircraft cockpit screens

2019-01-19 13:05:27 @ Hacker News 200

Article URL: http://b612-font.com Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18946601 Points: 283 # Comments: 96 Tweet

Rene Ritchie’s Review of the New Smart Battery Cases

2019-01-19 04:20:20 @ Daring Fireball

I got mine this morning. First impressions: It’s thick and heavy, but for a practical reason. It packs a big battery. I’m writing this at 10 pm and my iPhone is still at 100 percent. The case is on the cusp of depletion, but I had only gotten i Tweet

Sorry, Even a ‘Record-Setting’ Fine Isn’t Going to Cut It

2019-01-19 02:35:27 @ Daring Fireball

Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin, reporting for The Washington Post: U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users’ Tweet

Up for Debate: Talks from TED and Doha Debates

2019-01-19 00:00:17 @ TED Blog

The world is more interconnected than ever before — and the need to bridge political and ideological divides has never been more urgent. Now is the time to examine the rules of genuine human engagement, to find common ground for respectful, passionat Tweet

Integrating Phabricator with AWS CodePipeline via AWS CodeCommit

2019-01-18 23:42:40 @ AWS Open Source News

Realizing true DevOps culture means implementing a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline from development to production, often integrating popular open source tools with cloud services such as AWS CodeCommit and AWS CodePipeline. Tweet

Putting on some wait

2019-01-18 23:15:15 @ Signal vs. Noise

I’m generally patient over the long term, but I can be impatient in the short term. But, really, what’s the rush? Why the hurry? I’ve been asking myself this question more and more lately. A new year is a good excuse to make a change, so Tweet

Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams

2019-01-18 22:00:00 @ Apple Developer News and Updates

Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization’s team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your tea Tweet

Según la misión Cassini los anillos de Saturno tendrían menos de 100 millones de años

2019-01-18 20:50:52 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

La Luna acompaña a la Tierra desde hace unos 4500 millones de años. Quizás pienses que algo parecido pasa con los anillos de Saturno. Sin embargo, se publica en Science […] La entrada Según la misión Cassini los anillos de Saturno tendrían menos de 1 Tweet

Imagine a world without ads targeted by personal information

2019-01-18 20:39:22 @ Signal vs. Noise

Elephants wouldn’t be killed for their tusks if there wasn’t a demand for ivory. We can do all sorts of things to discourage poachers, but as long as the market is there, the killings will continue. Likewise, the flood of privacy scandals involving Faceboo Tweet

‘Ciencia para todos’ (SER Málaga): El lado científico de la Navidad

2019-01-18 19:07:40 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Te recomiendo escuchar el podcast “El lado científico de la Navidad”, 03 Ene 2019 [10:30 min] del programa de radio “Ciencia para todos” en el que participo junto a Enrique Viguera @EnriqueViguera (profesor titular de genética […] La entrada ‘Ciencia Tweet

YC at CMU – Feb 6-7

2019-01-18 17:28:26 @ YC

This February, YC will be visiting Carnegie Mellon University on Feb 6-7. Tweet

iOS Dev Weekly - Issue 387 - Jan 18th 2019

2019-01-18 16:00:00 @ iOS Weekly

Comment Here's an interesting tweet from our friend Felix Krause. Of course it applies to our whole industry, not just iOS development and not just tools like fastlane. It's hard to solve this problem because documen Tweet

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 18 January 2019

2019-01-18 15:58:00 @ ASF

It's been a great week! Let's review the Apache community's activities: Please take a few minutes to help the ASF by providing your feedback on The Apache Way https://s.apache.org/oxTr Sponsor Case Study –insight from our Sponsors, wh Tweet

Podcast CB S&R 198: Varias noticias científicas

2019-01-18 14:24:36 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

He participado en el episodio 198 del podcast Coffee Break: Señal y Ruido [iVoox, iTunes], titulado “Adiós Sir Atiyah; FRBs; IA y Teoremas de Incompletitud; Paleoflores; Ciclo Solar”, 17 Ene 2019. “Todos los comentarios vertidos durante […] La entrad Tweet

Hello world!

2019-01-18 12:32:16 @ Ted Nash

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! Tweet

‘Ciencia para todos’ (SER Málaga): Fusión nuclear, creando fuentes ‘infinitas’ de energía

2019-01-18 09:59:22 @ La Ciencia de la Mula Francis

Te recomiendo escuchar el podcast “Fusión nuclear: creando fuentes ‘infinitas’ de energía”, 17 Ene 2019 [10:23 min] del programa de radio “Ciencia para todos” en el que participo junto a Enrique Viguera @EnriqueViguera (profesor titular de [ Tweet

Q&A: Optimizing For Product-Market Fit | Rahul Vohra, Superhuman

2019-01-18 09:28:28 @ Business of Software Blog

Rahul Vohra, CEO/Founder, Superhuman We had a fantastic Q&A session with Rahul Vohra of Superhuman last week. Rahul gave a fantastic talk at BoS USA 2018 about how Superhuman built a method of optimizing for product-market fit. Rahul’s method has Tweet

★ The R-Word

2019-01-18 06:24:22 @ Daring Fireball

I think what has Cook spooked is not the drop in iPhone sales, but the fact that the iPhone sales drop in China might be a *symptom* of a bigger problem. An effect, not the cause. Tweet

Waves in Saturn's rings give precise measurement of planet's rotation rate

2019-01-18 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of California - Santa Cruz) Saturn's distinctive rings were observed in unprecedented detail by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and scientists have now used those observations to probe the interior of the giant planet and obtain the first precise de Tweet

Supportive Oracles for Parameterized Polynomial-Time Sub-Linear-Space Computations in Relation to L, NL, and P. (arXiv:1901.05854v1 [cs.CC])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We focus our attention onto polynomial-time sub-linear-space computation for decision problems, which are parameterized by size parameters $m(x)$, where the informal term "sub linear" means a function of the form $m(x)^{\varepsilon}\cdot polylog(|x|)$ on i Tweet

Lower Bounds for Linear Decision Lists. (arXiv:1901.05911v1 [cs.CC])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We demonstrate a lower bound technique for linear decision lists, which are decision lists where the queries are arbitrary linear threshold functions. We use this technique to prove an explicit lower bound by showing that any linear decision list computing Tweet

A theory of NP-completeness and ill-conditioning for approximate real computations. (arXiv:1803.03600v2 [cs.CC] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.CC updates on arXiv.org

We develop a complexity theory for approximate real computations. We first produce a theory for exact computations but with condition numbers. The input size depends on a condition number, which is not assumed known by the machine. The theory admits determ Tweet

Morphological Simplification of Archaeological Fracture Surfaces. (arXiv:1901.05726v1 [cs.CG])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.CG updates on arXiv.org

We propose to employ scale spaces of mathematical morphology to hierarchically simplify fracture surfaces of complementarily fitting archaeological fragments. This representation preserves contact and is insensitive to different kinds of abrasion affecting Tweet

An analysis of the Geodesic Distance and other comparative metrics for tree-like structures. (arXiv:1901.05549v1 [cs.DS])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Graphs are interesting structures: extremely useful to depict real-life problems, extremely easy to understand given a sketch, extremely complicated to represent formally, extremely complicated to compare. Phylogeny is the study of the relations between bi Tweet

The Pareto Record Frontier. (arXiv:1901.05620v1 [math.PR])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

For iid $d$-dimensional observations $X^{(1)}, X^{(2)}, \ldots$ with independent Exponential$(1)$ coordinates, consider the boundary (relative to the closed positive orthant), or "frontier", $F_n$ of the closed Pareto record-setting (RS) region \[ \mbox{RS Tweet

Generating Pareto records. (arXiv:1901.05621v1 [math.PR])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We present, (partially) analyze, and apply an efficient algorithm for the simulation of multivariate Pareto records. A key role is played by minima of the record-setting region (we call these generators) each time a new record is generated, and two highlig Tweet

Boolean matrix factorization meets consecutive ones property. (arXiv:1901.05797v1 [cs.DS])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Boolean matrix factorization is a natural and a popular technique for summarizing binary matrices. In this paper, we study a problem of Boolean matrix factorization where we additionally require that the factor matrices have consecutive ones property (OBMF Tweet

Tight Bounds on the Minimum Size of a Dynamic Monopoly. (arXiv:1901.05917v1 [cs.DS])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Assume that you are given a graph $G=(V,E)$ with an initial coloring, where each node is black or white. Then, in discrete-time rounds all nodes simultaneously update their color following a predefined deterministic rule. This process is called two-way $r$ Tweet

Resource-Aware Algorithms for Distributed Loop Closure Detection with Provable Performance Guarantees. (arXiv:1901.05925v1 [cs.RO])

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Inter-robot loop closure detection, e.g., for collaborative simultaneous localization and mapping (CSLAM), is a fundamental capability for many multirobot applications in GPS-denied regimes. In real-world scenarios, this is a resource-intensive process tha Tweet

Local Search Methods for Fast Near Neighbor Search. (arXiv:1705.10351v3 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Near neighbor search is a powerful abstraction for data access; it allows searching for objects similar to a query. Search indexes are data structures designed to accelerate computing-intensive data processing, like those routinely found in clustering and Tweet

Differential Privacy on Finite Computers. (arXiv:1709.05396v3 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

We consider the problem of designing and analyzing differentially private algorithms that can be implemented on {\em discrete} models of computation in {\em strict} polynomial time, motivated by known attacks on floating point implementations of real-arith Tweet

The Set Cover Conjecture and Subgraph Isomorphism with a Tree Pattern. (arXiv:1711.08041v3 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

In the Set Cover problem, the input is a ground set of $n$ elements and a collection of $m$ sets, and the goal is to find the smallest sub-collection of sets whose union is the entire ground set. The fastest algorithm known runs in time $O(mn2^n)$ [Fomin e Tweet

Distributed Recoloring. (arXiv:1802.06742v2 [cs.DC] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Given two colorings of a graph, we consider the following problem: can we recolor the graph from one coloring to the other through a series of elementary changes, such that the graph is properly colored after each step? We introduce the notion of distribu Tweet

Massively Parallel Approximate Distance Sketches. (arXiv:1810.09027v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Data structures that allow efficient distance estimation (distance oracles, distance sketches, etc.) have been extensively studied, and are particularly well studied in centralized models and classical distributed models such as CONGEST. We initiate their Tweet

Learning and Generalization in Overparameterized Neural Networks, Going Beyond Two Layers. (arXiv:1811.04918v2 [cs.LG] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

Neural networks have great success in many machine learning applications, but the fundamental learning theory behind them remains largely unsolved. Learning neural networks is NP-hard, but in practice, simple algorithms like stochastic gradient descent (SG Tweet

Entropy Bounds for Grammar-Based Tree Compressors. (arXiv:1901.03155v2 [cs.DS] UPDATED)

2019-01-18 02:30:00 @ cs.DS updates on arXiv.org

The definition of $k^{th}$-order empirical entropy of strings is extended to node labelled binary trees. A suitable binary encoding of tree straight-line programs (that have been used for grammar-based tree compression before) is shown to yield binary tree Tweet

Google to Pay $40 Million for Fossil’s Smartwatch Tech

2019-01-18 01:40:46 @ Daring Fireball

Paul Lamkin, writing for Wareable: The Fossil Group and Google have exclusively revealed to Wareable that Google will pay Fossil $40 million to buy intellectual property related to a smartwatch technology currently under development. The deal, which will Tweet

Lawsuit Reveals Facebook’s Internal Documents About How It Made Money Off Children

2019-01-18 01:33:45 @ Daring Fireball

Nathan Halverson, reporting for Reveal: “In nearly all cases the parents knew their child was playing Angry Birds, but didn’t think the child would be allowed to buy anything without their password or authorization first,” according to an internal Faceboo Tweet

Issue #65

2019-01-18 01:00:00 @ WASM Weekly

What’s the Role of WebAssembly in WebRTC? BLOGGEEK.ME WebRTC is a Google-backed project, and W3C standard, that has been active for the last eight years. It is developing peer-to-peer communications between browsers - for example allowing direct audio / vi Tweet

But it’s powered by Electron

2019-01-18 01:00:00 @ Pedro Piñera

This tiny blog post contains some thoughts on the rants I often see about apps written in Electron and what's my opinion on the framework and the apps written with it. Tweet

Tim Cook: ‘It’s Time for Action on Data Privacy’

2019-01-18 00:03:49 @ Daring Fireball

Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Time: Last year, before a global body of privacy regulators, I laid out four principles that I believe should guide legislation: First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip ide Tweet

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

2019-01-17 23:54:51 @ Daring Fireball

Joseph Cox, writing for Motherboard: Last week, Motherboard revealed that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had been selling their customers’ real-time location data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters and people unauthorized to handle it Tweet

Signal v Noise Exits Medium

2019-01-17 23:49:57 @ Daring Fireball

David Heinemeier Hansson: Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we Tweet

Garrett Graff: ‘Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful’

2019-01-17 22:42:54 @ Daring Fireball

Garrett Graff, writing for Wired: In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin af Tweet

Pew Study on Facebook Users Shows Majority Don’t Know That Facebook Tracks Their Interests for Targeting Ads

2019-01-17 22:07:48 @ Daring Fireball

Paul Hitlin and Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center: Facebook makes it relatively easy for users to find out how the site’s algorithm has categorized their interests via a “Your ad preferences” page. Overall, however, 74% of Facebook users say they did not kn Tweet

Facebook Employees Wrote 5-Star Amazon Reviews for the Portal Camera

2019-01-17 21:47:26 @ Daring Fireball

Kevin Roose, on Twitter: Speaking of coordinated inauthentic behavior, what are the odds that all these 5-star Facebook Portal reviewers on Amazon just happen to have the same names as Facebook employees? Facebook confirmed the three reviews were written Tweet

Orientations of infinite graphs

2019-01-17 21:39:00 @ 0xDE

An orientation of an undirected graph is the directed graph that you get by assigning a direction to each edge. Several kinds of orientations have been studied. For instance, in a graph with even vertex degrees, an Eulerian orientation makes the numbers of Tweet

NHL Develops iPad App to Give Coaches Live Stats During Games

2019-01-17 21:37:55 @ Daring Fireball

Greg Wyshynski, reporting for ESPN: “There are two stat types across the board that every coaching staff said that, without question, helped them make in-game moment decisions: Time on ice and faceoffs,” Foster said. “With time on ice, y Tweet

Steven Sinofsky’s CES 2019 Show Report

2019-01-17 21:09:28 @ Daring Fireball

Steven Sinofsky: CES 2019 is a kind of year that sort of screams “we’re ready for the products that really work.” In that spirit, CES 2019 is a year where products are close, but seem a product manager iteration away from being a product that can reach a Tweet

Please update your RSS subscription

2019-01-17 20:52:53 @ The Endeavour

When I started this blog I routed my RSS feed through Feedburner, and now Feedburner is no longer working for my site. If you subscribed by RSS, please check the feed URL. It should be https://www.johndcook.com/blog/feed which was previously forwarded to a Tweet

Qualcomm’s Dirty PR Tactics Against Apple

2019-01-17 20:51:18 @ Daring Fireball

Jack Nicas, reporting for The New York Times back in November: When Tim Miller, a longtime Republican political operative, moved to the Bay Area last year to set up a public relations shop, he brought with him tradecraft more typical of Washington than Si Tweet

We Have Winners! … Of The IBM Q Teach Me Quantum Challenge

2019-01-17 20:07:14 @ IBM Research blog

To encourage more teachers and students to take advantage of the IBM Q Experience and the IBM Qiskit development platform, we announced in January 2018 a number of challenges and prizes to inspire people to take the quantum leap. Today, we’re happy to anno Tweet

Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past

2019-01-17 20:00:43 @ Quanta Magazine

An analysis of lunar craters has found that we’ve been living in a relatively violent period in cosmic history. Tweet

The Cost of Privacy

2019-01-17 18:45:00 @ Computational Complexity

Billboard at 2019 CES Computer scientists tend to obsess about privacy and we've had a privacy/security debate for decades now. But now machine learning has really given us a whole new spin on what privacy protects and takes away. I take an open appro Tweet

YC at MIT and MIT xFair

2019-01-17 16:46:43 @ YC

This February we'll be visiting MIT xFair on Feb 4, and the Startup School team will be hosting a workshop at MIT on Feb 5. Tweet

Big O tilde notation

2019-01-17 16:33:51 @ The Endeavour

There’s a variation on Landau’s big-O notation [1] that’s starting to become more common, one that puts a tilde on top of the O. At first it looks like a typo, a stray diacritic mark. What does that mean? In short, That is, big O tilde no Tweet

Observations of nearby supernova and associated jet cocoon provide new insights on gamma-ray bursts

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(George Washington University) An international team of researchers including Chryssa Kouveliotou, a professor of physics at the George Washington University, discovered the missing link connecting hypernovae to GRBs in the form of a hot cocoon around the Tweet

AAAS and Subaru of America announce winners of children's book awards

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) A Bangladeshi boy's sustainable science project; the world of asteroid research; the rich history of the buildings surrounding us; and the life of a world-famous inventor are the stories told by the win Tweet

CTA prototype, the Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope, inaugurated at Whipple Observatory

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Cherenkov Telescope Array) On Jan. 17, 2019, a prototype telescope proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT) is being unveiled in a special inauguration event at the Center for Astrophysics | Har Tweet

Deep Learning Attitude Sensor provides real-time image recognition from satellite orbit

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Tokyo Institute of Technology) Researchers at Tokyo Tech have developed a low-cost star tracker and Earth sensor made from commercially available components. The star tracker is designed for use with micro-satellites in handling calibration observations, Tweet

Saturn hasn't always had rings

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of California - Berkeley) In its last days, the Cassini spacecraft looped between Saturn and its rings so that Earth-based radio telescopes could track the gravitational tug of each. Scientists in Italy and the U.S. have now used these measurem Tweet

Scientists find increase in asteroid impacts on ancient Earth by studying the moon

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of Toronto) A team of scientists has determined the number of asteroid impacts on the moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago. Previous theories held that there were fewer craters on both objects dat Tweet

SwRI scientists study moon craters to understand Earth's impact history

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Southwest Research Institute) Using images and thermal data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Southwest Research Institute scientists and their collaborators have calculated the ages of large lunar craters across the moon to be less Tweet

Earth and moon pummeled by more asteroids since the age of dinosaurs, say scientists

2019-01-17 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of Southampton) The number of asteroids colliding with the Earth and moon has increased by up to three times over the past 290 million years, according to a major new study involving the University of Southampton. These findings, published in S Tweet

Facebook’s ‘10 Year Challenge’ — Harmless Meme, or Training for Age-Progressive Facial Recognition?

2019-01-17 05:38:24 @ Daring Fireball

Kate O’Neill, writing for Wired: But let’s play out this idea. Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as th Tweet

★ Pentagram’s ‘Range of Possibilities’ for Slack

2019-01-17 04:30:33 @ Daring Fireball

If I worked on Slack’s marketing team and Pentagram showed me these proposals, I’d look around the room for hidden cameras, presuming that I was being pranked. Tweet

AWS Backup – Automate and Centrally Manage Your Backups

2019-01-17 01:05:14 @ AWS Blog

AWS gives you the power to easily and dynamically create file systems, block storage volumes, relational databases, NoSQL databases, and other resources that store precious data. You can create them on a moment’s notice as the need arises, giving you acces Tweet

How to: Back-to-top button without scroll events

2019-01-16 22:49:59 @ Signal vs. Noise

Web developers: here’s an alternative way to build UI features that rely on scroll position without actually observing scroll events. Using the Intersection Observer API we can know when an element enters or leaves the viewport and respond in a way that’s Tweet

Slack Gets a Bland New Identity From Pentagram

2019-01-16 21:55:30 @ Daring Fireball

Slack’s old identity had at least three good things going for it: they owned the letter “S” (much like how Netflix owns “N” — something Netflix has doubled-down on as their identity has evolved), they owned the “#& Tweet

Why I ignore the design industry on purpose

2019-01-16 20:50:16 @ Signal vs. Noise

I’ve been a designer for nearly twenty years now (😮), with the last seven years spent happily at Basecamp. I enjoy my work and I care about it a lot. Since I’ve been doing this for a long time, occasionally people ask me to predict next year’s big trends, Tweet

The Titanic Hypocrisy of the Republican Party

2019-01-16 20:36:38 @ Daring Fireball

Tom Nichols — longtime conservative Republican — in USA Today, regarding last weekend’s news regarding Trump’s meetings with Vladimir Putin: This is not normal, in any way. As things stand, more people in the Kremlin than in Washin Tweet

10 years of blogging !

2019-01-16 20:30:08 @ Christian S. Perone

Hi all ! This post is to celebrate 10 years of blogging with an average of 1 post per month. It was a quite cool adventure ! Here is the full table of contents:   Tweet

YC Series A Program Investor Access

2019-01-16 19:41:40 @ YC

Our second YCA batch is now in session. These companies are about to start fundraising and we want to give more investors the chance to invest in YC companies. We’ll be doing that through a new portal we built. If you’d like access to that system, or to be Tweet

T-Mobile Execs, Seeking Approval for Sprint Merger, Repeatedly Stayed at Trump’s Hotel

2019-01-16 19:27:24 @ Daring Fireball

Jonathan O’Connell and David A. Fahrenthold, reporting for The Washington Post: Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile’s value and give it a huge new chu Tweet

Turning Type Sideways

2019-01-16 18:36:41 @ Daring Fireball

Jonathan Hoefler: This month, researchers made official something that typeface designers have long known: that horizontal lines appear thicker than vertical ones. At left, a square made from equally thick strokes; at right, the one that feels equally wei Tweet

Michael Atiyah 1929-2019

2019-01-16 17:37:18 @ Not Even Wrong

While away on vacation, I heard last week the sad news of the death last week of Michael Atiyah, at the age of 89. Atiyah was both a truly great mathematician and a wonderful human being. In his mathematical work … Continue reading → Tweet

Behind the Scenes & Under the Carpet – The CenturyLink Network that Powered AWS re:Invent 2018

2019-01-16 17:16:49 @ AWS Blog

If you are a long-time reader, you may have already figured out that I am fascinated by the behind-the-scenes and beneath-the-streets activities that enable and power so much of our modern world. For example, late last year I told you how The AWS Cloud Goe Tweet

Unscrambling the Hidden Secrets of Superpermutations

2019-01-16 17:09:26 @ Quanta Magazine

A science fiction novelist and an internet commenter made breakthroughs on a longstanding problem about the number of ways you can arrange a set of items. What did they discover? Tweet

Unstructured data is an oxymoron

2019-01-16 16:27:41 @ The Endeavour

Strictly speaking, “unstructured data” is a contradiction in terms. Data must have structure to be comprehensible. By “unstructured data” people usually mean data with a non-tabular structure. Tabular data is data that comes in tabl Tweet

Design Patterns for Managing Up

2019-01-16 14:47:41 @ ACM Queue - All Queue Content

Challenges come up all the time at work. Spend time now thinking about how you want to be seen at work, and then think about how that version of you would respond to the challenges that you could encounter. When you have a plan in place, you are much more Tweet

Cindy Mi and Qi Lu Share Advice for Entrepreneurs Building Global Companies

2019-01-16 11:15:34 @ YC

Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID. VIPKID is a 1-on-1 teaching platform where children in China learn english from North American teachers. Qi Lu is the CEO of YC China and Head of YC Research. Tweet

Particle physicists want money for bigger collider

2019-01-16 09:42:00 @ Backreaction

Illustration of particle collision. [screen shot from this video] The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world’s current largest particle collider. But in a decade its days will come to an end. Particle physicists are now making plans for the fu Tweet

Particle physicists want money for bigger collider

2019-01-16 09:42:00 @ Sabine Hossenfelder

Illustration of particle collision. [screen shot from this video] The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world’s current largest particle collider. But in a decade its days will come to an end. Particle physicists are now making plans for the fu Tweet

Observations of a rare hypernova complete the picture of the death of the massive stars

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)) The end of a star's life can occur in a tranquil manner in the case of low mass stars. This is not the case for very massive stars, which suffer such extreme explosive events that they can outshine the brightness Tweet

High-speed supernova reveals earliest moments of a dying star

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of Leicester) An international team of researchers, including the University of Leicester, found evidence for the much theorized 'hot cocoon'. Tweet

From emergence to eruption: Comprehensive model captures life of a solar flare

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare: from the buildup of energy t Tweet

U develops first dark sky studies minor in the US

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(University of Utah) The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Utah to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, the first of its kind in the United States. The minor is open to all students across the university wh Tweet

Pioneering imager at Georgia State's CHARA Array gives sharpest view of stars, planet-forming disks

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Georgia State University) A pioneering new instrument that can produce the sharpest images of young stars is now available for use by scientists worldwide. Tweet

New study finds evidence of changing seasons, rain on Titan's north pole

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(American Geophysical Union) An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon' Tweet

New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe

2019-01-16 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Aalto University) Experimental proof of a decades-old prediction opens a pathway to recreate possible conditions of the early universe here on earth. Tweet

Helen Rosner: ‘The Pure American Banality of Donald Trump’s White House Fast-Food Buffet’

2019-01-16 04:14:06 @ Daring Fireball

This photograph should go down as the definitive image of the Trump administration. (Also worth noting: Rosner’s note on pluralizing “Filet-o-Fish”.)  ★  Tweet

Applied Category Theory Course – Videos

2019-01-15 23:52:02 @ John Carlos Baez

Yay! David Spivak and Brendan Fong are teaching a course on applied category theory based on their book, and the lectures are on YouTube! Here are the first two videos: Their book is free here: • Brendan Fong and David Spivak, Seven Sketches in Compo Tweet

Applied Category Theory Course – Videos

2019-01-15 23:52:02 @ Physics Phorums

Yay! David Spivak and Brendan Fong are teaching a course on applied category theory based on their book, and the lectures are on YouTube! Here are the first two videos: Their book is free here: • Brendan Fong and David Spivak, Seven Sketches in Compo Tweet

Apple Launches $129 Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

2019-01-15 23:48:17 @ Daring Fireball

Lory Gil, writing for iMore: For anyone that’s been waiting for Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the latest and greatest X series of iPhone, your wait is over. Apple just launched a new version for all three in the current model iPhone X line, t Tweet

Podcast #289: A Look at Amazon FSx For Windows File Server

2019-01-15 23:27:14 @ AWS Blog

In this episode, Simon speaks with Andrew Crudge (Senior Product Manager, FSx) about this newly released service, capabilities available to customers and how to make the best use of it in your environment. Additional Resources FSx for Windows File Server F Tweet


2019-01-15 23:07:00 @ 0xDE

For the new year, I’ve decided to try to get back into taking photos more frequently, and to make it lower-overhead I’m making individual Mastodon posts for some of them rather than writing a longer blog post for every batch of photos. So that’s why you se Tweet

2019-01-15 22:51:10 @ Signal vs. Noise


Instagram Caught Selling Ads to Follower-Buying Services It Banned

2019-01-15 21:32:38 @ Daring Fireball

Scathing investigative report by Josh Constine for TechCrunch: Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fa Tweet

Signal v Noise exits Medium

2019-01-15 21:20:05 @ Signal vs. Noise

Three years ago we embraced an exciting new publishing platform called Medium. It felt like a new start for a writing community, and we benefitted immensely from the boost in reach and readership those early days brought. But alas it was not to last. When Tweet

Big Integer

2019-01-15 20:28:51 @ Signal vs. Noise

On Thursday, November 8, Basecamp 3 went down for almost five hours. It was the worst outage to hit the company in a decade and a stress test of Basecamp’s practices around internal communication, customer support, and calm work. Today’s episod Tweet

Every little bit helps

2019-01-15 20:22:47 @ Signal vs. Noise

Quitting Facebook. Renouncing Uber. Avoiding Amazon. There have never been more or greater reasons for turning your back entirely on much of Big Tech. The last few years have brought an endless stream of scandals and unflattering revelations. There aren’t Tweet

Jim Yong Kim steps down from the World Bank and other news from the TED community

2019-01-15 18:42:41 @ TED Blog

2019 is starting off big for the TED community — below, some highlights. Jim Yong Kim resigns from the World Bank. In an unexpected move, Jim Yong Kim announced that he will be stepping down from his position as President of the World Bank by the end Tweet

Want to write Common Lisp for RavenPack? | R. Matthew Emerson

2019-01-15 18:31:31 @ Zach Beane Common Lisp

Want to write Common Lisp for RavenPack? | R. Matthew Emerson Tweet

Zach Beane: Want to write Common Lisp for RavenPack? | R. Matthew Emerson

2019-01-15 18:31:31 @ Planet Lisp

Want to write Common Lisp for RavenPack? | R. Matthew Emerson Tweet

The Talk Show: ‘Drastically Shakier’

2019-01-15 18:15:54 @ Daring Fireball

Special guest Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include Apple’s horrible no good very bad earnings warning, the Chinese market, Apple’s push toward services for revenue growth, antitrust issues regarding the App Store, and more. Brought to you by th Tweet

DuckDuckGo Is Now Using Apple Maps

2019-01-15 18:11:17 @ Daring Fireball

DuckDuckGo: We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first glob Tweet

United Really Wants to Keep Apple’s Business

2019-01-15 17:54:59 @ Daring Fireball

A letter to pilots from the United rep who manages their account with Apple, obtained by One Mile at a Time: As we enter into another 3-year contract renewal negotiation this coming January with Apple, your partnership is key in demonstrating to Apple how Tweet

do we ever only care about the decision problem? I know of only one case of that

2019-01-15 17:21:00 @ Computational Complexity

(I had been thinking of this for a post then Lance's post on search versus decision inspired me to write up these thoughts.) When teaching NP-completeness we often say The problem we really care about is, for example, given a weighted graph and Tweet

German Court Throws Out Qualcomm’s Latest Patent Case Against Apple

2019-01-15 17:10:43 @ Daring Fireball

Reuters: A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm Inc against Apple Inc was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday, in a reversal for the U.S. chipmaker after it won a recent court ban on the sale of some iPhones in the country. The regional court in the city Tweet

How Nearby Stellar Explosions Could Have Killed Off Large Animals

2019-01-15 15:48:57 @ Quanta Magazine

Subatomic particles called muons are thought to have streamed through the atmosphere and irradiated megafauna like the monster shark megalodon. Tweet

Glauber’s dynamics

2019-01-15 13:30:26 @ bit-player

Roy J. Glauber, Harvard physics professor for 65 years, longtime Keeper of the Broom at the annual Ig Nobel ceremony, and winner of a non-Ig Nobel, has died at age 93. Glauber is known for his work in quantum optics; … Continue reading → Tweet

IBM Researchers Remove the “Mem” from Memcache

2019-01-15 10:00:17 @ IBM Research blog

The last time you looked up a name on LinkedIn, booked an apartment through Airbnb or searched for a hashtag on Twitter, did you notice that as you typed, the websites were already suggesting answers? This is possible because they use what is known as memc Tweet

This Week in Rust 269

2019-01-15 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 or send Tweet

POLAR experiment reveals orderly chaos of black holes

2019-01-15 06:00:00 @ Eurekalert

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) An international consortium of scientists studying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) as part of the POLAR (GRB polarimeter) experiment has revealed that high-energy photon emissions from black holes are neither completely c Tweet

On Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program and Its Role in Their Earnings Miss

2019-01-15 05:30:31 @ Daring Fireball

Jean-Louis Gassée, on Apple’s earnings warning: I have a hard time believing that the $29 limited time offer had a significant impact on Apple’s numbers. Did Apple replace hundreds of thousands of batteries? I doubt it. At 100 replacements per Apple Tweet

Apache Software Foundation Gold Sponsor Profile: Bloomberg

2019-01-15 03:25:04 @ ASF

with Kevin Fleming, Head of Open Source Community Engagement and Member of the CTO Office at Bloomberg Kevin has spent more than 20 years in the technology industry. In 2004, he started a VOIP service provider company and chose Asterisk as his platform. 9 Tweet

How fast can you multiply really big numbers?

2019-01-15 02:27:23 @ The Endeavour

How long does it take to multiply very large integers? Using the algorithm you learned in elementary school, it takes O(n²) operations to multiply two n digit numbers. But for large enough numbers it pays to carry out multiplication very differently, using Tweet

The Vitamin D Myth

2019-01-15 02:17:57 @ Daring Fireball

Rowan Jacobsen, writing for Outside: In November, one of the largest and most rigorous trials of the vitamin ever conducted — in which 25,871 participants received high doses for five years — found no impact on cancer, heart disease, or stroke Tweet

Swift Tip: Atomic Variables — Part 2

2019-01-15 01:00:00 @ objc.io

In the last Swift Tip of 2018 we showed you a simple wrapper that provides synchronized access to properties. You sent us a lot of feedback — thank you! In part two we’ll offer a little more explanation, and show some alternatives. Here’s the Atomic wrapp Tweet

[Sponsor] Procreate

2019-01-14 19:57:07 @ Daring Fireball

Procreate is a beautiful, fast, and powerful painting app made for creative professionals. It gives you all the tools you need to create quick sketches, inspiring paintings, and detailed illustrations, no matter where you are. Along with the huge range of Tweet

Apple Revealed as United Airlines’ Largest Corporate Spender

2019-01-14 19:54:27 @ Daring Fireball

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac: United Airlines has released a statement following the circulation of a tweet that showed Apple as its largest account, spending $150 million on flights every single year. In a statement to Kif Lewswing, United Airlines Tweet

The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces

2019-01-14 16:55:00 @ Quanta Magazine

Emerging evidence suggests that the brain encodes abstract knowledge in the same way that it represents positions in space, which hints at a more universal theory of cognition. Tweet

AI Can Help Retailers Understand the Consumer

2019-01-14 14:24:47 @ IBM Research blog

Consumer brands and retailers often struggle to fully understand ever-changing customer needs. That is why you mostly find XL sizes in your favorite fashion store and no M sizes. That is why you have to spend hours looking for the style you saw on Instagra Tweet