Reader's Corner for January 2015

January 31, 2015


aeon.co

A new wave of videogames offers lessons in powerlessness, scarcity and inevitable failure. What makes them so compelling?

This is pretty interesting


mako.cc

Like many of my friends, I have treated professional sports with cultivated indifference. But a year and a half ago, I decided to become a football fan. Several years ago, I was at a talk by Michae...

" This ignorance among highly educated people limits our ability to communicate, bond, and build relationships across different segments of society. It limits our ability to engage in conversations and build a common culture that crosses our highly stratified and segmented societies. "

January 30, 2015


www.wsj.com

For decades, developing country governments have struggled with what is called the “brain drain” but new research suggests in India’s case it could be a good thing.

This is an interesting take


blog.longreads.com

The greatest adventure game ever made returns from the dead.

I need to play the remake


m.bbc.com

Final year economics students at Sheffield University are furious after an exam this week contained "impossible" questions.

At least our complaints at lums never made the news


securitystreet.jive-mobile.com

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Yay for IOT failures. Gas tanks hooked up to the internet with no security


www.haskellforall.com

Right now dynamic languages are popular in the scripting world, to the dismay of people who prefer statically typed languages for ease of maintenance.

This looks awesome. Really easy to use library


intronetworks.cs.luc.edu

A free and open textbook covering computer networks and networking principles, focused primarily on TCP/IP

This is a great free book on networks


sandstorm.io

Take control of your web by running your own personal cloud server with Sandstorm.

Looks like they finally got to a release. This is really cool


48hillsonline.org

David Talbot talks about different world visions for young educated workers from The Farm. JANUARY 26, 2015 — Editor’s note: Early Sunday morning, I made my way down to the second block of Townsend Street to join in a 24-hour … Continue reading →

"This is what it comes down to…Are you interested in going public, or in serving the public – that’s the fundamental question a Stanford student has to ask these days. When I was in college, we had a saying – “You’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” Which one are you? A Stanford dick? Or are you different?"


mobile.nytimes.com

Discussions about family finances can start early and fit a child’s age and ability to understand, but they shouldn’t be avoided.

I'm not sure whether I agree with this

January 29, 2015


github.com

Contribute to ENCODERS development by creating an account on GitHub.

Yay, ENCODERS (the stuff I worked on at SRI) is finally open source. Or, well, I finally noticed that it was put up.


www.twilio.com

You may know Patrick McKenzie as patio11 on the interwebs. He's the: founder of Bingo Card Creator highest rated commenter on Hacker News author of Sel

Twilio is cool


www.vox.com

Last year was terrible for measles in the United States: there were 644 cases — the highest annual caseload in two decades. Granola-crunching Californians, wealthy Oregonians, and Jenny McCarthy...

""We all took the vaccine after that. I had one shot, and I still took the other one and we had all our kids vaccinated, too. After people saw how sick people got, they changed their minds.""

I sometimes feel one major reason people don't get their kids vaccinated is that they've forgotten how horrible these diseases can be


blog.freecodecamp.com

We blog about learning to code by pair programming on projects that help nonprofits. We also blog about MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js and Node.js - the JavaScript MEAN stack. Sign up for Free Code Camp here.

This is really cool. Coding while blind.


www.bloombergview.com

The best small fundamental equity long/short fund was two guys misusing a database.

Crazy financial data analysis for fun and (1819%) profit


m.chronicle.com

On February 28, 1967, Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke of "certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without." Here's why liberal education has never recovered.

When college went from education to making money


emily.st

Over the weekend at Women Who Hack I gave a short demonstration on reverse engineering. I wanted to show how “cracking” works, to give a better understanding of how programs work once they’re compiled. It also serves my abiding interest in processors and other low-level stuff from the 80s.

This is awesome


robrhinehart.com

"What is this you call property?”, asked Massasoit, the leader of the Native American Wampanoag tribe. “It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, bird...

Yay for data

January 28, 2015


www.vice.com

Experts estimate that more than 3 million Americans between the ages of eight and 18 could be suffering from video game dependency.

" Seven years, two rehab programs, and more than $100,000 worth of addiction-treatment bills later, Brett still games more than 65 hours a week."


www.pouet.net

pouët.net - your online demoscene resource

Chess in 487 bytes!


femfreq.tumblr.com

Ever since I began my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project, two and a half years ago, I’ve been harassed on a daily basis by irate gamers angry at my critiques of sexism in video games. It can...

This is just crazy and [insert words not appropriate for public debate]


www.kalzumeus.com

I usually write more about marketing/sales than I do about actually making software products, but I have recently been working on the product side a little more intensively for Appointment Reminder.  One of the features we implemented was CSV upload.  This is a very, very common task for virtually e…

A great article that touches technical details as well as the business side


github.com

Comcast - Simulating shitty network connections so you can build better systems.

What a great name for this tool

January 27, 2015


medium.com

What if you could sleep 50 hours yet never feel awake? Welcome to the bizarre, distressing, totally exhausting world of …

Hypersomnia. This is a great read and really engrossing


jroweboy.github.io

It began when my coworker, despite already knowing how to program, was forced to take the intro level Computer Science course at my university. We joked with...

This is cool stuff


jacquesmattheij.com

This post has been re-written several times, so please forgive me if it does not come across as coherent as I would like to. The main reason for the …

" Please do not become one of those people in tech that are just in it for the money but that actually hate the technology itself."

This is full of gems


I wonder how this will play out


m.spiegel.de

Just weeks ago, SPIEGEL published the source code of an NSA malware program known internally as QWERTY. Now, experts have found that it is none other than the notorious trojan Regin, used in dozens of cyber attacks around the world.

Ouch. Is all I can say.


sourceware.org

Ouch. Remote code execution in gethostbyname


www.theguardian.com

Authorities claim popular mobile app Waze could put lives in danger from would-be cop-killers who can find where targets are parked

This will play out interestingly


www.utilitydive.com

Homeowners in some of the largest U.S. cities can get a better return from rooftop solar than from a pension fund or the S&P 500, a new study found.

Solar ftw

January 26, 2015


medium.com

Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and I got an opportunity that a lot of people don’t think we deserved.

" Legacy media isn’t mocking us because we aren’t a legitimate source of information; they’re mocking us because they’re terrified. Their legitimacy came from the fact that they have access to distribution channels and that they get to be in the [Alice] House press pool because of some long-ago established procedures that assumed they would use that power in the public interest. In reality, those things are becoming less and less important and less and less true. Distribution is free to anyone with a cell phone and the legitimacy of cable news sounds to me like an oxymoron. The median-aged CNN viewer is 60. For Fox, it’s 68."


www.psmag.com

Jewelry sales continue to plummet. Are iPhones and Kindles to blame?

" The last few birthdays and Christmases have yielded vacation getaways, iPhones of every generation, even a smart home thermostat. What hasn’t shown up under the Christmas tree in the last five years? Diamond anything."


This is sad but true


m.pnas.org

Edited by Kenneth W. Wachter, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and approved November 16, 2000 (received for review September 8, 2000)

" Lifespan depends on month of birth" (2000)


www.j15r.com

I haven’t been a professional game developer in a very long time, but I do still have a bit of nostalgia for it (the actual programming, not the profession, which I’m glad to have left). Now that my daughter, at the tender age of six, has developed a full-blown Minecraft obsession, I find that I’m i…

An interesting perspective


m.phys.org

UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to findings published today in the journal ChemBioCh…

This is really cool


www.chris-granger.com

Despite the good intentions behind the movement to get people to code, both the basic premise and approach are flawed. The movement sits on the idea that "coding is the new literacy," but that takes a narrow view of what literacy really is.

" To put it simply, the next great advance in human ability comes from being able to externalize the mental models we spend our entire lives creating."

January 25, 2015


www.sleuthsayers.org

Fascinating stuff, Eve. By the way, have you looked at the bottom of page 188 of the July August issue of AHMM? It is worth your while.

"And speaking of paper, that was another thing that had to be invented for our society to exist: cheap paper."

January 24, 2015


zoekeating.tumblr.com

My Google Youtube rep contacted me the other day. They were nice and took time to explain everything clearly to me, but the message was firm: I have to decide. I need to sign on to the new Youtube...

This sucks.

January 23, 2015


lwn.net

A discussion on the topic began when Tetsuo Handa posted a question on how to handle a particular problem that had come up. The sequence of events was something like this:

First we had too big to fail...


www.washingtonpost.com

The new service creates the man or woman of your dreams and helps you fake a convincing digital relationship.

What's next? I don't even


www.ispreview.co.uk

Opponents of the Government's plan to revive the twice failed Internet Snooping law, which would force ISPs into logging a much bigger slice of everybody’s

Yay for sneaky politics


m.theglobeandmail.com

State may use powers never employed in 77-year history, seizing private land for public use to end a battle with venture-capital investor Vinod Khosla

Public rights versus $$$


m.bbc.com

A drone with more drugs attached to it than it could carry has crashed near Mexico's border with the US, police say.

Amazon drone delivery?


www.slate.com

The best video game I played last year is a science-fiction thriller about alchemy, and it has no graphics or sound effects. With little more than text, it manages to be far more impressive and innovative than the last Metal Gear Solid game. Hadean Lands is a text adventure, a genre also known...

I need to try Hadean Lands out


This is pretty fun


lwn.net

As network adapters get faster, the time between packets (i.e. the time the kernel has to process each packet) gets smaller. With current 10Gb adapters, there are 1,230ns between two 1538-byte packets. 40Gb networking cuts that time down significantly, to 307ns. Naturally, 100Gb exacerbates the prob…

This is really impressive work


sploid.gizmodo.com

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like curr…

So much for Teflon


a16z.com

We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category. That said, here are a few of the things we’ve been observing or thinking about; we’re especially grateful to our founders/companies…

This is a useful list


www.gothamair.com

Home

This is cool. Helicopter flights in NYC


www.sfgate.com

A large outbreak of measles that started at two adjacent Disney theme parks in December has now sickened people all over California, including a handful of Bay Area residents, and is prompting public health authorities to urge everyone to get vaccinated if they aren’t already. California has reporte…

Uh oh.

January 22, 2015


www.bbc.com

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital aged in his 90s, state TV says

This will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Also, news agencies, it's disappointing to see how you can't even get the age of a world leader right.


www.mercurynews.com

All-halal burger joint opening in Milpitas

More burgers!


time.com

His show has crashed websites, boosted donations and inspired legislation

This is why everyone should watch this show


www.cringely.com

Project Chrome starts next week when 26 percent of IBM employees will get calls from their managers. By the end of February all 26 percent will be gone.

" IBM has a sales culture. This reorganization was designed with a sales mindset. IBM has decided what it wants to sell. It assumes its customers will want to buy it. It completely ignores the fact there are other factors involved in running a successful company."


www.joelonsoftware.com

How things worked at Microsoft (before the party moved elsewhere).

" Watching non-programmers trying to run software companies is like watching someone who doesn't know how to surf trying to surf."


www.gatesnotes.com

See how the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than they have in any other time in history. And join us!

Gates rocks his annual letter as always. I really love the initiative


zarkonnen.com

A few months ago, I got introduced to Caverna at a board game evening. Caverna is pretty much "Dwarf Fortress: The Board Game" in that you run a group of dwarves digging out caverns, creating a living space, mining and farming. Unsurprisingly, this got me to start playing Dwarf Fortress itself again…

" In big games, the capacity for level size and complexity is forever leeched by the need for fancier graphics, the demands of a linear plot, and the desire for scripted setpieces. So play Dwarf Fortress, play Minecraft, and think about mining them some more for their ideas of physical, interactive worlds."


theiii.org

Remember that NYC Taxi data set that allowed you to see who visited a gentlemen's clubs and which celebrity took a taxi where? Reddit user uluman now seems to have found a way to distinguish muslim...

Hidden patterns in data can always be creepy as well as cool


dev.stephendiehl.com

This is the followup to my talk LLVM Optimized Python at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, we'll do the deep dive that I didn't have time for. We're going to build a single module Numba-like compiler for Python. It won't be nearly as featureful or complete, but should demonstrate how…

This is awesome stuff on JIT compiling a toy language


www.whatsim.com

It is the world's first Sim that makes you chat with WhatsApp absolutely free of charge and with no limits. Anywhere in the world.

I don't even...


www.washingtonpost.com

The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing or digitally faked altogether — and it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.

“If you’re going to do that stuff, do that stuff. Own it. Tell customers: If you want a V-8 rumble, you’ve gotta buy a V-8 that costs more, gets worse gas mileage and hurts the Earth,” Brauer said. “You’re fabricating the car’s sexiness. You’re fabricating performance elements of the car that don’t actually exist. That just feels deceptive to me.”


www.airpair.com

How to Think About AWS & Scalability, Key AWS Services, Architecture Concepts including Security, Dockers, Containers and more

I've only skimmed this but this looks insanely helpful


www.wired.com

The prototype is amazing. It amplifies the special powers that Kinect introduced, using a small fraction of the energy. Project HoloLens’ key achievement—realistic holograms—works by tricking your brain into seeing light as matter.

This is some really cool tech

January 21, 2015


Television commercial for The Facebook from the mid-90s.

This is hilarious


prog21.dadgum.com

I'm James Hague, a recovering programmer who has been designing video games since the 1980s. This is Why You Spent All that Time Learning to Program and The Pure Tech Side is the Dark Side are good places to start.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Especially given I learnt programming with JavaScript

"I expect some horrified reactions to this change of thinking, at least to the slight degree that one can apply horrified to a choice of programming language. Those reactions should have nothing to do with the shortcomings of Javascript. They should be because I dismissed so many other languages without considering their features, type systems, or syntaxes, simply because they aren't natively supported by modern web browsers."


www.eff.org

The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov–the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care–is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites. The information being sent includes ones zip code, inco…

That query string...

" smoker=1&parent=&pregnant=1&mec=&zip=85601&state=AZ&income=3500
"


www.washingtonpost.com

An inside look at the behavior of riders in San Francisco.

" In one of their more striking findings, Rayle and co-authors found that 66 percent of the trips taken by people who use these app services would have been twice as long if taken by public transit instead (that's if nearby transit was at least available). That number includes all of the time spent just waiting for the trip to begin. "


motherboard.vice.com

A new 600-page, two volume epic about how to get rid of the homeless in SimCity.

" "To me video games are the so-called 'real America,'" he said. "The real America operates according to a video game logic, and that game logic is neo-liberalism, and that absolutely manifests in San Francisco, that to me is the epicenter of inequality. In San Francisco you either have a Tesla and you drink a seven dollar cappuccino or you're homeless in the streets.""


zachholman.com

" Look: there’s plenty to worry about in a growing company. Product, trajectory, hiring. At the end of the day, a company needs to make money. That’s how you pay the employees that contribute so much to your success.

But at some point, you’re going to want to end up back in that basement."


priceonomics.com

The story of a girl who got too many parking tickets, and dared to dream of a better tomorrow.

It would also be cool if the laws can be improved to simplify the rules


gamasutra.com

The Game Outcomes Project team includes Paul Tozour, David Wegbreit, Lucien Parsons, Zhenghua “Z” Yang, NDark Teng, Eric Byron, Julianna Pillemer, Ben Weber, and Karen Buro.

" Our results clearly demonstrate that crunch doesn't lead to extraordinary results. In fact, on the whole, crunch makes games LESS successful wherever it is used, and when projects try to dig themselves out of a hole by crunching, it only digs the hole deeper."


mobile.bloomberg.com

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the rocket maker run by billionaire Elon Musk, said that Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments have invested $1 billion that will give them a combined stake of almost 10 percent.

So it's finally official

January 20, 2015


mobile.nytimes.com

In the past 50 years, lamb chops have gotten bigger, pork loins less fatty and steaks easier to chew — all thanks in part to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. But these achievements have come at a steep cost to the center’s animals.

" Roger Ellis, a scientist and veterinarian who now works for a cattle nutrition company, said that when he determined about 10 years ago that a sheep had died at least in part from neglect, a center official pressed him to “soften the diagnosis.” Dr. Ellis said that he refused, and that the center had an outside veterinarian change the death record."


www.usatoday.com

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have quietly equipped their officers with handheld radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of suspects' homes to see where

I'm all for new technology, but this is nuts


launiusr.wordpress.com

Ernst Stuhlinger wrote this letter on May 6, 1970, to Sister Mary Jucunda, a nun who worked among the starving children of Kabwe, Zambia, in Africa, who questioned the value of space exploration. A...

" Although our space program seems to lead us away from our Earth and out toward the moon, the sun, the planets, and the stars, I believe that none of these celestial objects will find as much attention and study by space scientists as our Earth. It will become a better Earth, not only because of all the new technological and scientific knowledge which we will apply to the betterment of life, but also because we are developing a far deeper appreciation of our Earth, of life, and of man."


This is a cool use of genetic algorithms.


www.newyorker.com

The Web is continually erasing its past. The Wayback Machine aims to preserve its tracks. Jill Lepore reports.

The title is funny given that the article is dated the 26th of January. Really good read though.


www.wsj.com

Google Inc. is close to investing roughly $1 billion in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to support its nascent efforts to deliver Internet access via satellites.

... da f***?

January 19, 2015


www.humblebundle.com

Pay what you want for up to 13 Android games in the Humble Noodlecake Mobile Bundle!

I've been waiting for king of dragon pass to finally come on Android and now it's on a cheaper price too. (wasn't supported on my devices last I checked)

January 17, 2015


medium.com

Killed by Google

Damn you, Google, for killing this fine art


www.frankmcsherry.org

Michael Isard, Derek Murray, and I recently sent in a HotOS submission (it’s not blind, so no harm talking about it, we think). The subject is hinted at from...

" Here are two helpful guidelines (for largely disjoint populations):

If you are going to use a big data system for yourself, see if it is faster than your laptop.
If you are going to build a big data system for others, see that it is faster than my laptop."

January 16, 2015


nymag.com

Talkin' astronomy on QVC.

Of course, the Sun is a planet and the moon is a star


www.itinthed.com

What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me

A really sad state of affairs


www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

The BBC is using anti-terror spy laws to trap licence fee dodgers in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Laws never get misused of course


www.vox.com

In the 1920s, auto groups redefined who owned the city street.

One of the most successful campaigns ever?

January 15, 2015


search.cpan.org

Imagine that your task for the day is to localize a piece of software -- and luckily for you, the only output the program emits is two messages, like this:

Internationalization is always tougher than you think


www.mattblodgett.com

In one study after another, workers failed to give much weight to decor in choosing, for instance, among variously colored panels and fixtures. The feeling seemed to be that depressing surroundings would be counterproductive, but as long as the office wasn’t depressing, then you could happily ignore…

Another debate on open offices


m.thestar.com

"One more lesson Charles learned? That marketing is the flip side of science.
“You can have the best treatment in the world, but if people won’t use it, it won’t matter.”'


mobile.nytimes.com

President Obama’s plan to expand free access to two-year schools deserves Congress’s support.

I still think education should be "free"


www.vox.com

The president is visiting Cedar Falls, IA, today to make the case for city governments to build their own super-fast broadband networks.

Finally some progress

January 14, 2015


www.newyorker.com

At KidZania, a global theme-park chain, kids pretend to have grownup jobs, from dentist to factory worker. Rebecca Mead reports.

" They said that KidZania gave them what they desired most of all: a sense of autonomy. “Whenever you’re at home, your parents say, ‘You need to do this, this, and this,’ and you say, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ ” the boy with the overwhelming social-media presence told me. “But, when you’re in KidZania, you feel like you’re an adult, and you say what you want to do.” "


m.bbc.com

The US has discovered that one of the best ways of fighting invasive plants is also one of the oldest - goats.

I wonder if goat simulator will simulate this too


techcrunch.com

About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely at the enterprise market under the working title, "FB@Work."..

Yay for new products


makezine.com

MAKE - DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers

"Balzer had unknowingly pioneered what researchers at the new Medical Innovation Lab in Austin, Texas, predict will soon be the standard of care. Using 3D printing to help plan procedures and to explain diagnoses to patients “is going to become the new normal,”"


www.psmag.com

A decade ago, people started panicking about the collapse of the honeybee population and the crash of our food supply.

"The system feeding humanity keeps growing, but it keeps growing more precarious."


medium.com

March 2014. Five years have passed since I sold my last startup, and I’m wondering if the new venture will ever work. It…

A story where Google and "Corp dev" both turn out to be evil


www.jeffwofford.com

But the industry had changed. The days of the solitary, brilliant, auteur developer had passed like rain on the mountain.

" When I was in college they told us there would always be a demand for software developers. In general that’s still true.

I always wondered what it would look like when it stopped being true, when the need for developers dwindled, and programming stopped paying the bills.

Now I know.

For the lone game programmer that day has already arrived.

Twice."


www.propublica.org

Every day, cops toss dangerous military-style grenades during raids, with little oversight and horrifying results.

Flashbangs are really scary.

"Sometimes loud noises trigger memories of the event. One summer night after the accident, Dukes woke up in a panic. A storm was raging outside and, in her sleepy state, she confused the thunder and lightning for flashbang explosions. She ran into the bathroom once again and curled up on the floor, rocking and saying, “They’re coming, they’re coming.” Her mother found her and asked who was coming. “I said, ‘Them. Please don’t burn me again.’”"

January 13, 2015


This is some cool data


medium.com

No, it’s not you — records do all sound the same these days. Desperate to get their music on the radio at all costs, rec…

"Why does most music sound the same these days? Because record companies are scared, they don’t want to take risks, and they’re doing the best they can to generate mainstream radio hits. That is their job, after all. And as the skies continue to darken over the poor benighted business of selling music, labels are going to cling to what they know more fiercely than ever."


highscalability.com

James Hamilton , VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon, and long time blogger of interesting ...

"All 14 other cloud providers combined have 1/5th the aggregate capacity of AWS (estimate by Gartner)

Every day, AWS adds enough new server capacity to support all of Amazon’s global infrastructure when it was a $7B annual revenue enterprise (in 2004).

Amazon has designed and built their own power substations. It only saves a little money, but they can build them much faster. Utility companies are not used to dealing with the rate AWS is growing at, so they had to build their own."


www.washingtonpost.com

Tips from Washington-area parents lucky enough to know.

These are some really engrossing family stories


samy.pl

KeySweeper is a stealthy Arduino-based device, camouflaged as a functioning USB wall charger, that wirelessly and passively sniffs, decrypts, logs and reports back (over GSM) all keystrokes from any Microsoft wireless keyboard in the vicinity.

So much for using wireless keyboards


www.storehouse.co

A Rare High Altitude Night Flight Above NYC

These are beautiful shots of NYC

January 12, 2015


danluu.com

This is a response to the following question from David Albert: My mental model of CPUs is stuck in the 1980s: basically boxes that do arithmetic, …

Really long, really detailed and really cool

January 10, 2015


ginnabaker.wordpress.com

Because of the urgent need for new blood / ideas in the tech world, our lack of ability to reward new developers is a particularly profound example of shooting oneself in the foot.

" Seriously, is “Is it responsive?” really the first words you want to come out of your mouth, before you’ve even seen the product? Can you step back, suspend your criticism for just one second, and realize that someone has just completed a shit-ton of work?"

Yup, developers are pretty mean


laphamsquarterly.org

The foreign has long been my stomping ground, my sanctuary, as one who grew up a foreigner wherever I happened to be. Born to Indian parents in Oxford, England, I was seven when my parents moved to Ca

"But all I thought then was that nearly everywhere I knew was foreign, which meant that nearly everywhere had the power to unsettle and surprise me, forever."


www.johnskylar.com

"I hate science." In six years of graduate school, this has to be the phrase I’ve heard most frequently from my colleagues. People who have dedicated their lives to science. People who made a decision...

Science: where the theory doesn't hold up in practice


blog.rust-lang.org

Words from the Rust team

This is really exciting. Rust will hopefully improve programming for lots of systems folks

January 9, 2015


www.latimes.com

As many as 12 measles cases have been connected to visits to Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure Park, California public health authorities say--including at least six occurring in people who were unvaccinated for the disease. Among them were two infants too young for immunizations.

Why the hell are doctors recommending against vaccination?


www.scientificamerican.com

An investigation into some scientific papers finds worrying irregularities

Paper mills!


www.gamasutra.com

[When the schedule is shot and a game needs to ship, programmers may employ some dirty coding tricks to get the game out the door.

That last one is particularly evil

January 8, 2015


www.theverge.com

To reach hostages held deep in the Colombian jungle, the Colombian army turned to an ad man and wrote a pop song

Yay for more steganography


mp2.dk

Binary recompilation is a subject of intense research, but for mere mortals, recompiling binary code or executables can seem completely off-limits. …

This is some hardcore reverse engineering


mobile.bloomberg.com

Scientists have discovered an antibiotic capable of fighting infections that kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, a breakthrough that could lead to the field’s first major new drug in more than a quarter-century.

Let's hope we can avoid over prescribing these and not get as huge a resistance problem


medium.com

Back when Alex and I were first pitching SoundFocus as an app that helped people with hearing loss, this was…

This is a pretty informative read on hearing loss

January 7, 2015


gizmodo.com

Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe's data to study Parkinson's. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it's been about selling your dat…

This is scary


hhvm.com

If you've been watching our GitHub wiki, following us on Twitter, or reading the wikitech-l mailing list, you've probably known for a while that Wikipedia has been transitioning to HHVM. This has been a long process involving lots of work from many different people, and as of a few weeks ago, all no…

Yay for faster PHP everywhere


www.intel.com

A new plug-and-play device, the Intel® Compute Stick transforms any HDMI* display into a Windows 8.1*-based computer for out-of-the-box functionality.

This looks promising

January 6, 2015


lteo.net

For more than four years I have been using and tinkering with OpenBSD’s divert(4). At one point after OpenBSD 4.9 was released, I ran into an …

This is an awesome tool


www.gatesnotes.com

Bill Gates recently got to check out the Omniprocessor, an ingenious machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, which turns human waste into water and electricity.

Score one for science and poop


www.economist.com

HANDY is creating a big business out of small jobs. The company finds its customers self-employed home-helps available in the right place and at the right time. All...

A pretty interesting treatise on the sharing economy


archive.wired.com

We sent William Gibson to Singapore to see whether that clean dystopia represents our techno future.

A harsh critique of Singapore by [Alice] Gibson (1993)


wit.ai

Wit.ai is Voice of the Internet of Things

Yay for Machine learning and awesomeness


iquantny.tumblr.com

How Software in Half of NYC Cabs Generates $5.2 Million a Year in Extra Tips So a story in Businessweek caught my eye the other day. It discussed NYC taxi rider tipping habits and concluded that...

Or, how dishonest software helps cabbies make more money at the expense of customers


www.ifc0nfig.com

Moonpig are one of the most well known companies that sell personalised greeting cards in the UK. In 2007 they had a 90% market share and shipped nearly 6 million cards. In July 2011 they were bought by PhotoBox. I've...

Yay for sites with glaring API holes


stories.californiasunday.com

The California Sunday Magazine. January 4, 2015.

"Whittier, Alaska, is a town of about 200 people, almost all of whom live in a 14-story former Army barracks built in 1956. "

January 5, 2015


This advice is really on point.