Reader's Corner for February 2016

February 28, 2016


cannonball.tombridge.com

This afternoon, Apple released a background update that accidentally blacklisted their own Ethernet kernel extension. These background updates are generally not user-facing. The system will perform…

Whoops.

February 27, 2016


www.kennethreitz.org

The programming community has been opening up over the past few years about mental health issues, so, I want to take this opportunity to open up about my own. Generally, my life has been extremely stable, with nothing peculiar of note. I've spent with my time with friends/family, working on my hobbi…

Sobering. Really well written piece on the author's (guy who wrote Requests) experience of mental illness


techrepublic.com

Wes Clark, the computer engineer whose work largely influenced the design of DEC minicomputers, CAD software, graphical user interfaces, and the ARPAnet, died Monday.

February 26, 2016


observer.com

I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing: It’s the word “bestseller.”

"Author’s update: Since writing this piece and making my debut, my book has inexplicably been removed from the Amazon catalogue. I have yet to hear from an Amazon representative on the matter, but it is clear that something is afoot."

February 25, 2016


kotaku.com

Making a game usually requires a lot of time, money, and sacrifice from game developers. Lots of players are aware of this, but every once in a while, it’s nice to get a reminder of the work involved bringing our favorite games to life.

Well put


www.bbc.com

It's been three years since I hired a fake online girlfriend - and it's now becoming an industry.

www.howtogeek.com

If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Ubisoft’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good…

So Windows is now showing ads. Way to go Microsoft


stripe.com

A new way to start an internet business anywhere.

This is a game changer


motherboard.vice.com

A judge has ordered that no more details about the attack should be provided to the defense in an affected Silk Road 2.0 case.

Ick


weblogs.asp.net

As the role of mobile devices in people's lives expands even further, mobile app developers have become a driving force for software innovation. At Microsoft, we are working to enable even greater …

This is huge


mobile.nytimes.com

Concerned about the government’s insistence that it break into a terrorist’s phone, the company wants to take that power out of its own hands.

"Apple’s brand is built around creating products that are sleek and intuitive. A security solution that defeats the F.B.I. is unworkable if it frustrates consumers. One of the impediments to encrypting all the data in Apple’s iCloud servers, for instance, has been finding a way to ensure that customers can easily retrieve and recover photos and other information stored there.

“Telling a member of the public that they’re going to lose all the family photos they’ve ever taken because they forgot their password is a really tough sell,” Mr. Soghoian said. “A company wants to sell products to the public.”"

February 24, 2016


sysdig.com

The spectrogram is great at showing patterns and outliers in the behavior of a system or application. But until now you are left to your own devices to troubleshoot “what is causing this spot in the chart”?With a little more work, I was able to include it in csysdig, sysdig’s command line ncurses UI…

Awesome system level stuff!

[Eve], Hasnain [Mallory], Shakeel Butt, [Bob], [Alice]


wsj.com

From Indonesia to Latin America and Russia to Japan, metal has become the music of the world, lifted by growing economies and a rebellious bent.

nytimes.com

Too many Americans with diabetes can’t afford their medication.

"What makes this so worrisome is that the big three have simultaneously hiked their prices. From 2010 to 2015, the price of Lantus (made by Sanofi) went up by 168 percent; the price of Levemir (made by Novo Nordisk) rose by 169 percent; and the price of Humulin R U-500 (made by Eli Lilly) soared by 325 percent."


thesempost.com

It seems that Google is rolling out a change to Google AdWords that sees 4 ads at the top of the search results, none on the sidebar at all, and an additional 3 ads at the bottom of the search results. This replaces the usual mix of top, bottom and sidebar-heavy AdWords ads, depending on …

This is huge


newyorker.com

The diabolical marketing genius of airline élite status is that, as St. Paul said of grace, it cannot be earned by works.

The struggle is real


math-chocolate-circus.com

The peril of talking to normal people by MC&C on February 23, 2016 in Mathematicians, Well-being • 0 Comments My sister used to vacation with me and my math friends for a week each summer; as you might guess she has a lot of patience. By the end of each vacation she was well-trained: she would laugh…

"The other day Pink and I were filling out a pre-checkup questionnaire about our baby Pixie. “Are you concerned about your child’s hearing?” “No”. Pixie obviously hears just fine, at least to the extent that one can tell based on observing his behaviour: he turns towards our voices and startles at loud sounds. “Is anyone else concerned about your child’s hearing?” I was about to check “No” when Pink objected: “How would we know that no-one is? We can’t read everyone’s minds.”"

Mathematicians taking everything too literally


copy.sh

It's amazing that MineSweeper, running inside Windows 98, running inside the browser; is still faster than most mobile apps out there on modern hardware.


gatesnotes.com

Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2016 Annual Letter.

The annual letters are always full of wisdom.


business-standard.com

The Indian Patent Office has come out with a new guideline for its officials to follow when deciding on applications related to software and hardware related inventions, in place of an earlier guideline which was kept in abbeyance by the Patent

This is a good precedent


medium.com

We’re used to thinking in keywords, but there’s a variety of keyword used by good sources that often goes unnoticed.

"For all the focus on traffic generation and conversation, we ought to appreciate that social media also represents the deepest source pool and one of the greatest reporting tools ever given to journalists. Just gotta know how to wield it."

February 22, 2016


apple.com

Answers to your questions about Apple and security

"The only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn’t abused and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is to never create it."


compellingsciencefiction.com

We believe that science fiction is important.  Science fiction expands the mind and drives progress through inspiration.  Our goal is to find and deliver great science fiction stories that are entertaining, inspiring, and extremely well thought out.  Our stories tend to lean toward what is referred…

This looks pretty exciting


Ouch. Quite wise, but definitely quite a pointed rebuttal.

"Work ethic is not something that develops from entitlement. Quite the opposite, in fact. It develops when you realize there are a million other people who could perform your job and you are lucky to have one. It comes from sucking up the bad aspects and focusing on the good and above all it comes from humility. It comes from modesty. "


bbc.com

The video game of ET has been blamed for destroying the tech company, Atari. Here the programmer, Howard Scott Warshaw, gives his personal account of the fiasco.

"I actually prefer it when people do identify it as the worst game of all time because I also did Yars Revenge and that's frequently identified as one of the best of all time. So between the two, I have the greatest range of any designer in history!"


mobile.nytimes.com

It’s like being “caught between two parents fighting.”

“Ad blocking is a symptom of a pervasive problem,” Mr. Spiezle said. “If consumers enjoyed the web experience and felt there were adequate controls for privacy and the ad industry was making a sincere effort to fight abuse and malfeasance, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”


mobile.nytimes.com

Saudi Arabia has survived oil shocks before, but now 70 percent of its citizens are under 30, and they face a harder future than their parents.

"The government is good, but our generation is spoiled,” said [Alice] Mohammed, 21. “Everyone wants a government job.”

His colleagues agreed. “Everyone wants to sit at home and get paid,” Mr. Alkhelaifi said."

February 21, 2016


www.theatlantic.com

It can’t last. The U.S. better get ready.

blogs.scientificamerican.com

Psychology experiments show why even the financially savvy have a hard time following sensible strategies

"With a little better understanding of our own psychology, we can change the way people make decisions about their debt and help set them on the path towards greater financial well-being."


defaultnamehere.tumblr.com

Look I’m not really sure why but I think I made a thing that makes graphs of when people are online on Facebook. It sounds kinda creepy and uh it is. Read along so you, too, can be the NSA....

Love the writing style


elaineou.com

by Isoroku Yamamoto Wall Street Journal fixed their “paste a headline into Google News” paywall trick. However, they still allow Google to index their content. Digital publications allow discriminatory access for search engines by inspecting HTTP request headers. The two relevant headers are “Refere…

"Remember: Any time you introduce an access point for a trusted third party, you inevitably end up allowing access to anybody."

The thing everyone seems to forget in this whole encryption debate too

February 20, 2016


medium.com

Dear Jeremy,

1) Post open letter to the CEO, which is really well written but quite critical.

2) Get fired within a couple of hours

3) ???

(Company in question is Yelp/Eat24)

February 19, 2016


venturebeat.com

LAS VEGAS -- Civilization is one of the gods of strategy games, where you oversee the creation of a whole society in competition with other civilizations. It debuted in 1991, and now at 25, it has become one of the cultural touchstones of the game industry, something that everyone recognizes or has…

Comodo internet "security".

When a security product installs a VNC server that is always on and pretty much open to connect to.

February 18, 2016


www.elischiff.com

Most of us have come to accept the new Uber redesign as normal–after all, it has been a whole two weeks since its reveal. Nevertheless, it is well worth examining this prime example of both design and managerial dysfunction.

A pretty good read on Design, with lots of pot shots at Uber and Kalanick


blog.interviewing.io

Note: Though I wrote most of the words in this post, there are a few people outside of interviewing.io whose work made it possible. Ian Johnson, creator of d3 Building Blocks, created the graph ent…

www.citylab.com

The Great Housing Reset marches on, especially in superstar cities and prominent tech hubs.

etscrivner.github.io

Building Large Flask Apps In The Real World Tweet Published: Sun 19 October 2014 By Eric Scrivner In On Software. tags: software Scaling a Flask application is no immediately obvious matter. At plug.dj we had ~22,000 line Flask application. At my previous employer our Flask application was significa…

February 17, 2016


mtv.com

I have the opportunity to share the imperfect story. To share what it's like to succeed in a world where everything is falling down around you.

This is a pretty moving story.

"I wasn’t surprised or sad. My parents didn’t really understand what was going on. They didn’t know what apps really were and didn’t understand because there was really no way of explaining it to them. It was easy to assume that all of this was just me playing games.

After the first month, things got real. Apple had sent me my first check containing about $5,000. My mom could not believe her eyes. She was so proud and shocked at the same time. I couldn’t describe the emotion in her at that moment."

"I appeared to be the pillar of success to thousands of kids all over, and meanwhile, in my family, our situation continued to get worse. One day, my mom told me, crying, that we had to leave our house — that we were being evicted."


www.apple.com

A Message to Our Customers

"While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."

Kudos


9gag.com

Click to see the pic and write a comment...

XCom summarized in one image
Ali [Bob] Hasnain [Alice]


heidiroizen.tumblr.com

There are storm clouds gathering over Silicon Valley – and it’s more than just El Nino.   As a venture capitalist, I see a lot of data points within the private company marketplace.  Every Monday, I sit in a room with my partners and we discuss dozens of companies, both portfolio companies as well a…

" If you are in Silicon Valley and your customers are mostly well-paid consumers with no free time, or other venture-backed startups, well, I’d be worried. "


store.steampowered.com

Explore the worlds of Californium, a first person exploration game where you are a writer trapped into shifting realities. Will you find what’s behind the simulacra ?

This looks pretty interesting


www.bloomberg.com

Some brands promising 100 percent purity contained no Parmesan at all.

"According to the FDA’s report on Castle, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, “no parmesan cheese was used to manufacture” the Market Pantry brand 100% grated Parmesan Cheese, sold at Target Corp. stores, and Always Save Grated Parmesan Cheese and Best Choice 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, sold by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., which along with its subsidiaries supplies 3,400 retail stores in 30 states. "

February 16, 2016


polygon.com

A limited time post-Valentine's prize

Free games always rock


If you look at the patch (https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2016-02/msg00416.html); THAT is the perfect example of when/how you should write comments


mobile.nytimes.com

Creating a computer “personality” is as much an art as it is a science, and it’s a challenge that more and more software designers are grappling with.

This is an interesting read


webkit.org

WebKit's FTL JIT now uses a new backend on OS X — the Bare Bones Backend, or B3 for short, replaces LLVM as the low-level optimizer.

An awesome well detailed read on IR and compilers

February 15, 2016


sci-hub.io

"By this time we have collected more than 47 million research papers on our library, and it's growing. Articles are free to read for any visitor."

This guy is trying to make scientific papers free, without the burden of paywalls


programmingisterrible.com

“ “Every line of code is written without reason, maintained out of weakness, and deleted by chance” Jean-Paul Sartre’s Programming in ANSI C. ” Every line of code written comes at a price:...

An awesome read


www.dawn.com

"I grew up thinking women can, must and should do anything and everything."

“I really thought of what I want people to know in Pakistan as I have garnered some attention there. Anybody should be able to succeed — whether you’re a woman, a religious minority or whether you’re gay. It just doesn’t matter,” she says.

“Anybody should be able to do those things. And I am proof of that because I am all of those things. With the right combination of opportunity, it was possible for me to do.”

February 14, 2016


mobile.nytimes.com

Justice Scalia, whose legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a conservative leader, was found dead on Saturday in Texas.

February 13, 2016


rentaminority.com

Rent-A-Minority is a revolutionary new service designed for those oh-shit moments where you've realized your award show, corporate brochure, conference panel is entirely composed of white men. For, like, the fifth year in a row. Suddenly you're being called out on Twitter and you need to look not-ra…

"All of our minorities have been vetted to ensure they are not “too black” or “too Muslim” or “too much of a Feminist.” We know how awkward that can be."


www.financialpost.com

Ryan Holmes: High housing costs are threatening the future of Silicon Valley North, but that can be changed if Vancouver is willing to grow up

cglab.ca

Rust has a lot of stuff in its type system. As far as I'm concerned, almost all of the complexity is dedicated to expressing programs generically. And people are still clamouring for more! I always have trouble getting the most advanced parts straight, so this post is basically a "note to self". Tha…

I got a bit lost towards the end

February 12, 2016


hackaday.com

If the United States has a national architectural form, it is the skyscraper. The notion of building a tower to the heavens is as old as Genesis, but it took some brash 19th century Americans to devel...

"He eventually convinced the owner to leave the braces in place by using an engineer’s most powerful rhetorical device: purposefully indecipherable technical jargon intended to confuse the other party into submission. [Alice] got his way, and the top tier diagonals were built"


nytimes.com

Scientists say they heard the faint chirp of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, fulfilling Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

This is amazing

February 11, 2016


Time for a Snapchat for Dummies book?

February 10, 2016


www.slate.com

What it’s like making less than $13 an hour to serve $13 beers at one of the biggest games on Earth.

This is a pretty interesting and depressing article.

"The lack of actual tasks didn’t mean we were off the hook. An hour later, still waiting for a customer, I was instructed by a manager to “find something to do.” Taking a co-worker’s advice, I grabbed a wet rag and started wiping down the glistening countertop. From then on, the rag remained in my apron pocket. Whenever someone wearing a suit was in sight, I pulled it out and started wiping. No one seemed to care that I was cleaning the same two-foot by two-foot section of the counter. I had found something to do."


github.com

til - Today I Learned

This is an awesome idea. Keeping a list of one new thing per day


theatlantic.com

What’s behind the surge in American teens who are highly fluent in high-order math

This is a pretty great read.

"The No Child Left Behind Act, which shaped education for nearly 15 years, further contributed to the neglect of these programs. Ignoring kids who may have had aptitude or interest in accelerated learning, it demanded that states turn their attention to getting struggling learners to perform adequately—a noble goal. But as a result, for years many educators in schools in poor neighborhoods, laser-focused on the low-achieving kids, dismissed suggestions that the minds of their brightest kids were lying fallow. Some denied that their schools had any gifted children at all."


imaging-resource.com

It's one of the dark marks of the U.S. Government in the 20th century — a complete willingness to expose unwitting citizens to dangerous substances in the name of scientific advancement. It happened with the Tuskegee syphilis…

""Kodak complained to the Atomic Energy Commission and that Government agency agreed to give Kodak advanced information on future tests, including 'expected distribution of radioactive material in order to anticipate local contamination.'

"In fact, the Government warned the entire photographic industry and provided maps and forecasts of potential contamination. Where, I ask, were the maps for dairy farmers? Where were the warnings to parents of children in these areas? So here we are, Mr. Chairman. The Government protected rolls of film, but not the lives of our kids. There is something wrong with this picture.""


blog.stackoverflow.com

What's the deal with ad blockers?

February 9, 2016


www.bbc.com

More than three quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, according to a survey from BBC Newsround.

www.bbc.com

Americans are generally known for having a positive outlook on life, but with the presidential election now well under way, polls show voters are angry. Why are they so cross?

www.troyhunt.com

A few months ago, the Hong Kong based toy maker VTech allowed itself to be hacked and millions of accounts exposed including hundreds of thousands of kids complete with names, ages, genders, photos and their relationships to their parents replete with where they (and assumedly their children) could…

So they're effectively saying "we got hacked, it's no big deal, we'll just make our customers agree in the ToC that their data will be hacked by someone"


www.latimes.com

There always have been two great virtues in  Apple 's policy of keeping the development of hardware and core software in-house: their seamless integration with each other and their quality.

independent.co.uk

The maximum number of people you can have in a WhatsApp group chat has increased to 256, rather than 100 as it was before. It's not clear why WhatsApp settled on the oddly specific number, but it'll be good news for those users for whom 100 just wasn't big enough.

It used to say "It's not clear why WhatsApp settled on the oddly specific number".

Did the journalist not think to ask a single tech person?

February 8, 2016


jguegant.github.io

Trivia: One of our favorite motto in our C++ team at work is: you shall use dependency injections instead of singletons! It actually comes with our unit-testing strategy. If the various components of your architecture are too tightly coupled, it becomes a tremendous effort to deeply test small criti…

This is an awesome, pretty hardcore article


priceonomics.com

Gage Skidmore has photographed nearly every presidential candidate since 2008 — and by giving away all of his images for free, he has quickly become the Internet's most prominent political photographer.

gizmodo.com

Wood is the future. That’s the feeling you get after looking through the 2016 award winners named by WoodWorks, the United States wood building council.

These look really cool


bloomberg.com

Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant.

nytimes.com

Many of the Iraqis who joined Syrians, Africans and Afghans in the great migrant wave to Europe last year with expectations of quick success are now turning around.

"Last summer, Facebook was filled with posts about making the trip. Now, some Iraqis in Europe are turning to social media to warn their countrymen away. One video posted recently shows an Iraqi man complaining of the food in Europe and saying, “I’m just waiting for my flight to Baghdad, and I will be back soon. I would advise everyone not to take the risk and come to Europe.”"


fivethirtyeight.com

This is In Real Terms, a new column analyzing the week in economic news. We’re still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email me or drop a note in the comments. And thank you…

"A new poll from the Pew Research Center released Thursday gives some more perspective on voters’ anxieties. Nearly half of those polled said their family incomes aren’t keeping up with the cost of living; among those identifying as lower class, two-thirds said their incomes weren’t keeping up. And despite the improving job market — the latest jobs numbers will be released this morning — 58 percent of middle-class respondents said good jobs are difficult to find. (Among the lower class, 73 percent said this.)"

February 7, 2016


loudwire.com

Metallica are serving up a live stream of their 'The Night Before' pre-Super Bowl concert which can be watched right here.

Damn, they're streaming it for free

February 6, 2016


www.businessinsider.com

As GitHub grows up, disgruntled employees are telling startling stories. But it seems to be part of normal growing pains

""They are trying to control culture, interviewing and firing. Scary times at the company without a seasoned leader. While their efforts are admirable it is very hard to even interview people who are 'white' which makes things challenging," this person said.

Sanchez is known for some strong views about diversity. She wrote an article for USA Today shortly before she joined GitHub titled, "More white women does not equal tech diversity."

At one diversity training talk held at a different company and geared toward people of color, she came on a bit stronger with a point that says, "Some of the biggest barriers to progress are white women." Here's a photo of the talk, which was shared with Business Insider."

I don't even know where to start here.


www.washingtonpost.com

Playing the gender card can’t get you out of it.

"She really believes she can put a line like that over on us?"


theatlantic.com

The country has experienced nursing shortages for decades, but an aging population means the problem is about to get much worse.

npr.org

To reduce the number of foreign workers, some of those making less than $50,000 won't qualify to stay in Britain beyond April. Critics say the deal would cause labor shortages.

graphics.latimes.com

At the wise age of 79, Dolores Westfall knows food shopping on an empty stomach is a fool’s errand. On her way to the grocery store last May, she pulled into the Town & Country Family Restaurant to take the edge off her appetite.

"She endures what is for many aging Americans an unforgiving economy. Nearly one-third of U.S. heads of households ages 55 and older have no pension or retirement savings and a median annual income of about $19,000."


news.nationalgeographic.com

The plant is native but illegal in India, and mountain farmers rely on its cultivation.

wired.com

In a journal and FBI files shared as part of her Whitney Museum exhibit, Laura Poitras finally turns her lens of observation onto herself.

hella.cheap

Twitter Star Chart Here shown is a chart of the top ten thousand websites linked to on twitter. You can play with an interactive version of it here. Before I get into the details of how I made the chart, here are some interesting things that fall out from it: Spambot networks are really obvious. It'…

All the spam bots like each other it seems

February 5, 2016


influxdata.com

InfluxData is based on the TICK stack, the first open source platform for managing IoT time-series data at scale.

Exciting times ahead


talks.golang.org

Time flies Go 1.4 is one year old (happy birthday!) Go 1.5 is already 6 months old! Go 1.6 to be released sometime in February. Go 1.6 Candidate Release 1 was released on January 28th

This is an exciting set of slides


madartlab.com

Uber is the focus of much controversy of late, from aspects of accountability and safety, to taking advantage of their “contractors” and a host of dubious business practices and individ…

This is mean but so so on point

February 4, 2016


finance.yahoo.com

REUTERS - Former Turing Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli on Thursday called members of the U.S. Congress "imbeciles" on Twitter moments after refusing to testify before ...

This guy keeps getting better and better


reuters.com

The National Football League’s Rams left behind more than bitterness when the team ditched St. Louis for Los Angeles last month - it left a stadium saddled with about $144 million in debt and maintenance costs.

nytimes.com

Mr. Singhal, one of the earliest builders of Google’s computer system, said he would leave the parent company, Alphabet, on Feb. 26.

sudophilosophical.com

Software quality is a nebulous and divisive topic. There are many parameters to software quality – reliability, speed, user experience, design, discoverability, and more – and a move towards any of these virtues leads to sacrifices in others, especially on a limited time schedule. Additionally, a nu…

social.techcrunch.com

Apple has been ordered to pay $625 million to VirnetX after a U.S. court judged that the iPhone-maker had infringed on patents used in its iMessage and..

Ouch


googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com

Finally!


uk.reuters.com

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to 'unlawful detention', a United Nations panel examining his appeal will rule on Friday, the BBC reported.

February 3, 2016


medium.com

As a software engineer, changing jobs is a way of life. Every day, beautiful recruiters from top tech companies reach ou…

This is pure gold.

"Be the first one at your daily stand-up, and run it like the Scrum master you know you are. If someone talks for more than ten seconds, immediately interrupt them and tell them to take it offline."


pando.com

Welcome to the Google-ization of movies (It’s not as bad as it sounds).

"Few publications have made the obvious point, and maybe that’s because it’s too obvious. There’s one reason Amazon and Netflix are wildly outbidding everyone else and making deals that seem crazy under traditional structures: They operate under totally different rules."


latimes.com

A former Yahoo Inc. employee is suing the Internet company, alleging that a manipulated employee-rating system, as well as gender bias, led to his illegal termination.

Ouch


sandstorm.io

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

This looks awesome

February 2, 2016


theatlantic.com

Thousands of low-income kids—most of whom have immigrant parents—are missing out on the early education they need to keep up with their affluent peers.

" The sticker price for enrolling full time in one of these preschools? $1,365, $1,320, and $1,200 a month, respectively."


ign.com

More powerful soldiers and more unpredictable battlefields are this sequel's answers to our complaints about last tactical combat game.

Already drooling.


vox.com

"I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment,."

"What amazes me, what totally amazes me, is that we have not one Republican candidate for president prepared to come up and tell us, and agree with what virtually all scientists agree with, and you know why they are not prepared to do that? Because on the day that they do acknowledge the reality of climate change and call for change, you know what happens? They're going to lose their campaign funds from the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel (industry) ...

So I say to the Republicans, stop worrying about your campaign funds from big oil or the Koch brothers worry about the planet you're going to be leaving your children and your grandchildren."


reuters.com

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include a reduction of 15 percent of the internet company's workforce and the closure of several business units, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Just shortly after "There are no layoffs ... this week". Ouch


I guess they didn't follow "Let p be a prime ... "


loser.com

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, billionaire, investor, socialite, author, television personality, and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.[5] He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder…

Buhahaha. Loser.com redirects to the Wikipedia page of Donald Trump.

http://loser.com

via Hasnain [Alice]


en.wikipedia.org

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, billionaire, investor, socialite, author, television personality, and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.[5] He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder…

http://loser.com

My favorite URL find of the day


twitter.com

“This is how the #IowaCaucus works. A tie is solved tossing a coin @HillaryClinton wins https://t.co/yZDTUKFJXQ”

Apparently in Amreeka, coin tosses decide elections


thebolditalic.com

The best drink in San Francisco isn’t a Bix martini or an Irish whiskey at the Buena Vista. It’s also not a Gibraltar at Blue Bottle or a frosty Anchor Steam.This heavenly concoction is…

Sania Shafi, [Mallory] Butt, [Alice], Hasnain [Eve], Shehzad [Bob] Calcuttawala

February 1, 2016


downlode.org

Jehan Shuman was used to dealing with the men in authority on long-embattled earth. He was only a civilian but he originated programming patterns that resulted in self-directing war computers of the highest sort. Generals, consequently listened to him. Heads of congressional committees too.

Asimov's writing always amazes me with how he considered every possibility. I need to hunt down all his works that I haven't read and get started

"The general drove on. "At the present time our chief bottleneck is the fact that missiles are limited in intelligence. The computer controlling them can only be so large, and for that reason they can meet the changing nature of anti-missile defenses in an unsatisfactory way. Few missiles, if any, accomplish their goal, and missile warfare is coming to a dead end, for the enemy, fortunately, as well as for ourselves.
"On the other hand, a missile with a man or two within, controlling flight by graphitics, would be lighter, more mobile, more intelligent. It would give us a lead that might well mean the margin of victory. Besides which, gentlemen, the exigencies of war compel us to remember one thing. A man is much more dispensable than a computer. Manned missiles could be launched in numbers and under circumstances that no good general would care to undertake as far as computer-directed missiles are concerned . . ."


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Someone figured out how to run it without any plugins.

Now I just need to load up cricket 95...


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The video-game designer’s latest project, The Witness, reflects his personality: logical, stubborn, unsuffering of fools.

"Perfectionism has come at a great and quantifiable cost. The money is—for now, at least—all gone. The Witness cost close to six million dollars, vastly overshooting Blow’s original budget of eight hundred thousand dollars. When Braid’s profits ran out, he borrowed funds from a friend."