Reader's Corner for February 2015

February 28, 2015

I've been really frustrated recently with the state of online news content, specifically the lengths to which news outlets go to in order to get someone to read an article. The overuse of...

Analysis of clickbait

interactive maps, charts, data visualization

This is a cool visualization of US immigration for the last 200 years

I’ve pretty much always been a DVCS apologist. I know quite a few people who’ve been using DVCSes since Mercurial and Git, and a few who go back to BitKeeper, but I can totally out-hipster you. I was there for Monotone. I actually remember struggling to grok tla, and being happy that someone took th…

Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to first impressions of Rust. On May 15, we’re going to have a lot of them. And you only get one chance at a first impression. So I’ve been wondering if our Intro and Basics are putting our best foot... | Steve Klabnik | “The most violent element in so…

Ownership and lifetimes. The two main things that attract me to Rust

mal - Make a Lisp

Amazing guide (with code!) On how to write a lisp in tons of languages

Uber announced today that its database was breached by an unauthorized third party last year. The company confirmed the breach in a company blog post..

Why did it take them so long to notify people?

February 27, 2015

Pretty cool data analysis.

Five more vulnerabilities!

Hello, world! February 26, 2015 When a programmer picks up a new language it is customary to write the timeless Hello World application to ease your way into a daunting codebase with an overly-simplistic view of its syntax. I’ve personally done this at least 20 times throughout the last 13 years of…

Being passionate about what you enjoy

Bullshit jobs and a pointless existence are increasingly driving London’s spiritually dead middle class towards a fetishization of working class culture.

We are different people at different hours of the day, but an early bird isn’t superior to a night owl.

Interesting approach

As we announced last month, Project Spartan will be the new browser across all Windows 10 devices, from phones to tablets, PCs and beyond. You’ll hear about the new browser’s features in the coming months but in this post, we want to tell you more about what motivated us to build a new rendering eng…

Microsoft doing amazing work

"The Internet is too important to allow broadband providers to make the rules." - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler


February 26, 2015

Facebook, in its advertising, used to get all caught up in lofty and tortured metaphors for friendship. But its latest ads—gritty, immediate, powerfully evocative—show how far the social network has come in grounding its message in more relatable truths.

These are some pretty great ads.

Google Play now reaches more than 1 billion people on Android devices in more than 190 countries, helping a growing number of developers like you build successful global businesses. In fact, in the past year, we paid more than $7 billion to developers distributing apps and games on Google Play. We r…

I'm not sure how I feel about this

Having the ability to work SQL in your favorite database engine is a life-long, good skill to have.

SQL rocks in postgres

Lots of people give food to the birds in their garden and get nothing in return - but when one girl feeds the crows outside her house, they show their affection with tiny presents.

This is adorable

Side projects and inspiration

Hunched over a keyboard, surrounded by computer monitors, Donny Moore, 37, controls the fate of the National Football League. Its players throw as hard as Moore wants. They run as fast as he says t...

I'm not a sports fan, but the numbers are exciting and its a compelling, well written article

Scientists researching 5G at the University of Surrey achieve data connection many thousands of times faster than the average 4G.

Let's hope this works out

This is perhaps the first real crack in the wall for the almost universal use of the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP). The journal,...

This is a great step forward given p-value abuse

I am a cofounder of RethinkDB — an open-source distributed database designed to help developers and operations teams work with unstructured data to build real-time applications. We're hiring.

Very well thought out

I really do wonder how this will play out

February 25, 2015

With more than 27,500 open internships across the U.S., according to Glassdoor data, now is the time for college students and young professionals to apply to summer internships. Glassdoor combed through thousands of company reviews shared by interns over the past year to identify the companies that…

Yay for being #1!

A couple of days late on this, but Snowden can be really eloquent.

" Well, when we look back on history, the progress of Western civilization and human rights is actually founded on the violation of law. America was of course born out of a violent revolution that was an outrageous treason against the crown and established order of the day. History shows that the righting of historical wrongs is often born from acts of unrepentant criminality. Slavery. The protection of persecuted Jews.
But even on less extremist topics, we can find similar examples. How about the prohibition of alcohol? Gay marriage? Marijuana?
Where would we be today if the government, enjoying powers of perfect surveillance and enforcement, had -- entirely within the law -- rounded up, imprisoned, and shamed all of these lawbreakers?"

Julissa Arce went from selling funnel cakes in Texas to derivatives at Wall Street’s most profitable securities firm

" By 2011, Arce was making $300,000 to $400,000—she won’t give the exact amount—and had been promoted to vice president. She replaced her fake green card with a real one from the U.S. government after the wedding. She was legal, elite, and rich. She was also unhappy. The only thing stranger than going from selling funnel cakes in Texas to equity derivatives in New York was how vacant she felt."

It’s one of the nearest red supergiants to us, and a supernova is only a matter of time. What are we in for when it happ…

Science! And cool pictures

Investigating cheating in multiple choice exams

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I love SourceTree

Learn design principles and best practices for microservices architecture from Adrian Cockcroft, former lead Cloud Architect at Netflix

— February 24, 2015 — Apple's Web? The Pointer Events specification just became a W3C Recommendation. For those unfamiliar, it’s an …

I'm not a web guy but it does look like Apple is stifling web innovation

It's like Uber for everything. It's wildly ambitious, brilliantly simple, and hardly works at all.

Interesting commentary

Google’s sometimes testy relationship with community leaders in Mountain View, Calif., a city already bursting at the seams, is likely to get testier.

" “This last election we had maybe 12,000 voters,” said Jac Siegel, a city councilman who left office this year and is not related to Leonard Siegel. “If you brought 5,000 people in and they all work for Google and they said, ‘We want you to vote for this candidate,’ they can own the town.”"

Right now, I'm chewing over the final edits on a rather political book. And I think, as it's a near future setting, I should jot down some axioms about politics ...

" c) (sethg reminded me of this): A very important piece of the puzzle is that while capital can move freely between the developed and underdeveloped world, labour cannot. So capital migrates to seek the cheapest labour, thereby reaping greater profits. Remember this next time you hear someone complaining about "immigrants coming here and taking our jobs". Or go google for "investors visa" if you can cope with a sudden attack of rage."

Google flights is pretty great

It's Time to Break Up the NSA Bruce Schneier CNN February 20, 2014 The NSA has become too big and too powerful. What was supposed to be a single agency with a dual mission—protecting the security of U.S. communications and eavesdropping on the communications of our enemies—has become unbalanced in t…

From a year ago but still relevant

As spring training gets going, a question is vexing executives throughout baseball: How do we get players to better survive the slog of a 162-game season?

Just play fewer games?

Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all find a strong preference for print.

I still love my kindle though

Using new tools including HHVM and Recki-CT to speed up PHP applications

This is an interesting approach

A cool hack

I receive a fair amount of email from strangers. My email address is public, which doesn’t seem to be a popular choice these days, but I’ve received enough inspiring correspondence over the years to leave it be. When I receive a GPG encrypted email from a stranger, though, I immediately get the feel…

Interesting take

February 24, 2015

To curb terrorism, the government launches a massive bid to compile a national biometrics database.

I really doubt this will add anything. And goodbye to my old number, I guess.

Sam Forbes: Where do you live if you cannot afford London's soaring rents? I took the only home I could find: a tiny, mouldy room in a freezing barge on the Thames. And there are many desperate people in the same situation

I wonder when people will start living in the bay here.

The refusal of fifteen students to pay back loans taken to pay for classes at a failed network of for-profit colleges could have far-reaching consequences.

It would set a pretty interesting precedent if they can have their loans forgiven

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

This is sad

This page features a collection of mathematicians who died under unfortunate or unfitting circumstances. The purpose of this list is not clear, but it is perhaps an attempt to compile a relatively complete list (which seems to be an end itself). Perhaps this is a page in honor of those whose lives e…

How famous mathematicians ended

In the year since the vanishing of MH370, I appeared on CNN more than 50 times, watched my spouse’s eyes glaze over at dinner, and fell in with a group of borderline-obsessive amateur aviation

Interesting read. Not sure I agree with his analysis however

If the father of a girl travelling to Syria to join Isil had no idea what she was planning, what hope does her computer have?

Base rate fallacy again

Proving that Android’s, Java’s and Python’s sorting algorithm is broken (and showing how to fix it) February 24, 2015EnvisageWritten by Stijn de Gouw. $s Tim Peters developed the Timsort hybrid sorting algorithm in 2002. It is a clever combination of ideas from merge sort and insertion sort, and des…

TimSort is broken. Meh

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking…

This is huge

February 23, 2015

A class-action lawsuit charged Lenovo and Superfish of fraudulent business practices, making PCs vulnerable.


I will tell you how I’ve created quite an ordinary and not at all innovative application that has become objectively

Interesting read

Talk for SCaLE13x: Profiling can show what your Linux kernel and appliacations are doing in detail, across all software stack layers. This talk shows how we ar…

Netflix doing awesome work

Like book authors who hate Amazon’s policies, crafters who hate Etsy find it hard to leave because of the site’s immense traffic and generally positive public reputation. Just before the Christmas rush, I finally put my money where my mouth is and shut down my shop.

One of the most shocking parts of the recently discovered spying network Equation Group is its mysterious module designed to reprogram or reflash a computer hard drive’s firmware with malicious code. The Kaspersky researchers who uncovered this said its ability to subvert hard drive firmware—the gut…


New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead


Android phones can be tracked without using their GPS or wi-fi data by studying their power use over time, a study finds.


I've spent a good deal of the past year working with React. I've written, refactored, and re-written many components in that time, and I've seen some best practices and anti-patterns emerge. I'm not going to get into what React is...

February 22, 2015

We can’t afford to make a game that isn’t fun, which is why we’ve been playtesting Patchmania since the first month of development. Playtesting helped me focus the design of our puzzles, gauge the...

How AT&T billed me $750 for one minute of international data roaming. How I fought them, won and got BoingBoing and T-Mobile CEO John Legere to repost.

A bit old but ouch.

Think you eat only healthy, unprocessed foods? Think again. Joanna Blythman went undercover and discovered that even your fruit salad is not what it seems

This is pretty scary

This is cool and first worldly at the same time

February 21, 2015

The lack of movement and rigid restrictions associated with modern schooling are killing my son's soul.

Schools suck

If you are on the ball already and just want the new vulnerability, scroll to the "client side SSL verification" section. tl;dr The Komodia/Superfish proxy can be made to allow self-signed certificates without warnings. Recap Some Lenovo laptops...

Holy shit I didn't think this could get any worse but it did

Trouble is, once again, brewing in the eurozone, and politicians, journalist and bureaucrats are doing their best to provide commentary and solutions to the ongoing crisis. Yet it seems that very few understand the root of the problem.

" This disaster was entirely avoidable if the Euro bureaucrats had bothered to read Robert Mundall and Marcus Flemming’s seminal paper from 1962 which stated that according to well established macro economic models it was impossible to have domestic fiscal autonomy, fixed exchange rates, and free capital flows: no more than two of those objectives could be met. They won the nobel prize in economics for this in 1992, so it’s not exactly an obscure crackpot theory."

The following webcasts contain forward-looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance of the Company that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based on a number of factors, including those ident…

Interesting take on tv and media as a whole

CppCon2014 - Speaker materials from CppCon 2014

I just finished going over all the CppCon2014 presentations. They're all really great. It's hard to pick a favorite.

February 20, 2015

American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.

This is way too much.

“Looks like Redmond invoked the nuclear option on Superfish > RT @FiloSottile: GO MICROSOFT”

Kudos to Microsoft for killing Superfish with windows defender.

Shubhendu Sharma is working to reforest the world, one tiny patch at a time

Hacking nature.

Save the grand canyon!

An inside look at the Answers architecture that provides app developers with reliable, real-time and actionable insights into their mobile apps.

Yay for HyperLogLog in real time analytics. I can totally agree with this approach

Many of us have been taught that pronouncing vowels indistinctly and dropping consonants are symptoms of slovenly speech, if not outright…

I wonder what the Weissman score is

Lenovo says that the Superfish adware it preinstalled on laptop computers isn't a security problem. That's not true. And guess what? It breaks Slack too.

Lenovo fails again

Lenovo says that the Superfish adware it preinstalled on laptop computers isn't a security problem. That's not true. And guess what? It breaks Slack too.

Lenovo fails again

This is really sad. But I think a parallel would hold in LUMS too

February 19, 2015

IN YEARS to come we will look back at hotels that charged for Wi-Fi with a kind of incredulous nostalgia. But how far in the future will that be? So far, only one...

"The good news is that these are the dying days of paid-for Wi-Fi. “In the 19th century hotels charged extra if you wanted hot water for a bath," says [Alice] Fair, president of Resonance. “In less than a decade, I suspect the idea of paying for internet access at a hotel will seem as ridiculous as the idea of paying for hot water seems to us now.” Some things never change, however. During every business revolution, there will always be those who adapt too late to survive."

What's this about? Turns out Lenovo preloaded their laptops with adware that will intercept all your secure connections, and allow hackers to do it, too. This is a test to check if you are affected.

Check if you're on a lenovo that's pwned.

And here's the private key if you know anyone with a Lenovo laptop.

I am now face to face with dying. But I am not finished with living.

It looks like Lenovo has been installing adware onto new consumer computers from the company that activates when taken out of the box for the first time. The adware, named Superfish,…

I used to recommend Lenovo. Now I'll be darned if I ever do.

Halal Guys, the legendary NYC-based food cart purveyors of gyros drizzled in 'white sauce,' will soon have five locations open in Southern California by the end of the year.

Dat special white sauce.

(by Me)

Too many distractions while starting a new app. I can totally relate.

We Help the World's Best Developers Make Better Software.

This is a great article on being a tech lead

It's a device operating a whiteboard marker to write the current time on a whiteboard. Every X minutes (currently 5), it erases what was previously written, and writes the current time. (See the video.)

This person has a bunch of free time

February 18, 2015

Unless you pay an extra $30 a month, AT&T will use the information it collects about your web browsing habits to serve you targeted ads.

I'm pretty conflicted about this

Google has acted as judge, jury and executioner in the wake of Europe’s right to be forgotten ruling. But what does society lose when a private corporation rules public information?

Privacy is even more important in this day and age

Fixing conflicts is chore enough not to do the same ones over and over again. See how rerere makes Git remember your con…


Jeff Vogel has created a prolific, independent game development success story without leaving his house. He tells us how it's done.

This is engrossing.

"It’s not good design, from a contemporary game design perspective, which is why I think that contemporary game design is actually kind of bad. I think a lot of game designers are so tight-assed and want everything to be so balanced and so super under control — I think that’s a bad instinct. We’re making games. We should allow them to go crazy sometimes."

This page is about a technique for reducing the memory footprint of C programs - manually repacking C structure declarations for reduced size. To read it, you will require basic knowledge of the C programming language.

Interesting read

February 17, 2015

America’s inability to translate its immense firepower into meaningful political effect suggests the $500 billion it spends annually on defence is wasted.

" America’s inability to translate its immense firepower into meaningful political effect suggests the $500 billion it spends annually on defence is wasted. In a recent article in the Atlantic Magazine, [Alice] Fallows asked the previously unmentionable question: how can America spend more on its military than all the other great powers combined and still be unable to impose its will on even moderately sized enemies?"

Web Developer MNM COUTURE -- Los Angeles, CA Web Developer Summary: Fashion Company located in the fashion district in Downtown Los Angeles. Is seeking innovative, energetic, and passionate web...

I should apply for this, perhaps...

If Uber, Lyft, and others don't stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?

" Perhaps most frightening for companies like Handy and Uber was when, FedEx--a company that many gig economy companies had pointed to as an analog example of why their hiring practices are legal--lost a string of the many class action lawsuits that allege it has misclassified its delivery truck drivers as independent contractors"

WHEN Matt and Emil, a couple of expat Americans living London, were invited to be groomsmen at a friend’s wedding in New York, they feared they would not be able...

Yay for mess ups

February 14, 2015

Apple is using their position as a leader in mobile to promote a new kind of game that has the potential to take the scene by storm. Apple has employed their much coveted “Featured” section in the iOS app store to showcase games in a category they call “Pay Once [...]

Yitang Zhang bided his time teaching calculus. Then he solved a hundred-and-fifty-year-old math problem. Alec Wilkinson reports.

" I asked about Hardy’s observations regarding age—Hardy also wrote, “A mathematician may still be competent enough at sixty, but it is useless to expect him to have original ideas.”"

Remember when we all switched from Firefox to Chrome? Chrome was stripped down, simple but fast as hell. It was like browsing the web on a whole new computer. These days Chrome is bloated, slow, and constantly crashing on me. I've finally reached the breaking point.

Maybe it's time to try FF again?

February 13, 2015

The veteran game designer is at the centre of a raging controversy over his new game Godus. In this exclusive interview, he says that his relationship with the press is over


Small startups can compete with better funded companies from Google to Uber by looking for talent that other companies alienate.

Interesting take on things

matplotlib_for_papers - Handout for the tutorial "Creating publication-quality figures with matplotlib"

A really good guide. Matplotlib is awesome

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend.…


HFT (high-frequency trading) has emerged as a powerful force in modern financial markets. Only 20 years ago, most of the trading volume occurred in exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange, where humans dressed in brightly colored outfits would gesticulate and scream their trading intentions. N…

Money and math

Since 2010 the US government has spent $3.3B on broadband infrastructure yet 39 Million Americans only have access to 1 wired broadband provider. See the worst states and learn more about your state.

Screw broadband, we need fiber

A new solution to the prisoner’s dilemma, a classic game theory scenario, has created new puzzles in evolutionary biology.

Game theory for the win

Wander down almost any supermarket aisle and it's easy to spot one of the food industry's hottest fads. Sriracha, the fiery red Asian chili sauce, has catapulted from a cult hit to flavor du jour, infusing burgers, potato chips, candy, vodka and even lip balm.

Agents of the Food and Drug Administration know better than anyone else just how bad scientific misbehavior can get. Reading the FDA’s inspection files feels almost like watching a highlights reel from a Scientists Gone Wild video. It’s a seemingly endless stream of lurid vignettes—each of which cat…


Programming languages like Java provide the facilities for subtyping/polymorphism as one of the ways to construct modular and reusable software. This language choice naturally comes at a price, since there is no hardware support for virtual calls, and therefore runtimes have to emulate this behavior…

Black magic indeed

February 12, 2015

A federal class action filed by advocates for the deaf says both schools violate antidiscrimination laws by not providing closed captioning in online lectures and podcasts.

Uh oh

In their recent meeting in Urbana, the C++ standard committee took the rare step of removing several outdated facilities from (what will probably become) C++17. Most of the things removed had been ...

Long and detailed writeup

The unique 21st-century misery of the online shaming victim.

A sad and thoughtful read on public shaming. A well written piece with actual quality journalism

This is a demo blog engine where an user can login (no passwords), add, edit or delete posts. The code is written mostly in Coq, compiled to OCaml and linked to the CoHTTP library to handle the HTTP protocol.

On my first day of physics graduate school, the professor in my class on electromagnetism began by stepping to the board, and wordlessly writing four equations:

Long and interesting

The stationary battery could be out in as little as six months.

This is awesome

Contract teaching at a Canadian University

The mistreatment of adjuncts at most universities continues

With “6-pack,” we have created an architecture that enables us to build any size switch using a simple set of common building blocks.

Yay for 6 packs

Because many people regard "Into the Wild" as a cautionary tale, it’s important to know as much as possible about what really killed Chris McCandless.

February 11, 2015

As we walk from the cul-de-sac clogged by Land Cruisers, Mercedes and BMWs towards a residence in one the city’s most exclusive suburbs, trickles of laughter and music drift down to greet us. Drive...

“I have a friend who is an SP [Superintendent of Police] and he is very clean and known for not taking bribes. But the other night he calls me up and says ’Yaar, your village has the best kebab in KP, could you please send some to me for my party?’ And of course I do it. I give him little favors, little gifts like this that are so small that they do not even seem like bribes. But over a year of giving small gifts, I could easily have given one person 20,000 dollars worth of gifts. Is that a bribe? It is a favor and of course he will have to return it to me. If I have a problem with the police, I call him and he solves it for me. He would not take any money from me, but items and gifts, as long as they are not too big at one time, he will take.”

Law enforcement officers only receive qualified immunity against legal liability for their actions on the job. But getting lawyers to amend the law isn’t easy

No one should have absolute immunity

It's flattering to see others appreciate our design and data visualization. Here is one YC company that appreciated us a bit too much.


Samsung's smart TVs have already come under fire this week for a poorly-worded privacy policy that apparently let the devices listen in on owners' conversations. Now, there are reports that the...

Let's all just move back to dumb TVs.

They claim it was supposed to be "opt-in" only... Yeah right

Introduction Today, Microsoft released their latest Patch Tuesday. This Patch includes a fix for vulnerability CVE-2015-0057, an IMPORTANT-rated exploitable vulnerability which we responsibly disclosed to Microsoft a few months ago. As part of our research, we revealed this... Read More

Why does an OS kernel need to handle scroll bars?

Yes, this blogpost is about paper. This has absolutely nothing to do with programming, but there is a beautiful piece of math involved.

Ban the US letter sizes!

Live without dead time

Jeb Bush, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, just decided to publish hundreds of thousands of emails sent to him during his time as governor of Florida. On its face it seems like a...

Another bushism

EFF defends rights in the digital world. But what about when the digital world enables violations of human rights? We think that’s important, too.

" For those who might want a fuller description of IBM's active facilitation of these kinds of crimes, you should read Edwin Black's book, "IBM and the Holocaust".

Those tattoo's on Holocaust victim's arms? They were serial numbers directly tied to IBM punchcards designed by IBM for the Third Reich.

It gives context to former NSA chief [Alice] Hayden's comment, "We kill people with metadata"."

First Round is a seed-stage venture firm focused on building a vibrant community of technology entrepreneurs and companies.

Sage advice from Location Labs

Using binary mathematics to solve, what seems like, an impossible puzzle

A really interesting math puzzle

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.

" For example, in 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a massive scientific study of cocaine and its effects. They discovered that “experimental and occasional use are by far the most common types of use, and compulsive/dysfunctional [use] is far less common.” The U.S. government threatened to cut off funding to the WHO unless they suppressed the report. "


I recently got to be a guest at a FarmLogs board meeting.  I was struck by how much of an impact the company was having on the world, and how just a couple of years ago it seemed like they were...

This is really cool

February 10, 2015

Alex Clemmer is a computer programmer. Other programmers love Alex, excitedly describing him as "employed here" and "the boss's son".

This is crazy high

The website of Justin Long. Crockpotveggies is a collection of notes about Justin's own projects.

Speed dating taken to a new level

Author and columnist Stephen Marche, who has perused PG Wodehouse and Hamlet more than 100 times each, extols the virtues of literary repetition

A light read

Super Bowl ad spots are expensive — ranging from $20M to $135M. If an ad does well, people will talk about it, share it, and watch it online. One way to measure success is how many views videos got on...

Finally some great data

If you’re a medical student or recently became a doctor, no need to read further. I’ll be describing one of the most stressful and pivotal moments of your professional life, and you probably alread...

" The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has been sounding alarm bells for years that there won’t be enough residency positions for all the doctors graduating from U.S. schools. As the demand for doctors grows with the Medicare rolls and the influx of new patients under the Affordable Care Act, they’ve increased the number of matriculants by nearly 30 percent since 2006."

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

That's a huge fine

Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2015: Stripe, E La Carte, Anyperk Congratulations to Stripe (YC S09), E La Carte (YC S10) and Anyperk (YC W12) for being named to Fast Company's list of "Most Innovative Companies". Stripe - For becoming the go-to payments providerE La Carte - For selling…

$500k in azure hosting. This is nuts

Frequently I get requests from students and security researchers to get a copy of my password research data, so I built a data set of ten million usernames and passwords that I am releasing to the public domain. But is it legal for me to release this data?

“This is completely absurd that I have to write an entire article justifying the release of this data out of fear of prosecution”

February 9, 2015

Should Bergen County’s blue laws fall, it could mark an end to Americans’ fragile agreement to take one day a week as an antidote to the forces of commerce.

I didn't know these still existed

To many internet newcomers, they're one and the same.

Interesting data

The deadly collision last week between a Metro-North train and a private car reflects much about U.S. history and American attitudes toward transportation.

A light read

SQL has gone out of fashion lately—partly due to the NoSQL movement, but mostly because SQL is often still used like 20 years ago. As a matter of fact, the SQL…

Awesome set of slides

Samsung is warning people to avoid discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

Not in front of the tv!

I was 23 and needed a summer job; he was 21 and needed full-time support. He's one of an estimated half million children diagnosed with autism who are soon becoming adults — and who society is enti...

Surprisingly well written journalism from buzzfeed.

"But how did he end up here, so far away from the availability of solid, meaningful relationships? Because it's not Scooter’s disability that isolates him; society does. As a newer, much larger, and more visible generation of kids is growing up in the same system, an important question arises: Can this be changed?"

Noisli is a fantastic background noise and color generator for working and relaxing. Plus Text Editor for distraction­ free writing.

[Alice] noise generator

Conway's game of Life may be mathematically interesting, but it is not what most people would consider a real game. So let's take a look at another product of the 70's, the arcade game Snake. This post walks through a...

Man this is crazy

February 8, 2015

New companies find the value in giving employees a chance to invest in more personal time

Now this is something I agree with.

GitLab Community Edition

This is crazy scary.

February 7, 2015

At Twitter, size matters.

This is a sad turning point

Hundreds of program providers have seized on a growing interest in interning abroad, and have added numerous bells and whistles at a steep cost to students.

Paying this much for an internship is nuts

It will be hard to forget the facts behind Fab's spectacular three-year crash.

A big lesson in what not to do

One of the indie world's first superstar developers made millions from one game. He's spent it all to make his next.Jonathan Blow's beautiful, distinct

Intuit's TurboTax unit suspended the e-filing of state tax returns, saying some states had seen attempts by criminals to use stolen identity information to file fraudulent state tax returns and claim refunds.

Uh oh

February 6, 2015

Find out where to watch movies and tv shows legally online with JustWatch. The streaming search engine.

This is cool

"Yet despite his central role in the first commercial lithium-ion battery, Goodenough earned no royalties. Oxford had declined to patent Goodenough’s cathode—the university seemed to see no advantage in owning intellectual property. In the end, Goodenough signed away the royalty rights to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, a UK government lab just south of Oxford, reasoning that at least his invention might reach the market. He never fathomed the scale of the market to come. No one did."

Access to intercepted information obtained by the NSA breached human rights laws, according to the Investigative Powers Tribunal

Interesting ruling

I have been completely deaf in my left ear since being hit by a car when I was two years old.  Since I’m operating with no backup, I do basic things to protect my one good ear like carrying ear plugs to concerts and plugging my ear when a fire engine drives by. Flying is always a loud […]

It's even worse when headphones are plugged in

First Impressions using React NativeFebruary 06 2015Facebook gave all attendees of React Conf early access to the source code of React Native, a new way to write native mobile apps. The technology takes everything that's great about React.js and applies it to native apps. You write JavaScript compon…

React Native is awesome

Guys, I wanted to let you know about a personal decision I recently made. I don’t really feel like discussing it, but I want to put my position out there. Please be respectful. This is a really long...

Oh man, this is great. I hope it gets the point across

How many does it take to give us our Universe, and what’s left unexplained?

Yay for Physics

February 5, 2015

Science once communicated in a polyglot of tongues, but now English rules alone. How did this happen – and at what cost?

I had no idea the US had banned German classes

What every beginner absolutely needs to know about the journey ahead

This is a long and informative read

Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) WABE 90.1 FM and PBA 30 are Atlanta's radio and TV stations for NPR News, music, the arts and PBS programming station.

A hurricane menu. Wow.

#MakeItHappy campaign, which used an automatic algorithm to turn negative tweets into pictures of happy things, was hijacked by Gawker

Yay for trolling

I am proposing the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections, banning paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

Surprising and promising

If we remember dramatic and emotional moments so well, why do most people forget what they were doing when the Challenger exploded?

Memory is weird

New reports indicate that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have agreed to language that would bind its 12 signatory nations to extend copyright terms to match the United States' already excessive length of copyright.

This is crazy

February 4, 2015

Here's something that many Americans -- including some of the smartest and most educated among us -- don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.

Holy hell this is much worse than I thought

Meet Matterhorn - Your new Project Manager. A simple-to use, lightweight project management tool that helps your team keep track of multiple people and projects at once

This is a really useful tool

Research into psychedelics may hold a key to coping with anxiety, addiction, and existential dread. Michael Pollan on psilocybin.

This is really long and absolutely fascinating.

“I thought the first ten or twenty people were plants—that they must be faking it,” Ross told me. “They were saying things like ‘I understand love is the most powerful force on the planet,’ or ‘I had an encounter with my cancer, this black cloud of smoke.’ People who had been palpably scared of death—they lost their fear. The fact that a drug given once can have such an effect for so long is an unprecedented finding. We have never had anything like it in the psychiatric field."

View all the latest pictures in the gallery, BLETCHLEY PARK: Alan Turing's notes found being used as roof insulation in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park, on MK News.

Wow. That is all

The .NET blog (AKA: dotnet blog) discusses new features in the .NET Framework and important issues for .NET developers.

More open source awesomeness from Microsoft

February 3, 2015

Unlike previous versions of DirectX, the difference between the new DirectX and previous generations are obvious enough that they can be explaine

I can't wait till the GDC announcements

Automating middle management

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to propose reclassifying high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service.

This would be great if it passes

The two companies may soon become ferocious competitors rather than allies

Interesting viewpoint

February 2, 2015

Science’s Biggest Fail Posted February 2nd, 2015 @ 9:13am in #diet fitness science climate change What’s is science’s biggest fail of all time?I nominate everything about diet and fitness.Maybe science has the diet and fitness stuff mostly right by now. I hope so. But I thought the same thing twenty…

Interesting point of view on the failures of science

What Color is Your Function? ↩ February 01, 2015 code dart golang javascript language lua I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me going in the morning quite like a good old fashioned programming language rant. It stirs the blood to see someone skewer one of those “blub” languages the plebians us…

I really thought he was going to mention Haskell

February 1, 2015

And Ye Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Make You Free - John 8:32 (and the lobby of CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia) A few other versions of the talk are here and here Secret History Ba...

This is a really good talk on the history of Silicon Valley