Reader's Corner for March 2015

March 31, 2015

Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.

Concerns gained urgency when Marriott said it would move partly because workers want Metro access.

We should just get public transit and/or self driving cars everywhere.

Driving sucks, and the amount of time/energy/effort people waste driving is outrageous. It would just be better if people could be productive, or just relax and not waste mental effort driving or being stuck in traffic.

Also, I think smartphone use contributes to people not wanting to drive as much...

Probably the single best thing to happen to me in my career was having had Kellan placed in charge of me. I stuck around long enough to see Kellan's technical decisionmaking start to bear fruit. I learned a great deal from this, but I also learned a great deal as a result of this. I would not have b…

Stop using tail -f (mostly) - Stop using tail -f

On March 27 The following message was posted on the official GitHub blog: We are currently experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in's history. The attack began around 2AM UTC on Thursday, March 26, and involves a wide combination of attack vectors. These inc…

Nom nom nom-Join the game!

Pacman in the Facebook parking lot

“AFTER God had carried us safe to New England, and we had builded our houses, provided necessaries for our livelihood, reared convenient places for God’s worship...

z3 - The Z3 Theorem Prover

This is huge

March 29, 2015

My favorite bug: segfaults in Java I've told this story orally a number of times, but realized that I have never written it down. This is my favorite bug story; it might not be my hardest bug, but it is the one I most like to tell. The context In 2012, I was a Senior programmer on the FIRST Robotics…

This is a great recap of a talk on Infrastructure at Scale at Facebook

Imagine that someone has wronged you, and you sue them. - New Zealand Herald

This is a pretty weird state of affairs

How I doubled my Internet speed with OpenWRT Mike Solomon OpenWRT is a powerful Linux distribution for embedded devices, such as my router, and this is the story of how I used it to double my bandwidth at no extra cost to myself. How? By doubling the number of Internet connections I have. My setup M…

Cool hack

A new Wikileaks-published leak from the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty reveals a January 2015 draft "Investment Chapter" of the agreement, where the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are set out. They allow companies to repeal nations' environmental, health and la…


March 28, 2015

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?

:The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a tough guy,” says Prof Susskind with a chuckle. “He said: ‘What do you want to be: a ballet dancer?’ I said: ‘No, I don’t want to be a ballet dancer, I want to be a physicist.’ He said: ‘You aint going to work in no drugstore.’ I said: ‘No, not a pharmacist, a physicist.’ He said: ‘What’s a physicist?’ I said: ‘Like Einstein.’ That shook him and from that moment he got it. My mother was crying and saying, ‘We’re going to be broke,’ and he just looked at her and said: ‘Shut up – he’s going to be Einstein.’”"

Unlike Bentham’s Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to be intrusive or obvious. Its scale, its ubiquity, even its very existence, are supposed to go unnoticed.

Interesting take on privacy and security.

Demonstration project for the Super Character Controller, a recreation of Super Mario 64's first level, Bob-Omb Battlefield. Everything is just as you remember, except some really minor stuff that ...

Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The...

These are cool

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday.

March 26, 2015

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A woman is suing a psychiatric ward after claiming she was diagnosed as being delusional because she told doctors Obama follows her on Twitter, according to a suit filed at Manhattan Federal court.

Thanks, Obama

It was only a matter of time

Inside the CPU, the results always appear as if the processor executed everything in-order, but outside the CPU, things happen in strange order. - shouldn't inside and outside be swapped in this sentence?

The GIF was apparently the official answer Google sent to a reporter in response to his seeming scoop on a new YouTube livestreaming plan.

The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.

Yesterday, a new messaging app called Zendo got some very favorable coverage from Tech Crunch. At the core of their sales pitch is the fact that they use one-time pads for encryption. With a few strong assumptions, namely that the pads are truly random and are only used once, it’s true that this sch…

It’s Comcastic, or: I Accidentally Bought a House Without Cable Posted on February 22, 2015 by Twylo This is a very long post, but it needs to be long to properly document all the trouble we’ve gone through with Comcast. In short: We moved into our new home in January after verifying that Comcast wa…

Last year, Amazon gave a boost to its Prime members when it launched a free, unlimited photo storage for them on Cloud Drive. Today, the company is expanding..

Official news about Dart, an open-source project for structured and scalable web programming. Dart compiles to JavaScript and runs across the open modern web.

An interactive computational Haskell environment bundled as a convenient Mac App. See also – Kronos Notebook for Python

This is really cool

[...] Failure to adhere to a standard while on the surface making use of it is a bug. It's not a SySV init bug, but a bug in the particular init script. Why write the information at all if it's not going to be used, and especially if it could cause unexpected behavior? [...]

In the new world of on-demand everything, you’re either pampered, isolated royalty — or you’re a 21st century servant.

March 25, 2015

About Free exchange -- Our economics correspondents consider the fluctuations in the world economy and the policies intended to produce more booms than busts

The growth of NIMBYism

March 24, 2015

Join Facebook and leading developers from around the world at F8 2015. Register to attend in San Francisco on March 25 and 26, or attend online.

This starts tomorrow - will be really cool to see what new stuff is announced.

There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is l…

Enlightening read on Apple criticism.

A new orthodoxy, led by Steven Pinker, holds that war and violence in the developed world are declining. The stats are misleading, argues John Gray – and the idea of moral progress is wishful thinking and plain wrong

A great, compelling, detailed read on war and humanity

These K-12 events are hardly more than a competition among over-involved parents.

The story of EA's iconic NHL ’94, one of the greatest sports games of all time – and how it found its origins in John Madden Football. By Blake J. Harris.

Don’t buy another phone ever again. That’s a weird thing for us to say, right? We’re WIRED! But by the end of last year, it was fancy-ice clear that the distinction between phones and the other little touchscreen computers with over-the-air Internet connections had become blatantly artificial. The o…

It won't be as bad as in "The Day After Tomorrow." But it's definitely not good, either.

Economic growth, even where it looks impressive, seems to be creating fewer jobs than in the past, and for the most part, poorly paid ones.

" For now, though, politicians have mostly kept quiet about the prospect of a structural shortage of decently paid jobs."

react-primer-draft - A primer on building web applications with React.

Building single page applications with react

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.

Interesting and scary at the same time

10 Myths of Enterprise Python By Mahmoud Hashemi December 10, 2014 Engineering Enterprise PayPal python Scale PayPal enjoys a remarkable amount of linguistic pluralism in its programming culture. In addition to the long-standing popularity of C++ and Java, an increasing number of teams are choosing…

"Actual results:
All files are deleted on the machine.

Expected results:
Squid is restarted."

A few years ago you upbraided some developers for not following the correct process when requesting a reserved network port from IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). While I get that squatting a used port is poor practice, I wonder if you, yourself, have ever tried to get IETF to allocate a port.…

Facebook's emphasis on experiences instead of material goods is giving us a new way to worry that we may not be keeping up with the Joneses. Here's why that's still a good thing.

Everything marketplaces and platforms need to get sellers paid.

This is great


RenderMan is now free for all non-commercial purposes, including evaluations, education, research, and personal projects. The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation. For further details please refer to Pixar's Non-Commercial RenderMan FAQ.

This is huge

Pinterest stops asking employees to make a difficult choice. Will other top tech startups do the same?

Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University

March 23, 2015

I’ve previously written about how Goat Simulator came to be our next game a couple of weeks before the game was released, and I remember finishing off the article with the following words:

Florence Jaumotte and Carolina Osorio Buitron - The decline in unionization in recent decades has fed the rise in incomes at the top

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%.

March 22, 2015

This week AT&T got a lot of media attention for its expansion of its GigaPower service to Kansas City announced on Monday. The news wasn’t so much about the expansion, but about the ISP’s plans to to offer a $29 per month discount for customers who let Ma Bell scan their web searches in exchange…

Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities.

"Safe spaces are an expression of the conviction, increasingly prevalent among college students, that their schools should keep them from being “bombarded” by discomfiting or distressing viewpoints. Think of the safe space as the live-action version of the better-known trigger warning, a notice put on top of a syllabus or an assigned reading to alert students to the presence of potentially disturbing material."

I can understand needing and having safe places, but if we all went to our safe places every single time, we would never solve the underlying problems

Vancouver, once a city with its own unique spin on Canadian ideals and culture, is well on its way to becoming a vacation city for the world’s rich, its economy transforming into one predicated almost...

"We’ve reached an almost criminal point of misinformation and political correctness. Picture an elephant in the room. This elephant has a large bed sheet poorly covering half its body. Most in the room say “hey look it’s an elephant.” Property owners say “no, we can’t be sure it’s an elephant, there’s a bed sheet covering part of it”. Politicians say “we can’t be sure it’s an elephant, we need to study it more”. And developers say “we did a survey and concluded it’s a hamster.” "

The books interview: The anarchist author, coiner of the phrase ‘We are the 99%’, talks to Stuart Jeffries about ‘bullshit jobs’, our rule-bound lives and the importance of play

On bullshit jobs

March 21, 2015

"A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It's not Urschel's first paper.

With the new Android 5.1 update, which began rolling out yesterday in the U.S., your phone will remember which networks you attempt to connect with have crappy Wi-Fi.

An FBI crackdown and skyrocketing rents in San Francisco are forcing them to take side jobs—like driving for Uber—or leave.

Sometimes opportunities come from where you least expect them. This was one of those times.

Between 2006 and 2009, senior MIRI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote several hundred essays for the blogs Overcoming Bias and Less Wrong, collectively called “the Sequences.” With two days remaining until Yudkowsky concludes his other well-known rationality book, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rat…

This will be cool

Statistical analysis and mining of huge multi-terabyte data sets is a common task nowadays, especially in the areas like web analytics and Internet advertising. Analysis of such large data sets oft...

I feel like a parent that was just told their child is ugly. As an engineer, I look at the ISS and think "of course it looks that way, why would it look different?"

Over the past decade, Panama has adopted some of the strictest smoking laws in the world. In 2008, the country banned smoking in nearly all public spaces, indoor and out, as well as all workplaces ...

This ties in well with the recent john oliver episode

Two or three years ago, you could count the number of US firms using cricket flour in food products on the fingers of one hand; today there are more than 30 companies making everything from bars to cookies.

One of the hardest parts of building for Android is making your app work well on all phones. While device fragmentation often brings forth concerns on design, the bigger struggle will be behind the...

Some thoughts on why we have never released very much of our code as open source, despite always intending to.

The other day I ran into an interesting problem: how can you write a C preprocessor macro that removes parentheses surrounding its argument, but leaves the argument alone if no parentheses are present? For today's article, I'm going to share my solution.

DRIVE IT YOURSELF: USB CAR Ben Everard | March 20, 2015 | Featured story, Features | No Comments Ever wondered how device drivers are reverse engineered? We’ll show you with a simple yet complete example Fun to play and also simple: this is the device for which we will write a driver. Ever been enti…

Compare worlds best Virtual Private Servers and choose the right one in a minute with your local currency, from your country.

Easily compare across various providers

My history of attempting to make money online. Here's what worked and what didn't over the last ten years.

Fascinating post

Two researchers took down the four major browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari yesterday as Pwn2Own wrapped up in Vancouver.

Ouch. Also that's a lot of money

An app is not just made of code. It also contains static assets like images and sounds. Images are typically created and edited with dedicated tools …

This is cool

March 20, 2015

The automaker’s chief says a software update will allow the Model S to navigate streets without the driver’s touching the wheel or pedals.

How an LED eyesore swept across the country and made stores everywhere a little bit worse

March 18, 2015

Yay for chromium bugs that crash the browser

Some people start their day by reading The New York Times. Others end it by watching the nightly news. Some get it from The Daily Show. Others download it from a variety weblogs. Some keep up-to-the-minute by following CNN. Others have instant news updates automatically text messaged to their phone.…

My Uncle Pat claims the Martin family fortune has its origins in a World War I gold scam. I won’t apologize for this because I never saw a nickel of the family money. It was squandered by my father on

Gold buyers are scummier than I thought

Bill Gates shares what he has learned from Warren Buffett’s look back at 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway’s history in his new annual letter.

  This is HUGE. It may not look like much, but if you're involved in music production, recording, mixing or mastering, this image could be the most

This is a good thing

'Cities: Skylines' is the deep, complex city-builder game you always wanted.

I'll have to try this out

A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.

Millennials consume news and information in strikingly different ways than previous generations, according to a new study.

A leaked build of Windows 10 has revealed that Microsoft may be about to utilize BitTorrent-style tech to deliver updates to its new OS. Deep in the settings is an option to receive updates from multiple sources including Microsoft, local computers and those "on the Internet." Could this be BitTorre…

At the last USENIX/LISA conference, I gave a talk on new Linux performance tools: my open source perf-tools collection. These use existing kernel frameworks, ftrace and perf_events, which are built in to most Linux kernel distributions by default, including the Linux cloud instances I analyze at Net…

We can’t ignore the composition of the Unicode Consortium’s members, directors, and officers -- the people who define the everyday writing systems of all languages across the globe.

"The evolution of emoji is impressive and fascinating, but it makes for an uncomfortable contrast when other pictorial writing systems – the most commonly-used writing systems on the planet – are on the chopping block. We have an unambiguous, cross-platform way to represent “PILE OF POO” (💩), while we’re still debating which of the 1.2 billion native Chinese speakers deserve to spell their own names correctly."

The GNU Manifesto is characteristic of its author, Richard Stallman—deceptively simple, lucid, explicitly left-leaning, and entirely uncompromising.

The Internet giant is placing its bets on its new flagship browser codenamed Project Spartan.

The end of a once famous brand

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says a fully autonomous vehicle isn’t all that difficult to achieve.

"In the distant future people may outlaw driver cars. You can’t have a person operating a two-ton death machine!’"

Makani is working to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that uses lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software to generate more energy with less materials—all at lower cost.

This is interesting

March 17, 2015

We're giving people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends.

US only for now, but this is exciting

March 16, 2015

In 2012, Sami Osmakac was 25 years old, broke and struggling with mental illness. His family wanted to get him help. The FBI wanted him to carry out a terrorist attack.

" In these cases, the FBI says paid informants and undercover agents are foiling attacks before they occur. But the evidence suggests — and a recent Human Rights Watch report on the subject illustrates — that the FBI isn’t always nabbing would-be terrorists so much as setting up mentally ill or economically desperate people to commit crimes they could never have accomplished on their own."

Modern Publishing, Simply taking your books from ideas to finished, polished books.

This is really cool

What comes to mind when you hear the term “Machine Learning”? A bunch of programmers hunched over their computers in a dark room, working on something completely virtual & divorced from reality...

The online marketplace and those who buy and sell on it say that imitation handmade goods, and rules restricting how hit vendors can grow to meet demand, are complicating the site’s drive for authenticity.

March 13, 2015

Uber, you might recall, is very rich. It’s racked up billions of dollars in funding for a valuation somewhere in the realm of $40 billion. Lyft, its main rival, isn’t doing too shabbily either. Late on Wednesday, Lyft confirmed a new $530 million funding round that brings its valuation to...

@gak_pdx Apple is the world's foremost manufacturer of goods. At one time, this statement had to be caged and qualified with modifiers such as "consumer goods" or "electronic goods," but last quarter, Apple shipped a Boeing 787's weight worth of iPhones every 24 hours. When we add the rest of the…

Incriminating old documents have surfaced showing the powerful U.S. sugar industry dramatically influenced the government's medical research on dental care—and ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.

I'm sending a PR because the reduction in allocations is so surprising to me that I'm afraid it's wrong. All tests pass on my machine, and I think it's backwards compatible, but I need review. /cc @evanphx @drbrain Use a linked list ...

Gee, I wonder why rubygems was so slow...

I'm Al Lowe and I created a series of games called Leisure Suit Larry for Sierra back in the '80s and '90s along with another 20 games and titles back in that period. I was with Sierra from 1982 until...

Long and fun interview with the creator of leisure suit Larry

Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, appears to have a roiling ocean with hydrothermal vents, while Ganymede, orbiting Jupiter, may have an ocean under ice, researchers report in two new papers.

Swedish prosecutors offer to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London on sex assault allegations.

GoVPN: Top

VPN written in Go

Google Code was supposed to spread the open source religion. But then GitHub came along. And GitHub, it turns out, was a much better preacher.

Faced with an asset bubble, the creators of Magic: The Gathering cards up with a plan—a plan to once and for all conquer the science of bubbles, and make a collectible toy that could live forever.

The FAA has taken the unprecedented step of saying that YouTube videos filmed by hobbyists are a "commercial" use of drones.

Ruby Application Startup This one was discovered by Greg Price, a friend and former coworker: Ruby provides a require helper, which loads a file exactly once, no matter how many times the same file is required. It implements this by maintaining a cache, in…

On Empathy

Page 1 of 2 - What are your opinions on DX12/Vulkan/Mantle? - posted in Graphics Programming and Theory: Im pretty torn on what to think about it. On one hand being able to write the implementations for a lot of the resource management and command processing allows for a lot of gains, and for a much…

A really long take on Vulkan and Mantle written by a former intern at nvidia

March 12, 2015

“Surprises you find when reading through the SQLite code. Somebody must've received a lot of calls.”

What a fail.

Graphic Descriptions the official Blog of Stoya

Interesting read on torrents versus tube sites and ethics.

SFW link, but none of the other links on the site are really SFW.

When we started the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was limited. We were worried about reliability and stagnation, so we took action by giving the open source community another option to choose from. Since then, we’ve seen a wide variety of better project ho…

The death is finally official

My intersectionality will have weirdoes or it will be bullshit.

Long, makes some interesting points.

How twenty-three innocent Afghani civilians were wiped out by self-deceiving drone operators seven and a half thousand miles away.

Engaging and horrifying read

Yay Google fail

I lived with Ross Ulbricht while he was running Silk Road.

Christian Kalin's business is showing poor countries they have at least one resource worth selling: citizenship.

Citizenship for sale. Highly profitable business, I might add

UK fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his publisher says

Time to read Discworld. One of the greats, gone

What a retiring chief financial officer and three football players — Patrick Willis, Jason Worilds and Jake Locker — have in common.

For starters: Do you have the skills? The time? Do they have the time?

Don't train people?

The time elapsed between when I wrote that word and when you read it was at least a couple of weeks. That kind of delay is one that we take for granted and don't even think about in written media.

Distributed systems are tough

It’s not unusual in financial service systems to have problems that requires significant vertical, as opposed to horizontal, scaling. During his talk at QCon London Peter Lawrey described the particular problems that occur when you scale a Java application beyond 32GB.

I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a cu...

How Betty, Who is 89, Gets Her News Posted February 03, 2015 | View revision history Today I walked to my friend Betty’s apartment to drop off some spaghetti and meatballs. Betty is 89 and lives just up the street. She doesn’t drive much anymore, though she still volunteers (at the White House, of a…

News for betty

The new Chromebook Pixel. For what's next.

What is up with USB-C?

March 11, 2015

Fred Olsen is both the owner of Timex and its most successful watch designer. He’s also a world-class sailor and an oil industry pioneer, and was rumored to have inspired a Simpsons character. Now he’s leading a revolution in offshore wind.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Unix as a bioinformatician. In a past post I mentioned how Unix pipes are an extremely elegant way to interface bioinformatics programs (and do inter-process communication in general). In exploring other ways of interfacing programs in Unix, I’ve discovered two gre…

Yay for Unix

Backblaze Vaults: Innovation in cloud storage. Cost effectively delivers 99.99999% annual durability, Zettabyte scalability and 20 Gbps performance.

Software/Hardware architecture


The primary product of the OpenBSD project is the OpenBSD operating system, but sometimes other artifacts are produced as byproducts. Avant-garde web site design, funny email threads. Also, reusable code that can be beneficial to other developers, outside the strict confines of OpenBSD.

NIH syndrome

The V8 team considers great JavaScript performance a pivotal aspect of the language implementation. However, over the years it has become increasingly challenging to optimize for the full range of JavaScript functionality that is found in the wild. At the same time, we don’t want to force developers…

How does this compare to asm.js?

Migrating from MongoDB to PostgreSQL

March 10, 2015

CNN’s John D. Sutter finds this rich valley’s children living in garages and homeless camps.

This is really sad, heartfelt, and moving.

It was a usual gloomy winter morning. My colleagues and I were drinking our morning coffee, sharing the news and

Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

“Obama’s comments were dripping with hypocrisy,” says Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. “Don’t get me wrong, his actual criticism of China for attempting to force tech companies to install backdoors was spot on — now if only he would apply what he said to his own government. Since he now knows backdooring encryption is a terrible policy that will damage cybersecurity, privacy, and the economy, why won’t he order the FBI and NSA to stop pushing for it as well?”

The Magicband wields access to the park, replacing virtually every transaction you’d make inside. Bob Croslin If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando.…

A really great read on how technology is quietly revolutionizing Disney

" Though Franklin wouldn’t comment on the particulars of these possibilities, he did offer an intriguing summary of them. “What people call the Internet of Things is just a technological underpinning that misses the point, ” he says. “This is about the experiential Internet. The guest doesn’t need to know how it happened. It’s about the magic of the food arriving.”"

Who stores untrusted and trusted data in the same union? Xen developers apparently...

Justice presides with her scale and sword at Frankfurt am Main. Photo by Roland Meinecke, licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0.

I'm not sure whether the standing argument will hold up in court unfortunately

Coming out tomorrow, the bound catalog for OSU's Bill Watterson retrospective offers a rarity of a revealing, in-depth interview.

It's now clear I'm on a Black Hole binge (I can stop when I want, by the way). They're endlessly fascinating. My recent interest was in particular focused on simulating visualizations of the Schwarzschild geometry. I was preoccupied by the problem of generating a decent accurate representation of ho…

Raytracing a black hole. I didn't follow all the math though

The incredibly thin and light new MacBook features a stunning 12-inch Retina display, a redesigned keyboard, and the new Force Touch trackpad.

The new MacBook. I haven't seen this many comments on a link in a while...

Thomas Ptacek, Erin Ptacek, and I are pleased to announce Starfighter, a company that will publish CTFs (games) that are designed to develop, improve, and assess rare, extremely valuable programmin...

This is awesome! A great approach to hiring, from some really well known people. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out

March 9, 2015

[This guest post continues Project Zero’s practice of promoting excellence in security research on the Project Zero blog]

Hardware security can be a huge problem

Can we remove simple errors from math proofs? simple-talk interview source Stephen Johnson is one of the world's top programmers. Top programmers are inherently lazy: they prefer to build tools rat...

The public sector is often seen as sclerotic and conservative in contrast with a dynamic and innovative private sector. This assumption lies at the basis of much of the outsourcing of public servic...

" When Google received funding for its algorithm from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is it right that after it earned billions nothing went back to the NSF (which is today starved of funds), or that some of Apple’s profits go into a national innovation fund to fund the next wave of Apples?"

A courtroom sketch showing Ulbricht as the jury read his guilty verdict last month. Elizabeth Williams/AP Before Ross Ulbricht has even been sentenced for his conviction last month of running the Silk Road’s massive online narcotics operation, his defense team has launched a motion to grant him anot…

Would be interesting to see how the courts rule

The story of one programmer's journey into, and vehement rejection of, this thing we call "DevOps" - lessons learned, sound advice and why you're probably doing it all wrong.

The best jobs at the coolest startups worlwide.

Tech jobs that come with visas

March 7, 2015

The Hiring Post 06 March 2015 1 The software developer job interview doesn’t work. Companies should stop relying on them. The savviest teams will outcompete their peers by devising alternative hiring schemes. Years from now, we’ll look back at the 2015 developer interview as an anachronism, akin to…

Oh man. What a great read on hiring practices that I think every company should follow

On March 4th, 2015, we found a tracking device inside of the wheel well of a car belonging to an attendee of the Circumvention Tech Festival in Valencia, Spain. This was reported in the local media.

Ouch. Tracking device detected

March 6, 2015

When I graduated with a Computer Science degree ten years ago, I was excited to dive into the world of professional programming. I had done well in school, and I thought I was completely ready to be employed doing my dream job: writing code. What I discovered in my very first interview, however, was…

Nearly 20 years and more than 100 pounds ago, Ryan Hoffman was a hulking offensive lineman for North Carolina. Now he is a panhandler plagued with short-term memory problems and other troubles.

Football causing brain problems.

Heather Lee is Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a Ph.D. in American Studies in 2013 and an M.A. in Public Humanities in 2009 from Brown Uni...

" The Chinese stretched the meaning of visa categories to circumnavigate restrictive immigration laws, and shepherded transpacific capital past America’s gatekeepers."

Most real-world problems are big enough that you can’t just head for the end goal, you have to break them down into smaller parts and set up …

Pearls of wisdom for measurement

In 1964 Australian athlete Reg Spiers sent himself from London to Australia in a wooden box - he was transported as freight in the cargo hold of a plane.

A story from a simpler time

Sean Percival on corporate interference, Punch The Monkey, and a failed attempt to buy Spotify: ‘They sure as hell were not selling to us...’

The end of a once great software. This is the last nail in the coffin

The Software Freedom Conservancy provides a non-profit home and services to Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

Seriously, damn VMWare

This is huge!

One app to find them, and a million dollars of in-app purchases every day to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

$$$ signs in mobile games

A PLANT-BASED hamburger patty that bleeds. Meatless chicken strips with the same fleshy and fibrous texture as cooked poultry. Mayonnaise made without eggs that is...

Introducing Contributor by Google. An experiment in additional ways to fund the web.

Kind of old but it's on the top of HN again. A pretty cool initiative that just has people pay directly for sites instead of being bombarded by ads

March 5, 2015

Culture matters for startups. For a startup to succeed, it must have a culture that reflects what it wants to achieve. This is one of my areas of expertise. I've spent the past decade focusing on Y...

Some great advice. The top comment is hilarious though.

A few weeks ago we upgraded a lot of the core infrastructure in our New York (okay, it’s really in New Jersey now – but don’t tell anyone) data center. We love being open with everything we do (including infrastructure), and really consider it one of the best job perks we have. So here’s how and why…


The Software Freedom Conservancy provides a non-profit home and services to Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

Let's see how this plays out

In which Ronson investigates a peculiar case of online retribution

An interesting read on the Adria Richards story. I'm kind of conflicted about this.

Not 100% sure I agree with some of the statements going on here

Why I’m Giving Away the Game I Spent Two Years Making

Airbnb is pleased to announce the launch of Airpal, a web-based query execution tool that leverages Facebook’s PrestoDB to facilitate data analysis. People who spend time using SQL for exploration and investigation know that the workflow is not always smooth. Remembering how a query was written, cop…

Some cool data tools. I like how they use Presto and react, though I'm having a hard time figuring out why airbnb has / needs 1.5 peta bytes of data

Playing the long game in the search for female developers.

My Y Combinator experience Standard The beginning Versione Italiana. It all began on October 28th 2014 when at 11:22PM an email from Y Combinator was dropped into my inbox: “Thank you for applying to Y Combinator. Your application looks promising and we’d like to meet you in person. Please go here t…

Pretty good advice

The equivalent of K&R for Go?

An ode to a small work of programming genius.

Back when programming was actually difficult and close to the metal

Film on brutal attack on Jyoti Singh broadcast in UK on Wednesday night despite being banned by Indian authorities

" India’s parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu declared: “We can ban the film in India. But this is an international conspiracy to defame India. We will see how the film can be stopped abroad too.”"

I thought us Pakistanis had the monopoly on claiming any bad press was a foreign conspiracy

Film on brutal attack on Jyoti Singh broadcast in UK on Wednesday night despite being banned by Indian authorities

" India’s parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu declared: “We can ban the film in India. But this is an international conspiracy to defame India. We will see how the film can be stopped abroad too.”"

I thought us Pakistanis had the monopoly on claiming any bad press was a foreign conspiracy

Ten million people around the world have no nationality. In West Africa, at least 750,000 face a lifetime of broken dreams.

Being stateless. I sometimes feel the world would be better off without borders

This is an edited and expanded transcript of a talk I gave at Strange Loop 2014. The video recording (embedded below) has been watched over 8,000 times. For those of you who prefer reading, I thoug...

Really great writeup on stream processing at LinkedIn

Identical twins who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, a new study from Finland found.

Time to hit the gym

Maxis Emeryville, the studio responsible for huge PC hits including 'The Sims' and 'SimCity', has been closed by EA after nearly thirty years of operation.

The end of an era

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Yay for space travel

March 4, 2015

CPS investigation leads to finding that Md. parents are responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect.

"“The go-to narrative in the last 20 or 30 years for parents was, ‘Take your eyes off your kid for even a second and he’ll be snatched.’ What the Meitiv case did was pivot the story to: ‘Give your kid one second of freedom and the government will arrest you.’ ”"

In the last three days, three major game engine developers have announced they are giving their technology away. Why would they do that? What do they hope to achieve?

Because of her dissociative identity disorder, I was a stranger in the eyes of the woman I loved.

"She listened for a little while longer and then passed the phone to me. "He wants to talk to you." I spoke to George for a couple of minutes. I've never been so relieved to hear the voice of a girlfriend's ex."

Fifteen years after reality TV gave us the “loser edit,” the phrase has become a metaphor with which we can explain our failures.

The purpose of this article is to make everyone (especially C programmers) say: “I do not know C”.I want to

I agree. I don't know C

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

Oh man. This is really long but I loved every bit of it. It shows how society has become so risk averse, especially with children.

" If a mother is afraid that her child might be abducted, her ironclad rule should not be Don’t talk to strangers. It should be Don’t talk to your father."

One of the things on my mind recently has been interviewing. We’re hiring for Product at Kickstarter, and I want to make sure I give people the best chance to succeed. (Interested? Please reach out on Twitter or via email!) I’ve also been talking with people who are trying to get their first job in…

Fun anecdotes with lessons woven in

Schools have turned to instructors to fill the demand for more professors, raising the question of whether tenure-track faculty should spend more time in the classroom

If you don't know what these are, in year 1999 the US government raised the limit to 56-bit encryption and 1024-bit RSA. They were described in

" Encryption backdoors will always turn around and bite you in the ass. They are never worth it."

March 3, 2015

Indian food is something of an anomaly, but not for the reasons you might think.

This is really cool

We’re still geared to delivering even better workflows, more optimizations and the features that give you creative freedom to drive your game development to new heights.

It's finally out. This is exciting

"Google has made statements that are no longer true" about requiring encryption on phones that run Android.

Sensationalist headline, but pretty valid points

As you may have already seen, Mozilla is not in the list of organizations accepted for Google Summer of Code 2015.People who have observed the list carefully may have noticed that

This is pretty disappointing!

As the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once (or more!). Is this true though? My own anecdotal evidence would suggest yes, every single bloody time. However, we l...

Statistical bussing

There's a story I read on one of the Stack Overflow type sites a couple of years ago about a "duck". It was an answer about terms people have invented in the world of programming, and it went like this.

Old but sage advice

This week, to coincide with GDC, we’re making some very exciting announcements! Corona SDK is completely FREE First, Corona SDK is now completely free! Starting today, anyone who registers on our site will get the full power of Corona SDK (existing users can just logout and then re-login to the Coro…

And Corona goes free too

March 2, 2015

Unreal Engine is Now Free!

This is pretty huge

Children will learn better. Look at rural Colombia.

"I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn."

Sage advice from a great author

Taxi biz demands IP addresses and more

Fork me, indeed.

An in-depth view of the new, from our Director of Engineering.

The stack behind Wired

Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the second year running by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.

And again