Reader's Corner for April 2015

April 30, 2015

How much does it cost?

Can this be a part of our next geography lesson?

Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? Stephen Moss investigates

Cars need to go away.

First, when I announced BufferBuilder on reddit, one early commenter asked "Did you run your Haskell through a profiler to help identify the slow parts of your code?" A fairly reasonable question, but no, I didn’t. And the reason is that, if stuff shows up in a Haskell profiler, it’s already going t…

This is really cool

Table of Contents Part One Category: The Essence of Composition Types and Functions Categories Great and Small Kleisli Categories Products and Coproducts Simple Algebraic Data Types Functors Functo...

Mostly bookmarking for future use

A Silicon Valley start-up wants to put workers on an even keel.

This is an interesting idea

In Windows 10 we are launching a new PackageManagement feature (formerly referred to as OneGet) that enables ITPros or DevOps to automate software discovery, installation, and inventory (SDII), locally or remotely, no matter what the installer technology is and where the software is located.

Anonymous sharing app Secret will shut down soon, according to sources close to the company. The announcement could be made as soon as today or tomorrow, and..


Last November, Microsoft said that it would bring some of the core features of its .NET platform -- which has traditionally been Windows-only -- to Linux and..

Exciting times

Visual Studio Code will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. The application is still officially in preview, but you can now download it soon.

This is pretty cool. First Atom, then Nuclide and now this. They should all collaborate

April 29, 2015

I turned 30 last week and a friend asked me if I'd figured out any life advice in the past decade worth passing on.  I'm somewhat hesitant to publish this because I think these lists usually seem...

Most of these are gems.

April 28, 2015

The FBI’s review of flawed hair analysis — its largest-ever post-conviction evaluation of questionable forensic evidence — is just the tip of the iceberg.

"Dexter lied to you about blood spatters. They sow chaos and confusion."

Studies show that the ability to perform math problems, as well as handling money matters, are typically one of the first skills to decline in diseases like Alzheimer’s.

“A person can appear to have their wherewithal cognitively, but not have the ability to understand money in the same way anymore,” said Ms. Clark, a retired registered nurse and family therapist in Cottonwood, Calif."

There's a parado suggests family support helps keep Hispanics healthier.

They are almost certainly wrong. Once, when I was a young, naive data scientist I embarked on a project to look at individual claims handlers and how effective they were. How many claims did they...

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary data

The hotel mini-bar is a dying breed. But will anyone really miss $6 water bottles and $13 bags of cashews?

Angry gamers have forced Valve to end an initiative that let people who make modifications or "mods" for games get paid for their work.

Forgotten fundamentals of Software Engineering. Worth reading.

It's been a while since I have written a post in the "somewhat philosophical" category, which is where I put questions like "How can one statement be stronger than an another, equivalent, statement...

And why automobile engineers know that’s the wrong question.

The Engineer's Lament. A great read on data, cars, and how engineers think.

Seventeen hundred miles from what is customarily called civilization—in this case, the western shore of the Republic of South Africa—lies a tiny British-run volcanic island populated by fewer than thr

A story of someone doing great work despite hurdles

April 27, 2015

Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student's annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.

Computer industry mainstays are rolling out technology to block surveillance, including by the National Security Agency, which fears “going dark” on terror threats.

Much existential anguish and ennui was recently triggered by Rust Issue #24292: std::thread::JoinGuard (and scoped) are unsound because of reference cycles. If you feel like you're sufficiently familiar with Leakpocalypse 2k15, feel free to skip to the next section. If you've been thoroughly stalkin…

As the Supreme Court considers extending same-sex marriage rights to all Americans, we look at the patterns of social change that have tranformed the nation.


April 26, 2015

One way to think about culture is as dominoes arrayed in a line, with one tipping over another, a sort of cascade of influence,”…

This is an engrossing read

Matt, have you tried the margo and gocode systems? I use GoSublime with Sublime Text, but am otherwise a Vim snob, and if I hadn't gotten used to using Sublime Text for Go, I believe from what I've read that I'd be using these. The plugins turn Sublime Text into something very close to an IDE, and I…

Secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, the document shows.

Some common questions What is Docker? Do I really need it? How does Docker actually work? How can I set up a single dev environment to work on any computer? My code works on my computer. Now how do I put it on a production server? Can't I just write code and have it "just work" everywhere? Package m…

On the afternoon of Friday, March 27, as several news outlets reported at the time, somebody apparently made $2.4 million from a tweet. That tweet was a bit of breaking news from Wall Street Journal writer Dana Mattioli: Quicker than any human seemingly could have done it, someone—or rather somethin…

April 25, 2015

A Tale of Globalization, Taxes, and a Multi-Ethnic Nation

Lots of really cool data

This may be the only time I weigh in on the static vs. dynamic typing discussion. Each side has its extreme proponents, and people differ in their ability and desire to work in systems with implicit invariants.

Random startup generator. New page every time you refresh. Pretty accurate and hilarious

Words from the Rust team

Rust is cool

As more and more of our time and lives move into the digital world, the online landscape is becoming so vast, we have begun leaving some things behind.

April 24, 2015

This is pretty cool.

Getting into good schools and universities is tough in many parts of the world, but in Hong Kong parents are enrolling toddlers in classes to prepare for nursery interviews.

Being set for life from such an early age.

As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.

I had never heard of Agent Orange before this. This is absolutely despicable.

How I became productive in Haskell

Track software projects with Scrum, Kanban, and Agile tools from Visual Studio Online. Get an account with five users for free.

This is totally awesome. Kudos to MSFT

It's like magic

Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted

Some people have way too much time on their hands

Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.

April 23, 2015

Leading the Web video revolution was an almost constant battle for survival.

A group of Chinese scientists just reported...

Sensationalized, but interesting

We have just had the latest version of our SeaNav US iOS app rejected by Apple because we support the Pebble Smartwatch and say so in the app description and meta-data (we also state in the review notes that "This application was approved for use with the Pebble MFI Accessory in the Product Plan xxx…

This is kind of anti-competitive

Employers’ bargaining power and practices, and the forces of automation and globalization — a double whammy — are sending salaries sinking.

What happens when a former hacker becomes legally forbidden from using the Internet as a condition of his parole.

Security researchers with Fox-IT in the Netherlands have found a way to detect Quantum Insert attacks.

There's more to life than leaving home.

"Community means more than many of us realize," he says. "It certainly means more than your job."

Project Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and our users.

Still not sure how I feel about this

Of what use is a newborn baby? This rhetorical question, variously attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison, is meant to suggest that a novel discovery or invention whose ultimate utility is not yet known should be viewed as a bouncing bundle of potential.

April 22, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Singapore! At a time where grey clouds are hovering over the world economy, we are lucky. Firstly, there were no grey clouds in the sky this evening. Secondly, the tech industry is one of the bright spots in the world. There is a sense of adventure,…

A speech from a leader who gets tech.

"I take a personal interest in this. 40 years ago, after doing a math degree, I went on to study computer science, on my father’s advice. He said there is a future in that, and he was right. So for the Smart Nation Programme Office, I have put Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in charge, reporting to me. Vivian is both a hacker and a dabbler – He used to be an eye surgeon but since he does not get to operate on eyes nowadays, he dabbles in building simple robots, assembling watches, wireless devices and programming apps. His day job is to be the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and so when he builds apps, he uses the real time APIs generated by the Ministry. That’s called user-testing. I used to enjoy this; it is a long time since I’ve done anything. The last programme I wrote was a Sudoku solver in C++ several years ago, so I’m out of date. My children are in IT, two of them – both graduated from MIT. One of them browsed a book and said, “Here, read this”. It said “Haskell – learn you a Haskell for great good”, and one day that will be my retirement reading. "

Call me maybe: MongoDB stale reads 2015/04/20databasesDistributed SystemsJepsenMongoDB In May of 2013, we showed that MongoDB 2.4.3 would lose acknowledged writes at all consistency levels. Every write concern less than MAJORITY loses data by design due to rollbacks–but even WriteConcern.MAJORITY lo…

As always, a great read on distributed systems from aphyr

Interesting approach

Part of my work involves the mild reverse-engineering of binary file formats. I say “mild” because usually other people do all of the actual work; I just have to figure out what an extra flag field or two means, and I then take as much credit as possible for the discovery on my blog.

April 21, 2015

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of black men are missing from everyday life.

“Daredevil,” the 17th Netflix original series to make its debut this year, is part of an expanding range of original shows intended to position the company for a digital revolution in entertainment.

When I left my job at a tech startup back in November 2013, I had no plan. It was a Friday, so after giving in my notice…

Professor Sussman's reading recommendations

This is an awesome list

It turns out the solution to VR simulation sickness might be right under our noses.

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

This is crazy fast

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.

" If you bought it, you should own it—simple as that. It’s time corporate lawyers left the bullshit to the farmers, who actually need it."

To battle an explosion of myopia in the young, eye researchers try more outdoor time, medication, even a giant, translucent cube.

April 20, 2015

How an employee at a CD-manufacturing plant became the Patient Zero of Internet piracy.

Great read on piracy and music leaks

Interesting manifesto.

The European Union’s commissioner for competition has a reputation for being tough, but she says it’s her responsibility to make sure that competition is fair and open.

"As minister of the economy, for instance, she pushed for changes to Denmark’s generous social welfare benefits, including substantially curtailing unemployment benefits. Subsequently, a group of jobless builders presented her with a gift: a life-size sculpture of a hand with a raised middle digit. She keeps the artifact prominently displayed on a coffee table at her office in the European Commission."

April 19, 2015

Interviews with users and treatment experts suggest a growing number of young American workers are taking stimulants to enhance concentration and stamina at work.

"Those lawyers said they and dozens of young colleagues at their firms had casually traded pills to work into the night and billed hundreds of extra hours a year in the race for partnerships."

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.

These dealers make drugs as easy to order as pizza.

Depending on how you want to think about it, it was funny or inevitable or symbolic that the robotic takeover did not start at MIT, NASA, Microsoft or Ford. It started at a Burger-G restaurant in Cary, NC on May 17. It seemed like such a simple thing at the time, but May 17 marked a pivotal moment i…

I don't know how I took this long to find this great story. It's a light 30 minute read that covers both possibilities of what happens when software, robotics and automation are taken to their logical conclusion. Scary, enlightening and uplifting.

Low-wage jobs are no longer the only ones at risk.

"It’s easy to imagine an alternate future where advanced machine capabilities are used to empower more of us, rather than control most of us. There will potentially be more time, resources and freedom to share, but only if we change how we do things. We don’t need to reject or blame technology. This problem is not us versus the machines, but between us, as humans, and how we value one another."

Summing up years of work in one sentence. Follow us on twitter: @lolmythesis

This is hilarious

The pendulum clock of Longitude hero John Harrison is tested and declared a masterpiece

As yet another tech pioneer with no connection to artificial intelligence steps out to voice his fears about AI being catastrophic for the human race, I feel..

Our client, Chris Roberts, a founder of the security intelligence firm One World Labs, found himself detained by the FBI earlier this week after tweeting about airplane network security during a United Airlines flight. When Roberts landed in Syracuse, he was questioned by the FBI, which ultimately s…


Silicon Valley residents won't have to wait for Google Fiber: The cable giant says it will roll out the service in May.

Wait what?

Stand on Zanzibar is that rarity among science fiction novels — it really made accurate predictions about the future. The book, published in 1969, is set in the year 2010, and this allows us to make a point-by-point comparison, and marvel at novelist John Brunner’s uncanny ability to anticipate the…

The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but

FBI and Justice Department for the first time acknowledge that nearly all hair examiners gave flawed testimony

At least three posts out of more than 1,000 were erased after employees from the company’s business side complained about their content, according to a memo from BuzzFeed’s editor.

April 18, 2015

The former Federal Reserve chair is only the latest top regulator to head through the revolving door to the financial industry.

Revolving doors!

The Meitivs allege that county officials failed to notify them for six hours that theyhad kids in custody.

Film photography was supposed to have been killed off by the digital era - but a committed band of enthusiasts refuse to abandon the traditional camera.

In France, the upper house of parliament yesterday voted to support an amendment to a draft economy bill that would require search engines to display at least..

Not sure where this will lead

Microsoft partnership with open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS makes one thing very clear: Android’s not just for Google anymore.


"Here’s Uber, a business model with $40 billion behind it, that is seen as the future, but if she’s correct about their needing to classify all of these drivers as employees, it destroys that model."

"Liss-Riordan says that Uber, Lyft and other on-demand companies are making the same kind of arguments she’s seen before. “FedEx argued that it was a logistics operation, connecting people who wanted to deliver packages, not a delivery service. Strip clubs argued that dancers weren’t employees, that they were in the business of selling drinks and that naked women just danced on the side,” said Liss-Riordan. “These arguments have not gone well for these companies.”"

Why We Are No Longer Developing For the iPad - posted in General: After several years of good time, we at Spiderweb have come to the sad conclusion that we can no longer develop new games for the iPad. The iPad titles currently on iTunes will still be available as long as we are able to support them…

The downsides of App development

LlamaDB is a home-grown SQL database that I began designing over the course of four weeks. I'm developing LlamaDB to better understand the SQL language and its implementation details.

Musings on an SQL database written in Rust.

The journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology recently banned the use of p-values and other statistical methods to quantify uncertainty from significance in research results

Death to p values!

JSON in Mysql @ Facebook. This is cool.

Software inflation. A great read on code bloat. Especially how /bin/true got so large

thefuck - Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.

aptly named, useful command

The database contains analyses of over 25000 songs. These analyses are uploaded by users and allow for all these songs to be analyzed in bulk, as well as individually. One of these '...

This is a really cool music data set (though I don't get most of the data)

That escalated quickly.

RethinkDB is the best document database I have ever used. Full-featured, scalable and fast!

Interesting databases.

Long, and detailed thoughts on the death of optimizing compilers.

April 17, 2015

Snapchat is using geo-filters matched to Uber's San Francisco headquarters to recruit Uber employees through its Snapchat app.

This is pretty cool

A little black device available for $100 can give easy access to certain locked cars. But there may be a way to thwart the machine.

Man in the Middle attacks

Cities throughout California have been upgrading their pedestrian signals to modern "countdown" style displays. You have probably seen them: They show the amount of time remaining for a pedestrian ...

Startup CEO, software engineer, content creator, blogger, podcast host, & new father—prolific entrepreneur Patrick McKenzie reveals the story of his success.

“You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to drive the business forward,” he said, “but no one is going to tell you what that is.” “There’s no magic connection between how many hours you put in and results.”

The company that makes the Roomba is now reportedly working on a lawnmower, unless astronomers get their way.

We present a summary of the Borg system architecture and features, important design decisions, a quantitative analysis of some of its policy decisions, and a qualitative examination of lessons learned from a decade of operational experience with it.

This is a pretty cool paper on distributed systems

One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with…

This is pretty scary

Android's 10 Millisecond Problem: The Android Audio Path Latency Explainer

Apple has always seemed to be better for media

The New York University professor and author responds to my column on print’s importance to The Times.

April 16, 2015

I’d like to see more Blacks in tech, so I started with myself

Interesting perspective

A celebration of the sandwich, and an attempt to create a taxonomy for its many diverse forms.

This is making me hungry

April 15, 2015

A distiller has come up with a method of producing spirits that taste like they've been aging in the barrel for 20 years, but his process only takes six days.


Are our most valuable qualities being exploited at work? How our strengths get twisted into forming bad habits that just…

There’s nothing more pathetic than a sore loser.

interesting POV

Patching time. A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the HTTP protocol stack (HTTP.sys) that is caused when HTTP.sys improperly parses specially crafted HTTP requests. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the context of the System accoun…


The maker of the TurboTax tax preparation program opposes return-free filing, a system that might eliminate the use of its software.

We should just do this as a default

Let's start by looking at a simple C function to be compiled as position-independent code (i.e. -fPIC, for use in a shared library):

The Finnish company is also reviewing strategic alternatives for its Here maps business.

April 14, 2015

tl;dr: Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business models across the electrical industry, and to tap into a market that will eventually top many of tens of billions of dollars per year, and trillions of dol…

Fuzzers are awesome

At Square, our number one priority is security. We needed something to protect secrets, especially as their number increased with our adoption of a service-oriented microservice architecture. Although protecting infrastructure secrets is a common need, we weren’t able to find an adequate secret mana…

This is really interesting.

Designing your own narcotics online isn’t just easy—it can be legal too. How do we know? We did it.

“There’s a misguided assumption that the guys running clandestine chemistry labs have bad complexions and wear plaid shirts and that they are slightly dim and just follow cookbook recipes. That’s a mistake. These guys are incredibly bright. They are head-and-shoulders—intellectually, certainly—above some of the politicians who are attempting to legislate against them.”

When it comes to designing secure protocols, I have a principle that goes like this: if you have to perform any cryptographic operation before verifying the MAC on a message you’ve received, it will somehow inevitably lead to doom. Let me give you two popular examples. 1. Vaudenay Attack This is pro…

For almost 200 years, Euler's conjecture reigned in mathematics unchecked. Then, a paper came out that turned the whole thing on its head... and it did it all in just two sentences.

It took a lot of fossil fuels to forge our industrial world. Now they're almost gone. Could we do it again without them?

Interesting thought experiment

Reacting to the poor offering of public amenities, apps like Airpnp – which allows users to find and use clean private toilets nearby – are filling the gap where government provisions fail

llilc - This repo contains LLILC, an LLVM based compiler for .NET Core. It includes a set of cross-platform .NET code generation tools that enables compilation of MSIL byte code to LLVM supported platforms.

This is awesome

The owner of a small company in Seattle said he heard stories of how tough it was to make ends meet even on salaries that exceeded the federal minimum wage.

The human body is an amazing feat of evolutionary engineering as can be seen in these facts about human body functions.

Those with more body hair may have a higher intelligence :P

April 13, 2015

Cool compiler stuff

Since leaving SocialChorus I have been doing the thing that I am good at, or more particularly, that thing I am good at …

The recent news around Nebula shutting its doors has stirred speculation that OpenStack startups are struggling because of the state of the OpenStack market...

The biggest exporter has let prices plummet—delaying the day when climate concerns, efficiency, and fuel switching break the world’s dependence on crude.

The study: Nicholas Bloom and graduate student James Liang, who is also a cofounder of the Chinese travel website Ctrip, gave the staff at Ctrip’s call center the opportunity to volunteer to work from home for nine months. Half the volunteers were allowed to telecommute; the rest remained in the off…

April 12, 2015

Instead, it will use its own in-house big data analytics team, which it developed around its acquisition of Gnip in 2014, to seek to build direct relationships with the data companies.


Nobel Prize winners in the sciences are getting older. Is innovation slowing down?

Privacy advocates say attempts to bypass encryption will create vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit.

“The basic question is, is it possible to design a completely secure system” to hold a master key available to the U.S. government but not adversaries, said Donna Dodson, chief cyber­security adviser at the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technologies. “There’s no way to do this where you don’t have unintentional vulnerabilities.”

April 11, 2015

Yahoo promoted Simon Khalaf, who joined last year when his start-up was acquired, to oversee the company’s home page and main mobile app. But David Karp, the head of the Tumblr blogging platform, was effectively demoted as the company announced he would now report to Mr. Khalaf.

Crucial evidence of the virus's presence in Liberia was overlooked.

A primer on out-of-memory analytics of large datasets with Pandas, SQLite, and IPython notebooks.

Data analysis!

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April 10, 2015

In his annual letter to shareholders, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon warns of growing competition for Wall Street in the form of Silicon Valley start-ups. "Silicon Valley is coming," Dimon wrote.

Like builtins, but boltons. Constructs/recipes/snippets that would be handy in the standard library. Nothing like Michael Bolton.

'No Pineapple Left Behind' is an adorable and deeply depressing look at the US school system.

A new report shows that Intel's Core M performance depends a great deal on which OEM hardware you buy in the first place. While this has always been true to some extent, the gaps are significantly larger this generation.

" Put another way, the court bought that the feds could recreate, and had recreated, a sufficiently different path to the evidence."

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might enjoy my travel book for people interested in science and technology: The Geek Atlas. Signed copies of The Geek Atlas are available.

This post describes our analysis of an attack tool that we identify as separate from, but co-located with, the Great Firewall of China.

Analysis of the great fire attack

Ubuntu reinvents the way you interact with your smartphone.

Yay for something new in this space

New York's pension trustees apparently think that they're insane, which I'm not sure meets the prudent-person standard for trustees.

April 9, 2015

The cartels are still smuggling harder drugs but advocates point out the success of legalization in cutting illegal trade

Mobile Jazz is an engineering and design agency. But unlike our peers, when it comes to working at Mobile Jazz we are becoming known for sometimes taking a rather different approach to the work/life balance. Unlike most companies out there, our main objective is to optimize for happiness, rather...

Umm... I don't see why they would buy Lynda but it's interesting

TL;DR The Admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges. It’s been there for several years (at least since 2011), I found it in October 2014 and it can be exploite...

April 8, 2015

The man who was accidentally released from prison 88 years early.

A sad story of clerical mishaps

This should be a golden age for High Performance Computing; and it can be, if the HPC community begins adopting new technologies....

When startups grow into unicorns, the distribution of employee earnings follows a common pattern: the founders make more money than they could spend in infinite lifetimes, a handful of early folks achieve financial independence, and everyone else gets a nice...

An annotated version of “”

John Resig annotates the original jquery code

On the daily stand up

I'm receiving the same error reported in this comment: #3474 (comment) I'm also in Australia/Sydney. I was able to skip with --force, but it'd be good to get a clean bill of health for contributing! Chrome 31.0.1650 (Mac OS X 10.9.0) ...

Gotta love time

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.

Oyster, which offers "all you can eat" access to 1 million books, is now taking on Amazon directly with individual book sales.

Jake Laperruque Share Post Government Keeps Its Eyes on the Road with Invasive License Plate Reader Program April 06, 2015 Security & Surveillance On April 2, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) that describes how the DHS Immigration and Customs Enfor…

People tend to make snap judgments when they're interviewing job candidates. The problem is, these predictions from the first 10 seconds are useless.

The technology industry highlights the difficulties that the American economy has had adapting to modern family life.

Blog by Ben Dixon, Ruby on Rails Developer, about rails, devops, docker, climbing and startups

Sage advice

April 7, 2015

New Web suffixes have popped up in recent years to supplement .com or .net. One of the newest — .sucks — has companies worried their reputations will take a hit, so they're buying up the addresses.

A repository of modern and idiomatic C++ code samples curated by the community.

Great stuff for learning modern C++

April 6, 2015

An American financier got entangled in the Middle East’s biggest banking collapse. How did he emerge with a fortune?

An interesting look into the world of white collar crime and financial fraud

" The trouble is that living in the Middle East is always a double-edged sword. When it’s going well, it’s just a fascinating place. When it’s going against you, you don’t have any recourse.” He went on, “One of the things about the United States I find very difficult is that there’s no ability to negotiate with the rules and regulations. Even things that are not necessarily sensible rules, you can’t negotiate.” He paused and said, “In the Middle East, you can negotiate anything.” "

Stevey's Google Platforms Rant I was at Amazon for about six and a half years, and now I've been at Google for that long. One thing that struck me… - Rip Rowan - Google+

From 2011, but I'm re-sharing since this is still awesome and relevant like all of his rants.

April 5, 2015

It’s time to start questioning whether college is truly the only option for everyone.

Designed for SSDs, this new data bus standard lets memory-based storage take flight. But it’s not for the average user yet.

The inside story of how prosecutors always get their way

It’s not because states have cut funding for higher education.

Or, why a smelly, low-ceilinged Tokyo joint beats a high-end raw fish palace

April 4, 2015

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Sick time among employees appears to follow a logarithmic distribution. You can use this to evaluate your policies and detect anomalies.

Hi, I'm just your average pen. Kinda new here, just lookin' for frenz....

This is really awesome. Live coding

April 3, 2015

EFF is fighting for vehicle owners’ rights to inspect the code that runs their vehicles and to repair and modify their vehicles, or have a mechanic of their choice do the work. At the moment, the anti-circumvention prohibition in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act arguably restricts vehicle inspec…

NYU now costs &u0024;71,000 a year to attend. One student is protesting.

With Amazon Dash Button, you just press, and never run out. Choose from favorite household products.

This is awesome!

I'm excited about the chromebits

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

This is where all our water is going

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 a crazy race.

Scaleway is the first IaaS provider worldwide to offer an ARM based cloud.

This will be interesting

Most copyright holders are individuals; most infringers are businesses. Things are broken.

On copyright infringement

In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting ...

To truly understand the F-35, the most expensive weapons program in the history of the Pentagon, forget the plane for a minute. Consider the helmet.

This is a crazy price

One day, Microsoft could "open source" the code that underpins the OS---giving it away for free. So says Mark Russinovich, one of the company's top engineers.

In 1993, Danny Resnic was having anal sex during a casual hookup in Miami Beach when his partner’s latex condom broke. Resnic had been using condoms ever since the man he describes as “my best friend and love of my life” died from AIDS in 1984. “I have always been...

A long and detailed look into the history of STIs, HIV, and drug approvals

For companies whose trade is measured in digital 1s and 0s, the tech giants of Silicon Valley seem pretty keen on having physical reminders of their success in the form of majestic headquarters....

How does one get work done when the conference room is also a ball pit?

April 2, 2015

I’ve been spending some time recently combing through the old Matasano Blog Catacombs and blowing the dust off years old tomes. It’s been …

What America can learn from taxpayers who foot the bill for free university.

More American students are getting degrees in other countries with free college.

color_coded - A vim plugin for libclang-based highlighting

This looks really really useful

Tesla Motors started as a Car company, but they should now be considered to be a Battery company for three key reasons: Tesla Leadership has Expertise in Batteries and Energy Systems Batteries Are the Most Important Component of an Electric... | Jeremy Welch | Pattern Recognition and Acceleration

"App Runtime for Chrome" takes a big step toward making Android a universal binary.

This is really huge