Reader's Corner for March 2016

March 31, 2016

Dustin Kirkland is part of Canonical's Ubuntu Product and Strategy team, led by Mark Shuttleworth. Dustin leads the technical strategy, road map, and life cycle of the Ubuntu Cloud and IoT commercial offerings.


March 30, 2016

The Go-playing program teaches itself to replicate something very much like human intuition, an advance that promises far-reaching consequences.

We employed an RNA-guided CRISPR/Cas9 DNA editing system to precisely remove the entire HIV-1 genome spanning between 5′ and 3′ LTRs of integrated HIV-1 proviral DNA copies from latently infected human CD4+ T-cells.

One of Node.js’ core strengths is the community’s trust in npm’s registry. As it’s grown, the registry has filled with packages that are more and more interconnected. A byproduct of being so...

A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.

A public dataset is any dataset that is stored in BigQuery and made available to the general public. This page lists a special group of public datasets that Google BigQuery hosts for you to access and integrate into your applications. Google pays for the storage of these data sets and provides publi…

On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to..


March 29, 2016

Oculus Rift made its debut on the consumer market on Monday, and with it, a host of terrible reviews.

I love it when reporters don't do any research at all

"The skepticism has been routed in the fact that headsets are still very clunky and overpriced. The Rift must be used with a pricey gaming console -- the best of which recommended by the company is called Asus and retails for about $1,500, Fowler says."

Profits are too high. America needs a giant dose of competition

"Large firms no longer employ all that many people in America: the domestic employee base of the S&P 500 is only around a tenth of total American employment. New firms would invest more, employ more staff, and force incumbents to invest more in order to compete. If this sounds pie in the sky, consider the shale revolution over the past decade. Although the industry is now suffering from low oil prices, it is a rare example of entrepreneurial spirit taking on a stodgy industry to the benefit of all. A new commitment to competition could be the source of optimism that America is desperately searching for. After all, it is only a healthy dollop of greed and a belief in a better future that prompts people to start from scratch and try to cross the moat that has been dug around corporate America."

Central Texas police put out a fake news story claiming that supplies of methamphetamine and heroin had been tainted by the deadly Ebola virus. Guess what happened next.

1) poor woman
2) now if there's an actual legit issue with contaminated drugs, no one will come forward and we'll have unnecessary deaths

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and train…

Headline says it all

March 28, 2016

"Applicant United States of America, by and through its counsel of record, the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, hereby files this status report called for by the Court’s order issued on March 21, 2016. (CR 199.) The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016."

A lot of people are watching the spectacle of Apple vs. the FBI and the Homeland Security Theatre and rubbing their eyes, wondering why Apple (in the person of CEO Tim Cook) is suddenly the knight in shining armour on the side of consumer privacy and civil rights. Apple, after all, is a goliath-size…

Interesting argument.

"The FBI thought they were asking for a way to unlock a mobile phone, because the FBI is myopically focussed on past criminal investigations, not the future of the technology industry, and the FBI did not understand that they were actually asking for a way to tracelessly unlock and mess with every ATM and credit card on the planet circa 2030 (if not via Apple, then via the other phone OSs, once the festering security fleapit that is Android wakes up and smells the money)."

An exclusive sneak peak at the book "Disrupted" by Dan Lyons on his time at startup Hubspot.

"Another reason to hire young people is that they’re cheap. HubSpot runs at a loss, but it is labor-intensive. How can you get hundreds of people to work in sales and marketing for the lowest possible wages? One way is to hire people who are right out of college and make work seem fun. You give them free beer and foosball tables. You decorate the place like a cross between a kindergarten and a frat house. You throw parties. Do that, and you can find an endless supply of bros who will toil away in the spider monkey room for $35,000 a year."

I need to get this book. Especially since the hubspot people had to fire their CMO and a VP who tried to get the book killed

"The documents also say there was an effort “to obtain sensitive information on individuals with access to the book’s transcript, or control of the publishing deal. The information found was then used as leverage in an attempt to prevent the book from reaching the market place.”
The report also mentions “tactics such as email hacking and extortion” in the attempt “to railroad the book.”"

Thread pools! How do I use them? HELLO! Today we're going to...

"Double.parseDouble in Java 7 is a synchronized method. So only one thread can parse doubles from strings at a time. Really? Really. They fixed it in Java 8 though so that's good."

Oh come on...

Here's my list of Isaac Asimov's book titles. The numbering was provided by Asimov (except for a few marked with an asterisk). After that the titles appear in roughly the order they were written, although this is an educated guess. Note that there was often a delay between the completion and the pub…

This guy wrote a lot

In this post we’ll explore how lambdas behave in different aspects. Then we’ll look into std::function and how it works.

"This is one example of where C++ is actually faster than C."

The FBI now says its Apple encryption assault might not even be necessary, the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.

March 27, 2016

Number of injured stands at more than 200 people, most of them are in critical condition, say hospital sources

I have no words for this senseless massacre, at a children's park, of all places.

"A Pakistan Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack.

“We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat ul Ahrar, Ehansullah [Alice] told The Express Tribune over telephone."

Where are you in your company's layoff list? Every company has one, even if it's just a vague idea in the mind of the CEO. By looking around, you should be able to determine approximately where you stand. In my department of 20 people, for example, I believe myself to be #3. Maybe #2, perhaps as low…

Connecting to random open VNC servers. Uhhhh

March 26, 2016

a project by ferdio

Lots of cool data about flags

Consultants Ate My Unit Tests

March 25, 2016

Moving a big software project to a new compiler can be a lot of work, and few projects are bigger than Chromium. In addition to the main Chromium repository, which includes all of WebKit, there are…

In Bruce Levine's career he as spoken with hundreds of people diagnosed with ODD & ADHD. An astonishing number of these people are also anti-authoritarians.

"Americans have been increasingly socialized to equate inattention, anger, anxiety, and immobilizing despair with a medical condition, and to seek medical treatment rather than political remedies. What better way to maintain the status quo than to view inattention, anger, anxiety, and depression as biochemical problems of those who are mentally ill rather than normal reactions to an increasingly authoritarian society."

Have you ever run into a problem, done some troubleshooting, but decided it only affected yourself, and shelved it for a while? I did that a couple of a months ago with a particular problem which forced its way back into my life this morning.

Technology. Aliens.

Almost half of all the revenue generated in mobile gaming comes from just 0.19 percent of users.

"A new report is highlighting that risk, showing that almost half of all the revenue generated in mobile gaming comes from just 0.19 percent of users."

This is just so amazing. Don't need to worry about that one line of code for left padding as a dependency, you can just call this API now

Like everybody else this week we had fun with the pad-left disaster. We're from the Python community and our exposure to the node ecosystem is primarily for the client side. We're big fans of the ecosystem that develops around react and as such quite a bit of our daily workflow involves npm.

Problems in San Francisco, New York, and DC highlight the failure of the funding model for mass transit.

djb ka level hai

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March 24, 2016

You can remove all data from your Android One device by resetting it to factory settings, or doing a "force reset." You can do so by either using the Settings menu to erase all your data or by using t

"If your device is running Android 5.1 or higher, your device is protected to prevent other people from using it if it's been reset to factory settings. To ensure that it's really you doing the reset, you'll need to enter a Google username and password associated with the device after factory reset. If you don't have this information, you won't be able to finish the setup process and use the device at all after factory reset."

What the heck is the point of a factory reset then?

NPM & left-pad: Have We Forgotten How To Program? Leave a reply Okay developers, time to have a serious talk. As you are probably already aware, this week React, Babel, and a bunch of other high-profile packages on NPM broke. The reason they broke is, to me, hilarious: A simple NPM package called le…

Why does an is-positive package exist, and even worse, why did it have 3 dependencies?

Looking at the source code is depressing

The sky-rocketing housing prices in Palo Alto have left some in limbo, with teachers, firefighters and other government workers making too much to qualify for low income housing, but not enough to afford cost of living.

Just the headline, that is all

March 23, 2016

Today’s Apple press event played out pretty much exactly like they always do. A few new products, a few promotional videos, and a lot of talk about changing the world.

"But of course, Apple isn’t really targeting those people. That was mostly just a cheap shot, a jibe at all of us poor fools who haven’t yet seen the light. That’s why the audience laughed knowingly, and even applauded. Using the same machine for five years? How barbaric! Thank god we live in civilized society, where everyone throws their gadgets out and buys new ones every two years."

A few weeks ago a patent lawyer sent me an e-mail to ask me to unpublish “kik” module from NPM. My answer was “no” and h…

I feel sorry for all the Node users who had their builds break

March 22, 2016

Have you heard the latest wisecrack about Harvard? People are calling it a hedge fund with a university attached. They have a point—Harvard stands at the troubling intersection between higher education and high finance, with over 15 percent of its massive $38 billion endowment invested in hedge fu..…

The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday court hearing in its bid to gain access to phone data in the San Bernardino mass shooting inquiry.

March 21, 2016

Fifty years ago, when someone heard the word ‘vice,’ they may have thought about the seven deadly sins: envy, wrath, lust, pride, sloth, pride and..

An acquaintance of mine, let’s call him Mike, is looking for work after getting laid off from a contract role at Microsoft, which has happened to a lot of people I know. Like me, Mike has 11 years in industry. Unlike me, he doesn’t know a lot of folks at trendy companies, so I passed his resume arou…

This is a great read on hiring bias in tech

"When I started programming, I heard a lot about how programmers are down to earth, not like those elitist folks who have uniforms involving suits and ties. You can even wear t-shirts to work! But if you think programmers aren’t elitist, try wearing a suit and tie to an interview sometime. You’ll have to go above and beyond to prove that you’re not a bad cultural fit. We like to think that we’re different from all those industries that judge people based on appearance, but we do the same thing, only instead of saying that people are a bad fit because they don’t wear ties, we say they’re a bad fit because they do, and instead of saying people aren’t smart enough because they don’t have the right pedigree… wait, that’s exactly the same."

While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.


Postmodernism, the ongoing crisis of authority, and the Libertarian Moment.

"Look: Microsoft still has some old-fashioned hardcore talented developers who can code circles around brogrammers down in the valley. These people have a keen appreciation of the complexities of operating system development and an eye for good, clean design. The NT kernel is still much better than Linux in some ways --- you guys be trippin' with your overcommit-by-default MM nonsense --- but our good people keep retiring or moving to other large technology companies, and there are few new people achieving the level of technical virtuosity needed to replace the people who leave. We fill headcount with nine-to-five-with-kids types, desperate-to-please H1Bs, and Google rejects. We occasionally get good people anyway, as if by mistake, but not enough. Is it any wonder we're falling behind? The rot has already set in."

Ouch. Big rant about MSFT from 2013


Bookmarking for future reference

So far, they seem to be—but nobody really understands why

As sexy as the digital revolution may be, it can’t compare to the Second Industrial Revolution (electricity! the gas engine! antibiotics!), which created the biggest standard-of-living boost in U.S. history. The only problem, argues the economist Robert Gordon, is that the Second Industrial Revoluti…

"And it may be that once so many of these external, concrete needs have been met, what’s left is the really hard stuff: the internal needs. Things like psychological and cognitive gains. Learning to find true happiness. Or, perhaps better yet, to be satisfied with what we have. If you could achieve that, then yes, it might make even electricity and clean water and antibiotics seem like pretty basic stuff."

March 20, 2016

The Redox official website

This is awesome

March 19, 2016

This is huge

I joined to protect the helpless from rape and murder. I never dreamed our own forces would be the rapists and murderers.

March 17, 2016

What an honest response to mass transit delays looks like.

"We have to fix what we have first - our system was built to last about 45 years and we've reached that limit"

March 16, 2016

Crowdsourcing research can balance discussions, validate findings and better inform policy, say Raphael Silberzahn and Eric L. Uhlmann.

"Most researchers would find this broad range of effect sizes disturbing. It means that taking any single analysis too seriously could be a mistake, yet this is encouraged by our current system of scientific publishing and media coverage."

March 15, 2016

Alec Berg minces no words: "The world we’re depicting is fucked up."

"We shot some crowd footage at Disrupt," the real TechCrunch conference that fictional Pied Piper competes in, he said. "I have a friend in tech who called me, and she said, 'Those crowd shots are absurd, you didn't put any women in there at all.' I had to tell her—those were real shots. The world we're depicting is fucked up. Do we have a responsibility to make the genders on our show more balanced, when this is the world we're depicting?"

Rocket League announced as first game to support Xbox Live's new Cross-Platform functionality; Microsoft extends invite to "other platforms"

This is huge

There are potentially serious side effects of caffeine overuse, withdrawal, experts say

""Because caffeine is socially acceptable in most cultures, and because it is the most widely consumed drug in the world, it is easy to forget that it is a psychoactive stimulant," Meredith says. "There are several clinically meaningful disorders related to caffeine use. However, the widespread availability and acceptability of caffeine can make it difficult to recognize or diagnose these disorders when they occur."

Machine learning is sweeping through industries, transforming scientific research and already changing aspects of everyday life, making the impossible possible. No wonder university students are flocking to it. Enrollment in machine learning classes is soaring, and universities are scrambling to add…


Half-a-billion people stored files on Dropbox. Well, sort of. Really, the files were in Amazon’s cloud. Until Dropbox built its own. And threw the switch.

This is a great read on both hardware and software.

Also surprised to hear they're using Rust in production.

"Measuring only one-and-half-feet by three-and-half-feet by six inches, each Diskotech box holds as much as a petabyte of data, or a million gigabytes. Just 50 of these machines could store everything human beings have ever written."

"PiDrive" is based on WD Blue, has intro price of $31.42.

Just in time for pi day!

We did it! Hundreds of our application servers are now running on PHP7 and doing just fine. By all accounts, ours is only the second project of this scale (after Etsy) to switch to PHP7.

Road to North Korea - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz's Personal Website

"The North and South Koreans might be one nation, but after a few generations living completely apart, they have less and less in common. Not only are the North Koreans shorter on average because of malnutrition ([Alice] Hitchens called them a nation of racist dwarfs) [4], it also makes one in four of young men too mentally retarded for military service [5] - too slow to even follow orders..."

March 14, 2016

A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave.

March 13, 2016

A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: We're not good at math. Not only that, but when it comes to technology ski

"Carr says this pattern is even more obvious if you look at the math skills of young adults. This study found that Americans with a high school diploma performed about the same as high school dropouts in other countries."

Daylight Saving Time is an archaic practice, but it isn’t just irrelevant in 2016 — it’s dangerous. A rise in fatal traffic accidents and increased energy costs are just two of the many ways DST impacts us today. Join us, and let’s put a stop to changing the clocks once and for all.

"Between 1986 and 1995, fatal traffic accidents rose 17% the Monday following the switch to Daylight Saving Time."

OK, I'll be extra careful on Monday...

A fight with WhatsApp, the world’s largest mobile messaging service, would open a new front in the Obama administration’s dispute with Silicon Valley over encryption, security and privacy.

This is the live stream of Michael Redmond and Chris Garlock's commentary of the third game between Lee Sedol and AlphaGo. Join us to discuss the game as it happens.

At least the humans win one game against our new overlords

March 12, 2016

It's not just the tech bros.

The new design packs more than twice the compute capacity into each rack while maintaining the rack power budget.

Exciting hardware for the geeks

You will be mining resources, researching technologies, building infrastructure, automating production and fighting enemies. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, apply management skills to keep it working and finally protect it from the crea…

The discussion threads seem to be calling it crack for programmers...

What’s that California city again? Starts with “San,” has a million people, near the coast? Almost everyone can think of San Francisco or San Diego. But San Jose, the nation’s 10t…

March 10, 2016


The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

Paid political influence and corruption continue to be major issues in a surprising number of countries throughout the world. The recent “Operation Lava Jato” in Brazil, in which offici…

Responsive pixel art. This is so cool!

March 9, 2016

An unexpected data signal that could change everything has particle physicists salivating.

Better than a surprise pizza delivery, I guess

What did you do? Run pod setup What did you expected to happen? Clone Spec repo master What happened instead? It only downloads a few bytes and then throws error: fatal: unable to access 'ht...

When a single repo uses github as a free CDN

This post started as the preparation material we send to our candidates, but we decided to post it publicly. Being a good programmer has a surprisingly small role in passing programming...

A pretty great read

Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one

Death to homework!

“We have enormous computing power in the US government, but we need to be able to bring it to bear without the phone killing itself.”                                  - FBI Director James Comey, March 1, 2016.

"In short, they're asking the public to grant them significant new powers that could put all of our communications infrastructure at risk, and to trust them to not misuse these powers. But they're deliberately misleading the public (and the judiciary) to try to gain these powers. This is not how a trustworthy agency operates. We should not be fooled."

March 8, 2016

It’s been an incredible year for the data business at Microsoft and an incredible year for data across the industry. This Thursday at our Data Driven event in New York, we will kick off a wave of launch activities for SQL Server 2016 with general availability later this year. This is the most signif…

I never thought I'd see the day ...

The biggest challenge for learning apps is users dropping off after a while. Duolingo founder and Carnegie Mellon University professor Luis von Ahn shares some secrets on overcoming that.

Image source: Image source: Image source: Der Berg Hua Shan, Provinz Shaanxi, Volksrepublik China (© Tao Ming/REX Shutterstock)

A great tutorial on fuzzers

When doctors told Greg Jefferys he had hepatitis C and the disease was destroying his liver, the devastating diagnosis was compounded by the cost of a cure

Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda.

"It’s common in the software industry to blame the users. It’s the user’s fault. They don’t know how to use it. They’re using it wrong. They need to do this or do that. But the reality is that tools encourage specific behaviors. A product is a series of design decisions with a specific outcome in mind. Yes, you can use tools as they weren’t intended, but most people follow the patterns suggested by the design. And so in the end, if people are exhausted and feeling unable to keep up, it’s the tool’s fault, not the user’s fault. If the design leads to stress, it’s a bad design."

‘Passion’ meant working six days a week –16-hour days. I still play games, but having seen the inside of the sausage factory they’ll never be the same again

If someone says "I now work fewer hours, have a better family life, and have an employer who cares about my welfare." about the FINANCE industry; you know their old industry must have been tough.

"If you like games and you’re a programmer, go work for a firm that will pay."

An attorney pieces together a life cut short.

"Working on Marvin’s case, I thought of myself as a maker of mosaics. My role was to create Marvin's portrait from the shards. I wanted to show that Marvin was not just a killer. When Marvin was a child, we — our society — abandoned him to a life of poverty, violence and chaos. If Marvin had had a different life, his victims would not be dead. Marvin was a human being, and not a monster."

This is a depressing story.

Two pharma and research experts talk about their surprising explanation of the troubling contrast between huge gains in the brute-force power of drug discovery technologies and huge declines in innovative output efficiency.

This is a pretty great read

Free Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses and Tutorials. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to learn bookkeeping!

Book-keeping 101. Seems quite useful

March 7, 2016

Portolan charts, it was always assumed, were compiled by medieval European mapmakers from contemporary sources. A Dutch doctoral dissertation now disproves this: these nautical charts are impossibly accurate, not just for medieval Europe, also for other likely sources, the Byzantines and the Arabs .…


So crazy it just might work.

More places need to do this

Black markets can't evade the basic laws of economics.

March 5, 2016

"Rather than suggesting that people should strive harder to conform to an artificial ideal of normality, Daniels’ analysis led him to a counterintuitive conclusion that serves as the cornerstone of this book: any system designed around the average person is doomed to fail."

A really great read on averages and how no human really conforms to any notion of average

Despite being more educated and working in a more productive economy, 30-year-olds today barely make more than 30-year-old Baby Boomers did in 1984.

"This issue brief argues that a labor market where the deck is stacked in favor of employers at the expense of employees is a primary cause of this poor median compensation growth. Millennials have spent almost their entire working lives in a labor market that is loose—with too many job seekers and too few jobs—and where private-sector labor unions are almost entirely absent. Certainly, monetary policy that promotes employment while making it easier for workers to form unions would help Millennials make up lost ground."

Beijing wants to identify subversives before they strike.

“We don’t call it a big data platform but a united information environment.”

Plummeting oil prices have had many effects – one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.

So they opt for the solution which burns lots more CO2 and harms the environment; because it's "cheaper"

"The story of ‘‘meritocracy’’ – a society that migrates wealth, status, and decision-making power into the hands of the most capable – is seductive. Rich people love the idea of meritocracy, because the alter­native is that their lion’s share is unfair, the product of luck, or, worse, cheating. But many of meritocracy’s losers love it, too. In the words of John Steinbeck, ‘‘Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.’’"

Doctorow is just so ... great

After 19 years, MAME is now OSI-compliant! Many thanks to all of the contributors who helped this to go as smoothly as possible!

It's finally Open Source (tm)!

March 4, 2016

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are,

99% on rotten tomatoes. DAYUM.

The new PM1633a SSD comes in a 2.5-in. form factor, and is targeted for enterprise storage use; compared to 3.5-in. drives, twice as many of the Samsung drives fit in a standard 19-inch, 2U rack.


March 3, 2016

Sad, but at the same time, the IRS is chronically under funded

Author and former CIA officer Barry Eisler spoke at the Association of Former Intelligence Officers opposite ex-CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden on Monday. In front of about a hundred former CIA…

This is an awesome read. Need to get the book

"Martian: I confess I am more perplexed now than when we started. I do not understand how the nation that commits the most violence and causes the most terror can claim other nations are the most terroristic. We Martians will have to study this question more closely."

South Korean opposition lawmakers end a parliamentary filibuster that lasted 192 hours - believed to be a new world record.

192 hours is just crazy

An apolitical analysis of what is happening in U.S. politics through the lens of Aggregation Theory

This is an amazing read. I haven't read "The Party Decides", though, so I defer to anyone with more polisci experience.
This is a big problem for the parties as described in The Party Decides. Remember, in Noel and company’s description party actors care more about their policy preferences than they do voter preferences, but in an aggregated world it is voters aka users who decide which issues get traction and which don’t. And, by extension, the most successful politicians in an aggregated world are not those who serve the party but rather those who tell voters what they most want to hear."

On July 21, 2010, Congress signed into law, as part of Dodd-Frank, a new Whistle-blower program, which Hunsader wouldn't learn about for several more years. That same afternoon, Hunsader was comparing the quote time-stamps in General Electric (GE) common stock between the SIP and NYSE's direct feed…

"On July 21, 2010, Congress signed into law, as part of Dodd-Frank, a new Whistle-blower program, which Hunsader wouldn't learn about for several more years. That same afternoon, Hunsader was comparing the quote time-stamps in General Electric (GE) common stock between the SIP and NYSE's direct feed (Open Book). What Hunsader discovered over the next few hours would become crucial evidence that led to the historic $5 Million fine against the NYSE on September 14, 2012. It was the first time the SEC had ever fined a Stock Exchange.

The January 15, 2016 SEC press release "SEC Awards Whistleblower More Than $700,000 for Detailed Analysis" had this to say about Hunsader's analysis:

“The voluntary submission of high-quality analysis by industry experts can be every bit as valuable as first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing by company insiders"
When the SEC called Hunsader in June 2015 to tell him about the award, he said to them:
"I would have accepted $1 if you simply acknowledged me at the time.""

Something must be done to combat this public health hazard. In 2000, the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) began requiring that researchers publicly register their research analysis plan before starting their clinical trials. From a new PLOS paper: … Continue reading →

Of course, doing science the "right" way is hard.

Oregon law was designed to help Google Fiber, but Comcast benefits, too.

As if we needed more reasons to dislike Comcast

Bryan Pagliano, a former Clinton staffer who help set up her private email server, has accepted an immunity offer from the FBI and the Justice Department to provide an interview to investigators, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN Wednesday.

OK. This is pretty huge. The staffer probably wouldn't take a deal unless something was up and they wanted to save themselves

It took a while, but FBI director Jim Comey got the grilling he deserves in the Apple v FBI case

"Members of Congress did something almost unheard of at Tuesday’s hearing on the brewing battle over encryption between Apple and the FBI: their job."

March 2, 2016

Exactly like we told you earlier, the largest taxi dispatch companies in the world -- Uber -- has officially launched its services in Lahore, Pakistan. Lau

Based on the numbers, it'll cost just a bit more than a rickshaw ride for a 30 minute ride, which is amazing, but I'm not sure how sustainable it is.

Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger threat because punishment is given a greater priority than health and human rights. It's time for regulations that put lives and safety first, argues former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Bold move, one which I totally agree with.

"The tendency in many parts of the world to stigmatize and incarcerate drug users has prevented many from seeking medical treatment. In what other areas of public health do we criminalize patients in need of help? Punitive measures have sent many people to prison, where their drug use has worsened. A criminal record for a young person for a minor drug offence can be a far greater threat to their well-being than occasional drug use."

They're heading to places like Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

Stories from software engineers at Google

Cool site, but I think the domain name could have been put to better use

Last week, I spoke to one of our service providers on the phone and had to clear security prior to actually having a conversation with the rep at the other end of the line. This wouldn't usually be a cause for comment, but the conversation left me thinking about why we still use such archaic se

Write. Don't stop. If you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will be lost.

This is an awesome idea!

The first questions about the loss of human identity in a tech-filled world were raised in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 hit film.

Looks like I really need to watch it

Mandrill, MailChimp’s SMTP-as-a-service offering with 800,000 customers and a $12MM ARR is essentially shutting down. They’re merging it into MailChimp, but updated the TOS and AUP with immediate effect in ways that essentially banned what was the service’s raison d’être: sending bulk mail programma…

Ouch. This is pretty horrible

How the Go programming language helped Uber Engineering build and scale our highest queries per second microservice, for geofence lookups.

A bit light on details though

DROWN is a serious vulnerability that affects HTTPS and other services that rely on SSL and TLS, some of the essential cryptographic protocols for Internet security. These protocols allow everyone on the Internet to browse the web, use email, shop online, and send instant messages without third-part…


Things Zach Holman said.

This is an awesome read

Unless you’re a writer, I imagine you haven’t been paying quite as close attention to the publishing industry and all its weirdness as I have, and that’s a shame, because it’s been really entertaining. Actually, entertaining isn’t the right word. It’s been insane, but the kind of insane that’s unre…

"Soon after that contract was signed, the other Big 5 contracts came due, and they all asked for the same Agency Model arrangement. Thus, the finest minds in publishing—or one might assume—negotiated themselves out of an arrangement whereby they sold more units at a lower cost without suffering the financial impact that comes with a lower unit cost.

On purpose."

"I mean it. One article after another, from the New York Times on down came news pieces declaring that print was making a comeback at long last, and the long national nightmare was over.

All it took was the biggest publishing companies in the world deliberately murdering their own share of the market. And it wasn’t even true."

"The only problem is this: the largest seller of print books right now happens to be Amazon. Guess who saw an uptick in print sales in 2015?"

Can I please have some of whatever they are smoking

In the 1970s, Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman invented the technology that underpins web commerce.

Well deserved

March 1, 2016

Science and medicine have done a lot for the world. Diseases have been eradicated, rockets have been sent to the moon, and convincing, causal explanations have been given for a whole range of forme…

"As the programmer Alberto Brandolini is reputed to have said: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” This is the unbearable asymmetry of bullshit I mentioned in my title, and it poses a serious problem for research integrity. Developing a strategy for overcoming it, I suggest, should be a top priority for publication ethics."

Alphabet Inc's Googleself-driving car struck a municipal bus in a minor crash - inwhat may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hittinganother vehicle.