Depixelizing Pixel Art (2011)

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Abstract We describe a novel algorithm for extracting a resolution-independent vector representation from pixel artimages, which enables magnifying the results by an arbitrary amount without image degradation. Our algorithm resolves pixel-scale features ...

Salon Magazine Mines Monero on Your Computer If You Use an Ad Blocker

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News organisations have tried many novel ways to make readers pay - but this idea is possibly the most audacious yet. If a reader chooses to block its advertising, US publication Salon will use that person's computer to mine for Monero, a cryptocurrency ...

Maybe you don't need Rust and WASM to speed up your JS

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Few weeks ago I noticed a blog post “Oxidizing Source Maps with Rust and WebAssembly” making rounds on Twitter - talking about performance benefits of replacing plain JavaScript in the core of source-map library with a Rust compiled to WebAssembly.

A Tribute to John Perry Barlow

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HIS rough features resembled the hard Wyoming land from where he came. Sandpaper skin, deep gorges across his forehead and wrinkles alongside the temples like cracked, dry earth. A craggy, stubborn nose. But gentle eyes, narrow as if formed by squinting ...

Reading bits in far too many ways

Resurrecting an old tradition of this blog, let's take a simple problem, go over a way too long list of alternative solutions, and evaluate their merits. Our simple problem is this: we want to read data encoded using some variable-bit-length code from a byte stream. Reading individual bytes, ...

Researchers Use CRISPR to Detect HPV and Zika

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Science published three studies today that all demonstrate new uses for CRISPR. The gene editing technology is typically thought of for its potential use in treating diseases like HIV, ALS and Huntington's disease, but researchers are ...

We Are the Threat: Reflections on Near-Term Human Extinction

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Figure 1. A “ sign o’ the times” offers terror-relieving propaganda during Hawaii’s recent missile alert scare. 1 The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island ...

Elm changed my mind about unpopular languages

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Have you tried using software from way off the beaten path? Maybe you tried to make software for your graphing calculatorand realized that you were one of five people to ever try that and there was no documentation. The experience sucks. You may be the ...

Peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head

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One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making…By Daniel A. Gross One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, ...

Tilemap generation from single example using ideas from quantum mechanics

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(C1) Each NxN pattern of pixels in the output should occur at least once in the input. (Weak C2) Distribution of NxN patterns in the input should be similar to the distribution of NxN patterns over a sufficiently large number of outputs. In other ...

OneLang – A tool to help writing code in multiple languages at the same time

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Frivpn – A multi-threaded OpenVPN client

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With Raspberry Pis, ODROIDs and APUs becoming ubiquitous and cheap devices, they are often used and configured as VPN gateways to the Internet. openvpn can't use those devices to their full capacity, since it runs single-threaded and quickly maxes ...

Use streaming JSON to reduce latency on mobile

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JSON streaming—or JSONS —is a simple technique we use to decrease search latency for users, particularly anyone on a slow connection. You ’ll see the most improvement for mobile users on HTTPS connections. You don ’t need complicated JSON parsers. Just ...

Rediscovering the Blazingly Bright Colors of Ancient Sculptures

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In 1811, a group of English and German scholars happened upon the Aphaia Temple, on the Aegina Island, in Greece. The temple dated from around 500 BC, and despite the centuries that had passed, at the time the site still held the remains of marble ...

Ask HN: What has HN given you?

For me the coolest thing about HN is the breadth of experts here for any (even niche) tech field. This allows for in depth understanding of new products (when someone who actually worked on the team making it is here) or calling out conspiracy theories ...

Self-driving car on Moscow streets after snowfall [video]

So You Think You Have a Power Law (2007)

Regular readers who care about such things — I think there are about three of you — will recall that I have long had a thing about just how unsound many of the claims for the presence of power law distributionsin real data are, especially those made ...

A taste of CoreData – A graph framework

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Before 2011, I was mainly working on C++/Qt for Gnu/Linux operating systems. I really enjoyed the documentation set and the clear tutorials the development team provided along with the SDK. I guess that still today, you can find a lot of answers by simply reading the documentation or some of the ...

Predicting Productivity Gains from Parking Behavior (2014)

The study of culture on economic development provides great potential for us to better understand why some economies grow faster. However, realizing this potential is challenging due to the difficulty of collecting cultural data and the unreliable ...

Finding the Greedy, Prodigal, and Suicidal Contracts at Scale

Abstract:Smart contracts---stateful executable objects hosted on blockchains like Ethereum---carry billions of dollars worth of coins and cannot be updated once deployed. We present a new systematic characterization of a class of trace vulnerabilities, ...

Limehouse Lights and the Lunar New Year: London's Two Chinatowns and Literature

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by Callum McKean, Curator of Contemporary Literary Archives and Manuscripts. This month the Library is running a series of events under the name China in Focus with speakers from a number of disciplines related to the study and appreciation of China and diasporic Chinese communities. All ...

Roth Agonistes

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During his early writing years in Chicago, Philip Roth began each morning by shouting at the young face peering out from the mirror at him: “Attack! Attack!” The force of Roth’s attack, sustained for more than a half-century, is what made his retirement so startling. It is also the quality that, ...

BACE1 deletion in the adult mouse reverses preformed amyloid deposition

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![Figure][1] BACE1 initiates the generation of the β-amyloid peptide, which likely causes Alzheimer’s disease (AD) when accumulated abnormally. BACE1 inhibitory drugs are currently being developed to treat AD patients. To mimic BACE1 inhibition in adults, we generated BACE1 conditional ...

Ancient DNA sheds light on what happened to the Taino, the native Caribbeans

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The Caribbean was one of the last parts of the Americas to be settled by humans, although scientists don ’t agree on when the first settlers arrived or where they came from. Some argue that people probably arrived from the Amazon Basin, where today ...

Günter Blobel, a Nobel laureate in medicine who found cell ‘zip codes’, has died

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Günter Blobel, a molecular biologist who was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Medicinefor discovering that proteins in any living cell have virtual ZIP codes that guide them to where they can help regulate body tissues, organs and chemistry, died ...

A320-X DRM: What happened

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--- EDIT: 16FEB2018 - 1445UTC---- We've updated and reopened our redownload area with the A320-X installer. You can use the details below to download it. We anticipate this installer now works properly. Apologies for the delays! ---- ...

Developing SaaS? Forget Scrum, Check Out Kanban and Similar Approaches

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Earlier this week I've had a chance to present WebCollage's agile development methodology at a local Agile Practitioners meeting. At WebCollage, we are releasing a new version of our SaaS based solution to our customers every two weeks. We released 23 versions in 2011, and will be releasing the ...

Latex-mimosis: A minimal and modern template for your thesis

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GitHub is home to over 20 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together. This repository contains a minimal & modern LaTeX template for dissertations and other university documents. ...

Twitter and the Internet War

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Twitter faces more challenges than most technology companies: ISIS terrorists, trolls, bots, and Donald Trump. But its last line of defense, the company’s head of trust and safety, Del Harvey, isn’t making things easier. “Del overcomplicates things . . . and you can see that in the way some of ...

Snapdocs (YC W14) Is Hiring Product Marketing Managers

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We’re launching a new line of products that will transform the mortgage industry. These products need naming, messaging, positioning, pricing, packaging, sales enablement, which is to say, product marketing. In this position you will play a crucial role across a wide spectrum of initiatives ...