How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream

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OSTERILD, Denmark — At the northern end of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, the wind blows so hard that rows of trees grow in one direction, like gnarled flags. The relentless weather over this long strip of farmland, bogs and mud flats —and the real-world ...

Why it took a long time to build the tiny link preview on Wikipedia

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A few days ago,  my team launched a new feature on Wikipedia called “ page previews”. People seem to like it— we are seeing  5,000 hits to our API a minute to serve those cards that show when you hover over any link.

Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots

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Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking to a computer.

A helpful view on blockchain from Union Square Ventures

"Cryptonetworks" can help us build a more competitive, innovative, secure and decentralized Internet.  "Tokens" (also known as cryptocurrencies or cryptoassets) are integral to the operation of cryptonetworks.  As we design new laws and regulations in this emerging space, we should keep these ...

Show HN: ReactCircle – Renders SVG circle and percentage

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ReactCircle is opinionated and comes with default size and colors, just pass the progress prop to get them: import Circle from 'react-circle '; // All avaliable props for customization: // Details are ordered as: //<Type>: ...

You probably don't need AI/ML. You can make do with well written SQL scripts

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It's always fun when I speak to founders and potential founders and they are quick to tell me how they want to use AI/ML to improve customer retention and improve LTV. Truth is, they don't even need ML. A properly written SQL is what you ...

What's Not Included in Facebook's 'Download Your Data'

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When members of Congress asked Mark Zuckerbergearlier this month who owns Facebook users ’personal data, the Facebook CEO had a convenient response. Eight times during his testimony, he cited a feature called “Download Your Data, ”to show that Facebook ...

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a myth, according to study

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Forget what you've heard about 22-year-old wunderkinds, sitting in the corner offices of their wildly popular Silicon Valley startups—if you want to find the most successful entrepreneurs, you have to go back a few decades.

Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service

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Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service, which is designed to replace SMS text messages on Android phones. Chat has features such as group texts, videos, typing indicators and read receipts, which are not available ...

The Art of Picking Intel Registers (2003)

I wrote this article for an online magazine called Scene Zine. Scene Zine caters to the Demo Scene, which is an digital art community dedicated to pushing the limits of computers through a mix of music, art, and computer programming. A particular category ...

Bringing Objective-C to the Amiga

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Getting ObjFW to compile was easy. But running the resulting tests binary immediately resulted in "Program aborted". Huh, that was strange - I was already expecting exceptions not to really work, but then the first test using exceptions would ...

Memory, attention, sequences

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We have seen the rise and success of categorization neural networks. The next big step in neural network is to make sense of complex spatio-temporal data coming from observing and interacting with the real world. We talked before about the new wave of ...

A blockchain is a specific set of choices suitable for a narrow set of use-cases

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I've talked to a lot of distributed systems engineers (who build cloud-scale stuff) from across the industry about blockchain. While most platform folks I talked to are perfectly happy to help with frameworks that help selling product or services, ...

Giving away the company's secret sauce

One of the stories I learned when working in the dedicated/managed web hosting biz way back when was about how the entire market segment got going. I wasn't working there when this allegedly happened, but it still made for an interesting little ...

Impraise (YC S14) Hiring VP of Engineering in Amsterdam

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At Impraise, we believe in the power of people. As a market-leading technology company we make performance management meaningful for employees, actionable for managers, and painless for HR.

Renting is Throwing Money Away, Right? (2015)

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But perhaps the most absurd is the adage: “If you’re a renter, you’re throwing money away.” Let’s chat about the “should I rent or buy?” question using logic, math and reason, rather than ill-informed clichés.

Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention (2015)

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I remember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence in the panacea of technological progress…By Lee Billings Iremember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence ...

Thoughts on Low Latency Interrupt Handling

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For this analysis, I ’ll assume the microcontroller is an Atmel SAMD51. If I were actually building this hardware now, that ’s what I ’d probably choose. The SAMD51 is a fairly new 120 MHz ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller, and is like an upgraded ...

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Tesla batteries will live longer than expected, survey finds

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Tesla batteries retain over 90 percent of their charging power after 160,000 miles, according to data gathered by a Dutch-Belgium Tesla owners group. According to its survey of over 350 owners, the EVs dropped about 5 percent of their capacity ...

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

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If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms arranged in rigid geometric patterns. But once in a while, under just the right conditions, you get something entirely new: ...

Software Testing Anti-patterns

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There are several articles out there that talk about testing anti-patterns in the software development process. Most of them however deal with the low level details of the programming code, and almost always they focus on a specific technology or ...

The limits of information (2014)

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Do you remember telephone books? These great big lumbering things, often yellow, were once an indispensible part of every household. Today we don't need them anymore, as we can store several phone books' worth of information on small devices ...

Show HN: HoneyMoney – 100% more Bees than any other personal finance software

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Interns with toasters: how I taught people about load balancers

Several years ago, I wrote a description of a problem that could happen in a large load-balanced environment. When it landed on certain web sites, some of the commenters dismissed either it ("impossible") or me ("doesn't know anything ...

Union Types in Flow and Reason

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Union types are powerful yet often overlooked. At work, I’ve been using Flow which thankfully supports union types. But as I’ve refactored more of our code to use union types, I’ve noticed that our bundle size has been steadily increasing!

Parsing JSON is a Minefield

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[2016-10-26] First version of the article [2016-10-28] Presentation at Soft-Shake Conference, Geneva ( slides) [2016-11-01] Article and comments in The Register [2017-11-16] Presentation at Black Alps Security Conference, Yverdon ( slides) [2018-03-09] ...

Eventbrite has removed filming clause from agreement

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Maybe should explain why they sent no official communications about changes to their t&c's - either to add this section, or to remove it.

How to avoid getting stuck with the middle seat on a Ryanair flight

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I’ve noticed a lot of indignation lately towards the perceived change in how Ryanair allocates seats. For those unfamiliar with budget airline policies, Ryanair assigns you a seat at random unless you pay a charge—typically between €4 and €10. The ire has been directed at the claim that Ryanair ...

Walking While Black

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"My only sin is my skin. What did I do, to be so black and blue?" –Fats Waller, "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue?" "Manhattan's streets I saunter'd, pondering." –Walt Whitman, "Manhattan's Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" My love for walking started in childhood, out of necessity. No ...