SpaceX Is Raising $500M at a $30.5B Valuation

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Elon Musk ’s rocket company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is set to raise $500 million at a $30.5 billion valuation, in a bid to help get its internet-service business off the ground, according to people familiar with the fundraising. ...

Novogratz's Crypto Trading Desk Lost $136M in Nine Months

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Firing Frankness

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My boss asks me what I really think of him. HR advises me to tell the truth. I’m fired. In a Palo Alto restaurant in January 1990, John Sculley and I have what turns out to be our last dinner together as fellow Apple employees …with the VP of HR in attendance. ...

How Alexa knows “peanut butter” is one shopping-list item, not two

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At a recent press eventon Alexa's latest features, Alexa ’s head scientist, Rohit Prasad, mentioned multistep requests in one shot, a capability that allows you to ask Alexa to do multiple things at once. For example, ...

Analyzing Hacker News book suggestions in Python

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A few days ago the traditional “what books did you read this year” thread popped up on Hacker News. The threadis full of very nice book suggestions. Attempting to make a reading list for next year I though it would be fun to get the data and analyze it. ...

New York's Low Apartment Turnover Hinders Affordability

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We are accustomed to gauging the housing health of cities through some familiar data points: vacancy rates, new building permits, affordability. But there ’s another, under-appreciated measure which explains a great deal about a city ’s housing market ...

Glitter bomb tricks parcel thieves

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A former Nasa engineer spent six months building a glitter bomb trap to trick thieves after some parcels were stolen from his doorstep. The device, hidden in an Apple Homepod box, used four smartphones, a circuit board and 1lb (453g) of glitter.

Why you should learn F#

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If you were thinking of learning a new programming language in 2019 then I would highly recommend to have a close look at F#. No matter if you are already a functional developer from a different community (Haskell, Clojure, Scala, etc.) or you are a complete ...

Stop Learning Frameworks

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We are developers. We need to stay up to date with technology. Every day, we learn programming languages, frameworks, and libraries. The more modern tools we know — the better. Me: “As a Java developer, I need to keep up with trends. GWT ...

Blue Apron becomes a penny stock, trading under $1 for the first time

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Amazon bought Whole Foods just days before Blue Apron's IPO and then soon after announced it was entering the meal-kit space. Blue Apronbecame a penny stock Tuesday, falling below the $1 mark for the first time as a publicly traded company. Shares ...

A Dictionary of Gestures

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You may have read about this during the Iraqwar. A group of local people approach an American position. A US soldier holds out his hand at arm ’s length, palm outwards, in the traditional gesture of ‘halt ’. The locals keep on coming. He repeats ...

Ambient Cruelty

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The ability to ruin a stranger’s life is a feature, not a bug of consumer rating systems It is a truism, backed with some evidence, that negativity makes a person seem smarter. In the 1980s, Harvard researcher Teresa Amabile took two pieces of literary ...

Show HN: Goldpinger – Visualize Kubernetes cluster connectivity

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Goldpinger makes calls between its instances for visibility and alerting. It runs as a DaemonSet on Kubernetes and produces Prometheus metrics that can be scraped, visualised and alerted on.

Reasons Python Sucks

Occasionally I go out to lunch with some of my techie friends and we have a great time geeking together. We talk about projects, current events, and various tech-related issues. Inevitably, the discussion will turn to programming languages. One might ...

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Spiking attractor networks

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Brains are comprised of networks of neurons connected by synapses, and these networks have greater computational properties than the neurons and synapses themselves. In this post, I am going to talk about a class of neural networks which I think ...

Littlewood's Law and the Global Media

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It ’s interesting that though Assad, ISIS, China, Russia etc all know that computers & networks are heavily pwned by their enemies like the USA, they still can ’t bring themselves to take it down or stop using them. ISIS, while losing, continued ...

The Spacing Effect: How to Improve Learning and Maximize Retention

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We are not taught how to learn in school, we are taught how to pass tests. The spacing effect is a far more effective way to learn and retain information that works with our brain instead of against it. Find out how to use it here.

Wolkenkit 3.0 – a CQRS and event-sourcing framework for JavaScript

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The past 6 months have been a highly exciting time for us. The wolkenkit CLIhas been downloaded more than 3100 times. We have been to conferences and meetups in various cities, including Berlin, Bonn, Kassel, Munich, Nuremburg, Stuttgart, and a few other ...

Launch HN: Deepgram (YC W16) – Scalable Speech API for Businesses

Hey HN, I’m Scott Stephenson, one of the cofounders of Deepgram ( https://www.deepgram.com/). Getting information from recorded phone calls and meetings is time-intensive, costly, and imprecise. Our speech recognition API allows businesses to reliably ...

The Electronic Coach (1959) [video]

Advent of Code Python Solutions, Explained

Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like. People use them as a speed contest, interview prep, company training, university ...

On Having No Head: Cognition Throughout Biological Systems (2016)

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V8 release v7.2

Enabling Faster, More Capable Robots with Real-Time Motion Planning

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Hardware-based motion planning that operates in under a millisecond makes robots both safer and more versatile A robot equipped with real-time motion planning can operate safely in an environment with humans, and can be deployed in relatively ...

Bastard Tetris

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"For people who enjoy swearing at their computer, Bastet (short for Bastard Tetris) is an attractive alternative to Microsoft Word." (taken from http://hublog.hubmed.org) Bastet is now hosted on github; check that page ...

Efficiency is fundamentally at odds with elegance (2013)

Q: In retrospect, wasn't the decision to trade off programmer efficiency, security, and software reliability in exchange for runtime performance a fundamental mistake? A: Well, I don ’t think I made such a tradeoff. I want elegant and efficient ...

Interactive Beginner's Guide to ROP

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Return-oriented Programming (ROP) is a binary exploitation technique that leverages exisisting code in the binary in order to execute attacker code. To follow this post it might be useful to have at least a little understanding of x86 assembly.

The usefulness of useless knowledge (1939) [pdf]

Walt Mossberg, Veteran Tech Journalist, Quits Facebook

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Walt Mossberg is far from alone in giving up on Facebook. But as a leading technology journalist who has spent decades chronicling the impact of Silicon Valley’s policies, his exit from the social network speaks louder than most.