To my surprise and elation, the Webb Space Telescope is going to work

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I met John Grunsfeld outside a coffee shop in Houston, across the street from Johnson Space Center, a little more than five years ago. He had only recently retired from NASA after a long and storied career. Over the course of nearly two decades, ...

About the security content of macOS Monterey 12.2

For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available. Recent releases are listed on the  Apple security updates page.

A Minimum Viable Computer, or Linux for $15

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This is a ‘Linux Swiss Army Knife ’, offering maximum utility while still being able to fit in your pocket. Is it fast? No. Can it run a GUI? Also no. But it can run scripts, ping a server, toggle a few GPIOs, and interact with a USB device. This ...

Stop Brainstorming

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“Brainstorming ”—the problem-solving technique of coming up with as many ideas as possible in a short period of time —has been showing up on a lot of my leadership meeting agendas lately. Many of my peers are employing brainstorming in the belief that, ...

Washington state shuts down Amazon price-fixing program nationwide

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Amazon will pay $2.25 million, stop its “Sold by Amazon” third-party seller program SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that, as a result of his office’s price-fixing investigation, Amazon will shut down the “Sold by Amazon” program nationwide. The Attorney General’s Office...

Zim – A Desktop Wiki

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Zimis a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images. Pages are stored in a folder structure, like in an outliner, and can have attachments. Creating ...

UBS Acquires Wealthfront for $1.4B

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ZURICH, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Swiss bank UBS has agreed to buy Wealthfront, a U.S.-focused automated wealth management provider with more than $27 billion in assets under management, in an all-cash deal the two companies said was worth $1.4 billion.

Show HN: Electric Tables – an experiment in personal databases

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I spend all day long slinging URLs around. Mostly, when I copy and paste a URL it’s treated as a string of characters. But you and I know that a URL is heavy. A URL is a representation of a blog post, or a product I want to buy, or a hike I want to ...

Why don't we use the math we learn in school?

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How much of the math you’ve learned in school do you use in everyday life? For the majority of people, the answer is surprisingly little. This question is at the heart of the problem of transfer of learning —how we apply what we ’ve learned to new problems ...

How the Soviets put a lander on Venus

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I made a follow-up to this video that I never released. Not because of the rampant science denial in the comments below this video but because I wasn’t really happy with it. You can watch it, but it’s not that good.

Universe (YC W18) Is Hiring Product Leads for Creation and Commerce Tools

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Join the Universe team.

The Internals of PostgreSQL

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PostgreSQL is a well-designed open-source multi-purpose relational database system which is widely used throughout the world. It is one huge system with the integrated subsystems, each of which has a particular complex feature and works with each ...

Worst practices are viral for the wrong reasons (2014)

This short post describes my hypothesis for why poor software engineering practices are more viral. Simply stated: The following two sections outline specific manifestations of this problem and how they promote the dissemination of worst practices. ...

AirPods don't “just work”

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AirPods are a fantastic product. However, the small annoyances that occur when using them don't allow it to fall under the category of Apple products that “Just Work”.

Gemini is a little gem

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I’m writing this post as a commentary about the usual criticisms of Gemini Protocol. The most recent post on that topic I read was マリウス . Gemini is Solutionism at its Worst. Instead of simply commenting on Hacker News like I did in previous similar ...

SPyQL – SQL with Python in the Middle

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SELECT date.fromtimestamp(purchase_ts) AS purchase_date, price * quantity AS total FROM csv WHERE department. upper() == 'IT ' TO json SQL provides the structure of the query, while Python is used to define expressions, bringing ...

A prisoner who worked out how to input Chinese characters into a machine

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This story is adapted from Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern , by Jing Tsu. It was 1968,two years into the Cultural Revolution. Shanghai was in the middle of an unseasonal heat wave, and its people cursed the “autumn ...

Turing Pi Trouble with PayPal

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Panwriter – Distraction-free Markdown editor with pandoc integration

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Focus on the content of your text. No fiddling around in menus or getting distracted by buttons. No selecting fonts and layouting before your text is actually written. Instead, you can write text in Markdown–a convention on how to write plain text ...

Phishing in organizations: Findings from a large-scale and long-term study [pdf]

Abstract —In this paper, we present findings from a large- scale and long-term phishing experiment that we conducted in collaboration with a partner company. Our experiment ran for 15 months during which time more than 14,000 study participants (employees ...

Run Ordinary Rails Apps Globally (2021)

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We’re Fly.io. We take container images and run them on our hardware around the world. It’s pretty neat, and you should check it out; with an already-working Docker container, you can be up and running on Fly.io in well under 10 minutes.

Society has a trust problem. More censorship will only make it worse

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Last year, in an interview with the New York Times, anthropologist Heidi Larson, founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, said that efforts to silence people who doubt the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines won’t get us very far. “If you shut down Facebook tomorrow,” she said, “it’s not going...

Sloth poaching in northwestern Colombia

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Altos de Polonia, ColombiaTo be a sloth catcher, you have to be an extraordinary climber. Yilber Benites and Yarlis Morales take off their T-shirts and flip-flops and disappear up the tree. Flashes of flesh and fabric weave through jostling branches as ...

Wordle-solving state of the art: all optimality results so far

Most mathematical questions one could have about Wordle are settled by now, and a few remain open. I summarize here what is known, as far as I can tell. Wordle comes with a dictionary of 12972 words that the player is allowed to use as guesses. ...

Show HN: Simple Zero-Knowledge Proof Treasure Hunt Game

Each of the following emojis below is associated with a secret (x, y) coordinate in an infinite grid of positive integers. Try to find all the coordinates! If you find a treasure, you can Download the JSON Proof file, and share that publicly. ...

Google rewrites many page titles

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Like most Google ranking signals, titles play only a small part in the overall algorithm. But because they are typically the first things users see in Google results, titles can have a large impact on click-through ratesand the number of visits your ...

Pfizer board member suggests end to mask, vaccine mandates

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and current board member at Pfizer, said that declining  COVID-19 cases should signal to policymakers that it is time to lift more pandemic-related restrictions.

Show HN: A simple Wordle clone in 60 lines, using Hyperscript

Pwnkit: Local Privilege Escalation in polkit's pkexec

Qualys Security Advisory pwnkit: Local Privilege Escalation in polkit's pkexec (CVE-2021-4034) ======================================================================== Contents ======================================================================== ...

How Claude Shannon helped kick-start machine learning

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Among the great engineers of the 20th century, who contributed the most to our 21st-century technologies? I say: Claude Shannon. Shannon is best known for establishing the field of information theory. In a 1948 paper, one of the greatest in ...