The Billionaires and The Guru: How an Indian Family Burned Through $2B

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Vietnam Going Solar After Nuclear Power Plants Shelved

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The Vietnam government decided to embark on a number of projects to build large solar power facilities in the country and encouraged large companies to invest in the sector in order to prevent anticipated power shortages due to the recent cancellation ...

Show HN: Um – Create your own man pages so you can remember how to do stuff

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um is a command-line utility for creating and maintaining your own set of man-like help pages. Have you seen how long curl's man page is? How many times have you gone through it trying to figure out how to make a POST request?

Backyourstack: discover and sponsor your open-source dependencies

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If you want to analyze non-public repositories, sign in with your GitHub account or simply upload package.json and composer.json files. The uploaded files will not be shared with anyone and will be deleted when your session expire.

New evidence challenges the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment

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New evidence from the Zimbardo archives challenges everything you have taught (or been taught) about the Stanford Prison Experiment, argue Stephen Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Jay Van Bavel. But you don ’t need to take our word for it –we strongly ...

What Did Ada Lovelace’s Program Actually Do?

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The story of Microsoft ’s founding is one of the most famous episodes in computing history. In 1975, Paul Allen flew out to Albuquerque to demonstrate the BASIC interpreter that he and Bill Gates had written for the Altair microcomputer. Because neither ...

Parallel Programming with Python

Welcome to a short course that will teach you how to write Python scripts that can take advantage of the processing power of multicore processors and large compute clusters. While this course is based on Python, the core ideas of functional programming ...

Headless Chrome support in Cloud Functions and App Engine

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Earlier this year, Google Cloud announced support for the Node.js 8 runtime in the App Engine standard environment. Since then, we've been excited to see how web developers have been using the platform.

Creating the Innocent Killer

[This essay in slightly different form appeared originally in F oundation, the International Review of Science Fiction, Vol. 33, Number 90, Spring 2004, copyright © 2004 by the Science Fiction Foundation, on behalf of the contributors]

AV1 and the Video Wars of 2027

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Author ’s Note: This post imagines a dystopian future for web video, if we continue to rely on patented codecs to transmit media files. What if one company had a perpetual monopoly on those patents? How could it limit our access to media and culture? ...

Clover: 4-Bit Quantized Linear Algebra

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Cloveris a new library for the efficient computation on low-precision data, providing mathematical routines required by fundamental methods in optimization and sparse recovery. Our library faithfully implements variants of stochastic quantization ...

Detailed articles on the avionics of NASA’s space shuttle

The vehicle relies on computerized control and monitoring for successful performance. Displays on the flight deck allow onboard monitoring of systems, software processing and manual control for crew data and software manipulation. GNC software ...

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain

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Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every ...

50 Years in Tech. Part 2: Why HP Fell

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Board scandals, bad CEO hiring decisions, and at least one momentously bad acquisition provide a ready-made explanation for Hewlett-Packard’s decomposition. As a long-time (1968–1974) HP alumnus, I believe the trouble started much earlier .

Go Memory Management

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This is a blog post version of a talk I gave at Vilnius Go Meetup. If you’re ever in Vilnius and enjoy Go come join us and consider speaking 🙂 So, in this post we will explore Go memory management. Let’s begin with a following little program:

Two player Karateka using a 42 byte patch

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One of the first games I ever played on my family’s Apple IIe was the Jordan Mechner master work, Karateka. Fight the bad guys, save the princess –it ’s a simple but classic formula. My brother and I would take turns making our way through Akuma ’s ...

Overnight Brain Stimulation Improves Memory

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Benefits in long-term memory retention and generalization have been shown to be related to sleep-dependent processes, which correlate with neural oscillations as measured by changes in electric potential. The specificity and causal role of these oscillations, however, are still poorly ...

London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact: festering sewage

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You can now feast your eyes on a festering chunk of solidified sewage as it ages, not-so-gracefully, inside a specially-designed isolation case that is being livestreamed from a museum in London.

Insurance copays are higher than the cost of the drug about 25% of the time

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Health Two years ago Gretchen Liu, 78, had a transient ischemic attack —which experts sometimes call a “mini stroke ”—while on a trip to China. After she recovered and returned home to San Francisco, her doctor prescribed a generic medication called ...

Design errors Satoshi made

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New conversation Early version of bitcoind allows you to spend any coin by using "op_true op_return" as signature. It was initially possible to fork each version of the client on its own chain using "op_version"

Going FLOSS-only on Android

Someone recently asked me how my experience has been with a couple of ROMs I have tried on my Android phone. Which reminded me that I need to write a post detailing my ups and downs during the journey.

Don’t Do This in Production

Around March of 2017, I received a call asking for a code review on a product about to be launched. This company had issues with memory leaks, spontaneous crashing, slow loading, CPU spiking, and had to release in a couple of weeks. You might have ...

The scientists who starved to death surrounded by food

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The 900-day Siege of Leningrad during the Second World War was perhaps one of the most gruesome sieges in modern history. Hitler ’s diabolic plan was to choke all food supply routes to the city of two million residents and let nature do the dirty ...

Electric Scooters in New York City? They Just Might Work

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The dysfunctional subway system notwithstanding, there’s no shortage of ways to get around New York City these days — buses, bikes, taxis, mopeds, Uber, Lyft, Via, ferries, even roller skates. It ’s a boon that has benefited residents and visitors alike ...

The world's first floating farm making waves in Rotterdam

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The world's first offshore dairy farm opens in the Port of Rotterdam this year, with the aim of helping the city produce more of its own food sustainably. But will such farms ever be able to produce enough to feed the world's growing urban ...

An Online Magazine You Can’t Read Online

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The latest cover of The Disconnect, a new online magazine, features an animated digital fingerprint that is unique to you, the reader.…By Michael Segal The latest cover of The Disconnect, a new online magazine, features an animated digital ...

Making ASDF more magic by making it less magic

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This short essay describes some challenges I leave to the next maintainers of ASDF, the Common Lisp build system, related to the "magic" involved in bootstrapping ASDF. If you dare to read further, grab a chair and your favorite headache-fighting ...

Pop Songs Written by Native Speakers of Swedish

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If you were in the land of the living in ’93, you ’ll remember a song called “All That She Wants, ”by the Swedish band Ace of Base. I don ’t know anybody who resisted that song. I, who usually hate songs like that (porny-poppy, slick, computer-generated), ...

1968 Created the 'Ultimate' Anti-Sport Sport

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In the summer of 1968, Jared Kass was working at a camp for high school students in Massachusetts. He decided to teach the kids in his dorm a game that he'd learned at Amherst College, where he was a student.

Deep Reinforcement Learning: Pong from Pixels (2016)

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This is a long overdue blog post on Reinforcement Learning (RL). RL is hot! You may have noticed that computers can now automatically learn to play ATARI games (from raw game pixels!), they are beating world champions at Go, simulated quadrupeds are ...