Google's Project Loon is shutting down

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After 9 years surfing the stratospheric winds, Loon’s journey is coming to an end. When we unveiled Loonin June 2013, we meant everything in its name. It was a way-out-there and risky venture. Not just fragile-balloons-on-the-edge-of-space risky, but risky ...

AWS announces forks of Elasticsearch and Kibana

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Last week, Elastic announced they will change their software licensing strategy, and will not release new versions of Elasticsearch and Kibana under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (ALv2). Instead, new versions of the software will be offered under the Elastic License (which limits how it can be...

Show HN: Git News – Social News website for developers and GitHub fans

Social News website for developers and github fans

Tales of Favicons and Caches: Persistent Tracking in Modern Browsers [pdf]

Abstract —The privacy threats of online tracking have gar- nered considerable attention in recent years from researchers and practitioners alike. This has resulted in users becoming more privacy-cautious and browser vendors gradually adopting countermeasures ...

DeLorean considering all-electric reboot

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has completed a regulation permitting low volume motor vehicle manufacturers to begin selling replica cars that resemble vehicles produced at least 25 years ago. Congress enacted a DeLorean ...

Retiring Tucows Downloads

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We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site. We’re pleased to say that much of the software and other assets that made up the Tucows Downloads library have been transferred to our friends at the Internet Archivefor posterity. ...

Bitwarden releases “emergency access” feature

Bitwarden believes source code transparency is an absolute requirement for security solutions like ours. View full, detailed Release Notes in GitHub using any of the following links:

The database servers powering Let's Encrypt

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Let’s Encrypt helps to protect a huge portion of the Web by providing TLS certificates to more than 235 million websites. A database is at the heart of how Let’s Encrypt manages certificate issuance. If this database isn’t performing well enough, it can cause API errors and timeouts for our...

Monarch butterfly population in California spirals to another record low

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Early count numbers from Xerces’ Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count suggest that the western migratory population is headed for an all-time low. If early data reflects monitoring at the rest of the sites, we may see fewer than 10,000 monarchs overwintering in California this year.

Rust for Windows

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The windowscrate lets you call any Windows API past, present, and future using code generated on the fly directly from the metadata describing the API and right into your Rust package where you can call them as if they were just another Rust module. ...

Launch HN: Finmark (YC S20) – Financial planning software for startups

Hi HN! I’m Rami, cofounder of Finmark. We make it simple for companies to manage their runway, hiring, and cash. Three years ago a bad financial model almost killed my last company. A miscalculation in our behemoth of a financial model led us to overestimate ...

Still alive

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No, seriously, it was awful. I deleted my blog of 1,557 posts. I wanted to protect my privacy, but I ended up with articles about me in New Yorker, Reason, and The Daily Beast. I wanted to protect my anonymity, but I Streisand-Effected myself, and a bunch ...

DDoS-Guard to forfeit internet space occupied by Parler

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Parler, the beleaguered social network advertised as a "free speech" alternative to Facebook and Twitter, has had a tough month. Apple and Google removed the Parler app from its stores, and Amazon blocked the platform from using its hosting services. Parler has since found a home in DDoS-Guard,...

Why isn't differential dataflow more popular?

Differential dataflow is a library that lets you write simple dataflow programs and a) then runs them in parallel and b) efficiently updates the outputs when new inputs arrive. Compared to competition like spark and kafka streams, it can handle more ...

Unlocking LUKS2 Volumes with TPM2, FIDO2, PKCS#11 Security HW on Systemd 248

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TL;DR: It's now easy to unlock your LUKS2 volume with a FIDO2 security token (e.g. YubiKey or Nitrokey FIDO2). And TPM2 unlocking is easy now too. Blogging is a lot of work, and a lot less fun than hacking. I mostly focus on the latter because ...

What is good and bad about the F-35 cockpit

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The F-35 helmet: does it show too much too small? My background – Current F-35 pilot and Weapons School graduate. I Have flown the Harrier II and F/A-18 Hornet operationally as well as instructing Tactics and Weapons training squadrons. I can’t speak with much first-hand credibility about the...

Relationship Hero (YC S17) Is Hiring Coaches – Full Time Remote

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Work at Relationship Hero

Show HN: A dead code killer for Erlang

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From the creators of rebar3_format, here comes… rebar3_hank, a powerful but simple tool to detect dead code around your Erlang codebase (and kill it with fire!). Developers can use this rebar plugin in addition to a linter ( Elvis), Xref, and Dialyzer ...

New Intel CEO rehiring retired CPU architects

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We ’re following the state of play with Intel ’s new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, very closely. Even as an Intel employee for 30 years, rising to the rank of CTO, then taking 12 years away from the company, his arrival has been met with praise across the ...

Toolz: A functional standard library for Python

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These functions come from the legacy of functional languages for list processing. They interoperate well to accomplish common complex tasks. toolzsupports Python 3.5+ with a common codebase. It is pure Python and requires no dependencies ...

Judge refuses to reinstate Parler after Amazon shut it down

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U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein sided with Amazon, which argued that Parler would not remove posts from its site that threatened public safety in the wake of the Capitol riot.

Valetudo is a cloud-free web interface for robot vacuum cleaners

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In my review of Kyvol Cybovac S31 LDS smart robot vacuum cleaner, I noted that app permissions meant both the map of your house and GPS coordinates may be sent to the cloud. But it was pointed out to me that earlier LDS robot vacuum cleaners from Roborock/Xiaomi ...

SecureDrop: Share and accept documents securely

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SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can install to securely accept documents from anonymous sources. It was originally coded by the late Aaron Swartz and is now managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Bertrand Might: Life, legacy and next steps

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Established initially as a memorial after Bertrand “Buddy” Might’s sudden passing on October 23rd 2020at the age of 12, this page now serves to remember him as a person and also to coordinate and catalyze activities that honor his legacy, such as ...

How do you tag a jellyfish? (2017)

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They’re so soft—so squishy! Where to put a tag—and why bother? Questions like these moved scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Hopkins Marine Station and other institutions around the world to publish the first comprehensive how-to...

FunkWhale: Decentralized Music Server

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Funkwhale is a community-driven project that lets you listen and share music and audio within a decentralized, open network. Get started! Learn more… Upload your personal library to your pod, share it with friends and family, and discover talented creators. ...

Tini Veltman (1931–2021): From Assembly Language to a Nobel Prize

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Any serious calculation in particle physics takes a lot of algebra. Maybe it doesn’t need to. But with the methods based on Feynman diagrams that we know so far, it does. And in fact it was these kinds of calculations that first led me to use computers ...

What my retraction taught me

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In the middle of the pandemic, I got an e-mail asking whether I had access to data from the experiments behind a paper I ’d published in 2014. Three months later, I requested that the paper be retracted. The experience has not left me bitter: ...

Show HN: Pluto – In-browser spatial video chat

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Explore on your own, or bring your friends, family & co-workers to hang out.

Instacart to cut 1,900 jobs, including its only union roles

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