BirdNet – The Easiest Way to Identify Birds by Sound

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“The free Cornell app, built on the lab’s industry-leading bioacoustics science, is by far the most accurate.” – Flying Lessons “BirdNET lets you record snippets of song and upload them for instant analysis.” – Wall Street Journal

Launch HN: Exams, tasks, K8, eCommerce, cell sites, health, data quality, travel

Hi all, this is the inaugural "Meet the Batch" post that we discussed a few days ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27877280. There are 8 startups in this thread. I've attempted to squeeze them all in the title above. The initial ...

If Richard Feynman applied for a job at Microsoft (2003)

April 20, 2003 interview Interviewer: Now comes the part of the interview where we ask a question to test your creative thinking ability. Don’t think too hard about it, just apply everyday common sense, and describe your reasoning process. Here ’s the ...

The Framework Laptop is now shipping

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Framework Laptops have shipped and we’re so excited for the first orderers to see and use the product that we are so proud of developing! We are hearing a lot of great reviews from Press and we’ll be on the lookout to hear customer thoughts and feedback as well.

Syncthing: Syncing All the Things

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Computing devices are wonderful; they surely must be, since so many of us have so many of them. The proliferation of computers leads directly to a familiar problem, though: the files we want are always on the wrong machine. One solution is synchronization services that keep a set of files up...

Floating wind turbines could rise to great heights

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O Royal Dutch Shell, an oil and gas company, and Scottish Power, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, a Spanish electricity utility, made an announcement. They were, they said, jointly submitting proposals to the British authorities to build, off the coast of Scotland, ...

Website changes design each time you blink

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Things are not always what they seem. Close and open your eyes. Has anything changed? Tiny details of the page change each time you blink. Can you find them? Requires camera access.

GitHub brings supply chain security features to the Go community

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The global Go community embraced GitHub from the beginning —both as a place to collaborate on code and a place to publish packages —leading to Go becoming one of the top 15 programming languages on GitHub today. We ’re excited to announce that GitHub ...

The University of California Is Lying to Us

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” is the cry that once stirred a nation to action, but out here in the crumbling state of California, we’re at a lower ebb. A hobbled people rally to a revolutionary whimper: “Put your pencils down.”

We’d Rather Have the Iceberg Than the Ship

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I recently bought a house in Madison, Wisconsin, but before I did I went through a series of adventures in different parts of the state exploring the property market. I was initially interested in Wisconsin because I have extended family there and ...

Learn Python by doing fun interactive exercises

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Joining Epic Python will give you lifetime access to a complete and easy to access course with over 90 interactive lessons and growing! This course is a fun and interactive way to learn Python! No more endless video tutorials or books that become outdated. ...

Beating the L1 cache with value speculation

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Abstract: If we have a heuristic to guess some value cheaply, we can remove a data dependency in a tight loop using the branch predictor. This allows the CPU to run more instructions in parallel, increasing performance. If this explanation does not ...

Can we survive technology? John von Neumann 1955 [pdf]

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Rescale (YC W12) Is Hiring Software Engineers

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Rescale is the leader in enterprise big compute and is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Silicon Valley. Our customers range from disruptive and innovative startups to leading global automotive manufacturers. Our dynamic team is welcoming, collaborative and diverse. Becoming a part of...

93% of Paint Splatters Are Valid Perl Programs (2019)

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In this paper, we aim to answer a long-standing open problem in the programming languages community: is it possible to smear paint on the wall without creating valid Perl? Read it on Google Docs or download a PDF. Or grab the entire SIGBOVIK 2019 ...

The Value of Doing a Little

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My fitness app gives me daily half-hour workout routines. The app, though, allows me to shorten them, on the day, to last half that. Or to lower their difficulty. Or both. I just didn’t get it. Why would the app allow me to cheat?

Time lapse doodle: Mark Weiser’s 1991 “Computer for the 21st Century” [video]

AWS's Egregious Egress

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Australia’s trash bin-raiding cockatoos

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Sulfur-crested cockatoos don ’t have the best reputation around their human neighbors in Stanwell Park, an affluent suburb an hour ’s drive south of Sydney, Australia. The wild animals have flourished in an urban environment, and with their success in ...

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Exoplanet building its own moons

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Pic Astronomers have for the first time spotted what appears to be a moon-forming ring of matter around a young exoplanet, and described their findings in a paper published on Thursday.

Glued to Your Phone? Here's How to Rethink Your Relationship with Social Media

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Navigating the internet can feel like a lot.There's cute animal videos, plant parent groups, inspiring fashionistas and information on many #movements. But there's also plenty of bad news, hate speech and harassment, catfishing, misinformation ...

Entropy and Algebra and Topology = ?

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Today I'd like to share some math connecting ideas from information theory, algebra, and topology. It's all in a new paper I've recently uploaded to the arXiv (https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.09581), which describes a correspondence between Shannon entropy and functions on topological simplices that...

The Nightmare of Our Snooping Phones

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This article is part of the On Tech newsletter . You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. “Data privacy ”is one of those terms that feels stripped of all emotion. It ’s like a flat soda. At least until America ’s failures to build even basic data ...

Judges reject Viasat’s plea to stop SpaceX Starlink satellite launches

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SpaceX can keep launching broadband satellites despite a lawsuit filed by Viasat, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Viasat  sued the Federal Communications Commission in May and asked judges for a staythat would halt SpaceX's ongoing launches ...

Remains of impact that created the Moon may lie deep within Earth

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Scientists have long agreed that the Moon formed when a protoplanet, called Theia, struck Earth in its infancy some 4.5 billion years ago. Now, a team of scientists has a provocative new proposal: Theia ’s remains can be found in two continent-size ...

It doesn't take much public creativity to stand out as a job candidate

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I ’ve spent nearly twenty years blogging, giving talks and releasing open source code. It ’s been fantastic for my career, and a huge amount of work. But here ’s a useful secret: you don ’t have to put very much work at all into public creativity in ...

Disinformation: It’s History

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Analogies have their limits. But history can help to disentangle the unprecedented from the historical. It can help to point out where phenomena really are new, such as the scale of internet usage.

Privacy is an afterthought. Here's how devs can easily make it better.

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“Move fast and break things ”sounds great on a t-shirt when you ’re building a calculator and the greatest risk is a minor miscalculation. Consider a civil engineer working on bridges and tunnels —would we be comfortable if they wore a t-shirt with ...

Google now shows why it ranked a specific search result

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Google now list several of the factors it used to rank a result in the about this result section. Google can now list several of the factors or reasons why it ranked a specific search result in its search results listings, the company announced ...

PlasticArm is a 32-bit bendable processor

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Wearable electronics, like watches and fitness trackers, represent the next logical step in computing. They've sparked an interest in the development of flexible electronics, which could expand the category to include products like clothing and ...