akp's reading list
A mostly complete list of articles I've read
There are currently 219 entries in the list
Last modified 2021-09-20
The spy tech that followed kids home for remote learning—and won’t lea - 2021-09-20
Description:Gaggle’s software monitors students’ use of school-issued accounts. But educators may not be prepared to respond to what they learn.
Why you need a personal laptop - The Verge - 2021-09-19
Description:Buying your own device is worth the cost.
Mailchimp Insiders React to Employees Getting No Equity From Intuit Sale - 2021-09-18
Description:Employees reacted with shock and anger after Intuit announced Monday it was buying Mailchimp for around $12 billion in stock and cash.
Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin | Reuters - 2021-09-18
Description:Alphabet's Google and Apple have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the U.S. tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs.
The Perils of an .xyz Domain - 2021-09-17
Description:Create a free virtual HQ in a few seconds.
#Shitlassian - story about how Atlassian fired me because my wife had cancer - 2021-09-17
Description:This is a real story about how Atlassian turned the life of Software Engineer into a nightmare, and how they terminated me while I was taking care of my wife who is fighting cancer. This story is about lies, violations of the law, about how desperate and disposable people are in this neo-feudalist organization - Atlassian, and about WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER JOIN ATLASSIAN, AVOID AT ALL COSTS, NEVER USE THEIR SOFTWARE AND RECONSIDER THEM IF YOU'RE ALREADY USING THEIR SOFTWARE.
The birth and death of a framework - stitcher.io - 2021-09-17
Description:My personal thoughts on the web and programming.
The American Style of Quotation Mark Punctuation Makes No Sense - 2021-09-16
Description:Erich Grunewald's blog: Texts on philosophy, poetry, literature, history, altruism, science, programming and music.
Python is a Bad Programming Language | by Michael Moreno | Nerd For Tech | Medium - 2021-09-15
Description:I’ll say it again: Python is a bad programming language, and the only reason it’s so popular today is because Google pushed it so hard in…
Mozilla bypasses Microsoft, makes it easier to set Firefox as default browser in Windows - Neowin - 2021-09-14
Description:Mozilla has circumvented Microsoft's anti-hijacking protections in Windows 10 and Windows 11 in order to allow users a simpler one-click process to change their default browser to Firefox, à la Edge.
Go'ing Insane Part One: Endless Error Handling – Pursuit Of Laziness – A blog by Jesse Duffield - 2021-09-14
Description:I’ve been using Go for a few years now, mostly in my open source project Lazygit. In my day job I use Ruby and Typescript, and I’ve also spent some time with Rust. Each of those languages have design quirks that can grind a developer’s gears, and although my own precious gears have been ground by every language I’ve used, Go is the only language that has made me feel indignant.
PHP maintains an enormous lead in server-side programming languages | Ars Technica - 2021-09-14
Description:Despite many infamous quirks, the server-side language seems here to stay.
How to back up your data and keep it safe - BBC News - 2021-09-13
Description:Experts recommend using three drives to back up your data and using cloud-based services.
The World's Oldest Active Torrent Turns 18 Soon * TorrentFreak - 2021-09-13
Description:The world's oldest active torrent file turns 18 years old this month and is still being seeded by dozens of people.
Fossil Fuel Capitalism Is Cutting Our Lives Short - 2021-09-13
Description:A new study shows that 17 billion life years could be saved if air pollution was reduced to WHO standards, but there's only one way to do it – ending the system that pollutes the world in the name of profit.
The outdated machine hampering the fight against Covid-19 - BBC Future - 2021-09-13
Description:Major backlogs in processing patient data during the pandemic are forcing the healthcare sector to reassess its relationship with fax machines.
Chris Corbett on Twitter: "Hey @StarbucksUK and @TrustArc if you get rid of the unnecessary timeouts there won't be any need for this processing "status". This only happens when you customise your privacy settings, can you explain that? Funny how some dark patterns are just accepted. https://t.co/qA231RjSeb" / Twitter - 2021-09-13
Description:Hey @StarbucksUK and @TrustArc if you get rid of the unnecessary timeouts there won't be any need for this processing "status". This only happens when you customise your privacy settings, can you explain that? Funny how some dark patterns are just accepted. https://t.co/qA231RjSeb
soft question - Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain - Mathematics Stack Exchange - 2021-09-12
Facebook Is Censoring People For Mentioning Open-Source Social Network Mastodon | The Changelog - 2021-09-12
Description:Last November, I made a brief post to Facebook about Mastodon. Mastodon is an open-source and open social network, which is decentralized and all about user control instead of corporate control. I&…
Outdated Answers: accepted answer is now unpinned on Stack Overflow - Meta Stack Overflow - 2021-09-11
Our fridge just emailed us to say we opened its door too many times | Hacker News - 2021-09-11
Apple must allow other forms of in-app purchase, rules judge in Epic v. Apple - The Verge - 2021-09-11
Description:The app store model on trial.
A nasty bit of undefined timezone behavior in Golang | DoltHub Blog - 2021-09-11
Description:Go is a great language. Really, it is! We complain about the rough edges, but on the whole it's been a great choice for us, and we're not…
Go is pass-by-value — but it might not always feel like it | neilalexander.dev - 2021-09-11
Description:Go is a programming language which passes by value, which effectively means that if you give a value as a parameter to a function, the received value within the function is actually a copy of the original. You can modify it however you wish and your changes will not affect the original value or escape the function scope. This is in contrast to some languages which pass values by reference instead of copying them.
The end of phone calls: why young people have silenced their ringtones | Mobile phones | The Guardian - 2021-09-10
Description:A survey has found only a fraction of 16- to 24-year-olds think phone calls are remotely important - so they’ve put their phones on vibrate
What if I were 1% charged? | Gravity and Levity - 2021-09-10
Description:In case you hadn’t heard, the universe is governed by four fundamental forces. But when it comes to understanding nature at almost any level larger than a nucleus and smaller than a planet, …
Hong Kong: Police raid Tiananmen Square museum - BBC News - 2021-09-10
Description:The raid comes a day after four members of the group that ran the venue were arrested.
20 years after 9/11: Will we ever stop taking off our shoes at airports? – Orange County Register - 2021-09-09
Description:As technology evolves, the process of moving through security checkpoints and boarding a plane is expected to become faster and more efficient.
Walid Ziouche - Saving costs asking for Forgiveness in Python - 2021-09-08
Recycling: How do you transform old PPE into something new? - BBC News - 2021-09-07
Description:Turning millions of disposable masks and medical waste into new items is one firm's new mission.
ZFS Is Mysteriously Eating My CPU - 2021-09-07
Description:ZFS Is Mysteriously Eating My CPU
After six months on Mars, NASA's tiny copter is still flying high - 2021-09-07
Description:It was only supposed to fly five times. And yet NASA's helicopter on Mars, Ingenuity, has completed 12 flights and it isn't ready to retire.
Germany wants smartphone makers to offer 7 years of software updates - 2021-09-07
Description:Germany is currently mulling over a new law that would force smartphone OEMs to deliver seven years of software updates for their devices.
Re: [GIT PULL] ntfs3: new NTFS driver for 5.15 - Linus Torvalds - 2021-09-07
The Red Warning Light on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Flight | The New Yorker - 2021-09-06
Description:The F.A.A. is investigating the ship’s off-course descent.
“Emojibake” are considered harmful | by Fredrick Brennan | Sep, 2021 | Medium - 2021-09-05
Description:Defined correctly, mojibake (日本語：文字化け) refers to the characters displayed when one views a document intended for one encoding with the…
They saw a YouTube video. Then they got Tourette’s | WIRED UK - 2021-09-05
Description:Hundreds of young people are displaying strikingly similar tic-like behaviours. But is it Tourette’s, or something more mysterious?
GoDaddy Boots Texas Right to Life Abortion 'Whistleblower' Site - 2021-09-05
Description:GoDaddy said it had given the anti-abortion tip line 24 hours to find a new hosting provider.
Covid: What do parents think about vaccinating children? - BBC News - 2021-09-04
Description:Parents share their thoughts on the prospect of offering Covid vaccines to all 12 to 15-year-olds.
'I've eaten the same breakfast for the last 22 years' - BBC News - 2021-09-04
Description:A veteran hotel inspector reveals the highs and lows of working undercover in Scotland.
Windows 11 Insider Preview makes it more difficult for users to default to Chrome - 2021-09-04
Description:Now that the Edge browser is built on Chromium, you'd think it would be virtually identical to Chrome, but both Google and Microsoft have maintained separate and quite distinct experiences even though their development teams are working closely together. For example, Edge implemented coupon hunting before Chrome added it to its new tab page modules...
Why can an ad break the Windows 11 desktop and taskbar? - 2021-09-04
Description:A new promo message for Microsoft Teams broke the Windows desktop shell and the taskbar for Windows 11 Insider users. Why can cloud services break Windows PCs?
Rejected internal applicants twice as likely to quit | Cornell Chronicle - 2021-09-04
Description:Internal job applicants who face rejection are nearly twice as likely to leave their organizations than those who were either hired for an internal job or had not applied for a new job at all, ILR School research finds.
The Australian federal government is planning to de-anonymize the internet | Hacker News - 2021-09-03
Experiments on a $50 DIY air purifier you can make in 30s - 2021-09-03
Description:You can make a DIY air purifier in 30s. To test if it works, I generated smoke, and measured how well it removes tiny particles.
Sky Subscribers' Piracy Habits Directly Help Premier League Block Illegal Streams * TorrentFreak - 2021-09-03
Description:Sky is monitoring the IP addresses of servers suspected of streaming pirated content and supplying that data to assist the Premier League.
Ben Krasnow on Twitter: "In case you consider buying: my @lenovo tablet was remotely modified via forced update to have un-dismissable, un-mutable, system ad notifications from an app that cannot be uninstalled or disabled. https://t.co/0tcG79bWVV" / Twitter - 2021-09-02
Description:In case you consider buying: my @lenovo tablet was remotely modified via forced update to have un-dismissable, un-mutable, system ad notifications from an app that cannot be uninstalled or disabled. https://t.co/0tcG79bWVV
Internet shutdowns by governments have ‘proliferated at a truly alarming pace’ - The Verge - 2021-09-02
Description:Internet shutdowns stifle freedom of speech, protest, and cause economic harm
The open calendar, task and note space is a mess - 2021-08-31
Manchester Pride: Protest held over festival management - BBC News - 2021-08-30
Description:Organisers say they will review activities following concerns about the event's management.
China cuts children's online gaming to one hour - BBC News - 2021-08-30
Description:Regulators are restricting game-playing for under 18s to an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays
Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns - 2021-08-30
Description:Ten federal agencies, from the departments of Agriculture to Veterans Affairs, said they intended to grow their face-scanning capabilities by 2023. One watchdog official said, “Even with all the privacy issues and accuracy problems, the government is pretty much saying, ‘Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.'"
When you finish celebrating Linux turning 30, try new Linux 5.14, says Linus Torvalds • The Register - 2021-08-30
Description:'We have another 30 years to look forward to,' says Emperor Penguin – and less to worry about as Spectre-proofing code arrives
“Worst cloud vulnerability you can imagine” discovered in Microsoft Azure | Ars Technica - 2021-08-30
Description:30% of Cosmos DB customers were notified—more are likely impacted.
How MarkMonitor left >60,000 domains for the taking - 2021-08-30
Description:Thanks to Nagli and d0xing for helping figure out what was happening with this issue.
EU agency advises against using search & browsing history for credit scores - The Record by Recorded Future - 2021-08-29
Description:The European Union's lead data protection supervisor has recommended on Thursday that personal data such as search queries & internet browsing history should not be used for the assessment of credit scores and creditworthiness.
Weird Languages - 2021-08-29
Kyle Morris on Twitter: "FB messenger silently censors some covid-related links but claims the messages were sent 🙃 im pro-science/vaccine/etc, but this not cool fb https://t.co/fJTZcTziy1" / Twitter - 2021-08-29
Description:FB messenger silently censors some covid-related links but claims the messages were sent 🙃 im pro-science/vaccine/etc, but this not cool fb https://t.co/fJTZcTziy1
The real OnlyFans scandal is the unaccountable power of platforms and banks | Jillian C York | The Guardian - 2021-08-29
Description:The service has reversed its ban on sexual content, but valid – and legal – forms of expression for sex workers are still under threat, says author Jillian C York
Running DOOM on a Hacked CaptionCall Landline - 2021-08-28
Description:Recently, I came across a very interesting telephone service called CaptionCall. For those of you who don’t know about this service, it’s essentially a gover...
🏡 Neil's Place - DoomPhone - 2021-08-28
Description:Technical Review: How I hacked an office telephone to play DOOM
Models of Generics and Metaprogramming: Go, Rust, Swift, D and More - Tristan Hume - 2021-08-28
the_future_of_dpy.md - 2021-08-28
Description:GitHub Gist: instantly share code, notes, and snippets.
The underutilized usefulness of sync.Once | ramblings of 1lann - 2021-08-27
Description:sync.Once is pretty underrated
Hacker Claims Responsibility for T-Mobile Attack - Says: "Their Security is Awful" - 2021-08-27
Description:A hacker has claimed partial responsibility for T-Mobile data breach and he describes their security as
What I learned from an unlikely friendship with an anti-masker | Life and style | The Guardian - 2021-08-27
Description:Frank’s views were disturbing, a brazen assertion of white privilege. But with our fates more clearly tied together than ever, I needed to understand him
Afghanistan: Tired, overwhelmed Afghan families start new lives in the UK - BBC News - 2021-08-27
Description:Having escaped Kabul, overwhelmed Afghan families arrive at Heathrow to begin their new lives.
Reddit takes a teach-the-controversy approach to pandemic and vaccines | Ars Technica - 2021-08-27
Description:In post on vaccination debate, Reddit says dissent is "foundation of democracy."
The Rise Of User-Hostile Software | Den Delimarsky - 2021-08-26
Description:Or why software we get today is not the software we should strive to be getting tomorrow.
The Thing About Homophobia | The New Yorker - 2021-08-26
Description:We’re baffled by the ghoulishness of it, and by its startling predictability. We also have to live with its consequences.
JJ Chalmers: Meeting the pilot who flew me home injured from Afghanistan - BBC News - 2021-08-25
Description:JJ Chalmers was flown to Tokyo by the same man who flew him home from Afghanistan 10 years ago.
Nirvana sued by the baby from Nevermind's album cover - BBC News - 2021-08-25
Description:Spencer Elden, who was photographed as a four month-old, is alleging child pornography.
Samsung Supports Retailers Affected By Looting With Innovative Television Block Function – Samsung Newsroom South Africa - 2021-08-25
Description:JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 06 August 2021 – Samsung South Africa has announced the implementation of a Television Block Function on all Samsung TV sets. The
Waypoint - The official Waymo blog: Welcoming our first riders in San Francisco - 2021-08-25
YouTube is forcing the popular Groovy Discord music bot offline - The Verge - 2021-08-25
Description:Google gave the Groovy Bot owners seven days to comply.
What About the Afghanistan Flag Emoji? - 2021-08-24
Description:With the uncertain and ongoing situation in Afghanistan right now, one question that arises with consistency at times like this relates to the flag. If the flag of Afghanistan changes: what happens to the emoji? The short version is this: Emoji flags are a placeholder for the current flag of
‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care | Mental health | The Guardian - 2021-08-24
Description:Three parents forced to give up their lives and careers to get help for their severely ill children tell their stories
The Guerrilla Artist Who Fixed L.A.'s Worst Freeway Sign - 2021-08-24
Description:20 years after his “Guerrilla Public Service” project, the artist Richard Ankrom looks back on the legendary freeway stunt and its legacy.
Bringing the Unix Philosophy to the 21st Century | Brazil's Blog - 2021-08-24
Description:JSON output must become the norm for application pipelining. Until then, jc can help.
Razer bug lets you become a Windows 10 admin by plugging in a mouse - 2021-08-24
Description:A Razer Synapse zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed on Twitter, allowing you to gain Windows admin privileges simply by plugging in a Razer mouse or keyboard.
As demand for bikes surged, Amazon got in the way - The Verge - 2021-08-24
Description:Customer service on Amazon can’t compare to an independent bike shop.
Deno on MDN | Deno Blog - 2021-08-24
Description:Web compatibility data for Deno is now available on MDN.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council reviews trans guidance after row over pupil - BBC News - 2021-08-24
Description:Teachers started calling a pupil by a new name without speaking to the parents, their lawyer says.
Should Your Web History Impact Your Credit Score? The IMF Thinks So - ExtremeTech - 2021-08-23
Description:The IMF thinks your credit history should be tied to your browser history. The IMF is incorrect.
Hydrogen lobbyist quits, slams oil companies’ “false claims” about blue hydrogen | Ars Technica - 2021-08-23
Description:Recent studies have questioned blue hydrogen’s low-carbon bona fides.
A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped • The Register - 2021-08-23
Description:Plus: Intel winds down RealSense, and more
Jeremy C. Owens on Twitter: "Google has a secret initiative originally called "Project Hug" that offers app makers like Activision Blizzard special treatment in exchange for paying the 30% fee and being quiet about it. https://t.co/gq0m2tIVry" / Twitter - 2021-08-22
Description:Google has a secret initiative originally called "Project Hug" that offers app makers like Activision Blizzard special treatment in exchange for paying the 30% fee and being quiet about it. https://t.co/gq0m2tIVry
‘I Don’t Want to Be ‘Like a Family’ With My Co-Workers’ - 2021-08-22
Description:This expectation isn’t healthy or reasonable, but it’s also not uncommon.
Woman reverses own car off truck to foil Wolverhampton theft - BBC News - 2021-08-21
Description:She saves her vehicle from a transporter's ramp shortly after leaving a slimming club at a church.
Post-Culture Review on Twitter: "A lot of people are getting the OnlyFans story wrong, and the reality of it is a lot more damaging and concerning to both the livelihood of sex workers and online freedom in general." / Twitter - 2021-08-21
Description:A lot of people are getting the OnlyFans story wrong, and the reality of it is a lot more damaging and concerning to both the livelihood of sex workers and online freedom in general.
A Facebook hacker beat my 2FA, bricked my Oculus Quest, and hit the company credit card – CodeWritePlay - 2021-08-21
Description:If you haven’t been following the action on Twitter, you may or may not have noticed I vanished from Facebook and Instagram. That was just the beginning. In this post I’ll run you throu…
ImageNet contains naturally occurring NeuralHash collisions - 2021-08-20
Description:NeuralHash is the perceptual hashing model that back's Apple's new CSAM (child sexual abuse material) reporting mechanism. It's an algorithm that takes an image as input and returns a 96-bit unique identifier (a hash) that should match for two images that are "the same" (besides some minor perturbations like JPEG
OnlyFans to Bar Sexually Explicit Videos Starting in October - Bloomberg - 2021-08-20
Description:OnlyFans is getting out of the pornography business.
Inside YouTube’s Dissociative Identity Disorder Community - 2021-08-19
Description:People with dissociative identity disorder have started presenting their selves on YouTube to rapturous fans.
All the Ways Spotify Tracks You—and How to Stop It | WIRED - 2021-08-16
Description:Whether you're listening to workout music or a "cooking dinner" playlist, the app can show you ads based on your mood and what you're doing right now.
10×10% – Random Thoughts - 2021-08-15
Description:Hey, that took only a month, which means that it’s time, once again, to display some Emacs charts. And since this is the tenth post in this series, I thought I’d natter on even more tha…
Progress Report: August 2021 - Asahi Linux - 2021-08-15
Why do I write? - stitcher.io - 2021-08-14
Description:Thoughts on a fast-food content-creation culture
Amazon will monitor workers' keystrokes to 'combat data theft' - 2021-08-14
Description:The company defends the decision citing instances when hackers or imposters might have accessed a worker's account to steal customer information.
Handling Errors from Deferred Functions in Go | Thomas Stringer - 2021-08-14
Description:Being able to defer functions is a powerful feature. But with the Go error handling pattern, it can be easy to ignore errors. Take this for example:
This Leeds dad makes teddies with health conditions to help children living with medical disorders - 2021-08-14
Description:From pacemakers to hearing aids, Emily Cope meets the man who makes teddy bears who wear medical devices
Apple regrets confusion over 'iPhone scanning' - BBC News - 2021-08-14
Description:The iPhone-maker will introduce tools that can detect child sex abuse images uploaded to iCloud.
FOSS app removed from the Play Store for linking to the project's website | Hacker News - 2021-08-14
Berlin embassy arrest: A case of old-school spying? - BBC News - 2021-08-12
Description:Why nothing in the case of the arrest of a man at the British Embassy in Berlin should surprise us.
GitHub’s Engineering Team has moved to Codespaces | The GitHub Blog - 2021-08-12
Description:Over the past months, we’ve left our macOS model behind and moved to Codespaces for the majority of GitHub.com development.
The Infrastructure Bill Requires New Cars To Come With Unproven Drunk Driving Detection Technology – Reason.com - 2021-08-08
Description:As early as 2026, new cars will have to come equipped with "advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology."
Covid in Sydney: Communities feel under siege as troops deployed - BBC News - 2021-08-08
Description:Residents say they're being treated like second-class citizens to stem a Covid outbreak.
Why CAPTCHA Pictures Are So Unbearably Depressing | by Clive Thompson | Aug, 2021 | Medium - 2021-08-08
Description:They force you to look at the world the way an AI does
Ryan Reynolds: Why Free Guy is more than a 'video game movie' - BBC News - 2021-08-07
Description:The Canadian actor's latest film sees him play a different kind of "naïve and innocent" character.
Xsolla fires 150 employees using big data and AI analysis, CEO’s letter causes controversy | Game World Observer - 2021-08-07
Description:Russian payment services company Xsolla has fired 150 employees at once. What caused controversy wasn’t the staff reduction itself but the CEO’s letter, in which he tried to explain the reason behind this decision.
6 Command Line Tools for Productive Programmers - Earthly Blog - 2021-08-06
Description:Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more things at the command line. I’m not a hard-core terminal guy – I use VSCode more than Vim – but I’m always surpr...
How does Go calculate len()..? – tpaschalis – software, systems - 2021-08-06
Description:The impetus for this post was a question on the Gophers Slack a while back. A fellow developer wanted to know where to find more information on len.
The YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot - BBC News - 2021-08-06
Description:A mysterious marketing agency secretly offered to pay social media stars to spread disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines
Google Maps warns drivers about emission charges - BBC News - 2021-08-06
Description:Drivers heading through London or Paris will receive a warning about clean-air fees and fines.
Joshua Spriestersbach arrested after case of mistaken identity in Hawaii - The Washington Post - 2021-08-06
Description:“Every aspect of our justice system played a role in this miscarriage of justice,” Innocence Project co-director Kenneth Lawson told The Washington Post.
A growing number of Americans are renouncing their citizenship - Axios - 2021-08-06
Description:The reasons renouncing citizenship tend to be financial, not political.
Ben Nuttall - The surreal experience of my first developer job - 2021-08-05
Description:Nearly ten years ago I graduated with a degree in Mathematics & Computing, with a keen interest in pursuing a career involving maths and programming, but with little idea how. First and foremost I had decided to stay in Manchester after uni, rather than risk getting stuck at my parents’ if I moved back home. […]
The 5-hour CDN · Fly - 2021-08-04
Description:You can build a functional CDN on an 8-year-old laptop while you're sitting at a coffee shop. Here's what a CDN you put together in five hours might look like.
Amazon Unlawfully Confiscated Union Literature, NLRB Finds - 2021-08-04
Description:The National Labor Relations Board found that Amazon illegally interfered with worker organizing at its Staten Island, New York warehouse in May.
Why Don’t Tech Companies Pay Their Engineers to Stay? | by Matthew Dean | Jul, 2021 | Marker - 2021-08-04
Description:Staying in a role builds valuable, company-specific domain knowledge. Leaving often results in a pay day.
‘It has to be known what was done to us’: Natick couple harassed by eBay tell their story for the first time - The Boston Globe - 2021-08-04
Description:David and Ina Steiner were terrorized for weeks in the summer of 2019 by a team of employees from Internet giant eBay. Here is their account of the events, which have led to criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.
Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it | TechSpot - 2021-08-04
Description:The social networking giant confirmed as much to The Information (paywalled), and is apparently one of several tech companies interested in a field known as homomorphic encryption....
Two months in: How the SaaS that was built in 7 days is going | OnlineOrNot - 2021-08-04
Description:Just over two months I started OnlineOrNot by building an MVP in a single week sprint. Here's an update on how it's going.
Launchpad now runs on Python 3! | Colin Watson's blog - 2021-08-03
Description:After a very long porting journey, Launchpad is finally running on Python 3 across all of our systems. I wanted to take a bit of time to reflect on why my emotional responses to this port differ so much from those of some others who’ve done large ports, such …
The push for a "PBS for the internet" - Axios - 2021-08-03
Description:Revamping the structure of public media could help shore up local news.
The most unbelievable things about life before smartphones - by Matt Ruby - The Rubesletter by Matt Ruby (of Vooza) | Sent every Tuesday - 2021-08-03
Description:An essay about life pre-iPhone addiction, why you're wrong about Salt Bae, an Indian butter chicken Instant Pot adventure, and a new Hell & Wellness pod discussing Marie Kondo.
France Gave Teenagers $350 for Culture. They’re Buying Comic Books. - The New York Times - 2021-08-02
Description:Young people can buy books, tickets and classes via a government smartphone app. But rather than discovering highbrow arts, many are choosing mass media they already love.
Init Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad · npf.io - 2021-08-02
Error Flags · npf.io - 2021-08-02
‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’ - BBC News - 2021-08-02
Description:John Corcoran graduated from university and became a teacher for 17 years - but he had an extraordinary secret.
Why printers add secret tracking dots - BBC Future - 2021-08-02
Description:They’re almost invisible but contain a hidden code – and now their presence on a leaked document has sparked speculation about their usefulness to FBI investigators.
My tiny side project has had more impact than my decade in the software industry – Mike's corner of the web - 2021-08-02
New in Git: switch and restore - 2021-08-02
Description:To my surprise, I recently found out about 2 new additions to the list of high-level commands: git restore and git switch
Daniel Hale Receives 45-Month Prison Sentence For Leak - 2021-08-01
Description:A federal judge in Eastern District of Virginia sentenced drone whistleblower to 45 months in prison for leaking drone documents to reporter.
Idiots And Maniacs - Earthly Blog - 2021-07-30
Description:ObservabilityIf you do software-as-a-service development and you have paying customers, you at some point learn about the need for operational moni...
Activision Blizzard Hires Notorious Union-Busting Firm WilmerHale — Promethean - 2021-07-30
Description:Facing lawsuits exposing its abuse and harassment of workers, Activision Blizzard has hired WilmerHale, the legal world’s shock troopers for union-busting.
Why Discord is switching from Go to Rust | by Jesse Howarth | Discord Blog - 2021-07-29
Description:Rust is becoming a first class language in a variety of domains. At Discord, we’ve seen success with Rust on the client side and server…
IPv4 pricing | Hacker News - 2021-07-29
The NHS App has quietly become a vaccine passport | WIRED UK - 2021-07-28
Description:More than ten million of us have downloaded it, despite the government saying vaccine passports aren’t a thing. What gives?
Video game developers at Activision Blizzard say they'll walk out Wednesday - Axios - 2021-07-28
Description:Walkouts are a drastic measure in a largely non-unionized field, a testament to just how angry employees are.
Moving SciPy to the Meson build system | Quansight Labs - 2021-07-27
Description:Let's start with an announcement: SciPy now builds with Meson on Linux, and the full test suite passes! This is a pretty exciting milestone, and good news for SciPy maintainers and contributors - they
For developers, Apple’s Safari is crap and outdated – Perry Sun | Blog - 2021-07-27
Description:Until its recent demise, Internet Explorer was the browser hated most by web developers. Internet Explorer is now a thing of the past, replaced by the far-better Microsoft Edge. Why did developers …
Windows Defender blocks qBittorrent | Hacker News - 2021-07-27
Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles - The Verge - 2021-07-27
Description:Toyota used to lead in fuel economy standards.
We don't need runtime type checks - stitcher.io - 2021-07-27
Description:Making the case for static analysis
Signal on Android: Images sent to wrong contacts | Hacker News - 2021-07-26
Tokyo’s Olympics Have Become the Anger Games | The New Yorker - 2021-07-25
Description:The Olympics are supposed to be a symbol of global togetherness, but Tokyo’s are shaping up to be the least wanted in history.
Google pushed a one-character typo to production, bricking Chrome OS devices | Ars Technica - 2021-07-25
Description:Google broke a conditional statement that verifies passwords. A fix is rolling out.
How Empty Storefronts Are Killing Our Neighbourhoods | The Walrus - 2021-07-25
Description:All over North America, speculators are raising rents and pushing out tenants. Will our cities ever be the same?
AWS’s Egregious Egress - 2021-07-24
Description:Amazon’s mission statement is: “We strive to offer our customers the lowest possible prices, the best available selection, and the utmost convenience.” And yet, when it comes to egress, their prices are far from the lowest possible.
Interesting Go Memory Issue | Ben E. C. Boyter - 2021-07-23
Building Business Applications in Go - Three Dots Labs - 2021-07-23
Description:Miłosz Smółka is one of the co-founders of Three Dots Labs - a consulting and development agency specializing in building business applications in Go.
Exclusive: Discord is getting threads – this is what it looks like | TechRadar - 2021-07-23
Description:One of the most useful Discord features yet
Reflections as the Internet Archive turns 25 - Internet Archive Blogs - 2021-07-23
Description:As a young man, I wanted to help make a new medium that would be a step forward from Gutenberg's invention. By building a Library of Everything in the digital age, I thought the opportunity was not just to make it available to everybody in the world, but to make it better-- smarter than paper. By using computers, we could make the Library not just searchable, but organizable; make it so that you could navigate your way through millions, and maybe eventually billions of web pages.
Migrating Facebook to MySQL 8.0 - Facebook Engineering - 2021-07-23
Description:We are sharing how we tackled the migration to MySQL 8.0 — and some of the surprises we had in the process.
Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech | WIRED - 2021-07-23
Description:AI programs that analyze language have difficulty gauging context. Words such as “black,” “white,” and “attack" can have different meanings.
Mars rover: Nasa's Perseverance prepares to drill first rock sample - BBC News - 2021-07-22
Description:Nasa's Perseverance robot is about to begin its search for life's traces on the Red Planet.
Germany’s national healthcare system adopts Matrix! | Matrix.org - 2021-07-22
Covid in Scotland: Surgery backlog 'could take years' to tackle - BBC News - 2021-07-21
Description:The chief executive of NHS Grampian says waiting lists due to Covid across Scotland will not be stabilised in a matter of months.
Refactoring as Anxiety Relief :: Milk and Cigarettes - 2021-07-21
Description:Refactoring as Anxiety Relief
Tech CEO Says Workers Get Too Much Pay and Benefits - 2021-07-21
Description:After raising $235 million in funding, AnyVision CEO Avi Golan tried to rally fellow executives to #stopthemadness of rising salaries for workers.
Low Pay Is The Main Reason So Many Workers Are Quitting Restaurant Jobs : NPR - 2021-07-21
Description:Average wages for nonmanagers at restaurants and bars hit $15 an hour in May, but many say no amount of pay would get them to return. They are leaving at the highest rate in decades.
Your Idea Is Brilliant, Your Idea Is Worthless (KS Lesson #204) – Stonemaier Games - 2021-07-21
Description:While I was at a family wedding a few weeks ago, one of my aunts asked me, “So, what’s the hardest part about designing a game? It must be coming up with the ideas, right?” I laug…
When Buddhism Goes Bad - by Dan Lawton - Dan Lawton - 2021-07-21
Description:How My Mindfulness Practice Lead Me To Meltdown
How to Become a Master at Talking to Strangers - 2021-07-20
Description:Entrepreneurs must become experts at connecting with anyone-and with a few simple strategies, you can. Here's what happened when I tried them myself.
metablog: Glue: the Dark Matter of Software - 2021-07-20
Description:"Software seems 'large' and 'complicated' for what it does". I keep coming back to this quote by Alan Kay. The same feeling has been na...
EU plans to make Bitcoin transfers more traceable - BBC News - 2021-07-20
Description:Companies handling crypto-assets would have to collect customer details.
Coronavirus doctor's diary: Unvaccinated patients with many regrets - BBC News - 2021-07-20
Description:The number of Covid patients in Bradford Royal Infirmary is rising sharply - and half are unvaccinated.
Amazon Shuts Down NSO Group Infrastructure - 2021-07-20
Description:The move comes as activist and media organizations publish new findings on the Israeli surveillance vendor.
Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech • The Register - 2021-07-20
Description:Theft spree repeatedly blamed on wrong guy – lawsuit
Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in Palestinian territories - BBC News - 2021-07-19
Description:The ice-cream maker said it was “inconsistent with our values” to continue selling products in the region.
Bristol Bisons gay rugby player allowed to stay in UK - BBC News - 2021-07-19
Description:Ken Macharia feared for his safety in Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal.
Last Week on My Mac: The perils of M1 Ownership – The Eclectic Light Company - 2021-07-19
Description:The primary admin account on an M1 Mac is its Owner, responsible for authorising the installation and use of second operating systems. Here’s what can go wrong with Ownership.
Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship | Electronic Frontier Foundation - 2021-07-19
Description:Conservatives are being censoredClaiming that “right-wing voices are being censored,” Republican-led legislatures in Florida and Texas have introduced legislation to “end Big Tech censorship.” They say that the dominant tech platforms block legitimate speech without ever articulating their...
Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon | Surveillance | The Guardian - 2021-07-18
Description:Spyware sold to authoritarian regimes used to target activists, politicians and journalists, data suggests
Inserting One Billion Rows in SQLite Under A Minute - blag - 2021-07-18
Description:This is a chronicle of my experiment where I set out to insert 1B rows in SQLite
I'm a Frito-Lay Factory Worker. I Work 12-Hour Days, 7 Days a Week - 2021-07-18
Description:Hundreds of workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas are striking for the first time.
GM Will Suck Lithium From the Salton Sea to Make Batteries - 2021-07-18
Description:The process will have a lower environmental impact than traditional lithium mining.
What I learned from Software Engineering at Google | Swizec Teller - 2021-07-17
Description:When I first picked up Software Engineering at Google I thought it was another one of those FAANG books full of lessons that make no sense at human scale. I was surprised, lessons apply to teams as small as 5.
Better Motherfucking Website - 2021-07-17
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Matias Bontempo on Twitter: "It looks like you can use #github #copilot to chat and ask your development questions. https://t.co/rKzHtSEsqS" / Twitter - 2021-07-17
Description:It looks like you can use #github #copilot to chat and ask your development questions. https://t.co/rKzHtSEsqS
Clippy returns - as an emoji - BBC News - 2021-07-17
Description:Microsoft changes its paperclip emoji to look like its early virtual assistant, the object of much affection and frustration.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid tests positive for Covid - BBC News - 2021-07-17
Description:He says he has had two jabs and so far his symptoms are "very mild" after feeling "groggy" on Friday.
We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals - 2021-07-17
Description:'Anom’ phones used in an FBI honeypot are mysteriously showing up on the secondary market. We bought one.
‘Hubble is back!’ Famed space telescope has new lease on life after computer swap appears to fix glitch | Science | AAAS - 2021-07-17
Description:Email suggests famed space telescope could quickly resume scientific observations
Remote code execution in cdnjs of Cloudflare - RyotaK's Blog - 2021-07-17
Description:Preface (日本語版も公開されています。) Cloudflare, which runs cdnjs, is running a “Vulnerability Disclosure Program” on HackerOne, which allows hackers to perform vulnerability assessments. This article describes vulnerabilities reported through this program and published with the permission of the Cloudflare security team. So this article is not intended to recommend you to perform an unauthorized vulnerability assessment. If you found any vulnerabilities in Cloudflare’s product, please report it to Cloudflare’s vulnerability disclosure program. TL;DR There was a vulnerability in the cdnjs library update server that could execute arbitrary
Apple removes 'Fakespot' app from iOS App Store following Amazon request - 9to5Mac - 2021-07-17
Description:Apple on Friday removed the Fakespot app from the iOS App Store. Fakespot, which is a service for filtering and hiding fake product reviews on Amazon, launched its iOS app last month, but now, the app has been taken down following a request from Amazon itself. Fakespot founder Saoud Khalifah told The Verge that Apple […]
Experience: I lived in an airport for seven months | Life and style | The Guardian - 2021-07-16
Description:I slept under the escalator, surrounded by plastic barriers – the PA announcements would jerk me awake
Creating the Golfcart Programming Language — Andrew Healey - 2021-07-16
Description:Writing an interpreter from scratch.
Processing IOT Data with SQLite and Golang - Jeremy Morgan's Tech Blog - 2021-07-16
Description:Measuring the temperature inside a Ford Focus in the sun during a record breaking heatwave.
College essay writer: I signed up to help students cheat, but it was more complicated than I thought. - 2021-07-16
Description:I made up to $2,000 a week—and got a different kind of education.
Covid hospital numbers could get scary - Prof Chris Whitty - BBC News - 2021-07-16
Description:It comes as the UK recorded almost 50,000 new cases on Thursday - the highest number since January.
"A Real S*** Show": Soldiers Angrily Speak Out about Being Blocked from Repairing Equipment by Contractors: - by Matt Stoller - BIG by Matt Stoller - 2021-07-16
Description:Louis Rossmann has created a movement around right to repair. It's not just iPhones. It's everywhere.
Intel in talks to buy GlobalFoundries for about $30 billion - WSJ | Reuters - 2021-07-16
Description:Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in talks to buy semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc for about $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Ask HN: Recruiters want people who do side projects, yet contracts forbid them? | Hacker News - 2021-07-16
SpaceX will soon fire up its massive Super Heavy booster for the first time | Ars Technica - 2021-07-15
Description:What has SpaceX been up to in South Texas since early May?
Facebook (FB) Advertisers Impacted By Apple (AAPL) Privacy iOS 14 Changes - Bloomberg - 2021-07-15
Description:People give iOS apps permission to track their behavior just 25% of the time
Analyzing the Legal Implications of GitHub Copilot - FOSSA - 2021-07-15
Description:The release of GitHub Copilot raises questions about potential copyright infringement and license compliance issues.
Watch Robots Make Pizzas From Start to Finish at an Automated Pizzeria - 2021-07-15
Description:From dough-grabbing to inserting in the oven, preparing a pizza takes just 45 seconds, and the robots can crank out about 80 per hour.
Mass Bogus DMCA Takedowns Impersonate Reddit to Attack Downloading Tools * TorrentFreak - 2021-07-15
Description:Google has received a new batch of bogus DMCA notices, wrongfully claiming to be from Reddit, targeting dozens of Reddit downloader tools.
Here Is a Photo of a Single Atom | What Do Atoms Look Like? - 2021-07-15
Description:Do you see it? It's tiny, but it's visible.
Bristol Pride Art Trail brings LGBTQ+ community together - BBC News - 2021-07-15
Description:The artwork focuses on issues such as mental health, identity and lockdown.
MPs call for complete reset of music streaming to ensure fair pay for artists - BBC News - 2021-07-15
Description:The music industry is weighted against artists, who see "pitiful returns" from streaming, MPs say.
EXCLUSIVE Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove content of reporters, news outlets | Reuters - 2021-07-15
Description:Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) saw a surge in government demands worldwide in 2020 to take down content posted by journalists and news outlets, according to data released by the social media platform.
The unreasonable effectiveness of just showing up everyday | Typesense - 2021-07-15
Description:When I first started working on Typesense six years ago, I set myself a simple rule:
An event-driven mindset - stitcher.io - 2021-07-15
Description:A real-life example of how an event-driven system can improve code quality
Give me /events, not webhooks - Sync Inc - 2021-07-14
Description:Webhooks come with some challenges. We prefer polling an /events endpoint instead when possible.
Covid: Medical staff 'distressed' at third wave - BBC News - 2021-07-14
Description:Hospitals in the north-east of England are facing a new surge of cases.
Firefox 89 delivered more speed—today’s Firefox 90 adds SmartBlock 2.0 | Ars Technica - 2021-07-14
Description:Mozilla's browser continues ramping up its speed and blocking efforts.
Delta Variant: Everything You Need to Know - by Tomas Pueyo - Uncharted Territories - 2021-07-14
Description:Cases are growing exponentially across the world. Again. If you don’t know where this is going, a historical refresher might help. India has suffered about two million COVID deaths, the majority of them during its latest surge caused by Delta.Victims of COVID-19 are cremated in funeral pyres in New Delhi.
83% of Developers Suffer From Burnout, Haystack Analytics Study Finds - 2021-07-14
Six Years of BookStack · BookStack - 2021-07-14
Update: SaveVideo is Back: u_SaveVideo - 2021-07-14
My business might have 32 days before it's shut down by NYC [video] | Hacker News - 2021-07-13
Elon Musk has a ticket to ride on Richard Branson’s spaceplane - The Verge - 2021-07-13
Description:Billionaire Musk will someday fly billionaire Branson’s plane.
This Website is hosted on an Casio fx-9750GII Calculator | Hacker News - 2021-07-13
One Database Transaction Too Many | Haki Benita - 2021-07-13
Description:How I told hundreds of users they got paid when they didn't!
Tesla’s $16,000 Quote for a $700 Fix Is Why Right to Repair Matters - 2021-07-13
Description:This is what people are fighting for.