this talk by Eelco is a good introduction for hacker types. And the motivation is at the beginning of the talk.
I wonder how r/HailCorporate (a subreddit that outs PR companies that spam and manipulate reddit) would feel about their layout being changed.
I don't quite understand the constraints on the branded subreddits. That seems like it could be effective if done carefully and disastrous if done bluntly.
Plus, it'd make the site a whole lot better for users if the site's traffic was spread out across more interesting topics.
After some research online that night I began to doubt myself, most people concluded it was too rare and would not be visible.
The next day I saw someone asking in a newsgroup about the mysterious flash he had seen the night before while observing the moon through his telescope. Again, the general consensus was that he couldn't have seen an impact, it was too rare and would not be visible.
I checked with him and we both saw the flash at the same time.
I also saw a satellite transit the moon once with that same telescope, it was so cool.
And to think I don't even pull it out anymore. Sad....
Originally it was a Plone site but after a year we realized it was too hard to meet the deadlines of NASA VIPs. So we moved it to Django. Also, myself and the other developers have NEVER been happy with the flash on the front page. :P
"The Moon has no oxygen atmosphere, so how can something explode? Lunar meteors don't require oxygen or combustion to make themselves visible. They hit the ground with so much kinetic energy that even a pebble can make a crater several feet wide. The flash of light comes not from combustion but rather from the thermal glow of molten rock and hot vapors at the impact site."
If so, this isn't much of an explosion - it's just the most significant impact we've seen so far. I guess explosion is more interesting to the every-man.
Cosmic rays? Nope - it's the meteors you really have to watch out for.
An acquisition of Tumblr seems very much like the acquisition of reddit by Advance Publications. They both have huge audiences that are passionate and growing fast but have great difficulty monetising their audiences effectively and are providing no real value to the parent company (other than the potential for the sites to become profitable). If Yahoo bought Tumblr how would they ever convert the audience into Yahoo users?
I guess it comes down to: what value is there to any company in "owning" an audience if that audience has no interest in becoming the audience of the parent and will actively resist it? People would get very angry if AP started pushing their ownership of reddit onto reddit users, having Wired articles automatically frontpaged, things like that would drive everyone away, how will Yahoo avoid that?
I wonder which will be a bigger deal for Marco...
[Edit - I also wonder whether he had an inkling that these conversations were taking place. He has been discussing his tumblr roots a bit more than usual recently, including his undocumented podcast easteregg that he built into tumblr, and the fact that the tumblr source code was open source, but not public, which allowed Marco to use it for future endeavors...
Edit 2: And this little hint from his Blog on May 11th.
"I ended up joining Davidville instead, for less money, because David would let me work on a brand new Mac with any keyboard I wanted and more than three feet of desk space. A few months later, we started Tumblr. Turned out to be the right move. "
Maybe Yahoo is afraid that offering say ~$400MM in stock would dilute the existing shares and irritate existing shareholders?
It seems a bit odd, and everybody knows how these Hollywood style "romances" tend to end..
I also spent the better part of 2003-2005 replacing Dell Optiplex GX270s that had failed motherboards - bulging capacitors - almost 50% of our desktops were turned over.
Plague barely captures how bad it was.
[Edit: Apparently "Plague" was the word being used back in 2005 as well: http://news.cnet.com/PCs-plagued-by-bad-capacitors/2100-1041...]
> On 18 May 2013, Capacitor plague was linked from Hacker News, a high-traffic website.
Does anyone know the rationale behind adding this? It doesn't seem like they're auto-locking/semilocking the article to prevent inappropriate edits when an article is linked to from a high-traffic site.
Think about all the electronic junk piled up because of this espionage slip. All the hidden costs and environmental impact caused. I'm sure even software faults could be attributed to that (at least the famous BSODs giving Windows a bad rep, I'm sure). Something impossible to calculate.
What they say on the tin is true -- you feel like a horrible person when you play the game, which is extremely cathartic.
Hell, they even did a pay what you want for a small package of Christmas themed cards and pretty sure they pulled a 70k profit from that maneuver, despite ~25% percent paying $0.
Their average credit card fee was $0.43 per transaction. Ouch!
The Cards Against Humanity guys are leaving money on the table. Who's going to pick it up?
It's a real shame too. It will go out of style in a year or two and, gasp, maybe these people will have to get real jobs or start a real company! Assholes.
On the other hand, I'm normally the one to introduce groups to Apples To Apples. Those who claim this more tame version of the concept isn't fun are missing the real joy - how a limited set of choices forces surreality, playing for the person, and twisted readings of the cards.
Of course, if you're playing any of these as straight-up "this one wins", you are missing the incredible joy of "hamburgers smell, but only the bad ones are fragrant. Hilter probably was fragrant, but I doubt anyone lived to tell the tale. My birthday, however, boy was that fragrant...". The verdict slow-descriptive-reveal as the judge is the real art, and where you learn the most about people
We launched our little meta-board gaming company at http://susd.pretend-money.com a little over 1.5 months ago. And we're already profitable!
We made a conscious decision to forego taking money from advertisers/investors, and even dodged a pre-launch acquihire offer, in an attempt to create something that's 100% our vision (unless YC wanted to fund us.) Our plan is to grow slowly, keep up the quality, and use the money that we're making from the show/blog/podcast to fund even more ambitious community/tech projects.
Board Games are Big Business!
Board/card/traditional gaming (whatever you want to call it) has been exploding in America over the last 10 years or so. It taps into that primal need for people to sit around together and ACTUALLY interact with each other.
We're in a bit of a "Golden Age of Board Gaming". Quinns gave a hilarious talk on the subject: http://susd.pretend-money.com/videos/v/board-game-golden-age...
Quote: 'And its dawning on them that theyre doing something impressive. Were doing a lot of stuff that no one has done before, Hantoot reflects. I do think were sort of proof that if you streamlined your business enough, you could do a big thing with a few people.'
i.e. perfect for parents =)
It's also a great way to judge if you'll get along with someone.
love it when a business professor analyzes why something like this game is so successful
Also, it'll probably happen in the Midwest. Chicago, Austin, Madison, and Minneapolis are among the cities to watch.
Another way to fight spammers, would be to quietly shut off sending for their account, while still providing simulated email data to their dashboard, reporting successful sends, opens etc... That way, they would think they are still sending out spam and it would take them a while to realize that they had been cut off, slowing the cycle of them doubling their efforts.
Since when has a spammers return on investment been low?
Since when have spammers only used hijacked "legitimate" business domains instead of just using some wildcard email domain setup?
Its not enough that he posts his strategies online to make it easier for his adversaries to learn from, but this guy doesn't even sound like he grasps the fundamentals of what is supposed to be his profession?
As an ESP, isn't that pretty much the game you chose to play, both as the cat and the mouse?
The sad thing is that the hardware actually looks pretty neat. This device should be cool enough that a realistic demo could easily sell it without misleading people. I hope Kickstarter starts cracking down on projects using pie-in-the-sky concept videos to raise expectations that they can't possibly deliver on.
Why not use something like the occulus rift? Instead of projecting new objects over the top of existing ones; replace the users field of vision completely.
I'd love that.
One of the guys in our hackerspace (plug: heatsync labs, Phoenix AZ) got an occulus, and we've been talking about how cool it would be to build a "virtual office" of sorts. Sit down with an occulus and some noise cancelling headphones, and have an infinitely large workspace.
2 monitors? or 1000 monitors; it doesn't matter because your entire field of vision (or your entire environment) is being rendered for you.
I think people are very attached to the idea of your eyes seeing the "real" world instead of a re-displayed one. I understand that, but I think that ideology is going to hold AR back for a while.
This is actually pretty exciting tech, but it's going to be absolutely nothing like what they have to show in the pitch video.
Couple of components which are not going to work:
1. A see-through glass with Field of View as shown in the video just doesn't exist today. The model they are going to use are more like a tiny TV-screen floating in your view and not even close to the visualization they created.
2. Real time 3D gesture recognition from point cloud data on ARM (+ overhead for applications + games all in low latency)
3. Real time 3D environment reconstruction from moving point cloud data (requires something like quad-core i7 + 32 GB RAM + desktop-class GPU processing)
They want to achieve it on an ARM running from tiny batteries!!!
+ On top of this would come the whole application / game experience, something they seem to be concentrating on, instead of getting the basics right.
4. Then there is latency, which is just not going to be solved for the next 5 but more probably 10 years, just read Michael Abrash blog about the reality of Augmented Reality glasses (http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/).
To be clear, I'm not saying that they won't be able to make what they promise, I'm saying that not even Google or anyone will nearly be able to achieve it for at least 5 years, and everyone knows this who is even a little bit into augmented reality.
So personally I find the Kickstarter campaign to be a fake campaign and it is just bending the rules of Kickstarter which requires a real-world hardware prototype. So they made a glued together prototype with a fake visualization, with the whole campaign built around the video.
Nonetheless, the campaign has a chance of being a massive hit, because every sci-fi fan is dreaming about it for decades and is willing to back it if he has the funds. In that case, it might have a chance of the biggest Kickstarter failures of all time. The best case for them would be a quick Google acquisition and integration into the Glass team.
I'm mostly thinking about ARQuake and the like, where the AR objects are walking around the room or hallways rather than being confined to a table in front of you.
Upvoted, busy, threads float nearer me.
Flame-fests shrink back from me.
The first screen shot from the second video shows exactly what their gesture tracking looks like. When doing the perceptual challenge, this was mainly the stuff we were thinking of as applications for the hardware, funny to see someone now taking it and simply mounting it on glasses.
Give me something like this that I can run through my MC worlds on and I'm paying.
I have to feel v2 will, given the possibilities of applications as demoed here.
If the idea was "explain relativity simply" then it could have been done better -- word complexity (ie "reading level") is a better measure than outright word length.
If the idea was simply to see if it could be done with 4-letter words, well, mission accomplished :)
This is not as self-evident as the author believes.
1. Having taught a great many college level physics students, they have trouble grasping this.
2. More importantly, there's a reason people pursued the theory of the aether for so long -- you have to actually do the fucking experiments to show that there's no absolute reference frame you could be said to be moving in. Thinking that you can deduce physical facts about the universe a priori is the opposite of science.
e: Suddenly remembered a Feynman bit from Lectures where he talks about exactly the attitude of treating this is somehow obvious: http://www.sciencechatforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=207...
The results in their Hall of Fame are fascinating. It's inspired by the xkcd linked elsewhere in this thread.
Still, this is a great intro to relativity and it was a fun read. Also a cool literary feat.
Scott Aaronson's Quantum Physics is one: http://www.scottaaronson.com/democritus/lec9.html
Similar to this: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html
The best I can describe it is: "Matter is like water through a drain", I wrote a post with my consolation of how the three can be seen as one:
I removed "and", "you", "the", "that", "a", and "to" as those were just a bit TOO big.
I recall particularly enjoying `A Monovocalic Sonnet on Dante's "Inferno"` (http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/txt/infirni.html) - the essence/joy being in the Notes section: http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/txt/infirni-notes.html - it's so random and intense - a true hacker spirit I say :)
"In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, William Ellsworth Spaulding, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin who later became its Chairman, compiled a list of 348 words he felt were important for first-graders to recognize and asked Geisel to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words.  Spaulding challenged Geisel to "bring back a book children can't put down."  Nine months later, Geisel, using 236 of the words given to him, completed The Cat in the Hat. It retained the drawing style, verse rhythms, and all the imaginative power of Geisel's earlier works, but because of its simplified vocabulary, it could be read by beginning readers."
"Dana sees each rock at the same time, but Bert sees one rock and then sees the next rock."
How would anyone's movement, or lack of it, affect their perception of whether the rocks landed at the same time or not?
About the patent lawsuit thing:
As I understand it, Shazam sold their patent to Landmark Digital Services, which are a part of BMI the record label. They kept an exclusive license to make Shazam-like software for phones.
You can imagine BMI wanting it to make money from how a service such as Youtube fingerprints and detects copyright infringement...
And it was this BMI company that were trying to get this blog post explaining the patented algorithm removed from the internet.
One post from the BMI lawyers to Roy in the Netherlands was particularly broad bullying:
> Mr. Van Rijn,
> The two example patent numbers that I sent you are U.S. patents, but each of these patents has also been filed as patent applications in the Netherlands. Also, as I'm sure you are aware, your blogpost may be viewed internationally. As a result, you may contribute to someone infringing our patents in any part of the world.
> While we trust your good intentions, yes, we would like you to refrain from releasing the code at all and to remove the blogpost explaining the algorithm.
> Thank you for your understanding.
> Best regards,
> P. Briggs
> Vice President &
> Chief Technical Officer
> Landmark Digital Services, LLC
Roy gave a great talk at Devox about this: http://www.redcode.nl/blog/2012/03/devoxx-2011-talk-freely-a...
I think I heard that Shazam recently got the patent back. I speculate BMI found no-one to license their fingerprinting tech for copyright infringement.
I wonder how the work is split between client/server in (actual) Shazam. (I suppose only the key points are sent to the server, but I may be wrong - Siri for example sends the server a compressed audio file of the recorded sound)
I mean, did they bought/rent mp3's?
Great article, thank you
First and foremost, it cost $100 to get the signature. It was paid somehow. Hello money trail, this is way more information on malware authors / pushers than we tend to get. If they somehow obfuscated every bit of data in that account to the point that it's worthless, then it's merely identical to it lacking a signature, no worse.
Second, it can be revoked. This severely limits the spread, reducing the total damage. Sure, the people prior to this are impacted, but they would be if it didn't have a signature, so again, no worse, no matter what.
Third, people click 'yeah, let this program do whatever the hell it wants' all the time, so the lack of a signature really doesn't prevent its spread / limit the damage. Maybe for the techy-elite, but they're less likely to get this anyway. Probably more likely to run unnoticed because it's signed, but I'd argue not by much. Slightly worse.
I'd be interested to know how this works? How can you just "take control" over a server/IP address like that? Is there some law that allows botnet control servers to be seized?
CVE-2013-1014 as it impacts iTunes for Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later, Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5766) -
"Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may manipulate HTTPS server certificates, leading to the disclosure of sensitive information
Description: A certificate validation issue existed in iTunes. In certain contexts, an active network attacker could present untrusted certificates to iTunes and they would be accepted without warning. This issue was resolved by improved certificate validation."
There were almost forty other CVEs for iTunes on Windows. And just a last bit - the discussion and quality of submissions here at Hacker News has taken a substantial fucking nose dive in the last year. I change my name every so often, but i can tell you that i've been here long enough to say that.
Looks like Macs market share is growing. Was this distributed in the store?
"Android malware attack spreads via e-mail"
Take Python, which is supposedly a "scripting" language, but requires relatively painful amounts of boilerplate to actually read from or write to pipes, etc. It doesn't force you to keep everything in Python, but it certainly nudges you that way. Without naming names, certain statically typed languages that are obsessed with safety are even worse in this regard.
First, AI has discovered that brute-force combinatorics, as an approach to generating intelligent behavior, does not often provide the solution ... A language that maximizes what the programmer can attempt rather than one that provides tremendous control over how to attempt it, will be the AI choice in the end.
Okay. And... awk has this quality? What can I do in awk but not in C or a lisp? In what way does programming in awk lead you toward less brute-force solutions than any other language? He doesn't support this in any way at all.
When I encountered AWK I was amazed by associative arrays. It was the first language I've seen where associative array were so accessible. Then there was PHP (I think arrays are one of the things that strongly contribute to its popularity).
Today pretty much every commonly used language has this feature. Often it seems more mimicry that actual appreciation of this data structure. For example when other languages creators bring this structure in they tend to forget about important feature. Ordering. For example python didn't have standard ordered dictionary type for a long time. Also ruby keeps order of the items in hash only since 1.9
Universal answer: because it's workable, and I'm emotionally invested by now.
Minimise resistance of expressing a translation of a hypothesis from thought into a computing language at all costs: get onto the highway as fast as possible.
Ordered.. I can't wait to get these cards. Brilliant Idea.
Edit I am a _huge_ fan of Cards Against Humanity!
But I have to say, that "example" is a pretty puffed up strawman. Most of the time, the real comparison is this:
<p data-bind="count; [class:high-value] count > 100; [class:low-value] count < 50"></p>
<p class="<%= count > 100 ? 'high-value' : (count < 50 ? 'low-value' : '') %>"></p>
or at the very least, at the LESS/SASS level?
There seem to be a number of misconceptions, which I will endeavor to address. The first is: "Fish isn't POSIX/bash-compliant, so there are compatibility problems." POSIX non-compliance is a feature, not a disadvantage, of the fish shell. It means there is less legacy baggage and syntactical inconsistency. I can count the number of POSIX/bash compliance-related issues I've had with fish on one hand, all of which were easily dealt with. For example, Vim assumes that your shell is sh compatible, but adding set shell=sh in your .vimrc solves that. The only other significant one for me was virtualenvwrapper, which doesn't support fish. Not a problem: Virtualfish solves that handily: https://github.com/adambrenecki/virtualfish
Want to run a bash script? Just run bash fooshnizzle.sh. Want to switch to bash for a moment? Run bash and then exit when you want to switch back to fish. This POSIX-compatibility topic is, in my opinion, much ado about nothing.
Another misunderstanding seems to be, "I can do XYZ in bash, but fish doesn't support that." Fish purposefully limits the number of "builtins" -- commands that fish includes by default -- in order to maintain simplicity. For me, that's a feature. When I find that there's something I want to be easier to do in fish, I whip up a tiny function to do it. Not only is that extremely easy to do in fish, but then that command performs precisely the way I want it to. I haven't pushed many of those to my dotfile repository yet, but you can check out some of my fish functions there: https://github.com/justinmayer/dotfiles/tree/master/fish
Fish is fast, the auto-completion is amazingly helpful, and it's intuitive to use without too much configuration. Give it a try.
 - https://github.com/clvv/fasd
I'm going to give it a go regardless but wanted to know if there were pitfalls and what people have done to alleviate them.
I also don't like the implementation of the prompt text as a function. It's the first thing I wanted to customize, and it looks like I need to copy and paste the existing definition of fish_prompt and hack it into shape. There's no built-in equivalent of \$, so you need to find out if you're root and do it yourself. And the existing check just does it with a string compare of $USER with 'root', rather than euid==0.
Hacking preferences in like this isn't a problem to begin with. The real problem comes down the road, when the defaults change and improve, and you now have to be concerned with merging your customizations with the new and improved stuff.
Which to go for..?
Really, this 100x better than bash.
1. download and install 2. read the tutorial 3. ... 4. profit
That said, the new version is just ace! I gave it 30 minutes and it basically does everything I do with zsh right now. All that with about 5% of the configuration effort I put into zsh. Plus, it's so much faster than zsh.
I'll give fish a go as my main shell. Let's see were this goes.
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- Anything that shells out using your default shell seems to assume a bourne-compatible shell. I remember this biting me when using various emacs commands that assumed all the world is a bourne shell.
- Copypasting commands is annoying too, but I've been evaluating zsh for the past few months and i've been bitten there too...seems like anything that isn't bash will run into that issue, and you can always just use bash for those instances.
- Virtualenv comes with a fish shell script, but last I checked it didn't actually work.
- Does fish still throw a hissy fit every time you try and tab-complete a command and your $PATH has a non-existant path in it?
Other than that fish looks really polished and I plan on devoting a few days to it to give it a fair shake.
I didn't believe their original "we don't want to be the story" explanation for not wanting to accept bitcoins. The EFF didn't want to get tagged as 'fringe' in their DC circles by accepting bitcoins in the wake of the Wikileaks/bitcoin story. Now that Bitcoin is being backed by startup money, EFF sees Bitcoin as socially safe again.
EFF alienated me by letting go of principle when it was more important to hang onto it.
Hackner News today: "I can't believe EFF had the gall to start taking bitcoin again! Definitely not giving them a cent."
Can you make a way to skip sections?
Living in a house built in 1840, jumping jacks are out of the question...
(Also if you click rapidly on the 3/2/1 countdown you can kind of skip things, because the app goes to all madness.)
The main problem is that the standard timer app on iOS only acts as a stopwatch...so the final ten seconds of each interval, I'm watching the clock so that I can hit "Lap" and move on...this is awkward when I'm also wearing headphones to listen to music.
What would be ideal for me is to have a simple timer that would alert me when the interval was done and automatically move on to the next one....like a repeating event on a calendar. I'm sure there's an app for that but I just didn't feel like downloading a bunch and doing trial and error.
One more twist: I can't do all the exercises in the 7-min workout (as made famous in the NYT)...jumping jacks would annoy the shit out of the people below me. So I make up my own. A timer that would allow me to set up my own sequence would be fabulous.
Anyway, this is just a longwinded way of saying that there's a need for a niche app here, and it would definitely be a fun coding project...I'm glad someone else thought of it first :)
One small suggestion: Perhaps a louder audio cue for transitions between exercises in case you aren't looking at the screen.
They could then create workouts by creating a list of exercises and rest periods and play their routing with the timer you created.
Does this exist? I want one.
I don't want to presume anything. Did you purposefully shorten the workout from that described in the ACSM article? It indicated 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off. (Your total duration variable should be 480--don't ask me how they added that up to "7 minutes"!) This has lead to some confusion in the comments here. And, although their intervals are somewhat arbitrary, and asserting this routine is "scientific" is debatable to begin with, it would be more accurate.
Again, great job.
1.) You can now change the length of the workout 2.) Sounds now work (as well as they can) in IOS 3.) Changed duration of the breaks to 10 seconds no matter how long the workout 4.) Added a sound-effect to tell you to switch on exercises that need it 5.) Made some UI tweaks to improve the look
Thanks for making my week.
A few notes for you and others:
1) There are a few that switch sides/legs and I would handle them differently. For the lunges and step-ups, I think alternating sides is good. For the side planks, I think it would be useful to give the other side a whole segment. Splitting it in half wouldn't be much of a workout.
2) This is awesome because for the most part, you can modulate the workout however you want. In fact, keeping a log of the number of pushups/situps/high knees/etc would be cool because people could see progress. This might be a nice extension for the site!
3) It may be good to balance things out as far as muscle groups go. Pushups are repeated multiple times, as are squat related exercises. It is important to balance these out with the muscles that oppose these exercises.
4) Even better (at least for me) would be to have a series for desk workers that open up your body. We spend so much time crouched forward that a series of exercises to counteract this would be awesome.
Thanks and I hope you keep building on this!
"THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!
That's. The. Most. Ingenious. Thing. Ever.
Now, I just have to bring my phone with me. Woohoo!
When I play it on the computer it ticks down, my phones doesn't so I'll have to pay attention to it, which could be tricky, but that's sweet. Thanks!"
Thanks for this. I'll give it a try in about an hour!
EDIT: but this is an awesome thing, regardless
According to wkiipedia, it's safety is disputed: might be injure someone with bad knees... something to keep in mind.
I will be using it. Although I have to second others.. It'd be nice to choose my exercises.
One suggestion would be to add a Switch pop-up if you run into exercises like Side Plank.
1. The images don't update until after the first tick of the new exercise. It would be nice if the updated when the rest screen changes to the new exercise screen with the timer and the text.
2. It would be cool if for exercises like the side plank (I think that's the only one in this set), where you hold something on each side, it gave you a halfway warning to tell you that it's time to turn over.
3. The rest period at the end isn't really necessary.
P.S.: Great job! And great website idea!
Feature request: a nice sound when each section is finished. Sometimes I'm not looking at the screen while doing the exercise, so a sound marking the section changes would be nice.
I also wonder why the images or better the whole site isn't responsive? I would also add a link to one of the sources.
The last two should be repeated twice though (one for each arm)
aside from this the site looks good, simple and to the point, props for it.
Essentially in the same category as wanting to learn about some people being colorblind and how using certain color combinations alone for UI distinctions is thus a bad idea, or that scheduling a developer event for which you'd like to attract students around traditional finals time is probably a bad idea.
Whether or not some behavior is "wrong", it's still good to know if certain things have consequences you don't want. I think every developer community wants to be as inclusive to competent/interested people as possible, so when there are no or low cost ways to make an event more appealing, that's great.
So yeah, it's great that there are women who feel safe in open source communities. It's wonderful that they've felt welcomed and unharassed. It would be entirely inappropriate to say that their experience is false or to suggest that they should object to behaviour that they feel is perfectly acceptable. But it's also entirely inappropriate to suggest that the experience of women who don't feel safe is somehow false or unwarranted. Changing the culture of our communities isn't a zero sum game. Making them more accessible shouldn't come at the cost of alienating women who are happy with how things are, but nor should those who are happy with how things are resist efforts to improve the happiness of others.
This made me smile with delightful recognition - it's been, more often than not, that I've been treated with the utmost respect by my male peers in the tech world. The same is not true in other industries I participate in where women are even less represented, or old-school boy networks still reign.
I was unaware that there even were Perl conferences anymore - can anybody involved here give some overview of the different Perl conferences and any history of gender issues?
The point of a code of conduct is not to stop dicks from being dicks. It is to remove any plausible defense. You can more easily ban dicks when you reduce ambiguities.
A code of conduct is none of those things. It is an invitation: "this is how we expect people attending our event to behave; where you find it not so, be assured that your concerns will not be ignored. Here are ways to help the event organizers address conflicts: A, B, C."
There is a legitimate need for this statement to be made.
Just doing some basic calculations, the risk in going to a tech conference with 95% male vs 5% female has about 20 times higher risk than participating in a 50/50 conference if one assume that sexual assaults are male->female.
Like the term going postal, I would really like to see a study that could prove or disprove if technology conferences are in a higher risk group of sexual assault or if that reputation is just perceived risk vs actually risk.
The closest thing we really need to codes of conduct is consciousness-raising reminders of the sorts of things that can go wrong EVEN WITHOUT OVERT physically-aggressive behavior. The big three of those seem to be:
1. Tiresome references to objectification of women. E.g., booth babes, scantily clad women in marketing materials, etc.
2. Tiresome repetition of individually unobjectionable signs of attraction. What's fun at gender-balanced party and tolerable OCCASIONALLY in the workplace can be oppressive if it happens too often in a professional context. So if you're attracted to a professional colleague, you should do your best to refrain from showing it.
3. Bad conversational patterns. E.g., a woman who's interrupted in conversation may not power her way back the way many men would, so you should be more careful if you have an urge to interrupt.
If you want, you can add in some kind of affirmative action concept to that as well.
Though I'm not a Perl user, I think these women would be a delight to hang out with, drink beer, and talk about open source.
We also like to keep the vocabulary appropriate
So we start off by using a slang term for a piece of male anatomy as a pejorative?
The thing that frustrated me the most about the PyCon thing was how the keynote was just completely eclipsed by the incident. Barely anyone reporting even had the consideration to mention what the keynote was about-- only that it was interrupted by a tweetsplosion.
Like anyone has the right to make this claim ;))
The lady who whined about two guys having a private conversation was a jerk. She's the type who ruins things for everyone.
This women-in-tech-is-hard stuff is so overplayed to the point of it being just plain stupid. What if every man who get's insulted by a woman who's a complete dick starts writing about the stuff you, women, do? But we don't. Why? Because we aren't that much of dicks as you, women, are.
And go on, think that what I say is pure hatrid or sexism or whatever. It's not. You're statements may validate, but you're no innocent in this "war".
Instead, allowing the card to be inserted widthways, and pulling it into the ATM as normal, then within the ATM read the card either by moving it sideways into a normal card reader (so that the card moves left, rather than forward), or more likely, a reader where the head moves across the magstripe as the card is held in place.
Anyway, as has been pointed out by another poster, chip-and-pin makes magstripes effectively obsolete, I imagine the magstripe is only included for backwards compatibility.
ATMs have metallic keypads and as few moving parts as possible for one simple reason, which is vandalism. People will hit and break ATM display in anger, because it didn't register their touch selection made with a hotdog. They will break, bend, twist and pull apart anything that as much as hints that it's possible. Something that swings 90 degrees and requires reasonably precise alignment of moving parts to work - that's just asking for it.
I understand being liberated, starting your consequence (the nickel sentence), and feeling hope of change when your out....but to simply put it...."happy," is a strong word. I know this may come off as semantics, but when you talk about 5yrs of someone's life, happiness does not come to mind.
I assume it would just be prohibitively expensive.
I'm not terribly knowledgeable in this area, but I thought this was a solved problem being held up by corporate interest in the US.
Even here in the UK, where absolutely everywhere that uses a card is using the chip, a bank can't ditch the magnetic strip because then suddenly they're the only bank where you can't use your credit card abroad.
Would ATMs that read the chip without actually taking the card in the whole way work to obsolete these skimmers? (The chip is always at one end of it, so why does the rest of the card need to enter the machine?)
An ATM could also have a video camera installed that monitors the area where the card is entered - if something changes the ATM does not work and a warning message is displayed.
You only insert half of the card into the chip reader slot and, for what I remember or could imagine, let the ATM exercise some challenge-response protocol with the on-card chip so that there's no way to and there would be no point in actually trying to copy the chip because all you see from the chip is an interface to it.
I haven't had the magnetic stripe on any of my cards swiped for at least a couple of years. Last time I did was probably because of dirt or grease on the chip's contacts prevented reading it. The magnetic stripes still exist for now but everywhere I go there are chip readers, from pizza restaurants to little shoppes.
If Blizzard can give keyfobs to gamers for auth, why cant banks include that in tech for ATMs?
More and more I think corruption and fraud are the likely reasons - those are features the establishment wants to support, not prevent... they can profit from all of it.
There are some interesting things I can say about containers after working with them up close:
Half of the containers we export are empties. The way the process works is we get a majority of full containers from the East (China, Japan, etc.), unload them, and send them empty boxes. Quartz covered this recently: http://qz.com/64779/america-exports-a-lot-of-air/
A refrigerated container is called a "reefer". We call the mechanics that work on these reefer mechanics. A 40 foot chasis is called a 40. So yeah, chatter on the radio channels talks about reefers, 40's, and (work) gangs.
Here is a pic I took one night of the cranes before they started to "pump" (work). http://imgur.com/oxGNz9b
I have a draft of a post almost done about what it is that Longshoremen do now a days. It's obviously changed a lot from unloading shit by hand. I met an old timer that would use a hook to stab a giant ice block to pick out the fish. This was before reefers. (I actually just published the post. It's not complete, but it has more general info about longshoremen and containers: http://raymondduke.com/who-are-longshoremen-what-do-they-do-...)
I can't find the link, but the process that bananas go through as they get shipped here is very interesting. There is a special and very intricate cooling and ripening process with an exact temperature change at the right moment in order to make sure the bananas are the right ripeness when they arrive here.
The worst thing I've encountered is cowhides. Cowhides are a common export from the USA to China (I imagine there is not a lot of room for cattle there). The reason why they are bad is because of the smell. They are coated with some sort of chemical so they don't get dry, but instead of keeping them in a bag, they just toss them in a container and drench them with this foul liquid that drips out of the box as it gets moved around the yard. Luckily, I've only encountered this a few times.
I'll be happy to answer any questions. I might not like a lot of things about my job (the politics and the schedule), but I am in love with the culture of the port.
In a nutshell, it was messy. It's not easy in the physical/infrastructure world to create a standard and then impose it world-wide. (ie, competing standards, etc.)
Then the container literally created and destroyed neighborhoods & cities, but as the article notes revolutionized world trade. I can HIGHLY recommend the book.
As simple as putting boxes in bigger boxes is, it was fascinating stuff, more so figuring out how to minimize the packaging of large hollow objects like bbq grills. In one case we were able to more than double the number of smokers we could fit into a container (which helped our margins big time.) That being said, shipping containers of tiny ipods has to be the most boring logistics task ever!
Finally, it's pretty interesting that you can look at a container ship and have no idea what is in every single container. It can be filled with clothes, bikes, food, electronics, toys, you name it.
If interested: http://outsidethebowl.org/?page_id=61
We create products and services for the shipping industry (usually bulk cargo, but sometimes containers).
(Container missile system)
"When we found that Java did not seem to fit the project requirements (no offense), we began exploring the world of Node.js"
"By the end of the exercise, people understood the core value of Node.js; indeed, some of the con arguments proved to be part of the beauty of the language."
This is a fluff piece that won't inform you about anything besides the fact that eBay is using Node. Cool story? But you're not telling us why
Anyway, it's good to try out new things. Kudos to them for doing something out of their mold.
I'm curious how you're using Express if not as a framework.
At first I thought "oh. Google fan fiction. This is what we have come to." After a moment, though, I realized that this article isn't really any different from the other hyperventilating blog posts that have appeared all over HN recently. I'm not saying that these aren't important topics to discuss, but everything I've read recently has come off as a prurient privacy daydream. Whether it's people writing polemic screeds about Glass despite knowing nothing about how the devices actually work (which they make up for by imagining a host of capabilities and features that it doesn't have), or things like this that manufacture a Lovecraftian monstrosity that has as much in common with the Google of today as a pineapple, they're not really saying anything interesting. Every argument is trivial to win if you first convert your opponent into Mecha-Hitler.
Is privacy a central, unsolved challenge for the next decade? Yes. On the one hand Google (and Apple and Amazon and ... ) need to innovate, or we'll soon see posts on HN describing how "Search has stagnated" and "Google is done for". Keyword search isn't good enough anymore, but to do anything more you need to start understanding the user's context. The "Star Trek computer" interface that everyone wants can't function if it doesn't have a sense of the world and the person it's talking to. I would love it if there was a distributed way for people to provide this information without having it live in a centralized datacenter somewhere. Sadly, no one's really talking about that.
(there's an equally interesting discussion to be had regarding public privacy and cameras, but villifying Glass isn't going to make that problem go away.)
I'm not sure what the answer is though: By now it should be clear that "government" as a tool to social engineer a perfect world, isn't working. Corporations are always the villians in this cyberpunk'ish stories, but you don't have corporations without government. But you can have technology without government or corporations, so what happens when the tech itself becomes so powerful that it changes the basic nature of society? Getting rid of government and/or corporations won't help, and if you try to counter technology with more technology you just have an arms race.
OK, I'm depressed now. :-(
The walled gardens that we now find so insidious and creepy are due to our own failure to empower the users. We made HTTP, SMTP, XMPP protocols. Large companies brought these to the masses, in ways the masses can understand and interact with in their limited capacity... for a price.
Can we reclaim humanity's birthright? Can we build a vision of the world we wish to live in, that is accessible to and understandable by many? Or is our entire collective fate to become a monetized click stream of suckers?
This article names Google, but to me that is beside the point. Google is a large system set in motion by shareholders and market forces that has equilibrium. It consumes click streams and subscriptions, and excretes money, like others of its kind. Can such an organism ever serve the best interests of humanity all the time?
If you find yourself hating Google, better to look within yourself. Do you have the courage to walk away from these kinds of services and build an alternative, however humble it might be, that empowers and liberates your fellow humans?
I am still working on this in myself. My email is still gmail, I would miss some personalities in my G+ circles, but I am uncomfortable, and I find current trends unsettling.
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Facebook holds your info for a week and if you sign back in, the week restarts. During that week they goad you to come back. Not exactly cooperative.
And lets vilify Google first and foremost (/s). I run Ghostery. I am much more scared by the number of unique tracking companies. I don't know anything about them. How could I even begin to tell nearly 1500 known tracking companies to leave me alone? Simply telling them to leave me alone gives them data about me, which they certainly must keep if I am to be left alone.
Google is a machine, designed by people. It is true that they have lots and lots of data about individuals, but it is being handled by vast amounts of software and hardware alongside so much other data about so many things about people that there is somewhat of an anonymizing factor. If Google were an individual, what they do would certainly be creepy, but they are not. To put paranoia to rest, it might be in their favor to enact transparent safeguards of some sort that assure consumers that their data is in general not being accessed by Google employees or nefarious third parties (the most notable nefarious third party being, of course, the government).
Luckily we could be less than a generation away from colonizing Mars - and what better place for the adventurous experimenters to go? Imagine an entire planet where you can do anything you want, but also an incredibly harsh one where the need of survival will drive experimentation and adaptation.
Did nobody seriously review this before it was published? Did nobody ask what sort of trauma the writer may have suffered?
This metaphor of the electrolyte solution is nice. Obviously an allusion to a seemingly innocuous service which ends up tracking every aspect of one's life.
I wonder at what phase 'Don't be evil' would break down, or alternatively, when their definition of 'evil' would be changed to exclude what they were doing.
See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Accessibility/ARIA/... for info and http://freedomscientific.com/products/fs/JAWS-product-page.a... for a demo of the most popular screen reader for blind users.
You might also want to think about tying your CSS colors to system colors, to support users who use High Contrast mode.
If you haven't played with CSS3 lately you might be surprised what it can do. I know I was a blown away when I discovered it could do data binding. Brings to mind a great I/O talk that introduced me to a lot of this stuff:
It may make sense to append the label information to whatever is being used for the image's ALT attribute.
Not sure if you are the creator (edit: you probably are, I just saw your username here matches the twitter account in the comments) but the Usablica & Github links at the top link to #
Looking at the video I assume it's an app to collaborate and/or share photos (as a story?) with friends. And that everyone needs the app installed. Correct?
I'm starting to think this is a pretty good strategy - recreate apps that have been recently acquired and sell them to a competitor of the original acquirer.
Logically, if few people have a bug, it won't get as much resources to get fixed. It's like developing a Rails application on Windows, I can do it sure; but _should_ I?
Linux Mint is a great alternative to the clusterfuck that Ubuntu has become and it's been a simple transition from Windows 7. Multiple monitor support is intuitive as well. No configuration needed.