HM Treasury link to the National Risk Assessment carried out by the Home Office:https://www.scribd.com/doc/290214176/UK-NRA-October-2015-Fin...
I mean, in a way, maybe this is what this story is all about: a great big advertisement saying "Come use this completely anonymous payment system," with a sly nudge and a wink because bitcoin's nothing of the sort.
Just imagine: a plot is discovered, payment details made via bitcoin stumbled upon - and now you have a long list of every transaction those people have ever made using Bitcoin!
(for the inevitable bitcoin cult members wanting to chime in about "tumbling" or "fog" services, aka bitcoin money launderers, 1. they're still traceable and 2. there's not enough money going through them to successfully launder a four-digit amount, let alone anything greater.)
The initial reaction of my inner knee-jerk skeptic says this is another example of those in power, this time banksters, not letting a good crisis go to waste.
I mean, if the payment process was the problem, they should ban money.
The fallacy here is, Bitcoin doesn't actually move money. It can only move ownership of money. If I want to finance terrorism, there must already be someone with e.g. $1M where I want it (in Islamic State), so that I can trade 3000 BTC with him/her.
Private banks run the western governments. There are people who own the banks. 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cui_bono http://www.scionofzion.com/federalreserve.htm
Since the terrorists used cars for their attacks (there was even mention of a Volkswagen Polo involvement) I propose we ban cars for our collective safety.
I wonder, did the terrorists ever used cash, a debit or credit card ? Maybe we should ban this too then.
Where is our community long term planning?
They (people that nobody voted for doing what they do) are engaged in this unrightful activity without no punishment in sight. This is wrong.
> VBB-Livekarte zeigt berechnete Positionen der Fahrzeuge zwischen zwei Stationen; falls kein Live-Fahrplan vorhanden, dann Position gem geplanten Fahrzeiten
Select this icon: http://stops.lt/vilnius/_images/vehicles.gif, on the right, to show vehicles as bubbles.
It is real time from GPS transmitters inside the vehicles.
Use public transport data from all the sources below, overlap them on Google aerial view, change the dots to 'top view' images of buses, and let the users follow buses in 'real time' across 'real life' map. It'll be like a real-time satellite imagery!
Also: keep the directions in mind. This one (posted downthread) shows where the buses are pointed too. http://traintimes.org.uk/map/london-buses/#41
Link me if someone decides/has done this. I might be able to contribute
Alas, I've seen several cases in which the bus's labeling is in error, with the driver calling out the correct route to people at bus stops. Sadly that doesn't affect the reported route or correct what the app displays.
I made simpler map for my personal usage.
I really wish there was this service for buses. Quite often the digital displays saying when the bus will arrive are inaccurate, as are the actual timetables printed on the bus stop (when there is traffic etc.)
All the transport maps at that time I knew about, like Swisstrains (http://maps.vasile.ch/transit-sbb/), worked off webservers, so that was the motivation behind writing a purely client-side app.
You can enable/disable different types of vehicles: trams, trolleybuses, city buses, regional buses, regional trains, ships (in that order).
No ships today, as the season ended last month).
It uses live data but it doesn't interpolate position. It updates about every 15-20s or so. Source is available (and FOSS) .
Small blue points are buses, larger circles are on rails (subway and trains).
ViziCities is the first project to visualise the entire London Underground network in 3D using accurate station depths. Not only that, we also visualise real, live trains moving along the 3D network.
Who would run this on a webserver?
Looks awesome by the way, I wish this were more common. In the UK, many similar projects were shut down over IP issues.
Tuesday we could not access VNC nor our remote database services from that location. All port 80 traffic was fine. I had one of the staff call, wait on hold for an hours.
Just as I suspected Comcast had implemented port blocking on a high priced business account. It took the guy a second to release it. It put our company down for two to three hours.
Also the speed of Comcast service drops to 15-20% of advertised from 2:30 to 5 PM when kids arrive home from school.
Once the contract is up we are moving the service to someone who understands "business class"
This is abusive. Imagine if anyone else had access to pus you notifications by intercepting your communications. Imagine Uncle Sam interrupting your calls announcing you haven't submitted your tax returns yet. Because that's basically what's happening here.
Don't want to receive these messages from Comcast? Don't seed your torrents.
Something so simple as this CSS property shows you the intent behind the code. They're basically saying "screw every bit of content on this page."
Doesn't this make the Comcast script now under the GPL - since GPL code can only be included in compatibly licensed products. Or is Comcast violating the GPL?
Of course then the VPN provider is the single point of failure, but if it's trustworthy enough only folks with proper court orders should have access to my traffic. And it's an extra ten bucks per month or so.
> <button>Close this message</button>
Ahhhh, enterprise IT and corporate counsel synergy at it's finest.
Come to think of it, we have had a rocky relationship, they and I.
So they just intercept their 'own' magic url, but it bothers me somehow.
Can anybody confirm this? My uptime is far beyond reasonable.
You can read it as:WE CAN DO EVERYTHING WITH YOUR NETWORK TRAFFIC AND WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Back then it was to alert folks who were hitting bandwidth quotas and you could make the argument they were trying to help but this one, ugh.
Blog post: http://blog.ryankearney.com/2013/01/comcast-caught-intercept...
So also used when you near the monthly traffic cap (if your area has active caps).
And it does not matter that they pushed it down the throat of their paying customers...
I am a big fan of rules & regulations, but in cases like these I'm afraid as a society we play stupid games (... and win stupid prizes...)
heres my impression of how kermit works
client: here is byte number 1server: i have received byte number 1. the checksum was 3.client: i agree that the checksum was 3. server: ok, were done with byte number 1. client: I agree, were done with byte number 1. client: heres byte number 2. server: you know, its not easy being green
now zmodem zmodem goes something like this:
client: Im gonna send you about 200k now, and youre gonna bend over and take it server: thank you sir! ( ) server: ok, got 200k, checksum was 523client: DID I ASK YOUR FUCKING OPINION?server: NO SIR! SORRY SIR!
For some reason they'd decided the best option was GSM data. 9600bps should be fine - the mapping data feed was about 2400bps. Problem of course was both of these ships would be out in a fjord, far from any cells, and in motion.
So I ended up writing a little proxy that they'd connect to and feed data that'd do automatic redialling and then layered a variant of the zmodem protocol on top of that to handle re-sending of data, and tuned it for specifics of the app to minimize delays in catching up to the live feed.
I'd used zmodem a lot in my BBS days before, but that was the last time.
I first started my online journey with a 300bps Hayes modem and an original 4.77mhz IBM PC, connecting with a service called The Source in 1981. I soon moved on to Compuserve and then, of course, BBSs.
The first protocol I remember using was not Zmodem, but Xmodem, which as I recall, had a really nasty habit of losing its place in the middle of a 2 hour download, forcing you to start completely over.
Remember, Compuserve costed $5/hr(!), so these disconnect/restarts were not only really annoying but quite expensive.
Zmodem solved this problem very nicely...it was smart enough to restart downloads at the point of disconnect, and because of this, Chuck was a hero of my youth.
Rest wel...NO CARRIER...
I've just dug out the old emails we've exchanged back in the day and I remember how great it felt when after only two days, he solved the problem we've been working on for weeks.
I was so happy to finally see our problem go away.
Clarifying StackOverflow Q&A: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9611000/understanding-the...
Chuck Forsberg was a featured speaker from the beginning at BBSCon. Here's audio of him talking with Ward Christensen, inventor of XModem as well as CBBS which was the world's first BBS.
BBSCon was a small and intimate conference and I got to meet Chuck, John Dvorak and Peter Tattam who were all heroes of mine.
Omen also had a terminal client that was equally as cumbersome to use, but quite powerful. I used it for a few months until the richness of Terminate pulled me back.
Apart from that, I do love these type of projects. People who see a story of a guy following something manual (a book) and thinking "Hmmm, I wonder if I could make something to help with that/do that for me"
I'll add a link to the blog post when it's live.
Also, this quote is troubling:"That people at higher weights are going to be OK."
Not only NOTHING in the article supports that, almost every single piece or research shows the opposite: that in general, people at higher weights have much higher mortality rates. The article just shows that, when some chronic diseases are present, overweight people seem to fare better than non-overweight (which I take includes underweight people).
Even if they fare better under certain very specific conditions, in general they fare quite worse. Source:http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/questions/ask-th...
I have the highest doubts that they'd have the resources to do the broad-based clinical trials required to go to market.
Look up "Eroom's Law" which is "Moore's Law" spelled backwards: http://www.nature.com/nrd/journal/v11/n3/fig_tab/nrd3681_F1....
Basically, the increases in pharma regulation means it takes longer and gets more expensive to create a new drug each year.
This is a cool science project, but the reporting around it is sensational and not helpful to the millions of people with diabetes who have their cranks yanked regularly about miracle cures, cost-saving fantasies, etc.
To address some raised in sub-threads:
+ You can get extraordinarily cheap drugs in India, the rest of the developing world, and in parts of Europe. The "greedy" drug companies adjust pricing to what local markets can bear. So instead of letting poor people die en masse they mark the drugs down and pass the cost onto the developed world. Fair trade IMO.
+ The reason there are so few generic insulins is that they are hard to make consistently enough to please the FDA and European regulators. Companies like Teva and Perrigo are multi-billion dollar manufacturers of generic drugs who would love to get get into this game, but as noted, biosimilar drugs, especially ones as powerful as insulins, are a lot harder to copy than aspirin.
Since we have already met our target $ for phase I, we opened up a stretch goal to fund phase II.
We are in the early stages of establishing the protocols for cutting and folding the proinsulin into its final, active form, and are looking into purification methods sufficient for research and potential pharmaceutical use.
Meeting stretch goals will help us purchase the reagents and equipment necessary to execute these protocols.
That is $2.19 according to xe.com and is a branded version made by Novo Nordisk. So if you use 40 units a day, it would be less than $7 a month.
Greater regulation, higher wages and higher occupational health and safety standards keep the price higher in the US.
I don't think the major hurdle is that the companies don't know how to make insulin, because that part is reasonably straightforward, he says. The real hurdles are getting the drug approved by the FDA (and since insulin is a biologic drug, it requires a lot more original data than an application for a small-molecule generic would), and then upfront manufacturing costs (because making a biologic drug is different, so it requires different equipment). "
That will barely get you a kitchen, not a laboratory that will produce something that will pass FDA approval after you spend a very large multiple of that on tests.
I don't know if that might qualify as very expensive but one can get one month worth of insulin for $50.
This seems to be a small-scale expression and optimization, and I'd guess that this is not the expensive part of developing a generic insulin. Large-scale manufacturing and making sure you're producing the correct molecule reliable, and then demonstrating that to the FDA are probably orders of magnitude more expensive.
Well, the report itself says:
prescription medications to treat complications of diabetes (18%)
So this is up to $31.68 billion in 2012. I will assume for simplification that all of it goes for insulin.
There are about 20 million patients in US (according to http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/). So this puts us into $100-150 in a month range for the insulin.
Then, I remembered how awful and idiotic most of my HR managers were. The parameters they used to select people were all based on their own biased upper-class background.
Now, an algorithm, if well-written, could grasp many other parameters that would be much more relevant. Innate and applicable abilities an HR manager would never consider.
The thing is performance is often subjective, and it's often not possible to tell how a team will change from adding a member. (In football you can at least try to look at national/club team differences, or stats that changed after a player changed clubs). When people change jobs, they often change roles, and the firms they are joining have different positions in the market, and different aims.
"Looking across 15 companies and more than 300,000 hires in low-skill service-sector jobs, such as data entry and call center work, NBER researchers compared the tenure of employees who had been hired based on the algorithmic recommendations of a job test with that of people who'd been picked by a human."
The headlines are far too general and deceptive. It's like saying "computer are better than humans at playing games" because computer bet humans in chess.
I'm all for hiring people based on their skill, experience and potential, but don't think employers will want to let algorithm do the job of HR. Many hires are based on social contact and first impression, and I don't think anyone want to change that idea of a company being a group of people getting along.
Being able to hire whoever you want is am important liberty. If people were letting algorithms do the job, they might not like it. I guess it's part of the "machine will decide for us" debate.
Anyway, I'm unemployed, so by no mean I could be against change of any sort.
The elephant in the room is: when you do in-person interview, human captures much more data than computer will ever know. We make dives into candidate's background and skills. Dives that you can't put into data model.
Of course that doesn't matter much for low-skill jobs.
Knowledge is something you cannot capture, that's why they have to try to "protect" the symbols. And they can go this far with that deed.
Why activists can read and handle degrading words from rich publishers (theft, stealing..), but ignorants cannot read the argument of activists? This is far too confusing to me.
(I think publishers are feeling threatened as the free culture grows)
edit: the speaker explains copyright maths (a special kind of maths used by media lobby experts), very enjoyable :D
Consider the fact that Elsevier locks up millions of dollars in public funded research behind their paywall, and then you'll see the irony of what they claim.
Hint: probably. I used to work there.
If you want to be able to freely access and bulk download the papers published by your peers, maybe you should make sure that those peers publish in journals that allow such downloads. Maybe you yourself should also only publish in journals that allow these downloads. Possibly, you could even run your own preprint server where everyone can submit their texts and which then can be made available in bulk to interested parties.
Breaking contracts you (or a person acting on your behalf) agreed to doesnt help at all in the long run boycotting those who only offer contracts you dont like until they either change or go away is a much more viable, ethically acceptable and generally more enjoyable alternative.
And hey, if your method to detect fraud is successful, market pressure alone might be enough: after all, who wants to submit to a shady journal which doesnt have its articles automatically checked for large-scale fraud regularly? Surely, only fraudsters
"""Further, we're looking at how we ensure that researchers know what they can and cannot do with content, or where to go for further information, without giving the impression that we are claiming ownership over non-copyrightable facts and data."""
Regarding this case, (IANAL) it seems to be that if their APIs worked properly, then Elsevier is completely in the right (especially in the UK) in demanding that papers only be accessed through the API. If they don't work, as the researcher alleges, then would I agree that's he's in the right.
A couple weeks ago I was reading all about Elsevier's APIs for downloading papers . If you're at an institution that has access to ScienceDirect or Scopus then it seems you can easily get a key that gives you full access to everything, including papers in XML instead of PDF if you want (eg. a mathml-like for equations, paragraphs, figures, tables all marked up). However Elsevier make it very difficult to find the actual terms and conditions for text mining on their website, despite numerous pages which run you in circles. They are here .
To summarise them (again, IANAL): non-commercial research use only. You can't share the raw text mining output except with other people belonging to your institution/subscriber, although you could allow indirect access through e.g. a website. You can also distribute short snippets from the text with a copyright notice. You can keep the downloaded data until your API key expires, which happens if you stop using it or your institution stops subscribing.
I also found it strange that Elsevier forbid redistributing the abstracts of papers , considering that they are publicly accessible.
It would be fantastic if publishers couldn't restrict the use of the information in the articles they published, even for commercial use. Anything that any human learns from a copyrighted work can normally be used without restriction, why wouldn't the same apply to machine learning? However I assume that when you sign an agreement providing access to data (e.g. subscribe to Scopus) that you can sign away that sort of right (e.g. NDAs). The Hague Declaration  is a great initiative in this direction but unfortunately it's only petitioning for the rights of researchers.
Pay increases were a percentage of each group's payroll. Several groups had CTs (corporate turkeys). These were highly compensated people with a dotted line relationship to Dr. Bell's No Output Division. The deal was, they could work on NOD projects to their hearts' content, but they should not expect raises. That allowed the raise budget to be spent on the other folks.
For a while they had a policy that poor performers had their performance reviews delayed. This meant that you couldn't tell if it was you yourself who was incompetent, or your manager. (Incompetent managers often were late doing performance reviews for their people.)
Now all that's left is the Digital Credit Union. It's sad; they had many great people and some great products.
>There was virtually no organizational structure during Digitals early years because Olsen was committed to creating an environment much like the research labs at MIT. A temporary position as liaison between MIT and IBM in 1959 convinced Olsen that the hierarchy at companies like IBM did not allow for creativity and the flow of ideas.
Sound familiar to anyone here?
Good thing the secret services have no access to those exploits. Fun times we live in.
Edit: /s was omitted as an exercise for the reader.
I think a well developed tech culture and VC companies for example are more important.
- Internet connection.
- Internet and Digital Laws.
- Banking Options.
- Administrative complications.
- Accounting and Legal infrastructure.
- Office space, living costs, labor work-force...
To be a United States S corp the rules are:
1) Number of shareholders <= 100
2) All shareholders are humans and U.S. residents
3) There is only one class of stock
For more, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S_corporation
And a few states have zero personal income tax:
Which is still a great incentive for those business owners, but the title is misleading. This isn't about start-ups.
Some people enjoy it, and can get benefits from it, such as gaining experience and reference for a person's portfolio. There have been some people who have been getting more job offers from open-source repositories than their online job application.
Companies and programmers actually benefit from open source compared to closed-source, look at this dicussion 
Here's why I think this work doesn't generalize: Academics and people who don't primarily identify as software engineers are over-represented in the R community, when compared against other open source projects. I think the set of answers you'd get from e.g., the developers of more traditional types of open source projects (editors, compilers, databases, games, OSes, frameworks/libraries, etc.) are fundamentally different.
While I'm on my soap box, the other mistake that researchers who study open source developers often make is focusing on very successful open source projects, and then implicitly or explicitly generalizing those results to the huge hoard of open source developers. (Implicit generalization goes something like this: Intro: there are so many open source developers -- understanding their motivation is important! -- Actual study: let's look at the motivation of contributors to the top 1% of projects -- Conclusion: we think these results generalize to other projects. Note that the authors of this study avoid this pattern, but the journalist doesn't.) But of course, the motivations of the vast majority of OSS developers are going to be fundamentally different from those developers who have built extremely successful and high-profile systems.
Overall, I think this is a really nice and interesting paper about the R ecosystem. I just wish the journalist had chosen a different headline and lede.
"why would he do that?"
>By 1962, when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, NASA was relying more on computers.
>"You could do much more, much faster on computer," Johnson said. "But when they went to computers, they called over and said, 'tell her to check and see if the computer trajectory they had calculated was correct.' So I checked it and it was correct."
This lady is fantastic and it's about time she gets this - absolutely deserved.
The author gave a talk about it in our local hackerspace back in 2009. Fascinating stuff.
I will probably never have enough time to go through this, which is sad.
I'm curious about how many people have given fb such information? None of the people I know have done that.
"I realized its the same reason DoorDash can afford to pay me $12 per delivery, not including tip"
How do they make a profit if delivery costs them that much?
Today we're launching our teams feature, letting you easily save, collaborate, and search content with a group of people. I'd love feedback and suggestions. It's completely changed bookmarking for me, and hope it can help others be more productive as well. Both the personal and teams product are free. If you want to check out the upgraded teams features, use code HACKERNEWS for $150 in credit.
Will PTVS (Python Tools for Visual Studio) come to VSCode?
The answer is YES! This will be a major focus next year. Expect full intellisense, debugging, profiling, pkg mgmt, unit test, virtual env, multiple interpreter, Jupyter, etc. support.
Disc: Python/R/Jupyter team lead
My expectations were completely wrong, though. VSC is not bloated or slow. It's well-made. There aren't really any negative MS-flavored conventions as far as I can tell. This isn't MS Office (which I guess has its place but has gone off the deep end, IMHO). It looks like it's on a path towards becoming a pretty powerful tool, more than just a text editor, and more than just a clone of Atom.
The MS branding will unfortunately keep people away that like to judge books by their cover. But that says more about their own problems and unwillingness than it does about MS.
I don't understand why we have to throw ourselves into brand "camps" and defend them to the death. It's dumb. I like Linux, I use an assortment of operating systems depending on my needs, and I don't see any reason why a decent effort/product can't be appreciated, no matter what company produces it.
"This includes information about how you use the products and services, such as the features you use, the web pages you visit, and the search terms you enter." (among other things such as name & device identifiers https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/dn948229)
You can disable this...but it requires you to re-disable it on every product update. https://code.visualstudio.com/Docs/supporting/FAQ#_how-to-di...
Is this now standard practice?
I'm really surprised Windows isn't called Microsoft Operating System, or Operating System for short.
Though it's probably my color-blind eyes, but I couldn't find a stock dark theme that worked for me (first time I've had that out-of-the-box problem).
So between not being able to read the text on the screen that well, and an input model that doesn't fit well with what I'm used to, I guess I'll come back in six months. :-)
EDIT: and no Java syntax highlighting? I understand that it's a beta/WIP, but really? ObjC seems to work okay.
What does this mean. Should I expect a working VCS instead of this one in 2017?
Is not a condition I like in the terms of my main tool.
While I don't want to be negative; this and other recent moves by MS, seem to be an effort to lighten the overladen ship that is the MS super-tanker. Will moves like this prevent them from sinking? Personally, I switched away from MS products in 1996 and have never looked back, and this does make me wonder...
I've had a few ideas about little things to add to it, and having it open source makes that a possibility!
Thank you and great job on this!
VS Code is from my perspective the most responsive web-based editor. The extension story looks sane and well-designed (+1 for things like async completions wich are e.g. missing in Sublime and pluggable debuggers!). And getting this delivered as open source software is just great!
It's not that they're not doing good things to help fix their culture, but I find it almost annoying. It seems almost impossible to me that all this promotion is not coming from them directly..
One thing I really dislike about Atom is it's complete reliance on and lack of abstraction over the node APIs, making it nearly impossible to port to run hosted (which really confuses me, as I'd think that Github would love to have a great online editor integrated right into repos).
If VSC only uses async APIs, it might be easier to get running in a browser.
Also, Atom's security model is very weak. Extensions have direct access to node APIs (as do iframes! but that's an Electron issue). Sandboxing extensions would be a huge deal for me.
I find it funny that nowhere on the official page (code.visualstudio.com) does it say that it's an editor.
Does anyone know if this will be ever be possible?
Eh, could be worse.
Feel the power of the Empire.
Linux - I am your father!
The ugly: the sole existence of TypeScript and some ES6 syntax is the monaco editor project and Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio Code is a fork of it.
 - http://imgur.com/Nc82DB5 - https://code.visualstudio.com/
Do folks like Linus and John Carmack crank up Eclipse and use wizards?
[ EDIT: I've obviously offended some Visual programming fans. I apologize. ]