I am a big Hearthstone fan so I enjoy watching the competitions sometimes. It's been consistently the highest viewed Blizzard game on Twitch for a long time now so it's important to bring up in this discussion.
PlayHearthstone is the official channel for Hearthstone events so you would think it would be representative of how Blizzard wants to operate in the competitive space. Whether it is due to technology, lack of oversight, or simply not caring, Twitch chat is notoriously atrocious; rampant with trolling, vitriol, spamming, and terrible behavior.
To make things worse, there's absolutely no consistency with how events are moderated, if they are at all.
For one event, members are banned for simply asking questions, or providing constructive criticism to the casting of the event with mods creating trigger phrases or words that lead to users getting banned immediately without knowing why. For other events, the chatters are allowed to use all manner of racial, sexual, demeaning, and outright threatening and horrific text towards the casters, the events, and the participants.
It's disgusting to watch, completely unprofessional, and something that has been brought up multiple times by the community with no concrete resolution.
Either Blizzard finds it acceptable, Twitch finds it acceptable, or they haven't figured out how to do well in moderating live chats with thousands of people.
Given their track record, I'm hesitant to be excited about the exclusivity.
 - https://www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone
I am a big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan. I play a bit, but I vastly prefer to watch professional play. I got into the game a year ago or so, and that seemed to be a glorious time to spectate the game. Streams were virtually exclusively on Twitch, and every weekend it felt like there was a ($100k+ prize pool) tournament, and every week there were high quality pick-up/practice games between professional players being streamed.
Of course (who can blame them?), YouTube Gaming wanted a piece of this pie. They cut some exclusive deals with a couple online leagues and tournament organizer, bringing a sizable chunk of the content with them to YouTube Gaming.
However, the users DID NOT follow (and UX over on YT can be almost entirely blamed), and the ensuing fracturing of the community has seen CS:GO drop from consistently top 5 in Twitch games to regularly outside the top 10. The thing is, though, the missing viewership mostly didn't migrate to YouTube, instead just deciding to not watch at all. The appeal behind Twitch and CS:GO was that there was basically non-stop _very high_ quality content being streamed, and you didn't need to put in a single ounce of effort to find it. YouTube very much does not have that same user flow down, at all.
And now (even though the position isn't particularly degraded), owing to the relative difficulty of finding tournaments on YouTube OR Twitch, I find myself watching a lot less. So goes the general vibe of the community. Sure, woe is us, 2 whole sources? But consider this: YouTube's discoverability is horrible, its UI plagued with reruns emblazoned with a red "LIVE NOW" that screams for your attention at first and later leaves you unwilling to trust any visuals on the site; Twitch, on the other hand, with its inability to pause / rewind / stream a smooth 1080p60 (hell, even 720p60 stutters 10x as much as YouTube's) leaves you comparatively upset about video quality when you watch there.
So I guess my point is that Twitch clearly loses in the tech department to YouTube, but its benefits (more entertaining chat, better discoverability and UI/UX) are more than enough to make you a dedicated user when exclusivity is part of that package. It'll be interesting to see which side can overcome its issues to gain the advantage.
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I guess it would be hard as there are to many ways to scale out what you run - how many VMs, how many containers, what are you running in them? It would be an interesting benchmark matrix to sort for.
It would be interesting just to see how many containers you could start, run lighttpd and each server a static web page? Maybe 1/2 with the page and 1/2 with an application that builds the page? Who knows...to many variables.
I think we will just by a system when we can and try our workload on it. Oh, well.
Anybody have any info on things like L0 to L2 size, type, latencies, etc?
So, quad-CPU is faster than dual-CPU? Not surprising.
The most common feedback I get is that it seems like too much of a stretch for companies that dont operate at Google scale. That may be true if looking at the system as a whole, but the principles behind the architecture should attract anyones attention - remove trust from the network by authenticating and authorizing every request based on whats known about the user and connecting device at the time of the request.
Disclaimer: I work for ScaleFT, a provider of Zero Trust access management solutions.
Edit: If folks are interested in hearing more about how other companies can achieve something similar, here's video of a talk I gave at Heavybit a few months ago on the subject: https://www.heavybit.com/library/blog/beyondcorp-meetup-goog...
Disclaimer I work for Google not related to BeyondCorp.
In addition to simple primary and second factor, you can design policies for MDM-controlled devices only (i.e. designing endpoints that are trusted for remote access), geolocation, and software versions on a per-application basis, for example.
I think save for a few use cases (SSH into your datacenter, e.g.), VPNs will be dead before we know it.
Also highly recommend https://www.scaleft.com/ for anyone who wants beyondcorp-style access to infrastructure.
The other articles in the series have PDF links, but not the latest one. I'm assuming it will eventually...
I ask because, I find it relatively comfortable to do coding on a chromebook over a 'mosh' session over LTE.
The largest notable exceptions seem to be internal file shares, and remote connections to machines that need to be behind a firewall.
I guess the overall point I have is that with the data files for both productivity and source code being stored cloud side, that VPNs become less and less necessary for a large % of workers.
Here's a somewhat over-simplified TL;DR on Google's approach:
Make everything in your company a SaaS app that lives on the Internet via cloud hosting or a proxy.
Nice but not always readily do-able.
But you know what really happened? I wound up with hard to remember email logins and caught less than a handful of services sharing my email address without my permission.
It wasn't worth it.
Another user commented that you could just register your own domain and do this; that's great for the average hacker news reader, but not so great for the average Joe so a service like this (if done correctly) would be pretty convenient.
Things that jump out right away as bad about this NBox.
1) It just auto generates an email for me. That's going to be a pain in the ass to remember.
2) Wait; how do I login? I literally don't understand how to login to this app short of going to the site and I get auto logged in by the Chrome extension?
3) Why do I even need a Chrome extension to get my email; where is the password protection so I can login from a different device or god forbid my computer crashes?
4) Not every service asking for an email address is a web service. If I sit down for dinner at an Applebees and order a meal a server is going to tell me the appetizer is free if I just provide my email address... and I want that free appetizer minus the side of spam...
As someone else noted mailhero.io is basically the same service as this, but it's big flaw is that the real email address is exposed since it's always included in the provided email address.
email@example.com (ah; real address is firstname.lastname@example.org) Also; many other email services (including GMail can do the samething as mailhero using + addressing and adding rules.
For example, I would sign-up for HN using email@example.com and for Reddit using firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple and effective.
> bdav24: Hi water42, don't ever trust anyone with your data, governments and big companies get hacked every day. Our angle: we don't ask for any personal information
You will be able to route/read all of an individuals inbound mail ?
nBox generates for you an email address for each site, for free.
- Effortlessly thanks to our browser extensions
- Addresses are anonymous and private
- Delete the addresses you don't want any more
- Be notified according to your preferences on each email
I'm looking to share the service. Any feedback is very welcome.
If I'm willing to give a fake registration email I probably don't care about privacy and this is just for throwaway anyway. I'm not going to give any personal info to a website I don't trust with my email in the first place.
I also don't understand how this is not going to be blacklisted like any other anti-spam email service.
Maybe I'm not the target for this product bu this seems to bring nothing new in a slightly more annoying way.
P.S. here's the link for the extension:https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nbox-your-registra...
I love that service, it's saved me countless headaches.
This seems like an interesting idea if they own a whole bunch of different domains, but they don't specify this, and my attempt to sign up for an address failed. (open firefox -> click create my nBox -> click Sign up for a service (i type https://facebook.com) -> receive message saying "To create your nBoxAllow the notifications" -> No simple info about how to do this is given, so I give up)
Having said that, I plan on using this.
Usually if I forget the password to a service they can send me a reset link, what would my options be with NBox?
2. Possibly offer the ability to self host this?
I've been a satisfied user of SpamGourmet (www.spamgourmet.com) for years, and the only (argueable) downside I've seen is how upset customer-service representatives get upset while reading my address. How does your service compare?
I'd pay a lot of money for an actual open linux phone, but nobody wants to make one.
Do consumers really care about monopolies? I believe they don't and I think nowadays Android's reputation is not very good. People have a whole bunch of useless outdated android devices laying around, have some horrible experience with them and could appreciate an ungoogled/unappled linux-like distribution with more control for the user and updates.
Device trees aren't used on most mobile hardware. Mobile ARM is like the PS4 .. Intel arch chip, but totally not PC compatible.
I feel like Microsoft needs to give out the keys to their phones. Their platform is standardized enough devs could buy up old hardware and make a real oss mobile operating system without having to build totally different kernels per device.
Sailfish still seems to be around for Sony's Open Devices, http://www.silicon.co.uk/mobility/smartphones/jolla-sailfish...
I think this had a lot to do with the cancelling of Unity 8 as well.
Thinking back, I'm impressed with how far they got. If they had collaborated where it didn't help to compete, then I think they would've had a better chance of entering the market. I hope that this experience doesn't steel them against working on ambitious things entirely in the future.
Correct me if I'm wrong but it stores the data on Google's servers in which case you're actually sharing it with a third party.
It wraps your database in a worse database with a worse query language. It makes simple queries into kilobyte-long GET query strings that get morasses of XML-namespace nonsense as a response, or more likely, a server timeout.
While the W3C was screwing around with SPARQL, everyone else came up with JSON-based REST APIs. They work well. Not even the core W3C people use SPARQL anymore.
"Oh sure you can trust us to calculate your employee benefits right, that our business!"
Some potentially HN-interesting links:
pyQuil, a Python library for quantum programming: https://github.com/rigetticomputing/pyquil
pyQuil on RTD: https://pyquil.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
Grove, a collection of quantum algorithms in Python: https://github.com/rigetticomputing/grove
How hard of a problem can you solve with 8 qubits? For example, if you're implementing shor's algorithm -- it looks (very naively) from the wikipedia article that to efficiently factor a number of size N, you need about log(2N) qubits. So with 8 qubits you could factor the number 32 efficiently (is that calculation right?). Can you do things more difficult than 'factor 32' with 8 qubits?
(not intended as an attack at all, i genuinely just do not understand how to reason about the power of quantum computing devices with X qubits)
Now it's true that classical computers used to take up whole buildings. Living people remember this. And progress is supposed to be getting faster and faster. But given the particularly arcane constraints... how long if ever before this kind of technology can be a part of the daily lives of most Teran Citizens? Will it ever be possible for us to have it at home? Or will we always have to send out requests to more centralised machines that will then send us back answers?
I understand if you don't want to make a public statement about such divisive (and perhaps, more importantly, ill-defined) matters in this context. I'm just curious about the way that the people who are actually building these things tend to view them...
I wonder if anyone could link to something that makes the stuff clear.
"QBism is NOT NEW but at least people are reviving what Bohr thought. QM just involves expectations of observables and the Born rule is just "metaphysical fluff." The confusions are all about false counterfactuals."
So, I wiped it, hoping to give them a blank slate to install whatever they need.
I wish I hadn't - I could find absolutely nothing to install on the device from the Apple Store. Everything requires new iOS version (which is fine, of course), but I also can't install old versions of software on the iPad.
Basically, I screwed myself by wiping the device because now the default, pre-installed apps are the only apps that will ever run on this thing again.
Also, they don't show versions lower than 2.3 on this graph, but I think it's fair to assume that the user share for 2.1 is far lower than 2.3's 0.8% https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html.
In short, this isn't a big problem at all.
This (planned obsolescence) is what you get when you buy closed hardware running proprietary software.
My last company (Zip Phone, YC S14) was a direct result of the fantastic work that the Opus team has done in the last few years. I remember researching audio codecs around the end of 2013 and stumbling across Opus, and being amazed at what it could do at extremely low bitrates, and everything was available completely for free! Spent my fair share of time on the Opus IRC channel on freenode (shout out to derf, gmaxwell, jmspeex, mark4o) bugging them with basic queries, and getting excellent support.
It's just amazing.
You can throw anything at it. No matter the sample rate and the bitrate and the output has good quality without any of that narrowband, wideband, ultra-wideband speex nonsense.
All that is missing is an "hybrid" mode just like wavpack that produces combined output of roughly the same size as flac.
I reasoned the additional lossy encoding of Bluetooth would be too much with lower bitrates, but now I'm not so sure...
It looks like many free extensions either have malware in them from the start or get sold to malware companies later on, who then deploy the malware via updates:
But how's the accuracy here? Cause when I used previous plugins for this functionality, I often found they'd return gibberish if the text was even slightly ambiguous looking in image form.
How does it compare to the other plugins doing the same thing here?
It is beyond irresponsible for mozilla to do nothing to prevent this malware from being recommended on their platform.
Thanks for making this!
Wondering what you're using for OCR?
...here it seem like any other modern language, until you see that Julia has something that many other languages lack: true macros (true metaprogramming.) A big feature. And multiple dispatch on all functions! (a very nice feature that puts it above many other languages in use.)
You can even program Julia in s-expressions if you feel like it. (Some argue that Julia should be considered a Lisp dialect.)
Compared to the other languages with Python-like, C-like or Algol-like syntax, Julia stands out from them as a more powerful alternative. (If you need more power and flexibility than Julia with good processing speed, i think only Common Lisp will clearly provide it.)
A very recommendable language, especially now with this initiative for giving more "enterprise-like" support, and worth looking in depth, if you are also considering moving to Go and Rust.
Digging a bit deeper, it appears they use it to deliver specifications and example code to vendors?
"[T]ransferring the specifications to industry using this legacy system required three different types of documentation: first, the specifications were written both in variable-based pseudocode and in English descriptive pseudocode. But this approach left gaps in interpretation, leading to possible confusion or disagreement. So programmers also created state charts to fill these gaps and eliminate the potential for misinterpretation."
I do wonder though: have Julia been able to raise this much money thanks to awesome traction or the reputation of the team?
Seed round 2016 average is around $1m per Crunchbase:
Cooley has seed round pre-moneys at $4-6m. (Thus, a $5m check is pretty much out of question at that stage.)
So, this is much more like a Series A? I wonder if they were advised to call it seed funding to leave open the possibility of a "big" Series A, due to the level of interest. It does seem like SV VCs are making somewhat large bets on F/OSS-based companies, so maybe that is wise.
I also realize a lot of this is semantics.
That being said, I applaud getting good funding for a project that's actually more than beyond MVP, it has happy users/customers and it serves a purpose. That's not all that common these days. Good luck, guys.
I think Julia should be very nice in server-side development.
Julia is the fastest modern high performance open source computing language for data, analytics, algorithmic trading, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
I'd rather deal with Cython apache license than deal with this GPL stuff for commercial use.
From my admittedly limited experience with Jupyter, it is already an interactive coding and visualization tool which can be exported to HTML.
Can you not include Plotly plots in vanilla Jupyter?
The kyso homepage says that you beautifully render the notebooks? Given that they're already html, does that mean custom style sheets? Something more?
Or is the main value add just a wrapper over git to make versioning and sharing easier?
Having the expandable/collapsible code is nifty for sure, but that's the main feature I noticed.
If I can offer some perhaps unsolicited feedback, I'd like for you guys to make it more clear (explitcly clear) what exactly you are offering. Your main web page just looks like a sales pitch for jupyter notebooks in general.
This looks really good though! Good work!
Adoption hasn't been great, so it's probably going to stay free for a while. Enjoy!
my email is eoin [at] kyso.io
Will be releasing a node v6.0 compatible version in the next 2 days, and an node independent version very soon!!
The feedback was fantastic, and today I'm finally launching the searchable database.
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Play around with it and let me know what you think.
I am curious to know the monetization strategy? Your site reads "won't charge you anything for it nor will we take a percentage of your sponsorship deals", so what is your angle?
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Typo: delete the apostrophe!
Some searches, like 'deep learning', 'venture capital', and 'NLP' don't display any results. Not sure if this is a problem with the search functionality or with your database (probably the former). Some searches display a lack of context - for example, searching 'AI' returns a top result of "Air travelers" because the string "ai" is in "air".
You might consider checking out a product like Algolia to scale your search.
Awesome concept though! Excited to see it grow
Also of interest are sorting networks https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorting_network which can be used to perform branchless sort on parallel hardware.
I haven't been following this closely, but the last time I checked scatter-gather loads were really really slow.
Chapter 3.3 from page 27 (PDF page 43) on of this be interesting: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian_Gross/publicati...
Also contains a survey of some other related data structures and algorithms.
It's if-less. But the ternary operator (?:) is a branching instruction.
(Full disclosure: I work for Advanced Telematic, the creators and maintainers of the meta-updater Yocto layer.)
By the way, both buzhash and SHA-256 are kinda poor choices for a new system, especially one that targets servers.
Let the flamewars begin!
On the other hand, they recently reduced the level of detail in the transparency report.
There is also the fact that they are Swiss, and their privacy laws were severely weakened by a recent referendum. In particular, the Swiss government can now monitor all cross border traffic without a warrant.
ProtonMail fought the referendum, but hasn't updated this "Why Switzerland?" page:
They also haven't moved to a more appropriate legal jurisdiction.
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- TunnelBear is a bit more expensive (4.99$/mo, paid annually vs 4$/mo).
- TunnelBear supports up to 5 connections per account vs 2.
I use TunnelBear regularly for my browser and phone. Both works great.
My subscription is going to expire soon and I'll be open to try other VPN providers, not that there is anything wrong with TunnelBear. Any recommendations?
This site  has feature comparisons but experience using VPN services is another story.
 https://www.tunnelbear.com/ https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-section/
Worth mentioning their VPN recommendations: algo by trailofbits and freedome. There is another paid service they recommend but I can't recall the name.
I run free privacy/security classes for journalists, and some of them have said that their sources can't use paid VPNs because they're afraid of the purchase showing up on their credit card statement.
TOR is great, but doesn't yet work for things like video chat (yes i tell them not to use Skype...)
This was to their us-07 server in SF.
The reason is using it on mobile unlocked devices, rather than desktop.
What they changed in the model? Is it trustless?
OpenVPN and IKE both have terrible track records in terms of implementation security.
I recommends the shadowsocks protocol which I used in the censored network, which is hard to be detected and decrypted.
Ian, our mentor, went through every project and asked questions that made us make great progress. In our company's case, we went from Idea to MVP, then to Product and Launch in 10 weeks (thanks Ian!).
Also, Office Hours are great because it gives you the accountability needed to push forward every week.
One thing I noticed is how sharp in timing the Office Hours were. They were 1 hour length mostly all of the times. Same with Startup School lecture videos which consistently were around 50min long.
Is this sharp control over timing something in American culture? As an European I find surprising how you guys make things last the exact amount of time you want even when you don't control the input (like in office hours where 10 startups have to show their progress)
[^1] http://www.TechLeaks.org -> A Glassdoor tailored to Software Engineers.
This is article is pretty much the same experience I had. Albeit we launched June 12th (pretty much, the last day of Startup School).
We built a super rough MVP during throughout the duration of Startup School. Here's our product if anyone's interested:
It's basically a search engine meets your news feed. We're specifically targeting financial advising, while keeping an eye on enterprise search.
Launching it so late, had it's draw backs, but also IMO was the right for us. We got to see everyone else's progress, but we also did follow much of the advise: interviewing customers, launching pre-registration, how to structure a company / team, etc. We also got to see other teams mistakes, and successes.
I think that's what I found super valuable, not so much where people were from, but the various stages of their startups! We had people come in with only ideas, and watched them bring them to launch. Some people grew their company 10x. It was fun and interesting to watch the process.
We also had several people interview for the Summer YC class, while in startup school. I've previously interviewed, so I knew what it was like - but others (and I to some extent) found it valuable to ask questions and understand what they look for. Some companies in our group, I'm sure, will be looking for funding.
Older fathers are more likely to have established careers, establishing higher socioeconomic status, affording a lifestyle that engenders "geekiness".
First, the article throws out some very reasonable sounding things, like older dads are more established and stable parents. This seems totally legit.
Then they start talking of a 'geek gene' that gets passed down by dads as they get older? That seems ridiculous to me. We don't even know how general intelligence works on a genetic level.
Overall, I feel like we put way too much stock in genetics over how children are raised. The world children live in today (screens, different types of processed food, flashy movies and cartoons) is so different than hundreds or thousands of years ago. Early childhood years are also hugely important for brain development and social skills yet we give little kids screens to keep them quiet, hooking them early.
Just seems like any excuse to not involve parenting is in vogue now.
I know N=1... but when you're debating with your friends whether or not this (http://imgur.com/m52Wo4a) can be classified as a sandwich or if it warrants a new nomenclature entirely and realizing that these are the people you are associating with it's difficult to not look for answers.
I guess the article here also says it:
> Repeated studies have shown that older sperm is more prone to genetic errors and children are more likely to develop autism and schizophrenia.
- Father's who start a family later vs father's who start a family early but have additional children later.
- Children who are more likely to have multiple older siblings.
Example: Bill Gates.
My first son is a soldier. The 2nd and 3rd are software developers and musicians. Works for me.
The really key environmental factors that led me to being a geek can firmly be put down to: My Mother taking me to the library every week; having plenty of books at home and school; and good quality teaching at school. I can't imagine that having an older/wealthier father would have that much additional impact on top of these factors.
I was 36 when I got my oldest and 39 when i got my second son.
Just anecdotal but so does this seems to be.
They provide a link to the data the study was based on, but not the actual study, so it's not obvious how to check this.
On the other hand, is there correlation between myopia and intelligence?
* Cortex A-5 security/boot processor
* High throughput I/O (I always thought QPI was a great improvement over HT, seems like they've gone one further)
* 290GB/s memory controller (excellent for algorithms that need to span many many GB and can't fit into a GPU)
Clever bit, comparing against Bulldozer in places where they can't beat Xeon.
All in all, looks like the competition has truly heated up.
(If you haven't heard of them: in the 1800s London, one happy customer would get their ice cream, lick the glass clean and return it to the vendor, who would refill it and give it to the next customer. Perhaps the best way to spread tuberculosis, which the Penny lick did very well on until it was banned in 1899.)
Now days, of course, London's streets are all choked with parked cars, creating a less than welcoming environment for cyclists and pedestrians. And horses.
Alhough these days, the Police generally don't bother trying to crack down on illegal street traders and other minor crimes.
The problem with the human body is that is extremely hard to share information. We can absorb gigabytes of information through our eyes and other sensory organs, but we can only emit a few bits of information. When we communicate, we are essentially trying to share our thoughts through a very narrow straw that limits the flow of information. The result of this bottleneck is language. Language requires lots of context, common understanding, and being able to view the world from the other person's perspective to make sense of the tiny amount of information that one person is sharing with another
Unfortunately, this leads to nonsensical literal translations like "ONE-QUANTITY-ABOVE-LIFE-TOWARDS" for "banana," but it's still a neat/interesting concept.
The core claim of the title, that somehow non-decomposable sign language goes counter to something doesn't match anything I've ever heard in linguistics. Many signs in ASL are fairly representational as well.
Also note that ABSL is only around 100 years old, and see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Sayyid_Bedouin_Sign_Langu...
Later on, writing developed into either using meaningless signs to represent sounds, and stringing those together (as in the case of what you're reading now), or using signs to represent fragments of meaning which are combined to form complete concepts (at least, that's how i understand Han ideograms). Rather like the business with the slide whistle.
I don't follow: many ASL signs are completely distinct. There are some incorporations, like classifier CL:3 (vehicle) includes a modified 'V' sign.
What exactly is the claim: that a language cannot have a 1:1 mapping of simple representation and meaning i.e. is unambiguous and context-free?
You have HVAC. Refrigeration. Your washer. Your dryer. And your dishwasher.
Each one of those things is inherently a form of energy storage, because you don't need any of those to start up or stop at the same milisecond where you flip the switch.
All of these you do expect to consumer power on demand without any time slack. But the major loads I listed above can defer to the minor loads that demand that kind of priority.
So with a little TCP/IP to coordinate activities around your house, your need for power storage declines considerably.
Right. That's the policy issue. Government subsidies for batteries would be a huge giveaway to battery manufacturers. California  and Sweden  have already offered subsidies. That may not be a good thing.
 https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Will-California... https://cleantechnica.com/2016/11/22/sweden-will-offer-60-su...
Users smart enough to change their electricity consumption eg night rates - they need more information to improve even more. Smart appliances will soon follow.
Let's assume an extraterrestrial colony being established on the Moon, or Mars, or another planet.
Do you really want to spend time, effort and resources on building a traditional power grid in a hostile, unstable environment (or a planet whose natural terrain you want to affect as little as possible), or just provide each facility its own independent power supply?
So storage still makes a lot of sense, because if I want to do anything about renewable energy, I unfortunately have to do it myself. Putting some sort of solar system on my house will cost ME money; either outright, leased, or through a home-improvement loan plan. Which is sad, but it is what it is (and kudos to what the government HAS done to bring down these costs). Since it's all on me to reduce my carbon footprint, that energy produced must be stored, and these home battery systems (Tesla or not, there's about 2 other choices though, it seems in my research with companies locally) are not all that expensive considering the cost and installation of a solar array, especially Tesla's pricier solar roof option. And that's giving you complete independence from the electric company.
I talked to a rep about a solar solution and he understood my concern for wanting to go "net zero" since it feels like locally, the power company is devaluing what you put back into the sub-system more and more. He explained that more and more people exploring their alternative energy solutions are interested in these battery/storage systems for the exact same reasons. With a minimum investment of about 30k or 40k for a whole-home solution, a lot of people don't trust that their power fed back into the grid won't be devalued over time (at least a rate higher than the natural decay of battery technology).
Now, new consumer products like Teslas grid-connected home battery [...] are becoming more popular
I mean, I'm sure it's nice for people in the boonies where mains power is unreliable. Or if you're a survivalist/hippy that wants to be off-the-grid/completely-renewable and doesn't mind paying a big premium for it.
But what would a home battery offer me that I can't get from the grid already?
The good supplier doesn't want to spend their energy in reviewing vast quantity of available consumers. At the same time good consumers don't want to go after every available suppliers. There is also good likelyhood that bad suppliers as well as bad consumers are trying to masquerade as good ones. This is the same setting as dating website or Amazon product website. The solution that humans seem to prefer is somehow build the trust model. In case of Amazon product website, you look at reviews and ratings by others. In case of dating website you look at characteristics that you have learned to trust such as what's in the photos, what person is doing for living, what degrees do they have and so on. In case of jobs, companies look at who is referring to who or if you are already at other top company (which is the reason why most people get jobs because of referrals, not by posting resumes). The trust model is developed individually and can massively be different from person to person.
I'm in fact more certain that virtually all companies ignore resumes posted on their website and most interviews happen solely because recruiter actively identified candidate from other similar company/university or referrals. However this may be more true in skilled jobs.
"At the same time, 46 percent of U.S. employers face talent shortages and have issues filling open positions with the right candidate."
"Talk of a skills gap in the labor market is 'an incredible cop out'":
Doubly so for technology:
Any business that depends on putting their own search results inside of Google's is going to be a target of "forward integration."
Kudos to google, hopefully this helps majority of America find jerbs.
most hackernews readers think this is stupid because our industry has different problems. Our jobs problem is:- "employers often lie because they want to pay less than a typical employee is worth"
but also at the same time:
- "applicants often lie about their experiences and such"
So there are 4 quadrants: honest/dishonest applicants and honest/dishonest employers and where they overlap is small.
Niche job boards FTW
I'm also a little concerned if this gets popular that competitors jobs will happen to be further down the list than they should be, but that's probably just my paranoia.
My guess is this is a response to Microsoft buying LinkedIn.
Honestly the wording makes me think it just wasn't ready in time for the announcement, although I'm not sure how they'd have up-to-date data.
It's one of the few applications of AI over street view data that doesn't utterly creep me out and actually seems quite useful.
Isn't that being "nationalistic"? Can't you be universal? Come on, Google!
- Not enough jobs. LinkedIn seems to have more jobs posted for the things I searched for. While many recruiters still post to Indeed, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter etc... The beef of postings, from my experience, is found on LinkedIn.- Not easy to apply. LinkedIn has the ability to more easily apply. Yes, one could argue this is a bad thing (since companies get spammed with candidates) but I think with AI a lot of bad candidates could get filtered out more easily.- No social network. Since so many professionals use LinkedIn, it's easier to find people you know who work at a company you are applying for.
I think this is a long, long way to beating LinkedIn for job search.
What's interesting is that Imgur managed to pivot into a full-blown community site, with threads, communities and voting. I don't think they're very dependent on Reddit anymore. From a few cursory glances, they have a relatively large amount of participation, and it's not unusual that an image shared on Reddit has a huge comment section on Imgur, with Imgur users not getting the context (that of course is over on Reddit).
Reddit is doing a smart thing here by hosting the images themselves. They're now at a scale where hosting images is feasible. Being dependent of Imgur (and Imgur not being dependent of Reddit) is a bad thing for Reddit, since most of the popular content on Reddit is images, and so Reddit gives away a huge amount of traffic to Imgur (which is basically a Reddit competitor now), trading that for the expenses of running an image hosting site. I guess Reddit realized it wasn't worth it.
Ultimately I think Imgur is destined to the same fate as TwitPic.
So when a direct Imgur image link is opened in its own tab, Imgur can redirect to a webpage if it feels like it.In Firefox, by changing about:config value "image.http.accept" to
I never quite understood why do browsers let a webserver know the context you're loading the requested resource in, for privacy's sake.
As soon as Imgur took funding the die was cast. They have to show more ads, get more traffic to their pages, and drive engagement.
Imgur was at its best when it was simple to upload and link. Those days are gone.
"Oh, we built many of our communities on sharing Copyright protected content by way of our weasel-cousin IMGUR, so let's go ahead and bring all that DMCA/Safe Harbors liability under our umbrella - you're joking, right?"
At least the Conde Nast lawyers will come out okay in this.
Also: Is it new that Reddit allows animated ads? I always had the feeling Reddit was a place where I could peacfully interact with others. Lately I am afraid it turns into a page full of animated, colorful distractions that make me feel uneasy.
I have friends who visit imgur regularly, and it's what I would consider a meme platform. Although, I personally use it to just share photos.
Reddit's natively hosted app, is likely why they need increased investment. Honestly, I see why Reddit wanted their own natively hosted images, but I can't see how this will increase their revenue or help them succeed.
Because it's very easy for the 'host' company to take your idea, undercut it and 'force' you out of business. Or to make changes that completely kill your product or service/screw up your marketing strategy.
It's a risk you have to take with a business so dependent on another particular company or site.
frustrating overlays, slow, intrusive self promotion ... even worse on mobile. anyone remember the annoying cat paw?
Maybe because they identified how easy it would be for them to get nuked by Reddit?
So long as you have users, you have bandwidth, you have revenue.
The problem is now storage. As users and revenue may decline the bandwidth bill declines too... but the storage bill always increases and never declines.
This is the real problem with image hosting, keeping alive old images and storage costs always growing regardless of current usage and revenue.
Imgur seems to want show it's loading gif before the actual gif.
Sometimes I can be waiting at least 10 seconds for the gif to actually begin loading.