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New Party in Charge, Same Challenges
WASHINGTON — The tense meltdown in the House on Friday over funding for the Department of Homeland Security underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions no matter which party is in charge.
politics 
1 hour ago
The Pacific region lives up to its name with disarming success
Recent headlines are clear: our world is a fearful place, spattered with blood, angry men and loose guns. But not everywhere. One sprawling region has largely avoided, and at times even reversed, the steady proliferation of illegal firearms and death by gunshot.
politics 
1 hour ago
Travelogue: The long flight home—this time, I enjoyed myself
With Ars sending writers around the globe to visit GE research centers, we wanted our readers to share in with some of the experiences we're having during these travels. These blog posts are meant to convey some highlights, rather than being an exhaustive account of our trip.
travel 
1 hour ago
Apple Boss Says Privacy A 'Basic Human Right'
The boss of Apple has said that privacy is a fundamental "human right" and no government or company should be able to access personal information without permission. Tim Cook, CEO of the American technology giant, also said invading people's privacy will not stop terrorism but will punish the "99.
apple  privacy 
1 hour ago
House Passes One-Week Funding Extension for Homeland Security
WASHINGTON — Republicans vowing to govern effectively as a congressional majority failed a fundamental test Friday, when House leaders only narrowly managed to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security after an embarrassing defeat earlier in the day.
politics 
1 hour ago
Suits and Hoodies: The Two Cybersecurity Cultures
How a tense exchange between the NSA director and a Yahoo executive reveals the rift between D.C. and Silicon Valley The dress code said it all. When Admiral Michael S.
culture  security  government 
1 hour ago
The surprising FIFA decision that infuriated ESPN – Quartz
This week, FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, confirmed it would proceed with a plan to host the 2022 soccer World Cup during the northern hemisphere winter. It is a bizarre plan, for many reasons, and has already had a business impact.
television  sports 
1 hour ago
A Conversation with Alan Kay
Big talk with the creator of Smalltalk—and much more.
interview  technology  programming  history 
yesterday
Let’s talk about jets, baby: Jet engines, to be more precise
I remember an occasion when I was young when my dad and brother and I took a flight on a small regional plane, probably on one of our annual ski vacations.
transportation 
yesterday
Sports Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Suit Jackets: What’s the Difference?
Sports jackets. Suit jackets. Blazers. Most men use these terms interchangeably, as do many men’s clothing retailers. Because of this, the differences between these three classic menswear pieces ends up being a mystery.
clothes 
yesterday
Macro-benchmark with Django, Flask and AsyncIO (aiohttp.web+API-Hour)
Tip: If you don't have the time to read the text, scroll down to see graphics. For those who didn't follow AsyncIO news, aiohttp.web is a light Web framework based on aiohttp. It's like Flask but with less internal layers.aiohttp is the implementation of HTTP with AsyncIO.
python  performance  asyncio 
yesterday
HP reportedly mulling purchase of Aruba Networks
Well, it’s been a while since Hewlett-Packard made a really big acquisition but it sounds like the IT giant is shaking off the post-Autonomy jitters: it’s weighing a purchase of Aruba Networks according to Bloomberg. Aruba Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif.
hp  networking 
yesterday
Proving that Android’s, Java’s and Python’s sorting algorithm is broken (and showing how to fix it)
Tim Peters developed the Timsort hybrid sorting algorithm in 2002. It is a clever combination of ideas from merge sort and insertion sort, and designed to perform well on real world data. TimSort was first developed for Python, but later ported to Java (where it appears as java.util.Collections.
python 
yesterday
Open letter for the sync world
Theses days, I've seen more and more haters about the async community in Python, especially around AsyncIO. I think this is sad and counter-productive.
asyncio 
yesterday
The Secrets Of Women Running Billion-Dollar Companies
When you’re running a billion-dollar tech company, there isn’t a lot of time to stop running, step back, and take in all that you’ve built. For Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, those moments have probably happened twice.
diversity  business 
yesterday
A Promising Moment for Rat-Human Relations
Gerbils may have brought the Black Death to Europe, and rat fanciers could not be more pleased. Being a New Yorker, I'm something of a rat-spotter. And I'm an unsentimental one at that. The sight of a dead rat rarely rattles me, both because it's so familiar and because of the rodent’s reputation.
nature 
yesterday
Batteries are so passé: Toyota unveils its fuel cell car production line
Toyota has unveiled the assembly line for its upcoming fuel cell vehicle (FCV)—the four-door Mirai sedan—which will go on sale in the US later in 2015.
cars 
yesterday
OpenStack Board Member Rob Hirschfeld on the impact of DevOps, SDN, Docker & more
Art Fewell: Welcome to Open Networking TV. This is the Catch Up, I’m your host Art Fewell. Today we will be catching up with the OpenStack guru, Rob Hirschfeld. Rob Hirschfeld: Good to see you, thanks you for having me on.
openstack  docker 
yesterday
Delta to install Gogo’s faster in-flight internet in 250 planes
Next year Delta Airlines flyers will start noticing their sluggish inflight internet connections getting a lot faster.
travel 
yesterday
Bad logic in timsort's merge_collapse
Created on by tim.peters, last changed 2015-02-25 20:33 by tim.peters. This issue is now closed.
python 
yesterday
The coat that made a street-style star – Quartz
The personal uniform has its advantages. Time-starved entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg, who is known for practically living in a gray t-shirt, say having a uniform frees up brain space for more important matters. Arguably he doesn’t look great, but the wardrobe is functional.
clothes 
yesterday
Python at 25
For many years, Python has appeared on the list of the 10 most-utilized computer languages in the world. Companies like Dropbox, Google, Mozilla, and Walt Disney Animation Studios are large users of Python, as are banks, universities and institutions such as the U.S.
python  history 
yesterday
Pyston 0.3: Self-hosting Sufficiency
We’ve been working hard over the past five months and are very happy to release Pyston 0.3, the newest version of our high-performance Python implementation. The biggest features of this release are that we can now run all of our internal scripts on Pyston, as well as improved performance.
python  performance 
yesterday
How Smartphones Hurt Sleep
Blue light makes the brain think it's time to wake up, just as you're getting ready for bed. The answer to the question "How'd you sleep?" has, for most of human history, been "not too well.
phones  health 
3 days ago
spaghetti pangrattato with crispy eggs
Several years ago, because we didn’t have a kid yet, didn’t know about things like school break schedules and figured midway through February was as good of a time to escape the snow as any, we decided to get away to someplace warm and winter-free during Presidents’ Day week.
recipes 
3 days ago
The Skinny Carb
A recent study shows that people who simply ate more fiber lost about as much weight as those who went on a complicated diet. By this time of year, many peoples’ best-laid New Year’s Resolutions have died, just seven short weeks after they were born.
health 
3 days ago
Signup for PyCon Dinners led by Jessica McKellar and Brandon Rhodes!
While the cost of PyCon includes breakfast and lunch as well as coffee and snacks, dinner is on your own, and for good reason. It's Montréal! Get out and enjoy the city, find some good food and drink, and hang out with new groups of people.
pycon 
3 days ago
The simplest way to use OpenStack python clients
OpenStack is great but as all young projects it has some UX issues. One of the most user facing is initialization of OpenStack python clients. Every OpenStack Service like Nova, Cinder, Glance have own. Since the begging in Rally we have internal class that unifies initialization of all clients.
openstack 
3 days ago
Temper Pi
It was inevitable. Back when the Raspberry Pi was announced, I knew I eventually would use one to power a beer fridge.
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
Toyota won't support CarPlay, at least not out of the gate
Car makers have put a lot of time and money into their own dashboard infotainment systems, so it’s not surprising that some are reticent to embrace Apple’s CarPlay, which puts iOS front and center in your car.
cars 
3 days ago
Why Open Source Freeriding is a Good Idea
Are you cheating if you download open source software without paying for it? Recently, Linux distribution elementaryOS angered users by implying that you are -- an opinion that is hardly new, but no more valid than the last dozen times anyone voiced it.
opensource 
3 days ago
Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Being a Better Leader
The second in the series. Part 1 gives readers the fundamental building blocks that helped Zingerman's to succeed. Inc. magazine named it one of the Best Books for Business Owners! Part 2 takes a look at the traits and tools that make for great leadership. Printed locally on 100% recycled paper.
books  leadership 
3 days ago
MSNBC and the ‘Move Away From Left-Wing TV’
A report says the network is denouncing partisanship. But why? Late last week, MSNBC made an unsurprising announcement: It would be canceling the low-rated afternoon shows of Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid.
television 
3 days ago
8 Tips to Transform Your Basement Into a Wine Cellar
Shawn Gauthier I'm a freelance writer and design enthusiast who believes the best design is collected, not decorated, and that homes should always be as comfortable and functional as they are chic. In addition to writing for Houzz, I work as the Head Copywriter for Layla Grayce and Zinc Door.
household  wine 
3 days ago
Why we run an open source program - Walmart Labs
Over the coming weeks, we are publishing a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company has decided to run programs to publish, use, and improve open source software - and the benefits that result. First up, Dion Almaer (@dalmaer) with Walmart Labs’ perspective.
opensource 
3 days ago
The Downtown Athens Master Plan Is Finally Getting a Look
Six ACC commissioners appointed by Mayor Nancy Denson met for less than an hour last week to consider how to implement the Downtown Master Plan developed in 2013 by UGA planning and design students and staff.
politics  georgia  athens 
3 days ago
Why Facebook is obsessed with hacking internal productivity tools – Quartz
Most interactions with Facebook are as simple as thumbing through the Newsfeed. Behind that is an enormous amount of technology, like the algorithms that serve up carefully curated ads and information.
productivity  facebook 
3 days ago
HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off
Leadership at HP's cloud division is in flux once again, with senior vice president Mårten Mickos backing away from day-to-day operations of the unit and familiar faces stepping up to take his place.
hp 
3 days ago
DefCore isn't a punk band, but if you use OpenStack, listen up
In this series of interviews, we’re talking to the new Individual Directors on the 2015 OpenStack Board of Directors. These Directors provide oversight of the Foundation and its budget, strategy and goals.
openstack 
3 days ago
How I translated Oksa Pollock, AKA the French Harry Potter
It was a hugely enjoyable challenge to introduce English teenagers to Oksa Pollock, the loveable French heroine with incredible magic powers.
writing 
3 days ago
Converting Your Basement Into A Wine Cellar: The Basics
Two questions: Do you have a basement? Do you love wine? If you answered yes to both and you have been dreaming of building a wine cellar, why not turn your basement into a lovely wine cellar? Most basements are made into storage rooms for old items – clothes, appliances, furniture, toys, etc.
household  wine 
3 days ago
As many as 1 million+ WordPress sites imperiled by critical plugin bug
More than one million websites that run on the WordPress content management application run the risk of being completely hijacked by attackers exploiting critical vulnerability in most versions of a plugin called WP-Slimstat. Versions prior to the recently released Slimstat 3.9.
security  blogging 
3 days ago
Our favorite grocery shopping app
AnyList is our favorite app for shared grocery lists. It’s well-designed and easy to use, it makes shopping for groceries simpler, and it’s available as a universal iOS app as well as a web app.
review  apps 
3 days ago
From The Wirecutter: The best portable Bluetooth speaker
This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology products to buy. Read the full article at TheWirecutter.com.
gadget  review 
3 days ago
WiFi Temperature / Humidity Data Logging Sensor
The EL-WiFi-TH sensor measures the temperature and humidity of the environment in which it is situated. Data is transmitted wirelessly via a WiFi network to a PC and viewed using a free software package.
household 
3 days ago
Hewlett-Packard Lands Multibillion Dollar Cloud Services Deal for Deutsche Bank
Computing and IT services giant Hewlett-Packard said that it has won a 10-year “multibillion dollar” deal to run computing systems for Deutsche Bank.
hp 
3 days ago
Married Sex Gets Better in the Golden Years
Yes, there is sex after marriage. Particularly if you make it past your 50th wedding anniversary.
health 
3 days ago
Experts: “Nightmare octopus” in terrifying viral video was just being a normal octopus
Terrifying. Man-eating. Misunderstood? For the past 24 hours, the internet has been buzzing over a video showing an octopus in Yallingup, Western Australia leaping out of the water to snare an unsuspecting crab.
weird  videos  nature 
3 days ago
Mystery Surrounds a Tunnel in Toronto
OTTAWA — It was a baffling discovery: a hand-dug tunnel just over 33 feet long, tall enough for an adult to stand inside, fed with electricity, drained by a water pump and expertly reinforced with lumber and plywood. It started in dense woods near a tennis stadium — and it did not lead anywhere.
canada  weird 
3 days ago
On Remote Work
As soon as you get beyond a few people, you are working “remotely”. If you aren’t in the same room you will have your main workflow happening through tooling. Yes, you can get together to meet face to face on topics, but that isn’t your general workflow.
telecommuting 
3 days ago
Google banning explicit sexuality, graphic nudity on Blogger
TORONTO — Google is cracking down on adult content posted to its popular Blogger service.
google  censorship 
3 days ago
Pointer Events finalized, but Apple’s lack of support still a deal breaker
The Pointer Events specification, an API for Web developers to handle touch, mouse, and pen inputs in Web applications, has been published as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium. This is the Web standards group's final, mutually agreed on version of the spec.
webdev  apple  patents 
3 days ago
Length of Lashes Keeps Eyes From Drying, Study Finds
Long and luxurious eyelashes have been in fashion at least since Cleopatra. But scientists now suggest that their real function is to help protect eyes from drying out.
nature 
3 days ago
The cause of the "emergency outage"
So the emergency outage was a side effect of an over-enthusiastic regex. I am in the process of converting all of FastMail production to a new replication protocol, the one that's going to be in Cyrus 2.5 when we release it supposedly next week.
email  service 
3 days ago
The problem with packaging in Python
There have been attempts to replace the unholy duo [1] we have now but alas, the focus was wrong. There have been two directions of improvement: However, the way code and data files are collected didn't change. As a packager, you still have to deal with the dozen confusing buttons. [3]
packaging  python 
3 days ago
HP reorgs cloud biz as Marten Mickos cedes key responsibilities
Marten Mickos, the former Eucalyptus CEO who became HP’s top cloud guy in September when HP bought Eucalyptus, is turning over key responsibilities to three other HP executives, according to an internal email message viewed by Gigaom.
hp 
3 days ago
A Cellar in the Basement
Smack in the middle of the basement of the Milton house, the This Old House crew found an unused room filled with cobwebs and empty shelves. More than 8 feet deep and 5 feet wide, with a barrel-vaulted ceiling supporting the house's massive central chimney above, the space had potential.
household  wine 
3 days ago
Measure temperature using Raspberry Pi with Temper USB Thermometer
1. Hardware: USB Thermometer I bought TEMPer USB Thermometer w/ Alerts.
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
FCC Republicans launch last-ditch effort to sink net neutrality plan
With the Federal Communications Commission scheduled to vote on net neutrality rules Thursday, the commission's two Republicans want to delay the vote by at least 30 days.
politics  internet 
3 days ago
Pouch Serves Up World Travel in Pie Form
PIE ME: There are things about Pouch Savory World of Pies (151 E. Broad St., 706-395-6696) that would almost make one think it’s a franchise. The concept (world travel through pastry) is cute and well worked out. The menu is full of silly names for serious things.
review  georgia  athens  restaurant 
3 days ago
FedEx won’t ship the box that makes homemade metal semi-automatic rifles
Defense Distributed, the group that pioneered 3D printed firearms in 2013, informed its customers on Tuesday that FedEx has refused to ship the company’s latest product, a computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill—dubbed the "Ghost Gunner.
politics 
3 days ago
USB Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer III makes leaving your basement apartment even less appealing
, "Get up and go" is for the birds, man. But in the off-chance that your PC, home entertainment system and various gaming consoles weren't enough to keep you inside for days at a time, check out the upgraded version of Brando's USB Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer.
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
Your First Wine Cellar
We’ve all heard stories about legendary wines opened 60 years after bottling where the critics all agreed it was the perfect time to open that wine.
household  wine 
3 days ago
Temperature measuring using Linux and Raspberry Pi
I have a small server room, with some rack servers, NAS’s, VMware ESXi’s and other fun stuff, but I had one problems..
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama
WASHINGTON — Senior Republicans conceded on Tuesday that the grueling fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service appears over, with the president and an army of Internet activists victorious.
politics  internet 
3 days ago
Dirt cheap USB Temperature Sensor with python SMS alerting system.
In the last few weeks I had to design an effective and cheap temperature monitoring system for the server room. After searching a bit on the web I found this USB Thermometer Temperature dongle on Ebay, only 10 bucks with free shipping.
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
The architectural theory that’s killing personal space at the office – Quartz
The mass adoption of the open office killed off walls for most workers, and even the cubicle. Now, its evolution is shrinking employees’ desks. One reason, unsurprisingly, is to save on rent in expensive markets by packing more people into smaller spaces, according to The New York Times (paywall).
architecture 
3 days ago
DS18B20+ One Wire Digital Temperature Sensor and the Raspberry Pi
In previous tutorials we’ve outlined the integration of simple sensors and switches with the Raspberry Pi. These components have had a simple on/off or high/low output, which is sensed by the Raspberry Pi.
raspberrypi  household 
3 days ago
Paper Smart: Why Paperless Isn’t (Strictly) the Goal
In a 21st century with such highly-functional tech on and around us, paper should be unnecessary. Or so the argument for paperless goes. The only thing is, paper is still the best option in many cases.
evernote 
3 days ago
E.P.A. Issues Stiffer Rules on Vehicle Fuel Ratings
WASHINGTON — After two years of imposing increasingly stiff penalties on automakers that overstate their fuel economy ratings, federal regulators on Monday said they would tighten guidelines used in determining the mileage advertised to consumers.
environment  cars 
3 days ago
La Crosse Alerts 926-25101-GP Wireless Monitor System Set with Dry Probe
Seems to work reliably over the long haul - while I am still not satisfied with the slow response from technical support and not pleased they just happened to have server problems when I first purchased the item, overall, I would say it's a good product.
household 
3 days ago
Tesla’s forgotten co-founder wants to electrify America’s garbage trucks – Quartz
Ian Wright was one of the five original founders of Tesla Motors, so he knows a thing or two about electric vehicles.
electriccar 
3 days ago
Raspberry Pi Hacks
The outside temperature is not a constant value; it fluctuates, and we know you like to know what it is. Whether you’re helping plants stay healthy or just want to know how many layers of clothes to wear, this hack can help!
raspberrypi 
3 days ago
Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain
My son is 18 months old, and I’ve been reading books with him since he was born. I say “reading”, but I really mean “looking at” – not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do.
learning  writing 
3 days ago
The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing
By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.
writing 
3 days ago
Forget FedEx and UPS—Waffle House it – Quartz
Rather than go to the post office to pick up package deliveries, you may soon be heading to Waffle House.
startups 
3 days ago
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