Practical Guide to SQL Transaction Isolation
Important guide, but no one will read it.
database  SQL 
Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation | Cosmos
Sounds like we are not living in a simulation. But what if it was good enough?
computing  physics  science 
Gout review
Review of gout papers
gout  medicine 
The secret lives of children and their phones
Social is over in some ways. If even teenagers give up Snapchat.
young  people  internet  usage 
3 days ago
The Best Interview Questions We've Ever Published | First Round Review
Some interesting approaches to questions but nothing really new.
hiring  interview  management 
4 days ago
android - adb not finding my device / phone (MacOS X) - Stack Overflow
Can't see android device in adb devices? Add the vendor ID to the adb_usb.ini file.

Here instructions for Mac and vendor ID for OnePlus is 0x2a70.
Android  Mac  USB  adb 
4 days ago
When RFID Becomes Obsolete - 2017-09-17 - Page 1 - RFID Journal
What will replace RFID. Not much for low value asset tracking. Maybe more options for mobile-based payments.
RFID  tappit 
6 days ago
The Modern Marketing Model (M3) - The modern marketing model (M3)
Interesting review of what it means to be a marketeer in the modern world.
marketing  business  management 
7 days ago
The Coming Software Apocalypse - The Atlantic
We need to move away from code and towards models and gesture based coding. TLA+ and MDE interesting concepts.
code  programming  development 
8 days ago
The Smog Chancellor http://www.monbiot.com/2017/09/21/the-smog-chancellor/
Sad that Merkel has done so much to pollute. Not something that is well known outside EU circles and Germany I guess.
pollution  environment 
25 days ago
How to Generate FiveThirtyEight Graphs in Python
Nice tutorial for creating better looking graphs.
analytics  data  python  tappit 
28 days ago
How Civilization Started | The New Yorker
Grain is taxable as it comes in solid harvests unlike many other crops. Ergo civilisation.
agriculture  history 
28 days ago
c# - How to convert a column number (eg. 127) into an excel column (eg. AA) - Stack Overflow
Getting Excel slightly odd column names through code to use in Google Query Language.
Excel  Google  Sheets  Query 
4 weeks ago

Printer for Dubai 7s
printing  tappit 
4 weeks ago
John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017
Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens.
Facebook  advertising 
4 weeks ago
Our entire credit bureau system is broken - The Verge
SSNs are all public now so can't really be used for any authentication or identity management.
credit  bureau 
4 weeks ago
North Korea: Why the West freaks out but South Korea doesn’t
The United States is remarkably safe. Ensconced between two oceans and two weak neighbours and far from the tightly-packed Eurasian cauldron of competition, the US is one of the most secure great powers in history
korea  government  war  US 
5 weeks ago
To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now - The New York Times
This is why firms use outsourcing as much as possible.

Firms in the United States are legally required to offer the same health insurance options and 401(k) match to all employees — meaning if those programs are made extra generous to attract top engineers, a company that doesn’t outsource will have to pay them for everyone.
notnews  outsourcing  economics  business 
5 weeks ago
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Demon-Haunted World
This is veery bad.

In the 21st century, we have come full circle. Non-human life forms – limited liability corpo­rations – are infecting the underpinnings of our ‘‘smart’’ homes and cities with devices that obey a different physics depending on who is using them and what they believe to be true about their surroundings.
cheating  business  law  notnews 
5 weeks ago
I hate MVPs. So do your customers. Make it SLC instead. – @ASmartBear - WP Engine
Simple, lovable, complete. That way customers can use it and be happy and you can evolve.
MVP  product  thinking 
5 weeks ago
SmartD Online Store
Useful looking HK gadget retailer
Hong  Kong  gadgets  shop 
5 weeks ago
Bitcoin's Academic Pedigree - ACM Queue
Great article on the history of bitcoin and what the leaps of genius were in putting it all together. Again, scientists should collaborate more.
blockchain  crypto  history  science 
6 weeks ago
Reviews considered useless - crowdturfing
(1) We demonstrate the feasibility of automated generation of
product reviews for online review sites, using a RNN-based
approach for review generation and customization. Our key
insight is that while automated generation of arbitrary length
content is challenging, generation of shorter text in fixed
application domains is practical today.
(2) We show that RNN-based synthetic reviews are robust against
state of the art statistical and ML-based detectors. In addition,
our user-study shows they are largely indistinguishable from
real reviews to human readers, and appear to provide similar
levels of “usefulness” utility as determined by readers.
(3) We propose a novel defense that leverages the information
loss inherent in an RNN training process to identify statistically
detectable variations in the character-level distribution
of machine-generated reviews. We show that our defense is
robust against countermeasures, and that avoiding detection
involves the attacker paying rapidly accelerating costs for
diminishing returns.
ai  online  review  journalism 
6 weeks ago
100 myths
Not too bad on these.
6 weeks ago
Full pricing list - Adyen
Cross border money transfer company.
tappit  PaySec  Intrapay 
6 weeks ago
The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial
Today, you’re either above the API or below the API. You either tell robots what to do, or are told by robots what to do.
culture  premium  mediocre  philosophy 
6 weeks ago
A Serf on Google’s Farm – Talking Points Memo
Why Google is dangerous the small publisher version.
google  algorithms  advertising 
6 weeks ago
Don’t Look Now
Silence is political. Climate breakdown.
6 weeks ago
A blockchain explanation your parents could understand | Jamie Skella | Pulse | LinkedIn
A good explanation of the shared record book with rules that is blockchain.
6 weeks ago
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