Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us | Kate Raworth | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian
It is time to ditch the belief that economies obey rigid mechanical rules, which has widened inequality and polluted our planet. Economics is evolving
5 days ago
Self-taught artificial intelligence beats doctors at predicting heart attacks | Science | AAAS
Doctors have lots of tools for predicting a patient’s health. But—as even they will tell you—they’re no match for the complexity of the human body. Heart attacks in particular are hard to anticipate. Now, scientists have shown that computers capable of teaching themselves can perform even better than standard medical guidelines, significantly increasing prediction rates. If implemented, the new method could save thousands or even millions of lives a year. 
5 days ago
Remotely Get Root On Most Smart TVs With Radio Signals | Hackaday
[Rafael Scheel] a security consultant has found that hacking smart TVs takes nothing much more than an inexpensive DVB-T transmitter, The transmitter has to be in range of the target TV and some malicious signals. The hack works by exploiting hybrid broadcast broadband TV signals and widely known about bugs in web browsers commonly run on smart TVs, which seem run in the background almost all the time.
hack  iot 
16 days ago
She thought she knew a better way to make porn. So she did.
A really interesting talk from an adult filmmaker about how porn affects us and how it needs to change.
5 weeks ago
Don't accelerate your startup
See once you take the initial check, you’re also inevitably taking on the expectations of exponential growth. You’re literally selling your life, heart, and soul to an off-chance crack at a moonshot trajectory. That’s perfectly fine if the only vision of success you can imagine is becoming the next Silicon Valley tycoon.
5 weeks ago
Mozilla Releases Firefox 52, the First Browser to Support WebAssembly
In layman’s terms, WebAssembly is a binary format for web pages. Its main advantage is that it allows developers to pack web page resources in a smaller payload. WebAssembly reduces page load times but also brings a near-native performance by delivering “ahead of time” compiled code.
6 weeks ago
NASA Shares Video From Huygens Probe as It Landed on Saturn's Moon, Titan | Inverse
Titan, the largest of Saturn’s many moons, is one of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system, and scientists think there could be some sort of strange life living in the moon’s liquid methane lakes. Now, NASA has shared an absolutely amazing video of this alien world, taken from a probe as it landed on Titan’s surface.
NASA  space 
6 weeks ago
How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide - NYTimes.com
One method involved drawing a digital perimeter, or “geofence,” around the authorities’ offices on a digital map of the city that Uber monitored. The company watched which people were frequently opening and closing the app — a process known internally as eyeballing — near such locations as evidence that the users might be associated with city agencies.

Other techniques included looking at a user’s credit card information and determining whether the card was tied directly to an institution like a police credit union.

Enforcement officials involved in large-scale sting operations to catch Uber drivers also sometimes bought dozens of cellphones to create different accounts. To circumvent that tactic, Uber employees went to that city’s local electronics stores to look up device numbers of the cheapest mobile phones on sale, which were often the ones bought by city officials, whose budgets were not sizable.

In all, there were at least a dozen or so signifiers in the VTOS program that Uber employees could use to assess whether users were new riders or very likely city officials.
7 weeks ago
If plastic replaces cash, much that is good will be lost | Aeon Essays
Not all cards are created equal, even if you can get one – and not everyone can.
7 weeks ago
Mover Kit
Get kids moving, building and coding with this toy that reacts to movement with light and can be coded in infinite ways!
7 weeks ago
SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the hea
7 weeks ago
Amazon Chime - online meetings and video conferencing
Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust.
8 weeks ago
Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow | Ars Technica
"Please exercise care" with colliding PDFs, researchers advise software developers.
8 weeks ago
Google Online Security Blog: Another option for file sharing
With the new project Upspin, we aim to improve the situation by providing a global name space to name all your files. Given an Upspin name, a file can be shared securely, copied efficiently without "download" and "upload", and accessed by anyone with permission from anywhere with a network connection.
8 weeks ago
Deep in Brazil’s Amazon, Exploring the Ruins of Ford’s Fantasyland - NYTimes.com
Given the scale of decay and decrepitude in this town — founded in 1928 by the industrialist Henry Ford in the far reaches of the Amazon River Basin — I didn’t expect to come across the stately, largely well-preserved homes on Palm Avenue. But there they were, thanks to the squatters.
8 weeks ago
Google ordered to share Gmail messages from non-US users with FBI
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Google must comply with FBI search warrants for Gmail messages stored outside the US, if the requests are issued as part of a domestic fraud investigation.
privacy  google 
9 weeks ago
Why Flirting Matters | The Book of Life
Good flirting exploits – with no evil intent – an important truth about sex: that what is often most enjoyable about sex is not the physical process itself so much as the idea of acceptance that underpins the act, the notion that another person likes us enough to accept us in our most raw and vulnerable state and is, in our name, willing to lose control and surrender aspects of everyday dignity.
9 weeks ago
The Untold Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell's Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
After bringing us Pong and Chuck E. Cheese's, the legendary entrepreneur built a startup factory that tackled 21st-century ideas with 1980s tech.
9 weeks ago
Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates
Bill: If we could show you only one number that proves how life has changed for the poorest, it would be 122 million—the num
9 weeks ago
How did Europe become the richest part of the world? | Aeon Essays
In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?
9 weeks ago
What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border? | Ars Technica
DHS says agents are in the right to ask for passwords, decryption help.
9 weeks ago
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Introducing Cloud Spanner: a global database service for mission-critical applications
a globally distributed relational database service that lets customers have their cake and eat it too: ACID transactions and SQL semantics, without giving up horizontal scaling and high availability.
9 weeks ago
Man jailed 16 months, and counting, for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica
He’s not charged with a crime. Judge demands he help prosecutors build their case.
10 weeks ago
A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone - The Verge
Bikkannavar says he was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol and pressured to give the CBP agents his phone and access PIN. Since the phone was issued by NASA, it may have contained sensitive material that wasn’t supposed to be shared. Bikkannavar’s phone was returned to him after it was searched by CBP, but he doesn’t know exactly what information officials might have taken from the device.
privacy  trump 
10 weeks ago
Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity
“If we make one criterion for defining the artist… the impulse to make something new… — a kind of divine discontent with all that has gone before, however good — then we can find such artists at every level of human culture, even when performing acts of great simplicity.”
10 weeks ago
The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought - The Atlantic
In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.
10 weeks ago
Introducing Keybase Chat
Today we're launching an end-to-end encrypted chat built into Keybase (downloadable here; source code here). It's easier to use than other crypto apps. It's scriptable too.
keybase  encryption  chat  social 
10 weeks ago
U.S Government may soon demand visitors reveal their social media passwords
The next time you fly to New York or Disneyland, you may be asked to turn over the passwords to your social media accounts, depending on where you come from. The move comes as part of a tightening of security checks currently being contemplated by Homeland Security secretary John Kelly.
privacy  trump 
10 weeks ago
CSS Grid Layout Terminology, Explained
CSS Grid Layout introduces a lot of new concepts; there are 17 new properties to learn, and many more new terms to understand. This can make getting started with CSS Grid Layout difficult, as new terms reference other terms and you can get into a spiral of confusion. So, here are the basic concepts and terminology of CSS Grid Layout, explained.
10 weeks ago
Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Available for Free - NYTimes.com
All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please.
10 weeks ago
Hacker takes over thousands of Printers; sends alerts to users
The hacker did it in a good faith and also informed HP about the vulnerability.
10 weeks ago
Get a STEM Toy Every Month With Amazon's Subscription Box for Kids
Amazon recently launched the STEM Club Toy Subscription with monthly kits available for three age groups: 3-to-4 year olds, 5-to-7 year olds, and 8-to-13 year olds.

Each kit costs $19.99 per month before tax. The monthly program delivers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys geared towards those age groups.
kids  education  amazon  stem 
10 weeks ago
The future of computing
What if the iPad isn’t the future of computing?
10 weeks ago
A Russian Slot Machine Hack Is Costing Casinos Big Time | WIRED
IN EARLY JUNE 2014, accountants at the Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis noticed that several of their slot machines had—just for a couple of days—gone haywire. The government-approved software that powers such machines gives the house a fixed mathematical edge, so that casinos can be certain of how much they’ll earn over the long haul—say, 7.129 cents for every dollar played. But on June 2 and 3, a number of Lumiere’s machines had spit out far more money than they’d consumed, despite not awarding any major jackpots, an aberration known in industry parlance as a negative hold. Since code isn’t prone to sudden fits of madness, the only plausible explanation was that someone was cheating.
10 weeks ago
Pornhub wants to be the hottest destination for sex ed
On Wednesday, the massive adult entertainment destination took the somewhat surprising step of launching the “Pornhub Sexual Health Center.” They're hoping the free sub-site will become a go-to resource for some of their 70 million daily users on all manner of topics, including STIs, sexual safety and how to manage relationships.
10 weeks ago
Julian Assange Claims Google Is Not What We Think It Is
Taken with a grain of salt: "Yes, we all know Google. But WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange holds a different, darker, shrewder view of it."
10 weeks ago
97 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order | TechCrunch
Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies filed an amicus brief tonight voicing opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration on the grounds that it is discriminatory and has a negative impact on business.
10 weeks ago
Boston Dynamics made a kickass robot on wheels that jumps higher than you
Robots are getting more human-like by the minute, but soon they might also be a lot more athletic.

Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson shared footage from a recent Boston Dynamics presentation, where founder Marc Raibert unveiled an impressive new robot that replaces standard feet with a pair of Segway-like wheels.
10 weeks ago
‘I Have Multiple Loves’ - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory
11 weeks ago
Uber C.E.O. to Leave Trump Advisory Council After Criticism - The New York Times
Mr. Kalanick’s exit from the advisory council underscores the tricky calculus facing many Silicon Valley corporate chieftains who try to work with the new administration. On one hand, many tech executives have openly tried to engage with the president, a path that is typically good for business. Yet Mr. Trump’s immigration order has been so unpopular with so many tech workers — many of whom are immigrants themselves and who advocate globalization — that they are now exerting pressure on their chief executives to push back forcefully against the administration.
11 weeks ago
Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after town's mosque burns down | The Independent
The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled—the cause is being investigated by federal officials.

But the town's Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building is reconstructed, thanks to their Jewish neighbours.
11 weeks ago
Google Computer Science Education
Computer science (CS) education is a pathway to innovation, to creativity and to exciting career opportunities. We believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why Google is committed to developing programs, resources, tools and community partnerships which make CS engaging and accessible for all students.
11 weeks ago
Million requests per second with Python – Medium
Japronto is a brand new micro-framework tailored for your micro-services needs. It’s main goals include being fast, scalable and lightweight. It lets you do synchronous and asynchronous programming with asyncio and it’s shamelessly fast. Even faster than NodeJS and Go.
11 weeks ago
President Trump Is Winning – Medium
[...] And all of that might be true, but to the people who sent the bull to the china shop, he is decisive, acting quickly on his most important promises. His latest Muslim ban and airport detentions are only the beginning. When nothing positive gets done and he inevitably runs out of communities to demonize, when he proves to in fact be incompetent at governing, he will turn to his crowd and say “see, I acted, but politicians got in the way.” And be cheered. [...]
11 weeks ago
Hundreds of Thousands of Netgear Routers Vulnerable to Password Bypass | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
Hundreds of thousands–potentially more than one million–Netgear routers are susceptible to a pair of vulnerabilities that can lead to password disclosure.
11 weeks ago
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down | Motherboard
Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin (where an earlier version of this story appeared in December in German) went data-gathering.
11 weeks ago
White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts - CNNPolitics.com
Amid the chaos and confusion of President Donald Trump's new executive order on immigration and refugees, sources tell CNN that White House policy director Stephen Miller spoke with officials of the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security and others to tell them that the President is deeply committed to the executive order and the public is firmly behind it -- urging them not to get distracted by what he described as hysterical voices on TV.
12 weeks ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Trump Muslim ban: 'Apple would not exist without immigration ... This is not a policy we support.'
The move comes as other tech leaders finally start speaking out against the new president’s policies.
12 weeks ago
Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms - The Local
One of Europe's top hotels has admitted they had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who managed to hack their electronic key system, locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until the money was paid.
12 weeks ago
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order - Bloomberg
Memo from CEO Pichai says more than 100 employees impacted
Pichai says President’s move caused painful ’personal costs’
12 weeks ago
Mikhail Gorbachev: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump Arms Race | Time.com
But no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.
12 weeks ago
Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights
The six month-old Data Shield agreement between the US and EU is now in jeopardy.
12 weeks ago
Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern | Opinion | The Guardian
George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality
12 weeks ago
Making Responsive HTML Email Coding Easy With MJML – Smashing Magazine
Email is one of the best ways to engage with your users, especially during the holiday season. However, if you want to stand out, no matter how beautiful your emails are, you need to make sure they render correctly in your reader’s inbox, regardless of what email client they’re using. Creating responsive email is not an easy task, and there are various reasons for that.
12 weeks ago
Sky torrents a Privacy focused torrent search engine
Sky torrents search engine.
Complete Privacy, Zero tracking ( NO Cookies, NO javascript , NO ads )
12 weeks ago
Brexit Supreme Court ruling: Judges defy Theresa May and hand power to Parliament | The Independent
Judges find Prime Minister does not have sufficient authority to enact Brexit alone but must consult MPs
january 2017
Retro Patents let you decorate your wall with the world's greatest ideas
As you might expect, this lets you to order gorgeous, minimalistic prints of patent designs from the comfort of your own sofa. For just $25, you can adorn your wall with the idea behind the iPhone or the BlackBerry, or services like PayPal or Stripe.
january 2017
20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS
In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.
january 2017
WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.
january 2017
Big Brother collecting big data — and in China, it's all for sale - World - CBC News
For $140: "Using just the personal ID number of a colleague, reporters bought detailed data about hotels stayed at, flights and trains taken, border entry and exit records, real estate transactions and bank records. All of them with dates, times and scans of documents (for an extra fee, the seller could provide the names of who the colleague stayed with at hotels and rented apartments)."
january 2017
Poker Is the Latest Game to Fold Against Artificial Intelligence
Perhaps most interestingly, the academics behind the work say their program overcame its human opponents by using an approximation approach that they compare to “gut feeling.”
january 2017
The Coming Tech Backlash
Tech innovation is killing jobs, not foreign scapegoats, and revolt after Trump will be Luddite
january 2017
Announcing Alacritty, a GPU-accelerated terminal emulator
Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.
january 2017
‘James Bond of Philanthropy’ Gives Away the Last of His Fortune - NYTimes.com
Nearly five years ago, Charles F. Feeney sat in a cushy armchair in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan, grandchildren’s artwork taped to the walls, and said that by the end of 2016, he was going to hand out the last of a great fortune that he had made.

It was a race: Mr. Feeney was then 81, and Atlantic Philanthropies, a collection of private foundations he had started and funded, still had about $1.5 billion left. Flinging money out the window or writing checks willy-nilly was not Mr. Feeney’s way.
january 2017
Dry January: Before they try Dryanuary, Americans need to learn how to drink responsibly — Quartz
Americans seem to be increasingly concerned about their relationships with alcohol. Over the last year or so, I have come across several articles in which (mostly women) expressed some very strong feelings about alcohol and why it is better not to drink. The implication seems to be that unhappy, privileged types are using alcohol (especially wine) as a crutch, rather than facing up to the causes of their dissatisfaction. The issue weighs heavily over people during the holiday season, a time when liquor flows freely. And now that we are in January, the internet is awash in a whole new crop of stories on Dryanuary, a somewhat controversial tradition in which people give up alcohol for the month.
january 2017
Renewing Medium’s focus
We’ve decided to make some major changes at Medium.
january 2017
Anti-surveillance apparel hides your face from facial recognition software
The Hyperface Project, as Harvey calls it, revolves around printing deceitful patterns onto attire and textiles with the purpose of rendering your face illegible to surveillance systems.

The method essentially dodges facial recognition by presenting computer vision devices with an overload of patterns closely resembling facial features like eyes and mouths.
january 2017
7 maps that show us how we live today |
Social geographer Danny Dorling explodes the traditional maps of the world and creates lively, ever-changing depictions of why and how we live.
january 2017
Steal This Show S02E08: Pirate Markets & Guerrilla Libraries
In this episode, we meet up with economist and piracy researcher Balázs Bodó to discuss underground pirate markets in Europe and Russia and the “Guerilla Open Access” projects of SciHub, LibGen and Ebooks Farm.
january 2017
Our Unfortunate Annual Tradition: A Look At What Should Have Entered The Public Domain, But Didn't
Each year, at the beginning of January, we have the unfortunate job of highlighting the works that were supposed to be entering the public domain on January 1st, but didn't (in the US at least) thanks to retroactive copyright term extension.
january 2017
Daily chart: Celebrities’ endorsement earnings on social media | The Economist
Captiv8 says someone with 3m-7m followers can charge, on average, $187,500 for a post on YouTube, $93,750 for a post on Facebook and $75,000 for a post on Instagram or Snapchat.
january 2017
Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say - The Washington Post
While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a security matter, the discovery underscores the vulnerabilities of the nation’s electrical grid. And it raises fears in the U.S. government that Russian government hackers are actively trying to penetrate the grid to carry out potential attacks.
december 2016
Books will never die – The Mission – Medium
Now, I realize this was a simplistic way to look at books. It assumed that books are words printed on pieces of paper.

Yes, a book can be words printed on pieces of paper, the same way a fortress is just stones.
You can’t pile some stones together, and have yourself a fortress. You can’t just print some words on paper and have yourself a book.

A book is not words on paper—nor on an e-reader screen. It is shareable, and whole. A book is the Platonic form of an idea.
december 2016
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