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Stanford paper says rent control drives up San Francisco rents

Stanford paper says rent control drives up San Francisco rents

Just as California voters might overturn the state’s heavy-handed restrictions on new rent-control units, Stanford economists Rebecca Diamond and Tim McQuade presented a paper in October making the provocative argument that San Francisco rent control ultimately drove rents up citywide since 1995. But the conclusion from their findings is not necessarily that rent control is…
Longevity FAQ

Longevity FAQ

Senescent cell removal 135% 2016 Does not affect rotarod performance, object discrimination. Slight delay in wound closure. 1 Rapamycin 110% 2009 Late-life rapamyicn treatment extends lifespan (pooled females from multiple-site NIA study) 2 NR 105% 2016 Claim an increase in running distance 3 Catalase 117% 2005 Mitochondrially-targeted catalase expression extended mouse lifespan compared to control…
The Empathy Gap in Tech: Interview with a Software Engineer – Quillette

The Empathy Gap in Tech: Interview with a Software Engineer – Quillette

Last year I was working on an article about the tech industry when I decided to interview a software engineer who writes for Quillette under the pseudonym “Gideon Scopes”. Gideon had mentioned to me in passing that he had Asperger’s Syndrome (a mild variant of autism spectrum disorder) and I wanted to find out more about the…
Building a More Secure World with the RISC-V ISA – RISC-V Foundation

Building a More Secure World with the RISC-V ISA – RISC-V Foundation

Building a More Secure World with the RISC-V ISA Krste Asanovi?, Chairman, RISC-V Foundation Rick O’Connor, Executive Director, RISC-V Foundation Recent articles in the media have raised awareness around the processor security vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre. These vulnerabilities are particularly troubling as they are not due to a bug in a particular processor implementation,…
Regarding the Em Dash – The Millions

Regarding the Em Dash – The Millions

Punctuation, largely invisible and insignificant for normal people, as it should be, is a highly personal matter for writers.  Periods, commas, colons, semi-colons:  in their use or non-use and in their order and placement, can represent elaboration, conjecture, doubt, finality.  And in aggregate, over the course of a text, the rhythms of punctuation advance an…
0xAX/linux-insides

0xAX/linux-insides

Introduction This is the sixth part of the Kernel booting process series. In the previous part we have seen the end of the kernel boot process. But we have skipped some important advanced parts. As you may remember the entry point of the Linux kernel is the start_kernel function from the main.c source code file…
JVM Anatomy Park

JVM Anatomy Park

"JVM Anatomy Park" is the mini-post series, where every post is slated to take 5-10 minutes to read. As such, it goes deep for only a single topic, a single test, a single benchmark, a single observation. So, the evidence and discussion here are anecdotal, not actually reviewed for errors, consistency, writing style, syntactic and…
hchasestevens/hchasestevens.github.io

hchasestevens/hchasestevens.github.io

hchasestevens.github.io/the-decorators-they-wont-tell-you-about.ipynb at master · hchasestevens/hchasestevens.github.io · GitHub Permalink 8eeb104 Oct 13, 2017 2 contributors Sorry, something went wrong. Reload? Sorry, we cannot display this file. Sorry, this file is invalid so it cannot be displayed. Jump to Line You can't perform that action at this time. You signed in with another tab or window. Reload…
The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

Match the following figures – Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Alfred Nobel and Nikola Tesla – with these biographical facts: Spoke eight languages Produced the first motor that ran on AC current Developed the underlying technology for wireless communication over long distances Held approximately 300 patents Claimed to have developed a “superweapon” that would…
Why Raspberry Pi isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown – Raspberry Pi

Why Raspberry Pi isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown – Raspberry Pi

Over the last couple of days, there has been a lot of discussion about a pair of security vulnerabilities nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown. These affect all modern Intel processors, and (in the case of Spectre) many AMD processors and ARM cores. Spectre allows an attacker to bypass software checks to read data from arbitrary locations…
How We Built Uber Engineering’s Highest Query per Second Service Using Go

How We Built Uber Engineering’s Highest Query per Second Service Using Go

  In early 2015 we built a microservice that does one thing (and does it really well), geofence lookups. One year later, this service is Uber’s highest queries per second (QPS) service out of the hundreds we run in production. Here’s the story of why we built this service, and how the relatively recent Go…
AMD PSP: Firmware TPM Remote Code Execution via Crafted EK Certificate

AMD PSP: Firmware TPM Remote Code Execution via Crafted EK Certificate

Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:40:40 -0800 Introduction ============ AMD PSP [1] is a dedicated security processor built onto the main CPU die. ARM TrustZone provides an isolated execution environment for sensitive and privileged tasks, such as main x86 core startup. See [2] for details. fTPM is a firmware TPM [3] implementation. It runs as…