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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Steve Blank Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them

Steve Blank Why Entrepreneurs Start Companies Rather Than Join Them

If you asked me why I gravitated to startups rather than work in a large company I would have answered at various times: “I want to be my own boss.” “I love risk.” “I want flexible work hours.” “I want to work on tough problems that matter.” “I have a vision and want to see…
Brutalist design is the bad influence we all need

Brutalist design is the bad influence we all need

The UX/UI world has gradually come to be dominated by guidelines and aesthetics belonging to companies like Apple or Google. It’s absolutely normal and predictable that this would happen, considering most apps are designed to seamlessly fit into the user experience of technologies belonging to these big titans. The success of any product depends on…
Your Pretty Face is Going to Sell

Your Pretty Face is Going to Sell

On YouTube, there’s a long tail of content that pretty much guarantees the inclusion of every potential human interest. There are skate videos, makeup tutorials, and backyard surgical removals of blackheads. And yet the presentation of a lot of this content — especially when it’s trying to attract a large audience — is remarkably similar.…
AV1 beats x264 and libvpx-vp9 in practical use case

AV1 beats x264 and libvpx-vp9 in practical use case

Improved video compression is important for delivering digital video files more quickly and with higher quality, while using less bandwidth and storage. Everything from 4K movie streaming to smartphone video chat to laptop screen sharing can be enhanced by making the video files smaller through better compression codecs. The Alliance for Open Media — a…
How A Tiny Go Microservice Coded In Hackathon Is Saving Us Thousands

How A Tiny Go Microservice Coded In Hackathon Is Saving Us Thousands

In the past few weeks we've rolled out a Go microservice called "KIB" to production, which reduced a huge portion of the infrastructure necessary for Movio Cinema's core tools: Group Builder and Campaign Execution. In doing this, we saved considerable AWS bills, after-hours and office-hours support bills, significantly simplified our architecture and made our product…
Differentiable Plasticity

Differentiable Plasticity

By Thomas Miconi, Jeff Clune and Kenneth O. Stanley Neural networks, which underlie many of Uber’s machine learning systems, have proven highly successful in solving complex problems, including image recognition, language understanding, and game-playing. However, these networks are usually trained to a stopping point through gradient descent, which incrementally adjusts the connections of the network…
dbohdan/structured-text-tools

dbohdan/structured-text-tools

The following is a list of text-based file formats and command line tools for manipulating each. Contents DSV Delimiter-separated values, including CSV, TSV, etc. Awk Awk is a POSIX-standard command line tool and programming language for processing DSV data. If you use Linux, macOS or a BSD, you almost certainly have it installed. See below…

Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens

DUBAI (Reuters) - Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: "Don't mess with our elections", the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. "The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in…
Months Before Deadly Crash, Helicopter Pilots Warned of Safety Issues

Months Before Deadly Crash, Helicopter Pilots Warned of Safety Issues

Less than two months after the email exchange, on March 11, a FlyNYON flight splashed in the East River after losing power and quickly rolled over, trapping its pilot and five passengers upside down in the frigid water. The passengers were outfitted with some of the equipment that the pilots had raised concerns about —…
The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

I recently received an email from Netflix which nearly caused caused me to add my card details to someone else’s Netflix account. Here I show that this is a new kind of phishing scam which is enabled by an obscure feature of Gmail called “the dots don’t matter”. I then argue that the dots do…
dinedal/textql

dinedal/textql

Allows you to easily execute SQL against structured text like CSV or TSV. Example session: Major changes! Since there has been some time since the initial release of textql, I've made some improvements as well as made the project much more modular. There's also been a additional performance tweaks and added functionality, but this comes…
At 88, this doctor won’t give up on a long-ignored treatment for strokes and heart attacks

At 88, this doctor won’t give up on a long-ignored treatment for strokes and...

H e’s a professor at Harvard Medical School, but in many ways, Dr. Victor Gurewich is an outsider. His research is funded by a small family foundation, and he hasn’t tried for a federal grant in decades. He’s a primary care doctor whose work tramples on the terrain of cardiologists and neurologists. So it’s perhaps…