- It will shock you to learn that Go's memory model is not ... good
- "Preschool Children Rarely Seek Empirical Data That Could Help Them Complete a Task When Observation and Testimony Conflict"
- You may not be aware that, in the UK, sharing an official secret is illegal, even if your aims are unimpeachably noble.
- There are a lot of DNS record types
- I have a soft spot for APL-derived languages, they always look like alien languages.
- The problem with all our technology? Not Elvish enough
- Or maybe not enough vacuum tubes?
- Did you know mud volcanoes even existed before this week?
- It's cheating a bit as it requires an external service but send Signal messages from a $2 microcontroller
- Can you just keep adding turbines to a wind farm with no ill effect? No, but the limit is pretty large
- "[T]he best thing you could hope for is a quick extinction."
- Beware our Paperclip^W Lego-maximizing Robot Overlords
- "Kubernetes yaml that is also valid x86_64 ASM"
- An absolutely riveting retelling of that Heisticorn (previously): How to (almost) steal a billion dollars from the Bangladesh central bank: The Lazarus Heist.
- Run SQL on Ceph? Sure
- Mining water ice from lunar regolith? A walk on the beach
- How many layers of invisible software updates surround you at any given moment?
- Have you checked your backups recently?
- Body temperature is famously 98.6°F. But why, exactly?
- A surprising treatment for kidney stones: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Beware the DARK FISH
- A kind of neat hack of just storing all your data in DNS.
- I :hoverboard: NY
- Some software is scary but perhaps not necessarily the software you think is scary. If you carefully avoided working on radiotherapy machines or smart contracts in favor of harmless video games, I have some bad news for you.
- The most frustrating thing about the last ~two years is learning that absolutely nobody understands probability.
- El Salvaor is the most recent but not the first sovereign to dip toes into blockchain.
- Don't mix pointers with philosophy, that way lies terrible, terrible puns.
- RAIDz expansion is HERE (almost)
- "an entirely new set of staff, most of which we would not accept as members in Debian". Not exactly sure who gets the worse end of that comparison but butal nonetheless.
- Does this mean I'll be able to charge ludicrous consulting bucks well into my retirement? If not, I'll just learn to enjoy pod management.
- 37 hours from admittance to full genome sequencing and customized treatment.
- SELECT color FROM colors ORDER BY entropy
- HAHAHA DIE SCUM
- Back to our roots. Tiger King's ETH token. But is it in space?
- Look into my eyes. Deeper. Deeper! Moron
- Perhaps the simplest model of quantum mechanics fits in a few tweets.
- In response to the torrent of emails I get demanding a better way to use Ocaml in the browser, Ocaml goes brr (h/t Ron)
- How much of what makes you you is your body and how much is your brain? Not a hypothetical question and Moths rate just below 'kernel developers' to IRBs so...
- No ASM, only MOV
- There are a lot (a LOT) of things wrong with the world but let's take a moment to be thankful that the glorious future of only ever having a single USB connector is going really well. If you had told me I could use the same cable to plug in headphones, sync my phone, and pull 240W I would not have believed you.
- Eat your heart out PS Doom, RPG CLI is where it's at.
- I know ~nothing about Magic: The Gathering but I deeply enjoyed this dive into not just the economics of the game but of the deep, fundamental inseperability of those economics from the core gameplay loop: magical capitalism.
- How do
atomicvariables work? It's, uh, complicated.
- Can we build trustable hardware?
- There are exactly 10! seconds in 6 weeks
- Immanentizing the Escahaton in parallel.
- Do you want the greatly extended lifespan and everyone catering to your needs as society falls apart future or the SPRING BREAK future?
- "Recently, our security systems identified an extremely sophisticated cyberattack" ... “2011 Recruitment plan ... Excel spreadsheet"
- STIR/SHAKEN is an amazing project name.
- BPF for Storage (pdf)
- We talked about verifying rust with viper a few years ago but now there's a nice user-friendly video about how to use it. (H/t Mike)
- The closer you get to prod, the scarier testing gets. What if you want to be really sure your test is safe? No, I mean really sure. No, really really sure.
- Python in the browser.
- Friendship ended with carcinization, Dendronization is my new best friend.
- What if you do want to get paid in exposure?
- Despite the scary headline, the nuclear fission reactions happening at Chernobyl are not actually that scary (yet). No word on the effect it will have on the perfectly-named Atomik brandy.
- Someone please buy the bits so I can buy an Elise.
- C++ is cursed
- If I fits I sits: A citizen science investigation into illusory contour susceptibility in domestic cats
- Editors that can execute code are a sin (h/t Mike).
☐ Not rekt
After a two-hour warmup period, MOXIE began producing oxygen at a rate of 6 grams per hour.
[A member of Deutsche Bank's supervisory board] told [Wirecard's CEO] he had recently bought additional shares in Wirecard, and urged [the CEO] to “do this newspaper in!! :-)”
As is so often — not always! — the case, the market rewarded absolute unsentimental ruthlessness here. A bunch of prime brokers got in a room to give speeches about working together and preserving value and not artificially depressing prices, and the Goldman representative was texting colleagues under the table “SELL EVERYTHING!” Goldman was right.
In completely unrelated news, upcoming versions of Signal will be periodically fetching files to place in app storage.
Because of this, I will now have to ban all future contributions from your University and rip out your previous contributions, as they were obviously submitted in bad-faith with the intent to cause problems.As an aside, the relevant IRB declared this "not human research". I know what they mean but I'm in love with the idea that they heard "Kernel devs? They're not human, go nuts." Also, this email is such a wonderful time capsule of the Old Internet. A top-posting callout!
plonk! Put it in my veins.
[PATCH 000/190] Revertion of all of the umn.edu commits
☑ Star Trekt (pdf)
Of particular concern is the significant weakness within Dynetics’ proposal [...] due to the SEP’s finding that Dynetics’ current mass estimate for its DAE far exceeds its current mass allocation
☑ Grapes of Rekt (pdf)
SpaceX was was therefore grateful that OneWeb offered in the meeting to retract its previous incorrect statements. SpaceX looks forward to hearing confirmation from OneWeb that those retractions have been made.
☑ The Rekt Side Story (tvtropes warning)Picking just one is hard but:
Somali pirates in a small skiff fired on what they (presumably) assumed was an unarmed freighter. The US Navy guided missile frigate Nicholas promptly returned fire with its deck-mounted, water-cooled, .50 caliber machine gun. (The pirates were captured, their ship sunk, and their "mother ship" subsequently tracked down and also captured.)
Here is the full list of
undocumentedeaster-egg instructions my i7 6850k comes with:
"5:45 cocaine, etc., etc."
- [PATCH 00/13] [RFC] Rust support. "...on the whole I don't hate it."
- Though Rust is clearly inferior to C++ in pointer safety, it can't even guarantee non-fungible pointers and there's no equivalent to the C++ analysis tool.
- From the behold-a-lifeform department: rocks.
- There's a HELICOPTER on MARS that needs a FIRMWARE UPDATE
- First they came for the weeds and I said nothing for I am not a weed and also fuck weeds (h/t John).
- Want to learn to use R? No? Oh. Well here's a book anyway.
- If you've done any spelunking in shell scripts, you've seen
[ "x$var" = "xval" ]?. Why? (HN comments are good, too.
- I can't imagine how much a microscope installed on your skull must itch.
- It's literally impossible to keep up with even relatively obscure fields like quantum computing. I missed a whole dramatic story arc.
- "Surprising no one, the scammers aren't even operating a fair casino."
- Leave none alive, Taylor.
- Fine, I'll just do it myself
- Paging Dr. von Neumann. No, not you, I meant Dr. von Neumann #2875622. Mr. Euler #9165889 would like a word
- Carnivorous ... mushrooms?!
- AAAAH. AAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAA
- "Thankfully, no female rugby teams chartered flights using this system." (not a real quote but come on).
- I said pull out all the stops.
- You can tell I haven't given That Interview Question in a while because I didn't even know you can just ask the filesystem where it put stuff.
- One private space station is boring. Competing private space stations, now we're in the grim meathook future I always dreamed of.
- After the last few leap seconds didn't cause enough headlines, IERS is done playing around.