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Merry Christmas, Elon!
Because I never get bored of saying it:
orbit is a speed, not an altitude. (
Data parallelism in Rust. This demonstrates how the (annoying, esoteric) safety guarantees of regular rust code can enable some neat higher-order abilities.
"Regulation D ... places a limit of six withdrawals or outgoing transfers per month from savings or money market accounts". This Juniper backdoor is
fun to watch. Of course, it's actually two back doors.. The second one looks pretty impressive. In general, crypto geeks are excited. No amount of software trickery will stop intentional backdoors but there are attempts to
examine the underlying systems with far greater rigor. For example, what happens when you If you're surprised that the C standard isn't quite as bulletproof as it ought to be, well,
memcmp strings of differing lengths?
you shouldn't be. Reminder:
monsters are real. The Department of Homeland Security is learning that
GPS isn't really that secure by default.
"Written in PHP so literally anyone can contribute, even if they have no idea how to program." SeaQuest,
eat your heart out
Reason #258 that HN is the only tech news site worth bothering with:
multiple malloc implementors in one thread.
Why does Dole own container ships? I have not read in detail but:
I will never get tired of reading about AIG:
The True Story of the ‘Greatest Corporate Failure in American History
A good summary on the IEX controversy, if you can call it that. I particularly like the letter from the 8th grader. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to front-run myself a beer. I don't really know how to evaluate
tiingo, it does seem to have a lot of nice data in a less-ancient format than is usual for finance. It is a little weird though. HN Comments, featuring the author.
Efforts to connect the 3 US power grids continue. (You did know there were 3 US power grids, right?) I'm wary of dipping into politics here but there are a few stories that are at least superficially interesting enough to warrant deviation from that rule:
Here's a grand comment about
that whole Bernie Sanders/DNC thing that makes it actually make sense. And a long (~14,000 words!), suspiciously-pat exploration of
Trump's candidacy and John Boyd's OODA principle. It verges on being a just-so story but I found it interesting nonetheless. Certainly the differing stucture of the debates wrt poll numbers is not something I'd put together quite so concretely. Yes, I did read it all. Ok fine, I'll mention Star Wars.
There are elements of a great story in the Prequels but it's fair to say that the actual movie that got made was godawful. No I haven't seen the new one. No, I don't plan to. Because JJ Abrams, that's why.