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Mission Cambria: Translate your files with lenses
Mission Cambria: Translate your files with lenses

The challenge of schema change over time Why is change so hard? If we could update our software in lockstep everywhere, life would be easy. Database columns would be renamed simultaneously in clients and servers. Every API client would jump forward at once. Peers would agree to new protocols without dispute. Alas, because we can’t…

Presidential Plinko
Presidential Plinko

Drop one ball | Drop all balls What will the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Election be? Forecasters build models on top of polling data and historical voting patterns to produce probabilistic predictions: predictions with uncertainty. But really internalizing that uncertainty is hard. Presidential Plinko takes that uncertainty and translates it into Plinko boards…

Simulating Machines in Clojure
Simulating Machines in Clojure

My cofounder Joe and I recently finished SICP. It was a mind-bending experience: you start from just 3 concepts, and you recursively build up algebraic equation solvers, circuit simulators, 4 interpreters, and a compiler. At some point you experience a visceral feeling: If you were dropped in a forest…you could create your own computer. The…

Feral pig populations have grown to unmanageable numbers
Feral pig populations have grown to unmanageable n...

Wild pigs are running rampant—and doing billions of dollars of damage each year. Diane PetersUndark September 19, 2020 Clint Turnage / USDA Nic Peach Squinted through binoculars at two dots in the distance, tracking what he assumed were a pair of turkeys. But the creatures were not moving like turkeys, which he was hunting on…

Towards an API for the Upright Numbers
Towards an API for the Upright Numbers

Towards an API for the real numbers, Boehm, PLDI’20 Last time out we saw that even in scientific computing applications built by experts, problems with floating point numbers are commonplace. The idiosyncrasies of floating point representations also show up in more everyday applications such as calculators and spreadsheets. Here the user-base is less inclined to…

Colorized and upscaled photography of a snowball fight filmed in 1896
Colorized and upscaled photography of a snowball f...

Just a few days before multiple historians went on the record with WIRED to explain why people shouldn’t be colorizing old footage and photos, yet another video that does exactly that went viral online. This time, the subject was the iconic film ‘Bataille de boules de neige’ from 1886. ‘Bataille de boules de neige,’ translated:…

Gradient Boosted Resolution Bushes
Gradient Boosted Resolution Bushes

What is a gradient boosted decision tree? 🤷‍♂️ This article is the fifth in a series covering fundamental machine learning algorithms. Each post will be split into two parts The idea and key concepts - Most people should be able to follow this section and learn how the algorithm works The maths - This is…

Trump administration publicizes overhaul of H1B visa program requiring better pay
Trump administration publicizes overhaul of H1B vi...

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration announced an overhaul of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers that will require employers to pay H-1B workers significantly higher wages, narrow the types of degrees that could qualify an applicant and shorten the length of visas for certain contract workers. The changes, introduced by the Departments of Labor and…

Search ma, no mouse: Vimium
Search ma, no mouse: Vimium

Repeatedly reaching for your mouse slows you down in the short term, and in the long term brings on health problems (RSI). To stay fast and healthy, keep your hands on your keyboard. To keep your hands there, this series, “Look ma, no mouse!” will guide you through easy to use tools to use your…

Cellmate: Male chastity draw hack could furthermore maybe maybe maybe maybe lock clients in
Cellmate: Male chastity draw hack could furthermor...

By Leo KelionTechnology desk editorPublishedduration7 hours agoimage copyrightPen Test Partnersimage captionThe Cellmate has been sold via several big-name online retailers as well as niche storesA security flaw in a hi-tech chastity belt for men made it possible for hackers to remotely lock all the devices in use simultaneously.The internet-linked sheath has no manual override, so…

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