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No. 28954312Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:41 AM UTC
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How is bamboo- lumber made

bambooimport.com — Bamboo is a renewable resource that has become one of the most important alternatives to tropical hardwoods in recent years. Upon seeing bamboo flooring, kitchen cabinets or cutting boards you might wonder how round hollow bamboo stems are processed into solid bamboo lumber? BAMBOO, 1

ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier

hauntedchocolatier.net — After dedicating 10 years of my life to Stardew Valley (and counting), the time has finally come to announce my next game. CONCERNEDAPE, 2

The 'impossible' crane shot from Soy Cuba (1964) [video]

twitter.com — We’ve detected that JavaScript is disabled in this browser. Please enable JavaScript or switch to a supported browser to continue using twitter.com. You can see a list of supported browsers in our Help Center. IMPOSSIBLE, 3

Beyond Smart

paulgraham.com — October 2021If you asked people what was special about Einstein, most would say that he was really smart. Even the ones who tried to give you a more sophisticated-sounding answer would probably think this first. Till a few years ago I would have given the same answer myself. But that wasn't what was special about Einstein. What was special about him was that he had important new ideas. Being very smart was a necessary precondition for having those ideas, but the two are not identical.It may seem a hair-splitting distinction to point out that intelligence and its consequences are not identical, but it isn't. There's a big gap between them. Anyone who's spent time around universities and research labs knows how big. There are a lot of genuinely smart people who don't achieve very much.I grew... BEYOND, 4

Artificial muscles robotic arm with full range of motion [video]

youtube.com — AboutPressCopyrightContact usCreatorsAdvertiseDevelopersTermsPrivacyPolicy & SafetyHow YouTube worksTest new features© 2021 Google LLC ARTIFICIAL, 5

A Maze of Murderscapes: Metroid II (2015)

gamedeveloper.com —  “I was passing through a wasteland when suddenly my mind drifted … my spirit lifted, my location shifted [...]” MAZE, 6

Decreasing service fees on subscriptions to 15%

googleblog.com — Posted by Sameer Samat, Vice President, Product Management When we started Android and Google Play more than a decade ago, we made a bet that a free and open mobile ecosystem could compete with the proprietary walled gardens that dominated the industry. It wasn’t yet clear what kinds of businesses would move to mobile or what apps would be successful. To keep things simple, we went with an easy-to-understand business model: The vast majority of developers could distribute their apps on Google Play for free (currently 97% do so at no charge). For the developers who offered a paid app or sold in-app digital goods (currently just 3% of developers), the flat service fee was 30%. This model helped apps to become one of the fastest-growing software segments. And instead of charging licensing fe... DECREASING, 7

There is no 'printf'

netmeister.org — Pop quiz! What will the following program return? THERE, 8

The communications systems at the US Central Command headquarters

electrospaces.net — You got a really useful blog. I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me. For instant support related to Common AOL Mail Login Issues please contact our technical expert for help COMMUNICATIONS, 9

Against the herd: trader Mark Spitznagel on contrarian investing

ft.com — We’ll send you a myFT Daily Digest email rounding up the latest Mark Spitznagel news every morning. AGAINST, 10

Banks, gangsters and the strange resurgence of cash

economist.com — One Saturday evening last October, a young woman called Tara Hanlon arrived at Heathrow airport with five suitcases. When a customs officer asked why she had so much luggage, she explained that she was going to Dubai with friends and didn’t know what she might want to wear. Hanlon’s long hair, plump lips and sculpted eyebrows gave her a passing resemblance to Kim Kardashian, but her diva-ish explanation didn’t satisfy the customs officer. Her bags were searched. BANKS, 11

We're seeing an ongoing attack against our primary network provider

fastmailstatus.com — The service is operating normally WE'RE, 12

Magit, the Magical Git Interface

emacsair.me — Magit is a text-based user interface to Git. It looks similar to the output of git itself. Unlike when using git directly, a Magit user does not execute commands by typing them into a shell. The main entry point to Magit isn’t the command-line but its status buffer, which looks like this: MAGIT, 13

Biological Batteries (1995)

elasmo-research.org — As you read this, your body is crackling with electricity. The 639 muscles in your body are in a state of sustained partial contraction, giving your body a kind of constant background 'static'. Your body contains three basic types of muscle: striated, smooth, and cardiac. It is electrical changes within striated ('voluntary') muscle that gives you the ability to move through and manipulate your external environment. Biochemically, it makes no difference whether you're built like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Danny DeVito, for all striated muscles work in precisely the same way. BIOLOGICAL, 14

New HTTP standards for caching on the modern web

httptoolkit.tech — If you run any large public-facing website or web application on the modern web, caching your static content in a CDN or other caching service is super important. HTTP, 15

Willingness to look stupid

danluu.comWILLINGNESS, 16

Launch HN: Rainforest QA (YC S12) – No-Code UI Test Automation

news.ycombinator.com — Russ, here, CTO and cofounder of Rainforest QA (https://www.rainforestqa.com). Way back in 2012, my cofounder Fred (fredsters_s) and I got into YC with one idea in mind, but soon pivoted once we saw a pattern among most of the other companies in our cohort. LAUNCH, 17

Run Your Favorite 8-Bit Games on an ESP32 (2020)

hackaday.com — Here at Hackaday HQ we’re no strangers to vintage game emulation. New versions of old consoles and arcade cabinets frequently make excellent fodder for clever hacks to cram as much functionality as possible into tiny modern microcontrollers. We’ve covered [rossumur]’s hacks before, but the ESP_8-bit is a milestone in comprehensive capability. This time, he’s topped himself. YOUR, 18

Recoll: A desktop full-text search tool

lesbonscomptes.com — Recoll finds documents based on their contents as well as their file names. RECOLL, 19

Scientific notation bug in MySQL left AWS WAF vulnerable to SQL injection

gosecure.net — by Marc Olivier Bergeron | Oct 19, 2021 SCIENTIFIC, 20

Show HN: vGPU and SR-IOV on consumer GPUs

arccompute.com — The following document describes the reasoning behind the creation of LibVF.IO, some basic definitions relating to GPU virtualization today, and a guide to using LibVF.IO for multiplexing vendor neutral commodity GPU devices via YAML. VGPU, 21

Knowledge Graphs

arxiv.orgKNOWLEDGE, 22

Docs for Developers: An Engineer’s Field Guide to Technical Writing

apress.comDOCS, 23

Half a Million South Korean Workers Prepare to Walk Off Jobs in General Strike

truthout.org — On October 20, at least half a million workers in South Korea — from across the construction, transportation, service, and other sectors — are walking off their jobs in a one-day general strike. The strike will be followed by mass demonstrations in urban centers and rural farmlands, culminating in a national all-people’s mobilization in January 2022. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the country’s largest labor union umbrella with 1.1 million members, is organizing these mobilizations in a broad-based front with South Korea’s urban poor and farmers. HALF, 24

Candlestick Makers' Petition (1845)

bastiat.org — Frédéric Bastiathttp://bastiat.org/ CANDLESTICK, 25

Let’s Talk about PAKE

cryptographyengineering.com — The first rule of PAKE is: nobody ever wants to talk about PAKE. The second rule of PAKE is that this is a shame, because PAKE — which stands for Password Authenticated Key Exchange — is actually one of the most useful technologies that (almost) never gets used. It should be deployed everywhere, and yet it isn’t. LET, 26

ISO3103 Tea Preparation [pdf]

sis.seISO3103, 27

Altitude and child development

lesswrong.com — A client came to me to investigate the effect of high altitude on child development and has given me permission to share the results. This post bears the usual marks of preliminary client work: I focused on the aspects of the question they cared about the most, not necessarily my favorite or the most important in general. The investigation stops when the client no longer wants to pay for more, not when I’ve achieved a particular level of certainty I’m satisfied with. Etc. In this particular case they were satisfied with the answer after only a few hours, and I did not pursue beyond that. ALTITUDE, 28

Mastodon: AGPLv3 FOSS social network server

github.com — Your self-hosted, globally interconnected microblogging community MASTODON, 29

ContainIQ (YC S21) Is Hiring eBPF and Kernel Engineer (Remote) ycombinator.com

Compose.ai (YC W21) Is Hiring a Senior Front End Engineer ycombinator.com

TeamOut (YC W22) Is Hiring ycombinator.com