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Man who robbed bank to get his own money back hailed national hero

unilad.com — Published 17:13, 12 August 2022 BST| Last updated 17:13, 12 August 2022 BST MAN, 1

Quirky computing books

github.com — Blackboard Systems by Engelmore & Morgan QUIRKY, 2

Ban Bottled Water:Microplastics Reside in Them Globally

substack.com — May contain microplastics, Credit, Buzz Feed News BAN, 3

Show HN: A VNC viewer for eInk devices capable of 30 FPS when writing text

zmarshall.nl — A lightweight CLI (command line interface) tool to view a remote screen over VNC, designed to work on eInk screens. For now, you can only view, so you'll have to connect a keyboard to the serving computer, or find some other way to interact with it. VNC, 4

A software engineer's circuitous journey to calculate eigenvalues

stylewarning.com — Or, how to calculate the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a complex matrix using a routine that only works on real matrices. SOFTWARE, 5

“Logistics”, an 857-hour movie, tracks a pedometer from shop back to factory

readpassage.com — On the night of January 7, sitting alone in my room, I hit play on the world’s longest movie. LOGISTICS, 6

What is TTY?

sobyte.net — Let’s start with an interview question: We know that there are some common shortcuts in the terminal, Ctrl+E to move to the end of a line, Ctrl+W to delete a word, Ctrl+B to move a letter forward, and pressing the up key to bring up the last shell command used. Among these 4 shortcuts, there is one that is implemented differently from the others, which one is it? WHAT, 7

WinterCG: Web-Interoperable Runtimes Community Group

wintercg.org — Web-interoperable Runtimes Community Group WINTERCG, 8

Programming and Writing

antirez.com — Programming and Writingantirez 456 days ago. 102862 views. One year ago I paused my programming life and started writing a novel, with the illusion that my new activity was deeply different than the previous one. A river of words later, written but more often rewritten, I’m pretty sure of the contrary: programming big systems and writing novels have many common traits and similar processes. The most obvious parallel between the two activities is that in both of them you write something. Code is not prose written in a natural language, yet it has a set of fixed rules (a grammar), certain forms that most programmers will understand as natural and others that, while formally correct, will sound hard to grasp. There is, however, a much deeper connection between the two activities: a good prog... PROGRAMMING, 9

Cast iron leet

prose.sh — I learned this the hard way with non-stick pans: they're a rip off. Every year or two I would have to throw away my non-stick pans and buy new ones. They can't get too hot because it'll melt the coating, you have to use soft plastic utensils or else it'll scratch the coating, and Teflon in particular is terrible for the environment. CAST, 10

Do regex dream of Turing Completeness? (2021) [video]

youtube.com — AboutPressCopyrightContact usCreatorsAdvertiseDevelopersTermsPrivacyPolicy & SafetyHow YouTube worksTest new features© 2022 Google LLC REGEX, 11

Ask HN: Are Linux HowTos dead? Why?

linuxhowtos.org — using iotop to find disk usage hogs ARE, 12

Split Brain Psychology

substack.com — There’s a thought which has consumed me—and at points, terrified me—for the past few years. What if I’m not the only person in my head? SPLIT, 13

UTC vs. UT1 time and other nuances (2020)

mperdikeas.github.io — UT1 time (Universal Time) is also known as astronomical time or solar time and is determined by the position of the Sun relative to the observer; as such it is influenced by vagaries in the Earth's rotation and does not flow uniformly. On a given meridian, when the Sun is at its zenith, it's 12 o' clock noon, by definition. This is the essence of astronomical, or solar time. UTC, 14

Design of a Modern Cache (2016)

highscalability.com — This is a guest post by Benjamin Manes, who did engineery things for Google and is now doing engineery things for a new load documentation startup, LoadDocs. MODERN, 15

It’s raining PFAS: rainwater is unsafe to drink even in Antarctica and Tibet

su.se — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made hazardous chemicals that are spread globally in the atmosphere and as a result they can be found in the rainwater and snow in even the most remote locations on Earth. During the last 20 years, guideline values for PFAS in drinking water, surface waters and soils have decreased dramatically due to new insights into their toxicity. As a result, the levels in environmental media are now ubiquitously above guideline levels. RAINING, 16

Who Makes Ridgid Tools?

housegrail.com — Shark vacuums are some of the most popular vacuums on the market. Shark is known for their high-quality products, though they aren’t necessarily the most WHO, 17

Erg: a statically typed language that is Python compatible

github.com — A Python-compatible statically typed language ERG, 18

Speedcubing kid can skip last layer by learning 3915 algorithms for every case

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. SPEEDCUBING, 19

On being tired

jukkaniiranen.com — This post is not about the usual technology topics I cover on my Thinking Forward blog. It’s about the human side for a change. BEING, 20

Modern Malaise

substack.com — We gave up on all the old ideologies of the 20th century, and we have no replacement. MODERN, 21

Superlattices Could Make Bulky Capacitors Obsolete

ieee.org — IEEE websites place cookies on your device to give you the best user experience. By using our websites, you agree to the placement of these cookies. To learn more, read our Privacy Policy. SUPERLATTICES, 22

A pig and a locust get into trouble with the law: On justice in medieval Europe

lithub.com — Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature PIG, 23

Native-GUI distributed system in a tweet

metaobject.com — But sometimes you need to pause, reflect, and show your work, in whatever intermediate state it currently is. So without further ado, here is the distributed system, with GUI, in a tweet: #!env stuischeme:s3 ← ref:http://defiant.local:2345/ asSchemetext ← #NSTextField{ #stringValue:'',#frame:(10@45 extent:180@24) }.window ← #NSWindow{ #frame:(300@300 extent:200@105),#title:'S3', #views:#[text]}.text → ref:s3:bucket1/msg.txt.app runFromCLI:window.— Marcel Weiher 🇪🇺 (@mpweiher) August 9, 2022 It pops up a window with a text field, and stores whatever the user enters in an S3 bucket. It continues to do this until the user closes the window, at which point the program exits. Of course, it's not much of a distributed system, particularly because it doesn't actually include the code for th... NATIVE-GUI, 24

Heap Overflows on iOS ARM64

inversecos.com — Welcome back to part 3 of my iOS arm64 exploitation series! If you’ve missed the blogs in the series, check them out below ^_^Part 1: How to Reverse Engineer and Patch an iOS Application for BeginnersPart 2: Guide to Reversing and Exploiting iOS binaries: ARM64 ROP Chains HEAP, 25

I hacked my car

programmingwithstyle.com — Last summer I bought a 2021 Hyundai Ioniq SEL. It is a nice fuel-efficient hybrid with a decent amount of features like wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, heated seats, & a sunroof. HACKED, 26

The dangers of non-empirical confirmation (2016)

arxiv.orgDANGERS, 27

2022 Oder Environmental Disaster

wikipedia.org — The 2022 Oder environmental disaster is a mass die-off of fish, beavers and other wildlife in the Oder river in Poland and Germany, causing a health and environmental crisis in large parts of the country and subsequently a political scandal. ODER, 28

Ask HN: What podcasts are you listening to?

news.ycombinator.com — I’ve tried building a habit to listen to podcasts but to no avail. I don’t feel like I’ve found the right ones yet that fit into my sweet spot. I’m interested in a few topics: biographies, software design, and learning about advanced financial investing (e.g. private equity). WHAT, 29

Skio (YC S20) is hiring in NYC – subscriptions for Shopify, ReCharge migrations skio.com

Firezone (YC W22) hiring engineers to build a modern corporate VPN (remote, US) ycombinator.com

Taktile (YC S20) Is Hiring Front End Engineer ycombinator.com