How Much Time Do People Spend on Their Mobile Phones in 2017?

We’d all agree that people are on their phones “all the time.” But what does that look like in minutes and hours? How much time do people spend on their mobile phones in 2017? Thankfully, there’s been a lot of research done on this recently. We’ll share that research below, and give you a breakdown on what it means for our day-to-day lives. So, how much time do people spend on their mobile phones in 2017? Let’s dig in! Where’d we get all this information? We’ll link to everyone as…

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US regulator says Silicon Valley is threat to internet

Federal Communication Commission chairman Ajit Pai argues that internet platforms like Twitter represent a threat to online freedom of speech (AFP Photo/CHIP SOMODEVILLA) More Washington (AFP) – A top US regulator, defending an effort to roll back so-called “net neutrality” rules, said Tuesday that large internet platforms represent the biggest threat to online freedom because they routinely block “content they don’t like.” Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks days after unveiling a proposal to reverse a hotly contested 2015 rule requiring broadband firms to treat all online traffic…

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So your website is slow? A practical introduction to web performance

A lot of websites are slow. Many web developers don’t even know our websites slow because we’re on fast internet with great hardware and we live close to our servers. But what if you have users on the opposite side of the globe from your server? What if their bandwidth is miniscule? What if they’re on a phone? It could take them ages to load your site. And users’ slow CPUs might spend an eternity computing the next animation frame. What’s an engineer to do? Here I’ll introduce how to…

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Ask HN: What notes app do you use?

Ask HN: What notes app do you use? 1 point by justadudeama 37 minutes ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 1 comment I am looking for a new notes app to use and wondering what you guys use. I really like using plaintext and markdown, but I would also really like to be able to annotate/draw with a stylus. curiousgal 2 minutes ago inb4 org-mode reply

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Powering BBC Online with nanoservices

A pseudo-serverless approach to making flexible APIs and websites The BBC has a wide range of websites and apps, ranging from the huge, global BBC News to the specialist, such as Bitesize. Creating this broad variety of experiences, in an affordable and reliable way, is a big technical challenge. To achieve this, one approach we’ve taken is nanoservices: hundreds of small components, developed and owned by different teams, which come together in different ways to make different experiences. It’s a form of serverless computing, and it’s produced some interesting results.…

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Can You Stop Using Story Points?

Note: This post is targeted at product managers who may have missed the Agile community’s long-running debate over story point estimation. As PMs, we may only marginally influence this practice, but we should make sure we aren’t complicit in abuse/misuse, and that we advocate for what helps our teammates. I’m currently in the middle of reading How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business by Douglas W. Hubbard. It’s the third edition, so I am very, very late to the party. Hubbard stresses the “job” (the decision)…

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One Day Sprints

Have The Conversation. Do The Thing. Review. Go Home I recently tweeted something about one day sprints. I thought I’d answer some questions about this. But first…a huge caveat. This tweet is not a “way”. I didn’t invent it. Plenty of teams do something similar. Ron Jeffries and I chatted about this one day (his recommendation for teams “failing” at their sprints, was to shorten the sprint down to a day if necessary). I’ve done something similar with single-batch flow, have since tried this one-sprint thing, and it turns out…

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Warming is accelerating

Warming is accelerating. For some time, it has been warmer than the 1.5°C guardrail that the Paris Agreement promised should not be crossed. This conclusion follows from above analysis of NASA land+ocean data 1880-October 2017, adjusted by 0.59°C to cater for the rise from preindustrial and with a trend added that also indicates that the global temperature look set to cross the 2°C guardrail soon, with 2021 falling within the margins of the trend line. [ click on images to enlarge ] The trend line shows a strong and ominous…

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McAfee acquires cloud security startup Skyhigh Networks, last valued at $400M

After spinning out as a standalone security business from Intel earlier this year, McAfee has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired Skyhigh Networks, a specialist in cloud security, the companies announced today. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but here are a few data points: Skyhigh had raised over $106 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, most recently a Series D round a year ago, with its investors including Sequoia, Greylock and Salesforce. PitchBook, meanwhile, puts its most recent funding round at $400 million,…

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Why and How I Built a Compact, Top-Notch, Deep Learning Rig at Home for $1800

My Motivation (for building a rig + writing about it) So, cut to the chase already, man, right? Ok, will do. Here’s what specifically led me to build my own rig, and roughly how I wanted to go about it. A quote that I found relevant to what follows, from the book “Calculus Made Easy: being a Very Simplest Introduction to those Beautiful Methods of Reckoning which are Generally Called by the Terrifying Names of the Differential Calculus and the Integral Calculus” by Silvanus Phillips Thompson. The initial catalyst was the…

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Finally Free Escape Is Now Open Source

Today we’re excited to announce that Escape, our cross-cloud release engineering toolkit, has been open sourced! Escape is a command line tool written in Go to help with the release engineering, life-cycle management and Continuous Delivery of software platforms and its artefacts. Managing Multiple Environments Whether it’s source code. cloud infrastructure, data or documentation; most artefacts go through one or several phases before going live. Often this means that there will be at least one environment that is as close to the real thing as possible so that the business…

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Blockchain Governance: Programming Our Future

This post describes why blockchain governance design is one of the most important problems out there, its critical components, current approaches, potential future approaches, and concludes with suggestions for the community. Why Blockchain Governance Matters As with organisms, the most successful blockchains will be those that can best adapt to their environments. Assuming these systems need to evolve to survive, initial design is important, but over a long enough timeline, the mechanisms for change are most important. As a result, I believe governance is the most vital problem in the…

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May the next Etsy learn its lessons

Can I interest you in a necklace with a lesson for eternity? Venture capital taught Etsy that making money wasn’t a skill it needed to learn early on. Go on, it said, spend the millions. And when you’ve spent those, come back and get some more. So Etsy did. They came back for a B round, then a C round, then D, E, and F rounds. Just shy of $100 million in total. That experience deluded Etsy into thinking that they, uniquely, could ferry the scorpion across the river without…

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The 6 Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know

By Christopher Mims Nov. 26, 2017 8:00 a.m. ET Three decades ago, a historian wrote six laws to explain society’s unease with the power and pervasiveness of technology. Though based on historical examples taken from the Cold War, the laws read as a cheat sheet for explaining our era of Facebook, Google, the iPhone and FOMO. You’ve probably never heard of these principles or their author, Melvin Kranzberg, a professor of the history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology who died in 1995. What’s a bigger shame is that…

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Why is ethics suddenly a big topic in Machine Learning?

From Isaac Asimov’s three laws to Elon Musk’s “Summoning the Demon”, ethics of AI is a popular conversation starter. However, there is now a sudden urgency felt by the general population. Here we look at the economics of Ethics and see why this topic has reached crisis pitch. Elon Musk: With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out. Isaac Asimov: You know that…

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Researchers craft Android app that reveals spyware; barred from doing so on iOS

Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy’s devastating report on the dozens of invasive, dangerous “trackers” hidden in common Android apps was generated by writing code that spied on their target devices’ internal operations, uncovering all manner of sneaking trickery. it would be great if we had effective regulatory oversight and the power to seek legal relief from these companies for lying to us and/or sneaking spyware into our lives; but every bit as important is the right to independently audit their actions (as Privacy Lab and Exodus have…

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Using ads to train bots to generate race-based meta data

This post is going to take a more casual tone because, I fear, it’s the only way to convey the seriousness of its contents. My name is Patrick Ryan. I’m the voice of Nightmare in Soul Caliber 3. (That page stretches my face lol) It was my very first voice over gig and it was the very first voice over gig I ever auditioned for. I was told it was for a “necromancer” and the booth director had no idea what that was, so I said I’d give him a…

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The most censored racist website on the Internet

The Daily Stormer has just become one of the most censored websites by all major domain and web hosting providers. They’ve been jumping between new TLD domain names, web hosting and dns server providers since they got kicked off from their original network. But for those who don’t know about this website… What is The Daily Stormer? It is an American neo-nazi – white supremacist website founded by Andrew Anglin, its current editor. The website is one of the most popular neo-nazi websites who share news and comments worldwide for…

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The Greatest Computer Network You’ve Never Heard of (PLATO System)

Nearly 60 years ago, in the modest college towns of Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, an educational computer system, built with federal funding acquired amid the space race, took its first formative steps toward existence. It took more than a decade, and four iterations, for the mainframe machine and its many terminals to reach their full potential—everything had to be be built from scratch. And when these educational terminals finally became good enough for regular use, the thousands of connected high school and college students immediately used them to program numerous…

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The Missing 23rd of the Month

Previously, I explained why the 11th of most months is mentioned far less than the other days in the Google Ngrams database of English literature from 1800-2008. This was to solve a long-standing question posed in an xkcd comic. While researching this, I encountered another mystery: the 2nd, 3rd, 22nd, and 23rd are unusually low as well—but only until the 1930s, at which point they become perfectly normal days. Last time, I set this question aside to focus on the 11th. In this installment, I explain the strange behavior of these four days. To remind everyone, the graph below is the…

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing Job Interviews

This  guide to job interview is an encyclopedia of all the information that job seekers and interviewees of different forms need to know. It encompasses every minute detail of a job interview, starting from the point of getting an interview schedule to professionally acing the interview. It also contains how to be effective and efficient in the first hundred (100) days at work. It is very quintessential for potential job interviewees to have this, as it is not just a guide to interviews but also a tool for sure success…

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Programming in 2018

Programming in 2018 1 point by newbieweb 9 minutes ago | hide | past | web | favorite | discuss I’m looking to get into Web development. I’ve learned somethings about PHP and Javascript just never really made anything. Read a bunch of books and online courses. What does one need to learn in 2018 to become employable as a Web developer? any advice would be useful. Thank you I’m thinking starting with HTML, CSS first but there is so many new things in the Web is hard to know…

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Is Anyone Good Enough for an H1-B Visa?

Advertisement Six months ago I won the lottery — the H-1B visa processing lottery for skilled foreign workers. I called my thrilled parents and celebrated with friends. I’m from northeastern China and have an M.B.A. from Stanford, and was planning to stay in Silicon Valley to help start a company based on a promising new technology to improve the use of data. I was overjoyed because, historically, being selected in the lottery was a near guarantee that an applicant could remain in this country at least three more years. But…

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Microsoft finally unlocks Apps for Chromebooks

The journey to seeing Microsoft Office actually land on Chromebooks has been a bit of an odyssey. When the Play Store began showing up on select Chromebooks over a year ago, this was one of the key things many users were very interested in seeing. As the ASUS Chromebook Flip was the first out of the gate with Android support, it was one of the first devices we tried out the Office suite on. And it worked. Naturally, we assumed this was simply the case with all future Chromebooks that…

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Ask HN: Best online resources to learn about Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency?

Ask HN: Best online resources to learn about Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency? 1 point by stevenj 38 minutes ago | hide | past | web | discuss | favorite Over this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I wanted to provide my Dad (a retired banker) with some online links to learn about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. I, myself, don’t know much about Bitcoin nor cryptocurrency, so I would like to read the material, too. Where would someone start – what are good online resources that give a good introductory explanation of what it is, as well…

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How Could Artificial Intelligence Change Assisted Living Facilities?

Shutterstock An estimated 10,000 people will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years, according to the Pew Research Center. While many people prefer to retire at home, certain health and financial conditions compel them to move to an assisted living facility (ALF). But due to a fragmented market and lack of standard processes, I’ve observed that ALFs face a number of challenges including, but not limited to, high employees turnover, increasing regulations, falls prevention and family’s distrust. The technologies commonly used in ALFs are not much help. Most are…

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