Looks like this SpaceX dummy will ride Musk’s Tesla Roadster into space tomorrow

Tomorrow is a big day for Elon Musk: his company SpaceX will be launching the new Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, seven years after the vehicle was first announced. It will be a demonstration mission, meant to test if the rocket can send a payload into orbit. And that payload will be Musk’s red Tesla Roadster… driven by a dummy, perhaps. Musk, being the teasing entrepreneur that he is, just posted three photos to Instagram showing that very Roadster with a noteworthy passenger…

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RCH Group to Showcase Innovative Selling Solutions at EuroCIS

  EUROCIS 2018 RCH Group Hall 10 Stand E59     RCH Group to Showcase Innovative Selling Solutions at EuroCIS   Smarter cloud-based systems for the digitised retailer     Treviso, ITALY — 5 February 2018 — Technology plays a crucial role in the modern world of retail, affecting all areas of the sales cycle from inventory management right through to pricing and customer experience. EuroCIS is the leading trade fair for the retail technology sector, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 27th to March 1st, 2018. RCH Group…

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How to configure Heroku on Ubuntu 16.04.3 x64

credit: https://randomdrake.com/2012/10/15/deploying-an-existing-django-app-to-heroku-on-ubuntu-12-04/ Today, I purchased Ubuntu 16.04.3 x64 server running on DigitalOcean infrastructure. It’s not too different than the ones on premise: Configuring Heroku is quite straight-forward. After ssh-ing, run the following commands with sudo: wget https://cli-assets.heroku.com/heroku-cli/channels/stable/heroku-cli-linux-x64.tar.gz -O heroku.tar.gz tar -xvzf heroku.tar.gz mkdir -p /usr/local/lib /usr/local/bin List the content of the current directory with ls. I found this output: heroku-cli-v6.15.22–3f1c4bd-linux-x64 heroku.tar.gz This output determines the value in the next step, use the first file name in the next command: mv heroku-cli-v6.15.22-3f1c4bd-linux-x64 /usr/local/lib/heroku ln -s /usr/local/lib/heroku/bin/heroku /usr/local/bin/heroku And that’s it.

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Show HN: VXV – A tiny library for writing native css code in JavaScript

readme.md A tiny library for writing native css code in JavaScript.VXV is powered by stylis and insert-css. Features Tiny: VXV does not bloat you bundle Powered by tagged template literals Isomorphic: VXV works in node and in browsers Namespaced: Don’t worry about IDs or classes Modular: Import css from js files Install $ npm install vxv Usage VXV supports standard css(with some extras). It returns a simple class name that you can use to access the styles. const vxv = require(‘vxv’); const xou = require(‘xou’); const styles = vxv` font-family:…

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Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

Image copyright Wild Blue Media/Channel 4 Image caption The Maya city of Tikal was found to be just a fraction of an immense hidden metropolis Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough. Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications. The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is thought to have been home to millions more people than other research had previously suggested. The researchers mapped over 810 square miles (2,100…

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How to Sell Embarrassing Products

Executive Summary Consumers are more likely to buy embarrassing products when their embarrassment is mitigated by more-anonymous packaging. Specifically, consumers found products packaged in boxes with cool colors, small lettering, and a picture of the product to be more anonymous (and appealing) than products packaged in pumps or tubes with warm colors, medium or large lettering, and no picture. The findings show that the more anonymous a product looks, the less embarrassing a consumer finds it, and the more likely they are to purchase it. Juj Winn/Getty Images In the…

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SQLAlchemy and Race Conditions: Follow Up on Commits and Flushes

In an earlier post, I talked about my adventures in creating a get_one_or_create() function for SQLAlchemy to use with Flask and Postgres. There was an excellent question asked in the comments about weather session.flush() could be used on line 13 instead of session.commit(). I didn’t fully understand the answer, but explained that I had landed on this for safety of efficiency. The author of SQLAlchemy also echoed that it’s not a simple answer. I spent some time with a small test app on Heroku to figure out how this all…

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Venice without water

Look at that… It’s eerie! Exceptionally low tides have drained the lagoon of Venice, leaving Venetian gondolas stranded on dried-up canal banks. Yes, look at these famed Venetian gondolas helplessly abandoned on the docks, as the low tides caused by Wednesday’s ‘super blue blood moon’ dried up the canals, robbing gondoliers of their money and residents of their transportation. via © VINCENZO PINTO / AFP/GETTY IMAGES This is the third year that Venice has experienced record low water levels, with data showing a decrease of up to 60 cm lower than…

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The Three Meanings of E=mc², Einstein’s Most Famous Equation

For hundreds of years, there was an immutable law of physics that was never challenged: that in any reaction occurring in the Universe, mass was conserved. That no matter what you put in, what reacted, and what came out, the sum of what you began with and the sum of what you ended with would be equal. But under the laws of special relativity, mass simply couldn’t be the ultimate conserved quantity, since different observers would disagree about what the energy of a system was. Instead, Einstein was able to…

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Introducing the CSD Initiative: removing title bars

tl;dr: Let’s get rid of title bars. Join the revolution! Unless you’re one of a very lucky few, you probably use apps with title bars. In case you’ve never come across that term, title bars are the largely empty bars at the top of some application windows. They contain only the window title and a close button, and are completely separate from the window’s content. This makes them very inflexible, as they can not contain any additional UI elements, or integrate with the application window’s content. Blender, with its badly…

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Tools for 360 startup development

courtesy This post has no scientific reasons about which kind of tools a professional needs to use. The use of these tools spans from development to operations to maintainance to marketing to support and to PR and so on. Not everything may be needed by a [your favourite technology] developer. The tools may be relevant to Internet startups. I use (or used) them for getting my work done. Stomp — Turn 100 words into a cinematic intro Trello — to track project(s) Visual studio — seems to be world’s most impressive IDE Postman — the super API test…

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Ask HN: User Study on companies using crowdsourcing platforms?

Ask HN: User Study on companies using crowdsourcing platforms? 1 point by p17b 1 hour ago | hide | past | web | favorite | discuss Hi friends, Previously, I worked for a crowdsourcing company that offloads routine data work for businesses.I am now applying some of those learnings into my product.Our goal is to lower the barrier to software engineering using crowdsourcing.I am doing a user study on teams both technical and non-technical teams to understand how they use freelancing platforms like Gigster, Toptal and more to augment their…

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Edge.org: What Is the Last Question?

Scott AaronsonDavid J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Quantum Computing Since Democritus Can we program a computer to find a 10,000-bit string that encodes more actionable wisdom than any human has ever expressed? Are complex biological neural systems fundamentally unpredictable? Are the simplest bits of information in the brain stored at the level of the neuron? How can we put rational prices on human lives without becoming inhuman? Ross AndersonProfessor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University How will we build the tools to…

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Court orders Tinder to stop discriminating against its ancient 31-year-old users

(Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images) A California court has ruled against dating app Tinder for what it’s determined to be discriminatory pricing practices based on age, ordering the company to charge the same amount for users of its Tinder Plus premium service, regardless of whether they were a fresh-faced, engaging 29, or a decrepit, empty-gummed 31. This is per NPR, which reports that, previous to today’s ruling, the swipe-focused dating app charged separate amounts for the service—which allows unlimited matches, rather than the x-per-day offerings that come with its free version—based…

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Pixels are Tech Debt

(This article originally appeared on Medium) If you’re a software engineer, then like me, you spend a lot of your time reading and writing code. The more code you read, the more patterns you begin to observe. The more code you write, the more you understand why one pattern may be chosen over another. But some patterns are better than others, and some are downright terrible. A Simple Design Taken Entirely the Wrong Way Imagine you are given designs for a new website layout, and need to come up with…

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Restaurant Reservations for WP

README.md Pick a place! Table of Contents Introduction 👋 This plugin allows users quickly book a table in your cafe or make a restaurant reservation. Undoubtedly, its simplicity and beauty will increase the attendance of your place. Built with Vue and WordPress is the most feature-rich WP Table Reservation Plugin that is 100% free. Features 👓 A few of the things you can do with Table Reservation: Selectable tables for reservations THERE ARE NO COLLISIONS, i.e. one table can’t be reserved by different people simultaneously. Comfortably add, edit, delete or…

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New Windows patch disables Intel’s bad Spectre microcode fix

Enlarge / A closeup shot of an Intel Haswell die, with a pin for size reference. reader comments 110 Share this story Microsoft has released a new Windows patch to disable Intel’s hardware-based mitigation for the Spectre attack due to bugs introduced by Intel’s mitigation. In the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown attacks that use the speculative execution behavior of modern processors to leak sensitive information, Intel released a microcode update that offers operating systems additional controls over the processor’s ability to predict branches. When paired with corresponding operating…

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Apple Slashes iPhone X Production by Half on Weak Demand

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In the run-up to Apple’s iPhone X launch, it was clear that the company could end up pinched by its own product plans. On paper, the plan looked solid: Refresh the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at lower price points, before bringing in the iPhone X, with its $1,000 price point, new technology (at least for Apple), and premium sales pitch. But once it became clear customers weren’t biting on the iPhone 8, Apple…

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North Korea Designed a Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

John Coster-Mullen has reverse-engineered America’s first nuclear weapons and has self-published a book on his findings. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR John Coster-Mullen has reverse-engineered America’s first nuclear weapons and has self-published a book on his findings. Meredith Rizzo/NPR This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb. The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The…

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Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

The boarding procedure has barely started at Chicago O’Hare, and Ben Schlappig has already taken over the first-class cabin. Inside Cathay Pacific Flight 807 bound for Hong Kong, he’s passing out a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of designer chocolates to a small swarm of giggling flight attendants. The six suites in this leather-bound playpen of faux mahogany and fresh-cut flowers comprise the inner sanctum of commercial flight that few ever witness. They’re mostly empty now, save for two men in their twenties who seem even giddier than the flight attendants.…

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India’s largest banks are ready to launch first blockchain-based solution

    A blockchain-based solution designed to help Indian banks and non-banking financial companies do their know your customer diligence of corporate borrowers, evaluate corporate lending risk, and manage vendors is ready to be deployed by the year-end. The solution has been developed by Bankchain, a 30-member consortium led by the State Bank of India or SBI, the country’s largest lender, and includes banks, NBFCs and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an organisation set up by Indian banks to support retail payments. “We are now testing the beta…

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Facebook appears to axe ticker feed for tracking your friends’ activity

As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared. In the most recent development, it looks like Facebook has quietly removed the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News Feed to summarize what all your friends have been liking, commenting on, and generally doing on the social network. The removal has come after several weeks of people reporting the feature suddenly disappearing for them.…

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Probably the Finest Chrome Speech API Usage

README.md ucantseeme.js Probably the finest npm package that helps you see John Cena in you screen. This is pretty serious stuff with special sounds effect by yelling “John Cena” this keyword, you can see the demo here. The reason why I want to build this tool since I’m both a big fan of John Cena and also a front-end developer, so why not do something special to pay my tribute to him with the code 😎 🤔 How to Use Installation $ npm install ucantseeme require usage var ucantseeme =…

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Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus

Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, on your Android lock screen. To get started, you search for your transit directions in Google Maps as usual. So far, so good. What’s new here is that you’ll soon be able to tap a…

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Love Selenium? It may be cheating on you

You’ve been using Selenium and are pretty happy with it, right? It may not be the most fun you had programming, but it does the job and you know you can always count on it for UI tests automation. Or can you? The truth is scary OK, so I picked a dramatic heading to get a reaction, but here’s the thing. Most of my friends from CTO down to junior developers feel that Selenium gives a good enough automation coverage and they feel comfortable pushing changes to prod if the automated…

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How to use R and datasets, to make GeoLocated Maps

I assure I commited neither. I got the dataset here. The Code library(“ggplot2”) library(“ggmap”) #Get Philadelphia Crime Data, this takes a while philCrimeData <- read.csv(“~/Downloads/crime.csv”,stringsAsFactors = FALSE) # Get Philly Map, Zoom in slightly philCrimeMap <- get_map(location = “philadelphia”,maptype = “roadmap”, zoom = 12) #Create Map philCrimeMapGG <- ggmap(philCrimeMap) #Create My Address me <- data.frame( Lon = c(-75.112021), Lat = c(39.991058), Crime = “Me”, stringsAsFactors = FALSE ) #Data Needs to be arranged so that the legend prints properly #Create rapes table rapes <- philCrimeData[which( philCrimeData$Text_General_Code == ‘Rape’ ),] rapes…

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