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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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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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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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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