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PostgreSQL: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Pocket | May 21, 20:39

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Brazil's $900 million World Cup stadium is now being used as a parking lot

Pocket | May 20, 19:35

Brazil spent about $3 billion building 12 new or heavily refurbished stadiums for last year's World Cup. Officials promised these taxpayer-funded venues would continue to generate revenue for years, hosting concerts, pro soccer games, and other events.

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Pocket | May 20, 08:13

It was a cloudy Seattle day in late 1980, and Bill Gates, the young chairman of a tiny company called Microsoft, had an appointment with IBM that would shape the destiny of the industry for decades to come. He went into a room full of IBM lawyers, all dressed in immaculately tailored suits.

Scientists Identify Genetic Difference Between Early Risers And Late Sleepers

Pocket | May 19, 14:07

Do you prefer getting up at dawn, or staying awake to the small hours? Your answer to this probably depends on your age, but as is becoming increasingly clear, it also depends on your genes. Being an early riser or a late nighter has been seen to run in families and shows a strong genetic link.

The Curious Programmer

Pocket | May 18, 20:38

When I read about the 10x programmer I think, “That’s nice, but it isn’t everything.” They are the big guns that cause a lot of damage, but they don’t aim themselves. I’m interested in The Curious Programmer, who is less understood, but just as valuable.

Two hackers who committed suicide and no one still knows the real reason why

Pocket | May 18, 20:38

Two of world’s  most wanted hackers had committed suicide and no one still knows why. Aaron Swartz and Jonathan James, both hackers by profession and most wanted by the FBI have committed suicide in face of the federal investigation against their hacking crimes.

The Stories Behind 10 of the Most Memorable Toys from the ’80s and ’90s

Pocket | May 18, 18:06

If there’s one thing the Internet has afforded us, it’s the notion of getting to be nostalgic without having to rely solely on one’s memories.

Mon français maladroit

Pocket | May 18, 08:48

This summer, we’re spending a month traversing western Europe, and about half of that time we will spend in France. My French is abysmal. My minor in college was in Latin, a language you only rarely speak. Reading French, a living, spoken language with many Latin cognates, was easy.

How we sold our souls – and more – to the internet giants

Pocket | May 17, 12:51

Last year, when my refrigerator broke, the repair man replaced the computer that controls it. I realised that I had been thinking about the refrigerator backwards: it’s not a refrigerator with a computer, it’s a computer that keeps food cold.

Dit gebeurt er allemaal achter de schermen als je naar de VS vliegt

Pocket | May 17, 10:12

Erik Pas Erik Pas is een bestaand persoon en zijn verhaal is waargebeurd. heeft haast. Zijn vlucht naar Los Angeles vertrekt om negen uur 's ochtends, maar hij wil nog even een sigaretje roken. Als hij klaar is, spoedt hij zich naar de gate.

Frank Herbert

Pocket | May 17, 08:53

By Timothy O'Reilly Copyright � 1981 by Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc. (Out of print.) In the fall of 1977, when I was a couple of years out of college, I received an unexpected call from a friend, Dick Riley.

Industry standard manuscript word counts under Linux

Pocket | May 17, 08:53

Last night I did a word count on my book in progress within Emacs, my text editor of choice. I was astonished that it had apparently gained 2,000 words with only a few edits – from about 43,500 words to about 45,500 words.

The Chokehold of Calendars

Pocket | May 17, 08:37

Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same way. Calendars are a record of interruptions. And quite often they’re a battlefield over who owns whose time.

High Availability for Mere Mortals

Pocket | May 15, 22:35

When architecting a system, how often do you start with availability requirements or service level agreement (SLA)? Most of us don’t. And most of us shouldn’t, because trying to build high availability into a system early on may slow things down and lead to over engineering.

A Generation Lost in the Bazaar

Pocket | May 14, 10:34

Quality happens only when someone is responsible for it.

How Inge Lehmann used earthquakes to discover the Earth’s inner core

Pocket | May 13, 21:40

In the 1930s, seismologists faced a big mystery about the inner structure of the Earth. Today, on what would have been Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann's 127th birthday, it's a good time to appreciate how — using limited data and rudimentary technology — she brilliantly arrived at the answer.

A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art

Pocket | May 13, 20:21

I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so. For those of you who are aware of Dinofarm Games and our recent release, Auro for iOS and  Android, you know that we spent literally years producing carefully handmade, meticulous pixel art.

Why so many Dutch people work part time

Pocket | May 12, 17:29

THE Dutch are generally a pretty content bunch. The Netherlands consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to live. Dutch kids are among the happiest in the world, according to Unicef.

Laten we eens ophouden over dat basisinkomen

Pocket | May 11, 12:53

ANALYSE - Op zijn blog beschrijft Ronald Mulder de moeilijkheden van de discussie over het basisinkomen, en stelt hij een concrete route voor.  Het idee van een onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen voor iedereen is een van de beste ideeën ooit.

Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

Pocket | May 11, 12:53

Audi is making a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent when it comes to climate change – that's because the synthetic diesel is made from just water and carbon dioxide.

Big Data Confirms Rap Was the Biggest Innovation in Pop Since 1960

Pocket | May 09, 13:49

Just as sports have advanced analytics to counterbalance drive-time narrative speculators, music has just taken a long drink from the well of big data. Researchers from Queen Mary University in London tapped into 50 years of Last.

UPDATED: Google begged Steve Jobs for permission to hire engineers for its new Paris office. Guess what happened next…

Pocket | May 08, 08:55

Today I’m in San Jose, attending a hearing in the salary fixing lawsuit brought against Apple, Google and other tech giants. I’ll have more on that soon.

My Weekend Confusing People With a Futuristic Credit Card

Pocket | May 07, 16:10

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8 Linux Security Improvements In 8 Years

Pocket | May 07, 10:19

Linux started getting really serious about security in 2007, and it has made big strides in the past three years. As open-source code faces more threats, Linux can't rest on its laurels.

8 Writing Tools I Use Every Day

Pocket | May 06, 22:21

What writing tools will help you produce your best work? Last week, two interviewers asked me about the tools I’d recommend for writing. One of them asked about writerly things I might covet the way some people do—like first editions of favorite books, or fountain pens, or antique Underwoods.

Stop shaming people on the Internet for grammar mistakes. Its not there fault.

Pocket | May 06, 14:57

I am a writer, which is why it’s particularly embarrassing that I sometimes type the word “right” when I mean to type “write.” Shouldn’t I know better? Just yesterday, I typed “there” when I meant “their.

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Pocket | May 06, 14:57

Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same.

Goed in de oorlog

Pocket | May 06, 07:34

Het vergde veel moed om in de Tweede Wereldoorlog op te staan tegen de Duitsers. Toch waren lang niet alle Nederlanders gelukkig met de soms roekeloze acties van het verzet. In de Veluwse bossen tussen Nijkerk en Putten ligt de Oldenallerbrug, vernoemd naar het nabijgelegen kasteel Oldenaller.

How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Pocket | May 06, 06:46

Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record.

Our Dependency on Foreign Keys, Part One

Pocket | May 05, 12:49

Part one, of a two part sci-fi thriller that begs the question, who can you really trust? Fran needed a drink. Forty people. That’s all this party was supposed to be. Instead, there were eighty-seven, and that was just in the living room. One of whom was there to murder him.

Our Dependency on Foreign Keys, Part Two

Pocket | May 05, 12:49

Fran pushed his way through the corridor. Two annoyed-looking delivery men in rubber waders and life jackets waited at the service elevator guarding three stacks of cold-sealed beer cases, twelve cases in all. They had left wet footprints on the rough industrial-grade carpet.

Weekend reading: an augmented reality murder mystery

Pocket | May 05, 12:33

Bill Shunn writes, "The second and concluding part of my science fiction novelette 'Our Dependency on Foreign Keys' is available now at the online magazine Across the Margin (part one). Fran needed a drink. Forty people. That’s all this party was supposed to be.

Test drive of a petrol car

Pocket | May 05, 07:16

Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in real life? We sat us in the loaner car at the car salesman’s office.

Courts docs show how Google slices users into “millions of buckets” — Medium

Pocket | May 04, 17:48

The first law of selling is to know your customer. This simple maxim has made Google into the world’s largest purveyor of advertisements, bringing in more ad revenue this year than all the world’s newspapers combined.

MaltKlaus' Daily Dram

Pocket | May 04, 15:09

One statement most of us will have heard – or even mentioned ourself is: “If there’s no age statement on a bottle, it’s 3 years and a day old”.

Headline: My Struggle With the Last Great Taboo: Admitting My Salary

Pocket | May 04, 06:43

I was 21 and they wanted to pay me $21,000 a year to be a full time staff writer. A thousand bucks for every year of life. That sounded decent. How much did life cost? Who knew. I hadn’t lived any yet. What did staff writers at a paper make? I had no idea.

Wortels van Limburgs spoordebacle liggen bij Fyrafiasco

Pocket | May 04, 06:26

Beroerder had het nauwelijks gekund. Amper drie weken voor aanvang van de openbare parlementaire Fyra-enquête blijkt er wederom sprake te zijn van een grote bedrijfsontsporing met een hoofdrol voor de Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS).


Pocket | May 03, 18:29

In our house, there’s a device in almost every room - and that’s without counting the ones that move around with us. They have various different form factors, and those shapes create expectations about how we’ll interact with them, and whether they’ll accompany us or wait for our return.

I secretly lived in my office for 500 days

Pocket | May 03, 08:09

Unable to pay rent in L.A., I slept behind my desk. But what began as a quick financial fix soon became a lifestyle I was asleep when I heard the door rattle against the frame. My eyes flashed open and I sprung upright in my under-desk sleep space.

Meeting Snowden in Princeton

Pocket | May 03, 07:53

I’m at Princeton where Ed Snowden is due to speak by live video link in a few minutes, and have a discussion with Bart Gellmann. Yesterday he spent four hours with a group of cryptographers from industry and academia, of which I was privileged to be one.

Zwanger en angstig: kan een online zelfhulpcursus helpen?

Pocket | May 02, 15:23

Voor zo’n tien tot vijftien procent van de zwangere vrouwen is zwanger zijn allesbehalve een roze wolk. Ze zijn somber en angstig: een enorm taboe. Wetenschappers schieten deze vrouwen nu te hulp. Zwangere vrouwen strálen.

The Untold Story of Silk Road

Pocket | May 02, 12:09

The postman only rang once. Curtis Green was at home, greeting the morning with 64 ounces of Coca-Cola and powdered mini doughnuts. Fingers frosted synthetic white, he was startled to hear someone at the door.

How Stagnation is Justified: Language of the Expert Beginner

Pocket | May 01, 21:51

So far in the “Expert Beginner” series of posts, I’ve chronicled how Expert Beginners emerge and how they wind up infecting an entire software development group.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world

Pocket | May 01, 15:31

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.

Can Bitcoin Conquer Argentina?

Pocket | May 01, 06:48

Dante Castiglione stalked through the doors of a glass-walled office tower on the edge of downtown Buenos Aires, just a few hundred feet from the old port district. In the crowded elevator, he shook his head and muttered under his breath about the stresses of the day and his profession.

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