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Why don’t more people use throat mics?

Why don’t more people use throat mics?

UPDATE (2022/06/30) After some feedback from HN I also have an audio sample if you want to hear it! (Turn the sound down a little! There’s also a bunch of dead air after 15 seconds.) Your browser does not support the audio tag. tl;dr – Don’t chuck the Sony 1000XMs/AirPods just yet. Bluetooth headsets are…

Swedish Radio created fake pharmacy, reveals how Facebook stored sensitive data

Swedish Radio created fake pharmacy, reveals how Facebook stored sensitive data

INTEGRITY Published tisdag 28 juni kl 09.40 Facebook say that their system is built to find and delete sensitive information, for example about people’s medication, illnesses and sex lives. By creating a made-up online pharmacy that has been visited by fictitious customers, Swedish Radio News can show that the social media giant saves sensitive information.…

Give up GitHub: The time has come

Give up GitHub: The time has come

by Denver Gingerich and Bradley M. Kuhn on June 30, 2022 Those who forget history often inadvertently repeat it. Some of us recall that twenty-one years ago, the most popular code hosting site, a fully Free and Open Source (FOSS) site called SourceForge, proprietarized all their code — never to make it FOSS again. Major…

TikTok updated privacy policy to collect faceprints and voiceprints (2021)

TikTok updated privacy policy to collect faceprints and voiceprints (2021)

TikTok, one of the most downloaded apps of 2021 so far, decided to quietly update its privacy policy to collect biometric identifiers and biometric information know in the US as faceprints and voiceprints. The trendy app, owned by the Chinese internet technology company ByteDance, added a new section to its privacy policy called ‘Image and…

FCC commissioner wants TikTok removed from app stores over spying concerns

FCC commissioner wants TikTok removed from app stores over spying concerns

A commissioner with the U.S. communications regulator is asking Apple and Google to consider banning TikTok from their app stores over data security concerns related to the Chinese-owned company. Brendan Carr, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has written a letter to the CEOs of both companies, alerting them that the wildly popular video-sharing app…

SQLite or PostgreSQL? It’s Complicated

SQLite or PostgreSQL? It’s Complicated

We take blogging very seriously at Twilio. To help us understand what content works well and what doesn’t on our blog, we have a dashboard that combines the metadata that we maintain for each article such as author, team, product, publication date, etc., with traffic information from Google Analytics. Users can interactively request charts and…

Solar Protocol

Each ring of the diagram represents a server in the network. Sunlight levels are shown in yellow. The colored bars represent which server has been the active server in the network over the past 72 hours. About Solar Protocol is a web platform hosted across a network of solar-powered servers set up in different locations…

Wasting time in tech interviews

Wasting time in tech interviews

TL;DR This is me ranting about crappy tech interview experiences   This is my career rant for the summer of 2022. I’ve been on a run of unsatisfying (and unsuccessful) tech interviews in the last couple of months. I’ve had companies that have: changed the job description after my interview rejected me for not having…

Why America can’t build

Why America can’t build

The goal of the 2009 Sepulveda Pass Freeway Expansion Project seemed simple. A carpool lane was to be added to reduce congestion on a 10-mile stretch of Los Angeles’s I-405 freeway, the second most congested road in the U.S. However, this brought exceptional technical and logistical challenges—the project required carving through a mountain, demolishing and…

Things to know about databases

Things to know about databases

It is often surprising how little is known about how databases operate at a surface level, considering they store almost all of the states in our applications. Yet, it’s foundational to the overall success of most systems. So today, I will explain the two most important topics when working with RDBMSs indexes and transactions. So,…

How to set junior employees up for success in remote

How to set junior employees up for success in remote

Recently, we casually polled the internet on this question: Casual polls on reddit and LinkedIn.Now, say what you will about the nature of the question, the implicit bias contained within, and the fact there should be an “option 3” as a couple commenters pointed out. But as far as a quick gut-check goes, these results…

Outlook scans emails arriving in your inbox and sends all found URLs to Bing

Outlook scans emails arriving in your inbox and sends all found URLs to Bing

I recently started verifying user email addresses during signup to prevent bots, mistyped emails, and also to ensure that addresses are active for future emails and newsletters. Being the lazy jack-of-all-trades developer that I am, I quickly threw together a rudimentary token system with the following flow: User registers with their email address (this also…

Unpaid social media moderators perform labor worth at least $3.4M/year on Reddit

Unpaid social media moderators perform labor worth at least $3.4M/year on Reddit

The social networking platform Reddit relies on volunteer moderators to prevent the site from being overrun by problematic content—including hate speech—and ensure that it remains appealing for users. Though uncompensated, this labor is highly valuable to the company: According to a pair of new studies led by Northwestern University computer scientists, it’s worth at minimum…

The most livable cities

The most livable cities

Jun 22nd 2022  (Updated Jun 24th 2022) For a look behind the scenes of our data journalism, sign up to Off the Charts, our weekly newsletter In vienna they call it Lebenskunst—the art of living well—and now that restaurants and museums in the Austrian capital have reopened, it is once again the perfect place to…

How do poor countries get rich?

How do poor countries get rich?

How do poor countries get rich  When I’m talking to people who don’t know that much about development economics I quite often find myself trying to give a broad overview of the different theories about how countries get rich. I’m going to give an overview of these different theories in this post. In later posts…

Glasgow council four-day week on full pay moves closer after study agreed

Glasgow council four-day week on full pay moves closer after study agreed

The roll-out of a four-day week on full pay for council workers will be investigated in Glasgow. Councillors have backed a study into how the policy could be introduced in the city, which will assess the impact of cutting the number of days worked by staff. It is being considered after Cllr Dan Hutchison, Greens,…

Life is not short

Life is not short

The most surprising thing is that you wouldn’t let anyone steal your property, but you consistently let people steal your time, which is infinitely more valuable. If you want to learn how to live a good life, there are few sources better than Seneca. He’s one of the most popular Stoic philosophers, alongside Marcus Aurelius…

Observations on 6 Years of Journaling

Observations on 6 Years of Journaling

Journaling is, without a doubt, the most important thing I do for myself. It is the act of taking the internal mess of thoughts, emotions, and experiences, and structuring and codifying them. It makes the intangible, tangible. Understandable. I wrote an article a few years ago documenting my foray into journaling. At the time I’d…

Alphabet is spending billions to become a force in health care

Alphabet is spending billions to become a force in health care

Jun 20th 2022  (Updated Jun 23rd 2022) Rich countries pour heart-stopping amounts of money into health care. Advanced economies typically spend about 10% of gdp on keeping their citizens in good nick, a share that is rising as populations age. America’s labyrinthine health-industrial complex consumes 17% of gdp, equivalent to $3.6trn a year. The American…

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