Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Much of the US Electric Grid Could Go the Way of the Landline Phone

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Much of the US Electric Grid Could Go the Way of the Landline Phone

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If you’re old enough to remember landlines, maybe you remember the feedback loop that turned them from must-haves to luxury items. As customers started switching to mobile, the phone companies had to raise rates on the cord keepers to cover the cost of their telephone lines. That only pushed more people to defect, exacerbating the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Just Some Other Totally Legit Microbes That Will Definitely (Not) Make Your Tech Startup a Unicorn

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Just Some Other Totally Legit Microbes That Will Definitely (Not) Make Your Tech Startup a Unicorn

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The idea spread through Silicon Valley like—well, ironically, like a virus, even though the idea centered around a protozoan. According to an article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, people infected with the microbe Toxoplasma gondii might be more likely to be entrepreneurs, to start up startups or venture their capital on venture capitalism.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s Facial Recognition System Mistakes Members of Congress for Mugshots

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s Facial Recognition System Mistakes Members of Congress for Mugshots

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Amazon touts its Rekognition facial recognition system as “simple and easy to use,” encouraging customers to “detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases.” And yet, in a study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the technology managed to confuse photos of…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Trump’s “Shadow Banning” Tweet Isn’t Twitter’s Biggest Problem

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Trump’s “Shadow Banning” Tweet Isn’t Twitter’s Biggest Problem

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There’s a not-so-subtle irony to the president of the United States tweeting that Twitter is suppressing prominent conservative voices in America—and almost instantly receiving tens of thousands of likes, retweets, and replies. But such are the times. On Thursday, in the early morning hours typically reserved for tweets bashing China and the mainstream media, President…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Different US Election Maps Tell ‘Different Versions of the Truth’

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Different US Election Maps Tell ‘Different Versions of the Truth’

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On May 11, 2017, a reporter named Trey Yingst, who covers the White House for the conservative news network OANN, tweeted a photo of a framed map of the United States being carried into the West Wing. The map depicted the 2016 election results county-by-county, as a blanket of red, marked with flecks of blue…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Airbnb’s Slow-Moving Mission to Win Over African Americans

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Airbnb’s Slow-Moving Mission to Win Over African Americans

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A year ago today, Airbnb announced a remarkable effort designed to to increase the company’s presence in black neighborhoods: a partnership with the NAACP. By the time the press release hit the wires, the move was a long time coming. Airbnb had been wrestling with how to deal with racial bias on its platform since…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Mission: Impossible–Fallout”: How Plausible Are All Those Gadgets, Anyway?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Mission: Impossible–Fallout”: How Plausible Are All Those Gadgets, Anyway?

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It’s been 22 years since Tom Cruise infiltrated a CIA vault suspended from a wire in the first Mission: Impossible flick. This summer, Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible–­Fallout, the sixth installment in the $2.8 billion–­grossing series. Aside from its earworm theme song and stomach-clenching (and reportedly bone-crushing) stunts,…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Why Discord is Sticking with React Native

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Why Discord is Sticking with React Native

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Moving Fast Faster Iteration of UI components Without diving into the app, we can use storybook to quickly render “dumb” components that don’t manage any state internally with mock props. By leveraging the same tooling, we can quickly follow the web team who originally adopted storybook. Along with hot reloading, storybook dramatically accelerates our UI…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Stripe Issuing: introducing an API for creating physical and virtual cards

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Stripe Issuing: introducing an API for creating physical and virtual cards

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{ id: ‘ic_hiahsdfUNihkasdf879’, object: issuing_card, authorization_controls: { allowed_categories: null, blocked_categories: null, currency: null, max_amount: null, max_approvals: null, }, billing: { address: { city: ‘beverly hills’, country: ‘US’, line1: ‘123 fake st’, line2: null, postal_code: 90210, state: ‘CA’, } }, brand: ‘Visa’, cardholder: null, created: 1528481070, currency: ‘usd’, exp_month: 12, exp_year: 2022, last4: 1984, livemode: false,…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole – Culmination of 26 years of ESO observations of the heart of the Milky Way

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole – Culmination of 26 years of ESO observations of the heart of the Milky Way

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eso1825 — Science Release Culmination of 26 years of ESO observations of the heart of the Milky Way 26 July 2018 Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the…