Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Building your color palette

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Building your color palette

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Adapted from our upcoming book and video series, Refactoring UI. Ever used one of those fancy color palette generators? You know, the ones where you pick a starting color, tweak some options that probably include some musical jargon like “triad” or “major fourth”, and are then bestowed the five perfect color swatches you should use…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

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abstractions blogBy Kevin HartnettNovember 7, 2018Alexander Smith’s work on the Goldfeld conjecture reveals fundamental characteristics of elliptic curves.Elliptic curves seem to admit infinite variety, but they really only come in two flavors. That is the upshot of a new proof from a graduate student at Harvard University. Elliptic curves may sound exotic, but they’re unspectacular…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Why Sweden’s cashless society is no longer a utopia

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Why Sweden’s cashless society is no longer a utopia

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The Swedish retail payment market is rapidly moving away from using cash. The outstanding value of cash in circulation has dropped to 1% of Swedish GDP. This development raises some crucial issues regarding the state’s role in the payment market. For hundreds of years, the public has been offered central bank notes and coins. If…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years

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High rollers — Bikes may still look roughly the same, but looks can be deceiving. John Timmer – Nov 10, 2018 5:00 pm UTC Enlarge / A bike of roughly the same vintage as the author’s.We tend to think of technology as something that moves electrons around. But I’m going to take a little diversion…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down

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Stay safe out there — HBO: “We do not yet know the extent of the damage to any structures remaining there.” Cyrus Farivar – Nov 10, 2018 4:20 pm UTC Enlarge / Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018, in Agoura…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

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red planet goes green — But it costs $25. Keith Law – Nov 10, 2018 4:00 pm UTC Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Terraforming Mars is one of the most popular heavy strategy games of the last two years (read our…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Understanding the Brain is a catalog of all we don’t know about the brain

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Understanding the Brain is a catalog of all we don’t know about the brain

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Brains! — Updated version of Creating Mind mostly tells us what we don’t understand. Diana Gitig – Nov 10, 2018 3:00 pm UTC Twenty years ago, the neuroscientist John E. Dowling wrote a book about the brain called Creating Mind. Since then, our understanding of cellular neurobiology and even systems neuroscience has exploded. So Dowling…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A trip through the peer-review sausage grinder

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A trip through the peer-review sausage grinder

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Peer review is not this painful, promise.Update: This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting, Technicon. We’re supposed to be talking more than typing, so we’re resurfacing a few classic Ars stories just in case the front page gets lonely. This one, which originally ran on…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

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Alexa: what did you hear? — New Hampshire judge orders data handover in 2017 stabbing case. Cyrus Farivar – Nov 10, 2018 12:35 pm UTC Enlarge / Close-up of the base of an Amazon Echo smart speaker using the Alexa service, with Amazon logo visible, on a light wooden surface in San Ramon, California, May…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | The case for moving to Mars

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | The case for moving to Mars

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Going to Mars is a bit like visiting a hotel bar in Dubai: there’s no atmosphere, there’s nothing to drink, and if you go outside you’ll probably die. It’s a desolate, lifeless ball of red dirt roughly 140 million miles away, where nothing grows, where one dust storm can cover the entire planet and rage…