Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Just discovered! “Farout”, the Farthest Object Ever Seen in the Solar System – Universe Today

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Just discovered! “Farout”, the Farthest Object Ever Seen in the Solar System – Universe Today

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Astronomers have discovered a distant body that’s more than 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. Its provisional designation is 2018 VG18, but they’ve nicknamed the planet “Farout.” Farout is the most distant body ever observed in our Solar System, at 120 astronomical units (AU) away. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Why Founders Fail To Grow Their Business – Starter Story

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Why Founders Fail To Grow Their Business – Starter Story

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Hello, Starter Story readers! It is fantastic to be back on this blog for another guest post. In case you have no idea who I am (likely), my name is Lucy Bloomfield and I had a sheet mask/skin care brand called Trefiel. Starter Story interviewed me earlier this year about what I did to grow…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Oculus GoBlack – How to make your Oculus Go Better

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Oculus GoBlack – How to make your Oculus Go Better

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Oculus Go, like all products, is the result of a series of compromises around cost, schedule, quality, and competence.  It is clearly the best standalone VR platform on the market, but anyone …

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Locking in WebKit

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Locking in WebKit

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Back in August 2015 we replaced all spinlocks and OS-provided mutexes in WebKit with the new WTF::Lock (WTF stands for Web Template Framework). We also replaced all OS-provided condition variables with WTF::Condition. These new primitives have some cool properties: WTF::Lock and WTF::Condition only require one byte of storage each. WTF::Lock only needs two bits in…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms

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SmartNews Keeping you current 24 feet tall and three feet wide, these giant spires dotted the ancient landscape Digging up a Prototaxites fossil (University of Chicago) smithsonian.com July 17, 2013 From around 420 to 350 million years ago, when land plants were still the relatively new kids on the evolutionary block and “the tallest trees…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers pwmarcz/fpga-chip8

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers pwmarcz/fpga-chip8

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This a CHIP-8 game console emulator working on FPGA chip (TinyFPGA BX). Implementation notes and remarks Writing unit tests (see cpu, gpu, bcd) helped me a lot, I was able to test most instructions in simulation. I wrote several simple assembly programs which I compiled to CHIP-8 using the Tortilla-8 project. There was also some…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Headspace vs. Calm: The Meditation Battle That’s Anything but Zen

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Headspace vs. Calm: The Meditation Battle That’s Anything but Zen

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The two smartphone apps taking meditation mainstream exude a Zen vibe and trumpet nearly identical missions to increase health and happiness around the world.But behind the blissful marketing mantras, Headspace and Calm are locked in a head-to-head fight to dominate the booming $1.2 billion meditation market.“I would say we’re in mindful competition with each other,”…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

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Illustration: iStockphoto In November, IEEE Spectrum published an expert-written feature titled, “The Case Against Quantum Computing.” In it, the author, Mikhail Dyakonov, defended his view that practical general-purpose quantum computers would not be built anytime in the foreseeable future. As you might expect at this time of great enthusiasm for quantum computing, the article ruffled…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Taming Data Quality with Circuit Breakers

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Taming Data Quality with Circuit Breakers

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This article is based on my Strata NY’18 Conference talk on Circuit Breakers to safeguard for garbage in, garbage out. Checkout the talk video recording for details.Imagine a business metric showing a sudden spike — is the spike real or is it a data quality problem? Analysts and Data Engineers today will spend hours, days, and even…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Java’s Forgotten Forebear

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Java’s Forgotten Forebear

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By William W. McMillan Photo: Robert Glasheen Photograph Collection/Mandeville Special Collections Library/UCSD PERSONAL VISION: To help bring interactive computing to education, Professor Ken Bowles of the University of California, San Diego, applied the virtual-machine concept to mini- and microcomputers. The enduring appeal of Java isn’t hard to understand: With Java, you write code once and…