Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Half of ICOs Die Within Four Months After Token Sales Finalized

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Half of ICOs Die Within Four Months After Token Sales Finalized

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About 56 percent of crypto startups that raise money through token sales die within four months of their initial coin offerings. That’s the finding of a Boston College study that analyzed the intensity of tweets from the startups’ Twitter accounts to infer signs of life. The researchers determined that only 44.2 percent of startups survive…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How to Analyze Billions of Records per Second on a Single Desktop PC

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How to Analyze Billions of Records per Second on a Single Desktop PC

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This article gives an overview of LocustDB [1], a new and extremely fast open-source analytics database built in Rust. Part 1 gives some background on analytical query systems and my goals for LocustDB. Part 2 presents benchmark results produced on a data set of 1.46 billion taxi rides and demonstrates median speedups of 3.6x over ClickHouse and…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Nissan Admits Emissions-Test Data Was Falsified

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Nissan Admits Emissions-Test Data Was Falsified

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TOKYO—Staff at some of Nissan Motor Co.’s Japan plants falsified auto-emissions and fuel-economy data, the company said, in what is the latest data-faking incident among Japanese manufacturers. It is also the second compliance scandal at Nissan in recent months after it admitted to faults in vehicle inspection procedures. Staff at four Nissan…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate – UN report

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate – UN report

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One in three fish caught around the world never makes it to the plate, either being thrown back overboard or rotting before it can be eaten, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Its biannual report on the state of the world’s fisheries, released on Monday, also shows that total fish production has reached…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Slipping Away

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Slipping Away

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Robin Giles felt like she was missing a joke. It was Christmas morning in 2012, and she and her husband, Joël, were going through familiar traditions in their apartment in London, Ont. Later they’d go out to visit friends and family, but for now, it was just the two of them and their cats. They…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Is timeless UI design a thing?

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Is timeless UI design a thing?

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It’s only natural that when we create a brand new product and its respective visual identity, we want it to be the new cool kid on the block. And usually, that will require some knowledge and research of the current trends to understand which might provide us some years of stylish headstart. It’s all quite…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language

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A landmark 1995 study found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first three years of life than children from lower-income families. This “30-million-word gap” correlates with significant differences in tests of vocabulary, language development, and reading comprehension. MIT cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too

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There are other checks on automation. Negotiations with suppliers typically require a human touch. Even if an algorithm can help buyers make decisions more quickly and accurately, there are limits to the number of supplier relationships they can juggle. Arti Zeighami, who oversees advanced analytics and artificial intelligence for the H & M group, which…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Escaping the SPA rabbit hole with modern Rails

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Escaping the SPA rabbit hole with modern Rails

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TL;DR. The SPA path is dark and full of terrors. You can bravely fight those… or choose a different path that takes you to a similar destination: modern Rails. I remember thinking that Rails was focusing on the wrong target when DHH announced Turbolinks in 2012. My conviction back then was that offering an instant…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work

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It’s hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So hard, in fact, that some startups have worked out it’s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like robots than it is to get machines to behave like humans. “Using a human to do the job lets you skip over a load of…