This gas station bathroom is nicer than your first apartment
Art, small model boats, decorative shells and mahogany paneling make us wish we lived in this gas station bathroom.
The Elaborate Quest to Fly a Solar-Powered Plane Around the World | WIRED
If, one day, you find yourself driving an electric car that recharges its featherweight high-capacity lithium batteries with sunlight collected from super-efficient solar cells covering its carbon-composite body, you'll have Solar Impulse 2 to thank. It's a plane powered by nothing but sunlight, and this March, Bertrand Piccard and his copilot, engineer André Borschberg, will…
rr: lightweight recording & deterministic debugging
Everyone who's worked on a nontrivial application
(like Firefox ) has gone
through the pain of debugging an intermittently-reproducible
bug. Since nontrivial applications
are nondeterministic , each execution is different, and
you may require 5, 10, or even 100 runs just to see the bug
It's hard to debug these bugs with traditional techniques
because single stepping, setting breakpoints, inspecting program
state, etc, is all a waste of time if the program execution
you're debugging ends up not even exhibiting the bug. Even when
you can reproduce the bug consistently, important information
such as the addresses of suspect objects is unpredictable from
run to run. Given that software developers spend a lot of time
finding and fixing bugs, nondeterminism has a major impact on
And there are intermittent bugs that are so hard to reproduce
that they're literally not the worth the time to fix with
traditional techniques. However, for big projects like Firefox
with its half-billion users, a bug that only reproduces 1 out of
10,000 test runs can still have a negative impact on users.
rr solves these problems by splitting debugging into two phases:
first recording , in which the application's execution
history is saved; then deterministic debugging of the
saved trace: using gdb to control replay of the trace, as many
times as you want.
The saved execution history captures all nondeterminism in the
program's execution. By replaying that trace in the right way,
rr guarantees each debugging session is entirely deterministic.
The memory layout is always the same, the addresses of objects
don't change, register values are identical, syscalls return the
same data, etc.
The benefit to developers is obvious: an intermittent bug can be
recorded by a script over lunchtime, say, and then debugged at
leisure in the afternoon. Multiple cores can be used in
parallel to record failures. If you accidentally set a
breakpoint in the wrong place and miss gathering critical
information, your precious intermittent failure isn't lost.
Just fix your breakpoint and then tell gdb to run
the recording back from the beginning again. Even for easily
reproducible bugs, a repeatable, deterministic, debugging
session is a powerful tool on top of traditional debugging.
And for projects like Firefox which run literally millions of
tests a day on a vast build and test infrastructure,
intermittent failures in those test runs can be recorded on the
infrastructure itself and then deterministically debugged at
some later time, offline.
Tools like fuzzers and randomized fault injectors become even
more powerful when used with rr. Those tools are very good at
triggering some intermittent failure, but it's often
hard to reproduce that same failure again to debug it.
With rr, the randomized execution can simply be recorded. If
the execution failed, then the saved recording can be used to
deterministically debug the problem.
So rr lowers the cost of fixing intermittent bugs. This allows
a new class of bugs to be fixed with the same amount of
engineering time and money, which in turn produces
higher-quality software for the same cost.
Deterministic debugging is an old idea; many systems have
preceded rr. What makes rr different, in our opinion, are the
Initially focus on debugging Firefox. Firefox is
a complex application, so if rr is useful for debugging
Firefox, it is very likely to be generally useful. However,
there's nothing about rr that's specific to Firefox; we've
just spent the majority of our testing time on Firefox. rr
will work well with more programs as the project matures.
Prioritize deployability. rr runs on a stock
linux kernel, and requires no
system configuration changes. And of course rr works on
stock, relatively modern hardware.
Make run-time overload low. We want rr to replace
gdb in your workflow. That means you need to start getting
results with rr about as quickly as you would if you were
The overhead of rr depends on your application's workload. On
Firefox test suites, rr's recording performance is quite usable.
We see slowdowns down to ≤ 1.2x. A 1.2x slowdown means that if
the suite takes 10 minutes to run by itself, it will take around
12 minutes to be recorded by rr. However, different test suites
have different performance characteristics, so they have
different overheads as well.
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Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014
But those weren't the only sad tech endings of 2014. We've gathered together the year's most notable closures so you can mourn a bit more efficiently and light a digital flame in homage to some of the most beloved tech products and services that are no longer with us.
New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat
A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity. Their work, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program, was published recently in two separate articles in the journal Nano Energy .
The difference between winning and succeeding
With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
You can now watch every Marvel movie scene in chronological order, starting in 2987 BC
Marvel Studios has made it a selling point that every frame it produces lives in the same continuous universe. So what if you wanted to watch it in order? Not based on release dates but the narrative itself — from a 2987 BC flashback in Thor: The Dark World through the Battle of New York in The Avengers ?
The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots
The concept of superintelligent alien AI still sounds very speculative. And it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth consideration. Indeed, expanding our purview of alien intelligence may help us identify life’s fingerprints in the cosmos. “So far, we’ve pointed antennas at stars that might have planets that might have breathable atmospheres and oceans and so forth,” Shostak told me. “But if we’re correct that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is artificial, then does it have to live on a planet with an ocean?”
This Insurance Company Pays You To Walk
For the startup, founded by tech entrepreneurs who want to drag the insurance industry into the modern world, the program is only a first step with wearables. "We can start using some of this fitness data and health data to help you plan your health better," says Schlosser. "If you're diabetic, you probably might see a doctor once a quarter or so, and talk with our nurse a couple of times on the phone. But now, suddenly, if you let us share your data with the doctor, they can see the activity you have in the meantime."
5 Ways To Embrace Mindfulness At Work
Mindfulness allows us to focus on one thing but it can also allow us to focus on more than one thing at a time with practice. Mindfulness is observing. Observing everything within our purview. The human brain is able to be aware and to record everything within our awareness at the moment. As we become more practiced at mindfulness we are able to access that information more consciously. The key word here is practice. If we want to be good at anything we need to practice. Mindfulness is no different. Sometimes it is helpful to have instruction in mindfulness training. I recommend the mp3s at www.lightunlimitedpublishing.com. They are very effective guided training exercises.
Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.
As the new space intended, I’ve formed interesting, unexpected bonds with my cohorts. But my personal performance at work has hit an all-time low. Each day, my associates and I are seated at a table staring at each other, having an ongoing 12-person conversation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s like being in middle school with a bunch of adults. Those who have worked in private offices for decades have proven to be the most vociferous and rowdy. They haven’t had to consider how their loud habits affect others, so they shout ideas at each other across the table and rehash jokes of yore. As a result, I can only work effectively during times when no one else is around, or if I isolate myself in one of the small, constantly sought-after, glass-windowed meeting rooms around the perimeter.
Parents can fake New Year's Eve countdown with Netflix
Parents can fake New Year's Eve countdown with Netflix
Parents rejoice! Midnight can arrive early this New Year's Eve.
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Vizio mocks and destroys the curved TV trend in this new 'infomercial'
Vizio's got Samsung in its sights. A new ad released today by the US-based TV manufacturer is lighthearted in tone, but it's also a brutal takedown of the curved TV concept that Samsung, LG, and others have been pitching to consumers over the last couple years. The "revolutionary, remarkable, radical piece of technology" that's the centerpiece of Vizio's mock infomercial is a ridiculous set of Anti-Curve Glasses that will turn your curved TV into "a beautiful flatscreen." You know, the very kind of TV that Vizio specializes in and sells a ton of.
Watch two generations of the Tesla Model S compete in the quietest drag race ever
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"Person With The Twitter Password," And Other Brutally Honest Versions of Your Job Title
The jokesters at Someecards have created a series of brutally honest job titles to restore order to a world gone mad with euphemism. Each entry stares deep into the soul of a modern job title and reduces it down to the main task for which its bearer is responsible. "Head of IT," for instance, is now transformed into "Director of Turning Things Off and Back On," a tactic that even the least computer-savvy individuals have learned works most frequently.
The 14 most beautifully designed apps of 2014
Here’s our list of the 14 most impressively designed apps — for mobile, desktop, and the web — released or updated this year. From simple utilities to immersive experiences, we’re sure you’ll find something on this list worth downloading on your brand new smartphone, tablet, or [insert hot new gadget here]. Enjoy.
Apple now lets EU customers return music, movies, and apps for two weeks after purchase
That directive is meant to give consumers protection over online purchases, but it does allow digital goods to be treated differently. Because Apple isn't doing that, it's possible for songs to be listened to, movies to be watched, and apps to be used before a return is made through iTunes. While those scenarios aren't impossible for physical media either, they're something that the specific sellers of those items will likely accept begrudgingly. That's also a reason you probably shouldn't expect this policy to expand outside the EU, unless a law compels the change. Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the new policy.
11 New Year's tech resolutions for a righteous 2015
If you think 11 hours online is too many, then the New Year is a great time to commit to reconnecting with offline life. Consider putting away your phone at gigs and concerts: musicians hate it and you'll better experience the beautiful emotions of a great performance in real time. And we know it's hard to let someone down, but breaking up in person is far healthier than doing it by text.
10 food trends that dominated in 2014
If in the last year you've slurped ramen, guzzled beer cocktails and stuffed your face with donuts, your food choices were on-trend for 2014.
5 Common Mistakes Guaranteed to Screw Up Your PR Strategy
As silly as it may sound, social media is one of the first places journalists will look to gauge you and your company. Maintaining an engaged professional network and keeping up with the latest is one way to convey seriousness. It also tells a journalist that any story they write on you can count on reaching a certain guaranteed audience.
Debunking The Workplace Generation Gap Myth Once And For All
We don't need to "figure out" millennials. New research shows that we're all basically the same when it comes to what we want out of work.
Let's revive the Golden Rule
Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.
Startup Values Set Records
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. is now officially the world’s most valuable tech startup, worth $46 billion—the exclamation point on a year of extraordinary valuations. Valuations placed on tech startups world-wide stretched to record heights in 2014 and accelerated at an exceptional pace, even when compared with the late 1990s dot-com...
9 Amazing and Gross Things Scientists Discovered About Microbes This Year | WIRED
We can’t see them, but they are all around us. On us. In us. Our personal microbes—not to mention those in the environment around us—have us outnumbered by orders of magnitude, but scientists are only beginning to understand how they influence our health and other aspects of our lives. It’s an increasingly hot area of science, though, and this past year saw lots of interesting developments. Here are some of the highlights.
20 quotes that encapsulate 2014
As we move to 2015, wondering if we'll still have "Shake it Off" stuck in our heads, look back at some of the more prominent quotes that sum up the last 12 months.
United And Orbitz Sue “Hidden Cities” Flight Search Engine Skiplagged
The easiest thing to do, then, is to sue Skiplagged. Even though there may be nothing illegal about what the company is doing, lawsuits like this can get expensive enough to destroy fledging startups like Skiplagged — and that’s probably what United and Orbitz are aiming for. In the complaint, United and Orbitz also note that Skiplagged probably wasn’t incorporated, so Zaman may be personally liable.
Bill Murray, Corvettes, and 3D portraits: these are the White House's photos of the year
"You gotta love Bill Murray. The actor had been invited to the White House along with other cast members of 'The Monuments Men' for a movie screening in the Family Theater of the White House. Prior to the screening, the President was to greet some of cast members in the Diplomatic Reception Room. A White House staff person had told Murray where to stand, meaning before the greet. But when the President walked into the room, Murray stayed put, saying 'they told me to stand here.'" (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Apple accounts for 51 percent of new mobile activations this Christmas
Christmas Day is always a good yardstick for success in the mobile industry. New devices are unwrapped and activated, and manufacturers get a clear idea of how they compare to their rivals. This year, however, it wasn't difficult to work out a winner: Apple easily beat off the competition, with analytics company Flurry reporting that the iPhones and iPads accounted for 51 percent of all new devices activated worldwide. The iPhone 6 was the most commonly activated device overall, while the iPhone 6 Plus was also in the top five.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
How to become a YouTube entrepreneur - Telegraph
Jamal Edwards, 24, has been awarded an MBE for revolutionising the
music industry with his YouTube channel SBTV, which has made him one of
Britain's most successful young entrepreneurs. Here he explains how he did it
7 biggest marketing and media trends of 2014
What do you do after you score the biggest real-time marketing coup of 2013? If you're Oreo, you knock it off. The social media-savvy brand wisely bowed out of this year's Super Bowl. Other brands, not realizing that they were about to jump the shark, set up war rooms to cook up witty comments during the game. Since so many were doing it, none stood out except for J.C. Penney, whose goofy stunt — the brand couldn't type because it had its mittens on, get it? — caused many to think the account had been hacked.
Why 90-Day Goals Are Better Than Year-Long Ones
The good thing about setting two to three goals four times per year is that this gives you space to think about all spheres of life. Rachel Hofstetter owns Guesterly , a startup that specializes in directories for events. Like many entrepreneurs, she finds it hard to take a vacation, and so she made taking a week-long December holiday one of her 90-day goals. When I sent her an email on a December Friday asking to chat the next week, she insisted on getting on the phone right then, since she was on the plane for Mexico the next morning and planned to unplug. "Without that part of my plan, it wouldn’t be my utmost focus," she says. But as one of her big goals for the quarter, she was determined to make it happen.
SwipeRadio Is A Faster Way To Listen To Terrestrial Radio On Your iPhone
Gordon says the idea for SwipeRadio grew out of users’ frustrations with apps like TuneIn Radio. With the newer versions, the apps are trying to compete more with music-on-demand offerings like Spotify, and have made it more cumbersome to find the stations you’ve favorited. Plus, many of these apps now require you login via social accounts in order to post to networks like Facebook and Twitter, he says. (SwipeRadio offers you an option to post to Twitter when you add new stations, but it’s not required. And it doesn’t require any login in order to start using the app.)
Sony A7 II review: the next great camera, someday
Also unchanged from last year’s camera is the A7 II’s image and video quality. The 24-megapixel sensor takes exceptional images in good lighting conditions and at lower ISO settings, and the depth of field control you get with the full-frame chip can’t easily be matched by cameras with smaller sensors. Colors are vibrant and accurate, and the automatic white balance is reliable, if not quite as good as Fujifilm’s. Sony's metering system is fairly conservative too, often underexposing images unless I adjusted it manually. But more disappointingly, there is still a lot of watercolor-like smearing and artifacting in images taken at higher ISOs, even when you dial back the aggressive noise reduction. That isn’t much of a problem if you shoot RAW and process later on a computer, but if you want a quick JPEG image to send to your smartphone using the A7 II’s built-in Wi-Fi, you can’t really avoid it. The A7 II can shoot images at very high ISO settings, but whether you actually want to do that remains another matter.
Customize Your Own Glitch Art Sweater
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Samsung brings curved displays to the PC with new Ativ One 7
Samsung sure loves its curved display HDTVs, and now it's expanding the design trend to cover PCs as well. Today the company announced its brand new Ativ One 7 Curved, an all-in-one Windows machine that features a slight curve in its screen that isn't as readily apparent compared to what we've seen from its recent 4K TVs. It's a 27-inch, 1920x1080 panel with pretty fantastic viewing angles and vivid color reproduction. But it could stand to be a bit sharper. The resolution is no match for Apple's flagship iMac with Retina Display, and it even falls short of Cupertino's regular 27-inch model. When you're sitting so close to a PC, those extra pixels can make a world of difference. Oh well. If you're wondering just how curved this thing is, Samsung lists the curvature at 4000R and says it tricks your eyes into thinking the display is even larger than it is. The upsides of a curved screen (immersion, less glare) are more obvious when you're sitting right up against it instead of looking at it from six feet away on your couch.
Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy
Dark Energy seems to be a concept that this expansion is powered by, this article says. Well, maybe dark energy isn't so hidden from us. It is thought that the Earth revolves around the Sun. The Sun and the Earth are located in one of the arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Sun/Earth is then thought to travel around the Galactic Center at a speed of 11.5 million miles (KM's) a day. Taken into account, the Mass of our Sun and Planets to travel at that speed. Think about a proven physical law. Kinetic energy.. Now apply that Kinetic energy to all the universes known mass. Well this would have to take a major bite out of the missing Dark Energy value. Anyway. I don't feel that theories based on religion or new conceptual physical laws of nature, should be steering us more than the proven laws of nature. Now time is property of our existence. Of course it can be mildly distorted using difference reference points. That doesn't mean a lot in the big picture.
The Softer--And More Wearable--Future Of Wearables
There is something appealing about technology that lets us live our digital and physical lives without one getting in the way of the other. Devices like Google Glass appeal to that sentiment, but ultimately fail because even if they don't distract us with vibrating notifications, they offend our fashion sensibilities. Parkes gets that. "There is a limitation to the number of hard things you’re going to wear on your body; it’s basically jewelry," she said. "But if you have a softer system, like a scarf—there are more opportunities."
It May Not Seem Like It, But This Year Was Unusually Safe for Airlines | WIRED
Still, the spike doesn’t tell the whole story. Those deadly crashes are anomalies, and 2014 set a new record for the fewest number of commercial aviation accidents since the start of the airline age: Just 21 were recorded, including Sunday’s loss of AirAsia Flight 8501. That’s down from 29 in 2013, 23 in 2012 (the current record low) and 36 in 2011, and way down from the all-time high of 85, set in 1948.
21 Inspiring Quotes To Live By In 2014
So this year, make a resolution you can actually keep for 12 months (and one that still allows you to eat dessert!). Your mission for 2014: live life to the fullest.
How to get the most free online storage - CNET
Even with the cost of storage continuing to decline, free storage is something that's hard to pass up. Let's take a look at how to get free space from your favorite storage providers. If you want to upgrade to more than just the allotted free space, check out Sarah Mitroff's in-depth
comparison of the big four cloud storage services.
What The Hell Is A Startup Anyway?
If you regularly read technology media, and I honestly can’t recommend it, you will run into occasional references to “startups.” Many consider startups to be small companies determined to grow quickly in the hopes of becoming the next passé giant whose corporate campus costs so much to maintain that it eventually has to stop serving chilled sake by robot on Thursdays.
Reg Saddler on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
14 DIY party crafts for a rockin' New Year's Eve
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How to Get Your Product Hunted Like a Pro
A few of the folks on our marketing team mentioned that they wanted to leverage the content from our blog on Digg. Instead of just putting it out there, they took the time to understand how to use Digg effectively, through a combination of infographics and high-quality content. This ended up being one of the most cost-effective channels for us to acquire our first set of users.
Samsung's ultra-thin ATIV Book 9 laptop hands-on: Goodbye, fan noise
The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is one of the first laptops to pack Intel's Core M processor, which gets rid of that annoying fan for good.
You can't make hash oil at home in Colorado, Attorney General says
He filed a court brief in response to a western Colorado man's contention that Mesa County prosecutors improperly charged him with crimes for manufacturing hash oil after an explosion injured him and damaged his home. An attorney for Eugene Christenson argued in a court filing that hash oil production is legal under a portion of the new law allowing the processing of marijuana plants. Court records show Christenson was also charged with arson and reckless endangerment.
BrandSpeak: Why MBAs Across America hit the road for small businesses
That’s where MBAs Across America comes in. The organization, which he laughingly calls a “domestic Peace Corps for MBAs,” helps small businesses by connecting them with MBAs. Volunteers spend six weeks of the summer traversing the country and working hands-on with entrepreneurs, offering advice on everything from finances to marketing.
How You Can Up Your Marketing Game In 2015
2. Marketing leaders will, out of necessity, forge alliances with more recruiters and universities.
As marketers take a bigger role in funding, designing, and leading digital engagement programs, they struggle to find data scientists and marketing technologists. According to an April 2014 Gartner study, CEOs said that they believe that the most important technology-enabled investment over the next 5 years is digital marketing. Kimberly-Clark, LinkedIn, and Symantec now have "VPs of Marketing Technology." What mutually favorable alliances can you create?
The 10 best business apps you need right now
(CNN) -- Getting bogged down filing pesky invoices? Need a new way to organize your workforce on the go? Then take a look at the apps transforming the business world, from expenses-trackers to handy group scheduling services. Whether it's accessing your office desktop while on the move or assigning tasks to employees, the working world is available at the touch of a button -- essential for keeping your business running smoothly 24/7.
The Kairos T-Band Turns Your Dumb Watch Into A Smart Watch
Another day, another wearable design. This time it’s something called the Kairos T-Band , a watch band that connects to your normal watch and enables all sorts of exciting things like step tracking and notifications. I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things over the past year – one company hid everything inside a nice leather band and didn’t include a screen – and this one has just enough going for it that it’s probably not a massive scam.
Ten One Design’s Mountie Clip Is Perfect For Duet’s iPad Display App
Two weeks ago, I would’ve walked right past the Mountie, despite it being named for the horse-riding national police force of my homeland. But now that Duet’s excellent secondary display app for iPad and iPhone exists, the Mountie becomes a gadget I will likely recommend (once I confirm it works as advertised, as it should, based on Ten One’s track record) for just about any Mac-happy mobile worker.