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Humans Interbred with Four Extinct Hominin Species, Research Finds http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/humans-hominin-introgression-07438.html

A tiny language called Z (2013) https://chrisdone.com/posts/z/

Liftbridge: Lightweight, fault-tolerant message streams https://github.com/liftbridge-io/liftbridge

India tiger census shows rapid population growth https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49148174

Browser extensions are underrated: the promise of hackable software https://www.geoffreylitt.com/2019/07/29/browser-extensions.html

Banding in Games: A Noisy Rant [pdf] http://loopit.dk/banding_in_games.pdf

Radioactive ruthenium from an undeclared major nuclear release in 2017 https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/25/1907571116

Deeper well drilling an unsustainable stopgap to groundwater depletion https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0325-z

The Washington Post’s bestseller lists have been wrong https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/07/26/editors-note/

Some things that might help you make better software (2016) https://www.drmaciver.com/2016/10/some-things-that-might-help-you-write-better-software/

A Critique of Pure Learning: What Neural Networks Can Learn from Animal Brains https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/582643v1

America’s Farmers, Reeling from Floods, Face a New Problem: No Water https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/us/nebraska-wyoming-farmers-water.html

Gubernator: Cloud-Native Distributed Rate Limiting for Microservices https://www.mailgun.com/blog/gubernator-cloud-native-distributed-rate-limiting-microservices

Lambda School fined $75k by CA for operating without state approval [pdf] https://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/actions/lambdainc_ord.pdf

The Near Impossible 20-Year Journey to Translate ’Fire Emblem: Thracia 776’ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mb8mvv/the-near-impossible-20-year-journey-to-translate-fire-emblem-thracia-776

Ron Pucek’s Living Waters Catfish Farm https://www.edwardsaquifer.net/pucek.html

Truncate vs. Delete: Efficiently Clearing Data from a Postgres Table https://lob.com/blog/truncate-vs-delete-efficiently-clearing-data-from-a-postgres-table

Dark emerges from stealth with unique ‘deployless’ software model https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/29/dark-emerges-from-stealth-with-unique-deployless-software-model/

Vahan (YC S19) is helping low-skilled workers in India find jobs on WhatsApp https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/29/vahan-yc-india/

Ethiopia Plants 350M Trees in One Day to Combat Drought and Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-29/ethiopia-plants-350-million-trees-in-one-day-to-combat-drought

TSMC Talks 7nm, 5nm, Yield, and Next-Gen 5G and HPC Packaging https://fuse.wikichip.org/news/2567/tsmc-talks-7nm-5nm-yield-and-next-gen-5g-and-hpc-packaging/

Supervisors Driven by Bottom Line Fail to Get Top Performance from Employees https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=211538

A Conversation with Arthur Whitney (2009) http://portal.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=1531242&type=pdf

How the Paris Catacombs Solved a Cemetery Crisis https://daily.jstor.org/how-the-paris-catacombs-solved-a-cemetery-crisis/

Five Programming Languages That Are Probably Doomed https://insights.dice.com/2019/07/29/5-programming-languages-probably-doomed/

(Don’t) hold the phone: new features coming to Pixel 4 https://www.blog.google/products/pixel/new-features-pixel4/

What Happened with West Virginia’s Blockchain Voting Experiment? https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/west-virginia-blockchain-voting-voatz.html

Universe (YC W18) Is Hiring Engineers and Designers (Remote or NYC) http://workatuniverse.com

Lahja – A generic event bus implementation written in Python https://github.com/ethereum/lahja

How we send 22k emails every hour https://www.jitbit.com/news/email-architecture/

Are Bioplastics Better for the Environment? It’s Complicated https://undark.org/2019/07/23/bioplastics-biodegradable-plastics-better-for-environment/

Scientists create contact lenses that zoom when you blink twice https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-create-contact-lenses-that-zoom-when-you-blink-twice/

ICANN removes .org price caps despite 98% public opposition https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/29/icann_slammed_org_price/

Work on production line of Boeing 737 Max ‘not adequately funded’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49142761

BI Tools Pricing and Capabilities – Analysis of Legacy and Modern BI Tools https://www.intermix.io/blog/bi-tools-2020-compared/

Revec: Program Rejuvenation Through Revectorization https://github.com/revec/llvm-revec

‘Atomic Annie’ Was the World’s First and Only Nuclear Gun https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atomic-annie-the-nuclear-gun

Forest 1.0: A Language and Toolkit for Programming with Filestores (2011) https://www.cs.princeton.edu/research/techreps/TR-904-11

Data Engineering Cookbook https://github.com/andkret/Cookbook

Capital One statement on data breach https://www.capitalone.com/facts2019/

EU Court of Justice ruling may spell the death of social like and share buttons https://www.zdnet.com/article/eu-court-of-justice-ruling-may-spell-the-death-of-social-like-share-buttons/

Nearly half of private capital fund managers rely exclusively on Excel – survey https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b1bdt7701vdfpk/Private-Equity-Luddites-Cling-to-Excel

Polyscope: a C++ viewer and UI for the rapid prototyping of geometric algorithms http://polyscope.run/

Bill Gates: If you read one thing about climate change, make it this https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/1154787966256058368

GitHub confirms it has blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/29/github-ban-sanctioned-countries/

Functional Programming? Don’t Even Bother, It’s a Silly Toy https://medium.com/@ilyasz/fp-toy-7f52ea0a947e

Intel’s Xe Discrete Graphics Cards with Up to 512 Cores Spotted in GPU Drivers https://wccftech.com/intel-xe-discrete-graphics-cards-spotted-leaked-gpu-driver-gen-12-gen-11/

Gitmeme – Bring the endless joy of memes to GitHub https://gitme.me

No more cardboard boxes? 3M invents an ingenious new way to ship products https://www.fastcompany.com/90382264/no-more-cardboard-boxes-3m-invents-an-ingenious-new-way-to-ship-products

You Have a Moral Obligation to Claim Your $125 from Equifax https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/equifax-settlement-money-how-to-claim.html

Greedy Investors Looted Sears into Bankruptcy https://rantt.com/how-greedy-investors-looted-sears-into-bankruptcy/

Dark Emerges from Stealth and Announces $3.5M in Funding https://medium.com/darklang/dark-announces-3-5m-in-seed-financing-d64af8a58c1d

Raspberry Pi Competitor Pine64 Opens Pinebook Pro Notebook Pre-Orders https://www.tomshardware.com/news/pine64-opens-pinebook-pro-pre-orders,40034.html

NASA seeks to break the “tyranny of launch” with in-space manufacturing https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/nasas-technology-program-funds-ambitious-in-space-manufacturing-mission/

Google Cancels Support for Robots.txt Noindex https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-robots-txt-noindex/314961/

No One Is Safe: How Saudi Arabia Makes Dissidents Disappear https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/how-saudi-arabia-makes-dissidents-disappear

Things You’ll Look Back on in SaaS and Regret https://www.saastr.com/12-things-youll-look-back-on-in-saas-and-regret/

Twitch is running a class on how not to speak to customers https://twitter.com/NBDxWilliams/status/1155857328840855554

No More Ransom project has prevented ransomware profits of at least $108M https://www.zdnet.com/article/no-more-ransom-project-has-prevented-ransomware-profits-of-at-least-108-million/

China accuses Hong Kong protesters of committing ’evil and criminal acts’ https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/29/asia/china-hong-kong-protests-intl-hnk/index.html

Android Ransomware is back – spreads via SMS to victim contacts https://www.welivesecurity.com/2019/07/29/android-ransomware-back

Linus Torvalds prepares to wave goodbye to Linux floppy drives https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-prepares-to-wave-goodbye-to-linux-floppy-drives/

Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since Military Founded Africom: Pentagon Study https://theintercept.com/2019/07/29/pentagon-study-africom-africa-violence/

Write Your Own Proof-of-Work Blockchain https://justinmeiners.github.io/tiny-blockchain/

Sleeping Tesla driver ploughed into 11 traffic cones on a motorway https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/26/tesla_driver_autopilot_motorway_idiocy/

Ohio passes energy bill that bails out nuclear and coal plants, guts renewables https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/7/27/8910804/ohio-gop-nuclear-coal-plants-renewables-efficiency-hb6

A Data Scientist Is Skeptical about Data https://qz.com/1664575/is-data-science-legit/

YouTubers are unionizing, and the site has 24 days to respond https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/29/youtube-union-ig-metall/

Survival in Chessland [pdf] http://tom7.org/chess/survival.pdf

Functional Programming? Don’t Even Bother, It’s a Silly Toy https://medium.com/codeiq/fp-toy-7f52ea0a947e

Show HN: Generate seeded Hashids that is unique per scope https://github.com/licitdev/seeded-hashids

The Encryption Debate Is Over – on device filtering in the Hands of Facebook https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2019/07/26/the-encryption-debate-is-over-dead-at-the-hands-of-facebook/

Airbnb host ordered to pay £100k of unlawful profits after letting council flat https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49149983

Experts call for ban on glass skyscrapers to save energy in climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/28/ban-all-glass-skscrapers-to-save-energy-in-climate-crisis

Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after leader is killed https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/28/amazon-gold-miners-invade-indigenous-village-brazil-leader-killed

Show HN: A script to generate IPv6 PTR records from AAAA records https://gist.github.com/Techwolf12/267974b79e1995c132b96312519c0200

Show HN: Audio Fingerprinting in Scala https://github.com/mgdigital/Chromaprint.scala#

Show HN: A new way to manage your Product Hunt goals https://mkrgoals.com

Are wind and solar and batteries the future for US electricity? https://cloverly.com/blog/does-wind-solar-batteries-the-future-for-us-electricity/