Items tagged with: should

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What every computer science major should know (2011)

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20453241
Posted by rspivak (karma: 3554)
Post stats: Points: 191 - Comments: 88 - 2019-07-16T19:46:20Z

\#HackerNews #2011 #computer #every #know #major #science #should #what
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Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak Says People Should Get Off Facebook Permanently

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20383721
Posted by realshadow (karma: 277)
Post stats: Points: 169 - Comments: 85 - 2019-07-08T15:48:49Z

\#HackerNews #apple #cofounder #facebook #get #off #people #permanently #says #should #steve #wozniak
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English speakers should learn math instead of a second language

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20375775
Posted by abrax3141 (karma: 407)
Post stats: Points: 161 - Comments: 131 - 2019-07-07T16:09:30Z

\#HackerNews #english #instead #language #learn #math #second #should #speakers
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YouTube should give users a way of knowing if a video has been altered

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20278713
Posted by spenvo (karma: 2829)
Post stats: Points: 124 - Comments: 58 - 2019-06-25T20:42:06Z

\#HackerNews #altered #been #give #has #knowing #should #users #video #way #youtube
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Months ago, YouTube quietly gave creators the ability to alter posted videos. YouTube should give users a way of knowing if a video has been edited.

AWS costs every programmer should know

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20138409
Posted by dizzih (karma: 46)
Post stats: Points: 101 - Comments: 63 - 2019-06-09T10:54:49Z

\#HackerNews #aws #costs #every #know #programmer #should
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Should Failing Phish Tests Be a Fireable Offense?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20043310
Posted by headalgorithm (karma: 4552)
Post stats: Points: 110 - Comments: 225 - 2019-05-29T17:56:49Z

\#HackerNews #failing #fireable #offense #phish #should #tests
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We should opt into data tracking, not out of it, says DuckDuckGo CEO

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20023119
Posted by denzil_correa (karma: 25386)
Post stats: Points: 148 - Comments: 72 - 2019-05-27T16:07:29Z

\#HackerNews #ceo #data #duckduckgo #into #not #opt #out #says #should #tracking
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The EU Should Adopt ‘EU English’ as Its Official Working Language

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20020329
Posted by Creationer (karma: 169)
Post stats: Points: 88 - Comments: 84 - 2019-05-27T08:14:12Z

\#HackerNews #adopt #english #its #language #official #should #the #working
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Ask HN: What overlooked class of tools should a self-taught programmer look into

15 years ago I learned Python by studying some O'Reilly books and I have been a hobbyist programmer ever since.

The books went into detail and since reading them I've felt confident writing scripts I needed to scratch an itch. Over time, I grew comfortable believing I had a strong grasp of the practical details and anything I hadn't seen was likely either minor quibble, domain specific, or impractically theoretic.

This was until last year when I started working on a trading bot. I felt there should be two distinct parts to the bot, one script getting data then passing that data along to the other script for action. This seemed correct as later I might want multiple scripts serving both roles and passing data all around. Realizing the scripts would need to communicate over a network with minimal latency, I considered named pipes, Unix domain sockets, even writing files to /dev/shm but none of these solutions really fit.

Googling, I encountered something I hadn't heard of called a message queue. More specifically, the ZMQ messaging library. Seeing some examples I realized this was important. The step of then plowing through the docs was nothing short of revelatory. Every next chapter introduced another brilliant pattern. While grokking Pub/Sub, Req/Res, Push/Pull and the rest I couldn't help breaking away, staring in space, struck by how this new thing I had just read could have deftly solved some fiendish memorable problem I'd previously struggled against.

Later, I pondered the meaning of only now stumbling on something so powerful, so fundamental, so hidden in plain sight, as messaging middleware? What other great tools remain invisible to me for lack of even knowing what to look for?

My question: In the spirit of generally yet ridiculously useful things like messaging middleware, what non-obvious tools and classes of tools would you suggest a hobbyist investigate that they otherwise may never encounter?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19900955
Posted by nathanasmith (karma: 362)
Post stats: Points: 405 - Comments: 197 - 2019-05-13T16:34:11Z

\#HackerNews #ask #class #into #look #overlooked #programmer #self-taught #should #tools #what
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Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19854687
Posted by johnny313 (karma: 4410)
Post stats: Points: 68 - Comments: 58 - 2019-05-08T00:13:25Z

\#HackerNews #good #luxury #not #pichai #privacy #should #sundar
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Show HN: Should you buy a house and rent it out?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19704418
Posted by Lukas1994 (karma: 73)
Post stats: Points: 126 - Comments: 52 - 2019-04-20T02:08:44Z

\#HackerNews #and #buy #house #out #rent #should #show #you
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Everyone’s Income Taxes Should Be Public

Disclosure of tax payments would make it easier to hold politicians accountable. It also would help to reduce fraud and economic inequality.
Article word count: 890

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19658638
Posted by pseudolus (karma: 18027)
Post stats: Points: 77 - Comments: 141 - 2019-04-14T11:03:28Z

\#HackerNews #everyones #income #public #should #taxes
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Disclosure of tax payments would make it easier to hold politicians accountable. It also would help to reduce fraud and economic inequality.

CreditCreditAdam McCauley

In October 1924, the federal government threw open for public inspection the files that recorded the incomes of American taxpayers, and the amounts they had paid in taxes.

Americans were gripped by a fever of interest in the finances of their neighbors. This newspaper devoted a large chunk of the front page to a list of the top taxpayers in Manhattan under a banner headline that read “[1]J.D. Rockefeller Jr. Paid $7,435,169.” One story reported that a number of wives and ex-wives had lined up at a government office in New York to seek information about their present or former husbands. Journalists soon began to note the curious absence of some conspicuously wealthy people from the lists of top taxpayers.

Congress had ordered the disclosure as a weapon against tax fraud. “Secrecy is of the greatest aid to corruption,” [2]said Senator Robert Howell of Nebraska. “The price of liberty is not only eternal vigilance, but also publicity.”

There is every reason to think that sunlight served the desired purpose. One important piece of evidence is that wealthy Americans absolutely hated the disclosure law, and soon persuaded Congress to execute a U-turn.

Almost a century later, it’s time to revisit the merits of universal public disclosure. Democrats in Congress are fighting to obtain President Trump’s tax returns under a separate 1924 law, written in response to related concerns about public corruption. That issue could be resolved, at least in part, if Congress embraced the broader case for publishing everyone’s tax bill.

Now as then, disclosure could help to ensure that people pay a fair share of taxes. Americans underpay their taxes by [3]more than [4]$450 [5]billion each year, more than 10 percent of total federal revenue. Publishing a list of millionaires who paid little or no taxes this year could significantly reduce the number of millionaires who pay little or no taxes next year.

In Norway, where tax records have been public since the founding of the modern state in 1814, a newspaper put the records online in 2001. [6]One study estimated that the records’ greater availability caused a 3.1 percent increase in the reported incomes of self-employed Norwegians over the next three years, perhaps because they feared exposure.

Disclosure also could help to reduce disparities in income, as well as disparities in tax payments. Inequality is easier to ignore in the absence of evidence. In Finland, where tax data is published each year on Nov. 1 — [7]jovially known as National Jealousy Day — people treat the information as a barometer of whether inequality is yawning too wide.

Consider that public corporations are required to report the compensation of top executives — who check disclosures of rival companies to ensure they are not underpaid.

Another benefit would be identifying patterns of illegal discrimination against women or minorities. Lilly Ledbetter, for whom the [8]2009 fair pay law is named, would have learned a lot sooner that she was making less than her male colleagues at a Goodyear plant in Alabama if she could have looked up their annual incomes on a government website.

Transparency could even help to increase economic growth. People who know how much their co-workers are paid — and how much people are paid at other companies, and in other industries — can make better career decisions.

Tax data also is a rich source of information about American life. The I.R.S. tightly limits access, but one of the few researchers allowed to work with that data, [9]the Harvard economist Raj Chetty, has produced a series of important studies illuminating the mechanics of economic inequality. He and his collaborators have shown that Americans have [10]a dwindling chance of making more money than their parents, and that living in a good neighborhood as a child [11]has a lifelong impact on earnings. One can only imagine what others might learn from the data.

Calling for more disclosure may seem discordant at a time of growing concern about privacy. But income taxation is an act of government, not an aspect of private life. Property tax records provide a reasonable model. Local governments disclose the name of the property owner, the value of the property and the amount of taxes owed and paid. The same information should be available for income taxes — nothing more is necessary.

Another reasonable rule: In Norway, it is a matter of public record when someone looks at tax records. Everyone can see who is nosing around. Wisconsin, which makes income and tax information available on request, [12]imposes the same requirement.

Income taxation in the United States began in public view. When Congress imposed the first income tax in 1861, during the Civil War, it required the disclosure of names, incomes and tax payments. Over the following decade, before Congress ended the tax, this data was posted in public and printed in newspapers.

That practice was briefly revived in 1924. It’s time for another revival. The question is whether Americans are willing to endure a little sunlight in the interest of fairness and equality.

Binyamin Appelbaum joined the Times editorial board in 2019. From 2010 to 2019, he was a Washington correspondent for The Times, covering the Federal Reserve and other aspects of economic policy. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in public service. [13]@BCAppelbaum • [14]Facebook


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7. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/world/europe/finland-national-jealousy-day.html?module=inline
8. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/us/politics/30ledbetter-web.html?module=inline
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The New York Times: Opinion | Everyone’s Income Taxes Should Be Public (By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM)


No one, not even the Secret Service, should randomly plug in a strange USB stick

If you’ve been on Twitter today, you’ve probably seen one story making the rounds. So the Secret Service stuck Zhang's thumbdrive into their computer. https://t.co/0T6LAfOtEl
Article word count: 498

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19609239
Posted by MagicPropmaker (karma: 966)
Post stats: Points: 116 - Comments: 78 - 2019-04-08T21:29:42Z

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If you’ve been on Twitter today, you’ve probably seen one story [1]making the rounds.

The case follows a Chinese national, Yujing Zhang, who is accused of trying to sneak into President Trump’s private Florida resort Mar-a-Largo last month. She was caught by the Secret Service with four cellphones, a laptop, cash, an external hard drive, a signals detector to spot hidden cameras, and a thumb drive.

The arrest sparked new concerns about the president’s security amid concerns that foreign governments have tried to infiltrate the resort.

Allegations aside and notwithstanding, what sent alarm bells ringing was how the Secret Service handled the USB drive, which cannot be understated — it was not good.

From the [2]Miami Herald:
Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich, who interviewed Zhang on the day of her arrest, testified at the hearing. He stated that when another agent put Zhang’s thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a “very out-of-the-ordinary” event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis. The agent had to immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer, Ivanovich said. The analysis is ongoing but still inconclusive, he testified.

What’s the big deal, you might think? You might not think it, but USB keys are a surprisingly easy and effective way to install malware — or even destroy computers. In 2016, security researcher Elie Bursztein found dropping malware-laden USB sticks [3]was an “effective” way of tricking someone into plugging it into their computer. As soon as the drive plugs in, it can install malware that can remotely surveil and control the affected device — and spread throughout a network. Some USB drives can even [4]fry the innards of some computers.

A Secret Service spokesperson said the device was “standalone,” but wouldn’t be pressed on details. It remains unknown why the agent “immediately” pulled out the drive in a panic.

It didn’t take long for security folks to seize on the security snafu.

Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec and former NSA hacker, criticized the agent’s actions “threatened his own computing system and possibly the rest of the Secret Service network.”

“It’s entirely possible that the sensitivities over determining whether Zhang was targeting Mar-a-Lago or the president — or whether she was a legitimate guest or member — may have contributed to the agent’s actions on the ground,” he said, “Never before has the Secret Service had to deal with this type of scenario and they’re probably still working out the playbook.”

Williams said the best way to forensically examine a suspect USB drive is by plugging the device into an isolated Linux-based computer that doesn’t automatically mount the drive to the operating system.

“We would then create a forensic image of the USB and extract any malware for analysis in the lab,” he said. “While there is still a very small risk that the malware targets Linux, that’s not the normal case.”
[5]Donated devices are doxing your data, says new research



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