Big Tech &
U.S. regulators approve new Silicon Valley stock exchange (3 minute read)
A new stock exchange based in the Silicon Valley has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) aims to appeal to startups who want to focus on innovation while still being traded on the market. It will use a unique approach to governance and voting rights in order to reduce short-term pressure on public companies. LTSE will be the only stock exchange in California and a number of technology companies and investors have already signed letters of intent to participate in the exchange.
Elon Musk is going to trial for calling a cave diver a pedophile on Twitter (2 minute read)
Elon Musk will go to court on October 22 over a tweet he sent last year in which he accused Vernon Unsworth of being a pedophile. Unsworth was part of a rescue mission which helped save the lives of a soccer team who was stuck in a cave in Thailand last year. During the rescue, Musk and Unsworth got into a brief feud over Twitter. Unsworth criticized Musk’s plans for a kid-sized submarine and Musk responded by calling Unsworth a pedophile. While an insult would not qualify as defamation, Musk went on to suggest he had evidence for the claim. A copy of the court order is available to read.
Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe (3 minute read)
A new device is able to generate electricity through the difference in temperatures between Earth and space. The device harvests heat as it leaves a surface and turns it into electrical energy using the same type of optoelectronic physics used for harnessing solar energy. The technology currently available is not able to capture power efficiently, with the scientists reporting that they were only able to harvest an amount of power roughly one million times less than the theoretical amount possible. However, the scientists were able to prove that the concept was valid, so further research can only improve the performance of the device.
"A risk worth taking". Richard Browning is Born to Engineer (4 minute video)
As a kid, Richard Browning used to build and fly model gliders with his father. Browning has always been interested in potential ideas and solving the problems that would make these ideas manifest in reality. An idea about a different type of flight that used the human body sparked the development of a flight suit that attaches engines to a person’s back and arms. For Browning, being able to make ideas like this into reality makes engineering an extremely rewarding career path.
Programming, Design & Data Science
GitHub Package Registry (Website)
Developers can publish and consume packages using GitHub’s Package Registry. Packages can be published publicly or privately and shared with anybody. Users can discover packages from other developers if they are public. It is currently in open beta and is free to use.
A Machine Learning Course with Python (GitHub Repo)
This course aims to be a simple yet comprehensive course on Machine Learning using Python. Artificial Intelligence is becoming one of the most adopted scientific fields, and there are many guides that exist on the topic. In the course, students will learn the basics of machine learning with tutorials which cover many different frameworks and algorithms.
The World’s First Seasteaders Are Now on the Run for Their Lives (9 minute read)
A couple made news earlier this year when they decided to stop living on land and instead live on the open sea on a seastead. Seasteading is an idea where people can live freely on the ocean without government rule, but still have access to land when required. The seastead was parked in international waters near Thailand, but the Thai government claimed it was still in their economic area and declared that they were a threat to the nation’s sovereignty, a crime punishable by death. They managed to escape before the Thai Navy was able to capture them.
Ask HN: What was your experience starting a tech consultancy? (HackerNews Thread)
A user asks for advice, warnings, and stories on starting a tech consultancy. The discussion mainly centers around making sales and hiring the right people for the job. Managing the sales process carefully is important in order to maximize income and time. While new startups might start their business thinking about the product, experienced business owners understand that the core focus for their businesses is making quality sales.