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Raschietto: a simple library for web scraping

I often find myself in a situation where I need to get data from a website that has no API or RSS feed. There exists many different web scraping …

Python Programming

Insects Feast on Louisiana Wetlands, Inviting the Gulf In

A pest known as a scale appears to be killing off reeds that bind the state’s coast together, speeding land loss and endangering oil wells, shipping routes and fishing grounds.

Ecology

An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When David Chang tells you to eat something, I figured, you should probably go eat it.<p>I’d been talking to Chang, the famed chef and a fellow Korean-American, about the Olympics in South Korea, where he spent 10 days this month working as a sort of culinary correspondent for …

Chinese New Year

Life on an Island: Silence, Beauty and a Long Wait for the Ferry

MATINICUS, Me. — The snow had begun falling overnight, and fell throughout the day, draping the towering pines and the lobster traps, stacked up on land for the winter, in blankets of white.<p>Still, Sharon Daley, a nurse from the visiting vessel Sunbeam, which provides medical care to remote islands …

Rowing

As Medals Pile Up, Norway Worries: Are We Winning Too Much?

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 38 medals, 13 of them gold. A nation of only five million people has crushed all comers, including sports behemoths like Germany and …

Winter Olympics

Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

WASHINGTON — As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance.<p>Many pharmacists have …

Health Care

Private browsing gets more private

Today, most web browsers have private-browsing modes, in which they temporarily desist from recording the user’s browsing history.But data accessed …

IT security

Introduction

<b>mitmproxy</b> is an interactive man-in-the-middle proxy for HTTP and HTTPS with a console interface.<p><b>mitmdump</b> is the command-line version of mitmproxy. …

Linux

The meaning of 'middle class'

From the outside, Palo Alto is a startup wonderland filled with Teslas, baby-faced millionaires and multi-million-dollar Eichler homes.<p>“It’s a town …

Santa Clara County

NRA hits back at United Airlines, Delta, other companies for cutting ties

Two major airlines — United Airlines and Delta — said Saturday that they are notifying the National Rifle Association that they will no longer offer discounted rates for NRA members in the latest display of corporate backlash to the pro-gun organization.<p>United said it is canceling its program for …

Guns

A Harvard professor thinks that tech’s true power comes from design

There’s great risk attached to providing personal information to tech companies through everyday connections—these days, even as you sleep. Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney says the companies’ great power comes not only from the inescapable presence of their creations but from the ability to …

Privacy

Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City

SAN FRANCISCO — For all the optimism, innovation and wealth that are produced here, the Bay Area can also feel like a place that doesn’t work quite right.<p>The cost of housing has priced out teachers and line cooks. Income inequality is among the widest in the nation. The homeless crisis never seems …

Urbanism

Snips Uses Rust to Build an Embedded Voice Assistant

The team at Paris-based Snips has created a voice assistant that can be embedded in a single device or used in a home network to control lights, …

Writing

Elon Musk just shared the first images of new SpaceX satellites that could change the internet

The first pieces of a radical plan to bathe Earth with high-speed internet access just launched into space.<p>SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, piggybacked two experimental spacecraft onto a rocket that deployed a Spanish radar satellite into orbit.<p>Officially known as Microsat-2a and …

Space Travel

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Data Science

The Boys Are Not All Right

I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.<p>Last week, 17 …

Feminism

Bank and Enterprise Rent-a-Car to Cut Ties to N.R.A. After Customer Outcry

After a barrage of customer complaints, the First National Bank of Omaha said on Thursday that it would withdraw its National Rifle Association-branded Visa credit card.<p>Several hours later, Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of three rental car brands, Enterprise, Alamo and National, said it …

Personal Finance

These Goldfish Are 70 Percent Organic

I was recently dispatched to a Target to buy some Goldfish, which was a more daunting task than you might imagine.<p>There are now more than 30 Goldfish varieties. You’ve got your Whole Grain Pretzel, your Vanilla Cupcake, your Flavor Blasted® Kick It Up a Nacho. There are red ones and green ones and …

Food
China

How Jeff Bezos' Mechanical 10,000 Year Clock Works

When billionaire and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos tweets a message on Twitter, the world listens. That's what happened a couple of days ago when Mr. …

Watches

Chase ‘Glitch’ Exposed Customer Accounts

Multiple <b>Chase.com</b> customers have reported logging in to their bank accounts, only to be presented with another customer’s bank account details. Chase …

JPMorgan Chase

A banking centre seeks to reinvent itself

ON A clear day, sunset over Lake Zug is magnificent. Snow-dusted mountains cut through the orange glow above and are mirrored in the lake below. “Zug …

Cryptocurrency

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first victims of a mass shooting the Florida radiologist had seen—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma …

Guns

The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence

https://maliciousaireport.com/<p>Malicious AI Report<p>Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation<p>website<p>en_GB

Artificial Intelligence

To Give A.I. the Gift of Gab, Silicon Valley Needs to Offend You

Researchers believe they can improve conversational A.I. systems by letting them talk to people on the internet. But sometimes, these systems can say things that reflect the worst of human nature.

Silicon Valley

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze

Introduction<p>In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that …

Maps

Ferrari 488 Pista

Continuing Ferrari's line of special series V8s, the 488 Pista derives much of its performance from the race-specific 488 GTE and 488 Challenge. The …

Ferrari

Winter Olympics 2018: Rooting against Lindsey Vonn is for losers, America

Vonn didn't win the gold medal in downhill, but she remains the gold standard for American skiing<p>Lindsey Vonn never made it to the prom. You won't …

Skiing

Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

My wife and I were just settling into bed one night when Alexa, the other woman in my life, decided to make herself heard.<p>Without being summoned, the Amazon Echo Dot at my bedside — one of the half-dozen devices that Alexa inhabits in our house — lit up its spectral blue ring, as if it had heard …

Smart Homes

JupyterLab is Ready for Users – Jupyter Blog

We are proud to announce the beta release series of JupyterLab, the next-generation web-based interface for Project Jupyter.<p>tl;dr: <b>JupyterLab is ready</b> …

Python Programming