Apple’s New Mac Pro to Be Made in Texas

As part of its commitment to US economic growth, Apple today confirmed that its newly redesigned Mac Pro will be manufactured in Austin, Texas. This latest generation Mac Pro, which was unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June, will begin production soon at the same Austin facility where Mac Pro has been made since 2013. The new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to US customers. The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.

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Serverless: 15% slower and 8x more expensive

Serverless: 15% slower and 8x more expensivePosted: 2019-09-18 Last updated: 2019-09-18Recently I wanted to try changing the API we have at CardGames.io and try using the Serverless framework. I then set our CloudFront instance up to route requests for one of our games to our new serverless setup, and for another game to our old Beanstalk setup. I ran 100 requests for each, the results were:Performance comparisonI consistently found that the serverless setup was 15% slower. So I let the new serverless setup run for a couple of days and then started checking my bills. Maybe if you're using API Keys, rate limiting and other stuff API Gateway provides then it makes sense to pay 3.50$ for a million requests.

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Gridgarden: A cool game to learn CSS Grid

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OpenSourceSeeds

Open-source: Protecting freedomOpenSourceSeeds is committed to re-establishing seed as a common good for all. We do this by providing new varieties with an open-source licence. This is an easy way to legally protect seed from patents and other forms of privatization.

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The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism

The printing press empowered reformers; it also empowered hucksters, war profiteers, terrorists, and bigots. Nor did the printing press eliminate the problem of gatekeepers. They compared it to a superhighway, to a marketplace of ideas, to a printing press. “The printing press has been implicated in the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution,” he wrote. In other words, even when early printing technology ought to be described as a weapon, Eisenstein treats it more like a light bulb.

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Scientists Were Wrong About DNA – It Is Held by Hydrophobic Forces

Between these two strands are nitrogen bases, the compounds which make up organisms’ genes, with hydrogen bonds between them. Until now, it was commonly thought that those hydrogen bonds were what held the two strands together. When it comes to repairing damaged DNA, the damaged areas are subjected to a hydrophobic environment, to be replaced. To understand that, we first need to understand DNA itself,” says Bobo Feng. They used the hydrophobic solution polyethylene glycol, and step-by-step changed the DNA’s surroundings from the naturally hydrophilic environment to a hydrophobic one.

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Show HN: Instant, Self-Destructing Websites

What is this? Maybe the world's easiest website maker? No account, no password. Go to sdnotes.com/yoursitename and add things - now it's your site.

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Snap Detailed Facebook’s Aggressive Tactics in ‘Project Voldemort’ Dossier

Executives also suspected Instagram was preventing Snap content from trending on its app, the people said. In recent months, the FTC has made contact with dozens of tech executives and app developers, people familiar with the outreach said. The visibility into Snap usage lessened considerably after Snap encrypted its app traffic. After Snap launched filters tied to specific regions, in 2014, it created one that only appeared for Snap users at Facebook’s headquarters. Facebook’s tactics have long engendered concern across Silicon Valley, said Paul Keable, chief strategy officer at Ashley Madison.

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.NET Core 3.0

Announcing .NET Core 3.0RichardAnnouncing .NET Core 3.0We’re excited to announce the release of .NET Core 3.0. You can download .NET Core 3.0, for Windows, macOS, and Linux:ASP.NET Core 3.0 and EF Core 3.0 are also releasing today. .NET Core Version APIsWe have improved the .NET Core version APIs in .NET Core 3.0. As part of .NET Core 3.0, we now expose general functionality to .NET Core native hosts that was previously only available to .NET Core managed applications through the officially provided .NET Core hosts. For more information, please check out:.NET Core SDK Size ImprovementsThe .NET Core SDK is significantly smaller with .NET Core 3.0.

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Katherine Eban: Widespread fraud in the generic drug industry

In this episode, Katherine Eban, investigative journalist and author of Bottle of Lies, illuminates the prevalence of fraud in generic drug manufacturing which brings into question the idea that generics are identical to brand-name drug as we are lead to believe. We then discuss the subsequent investigation into Indian and Chinese drug manufacturing plants which revealed that nearly 80% of them are tainted with fraud. [1:41:00];The extreme prevalence of data fraud/manipulation in foreign generic drug factories [1:52:30];Concluding the Ranbaxy story [2:06:15];How concerned should you be when buying a generic drug from your local pharmacy? How Peter found Katherine’s book, and what convinced her to investigate the generic drug industry [5:45]How did Peter come upon Katherine’s work? Image credit: katherineeban.comWhat got her into the topic of generic drug manufacturing?

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