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Wes Miller "Excel, offering deep philosophy."


Design Objective

Things that might be missing from your job description All the things your design manager expects from you, even if they're not listed anywhere. For example:

Be flexible; briefs change
Find problems before they occur
Bring energy to the table
Don’t take design critique as an insult
Understand the impact of moving that button
Make people around you feel comfortable
Bring 3 solutions with every complaint

Stephanie Walter I guess the design meeting went something like "well, people want more control over their privacy, so let's add more privacy controls …"

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Tools of the Trade

Microsoft open-sources its patent portfolio Well, that's a pleasent surprise:

By joining the Open Invention Network, Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio to all of the open-source patent consortium's members

Vicki Boykis 🔥

Hottest programming skills in 2018:
5. Fixing git merge conflicts
4. Correctly mapping ports in Docker containers to host machines
3. Getting info from AWS documentation
2. Pulling summary stats from a data stream
1. Turning any of the above into a conference talk about AI

@thomasfuchs@mastodon.social "My favorite IBM design though is their 1980s cloth-bound manuals, designed by Massimo Vignelli. These are a joy to use and to look at."

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Web-end

Via Dan Mall Spot on:

"The whole history of CSS feels like we're mostly just struggling with overflow problems." —@jensimmons at @aneventapart #AEAORL

Simon Howard 🎤

take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly


Architectural

Kevlin Henney It's hard to comprehend the temporal nature of software:

If you change data validation & collection at the front end, you need to test it against existing data stored. If it fails, you either have to change your validation or you have to write (& test) some migration scripts.

Data validation is a system issue, not a front-end issue.

Oliver Gierke Or to put it another way:

Business logic is not moved to the client, it’s replicated into it. Including all resulting downsides…


Devoops

Liz Lam 😭

* * * * * - Five star cron job. Will run again.


Peopleware

Screamy Moraine Thread:

Okay, I actually want to talk about this for a second, regarding millennials and how really goddamn difficult it is for us to make sense of our own age sometimes.

I Just Knew I Was Going to Surpass These Guys I Was Working For Kara Swisher shares her career story:

When I was just starting out, I’d see some of the decisions my early bosses made and I’d think, I’m not experienced, but this is how I’d do it. I was beginning to get an inkling of my own tastes and judgment. I just didn’t have the certainty and maturity to act on it. I wasn’t a prodigy personality who is like, “Get out of my way, I’m doing this.” I was a little bit uncertain about my skills. But I just knew I was going to surpass these guys I was working for. I remember once I interviewed for an internship at the Washington Post, and a guy said I was too confident. I was like, “Why don’t you retire now, because you’ll be working for me?” Men are always trying to drag women down. I said, “I’m not too confident. I’m fantastic.” I was always, always like that. And I appreciate that about myself, I have to say.

Jeypee "believe me i'm trying"

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None of the Above

Because I'm a Guy "THIS IS AMAZING 😂"

@citrustwee@knzk.me Don't try this at home!

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The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right... and who is dead.

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How the Smiths took over Europe Smiths, Millers, Priests, and how different European countries got to choose the most common surname.

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viral viral "Invisible doors"

Southwest Airlines That settles it:

seth levine the age old @southwestair dilemma. look mean and hope the middle seat stays open or look friendly and risk sharing the armrest...

Always start with the bad cop look. Straight face, little curve in the eyebrows, and no sparkle in your eyes. If they still sit down, then acceptance is key and it's time to go for the friendly good cop look. You may make a new friend! -Ariel

girlziplocked Solid strategy:

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Treatments that cause the immune system to attack cancer earn a Nobel A huge step towards curing cancer.

Fluff Society "Seals are just dogs of the sea"

jmhodges The Great Externality:

I'm a moderate on climate change. The moderate position is massive government intervention into the economy.

The extremists want a ban on single-passenger car rides, personal jets, and beef sales. Couldn't be done. Just the massive government intervention, thanks

Climate change is the Great Externality that no market can fix

stephen thecatamites Nature can be so weird:

Having penetrated the protective exoskeleton, a wily hunter harvests the succulent housemeat within.

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dylan "I wasn’t ready to laugh this hard" (watch this with sound on!)

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An artwork by Banksy shredded itself after selling for $1.3 million at Sotheby’s A stunt masterpiece only Banksy could create. Video h/t Zoe Smith


Design Objective

Why Small Teams Win And Bigger Ones Fail Why smaller teams are better at designing products.

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Thomas Wendt 💯

I always chuckle when UX designers talk about "journeys." People are paying their phone bill, not trying to get to fucking Mordor. Take it down a notch.

Really Bad Design Exercises Learning about good design … by thinking about bad design:

So now, my really strange idea for better design exercises: instead of asking a candidate to design the best version of something, ask them to design the worst version of something.

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Mark Dalgleish True story:

👨‍🎨 I've made a responsive design, of a car that turns into a plane.
👩‍💻 Neat—how does it work?
👨‍🎨 *Draws car*
👩‍💻 Yeah, but how does it turn into a plane?
👨‍🎨 *Draws plane*


Tools of the Trade

Stuart Sierra Oh snap:

Remember when we used to do “serverless” with PHP and CGI?

ryanlittlefield 😭

love too accidentally open software and let it update

Anatoly Shashkin "The U.N. building has always reminded me of Scandisk/Defrag"

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Lines of Code

That One Bug The hunt for that one bug that only appears every so rarely:

  1. Be playing a retail build of the game, from a disc.
  2. It must be an EU build of the game, not a US build.
  3. It must be playing on a PAL50-formatted television. (Not PAL60/SECAM)
  4. The game language must be set to German.
  5. You must play through the whole game from the start to a cutscene near the end of the game, in a single sitting.
  6. Notice that the game crashes at a particular, reliable moment in the middle of the cutscene, if all the above conditions are true.

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Jodi Beggs Putting up with frustration is part of the job description:

student: I’m frustrated we’re not really making progress, in an hour we’ve only written a few lines of code
me: I have some bad news for you about programming

Kelly Vaughn Also breaking, and failing, and fixing, and learning:

You know how to become a better developer?

You break things. You break a lot of things.

But most importantly, you learn from what you've broken so it doesn't happen again.

Sergio Gil "Running the tests again without saving your changes"


Architectural

Colm MacCárthaigh So I just learned two interesting concepts. (1) Shuffle Sharding, a technique for splitting workload to minimize the (2) Blast Radius when a server goes down:

It's my ten year anniversary at AWS, I got a new badge and everything! To celebrate, I'm going to tweet out the lightning talk I gave at last week's Amazon dev con. It's all about my favorite thing from my ten years: Shuffle Sharding!

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Retry Strategies for Transient Failures Analyzes how different back-off strategies deal with transient failures.


Devoops

Katherine Scott I'm not saying you should prank your team with this trick …

The day I learned that AWS instance names can contain emoji.... 🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀🐀

One weird trick to piss off your SREs....


Techtopia

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Startup Life

The Demise of Blockbuster, and Other Failure Fairy Tales Yes, Blockbuster did see Netflix coming, and other "big companies can't innovate" myths:

It immediately gained traction, and before long Blockbuster was adding subscribers faster than Netflix.

So what happened? Investors didn’t like the costs associated with the program (about $400 million), and franchisees were wary about the threat to their businesses. Things came to a head when, in 2007, Antioco stepped down after a compensation dispute with Carl Icahn, Blockbuster’s Chairman of the Board. His replacement, Jim Keyes, reversed the strategy to focus on the retail operation and the company went bankrupt three years later.

Walter Chen 💯

do things that don't scale, but don't do things that don't compound


Locked Doors

Why You Shouldn’t Use Facebook to Log In to Other Sites Facebook's security breach compromised at least 50 million people. But it wasn't limited to your Facebook page or cat videos: attackers could gain access to any app that uses Facebook Log In. Lesson learned: don't use Facebook to sign on to stuff, use a password manager.

Security Update Facebook in their own words, describe how the breach works:

Second: A new version of our video uploader (the interface that would be presented as a result of the first bug), introduced in July 2017, incorrectly generated an access token that had the permissions of the Facebook mobile app.

Third: When the video uploader appeared as part of View As, it generated the access token not for you as the viewer, but for the user that you were looking up.

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies Bloomberg reports. Apple, Amazon, and the Chinese vehemently deny.

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies Also this gem of a quote from the Bloomberg article:

Two of Elemental’s biggest early clients were the Mormon church, which used the technology to beam sermons to congregations around the world, and the adult film industry, which did not.


None of the Above

Hend Amry "I present to you...the best Halloween baby costume. Ever."

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Sarah Drasner This toothpaste tube analogy …

Technical articles are like toothpaste tubes. Takes only a couple of tries to complete the first 90%, and weeks for the last 10%.

atomjack@mastodon.cloud One of these cats is smarter than the other …

Sofia Gallo Poetry in alt-text:

Whoever wrote the alt-text descriptions for iPhone wall papers is pure genius. "The Swirling vortices elicit a distant memory of dark mysteries" "craters pockmark the surface of the moon with determination" "large, mesmerizing petals explode off the stem of a green tinged flower"

Alex Hillman "Harsh."

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Christopher Mims Late night capitalism:

one thing adam smith did not predict is that in a sufficiently mature economy all workers would be employed either inventing new mattress brands or creating podcasts to advertise them

Turn Salesforce Tower into Eye Of Sauron on Hallowe'en night This petition has some momentum behind it.

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Steve Silberman "This kind of made my day."

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Marcin Wichary 🛎🛎🛎

I have a new iPhone, and noticed that the Twitter app now gives me a gentle tap 20 characters before I run out of room.

Which immediately reminded me of something else: a typewriter bell, warning you that the end of the line is approaching. Everything old is new again!

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Fluff Society "Harry Purrter"

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Bruce Lawson "Every software project I've worked on since 1988."


Design Objective

Dave Herman So much this:

Part of the design process is letting a thing get more complicated before it gets simpler again. Unnecessary complexity is often the result of lack of follow-through. You can't take shortcuts to good design.

Bill Buxton Convergent innovation:

3/3 Without knowing about Mallebrein's 1968 mouse (almost nobody did), Ronald Rider reinvented the ball mouse which Xerox patented in January 1973. This is the mouse that really got the ball rolling ... Such is the nature of innovation and its long nose.

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Tools of the Trade

ColorBox Easy tool for creating ranges of color/shades/etc.

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From Farm to Blockchain: Walmart Tracks Its Lettuce I can't even … (h/t Tracy Alloway)

Blockchains are supposed to make it possible to keep updated databases without any central authority in charge. But currently, all of the records for the Walmart blockchain are being stored on IBM’s cloud computers, for Walmart’s use. That has led to questions about why a distributed database like a blockchain is even necessary.


Web-end

Josh Loewen "You guys, Nike's robots.txt says "just crawl it." #seo #webdev"

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Una "Writing CSS 15 years ago"

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Locked Doors

Samantha Ming Naming variables gets easier by following simple rules:

Coming up with good variable names can be a challenge. For boolean values, you can follow this convention. Prefix it with is, has, or can. Just by reading the name, you'll know it's a boolean 👍


Devoops

Vicki Boykis 👍

Producer: Pitch me.
Me: It's an ensemble sitcom about a lovable, goofball DevOps team that works for a startup in New York and investigates outages. It's called Brooklyn Five-Nines.
Producer: Get out.

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Techtopia

Giana Reading this, I realized that's how I navigate the internet:

Does anyone else just... stick to the same <50 sites because exploring the modern web is a hellpool of autoplaying videos and janky scrolling and declining notification requests and closing newsletter signups and cookie notices.

flysanityfly "Rereading Lord of the Rings 10 years later, only to realize that the Ring is my smartphone."

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Locked Doors

Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine Chrome is a fantastic web browser, and has the best developer tools, and also combines the worse of Internet Explorer and Facebook.

Yehuda Katz More about the culture that leads to such products (Chrome, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc):

The thing to understand about the Chrome team is that they always believe that their technical goals are the real reasons for the choices that they make that people find abhorrent.

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information Related. It makes perfect sense if you only consider the feature as is, and don't look at the wider implications:

“People own their address books,” a Facebook spokesperson said by email. “We understand that in some cases this may mean that another person may not be able to control the contact information someone else uploads about them.”

Wim Remes "this is going into all my security presentations"

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None of the Above

Christie Dietz Thank you whoever did this:

My son has parked his bike by this lamppost just about every day for the last year. This morning, this sticker had appeared. Absolutely made our day. People can be so brilliant. Thank you, whoever did it 😊

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tobypinder Such bravery:

trying some next level shit called "going to bed when you feel tired", will report back

Fluff Society "High Speed Charger"

John Wiswell 😭

Spider-Man is an aspirational fantasy about being able to quickly and conveniently get around New York City.

Ben Hall "Those four people who always like your posts no matter what."

Mike Perham I like "holding entropy at bay" 😭

No one ever told me that I’ll spend 15-30 minutes per day holding entropy at bay in my kitchen for the rest of my life.

CoolPics "I love our pediatrician’s shirt today"

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maura quint Tearing down the "boys will be boys" myth:

I want to tell a story: Once in high school, I felt insecure, I put on a tight top too low cut and dark lipstick I didn't usually wear. I went to a party drank terrible wine coolers, too many of them. A man asked me if I wanted to leave, I slurred, said maybe. He said "maybe"?

Pulp Librarian I had one of these growing up:

Bűvös Kocka was patented in Hungary in 1975: a plastic cube, made up of nine coloured squares on each side, that could be rearranged in 43 quintillion different ways. Eight years later over 200 million had been sold worldwide.

This is the story of the Rubik's Cube...

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Matt Colville "A seal slaps a man in the face with an octopus. The best headline you'll see today."

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美しき物理学bot "微分" (differential)


Design Objective

How Desktop Dashboards Really Work Using eye tracking to design a better dashboard:

Tests demonstrate the effectiveness of negative space. A minimalist layout with space between functional components improves user flow.

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Julie Presentation matters:

Designers, you should present your work with the confidence of speakers at Apple Keynotes.

"Amazing. Absolutely beautiful and highly functional. Rich, vibrant colors."

Software disenchantment Great rant about the state of software: we got immensely powerful computers, yet software isn't faster or more reliable than it was a decade ago. But misses the key point that what we got today exactly "meets business goals":

Ever seen this dialogue “which version to keep?” I mean, bar today is so low that your users would be happy to at least have a window like that.

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And no, in my world app that says “I’m gonna destroy some of your work, but you get to choose which one” is not okay.


Tools of the Trade

Todd Motto™ "🔥 Love this new Chrome feature, on the fly evaluation in the console!"

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XML, blockchains, and the strange shapes of progress 😱 Comparing blockchain to XML is mean, but probably justified:

  1. Bitcoin is like the XHTML of blockchains.
  2. No, I don't think cryptocurrency investing is a good idea.
  3. Blockchain math is actually rather useful, to the extent that it is a (digitally signed) "chain of blocks," which was revolutionary long ago, when it was first conceived. As one example, git is a chain of blocks and many of its magical properties come directly from that. Chains of blocks are great.

Andrew Chen "iPhone XS Max versus MacBook Pro 13. About the same price, about the same specs!"

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Rebecca Turner 👻 Get your paranormal terminology right:

Zombie processes should have been called ghost processes.

They have unfinished business and can't move on until their death is acknowledged by their parents. That's totally ghost territory not zombie territory.

Thomas Fuchs "Got a divMMC Future (SD card cartridge for Sinclair ZX Spectrum) from https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com and it’s the most beautiful #retrocomputing thing I’ve ever seen"

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tulpa_security The most logical explanation I can think of:

Restarting a computer fixes problems because its soul dies and is replaced by a new one which might have different opinions about your work

Andrew Thaler 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌

I got this banana phone as a joke but it turns out it's the best Bluetooth headset I've ever used.

Help, I'm managing an international consulting firm via banana.

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Lingua Scripta

Finally in Promises & Try/Catch TIL finally has two different semantics, depending on syntax. And also, you can finally.then.finally.then if you need to log intermediate values in a chain of promises.

Array state will be cached in iOS 12 Safari. Is it a bug or feature? Cool bug in the latest Safari that's going to break some websites.

The JavaScript Equality Table Game How well do you know JavaScript equality?

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Architectural

Leon Bambrick 😭

Immutability is different now

Emily G "Excuse me, I have been a government software contractor and I assure you this is not the largest man-made waterfall"

Evan Kirstel: The Largest man-made waterfall outside a building in #China #architects #architecturelovers


Peopleware

John Cutler Not all company cultures allow people to gracefully reduce scope:

“The team consistently hits its deadlines...”

Translation...the team:
1 underpromises, overdelivers or...
2 works overtime or...
3 works on highly repeatable/similar efforts or...
4 gracefully reduces scope

Only #4 is a “skill”.

Chad Fowler Me right now:

Procrastination is a powerful tool for working on the 2nd- and 3rd-most important things you need to get done. #productivity #thoughtleader

Affect Conf "Like our Color Communication buttons and want to bring them to your own events and things? The template is now available for download! https://affectconf.com/resources"

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Locked Doors

Extended Validation Certificates are Dead Mobile devices combined with the visual simplification of address bars have made EV certificates redundant. Democratizing HTTPS in action.

Cabel PSA: Don't. Trust. Caller. ID. Read this to learn why:

I almost just got scammed hard: a cautionary tale. So, I got a call from the 1-800 number on the back of my ATM Card: Wells Fargo. I answered, and a Fraud Department agent said my ATM card had just been used at a Target in Minnesota, was I on vacation? Ugh.

1Password 1Password auto-fill is my favorite new feature in iOS 12 🚀

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Electric Dreams

Stephanie Hurlburt A cautionary allegory about machine learning (h/t Kyle Byers):

Oh no my dog accidentally knocked down the trash and discovered old cheesy pasta in it, and is now convinced trash cans provide an endless supply of cheesy pasta, knocking it over every chance she gets


None of the Above

Jerry Bell "Just look at what we can do with this technology!"

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Crypti-Calli 🔥

*to the tune of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name"*

SPELL MY NAME, SPELL MY NAME
IT'S RIGHT THERE IN THE EMAIL
IT'S NOT A HIDDEN DETAIL
THE SPELLING DOESN'T CHANGE

SamCalkins_ "Actually me"

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David Bowles Fascinating thread about the way languages evolve:

I often read this question: "Why is Mexico spelled 'México' in Spanish, especially if in Nahuatl Mēxihco was pronounced [me: SHIʔ ko]? What's up with that 'x'?"

The answers given are usually partially right or totally wrong.

Guess what? I'm going to explain it to you. 1/???

Curve-Fitting Science!

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Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism Danah Boyd on journalism in the age of digital martyrs, responsibility to democracy and society, and dealing with professional media manipulators:

You are not algorithms. But you are also not neutral. And because you have the power to amplify messages, people also want to manipulate you. That’s just par for the course. … Focus on networks — help connect people to information. Build networks across information and across people. Be an embedded part of the social fabric of this country.

National Geographic "Turn your sound on for some fantastic commentary"

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Fluff Society "This family is cuteness overload!"


Design Objective

Data visualisation, from 1987 to today How computers have transformed data journalism. Remember carbon copy, Tipp-ex, Letraset?

Details were copied onto semi-transparent tracing paper from the projected image and later transferred onto the drawing board by means of carbon paper. Again, all the labels would be added in pencil for approval before the time-consuming (and virtually irreversible) inking took place. No pressure!

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How to stay scrappy On keeping that scrappy mentality, even as your team grows big enough to fill a movie theater:

We’ve also been experimenting with different ways of working. We’re now trying something called “hack-a-sprint,” where a small group focuses on one project for 6 whole weeks. They can skip all meetings and other responsibilities, so that they can focus on just one thing. It’s like having a scrappy startup within a bigger team.


Tools of the Trade

Josh Weinberg 💡

Did you know you can put console.log statements inside the breakpoint condition in chrome? Kind of crazy but it gets you nice logging in the console that you can easily enable/disable without actually editing your code.

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Peeking Behind the Curtains of Serverless Platforms Some highlights from this study:

  • AWS Lambda achieved the best scalability and the lowest coldstart latency, followed by GCF. But the lack of performance isolation is noted.
  • GCF, only about half of the expected number of instances could be launched at the same time.
  • AWS launched new instances of the outdated function (2% of all the cases). We found zero cases with a 6-second waiting time.
  • Azure vulnerability: a tenant can arrange for function to run on same VM as another tenant, stepping stone to side-channel attacks.

Jen Simmons Standard bodies I participated in, all had this same issue:

I find the difference between how front-end developers understand CSS and how browser engineers understand CSS utterly fascinating. There's a huge gulf — almost like these two worlds are working with totally different technologies. I had no idea until I joined the @CSSWG.

The Expert Beginner The hardest problem in computer science is parsing irony.

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Architectural

Bruce Hauman Why README-driven develoment and throwaway code matter:

It happens far too often that the process of documenting a feature after its been implemented reveals serious flaws the design of that feature. I’m just not learning the obvious lesson.

M. J. Fromberger Optimizing for performance is hard, but it's a technical challenge. Doing less, or saying "no", requires political capital and emotional intelligence:

There are only three optimizations: Do less. Do it less often. Do it faster.

The largest gains come from 1, but we spend all our time on 3.

Cindy Sridharan Build in increments of abstraction:

Almost nearly finished reading the book “A Philosophy of Software Design

  • increments of development is abstractions, not features
  • there’s definitely a kernel of truth to some of these highlighted statements, especially agile and TDD.

James Iry 🤔

Today I learned the best phrase ever. "Load bearing optimization" - an optimization that has an unintended semantic effect that people come to rely on.


Devoops

Encourage.exe When the server is down …


Peopleware

Here’s why so many data scientists are leaving their jobs Budding data scientist: "I want to change the world" Paying employer: "I need you to clean up this leads database". Also, being a one-person team not easy.

Related: LinkedIn reports dramatically increasing shortage of data scientists across U.S.

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Naval I call it "Restless Founder Syndrome". But like smoking or gambling, someone's making money off it, so sure, let's find a better name and glorify it.

People with “founder mentality” can’t rest once a problem or opportunity is identified.

They take on personal responsibility without complaint, learn and recruit skills as needed, and deliver results despite politics.

There is unlimited global demand for founder mentality.

Dark Motives and Elective Use of Brainteaser Interview Questions That would not surprise me:

Brainteaser interview questions such as “Estimate how many windows are in New York” are just one example of aggressive interviewer behaviour that lacks evidence for validity and is unsettling to job applicants. … Results of a multiple regression, controlling for interviewing experience and sex, showed that narcissism and sadism explained the likelihood of using brainteasers in an interview.

Robin 👏👏👏

A couple of weeks ago I was at a café and someone dropped a plate on the floor. Half a second after it exploded they shouted “I AM GROWING AND LEARNING” and I still think about it everyday


Locked Doors

Private by Default While many moan the death of Google Reader, the void allowed other feed readers to thrive. And when there are paying customers, there can be privacy:

I want Feedbin to be the opposite of Big Social. I think people should have the right not to be tracked on the Internet and Feedbin can help facilitate that.

Since Feedbin is 100% funded by paying customers, I can focus solely on making the best product possible without compromises. Therefore, Feedbin can be private by default.

Almost half of US cellphone calls will be scams by next year, says report I'm looking at my call log for this week, and I've got zero legitimate calls in there. The last call that was not spam, was in August.


Techtopia

Brandon Friedman This was always the case, but back in the days we excused it as "engineers don't get along with marketing/sales/support/users", it was introvert vs extrovert, soft vs hard science, and we sighed and moved on. Well, now we're all paying the price for tech's inability to grok the world, and poor decision making:

Tech folks often sneer at college, believing degrees are unnecessary. They wear a high school education as a badge of honor.

The irony is that, while the U.S. system certainly has flaws, what Zuckerberg struggles with the most are things you learn with a well-rounded degree.


None of the Above

@selfsame@tiny.tilde.website "The recursive centaur: half horse, half recursive centaur"

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Vivian Take this easy quiz:

ARE YOU A HUMAN CAT?

  • naps all the time
  • needs to be loved
  • done with everyone’s shit
  • always wants snacks
  • might want to kill everyone
  • cute but will fight

Jernone I feel you:

My greatest accomplishment ever was today when I put my quarters in the gas station air machine and I filled all four tires and I checked that the pressure was right all before the air stopped running.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation A look at the tech behind this video. And to anyone in the affected areas, stay safe!

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Dr Rachael Livermore Physics is amazing!

To me the most amazing thing about the universe is that if you take a bunch of hydrogen and leave it alone, 13.7 billion years later a small lump of that same matter will have the idea to sell hot fresh Nutella donuts right on my doorstep. Physics, y’all.

cypnk@mastodon.social Even landmarks have a photogenic and not-so-photogenic sides:

If you were wondering why most photos of the Pyramids in Giza always seem to be from the same angle, this is why

Because of the extensive tourism, they built a highway right up to site. And with tourism and traffic come shops. Businesses get money and they build houses and yet more shops, and so on...

The end result is a city which kinda ruins the mood if you want your pyramid photo to have the “lost in the desert” vibe

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Nicole Cliffe How the boss key was invented:

I remember when I was a kid and wasn’t allowed to watch TV, the minute I heard my dad’s car in the driveway I clicked to a sports channel first and then the news channel and then off so if he hit “previous” I wouldn’t get caught.

I found a 90's phone that has a hashtag button on it, I thought Twitter invented hashtags? This is all the proof I need that people have travelled back in time to the 90's, and planted some clues behind for us to find:

My mom was going through a box of her old stuff and she found one of those bulky phones that are from the 90's and it has a hashtag button!!! Like for real it has ( # ) on it!!! Like Twitter wasn't even invented yet so why did they need hashtag buttons???

Third Thumb Changes The Prosthetics Game Ever wanted to have a third thumb?

jake That's so sweet:

i recently noticed that whenever life was getting me down, i'd usually find a dollar in my pocket the next day. i told my parents how weird it was and they told me my little sister puts a dollar in one of my pockets when she knows i'm sad to help cheer me up and now i'm cryin

Playing With Numbers How come Harvard, Yale and Princeton always come top in US News' America’s Best Colleges? Funny story …

Elfin subsequently removed the first statistician who had created the algorithm and brought in Morse, a statistician with very limited educational reporting experience. Morse rewrote the algorithm and ran it through the computers. Yale came out on top, and Elfin accepted this more persuasive formula.

How the West Was Lost The story of John Wesley Powell, who tried (and failed) to prevent an overdevelopment that led to an environmental disaster.

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Andy Ryan 😭

Daughter: What does gays mean?
Me: Well you know mum and dad love each other - two men can love each other the same way
Her: So what's 'penetrating gays'?
Me: Er... read me the whole sentence
Her: "She stared at him with a penetrating gaze"
Me: Oh

Ian Laking "If the world’s getting too much today here’s a cat cleaning an owl to get you feeling better again.👌🏼🦉"