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How to speak Silicon Valley: 53 essential tech-bro terms explained 🔥🔥🔥


Design Objective

laura olin She's not wrong:

Every forthcoming article about Jonny Ive’s design genius and legacy should be required by law to include this photo

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Kim Goodwin 💯

Engineering decisions are UX decisions, exhibit 127: if there is not enough hot water, nobody cares if the shower controls are well-designed.

Ha Phan It's never as simple as "do prototype -> deploy to production":

The trajectory of a product is dependent on the team’s ability to ask the right questions about feasibility and possibility, and the product manager’s ability to make bets in scaling value, capability, system, and impact.

Jane Manchun Wong 😱

"Fun" fact: the logo of @GoogleChrome Developers YouTube channel is 1px² off from the center, revealing white background in dark theme

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 😬

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Tools of the Trade

Software below the poverty line TL;DR open source projects are not making enough money to support their developers:

This is not the first time hard-working honest people are giving their all, for unfair compensation.

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The Rise and Fall of Visual Basic I started my career in C/C++, and only later some projects with Visual Basic. Never thought about it as "lesser language", in spite of its limitations. If you look at tools that gained wide adoption in the real world, Visual Basic is there are the top.

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Data Bear, PhD Correct:

It’s only Data Science if it’s from the Data region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling statistics.

Austin Johnsen Timezones are hard …

TIL that if you go North of the Arctic Circle in the summer and bring a MacBook with Night Shift set to be triggered by sunrise/sunset, the process will go into an infinite loop because the sun never sets...

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Raspberry Pi 4 How far have computers come! This tiny card has up to 16GB of RAM, gigabit ethernet, can drive two 4K displays, and the starting price is $35.

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Rory Preddy "Using the wrong tool for the job."


Web-end

State of CSS 2019 Interesting info about trends and adoption of various Web technologies (caveat, survey responders skew towards “back of the front-end” developers).

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Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score The point is, tools like Lighthouse give an arbitrary score, which doesn't tell you how many people can use your website successfully.

cjss-group/CJSS Paradigm shifting: with CSJSS you can write your JavaScript inside the CSS!!!

component {
  --html:(
    <h2>${yield}</h2>
    <p>This is a component</p>
  );
}

Lines of Code

Lanette Creamer Yet we can agree on code that would definitely be a nightmare to maintain:

I don’t think “write good code” is a clear and objective measure. You don’t even agree with your own code from years ago, let alone someone else’s. I do my best. I am sure that fails to meet the bar of good enough for some people.

magical 🅱irl Mesmerizing.

i wrote a cross-stitching cellular automata to find a path that uses the minimum amount of thread possible

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Rebecca Franks "User Interface vs The Underlying Code #programming"

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Architectural

Cindy Sridharan 👇Absolutely (and check the rest of the thread):

The very first thing you need to do to solve any problem is impose constraints.

Also, asking the question “is it simple to implement” makes you look at research through a whole different lens.

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Peopleware

Zoe Hong 💯

People always talk about dismissing critics. Don’t. Figure out the root of their criticism. Listen. Change what really isn’t working. (Remember my long intros? I barely have intros anymore.) And then dismiss the rest, the stuff that would change the core of you.

Matthew Kobach Great take on all these "successful people" listicles:

Actual habits of successful people:

• Wake up when their body tells them to
• Read stuff that interests them
• Exercise when it best fits into their schedule
• Drink coffee if they like coffee
• Sometimes eat unhealthy food
• Tell the people they love that they love them

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus TL;DR Concentrating for too long is counter productive. Let your brain wander a bit throughout the day.

The Science of Stir Crazy Why spending time alone drives people nuts.


Teamwork

Joshua McKenty Those are so rare to come by:

Unpopular take: A well-run meeting is one of the most productive and important activities of any team.

Pam Krengel Always be improving:

#Retro helps a team determine what’s working, what’s not. Where they need to improve, what they need to stop or double-down on. It’s a critical step to measure the teams’ velocity and progress. It can also help uncover a root cause preventing a team to get to high performing.


Devoops

Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers No one could have predicted what would happen when Boeing decided to fire their top developers:

Rabin, the former software engineer, recalled one manager saying at an all-hands meeting that Boeing didn’t need senior engineers because its products were mature.

And replace them with a firm that would work for free:

HCL, once known as Hindustan Computers, was founded in 1976 by billionaire Shiv Nadar and now has more than $8.6 billion in annual sales. With 18,000 employees in the U.S. and 15,000 in Europe, HCL is a global company and has deep expertise in computing, said Sukamal Banerjee, a vice president. It has won business from Boeing on that basis, not on price, he said: “We came from a strong R&D background.”

Still, for the 787, HCL gave Boeing a remarkable price – free, according to Sam Swaro, an associate vice president who pitched HCL’s services at a San Diego conference sponsored by Avionics International magazine in June.


None of the Above

Assaf "You're never too big to fail at mail merge"

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Alexa 😭

Reasons @Spiderman should found a tech startup:
🕸 Skilled at web design
🏢 Ability to scale businesses
🗞 Media calls him disruptive

Adam Laiacano 🔥

46lbs window unit air conditioner from Amazon: free shipping
2 digital-delivery tickets from ticketmaster: $18 fee

How to Shop for Quality Clothes For designers and shoppers who want to make smart choices with their money!

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Sonja Drimmer 👇 Love this meme:

Elizabeth Warren doesn’t make everyone attend a meeting for business that can get done over email.

The U.S. Is Purging Chinese Cancer Researchers From Top Institutions If you are in the academic/research world, learn to spot the early signs of political purges, and call them out.

Scott Burke 👇 CEO choose your own adventure thread:

Being Startup CEO for a day:
DON'T LET YOUR COMPANY DIE THREAD
Time to pick a co-founder! Do you pick a) Your Stanford classmate who is heir to a mayonnaise fortune or b) The cypherpunk you met at a Brooklyn hackathon

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rahel aima "who is the oasis bakery spices copywriter i just want to talk"


Design Objective

How VisiCalc’s Spreadsheets Changed the World It's the 40th anniversary of the first "killer app":

Bricklin writes that he even got advice from some of his professors. Professor Barbara Jackson told him to go after simple use-case scenarios, because he’d be competing with the backs of envelopes.

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Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles Please and thank you:

Mazda is looking to add more simple, tactile controls into the cars. A quick tilt of the volume knob to the right or left goes forward or back single tracks—or holding it left or right fast-forwards it. A tap of the button mutes the system, and holding it down quickly turns off the screen and everything if it’s currently a distraction.

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Austin 💯

Content design has to be one of the most undervalued roles on a product team.

The cheapest solution to 'most' UX issues is a change to the content.

5 Rules for Choosing the Right Words on Button Labels I'm a big fan of actionable UIs. Please, do write explanatory text, but don't expect me to read it before I can use the UI. so, actionable and self-explanatory.

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Josh Williams 😭

Me: 24px
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Tools of the Trade

Time for Clockwise This is an amazing concept: a calendar defragmenter, so you can claim your focus time. I'm going to give it a try, hopefully it works in real life as well as the demo.

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Pock Moves the dock into the touch bar.

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At Least One VIM Trick You Might Not Know A couple I didn't know, and I've been using VIM for years.

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whitequark "meet the most advanced contemporary programming language. the result of years of development and decades of industry compromise"

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Architectural

Casper Beyer 👇 The micro-dependency architecture is pure nonsense and made up of false hopes:

Here's a question, why would you willingly add a dependency on a one liner in a package? think is-odd, is-windows, etc.
...
"Because they're battle tested" is something that came up. Well for example is-windows has false positives and isn't even tested on the target platform. That is, a package that tests if it's running on windows doesn't run it's tests on Windows.

Karen You can also get a stacks 4 lifo t-shirt.

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Lines of Code

Dave Cheney Important distinction:

Readability vs Clarity.

Readability is how long it took you to read a book, a paper, a program, a function, and so on.

Clarity is simply; did you understand what you just read?

Math.Round opens the browser print dialog #290 Printers are evil and out to get us through our math libraries.

Kelly Vaughn 👍

if your code isn't working, try leaving it in rice overnight

Joe Groff "Going to start putting this at the beginning of all of my code snippets"

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Devoops

Ryan Holdaway ⛵️

Internet went down in the middle of a Zoom call. Walk out of my office to find that my 4 year old daughter had filled up a plastic tub with water and foaming soap to give her toys a bath. She was using the router as a boat.


Peopleware

Joe Ziemer All you need to know about price and perception of value:

Have an old shed I want removed. Post it for free and get zero inquiries. Contact companies to haul it away and get bids for too much $$$. Post it for $100 and get multiple ppl wanting it while the free post is still active. 🤔

Persuasive Phrases: 9 Lines That Will Get People to Commit It may be counter-intuitive, but if it works …

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you about this proposal?”
This may sound basic, but just hear me out. Most likely, when asking someone how they feel about a proposal, you will get a safe answer. Most people’s instinct is to then follow up that answer with the standard: “What can we do to make it a 10?”

But instead of moving north, flip the script and ask them why they didn’t say a lower number.


Teamwork

Ellen Huet 🎯

hot Slack take from a friend: email sucks. new thing arrives -- better than email! and for a while, it is. more signal, less noise. but as more people use it, it feels more like a chore

turns out what's annoying isn't email, it's people asking you for stuff, which will never end


None of the Above

Klara Sjöberg "The eternal struggle." (h/t Damien Joyce)

Caity Weaver 😭

‼️URGENT‼️ My Dad still uses a flip phone and accidentally set his text notification to an audio file of himself recording his voicemail greeting, so EVERY TIME he gets a text, his own voice booms “Hey! If you’re ready to have some fun in your life, leave a message for John!”

Adrian 👇 The Char Dog Race:

The char dog was invented by Enrico Fermi in an underground laboratory beneath the University of Chicago's Stagg Field. Fermi discovered that it was possible to add more crispy surface area to a grilled hot dog but cutting its ends. (1/78)

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Amazon Prime Video US Twitter was made for these exchanges (context):

Hey @netflix, we'll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens. 😉

Robin Mazumder 👇 Electric bikes have more potential to transform transportation than electric cars:

At a cycling conference I spoke at this year, a man came up to me to tell me how an e-bike totally changed his 93 year old father's life. Prior to the bike, he was very socially isolated. Now he's out in the community every day. Think about that the next time you shit on e-bikes.

Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content The cool thing is how Genius detected what Google was doing: they used apostrophes to encode "Red Handed" into song lyrics.

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The New Science of Pot and Appetite We still don't know much about TCH, including the different ways in whihc it affects appetite:

Besides needing to clarify all the complex mechanisms at work in how CB1 affects appetite, medicine is still struggling to reliably put the effects to work for people who most need the help with regulating food intake: those with eating disorders and wasting illness, and perhaps even people struggling with overeating.

David Harvey "The driving forces of value in motion"

Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden Yes, men are allowed to have feelings, and to share them with other men:

A group text chain enables the men to check in with other members between meetings, and for some of these men, this is their first truly authentic relationship with a peer. “It’s super liberating to make yourself vulnerable to a group like this,” says Randy, adding that he doesn’t need Liz to be his one and only anymore.

Spoon & Tamago Worth watching through to the end:

Tobe Zoo in Aichi conducted a lion escape drill today.

Note the expression on the actual lions faces.

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Design Objective

Aaron Levie 💯

As a startup, always bias toward simple. Customers will tell you when your product doesn't do enough, but will never ask for fewer features when they stop using your product because it's too complex.


Tools of the Trade

Initial Thoughts on iPadOS: A New Path Forward Apple finally figured out it needs to split iOS and create an operating system specifically for tablets. The last generation iPad Pros are amazing devices, but iOS limits them to being large-sized phones. Looks like iPadOS is the operating system we're waiting for. Or maybe just me, I'm using my iPad more than my MacBook these days.

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Yehuda Katz 👇 Brand name goes a long way to sustain second rate technologies (don't get me started on GWT or Angular):

It's pretty hard to tell whether many Google technologies would make it out of the starting gate without the heavy thumb that Google monopoly power places on the scale.

Ironically, Googlers all believe that their technologies are winning because they're better.

Patrick Collison 😭

Some day, AI will get so advanced that Google Docs will automatically switch to the account has access to the document.


Architectural

Amy Codes "This is a metaphor about software."

That Elise My dad had a new radiator fitted, then realised you could no longer open the drawer. So he remade the drawer like this to correct his mistake. This sort of thing explains a lot of my upbringing.

Dmitry Alexandrov "It is sometime useful to have a senior developers in the team."


Devoops

WordPress.com VIP platform outage reverts sites back to default themes For a brief moment, people in my timeline were wondering about that clean and simple TechCrunch redesign. Turns out that "redesign" was just a temporary glitch.

Matty Stratton 🤔

What 90s movie most illustrates devops principles?

My favorite response to that question comes from Dave Hahn:

Groundhog Day

  • This will fix it! Nope.
  • This will fix it! Nope.
  • This will fix it! Nope.
  • This will fix it! Nope.
  • This will fix it! Nope.
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  • This will fix it! Nope.
  • This will fix it! Nope.

Peopleware

3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks Fresh take on ADHD. As Jim Stormdancer so eloquently put it:

The classic symptoms of ADHD, "inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity," describe the ways that ADHD sufferers annoy their parents, not what it's like to actually live with ADHD.

Also, this is new to me: Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria.


Move Fast

Graham Lea 👇Fantastic responses in this thread:

Are you a tech company CTO, CIO, Head of Engineering or Operations?
What are the top 3 things you worry about in your organisation?
(Please RT for reach!)

Michael Seibel 👇 Usually goes hand in hand with title inflation. Pretending to be late stage company doesn't make you one:

I really hate when early stage startups talk about CAC / LTV. In the early stage it's almost impossible to know either. What I've realized is that way too much later stage advice is being absorbed and acted upon by early stage founders.

Bill Gross 💯

"Culture eats everything for breakfast. Culture at a company makes more different than anything else. Culture is what managers do when no one tells that what to do.." Eric Ries at #CodeCon


Locked Doors

Ian Sigalow If you remember, last week I linked to a related article:

My day:
-Impersonator took info from our website
-Posted fake jobs on Indeed, ZipRecruiter, and LI
-Interviewed candidates on Google Hangout
-Sent fake job offers on fake letterhead
-Asked for a blank check to set up payroll
We learned about it once the victims started calling

In Stores, Secret Surveillance Tracks Your Every Move TL;DR Apps from retailers exist to track your every move and shopping habits, even when the app is not running. But so do everyday apps — games, weather, meditation, etc — app developers may not realize what they're apps are doing (it's SDKs all the way down).

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection says photos of travelers were taken in a data breach In news that will surprise no one, criminals steal data collected by government surveillance.


None of the Above

Ana Stanowick This tweet reaching a million likes, for all the right reasons:

my dad used to get so mad every time my mom would come home w a new coffee mug (she likes to collect them) and her new bf literally built her a wall to display her collection. this is why we don’t settle for loser boys, ladies!!!!!

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Daniel Danger KISS:

my post-art plan is opening a grilled cheese cart. it will serve $1 grilled cheese made with white bread, bulk cheese, bulk butter, and thats it. greasy as hell. no options, no artisan, nothing. there will be no change. you give me $5 youre getting 5, you figure your own life out

meg 😭

Someone named Nolan is using my Netflix account, but I just think it was so nice of them to make their own profile & not mess up my recomendations, that I’m just gonna leave it

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math prof The perfect comeback:

Sunday joke: Picked up a hitch-hiker. Seemed like a nice guy. After a few miles, he asked me if I wasn't afraid that he might be a serial killer. I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely.

Michelle Cyca "why don't people know about libraries"

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Kristin Chirico 👇😭

This is a true story about the most humiliating experience I've ever had with my dad.

David Shackelford The Internet is a technology for finding people who know more than you do about the most specific subjects:

I was all proud for ID’ing the airplane and making a Star Wars pun, but I mixed up the airport and got instantly called out. There is always a bigger nerd.

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Walela Nehanda Our individual actions do matter, but they're also used to pit people against people, and draw attention away from the real polluters:

Reducing environmental destruction to individual choices is done to purposefully obscure how things are produced & the relations of production. When we start talking about that shit, then we have to talk about extractive industry, capitalism, & major corps role in climate change.

moe Case in point:

I was declined a straw at a restaurant this morning. The waitress had one in her apron. As she poured the water I said “excuse me miss can I have a straw?” She said “we can’t just give them out” and walked away.

T.I.N.P "Testing the wire rigs for the hoverboards in Back to the Future Part II."

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Scott Knaster Oh snap! "I'm so old I remember dark mode on the Apple ][."


Design Objective

Why Trust Matters Short and to the point deck about trust and brands.

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The one comment that turns me off when I'm interviewing designers TL;DR design is what ships:

Our role as designers is to create experiences that are easy to use, not mockups that are easy to use.

Alex Sexton Me too! 😢

My favorite instagram feature is how every time I open the app, I see a photo/video that looks interesting and then the entire application refreshes and it’s gone forever.

As a Canadian I can see this happening 😱

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Tools of the Trade

My Terminal Setup: iTerm2 + Zsh Apple just announced that MacOS is switching to Zsh over creative (read: licensing) differences with Bash. Let's get ready.

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Do Productivity Playlists Actually Work? If you like listening to music while working:

That could be the reason why lo-fi and ambient-sound YouTube channels have amassed such huge followings. Chillhop provides boring background noise that is just distracting enough to make work seem, well, less like work. The slight groove elevates the mood, but it’s not funky enough to warrant dancing or daydreaming. Whether it actually promotes focus and productivity is still up for debate.

Usability Hike: Find usability problems Chrome extension that highlights easy-to-fix usability issues.

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Eric Lawrence "Is there some reason that Word forgot how to autosave files locally?"

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ehmicky/log-process-errors A better way to console log process errors.

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I Am Devloper I'm at level "crack egg single handed":

"full-stack" now means you can:

build front-ends
write back-ends
handle devops
start a podcast
curate a newsletter
crack an egg with one hand
animate a Pixar movie
dunk


Architectural

Vallery Lancey And good post-mortem is not about that last incident:

You don’t get reliability by chasing your last incidents.

You get reliability by having limited scopes, fast detection, and fast recovery.


Lines of Code

jessie frazelle 👇 Lots of good stories in this thread:

Tell me the story about the weirdest bug you’ve ever found that left you wondering how computers even worked in the first place.

Clare Liguori "This recruiter is on to me, I respect that"

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Teamwork

The Power of the Elastic Product Team Pioneers, settlers, and town planners:

While building modular product teams, startups also need to staff for their stage. When you’re pushing toward product/market fit, you’ll need a very different “type” of PM than when you’re scaling or, later, when you achieve scale and move on to platform initiatives. Each of those key stages is best tackled by one of three archetypal product managers

Lenny Rachitsky 👇 Check the thread for more ideas:

Where good roadmap ideas come from:

  • Talking to customers
  • Talking to employees who talk to customers (eg sales, CX)
  • Observing what your customers are doing (research, data)
  • Thinking solo + small discussions
  • Using the product yourself
  • Looking at competitors
    Where else?

Move Fast

Naval That's also my number one engineering priority:

My number one predictor of whether or not a company will find product-market fit: High shipping cadence.

Tim Ottinger I respect people who give this answer:

"How long will it actually take?"
"Ask that again when it's finished."

Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It Software developers are not the only ones with a chronic "over time, over budget" problem:

“Let’s say that, on average, projects go 40% over budget,” Flyvbjerg says. “You’d add 40% to the budget for your planned project. And then you would have a much more accurate budget.” The contractors are incentivized with additional profits if they meet their targets and penalties if they don’t.


Locked Doors

How does Apple (privately) find your offline devices? This is speculative, but an interesting idea on how one can share private info with a central server (GPS location of a lost device), without compromising the intermediary:

All of this leads to a final protocol idea. Each time Timmy broadcasts, he uses a fresh pseudonym and a randomized copy of Ruth‘s public key. When Lassie receives a broadcast, she encrypts her GPS coordinates under the public key, and sends the encrypted message to Apple. Ruth can send in Timmy‘s pseudonyms to Apple’s servers, and if Apple finds a match, she can obtain and decrypt the GPS coordinates.

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“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam Fake job offers and fake electronic deposits.

Hollywood lie: Bank hacks take months, not seconds Real life hacking will make for a very long and extremely boring TV.

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Apple’s Real User Indicator will tell developers when a new account may actually be a bot Interesting idea, and good luck with that:

“It uses on-device intelligence to determine if the originating device is behaving in a normal way. The device generates a value without sending any specifics to Apple,” an Apple spokesperson explained onstage during the event. The value is then “boiled down to a single value shared with your app at account setup time,” and “depending on the value you receive, you can be confident your user is a real user or get a notice you should take a second look.”

Jake Williams "Phishing illustrated :)"


None of the Above

Daniel Holland "The greatest job in the world doesn't exi...."

sixthformpoet 👇 I did not expect the story to end this way …

My dad died. Classic start to a funny story. He was buried in a small village in Sussex. I was really close to my dad so I visited his grave a lot. I still do. [DON’T WORRY, IT GETS FUNNIER.]

Your Freelancer Has Died of Exposure Fitted Scoop T-Shirt 😭 (h/t Cristina Vee)

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What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You Courtesy of the Big Industrial Pedometer Complex:

“It turns out the original basis for this 10,000-step guideline was really a marketing strategy,” she explains. “In 1965, a Japanese company was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter.’”

Vancouver Market Uses Embarrassing Plastic Bags to Shame Customers Into Using Their Reusable Bags Except now everyone wants these plastic bags …

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Peter Flax 👍 Always yield to lower-weight modes of transportation:

Fellow cyclists: Seems some of you remain confused about how to ride around pedestrians. My simple rule: People walking get the right of way. Always. Even if they're looking at a phone or crossing a street mid-block. Being aggressive or clueless around pedestrians is unacceptable

Oded Rechavi "Dry Biologist Vs. Wet Biologist"

When Grown-Ups Get Caught in Teens’ AirDrop Crossfire Several startups tried proximity based social networking apps, Apple got it done without any app:

Zhong, who is 22 years old, says she’s seen some friends AirDrop people repeatedly in an attempt to crash their phone. The humor comes from watching the poor souls’ reactions as their phone stops working, or their confusion at being bombarded with an endless stream of obscure references.

Claudia "Tram drivers just sit there like "Ah shit here we go again..."

So Long, Gay Brian 👇 For anyone watching Chernobyl on HBO, it's not just Russians that cover up nuclear disasters:

So Long, Gay Brian Retweeted Karol Markowicz
On July 16, 1979, an earthen dam burst at a uranium mill in Church Rock, New Mexico, releasing 94 million gallons of radioactive waste into the Rio Puerco. For most people reading this, this is likely the first time they’ve ever heard of the event. 1/

Edge Empress "Remember the pride flag is a symbol of resistance."

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Josh Sternberg "Wonder how Ikea came to the decision to include this disclaimer."


Design Objective

Introducing Mercury OS Interesting UX. If you like working in the flow, check it out.

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Erika Hall 💯

Designers need to learn economics more than designers need to learn how to code.

Digital design is just behavioral economics with a presentation layer.

Jessica Kerr 💡💡💡

You waste a perfectly good problem by stopping at one solution.

therealtarzann This video of a Chimpanzee using Instagram …


Tools of the Trade

Dependabot So GitHub bought Dependabot and it's now free and what's your reason for not using it?

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This is how our brain detects shapes An algorithm for turning hand-drawn shapes into vector graphics.

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Rik van Noord 👇 "Do word embeddings really say that man is to doctor as woman is to nurse? Apparently not." This thread explains why.

Andrew Certain 👇 On measuring UI latency:

If you're wondering what "P-four-nines" means, it's the latency at the 99.99th percentile, meaning only one in 10,000 requests has a worse latency. Why do we measure latency in percentiles?

A thread about how how it came to be at Amazon...

ZDog Designer-friendly pseudo-3D engine for canvas & SVG.

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Web-end

Hakim El Hattab "Started drawing dynamic SVG hit areas for this menu component 👀"

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Charlie Owen Before there was CSS Grid …

Someone asking "is that React?" is a question that will haunt me to my grave.

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Lingua Scripta

Nat Alison True!

Javascript is a viable candidate for a universal standard for programming languages because, like English, it is confusing and inconsistent and no one knows why we went with it in the first place.

Horse JS 😭

🤯 Unbelievable! 46% of JavaScript developers use JavaScript

Nat Alison 👇 Twitter fic for the ages:

“Elder, why is it flat instead of flatten?” the student asked, “should the method not be in the form of an action, as spoken in the Old Tongue?”
The Elder sighed deeply and spoke: “Young One, that is a dark tale. First you must understand the history of the Tools of Moo...”


Lines of Code

Is High Quality Software Worth the Cost? TL;DR "Customers do care that new features come quickly"

The difference is that the best teams both create much less cruft but also remove enough of the cruft they do create that they can continue to add features quickly. They spend time creating automated tests so that they can surface problems quickly and spend less time removing bugs. They refactor frequently so that they can remove cruft before it builds up enough to get in the way.

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Bruce Williams Beautiful APIs don't age that well:

Me, 10 years ago: “I want all my tests ahem specs to be beautiful method-chained sentences; I’m a lyrically gifted TDD artist!”

Me, now: “Give me a good compiler plus a bare assert—or even pattern match that just blows up straight in my face, I’m too busy for faff.”


Move Fast

Scott Belsky Learn to delegate:

you only scale your company, team, and self when you start seeing dependencies as opportunities rather than risks.

Jason Lemkin Speed of iteration is everything:

The slower you are to release new code and new features,

The less time -- by far -- you have to reflect on what is working and what isn't

Bill the Lizard 👍

The sooner you accept that scope change is a part of your normal process, the happier you will be.

Poi Hierro 🎯

Organizations don’t run out of good ideas - they overlook them.

Rory Preddy "When everything falls apart #programming" 😱


Locked Doors

It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to? Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” That may be true of Apple's own apps, but not the 3rd party apps installed on your phone:

And your iPhone doesn’t only feed data trackers while you sleep. In a single week, I encountered over 5,400 trackers, mostly in apps, not including the incessant Yelp traffic. According to privacy firm Disconnect, which helped test my iPhone, those unwanted trackers would have spewed out 1.5 gigabytes of data over the span of a month. That’s half of an entire basic wireless service plan from AT&T.


Techtopia

Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming The creepiest part: students aren't being listened to, but know they are being monitored 24/7, so they use that to communicate their concerns (h/t Benjamin Herold):

Sometimes students with a concern simply email themselves, with the expectation that algorithms will flag the message for adults, said Jessica Mays, an instructional technology specialist for Texas’s Temple Independent School District, another Gaggle client.

One student “opened a Google Doc, wrote down concerns about a boy in class acting strange, then typed every bad word they could think of,” Mays said. At the end of the note, the student apologized for the foul language, but wrote that they wanted to make sure the message tripped alarms.

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None of the Above

Christopher Sebela "my favorite lifehack is NYC residents who follow the "your dog must fit in a bag to ride the subway" rule on the slimmest technicalities possible"

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Raelet 📱

how I, a millennial, filter spam calls:

-if my phone rings, it's spam

PJ Donohoe "the bay area is so special 😭😭😭"

Stig Abell I wish my diary was 1/1000th as interesting:

Elton John wins the award for the best diary entry ever (quoted in today’s Observer).

“Woke up, watched Grandstand. Wrote Candle in the Wind. Went to London, bought Rolls-Royce. Ringo Starr came for dinner”.

Does the news reflect what we die from? Rhetorical question.

As we can see clearly from the chart above, there is a disconnect between what we die from, and how much coverage these causes get in the media. Another way to summarize this discrepancy is to calculate how over- or underrepresented each cause is in the media. …

The major standout here – I had to break the scale on the y-axis since it's several orders of magnitude higher than everything else – is terrorism: it is overrepresented in the news by almost a factor of 4000.

Homicides are also very overrepresented in the news, by a factor of 31. The most underrepresented in the media are kidney disease (11-fold), heart disease (10-fold), and, perhaps surprisingly, drug overdoses (7-fold). Stroke and diabetes are the two causes most accurately represented.

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We love to hate the government. Then along came measles. Also on the topic of perception vs reality:

When government works, it becomes largely invisible, taken for granted, wiping out both crises and the traumatic memories of those crises. Bad government we remember and loathe and curse to our children; but good government is often a victim of its own success, the cure so effective that we forget how horrifying the ailment it eradicated was.

Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds And the way these two (media bias and our memories) can be used to engage in cheap biological warfare.

Jose Daniel "Always make sure you give your patent application a last minute review. 🧐"

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Physics & Astronomy Zone "When water flows so smoothly it looks solid, this effect is called Laminar Flow."

Julia Loewenthal, MD 👇 Interesting thread:

1/21 “Is there a nurse or doctor on board?”

Clinicians—have you ever responded to one of these?

Last week I left the hospital and boarded a flight for my vacation. I then responded to the mother of all in-flight emergencies…

blep "May we all find peace and happiness like this cat in a cat dryer"