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The simplicity of the filmmaking and thoroughness of the special effects are impressive even by today's standards. That being said, I learnt more about differentials from a fundamental point of view than I certainly thought I knew (along with the existence of one-wheel drive in early cars!).
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In the Link Dump prior to this one, there was a great article that outlined the future of nuclear reactor technology using molten chloride salt fast reactor (MCSFR) designs.
This article focuses more on the policy aspect, but is just as relevant as the US the rest of the world need to make smart, informed choices on the benefits of nuclear power and the dangers of "renewable" energy sources that do more harm than good in the long run.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2F1no
I love using CSS variables as opposed to those native to SCSS, simply for the easier syntax if nothing else. This article is a good refresher on some of the use cases and best-practices surrounding CSS variables.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/8oaIK
Really cool effect of rendering HTML source code as body text using CSS element display properties.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2ilrB
It's clear that 5G has less coverage and efficiency than 4G at the cost of purportedly higher throughput; resulting in the need for more towers at closer distributions, which in turn require more power for the overall network transmission.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mZFWB
A very intriguing way to instantiate separate "shadow" root objects in order to do things like parsing, hydrating, or other manipulation of elements in a very front-end way.
Along with HTML Templates and Custom Elements, this is a pragmatic and native way to utilize the HTML specification itself.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CQbH4
Not my area of expertise, but this seems like it could revolutionize the way that micro-circuitry is powered; using effectively natural properties of freestanding graphene, or rather "a single layer of carbon atoms" in order to harvest energy.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ecTv4
Good defense is created by defense-in-depth; and security by obscurity doesn't cost much if anything in the way of layering measures that will at least get rid of script kiddies and other rudimentary acts of reconnaissance.
I appreciate the author's metaphor to real-world security, as that has always been the inspiration and logic for implementing obscurity into a robust information security posture.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/HjkJa
The gravitational lensing affecting the viewing, the fact that it took two telescopes in the Southern hemisphere to confirm, the exact alignment that distorts it into a ring, and the age of the galaxy relative it's maturity all form tip of the iceberg and uncanny nature of this galactic discovery.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/v2Y2z
This is a great example of visualizing the DOM and viewport in order to use vanilla CSS to shift the perception and rendering of the container div; quite an elegant solution that's easy to intuit once you see how it's achieved.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Haq7n
This is beyond impressive as far as real world usage of GANs go. In my opinion a highly practical way of applying this technology is to intentionally lower/shift the quality on the fly just a bit so as to "blend" the layer boundaries where the stitching happens.
That way the doctoring isn't apparent, you still benefit from the massive bandwidth savings (which I consider most important anyway), and it appears more believable in the real-world context of variable bitrates.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/oPlPd
Some really cool insight into the self-contained analog technology of the gas pump, based on simple physics of air pressure and a diaphragm.
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It's refreshing to see a real-world example of a true to form Intranet that's synchronously updated via sneakernet nodes.
All the geeky buzzwords aside, this is a testament to innovation and also a reminder of the threats that Communist and Socialist regimes apply (freely) to freedom of speech.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/LpWBI
Good background info in this article on the design choices surrounding nuclear reactor design choices fromt he 70's going forward.
The new molten chloride salt fast reactor (MCSFR) design is a stunning modern take both from an engineering and practical entrepreneurship perspective; and it looks like that design may very well shape the clean-energy future that our planet desperately needs.
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This is one of the times I admire the functional extension of HTML with markup incorporating SVG and JS for a purpose that is user-first and not based on some abstracted metric.
Shopify obviously has stellar engineering chops, but the practical context of the idea itself as expounded in the article really sheds light on both a correct and functional way of utilizing modern web technologies.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/8Kem1
I came across this article when I was I was doing further research into the usage of 40Hz tones to effect cognitive recuperation and general brain health. Flashing lights as well, according to the study, have been shown to have an effect on the cellular level to brainwave stimulation.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Dt5U3
Great deep dive into the differences between viral and networked growth especially as it relates to product adoption, usage, and addition of value to the end user. Of note is the focus on growth when talking in viral terms, and the notion of defensibility when considering a true network effect in the market.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ixaLS
This was a great read, with some fascinating tidbits of both computing and chess history. That the cited article was written by George R. R. Martin (of Game of Thrones fame) is interesting in-and-of-itself, but I also thought maybe the "fish" slang had a connection somehow to the naming of the popular Stockfish chess engine; but apparently it does not.
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Fewer things are true that what is said in this article. Tacit knowledge in my opinion is the only knowledge that truly makes one intuit towards mastery of one's craft.
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Interesting tidbits from the article on Fanta's parent company Coca-Cola; such as the physical origin of the name (from the coca leaf and the kola nut) and their business model of supplying with refreshments the same Nazi Germany that US soldiers were fighting and dying to defeat.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/SPhQB
A great deep dive into the world of typographical design, including the chronology of using historical typesets as a guide for digital adaptation.
A lovely quote from the article reads "Fonts once existed as physical things [...] Digital fonts only exist fleetingly. They are experienced, mediated by a screen. Once the power is switched off they cease to exist."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/0oaK1
Good article that does raise some obvious questions about the nature of the consciousness itself that's posited as a property affecting quantum states. The rest of the article is well above my understanding of physics, and is quite a lengthy scientific read.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/opyG1
A four-course lunch served in daycare is probably the most French concept ever, but the article goes on to make a valid point of the benefit of faster social integration of the child when such techniques are used.
There's also the ideas of consistency, discipline, and focusing on the task at hand that all come into play in the pursuit of an otherwise mundane act, such as having a family meal where everyone is removed from social and technological distractions (phones, television, etc.) and human bonding and communication take center stage.
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The article speaks to an inherent threat within the RPKI ecosystem, namely its centralized nature and possible attacks against the root authority domains. It's a common conundrum that arises when secure but centralized systems are rolled out asynchronously.
RIPE's approach to reducing the threat model is to distribute trust, i.e. requiring a consensus of second-level authorities before any changes are made to the underlying infrastructure governing the secure mappings of ASNs to IP prefixes, which is what RPKI was built to solve.
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It's always amazing to watch GM's play through the first 5-10 moves in a matter of seconds. Often times these are the strongest move orders that flow logically from a given opening that was prepared for; and can even extend further into the middlegame if the position lends to moves where the players are still "in book".
Modern players use computer analysis extensively, and AlphaZero's ability to uniquely view the chess game in hyper-fluid ways (and produce exquisite variations) is quite refreshing, as the article correctly posits.
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Wonderful gallery by Steve McCurry that highlights the interweaving of the humble tree within the larger expanse of human life.
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This is a recurring theme of the Internet, where perception vs. reality as it relates to the speed of the web in general continues to be a talking point. I'm still of the view that getting back to basics should be the prime goal of web developers — i.e. the display of information using the web as medium, not as message.
The article spars with the technical details surrounding accurate measurement that varies due to global internet speeds and DOM interactions by browsers/devices. At any rate, modern scripts and other dependencies can lurch webpages into multi-megabyte sizes quite unnecessarily.
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This is a pretty neat article on the history of what I consider approaches to the canvas of the web; and representing information not just across devices but also of differing densities and consumption.
I do appreciate the overt mention of Progressive Web Apps (PWA's) as a sensible approach to standardizing content delivery for the future of the web.
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When Jobs was asked what it was like to work with Rand, he said, [ I asked him if he would come up with a few options, and he said, "No, I will solve your problem for you and you will pay me. You don't have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people." ]
That's a great way for a designer to own the solution without the weight of the problem.
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It's pretty cool that the delta in this experiment was due to a passive environmental observation and not found under active scrutiny of the bacteria themselves.
I love the scientist's quote when he notes "It was an instruction from Mother Nature to take this more seriously."
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Wonderful insights into Arthur Schopenhauer's outlook on life and our interactions as we move through it in transcendence of a banal existence.
I can relate to his "prime command" as imaginary King; there are few things more satisfying than solitude with the Self.
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A statistically sobering article on the flawed nature of wealth-based taxation, showing how it becomes harmfully compounding over time. Good read, and great point of reference.
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Very eye-opening information; that sleep patterns and the maximal benefits thereof have genetic predispositions which accounts for different sleep habits and routines such as early risers, night owls, and ill-diagnosed insomnia.
Pardon the pun, but this is a breath-taking video of a champion free-diver exploring the open sea. The interaction with animals, the endless seascapes, and the cinematography are absolutely mesmerizing.
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As I've grown older, the technique of slowing down and finding precision has always proven itself to have more merit than any other approach to navigating today's fast-paced lifestyle of information overload and instant gratification.
Efficiency as technique will always be available when needed, but the mental benefits of slowing down (breathing, thinking, navigating) will always sit higher in the hierarchy of living a rewarding life.
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I recently finished Levi's two memoirs written shortly after his detainment in the Jewish concentration camps — "If This is a Man" and "The Truce" — and his optimism and matter-of-fact tenacity in describing the horrors and small victories of the human condition are perennial reads.
The article does a great job of introducing Levi the writer, the prisoner, the chemist, and the man himself.
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These monkeys look so animated, and what's surprising to me is the dexterity with which they handle the rocks that they use as large blunt-force nutcrackers. I see human garbage in the background of the video, but no monolith.
Pardon the pun, but this is absolutely breathtaking. A video by World Champion free diver Guillaume Néry that highlights the vastness of the open world under the sea and the scale at which we fit into it.
Archived Link: http://archive.vn/gPXh0
The auto-complete implementation is probably the way it should be done everywhere. I'm very appreciative of both the breath of case studies that were done pertaining to this single UI element, and also the release of an open-source implementation for anyone to incorporate into their project.
Archived Link: http://archive.vn/hLf17
Haunting imagery and tragic stories empower this article to formulate a grim picture of the aftermath of the senseless bombings that was done to hundreds of thousands of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The kind of evil that permeated the men who authorized such an act mystifies me to this day.
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IP theft by China is the rule and not the exception, so it's no surprise that such valuable trade secrets were targeted geopolitically so close to home.
The fact that the entire industry of semi-conductor fabrication was targeted is arguably a sign that China will redouble efforts to manufacture homegrown hardware and silicon to further centralize it's supply chain.
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Animals, plants, and even bacteria were found to be either chronically affected to adapted to the radiation within the Exclusion Zone, but these insights show that the same medium (air currents) that helped to spread the initial radiation debris after the accident are now also the cause of secondary spread of radionuclides far beyond the perceived safe borders; according to the article some 2000 miles away.
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Nice historical tidbits of corona discharge from ship's masts to cell towers to aircraft wing tips. I read it as a sort of refresher in electrostatic particles and how they behave.
The research lab discovering that altering the charge of a plane in flight could reduce it's chances of getting struck by lightning was just a great takeaway of how the balancing of emergent properties with those of the natural world can be done.
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Integrity and encryption for SneakerNet! All joking aside, this is an interesting method and is analog enough to actually be quite secure.
As an aside, the other shoelace and shoelace-tying methods found on the website are very expansive and detailed, and probably cover every possible permutation one can think of.
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Freedom of expression and industries that thrive on such expression must always be vigilant not to get into bed with totalitarian regimes; and their investments.
The example cited in the article where the flags of US Allies Taiwan and Japan were removed from the upcoming remake of Top Gun — due to Chinese demands — borders on incomprehensible.
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Amazing read that sheds light on how contact with humans (and other plants, the wind, etc.) can go so far as to alter a part of the genome of a plant.
The article's title mentions that they "don't like it", which seems a bit of subjective notion especially considering the examples cited where the plant was able to be stimulated enough to fight off a fungus, but nevertheless it's all pretty fascinating to me.
Steve McCurry is a living legend of the photography world. His stunning portraits capture the gamut of human emotion, and the subtleties of conflict — all in stunning shades of color that he's most famous for.
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I wasn't aware that our cells evolved their repair mechanisms to combat oxidative stress billions of years ago when free oxygen first entered the atmosphere, and this same principle is used to repair radiation damage as well, and in the case of the bacterium in question it occurs on a massively enhanced scale such that it can withstand all kinds of environmental extremes.
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So strange that cosmological properties related to space and time can have such drastically different properties when they are contained in the domain of a black hole; effectively the complexity of a black hole interior becomes exponentially greater than outside the event horizon. At least I think that's the gist of the article.
This is a real marvel of material science and engineering. Being able to mimic nature in such a way as to create a seemingly indestructible substrate of which the core properties lie in it's flexibility when faced with pressure.
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Informative exposition on the history, usage, and transformation of value from gold to the many stages of paper that comprise modern day fiat currency. What's notable to me is the way the medium of transfer affected the culture and shaped even the political ideologies of the time.
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It's somewhat serendipitous that the author was able to relate and appreciate the wisdom contained in the bits of knowledge passed from one generation to another.
A soft, personal story filled with realizations that I think most readers can relate to in one way or another.
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Beautiful geometric and brutalist architecture give a vivid impression of a place really frozen in time. The simplicity and juxtaposition of the structures are wonderfully balanced by way of their abstract design.
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Making a choice that leads to real-world consequences (whether indirect or unintentional) can't be an easy thing to live with at a young age.
I appreciate the author not cutting himself any slack, and carrying the life lesson with him all through to the person he is today. A sobering read for anyone that works in industries that have far-reaching implications.
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Very impressive way to ascertain the outer limits of a galaxy by observing the velocity of nearby small galaxies (among other complex calculations, observations, and measurements). It's a great appending of knowledge surrounding the Milky Way, especially in relation to the Andromeda galaxy.
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Really good article highlighting the characteristics and nature of venture capital firms, and some of the criteria that enable them to be defined within a bifurcation of market type and investment stage.
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Equal parts art, science, and tradition. I never knew blueberries were grown in such as way, and it's a great bit of operational knowledge as well — the the nuance of the burning process done by hand in order to produce a crop of exceptional and better quality.
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Quite a novel discovery, that of bacteria that feed on and metabolize metal as an energy source. It certainly gives credence to the assumption that life in other parts of the Universe would both be biologically different in how they interact with matter but also how they advance technologically.
It's also a great read into how the scientific process leading to such a discovery was carried out, with all the bewilderment and awe one would expect.
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BGP continues to be an insecure but vital protocol that shoulders the very backbone of information exchange across the globe. This publication from NIST outlines a method to securely implement an authenticated, enhanced BGP protocol as a necessary step in the right direction with respect to the security and resiliency of Internet traffic across providers.
Archived Link: http://archive.vn/B7aNV
A great excerpt from Bertrand Russell's Nobel acceptance speech that focuses on desire, acquisitiveness, vanity, love, and other bits of thought that are individually as timeless as the entirety of his life's work.
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I recently refactored a small side project using Tachyons CSS to see what it's like, and while I found it useful for a single page and very simply layouts, creating an entire website using functional CSS frameworks would be nothing short of a nightmare.
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Absolutely fantastic exposition that looks into the "Dunbar Number"; which describes cognitive boundaries that social media platforms have bridged across different domains of knowledge, allowing interactions to occur on the basis of ownership of social issues that carry with them both a heavy burden and questionable barrier of entry.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/W8m6H
Interesting article on magnetic fields across the entire cosmos. I've read before about older cultures believing and documenting magnetism both intra and extra-Earthly as a navigation, transport, and even energy generating mechanism of some kind.
The fact that this article is the inflection point where modern science taps (epistemologically) into the same vein of thinking is quite uncanny.
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Huawei's reputation within Silicon Valley is well known (viz. their theft of source code from Cisco Systems) but this article highlights another, more pervasive undertaking by one of China's most prolific thieves of intellectual property; the target being Nortel Networks.
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One of the lightly-mentioned but salient points is the praise he imparted on his assistant. Having a lot of smaller, repetitive, and scheduling/communication-related tasks being offloaded greatly helps to recover time that can be used productively.
Apart from that, the entire article is a wonderful insight into how time is managed at that level of scale, both in the scope of work as well as personal development.
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Causing randomized disruptions in production clusters definitely isn't for the faint of heart, but there are definitely benefits to this approach when one considers the fallacy of having redundancy and backups that are never stress-tested.
The site is a good primer of the best practices involved in the implementation of such a methodology.
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This nifty exploration into the simplicity that CSS affords is a good reminder of how little is needed to effect layout-specific styles that are also responsive across devices. A great starting point for when you need to utilize HTML to display parsed data while having usability vs. performance issues to consider.
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While I've unsuccessfully tried journalizing before (for different reasons than those posited in the article) I get the feeling that the more senior you are also the more time you would likely have to pursue such an act of retrospective detailing and incremental documentation of progress over time.
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Really cool article and related video that details the brilliant combination of analog and digital systems that work in unison to give the F-22 its unrivaled air superiority.
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Really good information about rabbit behavior in this article. I was also surprised to discover the otherworldly tenacity and durability of the virus that's causing the outbreak of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mQIw7
As a photographer, and having a general interest in optics of any kind, this is a fascinating article that delves into the technical properties of light, reflection, shadows, etc. If that wasn't useful enough, each concept is coupled with stunning interactive elements that accurately portray the physics behind them in Cartesian space.
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There's nothing like a good astronomy article. This one doesn't disappoint, with some uncanny facts about primordial black holes that shed light (or darkness?) onto observed data of our own solar system and the dark matter of the universe at large.
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Very promising results from this study, although I'm hesitant to stare directly into a near-infrared light source directly rather than simply utilizing ambient light of the same nature coupled with a removal of sources in the blue spectrum.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/nnaIB
I found this article interesting because it focuses on salient strategies surrounding Kubernetes, choice of cloud, value vs. cost, etc. relating to the infrastructure of a relatively new app that's scaling very quickly.
Apart from the usefulness of such insights being given in an interview format, there were some notable takeaways such as the AWS S3 egress data costs being higher than that of the AWS EC2 compute nodes!
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/uljf0
My personal view is also that Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is entirely not feasible, especially in the way that science fiction proffers it, but my reasoning behind it is different but tangential to those the paper seeks to expound on.
That being said, the article brings up a number of intrinsic arguments against AGI that I've not researched, and truth be told, as of the time of posting this Link Dump I've yet to complete the article in its entirely (much less integrate it into my thinking about AI/AGI as a whole). But so far, it's well worth the read.
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Private equity and VC-related human resources information is sometimes hard to come by in understandable and clear formats; hence this article is a gem as it breaks down the standard terms and their meaning in the scope of hiring policies and employee ownership. The literal vs. practical definitions for each point are also quite invaluable.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/UpVJG
For hardcore CLI users (and possibly writers?) this is a nice way to add a boot option to a laptop's GRUB list for instant productivity. It's also great to be able to run shell commands as well as use the Vim plugin ecosystem to extend functionality.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BLW32
This is a real feat of particle physics! The creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate happened in orbit aboard the ISS is really the cherry on top, since from what I gather it provides clearer measurements and observations that are devoid of any Earthly interference.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/AuR8y
I can see where the author of this post is coming from, and if it's taken to the extreme the result might very well be something akin to Nihilism, with the threat to existentialism of course being replaced with a threat to innovation by virtue of no one speaking their mind.
I think the problem is becoming increasingly systemic, especially since "free speech" (granted to any individual) is being slowly eroded in academic and professional circles by the far-left notion of "mandated speech" (that conforms to the group).
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XeP4X
A nice summation of how the mind stills itself when it's experiencing anything that can be described as a blissful state, and a reminder that the goal to achieve this sort of stasis is really a longing to return to the mind's most resting state; freedom from the thought processes of the frontal cortex.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mpb9e
Even though having four color cone types is common among some types of animals, the evolution of this in the vision of a hummingbird seems to be one of excess suitability — since their ability to discern non-spectral hues covers and extends beyond the gamut of colors that any flowers possesses, making it an invaluable survival mechanism if you think about how often a hummingbird needs to feed.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/tZi0x
Quite an unexpected and catastrophic chain of events that stemmed from human error in the initial supply chain. They should've used a better system that excluded the winning number from the set of numbers used for smaller prizes; and of course print the number elsewhere and randomly insert it into the supply chain afterwards.
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Single-task, queue-based productivity was really popularized by this technique; which I've tried since reading the article and it does indeed make a big difference. I think everyone innately understands the benefits of this approach, but we tend to drift away from the methodology due to distractions that constantly bombard us in the modern world.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/PFRnL
A really informative look into the complexities of how money is used in Cuba. Outside of the obvious organized corruption and racketeering, it's baffling to see how the dual currency is wielded in everyday life, especially within the pricing and spending dynamics of locals vs. foreigners.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/JwBD8
The fact that Thailand is Fanta's 4th largest global market is astounding. My only question would be why isn't Fanta Orange and Fanta Grape equally as popular? Either way, this is an insightful tidbit into how cultural habits have shaped an economic marker, instead of the other way around.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/bnJSv
I always enjoy reading articles that deal with existential topics and the larger, vaster reality of death that we usually ignore, or sometimes keep buried under a veneer of cultural anaesthesia.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EpLyV
I don't use the C language but as with many anecdotes of programming wisdom, these are both amusing from a systems approach and applicable in other languages as well.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/95Px8
A thoughtful list of pitfalls such as privacy violation, lack of accurate data, and erosion of civil liberties that far outweigh the fictional benefits of creating an "Immunity Passports", which in my opinion would be a globalist Orwellian nightmare impossible to awaken from the morning after.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/q9kB5
It would seem that there are secrets of the Bourne Again Shell always waiting to be discovered; unless of course someone finds them for us. Not sure how many of these I would use daily but it's quite a superb list of shell commands that mirror the many other Bash posts by the same author.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/9QD7N
This compilation of posts over the years is actually a free book due to the length and composition. I would have opted to link to each article individually, but they really represent a real-world goldmine of information (some of which is subjective by the author's own admission) that revolve around technical problems and realities that a CTO or administrator may encounter.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gXIsy
This eye-opening report takes a deep-dive into the rules, strategies, and processes that are used by WeChat to censor information sent within the app regardless of the location of the user. Highly recommended reading.
There's a certain web developer comradery in finding someone who hates carousels as much as I do; so much so that they made a website befit with irony in order to hammer the point home.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MoenT
It's hard to resist clicking through to an article that has the term Detonation Engine within the title. Quite an interesting breakdown of the difference between internal combustion engines that utilize constantly injected fuel for energy versus detonation engines, which release much more energy from timed explosive reactions and compounding shockwaves (of awesomeness).
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/y8jvz
A terse but clear exposition from Bruce that looks at the efficacy of contact-tracing apps not just through the lens of privacy and security, but also from a purely logical and objective vantage point as it relates to the statistical (read: real-world) usefulness of the correlated data.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EdtG5
I've seen a lot of organizations and projects aim to add in a Code of Conduct (CoC) that caters for developers and contributors, but I would just like to point out that an equally useful Social Contract — such as the one utilized for years by Debian — is also a great gesture towards the end-user community for both overall trust-building and assurance of goals.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/34eOj
It does seem a bit obvious at first but I think that this technique is sometimes unintuitively ignored when learning curves become steep, probably due to a lack of planning beforehand in the overall learning experience when approaching something new or rehashing old ideas in order to apply them in practical if not novel ways.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/vzfaX
It's not easy to find a simple guide with examples of the semantic differences between the more modern LXD manager for the LXC utility it vs. commandline-shotgunning LXC itself.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ejpPn
Is ennui is a few steps away from absolute nihilism? I'm not sure, and I'll have to delve into that deeply, but it's a great article that defines situations that are hard to self-identify with before they materialize into behavioral traits (or not).
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/p7hnU
The spirit of science should be one of open discussion within a marketplace of ideas — not a peer-reviewed echo chamber that tries to ostracize the act of inquisitive skepticism. Scientists have historically been persecuted for far more outlandish (and world-changing) views, the difference being that such persecution usually comes from outside of the scientific community; not within.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/v078D
After the initial 'systemd' vs. 'sysvinit' debacle, I've slowly come to accept and utilize 'systemd' for a lot of process and production-oriented workflows. Opinions on init systems aside, this is a great article from Red Hat itself on the best-practices of securing applications and services that utilize 'systemd'.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VjRq6
Fascinating read on evolutionary theory. TL/DR from the article: "...organisms must constantly adapt, evolve, and proliferate in order to survive while pitted against ever-evolving opposing organisms in a constantly changing environment, as well as to gain reproductive advantage." Perhaps the animal kingdom is more zero-sum than we thought?
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/in3fu
Once you ignore the domain name, you'll find it's a really good historical article on (ironically) using heat to not "cook" your balls but what's inside them. With hot tubs and saunas and the like, it seems to be the most natural type of birth control, at the very least to strategically augment the usual female birth control that a partner would initially undertake.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/hVU8U
Sublime exposition of the way sentiment analysis is done overarchingly in marketing and UX design to map and even preempt user behavior. This process holds true for both digital and physical goods as well.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/3zupW
Great explanation on the reason why specificity is good for declarative CSS as a best-practice.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ryHFT
Reminder of the importance and benefit of creating equally or more than you consume; be it side projects, art, technology wire-frames, or even ideas themselves.
Re-watched this a few times. Great talk to keep fresh in your mind as it relates to fully committing yourself to goals and valuing the importance of conviction.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/mjcn0
Insight from Taiwan's president into how policy, data, and empathy were merged into an effective and well-executed response to the COVID pandemic.
John Paul Caponigro is a world-famous photographer, and I've watched some of his workshops over at B&H relating to color grading, processing, etc. This video is one of his (as usual) creatively profound presentations of his on-location landscape photography projects. Full-screen and headphones recommended.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MyrVK
Not that we need a reminder of how insecure WhatsApp is from an OPSEC standpoint, but a good refresher nonetheless from Telegram's founder.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/317da
Old article of a topic that's been resurrected lately due to the testing of drugs for efficacy against COVID-19.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/MagcB
Impressive use of the command line and `awk` to sanitize HTML tags and syntax in any regular file.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XtLCv
Good refresher on the options available for front-loading TCP handshakes, DNS queries, and DOM rendering that give a better website experience for the end user.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RXJuG
Interesting take on the overlap between Customer Experience and User Experience (and segmentation vs. behavior) as it relates to product development.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Numny
A good clinical deep dive into how big-picture decision making happens in folks with emotional distress. I'm guessing this also fits hand-in-glove with manic/bipolar depression as well.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/t6Z2m
Superb overview of the security posture considerations for Kubernetes clusters, referencing the MITRE ATT&CK® framework.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Wuln4
Database architecture and administration are usually given more attention than schema design concepts, and this blog post is a good solid read on the fundamentals to keep in mind when considering the data structure within a chosen database.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/pDCVe
Timeless guide that can be applied to any type of work not just software engineering; where compounding progress is needed either in creative pursuits or project completion.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RAff4
Quick, deep, and good-natured deep dive into the chemicals and chemical processes required to produce medicine at scale.
Very erudite guest. I love how the conversation just flows across different topics, and then in some cases is hyper-focused in on highly technical topics such as mathematics, physics, and political game theory.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/G8Auy
`cgroups`, Namespaces and all the things that come after. Really digestible article that speaks volumes to the misunderstanding of these differing virtualization and containerization concepts.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/DXVtG
Concise and clear article on the status of carriage return differences across operating systems, and ends with a simple recommendation for avoiding errors when using Git version control.
High quality up-sampling of anime style images (and photos) using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/5xqhk
A breakdown of the engineering practices, technical shortcuts, and misleading marketing that surround the closed-source Zoom video chat application that's soared in popularity recently due to COVID-19.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/XOf9X
Great insight into Cloudflare impressively re-implementing their tooling from scratch for insanely fast performance — "2.5 trillion read requests and 30 million write requests a day on over 90,000 database instances across thousands of servers".
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1Cqt0
An article that delves into the considerations surrounding the reaction to the current COVID-19 pandemic in the context of societal freedoms and human rights.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/9Q3f2
How cool would it be to inspect a webpage's elements in a 3-dimensionally stacked DOM? Microsoft Edge's team considered that question and just went with it.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jk8IT
Superb technical writeup about how the mechanics of anti-adblocking functions, and the measures that are taken by adblockers to be one step ahead. I was surprised at the logical simplicity of the techniques used to identify changes in user/browser/script interactions.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/BlwWT
Good read for anyone interested in the workings of the `htop` utility, or for those who would like a quick refresher.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/kEV3U
An article by one of the developers over at Jitsi that gives great thoughts and solutions for a problem that reads as such: "Deploying media servers for WebRTC has two major challenges, scaling beyond a single server as well as optimizing the media latency for all users in the conference."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/uWenZ
One of the best articles to read if you're interested in the aesthetics of icon design and their role within user interfaces as a whole.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/dEb4b
Great interview with Gibson on how his ideas are contextualized in the modern day mashup of cyberspace and AI. On a side note if you haven't read his signature title "Neuromancer", it's an eternally good read.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VnHe7
This is a pretty actionable writeup that contains some non-obvious things to keep in mind. I found it extremely applicable for any startup not just ones dealing with software.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/p98cv
Quite an interesting deep dive into the geopolitical supply chain that surrounds the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/TPYCd
Technically applicable, but a great read for anyone interested in ways of categorizing and approaching data in the larger scope of systems theory.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EZoG4
A completely free and web-based book on the fundamentals of computer science, written by Sandy Maguire.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/qk18a
Pretty spot-on overview of the types of intrusive advertising.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/2ByXj
Concise and well written high-level blog post outlining the benefits and rationale behind implementing zero-trust in as many places as possible within a networked environment.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RVoun
If this works as promised, then verily it represents the future of energy for the planet.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/IkP2j
This is great deep-dive into how IBM's shift from technology to consulting played a big role in their declining bottom line; or as the article quips — down and to the right.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Un3Gi
Very good insights into the considerations (wattage, redundancy, latency, etc.) when deciding on how to build and scale a global data center fleet.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/K80yO
Fair perspective on the role of AI when aimed to be used for public good in an increasingly connected world.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/qVPBW
"A real full-stack engineer would know how to write a compiler." Amusing quote, but the article touches on important points regarding how development is done (and perceived) across the many layers of abstraction that are sometimes taken for granted.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/cad6A
Thoughtful write-up on the concept of "Idiosyncrasy Credits" which describe an individual's capacity to acceptably deviate from group expectations.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ezkIg
Old but always timely reminder and reference article that outlines the staggeringly bad idea of password expiration.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/eynhf
Easily-digestible overview of a technical and intuitive concept in physics.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/rnDNO
I agree wholeheartedly with Bruce on this one. We shouldn't make the mistake of banning something whose use is determined by the ulterior motives of the users and not the technology itself.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/fbAS3
Capitalism fosters innovation, indeed. I do believe that contraceptives should be used along with new approaches to climate change, since population growth generally spikes in low-income countries where women don't have equitable access to birth control.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ubCPx
I like how detailed this article is in terms of strategy and pricing breakdowns as they explain the low-margin, low-manpower niche of buffets.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4vcVi
This is a lovely vignette on the late, great Christopher Hitchens and his contribution to free-thinking as well as a good reminder of the need for down-to-earth objective reasoning in the face of its many politically-correct enemies.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1EpQ
Not your average refresher on arithmetic, but a good insight into how the RSA cipher actually works. A good read either way even if, like me, you're not mathematically inclined.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wip/roNW1
Interesting approach using interference patterns to help deduce what's actually there. I imagine it'll be useful from military applications to driverless cars once the technology gets out of the lab and into the real world.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RFlYb
Whomever was the speechwriter did a concise but wonderful job in portraying the magnitude of achievement, the depth of loss, and the meaningfulness of remembrance in the event this message had to be broadcast.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RmCTP
Not an exhaustive list, but a good reminder of some moving parts to be mindful of when running a company solo.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/P1eOM
AP photographers are always at the heart of the story; capturing images from some of the most enigmatic and dangerous part of the globe. Their yearly round up is well worth a look.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/YgAkC
Superbly informative writeup from EFF on the many types of ingress points that are used in surveillance; with a heavy focus on tracking across devices, use of geolocation, and the combined network effect of the collated data sets. Recommended reading for anyone that's privacy-conscious.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/DRceM
A good exposé on the importance of keeping cash as a viable option even though there's a push towards going cashless. The benefits of at least having cash as an option include security, privacy, decentralization, and empowerment of the individual — well worth the read if you're in the FinTech space.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/pR2RQ
Pretty informative post about the different types of transponders, latency, and technology used for airplane Wi-Fi. I never gave much thought to how this worked but the technical details are fascinating.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/miyLW
In a nutshell, this study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that "nutritional inequality has less to do with the supply of supermarkets in a neighborhood than with the demand for healthier foods by its residents. Their findings suggest that education, nutritional knowledge, and regional food preferences play a far larger role in nutritional inequality than access issues."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/ISwQF
Excellent guidelines for front-end development work; making the most of how modern browsers read and interpret HTML attributes.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Mjy65
Haunting imagery by AP photographers showing the extent of suffering in Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro's tyrannical regime.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/7twpj
Old but still very much apt article outlining the history of policy-making that ultimately led to a worsening of poverty.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/K1D2U
The sheer robustness of these phages under excessive laboratory conditions is a testament to how effective they are in the wild, and to the myriad possibilities of using them as a weapon against diseases.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/srOvz
This is a magnificent feat of engineering that's also a nod to nature's efficiency.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/VW3Tl
Good article outlining this fundamental concept in human-centric design.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/L0bIL
Interesting linguistic dive into the syntactic/semantic similarities in spoken language.
Nifty little design tool for generating linear palettes.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/FTPjg
Article can be summed up with this quote from Edward Snowden: "To deny my younger self would have been to deny my present self’s validity."
For all the fellow audiophiles out there, this is a must-watch for understanding digital vs. analog sound encoding and reproduction.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1Ih7p
I can't help but wonder if this new type of "influencing the narrative" propaganda will become mainstream. I've seen a number of films lately with Chinese studio investments (usually shown as the opening credits).
Great aerospace history lesson on the X-29 and how the physics of flight works in terms of modern wing design.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/57BcR
Science and objective reason have historically always been under threat from the perniciousness of religion. Thankfully the days of burning witches is over, but now the church is trying to classify the human species outside animal kingdom.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/CJWOS
Can psychedelics dissolve boundaries in humans? Of course. Can psychedelics dissolve boundaries in octopi? Apparently, they can as well.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/xdUG3
You know when astronomers say something is too massive to exist in the title, the article is going to be good.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4pjYL
Just discovered that Cloudflare provides its own NTP servers, and accessible from their edge network nonetheless.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/OPCZO
Hopefully a positive step towards the decriminalization of (and stoppage of the war on) plants.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/f7yNx
Interesting social safety net. Might be a good initiative to do in other countries, especially in the third-world considering Finland has done the necessary R&D with supporting stats.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1JQD2
Great read, one of the interesting takeaways is how successfully this has worked at-scale both horizontally and vertically.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/wfraO
Reminder of how the work-life balance should instead become a work-life harmony, if possible.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gPROl
Identifying the Catch-22's in Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. Absolutely love the quote at the end by Sarah Jamie Lewis: "Can't wait for a cryptocurrency with the ethics of Uber, the censorship resistance of Paypal, and the centralization of Visa, all tied together under the proven privacy of Facebook."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/if6C4
Fantastic essay on the cyclical nature of centralized computing and how it's shaped (and continues to shape) the roadmap of modern cloud computing.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/RGJWe
Relatable for creatives and introverts; albeit the hotel rooms in the article are not even remotely contemporary (and therefore suck!).
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/E4nxA
A deep dive into the stunted (if not self-defeating) masculinity of modern times that hides under the guise of Stoicism.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/OztW3
From an Objectivist vantage point I totally agree — term limits should be applied to anyone in public office of any kind.
My productivity soared when I came across this YouTube live stream that plays absolutely beautiful Trance 24/7! You're welcome.
Basically a system dashboard for your terminal. I'll need a bigger screen or a bunch of `tmux` shells but this is definitely awesome.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/IfeYy
In light of the recent SKS Keyserver attack, this is a sound reminder of some flaws that are fundamental to PGP.
A great view on the abstractions that science makes in pursuit of reason vs. those that religion uses as a source of dogma.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/huvaR
Wonderful resource by Roy Thomas Fielding on the elements of networking computing and delivery. I highly recommend the section on REST for a thorough overview of oft-overlooked fundamentals.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/FMYZw
A nice quick writeup outlining how ICANN manages cryptographic keys, DNSSEC and the consensus that keeps it all functioning smoothly.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/08y4Q
Cool blog post that lists a few to-do's and must-do's when it comes to starting a company and developing both internal & market-driven efficiencies.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/EKUyT
I have nothing but respect for journalists; they risk lives and careers in their quest for truth. This man is no different, and he's probably at the vanguard of it all.
Relaxing ambient sounds that are great for hyper-focused productivity and blotting out urban noise. Also great if you tend work better against the backdrop of rain.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/25rHt
I'm a big proponent of nuclear power as the only viable alternative to fossil fuels for a long-term energy solution. This article gives some insight into the new types of reactors that are making this possibility safer for both humanity and the planet.
"An organized and frequently updated collection of Design System examples, resources, tools, articles and videos." Wonderful resource for discovering corporate design systems.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/rlp8D
There's a saying that goes "Not all those who wander are lost" and this article speaks to that as well as the ability of the human brain to enhance, repair, and grow itself by counter-intuitively doing nothing at all.
Another great podcast with one of the world's intellectuals, Graham Hancock.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/jDQsa
Great read on actual ways to streamline productivity so as to avoid cognitive overload, work-related exhaustion, and diminishing returns.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/1P27q
Useful article for creatives to revisit, since creativity in and of itself is a continuous process and has a massive compounding effect over time; which can be translated into N-Tier revenue streams if done correctly!
Intriguing mix of coffee + nootropics. I'm particularly interested in the brand that infuses Lion's Mane mushrooms into their coffee.
"Easily explain Office 365 to anybody. Quickly understand what Office 365 is, which apps are included, how those apps relate, and what each app does."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/D97Fo
Fascinating writeup from the folks over at Nodecraft on how they planned and executed such a gargantuan data migration; inclusive of the wetware brokering between network providers and the like. Throttling wget(1) shows both wisdom and restraint.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/4AnxH
TL;DR "When the disaster strikes, just say to yourself, ok, this was what Paul was talking about. What did he say to do? Oh, yeah. Don't give up."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/gV0eL
Blast from the past. I remember my first GFX card - an ATi Rage 128 Pro with a whopping 32MB of SDRAM. Retro games for me were Raptor, DOOM, Hexen/Heretic, and eventually GTA3III (which became a staple).
This is an epic ten (10) hour loop of repetitive, relaxing music that's great for soothing white noise while doing work.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/i5SBz
Just a quick reminder for the KPI-obsessed among us. Great read for anyone who has to scale performance and usability in tandem.
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/UU2uI
Article sums it up best: A new deep tech ecosystem is taking shape with startups increasingly sitting atthecenter, speeding the research, development, and commercialization of radical innovations dubbed too risky for incumbents.
"...based in NYC, the first Chinese photographer to be invited by the U.S. State Department as a visiting scholar,and Beijing. In early Nov 2018, whilst travelling in Xinjiang, Lu was taken away by state security agents and hasnot beenheard from since."
Archived Link: https://archive.vn/Ly09T
Amazing little machine that explores perpetual motion and energy conservation.