Fusion Energy, Data Centers, Rotation, Idiosyncrasy, Passwords, etc.

Radical hydrogen-boron reactor leapfrogs current nuclear fusion techhttps://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hydrogen-boron-fusion-clean-energy/

If this works as promised, then verily it represents the future of energy for the planet.

IBM’s Lost Decadehttps://www.platformonomics.com/2020/02/ibms-lost-decade/

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.

How Many Data Centers Needed World-Widehttps://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2017/04/how-many-data-centers-needed-world-wide/

Very good insights into the considerations (wattage, redundancy, latency, etc.) when deciding on how to build and scale a global data center fleet.

Facing Up to Facial Recognitionhttps://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/facing-up-to-facial-recognition

Fair perspective on the role of AI when aimed to be used for public good in an increasingly connected world.

The boring debate over the use of “full-stack”https://writingfordevelopers.substack.com/p/the-boring-debate-over-the-use-of

“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.

Learning Synthshttps://learningsynths.ableton.com/en/

Cool, interactive, and simple tutorial for anyone who wants to learn the practicalities of sound-creation using a synthesizer.

You have a set amount of “weirdness points”. Spend them wisely.https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/wkuDgmpxwbu2M2k3w/you-have-a-set-amount-of-weirdness-points-spend-them-wisely

Thoughtful write-up on the concept of “Idiosyncrasy Credits” which describe an individual’s capacity to acceptably deviate from group expectations.

Time for Password Expiration to Diehttps://www.sans.org/security-awareness-training/blog/time-password-expiration-die

Old but always timely reminder and reference article that outlines the staggeringly bad idea of password expiration.

Wigner Rotationhttps://kirstenhacker.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/wigner-rotation-2/

Easily-digestible overview of a technical and intuitive concept in physics.