Weekend Reading — Great to be back!

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Published

October 8th
DATE

,

2023 Weekend Reading — Great
DATE

to be back!


Foxes in Love

It’s
WORK_OF_ART

great to be back!

I’m still going through recovery, but got far enough that I’m back to reading good content, and collecting it into a

weekly
DATE

newsletter. So

Weekend Reading
WORK_OF_ART

is back. Hope you enjoy this

week
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‘s edition.

Tech Stuff

Photoshop is now on the web! “Enabled by

WebAssembly + Emscripten
ORG

, Web Components + Lit, Service Workers + Workbox & new Web” Impressive!


Ramsey Nasser
PERSON

👍

if i can offer younger developers any advice its this: develop a visceral allergy to complexity as soon as you can and nurture that allergy your whole life until it approaches debilitating. all else being equal complexity is bad. more "stuff" is bad, period. there are dopamine triggers and corporate metrics that may indicate otherwise but they are catastrophically wrong. fight to make simpler things. sometimes you really cannot, but thats a fight you need to have and lose if thats the case…

The Tron Project: How

Japan
GPE

Almost Ruled IT The

Tron
ORG

announcement was a moment of reckoning. It felt like

Japan
GPE

could take over the world of personal computers. Yet it didn’t, and this article explains why.

Ranging from

about $23,000
MONEY

a year down to

a modest $4,600
MONEY

.

Microsoft
ORG

feared that a

TRON
ORG

PC would end the dominant position of

NEC Corp.
ORG

within

Japan
GPE

, which was offering a highly popular computer that used

Microsoft
ORG

’s

MS-Dos
ORG

system.


The Saga of the Closure Compiler
WORK_OF_ART

, and Why TypeScript Won

Unless you’ve worked on frontend at

Google
ORG

at some point in

the past 20 years
DATE

, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever encountered

the Closure Compiler
ORG

. It occupied a similar niche to

TypeScript
ORG

, but

TypeScript
ORG

has absolutely, definitively won.

Long gone,

DEC
ORG

is still powering the world of computing Remember

DEC
ORG

? Once upon a time, at the top of the computing world. I read this out of curiosity, wish it covered

70’s and
DATE

80’s computer in more detail (and less about

Windows NT
PRODUCT

).


Thomas Steiner

PERSON

Wow, VS Code can now debug #WebAssembly if the #Wasm code is annotated with

Dwarf
ORG

debugging information (via the -g flag in #Emscripten): https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/nodejs/nodejs-debugging#_debugging-webassembly.


mozilla hirefox
PERSON

🤣

getting fired from apple for printing out little pieces of paper that say ".DS_Store" and leaving them everywhere


vita snackville-west
PERSON

“Learning about cpu architecture”

People

Let it shine: the unexpected benefits of sun exposure on skin

For

years
DATE

we’ve been told to avoid sun to prevent skin cancer. But research suggests a dose of rays can boost your immune system and increase lifespan. We look on the bright side

Machine Thinking

Decomposing Language Models Into Understandable Components Anthropic’s research paper details how decomposing groups of neurons in a neural network into interpretable "features" may improve safety by enabling monitoring of LLMs.

How to AI “

Three
CARDINAL

approaches on deploying generative AI for brands and corporations” Overview of where AI is right now, and how we got here.

Before Skynet and The Matrix, This

50-Year-Old Movie Predicted
DATE

the Rise of AI – IGN “When artificial intelligence becomes god, who will come to love it? We’re looking back at the

AI
ORG

classic,

Colossus
ORG

:

The Forbin Project
ORG

.”


Insecurity

Turnstile
WORK_OF_ART

is free for everyone CAPTCHAs are over. They’re not user friendly, and too easy for machines to hack. Cloudflare replaces them with

Turnstile
ORG

, which they make freely available for everyone for unlimited use.

Humans give up on CAPTCHA puzzles

approximately 15%
PERCENT

of the time and, maddeningly, CAPTCHAs are significantly easier for bots to solve than they are for humans.

Everything Else

ErrantScience “

October
DATE

is a great time to remember that botany is crazy and makes no sense 🎃⁠”

iPhone

15
CARDINAL


Pro Max Camera Review: Depth
ORG

and Reach Everything you want to know about the

iPhone
ORG


15
CARDINAL


Pro Max
PERSON

camera.

For the

first
ORDINAL

time scientists observe the creation of matter from light

When

two
CARDINAL

ions passed by each other without colliding, some of their virtual photons interacted and turned into real photons with very high energy. These photons then collided with each other and produced electron-positron pairs, which were detected by the STAR detector at

RHIC
ORG

. The scientists analyzed

more than 6,000
CARDINAL

such pairs and found that their angular distribution matched the theoretical prediction for matter creation from light.


NanoRaptor
PRODUCT

“It is now safe to switch off your consciousness.”

A prehistoric cosmic airburst preceded the advent of agriculture in

the Levant 🤔

Agriculture
EVENT

in

Syria
GPE

started with a bang

12,800 years ago
DATE

as a fragmented comet slammed into the

Earth
LOC

‘s atmosphere. The explosion and subsequent environmental changes forced hunter-gatherers in the prehistoric settlement of

Abu Hureyra
PERSON

to adopt agricultural practices to boost their chances for survival.



Israel
GPE

‘s 9/11’: Political analysts react to deadly

Hamas
ORG

attack Good explainer of what happened in

Israel
GPE

over

the weekend
DATE

(now officially war that will last for a very long time).


MissConstrue
ORG



Feeling Boo-tee-full
WORK_OF_ART

. Endearing and wonderful art from

Nick Maskell
PERSON

.”


Erik McClure
PERSON

“with apologies to xkcd #

1420
MONEY

This

EV
ORG

restomod highlights the joys and flaws of the classic

MGB
PRODUCT

“It’s lighter and more powerful than the original but only by a sensible amount.”

UnclePJ

I’ve opened a can of worms. They just sit there, the worms. Hardly the chaos that’s been advertised.


Victor Wynne
PERSON

“Ooh 😯 new emoji category”