Weekend Reading — One minor bug

By admin
Published

October 15th
DATE

,

2023 Weekend Reading
DATE



One
CARDINAL

minor bug


40
CARDINAL

Funny Single-Panel Comics from

New Yorker
ORG


Cartoonist
PRODUCT


Brooke Bourgeois
PERSON


This week
DATE

we have some more comics, talk about software development bugs, pretend to be

Columbo
GPE

, obsess over creativity, find

Star Trek
ORG

on a map of the universe, and yes, I just had a cup of coffee …

Tech Stuff

What Should We Measure? This got me thinking, and it sounds very correct:

Programming is a kind of “lossy compression.” The thinking that comprises the majority of the effort isn’t directly visible in the end work.

I am

Jack
PERSON

‘s Lost 404

Now would be a good time for

Radiohead
ORG

to release a followup album called

"No, Computer
WORK_OF_ART

.”

Why We Don’t Ship Software as Fast as We Used To Don’t blame it all on bloat—the reason is complicated.

One
CARDINAL

example:

My point is that a lot of complexity is required just to meet

today
DATE

’s baseline expectations. When you meet them, a user doesn’t scream out in joy—they just use it. Maybe that’s

one
CARDINAL

reason why software development has become slower.”

No one actually wants simplicity

We think we do, but in fact every web developer will happily sacrifice simplicity to the

first
ORDINAL

shiny thing promising them relief from the mildest of ailments. In other words, they prioritise everything over speed. And then they wonder why using their website is like rowing a boat through a lake of molasses on

a cold day
DATE

using nothing but a small plastic spoon.”

[email protected]

The mistake

99%
PERCENT

of #developers make is thinking they’re working on a “high #performance" #website.

spooky jess That explains the bug in line

36548
CARDINAL

Computer Facts

have you heard of "mathematics"? its like a slow boring computer you do with your hands and pens, it sucks


Ken Shirriff
PERSON

Speaking of mathematics, this calculator won’t fit in your shirt pocket:

How did fighter planes in

the 1950s
DATE

perform calculations before compact digital computers were available? With

the Bendix Central Air Data Computer
ORG

! This electromechanical analog computer used gears and cams to compute "air data" for fighter planes such as the

F-101
PRODUCT

. 1/13


emily 🤔

PERSON

cannot believe that we taught rocks to whisper Secret Numbers so vast that their names have never before and will never be spoken again in the long span of human time, and we use them to key databases for e-commerce systems


Ted Gould
PERSON

“Seen on a car, but considering this for my new Github avatar.”

Report finds few open source projects actively maintained In news that should surprise no one:

In its

9th
ORDINAL


Annual
DATE

State of the Software Supply Chain report, published

October 3
DATE

, software supply chain management company

Sonatype
ORG

assessed

1,176,407
CARDINAL

projects and reported an

18%
PERCENT

decline

this year
DATE

in actively maintained projects.

Just 11%
PERCENT

of projects—118,028—were receiving active maintenance. The report also found some new projects, unmaintained in

2022
DATE

, now being maintained.


40
CARDINAL

Of The Funniest Programming Memes From

This Week
DATE

, Brought To You By A Bunch Of Code When everything is code.

Eye for Design


Everything I Know About UX Research I First Learned From Lt
WORK_OF_ART

.

Columbo
GPE

I grew up watching

Columbo
GPE

with my grandparents. Love the show. It’s good even by

today
DATE

‘s standards. Wish the article was shorter and easier to read. Then again, now I can claim my UX experience is all

Columbo
GPE

-driven and that makes me so proud!

The secret formula for

Apple
ORG

‘s rounded corners “

Discovering the hidden
WORK_OF_ART

formula that determines the roundness of each

Apple
ORG

product.”


[email protected] Throwback
ORG

to when the Photoshop icon was cool and a literal photo shop

acb “This is thoughtful design:

Muji
PERSON

apparently released a flashlight that works with any combination of

2
CARDINAL

AA and

2
CARDINAL


AAA
ORG

batteries, only more dimly with fewer batteries.”

Peoples

Lost in self-doubt? Here’s how to succeed despite impostor syndrome. By being psychologically flexible, however, we can overcome these feelings.

benteh +1

if someone writes to you "we need to talk" write back "we certainly do" so they’ll feel stressed too


The Surprising Origins of Our Obsession with Creativity
WORK_OF_ART

We tend to assume creativity is a timeless human value. But in fact, creativity has only been a regular part of our vocabulary since

the middle of the twentieth century
DATE

. Its

first
ORDINAL

known written occurrence was in

1875
DATE

, making it an infant as far as words go.

Business Side

PhreakByte Facts!

step

one
CARDINAL

: build question marks factory

step

two
CARDINAL

: ???

step

three
CARDINAL

: profit


Six Months Ago
DATE


NPR
ORG

Left Twitter. The Effects Have Been Negligible


Six months later
DATE

, we can see that the effects of leaving

Twitter
ORG

have been negligible. A memo circulated to

NPR
ORG

staff says traffic has dropped by only a single percentage point as a result of leaving

Twitter
ORG

, now officially renamed X, though traffic from the platform was small already and accounted for

just under two percent
PERCENT

of traffic before the posting stopped. (

NPR
ORG

declined an interview request but shared the memo and other information). While

NPR
ORG

’s main account had

8.7 million
CARDINAL

followers and the politics account had

just under three million
CARDINAL

, “the platform’s algorithm updates made it increasingly challenging to reach active users; you often saw a near-immediate drop-off in engagement after tweeting and users rarely left the platform,” the memo says.


Chad
PERSON

“I’m shocked…”

Machine Thinking

Report: GitHub Copilot Loses an Average of $

20
MONEY

Per User Per Month “A new report in

the Wall Street Journal
ORG

highlights the stratospheric costs that

Big Tech
ORG

faces delivering AI capabilities to their customers.”

ellisjrosen “Todays

daily
DATE

cartoon for

the New Yorker
ORG


Locked Doors

WORK_OF_ART


Californians
NORP

can scrub personal info sold to advertisers with

first
ORDINAL

-in-

US
GPE

law The new law goes into effect in

2026
DATE

, so we do have

a couple of years
DATE

to catch up:

The new bill reinforces that all data brokers must register with the

California
GPE

privacy protection agency (CPPA), and it requires the

CPPA
ORG

to establish an easy and free way for

Californians
NORP

to request that all data brokers in the state delete their data through a single page, regardless of how they acquired that information. If data brokers don’t comply with these rules, the bill stipulates they be fined or otherwise penalized.

davidaugust “Seems like the premise for a horror movie called simply:

Beef
WORK_OF_ART

.”


Everything Else

black_cat_shane 🤯

WORK_OF_ART

dadsaysjokes


This morning
TIME

I used

Red Bull
ORG

instead of water to make my coffee.

After

15 minutes
TIME

of driving on the motorway, I realised I left my car at home.


40
CARDINAL


Single-Panel Comics
ORG

For People With A Silly Sense Of Humor From

Evan Lian
PERSON

"A concentrated dose of hilarity captured in

one
CARDINAL

frame.“

What does friendship look like in

America
GPE

?

Women are much more likely than men to say they talk to their close friends about their family extremely often or often (

67%
PERCENT

vs.

47%
PERCENT

). Women also report talking about their physical health (

41%
PERCENT

vs.

31%
PERCENT

) and mental health (

31%
PERCENT

vs.

15%
PERCENT

) more often than men do with close friends […] Men, in turn, are more likely than women to say they talk with their close friends about sports (

37%
PERCENT

vs.

13%
PERCENT

) and current events (

53%
PERCENT

vs.

44%
PERCENT

).

sjvn “This is what all IKEA furniture kits look like to me.”

The Locations of Star Trek and Other Sci-Fi in Real Space As a short

YouTube
ORG

video (

6 minutes,
TIME


40 seconds
TIME

), this is much more interesting than just reading the text.


Everything You Wanted to Know About Salt but Were Too Afraid
WORK_OF_ART

to Ask TIL that not all salts are the same. They differ in size, in saltiness, and in what you can use them for. Even sea salt is not one, but

two
CARDINAL

different types:


Kosher
PERSON

salt is valued for its coarse, large crystal and pure flavor, though some are more pure (and prized) than others. There are

two
CARDINAL

big brands of “kosher salt”—Morton

Kosher Salt
GPE

and

Diamond Kosher Salt
ORG

, and they are not interchangeable. According to

Samin Nosrat
PERSON

, the processes used to make them could not be more different


90
CARDINAL

Animals Ranked by Eyesight and How They Compare to Humans

Have you ever wondered how animals see the world? As animals have evolved more complex bodies and behaviors, their eyes have also evolved to suit their survival needs. The team at Lasik by OCLI

Vision
ORG

has researched the wondrous variety of animal eyes to create the ultimate guide to how animal eyesight compares to humans.

[email protected] “Beautiful cable management 🍟🔒”