What a great read. Wisdom here. I particularly liked #5, #12, and #24. Via Five Things on Friday #292.⏎ April 23, 2019
I think I may finally get on the Instant Pot bandwagon. 😎⏎ April 23, 2019
Great new add to Google Maps. 👏⏎ April 23, 2019
This is a fun read for me in large part because I’ve not worked with Glitch. It looks very interesting. Plus, I like how Simon tackled the automation here using smart command line capabilities versus diving into code.⏎ April 23, 2019
A brief video I did for the SPS team in Ukraine to share with people that are interested in working with us!⏎ April 22, 2019
This is a fantastic read on the Boeing 737 Max situation.
I’ll say it again: In the 737 Max, the engine nacelles themselves can, at high angles of attack, work as a wing and produce lift. And the lift they produce is well ahead of the wing’s center of lift, meaning the nacelles will cause the 737 Max at a high angle of attack to go to a higher angle of attack. This is aerodynamic malpractice of the worst kind.
It is very interesting to hear from someone who knows this space what the 737 Max was trying to achieve in it’s design.
In a pinch, a human pilot could just look out the windshield to confirm visually and directly that, no, the aircraft is not pitched up dangerously. That’s the ultimate check and should go directly to the pilot’s ultimate sovereignty. Unfortunately, the current implementation of MCAS denies that sovereignty. It denies the pilots the ability to respond to what’s before their own eyes.
So Boeing essentially had unworkable hardware and said “Hey, we’ll fix it in the software!”. But then the software doesn’t let the pilot work the way all other planes let them work.
So Boeing produced a dynamically unstable airframe, the 737 Max. That is big strike No. 1. Boeing then tried to mask the 737’s dynamic instability with a software system. Big strike No. 2. Finally, the software relied on systems known for their propensity to fail (angle-of-attack indicators) and did not appear to include even rudimentary provisions to cross-check the outputs of the angle-of-attack sensor against other sensors, or even the other angle-of-attack sensor. Big strike No. 3.
Anyone writing software that can mean life and death should make sure to learn from this situation.⏎ April 22, 2019
Now that is a large bill! It is interesting that a company with the resources of Apple sees enough value in a 3rd party cloud service that they would spend this much with AWS instead of bringing it in-house.⏎ April 22, 2019
Anti-competitive behavior on the part of telecom companies and your easily purchased legislators. 😡⏎ April 22, 2019
Mocking API endpoints is a great way to get projects moving quickly.
MockIt was designed and developed to help developers get off the ground faster, and give developers a quick way to create APIS for their applications whilst “real” ones are being worked on.
Cool to see an open source version of this you can run on your own.⏎ April 22, 2019
766 times initial investment in 8 years. That is approximately $2 million of appreciation a day, including weekends. 💰⏎ April 22, 2019
This is a fun read. Forget the politics for a moment and this is a fun analysis of the PDF file that was delivered by the Department of Justice for the Mueller Report. It is a little crazy that they didn’t digitally sign the document. There is no way to guarantee that you got the original file.⏎ April 22, 2019
I’m worried about the future for Eero so I read this with a bit more interest. It looks like a great option if you are willing to spend a little bit to get really solid home WiFi. It is worth keeping this option in mind. 🤓⏎ April 22, 2019
Looks like a solid SQL IDE. 👩💻⏎ April 20, 2019
Someday I hope to see a real rocket take off in person. I loved reading this recap of this persons visit to see the Falcon Heavy launch.
The roar sounds just like just what it is: an immense amount of energy unleashed all at once. It builds gradually in intensity while dropping in pitch (due to the Doppler effect.) It’s a roar that you can feel in your chest
Sounds amazing. 🚀⏎ April 20, 2019
The Shortcuts app coming to macOS would be a big deal for me. Just a rumor so far though. 🧐⏎ April 20, 2019
Oh my, I so love the internet sometimes. 🤓⏎ April 19, 2019
Visiting every National Park is something I’ve thought would be a good retirement activity. Maybe this is an option? 😬⏎ April 19, 2019
Last October also witnessed the much-publicized deaths of travel bloggers Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath, who apparently fell while taking a selfie at Yosemite’s Taft Point, a popular rock outcrop with an 800-foot drop. A month prior, Tomar Frankfurter, an 18-year-old from Jerusalem, also fell to his death in the park while reportedly taking a selfie at Nevada Fall. Last July, three stars of High on Life, a popular YouTube thrill-seeking adventure travel show, plummeted to their deaths at a waterfall near Squamish, British Columbia. And in late March, a man from Macau fell 1,000 feet to his death while attempting to take a selfie on the rim at Grand Canyon West.
Stay safe out there! 📷🧗♂️⏎ April 18, 2019
Lessons learned moving a very big social platform to Kubernetes.⏎ April 18, 2019
You would have to be absolutely bonkers to put a microphone attached to Facebook in your house! Please no… just no.⏎ April 18, 2019
Great overview of threading for Python with good code examples.⏎ April 18, 2019
Makes sense. Sounds like a clone of Tile.⏎ April 18, 2019
I need to deal with time zones frequently and most time zone apps on the App Store are garbage. This one is really well done, and has a very solid user experience.⏎ April 18, 2019
Tim Cook impresses me greatly, this book might be a good read.⏎ April 18, 2019
Very cool, fast, and easy to use graphing calculator in the browser. 🤓⏎ April 18, 2019
This is like reading a mathematical breakdown of what I’ve seen over decades of building software. It also highlights why Agile processes focus on spiking the biggest unknowns before tackling other tasks. Those individual tasks can take all of the time.⏎ April 18, 2019
Bunch of leaks of possible new features in iOS 13. 😎⏎ April 18, 2019
This is great design, and a very well done toolkit to enable supporters to embrace your materials. Great example that other politicians, companies, and really any brand could emulate.⏎ April 18, 2019
Interesting new hybrid database.⏎ April 18, 2019
There are definitely gender differences on privacy matters.
Even well-meaning efforts at transparency don’t always work that way for women. Lyft’s car pool service shares the registered names of passengers with everyone else in the car. The first name of an incoming passenger flashes in lights across the dashboard, a feature intended to let riders know they are in the right car. A privacy researcher told me that she once jumped into a Lyft shared ride wearing a sweatshirt with her company’s logo. The next day, she received an email from a male passenger saying, “I found you!” Clearly, he had been able to use her first name and the name of her company to track her down online.
This is a good example where more gender diversity in technology would help.⏎ April 18, 2019
Glad to see WebKit continuing to make privacy a core feature.⏎ April 18, 2019
We seem to constantly learn that food is the ultimate analog. We try to decompose it into numbers and weights, chemicals and nutrients. But it’s fundamentally analog. It cannot be decomposed to bits and bytes. When we try to recompose it from units, it isn’t the same thing, and our bodies know.
When the researchers picked apart effects of individual micronutrients, they found that adequate intake of vitamin K and magnesium linked to a lower risk of all-cause mortality. Also, vitamin A, vitamin K, zinc, and copper were associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. But these benefits were restricted to intake only from foods—not supplements.
As Michael Pollen stated so succinctly: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants..⏎ April 18, 2019
There is growing occurrence of Ethics functions in tech companies. Ethics Officers even. That is probably a gimmick, as this article suggests. This is a thoughtful analysis of what ethics can and could drive in technology companies.⏎ April 18, 2019
This is a cool way of showing journalism with the source material directly discoverable from the content. I spent some time thinking of a system that would do something sort of like this, a sort of open-source news. This is a well done realization of some of those ideas.⏎ April 18, 2019
A visual explainer on privacy matters. Introduces the unknown “other” uses for some of the devices we are putting in our homes.⏎ April 18, 2019
I agree with the premise of this article. Talent in technology is in high-demand, and growing technology organizations will never be able to fill all their positions by going to the market for existing talent. Teams have to learn how to hire motivated learners and develop them.
In the current market situation, every company needs to build a mentoring capacity. The most experienced developers should find time to grow less experienced colleagues through pair programming, continuous feedback, career advice.
All great technology organizations are learning organizations, and perhaps bringing in and developing future talent is the best example of that.⏎ April 18, 2019
What an amazing amount of money being invested.
Here’s a deeply strange thing about Uber, which publicly filed for its IPO today: The company has lost $10 billion from operations, just since 2016, and while riders have paid $79.4 billion for rides, many drivers attest that they can barely scrape together a living. So no part of the operation is a high-margin business, and yet Uber keeps growing and growing and growing.
If the end-game to real profit and margin for Uber is self-driving cars, one has to wonder if they can possibly lose that much money while those are being developed. I think it’s a long ways off.⏎ April 18, 2019
There are so many food tracking applications, and I’ve used a lot of them. I currently use Ate which is all about photo journaling. There are super precise calorie loggers, but this fun logger with a delightful user experience looks really good.⏎ April 18, 2019
This offering has some definite potential. Disney has an amazing catalog of content, and I have a high degree of confidence they will execute this well.⏎ April 18, 2019
Summary of some key highlights from Jeff Bezos Shareholder letter. I really like the “Wander” point. It is very uncomfortable to do that, but acknowledging that it is a necessary component to innovation is important.⏎ April 18, 2019
There is so much data here that it’s hard to even navigate it all. I would be cautious since the selection process isn’t controlled, so, the data could have a lot of unknown bias based on that. However, there are enough respondents that it is absolutely valid for many things and certainly good for spotting trends.⏎ April 11, 2019
It’s cool to see such an iconic typeface getting updated.⏎ April 11, 2019
Good questions for 1:1 sessions with people that you work with or want to learn from. The book sounds like it could be interesting too.⏎ April 11, 2019
In general, think through decisions to the longer impact.
A lot of extraordinary things in life are the result of things that are first-order negative, second order positive. So just because things look like they have no immediate payoff, doesn’t mean that’s the case. All it means is that you’ll have less competition if the second and third order consequences are positive because everyone who thinks at the first order won’t think things through.
🧐⏎ April 11, 2019
This is definitely going to be a fun card to check out.
This level of obsession with the details is nearly expected from Apple. It’s an obsession that requires taste, wealth, expertise and an extensive supply chain, a combination unique to Apple.
I honestly didn’t expect this much design to go into the physical card.⏎ April 11, 2019
Solid reporting from ProPublica. Of course the very wealthy influence policies by buying votes from our elected officials, but I hadn’t really thought about how that could also buy protection from tax officials.
The IRS’ new approach to taking on the superwealthy has been stymied. The wealthy’s lobbyists immediately pushed to defang the new team. And soon after the group was formed, Republicans in Congress began slashing the agency’s budget. As a result, the team didn’t receive the resources it was promised. Thousands of IRS employees left from every corner of the agency, especially ones with expertise in complex audits, the kinds of specialists the agency hoped would staff the new elite unit
As tax day approaches in the US, this article highlights that not all citizens have the same tools in the process.⏎ April 11, 2019
A very detailed, code-first look, at building observability into systems.⏎ April 11, 2019
This is an ambitious offering from Cloudflare. Their push here is performance, but they rightly realize that privacy is a significant concern of VPN users.
Let’s acknowledge that many corners of the consumer VPN industry are really awful so it’s a reasonable question whether we have some ulterior motive. That many VPN companies pretend to keep your data private and then sell it to help target you with advertising is, in a word, disgusting. That is not Cloudflare’s business model and it never will be.
It’s not available yet, but Cloudflare has a lot of credibility to tackle a problem this big. Definitely worth watching.⏎ April 11, 2019
Enjoyable article with the Linus, the creator of Linux. His comment on the difficulty of building a kernel was interesting to me.
I’ve also come to realize that making a new operating system is just way harder than I ever thought. It really takes a lot of effort by a lot of people, and the strength of Linux—and open source in general, of course—is very much that you can build on top of the effort of all those other people.
So unless there is some absolutely enormous shift in the computing landscape, I think Linux will be doing quite well another quarter century from now. Not because of any particular detail of the code itself, but simply fundamentally, because of the development model and the problem space.
It’s very possible that the kernel space gets “solved” with Linux, and that for the foreseeable future that is what runs that layer of computing. The innovation is always moving further up the technology stack. I also noted that he, like many that have thought hard about it, is not a fan of social media.
I absolutely detest modern “social media”—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior.
[…] The whole “liking” and “sharing” model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, it’s all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage.
Agree. 💯⏎ April 11, 2019
This seems like a very good public example of a well documented and thorough handbook on diversity and inclusion. I like the surface area it defines, and the way it is presented is great. 👏⏎ April 11, 2019