Interesting Things #18 — AVIF
This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science, life and stuff.
Three fundamental flaws of SIMD — The promise of increased data processing performance by executing several operations in parallel has problems.
Weaponizing Middleboxes for TCP Reflected Amplification — Censors pose a threat to the entire Internet. (hn)
Google removed our 4M user Chrome Extension. This is what happened and how we fixed it. — We went through a small personal hell here. Here are some lessons learned.
Code Smell of the Day: Type Keys — This is really about dependencies. Let’s compare the dependencies before and after our refactor.
Why Observability Requires a Distributed Column Store — How distributed column stores work, why they’re so fast, and why they’re a requirement for observability. (hn)
Top Hacks from Black Hat and DEF CON 2021 — Tools, techniques, and (hybrid) procedures.
your database connection deserves a name — Reduce time to debug, find root causes faster, differentiate apps and identify bad clients.
Improving responsiveness in text inputs — When it’s slow to type into a text input, it drives me nuts.
Computer Scientists Discover Limits of Major Research Algorithm — Why the gradient descent algorithm cannot solve some kinds of problems quickly. (hn)
Adventures in WebRTC: Making Phone Calls from XMPP — A detailed technical breakdown. (hn)
Amazon shouldn’t have hired me. Here’s how I became an SDE2. — How I went from university hire impostor to successful software engineer. (hn)
There Is No Benefit or Incentive for Developers to Create Quality Code on Software Projects — Speed is rewarded more than quality on software projects.
Upsides to unshipping: The art of removing features and products — What if teams were congratulated when they successfully deprecated features and products? (hn)
This Company Sold More Than $4M of Product In June With Zero Ad Spend (Jul 2021) — When people rave about something but you can’t have it. It makes you want it more. (hn)
Why You Should Always Get Back Up If You Fail — Part 1 — A story of perseverance through adversity, and why you should be open to new ideas while not giving up. (hn)
A Deep Math Dive into Why Some Infinities Are Bigger Than Others — It turns out each infinite set is different, and they can be ordered by size. (hn)
New material breaks low-thermal-conductivity record — This inorganic solid conducts heat almost as poorly as air.
Lab-grown mini brains develop basic eyes that can “see” — These rudimentary eye structures can sense light and send signals to the rest of the brain.
What We Think We Know About Metabolism May Be Wrong — A new study challenges the idea that metabolism slows at middle age.
New poo, new you? Fecal transplants reverse signs of brain aging in mice — Transplants from young to old mice seem to turn back the clock on learning and memory degradation.
The Ingenious Ancient Technology Concealed in the Shallows — Fish traps have a long history. A Vancouver Island estuary reveals generations of ecological wisdom.
Human remains in tomb are best-preserved ever found in Pompeii — Partially mummified remains, including hair, bones and a partially visible ear, have been found in the ancient Roman city. (hn)
Scientists Found a New and ‘Unique’ Flesh-Eating Plant on the West Coast — The latest member of a small but fascinating ecological guild of carnivorous plants.
Liquidity of skill (June 2021) — It’s easy to make the mistake of conflating how much money you can make with how valuable your skill is.
6 Scientific Reasons Why Your Productivity Hacks Never Work — More often than not, it’s just banging your head against a wall. (hn)
The Link Between Happiness and a Sense of Humor — A little laugh goes a long way.
Typos, tricks and misprints — Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? Look to quirks of timing and technology.
The little-known human stories behind emoji designs — Surprising stories of how some tiny characters ended up on billions of smartphone keyboards.
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