Interesting Things #22 — Universal decoder
This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science, life and stuff.
Been crazy busy this week so I didn’t get through as much as I normally do. But I have been thinking about cutting down a bit anyway as it makes this newsletter more digestible. Maybe this is a sign of things to come.
Anyway, happy reading!
A universal system for decoding any type of data sent across a network — Decode any error-correcting code with a novel algorithm known as Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND). (hn)
Logging in Python like a PRO — Most people don’t know what to log, so they end up creating just noise.
What Is a Standard Container (2021 edition) — An introduction to the OCI runtime specification.
Code runs on people — Before that, it’s being “run” on whoever’s working on it. After that, it’s “running” on whoever’s digging into it to fix a bug or add some feature.
Decoding Voyager 1 — Today is the 44th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1, so I want to celebrate by showing how to decode the Voyager 1 telemetry signal using GNU Radio.
Bad engineering managers think leadership is about power — Very few managers know how to properly serve software development teams.
Hiring Developers: How to avoid the best — Hiring developers can be tricky. Here’s how to hire developers who have nowhere else to go.
On metrics — If we choose the wrong metrics, we’ll stray away from our target instead of converging toward it.
Worms Share Memories With Others by Swapping RNA, Wild Study Reveals — Amazingly, this behavioral shift also affects a mother worm’s descendants, teaching at least the next four generations to avoid a particularly nasty meal.
Bruce Is a Parrot With a Broken Beak. So He Invented a Tool. — A disabled parrot has designed and uses his own prosthetic beak. (hn)
The history of boredom might surprise you — What we can learn from our complicated relationship with boredom.
Confessions of a ransomware negotiator — Well, somebody’s got to talk to the criminals holding data hostage.
Evil Corp: A Deep Dive Into One of the World’s Most Notorious Hacker Groups — They have carried out several sophisticated attacks since first bursting onto the online scene. But just how dangerous are they? (hn)
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Enjoy your reading and have a good day, Beng