Interesting Things #23 — Persistence in lambda
This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science, life and stuff.
This week has also been busy but I’m also mixing up how I do things and making some adjustments to the content. Less stories, more quality. Better signal-to-noise ratio. Or so I hope.
Let’s give it a couple of weeks or so for things to settle down, and then we’ll see.
In any case, I hope you’ll continue to like the stories. Happy reading!
Abusing AWS Lambda to make an Aussie Search Engine — Need persistence? Embed the index by pre-compiling each shard into it’s own lambda. Sneaky. (hn)
App Engine to Google Kubernetes Engine - a journey — We faced a few challenges that required careful preparation, planning and rollback options as needed. (hn)
Why data scientists shouldn’t need to know Kubernetes — While it’s good for data scientists to own the entire stack, they can do so without having to know K8s. (hn)
There are (at least) two types of package managers — Program managers are what Linuxes and other Unixes have. Module managers are what languages have. (hn)
The long-term consequences of maintainers’ actions — The ideology of moving fast and breaking things does not translate to success in the world at large. (hn)
If you copied any of these popular StackOverflow encryption code snippets, then you coded it wrong — Very often I traced security issues to StackOverflow code snippets that got highly upvoted. I point out why they are wrong.
Developer Burnout: Why It Happens and What We Can Do About It — Strategies developers can adopt to manage stress while contemplating larger, more impactful decisions.
An Old Programmer Loses His Job — I am an IT professional. How could this happen?
Batteries of the future set to be cheaper and better — just by adding sugar — Lithium-sulfur batteries store two to five times more energy than lithium-ion. Can they be made robust enough to be recharged 1,000 times? (hn)
How much will our oceans warm and cause sea levels to rise this century? We’ve just improved our estimate — A new analysis uses 15 years of autonomous underwater measurements and simulations from the latest global climate models. (hn)
A Massive Subterranean ‘Tree’ Is Moving Magma to Earth’s Surface — Deep in the mantle, a branching plume of intensely hot material appears to be powering vast volcanic activity.
Physicists Just Accidentally Made a New Discovery About Black Holes — They exert negative pressure on the space around them.
Self-sustaining solar house on wheels wants to soak up the Sun — A concept recreational vehicle. (hn)
Psychologists Are Learning What Religion Has Known for Years — Social scientists are researching what humans can do to improve their quality of life. Their findings echo what religious practices perfected centuries ago. (hn)
57 small things that have made a big difference in my life… — You can decide for yourself if further reading is worth your time. (hn)
The wolf cat — how this bizarre, adorable cat came to be — It’s a relatively new type of breed and a pretty unusual one as well.
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Enjoy your reading and have a good day, Beng