Interesting Things #37 — Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

This is Beng Tan and welcome to Interesting Things, a curation of interesting stories and links from tech, work, biz, science and society.

Happy holiday reading!


The importance of Correctness in concurrent algorithms — Researchers prefer to spend some time writing a formal proof of correctness. In the software industry the mindset is nearly opposite. (hn)

“Cooperation Was Our Way Of Life” — Open Source Software and the Indigenous Critique. (hn)

How We Saved 70K Cores Across 30 Mission-Critical Services — Large-scale, semi-automated Go GC tuning at Uber. (hn)

The Asymmetry of Open Source — A comprehensive guide to funding open source software projects. (hn)

The power of defaults — Are network effects overrated? (hn)

Defining the web3 stack — Want to build on web3? This identifies the building blocks of the web3 technology stack in an introductory guide. (hn)


You Don’t Have to Manage, But You Still Have to Lead (Oct 2021) — Technical leadership is broader than management. (hn)


From Open Source maintainer to Founder / CEO — I can finally justify all those evenings and weekends working on FOSS. (hn)

How Shopify Outfoxed Amazon to Become the Everywhere Store — How long can it keep going? (hn)


Cuttlefish-Like Robots Are Far More Efficient Than Propeller-Powered Machines — And they could soon help to explore the deep sea with their fins. (hn)

The rise and rise of corrugated iron — The past and present of an unfairly ignored building material. (hn)

Orbiter discovers ‘significant amounts of water’ in Grand Canyon-like area of Mars — An orbiter from the European Space Agency detected an area of water about the size of the Netherlands underneath Mars' surface. (hn)

The Year in Math and Computer Science — Mathematicians and computer scientists answered major questions in topology, set theory and physics. (hn)

Biological anomalies — Biology is filled with weird things. Let’s examine some of the anomalies associated with it. (hn)


How and why did religion evolve? — Humanity’s most puzzling behaviour has deep roots in our evolutionary past. (hn)

Got Zoom fatigue? Out-of-sync brainwaves could be another reason videoconferencing is such a drag — Rhythms of your brain get in sync with the speech patterns of the person you’re conversing with. Videoconferencing throws off that syncing process. (hn)

Visualizing the $94 Trillion World Economy in One Chart — Which countries and regions contribute the most to the world economy? (hn)

The secret Uganda deal that has brought NSO to the brink of collapse — Things changed once US diplomats in Uganda got hacked by Pegasus.


Review: ‘Bitcoin Widow,’ by Jennifer Robertson (QuadrigaCX) — A large cryptocurrency exchange collapsed after it’s founder died under bizarre circumstances. (hn)


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