Time to flush all those tabs again. Some interesting stuff I bumped into recently-ish.
Finance, Economics, Politics
- Yanis Varoufakis: Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up: Very interesting Ted talk by Varoufakis.
- Naomi Klein: “There are no non-radical options left before us": I always have time for Naomi Klein even if I don't always agree with her. Very interesting post on market failures (predictably).
- Apple – losing out on talent and in need of a killer new device: Very interesting post on Apple, and how it is not cool with the cool developers any longer. Good read and worrying one for Apple.
- The low tricks of high finance: how greedy bankers, weak politicians and timid journalists could cause a new crash. Always have time for Michael Lewis. While waiting for the Big Short, this article kept me entertained.
- Startup Geometry EP 016 Emanuel Derman: Podcast with uber nerd, quintessential Quant and fellow African Emanuel Derman.
Startups et al.
- Spotify engineering culture: Part I, Part II. "Oldie" but goodie. How a modern company is organised for raw efficiency.
- Advice for Companies With Less Than 1 Year of Runway: Lots of useful bits of advice for how to manage your runway. Source: Hacker News (twitter).
- The Truth Hidden by IBM’s Buybacks: Something slightly dodgy seems to be going on in IBM, very strange financial transactions!
- AI Is Transforming Google Search. The Rest of the Web Is Next: Google is moving from a "human algo" approach to AI in search. Very interesting.
- A Guided Tour of the 2mb Fork: The BTC main man Gavin takes us on a detailed tour of one of the BTC forks. Source: Hacker News (twitter)
- State of Bitcoin and Blockchain 2016: Blockchain Hits Critical Mass: A very detailed - some say too detailed - look at BTC in 2016. Source: CoinDesk (twitter).
- Why Bitcoin Will Thrive First in the Developing World: Most interesting hypothesis - that BTC will first gain lots of traction in the developing world - but to me, it fails slightly to provide enough evidence. It reminds me how I always thought that Linux would explode in the developing world, but in the end it was the developed world that took the lead, whereas the poorer nations simply pirated windows. I want to believe them, but unfortunately reality does not tend to be that linear. Source: CoinDesk (twitter)
- On motivation, shipping and startups: Great post on life in the start-up trenches. Source: Bruno Antunes (twitter)
- Why Big Companies Keep Failing: The Stack Fallacy: Interesting hypothesis but not sure if totally buy it: "Stack fallacy is the mistaken belief that it is trivial to build the layer above yours.". Does seem to explain some behaviour that appears to be pretty irrational otherwise though.
- The Next Social Media We Want and Need!: The next social media revolution, apparently. Some good ideas but as always, I fear they overestimate people's demand for privacy - unfortunately.
- Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88: Minsky is no more. Sad day for our field.
- Marvin Minsky’s Marvelous Meat Machine: Levy's eulogy to Minsky. I met Minsky through Hackers so this is particularly poignant.
- Farewell, Marvin Minsky (1927–2016): Wolfram's eulogy to Minsky. Most excellent and, dare I say, almost humble.
- Git 2.5, including multiple worktrees and triangular workflows: I seemed to have missed this extremely useful new feature in Git. If you have too, check it out.
- nanomsg postmortem and other stories: Extremely interesting post on FOSS projects, project governance and personalities. Hat tip: Bruno Antunes (twitter)
- Microcontainers – Tiny, Portable Docker Containers: iron.io has a repo of Dockerfiles with really small images. Source: Hacker News (twitter)
- Docker Official Images are Moving to Alpine Linux: After the whole excitement around iron.io, we all started to pay attention to Alpine and it seems so did docker. It certainly would be great to have sensible sized base images, but not quite sure about using a different libc. Lets see how this plays out! Source: Hacker News (twitter)
- CoreOS Launches Docker Rival Rkt 1.0: Rocket reaches 1.0. Still haven't used it, but still rooting on the sidelines - docker needs competition. Source: Hacker News (twitter)
- Kevlin Henney - It Is Possible to Do Object-Oriented Programming in Java: haven't seen it yet, but being a Kevlin presentation I recommend it without hesitation. Can't wait to watch it.
- The SOLID Design Principles Deconstructed: Another Henney special, next on the play list.
- Will Robots Inherit the Earth?: As we morn Minsky, we start to rediscover his papers. Oldie but goodie. The man was a true genius.
- Databases - the Long View: good presentation on databases and Postgres in particular, giving you a perspective of how things changed over time.
- When Water Flows Uphill: How science can be great fun. Dying to try this with my kids. Source: Hacker News (twitter)
- Why Finding Gravitational Waves Would Be Such a Big Deal: Layperson introduction to gravitational waves and why they are important.
- Research Paper Management with Emacs, org-mode and RefTeX: I personally have been using Gnome Referencer for my reference management, but I should have known there would be an Emacs solution. Will move over to this when I have the time.
- Emacs Mirror: Lots and lots of emacs packages. I am currently using this as an inspiration to find new packages such as wsd-mode, a WebSequenceDiagrams mode - pretty nifty. Its all in ELPA/MELPA etc but somehow the GitHub interface seems to make it more discoverable?
- Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia: Great BBC documentary about Russian history.
- The Brain with David Eagleman: BBC documentary about the brain.
- Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead Rehearse Together in Summer 1987: Hear 74 Tracks: The name says it all. Deeply personal tracks.
- The return of the Thin White Duke: Gaiman on Bowie. Great read.