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ProLinks #4

Lot of stuff about serverless and other changes that are coming to IT world and also interesting looks into alt-right and Antifa worlds. All this and more in this week edition of ProLinks.


No, I have no side code projects to show you – I have no presence on github. I have no open-source projects with which I whittle away my evenings. I have exactly zero pull requests for any of the latest sexy codebases all the cool coders are in on. I don’t mess around with exercises in Haskel. And I loathe hackathons.

Why would anyone choose Docker over fat binaries? – I have the impression that Docker is an incredible technical feat that barely manages to keep an old paradigm alive.

I interviewed at five top companies in Silicon Valley in five days, and luckily got five job offers – In the five days from July 24th to 28th 2017, I interviewed at LinkedIn, Salesforce Einstein, Google, Airbnb, and Facebook, and got all five job offers.
What is backpropagation and what is it actually doing? | Deep learning, chapter 3

NIST launches new face recognition evaluation – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a major new evaluation of face recognition technologies.
Coding Without Limits – What would we be able to accomplish if we were not victims of time pressure, blockers, inherited code bases, political games or economic distress?
Thinking in Symbols for Universal Design – Benjamin Wilkins, Airbnb

Top 19 Software Architecture Books – Expand your development knowledge with these books on a wide variety of software architecture topics, such as domain-driven design.

MINIX: ​Intel’s hidden in-chip operating system – Buried deep inside your computer’s Intel chip is the MINIX operating system and a software stack, which includes networking and a web server. It’s slow, hard to get at, and insecure as insecure can be.
An Open Letter to Intel – Thanks for putting a version of MINIX inside the ME-11 management engine chip used on almost all recent desktop and laptop computers in the world.
If The World Was Created By A Programmer – In the beginning, there was light and darkness and stack overflow, which is really just a combination of the two.
The Java Fork-Join Pool Framework (Part 1)
Functional Programming Jargon – Functional programming (FP) provides many advantages, and its popularity has been increasing as a result. However, each programming paradigm comes with its own unique jargon and FP is no exception.
Why Senior Devs Write Dumb Code and How to Spot a Junior From A Mile Away – Often, the way to write fast code in Java applications is to write dumb code — code that is straightforward, clean, and follows the most obvious object-oriented principles.
Serverless vs. Containers: How Serverless Will Win – Serverless vs. Containers is a Matter of What’s Easy and Cost Effective.

The end of the cloud is coming – We’re facing the end of the cloud. It’s a bold statement, I know, and maybe it even sounds a little mad. But bear with me.

Keynote: The Value of Values – Rich Hickey compares value-oriented programming with place-oriented programming concluding that the time of imperative languages has passed and it is the time of functional programming.
GOTO 2017 • Why the Fuss about Serverless • Simon Wardley


Who Actually Owns Your Content When You Post It to the Web – Signing the terms and conditions on your favorite social networks could mean signing away the rights to that video of your kid’s birthday party, or that sweet snapshot you took on vacation.

YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND THIS – This is my exit interview from social media. Some of these “services” I abandoned years ago. Others I am still struggling to avoid.

Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers – When Danny Greg first moved to San Francisco to work at Github in 2012, he used to get high-fives in the street from strangers when he wore his company hoodie. These days, unless he’s at an investor event, he’s cautious about wearing branded clothing that might indicate he’s a techie. 


The two questions I ask every interviewer – What’s your goal when interviewing a candidate?
The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too – For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther’s native Germany: beer.
Monster magnet meets blood…

Western philosophy is racist – Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change
Field of Vision – A Night at the Garden

For the love of Earth, stop traveling – Realistically, is there anything that you or I can do as individuals to make a significant difference in the short time remaining?

Hooked: how slot machines are designed to be addictive – Poker machines use a range of design features that leverage psychology to keep people playing.
Are Your Kids Too Fragile? How to Make the Next Generation More Resilient.
Why No One Trusts the Mainstream Media
Economic Development: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left
Inside America’s Largest Right Wing Militia
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