How Grindr became a national security issue:
what a world we live in
🎉 I'm releasing new crossword software today! cursewords is a terminal-based interface for solving crossword puzzles while looking like a hacker. Opens most any .puz file on Mac or Linux. ✏️📓 https://parkerhiggins.net/2019/03/cursewords-crossword-puzzle-solving-interface-terminal/
mark zuckerberg announces a pivot to a "privacy-focused" messaging platform (as usual, the link is to casey newton's amazing newsletter The Interface, which links to the announcement and to all the excellent and rather obvious reasons one would be skeptical)
but still. we live in interesting times.
very long (20,000 words) but very good read on what makes social media platforms succeed and fail: https://www.eugenewei.com/blog/2019/2/19/status-as-a-service
this is not that related to anything but The Intercept ran a good long harrowing read on two police officers uncovering massive corruption in their department a few years ago https://theintercept.com/series/code-of-silence/
Incrementally migrating over one million lines of code from Python 2 to Python 3 | Dropbox Tech Blog https://blogs.dropbox.com/tech/2019/02/incrementally-migrating-over-one-million-lines-of-code-from-python-2-to-python-3/
working at an amazon warehouse, the interactive experience: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/amazon-warehouse-workers-game-race/10803346
i'm pretty excited for the NSA's upcoming open-source reverse engineering framework — a bit apprehensive because, well, it's the NSA, but it looks powerful and whoever came up with the name and logo has 🐉 🔥 good taste https://www.nsa.gov/resources/everyone/ghidra/
even security engineers have to do computational geometry sometimes apparently 😥
The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America (dark stuff, content warnings in link): https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona
the psychological cost of content moderation is immense and well underappreciated (and underpaid for)
"Jumps: The New Steps() in Web Animation" by Dan Wilson https://danielcwilson.com/blog/2019/02/step-and-jump/
This is interesting, even if it doesn't add much to CSS animation timings that you couldn't already do. Only Firefox 65+ for now apparently.
I'm sure everybody has heard about Doug Bowser and nominative determinism by now but this is my favorite attempt to describe it so far (birdsite link) https://twitter.com/BearUNLV/status/1098980665289293824?s=19
pentatonix covers the sound of silence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdVjVtpr55M
aaaa too much goodness.
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