Top 10 Genetic Feats And Finds Made By Chinese Scientists – Listverse


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The Little Miss Buffet And Tiara Collar Mike – A Poem by jay


Whose collar mike is that? I think I know.
Its owner is quite angry though.
She was cross like a dark potato.
I watch her pace. I cry hello.

She gives her collar mike a shake,
And screams I’ve made a bad mistake.
The only other sound’s the break,
Of distant waves and birds awake.

The collar mike is little, tiara and deep,
But she has promises to keep,
Tormented with nightmares she never sleeps.
Revenge is a promise a girl should keep.

She rises from her cursed bed,
With thoughts of violence in her head,
A flash of rage and she sees red.
Without a pause I turned and fled.

With thanks to the poet, Robert Frost, for the underlying structure.

Startpreneurs – Top stories from fav newsletter


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Ola May Book A Ride Into Online Grocery Business With Foodpanda
Ola may leverage the 125K food delivery riders from its food delivery unit, Foodpanda, for grocery fulfilment. The move comes as Ola’s global rival, Uber, looks to launch a few pilot projects for grocery delivery in India by next year.
Google India may face a fresh tax liability on the $2.18 Bn (INR 16,119.6 Cr) of revenue it earned from India over the past five years, which it has remitted to its subsidiaries in Ireland and Singapore. These transfers amount to about 50-60% of the company’s total revenue in India over the five-year period.
The debate on nationalism has reached unlikely quarters as global card payments company Mastercard complained to the US authorities that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promotion of domestic card network Rupay is hurting foreign payment companies.
The US-based investment firm Tiger Global Management is reportedly in advanced talks to invest about $5-6 Mn each in two Indian software platforms named Fyle and Facilio.  The VC firm will invest from its new $3.75 Bn fund dubbed as Tiger Global Private Investment Partners XI.
Invest India, has partnered with WhatsApp to promote economic growth and generate job opportunities in India. Together, they will be organising the WhatsApp startup challenge, wherein the top five winners will receive $250K in seed funding from the Facebook-owned messaging platform.
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The AR/VR industry in India is at a nascent stage. In the last few years, only about 170 startups have emerged in this space. However, in the next five years, this industry is likely to see a compound annual growth rate of 76%. By 2020, the three most prominent markets for AR/VR technologies would be entertainment, manufacturing and healthcare.
Ashish Sharma, the CEO of InnoVen Capital India, took over the mantle just over a year ago after the firm saw high-profile exits like that of its CEO Ajay Hattangdi and deputy CEO Vinod Murali, who left the platform to start their own firm, called Alteria Capital. Here are the excerpts of the Inc42 conversation with Ashish Sharma, the CEO of InnoVen Capital India, in this week’s Moneyball.
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What is New Life


Hopelessness means renunciation of all hopes.

Aimlessness means renunciation of all aims.

Helplessness means renunciation of all help.

No master, no disciple, means renunciation of all spirituality.

And the New Life I have in mind eventually means absolute renunciation.


Therefore, if any one asks you what this New Life is, say, “Absolute and perfect renunciation.”


If they ask, “Renunciation of what?” say, “Of everything — aims, hopes, help and life itself.”


 

LORD MEHER, 1st USA ed, vol 9 & 10, p. 3481

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RAK Movement – Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Reconnect with your grandparents or an elderly person you know – give them a call!
  2. Hug your parents
  3. Neighbour’s lawn looking messy? Offer to mow it
  4. We walk past homeless people every day; can you spare them 5 minutes of your time?
  5. Compliment someone today!
  6. Offer to babysit your siblings/cousins/nephews/nieces etc
  7. Pay for someone’s bus ticket
  8. Share something interesting you’ve learnt today
  9. Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
  10. Volunteer your time for a good cause

Jay’s Tantra :)


When the gray man returns, the exiled one shall bring forth a change of leadership.

There comes a day when the true one reveals herself, the lost one shall bring forth the downfall of two kingdoms.

The day the moon turns blue, a suspicious malfunction shall usher forth a cursed age.

When winter turns to summer, an exchange of coin shall cause a rise in immorality and new aggressions.

How To Fix The Biggest Lie In Corporate America


In his song “Blizzard of Lies,” the jazz pianist Dave Frishberg ticks off some of the fibs that we utter with stunning regularity: “We must have lunch real soon.” “I’ll get right back to you.” “Your secret’s safe with me.” “This won’t hurt a bit.”

Missing from his list is the lie told most routinely throughout corporate America: “Our people are our greatest asset.”

via How To Fix The Biggest Lie In Corporate America

Jay’s Twist Poetry – In my Senior Moments:)


Contest in a stable
Celebrity in castle
Knife in a sinkhole
Chosen one in a coral reef
Power outages in your school
Convention in your room
Zombies in hot water springs
Self-respect in a sanctuary
Day off in a glacier
Cleaning a glacier

Escaped animal in the zoo
Foes of a sanctuary
Shadows in a police station
Fantasies of the pet store
Embarrassment in the garden of Eden
Animal life in the mountains
Chaos in space
Embarrassment in a power plant
Dreams of the beach
Freaks of autumn

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Ex-Snapdeal CPO Anand Chandrasekaran Quits Facebook
After more than a two-year stint at social media major Facebook, Angel investor and entrepreneurial product leader Anand Chandrasekaran has reportedly quit from the company to explore outside opportunities in the Bay Area.
US retail giant Walmart is looking to further strengthen its brand presence in India as it plans to invest about $500 Mn (INR 3200 Cr) to reach a total of 70 B2B Cash and Carry stores in the country by 2022. The company launched its 23rd wholesale store in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, and out of the 23 B2B Cash and Carry stores, 19 have achieved break even with over a million members.
Alibaba India Ecommerce Pvt. Ltd. has recently released its financials for FY 2017-18. According to financial data accessed by business intelligence platform, Tofler, the ecommerce platform, reported its revenues for FY18 as $3.6 Mn (INR 27 Cr), a 73% increase since last financial year.
In line with growing internet penetration and adoption across the country, the Indian government’s flagship Unified Payments Interface (UPI) continued a steep growth for the month of October recording 482.36 Mn transactions, an increase of 19% from 405.87 Mn transactions in September 2018.
Bengaluru-based edtech unicorn BYJU’S will reportedly be valued at $3.5 Bn after it closes the ongoing round of funding worth $200-300 Mn. The funding will be received both as primary and secondary capital from global private equity firm General Atlantic.
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India’s electric vehicles segment is showing slow-and-steady rise, helping country in curbing the pollution. In the front is the two-wheeler electric vehicles. According to a TechSci recently published report, Indian electric two-wheeler market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of more than 23% from 2018 to 2023. Here’s a curated rundown of important and related developments on the EV Ecosystem in the 47th edition of Electric Vehicles This Week
Manav Garg who founded Eka Software, a commodity trading software company in 2004, has seen many seasons of entrepreneurs, the rise of Indian startup ecosystem and, along the way, has grown his company to a leading provider of commodity management solutions all over the world. We asked Garg his views on new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and their future in India. Here is the excerpts of the conversation.
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Ten True Things About Gratefulness, by Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health


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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. –Dalai Lama

 

Ten True Things About Gratefulness

–by Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, syndicated from gratefulness.org, Oct 17, 2018

Gratefulness not only changes your life, but also extends beyond your intimate sphere. It gives rise to compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and empathy, and thus informs how we treat others and how we act in the larger world. ~ Kristi Nelson

The benefits of gratitude range from deeper sleep and better health to higher self-esteem and enhanced stress resilience. Gratitude has also been shown to enhance our relationships. And, if that’s not enough, gratitude makes us happier. As Brother David Steindl-Rast writes, “The root of joy is gratefulness … For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

Kripalu presenter Kristi Nelson has experienced this truth firsthand. A nearly 25-year survivor of Stage IV cancer, Kristi has put gratefulness at the center of her life and work. The executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, founded by Brother David almost 20 years ago, Kristi is a passionate advocate for integrating gratitude as a practice into our everyday lives.

Kristi shared her reflections about how cultivating gratitude can transform the way we see ourselves, our relationships, and the world. Here are 10 true things about gratefulness.

Gratefulness is not circumstantial or conditional.

Though they’re often used interchangeably, Kristi differentiates between “gratitude” and “gratefulness.” Gratitude, she says, is more transactional and reactive—a response to a specific incident or circumstance: “I feel grateful when X happens.”

“We experience gratitude when we get or experience something we want,” she explains. “It’s much more difficult to experience gratitude when life delivers us less—or more—than we bargained for. Having more gratitude can be like another thing that we put on our to-do list, so we end up trying to orchestrate experiences in order to feel more gratitude, and we’re often disappointed if we don’t have those experiences.”

Kristi thinks of gratefulness, on the other hand, as an overall orientation to life. “When we wake up in the morning and experience a sense of gratefulness just for the fact of being alive, with our heart and senses open to the gifts and opportunities of another day, it’s a more radical approach to gratitude that’s not contingent on something happening to us, but rather a way that we arrive to life.”

We can practice being grateful for what we take for granted.

Thich Nhat Hanh famously said, “When we have a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is happiness. But later, when we don’t have a toothache, we don’t treasure our non-toothache.” Or to put it the other way around, in the words of Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

“What people often experience when they’ve lost something is gratefulness when it returns,” Kristi says. “When you lose your electricity for two days, you’re so grateful when it comes back and you can flip the light switch and get light. Or you almost have a terrible accident but you’re saved by grace, and you sit there and say, ‘I’m so grateful to be alive.’”

But, in a surprisingly short time, that feeling can go away and we default to our baseline expectations, assumptions, and even entitlement. A daily practice of gratitude, Kristi says, is the key to appreciating all the things we tend to take for granted. “The core practice of gratefulness is to truly notice, to be present to the gifts of our lives from the moment we wake up in the morning until the moment we go to bed at night,” she says.

Kristi suggests this practice as a reminder of all that we have at every moment: “When you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, pause to think of five things you’re grateful for. It could be: My lungs are breathing. The air temperature is comfortable. I had an interesting dream. My eyes can open. I get to put my feet on the floor and walk out of the room. There are people I love. I’m still here. You’re calling forth those things that you don’t have to do anything to earn, and that remind you that this day is a gift.” In this way, she says, we remind ourselves that gratefulness is an internal approach to life that we can cultivate and reference at any time; we’re not waiting for anything to happen.

There is always something to be grateful for, even in the midst of fear and pain.

After her cancer diagnosis at age 33, Kristi underwent multiple surgeries, chemo, and radiation. “I faced my mortality pretty squarely,” she says. Yet, even in this most challenging period of her life, she looked for opportunities to cultivate gratefulness.

“I was in the hospital, separated from all my friends and family and tethered to all kinds of IVs and dealing with pain,” she recalls. “And yet, I had nurses and technicians and doctors and cleaners who came into my room every single day. I remember thinking, what if this is my whole world now, what if this is all I have? And then I thought, I can always love these people.”

Gratefulness asks: Where can we find opportunities to grow and learn and love, even in the darkest moments? And, once the darkness has passed, how do we live fully and deeply in the present while also remembering that we once had a toothache, and now we don’t? “Part of being human is that we remember and forget, remember and forget,” Kristi says. “The work is to remember more often than we forget.”

Gratitude requires vulnerability.

Gratefulness is perhaps the most un-ironic feeling we can have, and that can lay us bare in a way that many people may find uncomfortable.

“We don’t get joy without feeling grateful, but being grateful also induces a kind of vulnerability that some of us find at times somewhat intolerable,” says Kristi, noting the work of author and researcher Brené Brown on this topic. “When we’re grateful, we’re more present and less defended. We are more likely to wear our hearts on our sleeves. We recognize our deep belonging and the tenderness and strength of truly treasuring life and one another. This is a transformative capacity to develop in ourselves.”

Expressing gratefulness can change your relationships.

Gratefulness has the potential to transform your intimate relationships with a partner, friends, or family members, and can shift a casual or even a difficult relationship with a colleague or acquaintance.

“Notice something you’re grateful for or appreciate about a person, and actually say it out loud to them,” Kristi advises. “Take the opportunity to express the gratefulness that’s in your heart. Offer this appreciation often, and with details. Take less for granted about the people in your life. You will watch your relationships change so quickly it’s stunning.”

Gratefulness can drive social action.

Gratefulness not only changes your life, but also extends beyond your intimate sphere. It gives rise to compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and empathy, and thus informs how we treat others and how we act in the larger world. Gratefulness makes us better citizens, according to Kristi—more concerned about the well-being of others and the planet.

“We open the door to that generosity of our heart, and find we’re able to impact the world in a much different way,” she reflects. “For me, because I’m an environmentalist, when I feel grateful for the Earth, I want to take care of it. Whether it’s the environment, democracy, or your community, when you feel grateful for something, you notice what it needs and you do what you can to take care of it.”

We can reframe our everyday lives toward gratefulness.

Kristi offers a simple yet powerful practice that can change the lens through which you view your days. Here’s how it works: Think of all the things on your to-do list today—maybe “I have to go grocery shopping” or “I have to finish a project at work” or “I have to clean the house.” Now, change the words “I have to” to “I get to.”

“It’s a totally different frame around the things we do in our lives, a way to shift obligations to opportunities, responsibilities to privileges,” Kristi says. “When we see what we have to do in life as a privilege rather than an obligation, it opens up a new energy with which to approach the moments and tasks of our lives. This practice also helps us model gratefulness for others, and can help us approach our circumstances more graciously and generously.”

The most meaningful moments of gratefulness don’t get “likes.”

#Gratitude has become ubiquitous on social media—an excuse to humblebrag about your island vacation, your amazing kid, or your fabulous new job. Such posts may express genuine gratefulness, Kristi says, but the deeper, rawer moments often come in between the status updates.

“The kind of gratitude we’re talking about here is often a much bigger embrace of life than what we can take a picture of and post on Facebook or Instagram as a cause for gratitude,” she says. “It can contain that, but it’s deeper than that, and it’s much more vulnerable than that. You know when you are so present and feel so grateful you just want to cry? When the gifts of a moment are truly moving and turn you inside out? That’s the kind of gratefulness I’m talking about. And it’s not typically found in those moments that people are hashtagging.”

Gratefulness doesn’t mean being okay with what’s not working.

Practicing gratefulness isn’t about forcing ourselves to accept the things in our lives that we know aren’t good for us. Rather, it awakens us to the possibilities for positive change.

“In order to tolerate a substandard life, we can numb ourselves and tamp ourselves down,” Kristi says. “But when we practice gratefulness and become more alive and awake, it doesn’t make things that aren’t acceptable more acceptable—it makes them less acceptable. We create a new frame of reference for what’s possible in our life and in the world, and the things that don’t fit, that don’t match up, that are not in alignment, become more of a struggle to tolerate.”

Practicing gratefulness now means having fewer regrets later.

Kristi thinks of the practice of living gratefully as “regret prevention.”

“When you live fully inside your vulnerability, feeling grateful for the gift of life, you’re much less likely to say and do the things—or not say and do the things—that will lead you to regret,” she says. “When we embrace the poignancy and vulnerability that come with gratefulness, we’re reminded that time is limited and experiences are fleeting, so we had better treasure deeply what we have now and live more fully into what we know really matters.”


This article is printed here with permission. It originally appeared on Gratefulness, the online magazine of the A Network for Grateful Living. This is a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility. Kristi Nelson is the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living. To read more about her visit this page.

 

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23 MUST READ TECH STORIES

Check out our new podcast: “Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital” (who recently raised a $225M fund). This Hacker Noon podcast would not be possible without Datadog. Listen on iTunesGoogle Podcast, or watch the interview on YouTube.

Hey, my thought of the week: get out and vote.

It’s your right to vote or not vote, but many people have fought for you to have that right and many people around the world are unsuccessfully fighting for their own right to vote right now. If you don’t know the race or the issue, turn to sites like ballotpediavote.gov, or just search the candidates names in Youtube and watch them talk. You got opinions — it won’t take long for them to become votes. Anyhow, I think this election is important but that’s not what you signed up.

What you signed up for was the Hacker Noon — here are the 23 MUST READ TECH STORIES this week:

Artificial Intelligence

Getting started with AI? Start here by Cassie Kozyrkov [18 min read]. Many teams try to start an applied AI project by diving into algorithms and data before figuring out desired outputs and objectives.Unfortunately, that’s like raising a puppy in a New York City apartment for a few years, then being surprised that it can’t herd sheep for you.

20 top lawyers were beaten by legal AI. Here are their surprising responses by Jonathan Marciano [6 min read]. The study, carried out with leading legal academics and experts, saw the LawGeex AI achieve an average 94% accuracy rate, higher than the lawyers who achieved an average rate of 85%. It took the lawyers an average of 92 minutes to complete the NDA issue spotting, compared to 26 seconds for the LawGeex AI. The longest time taken by a lawyer to complete the test was 156 minutes, and the shortest time was 51 minutes.

Crypto

Bitcoin at 10 by Beautyon [13 min read]. Bitcoin was it. Bitcoin is what I had been waiting for. Bitcoin put together all of the battle-hardened software techniques, peer to peer architecture from file sharing, sound monetary theory from the Austrian School, a predictable emission curve, balanced adversarial incentives and infallible cryptography in a tour de force of techniques to create a single brilliant and robust system that required only user participation at any level to be a success.

Post-Bitcoin-Maximalism: A call for embracing the currency competition by Ferdous BhaiIn early-2013, when I learned about Bitcoin, I dropped everything else I was doing and focused on building on, advocating for, and acquiring Bitcoin. This still continues to be the case today, but my stance on “Bitcoin maximalism” has changed in light of lessons I’ve learned along the way. Important to note here, I do not favor any particular alternative to Bitcoin. I simply do not think that every other alternative to Bitcoin are scams, nor do I think that the founders and the community of these competing projects are motivated only by greed or ill intentions. In addition, I think that the altcoins serve an important role today, as we will explore in this post.

What Will It Take for Crypto to Boom Again? by Daniel Jeffries [17 min read]. A bubble is a bubble and nothing can change basic physics. What goes up must come down. But you were right too. Crypto will change the world. It’s just going to take longer than you expected. And nothing is ever all good or all bad. The dream of a brand new world where smart contracts create objectively fair systems is a pipe dream and it always will be because people still need to write those smart contracts and those people will always be flawed. You can count on three things in life: Death, taxes and people doing the absolute dumbest and worst things in the name of truth and light. You can’t correct for the human element no matter how hard you try.

Dapps

The State of Dapp Development — Blockchain Summer 2018 by Elie SteinbockThe decentralised applications (dapp) landscape has been growing steadily over the past year. The recent launch of EOS and continued work to scale Ethereum are reasons for developers to be excited in the year ahead. This post will cover the current state of dapp development and some of the improvements we can expect to see over the next year. It will be largely focused on Ethereum and EOS based dapps since these two blockchains are the most popular platforms to build on today. The most popular dapps fall into the following categories: (1) Games/Collectibles, (2) Exchanges, (3) Gambling, (4) Other.

Diversity

I am not diversity by Angela Zhang [5 min read]. As a female software engineer, I am counted in most diversity statistics and involved in many diversity initiatives. I’ve been to Grace Hopper for the last 5 years, including giving a tech talk last year on web performance. I was a mentor for Women Who Code, teaching algorithms and coding weekly to women entering the tech industry. I am literally on this list of women engineers even though I have no idea how I got added in the first place. Here’s a surprise for you: I am not that diverse.

Education

Everything I Knew About Reading Was Wrong by Johnny [13 min read]. I realized this about a year ago. All those rules I took for granted were holding me back. Once I let go, I rediscovered the joy in reading — something I haven’t felt since I was a teenager, skipping classes to read Nietzsche or Albert Camus. It all started with a podcast. It wasn’t even my insight. It was one of those rare occasions where you take someone’s advice, apply it to your life — and the results are instant and overwhelming. The guest was Naval Ravikant. I’ve listened to this episode multiple times, but this time I was ready to get the message.

Six Skills Every Developer Should Have Besides Coding Skills by Barri Sambaris [8 min read]. A programmer’s life, contrary to public beliefs and movies does not just involve sitting and staring all day at the computer with a headphone. It is not about how fast they can type rapidly on a keyboard while chewing a burger. Developers are more than cavemen and nerds. They are not loners in the basement. Developers have to deal with clients, bosses, management, investors, shareholders, fellow colleagues and themselves. It is therefore imperative that a developer is well rounded and armed with other skills other than coding skills.

Top Five Kotlin Programming Courses for Java and Android Programmers by javinpaul [7 min read] This is the year to learn Kotlin! I expect Kotlin to surpass Java for Android development in a few years because of its distinguished position as the official language for Android development.

How We Dress

Let’s Talk About Dress Codes and Clothes by Erik P.M. Vermeulen“The digital transformation is clearly visible in this room.” This was the opening statement of one of the speakers at a digital transformation event I attended recently. For effect, he paused as the audience looked around struggling to find who or what he was referring to. “Nobody is wearing a suit.” The response was interesting; awkward laughter as the audience couldn’t tell whether he was joking or not.

Javascript

3 JavaScript Performance Mistakes You Should Stop Doing by Yotam Kadishay [4 min read]. What if I told you everything you knew was a lie, what will happen if you learn some of the key features our beloved ECMAScript have published over the recent years, are actually dangerous performance traps, sugar coated in a slick looking one line callback functional code? This story starts a few years ago, back in the naive days of ES5…

Conditional JavaScript for Experts by Glad Chinda [8 min read]. Conditionals are a very important aspect of the syntax of every programming language. If you have been programming for sometime in any of the popular languages, you should already be familiar with the if..elif..else or switch conditional statements. They are very useful for making decisions in programs.

Linux

Why Linux Developers Should Use GitPrompt by Christer Enfors [3 min read]. For the past 23 years, I’ve been a Linux developer (I started with Linux version 1.2.1). I live in the command prompt. Because of that, I want the prompt itself to look nice, and to provide useful information at a glance. Therefore, I wrote a script called gitprompt, which customizes the prompt. I’ve been using it at work for a while, and a number of my coworkers noticed it and asked for a copy. So since I know there’s at least some amount of interest in it, I’m publishing this brief article about it, in case you want to try it out for yourself.

Music

The Programming Language of Music by Rohan ArthurTL;DR: music and software, similar approaches; if you appreciate one, then there’s a real good chance that you might appreciate the other. Also, a bit of nerd-ing about the pentatonic scale. If you know music theory, I suggest you skip this one. ☺

Python

Why you should use pyenv + Pipenv for your Python projects by Daniel van Flymen [5 min read]. The missing guide for setting up a great local development workflow for your Python projects. This is an opinionated way of developing with Python locally. You’ve probably discovered that it’s a pain in the ass to manage different projects with dependencies targeting different Python versions on your local machine.

React

A different way to manage state in React by David Gilbertson [13 min read]. Question: why is React great? Answer: because it changed how we think about applications. We now write apps by defining: (1) “when the data looks like A, the app should look like B”, and (2) “when the user does X, change the data like Y”. We no longer have to write super brittle code like: “when the user does X, update the app to look like B”, which was invariably fiddly because you didn’t necessarily know what the previous state was. And whaddaya know, this meant writing apps became so, so much faster. And more pleasant to boot. At least once a week I find myself whispering into my laptop’s microphone I love you React.

Security

Five Best Programming Languages to Learn for Cyber Security by Dr. Michael J. GarbadeBecoming successful as a cyber security expert requires diverse skills. An all-round professional can confidently implement and monitor security measures that guard computer systems against attacks and unauthorized access. Henrique, a Brazil-based Python expert who teaches people how to create applications using the language, emphasizes that “besides keeping abreast with the latest happenings in the cyber security field, you also need to be acquainted with various programming languages.”

The Dark Side of the Chain: Blockchain Viruses and Decentralized Autonomous Crime Organizations by Itai DamtiHow twisted can things get when an anonymous piece of code harms people but can’t be stopped? Two cinematic masterpieces offer us devastating answers and lots of food for thought: Dr. Strangelove (1965). & Black Mirror S03 E03 (2016). Shut Up And Dance

Software Development

Top 12 Things That Destroy Developer Productivity by John Lafleur [8 min read]. No one expects a programmer to get work done without access to a computer, but there are many companies that expect programmers to get work done without access to their mind. This is equally unrealistic. So let’s deep dive into our list of 12 things that prevent your developers from getting “into the zone” and being productive. I will try to prioritize this list from most to least impactful. If you’re wondering if all this is worth the investment, just consider the developer’s salaries. Even 10% more productivity is a LOT!

Space

Why Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Are A National Security Risk And Also An Opportunity For Progress by Luis Elizondo [5 min read]. A career’s worth of intelligence work for the U.S. Government has taught me one key lesson: national security is a lot like playing a game of chess. You have to anticipate your opponent’s every move in order to remain one step ahead. Disclosing your strategy will be used against you. But if you recognize certain opportunities, you can win the match.

Tokens

Money for Nothing and Tokens for Free by Matt Lockyer [11 min read]. Many tokens issued for blockchain projects are worthless. Insufficient value capture mechanisms, haphazard go to market strategies and complicated onboarding processes plague the blockchain ecosystem. The immaturity of the technology ecosystem and a lack of cultural motivations to adopt decentralized technologies are primary drivers. The latest round of speculation on tokens and cryptocurrencies has ended, without crossing the chasm into mainstream adoption of decentralized applications and services. For most projects, there was no onboarding, no users, no earnings and absolutely nothing to hold capital or active users within their token economy.

The Jury is still out on the realities of STOs. Here is why: by Neyma Jahan [11 min read]. The idea behind a security token or STO is that we are digitizing assets and putting them into a liquid format that makes them accessible to people and entities that previously could not have had access to them. A basic example would be if I created say, an ERC-20 contract and issued 100 Unification Equity Tokens (UNDe) thus digitizing the equity for Unificationinto 100 tokens. Each representing ownership of 1% of the company. How these tokens can be used is a long discussion of possibilities (voting rights, board seats, dividends, etc.), but for now let’s just look at the mechanics.

Until next time, don’t take the realities of the world for granted.

Kind Regards,

David Smooke

P.S. Get out your headphones and tune in to The Hacker Noon Podcast, where Garry Tan says things like,“There is too much money chasing too few deals, too few ideas, and too few good people. That’s insane to me. Definitely there’s too much money, but an infinite number of incredibly smart people. If you’re paying attention to Hacker News and Hacker Noon and you’re reading this stuff — this is the stuff I read when I was working for someone else’s startup. You and I are not different, we’re the same.” Rate 5 stars on iTunes to help others find this pod.

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My latest Fav newsletter – the Hacker Noon


23 MUST READ TECH STORIES

Check out our new podcast: “Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital” (who recently raised a $225M fund). This Hacker Noon podcast would not be possible without Datadog. Listen on iTunesGoogle Podcast, or watch the interview on YouTube.

Hey, my thought of the week: get out and vote.

It’s your right to vote or not vote, but many people have fought for you to have that right and many people around the world are unsuccessfully fighting for their own right to vote right now. If you don’t know the race or the issue, turn to sites like ballotpediavote.gov, or just search the candidates names in Youtube and watch them talk. You got opinions — it won’t take long for them to become votes. Anyhow, I think this election is important but that’s not what you signed up.

What you signed up for was the Hacker Noon — here are the 23 MUST READ TECH STORIES this week:

Artificial Intelligence

Getting started with AI? Start here by Cassie Kozyrkov [18 min read]. Many teams try to start an applied AI project by diving into algorithms and data before figuring out desired outputs and objectives.Unfortunately, that’s like raising a puppy in a New York City apartment for a few years, then being surprised that it can’t herd sheep for you.

20 top lawyers were beaten by legal AI. Here are their surprising responses by Jonathan Marciano [6 min read]. The study, carried out with leading legal academics and experts, saw the LawGeex AI achieve an average 94% accuracy rate, higher than the lawyers who achieved an average rate of 85%. It took the lawyers an average of 92 minutes to complete the NDA issue spotting, compared to 26 seconds for the LawGeex AI. The longest time taken by a lawyer to complete the test was 156 minutes, and the shortest time was 51 minutes.

Crypto

Bitcoin at 10 by Beautyon [13 min read]. Bitcoin was it. Bitcoin is what I had been waiting for. Bitcoin put together all of the battle-hardened software techniques, peer to peer architecture from file sharing, sound monetary theory from the Austrian School, a predictable emission curve, balanced adversarial incentives and infallible cryptography in a tour de force of techniques to create a single brilliant and robust system that required only user participation at any level to be a success.

Post-Bitcoin-Maximalism: A call for embracing the currency competition by Ferdous BhaiIn early-2013, when I learned about Bitcoin, I dropped everything else I was doing and focused on building on, advocating for, and acquiring Bitcoin. This still continues to be the case today, but my stance on “Bitcoin maximalism” has changed in light of lessons I’ve learned along the way. Important to note here, I do not favor any particular alternative to Bitcoin. I simply do not think that every other alternative to Bitcoin are scams, nor do I think that the founders and the community of these competing projects are motivated only by greed or ill intentions. In addition, I think that the altcoins serve an important role today, as we will explore in this post.

What Will It Take for Crypto to Boom Again? by Daniel Jeffries [17 min read]. A bubble is a bubble and nothing can change basic physics. What goes up must come down. But you were right too. Crypto will change the world. It’s just going to take longer than you expected. And nothing is ever all good or all bad. The dream of a brand new world where smart contracts create objectively fair systems is a pipe dream and it always will be because people still need to write those smart contracts and those people will always be flawed. You can count on three things in life: Death, taxes and people doing the absolute dumbest and worst things in the name of truth and light. You can’t correct for the human element no matter how hard you try.

Dapps

The State of Dapp Development — Blockchain Summer 2018 by Elie SteinbockThe decentralised applications (dapp) landscape has been growing steadily over the past year. The recent launch of EOS and continued work to scale Ethereum are reasons for developers to be excited in the year ahead. This post will cover the current state of dapp development and some of the improvements we can expect to see over the next year. It will be largely focused on Ethereum and EOS based dapps since these two blockchains are the most popular platforms to build on today. The most popular dapps fall into the following categories: (1) Games/Collectibles, (2) Exchanges, (3) Gambling, (4) Other.

Diversity

I am not diversity by Angela Zhang [5 min read]. As a female software engineer, I am counted in most diversity statistics and involved in many diversity initiatives. I’ve been to Grace Hopper for the last 5 years, including giving a tech talk last year on web performance. I was a mentor for Women Who Code, teaching algorithms and coding weekly to women entering the tech industry. I am literally on this list of women engineers even though I have no idea how I got added in the first place. Here’s a surprise for you: I am not that diverse.

Education

Everything I Knew About Reading Was Wrong by Johnny [13 min read]. I realized this about a year ago. All those rules I took for granted were holding me back. Once I let go, I rediscovered the joy in reading — something I haven’t felt since I was a teenager, skipping classes to read Nietzsche or Albert Camus. It all started with a podcast. It wasn’t even my insight. It was one of those rare occasions where you take someone’s advice, apply it to your life — and the results are instant and overwhelming. The guest was Naval Ravikant. I’ve listened to this episode multiple times, but this time I was ready to get the message.

Six Skills Every Developer Should Have Besides Coding Skills by Barri Sambaris [8 min read]. A programmer’s life, contrary to public beliefs and movies does not just involve sitting and staring all day at the computer with a headphone. It is not about how fast they can type rapidly on a keyboard while chewing a burger. Developers are more than cavemen and nerds. They are not loners in the basement. Developers have to deal with clients, bosses, management, investors, shareholders, fellow colleagues and themselves. It is therefore imperative that a developer is well rounded and armed with other skills other than coding skills.

Top Five Kotlin Programming Courses for Java and Android Programmers by javinpaul [7 min read] This is the year to learn Kotlin! I expect Kotlin to surpass Java for Android development in a few years because of its distinguished position as the official language for Android development.

How We Dress

Let’s Talk About Dress Codes and Clothes by Erik P.M. Vermeulen“The digital transformation is clearly visible in this room.” This was the opening statement of one of the speakers at a digital transformation event I attended recently. For effect, he paused as the audience looked around struggling to find who or what he was referring to. “Nobody is wearing a suit.” The response was interesting; awkward laughter as the audience couldn’t tell whether he was joking or not.

Javascript

3 JavaScript Performance Mistakes You Should Stop Doing by Yotam Kadishay [4 min read]. What if I told you everything you knew was a lie, what will happen if you learn some of the key features our beloved ECMAScript have published over the recent years, are actually dangerous performance traps, sugar coated in a slick looking one line callback functional code? This story starts a few years ago, back in the naive days of ES5…

Conditional JavaScript for Experts by Glad Chinda [8 min read]. Conditionals are a very important aspect of the syntax of every programming language. If you have been programming for sometime in any of the popular languages, you should already be familiar with the if..elif..else or switch conditional statements. They are very useful for making decisions in programs.

Linux

Why Linux Developers Should Use GitPrompt by Christer Enfors [3 min read]. For the past 23 years, I’ve been a Linux developer (I started with Linux version 1.2.1). I live in the command prompt. Because of that, I want the prompt itself to look nice, and to provide useful information at a glance. Therefore, I wrote a script called gitprompt, which customizes the prompt. I’ve been using it at work for a while, and a number of my coworkers noticed it and asked for a copy. So since I know there’s at least some amount of interest in it, I’m publishing this brief article about it, in case you want to try it out for yourself.

Music

The Programming Language of Music by Rohan ArthurTL;DR: music and software, similar approaches; if you appreciate one, then there’s a real good chance that you might appreciate the other. Also, a bit of nerd-ing about the pentatonic scale. If you know music theory, I suggest you skip this one. ☺

Python

Why you should use pyenv + Pipenv for your Python projects by Daniel van Flymen [5 min read]. The missing guide for setting up a great local development workflow for your Python projects. This is an opinionated way of developing with Python locally. You’ve probably discovered that it’s a pain in the ass to manage different projects with dependencies targeting different Python versions on your local machine.

React

A different way to manage state in React by David Gilbertson [13 min read]. Question: why is React great? Answer: because it changed how we think about applications. We now write apps by defining: (1) “when the data looks like A, the app should look like B”, and (2) “when the user does X, change the data like Y”. We no longer have to write super brittle code like: “when the user does X, update the app to look like B”, which was invariably fiddly because you didn’t necessarily know what the previous state was. And whaddaya know, this meant writing apps became so, so much faster. And more pleasant to boot. At least once a week I find myself whispering into my laptop’s microphone I love you React.

Security

Five Best Programming Languages to Learn for Cyber Security by Dr. Michael J. GarbadeBecoming successful as a cyber security expert requires diverse skills. An all-round professional can confidently implement and monitor security measures that guard computer systems against attacks and unauthorized access. Henrique, a Brazil-based Python expert who teaches people how to create applications using the language, emphasizes that “besides keeping abreast with the latest happenings in the cyber security field, you also need to be acquainted with various programming languages.”

The Dark Side of the Chain: Blockchain Viruses and Decentralized Autonomous Crime Organizations by Itai DamtiHow twisted can things get when an anonymous piece of code harms people but can’t be stopped? Two cinematic masterpieces offer us devastating answers and lots of food for thought: Dr. Strangelove (1965). & Black Mirror S03 E03 (2016). Shut Up And Dance

Software Development

Top 12 Things That Destroy Developer Productivity by John Lafleur [8 min read]. No one expects a programmer to get work done without access to a computer, but there are many companies that expect programmers to get work done without access to their mind. This is equally unrealistic. So let’s deep dive into our list of 12 things that prevent your developers from getting “into the zone” and being productive. I will try to prioritize this list from most to least impactful. If you’re wondering if all this is worth the investment, just consider the developer’s salaries. Even 10% more productivity is a LOT!

Space

Why Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Are A National Security Risk And Also An Opportunity For Progress by Luis Elizondo [5 min read]. A career’s worth of intelligence work for the U.S. Government has taught me one key lesson: national security is a lot like playing a game of chess. You have to anticipate your opponent’s every move in order to remain one step ahead. Disclosing your strategy will be used against you. But if you recognize certain opportunities, you can win the match.

Tokens

Money for Nothing and Tokens for Free by Matt Lockyer [11 min read]. Many tokens issued for blockchain projects are worthless. Insufficient value capture mechanisms, haphazard go to market strategies and complicated onboarding processes plague the blockchain ecosystem. The immaturity of the technology ecosystem and a lack of cultural motivations to adopt decentralized technologies are primary drivers. The latest round of speculation on tokens and cryptocurrencies has ended, without crossing the chasm into mainstream adoption of decentralized applications and services. For most projects, there was no onboarding, no users, no earnings and absolutely nothing to hold capital or active users within their token economy.

The Jury is still out on the realities of STOs. Here is why: by Neyma Jahan [11 min read]. The idea behind a security token or STO is that we are digitizing assets and putting them into a liquid format that makes them accessible to people and entities that previously could not have had access to them. A basic example would be if I created say, an ERC-20 contract and issued 100 Unification Equity Tokens (UNDe) thus digitizing the equity for Unificationinto 100 tokens. Each representing ownership of 1% of the company. How these tokens can be used is a long discussion of possibilities (voting rights, board seats, dividends, etc.), but for now let’s just look at the mechanics.

Until next time, don’t take the realities of the world for granted.

Kind Regards,

David Smooke

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