TLDR Daily Update 2022-09-27

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How Google, Microsoft, Lyft, and GitLab find and fix vulnerabilities (Sponsor)

If you have a codebase, youโ€™re going to have vulnerabilities. The best companies know how to find them before they reach production.

In this guide, the Sourcegraph team explores the ways industry leaders handle vulnerabilities, including:

How Google uses static analysis and large-scale changes

Microsoftโ€™s internal tool to manage open-source software

Automated vulnerability scanning and reporting at Lyft

GitLabโ€™s vulnerability feeds and developer templates

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Big Tech & Startups

Nvidia In the Valley (18 minute read)

The pandemic, machine learning applications, and crypto drove Nvidia's stock price to unprecedented heights over the last few years. Ethereum's transition to Proof-of-Stake rendered entire mining operations worthless overnight and flooded the market with second-hand chips. This and other factors have caused Nvidia's stock price to plunge. This article discusses Nvidia's strategy for the future.

Netflix is building its own game studio (1 minute read)

Netflix is forming an in-house game studio to create original games without ads or in-app purchases. It chose to build its studio in Helsinki, Finland due to the concentration of game talent in the region. The company is increasingly focused on creating original content to bring in more subscribers. Netflix says it will be years before the studio releases its first project.
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Science & Futuristic Technology

This Company Says Itโ€™s One Step Closer to an Invisibility Cloak (7 minute read)

Vollebak, a UK-based company, has developed a prototype of a thermal camouflage jacket that may be a step toward a true invisibility cloak. It uses a graphene-based material that becomes reflective to infrared thermal radiation when it absorbs electrons. Vollebak's camouflage jacket is made up of 42 panels, each of which can be programmed to control how much thermal radiation it emits. The jacket is not yet ready for sale as users still need to be physically connected to a computer.

NASA just crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to see what would happen (2 minute read)

NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid at 7:14 PM ET last night. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission aims to see how much the impact changed the movement of the asteroid. It is part of a planetary defense experiment. The agency is testing whether it is possible to redirect the path of an asteroid heading towards Earth. A video of the impact is available in the article.
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Programming, Design & Data Science

Enhance (Website)

Enhance is a web standards-based HTML framework designed to provide a dependable foundation for building lightweight, flexible, and future-proof web applications. It aims to allow anyone to build multi-page dynamic web apps while staying as close to the platform as possible. A four minute long quickstart video is available.

age (GitHub Repo)

age is a file encryption tool, format, and Go library. It features small explicit keys, no config options, and Unix-style composability. An alternative interoperable Rust implementation is available.

Best practices for creating a modern npm package (Sponsor)

While npm is 12 years old, your practices around npm package creation should hopefully be a lot more modern. Learn how to create modern and sustainable npm packages using these best practices in this step by step guide. Check it out now!
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Miscellaneous

A Vibe Shift is Underway in Silicon Valley as the Allure of Big Tech Fades (8 minute read)

Big tech companies were seen as some of the most desirable places to work in the US for many years. Working in the tech industry is now less desirable and employees are less inclined to stay than they were prior to the pandemic. Companies that previously offered in-office perks can no longer afford to do so, and workers are increasingly demanding remote work. Many workers are questioning company values and employee activism is rising.

Five Walled Gardens: Why Browsers are Essential to the Internet and How Operating Systems Are Holding Them Back (2 minute read)

Mozilla recently published new research on how consumers from around the world install and use browsers. The study found that while many people know how to install a browser, most users never actually install alternative browsers. Operating systems are incentivized to preference their own browsers and they regularly design systems to undermine rather than facilitate consumer choice. Removing choice and competition harms consumers.

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New York Cityโ€™s Empty Offices Reveal a Global Property Dilemma (12 minute read)

Empty offices are affecting local businesses that depend on daytime traffic and lowering building values around the world.

Downturn career decisions (6 minute read)

This article discusses career decisions and the best way to navigate the current economic downturn.

Cloudflare launches an eSIM to secure mobile devices (4 minute read)

The Zero Trust SIM will enable several security features and it can also be used as a second factor for authentication.

Hugging Face and ServiceNow launch BigCode, a project to open source code-generating AI systems (3 minute read)

BigCode is a project that aims to develop open-sourced state-of-the-art AI systems for code that will be freely available to the public.

Rust is eating into our systems, and it's a good thing (4 minute read)

Rust is increasingly becoming the systems language of choice.

Hands-on with AptX Lossless, the new tech promising CD-quality audio over Bluetooth (7 minute read)

Qualcomm's AptX Lossless standard promises to close the gap between the fidelity of CD-quality audio and the imperfect compression of Bluetooth.

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