Big Tech &
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.
This Company Says It’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.
Programming, Design & Data Science
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.
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.
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