Big Tech &
Meta Myths (15 minute read)
Facebook is not losing users - it is still adding millions of users around the world, and people aren't leaving the platform. TikTok is only depressing growth on Instagram, not reversing it. Reels is growing and its growth is preventing users from leaving the platform for TikTok. There are still plenty of ads on Facebook, mostly from newer online companies. Meta's spending is necessary and its investments are likely to pay off in the long run.
Elon Musk Planning Vine Reboot After Twitter Acquisition (2 minute read)
Twitter engineers have been tasked with creating an updated version of Vine that could launch before the end of the year. The company acquired Vine back in 2012 but shut it down in 2016. Elon Musk tweeted a poll asking if he should bring back Vine and 69.5% of the respondents said yes. A rebooted version of Vine could compete with TikTok.
Molten salt reactors could save nuclear power (7 minute read)
Today's nuclear plants use water to capture heat from the fuel. The water is heated to high temperatures and pressurized to prevent it from turning into steam. The high pressure increases the likelihood of a leak, which could result in the fuel overheating. Molten salt remains liquid at temperatures as high as 2,500 F without any pressurization. Replacing water with molten salt could potentially result in cheaper, safer, more reliable, and more efficient nuclear reactors.
Programming, Design & Data Science
missing.css is a CSS library that allows authors to build common components using plain, semantic HTML and create sites by applying utility classes as needed. It features a good out-of-the-box experience and it is easily customizable. missing.css offers a small curated set of utility classes and custom elements for the things HTML hasn't caught up with yet.
Ask HN: What was being a software developer like about 30 years ago? (Hacker News Thread)
Being a developer 30 years ago was great. Systems were smaller so most people could understand them better. It was much more difficult to update things, so developers were more careful about releases. Hardware limitations prevented any work from home, so the work/life balance was better. There were fewer cyberattacks, so security was much less of a concern.
Elon Musk has pulled more than 50 Tesla employees into his Twitter takeover (6 minute read)
More than 50 Tesla employees are working on Elon Musk's Twitter takeover. Most of the employees are software engineers from the Autopilot team. Many people close to Musk are involved with the deal and are tasked with deciding who and what to cut or keep. The Tesla employees are to learn everything about Twitter as quickly as possible so that Musk can redesign the platform. It is unclear how the employees are expected to split their schedules between their normal duties and Twitter.
Why one web pioneer thinks it’s time to reinvent the browser (8 minute read)
Arc is a browser from The Browser Company that aims to reinvent the browser. It features a sidebar instead of a row of tabs, an app switcher-like function for bookmarks and tabs, search for open tabs, and tools for notetaking and making shareable mini websites. The browser is currently in an invite-only beta. One of the developers working on Arc is Darin Fisher, a software engineer who worked on Netscape Navigator and helped turn it into Firefox. Fisher also spent 16 years working on Chrome and ChromeOS.
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RustyHermit (GitHub Repo)
RustyHermit allows developers to bundle applications directly with the kernel library to run them without any installed operating system.