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Friday Blast #87

Every Jurassic Park dinosaur illustrated with modern science (2020) - a fun and quite long article analysing what we’ve learned about dinosaurs since Jurassic Park (and what we’ve known all along, but got wrong anyway). Spoilers - velociraptors are about chicken-size.

The end of OS X (2020) - WWDChappend and Apple announced they’re gonna drop Intel and Mac OS 11. It’s an interesting take - Mac OS X was the Unixdesktop folks were clamoring for, and that’s why it was so common for developers to use it. But OS 11 seems more likeiOS. How will that play out?

Tech migrations the Spotify way (2020) - here tech migration means switching over from technology X to technology Y. At big companies even simple changes tend tobe complex affairs which drag on for several years. Spotify tackles this problem, and the “long tail” of teams whoare left to migrate by keeping a sharp focus on a few migrations at a time, and treating the problem as a “productone”, and hence assigning PMs, evangelizing the benefits of the change, etc.

5 AWS services to avoid (2020) - AWShas an extremely large and varied service set. From personal experience not everything is as smooth as themarketing material would have you believe. This article goes over 5 of them: Cogito, CloudFormation, ElastiCache, Kinesis, and Lambda.

Moravec’s paradox - a paradox in AI. Hans Moravec observedthat the higher-level features of cognition (reasoning, planning, etc.) seem to be much easier to solve than the more basic-level features (vision, speech, audio recognition, etc.).

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