Cross-reading #11

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Sleeping less than 6 hours a night in midlife raises risk of dementia 30%, study finds (edition.cnn.com)

Sleeping less than six hours a night when you’re in your 50s, 60s and 70s increases your risk of dementia by 30%, a long-term study has found.

Google is saving $1 billion per year as a result of employees working from home (latimes.com)

Google is known for perks such as massages and retreats. Not having to pay for those things during the pandemic has padded the company’s bottom line.

Internal Combustion Engine (ciechanow.ski)

Over the course of this article I’d like to explain the functionality of all the basic engine parts shown in the demonstration below. You can drag it around to see it from other angles

S3 Email (github.com)

This stack was created out of frustration due to the fact that to this day there’s no easy way to have a full email server without the overhead of installing and configuring all servers needed to handle incoming and outgoing messages.

Tracking the WhatsApp habits of 5000 random Smartphones (jorislacance.fr)

I could manage to keep up scanning 5000 phones during a continuous month with an average web scraping code. WhatsApp is clearly not checking and preventing abuse of this functionality. I could manage to use 15 000 times the search engine to retrieve the last seen data in one single web session. I scraped a 112k records dataset for the study.

WebGL Fingerprinting (jonatron.github.io)

Are the top websites using WebGL for fingerprinting?

Basic Music Theory in ~200 Lines of Python (mvanga.com)

This article explains the very basics of Western music theory in around 200 lines of Python.

How Developers Choose Names [PDF] (arxiv.org)

The first experiment shows that the probability that two developers would select the same name is low: in the 47 instances in our experiments the median probability was only 6.9%. At the same time, given that a specific name is chosen, it is usually understood by the majority of developers

How to Write a Technical Book (serhack.me)

Are you particularly well versed in a field? Why not write a book? I’ve summarized the 4 main steps to writing and publishing your first technical book.

I’d like to review your README (liw.fi)

You have a free and open source project, and would like its README to be good. It might be your first project, or you might otherwise want an outsider’s feedback. I’m an outsider.

CSS Tips (markodenic.com)

CSS tips and tricks you will not see in most of tutorials.

Daisugi, the 600-Year-Old Japanese Technique of Growing Trees Out of Other Trees, Creating Perfectly Straight Lumber (openculture.com)

Necessity being the mother of invention, this led to the creation of an ingenious solution: daisugi, the growing of additional trees, in effect, out of existing trees