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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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logged by @adamstac 2018-02-24T00:20:47.462152Z permalink #blockchain #ethereum #bitcoin

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What I wish I knew when I became CTO

From David Mack, CTO and co-founder of SketchDeck: You can accumulate responsibility faster than you can learn how to harness it. I now appreciate that the infrastructure, frameworks, and languages you choose will stick with you for a really long time. Only hire when you feel you’re completely desperate for the role. Hire to keep up with growth, not to generate it. I really appreciated David's thoughts on hiring.

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logged by @adamstac 2018-02-15T02:25:52.857259Z permalink #practices

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Hallelujah—In Praise of Babel

This made the rounds back in December, but it's still worth sharing as it's so cool. Angus Croll re-wrote Leonard Cohen's 1984 hit to sing the praises of Babel.js! 👏 I heard there was a clever trick That rewrote all your JavaScript But you don’t really care for magic, do ya (Also check out the audio version by Shawn Wang)

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logged by @jerodsanto 2018-02-05T19:24:00.009242Z permalink #babel #javascript

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Announcing AI Fund

Andrew Ng shared his plans for his newly created AI Fund — with investments including NEA, Sequoia, Greylock Partners, SoftBank Group, and others. Andrew Ng: I am excited to announce the formation of the AI Fund. We have raised $175 million, and will be sequentially initiating new businesses that use AI to improve human life. In the early days of electricity, much of the innovation centered around slightly different improvements in lighting. While this was an important foundation, the really transformative applications, in which electric power spurred massive redesigns in multiple industries, took longer to be grasped. AI is the new electricity, and is at a similar inflection point. Given Andrew Ng's prominence and success in bringing AI to industry, and his partnership with some of the world's premier technology investment firms, this announcement may well signal the next wave of capitalization for AI-oriented startups.

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logged by @adamstac 2018-01-30T21:42:39.023183Z permalink #ai #vc

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Meltdown and Spectre Explained

If some or most of what you've heard or read about Meltdown and Spectre has gone over your head, then you should 💯 read this technical explainer from Matt Klein (also known for being the creator of Envoy). Matt: I have not seen a good mid-level introduction to the vulnerabilities and mitigations. In this post I’m going to attempt to correct that by providing a gentle introduction to the hardware and software background required to understand the vulnerabilities, a discussion of the vulnerabilities themselves, as well as a discussion of the current mitigations. Matt goes on to share graphic charts of CPUs, virtual memory, and code samples to breakdown the exploit.

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logged by @adamstac 2018-01-18T22:28:24.667005Z permalink #security
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