Links for Week 4 of 2016

This week I bookmarked 16 interesting links tagged ukraine, video, cooking, java, mesos, plugin, ai, wow, product_management, smoker, culture, mac, api, sleep, cabin, leadership, rc, oracle, management, security, math.

  1. Lviv is not Donetsk: The Ukrainian economy is not terrible everywhere | The Economist at www.economist.com In 2014 Ukrainian GDP fell by 7%; in 2015 it shrunk by an astonishing 12%. The whole economy is indeed in trouble; the hryvnia, the currency, has lost about 70% against the dollar in the past two years. Inflation is very high (though it is now subsiding). However, what's often lost in analysis is that different parts of the country are doing very differently.
  2. Video: How One Chief Product Officer Is Reinventing Product Management At Her Company - Product Talk at www.producttalk.org We spend much of the conversation talking about her team’s move to dual track Agile, the challenges with adopting product discovery practices, and how they continue to iterate on their delivery practices.
  3. 3scale API Management Platform at www.3scale.net We founded 3scale in 2007 because we believed the world would become web enabled, and that APIs would be required. That guess has proven correct on both counts. We now power APIs for more than 500 organizations of all sizes across many industries. And still, we think this transformation is just picking up speed. There is much more to come and more work to be done.
  4. At Buzzfeed, a week off to do something different - StarTribune.com at www.startribune.com In a tech company perk-if-not-quite-tradition called a "hack week," the media company gave all its developers time to work on their own ideas, aiming for something that might eventually become a product or service. (Buzzfeed also has software engineers in New York, Los Angeles and Ukraine.)
  5. Linode Blog » The Twelve Days of Crisis – A Retrospective on Linode’s Holiday DDoS Attacks at blog.linode.com Over the twelve days between December 25th and January 5th, Linode saw more than a hundred denial-of-service attacks against every major part of our infrastructure, some severely disrupting service for hundreds of thousands of Linode customers. I’d like to follow up on my earlier update by providing some more insight into how we were attacked and what we’re doing to stop it from happening again.
  6. Learn about the DCOS on the new Mesosphere docs site at mesosphere.com Good documentation is important for any software product, no matter how simple or complex the technology is in practice. Mesosphere recently invested months revamping our documentation experience, and we’re proud to finally be able to share it with the world. It has never been easier to find the right information about how to install and run Apache Mesos, our Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) or anything in between.
  7. Oracle deprecates the Java browser plugin, prepares for its demise at arstechnica.com The much-maligned Java browser plugin, source of so many security flaws over the years, is to be killed off by Oracle.
  8. Moving to a Plugin-Free Web at blogs.oracle.com With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology.
  9. The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win at www.wired.com No machine has ever beaten a top human Go player — at least not without a huge head-start. Even if it does advance to the man-machine match, Crazy Stone has no chance of changing this, but Coulom wants to see how far his creation has come.
  10. Google artificial intelligence beats champion at world's most complicated board game | PBS NewsHour at www.pbs.org An artificial intelligence program developed by researchers at Google can beat a human at the board game Go, which some consider to be the most complicated board game in existence. And this AI program — dubbed AlphaGo — didn’t defeat any ol’ human, but the European Go champion Fan Hui in a tournament last October by five games to nil.
  11. Are you a Developer or an Engineer? at redqueencoder.com Developers focus on making great code. Engineers focus on making great things.
  12. The Story Behind f.lux, the Night Owl's Color-Shifting Sleep App of Choice at motherboard.vice.com Developing f.lux, it turned out, was more complex than either Lorna or Michael initially thought. And in the seven years since they started working on the app full time, Michael and Lorna have realized what they’re really on is a mission to change the way that we sleep.
  13. New largest prime number found at phys.org A team at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has announced, via press release from the Mersenne organization, that they have found the largest prime number ever—it is 274,207,281 – 1, it has over 22 million digits. The new record has broken the old record by approximately 5 million digits.
  14. Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven | Fornetto at fornetto.com Featuring solid cast iron doors, stainless steel oven interiors and a separate fire chamber, the Fornetto ovens offer a safe and easy way of creating authentic pizzas, amazing roast meats, baked breads, pastas and desserts or smoking an endless variety of foods in your own backyard or patio.
  15. A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do at hbr.org As part of our ten-year longitudinal study on executive transitions, which included more than 2,700 leadership interviews, we did a rigorous statistical analysis (including more than 90 regression analyses) to isolate the skills of the top-performing executives.
  16. 2015/16 Euro Offroad Series Rd2 - 4wd A-Main Leg 1 - YouTube at www.youtube.com Action from 4wd A-Main Leg 1 at the second round of the 2015/16 Euro Offroad Series held at the Hudy Racing Arena in Trencin, Slovakia