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how to send emails from popular websites, functional programming, the strategy of disney, rivian, and taylor swift, tcg economics
confused deputy vulnerability lets anyone send emails from popular domains - apparently this was “working as intended.”
simple fault injection to bypass pin entry - sometimes hacking is as simple as connecting two pins on a circuit board.
a software bill of materials does not help with much more than regulatory compliance - the vulnerable code in a dependency may be unused - there is to much noise. sboms are useful when the same info for each dependency is always actionable - e.g. avoiding copyleft licenses.
john carmack on functional programming - maintaining functional patterns is valuable even when a language does not encourage their use - easy testing, prevent race conditions, easier refactoring. If you have a choice between passing a field by reference or value, between updating a data structure in place or making a copy, default to the functional choice.
investment and business strategy
disney parks and cruises can be like taylor swift concerts - a way to turn a brand that is accessible to everyone into a scarce and valuable product
how rivian differentiates from tesla - will self driving shake up the playing field? my take: manufacturers who do not invest in self driving tech will come out just fine - they will be able to buy it
digital trading card ownership - digital economies are weird because what you own can change. In games, this is called “balancing.” It only takes a small error to screw users out of their investments or to make a game unfun.
recreating a song by monitoring the listener's brain - great data for advertisers! also being able to search every song i've ever heard would be nice
fda databases are so complex that journal articles are used to explain how to navigate them - how to look up trial results and efficacy data for a drug
people who say hello to more neighbors more regularly are generally happier - just correlation, not exactly surprising