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Construction Physics • 13779 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Reducing the amount of materials in construction can significantly cut costs.
  2. Structural elements must be designed to resist axial, shear, and bending forces.
  3. Challenges exist in further reducing materials in buildings due to practical constraints, cost considerations, and performance tradeoffs.
TheSequence • 413 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Efficient fine-tuning with specialized models like Mistral-7b LLMs can outperform leading commercial models like GPT-4 while being cost-effective.
  2. Incorporating techniques like Parameter Efficient Fine-Tuning and serving models via platforms like LoRAX can significantly reduce GPU costs and make deployment scalable.
  3. Using smaller, task-specific fine-tuned models is a practical alternative to expensive, large-scale models, making AI deployment accessible and efficient for organizations with limited resources.
Venture Prose • 519 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. Efficiency comes from making every minute more valuable, intentional, and concrete.
  2. Being intentional about how you spend time, both in quantity and quality, can make you more present and purposeful.
  3. Simplicity is key - from making a good first impression in 1 minute to keeping meetings concise and effective.
The Auburn Observer • 373 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. Auburn's defense in SEC play has been dominant, holding most opponents to 65 points or fewer.
  2. Bruce Pearl expressed early concerns about their defense, but now they are performing exceptionally well.
  3. Auburn's defense leads the SEC in efficiency, field goal percentages, and turnover rate, showcasing a strong team commitment to defensive play.
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Inside Data by Mikkel Dengsøe • 184 HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Data may not reveal the best ideas, so trust your intuition and explore beyond the obvious data points.
  2. Focus on solving the big problems first, as they have a more significant impact than smaller issues.
  3. Think in small bets and iterations to make progress in the right direction, even if data may not provide immediate clarity.
Alex Ewerlöf Notes • 255 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Spotify's layoffs serve as a warning for other companies, especially those that have grown rapidly and may need to optimize operations.
  2. Layoffs are often caused by a combination of external factors like market conditions and internal factors like fake work and lack of alignment.
  3. It's critical for companies to focus on meaningful value creation and avoid falling into traps like bureaucracy, fake work, and fragmented responsibilities.
Gradient Flow • 59 implied HN points • 21 Mar 24
  1. Efficiency in large language models (LLMs) is crucial for success in the competitive market. Focus on delivering models that are not only accurate but also faster and cost-effective to stay ahead.
  2. Investing in data tools for better data efficiency can significantly enhance model performance and save costs. Sophisticated data tools tailored for diverse data types play a pivotal role.
  3. Architectural innovations like sparse architectures and Mixture of Experts engines can boost efficiency in LLMs. Strategic partnerships and quality hardware for training are essential for enhancing model efficiency.
Import AI • 279 implied HN points • 16 Oct 23
  1. Automating software engineers is challenging due to the complexity of coordinating changes across multiple functions, classes, and files simultaneously.
  2. Fine-tuning AI models can compromise safety safeguards, making it easier to remove safety interventions even unintentionally.
  3. Flash-Decoding technology can make text generation from long-context language models up to 8 times faster, improving efficiency for generating responses from lengthy prompts.
UX Psychology • 138 implied HN points • 22 Dec 23
  1. Asynchronous communication can combat Zoom fatigue by reducing the need for excessive meetings and allowing for more focused work time.
  2. Benefits of asynchronous communication include inclusivity, clearer communication, efficiency with meeting reduction, and wider audience engagement.
  3. Challenges of asynchronous communication include adjustment to a new way of working, time and effort for content creation, cultural shifts within organizations, and potential for information overload.
Venture Prose • 219 implied HN points • 15 Oct 23
  1. Set higher business goals and aim to achieve positive yields from actions taken.
  2. Question industry norms and push yourself to exceed expectations, rather than just following what others have done before.
  3. Prioritize efficiency and financial independence in your business strategies, ensuring that actions are intentional with positive long-term impacts.
Mike Talks AI • 58 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Operations excellence is key: Musk focused on improving efficiency and revolutionizing industries through operational excellence.
  2. Design the right factory: Musk emphasized the importance of well-designed factories and involvement of design engineers in manufacturing processes.
  3. The Algorithm for operations excellence: Musk's framework involves questioning requirements, deleting parts/processes, simplifying, accelerating cycle time, and automating last.
Gad’s Newsletter • 50 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Introducing reusable cups in drive-thrus can slow down the service, leading to longer wait times and potential inefficiencies.
  2. Starbucks' focus on operational efficiency conflicts with the introduction of reusable cups, impacting speed and customer satisfaction.
  3. Visible queues in drive-thrus make operational inefficiencies more apparent, potentially affecting customer decisions and perception.
Knowledge Problem • 137 implied HN points • 31 Aug 23
  1. Internalizing externalities through taxes or subsidies can improve efficiency and welfare.
  2. Pareto-relevant externalities are those that impact the outcome; not all externalities need to be internalized.
  3. Individual values and costs are subjective, and internalizing externalities may not always create additional welfare.
Dev Interrupted • 79 implied HN points • 26 Oct 23
  1. Faster code reviews lead to 50% higher software delivery performance.
  2. Improving code review quality and speed has various benefits like improved code quality and developer experience.
  3. Methods to speed up code reviews include techniques like pair programming, goal setting, continuous merge, and using AI for code review.
Register Spill • 157 implied HN points • 30 Apr 23
  1. Papercuts in software are small annoyances that don't necessarily affect functionality but can be fixed.
  2. Even though papercuts may be annoying, they often don't prevent users from achieving their goals when using software.
  3. Having papercuts in software may not always directly relate to a negative user experience or impact the success of the software.
Engineering Enablement • 14 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. On average, developers report 22% of their time being wasted, resulting in significant potential productivity loss.
  2. Efficiency in engineering organizations varies widely within teams, showing room for improvement and optimization.
  3. There is a correlation between the size of an organization in terms of employee count and revenue with the amount of developer time wasted, indicating larger organizations may struggle with efficiency compared to smaller ones.
Dev Interrupted • 102 implied HN points • 20 Jul 23
  1. Efficiency improvements in engineering come from continuous habits, not just one-time decisions.
  2. Real-time visibility into metrics and guidance on 'good' metrics can drive organic productivity improvements.
  3. Automating pull requests & code reviews can significantly reduce cycle time and improve productivity in dev teams.