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Big Technology • 6380 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. NVIDIA's software edge is a significant factor in its success, making it hard for competitors to match.
  2. Customers buy and reorder NVIDIA's products due to the difficulty of switching off its proprietary software.
  3. NVIDIA's dominance in the AI industry is sustained through its software advantage, influencing customer decisions and orders.
Cloud Irregular • 2069 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Explaining complex tech products in simple language is important for understanding and adoption.
  2. Developers may value different aspects of a tech product compared to business decision-makers, causing a mismatch in communication.
  3. CloudTruth focuses on managing crucial configuration data, highlighting the importance of precision in language and clear communication.
Mostly Python • 314 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Testing a Django project in a book involves creating a copy of the project, setting up a separate virtual environment, and ensuring it functions correctly on new Django versions.
  2. When testing a Django project, focus is usually on internal code, but the priority here is verifying functionality on new Django versions due to its frequent updates.
  3. The post discusses developing a single test function for a Django project named Learning Log, emphasizing the importance of testing project functionality as intended.
Artificial Ignorance • 54 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Adding 10x capacity to a system unlocks new capabilities and prevents breaking, leading to fundamental changes.
  2. Gemini 1.5's 10x larger context window enables tasks like analyzing entire codebases, filtering massive datasets, and potentially building AI with better memory.
  3. Groq's custom AI chips achieve lightning-fast token generation, paving the way for real-time AI conversations, enhanced data handling, and possible use in finance, medicine, and robotics.
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In My Tribe • 178 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Bill Gates supports building general-purpose humanoid robots capable of multiple tasks, modeling them after people.
  2. Mark McNeilly predicts that AI will seduce humans rather than destroy us, leading to a decline in human interaction.
  3. There is potential to use large language models for tasks like contract reviews in legal and financial sectors, but resistance to fully relying on AI in certain professions may persist.
AI Supremacy • 825 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. More software engineers are turning to Substack for professional education and insights in technology
  2. Top engineering newsletters on Substack provide valuable content for software engineers and tech workers
  3. Subscribing to engineering newsletters can help professionals stay informed, grow, and stand out in the industry
benn.substack • 1271 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. The modern data stack ecosystem is shifting as interest in generative AI takes over.
  2. The hype surrounding data tools can lead to rapid product development but also instability and distraction.
  3. Startups can find success by focusing on rebuilding existing ideas in a more deliberate and stable manner.
Department of Product • 1238 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. Notion integrates Indie calendar Cron into a new standalone Calendar app for sharing with stakeholders.
  2. Numerous plugin enhances Google Sheets with generative AI for tasks like creating formulas and translating text.
  3. Netflix's decision not to build a dedicated app for visionOS is a setback for Apple, while Nimo gains popularity as a lighter AR alternative.
Deus In Machina • 108 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. The tutorial provides a cheat sheet for essential SDL functions like initializing, creating a window, rendering, and cleaning up.
  2. The tutorial gives practical code examples for opening a window in SDL2, emphasizing error handling for function calls.
  3. It emphasizes the importance of clearing the screen with a color to prevent interference between frames and discusses the choice between SDL and Raylib for game development.
jDeploy Newsletter • 28 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Be mindful of using non-public or deprecated APIs when developing Mac Appstore applications as it can lead to rejections.
  2. One way to fix dependencies on deprecated APIs is by building and inserting a custom version of the deprecated framework into the app bundle.
  3. Changing bundle IDs when necessary and updating dependencies in dynamic libraries using tools like install_name_tool can help in resolving issues and getting the updated version accepted on the Mac Appstore.
Hardcore Software • 687 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. The introduction of the Apple Macintosh in 1984 profoundly changed computing and many people's lives
  2. The Macintosh brought empowerment, elegance, and a sense of mastery to users and developers, setting a new standard in the industry
  3. The Macintosh's impact was widespread, transforming document creation, software development, and user experiences on college campuses and beyond
SemiAnalysis • 8586 implied HN points • 10 Oct 23
  1. Google, AMD, Intel, Meta, Amazon, and Microsoft are all gearing up to challenge Nvidia's AI dominance.
  2. Nvidia is maintaining its hardware lead but facing increasing competition.
  3. Nvidia's supply chain mastery and potentially anti-competitive business tactics are key factors in their strategy.
Rings of Saturn • 4 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. The cancelled Saturn game Re-Loaded from Gremlin Interactive faced performance issues leading to a low frame rate and long loading times.
  2. Despite having only one level, a patch allows players to remove time limits and explore the game more fully by playing as different characters.
  3. The preview image suggests playing as other characters, which can be unlocked by changing values in game files - offering new gameplay experiences.
SemiAnalysis • 4141 implied HN points • 01 Nov 23
  1. AMD's MI300 is positioned as a strong competitor in LLM inference against Nvidia and Google hardware.
  2. Major companies like Microsoft, Meta, Oracle, Google, and Amazon have already placed orders for AMD MI300.
  3. AMD's Datacenter GPU revenue is expected to reach over $2 billion in 2024 with strong demand from customers and supply constraints.
Numlock News • 786 implied HN points • 08 Jan 24
  1. Star Citizen is a video game in alpha development raising massive funds through selling digital spaceships.
  2. Instant ramen sales are booming globally, with a spicy chicken-flavored soup gaining popularity in the US.
  3. Automation struggles as some tasks are easy for humans but difficult for robots, showcasing a low robot usage rate in US manufacturing plants.
Low Latency Trading Insights • 196 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. Solarflare specializes in high-performance, low-latency networking solutions like NICs used in data centers and financial services.
  2. Solarflare provides hardware such as Flareon adapters and XtremeScale NICs for high-speed networking.
  3. Software offerings from Solarflare like Onload and TCP Direct provide APIs for accelerated network performance and lower latency.
Jacob’s Tech Tavern • 16 HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. The app's creator derived inspiration for the 2FA app from spotting interesting patterns in the codes, like counting sequences and repeated numerical patterns.
  2. The concept was proven through a proof of concept demonstrating local code generation and push notifications for rare interesting codes.
  3. The app development process included tackling challenges like storing multiple 2FA accounts securely, implementing interestingness features, and improving performance with optimized processing tasks and notifications.
Computer Ads from the Past • 305 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Hudson Soft was a Japanese company that started as an electronics store and later moved into game development.
  2. Hudson Soft created popular games like Bomberman, Adventure Island, and Bonk for various gaming systems.
  3. HuCAL, a product by Hudson Soft, was initially thought to be a word processor but was actually a spreadsheet used on Sega systems.
SemiAnalysis • 4849 implied HN points • 30 Aug 23
  1. Broadcom is the second largest AI chip company in the world behind NVIDIA, driven by Google's TPU ramp.
  2. Broadcom's strategy involves acquiring companies with strong products, cutting costs, and focusing on core products.
  3. Broadcom has diversified segments including wireless, networking, and custom silicon, with a focus on efficiency and stable growth.
The Lunduke Journal of Technology • 10321 implied HN points • 05 May 23
  1. When we talk about 'The Cloud', we're really just talking about internet-connected computers.
  2. Artificial Intelligence, like ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot, is essentially copying and repackaging data created by humans.
  3. As AI systems evolve, there's a risk that original human work will be devalued and intelligence may decrease.
Clouded Judgement • 14 implied HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. Software companies are showing signs of a potential rebound in January based on earnings reports and early data, signaling green shoots for the industry.
  2. January inflation, especially the CPI, was higher than expected, impacting market expectations for future rate cuts and projections for the Fed Funds rate.
  3. Valuations for software businesses are often calculated based on multiples of revenue, with different growth rates affecting these valuations significantly.
Rory’s Always On Newsletter • 1218 implied HN points • 26 Oct 23
  1. Patients and healthcare practitioners have had similar experiences of delays and poor communication within the NHS.
  2. Minor software tweaks can lead to significant time and cost savings for the NHS.
  3. Driving change within the NHS requires incentives, a vision for improvement, and individuals committed to pushing through the changes.