Here are some of the articles we’ve been reading around this office this week.
It’s Time for an RSS Revival – “The difference between getting news from an RSS reader and getting it from Facebook or Twitter or Nuzzel or Apple News is a bit like the difference between a Vegas buffet and an a la carte menu. In either case, you decide what you actually want to consume. But the buffet gives you a whole world of options you otherwise might never have seen.”
The Two Traits of the Best Problem-Solving Teams – “A psychologically safe environment ignites cognitive diversity and puts different minds to work on the bumpy and difficult journey of strategy execution.”
Why ‘Sleep on It’ is the Most Useful Advice for Learning — and Also the Most Neglected – “Sleep on it would pass as folk wisdom, except that it heralds from some of the most creative thinkers of recent times, and is now reinforced by neuroscience. The link between deliberate sleep patterns and core tenets of mathematical thinking such as problem solving and creativity is inescapable.”
One of the Biggest and Most Boring Cyberattacks Against an American City Yet – “Decades of wonky, half-baked, internet-connected systems, popularized and exposed to invite risk, have lowered expectations so much that nobody is even surprised when they don’t work for days at a time. As more urban infrastructure, including smart-city systems, go online, cities and their citizens should be terrified by the Atlanta ransomware hack.”
Move Over Moore’s Law, Make Way for Huang’s Law – “Just how fast does GPU technology advance? In his keynote address, Huang pointed out that Nvidia’s GPUs today are 25 times faster than five years ago. If they were advancing according to Moore’s law, he said, they only would have increased their speed by a factor of 10.”
Your PC is Ruining Your Vision. Here’s How to Beat Eye Strain. – “STARING AT THE computer all day is horrible for your eyes. All those brightly colored pixels clashing with the lighting around you while you stare at your screen for hours on end—it’s a recipe for eye fatigue, muscle strain, and headaches. By adhering to a few simple guidelines and by making some physical adjustments to your workspace, you can avoid putting too much strain on your eyes.”
Want to Reduce Brain Fog And Improve Clear Thinking? Give up These Things Immediately – “Imagine if you could concentrate your brain power into one bright beam and focus it like a laser on whatever you wish to accomplish. Many people struggle to concentrate. And when you can’t concentrate, everything you do is harder and takes longer than you’d like.”