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Death by chocolate takes on a whole new meaning

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The Nazis are infamous for their murderous schemes and willingness to use any means necessary during World War II. In 1943, the war had turned sour for them. The massive gains they made in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were being chipped away, its navy decimated and the Battle of Britain had inflicted heavy losses on the air force.

With the prospects for a land invasion of the UK gone, the Germans tried a hilariously sneaky trick to sow chaos — killing Winston Churchill with deadly chocolate. …

Small lessons, big wins.

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Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Common sense dictates that when you set off on a journey, you seek the advice of someone who has been on the same path before , hopefully many times before. I would agree, but a lot of life advice is usually shallow such as; ‘go find a mentor’ or ‘find your tribe’ — it’s easier said than done.

A good way I learn things is to look at someone who’s been something that I want to do for a relatively short period of time. …

Be the one who pushes the buttons, not the one whose buttons get pushed

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Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash

Something weird happened when I got my first smartphone. I realised that I could basically throw my expensive laptop out the window and still be able to play games, surf facebook (back when young people were on it too), watch movies etc. Except, unlike a laptop, I didn’t have to sit down indoors and carry a case around. This is like black magic for a 12 year old.

Like a lot of young adults today, I was in my formative years when I got my first smartphone which means I got hooked easily by its convenience and ability to kill boredom at any time. …

Make a list. Work the list

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Being a developer is hard — especially while you’re finding your flow in the early stages of your career. I’m still going through it. Being productive? That’s even harder.

As a dev, you have to put up with long meetings that eat up time you could spend on writing code, management that takes too long to make decisions, acceptance criteria that are vague, etc. These are all time-suckers, and we hardly acknowledge the worst of them: our habits and practices.

These are the habits and practices that have allowed me to minimise wasted time and maximise output.

Set an Easy-to-Define, Concrete Endpoint for Each Day

I would usually find myself slacking in the middle of the day. I would be writing many lines of code per minute only to find myself looking at motorcycle reviews a while later. One day, I had to fix a serious bug before the end of the day since it was affecting a large number of customers. On that day, I worked better, faster, and more clearly than ever before due to one simple reason: I had a concrete and easy-to-understand goal. …

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In 90s, NASA was thinking big — not Apollo programme big, but big nonetheless. By then, the now legendary space shuttle was coming to be around two decades old, had served reliably on 34 missions and was a marvel of 20th Century engineering. NASA however, was already looking at the next logical technological step after the Space Shuttle: SSTO.

SSTO stands for Single Stage To Orbit. Basically, it means a vehicle that’s a single unit and is the same when it launches and returns — unlike the rockets we’re still using today. Today’s rockets, even those fancy SpaceX ones, ‘split up’ at some point(s) of their journey; this is done to reduce ‘dead weight’, that is, used-up fuel tanks, payload coverings, spent boosters etc. …

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Ring, the internet-enabled door camera company, came from relatively humble beginnings. The brainchild of Jamie Siminoff, it was first started in his garage under the name Doorbot. He then went to pitch the idea to several investors and ended up on the famous investor TV show Shark Tank.

While the product did impress, the judge sharks were not taking the bait. Some of them did think it was a good product, but none imagined it being worth more than $20 million.

Jamie left the studio with no more money than when he had entered….on paper. But not everything can be recorded ‘on paper’. …

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Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

AccuracyDepth-Aware video frame INterpolation, or DAIN, is a new neural network model. The brainchild of researchers from four institutions including Google, DAIN is a look through the window of what the future holds for machine vision and AI made entertainment.

What Does DAIN Do?

In short, DAIN makes videos smoother.

A video is basically a bunch of still images called frames that, when played fast enough, give us the illusion of motion. …

Watch what they do and what they say.

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Photo by Mark König on Unsplash

Roadmaps are ubiquitous nowadays, especially as the GaaS (Games as a Service) model has come to dominate how most AAA titles are offered. Nowadays, just the release of a roadmap is enough to generate the same amount of buzz that previously was reserved for a full content reveal.

What is a ‘Roadmap’, and why do Publishers Love Them so Much?

Simply put, roadmaps are just prettified ‘Coming Up’ press releases. Usually a poster and/or a video/trailer that gives a preview of what to expect for the next update. This idea, at its core, is nothing new; trailers achieve are essentially the same thing and have been around for decades.

However, trailers are relatively expensive to make and have a certain level of baggage: Anytime a video’s title has the word ‘trailer’, we expect it to be gripping and juicy, and a lot of us have the implicit belief that any content that has a trailer must involve a massive update. …

How to write a lot in a tiny amount of time

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‘They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on that particular job ‘ — Brian Clough

Have you ever read an article giving good, actionable advice on how to write beautiful written content? This article is the evil twin of that. The aim here is to help those unfortunate souls who have found themselves in the lovely position of having to deliver a solid chunk of writing before a deadline or face (insert bad consequences).

The final year of university was somewhat of a blur. There were two main hurdles for me to cross. The first being final year exams — which, while daunting, weren’t that much of a concern.The …

It’s Not Only AI You Should Be Excited/Worried About.

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As humans, a lot of our work now leverages brain power. The 19th century consolidated the way of life ushered in from the industrial revolution, and it has been a resounding success in terms of getting work out of our hands and into our heads. So much so that 80.7% of US jobs were in the non-physical services sector as of 2018. Of all the revolutions in human history, it could be argued that the industrial one was one of, if not, THE most influential.

But it looks like we’re due another one.

While the disruption potential of AI is formidable and will no doubt be a new era in human history, there is another wave of equally game-changing technology that is slowly brewing in its shadow. Humanity is close to giving birth to a new form of life — one which runs on silicon neurons and has actuators for muscles — and the water just broke. …

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