Hacker Bits Cover, August 2016

Hacker Bits, Aug 2016

As we near the dog days of summer, we can’t think of anything more restorative than catching up on our reading with a tall glass of iced tea. And if you are looking for something worthwhile to read, don’t miss Cody Littlewood’s My first 10 minutes on a server, an essential primer for anyone looking to secure Ubuntu.

Speaking of summer reading, some of you have written to tell us that you’d love to see more data-related articles…well, consider that done! We’ll be bringing you lots of informative data-related pieces in the future, so stay tuned!

Before we sign off (and get back to our iced tea), we’d like to give a big shout-out to our new subscribers (we’re looking at you, fans of DevMastery)! Welcome and we hope you like what you see at Hacker Bits.

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Peace and stay cool!

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In this month’s issue, you’ll read about:


  • My first 10 minutes on a server – primer for securing Ubuntu, Cody Littlewood


  • How are zlib, gzip and Zip related? What do they have in common and how are they different?, Mark Adler


  • The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields, Troy Hunt
  • What is differential privacy?, Matthew Green


  • Boosting sales with machine learning, Per Harald Borgen
  • We built voice modulation to mask gender in technical interviews, Aline Lerner


  • Mental models I find repeatedly useful, Gabriel Weinberg
  • A simple mind hack that helps beat procrastination, Shyal Beardsley

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