Hacker Bits Cover, July 2016

Hacker Bits, Jul 2016

Greetings from Redmond!

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about free will. Do we have it? Do we want it? Is technology freeing? Or does it simply give you a menu to choose from?

In this issue’s most highly upvoted story, Google’s Design Ethicist Tristan Harris shows us the sneaky ways tech companies manipulate us and the true cost of social media.

Speaking of being social, we love reading mail from you, our readers, and more than a few of you have told us how busy your lives are, and what a challenge it is staying current on technology.

We totally get it (we have a toddler who decided to stop sleeping) and that’s why we are simplifying the magazine and focusing only on the essential. Learn more, read less and stay current. There are no ads, no redundant info and absolutely no BS. Our hope is that you’ll learn something from every article in Hacker Bits, or at the very least, get a few chuckles out of it.

So enjoy another issue by our top-notch contributors and feel free to tell us what you think of the magazine!

Peace and plenty of sleep!

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


  • How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist, Tristan Harris


  • Mastering Programming, Kent Beck
  • How to win the coding interview, Bill Sourour
  • Web Storage: the lesser evil for session tokens, James Kettle
  • How to Write a Git Commit Message, Chris Beams
  • How to Worry Less About Being a Bad Programmer, Peter Welch


  • What is the difference between deep learning and usual machine learning?, Sebastian Raschka


  • Email isn’t the thing you’re bad at, Glyph Lefkowitz


  • My time with Rails is up, Piotr Solnica
  • Programmers are not different, they need simple UIs, Salvatore Sanfilippo

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