Young Reacts #204

It was another tough week for tech workers with massive layoffs. I really feel for those who may have to uproot their life in the US because of their immigration statuses. I am thankful I don’t have to worry about my legal status anymore.

Software Engineering ⚙️

Seeing through hardware counters: a journey to threefold performance increase

The performance investigation in this article goes from a high-level metric, like requests per second, to a low-level one, like the CPU cache metrics. It is an excellent reminder that there is no perfect abstraction and, at the core, everything is in bits.

People ❤️

Mental Models to Help You Cut Your Losses

In uncertain times like this, it’s more important to move on from your losses in terms of your investments and career. Two strategies in this article should help us navigate our losses: verify the riskiest assumption and define the success/exit criteria.

Meet the Big Tech Companies Flouting NYC’s New Pay Transparency Law

It’s been six months since the pay transparency law in New York City took effect. But many employers are still not on board. So I welcome investigations like this pushing the companies to respect the law.

Business 💰

FTX files for bankruptcy, Bankman-Fried steps down

I am not surprised that another crypto company goes down for poor management and greed. But every failed company has real-life consequences on real people, such as a teachers’ pension fund losing $95M.

Waymo’s self-driving service is now available to the public in downtown Phoenix

It’s super exciting to see a general release of a self-driving taxi service. I hope such services will help those with limited ability to drive (the elderly and people with disabilities) in the near future.

Interesting Finds 💡

What Are Expected Goals (xG)?

I saw this new metric, expected goals, on soccer highlights and wanted to understand what it was. It’s the historical probability for a shot to result in a goal, given different factors such as the distance to the goal. “Not all shorts are created equal.”

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