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How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds
Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.
article  uspoli  torture 
18 hours ago by winekitteh
How Twitch uses PostgreSQL
Twitch has approximately 125 database hosts serving OLTP workloads in production, usually as part of a cluster. Approximately 4% run MySQL…
postgres  postgresql  article  !great  twitch 
20 hours ago by alexmc
Gli ultimi romantici delle piccole librerie - Guido Vitiello - Internazionale
Non sono mai riuscito a condividere oltre una certa soglia l’attaccamento sentimentale alle librerie indipendenti. Sarà che sono cresciuto in una grande città,…
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21 hours ago by K3it4r0
Your Database is Your Prison — Here’s How Expensify Broke Free | First Round Review
Your Database is Your Prison — Here’s How Expensify Broke Free When expense management company Expensify first designed its database architecture, it was building its own corporate card for the masses. via Pocket
ifttt  pocket  article  bestpractices  database  performance  programming  security  startup  technology 
21 hours ago by jeremyday
Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice
If there was one course I could add to every engineering education, it wouldn’t involve compilers or gates or time complexity. It would be Realities Of Your Industry 101, because we don’t teach them and this results in lots of unnecessary pain and suffering. This post aspires to be README.txt for your career as a young engineer. The goal is to make you happy, by filling in the gaps in your education regarding how the “real world” actually works. It took me about ten years and a lot of suffering to figure out some of this, starting from “fairly bright engineer with low self-confidence and zero practical knowledge of business.” I wouldn’t trust this as the definitive guide, but hopefully it will provide value over what your college Career Center isn’t telling you.
article  business 
21 hours ago by davidgasperoni
Design Doesn’t Scale. – Medium
A Spotify case study exploring the problems of a global design team and inconsistency across brand and product.

Stanley Wood goes in to detail about:

• Defining clear principles (almost like brand pillars) when discussing design work amongst peers. This creates a "collective voice across design in the organisation"

"What really made the principles work, was that we tailored them to our domain (music) and tied them back to our business goals, in terms that would resonate with non-designers."

• Guidelines like UI toolkits worked great for kickstarting projects, and modularising the design language created relationships between components making it easier to collaborate.

• A team of designers and engineers were created (called GLUE) who maintain and own the maintenance of guidelines and toolkits (very important as everything is kept up to date and evolves)

• Weekly design reviews amongst all the teams (including GLUE) keeps everyone on board with whats going on and provides a platform for all designers to have a voice in projects.

• Capturing design bugs using tools like JIRA became important, particularly in getting QA to educate the design team in how to submit tickets effectively.

• "T.U.N.E" was another method created to help in defining quality:
- Tone. Are we using the right kind of tone of voice for our brand?
- Usable. Is it accessible to everyone?
- Necessary. Is that functionality really needed?
- Emotive. Does it feel good to use? Feel like somebody cares?

Some great take aways if you are running a global design team.
2016  article  ui  branding  process  design 
21 hours ago by kevka
17 Great Mobile App Analytics strategies to Grow Your App Today
So you've launched your app and you want to continue growing the user base at a steady rate. This article provides a detailed list of techniques to measure your apps current success, and ways to improve it.

These include:

• App downloads
• Retention rates
• User Lifetime Value (LTV)
• In-app Referrals
• App Performance Analytics
• App Ratings and Review Analytics
• In-app feedback
• AOV Per User vs. AOV Per Paying User (Average Order Value)
• User Conversion Points
• Revenue to Target Reporting
• First-time User Drop-off Points
• User-type Tracking
• User Sessions
• User time In App
• Session Interval
• Event Tracking
• Funnel Tracking
2016  article  strategy  app  startup 
21 hours ago by kevka
Intro to Analytics
7 articles giving you an introduction to analytics. Articles include:

• How to Think About Analytics
• Choosing Metrics That Matter
• Making the Most of Your Customer Data
• How to Create a Tracking Plan
• Navigating the Sea of Customer Data Tools
• Why You Should Own Your Data
• When to Use SQL for Analysis
2016  analytics  article  learning 
22 hours ago by kevka
Facebook Design | What's on our mind?
Collection of articles, videos, and resources made by designers at Facebook.
design  resource  facebook  article  video  curated 
22 hours ago by javajunky
How the Web Became Unreadable
A study on the increasing trend of making typography smaller and reducing contrast and the impact it is creating. It debunks the idea of working in dark greys (#333) instead of pure black (#000) and pleads to designers to work with the user in mind. Working with big contrast-rich monitors blinds the designer to the user.

A great ending quote from this post:

"To arbitrarily throw away contrast based on a fashion that “looks good on my perfect screen in my perfectly lit office” is abdicating designers’ responsibilities to the very people for whom they are designing."
2016  article  typography  ui 
23 hours ago by kevka

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