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This week digs into the League of Entropy, recursive lists, Dev.to on your blog, core skills, and data privacy policies.
This week Cloudflare announced something called the League of Entropy, a distributed coalition of random beacon providers available to the public:
"Today, randomness beacons generate numbers for lotteries and election audits -- both affect the lives and fortunes of millions of people. Unfortunately, exploitation of the single point of origin of these beacons have created dishonest results that benefited one corrupt insider. To thwart exploitation efforts, Cloudflare and other randomness-beacon providers have joined forces to bring users a quorum of decentralized randomness beacons. After all, eight independent globally distributed beacons can be much more trustworthy than one!"
If you're more technical, here's Cloudflare's follow-up post that dives deep into the math and methods that make it all work.
Workflowy is a neat tool for creating lists in lists.
WorkFlowy is a single document that can contain infinite documents inside it. It's a more powerful, easier way to organize all the information in your life.
The most effective developers that I met weren't just skilled in technical ways. They were really good at a few other key things too: explaining problems clearly, sharing solutions with team members, and being good at communication in general.
He narrows it down to two issues - 1: "Soft skills" sounds less important than "tech skills", and 2: "Soft skills" can imply that these skills are easier than "hard skills". Perhaps they should be called core competencies instead? Check out more of Marek's content at developermission.com.
The immediate upside is access to a large community of supportive and like-minded individuals, as well as built-in moderated commenting, SEO, and a conveniently located reader base at which to target your niche programming content. The dev.to team are also very transparent about what they're working on and what they can share, so you'll always see where things are going down the road.
Also includes a walkthrough of how to use their blog API.
Template for Casa's Privacy and Data Protection Policy that you can use for your company.