The Aspiring Nerd — Issue #2

It seems impossible to spend a day without bad news about net neutrality and online privacy. This week’s highlight is the US House of Representatives passing a resolution rolling back FCC privacy regulations, thus allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history without your consent.

Around the web

💸 For sale: Your private browsing history

Big Brother is about to make more money on your back (and it should scare the sh*t out of you)! If you have time, check out Greenwald’s more in depth article.

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill the rules now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature or veto.

☠️ Inside the Hunt for Russia’s Most Notorious Hacker

A great account of Evgeniy Bogachev’s (aka. Slavik) impressive enterprise, from robbing banks to helping Russian secret services gather intelligence.

A mysterious cybercriminal deployed an invincible botnet to steal a fortune from US banks. Then the FBI discovered what else he was after.

👩🏼‍💻 ‘Who shared it?’ How Americans decide what news to trust on social media

In the era of fake news, this study by The AP and American Press Institute shows that when (American) people find news on social media,

“how much they trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it.”

💻 This morning, I became a founding member of Medium.

Here’s a happy paying member of Curious to see how their model will evolve over time.


🔩 Google Optimize A/B testing tool for websites launches out of beta globally

Time to get your hands on Google’s new A/B testing tool!

It enables full end-to-end A/B test, underpinned by a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) visual editor that lets users drag-and-drop components and test them out with live users.

🌎 Silicon Valley is no longer #1 for talent says huge global startup report

Montréal is no longer in the top 20, Stockholm has gone up to 14th, Chinese cities keep going up, no African city in the top 20 although still they still rock with with Lagos and Cape Town.

Get the full report here:

🤖 Index of Best AI/Machine Learning Resources

It’s one of 2017’s big trends, so don’t miss the train. Great list of ressources to learn more about AI and Machine Learning.

📓 The 10 GitHub repos new developers mention the most

Lots of useful ressources in those repositories (free programming books, essential javascript links, public APIs list).

🌀 Curl, 19 years ago

Happy birthday curl!

19 years ago that was mostly my thing and I sent it out hoping that someone would like it and find good use. Today virtually every modern internet-connected device in the world run my code. Every car, every TV, every mobile phone.

Web development

🔍 The Details That Matter

How visual feedback, microcopy and whitespace can impact your design and overall user experience.

📚 Best Practices for Modals / Overlays / Dialog Windows

How to make modals and overlays suck less.

👴🏼 Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers

If you too are from the previous generation of developers, check this out!

Hi. I’m an ancient web developer who is learning modern JavaScript. I’ve just gotten started and I’m having a ball, but I’ve also got whiplash. There are a few things I wish I’d understood and accepted (…) before I got started.

💻 Marko vs React: An In-depth Look

In-depth look at the differences and similarities between Marko and React by the maintainers of Marko.