Links: #MHAWNZ and Scary Code

I am writing this to remind us all it is important to talk about mental health - at home, at work, with friends, family and colleagues - yet culturally we find this one of those "hard to discuss" subjects.

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If you are concerned about yourself, a colleague, family member or friend, or someone asks you for help engage professional support immediately, don't try to "fix" this yourself, you aren't qualified and this is not the time for kiwi DIY. 

link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-brave-talk-depression-minute-victoria-maclennan/


The Coming Software Apocalypse

James Somer - The Atlantic

“We need to think about software differently,” Valasek told me. Car companies have long assembled their final product from parts made by hundreds of different suppliers. But where those parts were once purely mechanical, they now, as often as not, come with millions of lines of code. And while some of this code—for adaptive cruise control, for auto braking and lane assist—has indeed made cars safer (“The safety features on my Jeep have already saved me countless times,” says Miller), it has also created a level of complexity that is entirely new. And it has made possible a new kind of failure.

link: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/09/saving-the-world-from-code/540393/


Exponential growth devours and corrupts

 David Heinemeier Hansson - Signal v. Noise

... we’re in dire need of a strong counter culture, some mass infusion of the 1960s spirit. To offer realistic, ethical alternatives to the exponential growth logic. Ones that’ll benefit not just a gilded few, but all of us. The future literally depends on it.

link: https://m.signalvnoise.com/exponential-growth-devours-and-corrupts-c5562fbf131


‘Digital Amnesia’, A Documentary About the Limited Shelf Life of Digital Data

Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a web page is forever changing and there's no machine left that reads 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and lost to budget cuts, because we assume everything can be found online.


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