SilverKey Monitor

A team that reduces costs of other teams is not on anyone’s critical path

published on 2022/12/01

The mission of the Probability division was to create small teams that applied the latest academic research to real-world at-scale problems, in order to improve other groups’ decision-making and lower their costs. New sub-teams were constantly formed; if they didn’t show results quickly then they were failed-fast; if they did show results then they were reorganized into whatever division they could most effectively lower costs.

We were very successful at this. The PPL team in particular was at the point where we were regularly putting models into production that on net reduced costs by millions of dollars a year over the cost of the work. We were almost ready to be spun off.

We foolishly thought that we would naturally be protected from any layoffs, being a team that reduced costs of any team we partnered with. In retrospect, that was a little naive. A team that reduces costs of other teams is not on anyone’s critical path.

Eric Lipper

This is unfortunate. Anything that contribute to the bottom line positively (either via cost reduction, improved efficiency, prevention, etc) is absolutely a critical path.

Maersk, IBM shutting down blockchain-enabled supply chain project

published on 2022/11/30

TradeLens was founded on the "bold vision to make a leap in global supply chain digitization as an open and neutral industry platform," said Rotem Hershko, head of business platforms at Maersk.

Unfortunately, thought the platform was viable, the need for full global industry collaboration failed. As a result, TradeLens has not reached the level of commercial viability necessary to continue work and meet the financial expectations as an independent business, Hershko said.

The Block

They built it, nobody came

Firefox Translation is an addon that perform translation offline

published on 2022/11/30

Firefox Translations provides automated translation of web content. Unlike cloud-based alternatives, translation is done locally, on the client-side, so that the text being translated does not leave your machine.



A reflection on blogging content length and organization

published on 2022/11/29

Reading some stuff I wrote in 2007 and 2010, I was saddened by how much my blog changed for the worse in a few years, because I was trying to fit into Google Reader's idea of what a blog post was, which was not my own view. I wrote posts of all lengths, some with titles, on their own pages, and others just a sentence or two or a paragraph, many on the same page.

I am really glad that the effort to reboot news feed is underway again. We gotta have bigger dreams.

The Hare programming language

published on 2022/11/28

Hare is a systems programming language designed to be simple, stable, and robust. Hare uses a static type system, manual memory management, and a minimal runtime. It is well-suited to writing operating systems, system tools, compilers, networking software, and other low-level, high performance tasks.