TWIL #22

Published on 2019-06-30

This is full week twentytwo!

This week convers everything from big astronomical (litterally) physics to the debt of the United States, springled with a bit of benchmarking in programming.

This post also marks the passing of the first half of the year!

2019-06-24 - Monday

Today I learned who doesn't use the internet in the EU. The article is from Forbes and highlights the quite amazing fact that equality in access to information isn't granted - either by choice or because of environmental factors. 16% is a high number in my eyes.

2019-06-25 - Tuesday

Today I learned about the financial state of Norwegian Airlines from this article - I would hate to see them go out of business as they are the provider of most our flighs, but it seems tight.

2019-06-26 - Wednesday

Today I learned about how dark energy - and the measurement of it - might result in changes to the theory about what the fate of out universe will be. This article has the details. I can't decide if I like Big Crunch or Big Rip better.

2019-06-27 - Thursday

Today I learned about the debt that the US ows to most of Asia - this article has some very disturbing details, but the most desturbing part is some of the quotes. Here from China, on the future of the US economy: "Rather than investing in U.S. government debt, it’s better to invest in some real assets." -- Ouch! That has to hurt... And Trump on the potential collaps: "Yeah, but I won’t be here" -- great leadership, fantastic legacy.

2019-06-28 - Friday

Today I learned about this overhead of base64 encoding - especially assets in web pages. This article has some nice examples that compare sizes - but I think it is a little bit cheating to compare the original soze to the gzip size as the original also should be compressed when in transit.

There is a point to be made though. Fewer assets will create less requests and therefore the communication overhead is smaller - that is a comparison I'd like to see!

2019-06-29 - Saturday

Today I learned about the performance of webassembly. This article describe how the apples compare to apples - this is the most real benchmark I've seen of webassembly and it is hopefully not the last.

2019-06-30 - Sunday

Today I learned that Javascript apparently is more popular that Java - I don't give much attention to these types of lists - select a programming language that fits your needs, not what is popular!