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Product planning for machine learning – Square Corner Blog – Medium

What you should know in order to plan machine-learning-based solutions. By Juan Hernandez and Arthur Xu When it comes to applied machine learning, the algorithm is often what captures the popular imagination. Most machine learning articles highlight the method to derive the model rather than the operating conditions needed to use the model successfully. However, the model is just one piece of a deeper system. In a company context, an algorithm’s leverage comes from being a part of large-scale running…

Open-sourcing RacerD: Fast static race detection at scale | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Concurrent programming is hard. It is difficult for humans to think about the vast number of potential interactions between processes, and this makes concurrent programs hard to get right in the first place. Further, concurrency errors are difficult to debug and even reproduce after they have been observed, making them time-consuming to fix. At Facebook we have been working on automated reasoning about concurrency in our work with the Infer static analyzer. RacerD, our new open source race detector, searches…

Helping to make LuaJIT faster

This is a guest post by Laurence Tratt, who is a programmer and Reader in Software Development in the Department of Informatics at King’s College London where he leads the Software Development Team. He is also an EPSRC Fellow. Programming language Virtual Machines (VMs) are familiar beasts: we use them to run apps on our phone, code inside our browsers, and programs on our servers. Traditional VMs are useful and widely used: nearly every working programmer is familiar with one…

Check out the new example in the sandbox section of Square’s developer docs

We are rolling out a new tool to help you explore our APIs, right from the documentation. From one point of view, applications built on top of Square’s APIs are just a series of API requests and code to display, store, or manipulate the data that gets returned. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see app in its simplest form — as an interactive webpage that you could use to try out your API requests? Here it is 🙂 Like our APIs, to use…

Mobile @Scale 2017 recap | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Last week we capped off another year of @Scale events with Mobile@Scale 2017 in Boston. @Scale is an invitation-only technical conference focused on bringing people together to openly discuss the challenges of building software that serve millions or even billions of people. We were excited to host the event as part of Boston’s HUBweek technology festival. We welcomed almost 300 engineers from the Boston area to discuss different approaches to scaling mobile products and services, with speakers from Facebook, Google,…

New developments enabling blind people to see again

Credit: Radboud University Enabling blind people to see again is the dream of many neuroscientists. We still have a long way to go to make this happen, but we have also made a lot of progress over the last twenty years, says Richard van Wezel of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. He presented his research into the development of a ‘prosthetic for blind people’ on the occasion of World Sight Day (12 October), an annual event that…

New simple method determines rate at which we burn calories walking up, down, flat

The SMU study tested 32 adult subjects individually under 90 different speed-grade and load conditions on treadmills at the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. Credit: SMU Locomotor Lab When military strategists plan a mission, one of many factors is the toll it takes on the Army’s foot soldiers. A long march and heavy load drains energy. So military strategists are often concerned with the calories a soldier will burn, and the effect of metabolic stress on their overall physiological status, including…

5 Smart Home Trends Which Should Be Part of Your Build

Are you one of those people who love to be at the top of the latest trends in technology? Do you want your home to be that little bit smarter and work with you? Within the world of technology trends, we see home tech as one of the latest areas. Low maintenance products, appliances and the list go on; smart home trends can give you a more comfortable life, let you save money on your energy bills and cut down…

appeals process – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

In rolling out our growth rubric, we’re starting a more formal conversation about growth at Medium. This gives engineers the opportunity to understand the progress they’ve made, how they can progress in the future, and how that translates to their overall level. This is the beginning of our efforts to have more ongoing and intentional conversations with engineers about their growth. Using the growth rubric, a review panel determines the current progress measurements for each engineer. This group will formally…

frequently asked questions – Engineering Growth Framework – Medium

Q: Do I have to become a manager to grow in this framework? A: This framework isn’t designed to benefit managers. In fact, that’s something we consciously worked to avoid in creating this framework. We strongly believe that there are many paths for engineers to increase impact, and that leadership comes in many forms. There are different ways for someone to achieve the highest level without needing to formally manage any direct reports, and your group lead can help you…