We've got some really interesting articles to share with our reader's for our second-to-last Reader's Corner of the year! Read about Netflix's process behind modernizing their web playback UI, why Japan is finally ending their 50-year pager service, and how idiots with drones managed to shut down the UK's second largest airport.
Source: Netflix Technology Blog
Takeaway: Netflix spent a significant amount of time rebuilding their playback UI using React but failed to improve their usage metrics. They went back to the drawing board and focused on performance. Careful testing and a willingness to rethink a failed approach allowed them to ship an improved playback experience.
Tags: #React, #Programming, #Performance
Source: Yahoo News
Takeaway:When it comes to technology, all good things, even ubiquitous ones, seem to eventually come to an end. In this case, it is the once mighty, but now lowly pager. With over 10 million subscribers at its peak in the 1990s, after over fifty years, the last service provider is down to around 1,500 customers. Left behind by smart, or even dumb phones, the last holdouts in Japan have until September of 2019 to find another way to receive text messages.
Tags: #Technology, #Kitchensink
Source: The Verge
Takeaway: A fun, light read for any overly-ambitious drone pilots who are interested in learning why curiosity can sometimes lead to imprisonment.
Tags: #Technology, #Law
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