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Simple Tricks to Cut Down Your Cloud Bill

Follow these programming tricks and save tons of money from your cloud bill

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This is the twenty-second edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.

1. These are the skills you need to work in the AdTech industry

Advertising Technology (AdTech) has become increasingly important over the last couple of years since companies are competing with one another in order to get the most space on the internet for their ads in order to reach their target groups. To work in the field of AdTech one should have certain skills in their portfolio: a tendency to be private-driven and having skills in data science being two of them. Written by Jenny Darmody on Silicon Republic and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/adtech-skills-yahoo-advertising

2. AI learns how to play Minecraft by watching Videos

AI has now become so efficient, that it is able to play video games by just watching videos about it beforehand. In this regard, only a small amount of labeled contractor data was used. This article dives deeper into the exact process of how the open AI was trained to play the video game “Minecraft” on its own. Written by Duncan MacRae on AI News and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.artificialintelligence-news.com/2022/06/29/ai-learns-how-to-play-minecraft-by-watching-videos/

3. 7 Steps to mastering Python for Data Science

Python skills are inevitable when pursuing a career in data science. This article describes 7 steps of how to become efficient in Python for data science. Amongst other steps, the author mentions that it is important to create a significant portfolio and contribute to various projects in order to become more familiar with the programming language. Written by Natassha Selvaraj on KDNuggets and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.kdnuggets.com/2022/06/7-steps-mastering-python-data-science.html

4. 12 programming Tricks to cut your Cloud Bill

Cutting cloud costs can only be achieved when more than one is involved. This article features 12 concrete tricks that can be used for decreasing cloud costs. Amongst other tricks, writing faster code and lowering the RAM footprint are two specific examples. Written by Peter Wayner on InfoWorld and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.infoworld.com/article/3661809/12-programming-tricks-to-cut-your-cloud-bill.html

5. Your API is Bad

Paddy talks about how to improve the API design. He goes into some issues that are common and how to avoid them. Good to have in the bookmarks, and get back to when needed. Written by Paddy Carver and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the book here:

https://leanpub.com/yourapiisbad/read

6. Google says it will delete location history for visits to abortion clinics after the overturning of Roe v. Wade

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google stated that it would delete location history for abortion clinic visits to protect the privacy of its users. Written by Jennifer Elias on CNBC and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/01/google-will-delete-location-history-for-visits-to-abortion-clinics.html

7. New Algorithm Can Predict Crime in US Cities a Week Before It Happens

This Minority Report-esque computer algorithm can predict crimes in US cities a week before they occur with 90% accuracy. Written by Carrington York on Bloomberg and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-30/new-algorithm-can-predict-crime-in-us-cities-a-week-before-it-happens

8. Public APIs

Sometimes you just need data — any data — and other times you need specific data whether it’s to produce some slides, test some algorithms, or just for curiosity when you’re creating a new backend and want to hook it up to something. The public-APIs account over at GitHub has a huge list (1,421 as I write this) of Public APIs both for data science and general use and is well worth a look. Editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. View the GitHub repository here:

https://github.com/public-apis/public-apis

9. A Short Guide to Hard Problems

You’re probably familiar with O(n) notation for algorithmic complexity, but you may not be familiar with complexity classes that describe sets of computational problems in terms of resource-based complexity. Wikipedia (LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complexity_class) has a very thorough treatment of such (which will probably hurt your mind the first time you read it) but there’s also a short and accessible introduction over at Quanta Magazine which may help you in your understanding. They’re very well worth knowing about if you get deeper into computer science and mathematics. Written by Kevin Hartnett on Quanta Magazine and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-short-guide-to-hard-problems-20180716

10. The collapse of complex software

Nolan talks about software complexity and how to tackle this problem. We all know how complex software gets resolved: with more complexity. And Nolan pinpoints that you should resist this urge for complexity and prefer simplicity. Written by Nolan Lawson on Read the Tea Leaves and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://nolanlawson.com/2022/06/09/the-collapse-of-complex-software/

Closing Note

That’s our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and crazy news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking your time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.

Regards,

CodeX Team

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Nikhil Adithyan

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