Week Notes: May 4

May 4, 2024

Happy Saturday, and Happy Star Wars Day to those who celebrate. Catching up on some links of note from the past few weeks…

FTC Bans Non-Compete Agreements

Good move here by the FTC, I think. If an employer can’t keep an employee happy through normal means (compensation, benefits, work arrangements, etc) then they shouldn’t be allowed to keep them around due to ridiculous legal documents.

NASA Repairs Voyager 1 from 15 Billion Miles Away

This is an incredible engineering story! So amazing what this team was able to do. Imagine debugging a software program with a nearly 24-hour delay?!

iA Notebook

I love small teams designing products with incredible precision and care. This notebook looks incredible.

AI isn’t useless. But is it worth it?

Molly White’s breakdown of the current state of AI. White has a really thoughtful view of overhyped technologies.

David Pierce Reviews the Rabbit M1

Better than the goofy Humane pin, it seems. But still not quite ready for prime time. I sure do like seeing new consumer hardware companies but they continue to be handicapped by smartphone integration and the infancy of AI-based solutions.

And, a few from the my nerdier archives:

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