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Issue 19.6 ('Memorable Passwords')
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Best of the Web

Great programming articles you may have missed

Issue: 19.6 (November/December 2021)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Here I share links to interesting programming-related articles from around the web. Note that these may not have anything to do with Xojo, and I don't necessarily advocate the opinions shared—I simply think they're worth reading for a broader perspective.

Algorithms were supposed to make finding new music and movies a breeze—but they actually suck. Turns out nothing beats the human touch.

Drew Austin (https://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-netflix-algorithms-not-as-good-as-cool-friends-recommendation-2021-10)

Excerpt: Nearly ten years ago, a friend and I were discussing the then-nascent phenomenon of algorithmically-generated music recommendations from streaming services, and my friend said something I'll never forget: "The way you find out what's cool is someone cooler than you telling you it's cool."

Taste is deeply social, but Spotify's user experience pretends it's not. We're not waiting for anyone to tell us what's cool, Spotify implies. We've already decided. We just need to look inward to understand what we like—and Spotify wants to help us with that.

Deliberate or not, this misunderstanding of how taste develops may explain why the algorithmic recommendations provided by apps like Spotify haven't improved all that much, at least relative to expectations.

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