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This week's short story for Thing a Week 2015 (#21!) is a little looser and introduces a small family of people whose opinions on right and wrong have been slightly skewed.
“Dad,” I yelled, running into the living room. My flailing arms held a broken Superman action figure no doubt stepped on…
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Thanks for the support, +Duolingo​
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Amazing that two years on and they still don't support any CJK languages (learn mandarin, Korean, or Japanese)
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Some cat #glamorshots

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ever wonder what AIs dream about?
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not electric sheep?
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This week's Thing a Week short story is a little sillier, yet somehow a little more technical as well, giving a little background on four programming friends that looked at some malware and thought, "Huh, I bet we could do that better."
Thing a Week 20: Dongnet ¶ To imagine that a computer might have some code that it runs in response to being overloaded…
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Learning the important phrases with +Duolingo​
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If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
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Good article, thought provoking and worth the read. I like what Google does for us. Keep it up. Looking forward to a future full of discoveries through Google 
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I have a cat just like that! Even our vet says she's psycho lol!
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Google Photos just served me with this autoawesome that I vaaaguely remember maybe taking sometime in the distant past, so it was only a slightly unsettling surprise to interrupt a game of Slenderman with.
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A long time ago in a 2010 far away, I was debating over and over with myself over which of four images should be the cover image for the novel I'd just finished.

I had completely forgotten about the dozens of awesome shots my friend helped me with and would have assumed they were lost forever into the Internets, until I found some while cleaning up an old server tonight.

The second one ended up becoming the front cover, with the third one on the back cover: http://www.amazon.com/Church-Andrew-Brown/dp/1453663304/ 

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I cannot wait to approve a bugfix with this. 
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Software Engineer by day, author by night
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  • Red Nova Labs
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Lumate
    Software Developer, 2013 - 2014
  • Amazon.com
    Software Developer Engineer Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • ArtistSignal
    Lead Web/Mobile Engineer, 2011 - 2012
  • Natural Computation Laboratory
    Research Assistant, 2011 - 2012
  • Rapportive
    Summer Intern, 2011 - 2011
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Prairie Village, KS
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Lenexa, KS - Rolla, MO - Seattle, WA - Springfield, MO - Berkeley, CA - Joplin, MO - Maryville, MO - San Francisco, CA - Neosho, MO
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I'm a published author of literature and a not-so-published author of code.

I write short stories and other things at www.drusepth.net.

Bachelors of Computer Science from Missouri S&T, dabbling in cognitive neuroscience and hobbying artificial intelligence. It's a nice mouthful. Couldn't wait until graduation to get into startup land. I've been at RapportiveArtistSignal, and Amazon. Now working at Red Nova Labs.

Feel free to add me on chat if you want feedback or someone to brainstorm with on a startup idea.

All comments, opinions, or expressions of knowledge made here are my own and not those of my employer, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
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TechCrunch'd a few times, published author, have stacked three golf balls.
Education
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Computer Science, 2011 - 2014
    Bachelors of Computer Science 2014
  • Missouri Southern State University
    Computer Science, 2010 - 2011
  • Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
    General Studies, 2009 - 2010
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