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Can't help but laugh at these stories. We, the developers, are already taking our own jobs by automating today what was manual yesterday. That's the whole point of it!

Via http://developers.slashdot.org/story/15/02/21/0142230/the-robots-that-will-put-coders-out-of-work
Researchers warn that a glut of code is coming that will depress wages and turn coders into Uber drivers
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"If something that seems like work to other people doesn't seem like work to you, that's something you're well suited for."
January 2015. My father is a mathematician. For most of my childhood he worked for Westinghouse, modelling nuclear reactors. He was one of those lucky people who know early on what they want to do. When you talk to him about his childhood, there's a clear watershed at about age 12, ...
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"A country with only a few percent of the world's population will be exceptional in some field only if there are a lot of immigrants working in it."
December 2014. American technology companies want the government to make immigration easier because they say they can't find enough programmers in the US. Anti-immigration people say that instead of letting foreigners take these jobs, we should train more Americans to be programmers.
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“Ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make, will tend to be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance ... A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak.”
The destruction of privacy widens the existing power imbalance between the ruling factions and everyone else.
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"Quite clearly we are built to run on fat and use carbs sparingly, otherwise our anatomy would be completely different and be built the other way around, meaning small fat deposits in our livers and muscles with plenty of carbs built around us."
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"Unless all dependencies use the same module format, dependency tree of depth > 1 is so painful nobody does it. Nobody agrees on a solution to this problem. We are all fucked."

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tl;dr: unless all dependencies use the same module format, dependency tree of depth > 1 is so painful nobody does it. No…
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"The big change that digitization made was it made it much easier to apply a single color scheme to a bunch of different scenes at once. The more of a movie you can make look good with a single scheme, the less work you have to do. Also, as filmmakers are bringing many different film formats together in a single movie, applying a uniform color scheme helps tie them together.

One way to figure out what will look good is to figure out what the common denominator is in the majority of your scenes. And it turns out that actors are in most scenes. And actors are usually human. And humans are orange, at least sort of!

Most skin tones fall somewhere between pale peach and dark, dark brown, leaving them squarely in the orange segment of any color wheel. Blue and cyan are squarely on the opposite side of the wheel."
Maybe you haven't noticed, but just about every scene in every blockbuster movie has the same color scheme.
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"If 95% of great programmers aren’t in the US, and an even higher percentage not in the Bay Area, set up your company to take advantage of that fact as a strength, not a weakness."
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On A/B testing, pretty much common sense but worth to remind it:

"I always tell people that you need a represantative sample if your data should be valid. What does ‘representative’ mean? First of all you need to include all the weekdays and weekends. You need different weather, because it impacts buyer behavior. But most important: Your traffic needs to have all traffic sources, especially newsletter, special campaigns, TV,… everything! The longer the test runs, the more insights you get."
A very common scenario: a business runs tens and tens of A/B tests over the course of a year, and many of them "win". Some tests get you 25% uplift in reve
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"For most of history success meant control of scarce resources. One got that by fighting, whether literally in the case of pastoral nomads driving hunter-gatherers into marginal lands, or metaphorically in the case of Gilded Age financiers contending with one another to assemble railroad monopolies.

For most of history, success meant success at zero-sum games. And in most of them meanness was not a handicap but probably an advantage.

That is changing. Increasingly the games that matter are not zero-sum. Increasingly you win not by fighting to get control of a scarce resource, but by having new ideas and building new things."
November 2014. It struck me recently how few of the most successful people I know are mean. There are exceptions, but remarkably few. Meanness isn't rare. In fact, one of the things the internet has shown us is how mean people can be. A few decades ago, only famous people and professional ...
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"We’re at the stage of the Internet’s evolution where speed of decision making is sometimes more important than getting it right the first time."

"It’s not that I want to avoid decision-making. It’s that I want to empower the teams to make decisions as much as is appropriately possible."

And this is why it doesn't feel like this is a 15,000 people company :)
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, speaks with Tnooz about how his OTA group has been performing and what it will do next.
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" If could have any information from our future, I would want to know not what they're doing but what they think about us. Because what we think about Victorians is nothing like what the Victorians thought about themselves. It would be a nightmare for them. Everything they thought they were, we think is a joke. And everything that we think was cool about them, they weren't even aware of. I'm sure that the future will view us in exactly that way."
The dystopian author on time travel, cronuts, and his 22nd-century novel.
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