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Yahoo removed its QA

“It turns out,” Rossiter chimed in, “that when you have humans everywhere, checking this, checking that, they add so much human error into the chain that, when you take them out, even if you fail sometimes, overall you are doing better.”

Hacker News discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10718742

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"Starting with ECMAScript 2016 (ES7), releases will happen more frequently and be much smaller as a consequence. There will be one release per year and it will contain all features that are finished by a yearly deadline." 

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"The researchers found that the participants who had slept less than 6 hours a night during the preceding week were 4.2 times more likely to catch a cold than participants who managed to get 7 hours or more a night. Participants who slept less than 5 hours were 4.5 times more likely."

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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

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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."

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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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“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.”

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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."
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