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+Samuel Barrett, any comment?
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The only reasonable thing I can imagine this being for is to block people from immediately reusing the ideas Amazon uses in their warehouses.  But this seems way too broad; I can't imagine it's actually enforceable in the general case.
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Housing in SF is a problem, and it's not just rents, but rent-seeking, that's the problem.
YESTERDAY the New York Times ran a piece on a brewing rent crisis in America:For rent and utilities to be considered affordable, they are supposed to take up no...
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Props to his #4 side ho, Derek!
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this killed me
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I liked this blog post on talent, passion, and practice.
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+Zachary Anderson, any opinion on this? It seems like a very pragmatic choice, but it means that Dart probably won't have as big an impact on browser coding as might have been originally hoped.
We work with many teams, inside and outside of Google, that use Dart every day to build business-critical apps. Their feedback is consistent: they love working with the Dart language, libraries, and tools, and they compile Da...
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It's a little disappointing, but it was always going to be a heavy lift. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. That said, our internal users are finding that there are big productivity gains from using a real programming language, even if it does have to be compiled to js at some point. For the server and embedded devices, the Dart VM has the convenience of node.js without the js, which people coming from Java, C++, and C# really like.
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I find this article thought-provoking. I think there are some of the "weird nerd" aspects they describe that fit me, especially the constant fear of social bludgeoning.
My intersectionality will have weirdoes or it will be bullshit.
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The Onion on Walmart raising wages:

"Who needs labor unions when all it takes is dozens of damning exposés and two decades of public protest to achieve the smallest possible step in the right direction?”
Amid pressure from labor groups to provide its workforce with a better living wage, Walmart has announced that it will pay all workers at least $9 per hour beginning this April, a decision that will cost $1 billion and affect 500,000 employees, with the c...
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I learned of this quote via Hacker News, and I think it's great:

"Some years ago I spent a week giving an in-house program design course at a manufacturing company in the mid-west of the United States. On the Friday afternoon it was all over. The DP Manager, who had arranged the course and was paying for it out of his budget, asked me into his office.

"`What do you think?' he asked. He was asking me to tell him my impressions of his operation and his staff. `Pretty good,' I said. `You've got some good people there.' Program design courses are hard work; I was very tired; and staff evaluation consultancy is charged extra. Anyway, I knew he really wanted to tell me his own thoughts.

"`What did you think of Fred?' he asked. `We all think Fred is brilliant.'

`He's very clever,' I said. `He's not very enthusiastic about methods, but he knows a lot about programming.' `Yes,' said the DP Manager. He swivelled round in his chair to face a huge flowchart stuck to the wall: about five large sheets of line printer paper, maybe two hundred symbols, hundreds of connecting lines. `Fred did that. It's the build-up of gross pay for our weekly payroll. No one else except Fred understands it.' His voice dropped to a reverent hush. `Fred tells me that he's not sure he understands it himself.'

"`Terrific,' I mumbled respectfully. I got the picture clearly. Fred as Frankenstein, Fred the brilliant creator of the uncontrollable monster flowchart. `But what about Jane?' I said. `I thought Jane was very good. She picked up the program design ideas very fast.'

"`Yes,' said the DP Manager. `Jane came to us with a great reputation. We thought she was going to be as brilliant as Fred. But she hasn't really proved herself yet. We've given her a few problems that we thought were going to be really tough, but when she finished it turned out they weren't really difficult at all. Most of them turned out pretty simple. She hasn't really proved herself yet --- if you see what I mean?'

I saw what he meant."

Michael Jackson.
Software Specifications and Requirements: a lexicon of practice, principles and prejudices
Software Requirements & Specifications by Michael Jackson. Selected quotes from. Michael Jackson. Software Specifications and Requirements: a lexicon of practice, principles and prejudices. Addison-Wesley, 1995. ISBN 0-201-87712-0 [ See this book at Amazon.com]. compiled by Tom Verhoeff in ...
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Making things look easy is pretty hard! I think this applies in quite a few disciplines.

It's like the lines-of-code method of work evaluation. In some universes more code and complication somehow means better work, but I usually try my hardest to make the code short without bringing it to the point where you're using shortcuts that just confuse instead. 
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NYC is pretty at night.
A Rare High Altitude Night Flight Above NYC
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This is what +Samuel Barrett​ is working on now!
Don't tell the kiddies, but Santa's workshop isn't at the North Pole. It's here in Tracy, California, about an hour east of San Francisco, at Amazon's latest-generation warehouse, a robot-powered marvel of efficiency that in some ways feels even more improbable than flying reindeer.
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Two of about eight articles today - nothing in them about Sam, though.
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  • The Climate Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
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I grew up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. I went to school in St. Louis and Berkeley, and now I live in San Francisco.
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I have a Ph.D. I have done useful things. I've soared in a hang glider more than a mile above the ground. There are good dancers who like dancing with me. I made it to the national finals in a classical guitar competition.
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    Artificial Inteligence, 2004 - 2010
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    Physics and Computer Science, 2000 - 2004
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Leon Rubin French Barrett
This is some of my favorite ramen in San Francisco. (Their "hella spicy" ramen isn't quite as hot as Ramen Underground, but it's close.) I also think their saba (mackarel) sashimi is absolutely amazing. It's just so so good. I usually experience a 5- to 20-minute wait. It's worth it!
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I went to them to have my Nexus 4 battery replaced. They charged me $60. The phone surgery was pretty fast--I waited half an hour, even though there was someone in line in front of me. However, my phone did not charge after that. I was very worried at this point. The next day, I brought my phone back. They kept my phone for a few hours, and when they returned it worked with the new battery. I was very pleased that they were so helpful. Unfortunately, the new battery doesn't hold any more charge than my previous 2.5-year-old battery. I'm not satisfied, and I wish I hadn't spent the $60 on it! Overall, their original service was bad, their support was great, and the end product was bad.
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Delicious, inexpensive, fast, convenient, with plenty of good street food
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Cafe Zitouna serves amazing Moroccan food, and they have a very nice family-run feel. The chicken-pie-in-phyllo-dough (B'stilla) is fantastic, of course, but I really like the tajines the best.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Very Good
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Everything we had was delicious. The cumin lamb was especially good (and spicy!), as was the hot and sour soup. I thought the beef in dry wok may have had more Szechuan pepper than I wanted, but it was still tasty. The online menu does not accurately reflect their menu, however. They have way more interesting things on the paper menu, such as the cumin lamb.
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This is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in the city.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Delicious Cambodian food. I had the whole fried Pompano fish, and when I asked for extra spicy, it really was! This restaurant is a wonderful find in a slightly off-putting neighborhood.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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