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Conference organizers: The least you can do is to have a code of conduct and minimal procedures for handling harassment reports! You owe it to your community.
Originally published Saturday Jan 31 2015; now updated with Sunday Feb 01's developments! My Twitter timeline has been full of Belgium. I'm in San Francisco, but many of my developer friends are in...
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New PolicyStat offices are coming along. We're 1 month from the move in date and the walls are finished.
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I really hope this thing actually delivers. Prototyping circuit boards is a super annoying, high-latency process.

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Voltera is raising funds for Voltera: Your Circuit Board Prototyping Machine on Kickstarter! Print your circuit boards, dispense solder paste, and reflow! The Voltera V-One lets you go from concept to creation in minutes.
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This looks to have much higher resolution, but for anything we would be making I think the cheap transfer method would suffice.
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Unsurprising that, like basically every other lifestyle choice, negative impressions are reduced with familiarity. The most important factor in the advancement of equal rights for homosexuals has been folks coming out of the closet and creating familiarity for the people they know. The folks that came out decades ago, when they faced extreme discrimination for their choice, deserve so much respect.

Here's hoping that some poly folks choose to follow that same course.
Polyamorous relationships are uncommon, but new research suggests that the stigma of these relationships decreases with increasing familiarity.
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We all knew it had to happen eventually, but Jon's run at the Daily Show is coming to a close. What a hilarious, impactful 17 years he's had!
<3 Jon Stewart 
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I'm increasingly impressed with Buzzfeed. Here, they've produced a super-useful "getting started" guide to polyamory that's entertaining and informative. It will probably be a while before the NYT produces something analogous :)
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Vim is great for editing code, but there's no reason it can't also be great for writing prose. My friend +Anthony Panozzo is writing a book on the topic and I'm excited to check it out. He's probably the most proficient VIM user I've ever paired with, so I can definitely endorse his VIM-FOO.
Do you use Vim? Do you write? Would you like to combine the two to use Vim for writing?
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One of many human cognitive biases is valuing "potential" more than actual achievement. It's something to keep in mind when making employment decision. If you're doing the hiring, adjust your value of "potential" downwards. If you're the interviewee, focus more on your potential than on your achievements.

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Movies that win Oscars seem to gain more viewers as a result. But it also seems that on the whole people are a lot more eager to watch Oscar nominated movies before the Oscar winners are announced. After the show, people think less about movies and more about other things.
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I think folks making the "automation will create mass unemployment" argument are committing the same errors as those who made the same argument about machines/factories in general[1]. John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that by now, we would all be working greatly reduced hours and would be spending much more time on leisure. He wasn't wrong about the income trend line (we could work far less if we were happy with 1960s wealth). He was just wrong about human psychology and the cultural implications of reduced work.

Most commenters on this issue fail to account for what I'll call the "boundlessness of human desire". Art and entertainment are goods with effectively endless demand, given enough resources. As long as humans prefer to deal with other humans in these areas, human production and consumption of those goods will surely increase as automation makes us richer. 

The status-seeking component of employment must also be considered. As long as a culture values work, people will seek work beyond where they would otherwise be satiated. 

A fuzzier factor, but perhaps the most impactful, is the notion of "self-actualization". We should expect sectors to expand that allow people to help other people. The limit on demand there is essentially as boundless as the human capacity for empathy .

All that being said, there are clear institutional and cultural problems in the US that make this (and any) transition painful. If you are culturally programmed to see yourself as doing exactly one job your entire life, and that job goes away, the transition will be difficult. If you've been utterly failed by a public education system, your options are poor. We should be worried about these.

There's also plenty of room for a discussion about the role of forced transfers in enforcing some level of equality of outcome. Few would argue that the current incarnations of Western welfare states are the best possible way of achieving that goal. Things like a negative income tax[2] (or other form of guaranteed income) seem like good candidates to replace overlapping, administratively complex, and often counter-productive programs.

[1]: With the caveat that things get fuzzy once we have ubiquitous, cheap human-level AI. 
[2]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_income_tax

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New PolicyStat HQ is under construction and looking great! We've come a long way from my bedroom in Bloomington or our shared cubes at Leadjen.
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The wall-less office is even better than the open plan office! 
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Silly Ohio.
 
Is Ohio ground zero for the next Measles outbreak? (And how you can use compelling content to win.)

"When we look at US population density and vaccination rates, both big risk factors in contagious disease, something scary pops out: Ohio."

"Ohio is tied for worst MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccination rate with a dismal 86% of Toddlers 19-35 months old based on 2013 data from the CDC National Immunization Survey. If Disneyland was in Ohio, we might be looking at a much larger problem. Of course, there are many factors not considered here, but the quick take is disturbing."

http://www.wedowebcontent.com/blog/how-to-stand-apart-from-your-competitors/

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Hooray for sanity!
 
U.S. Will Drop Cholesterol Warnings http://thebea.st/1FvFB9C
It's not a 'nutrient of concern' anymore.
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