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I saw Mikey Dickerson (in the video) speak to a group of ~200 people last summer about the work that he and his team did on healthcare.gov. He was at Google for nearly 8 years and left to run the recovery team for healthcare.gov. Their team is the real deal -- they saved the site in just a few ...
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Nice that they pulled in  Ann Mei Chang as well, since she left Google to do the government thing before the healthcare.gov issues (cue hipster: before it was cool.)
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What a painful read. But you really oughta read it.
 
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After the fateful conversation in my bathroom, though, I learned what it was like to love someone without forgiving her. The two halves of my relationship with my mother did not match. Most days we’d go about our lives, her betrayal far from my mind. She’d groan when I turned up the radio to a song she particularly disliked, and I’d grin back at her and then sing, in the off-key, toneless voice I’d inherited from her. Other times, she’d say something entirely innocuous and I’d be filled with a murderous rage. How could someone who claimed to love me so much have done something so horrible, I wondered.
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I don't blame my mother though, it's not her fault, people are sheep and rarely question authority. Stopping this same mutilation of boys is incredibly important. 
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Every Thanksgiving, like everyone else, I reflect on how much I have to be thankful for in my life. I've enjoyed a loving, financially stable family, access to education, and a society that, for all its many problems, still provides some of the best opportunities in the world (which is why so many want to come here). These are simple, basic privileges that I've enjoyed through no effort on my own part, but by simply having the luck to be born into the right place.

When observing how fortunate I've been, and how happy I now am, it's hard for me to ignore the billions of people who do not enjoy the same privileges and opportunities that I do, and suffer enormously as a result. And I have to wonder if I were to have ended up destitute and without the opportunities that I currently have to better myself, would anyone else care and try to help me out of my misery?

I hope so. And to that end, I renew my yearly pledge to donate 20% of my income towards addressing global poverty. As I sit here on a train to Providence to spend a carefree weekend with loved ones, I hope that giving up a few of my luxuries will help give some people at least some of the same opportunities that I've had all my life.

Excuse the serious post. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming of pictures of cute animals. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Thanks! Yeah, I know of them. Organizations like them are how I got started with my public pledges.
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"Why don't the poor use bike share systems?" http://www.vox.com/2014/10/29/7087331/low-income-bicycle-share
Bike sharing is supposed to be a new kind of transit, but it has the demographics of a high-end leisure activity.
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Many did in Montreal.  The one in the bay area isn't put together with enough density to be worth it.
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Thomas Ptacek laid out a number of arguments against DNSSEC recently (and in a follow up). We don't fully agree on everything, but it did prompt me to write why, even if you assume DNSSEC, DANE (the standard for speaking about the intersection of TLS and DNSSEC) is not a foregone conclusion in ...
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Most 20s 30s and even 40s Korean had played Starcraft :)
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The tactics used on terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks were crimes, and the perpetrators knew it. Now they must be brought to justice.
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"How racial discrimination in law enforcement actually works" http://www.vox.com/2014/12/1/7311417/race-law-controls
Like racism everywhere, the answer is complicated, and tied up with money and class and all the rest.
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I've honestly found Arthur Chu to be one of the most thoughtful writers out there (I consumed everything he wrote in the wake of his Jeopardy! fame), and his take on Gamergate was fantastic

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And so I found myself at a table in a diner with Felicia Day and her improv troupe. And we talked and joked around and I told funny college stories and I started to remember, like an old, unused muscle memory, there was a time people had told me I was “charming” before I was a depressive sack of shit.

She took a chance on me. A chance that, as one of her fans, I knew all too well might not have panned out. I’m a creepy guy from the Internet, I know creepy guys from the Internet, I’ve seen creepy guys at their worst. I’ve seen myself at my worst.

She took a chance that I wouldn’t say something nasty or invasive or thoughtless or mean. She took a chance that I wouldn’t take a gesture of kindness as an invitation to cross boundaries, to stalk, to obsess, which I took pains not to do, and which is why I still feel awkward tweeting @feliciaday even though I’m now a “Twitter personality” myself.

http://www.salon.com/2014/10/30/that_creepy_guy_from_the_internet_how_gamergate_shattered_faith_in_the_geek_community/
I've been that bitter, lonely gamer looking for someone to blame. And I'm devastated that it's come to this
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This is not the William Chan you're looking for. --Obi-Wan Kenobi

This William Chan works on the Chromium browser, primarily on its network stack and core APIs. He spends all day doing code reviews and answering emails asking why he hasn't done people's code reviews yet, the answer to which usually is that he's busy conducting quality control checks on the chrome-sf bar. He is very anal about APIs and strongly believes the bike shed should be pink.
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I have a scar from a sea lion bite, although I'm not sure I should brag about it.
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Best dim sum in the bay area, bar none. The problem is that every other Cantonese person in the bay area knows it and will line up right at opening time in order to get a table. Pretty impossible to get a table on the weekend and difficult, but doable, during the week.
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