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Eight years at Google today!

(and 3 offices, and 6 teams)
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Thirty years ago today, 74.130 seconds after liftoff, the Challenger fell. 

I want to write a long story about this – to tell the story of the people aboard and the people on the ground, of the crew and of the people who studied what happened, of the things that we learned and changed, of all the things we should remember about that day. But thirty years later, it still hurts too much for me to write it.

I can still see the two SRB's spinning out of control after the airframe disassembled, forming two horns coming out of an oddly round cloud, if I close my eyes. I can still remember the utter confusion and disbelief that followed, as nobody could even tell, at first, if they had actually seen what they thought they saw. I remember being so upset, that night, not being able to fully wrap my heart around it. And nightmares still sometimes wake me, of rockets falling out of a perfectly blue sky.

To the seven who gave their lives that day – CDR Francis R. Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, mission specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, and Ronald E. McNair, and payload specialists Gregory B. Jarvis and S. Christa McAuliffe – you are not forgotten.


Photo: STS-51L as it cleared the tower, approximately T+2.7 seconds, 16:38:02 UTC, January 28th, 1986, seventy seconds before it began to disintegrate. The fatal failure of the O-ring on the right booster had already happened. Image KSC-86PC-0081, from NASA.
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I watched from outside my office in Orlando. We had a great view of the launches about 30 miles away and watched numerous launches. It was a cold, crisp morning with a clear blue sky and not a cloud. We noticed the odd split in the vapor trail but no one wanted to say aloud what thought crossed our minds. We rushed inside to see what they were saying on tv and soon found out. Later that day around noon, I happened to be near the Orlando airport and realized that the vapor trails visible high above the airport that day were not from jets, they were the Challenger rocket plumes drifting westward over Orlando, a macabre sky writing, the split only magnified by the way the plumes spread out over time as they traveled. By 4 the plumes had drifted over to Disney World and I spotted them again after leaving a meeting in Kissimmee.

When it was later discovered that the cause of the explosion was defective O-rings, that was the day I lost my respect for NASA and "rocket scientists." Anyone who has seen even a milkshake machine blow up at McDonalds knows how notorious O-rings are for failing. Only a complete idiot would trust the success of a rocket launch and astronauts' lives to such bad technology. 
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Some people have more ISK than sense. Fortunately, spooky wormholers are on standby to relieve said people of their bling.
 
Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.
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ah, well I can remember when I was new, going into wormholes with mission running ships was like my weekend thing. Sometimes I was never bothered and sometimes I lost my ship. But its years later and now I'm no longer new.
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I think it's even more disgraceful that they would force me to go through if I am able, and interrogate me so skeptically about my abilities. I'm neither willing nor able, and fuck them for trying to second guess me on either.
The TSA announcement on December 18th, 2015, that the body scanners would "sometimes" be mandatory was phrased like this: While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical s...
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+Luis Bruno And that's why I record every single interaction with TSA.
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+Sai is trying to stop the policy with an motion for an emergency injunction.
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TSA should respond Tuesday. I'll reply ASAP thereafter. Hopefully could get a ruling by end of next week.
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I don't think that skewed gender ratios always produce hostile environments, but this story from Bioware is a very clear example of one that did.

On the flip side, I had a great experience with Three Rings Design even though I was the only woman working in engineering, so there are a few places that don't suck even in spite of a lack of diversity-by-the-numbers.
 
First: How this came about Last month, I wrote a post about the lack of options to play fat female characters in video games. The genesis of that post came from the fact that I'd recently started p...
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I find this interesting because it's bioware.

Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition is currently the gold standard for diversity in the AAA game market at the moment.

Of course the creative team/subgroup that works on SWTOR is probably quite different than those who work on Dragon Age/Mass Effect..

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I'm organizing a set of monthly tech talks for and by Site Reliability Engineers/DevOps engineers in the New York City area! We have some very exciting talks planned for the inaugural set of talks on Wednesday, January 20. Plus, free food!

Hoping to see people there!
We are excited to announce the first of a series in monthly tech talks for the Site Reliability Engineering/DevOps community in New York City! There will be speakers from Google, Dropbox, and Stack Exchange this month. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at Google's campus in Chelsea ...
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Np, thanks anyway!
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The hell...
 
The FBI mass-mailed an advert for a fake sex slave auction on a kinky social network after obtaining user email addresses through a warrant. Their goal was to rescue victims of trafficking. The investigation found no victims, but agents believe the BDSM community represents a real market for the sale of human beings.

Four people were arrested. Given how common such auctions are and how immersive such fantasies can get, it's difficult to say the FBI's ruse was sufficiently obvious to justify arrest.

Kinksters, you're up. Welcome to the War On Trafficking. Please take a seat and hand over your assets.
FBI's Email Broadcast Stings Four CollarMe Users: Here’s a story that should send a chill down the spine of anybody who ever had a profile on an adult social media site. The FBI uses search warrants to collect whole databases of use
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+Glenn Willen justified if their targets are basically predators trying to take advantage of the site. Not clear to me if that is in fact true.
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Here's what I got up to last night in EVE: violencing someone's $100 spaceboat that they were being extraordinarily careless with.

Not pictured: 20-30+ minutes of meticulous stealthy tracking of the quarry's movements while we positioned our ships for the gank.
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+Liz Fong-Jones Out of curiosity, would you mind summary-explaining the significance of the equipment / pods / etc they were using? I tried looking it up on the killzlist page but couldn't make sense of it.
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Not a hypothetical.
 
Just went through SEA TSA. STSO explicitly refused to let me go through screening without AIT unless medically unable; I said I was neither willing nor able to go through AIT, but willing to get patdown, so he refused me boarding. Bags given back to me etc.

I insisted on him calling his supervisor (he initially refused). The TSM came eventually and overruled the STSO, allowing me to have a patdown.

However, TSM then interrogated me about my liquids, wanting to decide whether they are medically necessary or not. I refused to disclose any medical info; he eventually relented and permitted my liquids to be screened.

Got ~80% of it on video.

Will write it all up tomorrow in affidavit to 1st Circuit. On plane now, about to fly. Back online tomorrow.

No order received from the court yet.
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+Kate M Info @ s.ai/tsa/46110 if you like.
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The Massachusetts Department of Revenue sent us a bill due to a discrepancy in income reported to the IRS vs. to them, because Google treated our spousal medical benefits in 2012 as taxable for federal but not state purposes.

Fortunately, it only took 15 min on the phone to clear up, as soon as I said the words "same sex marriage" and "health benefits". Woo.
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Yes.
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I am positive this will be used to discriminate against trans travellers.
 
Well, fuck. Anyone wants to guess how often "security considerations" would mean you can't opt out of the imaging machines?

While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security

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+Larry Fine "The specific security considerations that support requiring certain individuals to undergo mandatory AIT screening are Sensitive Security Information, and cannot be disclosed in a public filing."

From TSA's opposition to my motion: http://s.ai/tsa/legal/46110 
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  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2014 - present
    As of June 2015, I manage the Bigtable Site Reliability Engineering team in New York City.
  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer (part-time), 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    TA (6.035/Sp2012, 6.172/Fa2012), LA (6.042/Sp2012), UROP (Su2012), 2012 - 2012
  • Google
    Senior Site Reliability Engineer, 2011 - 2012
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    Site Reliability Engineer, 2008 - 2011
  • Three Rings Design
    Technical Operations Manager, 2005 - 2007
  • College Preparatory Mathematics
    Systems Administrator, 2003 - 2005
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I make your intertubes work (or more specifically, bits and pieces of Google). Also a feminist, trans rights advocate, disability rights ally, social justice activist, and occasionally a sex-positive blogger and poster of vegan food porn. Veteran of the #nymwars.

Obligatory disclaimer: opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

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Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Course 6-3, 2012 - 2013
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Special Student (Course 6), 2010 - 2011
  • California Institute of Technology
    Bio/CS, 2005 - 2008
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Elizabeth Fong, Zhen Fong, Lizthegrey, Liz Fong-Jones