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One of my teammates writes up his introspections on attending this year's Grace Hopper Conference.

https://medium.com/@ryanschoen/grace-hopper-and-the-psychological-drain-on-the-gender-minority-be3ff348f2ff

For those of us interested in "women in technology", this is worth a read. It made me decide to attend next year's conference.
As I flew into Houston for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the words of one of my coworkers kept pumping me up. When I…
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Liquid meal maker Soylent is stopping sales of its flagship powder, warning that a handful of customers reported stomach sickness after consuming it.
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For a guy who oversees the better part of a trillion dollars, Vanguard's Gerry O'Reilly doesn’t put on many airs.
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Aka, human rights activism meets the Cobra Effect
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Some drivers in parts of China are so fed up with tailgating high-beam users that they’ve resorted to using these freaky as shit rear window decals that are only visible when the high-beam is flicked on. The ghoulish decals feature images of ghosts, spirits and monsters from Eastern and Hollywood films. According to reports based out of Jinan, police are ticketing folks who are using the creepy decals. (If you weren’t prepared to see a ghostly ...
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The unlikely origin story of Google Analytics, 1996–2005-ish
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If you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948.
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(File dated November 9, 1998) PREFACE: Another file from the same disk with the Nihilanth sketches, this one, if it is to believed, written the day after we shipped Half-Life. I do believe it because the file’s creation date is indeed November 9, 1998, and I am not l33t enough to know how to fake …
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Huh, I was looking forward to this -- I'm a big fan of Google Now-- but here's a surprisingly negative review of Google's new Allo from the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/technology/personaltech/allos-tryout-5-days-with-googles-annoying-office-intern.html

The issues raised in that NYT article remind me of Tim O'Reilly's point that nailing the overall experience is critical:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-would-alexa-do-tim-o-reilly?published=u
Google’s new chat app promises to stand out from a crowded field by bringing artificial intelligence into conversations. But it turns out to be frustrating and unhelpful.
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Canadian surgeons are urging people to throw out wire-bristled barbecue brushes, because none of them have figured out a surefire way of removing the wires when they get stuck in people's throats.
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Embedded in Academia : A Quiz About Integers in C
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