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Introduction All Spotify users are now stored in a Cassandra database instead of Postgres. The final switch was made on May 11th, and we, the team responsible for user login at Spotify, would like to tell you a little bit…
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“Do you know Zach Latta?” asked Fouad Matin, 19, on the roof of San Francisco’s unofficial tech teenager headquarters one recent night. “You know he rebuilt Yo’s backend. He’s baller.”
We watched the sun set over Twin Peaks, and Matin told me about his high school dropout friends like Latta, 17, who served as lead engineer of Yo, a viral messaging app that simply sends the message “Yo.”
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Inside the almost-adult lives of the real teens of Silicon Valley
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Hmm, now that i look at it and note its date, it is remarkably similar to something that was published in The New Yorker some time ago.  I'll have to read this to develop a unique hate for it.
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Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)
A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped reduce teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.
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It's difficult to explain to a fan, but your life as a professional athlete is colored by uncertainty.
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The American idea of "all men are created equal" is a radical ideology of incredible power, and it has influenced other nations tremendously. [...]

That's why we should celebrate July 4th. When our founders wrote those five words, everything changed. Once you say "all men are created equal," once you throw down that gauntlet, you can never take it back. As long as America exists - and even if it dies - "all men are created equal" is here to stay, animating the hearts and minds of billions. In terms of human history, there was Before July 4th, 1776, and there was After July 4th, 1776. I'm damn glad I live in the After.
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(Warning: This post does not contain economics, and does contain nationalism.) The 4th of July isn't the anniversary of the Constitution, it's the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution set up our go...
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This idea is at the forefront in the film Gettysburg, for instance: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechgettysburg.html
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An illustrated collection of (sometimes violent) fables, concerning the Art and Philosophy of software development
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[W]hat began as a minor puzzlement for my wife and me bloomed over the course of a few days into a full-on obsession: What in the name of Rob Ford were the road signs trying to tell us?

Some of the meanings were obvious. This sign above, for instance.

It clearly means Please direct your attention over here. The moose is about to speak. That was one of the easy ones.
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So this is like a Canadian version of Hangman?
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At least 50% of my travels during the last 10 years have been on my own, and it's always been a very good experience :)
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Time is money, but few organizations treat it that way.
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The rise of American democracy is not a story of unequivocal and unambiguous progress: at every step of the way someone, usually groups already socially marginalized, suffered. Like Jefferson’s palatial residence at Monticello, the house of freedom was built by the blood and toil of slaves.
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Jefferson: a loud yelper for liberty. Studying history always makes you a bit of a fatalist: coming to terms with the complexity of the past means realizing that large scale social changes are like...
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Except that abolition would never have happened if the colonies were retained. It's only with their departure and a later decline in the importance of cane sugar -- which is an awful thing to refine -- that the British decide to get rid of slavery. That is, they remove it once it is no longer economically important. Not that they have anything against it: in the 1860s they reduce Egyptian farmers to famine and peonage, to say nothing of the repeated rapes of India and China.
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