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Interestingly, if we're using employment recovery as our measure of structural-ness, the 2000 recession looks a lot more structural than the Great Recession. The drop in employment-to-working-age-population after 2000 was almost as steep as that of the Great Recession, and there was far less bounceback. The 2000s really were a "lost decade" for U.S. employment. Of course I suspect China trade as the culprit, based on the timing and on the recent Autor-Dorn-Hanson paper. But that is a story for another day.
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So, Bryan Caplan won a bet with Tyler Cowen regarding the unemployment rate. Cowen bet that unemployment wouldn't go below 5% at any time between 2013 and 2033. It recently did, so Caplan won the bet 17.5 years before the dea...
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Don't jump on every interrupt, prioritise and monitor to avoid burnout.
When running a production system there's an endless stream of issues that have the potential to cause you significant hassle. How should you deal with this? The list of potential ways your production system can come tumbling down is endless: lightning strike, coffee spill, running out of file ...
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Today is Safer Internet Day, and to mark the occasion [Google is] rolling out some new tools, research and useful reminders to help you keep safer online. [...] If you complete the Security Checkup by February 11 you’ll get 2GB of extra Google Drive storage, which can be used across Google Drive, Gmail, and Photos.
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San Franciscans are quickly discovering that the worst part about hosting a Super Bowl isn't the prevalence of $8 crap beer, the Rambo-style security, the hokey corporate booths, the garish black-and-gold bunting detracting from our terracotta-and-stucco facades, or even the giant football made out of Bud Light cans. The worst part is being forced, as a city, to don the alien exurban drag of mediocrity—and, while we're at it, pay for the privilege. It's being forced to shell out for the civic equivalent of a hideous bridesmaid dress. "Oh, you'll be able to wear it again!" chirps Ed Lee from underneath a blingy SB50 tiara, sipping his fifth cosmo. No, Ed. We won't.
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Running a large application or your Internet infrastructure is largely an [Instrument Flight Rules] proposition. Metrics and monitoring are so important: instrumentation is everything! The dashboards and alerts we design are a reflection of how we want to interpret, understand, and react to a very complex system.
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Some of the most fun I had last year was the few weeks I spent in Colorado and Utah, learning how to fly sailplanes. It's really challenging, especially for pilots who are used to flying with engines. It’s a...
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Interesting.

I think this is the direction we're moving with Cloud Foundry logging and metrics but I'll need to double check.
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There seems to be no shortage of bizarrely sexist assumptions as to why I, a Millennial feminist, am not voting for Hillary Clinton. But speaking as a Millennial feminist, let me assure you: None of them is accurate. Granted, the span of my political biography is only as long as it took Howard Dean to go from human rights crusader to insurance lobbyist. But the reason for my political disaffection is plain: I've spent my entire Millennial life watching the Democratic Party claw its way up the ass of corporate America. There's no persuading me that the Democratic establishment — from where it sits now — has the capacity to represent me, or my values.
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If Millennials are coming out in droves to support Bernie Sanders, it's not because we are tripping balls on Geritol. No, Sanders's clever strategy of...
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I like the phrase "clash of discourses".
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To meet men like Tap Morgan and Floyd Griffith, to hear their stories of addiction, loss, misspent years, and wasted talent, is to come face-to-face with one of the great disgraces of American life. In one of the richest countries in the world, hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of men, women, and children sleep on the streets every night. They suffer from hunger, disease, mental illness, and alcoholism. They are attacked, robbed, and sometimes—as happened last November to a 67-year-old man named Tai Lam on Sutter Street—beaten to death as they sleep. In many cities, they are treated like medieval lepers—shunned, shamed, and driven outside the walls. Even in the most tolerant places, like San Francisco, they provoke frustration, weariness, and anger as often as compassion—when their existence even registers at all. The truth is, we have grown jaded about the homeless in this city and this country. Over the last three decades, they have become part of the urban scenery. Yet this standing army of misery and despair is a visceral refutation of everything our society claims to stand for.
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For more than 30 years the homeless have roamed San Francisco’s streets. Are they destined to suffer here forever?
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The illustration is of a concurrent prime number sieve.
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Stephanie Coombs, the managing editor of the historic city newspaper, led me through the empty first floor; where the once-mighty department for the classifieds once resided, now occupied by two clerks at a front counter. We wandered through empty halls of forlorn cubicles and desks, past relics of a prosperous past—a glossy magazine, photo studio, employee fitness centre. Past the large, now-shuttered cafeteria. A handful of people were huddled in Finance and HR on the second floor; half of the third-­floor advertising department was empty; a few techies were tucked in a fourth­-floor corner beside the abandoned library and darkroom. We arrived finally at the fifth floor, at a newsroom built for a robust staff of 200 that now held fewer than seventy journalists. My new team.

I gave a short, flustered speech and was eventually ushered into the eerily quiet former editor-­in-chief’s office; gleaming cherry wood desk, slightly worn chair, shadows on the wall where the art once hung. I was alone, seemingly miles from what was left of the newsroom. My computer pinged. It was an email from the building superintendent to all staff: Used office furniture sale this Friday; reasonably priced, everything must go.

I got home late that night, carefully placed a large bottle of gin on the counter and said slowly, with conviction, “It’s going to be great. Honest.”
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The former editor of the Edmonton Journal’s inside look at the damage being done to Canada’s newspapers
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