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Turns out that even if we weren't exactly Ayn Rand-quoting liberalists, entrepreneurial 20-somethings weren't quite the right people to use as test users for the ex-communist party website, while the middle aged mother of three in the office next door had a slightly different viewpoint. After we stopped laughing about the situation, we concluded that the algorithm must be about right, and shipped it. (There might have been a couple of kludges added on top, like inserting a non-integer dummy vote into each answer set, to guarantee some variance so that the results would at least always be defined).
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Have I ever told you about the time I built an "OkCupid for elections" for the communists? No? That's strange, I tend to get good mileage out of that story during election season. Unfortunately for the story to make any sense, you'll need a bit of absolutely fascinating background information on ...
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“Indeed,” sighed Hwídah. “But like most sane individuals, I am not in the habit of thinking in UTC.”

“Oh, it is quite easy,” said Banzen. “Just take our local time and add four hours. I find it good practice for looking at the Temple’s cron logs, whose timestamps are written in UTC.”
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An illustrated collection of (sometimes violent) fables, concerning the Art and Philosophy of software development
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My interest in writing a content management system in Java for the company that bought our startup had been steadily draining away, while my real passion was working on compilers and other programming language infrastructure (mostly SBCL). One day I spotted a job advert looking for compiler people, which was a rare occurrence in that time and place. I breezed through the job interview, but did not ask the right questions and ignored a couple of warning signs. Oops.

It turned out to be a bit of an adventure in retrocomputing.
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the most bizarre, and possibly the saddest, job I ever took. The year was 2005. My interest in writing a content management system in Java for the company that bought our startup had been steadily draining away, while my real passion was working on compilers ...
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Ha... 2001-2005 I had a client with a fairly major POS system using a system/32 emulator running on AIX 4.2. Not quite as crazy, but makes the story less shocking.
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Things like this 'Mission, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down' video really just make you want to yell 'Move on!' you know?
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The culture is changing because the housing stock isn't. That is all. Eventually, it will just be a place where rich people own fashionable things and half of them won't even live there.
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If you’re still blaming the tumultuous cultural changes San Francisco has been undergoing on “hipsters,” you might need to stop and readjust your neon shutter shades. Like the marginalized communities it was blamed for displacing, the once-overwhelming hipster onslaught has now in turn been over-run by Ivy League business school marketing grads, violently jogging ex-cheerleaders from the Midwest, Bonobos-sporting former frat bros, and Baby Bjorned global arrivistes who have absolutely no idea who Allen Ginsberg or Ariel Pink is, let alone Keyboard Cat.
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The impending closure of Boogaloos is the (locally sourced, hand-wrought) nail in the neon coffin of a once inescapable lifestyle caricature. By Marke B.
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seriously, i have no idea why anyone thinks san francisco wasn't utterly insufferable and self-absorbed before the tech industry showed up.
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The original game, which would have seen combat between Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and other official My Little Pony characters, will now feature an original cast of cartoon four-legged animals like cows and deer—all magical in their own right, I am sure.
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"Thems Fightin’ Herds" was born from a fan effort halted by Hasbro’s lawyers.
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A holy cow is twice as magical as a single-horned horse!
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What you get with a container is cheap structure, if you can use the box-basically as-is. As soon as you remove anything (including the ends) you need to hire welders and buy steel. Architecture is more than structure though and structure on its own is not particularly expensive- especially when you are building a space as small as a shipping container, so the savings here are minimal. Relatively untrained people can build a room that size of simple wood framing in a day without needing to rent a crane or learning how to weld for about the same cost (or less) than buying a used container.
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Diffy finds potential bugs in your service by running instances of your new and old code side by side. It behaves as a proxy and multicasts whatever requests it receives to each of the running instances. It then compares the responses, and reports any regressions that surface from these comparisons.
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Diffy is an open-source tool that automatically detects potential bugs in HTTP-based services.
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This is a talk I gave recently about how to survive in technical jobs. It's mostly aimed at women but a bunch of men have told me it was useful for them too. 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_ZUMxA1b-ff9OBb08QlegK3UjURdcfnn4UebVpptcPc/edit?usp=sharing

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Ten Things That Will Try To Make You Leave Technical JobsTen Things That Will Try To Make You Leave Technical Jobs And practical advice for fighting them. Talk originally written for NYU/Columbia Women in Computing symposium, 2015-04-17. These slides are not very useful on their own. Read the speaker notes. ⬇
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With the tech industry awash in cash and 100 “unicorn” start-ups now valued at $1 billion or more, Silicon Valley can’t escape the question. Nick Bilton reports.
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Oh god, the fear...  but I swear I've read that article every few months for a couple years.

Not that it won't burst, but, the only convincing argument is that we have no idea how this thing works.
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My fellow engineers, please stop asking “Is this process good or bad?” and start asking “Is it well-suited to my situation?”
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An open letter from a former Facebook and VMware engineering executive on how startups can best structure their release processes.
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