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Lisa Vaas
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Purveyor of High-Quality Verbiage
Purveyor of High-Quality Verbiage

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In .46 seconds, a Google search on the term "career self-sabotage" returns 852,000 items. That's .46 seconds of life you'll never get back if you're a technology professional.

Those 852,000 whatevers are about toxic bosses, backstabbing coworkers, finding the real "themes" of your life, and yadda yadda yadda, nothing specific about technology jobs.

Got work downtime to do listless Google searches? That's actually shoot-yourself-in-the-foot move No. 11. Read on for all 13.

Technology professionals, have you ever shot yourself in the foot, career-wise, or seen somebody else do it? I have a lot of input and can give you a bunch of very technology-specific examples to prime your pump. I'm looking to collect more specific anecdotes from tech pros. PM me if you have some time to chat, please! TIA!

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I pulled back from writing up the story about Facebook targeting ads at depressed teens after Facebook said it was all a misunderstanding and news outlets updated their stories to reflect that. Now this, here, from a former Facebook bigwig, feels like the most valuable insight into the incident we've seen, even though it's merely a former exec's interpretation solely based on previous experience.

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Some of the “identifiers” are redundant! Some surveillance targets are holdovers from 2015! ... and there's WAY MORE DETAIL HERE THAN WE'RE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO GIVE YOU!!! says the gov't report, in italicized beat-your-chest-ese which, reading between the lines, sobs out a plea to please don't kill the messenger.

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No, Russia, we're not talking to you. We already know the answer in your case.

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Is this a shift in how Tinder lets its data-promiscuous API be used and abused and milked like a cow? Would sure be nice, but Tinder ain't sayin'.

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Geez, LinkedIn, you are one pushy app! If you’re not spamming users’ contacts (and getting sued for it), you’re pawing our Bluetooth – even after we thought you’d gone home for the night!

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Very interesting play. An expansion of a trial FB started with GitHub in January. I'm inclined to look at this—an open-source technology with token sharing [and NOT personal information sharing]—between FB and sites/apps/services as a good security move. [But then again, the trauma of losing my phone during the Women's March is still seared into my brain. Anything that promises to make it easier to recover accounts when we lose our 2FA code generators—as in, like, my damn PHONE!!!—and to do it more securely than by sending reset emails sounds good to me.]

I'm open to hearing why it's potentially not a good move, but so far, all I've seen on the thumbs-down side is anti-Facebook-ism reaction, as in, Facebook-R-Bad because they package us up like hamburger patties and monetize our clicks. Or lock us out of accounts because of the Real Name nonsense. ... worthwhile discussions, but I don't see what they have to do with account recovery, o you dismissive Slashdotters.

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Do NOT dial these 1-800 tech support scam toll-free numbers if you get stuck with all the blinking lights and JavaScript runarounds they use to convince you you've got an infection.

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Did you see this from last week? Burger King injected marketing fluff into the "Whopper" entry on Wikipedia a week before the Google Home-triggering ad aired. Wikipedians responded by editing the ingredient list to include, variously, an "often stinky combination of dead and live bacteria," "mucus," "toenails," a medium-sized child, cyanide topping, and a "fatally poisonous substance that a person ingests deliberately to quickly commit suicide."
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