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'Stop hosting GDC in SF' twitter thread
Emre Deniz: 'My GDC feedback was simple:

Stop hosting it in SF.

I'll be going back for tourist stuff but for the conference it needs to go. SF is a dangerous city and America is not welcome to non western developers.

The city hates us being there, we are worried being there, move it.'


The twitter thread is replete with scary stories of robberies, TSA hassling attendees, etc.
san-francisco  us  safety  gdc  conferences  travel 
22 days ago by jm
Pinboard on the Next Economy Conference (with tweets)
Maciej Ceglowski went to an O'Reilly SV-boosterish conference and produced these excellent tweets
twitter  conferences  oreilly  silicon-valley  new-economy  future  lyft  uber  unions  maciej-ceglowski 
november 2015 by jm
Ignoring ESR won't do anymore
I'm tired of this shit. Full stop tired. It's 2015 and these turds who grope their way around conferences and the like can make allegations like this, get a hand wave and an, "Oh, that's just crazy Raymond!" Fuck that. Fuck it from here to hell and back. Here's a man who really hasn't done anything all that special, is a totally crazy gun-toting misogynist of the highest order and, yet, he remains mostly unchallenged after the tempest dies down, time after time. [...]

I'm sure ESR will still be haunting conferences when your daughters reach their professional years unless you get serious about outing the assholes like him and making the community a lot less toxic than it is now.


Amen to that.
esr  toxic  harassment  conferences  sexism  misogyny  culture 
november 2015 by jm
AWS re:Invent 2014 Video & Slide Presentation Links
Nice work by Andrew Spyker -- this should be an official feature of the re:Invent website, really
reinvent  aws  conferences  talks  slides  ec2  s3  ops  presentations 
november 2014 by jm
Register article on Amazon's attitude to open source
This article is frequently on target; this secrecy (both around open source and publishing papers) was one of the reasons I left Amazon.
Of the sources with whom we spoke, many indicated that Amazon's lack of participation was a key reason for why people left the company – or never joined at all. This is why Amazon's strategy of maintaining secrecy may derail the e-retailer's future if it struggles to hire the best talent. [...]

"In many cases in the big companies and all the small startups, your Github profile is your resume," explained another former Amazonian. "When I look at developers that's what I'm looking for, [but] they go to Amazon and that resume stops ... It absolutely affects the quality of their hires." "You had no portfolio you could share with the world," said another insider on life after working at Amazon. "The argument this was necessary to attract talent and to retain talent completely fell on deaf ears."
amazon  recruitment  secrecy  open-source  hiring  work  research  conferences 
january 2014 by jm
NCBI ROFL: Probably the most horrifying scientific lecture ever

In 1983, at the Urodynamics Society meeting in Las Vegas, Professor G.S. Brindley first announced to the world his experiments on self-injection with papaverine to induce a penile erection. This was the first time that an effective medical therapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) was described, and was a historic development in the management of ED. The way in which this information was first reported was completely unique and memorable, and provides an interesting context for the development of therapies for ED. I was present at this extraordinary lecture, and the details are worth sharing. Although this lecture was given more than 20 years ago, the details have remained fresh in my mind, for reasons which will become obvious.


Go on, guess.
medicine  science  funny  erectile-dysfunction  omgwtf  conferences 
september 2012 by jm
Issue of web access raises hackles at conference - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 19, 2012
'Prof Michael O’Flaherty, the vice-chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee, told the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on internet freedom that the rights of copyright holders to make a living had to be balanced with the right to freedom of expression.' 'THE PUNISHMENT for breakers of the “three strikes” illegal download rule was “exceptionally disproportionate” [...] The internet was a vehicle for a wide range of human rights so excluding someone from it was an “extraordinary penalty”.'
osce  coverage  unhrc  conferences  dublin  copyright  freedom  internet  censorship  filtering 
june 2012 by jm
How to make WIFI work at tech conferences
a success story from JSConf. great tips, I'm sure some will be practical at smaller scales ;)
wifi  802.11b  802.11n  networking  802.11g  conferences  jsconf  wireless 
may 2011 by jm
Irish Hackerspaces Week
hackerspaces in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Belfast, running events all next week (08-14 - 08-22)
hackerspace  hacking  ireland  conferences  events  from delicious
august 2010 by jm

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