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Nick Mathewson on Twitter
"Gaze not into the abyss, lest you become recognized as an abyss domain expert, and they expect you keep gazing into the damn thing."


Words to live by....
ffu  funny  the-abyss  life  work  experts  expertise  sme 
15 days ago by jm
on Martin Fowler
mcfunley: 'I think at least 50% of my career has been either contributing to or unwinding one [Martin] Fowler-inspired disaster or another.'

See also: continuous deployment, polyglot programming, microservices

Relevant meme: https://twitter.com/mcfunley/status/857641303521206272/photo/1
funny  quotes  architecture  architecture-astronauts  martin-fowler  cargo-cults  coding  design-patterns  enterprise  continuous-deployment  cd  polyglot-programming  microservices  experts 
28 days ago by jm
FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades
Wow, this is staggering.
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. [....]

The review confirmed that FBI experts systematically testified to the near-certainty of “matches” of crime-scene hairs to defendants, backing their claims by citing incomplete or misleading statistics drawn from their case work. In reality, there is no accepted research on how often hair from different people may appear the same. Since 2000, the lab has used visual hair comparison to rule out someone as a possible source of hair or in combination with more accurate DNA testing. Warnings about the problem have been mounting. In 2002, the FBI reported that its own DNA testing found that examiners reported false hair matches more than 11 percent of the time.
fbi  false-positives  hair  dna  biometrics  trials  justice  experts  crime  forensics  inaccuracy  csi 
april 2015 by jm
the recruiter honeypot
wow, I thought it was hard hiring in Dublin. Sounds like Silicon Valley is insane.

"Unfortunately, it’s not all about the numbers. Though external recruiters perform well for start-ups, there’s another side to this story. It pains me to write this but I think it’s important to share. Meebo employed lots of external recruiters when we were getting off the ground. We had standard 18-month no-poach restrictions with all of our contractors that specified that those recruiters were not allowed to contact Meebo employees within 18 months of our contract expiring. Most of those contracts expired in 2008-2009.

However, every recruiter and firm we’d worked with who was still in the recruiting business tried to poach [the 'honeypot' employee] Pete London."

(Another lesson: don't build a product in javascript, since it's impossible to hire engineers ;)
honeypots  hiring  silicon-valley  recruiting  coding  experts  meebo 
june 2012 by jm

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