Must-Read: Teebs: Brexit: "If Boris Johnson looked downbeat yesterday, that is because he realises that he has lost...
A comment? worth reading? in an online newspapers' comment section?

(this kind of makes me worry that Brad DeLong is reading Guardian comments)
united-kingdom  politics 
3 days ago
SF supes delay vote on Mayor Lee’s affordable housing plan - SFGate
<<Even trimmed to its barest bones, legislation intended to spur the creation of affordable housing can’t seem to get the votes to pass.>>
5 days ago
People have trained a LinkedIn algorithm to be awful | The Verge
I am usually not surprised at machine learning artifacts but this one...
culture  machine-learning  humor 
6 days ago
The Gun Control We Deserve | Online Only | n+1
<<Given that today’s Aversive Minimalists include many white liberals whose primary concerns vis-à-vis “gun violence” more or less boil down to making high-profile rampage killings disappear from their newsfeeds, the possibility that they will embrace measures that gesture at solving that problem while doubling down on militarized policing, surveillance, and America’s overcrowded prisons is depressingly easy to imagine.>>

Who needs to imagine? Already the conventional wisdom among liberals has become that the natural next step is to press the no-due-process no-fly-list into service as a no-gun-list, the next step in enshrining it as a politically untouchable all-purpose blacklist of unpeople.
weaponry  regulation  law  culture  united-states 
7 days ago
Close Encounters of The Java Memory Model Kind
Nearly all of these pitfalls come from jerks trying to be clever and not grab locks.
concurrency  java  programming 
8 days ago
squeakland : resources : books : reading list
Interesting how much of this is mediocre stuff that was popular in the 60's and 70's.
books  to-read-maybe 
8 days ago
Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems 1, Chris Jones, Jennifer Petoff, Betsy Beyer, Niall Richard Murphy, eBook - AmazonSmile
Finished 2016-06-19. "The SRE book". Long-winded and somewhat variable in quality (for example, the chapter on testing is pedantic, uninformative, and frequently syntactically garbled; and the chapter on Borgmon may be a crime against humanity). Yet this is the frustrating sort of book which has just enough good content that you can't actually ignore or skip most of it entirely, but not enough density of good content that you will enjoy reading it all the way through. I wish a more tightly edited version of this book exited.

However keep in mind that I worked at Google and interacted a decent amount with SRE so other readers may derive more value from its correspondingly greater novelty than I did.
booklog  finished:2016  software-engineering  google  devops 
9 days ago
The Practice of Cloud System Administration, by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup, Christina J. Hogan (@Kindle)
Finished 206-06-??. Recommended, although you should skip liberally based on your experience. Probably somewhat better than "the SRE book" IMO.
booklog  finished:2016  software-engineering  devops  google 
9 days ago
Bill would drug test rich people who get tax breaks, The Guardian reports | NOLA.com
<<A Democratic congresswoman is proposing a bill that would mandate drug testing the richest taxpayers before they receive itemized tax deductions, according to The Guardian. 

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., planned to file the proposal in Congress on Thursday, making it clear it's a response to Republican efforts in several states to require drug testing for welfare recipients. >>
plutocracy  politics  legislation-as-an-expressive-medium 
9 days ago
A Persistent Union-Find Data Structure
<<The problem of disjoint sets, also known as union-find, consists
in maintaining a partition of a finite set within a data structure.
This structure provides two operations: a function find returning
the class of an element and a function union merging two classes.
An optimal and imperative solution is known since 1975. However,
the imperative nature of this data structure may be a drawback
when it is used in a backtracking algorithm. This paper details the
implementation of a persistent union-find data structure as efficient
as its imperative counterpart. To achieve this result, our solution
makes heavy use of imperative features and thus it is a significant
example of a data structure whose side effects are safely hidden
behind a persistent interface.>>
data-structures  functional-programming 
23 days ago
The Newest Email Design Trends of 2016 — Email Industry News — Medium
Mixed feelings. Can we start a trend towards terse plaintext email that renders instantly on any client with no external resource loads?
design  email  marketing 
26 days ago
Michelle Rhee's Policies Worked
<<If you believe education policy should be designed to increase learning and economic opportunity for low-income children, then Washington, D.C., is a model that should be emulated. If you believe, on the other hand, that education policy should be designed to maximize employment security for teachers, then Washington, D.C., is a failure and a cautionary tale. The dramatic improvements registered in places like Washington show the revolutionary possibilities of education reform, and the continued resistance to it in the face of proven success reveals the political threat it will continue to face.>>

Grain of salt, etc.
education  labor 
29 days ago
The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development
This is not so much "unfolding" as background radiation that has existed for decades, and will probably exist for decades more, i.e. effectively forever in technology industry time.

Includes more on open vs private offices:

<<Despite there not being a single shred of scientific evidence in favor of open office workspaces being a good idea and overwhelming evidence in favor of them being counterproductive for most software developers>>

It is interesting to me that he does not cite a single reference to back up this "overwhelming evidence"; as far as I can tell, all such references ultimately stem from the _Peopleware_ guys, about which, see earlier bookmarks on this subject. OTOH note relevant anecdotes in relevant reddit thread on this issue:


Also the laughable phrase:

<<Software development is a job. Software development management is a job. Just because your employees report to you doesn’t imply you’re somehow smarter or better. . . . Don’t you confuse and don’t let your software developers confuse management as career progression — it’s just a different job even if it generally pays a bit more.>>

That started out well, & ended on a ridiculously self-refuting note.
via:reddit  programming  management  to-blog  urban-legends 
4 weeks ago
Clinton’s Hawk-in-Waiting | The American Conservative
<<Where will Victoria Nuland be after January? Nuland is one of Hillary Clinton’s protégés at the State Department, and she is also greatly admired by hardline Republicans. This suggests she would be easily approved by Congress as secretary of state or maybe even national-security adviser—which in turn suggests that her foreign-policy views deserve a closer look.

Nuland comes from what might be called the First Family of Military Interventionists. Her husband, Robert Kagan, is a leading neoconservative who co-founded the Project for the New American Century in 1998 around a demand for “regime change” in Iraq. He is currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an author, and a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of a number of national newspapers. He has already declared that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, a shift away from the GOP that many have seen as a clever career-enhancing move for both him and his wife.

Robert’s brother, Fred, is with the hawkish American Enterprise Institute, and his sister-in-law, Kimberly, is the head of the Institute for the Study of War, which is largely funded by defense contractors. The Kagans work to encourage military action, both through their positions in government and by influencing the public debate through think-tank reports and op-eds. It is a family enterprise that mirrors the military-industrial complex as a whole, with think tanks coming up with reasons to increase military spending and providing “expert” support for the government officials who actually promote and implement the policies. Defense contractors, meanwhile, benefit from the largesse and kick back some money to the think tanks, which then develop new reasons to spend still more on military procurement.>>
hillary-clinton  united-states  military 
5 weeks ago
California's housing crisis is drowning renters. Houston's housing boom is flooding everything.
<<In the 12 months ending in July 2015, California added just 80,000 units. Harris County, Texas, the sprawling home of Houston, added 37,000. This fits the five-year pattern. Since 2010, America’s most populous state has built 300,000 units; Harris County has built 121,000. (Texas as a whole has doubled California’s total in that time.)

The two places make for an easy comparison: California, constrained by geography and regulation, is making homeowners rich and tenants poor. (The state added nearly two million residents during that period.) In Houston, with its laissez-faire governance, lack of zoning, and endless greenfield sites, rents and home prices are essentially flat. (Employment growth there has also fallen flat due to the oil crisis, and is well below the US average.)

There’s an interesting twist here. One culprit in California’s housing shortage is the powerful California Environmental Quality Act, which is often (mis)used to contest infill development projects—rather than hilltop-clearing sprawl—and helps hold down development in the Golden State.>>
housing  urbanism  demographics  california 
5 weeks ago
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