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Defending Darwin
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Thinkstock. Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer
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21 hours ago
How to Lose Time and Money
July 2010When we sold our startup in 1998 I suddenly got a lot of money. I now had to think about something I hadn't had to think about before: how not to lose it. I knew it was possible to go from…
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5 days ago
Where Technology Actually Puts People Face to Face
There's a relatively new way for people to meet face-to-face, and these Meetups are fostered online and are beginning to crop up all over Central and Western Virginia. WMRA’s Kara Lofton has…
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5 days ago
Coming Soon – AWS SDK for Go
My colleague Peter Moon wrote the guest post below and asked me to get it out to the world ASAP! — Jeff; AWS currently offers SDKs for seven different programming languages – Java, C#,…
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5 days ago
Zen and the Art of Wearable Markup
A recent dustup over whether wearables should support HTML, CSS, and JavaScript or run only native apps got me thinking about that question, which is really about the limits (if any) of progressive…
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5 days ago
Romantimatic
If you’re having trouble using the app, please visit our Support page. We live in a world where it’s easier to communicate with another human being than ever before — a world…
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5 days ago
What is Kanban?
Kanban is a new technique for managing a software development process in a highly efficient way. Kanban underpins Toyota's "just-in-time" (JIT) production system. Although producing software is a…
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6 days ago
Unofficial guide to Datomic internals
Disclaimer: I do not work for Cognitect and, unfortunately, haven’t seen any source code of Datomic. I just made it through a lot of public talks, docs and google group answers about Datomic.…
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6 days ago
daniel.haxx.se
Today we celebrate the fact that it is exactly 17 years since the first public release of curl. I have always been the lead developer and maintainer of the project. When I released that first version…
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9 days ago
The inside story of how Apple's new medical research platform was born
On September 27, 2013, during a dimly-lit presentation at Stanford’s MedX conference, Dr. Stephen Friend told an audience about the future of medical research. “Imagine ten trials,…
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9 days ago
A not-so-obvious reason to apply to YC
I’m a YC founder, but I’m not one of the many YC founders whose company has taken off quite yet.  Actually, I’m no longer working on the company that I applied to YC with…
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10 days ago
Richard Stallman’s GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty
Richard Stallman, who published his manifesto in March of 1985, has been known to say that, “with software, either the users control the program, or the program controls the users.”
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10 days ago
"Agile Architecture" - Molly Dishman & Martin Fowler Keynote
Watch more from the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference: http://goo.gl/lXpXnG There is a common misconception that architecture is thrown out the windo...
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10 days ago
Tim Cook On Apple's Future: Everything Can Change Except Values
Fast Company: How does Steve Jobs’s legacy live on at Apple? Tim Cook: Steve felt that most people live in a small box. They think they can’t influence or change things a lot. I think…
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10 days ago
Switching to Go and Learning What Features It's Missing Along the Way
From former Rubyists to self-taught JavaScripters, we’ve been hearing about a number of developers who are taking the plunge by programming in Go. Simplicity, performance, concurrency and…
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10 days ago
On having a totally reasonable amount of self-confidence
I was at a tech women's meetup organized by a close friend and colleague. She took the podium for a moment to talk about women in tech, to thank sponsors, and to share some encouraging words with the…
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11 days ago
How big data is unfair
As we’re on the cusp of using machine learning for rendering basically all kinds of consequential decisions about human beings in domains such as education, employment, advertising, health…
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11 days ago
Top Company for Women in Computing ABIE Award
The Top Company for Women in Computing initiative is a unique program that helps companies measure the gender diversity of their technical workforce against industry standards and peer benchmarks.…
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11 days ago
Estimates and Our Brain
Why is it so hard to estimate how long a piece of work will take? When I estimate how long to add a feature, I break it down into tasks. Maybe I'll need to create a table in the database, add a…
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11 days ago
We Actually Built A Remote Team, And It Rocks!
(A counterpoint to http://blog.statuspage.io/we-tried-building-a-remote-team-and-it-sucked.)The LonoCloud team at ViaSat has been remote for its entire existence. We started in October 2011 with…
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12 days ago
First Alan Adler Invented the Aerobie. Now He’s Created the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Last year my electric coffeemaker broke. I was about to buy another when I stumbled upon reviews of something called an AeroPress, a $30 single-serving plastic device that looks like a hand pump and,…
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12 days ago
Accepting Change: Letting Yourself Fall in the Flow of Your Life (Part II)
Live. Life. Now! Three words shared by me on Facebook and Twitter during the past couple of years, but it took until my accident for me to really appreciate their meaning. I encourage my friends and…
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12 days ago
Who’s to blame for the digital time deficit? – Judy Wajcman – Aeon
More than 40 years ago, as a young woman in Melbourne, Australia, I had a pen friend in Papua New Guinea. She lived in a coastal village, an hour’s slow boat trip from the city of Lae. I went…
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12 days ago
Exactly-once Spark Streaming from Apache Kafka
Thanks to Cody Koeninger, Senior Software Engineer at Kixer, for the guest post below about Apache Kafka integration points in Apache Spark 1.3. Spark 1.3 will ship in CDH 5.4. The new release of…
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12 days ago
One Year of DynamoDB at Timehop
What is DynamoDB?I don’t intend to explain the ins and outs of what DynamoDB is or what it’s intended for, there’s plenty of documentation online for that. But I will mention the…
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13 days ago
We Tried Building A Remote Team And It Sucked
StatusPage.io has been a remote company for the majority of its existence. We started with just Scott in Colorado and myself in North Carolina. About six months after we started, Danny came onboard…
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13 days ago
My Answers for Microservices Awkward Questions
Earlier this year, Ade published Awkward questions for those boarding the microservices bandwagon. I think the list is pretty solid, and (with a small push from Ade) I decided to write concise…
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13 days ago
David Whyte on How to Break the Tyranny of Work/Life Balance
“We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.” The equilibrium between productivity…
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13 days ago
John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war
For an influential group of advanced thinkers, violence is a type of backwardness. In the most modern parts of the world, these thinkers tell us, war has practically disappeared. The world’s…
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13 days ago
Lucene
Before MongoDB, before Cassandra, before “NoSQL”, there was Lucene. Did you know that Doug Cutting wrote the first versions of Lucene in 1999? To put things in context, this was around…
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15 days ago
Jason Silva and Douglas Rushkoff | Creative Session
Jason Silva and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff MINDJAM at 92Y in New York City. Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex system...
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16 days ago
Go Is a Shop-built Jig
Alex Payne wrote an excellent essay called Thoughts on Five Years of Emerging Languages. It called to mind something I wrote a while ago for a limited audience that I never got around to turning into…
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16 days ago
How to choose the number of topics/partitions in a Kafka cluster?
This is a common question asked by many Kafka users. The goal of this post is to explain a few important determining factors and provide a few simple formulas. More partitions lead to higher…
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17 days ago
Simple materialized views in kafka and clojure
For the purpose of this experiment, we will consider a very simple job board application. The application relies on a single entity type: a job description, and either does per-key access or…
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17 days ago
Goodbye MongoDB, Hello PostgreSQL
Olery was founded almost 5 years ago. What started out as a single product (Olery Reputation) developed by a Ruby development agency grew into a set of different products and many different…
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18 days ago
Taming the asynchronous beast with ES7
One of the trickiest aspects of PouchDB is that its API is asynchronous. I see no shortage of confused questions on Stack Overflow, Github, and IRC, and most often they stem from a misunderstanding…
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18 days ago
Your sweet spot: How to become more productive while actually working less.
Find your sweet spot — the place where you’re happy and more productive while actually working less Modern life can feel overwhelming and stressful. Happiness expert Christine Carter, a sociologist…
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19 days ago
How to work from home without going insane (purple monkey dishwasher)
I’m writing a book about successfully working from home; click here if you want to know when it is complete. So you’ve decided to work from home. As a rookie-veteran of…
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19 days ago
The Hiring Post
1 The software developer job interview doesn’t work. Companies should stop relying on them. The savviest teams will outcompete their peers by devising alternative hiring schemes. Years from…
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20 days ago
Why we need Resilient Software Design
JAXenter: Why is Resilient Software Design so important that we need an extra term for it? Why not just say “failsafe” or “failure-resistant”? Michael Nygard: When we…
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20 days ago
Fiction
Fiction books I’ve particularly enjoyed from the past few years. Most of this is “literary ficiton” – the highbrow stuff – but I do read my share of pulpy stuff…
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21 days ago
On Heroes
Recently, someone multiple generations ahead of me and well respected in Silicon Valley told me that I’m a pioneer. The implication was that I’m the first to look like I do and do what…
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21 days ago
The Web’s Grain by Frank Chimero
TheWeb’sGrain A view on designing for the web by Frank Chimero • February 2015 This site is an interpretation of my talk from Webstock, 2015. It is a companion to What Screens Want, a…
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24 days ago
Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Gamer God Markus Persson
Markus "Notch" Persson on why he sold Minecraft to Microsoft: "Art is never finished, only abandoned." (Photo: Jamel Toppin for Forbes) By Ryan Mac, David M. Ewalt and Max Jedeur-Palmgren It’s…
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24 days ago
Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious
Curries, rice, naan bread, samosas and pakora. (iStock) Indian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its…
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25 days ago
grpc / grpc.io
Powerful IDL Define your service using Protocol Buffers, a powerful binary serialization toolset and language. message HelloRequest { string greeting = 1; } message HelloResponse { string reply = 1;…
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26 days ago
War on the data beasts: don’t let Google, Facebook et al control your digital lives
Posted by Ben Rossi on 16 February 2015 ‘Large corporations have wrapped their tentacles around the world, extracting private data from where they land and appropriating all its value for…
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27 days ago
bliki: BeckDesignRules
extreme programming · clean code · refactoring tags: Kent Beck came up with his four rules of simple design while he was developing ExtremeProgramming in the late 1990's. I…
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27 days ago
Futures of text
When the weather is bad I take a bus to work. I’m forever grateful to the person at the bus stop who informed me that you can text New York’s MTA service to find out exactly where the…
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28 days ago
Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> Career Advice
To my great surprise, young people now somewhat frequently contact me in order to solicit career advice. They are usually in college or highschool, and want to know what the best next steps are for a…
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4 weeks ago
Putting Apache Kafka To Use: A Practical Guide to Building a Stream Data Platform (Part 2)
This is the second part of our guide on streaming data and Apache Kafka. In part one I talked about the uses for real-time data streams and explained our idea of a stream data platform. The…
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4 weeks ago
Simplicity is Key
Focus ruthlessly on simplicity. Complexity is the devil. Complexity will multiply your costs, bugs, downtime, development time, security holes, and pretty much everything bad you want to avoid. Great…
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4 weeks ago
Functional Programming for Everyone Else
Functional programming has become a hot topic in the last few years for programmers, but non-programmers might not understand what we’re talking about. I can imagine them wondering,…
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4 weeks ago
Invented here syndrome
Are you afraid to write code? Does the thought linger in your brain that somewhere out there somebody has already done this? Do you find yourself trapped in an analysis cycle where nothing is getting…
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4 weeks ago
gRPC
Today Google launched gRPC, a new HTTP/2 and Protocol Buffer based system for building APIs. This is Google's third system for web APIs. The first system was Google Data, which was based on the Atom…
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4 weeks ago
Introducing gRPC, a new open source HTTP/2 RPC Framework
Today, we are open sourcing gRPC, a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls. It’s BSD licensed, based on the recently finalized HTTP/2 standard, and enables easy creation of…
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4 weeks ago
Daydreaming improves efficiency, Israeli study finds
Teachers may now need to reconsider reprimanding daydreaming students in class, as a new Israeli study found that mind-wandering actually enhances brain performance and prepares the mind for complex…
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4 weeks ago
Antirez weblog
Today Redis is six years old. This is an incredible accomplishment for me, because in the past I switched to the next thing much faster. There are things that lasted six years in my past, but not…
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4 weeks ago
I Switched to a Standing Desk, So Now You Should, Too
Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY JETTA PRODUCTIONS VIA GETTY Wake up, America! Sitting all day is killing you. That’s why I switched to a standing desk,
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4 weeks ago
The secrets of the world's happiest cities
Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing remarkable about that, given his profession – and his locale. Peñalosa was a…
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4 weeks ago
Freshet - CQL based Clojure DSL for Streaming Queries (Draft) • Milinda Pathirage
January 5, 2015 Freshet - CQL based Clojure DSL for Streaming Queries (Draft) This blog post is still a draft. Interest on continuous queries on streams of data has increased over the last couple of…
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4 weeks ago
Pair Programming Economics
I’m at OOP this week and had the pleasure yesterday to meet James Grenning for the first time. We had an inspiring conversation last night exchanging tips and strategies on how we inspire…
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4 weeks ago
Why Stack Exchange Doesn't Corral Workers Into An Office Productivity doesn't require proximity.
This post is presented by Business Is Great Britain. Home sweet office. In an era where more and more corporations are pulling workers into the office, Stack Exchange stands out: The New York-based…
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4 weeks ago
Can HTTP/2 Replace MQTT?
Fri February 20, 2015 Yesterday I got an interesting question: Would you agree that HTTP/2 with HPACK would certainly rule out any reason for using MQTT? Well, I never thought about that possibility…
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4 weeks ago
Is the 4C Worthy of the Alfa Romeo Badge?
Photography by Serge Albarian In what is arguably the greatest performance of his career, Tom Hanks played Walter Fielding Jr. in The Money Pit (1986). The film opens with Walter and…
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4 weeks ago
The Entrant’s Guide to The Automobile Industry
Like a siren, it calls. The Auto Industry is significant. With gross revenues of over $2 trillion, production of over 66 million vehicles and growing[1] it seems to be a big, juicy…
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4 weeks ago
Boyhood and The Oscars
In a thoughtful essay at The Dissolve about last night’s Oscar ceremony, writer Jen Chaney reflects on the the best picture trophy going to “Birdman” instead of…
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4 weeks ago
Not Born to Die · Babel
Posted Feb 15, 2015 by James Kyle I like to start off our blog posts with the latest big thing 6to5 has achieved. We haven’t reached it quite yet, but in a few days 6to5 and 6to5-core will…
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4 weeks ago
A New Way to look at Networking
Google Tech Talks August 30, 2006 Van Jacobson is a Research Fellow at PARC. Prior to that he was Chief Scientist and co-founder of Packet Design. Prior to t...
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4 weeks ago
Jeff Atwood
Jeff Atwood blogs on things like parenting, founded stackoverflow.com, and is currently working on Discourse.org – these are his good things. Good things to read. How to Talk to Kids So Kids…
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5 weeks ago
Understanding how Parquet integrates with Avro, Thrift and Protocol Buffers
Parquet is a new columnar storage format that come out of a collaboration between Twitter and Cloudera. Parquet’s generating a lot of excitement in the community for good reason - it’s…
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5 weeks ago
The Chaos Theory Of Startups
"Since we don't know where we're going, we have to stick together in case someone gets there" - Ken Kesey I was flying from NY to SF the other day and at one point the gentleman I was sitting…
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5 weeks ago
In Memory of David Carr, Who Made Me a Journalist
Stephen Chernin/AP Things have been hard since I got let go from TIME. Me and Kenyatta have been scrambling to hold everything together. Relationship is good—we've been in this situation before, so…
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5 weeks ago
wtf Blog
Introduction I was curious about the connections between some of the people I follow on Twitter and wanted to try visualizing it using D3 and ClojureScript using a force directed graph. The end…
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5 weeks ago
Streaming Big Data: Storm, Spark and Samza
There are a number of distributed computation systems that can process Big Data in real time or near-real time. This article will start with a short description of three Apache…
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5 weeks ago
Your App Is Not Better Than An Open Protocol
Open protocols power the web. They should be powering the interactions to your next application, too. RSS, SMS, plaintext-email, HTML5 - these are the easiest, fastest ways to get users into your…
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5 weeks ago
When not to build a service-oriented architecture
Speaker Deck Sign Up Sign In by Lee Edwards Published November 3, 2014 in Technology Talk given at NY CTO Summit 2014.
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5 weeks ago
Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis
The notion that income inequality has continued to rise over the past decade is part of the conventional wisdom. You’ve no doubt heard versions: The rich just keep getting richer. Inequality…
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5 weeks ago
There are too many shiny objects and it is killing me
I’m a self-taught developer and I have always been proud of all the stuff I have learned along the way. The list probably looks familiar to most of you. Perl PHP ASP (Classic) Ruby on Rails…
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5 weeks ago
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