fsk comments on Am I being entitled for wanting to pull my application to a company that sends a coding challenge as a first step, before even speaking to a human?
If you expect to have only a 1% chance of getting hired, they aren't asking for 3 hours. The amortized cost to you is 300 hours.
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EWG’s Sunscreen Guide: | EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens
Despite a growing awareness of the dangers of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, and a multi-billion dollar sunscreen industry, melanoma rates have tripled over the past three decades.
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My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment - The New York Times
One week after the end of the experiment, though, a final skin swab found almost no evidence of N. eutropha anywhere on my skin. It had taken me a month to coax a new colony of bacteria onto my body. It took me three showers to extirpate it. Billions of bacteria, and they had disappeared as invisibly as they arrived. I had come to think of them as “mine,” and yet I had evicted them.
skincare  paleo 
4 days ago
software engineer - CALC Search
Use this when I have to negotiate work again.
software  negotiation  work 
15 days ago
Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! | SXSW 2018 - YouTube
@36:00, Elon predicts that by the end of 2019, self-driving will consist of almost all forms of driving, and be 100-200% safer than a person.

"Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes. *Far*."
29 days ago
OneLook Dictionary Search
The reverse dictionary is nice for finding domain names
language  reference  words 
5 weeks ago
The Education of a Libertarian | Cato Unbound
The future of technology is not pre-determined, and we must resist the temptation of technological utopianism — the notion that technology has a momentum or will of its own, that it will guarantee a more free future, and therefore that we can ignore the terrible arc of the political in our world.

A better metaphor is that we are in a deadly race between politics and technology. The future will be much better or much worse, but the question of the future remains very open indeed. We do not know exactly how close this race is, but I suspect that it may be very close, even down to the wire. Unlike the world of politics, in the world of technology the choices of individuals may still be paramount. The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism.
politics  technology  thiel 
6 weeks ago
India is a much more Entrepreneurial Society than the United States (and that's a problem) - Marginal REVOLUTION
This seems related to Thiel's idea that capitalism succeeds through invention and monopoly. According to Tabarrok, these Indian entrepreneurs don't create new things or ever gain a monopoly on their market, instead they apparently take odd-jobs over and over again, or find a line of simple work such as repairing bicycles and continually do that single task.
entrepreneurship  economics 
7 weeks ago
The Uber Pay Gap - Marginal REVOLUTION
Uber uses a gender-blind algorithm and drivers earn according to a transparent formula based on the time and distance of trips. There are no negotiated pay rates or convex returns to long hours worked, factors that have been shown to open a gender earnings gap in other settings. Our research also finds that both average rider ratings of drivers and cancellation rates are roughly equivalent between genders and we find no evidence that outright discrimination, either by the app or by riders, is driving the gender earnings gap.


First, driving speed alone can explain nearly half of the gender pay gap. Second, over a third of the gap can be explained by returns to experience, a factor which is often almost impossible to evaluate in other contexts that lack high frequency data on pay, labor supply, and output. The remaining ∼20% of the gender pay gap can be explained by choices over where to drive.


A driver with more than 2,500 lifetime trips completed earns 14% more per hour than a driver who has completed fewer than 100 trips in her time on the platform, in part because she learn where to drive, when to drive, and how to strategically cancel and accept trips. Male drivers accumulate more experience than women by driving more each week and being less likely to stop driving with Uber.


Overall, our results suggest that, even in the gender-blind, transactional, flexible environment of the gig economy, gender-based preferences (especially the value of time not spent at paid work and, for drivers, preferences for driving speed) can open gender earnings gaps. The preference differences that contribute to pay differences in professional markets for lawyers and MBA’s also lead to earnings gaps for drivers on Uber, suggesting they are pervasive across the skill distribution and whether in the traditional or gig workplace.
economics  sociology 
10 weeks ago
acid-state with Yesod : haskell
Lots of good info here about acid-state that isn't documented otherwise
comp.lang.haskell  acid-state  comp.database 
12 weeks ago
Bill Text - AB-168 Employers: salary information.
In CA it's illegal for employers to ask for your salary history
salary  hiring  job  jobs 
january 2018
Go Deeper, Not Wider
Having completed a Depth Year would be a hallmark of maturity, representing the transition between having reached adulthood chronologically and reaching it spiritually. You learn not to be so flippant with your aspirations.

By taking a whole year to go deeper instead of wider, you end up with a rich but carefully curated collection of personal interests, rather than the hoard of mostly-dormant infatuations that happens so easily in post-industrial society.

Someone’s Depth Year would be a celebrated cultural moment in their community. Oh, Sam is starting his Depth Year this winter! Maybe he’ll finally read his copy of Moby Dick, and start learning complete songs on guitar instead of just bits of them. There could be a bar-mitzvah-like ceremony on the eve of your Depth Year, which would create a bit of accountability. Maybe at the end of the year your peers present you with a special ring.

A big part of the Depth Year’s maturing process would be learning to live without regular doses of the little high we get when we start something new. If we indulge in it too often, we can develop a sort of “sweet tooth” for the feeling of newness itself. When newness is always available, it’s easier to seek more of it than to actually engage with a tricky chord change, the dull sections in Les Miserables, or the dozens of ugly roses you need to paint before you get your first good one.


Many bookshelves make our modern day width-to-depth problem obvious. You might acquire several books for every one you read. There’s something fishy about that—you buy the book under the pretense that what you want is to read it. But again and again you prove that you want a new book more than you want the unread books you already own—books you bought months ago under the same pretense, and from which you derived the same cheap thrill of acquiring it.
PersonalDevelopment  rituals 
january 2018
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