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Learning at work

I asked on Twitter a while back “how do you invest in you own learning?” (this tweet. Some common things people replied with: Read blog posts Go to conferences Read books Watch talks while washing the dishes Build side projects using the technologies you want to learn These things all totally work. I see that it’s pretty common to spend time outside of work working on your career development and learning new skills, and it’s...

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Prototyping In Node JS

People are wasting time and money building the wrong things. Many technically sophisticated projects fail despite strong software principles and talented engineers. A core problem in modern software development is balancing technological constraints against product direction. This talk will explore techniques for using node and other technologies to rapidly assemble product prototypes, validate ideas, and build the right thing. EVENT:...

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If You Report Criminals, Airbnb Will Delete Your Account.

I had to call the police because a nutcase Airbnb host in London wanted cash if I wanted to stay longer than planned (I had paid for three days or so). She demanded that the cash be pushed under the door of her room. I found that bizarre. My nieces and I decided not to prolong our stay. She refused to return our luggage. I had to call the police. Airbnb put us in a hotel but didn’t care about the fact that I had to call the police so...

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Don't Say I Didn't Warn You

As yet another example of why we should always look askance at the government collecting data, I offer the recently revealed debacle of the Swedish government’s loss of control of government and police databases. The databases contain information on almost all Swedish citizens and may also reveal the identities of military and security personnel. The loss was apparently due to incompetence (see here and here) rather than...