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Age bias against startup founders is rampant by age 36 — Quartz at Work
According to founders, ageism is even stronger than gender or race bias in tech.
ageism  bias  technology  business 
22 days ago by po
Dark Matter Developers: The Unseen 99% - Scott Hanselman
This is unsurprising.
So much of modern development is being a dedicated follower of fashion.
Because fashion == progress, right?
programming  technology  computers 
6 weeks ago by po
US indicts Huawei for stealing T-Mobile robot arm, selling US tech to Iran | Ars Technica
I don't particularly care about tmob or huawei but even for 2013-ish era, robot fingers were available. The pursuit of one particular robot seems a little weird.
tmobile  huawei  corporate.espionage  robotics  technology  china  intellectual.property 
6 weeks ago by po
The Age of Tech Is Over - The Atlantic
Big tech companies now trade at one of the smallest premiums in history.
surveillance.capitalism  technology  business  corporatism  social.media  attention 
8 weeks ago by po
H-1B visa woes worsened for Indian techies in 2018 — Quartz India
the US is really good at self-inflicted unforced errors like racist idiotic immigration policies.
labor  technology  ambition  visas  immigration  india  usa 
11 weeks ago by po
How to fix the digital divide in Africa, developing countries — Quartz Africa
We simply don’t have the data in developing countries to know the status quo or whether the digital divide is being closed.
africa  technology  internet  web 
12 weeks ago by po
Why Millions of Teens Can't Finish Their Homework - The Atlantic
The push toward technology-focused education overlooks the students who lack the resources needed to complete their assignments.

The "digital divide" scapegoats technology and access to technology while the core of schooling rots from within.
education  schools  technology  pedagogy  homework  design  inequality  stem  books 
12 weeks ago by po
WOMAN IN BUSINESS - The New York Times
Article on E ‘Berezin, woman founder and pres of Redactron Corp, LI, producers of automatic editing typewriter system, the Data Sec; Berezin sketch; Berezin, designer of United Air Lines on‐line computer reservations system and former systems mgr of Digitronics Corp, founded Redactron with Amer Science Assoc financing; noting that Data Sec uses competitor IBM Selectric typewriter as its base, anticipates that Data Sec's employment of cassettes or magnetic cards to read typed words, s...
technology  history  evelyn.berezin  word.processing  interview  computers 
december 2018 by po
Word processor inventor Evelyn Berezin has died — Quartz at Work
She may be one of the most important figures in tech history that you’ve never heard of.
history  biography  obituary  computers  technology  evelyn.berezin 
december 2018 by po
The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect : Bruce F. Webster
Mildly bogus metric since the argument is that good staff retention is rare.
However, it does reflect the reality that most orgs do not effectively promote IT staff so they have to move on.
business  management  programming  project.management  software  teams  communications  critique  technology  it  patterns  labor 
december 2018 by po
Opinion | Lean Out - The New York Times
Perhaps it’s only fair that, as women like Sheryl Sandberg rise to power, they pay the price for failure. But why is everyone so ready to forgive the man who really runs Facebook?
technology  feminism  leadership  surveillance.capitalism  corruption  zuckerberg  apologetics 
december 2018 by po
Against software development
Software grows until it exceeds our capacity to understand it.


A provocative manifesto that isn't just about software but about ethics in technology and business.
programming  culture  software.engineering  ethics  business  design  interesting  morality  philosophy  aesthetics  technology  business.ethics 
november 2018 by po
Discovery with Julia Evans
Bridget chats with Julia Evans (Stripe) about learning, service discovery, CAP theorem, distributed systems, remote work, zines, and more!
interview  computers  technology  blogs  interesting 
november 2018 by po
The Essentials for Covering Silicon Valley: Burner Phones and Doorbells - The New York Times
Reporting on secretive technology companies sometimes means finding people who don’t want to be found. Jack Nicas, who covers Apple, relies on some old-school methods.
journalism  privacy  secrecy  tools  investigative.journalism  techniques  technology 
november 2018 by po
Should you learn C to “learn how the computer works”?
tl;dr: "Learn C to learn _more_ about how computers work"

The ironic thing about C in 2018 is that the language pedants rule C and their memorized catalogs of undefined behavior, compiler quirks, and huge yawning chasms of security deathtraps.
Pity C11 came so late to bounds checking and deprecating gets(). (They should have deprecated more, imo.)
clang  programming  philosophy  learning  computers  technology 
october 2018 by po
Google is losing users’ trust.

A key feature of these episodes is that management rarely takes the blame: It’s usually laid at the feet of some anonymous engineer moving fast and breaking things. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that these changes consistently err in the direction of increasing “user engagement” and never make your experience more private.

What’s new here, and is a very recent development indeed, is that we’re finally starting to see that this approach has costs. For example, it now seems like Facebook executives spend an awful lot of time answering questions in front of Congress. In 2017, when Facebook announced it had handed more than 80 million user profiles to the sketchy election strategy firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook received surprisingly little sympathy and a notable stock drop. Losing the trust of your users, we’re learning, does not immediately make them flee your business. But it does matter. It’s just that the consequences are cumulative, like spending too much time in the sun.

It’s this background that makes Google’s recent changes to Chrome so surprising. Google is the one major Silicon Valley firm that has avoided much of the tech backlash that’s spattering its peers. While the idea that Google is doing better than those companies might seem strange—Google is one of the biggest data collectors in the world, after all—I would argue that to a large extent, this is because Google has invested massively building user trust.
chrome  google  privacy  technology  shifting.baseline  erosion 
october 2018 by po
The Tech Skills That Earn The Most Money In 2017
This is such a wrongheaded list.
Some of these keywords are not highly correlated to specific jobs.
So manager salaries are probably being included with ABAP.

What is even more sad about lists like these is that knowing the technology doesn't really make you that effective.
Especially tools like Cassandra or languages like ABAP.
I know a dozen fools who have Cassandra on their resumes who have barely passable CQL and I'm not sure I would trust them to write a range report that wouldn't blow all caches and indexes.
To think they command ~123K salaries is absurd.
And with ABAP it's a distorted average I'm sure.
An FI specialist is likely paid 2-3x what MM module specialist is paid.
They do at least acknowledge that the financial sector is likely to be the most highly compensated.
buzzwords  jobs  labor  technology  hiring  keywords  lists 
september 2018 by po
Metrics: not the observability droids you're looking for - Honeycomb

When you think about useful fields you might want to break down or group by…surprise, surprise: all of the most useful fields are usually high-cardinality fields, because they do the best job of uniquely identifying your requests. Consider: uuid, app name, group name, shopping cart id, unique request id, build id. All incredibly, unbelievably useful. All very high-cardinality.

And yet you can’t group by them in typical time series databases or metrics stores. Grouping is typically done using tags, which have a hard upper limit on them.


And of course this amazing quote:
Nines don’t matter if users aren’t happy.
observability  technology  monitoring  awareness  interesting  databases  high.cardinality  quotes 
august 2018 by po
“Perhaps it is simpler to say that Intel…was disrupted”
This is completely unsurprising and a re-telling of a lot of 3rd-system-onward inertia.
(3rd system being the "getting it right" phase where mistakes from 1st system, the discovery, 2nd system, the wishlist, get worked out.)
By the time the 3rd system has been worked out, the firm is looking to optimize and economize.
Economization and optimization are not fertile for novelty and innovation except as it serves as a cost-offset. This may include minor features, but generally nobody wants to mess with a cash cow.
Intel's vertical dominance, like Microsoft's, caused it to miss major trends.
It's possible for a larger firm to maintain a forward thinking dominance but it's rare.
In most cases, the organizational friction makes it harder to make changes to grow market share.
It's easier to just abandon a market.
Take, for example, the ipod.
Apple wasn't done with music, obviously, look at their weirdly timed attempt at a music social media platform: ping. (which nobody seems to remember when touting apple's supposed amazingness)
But apple killed the ipod and left the music market empty.
Microsoft, weirdly, managed to get Zune into a good place with Toshiba before outright abandoning personal music players entirely as well.
Now it's just a niche - albeit a very profitable one for several smaller companies.
At some point, some markets are too small for large firms to enter or maintain.
And because they don't see any incentive to grow any particularly small market, they will always need to acquire their way into those segments.
intel  history  failure  disruption  technology  innovation  vendor.lock.in  bungles  soc  not.invented.here  exclusivity 
july 2018 by po
We need to reinvent the regulation of technology — Quartz
A key reason that our regulatory tools are growing so useless is that we have not devoted the same funding, energy, or time to updating the way we develop regulation as we have to developing new technologies.

Gosh-wow, that wouldn't have anything to do with the technology industry actively sabotaging regulation would it? I wonder why regulatory capture is a concern?

More seriously, this is an important topic but asking the predators to police themselves hasn't really worked out well since the prey aren't invited to the table.
nonsense  technology  government  law  regulatory.capture 
july 2018 by po
The XY Problem
This reminds me of ESR's hostile approach to questions where the onus is on the interlocutor to know how best to ask a question.
Rick Moen pointed out at one point that the people who most need to read this type of thing are the least likely to read it.
Also: stop trying to optimize for the answerer. Anyone with any experience in pedagogy knows that's silly and a suboptimal way of encouraging participation.
communication  rhetoric  help  instruction  education  language  assistance  culture  technology  opensores  fallacies 
june 2018 by po
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