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Reverse Turing tests

I’ve been watching FailRace‘s Survive the Hunt series recently, and it’s fascinating. Dennis and his friends have invented a fundamentally new kind of hide and seek. They start by jumping into GTA 5, an online game with a convincing simulation of a busy city. They turn off the map, names, and other indicators that show […]
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We’re drowning

Matthew Childs / Reuters We live in a golden age of software reuse. We’ve never before had such a wealth of freely available code, in so many languages, so easy to find and install. And yet, we’re drowning. We slap together rickety rowboats and toss them out on PyPI Ocean and npm Sea, then act […]
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Loose coupling

Many software shops start by building a monolith. This works! It lets them focus on functionality and domain logic and avoids the overengineering needed to coordinate multiple services. Monoliths don’t scale forever, though. They gradually get too big, too hard to work with, and too hard for new people to learn. At some point, people […]
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Bluesky Satellite IndieWeb entry

IndieWeb community entry for the Bluesky Satellite contest. Title: IndieWeb Name: Ryan Barrett, et al Pseudonym: snarfed Would you like your real name published if you win? sure Associated URL(s): indieweb.org indieauth.net snarfed.org rel-me links The IndieWeb is a community that interacts via individual personal web sites, both directly and indirectly through other linked online […]
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Generic security posture and FAQ

This is a generic template security posture and FAQ document suitable for use at most companies in tech and related industries. Customers often want to know how you secure and protect your systems, data, employees, etc. This is a comprehensive description of such a modern security posture. It’s been used at multiple companies of various […]
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Climate tech conversations

Raw notes from a series of conversations I had with people doing climate crisis research, tech, and investing, mostly during 2020 but some before. Also see Climate tech links, New job, hello climate tech, and The year is 2040. Software researcher, 8/7/2020 Did GIS, satellite imagery. Then 10y in ad tech, but finally wanted to […]
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Biotech conversation notes

Raw notes from a series of conversations I had with people doing bioinformatics and drug discovery research and related work in mid to late 2011. Medical genetics researchers, 6/27/2011 Genomics: still interesting! SNPs are single bases, but variations are often much bigger than that Finding genes and gene patterns that correlate Biomarkers: any interesting bio […]
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