Reminder to people hiring software engineers. The best can come from surprising places.
If you make your funnel wider you will get more diversity AND better candidates.
It turns out Berkeley and Stanford are NOT in the top ten.
People think health data privacy is protected in the US, but Thomas Germain points out activities NOT protected by HIPAA:
Browsing Web for Health Info
Using Period Tracker
Bringing Phone to Medical Clinic
Doctor Getting Subpoenas
Maybe they will get us back to the early idealistic promise of a decentralized internet that was hijacked by the trash fire that is blockchain.
Is http://privacycomputing.net a legit site?
They claim to be hosting IEEE-affiliated conferences about privacy computing, but ironically they have a very outdated, insecure website with expired certificates and Flash plugins.
The provisions of the EU's proposed Digital Services Act was supposedly already agreed.
But the EU presidency (i.e. member country governments) tried to slip in preamble text that might require content monitoring.
The EU parliament rejected it.
Just finished "We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland" by Fintan 0'Toole
It's a brutally honest depiction of Ireland's last 60 years.
As someone who was there for 22 of the bad years, it was cathartic to read.
And sometimes shocking.
Another overlooked Irish woman:
Violet Albina attempted to assassination the ur-Fascist Mussolini in 1926, and was arrested.
It was politically expedient for both English and Italians to deem her insane, so she spent the rest of her life in an asylum.
I'm bookmarking this site as probably the most reliable tracker of Covid prevalence in Northern California.
Until these graphs starts trending down I'm going to keep on wearing a mask in badly-ventilated or crowded indoor spaces.
Cissie Calahan, a sadly overlooked hero of Ireland's revolutionary period.
because she was a woman
because she was working class
because she was a trade unionist
because she was against militarism, whether British or Irish
Lamport: "When trying to write a concurrent system, if you just code it without having algorithms, there’s no way that your program is not going to be full of bugs"
(Preferably your algorithm includes Byzantine generals or Einstein's relativity.)
Here's a way on Android to keep searches private…
1. Long-press Chrome
2. Select "Incognito Tab"
4. In notifications, close incognito tabs
Closing incognito removes the phone's history of the search activity, and deletes cookies by which the server knows you.
How a tree can design a typeface:
1. Carve letters into a tree.
2. Wait a few years.
3. Capture the changed shapes of the letters.
You can download the font to use yourself from:
“The phone is everything to me”
How cellphones transformed life at a women’s prison in Argentina. https://restofworld.org/2022/argentina-prison-cellphones/
SW eng manager at Google, building transparency and control of privacy and safety to give users agency as they search the Internet.
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