“This makes me think, isn’t it better to have existing people do well, and probably become 2x or 3x. If you have a 5 member team, instead of depending on a 10x person to come and fix all your worries, if you could make your current team 2x or 3x, you already have an advantage! But how do you do that?”
10x or not: You’ve got to do things right — DevOps and Agile Tales
“We’re all aware that open source is an increasingly valuable part of the global economy. In this talk, I hope I’ve conveyed that, emotional rollercoaster aside, maintaining an open source project can be a hugely rewarding part of your career.”
My condolences, you’re now the maintainer of a popular open source project
“If the UK were a boat, it would appear as if the captain had descended into the hold with an axe and had made a giant hole in the bottom of the boat to prove that it can’t be sunk. Fortunately the UK is an island and literally sinking it is an impossibility, but the damage done dwarfs anything I’ve seen a political entity ever do to their own country.”
To Stay Or Not To Stay · Jacques Mattheij
“So calm down about the short-run macroeconomics; grieve for Europe, but you should have been doing that already; worry about Britain.”
Brexit: The Morning After – Paul Krugman, NYT
“It is, geopolitically, a victory for Putin and will weaken the West. For the centre in Europe it poses the question point blank: will you scrap Lisbon, scrap austerity and boost economic growth or let the whole project collapse amid stagnation? I predict they will not, and that the entire project will then collapse.”
Brexit wins. An illusion dies.
“But even if you change the default root password, anyone on your local network can get root on the plug. So that’s a thing.”
I’ve bought some more awful IoT stuff
“It’s been one of the most interesting months in the history of cryptocurrency. The price of Bitcoin has soared up to nearly $800 (then dropped to $675 as $19 million in BTC hit the market) as the reward for mining a block is soon set to be halved. Ethereum created what is arguably the world’s most complex multi-million dollar financial instrument, the DAO, only to see it hacked through a combination of flaws in its “smart contract” and the language it was implemented in. Meanwhile, the average size of a block in the Bitcoin blockchain nears 90% of the 1MB hard limit.”
A tale of two cryptocurrencies: Ethereum and Bitcoin’s ongoing challenges
“If you want a smart contract that you can actually use, you have to be certain that it is bug-free before it is deployed. there are no known tools or methods available to Solidity developers which could provide an appropriate level of certainty. Such tools will take years to be developed and until they are in common use, no Ethereum smart contract should be trusted. Ethereum is doomed.”
Ethereum is Doomed
“The real losers are the employees. They are investing their time and their careers without access to any information. Unlike a fund who may have a portfolio of dozens or hundreds of investments, an employee can only make one investment at a time. The cost of a mistaken investment can be unemployment and the opportunity cost of foregone opportunities. Unlike investors who are making their investments after meeting with the company and performing due diligence, interviews don’t tend to work like due diligence sessions…”
“LinkedIn notes that Theranos has between 501–1000 employees. How much information did they have before they joined? What sort of due diligence could they perform? The answer, as with most other private companies, is almost none.”
TherOhNos: Who Really Gets Hurt When Startups Blow Up?
Forward thinking concepts from other areas of language design like aiming for more modular, immutable, compositional, simpler less dependent code makes so much sense for the web — but we are stuck in a voice of OOP and inheritance and meta-programming that encourages lazy thinking and lazy software.
Today I accept that Rails is yesterday’s software