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Part three of my developer productivity series. It's amazing how well the Scientific Method applies to the process of bug-fixing. Maybe developers have more in common with those in white lab coats than we think? What can we learn from them? Read More »


Links of interest...

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ip-bill-law-details-passed - After years of debate and widespread criticism, the UK finally passed its Investigatory Powers Bill 2016 (also known as the Snooper's Charter). Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, says that it "is one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy." More background. EFF's perspective.

http://aelkus.github.io/essays/ai_manhattan_project.html - Deconstructing some of the standard memes around tech, namely that it will solve the worlds' problems. The standard lament: "If only the bright minds at Facebook, Google and Apple focused on social problems." The article responds: "With this logic, I guess it is perfectly fine to ask your English professor to build a bridge." For more in this vein, check out the book Geek Heresy.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21878092-corruption-in-america - This book brought the history to life far better than any teacher I ever had. It reminded me of the book Lies my history teacher taught me, this time with a singular and very urgent focus: corruption. We throw the term around a lot, but what does it actually mean? How did this country think about corruption early on?


Thoughts...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Now we enter that crazy, over-scheduled countdown to Christmas. In my family, Christmas music was only allowed after Thanksgiving. And so, the musical atmosphere has changed as well: A Charlie Brown Christmas is playing in the background as I write this. It's the only Christmas music I really like.

In good news, I'm pretty excited about my developer productivity series - I've got several more entries planned! And it felt really good to make some big performance optimizations on my contract in the last week. :0)

In bad news, we're still on track for a Trump presidency with a cabinet filled with 'deplorables.' Wanting to do something about it but without much activist experience, I signed up for flippable to get emailed with daily tasks. Join me?


Until next week!


Scott Nonnenberg
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