An audio recording by Stan Papoulias, based on USSbriefs33 "Staying vigilant: leaked documents reveal new rift between UUK and USS over contribution increases and the future of the pension scheme" (written by Felicity Callard, Andrew Chitty, Philip Garnett, Jo Grady, Nick Hardy, Jaya John John, Leon Rocha). Full text is available on https://medium.com/ussbriefs/staying-vigilant-leaked-documents-reveal-new-rift-between-uuk-and-uss-over-contribution-increases-6fa4cd968368 or on ussbriefs.com
David R. MacIver | Friday 09:30 | Assembly Room
How is a software project like the USSR?
Unfortunately, this is not a joke and the answer isn’t funny. Software follows in a grand tradition of totalitarian regimes by creating a simplifying vision of how the world works, then forcing the world to fit that vision.
The vision is different, as is the power we use to enforce it, but the failure modes share a lot in common.
This is a talk about power. We all have it, and we cannot abdicate it, so instead we must use it carefully and responsibly.
I will try to set you on the path to doing so, by giving you the introduction to cultural anthropology and anarchist theory that I wish someone had given me before I ever started developing software.
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8mi1LxtOAc&t=662s
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We asked three centenarians what their most valuable life lessons were, and also their regrets.
The conversations that followed were remarkable. They talked about the importance of family, people, relationships and love. Their view on life, as an elderly citizen with a lot of experience is truly an inspiration and motivation. Enjoy the video!
Executive producer: LifeHunters Producer: Marcel IJzerman UK Producer: Anna Snowball Director: Chris de Krijger Script: Marcel IJzerman / Chris de Krijger Camera: Marcel IJzerman Sound recording: Tjeerd Melchers Interviews: Anna Snowball Editor: Marcel IJzerman Sound engineering: Tjeerd Melchers Music: Federico Durand
Thanks to: The Birchwood Grange, Cliff Crozier, John Denerley, Emelia Harper, Leslie Masters, Ruby Martin.
We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
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On this week’s podcast, Danny Yuan, Uber’s Real-time Streaming/Forecasting Lead, lays out a thorough recipe book for building a real-time streaming platform with a major focus on forecasting. In this podcast, Danny discusses everything from the scale Uber operates at to what the major steps for training/deploy models in an iterative (almost Darwinistic) fashion and wraps with his advice for software engineers who want to begin applying machine learning into their day-to-day job.
Why listen to this podcast:
- Uber processes 850,000 - 1.3 million messages per second in their streaming platform with about 12 TB of growth per day. The system’s queries scan 100 million to 4 billion documents per second.
- Uber’s frontend is mobile. The frontend talks to an API layer. All services generate events that are shuffled into Kafka. The real-time forecasting pipeline taps into Kafka to processes events and stores the data into Elasticsearch. * There is a federated query layer in front of Elasticsearch to provide OLAP query capabilities.
- Apache Flink’s advanced windowing features, programming model, and checkpointing convinced Uber to move away from the simplicity of Apache Samza.
- The forecasting system allows Uber to remove the notion of delay by using recent signals plus historical data to …
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/infoq-channel/danny-yuan-uber
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he may be the first man to die there. You can find the book on Google Books: http://goo.gl/fKpFjU
Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel The Martian ( is a gripping story of survival against all odds…set in space. Wise cracking astronaut Watney is a member of Ares 3, the third manned mission to Mars, scheduled for a two month assignment. After an epic dust storm threatens the crew’s ascent they are forced to abort the mission. Watney, separated from the rest of the team, is unintentionally abandoned, with the rest of the crew believing him to be dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his MacGyver-esque ingenuity, mechanical engineering skills, and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough…
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