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What I Read Last Week

I missed a week, not that I think anyone noticed. Also can’t get the title over the image to work anymore but I give up on that.


VW — Robert C. Martin

Main Point: VW CEO’s claim that rogue coders are responsible for circumventing emission regulation is clearly bullshit. But still, those coders knew what they were doing and are as responsible as anyone.

Thoughts: Regulating software engineers as a profession is coming, it has too. Nobody lets civil engineers build bridges without supervising regulation and as software becomes responsible for more and more lives, the regulation will come. The best thing we can do as industry is be responsible and these developers were not.

3D printed teeth to keep your mouth free of bacteria — Jacob Aron

Oh the future, I love the future.

What The New York Times Didn’t Tell You — Jay Carney (senior VP for global corporate affairs)

Ouch. This makes it sounds like the NYT piece on Amazon was entirely sensationalised. I’m sure the truth is somewhere in between but given some of the facts left out of the NYT article, I’m inclined to lean towards not any believing it.

Could scientists soon discover a parallel universe? New data from the extra powerful Large Hadron Collider is being analysed — Sarah Griffiths & Ellie Zolfagharifard

To be honest, I didn’t understand all physics stuff but the video explaining how the LHC works is amazing.

Coding Academies Are Nonsense — Stephen Nichols

There is certainly a point to be made here, coding bootcamps are not the panacea to your ailing career. And I’m certain that there are schools out there providing dubious value. However, teaching yourself to code is a frustrating and thankless task; I don’t know a single framework that can just be picked up and produce an actual program without weeks of banging your head against the wall while failing to understand how all the pieces fit together. Teaching yourself syntax is the easy part, it’s everything else that’s hard and it helps immensely to have someone show you how to do it.


The Economics of Male Birth Control

This is one of those issues that reminds me that I’d rather live in the future and it makes me sad. If we can get this and high speed trains between major North American cities I’d be happy.

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