Newsletter #27: Trust maybe, verify always

Hello Recompilers,

Issue 9! Get your Issue 9! The Recompiler Issue #9: Hard Problems is available (and #8 is here).

Reading:

Keeping Good vigilance in a database for the missing: When she was 19 years old, Meaghan Good started the Charley Project, a large database of missing persons, which she maintains on a donated computer. She speaks frankly about living with bipolar disorder, Autism, and PTSD. Reported by Jeremy Lybarger for LongreadsCW: Non-graphic mentions of rape, suicide, and homicide.

Hire Women. What’s your excuse? Jeesoo Sohn explains how how Duolingo reached gender parity for new software engineer hires.

Seriously, don’t use default passwords: “A core router for Oman’s stock exchange, the Muscat Securities Market, had both its username and password as ‘admin’ for months, even after several attempts by a security researcher to warn the exchange of the security implications,” notes Zack Whittaker for Zero Day.

Listening:

The Recompiler Podcast Episode 46: Well, actually, we are tracking peopleChristie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about the new selfie feature of Google’s Arts & Culture app; vaporware products, arbitrage, and other strange aspects of global eCommerce; and discuss user consent and the web browser.

Code Crush: Not NOT Net NeutralityKiana T. and Julie Torres talk about net neutrality, and not having net neutrality, and not NOT having having net neutrality. They try to stay positive while talking about the negatives of a world without net neutrality.

Rocket Podcast #159: Christina Loves to BuyBrianna WuChristina Warren, and Simone de Rochefort yell about the HomePod and the hell that is the Apple Store. Then they discuss the mysterious organization behind so much malvertising, and Cindy Gallop’s Make Love Not Porn achieving $2 million in funding. [Make Love Not Porn is counterintuitively sex-positive and not anti-porn. -Lauren]

Conference Talk of the Week:

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Speech at the National Book Awards 11/19/2014

“I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.”
[U. K. Le Guin had a long and amazing life, but I’ll miss knowing she’s still out there dreaming up amazing unknown worlds. -Lauren]

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

Donut.js
Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Portland, OR

UX Night School Winter Weekend Intensive
February 17-19: Portland, OR

Index
February 20-22: San Francisco, CA

ACT-W National Conference
April 10-13, 2018: Phoenix, AZ

RailsConf
April 17-19, 2018: Pittsburgh, PA

DevOpsDays Toronto 2018
May 30-31, 2018: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Call For Proposals:

Women Techmakers Montreal 2018: Closes January 27

DevOpsDays Toronto 2018: Closes February 1

Core Infrastructure Fund: Closes March 1

jupytercon: Closes March 6

GopherCon 2018: Closes March 15

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to us.

Lauren Hudgins (@lehudgins) is a freelance digital strategist living and working in cold, rainy Portland, Oregon. Her essay on Comic Sans and the right of people use whatever font makes reading accessible to them was one of the top 20 most read essays on The Establishment for 2017.

Photo credit: mohamed_hassan