Newsletter #72: All of Issue 9 Now Available Online!

Hello Recompilers,

All of Issue 9 is now online! This issue focuses on Hard Problems. Articles cover mesh networks, floating point algorithms, leveling up as a developer, and more.

We’d also love to draw your attention to a fascinating new crowdfunded project, Disabled and Here. This photo series will focus on Black, Indigenous, and additional people of color (BIPOC) in the Pacific Northwest. Help bring to life photos that will provide accessible stock photo options that avoid the ableist gaze.


In their zeal to comply with sanctions against Iran, Slack is banning some ethnically Iranian users who don’t even live or work in Iran. Banned users have had no recourse to prove they are not living in Iran. And of course, users in Iran weren’t given any warning before they were banned either.
(Rosalie Chan for Business Insider)

Open Whisper Systems says they will not and cannot comply with Australia’s back door policy. The makers of the program Signal join Microsoft, Google, and Apple in condemning the bill that requires all cryptography to be fundamentally broken.
(Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai for Motherboard)

Rob Monster, living up to his name, saved the alt-Right infested social media network Gab and pals along with anti-Semites on the platform. Monster, CEO of Epik, provided registration for Gab when no one else would and, despite claiming to not be anti-Semitic, spreads conspiracy theories on the site.
(Jessica Schulberg for Huffington Post)


Loose Leaf Security: Built-in dangers: physical ports, OS defaults, and remote access
Liz and Geoffrey cover security concerns with USB and thunderbolt as well as talking about some of the latest scams going around.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Intro to Spatial Analysis and Maps with Python

Christy Heaton at PyCon 2018 discusses how to deal with spatial data and covers the wide range of Python tools available for that purpose.


Pycon 2019 call for proposals is still partly open. Talk, Charlas, Poster, and Education Summit proposals are open until January 3, 2019.

DevOpsDays Seattle 2019 call for speakers is open until January 6, 2019.

Upcoming Events:

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

CopyleftConf 2019
February 4, Brussels, Belgium

February 7-9, 2019, Miami, Florida

RubyConf Australia 2019
February 7-9, 2019, Melbourne, Australia

PyTenneesee 2019
February 9-10, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee

February 16-17, 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Ruby on Ice 2019
February 22-24, 2019, Tegernsee, Germany

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

ConFoo Montreal
March 13-15, 2019, Montreal, Canada

DevOpsDays Seattle
April 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

April 26, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska

Pycon 2019
May 1-9, 2019, Cleveland, OH

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

This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image credit: Eric Fischer (CC BY-SA 2.0)