Newsletter #74: Cold Fusion Might be Closer Than We Knew

Hello Recompilers,

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


Economically viable cold fusion might be a reality by 2025. Cold fusion has always seemed like a pipe dream, a science fiction magic bullet for human power needs and therefore climate change. But researchers are feeling more optimistic than ever.
(Brian Bergstein for Medium)

All Caterpillar padlocks use the same key. For physical security geeks, it’s always useful to know.
(Mark Frauenfelder for Boing Boing)

A hacker who exploited the Internet of Things to promote conservative YouTube star PewPewDie has thrown in the towel because of harassment. HackerGiraffe has taken down his Patreon and other platforms in response to legal threats and also an inbox full of harassment, which come in the wake of him bragging about hacking half a million printers to print out ads for PewPewDie.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)


Instead of a podcast this week, here’s a playlist spanning 1200 years of music composed by women. It contains more than a thousand tracks by over a hundred women composers, going back to Kassia in the 9th century.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Unraveling the Masculinization of Technology

Our own Audrey Eschright at RubyConf 2018 explains how computing was a field founded by women and how we can write a new narrative about women’s participation in the field.


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

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February 4, Brussels, Belgium

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Ruby on Ice 2019
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March 13-15, 2019, Montreal, Canada

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May 1-9, 2019, Cleveland, OH

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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: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (CC BY 2.0)