Newsletter #77: Is it Time for a General Strike?

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.


Despite claiming to support the employee walkout, Google has been quietly pushing the federal government to help make sure it doesn’t happen again. A few weeks after tens of thousands of Google employees staged a walkout to protest mishandling of sexual assault cases, Google started lobbying to reverse a ruling that allows workers to organize over work email.
(Josh Eidelson, Hassan Kanu, and Mark Bergen for Bloomberg)

Jigsaw built a quiz that teaches how to spot phishing emails. It’s a simple tool, asking you to identify each sample email as legit or a scam. One of them actually got me.

Teen Vogue explains the concept of a general strike. Teen Vogue continues to promote radical political understandings in the mainstream world by explaining what it would take for the US to have a general strike, an idea that’s on more people’s lips since the government shutdown began.
(Kim Kelly for Teen Vogue)


Kite Line: Paths Out of Prison; E-Carceration or Liberation
Prison news radio show Kite Line tackles the rise of electronic monitoring. More and more jurisdictions have caved to activist demands and canceled cash bail systems, but the alternative can be just as racist and classist.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Secrets of a Stealth Mentee

Katherine Wu at RubyConf 2018 talks about how to work outside the traditional mentorship framework.

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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.

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