Newsletter #79: Amazon’s Security Platform Encourages Racism

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.

At PyCon 2019, Sumana Harihareswara, a longtime friend of The Recompiler, will be hosting a small arts festival: The Art of Python. Submissions for 5-20 minute plays are open until February 28 and Recompilers are absolutely encouraged to apply.


VICE just laid off 250 workers, and more than 2100 media workers have lost their jobs so far this year. This includes Kaleigh Rogers, whose work for Motherboard appeared in this newsletter quite regularly. Fortunately, the unionization of VICE means that many of those workers will walk away with severance packages.
(Amanda Arnold for The Cut)

Engineering is the most male-dominated field within STEM, and some people performed an in-depth study of why. They studied hundreds of students throughout school and for five years after graduation to discover why women leave the field at such an enormous rate.
(Susan S. Silbey for Harvard Business Review)

Amazon’s Ring cameras and its associated crime-reporting social media network Neighbors facilitate racism. These social networks, which exist purely to report crime and “suspicious” people, are used disproportionately to target people of color.
(Caroline Haskins for Motherboard)


Loose Leaf Security: Credit and Debit Card Security
Liz and Geoffrey talk about the comparative security of magnetic strip cards, chip cards, and mobile payment apps.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Elegant Solutions For Everyday Python Problems

Nina Zakharenko at PyCon 2018 presents a talk on how intermediate python developers can level up their skills.

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February 9-10, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee

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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

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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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