Newsletter #80: A Former Googler Speaks Out

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.


A former Google employee talks about the company’s profit-before-people mentality and the endangering of marginalized employees. After eleven years, Liz Fong-Jones felt like she could no longer be part of a workplace that ignored its workers and its ostensible ethics.
(Liz Fong-Jones for Medium)

A new study uncovers the women buried in the footnotes of the field of genetics. Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and Rori Rohlfs led a team that discovered just often women were, for decades, denied authorship of papers they were instrumental in the research of as programmers.
(Ed Yong for The Atlantic)

Predictive policing continues to be, unsurprisingly, racist and ineffective. PredPol, a predictive policing algorithm, has been taken to task by a number of academics who point out how its usage creates feedback loops and disproportionately affects communities of color.
(Caroline Haskins for Motherboard)


Pursuit Podcast: Juniors in Tech
Juniors In Tech founder Keziyah Lewis talks about her project to help those who are new to the industry.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

One weird trick to becoming a better software developer

Esther Nam at PyCon 2018 talks about how empathy is an underrated skill that is common to great software developmers

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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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: Ben Nuttall (CC BY-SA 2.0)