Newsletter #87: Finance Bros are Going to Miss Their Vests

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.


Patagonia is now refusing to sell vests to the finance industry. Despite, or because of, its garment becoming a symbol of the tech elite, the activist-minded company Patagonia has decided to stop selling co-branded clothes to certain businesses. Instead, they are focusing on more charitable customers.
(Katie Notopoulos for BuzzFeed News)

White supremacists are suspected in an arson attack on a longstanding social justice center in Tennessee. The offices of the Highlander Center, outside of Knoxville, burned to the ground on saturday and a fairly obscure symbol used by local white supremacists was found spraypainted nearby.
(Sarah Mervosh for The New York Times)

Can open source licenses be used to compel companies to adopt good labor practices? A movement out of China called 996.ICU has created a GitHub repository that includes code with a license agreement that obliges companies to obey local labor laws.
(Matthew Gault for Motherboard)


The Final Straw: Indigenous Space and Decolonizing Prison Abolition
This episode of the long-running anarchist radio show The Final Straw includes an interview with Ni Frontiers Ni Prison, a group focused on stopping a migrant prison outside of Montreal.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Pairing with People Who Don’t Look Like You

Betsy Haibel at RubyConf Australia 2019 talks about the dangers of pair programming when you’re from an underrepresented group as well as how to mitigate those dangers.

Upcoming Events:

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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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