Newsletter #88: ICE Raids the Tech Industry

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.

We’re also excited to tell you about Write/Speak/Code, a tech conference by and for people from marginalized gender backgrounds. It will take place August 16-18 at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, and the call for proposals is open until May 17.


The largest workplace ICE raid in a decade was tech-related. ICE arrested 280 workers at an authorized Samsung repair facility in Texas, highlighting tech’s reliance on unfair labor conditions but clearly punishing the wrong people.
(Emma Ockerman for Vice)

How to get into Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). Alice Goldfuss breaks down SRE, how she got involved, and how you can as well.

Why are so many coding languages only available in English? Despite the relative ease with which languages can be translated, programmers from around the world are essentially forced to learn English in order to code.
(Gretchen McCulloch for Wired)


Cyber: How the New York Times Protects its Journalists from Hackers and Spies
Runa Sandvik, formerly of TOR and notorious for hacking a smart rifle, now works with The New York Times to protect their journalists.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Environment Variables

Merrin Macleod at RubyConf Australia 2019 talks software’s interaction with climate change: how we can avoid adding to the problem and how we might make software that can handle the coming catastrophe.


Write/Speak/Code‘s call for proposals is open until May 17

Upcoming Events:

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

DevOpsDays Seattle
April 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

April 26, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska

Pycon 2019
May 1-9, 2019, Cleveland, OH

August 16-28, 2019, San Francisco, CA

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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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