The rewards are great if you can survive…

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The other day I was talking to an engineer about developing and refining good process. My most effective and valuable tricks for getting stuff done were developed in dysfunctional places (i.e. the government.) If your technique needs ideal conditions in order to…

A compiler is just a software application after all.

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I have a confession: for the last eight years I have been avoiding using Docker. It’s not that I don’t understand the value of containers, it’s that the first time I picked up Docker I had a really bad experience. So…

Knowing where to look for problems by figuring out who reports up to whom

“Let’s see…. no backups, twenty convoluted stored procedures and old C++ code”

After a couple years in government I used to blow peoples’ minds with a fairly simple party trick. Before going into our first meeting with a new agency stakeholder I would predict several key details of…

This was a side project I thought I would get stuck on or bored of in a few months. One year later it feels like it might be the tool for systems I’ve always wanted.

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Now that we’re starting to socialize in person again, people who I have relationships with…

AI Alignment and Safety

Why aren’t we more worried that no one can explain what qualifies someone to work on AI?

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It started with a late night Tweet:

“Alarmed by how many AI/ML engineers I’ve talked to that have no training in statistics AT ALL. That seems absurd to me. Wondering if it’s anecdotal or an actual thing?” from @bellmar

I wasn’t expecting to get a response at all, certainly not…

To be a great hiring manager don’t be distracted by rockstar engineers, study up on network theory.

As a manager I like to build teams out of spare parts. I hire candidates who are rejected from other pipelines, I pick up people with middling performance in other teams, sometimes I…

Social networks are full of fake accounts, tracing their networks and observing their behavior can reveal interesting things about how the world works. But only if you can find them!

Some posts from the fake influencer I created to trap bots ;D

I have a long running fascination with scammers. From the very first moment my father introduced me to the film…

Thousands of fake Instagram accounts are powering scams targeting influencers. The scams are run by different people, but are the bots?

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I was in the middle of a work trip — the first since Covid — when an obvious bot account claiming to be a scout for a streetwear brand left a comment on a honey trap I had set up to study Instagram bots. “Collab? DM @ vincerewears”

The single most impactful thing you can do to boost your intelligence is learn how to effectively self-soothe

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When I was about seven years old I was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder. At the time, such disorders were classified as learning disabilities. The way learning disabilities are diagnosed is by administrating an IQ test and an achievement test that focuses on skills like reading, writing and math…

Marianne Bellotti

Author of Kill It with Fire Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)

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