A tale of two thefts
In the United States, only certain types of theft are newsworthy. For example, on June 14, 2021, a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco tweeted a cellphone video of a man in Walgreens filling a garbage bag with stolen items and riding his bicycle out of the store. According to San Francisco's crime....
Very informative piece on wage theft and the disparities in how it’s reported versus other property crime. Obviously one has to insert the famous chart of how property crimes are very insignificant compared to wage theft - I’ll look that up again and add it in the comments.
“Shoplifting is just a small fraction of total property crime because more than half of the value of all stolen property comes from stolen vehicles and currency. Nevertheless, media coverage of shoplifting vastly exceeds media coverage of wage theft. A search of United States publications in the Nexis news database reveals 11,631 stories mentioning shoplifting so far in 2021. Over the same period, the same outlets published just 2,009 stories mentioning wage theft. “Posted on 2021-11-30T06:46:41+0000
Bait and Switch: Companies Promise Workers Pay Rates In Ads They Don't Deliver On
"They said if they gave me that they would have to give everyone that"
How is this not illegal?
“Alex, a 35-year-old who recently moved to Miami, answered a posting through the online employment marketplace Snagajob offering $16 an hour to work in a technology sales position at Staples. At the end of the interview, the manager revealed that the pay was actually $10 an hour.”Posted on 2021-11-29T20:53:16+0000
Ask Miss O11y: I Don't Want to Be On Call Anymore. Am I a Monster? - Honeycomb
Charity Majors challenges managers to better understand the life of on-call engineers and how to share that on-call ownership among the team.
Great perspective on the eternal oncall debates.
"Individuals owning things. In a healthy engineering organization, there are no gaps in coverage. Every critical component is owned by a TEAM, not a person. People practice pairing and buddying up for code reviews for just this reason, to make sure other people know about the tricky bits, the twiddly bits, the history, how to debug, how to ameliorate. The more critical the component, the more urgent this coverage becomes."Posted on 2021-11-28T23:09:22+0000
Uber Survived the Spying Scandal. Their Careers Didn’t.
A former co-worker accused the men of wiretapping their colleagues, hacking foreign governments and stealing trade secrets. It wasn’t true, but the allegations still follow them.
This is an interesting quote at the end for sure. Also an interesting read overall, covering some aspects of the security business I’m not super familiar with. And on what appears to be one of the (rare) legitimate defamation suits I’ve seen in the US.
“The appetite for intelligence gathering in the hypercompetitive tech world continues, though. Mr. Gicinto, the former C.I.A. officer, has a warning for any of his former colleagues considering a move to this part of the private sector, where the motivations behind a given mission are not always as clear as he found them in his past work life.
“In the government, when you’re given a mission or you’re given a task, you go and you execute on the mission,” Mr. Gicinto said. “Your experience tells you to go execute because your boss or the leadership have given you this tasking, and you worry about how to do it — not whether or not you should do it, because you’ve never had to worry about that before.””Posted on 2021-11-28T21:18:18+0000
Opinion | The Rule of Six: A newly radicalized Supreme Court is poised to reshape the nation
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. holds the reins but is no longer firmly in control of his horses. Some of his most conservative justices are champing at the bit.
Long read, I learnt a lot about history and the American courts from this one.
“If that grim diagnosis seems correct, the cure is more elusive. Some treatments, like court-packing, would be worse than the disease. Others, like imposing term limits, are harder to administer and wouldn’t be effective for years. Which means: The court is where it is. The Rule of Six is now in force. Conservatives have time to write their views into the law books, where they will remain for decades to come. The change they choose to enact will be swift or slow; it will be open or stealthy.
But make no mistake: It is coming. The court, and the nation, will be worse off for it.”
An Open Letter to Airbnb
The pitchforks are coming
This was pretty well worded and worth a read. Harsh but fair in the picture they portray.
“Now obviously, your full-time job is simply to boost Airbnb’s stock price, so I don’t expect you’ll heed any of these suggestions; in which case, all that’s left to say is: Enjoy it while it lasts. Because they're coming for you, and when they do, there will be blood. You thought Occupy Wall Street had a big turnout? Wait until hundreds of millions of evicted renters smash your empire. Rule number one of business: Never back desperate people into a corner. Pretty soon, the listings on your website will just become a hit list.”Posted on 2021-11-28T07:30:05+0000
The Algorithm That Lets Particle Physicists Count Higher Than Two | Quanta Magazine
Through his encyclopedic study of the electron, an obscure figure named Stefano Laporta found a handle on the subatomic world’s fearsome complexity. His algorithm has swept the field.
"By the late 1990s theorists had mastered predictions at the one-loop level, which might involve 100 Feynman integrals. At two loops, however — the level of precision of Gehrmann’s calculation — the number of possible sequences of events explodes. A quarter century ago, most two-loop calculations seemed unthinkably difficult, to say nothing of three or four. “The very advanced counting system used by elementary particle theorists for counting the loops is: ‘One, two, many,’” joked Ettore Remiddi, a physicist at the University of Bologna and Laporta’s sometime collaborator."Posted on 2021-11-27T20:38:34+0000
What Hot Dogs Can Teach Us About Number Theory | Quanta Magazine
The Chinese remainder theorem is an ancient and powerful extension of the simple math of least common multiples.
The chinese remainder theorem is one of those really cool mathematical tricks that I always forget about till I need it and end up having to google it.
"You probably won’t need the Chinese remainder theorem to plan your next picnic, but in case you need to distribute access to information among your friends or secretly share troop strength with your generals, make sure this extension of least common multiples is on your list."Posted on 2021-11-27T20:14:20+0000
Interesting analysis on the crypto craze.
“These days I read a lot of cross-disciplinary commentary on the crypto asset bubble, and what strikes me as particularly strange is the sheer level of disconnect between people’s lived experience of this mania. I’ve never seen anything else like this in technology and the topic will divide rooms. Between the software engineers, venture capitalists, economists, and the chattering class there is very little consensus at the base level of reality of what the heck is even going on. It draws parallels between the Indian proverb about the blind men and the elephant, or perhaps the idiom about the blind leading the blind.”Posted on 2021-11-27T19:00:21+0000
Why don’t we just open the windows?
The evidence for preventing covid-19 is lost in translation The world is finally coming to terms with the realisation that transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is airborne.1 First came the modelling studies, sizing up airborne particles, their trajectories, and viral load; and then came examples from the real...
“Common sense dictates so much of what is done for infection control, since most funding bodies consistently prioritise the most immediate, urgent, or commercially beneficial societal problems. Furthermore, current guidelines tend to focus on solid bodies, such as people; surfaces, both hard and soft; equipment; and water. Air is literally nebulous. Just as cleaning was the Cinderella of infection control during the past decade or so (and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus sorted that out), we must now confront the neglected, but substantive, role of air in transmitting infection.14 It is fair to say that air could be the final medium to define and standardise within the infection control itinerary.”Posted on 2021-11-27T18:14:56+0000