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Four short links: 7 June 2013

Douglas Hofstadter, John Gruber, whistle blowers

James Somers Web developer money -- Im a late sleeper, but I read somewhere that writers do their best work in the mornings. My working day would start at about 11am. Two months later he was enrolled in Hacker School in New York, and three months later he was working as an intern at a consultancy that helps build websites for start-ups. But what about somebody in a coal mine wouldnt you say he works as hard as you? We web developers are the limiting reagent of every start-up experiment, were the sine qua non, because were the only ones who know how to reify app ideas as actual working software. Since developers are a start-ups most important if not their only asset, start-ups compete by trying to be a better place for developers to work. I once worked at a place that had a special email address where youd send requests for free stuff a $300 keyboard, a $900 chair, organic maple syrup. When work, for most people, has a Damoclean instability to it, a mortal urgency. I tell myself a story, sometimes, that while other people partied or read for pleasure, I was sitting in a room with my head down, fighting that I worked hard to learn these minute technical things, and now Im getting paid for it. He works out of a start-up incubator, in an office space shared with dozens of web companies. That one magazine story Ive been working on has been in production for a year and a half now, its been a huge part of my life, its soaked up so many after-hours, Ive done complete rewrites for editors Ive done, and will continue to do, just about anything they say and all for free. However, I started working on the web in '99, just in time to see the company I'd joined fritter their budget away on advertising, then crash and burn. So the fact that web work can appear as an over-valued frivolity isn't such a revelation for me. Actually I thought he was over-rating my work. You can pick up the work that people are willing to outsource from other companies or countries. I am in Ireland, but nowhere near Dublin which is where the only work seems to be these days. You say I can change job, but you are comparing how it works where you live with how it is here. You either have nothing to show for or your work is mediocre if you are being turned down for jobs. If you are web developer who codes JavaScript by hand know OO JS, PHP and work with latest technologies use latest development trends like responsive design, MVC for frontend BackboneJS and MVC for backend if you thrive under pressure and love to learn then there is a lot of jobs going on. If anything you just proved his point:

Daring Fireballs John Gruber and friends launch Vesper note capture app | 9to5Ma ... -- Gruber and friends launched their development company today called Q Branch and Vesper for iPhone is their first app and boy is it flat !

What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know - Bruce S ... -- The NSA's surveillance of cell-phone calls show how badly we need to protect the whistle-blowers who provide transparency and accountability. We know the FBI has issued tens of thousands of ultra-secret National Security Letters to collect all sorts of data on people -- we believe on millions of people -- and has been abusing them to spy on cloud-computer users. We know that the NSA is building an enormous computer facility in Utah to store all this data, as well as faster computer networks to process it all. We know that corporations are doing an enormous amount of spying on behalf of the government: all parts. -- %PDF-1.5 % 26 0 obj  /Length 2911       /Filter /FlateDecode stream xYIsW!pmLY'IR $8

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