The coolest thing about RacketCon is that day 1 was all talks and day 2 was all about contributing. Started with tutorials of "here's how to contribute to Racket and its libraries" followed by breaking out into groups based on what you want to hack on. All the core contributors were eager to answer newbies questions about how things worked and how they could help make Racket better. <3

"A major problem for practitioners is that any new term to replace AI in some specific sense is readily incorporated into the public understanding as a synonym of AI."

"McGregor's record isn't perfect. That might not sound like an endearing quality, but it works in his favor.

McGregor's losses are almost like badges of honor... When you fight against tough opponents, you're bound to come out with a few scars."

"...the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, must pay a Luftsteuer – literally, an 'air tax' – to the borough of Neukölln for invading their air space."

"What do you do when your crowd-pleasing applause lines have to become public policy? The twenty-seven remaining member states of the EU have to try to extract a rational outcome from an essentially irrational process. They have to ask the simple question: What do you Brits actually want? And the answer is that the Brits want what they can’t possibly have. They want everything to change and everything to go as before."

"Just because your computer recognizes the words you say, don’t extrapolate from that to assume that it understands what you mean. Your spouse, who has lived with you for 20 years is just now getting an inkling of what you mean when you talk. Your computer is likely never going to understand you for the simple reason that the things you say aren’t really understandable."

The Comey quotes that I hope to integrate into my day-to-day speech:

"I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed."

"Those are lies, plain and simple."

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes."

"I need loyalty, I expect loyalty." [actually from Trump, but comedy gold nonetheless]

"The old honorable-fight rule that you don’t kick a man when he’s down has never applied to politicians, who tend to observe the opposite rule: you ONLY kick a man when he’s down."

From an analysis of Comey's testimony:

"No, they said, we wouldn’t be free if we had to work, therefore we insist upon not working. No, we wouldn’t be free if we were limited by poverty, therefore we insist upon being extremely rich. Needless to say, this conception of freedom required first indentured servitude and later slavery to make it work, but the Virginians never claimed that the servants or slaves were free. That wasn’t the point. Freedom [was] like wealth."

"Someone builds a cool, free product, it gets popular, and that popularity attracts a buyer. The new owner shuts the product down and the founders issue a glowing press release about how excited they are about synergies going forward. They are never heard from again."

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"Free web services are not like free software. If your free software project suddenly gets popular, you gain resources: testers, developers and people willing to pitch in. If your free website takes off, you lose resources. Your time is spent firefighting and your money all goes to the nice people at Linode."

"Evidence-based medicine is a democratising not an authoritarian force. The alternative to evidence-based medicine is the expert-based medicine that prevailed for centuries. With expert-based medicine it is impossible for the student nurse to challenge the expert, but the evidence belongs to everybody."

enjoy noSQL databases?

get a kick out of XMLing with your friends?

excited about lisp?



"The main question when reviewing a paper should be whether its conclusions are likely to be correct, not whether it would be important if it were true. Real advances are built with bricks, not straw."

>The German have a group of informal compound words for "wimp":

Schattenparker "shadow parker"

Sockenschläfer "sock sleeper"

Handschuhschneeballwerfer "wears gloves when making snowballs"

Warmduscher "warm-showerer

Frauenversteher "understands women"

finally, I feel like she lets the truly hardest type of problem—and I'd expect one of the most prevalent in
IoT—off the hook: simply doing substandard work. Shipping something that "kind of works" is sort of fine when it's a stupid web app because the consequences are constrained. But the entire tech approach has to become strict when physical stuff in people's homes gets involved. She touches on this early but leaves it absent in her conclusions.

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