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"On Being A Principal Engineer" — I bought and read The Manager’s Path by the awesome Camille Fournier when it first came out. At the time, I was a senior Database Engineer aspiring to become a principal engineer in my organization. ,

"I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything" — Goodbye Big FiveReporter Kashmir Hill spent six weeks blocking Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple from getting her money, data, and attention, using a custom-built VPN. Here’s what happened. , ,

"Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them" — Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. , ,

"'Karma' : Inside the hack used by the UAE to break into iPhones of foes" — A spying squad based in Abu Dhabi used a hacking tool called Karma to spy on iPhones of opponents. Reuters explains how the exploit worked. , ,

"Drug trafficker alters fingerprints with skin implants and evades capture for 15 years" — Drug trafficker alters fingerprints with skin implants and evades capture for 15 years ,

"Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out" — What happens to those caught up in the toxic lies of conspiracy theorists? The Guardian spoke to five victims whose lives were wrecked by falsehoods Conspiracy theories used to be seen as bizarre expressions of harmless eccentrics. Not any more. , ,

"Japan Now Has Chocolate Ramen" — To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, ramen chain Kourakuen is serving up “chocolate ramen” for a limited time only. According to NariNari, the chocolate ramen is made with a shoyu (soy sauce) ramen base, but added cacao oil and an added chocolate bar. ,

"How Cartographers for the U.S. Military Inadvertently Created a House of Horrors in South Africa" — The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking for an abducted girl, and he was convinced she was in the house. John S. , ,

"For Everyone" — This is an open-source version of "Security Training for Everyone", PagerDuty's internal employee security training, given to all PagerDuty employees as part of our annual security training program. ,

"‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak" — The first known epidemic of extensively drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people in 14 districts since 2016, according to the National Institute of Health Islamabad. ,

"Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles" — Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. , ,

"Encrypting Sensitive Data in SaltStack" — SaltStack, like any good configuration management system, provides a way to distribute sensitive data (like passwords or API keys) to minion nodes in a secure manner. , ,

"Getting started with Salt for network automation, using Docker" — This is going to be a very short blog post, but hopefully it will provide an easier intro for the (network) engineers that want to get started with Salt to leverage its superpowers for network automation. , ,

"How Ubisoft Makes So Many Assassin’s Creed Games" — There has been one major new Assassin’s Creed game every year since 2007, except for the two years they skipped and the one year when they made two. , ,

"Aiming to fill skill gaps in AI, Microsoft makes training courses available to the public" — As a software engineer at Microsoft, Elena Voyloshnikova’s job is to make informed recommendations about how to improve the performance of software engineering tools. But too often, she spends her days manually analyzing the data she needs to make those decisions. , ,

"Leaked Facebook memo: 'ugly truth' justified any growth tactics" — Buzzfeed has published an internal Facebook memo entitled "The Ugly" from 2016 that shows just how much emphasis the social network places on growth above safety, privacy and everything else. ,

"Ðavid Ƀurela on Twitter" — Modern day messaging service handshaking protocol: "I've got Signal, Skype, Snapchat" "I've got Viber, WhatsApp, Messenger" The handshaking continues until a lowest common denominator is reached, sometimes falling back to plain text in SMS. , ,

"Slack is the opposite of organizational memory" — Between 2014 and 2016 my working life went through a lot of changes but the worst one was the normalization of slack. Managers like it because it ‘gets things down on paper’, ‘improves reachability’, ‘gets questions answered quickly’.'s/he ,

"Generation Screwed" — Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression. , ,

"It's 2018. Are My Containers Secure Yet!?" — Upcoming SlideShare Loading in …5 × It's 2018. Are My Containers Secure Yet!? 1. @estesp IT’S 2018. ARE MY CONTAINERS SECURE YET?! DevOps Pro Vilnius 2. , , ,

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