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👋 Heya, new instance, same Chip. I've been off in startup land for a couple years but coming back to the Fediverse. I'm a software engineer and PM that builds products people actually use, not ones designed for maximum engagement.

<anakin it's working meme> moving 25TB of Wikimedia data at full link speed 📈

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Moving my wikimedia mirror to a new more energy efficient storage array. 😌

I need two signs printed to hang on my office wall:

"Make it a viable product first"

"Nothing new until everything is fixed"

For managers of engineering teams, memos are to tickets as Terraform files are to bash scripts. Being able to specify a desired state of the world and leaving the execution/implementation details up to teams keeps our eyes up and forward.

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The US has the most nuclear-powered aircraft carriers on two planets.

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The Promises and Perils of Central Bank Digital Currencies (Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy)

This was an interesting meeting aside from some AltaVista users.

financialservices.house.gov/ca

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npr.org/2021/07/23/1019909860/

> Last year, Citibank accidentally sent $900 million to lenders of the makeup company, Revlon. Mistaken payments happen all the time in finance, and it's sort of understood that the thing to do is send it back. And that's what everyone thought would happen — except the lenders wouldn't do it...

Transcript: npr.org/transcripts/1019909860

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A very interesting engineering review of the collapse of the Arecibo Telescope, following the formal report. Sadly youtube of course ...
youtube.com/watch?v=3oBCtTv6yO

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This guy house walls getting hit by car accident 2 times in 4 days

Someone’s been told they can’t put a basketball hoop on their public street before.

My new timeline needs some art. Can anyone recommend artists that I should follow in the Fediverse?

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NIST still offers a dial-up service that will give you the current time.

When the first versions of Spotify’s algorithmic Discover Weekly playlist were generated for users, it included artists users had already heard. Thinking this was a bug they updated the algorithm for later weeks to exclude artists the user had played, feedback on the playlists then plummeted. People enjoyed a little sprinkling of the familiar rather than all new content.

This was my favorite piece of reading from the last week:

> 9 Ways to Win a Hackathon... Without Coming in First Place
strdr4605.github.io/how-to-win

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It's waaaay easier with GPS-enabled iPhones than it was with binders of print outs and a GPS unit 😂 This actually isn't a bad thing as there's so many more these days.

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