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The Observer Effect
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The Observer Effect

Finding the balance between zero and maximum.

Forced Exception Handling
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Forced Exception Handling

You can never discount the human element in programming.

The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt
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The Chess Player Who Couldn't Pass the Salt

AI: Soft and hard, weak and strong, narrow and general. Dear KV,

The Unholy Trinity of Software Development
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The Unholy Trinity of Software Development

Tests, documentation, and code.

Cloud Calipers
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Cloud Calipers

Naming the next generation and remembering that the cloud is just other people's computers.

Chilling the Messenger
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Chilling the Messenger

Keeping ego out of software-design review.

What Are You Trying to Pull?
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What Are You Trying to Pull?

A single cache miss is more expensive than many instructions.

GNL Is Not Linux
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GNL Is Not Linux

What's in a name?

Code Hoarding
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Code Hoarding

Committing to commits, and the beauty of summarizing graphs.

Pickled Patches
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Pickled Patches

On repositories of patches and tension between security professionals and in-house developers.

Storming the Cubicle
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Storming the Cubicle

Acquisitive redux.

Hickory Dickory Doc
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Hickory Dickory Doc

On null encryption and automated documentation.

Lazarus Code
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Lazarus Code

No one expects the Spanish Acquisition.

Raw Networking
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Raw Networking

Relevance and repeatability.

Too Big to Fail
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Too Big to Fail

Visibility leads to debuggability.

Port Squatting
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Port Squatting

Do not irk your local sysadmin.

Outsourcing Responsibility
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Outsourcing Responsibility

What do you do when your debugger fails you?

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Forked Over

Shortchanged by open source.

The Logic of Logging
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The Logic of Logging

And the illogic of PDF.

This Is the Foo Field
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This Is the Foo Field

The meaning of bits and avoiding upgrade bogdowns.
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