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Linkdump for December 14th

by Rob Friesel
  • Mats Bryntse writing at the Sencha Blog — Siesta looks like a promising JS test harness and I'm looking forward to trying it out.
  • Maggie Koerth-Baker (writing at Boing Boing):

    We live in an age where publishing is easy and the tools to do it are available to a much wider swatch of people. But our standards and rules for who gets protection as a member of the press are based on a paradigm where publishing wasn't easy and only a limited number of people could do it. At the same time, we have to acknowledge that not everybody who uses the Internet is a journalist, because being a journalist comes with responsibilities not just protections. I'm pretty sure my Dad doesn't want to hold his Facebook to the same standard that I use when writing here.

  • At They specifically cite my two favorite stories from that collection; "Sea Oak" in particular is amazing.
  • Garann Means:

    If your company makes something entirely uninteresting, that’s fine. We need useful software to fill niches, or our whole industry suffers. If you make a boring thing, there are two things you can do to still attract good talent. First, if you don’t need a senior dev, don’t hire one. Hire a junior person, give them the chance to architect small changes to the system, help them grow as an engineer. If you do need a senior person, hire them, but carve out 10% or 20% time for them to do open source stuff or personal projects or whatever. And don’t get all butthurt about paying them to do things that “don’t create value”. You probably use open source software. Your devs’ skillsets need the support of a larger community to stay current. And bored developers quit producing and, well, quit. If you can’t make your product interesting, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your engineers’ jobs interesting, and you’ll benefit indirectly.

  • at NPR — just in case you weren't sure how absurd it has all gotten.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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