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New programmers! What are your biggest questions about learning how to code?

I will answer as many as possible in a Q&A blog post early next week!

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sexism in science

science history + current sexism

science history + current sexism

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Why arguments against a 70% marginal tax rate for income over $10 million is absurd (look at all that money they'd STILL have): Flor boosted 'Academia is full Marxism' Me, staring at the extremely hierarchical system based off of free labor and normalizing unhealthy behavior behind the Edgy Professor image <<lol what>> Flor boosted Smoky the 🐻 put a lot of pressure on me early on. Out of all the people in the world, he said *I* was the only one who could prevent forest fires. Damn, 🐻, a kid can only do so much. Flor boosted Criminal is caught after his mediocre shoes cause him to trip and fall while fleeing "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you middling Keds" Python course promo code Flor boosted I've had this box since Xmas and would really like to throw it out but I can't because it's siegfried's den Flor boosted It's 2019. Stop top-posting in email please. Reply to the bits that you mean to and keep it short. AKA stop letting Google tell you how to communicate. What kind of do people use for work/study? I am transitioning from all bench work to almost all computational work in my lab. I need to improve my computer ergonomics. Any recommendations? I bought gel rest pads for my wrists recently, but they feel kind of awkward. Not used to them. Flor boosted Kill the concept of "RT does not equal endorsement." Don't share content if you don't endorse it. Don't spread it. Let it die. Do not give it a platform. Flor boosted I use Ubuntu and a Google-free LineageOS phone, Firefox, Ublock Origin, Pi-Hole... I was gonna set up DNS-over-HTTPS, but now I find out that T-Mobile is selling my location data anyway. At some point it feels like privacy is just impossible motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art Flor boosted FINALLY I know enough about coding to get all snooty about certain practices. Living the dream Flor boosted me talking to my fellow nerd friends vs. me talking to normal humans who refuse to acknowledge the botnet and tracking crisis silently affecting us all and that every tech company big or small is getting away with it because the masses refuse to care about their personal data until it's too late and they have lost control over their own privacy and freedom online Flor boosted We've only got 19 years left to patch all those 32-bit devices before the Unix End Of Time. I helped fix a lot of Y2K stuff. This time round, there's no way we're gonna catch everything. No way. I need to make sure I'm dead before then or well enough to not go anywhere NEAR any kind of medical facility. One doctor I went to is still using Windows XP and wanted to know why I thought they didn't need my social security number. Those$300,000 MRI and X-Ray machines aren't getting patched, but are online..

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On leaving the politics out of hacking

And the thing is, I *was* interested in continuing education, but at college-entering time, I didn't think it was actually attainable for me. Everyone talks about law school and med school loans. I come from a poor family and my parents have no retirement plan except me and my siblings, so loans of that size were scary and out of the question. The risk for financial ruin was too much. I'm grateful my university told me about grad school stipends (not loan based). Made feel possible.

Sometimes I still think about how I might not have a PhD if not for freshman-me defiantly lying and checking the "PhD" box when my university asked, "What is the highest degree you hope to attain?" It was an intro survey of the incoming student body. The university put me on mailing lists about pre-grad school info. I learned about research opportunities and programs like McNair. I originally just expected to get my B.S. and get a job. Good job, freshman-me!