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The Curse of Smart People

After working with a series of startups the author starts working for a certain big company and there he got surrounded by a lots and lots of smart people. There he realized that smart people are cursed, they are cursed by confidence. They have never really failed and after getting placed into a big company they can't really "fail". Successes are theirs but the failures get buried down by four layers of management and they don't need to own it.

Why we use ANT?

Bruce Eckel writes about his experience with ANT a build system in JAVA, which turned out to be a much more complex and much less useful tool than their developers intended it to be. A lot of problems of it are there because its developers tried to solve a much more general problem than they were required to solve, Bruce warns against that because general problem can turn out to be a lot harder than a specific one and you might never solve it given the time and resources. Bruce also warns against having excessive frills in your software.

I agree with his second advice and kinda agree with the first one not fully, I'm from mathematics and mathematicians love to generalize and often their generalizations leads much more simpler and elegant and powerful solution than the one you would have got if you worked on a specific part of it. In short term they building general solutions can be very costly, in long term they can pay very well.

Just How Nepotistic Are We (USA)?

The article does shallow number crunching to show that that you are 28 thousand more likely to be a billionaire if your father was a billionaire, some nine thousand times more likely to be a reality T.V. star if your father was a reality T.V. star and he showed a similar number for politics. Politics and wealth are not meritocratic as some people might assume them to be.

Why “do what you love” is bad career advice?

  • Whatever you love should love you back!
  • If you want to pursue creative fields, seeing life before going into it will help you create better art.
  • If whatever you do doesn't pay your bill you end up hating it.
  • You don't get to hear the failure stories of the advice "Do what you love".
  • You can love more than one career path.

Once Upon a Jihad

This essay provides a facinating account of westners who leave their homes to fight in middle east, Afghanistan and other places to fight for "jihad". The highlights that for these people going and fighting in a war is pretty much like a personal fairly tail