The Numbers of Epidemics and Why Keeping Cafes Open is More Important than High Schools

There’s this old joke/riddle/maths puzzle: an algae is spreading in a lake so that every night, the covered area doubles. After 10 weeks, 70 days, the lake is fully covered. After how many days was the lake halfway covered? The correct answer is, of course (but very counter-intuitively), that it is half-covered after 69 days […]

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Agile Bad!

Agile development is a big ol’ turd which only serves two purposes: to keep academics busy and to promote useless people to agile coaches so they don’t accidentally break anything valuable. Agile seems alluring: don’t do any planning, split everything into sprints of 1-3 weeks, make sure the code is production ready at all times, […]

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What if Fox News/CNN aren’t completely bonkers?

Did you know that BuzzFeed does quite good investigative journalism? Yes, that BuzzFeed, the one with listicles and click-bait quizzes. If not, here’s a BuzzFeed, the shit site everybody should block, listicle of genuinely good journalism for maximum irony. If BuzzFeed can do proper journalism, why can’t Fox News/CNN? According to associate professor of psychology, […]

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