Kinja inverted benchmarking for Feb 2015

In order to know how much money to throw at hardware for kinja we occasionally benchmark it to see how much headroom we have left. Only instead of coming up with an artificial benchmark that tries to accurately represent our millions of daily users, we do the inverse and *remove* servers from live traffic to see… » 2/24/15 11:12am 2/24/15 11:12am

Yes, The Grammys Are Dumb, But It's Not Beck's Fault

So everyone's gonna argue about Beck for a few days, which is a mixed blessing for everyone, Beck included. And, look. He should not have won the Grammy for Album of the Year. I can think of at least nine reasons why. This is all mildly embarrassing, and yet inevitable, as we're talking about the Grammys, and the… » 2/16/15 2:53pm 2/16/15 2:53pm

Don't Let Entropy Become Your PM: Embrace Simplicity

Complexity cost is something everyone from managers (whether the CEO, product manager, or vp of engineering) to engineers themselves rarely consider. It's something a good product organization should implement solutions to always take them into consideration. The complexity cost of implementation, explanation and side… » 2/10/15 12:21pm 2/10/15 12:21pm

Some Gawker Media Stories I Liked in 2014

Below you'll find a handful of Gawker Media stories from 2014 that I enjoyed for one reason or another. This is only a sampling, not a comprehensive roundup, and I'm putting it here partly as a way of telegraphing my tastes to the many staffers who know me only as the editor of an often impenetrably abstruse … » 1/07/15 4:50pm 1/07/15 4:50pm

Leaked: The Nightmare Email Drama Behind Sony's Steve Jobs Disaster

The permanently upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has been hotly anticipated since it was first reported nearly three years ago. We're still waiting. And according to newly leaked emails out of Sony Pictures, trying to get it off the ground was a total clusterfuck: name-calling, Angelina Jolie-trashing, lying, and begging. » 12/11/14 4:31pm 12/11/14 4:31pm

What Absolutely Everyone Needs To Know About Isaac Asimov's Foundation

Soon, Isaac Asimov's legendary Foundation trilogy will be coming to HBO. But what do you need to know about this series, which explores questions of fate versus determinism and the cyclical nature of history? Here's our complete primer on this enduring science-fiction classic. » 11/21/14 1:29pm 11/21/14 1:29pm

Moving tables with millions of rows between databases without any…

As some of you may already know, we are on the way of transforming our architecture to SOA (not the TV show). We already have a few not-that-micro services, but they still live in the same repository as sbt subprojects in order to make the transition smoother: direct function calls between services could be left as… » 10/09/14 1:00pm 10/09/14 1:00pm