Author of 🔥Kill It with Fire🔥Maintainer of safety critical systems, pondering anti-fragile AI, gleefully mediocre Formal Methods practitioner.

Joined January 2009
Kill It With Fire was loaded with footnotes… how did we feel about that? Should the second book continue the trend or tone it down?
61% Loved it, read every one!
0% Could have done without
7% There were footnotes?
32% Just show the results 😛
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I don't like sharing personal/political thoughts on my Twitter but like many women I've been in a very dark place emotionally thanks to the overturning of Roe. A year ago someone close to me had a brutal miscarriage of a badly wanted child.
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It took me completely by surprise because the public conversation about miscarriages is once you're past month three you're home free, danger over! And this happened in month seven.
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It was hugely traumatic for my whole family, but after it happened suddenly I became aware of all these other women in my life who had similar experiences of wanted pregnancies ending tragically and needing abortions to save their lives.
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Policy and regulation are good on broad strokes, they are awful at anything that requires nuance, expertise or discretion. This is an awful ruling that is going to cause harm to people you know and care about. Many of you do not yet realize how closely it will effect you.
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Marianne retweeted
Finally found the time to go through “Kill It With Fire”, by Marianne Bellotti @bellmar. I think it is now the book I have highlighted more text on ever, not just on legacy systems but on plenty of common sense stuff on teams, leadership, etc. Some sample in thread:
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I need to stop being surprised when people want the process to require their approval but won't collaborate with participants to figure out what would earn their approval in the first place.
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When the technology won’t love you back…
TLA+ is stupid and anybody using it should immediately be sent to prison for being a big dumb idiot — Guy who's six months and 32,000 words into a TLA+ manual
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Marianne retweeted
I am hiring new faces into our @MicroFocusCDMS 2022 graduate programme! Apply to our UK microfocus.wd5.myworkdayjobs… or Madrid microfocus.wd5.myworkdayjobs… bases, or get in touch for more details! @MicroFocus
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Zero percent surprised this is a problem with fonts not loading 😂
New in-flight entertainment just dropped
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This week I finished paying off my student loans. About $80k in total, 15 years early 🥳
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Yes the rise of PaaS and IaaS has invalidated any excuse otherwise. Infra teams suffer without a product perspective. BUT, the PM has to understand how infra is different too. For example they have to know Agile and Scrum are not synonymous. Infra tends to do better with Kanban
Does Infrastructure need product managers? A 🧵
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Q: To what extend do agent based models rely on probability? Obviously they can be written using decision-making heuristics that could map to formal reasoning, but how common is that?
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When the proposal for your new book ends up in the hands of someone you really admire and respect and they tell the would be publisher how much they love it 🥰🥰🥰🥲
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It’s #BookClub time at @DigitalServ4Ger again Every fortnight, a few colleagues get together to discuss a few chapters of the latest book we’re reading Currently: @bellmar’s ‘Kill it with Fire—manage aging computer systems’ So far, only books from women & non-binary authors 👌🏻
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Replying to @TheSpiritualAr2
Foxes are cat software running on dog hardware.
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83% believe #COBOL will be here long after they retire, creating new opportunities for the next gen of developers. How can you attract/nurture the next generation of developer skills to maintain & modernize your core business systems? #MyCompany bit.ly/3NaZI5T
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I’m beginning to think the most actionable thing to do on gun control is to pressure the DoD not to buy equipment from manufacturers that also sell weapons to civilians.
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I want a language learning app where the focus is on reading menus and pronouncing your order correctly. I find that most everything else you can completely f-- up and still escape scorn, but sound silly trying to read a menu and you're done.
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Marianne retweeted
When I started to work in an AI company and dug those technical questions, I understood there were lots of misunderstandings, fantasies, and fakeries around AI. (4/11)
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