Pocket reading list : Week 1.2 of May

The CIA Waterboarded the Wrong Man 83 Times in 1 Month : In the name of the war on terror, the American government seems to have carried out operations that violate human rights and numerous international laws. This is one such account of a man tortured, maybe even for the sake of learning how effective the methods of torture were, and not coincidentally, the man was trained by the CIA to fight against the Russians, the very agency that tortured him a decade later.

Being A Developer After 40 : Now that I'm on the path to becoming a software developer, I'm taking such articles seriously. This is an account of a software developer who has over 15 years of experience in the industry and who has seen one fad after another pass. A question that every software developer has to address at some point or the other is whether or not they are programming in the right language, whether or not they are moving forward, with respect to the community and what not. And this guy has pretty good answers for such questions.

The first rule of pricing is: you do not talk about pricing : A brilliant article on how people are tricked into buying the more profitable of two/three options by corporations. Or, to put it another way, an account of human behaviour with respect to pricing and how an organisation deciding on releasing a product should/can decide on how much to ask for it.

FIRING PEOPLE : I haven't even been hired but I'm already reading about getting fired. This is a brilliant account of what all can happen when one gets fired and what the one getting fired, the company firing one and one's colleagues can do to ease the transition, through purgatory.

Airbnb Tech Talk: Zach Holman - Git and Github Secrets : Git has become an integral part of my day-to-day life so the better I get at it, the easier my life is going to be. While most of the Github secrets are already known and widely used at the company I work for, Git secrets that he talks about are in fact very interesting. I hope I can slowly squeeze these into my daily routine. To go with this, you can refer to the Git Cheat Sheet to interesting/helpful commands.

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