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Ben Lorica is the former Chief Data Scientist at O’Reilly Media, and the former Program Chair of: the Strata Data Conference, the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, and TensorFlow World. Ben is also an advisor to a few exciting startups and organizations: Databricks, Alluxio, Matroid, Anodot, Determined AI, Anyscale.io, Faculty.ai , Graphistry, Yakit, and The Center for Data Intensive Science + Open Commons Consortium (University of Chicago). He is the host and organizer of thedataexchange.media podcast.
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Thank You For Your Servitude
Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission
Mark Leibovich - 2022-07-12
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, the eyewitness account of how the GOP collaborated with Donald Trump to transform Washington's "swamp" into a gold-plated hot tub--and a onetime party of rugged individualists into a sycophantic personality cult.In the early months of Trump's candidacy, the Republican Party's most impor...
Ben Lorica
2022-07-15T15:31:42.000Z
Add this to your summer 📚 list → I'm about a third of the way into @MarkLeibovich new release and it's a hilarious and thought-provoking book that follows in the tradition of his 2013 classic *This Town*.      source
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Chums
How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK
Simon Kuper - 2022-04-28
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Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, Dominic Cummings, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg: Oxford has produced most of the prominent Conservative politicians of our time. The university newspapers of thirty years ago are full of recognisable names in news stories, photos of social events, and Bullingdon Club reports....
Ben Lorica
2022-07-07T16:32:14.000Z
Tory party leadership decoder 🇬🇧 this seems like a good day to highlight @KuperSimon's 🆕 informative and entertaining book on 'chumocracy' ↓      source
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Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz
Meditations on Python, mathematics, science, engineering, and design
Joel Grus - 2020-08-13
"This book is so good. I wish I'd written it." -- Tim Hopper (@tdhopper)"Highly recommended: a grand tour of computer science theory and practical software engineering, explored through the lens of 10 Fizz Buzz solutions in Python. Outstanding." -- Paco Nathan (@pacoid)"I'd never have thought a book about Fizz Buzz would make me a better programmer...
Ben Lorica
2020-08-13T14:09:39.000Z
2/ We discussed a range of topics in programing, data science, and #NLProc including: Joel’s new book, Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz, a book that I enjoyed and from which I picked up many good Python programming gems ⇢ definitely worth a listen 🙌 End/      source
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Sandworm
A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
Andy Greenberg - 2019-11-05
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From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the desperate hunt to identify and track an elite team of Russian agents bent on digital sabotageIn 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more b...
Ben Lorica
2020-01-04T21:30:34.000Z
I am in the middle of Sandworm by @a_greenberg and it is great read. I have a feeling that recent events in the Middle East will result in cyberattacks similar to those in this book      source
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Rampage
MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
James M. Scott - 2019-11-05 (first published in 2018)
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In early 1945, General Douglas MacArthur prepared to reclaim Manila, America’s Pearl of the Orient, which had been seized by the Japanese in 1942. Convinced the Japanese would abandon the city, he planned a victory parade down Dewey Boulevard—but the enemy had other plans. The Japanese were determined to fight to the death. The battle to liberate M...
Ben Lorica
2019-07-21T21:48:28.000Z
I just finished the new book on the Battle of Manila: @jamesmscott3 did a masterful job piecing together archival sources and oral accounts into a great book on some of the most violent events during WW II      source