Men allege sexual coercion by prominent Atlanta pastor

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Assuming this is true, why is it that these religious leaders keep misusing their holy position to do wrong things?

To Quote the CNN Article :
Robinson’s suit alleges that “Defendant Long would use Holy Scripture to discuss and justify the intimate relationship between himself and Plaintiff Robinson.”

DOGHOUSE | Strategy

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ROFL, what a way to increase your ratings !!

PostgreSQL: News: PostgreSQL 9.0 Final Release Available Now!

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PostgreSQL 9.0 is here! The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces the availability of our most eagerly awaited release. PostgreSQL 9.0 includes built-in, binary replication, and over a dozen other major features which will appeal to everyone from web developers to database hackers.

9.0 includes more major features than any release before it, including:

  • Hot standby
  • Streaming replication
  • In-place upgrades
  • 64-bit Windows builds
  • Easy mass permissions management
  • Anonymous blocks and named parameter calls for stored procedures
  • New windowing functions and ordered aggregates

… and many more. For details on the over 200 additions and improvements in this version, developed by over a hundred contributors, please see the release notes.

“These kinds of feature additions continue to make a strong case for why mission-critical technology tasks can continue to depend on the power, flexibility and robustness of PostgreSQL,” said Afilias CTO Ram Mohan.

More information on PostgreSQL 9.0:

Download 9.0 now:

Who wants the latest and greatest open source version of Oracle?

Engineering Management

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From late 2006 to early 2009, I was privileged to hold a variety of management positions in Facebook Engineering, ranging from manager of various teams to director of engineering. During that time, the engineering department grew from about 30 to around 200 engineers. It was an era that roughly spanned the launch of News Feed, Facebook Platform (the first F8 conference), the launch of our self-serve advertising system (now a major contributor to our positive cash-flow), internationalization of the site, and Facebook Connect. We went from being a niche college social network with less than 10M users in 2006 to a global phenomenon with over 250M users by early 2009. It was a period of time during which the company grew from being a small startup (under 100 employees) to a medium-sized company (800+ employees).

Coming to Facebook, it was clear that the company was likely to expand rapidly, and a great hope of mine was to play a part in influencing key developmental decisions during this critical period so that far into the future, Facebook and its engineering department would be a vibrant and enduring institution. From my time at other technology companies which had gone through this period of hyper-growth, I had formed ideas about key cultural and organizational factors that I felt contributed to creating a strong engineering environment, one that the best people would want to work in and which maximize innovation and rapid execution. Today I have returned to being a hands-on engineer, and the other day when I reflected upon how I found it quite pleasant that I was now getting to enjoy working in such a productive engineering environment, the person I was with asked me, “Well, what ARE the Yishan tenets of growing a great engineering organization?” I had never quite thought about my ideas in such a doctrinaire way (and indeed it is dangerous to do so, lest they become unnecessarily enshrined), but I’ll indulge anyway and see if I can marshal them into a numbered list, so here they are:

1. Hiring is number one

2. Let process be implemented by those who practice it

3. Promotion from within

4. Tools are top priority

5. Technical Leaders

Note: these do not include various “obvious” Silicon Valley ideas about how to create a good technology startup like “hire the best people” or “have an environment that ensures open communication.” There is a list of about a dozen of these that everyone knows; my list is a set of more (I consider) non-obvious things, things that rapidly growing technology organizations don’t find it obvious to do easily. I believe that organizations which successfully integrate these ideas into their culture and habits end up becoming stronger, enduring, and self-renewing, while those which don’t eventually weaken and spiral off into mediocrity.

Over the next five days, I’ll write a post about each one of these, elaborating what I mean by them and why I think each is important. To those who’ve worked with me over the last few years, now you get to see my playbook and why I did the things I did. I hope people find this useful and fun!

How Facebook grew from 30 engineers to over 200

Gadoh : Good movie, watch it with an open mind.

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Obama at the UN: The World’s Community Organizer – The Daily Beast

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At the U.N. this week, President Obama will promote a foreign policy straight out of the community organizer’s playbook: one that demands progressivism, accountability—and engagement of the enemy.

President Barack Obama comes to New York this week to visit the United Nations. He will address the General Assembly, meet with Asian leaders, and participate in a clutch of meetings on issues concerning the international community, including development and the situation in Sudan. His trip coincides with the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, at which the great and the good pledge to help address international problems.

Article - Fullilove Obama UN Barack Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong during the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC. April 13, 2010. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

But if his work in New York this week throws light on his approach to international affairs, so does the work he did in Chicago back in the day. What he presents to his fellow world leaders this week — a progressive foreign policy, a willingness to engage with adversaries, a commitment to following the rules and making others do the same — reflects his background as a community organizer.

The foreign policy styles of presidents sometimes show traces of their previous careers. Former actor Ronald Reagan liked a simple plot and a few good lines. Bill Clinton displayed a lawyer’s fondness for arguing both sides of an issue. George W. Bush, former managing partner of the Texas Rangers, believed that changing a single regime could solve the problems of the Middle East, just as a single hit can win a game of baseball.

Barack Obama often relates how after college he became a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Community organizing is a social movement pioneered by activist Saul Alinsky which mobilizes communities to work together to improve their circumstances.

Trip to Ipoh & Zakiah’s Wedding [Sept 17 – Sept 19 2010]

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Eurofighter Typhoon Demo

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Wow, impressive stuff !!

F-22 Raptor Demo Video

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Coolness !!

Technolog – AOL working with Jonas Brothers to ‘redesign the Internet’

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The Jonas Brothers are known for a lot of things. Their music, their looks, their massive following, etc. But we had no idea they had the chops to redesign the Internet!

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong thinks they’re among the “most creative people on the planet” (the planet!) and wants them to help AOL “redesign the Internet.” (Sorry, we can’t help repeating that phrase. It says so much in so few words.)

What possessed Armstrong to say this to the Front Row Daily, in response to the question, “AOL already has more than 100 million users. What the heck are you guys doing creating content?”:

We think there’s a very big business in delighting consumers. And at a broader level, we think the Internet needs to be reprogrammed. Web pages haven’t looked any different in 15 years! They look like they were created by people in Silicon Valley with engineering backgrounds who happen to be mostly male. If you dropped down to planet Earth for the first time today and saw how pervasive the Web was, you’d expect it to be the most beautiful and elegantly designed experience in the world. But it’s not. So we’re in the process of redoing all our properties—we’ll be relaunching a lot of them in the next two months.

He must have known he was going to get slammed for such a statement. And he was, as sites picked up the Front Row Daily interview via the Hollywood Reporter.

The Business Insider CEO and Editor-In Chief Henry Blodget, who’s been covering Armstrong and his AOL strategy, wrote:

This is the sort of thing we’ve heard since 1995 from entertainment and ad industry folks who haven’t spent any time working on the Internet. Once they do spend time working on the Internet, fortunately, they realize that there’s a good reason Web pages look the way they do. And they observe that Craigslist and Wikipedia, which basically have no design, are two of the most successful sites in the world. And they note that Google doesn’t have much design, either, and it’s worth more than the entire entertainment industry put together. And they gradually realize that they didn’t know as much about the Internet as they thought they did.

But Tim Armstrong has worked in the Internet industry for years. So what on earth is he talking about?

Armstrong went deeper into the muck with this response to this question from Front Row Daily: “AOL is all over Fashion Week this year. How do runway shows fit in?”

A couple different ways. One of the things that we’ve brought back to the company in the past few years is a sincere focus on creativity. Our properties and sites and the company itself will start to represent more of what you see in the runway world — the creativity and the perfection. It’s what we want at AOL: a well-designed and -styled version of the Internet. That’s why we’re working with some of the most creative people on the planet — from Chuck Close to the Jonas Brothers. We want them to help us redesign the Internet.

Chuck Close, I’ll give Armstrong that. But Nick, Kevin and Joe? Then again, they recently partnered with AOL to launch this summer (part of the AOL “teens network”) so maybe Armstrong has some insights that have yet to be revealed.

The Jonas Bros want to reinvent the internet? ROFL Lofty goals indeed.

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