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I recently needed to write a simple script to pull some data from a Google website. Since I was grabbing some private data, I needed authorize myself to do that. I found it much more work than I expected, not because it's hard, but because there wasn't much documentation there to guide me - I had to puzzle out what path to go based on lots of not particularly relevant documentation. So once I'd figured it out I decided to write a short account of what I'd done, partly in case I need to do this again, and partly to…
The map is not the territory.
- Alfred Korzybski
I've often been involved in discussions about deliberately increasing the diversity of a group of people. The most common case in software is increasing the proportion of women. Two examples are in hiring and conference speaker rosters where we discuss trying to get the proportion of women to some level that's higher than usual A common argument against pushing for greater diversity is that it will lower standards, raising the spectre of a diverse but mediocre group.
To understand why this is an illusionary concern, I like to consider a little thought experiment. Imagine a giant bucket that contains a…