• The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya
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    The anti-CEO playbook | Hamdi Ulukaya

    A cold January day of 2005, I took one of my most important drives of my life. I was on this road in upstate New York, trying to find this old factory. The day before, I received a flyer in the mail that said, “Fully equipped yogurt plant for sale.” I threw it in the garbage can. And 20 minutes later, I picked it up and called the number. The plant was 85 years old, and it was closing. So I decided to go see it. At this time, I wasn’t sure where this road or my life was going. I owned a small cheese shop but really hated business.…

  • The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder
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    The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

    “How much pain medication are you taking?” That was the very routine question that changed my life. It was July 2015, about two months after I nearly lost my foot in a serious motorcycle accident. So I was back in my orthopedic surgeon’s office for yet another follow-up appointment. I looked at my wife, Sadiye; we did some calculating. “About 115 milligrams oxycodone,” I responded. “Maybe more.” I was nonchalant, having given this information to many doctors many times before, but this time was different. My doctor turned serious and he looked at me and said, “Travis, that’s a lot of opioids. You need to think about getting off the…

  • IETF and Internet Hall of Fame 2013: Henning Schulzrinne
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    IETF and Internet Hall of Fame 2013: Henning Schulzrinne

    Henning Schulzrinne I’ve been involved in the Internet technical community since the early ’90s, primarily in my academic role as faculty at Columbia and previously as a researcher at Bell Labs and in a German research lab here in Berlin, actually. And secondly, more recently, as a staff member for the Federal Communications Commission. In that role, I have been participating in traditional academic research, primarily in the networking realm, but also, working primarily within the Internet Engineering Task Force on standards development for Internet applications, primarily real-time applications. The topics I have worked on probably the most are, as I said, the real-time Internet applications, Voice over IP and…

  • Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
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    Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari

    One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives and not being able to. And I was just a little kid, so I didn’t really understand why, but as I got older, I realized we had drug addiction in my family, including later cocaine addiction. I’d been thinking about it a lot lately, partly because it’s now exactly 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States and Britain, and we then imposed that on the rest of the world. It’s a century since we made this really fateful decision to take addicts and punish them and make them suffer, because we…