Posts Categorized: News

Netflix 100 million members party — San Francisco

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So proud to be part of this — and so grateful for such an amazing amazing party! The passport to this exclusive party: The freebies: And the amazing party: The VIP welcome: The amazing city views: and a “Black Mirror” special shoot 🙂 Special thanks to Russel Peters and Maz Jobrani who were hi-la-rious!!!

The Problem with the C-level Exec Who’s Leaving

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There has been recently increased attention in the media for Uber, after the blog post from Susan Fowler about her terrible (probably a mild term here, I agree) experience while at Uber — and even more so as of today their SVP of engineering stepping down after sexual harassment allegations during his previous job at […]

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Netflix Party 25-Jan-2017

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This quarter Netflix spoiled us with a party themed “The Crown”, following the success of this original series. Apart from the British theme of the decor (noticed the Big Ben?) and the dances we have been spoiled with all the UK classic food — as well as some classic British tunes (Spice Girls, yay!). Photos […]

Parallel : Groovy and Java Streams

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This is something that every now and then I have to do: check whether either one or all elements of a collection meet a certain criteria. The standard code initially in Java involved a for loop and iterating through the collection explicitly and checking the condition at each step. Then Apache Commons came on with their […]

The Big Data Scare

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I came across this article on Tech Crunch today (AI accountability needs action now, say UK MPs) and wanted to share some thoughts on it. It sounds to me like once again Europe, and UK in this case, is getting cold feet about AI and big data and the interesting results this renders sometimes. Because […]

My Thoughts on Brexit

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I have been following closely the Brexit referendum in the UK — I’m sure it comes as no surprise to those of you who know me. Because I am Romanian. And I am British. And I live in USA. And I care! I have followed the news online and listening to the likes of LBC […]

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi…

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If you don’t know your Latin by the way, the above translates to “Thus passes the glory of the world” (see this wikipedia page too). More than 4 years ago I crossed the Atlantic from London, UK and based myself in California, with a small startup, Cognitive Match, that came out of London and expanded into […]

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TuneIn Advertising — Highlight

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Working in advertising, you’d think I have my ad blocker on 24/7 — but I don’t! 🙂 And the reason for it is because I am curious what other companies are doing in this space so while I am quite likely not the main target for their advertising messages, I am very very interested to […]

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Of Customer Service — American Airlines (AA) Style

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I am saddened to have to write this blog post — I don’t like taking space on my blog for complaining about companies! But in this case I feel it’s needed — and I would like to hear from others who had similar issues with this airline and find out how they dealt with it […]

Managing Project Dependencies with Gradle

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This is a set of slides that I’ve put together to showcase how we use Gradle in Netflix Ads Engineering to help with dependency management. It goes through multi-module project vs separate Gradle project per module, using properties file with Gradle to specify dependency versions and also how to use the Nebula gradle-dependency-lock to lock […]

Frantic WordPress Theme — Update

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OK, so I’ve decided perhaps it’s time I give my blog’s look a refresh. I looked around and found this WordPress theme called Frantic on WordPress theme website: https://wordpress.org/themes/frantic/. It had the right look I was after but was missing one tiny thing — a “footer sidebar”. Previously I was using the Intrepidity WordPress theme […]

Let’s Go, Sharks!

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Awesome victory against the Coyotes,  right before my birthday! And I was there, at the SAP Center to watch it. Including the initial denied goal by Hertl — in your face, ref! He scored again right after, take that 🙂 Full set of pictures below — though I’m not sure in this instance how much […]