Top Tech Reddit IAmA's The latest Tech IAmA's collected from Reddit TechnologyHey Reddit, I’m Chris Richardson, author of “POJOs in Action” and microservices guru, here for an AMA brought to you by Oracle for the Developer Legend Series. Ask me anything! Hello Reddit! We are pharmacist, nurse and physician toxicologists and poison specialists at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington DC. It’s hard to imagine what people swallow, splash, or inhale by mistake, but collectively we’ve responded to more than million phone calls over the years about….you name it!

National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25) is approaching. Take a few minutes to learn how to prevent and respond to a poison emergency. Be safe. AMA!

There are two ways to get free, confidential, expert help if a poisoning occurs:

1) Call 1-800-222-1222, or

2) Logon to to use the webPOISONCONTROL® tool for online guidance based on age, substance and amount swallowed. Bookmark that site, or download the app at the App Store or Google play.

You don’t have to memorize that contact info. Text “poison” to 484848 (don’t type the quotes) to save the contact info directly to your smart phone. Or download our vcard.

The National Capital Poison Center is a not-for-profit organization and accredited poison center. Free, expert guidance for poison emergencies – whether by telephone or online – is provided 24/7. Our services focus on the DC metro area, with a national scope for our National Battery Ingestion Hotline (202-625-3333), the webPOISONCONTROL online tool, and The Poison Post®. We are not a government agency. We depend on donations from the public.

Now for a bit of negative advertising: We hope you never need our service! So please keep your home poison safe.



Hey Redditors, thank you for all your amazing questions. We won't be taking any new questions, but will try to get to as many of the questions already asked that we can.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
JournalistI'm Joshua Johnson, host of the news talk show "1A" from WAMU and NPR. AMA 1A provides two hours of daily conversation on big issues and provocative stories. We welcome people from all walks of life sharing their questions and experiences, in a forum that's compassionate, intelligent, courageous and fun.

1A airs live from Washington. I moved to D.C. after almost six years at KQED in San Francisco. I also taught podcasting at UC Berkeley. I'm from West Palm Beach, FL and went to The University of Miami.


Update, 4 PM ET: Thanks for all the questions, everyone! I'll check back tomorrow and next week and post a few more answers, too, if you'd like.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am Theresa Payton, cybersecurity expert, former White House CIO and Head of Intelligence on CBS’ “Hunted.” Ask Me Anything! We are Max Bemis of Say Anything and Anthony Raneri of Bayside! We are about to head out on a co-headline tour together throughout the US, and we're bringing out our friends in Reggie and the Full Effect and Hot Rod Circuit. Come to the tour (grab your tix here - / and in the meantime - ask us anything you want right here!


Fri, 10 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyIamA Robotics Engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories. AMA! Hi everyone! We're back! Today is Day of Remembrance, which marks the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. I am here with my great aunt, who was incarcerated in Amache when she was 14 and my grandmother who was incarcerated in Tule Lake when she was 15. I will be typing in the answers, and my grandmother and great aunt will both be answering questions. AMA

link to past AMA


photo from her camp yearbook

edit: My grandma would like to remind you all that she is 91 years old and she might not remember everything. haha.

Thanks for all the questions! It's midnight and grandma and my great aunt are tired. Keep asking questions! Grandma is sleeping over because she's having plumbing issues at her house, so we'll resume answering questions tomorrow afternoon.

edit 2: We're back and answering questions! I would also like to point people to the Power of Words handbook. There are a lot of euphemisms and propaganda that were used during WWII (and actually my grandmother still uses them) that aren't accurate. The handbook is a really great guide of terms to use.

And if you're interested in learning more or meeting others who were incarcerated, here's a list of Day of Remembrances that are happening around the nation.

edit 3: Thanks everyone! This was fun! And I heard a couple of stories I've never heard before, which is one of the reasons I started this AMA. Please educate others about this dark period so that we don't ever forget what happened.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Technology-LiveI am Dona Bailey, former Atari programmer of arcade Centipede, Unix programmer, Linux teacher, Adobe CS teacher, Rhetoric and Writing university professor, lifelong learner, big reader. I'm here to answer any questions. AMA! Recently retired NFL cheerleader here! Aside from all home games, I was lucky enough to cheer in 2 Super Bowls as well. Now, I work as an engineer.

Disclaimer: I won't disclose the organization I worked for in order to provide the most authentic responses to your questions.

EDIT: Thank you to everyone for your questions and comments! You all have been amazing! Cheers :)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI'm Kristin Judge, Cyber Security Education and Awareness Expert AMA! My Bio Hi, Reddit!

I'm Kristin Judge, Director of Special Projects at the National Cyber Security Alliance. We are a public-private partnership helping businesses. We also work closely with private sector board members like Google and Microsoft and federal partners like DHS, FTC, SBA, FBI, the White House and more. Our site has easy to use tips, blogs and events at and

Myself and a couple technical volunteers at Vision Computer Solutions will be answering all of your questions for the next couple of hours, so shoot away!

My Proof,

UPDATE: Leaving the desk at 4pm! This was fun, and I look forward to doing this again. Thanks for making my first AMA so interesting. Kristin

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am Mikko Hypponen. I hunt hackers. I'm here to answer your questions for Data Privacy Day. AMA! Thanks, lots of great comments! Now I need to run. See you online and remember to be careful out there! -- Mikko

This is Mikko Hypponen. I've been working with computer security since 1991 and I've tracked down various online attacks over the years. I've written about security, privacy and online warfare for magazines like Scientific American and Foreign Policy.

I work as the CRO of F-Secure in Finland. I speak a lot about security and privacy. Here is a playlist featuring dozens of talks and interviews I've given:

If you only want to watch one talk, here's a talk I gave about Hackers and Elections at Websummit:

I'm here for Data Privacy Day, which is actually tomorrow -- January 28. It's an international day observed across Europe, USA and Canada. The point, quite obviously, is to raise awareness about controlling our personal data. I believe data is the new oil. And just like oil brought us both prosperity and problems, data will bring us prosperity, and problems.

I'm glad to answer your questions about anything related to privacy, security, old Atari games or anything. AMA!

Mikko (/u/mikkohypponen)

PS. Proof:

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Technology-LiveIamA Open Source Developer for the PancakeBot AMA! Yes, it's possibly the most boring AMA in existence, ask a programmer all you ever wanted to know about printing pancakes, or other stuff! :D

It is done! Thank you and happy new year all! I suppose I've answered pretty much every single question over the course of the last 6 hours. I live here so I won't really stop answering questions, but I will go ahead and get some sleep. There's some gems hidden in some of these Q & A's so read up, and thanks for having me. Zoidberg says (/) (°,,°) (/) Contribute to Open Source Software!

My short bio: I'm 33, been programming for 20 something years, son to creator of the almost world famous Underground Comix Company RipOff Press. Got into web development heavily around 2003, fell into programming for robots when my eldest child built a watercolor painting robot and needed software for it. We then took it around the world, even showed it to Obama. Got noticed by an awesome maker who said he wanted me to make the PancakeBot software, and I said sure! So I made PancakePainter open source using open web technologies. Fun stuff.

Oh, and I posted that Adam Savage metaphoto post back in may. Good times XD

My Proof: Twitter Post - Keybase Proof that I own both twitter and Reddit accounts.

Also check out ninjanode, a fun crappy game I made in a week a few years ago.

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Technology-LiveWe are Battlecode, MIT's longest-running programming competition, AU(A)A! proof

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies.We make the leading game and experience platform for creating 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. AMA! Hello Reddit! I am John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies. We make the leading game and experience platform for creating 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Some of the more well known games from this year that were made with Unity include: Pokemon GO, Super Mario Run, Firewatch and Inside.

If you’re a developer, you might have heard about our latest plans for the Unity platform, super exciting stuff. We're forging ahead at full speed as you can see on our roadmap, improving graphics, adding platforms, fixing things, and overall making sure that you can make the best games and VR experiences out there.

And if you haven't seen it yet, here's our short film Adam which shows just what the Unity engine is capable of already!

Feel free to ask me about our 2017 plans for Unity, my experience at the company and what I see in the future of the game, mobile and AR/VR industries. I'll be answering questions from 11AM - 12PM. Excited for my first AMA!


EDIT: And that's all the time I have for now. Thank you very much for all your questions! I'll try to answer a few more later on. Happy holidays!

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyAs Requested: I am the CEO of a Cyber Security company here to answer your questions regarding the Yahoo breach and more! I had adenocarcinoma in my lacrimal gland and I chose the best option for seeing my young children grow up. I have adapted well and I am using this rubbish year to start an eyepatch business to help others feel confident after surgery or injury.

Post surgery, orbital exenteration

[Edit] Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments, hilarious jokes and brilliant ideas. I can't believe how much interest this received and thank you for the gold kind stranger. I've added the example prosthetic I was shown, mine will look younger and be matched to my skin tones, eye colour etc.

example prosthetic, mine shouldn't look 80 hopefully!

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Technology-LiveIAmA: Plant IT Support Specialist for a major meat manufacturer AMA! I support most electronic devices at a meat manufacturer. From computers to networks to hand held devices. ( I don't do IP addressing). I have seen everything from the live animal going into get harvested to the final product and most stuff in between.

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am a software engineer that created a free, open source password manager to keep you safe online. AMA! Hey reddit. We all use the internet, so we need to be taking the proper steps to stay safe. Password re-use is a huge problem and with large data breaches becoming more and more common these days, we need to protect ourselves. Nearly 4 million data records (that we know of) are stolen online everyday and chances are you've been in one of them. Using a password manager is one of the easiest things you can do to stay safe.

I'm a software architect and have worked in the credit card payment processing industry for quite some time dealing with your sensitive credit card data. Security is something I think about and work with on a daily basis. Last year I decided that there was something missing from the internet: a simple, free, open source password manager that was available on all of your devices. Sure, there are many password management applications out there, but none of them seemed to fit the bill.

After one full year of development, bitwarden has been released for free on several platforms including iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and the web. You can read more about bitwarden on our website,

I'll be here for the rest of the day to answer your questions about bitwarden, your password practices, online security, software development, open source, or whatever. AMA!




Mon, 21 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI am Tim M. Zagar, co-founder of ICONOMI fund management platform. This is our first recurring AMA! Hey Reddit people, I'm Tim Young. After finishing my BSc in Psych in 2008 (and winning 10k in an online poker tournament mid-2008), I went on a working holiday to Fernie Ski Resort, BC, Canada. After 3 months working on the mountain, I broke the c5/c6 vertebrae in my neck while snowboarding on a trip to Whistler, BC. I then spent 6 weeks in Vancouver Hospital on a ventilator, a further 3 1/2 months on a ventilator in Middlemore hospital New Zealand, 5 months in spinal rehab, then later a further 4 months in spinal rehab in Christchurch, NZ after surgeries. My travel insurance bill was over $100 billion $1million. I was in Christchurch for both catastrophic earthquakes in 2010/2011. Since hospital I've done all the things I bragged about in the title.

I'm doing this AMA to build publicity and support for the kickstarter campaign for my video game, Rocket Island! I have used all of my pedagogy research and experience in educational technology to design and develop Rocket Island, after learning to program games from YouTube tutorials. Rocket Island will hopefully be developed in Virtual Reality and for different languages. I aim to raise enough funding and ultimately profit from developed countries so I can distribute Rocket Island for free to developing countries.

Please watch video in link below for a great overview of the project. Edit: Pretty please consider pledging a couple of dollars to increase number of backers and to build momentum.

The NZ Herald covered my story last week:

I'm a long time redditor but learned from the Bone Zone to use a throwaway.

Here's my proof:

AMA about life in general or my project :-)

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyWe are a team of researchers investigating software development practices, in particular Test-driven development. AuA! Hi, we are candidates of the Icelandic Pirate party and we have an election coming up on the 29th of October. These are exciting times in Icelandic politics because we are dealing with a post recession economy and the aftermath of the Panama papers leak where the Prime minister had to resign due to his connection with offshore accounts.

The Icelandic Pirate party got 5% in the last congressional election and are currently polling as the largest party at just over 20%. The amazing thing about that is not only that the Pirate party is the largest political party (by a slim margin) but also that the Independence party which has historically been the largest party by far is only polling at around 20%. The political landscape in Iceland has rarely been as exciting and the possibility for change is real.

We have MPs Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Ásta Guðrún Helgadóttir and candidate Smári McCarthy here to answer your questions.


UPDATE: Thanks for all the questions so far! We're signing out for the evening, but we'll monitor the thread tomorrow at least and respond to any new questions. There are a few questions that haven't been responded to yet ─ don't worry, we'll get to them! Thanks again, and more fun soon! - Smári, Ásta and Birgitta.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT