For this week’s episode Danwei calls up James Mickens, the Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence, to talk about his work at Microsoft Research in the Distributed Systems group. The two research areas he is focusing on at the moment are scale and Javascript frameworks. During our chat James also shares his privacy concerns, and why you definitely should check out his talk he gave at Oredev 2014; Life is terrible: Let’s talk about the web.