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Hacker Archetypes

Eric Raymond (ESR) has an interesting post on hacker archetypes. The list grew out of a discussion between ESR and one of his regular readers, Susan Sons. At the moment, they’ve identified 8 archetypes. You’ll want to read his post … Continue reading

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AI Loosely Defined

Since this is April 1st and no post will be taken seriously anyway, I offer this piece of wisdom, which Jean-Philippe Paradis retweeted: by today's definition, y=mx+b is an artificial intelligence bot that can tell you where a line is … Continue reading

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A Warning for Web Designers

It’s only just, after all WEB DESIGNER: (wakes up in lava) Wh...why am I in hell?SATAN: You knowWD: Was it the autopl-SATAN: It was the fucking autoplay videos, dude — Elle Oh Hell (@ElleOhHell) March 5, 2017

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ESR Evaluates Go

Last month I wrote about Eric Raymond’s (ESR) work on NTPsec and his comparison of Go and Rust with a view of replacing C with one of them as an implementation language. As part of his work on that comparison, … Continue reading

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Digital Workflow: Pocket Carry Edition

The other day, I wrote about my digital workflow and scanning and then I saw an article about putting ATM cards on our smartphones. This isn’t just pie in the sky. JPMorgan Chase already has a pilot program in four … Continue reading

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Scaling Git at Microsoft

Brian Harry has a fascinating post that discusses Microsoft’s use of Git. At first blush that may seem profoundly uninteresting but consider: for various reasons Microsoft maintains very few repositories so, for example, all of Windows core is in a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Ken

Today is Ken Thompson’s birthday. There are few people in our industry that have had a bigger effect. Unix, regular expressions, chess, UTF-8, Go: the list goes on and on. He’s a giant and at 74 still going strong.

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Dumb Phones and the New Luddites

Vlad Savov1 over at The Verge has another of those annoying articles in which he complains that smart phones are too distracting and considers dropping back to a “dumb phone.” I’ve seen a lot of articles like this lately and, … Continue reading

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An Overview of ASCII

Last Wednesday Eric Raymond (ESR) wrote a blog post noticing that younger engineers no longer understood the ASCII code set at the bit level and didn’t understand what many of the non-printable characters were for. He speculated that this was … Continue reading

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Open Offices are Bad for You

Who knew? It turns out, though, that besides the noise and risk of contagion, open offices are also bad for your memory. Research shows that we retain more information when we sit in one spot. That’s because ideas and details … Continue reading

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