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The Programmer’s Guide to Booking a Plane
He scraped Southwest's website and scored cheap tickets.
pricing  via:reddit 
january 2017
Obama: 526 months for leakers; all other presidents combined: 24
"The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution" - ACLU
obama  ACLU  journalism  rights  via:reddit 
january 2017
The UBI already exists for the 1% – Medium
The rich get money from investments without working for it. Perhaps it's not so harmful as some claim to receive an income without working for it.
basicincome  economics  via:reddit 
january 2017
Using CloudWatch to Monitor your AWS Lambda and send Alerts on Errors
Only thing I found showing me how to set up a custom metric. But even with this I can't see how to display it in a dashboard.
personal_net  lambda  aws 
december 2016
How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't - Vox
Amazon does a good job of letting teams be independent and getting things to the market as quickly as possible, to then sink or swim based on how well they do.
amazon  vox  via:vox 
december 2016
Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not
No presumption of innocence, and not actually returning money seized during arrest.
law  police  policeabuse 
december 2016
mac - Disable two-finger swipe on Firefox - Super User
There is a way to disable "two-finger swipe for back" in browsers which is far too easily triggered by mistake: System Preferences / Trackpad / More Gestures and deactivate the checkbox for "Swipe between pages"
mac  browsers  firefox  chrome 
december 2016
Court Won't Grant Immunity To Officer Who Issued A 'Be On The Lookout' Order On Whistleblowing Cop | Techdirt
This is one case where the court didn't grant immunity: the cop who warned other officers that an officer reporting racial abuse was a dangerous threat can be sued for defamation.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  racism  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
december 2016
I was fired from my internship for writing a proposal for a more flexible dress code — Ask a Manager
Why interns shouldn't ban together to write a petition demanding that the dress code be rescinded.
via:reddit  management 
december 2016
Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People
Maciej (operator of Pinboard) writes on why really smart people get taken in by worries over AI superintelligence, but the concerns are overblown.
via:MaciejCegłowski  philosophy  singularity  ai 
december 2016
Emu War - Wikipedia
Australia sent soldiers with machine guns to reduce the number of emu. The emu wound up winning the war.
personal_net  history 
december 2016
Generating fantasy maps
An amazing essay in which he shows the algorithms that he uses for realistic-looking procedurally generated maps and explains how they work, with demonstrations of working code!
programming  maps  via:reddit  algorithms 
december 2016
Islamophobic Myths Debunked : islam
Muslims don't commit huge amounts of terrorism. This collection of stats helps show that. (Of course, you have to ignore WARS to get these numbers, but it is not unfair to claim war and terrorism are different things.)
terrorism  via:reddit  statistics 
december 2016
Famed poker pro with ‘remarkable’ $9.6 million scheme has to pay it back, judge rules - The Washington Post
Gambler fools casino. Judge rules he has to give back the money, plus more money he won with it.
law  gambling  via:HackerNews  ethics 
december 2016
Modern garbage collection – Medium
A really, VERY well-written overview of modern garbage collection, explaining why Java's GC is actually a lot more advanced than the one in Go, despite the advertising that Go has put out. Go's GC doesn't even use generations.
garbagecollection  programming  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
Michigan unemployment agency made 20,000 false fraud accusations – report | US news | The Guardian
Government agency accuses citizens of fraud and levies fines. But it was WRONG 93% of the time.
politics  evil  via:boingboing 
december 2016
How We Use Trello & Google Docs to Make UserVoice Better Every Day | UserVoice Blog
This is a really nice description of their workflow process for identifying and prioritizing work. I particularly like a few ideas like always prioritizing bug fixes but only a limited number per week.
softwaredevelopment  via:JoelSpolsky 
december 2016
Debugging with Humility
When debugging, one of your assumptions is incorrect. So when asking for help, don't tell them all your assumptions as the first step, except perhaps if labeled as "assumptions".
programming  via:reddit 
december 2016
Tomb of 8 puzzle
Not necessarily an obvious puzzle
GamingIdeas  via:reddit 
december 2016
Canadians Puzzled by Warning That Snow Globes May Cause Cancer | Lowering the Bar
Ridiculous laws: California requires that things that don't cause cancer (like glass balls with water in them) be labeled as causing cancer.
law  personal_net 
december 2016
The Idea of Lisp
A summary of why Lisp was such an incredibly important advance in computing when it was invented. Just 5 primitives created a whole language, the first one with arrays, recursion, garbage collection, conditional expressions, multi-character variable names, and more!
programming  history  lisp  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
OmniGraffle 6.5 for Mac User Manual - Using and Creating Stencils
Instructions on where to save a new stencil in Omnigraffle.
december 2016
surveillance, whistleblowing, and security engineering
Yahoo executives installed a back-door for US Govt to use without informing their security team. (When they found it, they assumed it had been done by hackers.)
security  ethics  privacy  surveillance  yahoo 
december 2016
The bank lent me $2m so I spent it on strippers and cars - BBC News
The interesting thing is that he never technically mislead the bank (just spent money he knew wasn't his). So in the end he gets off.
banking  law 
december 2016
Gamer Alanah Pearce Is Contacting The Mothers Of Trolls Who Send Her Rape Threats | The Huffington Post
She responded to trolls (behaving as if they were young boys) by reaching out to their mothers. Worked once, got no response 3 times.
trolling  via:Techdirt 
december 2016
These Charts Show Why Minimum Wage Hikes Really Work - CityLab
Actual statistics showing that raising the minimum wage tends to increase salaries without decreasing employment.
statistics  economics  politics 
december 2016
The Wayfinder Experience | Find the Hero Inside
An acted-out roleplaying experience. About 3 hrs away.
december 2016
A map of the entire internet as of May 1973 | Hacker News
Every machine on the internet listed on a single sheet of paper.
internet  history  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
This cruel new policy makes it near impossible for kids to see their incarcerated parents - Vox
New prison policy says only "immediate family" can visit inmates. That means unmarried partners (very common in some subcultures) cannot come, and children who have no one to bring them cannot visit their incarcerated parents.
prison  via:vox  vox 
december 2016
Tyler McMullen - Load Balancing is Impossible - YouTube
Interesting video about how load balancing is difficult because you get a poisson distribution of load and it's hard to tell which server to send it to. "Pick 2 servers at random and send it to the one we think has least load" is one of the best algorithms.
video  programming  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
The first 1,701,936 knots (PDF) : math
A paper on a successful cataloging of knots, which includes history of them. Linking to the reddit discussion not the paper directly.
knots  topology  math  via:reddit 
december 2016
The entire movie of Aladdin was simply the fulfillment of his first wish. : FanTheories
A re-interpretation of the movie Aladdin that turns on the phrasing of a single word.
movies  via:reddit 
december 2016
A Provably Secure Proof-Of-Stake Blockchain Protocol
An advancement in blockchain technology that impresses me. Instead of using "proof of work" (which burns up power), they use "proof of stake" ("miners" selected in proportion to how much currency they own) and claim to have proven it secure.
bitcoin  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
'Clean your desk' : My Amazon interview experience
This is unbelievably bad interviewing practice on Amazon's part.
hiring  amazon 
december 2016
FIDO Alliance » Case Study Series: Google Security Keys Work
Google thinks "Security Keys" (a standard for a hardware dongle reusable across multiple login systems) is a better solution than passwords or SMS messages.
security  via:HackerNews  google 
december 2016
The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus | Joyous and Swift
Hyperstimulus is when an experience is crafted to be "better than real" and humans are being subjected to them more and more. It helps explain why work is boring. Those engaged will have fewer kids so humans may evolve resistance.
via:reddit  brain  future  todo 
december 2016
Cops Who Repeatedly Treated Refusal As Consent Watch Their Seized Evidence Vanish | Techdirt
Police often stopped these boys, requested a search, were denied, and searched anyway. The time they didn't deny it, the cops found something. Court rules that the kids effectively didn't know their right to refuse, because the police had taught them they didn't have one.
police  policeabuse  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
december 2016
Models for hierarchical data
Really good overview of different approaches for putting a tree structure or hierarchy into an SQL database (and possibly NoSQL databases that use tables).
database  architecture  sql  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
I was a robot and this is what I learned • The Register
This disabled person's experience of using a telepresence robot to attend a conference: the tech worked great, but many of the people didn't give him the same respect they gave to actual humans.
robots  TheRegister  via:HackerNews  singularity 
december 2016
Judge Says Stash House Sting Operations Allow Prosecutors To Be Judge, Jury, And Executioner | Techdirt
The power of prosecutors: when agents make up the amount of drugs in a fake stash house and then arrest someone for planning a robbery, if sentencing is controlled by the amount of fictional drugs then the police can make up any amount (and thus any sentence).
law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
december 2016
Seriously, Though: Nobody Has the Right to Appeal | Lowering the Bar
In VA and a couple of other places, you don't have a right to an appeal.
law  via:LoweringTheBar 
december 2016
Thin Air | Slate Star Codex
Mountains apparently protect against obesity. It's tempting to say that global warming (CO2 levels) are a cause of rising obesity, but on closer examination that seems to be bogus.
science  globalwarming  obesity  via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander 
december 2016
Why does calloc exist? — njs blog
Explaining the difference between calloc and malloc+zero-it-out: may pull big blocks from the OS which might cheat with virtual memory.
programming  garbagecollection  via:HackerNews 
december 2016
Internet Archive Calls Out FBI For Using Outdated NSL Boilerplate; Scores Removal Of Gag Order | Techdirt
The FBI is using boilerplate that says you can only appeal once per year (no longer true, the law was changed) and also sending NSLs to the Internet Archive which says it is a library (libraries are specifically exempted in the law authorizing NSLs).
national_security_letter  techdirt  via:Techdirt  law  4thAmmendment 
december 2016
Martin Fowler on immutable value objects - a basic pattern that all programmers should get used to using, regardless of language.
programming  martinfowler  via:MartinFowler 
december 2016
Would Clinton have defeated Trump in an epistocracy? | We the Pleeple
If we only let the educated vote (or gave their votes greater weight) then Trump would have won by bigger margins.
politics  election  voting  via:reddit 
december 2016
New – AWS Certificate Manager – Deploy SSL/TLS-Based Apps on AWS | AWS Blog
Appears AWS will offer free SSL certificates. I should look into this for my blog.
blogging  aws  s3  https  ssl  security  todo 
december 2016
The worst election | David R. MacIver
A really good article which gives a simple example where Plurality, Borda count, Condorcet, and Instant Runoff Voting give DIFFERENT results.
election  voting  math  DavidMacIver  via:DavidMacIver 
december 2016
jcabi-dynamodb-maven-plugin – AWS DynamoDB Maven Plugin
Plugin to run DynamoDB locally as part of the integration test cycle. Notice I said "integration test" not "test" - it's a separate Maven step.
programming  maven  DynamoDB 
december 2016
How long should a function be? Martin Fowler says pretty short: if you can give a name to what it does, then make that a function.
programming  names  martinfowler 
december 2016
Ben Northrop - SOA and the N + 1 Selects Problem
This blog posting describes one of the key problems I see with the move to break up large databases into tiny separate ones in the name of "microservices". What if you want to do "a join"?
BenNorthrop  via:BenNorthrop  microservices  database  programming  architecture 
december 2016
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