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Why I Fear the Police More Than Terrorists
...because a black man in the US is far more likely to be killed by police than by terrorists.
politics  terrorism  police  policeabuse  via:twitter 
november 2014 by mcherm
The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie - The Daily Beast
They actually charged the man for "destruction of property" for bleeding on their clothes while they beat him. And admitted in court that it was a lie... during the beating he hadn't actually gotten blood on them. Oh, and the magistrate ruled that the beating that sent him to the hospital with a concussion wasn't enough to qualify as unlawful force.
police  policeabuse  via:twitter 
august 2014 by mcherm
Run Your Family Like a Business - WSJ.com
What if you ran your family like an agile development team?
scrum  agile  softwaredevelopment  via:twitter 
march 2013 by mcherm
How to survive an iPhone liquid submersion (hint: it's not rice) | ZDNet
If your phone falls in the water dry it off immediately and use a commercial drying substance (dry-rid) for 24 hours.
hardware  via:twitter 
february 2013 by mcherm
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones
Theory: lead (mostly from gas) explains the dramatic rise and fall of crime. Nice data, but I'm skeptical.
via:twitter  crime  medicine 
january 2013 by mcherm
Specialists and cross-functional teams
Certain roles like QA or technical writer tend to be undervalued by folks thinking "anyone can do that". But not anyone can do it well. That's why cross-functional teams should have several experts who support each other, not a group of generalists.
agile  softwaredevelopment  via:twitter 
december 2012 by mcherm
How capitalism breaks the web | Felix Salmon
Why did individual blogs get mostly supplanted by Facebook? Easier to maintain. Why aren't they more open? The closed ones make more money.
blogging  internet  via:twitter 
december 2012 by mcherm
The Pinboard Investment Co-Prosperity Cloud
Really cool. "I'll invest just $37, but I'll also talk about you."
startup  pinboard  via:twitter 
december 2012 by mcherm
Scaling Guild Wars for massive concurrency - Code Of Honor
To load-test a game, build in the ability to record user sessions, then play them back for load testing.
programming  gamedev  via:twitter  testing 
november 2012 by mcherm
Not Safe For Work Corporation | I Was A Teenage Randroid
The problem with Ayn Rand disciples: they're assholes.
via:twitter  AynRand 
october 2012 by mcherm
Priming Prime Directive
He hates the suggestion that you start off each meeting with a recitation of the principles (same statement, word for word, every time), but admits that it may have a subtle psychological benefit.
psychology  brain  MartinFowler  via:twitter 
october 2012 by mcherm
Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment - Charlie's Diary
Putting xtremely dangerous missiles in London to protect the Olympics is foolish from a security point of view. It gives terrorists the opportunity to try to trigger a missile launch which would kill people.
security  securitytheater  securitystupidity  CharlesStross  via:twitter  freespeech  censorship 
april 2012 by mcherm
Sicherman Dice
Two dice whose sum is the same as 2D6, but which aren't standard dice.
math  probability  dice  via:twitter 
april 2012 by mcherm
Macmillan: News: A Message from John Sargent
"I didn't collude on eBook pricing." Also, "The govt may kill competition to maintain the appearance of competition." Not sure what my position is.
publishing  via:twitter 
april 2012 by mcherm
Comparing the security and privacy of browser synching
A review of password and bookmark sharing across browsers. Firefox is the only one doing it right.
security  privacy  browsers  firefox  chrome  via:twitter 
april 2012 by mcherm
Lending Club Loan Analysis: Making Money with Logistic Regression | Data Science Hacking
Analysis of factors other than credit score for determining which loans to fund in Lending Club.
banking  microfinance  investing  via:twitter 
april 2012 by mcherm
Featured Research Insight: Does Content Matter? | Yahoo! Labs
Algorithms to classify images, video, or other content seem to work best when they ignore the content and just use the metadata.
via:twitter  ai  vision  netflix  imageprocessing 
march 2012 by mcherm
LensRentals.com - Hammerforum.com
If hammer users had forums like photographers.
via:twitter  photography  funny 
march 2012 by mcherm
I can still see your actions on Google Maps over SSL
Observing traffic patterns, one can tell what someone is viewing over SSL.
security  via:twitter  ssl 
march 2012 by mcherm
Mathics
An open source alternative to Mathematics.
math  useful  via:twitter  opensource  progamming 
march 2012 by mcherm
Government Pressures Twitter to Hand Over Keys to Occupy Wall Street Protester's Location Data Without a Warrant | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Don't want to bother getting a search warrant for location data? Just arrest for disorderly conduct, then use subpoenas.
law  privacy  eff  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
Clojure/core — Clojure/huh? - Clojure's Governance and How It Got That Way
A discussion and history of the community around Clojure and how it evolved. The language was VERY conservative about adding new features.
opensource  community  clojure  socialcomputing  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did - Forbes
Target can tell from purchases that you're pregnant and when the due date is. Sending baby coupons freaks people out. Send them with lawnmower coupons (so they seem random) and people use them.
privacy  via:twitter  advertising 
february 2012 by mcherm
ImperialViolet - Revocation checking and Chrome's CRL
Chrome is dropping real-time checks for SSL cert revocation. They leak info, slow down SSL connections, and don't work when you're under attack anyway.
via:twitter  ssl  security  internet  browser  chrome 
february 2012 by mcherm
Ryan Dahl, The Software Stack and Latency
Try classifying the layers of software and hardware according to their latency.
progamming  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
Soaking the Poor, State by State | Mother Jones
I'm not certain about the quality of the data, but this article shows the total tax burden of the rich in the US vs the poor. Poor pay 2x as much as a % of income.
politics  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
Unit-testing of inherently random/non-deterministic algorithms - Programmers - Stack Exchange
He asks how to test that a random algorithm is "fairly" distributed. I explain he shouldn't bother, then explain some really cool and interesting ways to do it anyway.
programming  random  testing  unittest  mypostings  via:twitter  blogworthy 
february 2012 by mcherm
And, Why Didn't Dijkstra Like Lisp? - Kazimir Majorinc's Lisp Programming Blog
Dijkstra didn't like Lisp because he didn't like the fundamental Von-Neuman idea of treating data as code. It is fundamentally at odds with the attempt to achieve provably correct programs.
dijkstra  programming  philosophy  via:twitter  blogworthy 
february 2012 by mcherm
Unlimited Novelty: "Can you solve this problem for me on the whiteboard?"
Nice allegory explaining why you should interview programmers by asking them to code something on a computer instead of writing code on a whiteboard.
hiring  via:twitter 
january 2012 by mcherm
What you need to know about Twitter’s new filters - a hitherto unknown segment of existence
Twitter just started supporting per-country censorship. Here is a look at international law that explains why that might not be a bad thing.
censorship  twitter  law  internet  via:twitter 
january 2012 by mcherm
SIP-14 - Futures and Promises - Scala Documentation
A scalar library for futures. Uses asynchronous callbacks. Which thread does it run in, I wonder?
scala  parallelprogramming  concurrentprogramming  via:twitter 
january 2012 by mcherm
How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics - The Daily Beast
Obama has done the exact opposite of what his opponents complain he has done.
politics  obama  via:twitter  todo 
january 2012 by mcherm
Verizon API To Give Apps 'Turbo' Bandwidth Boost | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Verizon: "we'll let you pay a fee to boost bandwidth for a few minutes." This is the lesser of the evils net neutrality was to protect against.
via:twitter  netneutrality  verizon 
november 2011 by mcherm
prog21: Advice to Aimless, Excited Programmers
Don't pick the tools then start a giant project. Instead pick a problem (a small one to start) and solve it.
opensource  programming  via:twitter 
november 2011 by mcherm
The Single-Sex School Myth: An Overwhelming Body of Research Shows that Coeducation Is Better for Girls—and Boys.
Evidence shows single-sex education isn't actually better, and it may reinforce gender steriotypes.
teaching  slate  gender  via:twitter 
november 2011 by mcherm
"Startup Names" by Paul Graham, 14 Mar 2006
How to evaluate names for a startup (or for a software application).
via:twitter  startup  PaulGraham 
november 2011 by mcherm
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