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|Microsoft and Thinking Outside the Enterprise Browser
A lot of programs that people use in the “enterprise” — office jobs, back office for manufacturers, small business offices, etc — are basically web sites. They are applications that ...
|How Can You Steal a Byte?
Sergey Aleynikov was a programmer for Goldman Sacks, one of the largest investment firms in the world. Aleynikov worked in the world of flash trading, the practice of making money on price ...
|Write Once, Run on Every Screen
Java, before it became a by word for bloat and poor engineering , had one very intriguing promise right out of the box. Write Java code and you could run it on every device that supported a JVM. ...
|Why I Hate Your Favorite Language: Python
The First in an Ongoing List of Programming Languages You Love but I Hate Whitespace: Whitespace should not be meaningful. It elevates one of the stupidest arguments in programming (tabs! no spaces!
|The “Asshole System” Problem Needs a Systematic Solution
This: The Asshole Factory is an interesting look at how the modern work environment, especially in retail and other service jobs, are geared toward mico-managment, and the general devaluing of human ...
|Programs are Lies; Learn to Tell The Good Ones
For a variety of reasons, a mix of personal and professional, I am interested in a Lucene based search product. For a variety of reasons, if anything comes out of this, we will likely end up using ...
|Venture Capital For Government Won't Solve the Real Problem
I do not understand the jubilation over the establishment of an investment fund to help startups work with the government. Tim O'Reilly is very excited: I'm also thinking of past and present Code ...
|Technology is Not A Substitute For Politics
LiveJournal is censoring Russian critics of Putin, apparently at Russia's request: The company, LiveJournal, shows an error message to users inside Russia who try to read a blog maintained by ...
|Dear Techie: To Your Company, You Are Just Another "Resource"
The technology wage theft scandal has been expanded to visual effects studios: A new class action lawsuit on behalf of VFX workers just been filed in the Northern California District Court against ...
|Most Important Books, Tech Edition
Random list of technical books that have been important to me personally and in my career. Some light argument for the weekend. I'll probably do a non-technical version next weekend.
|We Get The Science We Deserve
Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research , adding for good xenophobic and anti-elitist measure that some of this research took place "in Paris, France" and winding up ...
|The Hockey Gods Do Not Love Me This Much
Wait, wait wait. The NHL, an organization that once technically sold the Islanders to a man with no money , and is going to be put a team in Vegas? This is going to be awesome.
|A Single Program Must Be In Want of a Code Cleaning Process
Code is a mess. This is a universal truth, akin to the notion that this is not ever the Cub's year or that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Much ink and many ...
|Why do You Rob Clouds? Because That's Where the Money Is!
There has been, apparently, a theft of nude pictures of celebrities and pictures claimed to be of celebrities (some celebrities have denied the shots are of them, some have said that the shots are ...
|This is the Future, Dammit, Where Are My Infinite Batteries?
Okay, so this is both interesting and disturbing: Germany, which has come to rely heavily on wind and solar power in recent years, is launching more than 20 demonstration projects that involve ...
|Uncle Sam Should Not Need Aunt Bertha
This is an incredibly depressing story: In the United States, 95% of social safety nets are provided by charity organizations and NGOs, so finding help in a crisis situation can be confusing and ...
|Job Advice: Back to Programming or Not
The title says it all. I have a potential opportunity to go back to work for a company that I worked in in the past, with a focus on development and architecture. I have been exclusively in ...
|Microsoft is Why You Are Free, Software
So I was listening to a discussion about the decision that Valve has made to release thirteen separate Steam Boxes with approximately eleventy quadrillion hardware options. Once side thought that ...
|ATT Has Killed The Internet: Or Why Capitalism Isn’t Good for Progress
This is terrible: "Customers just look for the Sponsored Data icon and they know the data related to that particular application or video is provided as a part of their monthly service," said Ralph ...
|SnapChat, Design, Gray Hats and the Damage Done
As you have probably heard by now, SnapChat had a security breach that allowed unauthorized people to get a list of usernames and matching phone numbers. Not the worst breach in the world, but not ...
|Request: Good Open Source Projects to Contribute To
So a request for all of the programmers out there: are their good, socially conscious in some way, open source projects out there that I can contribute to? I use a lot of open source in my work and ...
|Of Course Tech Incubators Should Seek Out Minorities
Amidst all of the Paul Graham fun from the last few days ( Graham says he was misquoted and lied to about the purpose of the interview. Reading the full transcript , I don't think the substance of ...
|Not Merit Based: All Winners Look Alike
Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as a meritocracy, where they get the outsized rewards from venture capitalists and other angels of the market because they deserve those rewards. They are ...
|Microsoft Project Sienna and the End of Work
Microsoft has a new application called Project Sienna . It is an application for Windows 8 that allows "app imagineers" (dear marketing assholes: when you lay awake at night wondering why people ...
|Is Scrum Doomed?
Probably since Ada Lovelace's time, there have been attempts to find better, more reproducible ways of creating software. Software engineering is a field that is so immature, so young in the world ...
|Capitalism VS Progress
The tech world is filled with stories about lone inventors disrupting the status quo and bringing new technologies and new business to the world: Napster and Facebook were written in college dorm ...
|Stream of I/O Consciousness
This doesn't really surprise me that much: For instance, the IT guy—and they're about three times more likely to be men than women—doesn't necessarily have a computer-science degree. About a ...
|Partisanship Prevents Open Source Government Projects
The failures of Healthcare.gov to launch properly have many parents and there are several ideas floating around to fix it. One of the most common is the idea of running government projects as open ...
|Death to the BA! or Free Developers From Plato's Cave
Okay, so the title is probably a bit over the top, but how many times have you seen a version of this play out:
|Healthcare.gov Privatization Root of Problems
Healthcare.gov has had a well documented poor initial rollout. Much of the discussion around it has tried to identify a technical problem as the source of the issue. Whatever technical failures ...
|O'Reilly: The Randian Propagandist?
This take down of Tim O'Reilly and his "meme-generation" by Evgeny Morozov is fascinating, and I would recommend reading the entire thing. There are a couple of points, though, that very much ...
|Book Review: Team Geek, or Don't Be an *ss
Team Geek , by Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman, can reasonably said to be summed up by one word: asshole. Though the this authors don't frame the discussion in quite this way, this ...
|WebKit, Apple Lock In and Consumer Protection
This is a disturbing article : Others, however, may be culled—even if they're on track to become Web standards. For example, Google developed code to provide preliminary support for CSS Custom ...
|What's the Point or Things I Hate in Tech
So why bother with this? For the same reason that Edmund Hillary climbed Mt. Everest: he was too thick to realize it was a dumb idea. I like writing; it helps me work through ideas and ...
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