Hopefully getting most of the open issues on the GitHub projects I contribute to closed out for the year end. Vacation has slowed my progress, but I’m hopeful.
Technology is inherently political and not particularly meritocratic, just like every other field of human endeavor.
Also, Unix is FUCKING TERRIBLE, and it doesn’t matter at all.
And: much of the “NoSQL/Big Data” movement is a result of being kicked in the teeth by how bad an abstraction ActiveRecord is, and while there certainly is a problem domain that is appropriate for e.g. Cassandra, that domain is much smaller than is currently projected.
Strong agreement around the AR bit. If it weren’t AR it’d be because everyone dislikes the syntax of SQL: it’s not very “readable”.
You have a little LISP machine in you don’t you?
I’m old enough to have used one, once, but I’m not a dreamy-eyed revisionist.
Technology is not just figuratively political, it is deeply political. Most technology that got popular did not get resources because it was was good, but got good because it got resources. Typically those resources ARE because of politics.
This is a wonderfully concise way to put it.
Can you clarify your point? I’m curious.
It’s jwz’s proverbial bookshelf built of mashed potatoes – it is a hairy bag of patches and diffs on one take on the way the world worked in a corporate research lab in the ‘70s. We don’t live in that world any longer, but the context is baked into the way Unix works, and we all pay and pay and pay. And it doesn’t matter, because we’re stuck with it.
Do you have an example of a system that you think is different that doesn’t get enough attention?
Perhaps you should read the Unix Hater’s Handbook – written long ago (Published in 1994), but mostly still relevant today!
Alright, here I go gulp:
While privacy concerns are real, fearing new technology for privacy implications will be the downfall of innovation.
See the comments on HN on Amazon’s Echo, or on any self-driving car technology, Google Glass, Wear, cloud storage, etc, and you’ll see the basis behind my point.
So innovation will stall until someone innovates a way to implement those things while preserving privacy.
In practice, I don’t see many places where innovation is stalling because of privacy concerns.
I thought this was going to be primarily about Facebook, since their campus address is “One Hacker Way”. Was wrong but video premise is very interesting, and does mention their campus.
Just trying to get caught up on everything, now that the semester is over. Updating all my repos, and also caught up in trying to get a major, major update pushed out at work.
Working on some of my Vim plugins , cleaning my side project. Open sourced it two weeks ago, pretty excited about that.
I personally find the image they use of him very interesting. His outfit and the overall composition of the shot seem to be gearing him as being younger and hipper than their previous leader.
If you check out some of the other stuff on her blog, it’s really fascinating. Something I wish I had more free time to learn about. I have no idea where to start.
I agree. Fascinating stuff.
You might be interested in introductions to digital signal processing.
The Scientist and Engineer’s Guide to Digital Signal Processing is available free (or on Amazon). It’s a good introduction with concepts explained through Fortran examples. For something more recent, I’ve heard good things about Understanding Digital Signal Processing.
Hmm, I think you mean BASIC rather than Fortran.
Indeed. My apologies. It’s been a while since I opened the book.
Don’t let the choice of language be a turnoff to anyone though. The author intentionally picked “a simplified version of BASIC” because he found it the most straightforward to “concentrate on the algorithms and techniques, without being distracted by the quirks of a particular language”. I remember finding it very effective and helped drive home the concepts without getting lost in the mathematics.
Good read. No way of knowing if it’s true. But a good thing to keep in mind, always.
Spent the weekend and probably the rest of this week refactoring and getting my side project back on its feet. Probably open sourcing it soon, because why not.
A whole flame war is going on at HN about whether using “bro” is okay or not. Honestly, I can’t decide for myself, either.
I don’t really know what to think either. I guess it could remind people of the whole “brogrammer” meme and be exclusionary in that way. But “bro” has never really been a loaded or offensive word.
Also, from the thread, it seems like the author intended “bro” to stand for “brochure”, which I think is actually a pretty hilarious play on words. Oh well, I guess if you make a joke these days someone’s bound to get offended. Now back to more productive things.