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Abe Pectol

A current model of interface and software development is optimization of a feature for 90% of use cases (contrary to earlier mode of 99%-use-cases). And the percentage of users for whom the product is perfect is this number to the power of number of features. Thus, with 99%-use-cases-per-feature you get half the userbase finding the product acceptable; with 90%-use-cases-per-feature you get one percent of userbase being your fanatics.
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If your hosting can be called "a cloud", then places like pypi should be called "an ocean": it's tremendously useful, but at the same time anyone can take the piss in there and it's full of salt.
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"When you embark on making failure impossible, and that includes delivering on statements like "Never again," you are forced into cost-benefit analyses where at least one of the variables is infinite"
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A pretty round date happened half a month ago and nobody noticed.

$ date +%s
$ date -d @1501860848 -Is
$ date -d @1500000000 -Is
$ date -d @1600000000 -Is

Welcome to the epoch 15e8! Unless you use binary.
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"Dan checks his wristwatch, but all he learns from it is that he is still wearing a wristwatch."
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Reminder: privacy is necessary mostly because humans have a tendency to do stupid (mutually unprofitable) things when presented with personal information which is not even any more incriminating than the expected average.
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"Consumer control device": not what it sounds like.
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if you have a body of knowledge, and another body of knowledge initially disconnected from the first one, and on connection there is a sharp bright discrepancy, it likely is not interesting and merely means that the bodies of knowledge need to be aligned and evened out.
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Is price discrimination utilitarian?
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Modern way of putting it: "Humans are not pure, rational processing machines. Each of us is a bundle of both selfish and selfless motivations; riddled with unconscious biases; and deeply influenced by the people in our social circles.".

A better way I know of parsing it: "Humans can be modelled as approximators of non-trivial values, bundled with motivations that are seen as selfish and motivations that are seen as selfless, riddled with side effects of heuristics and other optimisations, and bruteforcing solutions from options and on models from the nearest available informational environment."

Note: if you see the latter as merely a complicated way to say the former, then you are not familiar enough with concepts of the latter to see the difference.

A product of environment indeed.
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