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US has not (yet) banned the use of the class of pesticides known as neonics.  Europe has banned neonics in an attempt to save bees from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

CCD is reversing (improving) in the US.

CCD is increasing (worsening) in Europe.

The apparent cause (that needs research and validation, not just anecdotes) is: Neonics work as designed...  At levels found even on drastically over-sprayed crops, this pesticide does not harm bees.  You would have to intentionally concentrate and force-feed the neonics to bees to kill them.

Because neonics are banned in Europe, farmers must use more broad spectrum pesticides, which are more harmful to bees, but less harmful to the intended pests.

With increased pests there are fewer flowering crops available for the bees to feed on.

Thus, with less food and more poison, CCD continues in Europe, directly contrary to their intentions.

Lesson: If you're going to be an environmentalist, work within the realm of reality.  The easiest way to align your beliefs with reality is to do the damned science!
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Who allows science when they only want money? Is neonics too expensive compared to the old pesticides?
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Ever walk into a room and completely forget what you went in there for?

I do that with opening new browser tabs.
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 .... I forgot what i was going to say ...
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I have a client that is currently looking for a JavaScript, .NET Framework or higher developer who also understands C# and or MVC.

".NET Framework or higher"???  Oh, by higher he means PHP.  Silly random recruiters.  He's obviously read my resume and realizes that it's been over 10 years since I touched any .NET code outside of idle hobbying.

Also, since when is C# comparable to MVC?  One is a language, the other is an architectural pattern...  He thinks he's asking people if they like apples and/or oranges...  He's really asking if they like apples and/or trampolines.

I'm just sitting here, shaking my head, biting back the urge to fire back a snarky email...  He's just a drone fishing in an overfished pond...

And I'm just...  well...  See the image.

#pixelpushing  
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Why I won't implement TLS in my PHP Websockets server...

"While I'm certain that some very bright security professionals have written pretty good PHP implementations of TLS, these implementations haven't been battle hardened. "Pretty good" isn't good enough. In the security world, "pretty good" is a wide open doorway with a plush red carpet and neon signs saying "steal this data.""
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Remember, folks, vaccines cause Comic Sans.
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If Brian Williams gets 6 months of "voluntary" leave, just imagine how many decades the talking heads on Fox News are going to get...
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For when you need your water to be HD.  Great from direct streaming.

Unfortunately, water doesn't do compression very well.  At least not lossless compression.  A compression algorithm of removing every other water molecule does lead to 50% reduction in volume, though, if you don't mind artifacts when decompressing.
 
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11 years, 2 months to finish a marathon?

Faster than I've ever done it.
There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.
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Easy way to get a cult following for your system:

Blame failure on the person, rather than the system.  The wilder the stories of success with the system, the more rabid the followers.
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On a completely unrelated topic...  I'm selling tips for a new system that is will teach you how to levitate yourself using only the power of your mind.

The only thing standing in your way is your belief that you can't levitate!

I personally use the power of levitation to avoid a 3 hour daily commute.
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Random idea of the moment:  Bitcoin based system that pays creative types (artists, writers, open-source programmers, etc) much like Patreon.

Benefits over Patreon: This system would be the only middle man...  No payment processor taking an extra chunk out or requiring arbitrary conditions.

Drawback that would need to be addressed: No auto-pay subscription system in place in the Bitcoin world (or if there is, there isn't one I've heard of and would trust).
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I didn't believe my wife when she said she was upset about my obsession with The Monkeys.

And then I saw her face.
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I'm in love
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I couldn't leave her if I tried
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"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most human."
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Software Engineer at SelectShops.com currently launching Bedding.com
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OOP programming, especially PHP. Relational databases. WebSockets and other HTTP related technologies.
Employment
  • SelectShops.com
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
    Launching new version of Bedding.com
  • McMurry/TMG
    Software Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    Create and maintain sites for major hospitals and educational institutions using Drupal, Symfony2 and other content management systems
  • ICUC Moderation
    Software Developer, 2009 - 2013
    Design, create and maintain tools to allow moderators and content managers to more quickly, completely and accurately respond to social media content using various APIs, and simplify engagement report creation for the clients of ICUC Moderation.
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Phoenix, AZ - Logan, UT - Fort Lewis, WA - South Korea
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I am a nerd, but the good kind of nerd.
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Tripled a company's productivity with 3000 lines of PHP code. Put up with $11/hour wages for 2 years afterwards.
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  • Stevens-Henager College
    Computer Science, 2004 - 2007
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They have gotten my drive-through orders wrong 6 times in a row. Today, they couldn't get "4 bacon egg and cheese McGriddles" right, and instead gave me 4 bacon egg and cheese biscuits. Last time, I asked for no ketchup on a burger and got extra ketchup. I don't expect much, since it's fast food... but it's not too much to ask for the guy taking my order to hit the right buttons on his screen, and confirm that the right options pop up, especially when it happens at different times of day with different people taking the order.
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