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A wild math problem appears.

Pikachu uses geometry. It's super effective!
 

And here we see a math problem in the wild #maths  
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I'm the bearded nerd in the lower right corner...
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I'm seeing a new trend in the Please let us spam you! Sign up for our Newsletter! full page modal divs...

They wait until I move my mouse out of the browser window.

This means they know that they're being annoying.  They're intentionally flashing up full page advertisements for their newsletter.

Let me say again: If I want you to spam me, I'll seek your RSS feed out.

Normally, I just close the site right away when I see a full page modal div advertising something.  These sites, though?  I'm going to start editing my hosts file and redirecting their domains to no-man's land, so that I never have to deal with them ever again.

Buh-bye, +The Next Web 
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Gotta admit, I'm quite proud of this SO answer...  Then again, it's a question about software that I wrote, so...
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Only thing I can add to calling it genius:

Pure genius.
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It has the distinct advantage over an outright and obvious ban in that it makes the troll less likely to make new accounts, or to try to use proxies to get past an IP based ban... and they still waste their time, which means they're not bothering other people.
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"High fructose corn syrup is more addictive than cocaine!"

Water is more addictive than HFCS... Go ahead and try to quit drinking water and see what the withdrawal will do to you...  ;-)
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Anyone who has been following me for any length of time has noticed that I occasionally (okay, constantly) rant about websites that put modal Sign Up for our Spam Mailing List forms up.

Well, today I am humbled. I have seen the worst of the worst.

It's bad enough that, by the time I've barely read two sentences, they're asking me to send them private information.  It's sad that they expect me to like their crappy logo (because that's the only thing I've had time enough to process) enough to beg them to harass me daily, and invite them to share my contact information with their advertising "partners."

But no, +Fusion has sunk to a new low.

They are wasting the 3 seconds from when their modal div comes into view to when I close the tab their site is open in to ask me to like their Facebook page.

Congratulations, Fusion.  Your domain has been permanently added to my computer's list of blocked domains.  When anyone links to your site, all I'll ever see is a reminder that I really want absolutely nothing to be done with you.

(Why do I post these rants and not just block the site quietly, you may ask?  To let others who share my disgust for such behavior know that they're not alone, to let other developers know what not to do, and to give smart developers an example of how modal "please spam me" forms are received by actual site visitors, so that they can share them with their managers and marketing advisors thus preventing another site from alienating their visitors... And finally, because people who squander their advertising resources must be publicly shamed.)
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If any business asks me to 'like them on Facebook' I do not do business with then ever again.
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Randomish thought of the afternoon...

WebSockets based MMODMG...  Marginally Multiplayer Online Dwarf Management Game.

Browser based game that will supply unlimited amounts of Fun. ( http://dwarffortresswiki.org/index.php/v0.34:Fun )
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Smart homes... When the term brickhouse takes on a whole new meaning.
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(On a thread about hashing passwords)

"But if someone already has your database, you already have bigger problems."

Um, no, this is the problem.  If your database were always completely secure, there would be no need to hash the passwords.  Every part of the system should assume that every part of the rest of the system has been compromised, and work to mitigate those compromises.

Security is like an ogre.  (They both have layers.)
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The bottom line for me on the status of what type of planet to call Pluto.

If we call Pluto a planet without any qualifiers (dwarf, etc.), then we have to call at least 80 objects in our solar system a planet.

Pluto just kinda gets washed out with all of that background noise.

Personally, I think "dwarf" was the wrong category.  

I think we should ask our IAU contacts to consider further reclassifying the planets...

Specifically I propose the following classifications:

Inner rocky planets. (5 of them)...  Rocky bodies that have reached hydrostatic equilibrium that are within the inner solar system, that are not directly orbiting a planet.

Gas giant planets (4 of them)... Same as current definition of a gas giant... Object large enough to not have a distinct surface, but not large enough for sustained fusion.

Plutino (16 with absolute magnitude brighter than 6, but the threshold should depend on hydrostatic equilibrium, not brightness)... Object in a 2:3 orbital resonance with Neptune that has reached hydrostatic equilibrium.

Icy Outer Planet (a few dozen of them)... Kuiper Belt objects that have reached hydrostatic equilibrium.

On the topic of moons... If an object has its primary orbit around a planet rather than the sun, it's a moon whether it has reached hydrostatic equilibrium or not... I'll leave people to debate the semantics of rings another day; some already say that Saturn has millions of moons.  

And, in the special case where two bodies' barycenter is between the objects, such as Pluto, the system will be named after the largest object, but both of these largest objects will be named planets (hydrostatic equilibrium still being the defining characteristic, of course), and the system itself will be called a binary planet system.  Thus, Pluto and Charon would be the two plutino planets making up the Pluto binary planet system, preserving Pluto's role as a special little snowflake.  (Also, everyone should be required to pronounce Charon correctly...  Hard C.)
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You'll notice my definitions make no distinction of clearing an object's orbit (thus re-promoting Ceres to a rocky planet).

Pluto gets re-promoted to a planet, along with the 80+ other round objects that aren't explicitly moons... and the IAU gets to classify things neatly and orderly enough to keep the 3rd grade planet mnemonics simple... and people get to learn about the Plutinos, especially Orcus which is just as cool as Pluto.
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Jurassic Park; Star Wars; Superman; Harry Potter; Jaws; Indiana Jones; E. T.; Saving Private Ryan; Schindler's List...

Forget Bach, Beethoven, and even Tchaikovsky; John Williams is the composer who tops all composers.
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Software Engineer at Newtek
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OOP programming, especially PHP. Relational databases. WebSockets and other HTTP related technologies.
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  • Newtek
    Software developer, 2015 - present
  • SelectShops.com
    Software Engineer, 2014 - 2015
    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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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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