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"Self-Driving Taxis: Great For Cutting Emissions, Not So Great for Cabbies"

Elevators buttons were terrible for elevator operators, too.
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Happy aphelion, everyone!

apsis -- Extreme point in an orbit (furthest or closest) with "apo-/ap-" meaning the highest/furthest, and "peri-" meaning lowest/closest.
helio -- sun
aphelion -- furthest point in an orbit around the sun.

Other apoapsides:
Apoapsis -- Furthest point in any generic orbit.  Note that if there is no periapsis (because the path intersects an object), then you only have a ballistic trajectory.  All orbits all ballistic trajectories, not all ballistic trajectories are orbits.
Apogee -- Earth
Apolune, Apocynthion, Aposelene -- Moon
Aphermion -- Mercury
Apocytherion -- Venus
Apareion -- Mars
Apozene, Apojove -- Jupiter
Apokrone, Aposaturnium -- Saturn
Apuranion -- Uranus
Aposeidon -- Neptune
Apohadion -- Pluto (I'd use aphadion, personally, to be consistent with Aphelion and Aphermion...  Also, what about Orcus since Pluto takes the Hades root for its orbit?  My guess is Aphorkus or Apodispater (Apodis?)... ) 
Apastron -- A star
Apogalacticon -- A galaxy
Apocenter, Apofocus -- A barycenter (center of gravity), not necessarily inside of a body. Also frequently referred to with the generic Apoapsis. The moons of Pluto don't orbit Pluto, they orbit the barycenter between Pluto and Charon.  Thus, in order to have an apohadion, you must be orbiting so close to Pluto that Charon's gravity is negligible in comparison.
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+Bryce Alexander Sorry, wrong language. :)
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A very valid reason to join the Dark Side.
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"YOU SAID YOU LIKED MY COOKIES! YOU SAID THEY WERE MOIST AND CHEWY, NOT CRUMBLY LIKE THE OTHERS!"

"I HATE OATMEAL!!!"
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I'd love to share screenshots of the leap second tonight... But I love sleep more.
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Now that marriage equality is the law of the land...

Can we reverse the bigotry-inspired laws that prevent domestic partners from caring for each others during times of emergency?

As it stands now, the laws that intended to keep homosexual partners from being insured with their partner's work insurance, from making medical decisions even with Special Powers of Attorney, etc., etc., etc., are now only affecting those who, for whatever reason, choose not to get married regardless of their sexual orientation.

If you supported the anti-domestic partners laws because you are intolerant of homosexuality, then now that your hate no longer matters please try to dredge up the last vestiges of humanity left in that black heart of yours and let people care for their loved ones in times of need.

(If you support equality for all, I hope this is a no-brainer.  If your non-support of domestic partners is for any reason other than hate, I'd love to hear it, as I enjoy learning about reasonable perspectives that differ from mine.)
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This is why there are benefits to marriage and why it's such a big deal that same-sex partners can now legally marry. Short of that, a contract or Durable Power of Attorney is a great idea.

My mother-in-law is in long-term care currently, and I can't even get health updates on her. Her own son had to get PoA to make decisions for her. Otherwise, I guess the staff just does what it sees fit.

In addition to making sure this is clarified for same-sex partners, they also need non-discrimination laws. There are several states where you can still be fired for being gay. 
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Just overheard:  "Do you know how the I. D. Ten reader..."

I wonder if he's using the T version of that I. D. Ten reader...
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Random trivia:

The external fuel tank of the Space Shuttles was orange because they didn't paint it -- That was the natural color of the insulation.

In the first two space shuttle missions, they painted the tanks white to prevent damage from exposure to the sun while the shuttle was prepped for launch, but stopped because it turned out to not be an issue, and were able to save 600lbs (272 kg).
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Personal challenge:  No hiring.

If I want a new Kerbal, I need to pluck it from orbit.
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I've yet to hire a kerbal in career mode. The game just keeps paying me to take them. :)
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Thinking out loud here...

A way to DOS most WebSocket servers... and how to mitigate the attack:

The WebSocket Protocol allows messages to be fragmented across multiple frames, to handle cases where the ultimate size of a message is not known at the beginning of sending the message.

The sane thing for a server to do is to hold on to the message until the final fragment comes in, then process that message.

However, an attacker could quite easily write their own WebSocket client and do the following:

Send large fragments and never send a frame with the FIN bit set, eventually exhausting the server's available memory.

The way to mitigate this is to set a maximum buffer size, and if a message exceeds its buffer, disconnect the client.

A distributed version of the attack is also available: Send a large but not gigantic message and never terminate it with a frame with the FIN bit set, and just keep the connection open so that the server never reclaims the buffer space.

To mitigate this, keep track of the total size of all buffers, and track each incomplete message's age, and if you are passing the max global buffer size, clear the buffers of the most stale messages and disconnect their clients.

Also, always clear the connection's buffer whenever a client disconnects... but that's basic memory management anyways, and should go without saying.
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That is pretty much what slow loris does. Except it sends periodic extra bits to keep its connections alive. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slowloris_(software)
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Remember, Canada has a 4th of July, too.

(It comes right after the 3rd of July. ;-) )
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There's always a good reason to share Carl Sagan's words.  It's alway a good day to share the perspective of the Pale Blue Dot... perhaps the closest that us earthbound humans can get to the Overview Effect...

But it's Asteroid Day... the day to remember to look up...  So here it is, our most distant probe looking back, and Carl Sagan's thoughts on what it saw:
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Damn allergies. My eyes are leaking.


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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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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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    Computer Science, 2004 - 2007
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