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Alex Komoroske
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I've had komoroske.com/sudoku running for more than 8 years now, and users have solved over 800,000 puzzles in that time. I've never been particularly happy with the quality of the puzzles deployed on the site, and for the past couple of years I've been idly working on a sudoku generator written in go--mostly in the downtime on flights. The goal is to take all of that historical solve data to train a model that will give accurate ratings of a puzzle's difficulty.

The library is still really rough and there's a lot more I intend to do, but last week I rolled out the first (experimental) set of puzzles on my sudoku site to get more data to train the model, so I figured now was as good a time as any to open source it.
A sudoku puzzle solver, generator, and difficulty-rater built in Go
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Ha, that's next on my list. The client-side codebase is pretty creaky and untested, which makes me terrified to touch it. But soon I'll do that, and make it mobile friendly, too.
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Today I learned why digital projections, especially if my eyes are moving, sometimes have this weird, stuttery look where the Red, Green, and Blue all break down.

The effect is called the Phantom Array effect (and for digital projectors, it's specifically called the DLP rainbow).

This happens when your eyes are moving because each red, green, and blue frame will hit your retina at different places that don't overlap. It happens more often in your peripheral vision because the Flicker Fusion Threshold is lower there.

Did I get that right?
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Now fill that space with stuff! http://www.junji.org/saccade/
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This is some of the best writing I've seen in a very long time, and it's about design patterns. It's insightful, clever, clear, and just about perfect in every way. It should be required reading for anyone who has ever written code.

Even the margin notes are awesome: the point about loading up the program into your brain to reason about it literally being an OCR process blew my mind a bit.
Architecture, Performance, and Games. Game Programming PatternsIntroduction. Before we plunge headfirst into a pile of patterns, I thought it might help to give you some larger context about how I think about software architecture and how it applies to games. It may help you understand the rest ...
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Awesome!!
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Well, neither WebRTC or WebP is being considered ... No surprise
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I've spent a lot of times in the past few days reading the back catalog of stratechery. I find the author to be always interesting and often insightful--he's great at combining microeconomic theory, rigorous analysis, and a good understanding of the tech industry.
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Holy crap!
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Well, that was... disturbing.
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It's worth reading the post that Gruber is responding to--it's a succinct argument that I find compelling about why expectations for the Apple Watch are too high.

But Gruber's response to it is amazing: " I’m far from convinced that I’m going to find Apple Watch useful. I’m convinced more by Apple’s public and private confidence in it than by what they’ve revealed so far."

... Behold, the power of cultish devotion to a brand.
So he laid out his expectations which were largely not met, but he doesn't want to give up on those expectation yet, so he's hoping for another big reveal closer to the time of sale. Is Apple going to have another event for Apple Watch, where they will invite all the press back and say, “Ah ha, ...
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Wow - I had completely forgotten about Gruber! I feel like Obi when he was like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3LE15AyT5g
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I love learning about the complexity hidden behind seemingly straightforward things. 500,000 for a seat? Crazy!
Creating new airline seats is so complex that moving from conception to installation takes years, and new first-class seating units can cost more than half a million dollars each.
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Kind of fun. Like reading about aboriginal fertility dances.
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We just updated polymer-project.org with a new look, new logo, and new beginner content. We're now officially in "alpha"!
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Congratulations on the alpha, keep up the great work.
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Yup, this is almost precisely my worst nightmare.
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If that nightmare does happen... I bet Google will open isp's nationwide first and then globally later.
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I don't know how accurate these are, but there are a number of really interesting ones.

Some of my favorites:
* Countries Britain has invaded
* Map of all rivers in the US
* 7000 rivers that feed into the Mississippi
* Literal Chinese Translations for Country Names
If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection...
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Mcdonalds has not yet quite achieved the coverage of the Brits. But it seems to be making a go of it. 
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This place has unbelievably good wash and fold service. The owner (Steve) is an incredibly nice guy with one of the best memories of anyone I have ever met. The first time I went there I gave my details and dropped off my bag and a shirt to be dry cleaned. I'm used to normal wash and fold places where they never seem to recognize you despite going there every single week. But when I came back later that night as soon as I entered, Steve said, "Hi, Alex, your bag is there in the corner. Your shirts will be ready in a few days; you can pay then." I was blown away that he remembered all of that so quickly. But it's no fluke. Today I went in and had to pick up a shirt that had been there for a week or so as well as picking up my roommate's laundry for him. As soon as Steve saw me walking up, he went to go pick up my shirt from the rack. He scanned in the receipt on the shirt and I told him I was picking up my roommate's laundry as well. "Are you paying together," he asked. As soon as I replied "Yes," he shot back with the precise combined total without having looked up my roommate's record at all. When I asked him how he did it, he first proved to me the amount was correct (I never doubted him for a second) and then proceeded to point at all of the laundry bags on the floor, calling out their precise cost, which he had remembered. Absolutely mindblowing. To top it all off, Steve and his wife are incredibly hard working, incredibly friendly and polite, and do an impeccable job washing and very precisely folding everything.
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