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Software Developers. There are no silver bullets. Just solve problems and bring value to your companies.
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Yes, so many times looking for the "perfect" solutions drags a project on and on.
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This is the most radical change to come to photography since it all began and is the future of digital imaging. You take the picture, then you choose the shot.
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Although I was only 7 in the summer of 1975, I remember pretty clearly how much the movie Jaws dominated the public consciousness. I particularly recall waiting patiently by the radio all day to catch a replay of "Mr. Jaws".
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This might be my next phone!
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Watching this guy create and test a bot for playing agar. Don't know how well his AI is doing but his test harness is cool.
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I created a sound file that is one hour long that is very similar to this except mine overlays oscillating white noise (sounds like ocean waves). It is the only soundtrack I can use to drown out background noise that doesn't engage the part of my brain required to program. This site allows you to play gentle music as well but I have no idea how other programmers function while listening to music :)
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Any music without song / lyrics works for me. Lyrics I can do while programming too, sometimes, but never while reading.

Sometimes I also use http://calm.com
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I've been doing more gaming in he last few weeks and realized that you are missing a lot if you aren't wearing headphones. This is particularly important for positional audio in immersive 3D worlds. The question is, what is the best 3D audio experience at a reasonable price?

It proved to be a complex question but while exploring all its avenues, I ended up at the topic of "binaural" audio. This technique uses human-like ear prosthetics to funnel sound into a pair of high quality microphones. The effect is astounding.
Here is one of the better examples of it that I've found. You can experience it with normal stereo headphones.

The second half of the video is better than the first half as it seems like the videographer finally broke down and got a steady cam mount. You may want to skip the middle part with the cats eating. It is maybe too immersive.
https://youtu.be/2Gpl99s02Aw
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The new Google+ redesign is looking pretty good. They desperately need a dark theme though.
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This would not stop a programmer for long that uses any decent revision control system .. like Git for example. Still, don't do this :)

https://github.com/reinderien/mimic
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I don't always write regular expressions but when I do, I forget how to do it the next day.
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If you are a suffering fan of Firefly, you need to see this.
(watch the trailer on this page)
When cult sci-fi TV show Firefly was canceled more than a decade ago, actor Alan Tudyk could have become a tragi-comic figure, increasingly in the...
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Although only present in spirit, Gene Roddenberry has the best line in this conversation.
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Do it right. Now.
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Made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
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