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"You might not want to drink this stuff, it's TERRIBLE!"
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Just picked up two of these bad boys http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0b6/

Now I can sith, er, sip my scotch without the ice melting right away!

#ice #scotch #thinkgeek #deathstar  
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Awsome! Gotta get one
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So awesome. I am going to celebrate with some Red Bull. #livejump
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Oh, UTF-8, how ye have made my life less of a PITA.
 
UTF-8 turned 20 years old yesterday.

It's been well documented elsewhere (http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/utf-8-history.txt) that one Wednesday night, after a phone call from X/Open, Ken Thompson and I were sitting in a New Jersey diner talking about how best to represent Unicode as a byte stream. Given the experience we had accumulated dealing with the original UTF, which had many problems, we knew what we wanted. X/Open had offered us a deal: implement something better than their proposal, called FSS/UTF (File System Safe UTF; the name tells you something on its own), and do so before Monday. In return, they'd push it as existing practice.

UTF was awful. It had modulo-192 arithmetic, if I remember correctly, and was all but impossible to implement efficiently on old SPARCs with no divide hardware. Strings like "/*" could appear in the middle of a Cyrillic character, making your Russian text start a C comment. And more. It simply wasn't practical as an encoding: think what happens to that slash byte inside a Unix file name.

FSS/UTF addressed that problem, which was great. Big improvement though it was, however, FSS/UTF was more intricate than we liked and lacked one property we insisted on: If a byte is corrupted, it should be possible to re-synch the encoded stream without losing more than one character. When we claimed we wanted that property, and sensed we could press for a chance to design something right, X/Open gave us the green light to try.

The diner was the Corner Café in New Providence, New Jersey. We just called it Mom's, to honor the previous proprietor. I don't know if it's still the same, but we went there for dinner often, it being the closest place to the Murray Hill offices. Being a proper diner, it had paper placemats, and it was on one of those placemats that Ken sketched out the bit-packing for UTF-8. It was so easy once we saw it that there was no reason to keep the placemat for notes, and we left it behind. Or maybe we did bring it back to the lab; I'm not sure. But it's gone now.

I'll always regret that.

But that's my only regret in this story. UTF-8 has made the world a better place and I am delighted to have been a facilitator in its creation.

So tonight, please give a toast to a few quickly sketched boxes on a placemat in a New Jersey diner that today define how humans represent their text to be sent across international boundaries (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/unicode-over-60-percent-of-web.html), and especially to the X/Open folks for giving us the chance and the Unicode consortium and IETF for pushing it so successfully.

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People have said that G+ is the last refuge for Android users, but man they weren't kidding. I almost feel bad. Almost.

If it weren't for all the rampant elitism displayed by the typical Android phone user, then I wouldn't even bat an eye...

http://www.businessinsider.com/low-commerce-and-web-usage-on-android-2012-11
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What are you bitching about?
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O_O How would this be for a team-building exercise? Synchronized waterjetpack diving?
 
I have to try this.  :))
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The Queen's message to us Americans...
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On my way to www.drinkthedistrict.com!
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Hop Head Red from the cask. Delicious.
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  • Devops Engineer, 2014 - present
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Wish I had seen these reviews before. I ordered from Chakra Cafe, and while the food was OK, it arrived lukewarm and it seemed like the food had been tossed around inside a dryer. Unfortunately for Chakra Cafe (or anyone else that uses Express Entree), I won't be ordering from them again because of this delivery service.
Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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