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"Maybe if you had a better city flag you would give people a banner under which to rally around those more important causes"

http://www.ted.com/talks/roman_mars_why_city_flags_may_be_the_worst_designed_thing_you_ve_never_noticed#t-511006

The Syracuse flag breaks 3 / 5 flag design principles... maybe 4 / 5... it's bad.
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.
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I never quite understood why city flags exist in the first place. Most people either don't notice it, or simply don't care for it. I'm all for stripes and stars, but country flags are the only flags I'll even bother remembering. Brain capacity too low, running on a toaster here. 
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Save money on your scm, test and staging servers by shutting them down and starting them up automatically.

Just have one micro instance with compute permissions and add this to the crontab
#m      h       dom     mon     dow     command
 20     7       *       *       *       gcloud compute instances start myinstance --zone us-central1-f
 20     17      *       *       *       gcloud compute instances stop myinstance --zone us-central1-f

#gce
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Part of being a T shaped individual.
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A great article on the state of Linux GPU drivers, great comments too. In summary, Nouveau is now being fed documentation by Nvidia. Nvidia has had and increasingly continues to have the best proprietary GPU drivers, both in terms of performance and reliability.

Meanwhile AMD's limited but more willing support for fglrx makes it the perform better with free distros and perhaps cutting edge ones with newer kernels. Proprietary Catalyst drivers are closer to their open source counter parts, but have suffered from crippling 7+ month gaming performance issues.

Practically speaking, if gaming is your first priority, and you don't ming being behind on the latest kernels/distros, or the very real possibility of exploits in the driver binaries, or their harsh controlling stance on open source, Nvidia is your first choice.

If gaming is an after thought to playing 4K video and juggling 20 animated windows and chrome tabs, then AMD's approach would allow you to comfortably use open source drivers exclusively, with the option to go with Catalyst drivers once Linux gaming gets taken seriously by Valve.

P.S. as a side note, today once again Microsoft announced they are holding on to dear life by suing Kyocera over Android related patents.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/nvidia-seeks-peace-with-linux-pledges-help-on-open-source-driver/
Torvalds isn't yet ready to apologize for giving Nvidia the finger.
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I really love this app... combined with Xdebug helper, it's freed me from the under supported Eclipse or the closed source PHPStorm/IDEA. It enables php developers to program remotely from anywhere... allowing for a truly cloud based development environment... yes that means uncompromising PHP development from a Chromebook. While a bit buggy, it has been a game changer.
Contribute to chrome-xdebug-client development by creating an account on GitHub.
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Can you spot the bug on these bots?
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This weeks experience with UPS and FedEx

UPS had 3 packages scheduled to arrive Monday. They attempted to deliver at 12, 1 and 2 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

I could specify a time window on two of the packages for $5 more each. I could specify packages to be held at a UPS store 10 miles away for two packages. The other package could only be held at a store 15 miles away. Two of those packages weighed 30lbs.

Meanwhile, FedEx had another 30lb package to be delivered on Friday. I was not there on Friday, so they tried again SATURDAY. That's the end of their story, I was a happy customer.

I ended up holding all my UPS packages for pickup at their lowest common denominator location, 15 miles away. If I hadn't gotten to it by 7pm, all of the three packages would have been sent back to sender and I would have lost the shipping charges.

Lesson learned, UPS sucks for residential customers.

Update: Forgot to mention that the only UPS store I could have them left at does not open on Saturdays.
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:/ The beginnings of my wired home network. Well, at least I have the choice of purple, though it looks blue.
Avoid having excess Ethernet cable lying around by building your own cables to the exact length needed using this Bulk Ethernet Copper Cable from Monoprice! Features: Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Category 6 Ethernet cable 23AWG solid, pure bare copper conductors CMR (Riser) fire safety rating 500MHz bandwidth 1000 foot roll Monoprice Ethernet cables are made of 100% pure bare copper wire, as opposed to copper clad aluminum (CCA) wire, ...
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I was looking for an alternative to Google's personal blocklist, which takes about 400 ms to remove results. It's not fast enough to prevent me from clicking the first result.

Then I found this purpose made tool to block the most nefarious annoying outdated click baity low quality programmer resource known to man.
Hides W3Schools (and other) results from Google™ Searches
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Computer in a nightstand - Spotswood test bench PAX East 2015: http://youtu.be/5iZ7ff9F9uc

No gaming PC's here.

Now if only there were a mass produced one with air filers and front IO. 
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Fantastic insight on the experience of developing a hiring pipeline... Useful insight for people looking for a position, looking to switch or more directly, looking to hire.

If you are in the latter group, you might look into open source quizzes... There is a fantastic one on github for front end developers.

He does have an interesting view on cross functional engineering.

How I: Find, screen, and hire developers: http://youtu.be/2uIUBnmWD9Y
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Upset is putting it mildly. It's been two years since the bug was opened. This really gives fodder to the idea that Chrome is the new IE 6. +Ilya Grigorik Please fix asap.

Ironically, one of the first linux Laptops with a hidpi display was the google made, linux running Chromebook Pixel.
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Good selection. knowledgeable owner. Very personalized well decorated store.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The bane of my existence... Where some of your package will be forced to be picked up if you happen to work during work hours, like a normal person.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
40 minutes later, won't answer and didn't come.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
This place has definitely come down from its golden age. The two main complaints from other reviewers are a bit overblown. Hot water takes 30 minutes flat to arrive, but when it does it gets scalding hot. The shower head are quite a crapshoot on the other hand. It's not a big problem since the bathrooms are designed to be flooded, but its still disconcerting to see the water being thrown all over the place. I had an extra toothbrush from virgin and decided to scrub the nozzles of graduation hat shaped shower head. Clearing the stuck nozzles from the calcium deposits made the entire square shower head work as intended. Of course, there is a lot to love about this place. The floors an the stairs are entirely marble, with strong blue lighting. The rooftop restaurant itself is quite good and well decorated. The one thing that may really put people off, and the reason why its a budget hotel is its location. Its not in old delhi, but it feels like it. There are over a dozen hotels on the street, but it lacks side walks and greenery. Its a very good hotel, the roof top restaurant alone is worth it. Say nothing of the great WiFi, breakfast and luxurious atmosphere.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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At the time of writing this, unchallenged. Their black on white site isn't great to read in broad daylight, but their process makes up for it. Great prices, great shipping options, no VAT... very happy with them.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Astro turfing and rude.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Wrong location. Makes you believe it's much closer to the airport than it really is.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago