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Michael Janke
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"That is the sorry reality of the bazaar Raymond praised in his book: a pile of old festering hacks, endlessly copied and pasted by a clueless generation of IT "professionals" who wouldn't recognize sound IT architecture if you hit them over the head with it. It is hard to believe today, but under this embarrassing mess lies the ruins of the beautiful cathedral of Unix, deservedly famous for its simplicity of design, its economy of features, and its elegance of execution. "

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Ash River gets some good press.

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Passed on with out comment. :)

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"Coming in early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos display whenever they call you, or you call them (it’s great if a new friend who hasn’t been saved in your contacts yet calls you). Check your Google Account to make sure you are happy with how you appear on caller ID by Google: http://goo.gl/g9P3Bp "

And the profile photo of the Google Employee  who created this feature is:

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A couple decades ago, the father of a friend of mine told me the story of the day that a landslide collapsed a mountainside into a reservoir and caused 2000 deaths. The landslide instantly filled the reservoir with rocks and debris, and caused a dam to overtop with a 250 meter wave that destroyed the villages in the valley below.  He lived a dozen or so miles downstream, and spent some days fishing bodies out of the river.

We toured the site of the catastrophe. As I recall, he explained that the landslide was predicted, and that the father-son engineering team that architected the dam disagreed on the likelihood and consequence of a landslide.

At the time I was there, 40 or so years after the disaster,  you could clearly see how the wall of water had scoured the valley hundreds of feet above the valley floor as it washed up one side of the valley and the other on its way downstream, destroying villages along its path.

The search term 'Vajont Dam' tells the story.

--Mike

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