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Nicholas Perry
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Irony: shirt is not avail in male+pink. Is it ok to make my own from another vendor?
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"Nothing ruins a Friday at 5 P.M. faster than taking one last pass through the log file and discovering a word-aligned buffer address, but a buffer length of NUMBER OF ELECTRONS IN THE UNI-VERSE. This is a sorrow that lingers, because a 2893 byte read is the only thing that both Republicans and Democrats agree is wrong. It’s like, maybe Medicare is a good idea, maybe not, but there’s no way to justify reading everything that ever existed a jillion times into a mega-jillion sized array. This constant war on happiness is what non-systems people do not understand about the systems world. I mean, when a machine learning algorithm mistakenly identifies a cat as an elephant, this is actually hilarious. You can print a picture of a cat wearing an elephant costume and add an ironic caption that will entertain people who have middling intellects, and you can hand out copies of the photo at work and rejoice in the fact that everything is still fundamentally okay. There is nothing funny to print when you have a misaligned memory access, because your machine is dead and there are no printers in the spirit world." - https://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mickens/thenightwatch.pdf
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*Windows Server 2014 - now with the Namecoin service built in! *

Having dealt with a fair share of key signing authorities, the whole process left me feeling dirty and abused. 

Large corporations buy out the smaller security firms and end up creating an inefficient, broken, usability nightmare of a system.

Companies that can't automate it away subject overworked and underpaid employees to grueling tasks and these workers end up being bled dry by a system that is under increasing pressure to become profitable. Legwork that should be done by experts gets handed off to people who are under the heavy hand of process control, and one that subverts reason. The amount of bureaucratic tape, ridiculous hoops that must me jumped through, and the level of security theater present in their offerings means the whole thing is basically a joke.

Have you tried using their support system? I swear it rivals comcast's reputation of being impossible... and half of the service providers don't even let you see a number to call until after you've ponied up the $$$ to buy into their system.

Costs keep going up because of the inherent oligopoly these companies have on the network. We have to pay for it, deal with it, even though the system is basically broken.

I really hope the future of trust ends up being ran on top of something like how bitcoin's platform works.  Can you imagine having a server in each corporate environment that shares the burden of hashing and verifying a namecoin/dns/https? Trust is put back into the hands of the people.

Further Reading:
Trust, but verify. http://www.pwc.com/us/en/view/issue-13/trust-but-verify.jhtml

http://lorddoig.svbtle.com/heartbleed-should-bleed-x509-to-death

https://github.com/namecoin/Convergence
Less words more action at Part 2: Should we make a working group to kill X.509? and the group. I’m not a cryptographer; nor am I a hard core C guru; nor have I invented some brilliant library that gives me street cred to talk about this... | Sean Doig | Tinkerer. Coder. Tech guru to the rich and famous.
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What is a natural monopoly, and how can we structure what we do to prevent the wrong incentives from sneaking in and polluting communities with greed? http://www.progress.org/tpr/natural-monopoly-2/
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Interesting packing concept.

I was curious what alternatives there are for cardboard boxes. They seem to pile up rather quickly at work and at home.

The Rapid Packing Container
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There is a pretty good segment on flow and how it plays into gamification aspects in this great presentation: Meaningful Play: Getting Gamification Right

I personally use these kind of tricks to help keep me 'flowing'.  The most effective one I've used recently is by challenging my local coding buddies to play the 'Pomodoro' mini game that comes with http://www.kanbanflow.com

It doubles as a signaling mechanisms to each of us that we should not be distracting/stay focused while it is timing us. At the same time the breaks it puts in (something that most people miss when they do Pomodoro) help us maintain thru the day at a sustainable rate.

Combining the Pomodoro with a standing desk works out great too. I use every other break to rest my legs and my eyes by sitting on the couch at the other end of the room.  
More about the pomodoro here: https://productivity.stackexchange.com/questions/811/doesnt-the-pomodoro-technique-break-the-flow

My only complaint about the Pomodoro system as implemented on KanbanFlow, is that it really only works within that site. I'd love to have a more-extensible/standalone implementation that could be used across devices, and one that could tweak some of the intervals so that I can ramp up my game as the day progresses.
 
How to hack flow and be up to 5 times more productive

Would you like your team to be 5 times more productive?

How about a team that learns between 2 and 3 times faster and is 7 times more creative?

According to research done by McKinsey and the US military these are some of the results you can expect if you get good at cultivating a state of flow in your teams.

I recently wrote an article on the 12 skills you need to build a great digital product but I left out the 13th and probably the most important skill:

Hacking flow states.

http://www.bandwidthblog.com/2014/04/10/how-to-hack-flow-and-be-5-times-more-productive/

Have you ever worked in a team that was good at getting into flow? If so how big an impact did it have in your output and general level of happiness?

#flow #programming #teams
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True story: my highest ranking Reddit post is under a thread about mind control parasites releated to ants. 

Its great to see interesting science become part of relatively mainstream discourse.

Also: "A tapeworm is effectively a long, living gut with genitals at one end and a hooked mouth at the other. " 

www.ted.com/talks/ed_yong_suicidal_wasps_zombie_roaches_and_other_tales_of_parasites/
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Its really hard to find information about gamification that I actually find valuable.  I found this: Meaningful Play: Getting Gamification Right today, but it is from 2011.  Although it is still an excellent talk, I have a feeling that there has been more advancement in this field.

Of course I can find tons of stuff on 'gamification for marketers' that is superficial and uninspired, but where is the stuff coming from actual game developers interested in meaningful engagement?
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    Web App Developer, 2010 - present
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I'm 0 courses away from a computer engineering degree.

I work on websites, computer games, computer systems, and robots. 

I am interested in all things technology. I have an affinity for biology, philosophy, sociology, and ants.

I want to be surrounded by great people in an environment that fosters passion, creativity, getting things done, or is otherwise generally awesomeness.

 I believe the future is not set in stone, and it is up to us to make the world the way we want it to be.  I want my life is the story of that journey.


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  • Vermont Technical College
    BS. Computer Engineering, 2005 - 2009
  • Vermont Academy of Science and Technology
    High-School + College Hybrid, 2004 - 2005
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