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Our culture is drowning in morals but starved for virtues—we all think no one has the right to judge us, but we all reserve the right to judge everyone else. Share ThisTwitterFacebookGoogleRedditTu…
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This one's going out to my coding / .NET / C# circles.
If you're ever looking to replace Guids or int identity columns for your entities' Ids, this might be worth looking at. I  have a new project up on GitHub, with a corresponding NuGet package, that creates part-timestamp / part server-hash / part-random Ids in Base36. They're configurable in length, but somewhere from 16-25 characters is best. Ids are ascending but not sequential, like this (generated one after the other):

00E4W-G2GTO-0IEMF-Y911Q-KJI8E
00E4W-G2GVL-9KEMF-Y91IN-18341

If you're interested, the GitHub project is linked below, and the NuGet package is at https://www.nuget.org/packages/Funcular.IdGenerators/.  Questions are welcome. Thanks!
#DotNet   #Base36 #csharp #random  
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+Paul Clayton Smith Unfortunately, C# and .NET are two things I don't work in, so I doubt my pull requests would be worth much without a lot of cleanup. My main tools are C++ and Python.

And remember that if you have some means of resolving collisions, then you're still okay. I'm not worried about a uniqueness guarantee in your version. I mentioned check bits (parity, Reed-Solomon, 8-bit CRC, that kind of thing) so that there's a mechanism you can use to determine if a visually-copied ID is even valid. For example, on most credit cards, the 16th digit is a function of the first 15.

Anyway, there's no problem keeping Q so long as it won't be mistaken for 0, or you could replace it with a symbol such as %.
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This is almost comical. The EFF has been a loud voice pushing for Net Neutrality, achieved by having FCC regulate the ‘Net like telecommunications. Those who disagreed said that would quickly lead to overreach (and it wouldn't solve anything to begin with). Net Neutrality proponents dismissed such warnings. Well now the FCC begins to speak its mind and WHOA! ...the EFF is already saying “hey, not so fast, it looks like you're really poised for overreach! We asked for light touch regulation!” Fools. There is no such thing as "light touch" regulation. Don't ask the neighborhood burglar to guard your house if you're not prepared to have stuff go missing.
For many months, EFF has been working with a broad coalition of advocates to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new Open Internet rules that would survive legal scrutiny and actually help protect the Open Internet. Our message has been clear from the beginning: the FCC has a role to play, but its role must be firmly bounded.
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I really like what Satya Nadella is doing with Microsoft lately. It's almost like he recognized from the get-go what sucked about Microsoft, and started his stint as CEO determined to undo all of it. He's off to a pretty good start!
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Christians aren’t making a religious claim when they say Jesus rose from the grave. They’re making a historical one.
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In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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Trying the SmartDrugsForThought.com store for the first time today. Will let you know how my experience is. #nootropics  
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