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How long before this is monetized?
So far, nearly 700,000 people have pushed the button.
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The issue with the F-35 helmet indicates one of three things. Either program managers (a) wanted to motivate F-35 pilots to never allow an enemy behind them, (b) wanted any F-35 pilot failing to meet this standard to die in a ball of flame, or (c) were grossly incompetent.
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Think things would be much different with Boeing's X-32 option?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Strike_Fighter_program
If ULA's Russian engine situation is any indication it looks like both those shops are mighty effed up.
The folks who are supposed to do "oversight" are too busy covering their asses and protecting the jobs back home lest they don't get re-elected instead of actually doing what's right.
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The Internet of insecure Things
In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails.
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Your tax dollars at work...
    Actively tracking down malfeasance in drug research.
More tax dollars at work...
    Actively redacting and hiding that malfeasance.
Yet more dollars at work...
    Congressional investigations into the matter.
Agents of the Food and Drug Administration know better than anyone else just how bad scientific misbehavior can get. Reading the FDA’s inspection files feels almost like watching a highlights reel from a Scientists Gone Wild video. It’s a seemingly endless stream of lurid vignettes—each of which catches a medical...
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Various stars and threads have aligned and it's quite possible that I may actually get paid to spend large chunks of my professional day as an actual programmer again.  One of those threads is an old voice from ages past that has become vocal again.  I give you Larry O'Brien's passionate obituary for Dr Dobbs.  

The other major thread I'll speak about as time allows.  Although many of Larry's columns in SD Times over the last year seem to be hinting at the same thing as well.  Time will tell if he comes out of the clojet.

http://www.knowing.net/index.php/2014/12/16/good-bye-dr-dobbs/
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Some potential issues with Docker images.

https://titanous.com/posts/docker-insecurity
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Introducing Google Actual Cloud Platform: https://youtu.be/Cp10_PygJ4o
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Thanks to Vi Hart for pointing out that Every Day is Tau Day

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To make a deeper point about how much this can matter, while I had my own reservations about Clojure and lisp-style syntax (or lack of it), I got over it pretty quickly and appreciate it for its own benefits now. However, that same irregular syntax is part of what keeps me away from it, not because of my own feelings, but because as Yegge says, programmers are lame. A lot of people will reject a language immediately for something as superficial as that. We are human beings, superficial rejection is nothing new. And it is a damn shame, because Clojure is one of the most well-thought and well-designed languages in existence. Rich Hickey is brilliant.
Steve Yegge's Next Big Language Revisited. March 2 2015. Good old Steve Yegge. For several years from time to time you'd get one of his rather opinionated, well-informed, and always entertaining blog posts on topics relevant to anyone doing computer programming. He's been relatively quiet for ...
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Elizabeth Magie, a crusader against big business, devised the classic capitalist game decades before the man credited with its creation.
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A few years back I learned about an actuator that is surprisingly simple, has a high gear ratio, was known since ancient times, and can be produced with nothing more than a cheap hobby motor and some string. Crazy, right?! Up until recently I was barred from discussing the actuator due to NDAs ...
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The end of an era.

I cut my professional teeth on my monthly fix of Dr. Dobbs.
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Rochester NY - Fairport NY - Bethel CT - Gull Lake MI - Pine Brook NJ - Enfield CT - Troy NY
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Software Developer / Architect
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Java (since 1.1) / J2EE / Application Architecture / Software Design / Software Products / Software Projects / System Performance Troubleshooting / Joat
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  • PTC
    Principal Software Development Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Servigistics
    Senior Software Architect, 2010 - 2012
  • Click Commerce
    Senior Software Architect, 2005 - 2010
  • Xelus
    Software Architect, 1999 - 2005
  • LPA Software
    Systems Consultant, 1988 - 1999
  • IBI Systems
    1986 - 1988
  • RealTime Software
    1985 - 1986
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  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    B.S. Computer Science
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