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An older form of "grid computing"
The IBM 1401 mainframe computer was announced in 1959 and by the mid-1960s had become the best-selling computer, extremely popular with medium and large businesses because of its low cost. A key component of the 1401's succes...
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Our government: of the people, by the people, for the people
    Unfortunately, corporations are people too...

Electronic Freedom Foundation on the current TTP talks and corporate interests.
Trade ministers are meeting behind closed-doors at the Westin Resort and Spa in Maui this week to finalize the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is the first formal round of talks since the U.S. passed the controversial Fast Track trade legislation in June, which has given U.S. negotiators a renewed sense of determination as they continue to push TPP's corporate-driven mandate on intellectual property and digital regulations. The...
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The Internet of Voice Activated Things....
Today, Amazon announced the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create new voice-driven capabilities for Alexa. With a few lines of code, developers can easily integrate existing web services with Alexa or, ...
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+Dan Polhamus This is one use of AWS Lambda
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This is not the crossover you're looking for...
Illustrator and visual effects artists Krishna Shenoi brings us a look at events that happened a long time ago, in a galaxy of fire and blood. In it, the bizarre wastelands of Mad Max: Fury Road are actually the deserts of Tatooine as the sleeper hit of this past Spring gets mixed together with the biggest franchise of all time, Star Wars. Road Wars: The Imperator Strikes Back starts off quite simple enough, with the same opening as the theatrica...
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On "leaky abstractions" in the world of high finance...

Who really owns the stock you own and what does "ownership" mean?
The financial system is built in layers of abstraction. Which is always fun in court.
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Maybe we should be building up some greenhouse gases in preparation...
 
Solar Activity: Mini Ice Age Levels in 2030s? - http://bit.ly/1IMX9C4
A new model of the Sun's solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun's 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 'mini ice age' that began in 1645. 
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I was just getting the newly released Docker Toolbox.
The web site's design makes me think:
    #ILookLikeAnEngineerHavingASecondChildhood    
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It looks like some changes I made in my practices about year ago line up very well with the right-hand column.

I have been using Google's TFA for a few years.  If you are a google user and are not using it you are taking a big risk.  Once your Gmail account is compromised all accounts that have email password resets are now vulnerable as well.

Go here.  Do it.  NOW!
https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

As to the rest, I have been very happy using LastPass for numbers 2, 4 and 5.

https://lastpass.com/f?4260136       <-- shameless referral link
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A mix of period piece and retrospective on Herbert's Dune at 50
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The Internet of Things you care about on a day to day basis...
Google's cross-platform standard combines the best of iBeacon and The Physical Web.
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I hate it when programmers use negative variables:  
    "if (notOpen == true)"
Detest it when they use double negatives:  
    "if (notOpen == false)"

But I have to admit, it's been a while since I've seen a triple negative.
My brain hurts....
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I agree. Also, why even put the ==?
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My experiences over the last year or so has been very similar.  Often I'm driven there by google searches.  They used to be to actual conversations - often with a very good (or good enough) answer.

These days, almost every time, the thread has been shut down by a moderator for one arbitrary subjective reason or another - along with fancy boilerplate.
How trolls have taken over your favorite programming Q&A site
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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 1.0) / 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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    B.S. Computer Science
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