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Why the government and IT can't work:
    You distrust your employees
    You tether developers to their desk
    You still see waterfall as a viable option [rather than agile development]
    You don’t place process on a pedestal
    You erect a moat between developers and servers
    New technologies are guilty until proven innocent
    You use open source as a verb
    You prefer government-specific service providers
    Working in the open is a novelty, not a best practice
    Speaking at conferences is tightly controlled
    Geeks are the bottom of your food chain
    Culture only happens outside of your working hours
    You measure your hiring process in months
    Onboarding is an afterthought
    Recruitment is unheard of
    You block half the internet
The type of private-sector technologists you're after are used to a very different workplace culture. A fancy title isn't enough to lure them.
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The problem for many people is that we live in a world of denial cloaked in science, so working out the difference between "smoking is good for you" and "GMO food is generally no more dangerous than selectively bred equivalents" is hard. Which does lead a lot of us to believe reports of harm much more readily than whitewashes. It's very hard to switch from "what bullshit have the science deniers bought onto my screen today" to "oh, look, a free and independent peer-reviewed meta-study being promoted by Pepsi, that's definitely true".

I am also sick of overstatements from all sides, but especially the idiots trying to look scientific and reassuring in face of scare campaigns. The instant you say "GMO plants are harmless" I know you're lying and start to focus on exactly how and why you're lying. Look, "harmless" and "drop a tonne block of it on your head, you're dead" don't go together. Nothing is harmless[1], so don't use that lie.

[1] "no thing exists which is harmless", since obviously "nothing" as a thing is quite harmful indeed. Even waterbears prefer atmosphere.
Aspartame isn't any worse for you than Splenda. Food companies should stop folding to pseudoscientific health pressure from consumers.
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Wholly sheet. A list for the absolutely paranoid micro-controlling abuser in your life. "spending time alone with someone else" and "putting your children before your spouse"... it's not enough just to be a doting servant, you have to abandon everyone else in your life. And that's just to make the "not being unfaithful" cut, sod knows what it would take to lift that to "good partner".
 
I agree.
Being alert to ways spouses can be unfaithful to their mates is vital. These 10 behaviors can lead to the ultimate unfaithfulness. Learn them and be on guard.
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I’m all good with fidelity in the scientific sense of the word. I’m the sharing type, too. :)
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Interesting info about tax and income in Oz for 2011-2012 from the Guardian: Median income for full time workers is $46,900. Earning $80,000 puts you in the top 20% of all income earners, $100,000 gets you into the top 12%, $150,000 into the top 5% and $180,000 has you in the top 3%. And yes, the wealthy pay most of the tax. The top 20%, for example, pay about 61% of all tax, but they also earn about 45% of all income.

Which is lower than I thought. 
http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2014/may/08/family-tax-benefit-cuts-will-hurt-ordinary-australians-more-than-a-levy
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I have my new bike lights from http://seesense.co/ (sorry about the autoplay bullshit on that site), and they seem to work. So the first thing to do, obviously, is leave them in a bucket of water for a couple of hours and see if they still work afterwards (I did actually put them on my bike yesterday and they also work there. But I'm too lazy to go for a ride in the rain).
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Got my 8x16 LED boards from http://rgb-123.com this week, and given how bright they are I wondered how visible it would be in direct sunlight. In this video there's slight shade on the right hand side of the board just to show that the thing is working. 

To the naked eye it's much more visible than this, but the camera isn't showing it or the colour too well. I don't think it'll be good for 'read at a glance' signs, but as a light display it's eye-catching enough. Fully on it draws about 3A at 5V.
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#C++ joys: I have a call to snprintf wrapped in a function that was a macro but it was getting a bit unmaintainably large. 15 lines! But making it a function means the actual printf call now can't be checked. So I have a different macro to enable checking...

(image because G+ and code formatting is not a thing. And code has been pruned... most of the code is "does this string fit in my buffer, if not expand it, if that fails abort")
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The really annoys news is that a crucial Go feature I needed is there now. If I'd known I could afford to wait 6 months, and that the feature would be there in 6 months, I could be using Go right now.
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Simple description of effective software development. "all new lines must be executed at least once"...{guilty}
Here is my list of heuristics and rules of thumb for software development that I have found useful over the years:   Development 1. Start small, then extend. Whether creating a new system, or ...
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Just got a Delphi survey "why haven't you upgraded" and there was actually a "don't use it any more" option. That's been missing in the past. Although the "what percentage of new development is VCL/FM?headless" still had to add to 100%, even though in my case there is a GUI but it's HTML5 and C... and the back end is C++/PHP/Python.

I miss Delphi. It would be really handy if Delphi did what I needed, but it doesn't and there's no real prospect that it will. C++ is full of tricks for naive idiots, where it has the feature but it doesn't work. "exceptions'... that mostly work, but you can't get a stack trace and it's up to whoever throws it to decide whether to give you more information than "something bad happened", and ideally they will actually throw an exception rather than, say, an integer. Or NULL. The C++ Frequently Questioned Answers (FQA) is an essential tool.
C++ FQA Lite: Main page. This is C++ FQA Lite. C++ is a general-purpose programming language, not necessarily suitable for your special purpose. FQA stands for "frequently questioned answers". This FQA is called "lite" because it questions the answers found in C++ FAQ Lite.
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Delphi Gem of the day: putting "reintroduce" on a destructor.

    destructor Destroy(); reintroduce; overload;

In our case all we got was a memory leak because the rest of the inheritance chain didn't override the destructor.
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for those that haven't joined this particular bandwagon yet, this kickstarter geek game looks worth while (and I'm a backer)
A 4X/Euro MICROGAME for 2-4 players! Do you have what it takes to create the greatest pocket-sized Kingdom!? Only $16! Pledge NOW!
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While I remember, here's the firmware for my http://www.hexbright.com/ light. Has "on but flicks" mode for bike headlight, next press turns it off if it's been on for a few seconds. Because I don't like having to cycle through all the modes to get it to turn off. Open Source FTW!
hexbright - HexBright torch firmware
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