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Cole Brand
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All I have to say about OSQA sites is "So, the other day when I was on OracleOverflow..."
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"I want to sleep with you.
I don’t mean make a love.
I mean sleep. Together.
Under my blankets. In my bed.
With my hand on your chest and your arm around me.
With the window cracked, so it's chilly and we have to cuddle closer.
No talking, just sleepy, blissfully happy, silence."
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+Alexa Latonia who the hell are you and why did you add me?

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112654912695456389498
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Or.... a bot.
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+Chris Lyon you need a http://gplus.to address for in the future, so with that in mind ... here's one to match your facebook address (keeps things easy) http://gplus.to/chrisplyon
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Not at all. I needed it. I resorted to bitly because I'm beat! :)
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Would I be totally off-base in recommending the StackExchange platform over a Google+ group? One is incredibly daunting to find, and is fairly siloed (you get the data out and do analytics on it) and the other is fairly open and is in fact part of one of the fastest growing networks of Q&A sites on the web (which the #SqlHelp  crew tends to need to get answers)

I realize I have a bit of a vested interest in promoting the site, but I am after all just a volunteer on the site.
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+Cole Brand Great points Cole. Not all of us are consultants here, so maybe that could be what differentiates this forum from others. And I share your concerns with the search capabilities for 6 months (or years) down the road.

Anyway, if this medium helps in the long term, great. If not, then it will fade away and we never need to speak of it again!
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search.
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I never heard that this happened :-(
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I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information.

I trust there are people here who will appreciate the reach of his contributions and mourn his passing appropriately.

He was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.
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Cant checkin???
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I hate almost all software. It's unnecessary and complicated at almost every layer. At best I can congratulate someone for quickly and simply solving a problem on top of the shit that they are given. The only software that I like is one that I can easily understand and solves my problems. The amount of complexity I'm willing to tolerate is proportional to the size of the problem being solved.

In the past year I think I have finally come to understand the ideals of Unix: file descriptors and processes orchestrated with C. It's a beautiful idea. This is not however what we interact with. The complexity was not contained. Instead I deal with DBus and /usr/lib and Boost and ioctls and SMF and signals and volatile variables and prototypal inheritance and _C99_FEATURES_ and dpkg and autoconf.

Those of us who build on top of these systems are adding to the complexity. Not only do you have to understand $LD_LIBRARY_PATH to make your system work but now you have to understand $NODE_PATH too - there's my little addition to the complexity you must now know! The users - the one who just want to see a webpage - don't care. They don't care how we organize /usr, they don't care about zombie processes, they don't care about bash tab completion, they don't care if zlib is dynamically linked or statically linked to Node. There will come a point where the accumulated complexity of our existing systems is greater than the complexity of creating a new one. When that happens all of this shit will be trashed. We can flush boost and glib and autoconf down the toilet and never think of them again.

Those of you who still find it enjoyable to learn the details of, say, a programming language - being able to happily recite off if NaN equals or does not equal null - you just don't yet understand how utterly fucked the whole thing is. If you think it would be cute to align all of the equals signs in your code, if you spend time configuring your window manager or editor, if put unicode check marks in your test runner, if you add unnecessary hierarchies in your code directories, if you are doing anything beyond just solving the problem - you don't understand how fucked the whole thing is. No one gives a fuck about the glib object model.

The only thing that matters in software is the experience of the user.
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It's the programmers, man. Bastards, the lot of 'em.
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I'm just this froody guy ya know?

Find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter,
I'm either Cole.Brand, jcolebrand or occasionally still listed as drachenstern.

Otherwise ... Um ... Look for me to one day finish my website and then that'll tell a better story.
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survived a BS Comp Sci with double minors in Elec Eng and Applied Math, Was one of 30 students internationally selected to goto the ISSGC'09 (and one of only two undergrads), started a local tech meetup in my area that is semi-successful so far.
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  • UHD
    BS Computer Science, 2004 - 2009
  • Clayton College and State University
    Computer Science, 1998 - 2000
  • Harry M Ayers State Technical College
    AAS Computer Science, 2001 - 2003
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