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Meanwhile, in the CSS WG f2f (hilarious surreal discussion, although probably not that funny through the Minutes):

[11:47am] <fantasai> Bert: Only algorithm that will give you the optimal answer will be trying all possible layouts
[11:47am] <fantasai> TabAtkins: We just need a definition that gives the correct answer
[11:47am] <fantasai> dbaron: Trying all layouts is not an answer. There are layouts that always overflow
[11:48am] <fantasai> Bert: it's not no overflow, it's minimizing overflow
[11:48am] » sylvaing  "TRY ALL THE LAYOUTS" - Old performance proverb
[11:48am] <fantasai> TabAtkins: Trying all layouts is not a real answer.
[11:48am] <fantasai> dbaron: Brings up question of whether it's NP-complete
[11:48am] » glazou thinks sylvaing is not sick enough to stop trolling ;-)
[11:48am] <fantasai> Rossen: Shrink-to-fit with shapes :)
[11:49am] <fantasai> Florian: An important question is there a single layout, or multiple layouts that solve the constraints
[11:49am] <fantasai> dbaron discusses a W-shaped graph
[11:49am] Topic changed to "Computer Science chatroom" by ChrisL.
[11:49am] <fantasai> Florian: when there are multiple equal minimums, do we want to pick one normatively, or say any one is fine?
[11:49am] <fantasai> TabAtkins: We want everyone to agree on the same answer
[11:50am] <fantasai> Florian: Then pick an answer, and explain consequences
[11:50am] » Zakim excuses himself; his presence no longer seems to be needed
[11:50am] Zakim left the chat room. (Zakim)
[11:50am] » sylvaing glazou, IRC log indicates staying in bed was the right move, sick or not :)
[11:50am] » sylvaing even Zakim is giving up
[11:50am] <fantasai> ....
[11:50am] » glazou sylvaing eheh
[11:50am] <fantasai> TabAtkins: Say that here's an aglorithm, you can optimize it however you want
[11:50am] <fantasai> TabAtkins: Algorithms are never normative except for their answers
[11:50am] <fantasai> Florian: I think the most interesting part of working through the algorithms is saying which out of multiple answers is the right one
[11:51am] <fantasai> glazou intervenes
[11:51am] » ChrisL ding ding round two
[11:51am] <fantasai> glazou: I'm not sure this is a very productive discussion
[11:51am] <fantasai> Jet proposes discussing the travelling salesman problem instead
[11:53am] » krit sylvaing: you too, Brutus? You too?
[11:54am] » sylvaing it appears the Cite Internationale has Bert's Cafe Contemporain. I think this is where you can order all the layouts
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Yet another craziness of CSS. Minesweeper made without JavaScript.
CSS Minesweeper by No_1026 @ jsdo.it - share JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS - jsdo.it is a service to write JavaScript, HTML5, CSS in your browser and share it. You can copy and modify others' code. And al...
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I'd like to see if the author used a preprocessor to generate all the relations between checked radio-buttons and stuff. And if yes, how it looks…!
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The various stages of development:
1. Excitement “This is gonna be legendary!”
2. Careful planning. Lots of innovative ideas.
3. Starting to write the code. Still being creative and invested into it, trying to do a good job.
4. Starting to make a few compromises, to finally get some things over with.
5. Developing less new features, spending most time testing & bug squashing. Being increasingly frustrated.
6. Bargaining with your computer (“please, just work and I’ll be nice to you from now on!”)
7. Helplessly banging head on desk.
8. Being utterly sick of even looking at it, i.e. “DEAR FSM/GOD MAKE IT STOP”


Relevant: http://xkcd.com/349/
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:) that was fun
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It's your test, you decide! Take a stand. It's sure to get some lively attention and interesting feedback. 
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A big company contacts me, without me ever applying to them:

—Hey, you’re awesome! We want you to come work with us!
—Umm, not sure but lets talk about it
—So you’re interested a bit, great! Now you have to study about our history, our statistics, what our CEO likes to eat for breakfast, what kind of underwear our CTO prefers to wear oh, and you have to spend a few hours, preferably days to study everything you did at university and then we'll make you jump through hoops about all this, so that we can see if we really want you.
—…why would I do all that when I’m not even sure I want to work there?
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These companies always have headhunters working for them;
usually after 6 month of contract they get about 10k+ provision for the head (depending who's head it is).
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Coolest sounding sentence in Wikipedia “Gently push a piece of the tube containing the intersection along the fourth dimension, out of the original three dimensional space.”
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_bottle
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When we meet aliens, their bodies will be Klein bottles, and they will be hard to talk too because they will live in a universe where time is fluid
and we will seem to be oddly fragile and fleeting, like shadows or pencil
drawings are to us . . . it will be really nifty.
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“Just because you haven’t personally experienced sexism in IT, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist”
— Most geek feminists

“I don’t care if you’ve seen women playing the sexism card for undeserved privilege, it doesn’t exist and it NEVER happens you sexist pig!”
— Most geek feminists

Anyone notice the discrepancy?
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You cannot use salary as a meaningful metric in this case, as salaries are generally aligned with length of time and experience within an industry, and we know for a fact that there was a major shortage of women entering the tech industry for many years.

As a result, even if today we had a 50 - 50 gender balance for those entering the industry it would be many years until those people were commanding salaries that would be considered above average, and as a result we'll continue to see the average salary for women being lower for many years, even if we were able to fully redress the balance.
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The open source software cycle:
1. Developer creates simple app
2. Since code is simple and easy to understand, people are eager to contribute
3. App grows more complex with all the new features and bugfixes
4. App's codebase now requires substantial time investment to understand and contribute
5. (Another) developer decides to make their own "simpler" app instead of understanding how the existing one works.
6. GOTO 2
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Drublic made this Chrome app for dabblet, cool huh? :)
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Employment
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Research Assistant, 2014 - present
  • World Wide Web Consortium
    Developer Relations, 2012 - 2013
  • Fresset Ltd
    Web designer & developer, Founder, 2008 - 2011
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Cambridge, MA, USA
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Athens, Greece - Thessaloniki, Greece - Kalloni, Lesvos, Greece
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Introduction
Research Assistant at MIT CSAILCSS WG Invited Expert, O’Reilly Media author, Ex W3C staff. Made PrismJS, Dabblet, -prefix-free. I <3 standards, code, design, UX, life!
Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Computer Science, 2014 - present
  • Athens University of Economics and Business
    Computer Science, 2007 - 2013
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Female
Birthday
June 13
Other names
Michaelia Komvouti-Verou