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I'm surprised that some of the tech companies who are so big on data driven results don't actually look at the data when it comes to things like this.
Amazon isn’t the only company burning out their employees with unsustainable expectations. Let’s break the cycle.
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It's all about perception. Working long looks like your working hard. 
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Taming WebRTC with PeerJS: Making a Simple P2P Web Game

WebRTC has opened doors to all kinds of new peer-to-peer web applications and games that can run in the browser without the need of additional plugins. However, being a relatively new technology, it still poses some unique challenges to developers. PeerJS aims to tackle some of those challenges by providing an elegant API and insulating developers from WebRTC’s implementation differences.

In this article, Toptal engineer Mahmud Ridwan provides an introductory tutorial to building a simple, peer-to-peer web game using PeerJS.

#PeerJS #WebRTC #P2P #ConnectFour
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Awesome movie.  And awesome character; great hearing some of the story behind it -- and the story of her life in tech.
 
Real Genius 30th anniversary: How I helped inspire the lead female character #makereducation #womeninstem
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/08/18/real-genius-30th-anniversary-how-i-helped-inspire-the-lead-female-character-makereducation-womeninstem/

Great piece in Slate from Phyllis Rostykus!

In 1984 two male classmates and I were invited to dinner in Pasadena, California, to talk with the producers and director of a movie that was going to be set in a fictional version of our school, the California Institute of Technology. David Marvit, a senior at the time who consulted on the film, had asked for a girl for them to talk to, so there I was—wearing a sweater I’d knitted overnight the night before, my bangs cut straight across my forehead, and speaking in a voice that people still mistake for a child’s. They asked us about how things worked, what we did for fun, what our schedules were like. Eventually the conversation turned toward what it was like to be a female student in a school with a 7–1 ratio of men to women.

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Sync grabbing of resources is generally a Bad Thing. Avoid it. Use Promises. Think async first
 
Nice performance win for Wikipedia! Async all the scripts!

Source: https://twitter.com/mediawiki/status/630865572654264320
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Impressive work by the Horizons (Pluto) team!
 
Meanwhile, the mavens who gave us spectacular Pluto-Charon images have chosen New Horizons’s next target!   The spacecraft is to make a similar examination of a small, Kuiper Belt object, an icy body known as 2014 MU69 in 2019. Pluto is about three billion miles from the sun; 2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto. “The New Horizons spacecraft is to adjust course through a series of four thruster firings in late October and early November. New Horizons would also make more distant measurements of 20 other Kuiper belt objects en route to 2014 MU69.”That they can do this at all, with their excellent fuel reserve, is one more checkmark of stunning human competence.  Let’s bring that back into fashion!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/science/space/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-has-next-mission-after-pluto.html?_r=0
The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.
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Yet another reason to have HTTPS everywhere. If Russia wants to block all sites using it, they're going to have a revolt on their hands.
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And here's another reason: AT&T apparently forgot what "common carrier" means.

http://webpolicy.org/2015/08/25/att-hotspots-now-with-advertising-injection/
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On Amiga 2000/3000/4000's (but not 4000T's - not sure about 3000T's) you also have to watch out for leaking nicad batteries (clock backup/etc). Every one of mine have leaked.... if you one of those - remove it now! People do sell kits to replace them with coin-style batteries (eBay).
 
If you have an old computer that used to work, you probably expect it to work next time as well. But electronics parts age, and your 8-bit hardware is no exception. Read more on bad capacitors and what they can do to your machine below.
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Capacitors are a necessary part in electronic circuits. They filter and even out voltages, which helps in getting a stable power supply for the actual electronics. There are different types of capacitors - and especially three of them can fail in vintage computers [1]. Even modern PC main boards can suffer from this problem [2,3]. So it's no surprise that your vintage computer can fail to this as well.

Mostly it's electrolytic capacitors that fail with bad consequences. This is mainly due to their electrolyte, a more or less liquid material used to isolate the two sides from each other and store the electric energy in the electric field between the poles. Unfortunately, as this electrolyte is optimized for capacity, it turned out to be quite an agressive substance. So when the capacitor starts leaking - due to electrolyte evaporating in the heat, or mechanical break of the case due to age for example - the electrolyte can spill over the board and cause extensive damage. While electrolytic caps are usually high capacitance, smaller capacity caps can blow up as well.

One such particular culprit is the mains filter capacitor. It sits directly on the mains input, and filters out high frequency electronic "noise" from the computer, that would otherwise likely cause interference with other equipment. As it runs on AC mains, it only has a small capacity to just filter out the very high "digital" frequencies. When it fails, the machine still works, but does not pass regulations. See [4,5,6,7] for examples from the Apple II and Commodore PET. [8,9] show a video of the BBC power supply "blowing" up, basically blowing out nastily smelling smoke...

While the filter caps usually just "blow" without much damage (exceptions granted...), leaking electrolytic capacitors can create a much larger damage. The leaking electrolyte "eats" itself into the board and nearby electronic parts. This goes as far as completely eating away copper traces on the PCB or even chip pins! See [10,11] for examples of leaking caps and the damage they create deep within the Commodore 1M disk drives (8250LP, SFD1001). [12] shows the result of leaking caps on a C64.

The first machines had simple linear power supplies, which are easily repaired. But later machines, like the Commodore 8296-D or the Commodore 720 (or the Apple II and BBC) had switching power supplies, which are more difficult to understand and repair. And electrolytic capacitors can fail in that too. See [13] for a video on a leaking capacitor in the power supply.

So, as the author (André) has suffered from three blown power supplies, and five Commodore disk drives with leaking caps, and maybe more stuff waiting, we hope that this article helps you become aware of the problem and maybe check your vintage computer before it is too late. See [14,15] for more links - and don't forget the batteries in some of the machines... [16,17].

Did you already have problems with leaking or blown capacitors? Tell us about it in the comments!

[1] http://www.minuszerodegrees.net/failure.htm 3 of 4 common failures are bad caps...
[2] http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=195
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

[4] http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/2011-04-28-apple-iie-adventures1.htm Tezza's blog on restoring apple II, with blown power supplies
[5] http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=32262 Apple II blown filter caps
[6] http://obsolescenceguaranteed.blogspot.de/2014/03/bad-caps-or-recap-kids-apple-iie-power.html Another Apple II power supply
[7] http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?45209-Replacing-the-mains-filter-capacitor Commodore PET filter cap
[8] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU55-7dWMi0 video of a BBC power supply blowing up
[9] http://www.retro-kit.co.uk/page.cfm/content/BBC-Micro-PSU-X2-capacitors/ repair the BBC caps.

[10] http://forum.classic-computing.de/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=7382 Commodore 8250 Matsushita drives with leaking caps
[11] https://www.flickr.com/photos/afachat/sets/72157651797112596/ SFD1001 repair with pictures
[12] http://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/index.php/64-repair-3 A C64 with leaking electrolytic caps

[13] https://www.flickr.com/photos/afachat/sets/72157647798386959/ CBM720 with blown power supply due to leaking caps (incl. video)

[14] http://www.sprow.co.uk/bbc/howto.htm 2 of the 3 power supply problems in the BBC are caps
[15] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_capacitor types of capacitors

[16] http://www.6502lane.net/tag/battery-leak/ apple II GS battery leak
[17] http://www.retroclinic.com/acorn/mbattery/mbattery.htm BBC master battery
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My moniterm monitor blew the big filter caps after about 5 minutes powered on; just long enough to see a good boot (4000T)
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The sea-change in gaming is quite impressive (this coming from an old-time gamer/grognard/playtester-for-SPI-as-a-kid).  And cool...  Amazingly, the Compleat Strategist is still going (with 4 locations), which is great (I remember buying the original D&D rules set there + Greyhawk and Chainmail).  http://www.thecompleatstrategist.com/index.aspx
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A number of online game sites are now supporting WebRTC audio/video chat in their games.  A few examples:
http://forum.boardgamearena.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5637
https://www.jocly.com/#/about
For online games, this makes tons of sense, especially between people who know each other, but also for communities where people have strong/persistent identities, or where aspects of bluffing or negotiation are important.
Might be useful in CastAR too...
#webrtc #boardgames  
When we started working on Board Game Arena, our goal was to create the next best thing to enjoy board games, right after a game night with friends around a solid wood table (which stays, of course, our all-time favourite). Over the years since BGA's launch in 2010 and with the help of the ...
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Ate in the Japanese room upstairs. Wonderful sushi; especially the tempura lobster roll and the Rainbow roll. They have a few very nice traditional tatami rooms as well, and some nook-type western seating plus an area of tables (but not a huge expanse, it's reasonably intimate). Very nice.
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