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Kirill Grouchnikov
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User interface engineer on the Android project at Google.
User interface engineer on the Android project at Google.

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Apparently it's kind of hard to repeal and replace what actually works, at least for most people. Hence AbsoluteLayout lives on, never to be deprecated...

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President Donald Trump defended some of the most controversial claims of his young political career in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine published Thursday, in which he offered a simple and absolute defense of his method:

"I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right. Hey, look, in the meantime, I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not," he told Time's Washington bureau chief, Michael Scherer.

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Guess who has two thumbs and will be skipping all six movies???

This guy ^^^

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"The trouble with a free-market approach is that health care is an immensely complicated and expensive industry, in which the individual rarely has much actual market power. It is not like buying a consumer product, where choosing not to buy will not endanger one’s life. It’s also not like buying some other service tailored to individual demands, because for the most part we can’t predict our future health care needs."

"The point of universal coverage is to pool risk, for the maximum benefit of the individual when he or she needs care. And the point of having the government manage this complicated service is not to take freedom away from the individual. The point is the opposite: to give people more freedom. Arranging health care is an overwhelming task, and having a specialized entity do the negotiating, regulating and perhaps even much of the providing is just vastly more efficient than forcing everyone to go it alone."

"What passes for an American health care system today certainly has not made me feel freer. Having to arrange so many aspects of care myself, while also having to navigate the ever-changing maze of plans, prices and the scarcity of appointments available with good doctors in my network, has thrown me, along with huge numbers of Americans, into a state of constant stress. And I haven’t even been seriously sick or injured yet."

"As a United States citizen now, I wish Americans could experience the freedom of knowing that the health care system will always be there for us regardless of our employment status. I wish we were free to assume that our doctors get paid a salary to look after our best interests, not to profit by generating billable tests and procedures. I want the freedom to know that the system will automatically take me and my family in, without my having to battle for care in my moment of weakness and need. That is real freedom."

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I first read "Ender's Game" just before going to see the movie when it was out a few years ago. I try to do this with all book-based sci-fi movies, as books are usually deeper and richer than what they can show in around two hours.

The next four books in the series (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind and Ender in Exile) went quickly downhill. Too much fluff and not much substance. It was a very joyless experience. And then it went even worse, as the author decided to go back to the "roots" and telling the same story he already told but from somebody else's perspective (Bean / Shadow). So that was the end of the Ender's series for me. Or so I thought.

Several weeks ago I've discovered that starting in 2012 somebody else (Aaron Johnson) took over the task or writing the prequels, laying out the story of what happens before Ender's Game begins.

If you're looking for fast-paced, enjoyable, and rather cohesive writing that doesn't pretend to be faux-deep into the philosophy of life (this is what made "Hyperion" a bit unbearable at times), these four books are for you (with two more to go still). It's not quite at the level of the Foundation by Asimov, of course, but what really is?
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#pixelpushing

"This video will show how to charge your laptop from your phone battery" and I was all like...
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#pixelpushing

Ctrl+clicking an R.layout reference in your Java code to see your favorite IDE opening the generated R class instead of the layout XML file be all like...
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