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Eric Raymond
Hacker, philosopher, troublemaker, theorist of open source
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A timely reminder.

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When Communists fight Nazis, every freedom-loving person should be glad if the police don't interfere. Ideally they'd all kill each other; the police role ought to be only to protect innocent bystanders and their property.

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I just donated $100 to James Damore's fundraiser.

Because the thought police must be opposed.


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New blog post: Six -month followup to my after-action report on the Presidential election.

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One of my favorite pieces in fingerstyle guitar - Tommy Emmanuel's Those Who Wait.

I love the timeless, meditative feel of this music. There's a lot of flashier work out there that I think it will outlast.

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"Gallup finds that job creation hit an all-time high in July."

So, while Democrats are obsessed with Trump-hatred, transgender bathroom laws, and shooting Republican legislators with rifles, this. Um..."[It's] the economy, stupid" as Clinton consigliere James Carville once put it.

The suicide of a major political party is, as it turns out, a fascinating thing to watch.

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This complaint is every programmer ever.

And it's worth noting that the better a programmer is, the more important maintaining flow state is to his productivity. For poor or marginal programmers, the difference between effectiveness in flow and out of flow is small; for good ones it's large; for excellent ones it's astronomical.

Way back in 1987, De Marco and Lister correctly noted that as few as seven flow-state breaks can destroy an entire working day. Which is why, among other things, programmers who want to be effective mute their phones. And open-plan offices for programmers are a disaster.
Don't you hate it when people interrupt you while doing your work for silly things!

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And that, ladies and gentleman, is...a Mexican standoff!

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.

h/t +Foo Quuxman

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New blog post: New releases of two of my software projects and of Things Every Hacker Once Knew.

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"On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data & The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding"

tl;dr: The earth-surface temperature data has been fudged to indicate warming that wasn't actually there. All or almost all the warming for the last 20 years, and a significant amount for the last 50 years, is accounted for by instrument biases and "corrections".
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