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Is the word "method" even allowed anymore?
I think people will start calling it "the m-word" soon. For instance, in this post , the author writes: "Beyond that, the authorities have changed the calculation methodology." If there is a more clear-cut case than this for the use of the simple word "meth...
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Sure, smart phones aren't different than newspapers: keep telling yourself that
Today, I saw an ad from Braun showing how their electric razors are so easy to use that... you don't need to stop staring into your smart phone to shave ! I don't think there was ever an ad showing how you could shave while reading the newspaper. We are wit...
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Is it possible to use your calling software to... make a call?
I just got sent someone's Skype address, and I would just like to... you know, call them. Now, the number one thing people do with Skype is call other people . So the whole user interface should be focused on making it easy to call people. But instead we ge...
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The Origins and Spread of Anooranosism
There once were a people, the Carinaem, who found the sky and the objects they saw in it so beautiful that they worshipped it, and wove that worship throughout their culture, including their political life. In fact, for them, what we would call "religion" a...
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Our New Book
Critics of Enlightenment Rationalism , which should come out next year.
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The Best Books for Inspiring a Software Engineer
I was just giving advice to someone who isn't sure software engineering is for him. My idea here was to send him to some of the books that inspired me to improve as a software engineer, and see if any of these authors enthusiasm rubbed off on him. Below is ...
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Two dolts...
recently tried to claim here that to admit that a being infinitely greater than oneself created the universe is an act of... hubris !... just the same as devotees of scientism claiming science is to get credit for the wonders of creation. (And of course, no...
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A Song of the Past: Thirty-seven
--> Table of Contents Sunday, 3:00 PM Deirdre pulled up along the curb by Alvin’s housing project,
and saw him holding court on the stoop of his building with his posse yet
again. Within a minute he spotted her sitting in the car. She heard him say,
“Yeah, ...
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A Song of the Past: Epilogue
--> We are done! Table of Contents Epilogue Such upheavals may clear the air like a summer thunderstorm, but
beneath the agitation, the knowing faculty remains confined. Space is full and
time used up; history is an ever-heavier burden. -- Tarthang Tulku, L...
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OK, what do you call this? "Re-bugging"?
I typed in some C++ code from Stroustrup's programming book. It is supposed to be the naive, inadequate first cut at addressing a problem. He offers some input that will show the shortcomings of the naive approach. I type in that input and... It works perfe...
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