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Cory McCarty
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I don't post about software very much any more, but this article should absolutely be required for anybody involved with software projects. The bullet list at the end should be a checklist of the most important points about software projects.
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Thanks for your help with this, +J.R. Parsons!
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This: 'Akin, King, and the rest of the GOP that supported a WIRE HANGERS ALWAYS! constitutional amendment aren't simply destructive assholes — they're actively harmful, ill-intentioned. Evil. And before you condemn me for being overdramatic and premenstrual for choosing the word "evil" to describe guys who wear suits and America flag pins, consider what that word means — profoundly immoral and malevolent. People who truly believe that rape cannot lead to pregnancy because of ~uTeRuS mAgIc~ or that women who become pregnant under any circumstances must stay pregnant are using information that they know to be wrong in order to promote laws that cause bodily harm, physical punishment, and distress to women. Doesn't get much eviler than that without getting weapons and uniforms involved.'
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Also, this part is both awesome and profoundly sad: "Rape outrage limit reached. I have given this all of my fucks, and the fucks I have given are still not enough fucks. So many more fucks need to be given, and I have exhausted my fuck supply. The fucks are on backorder. Employees are working overtime to restock my fucks, but in the meantime, please accept this 10% off coupon while we wait for the fucks to arrive via FedEx. I'll be over here, drinking wine from a Pac Man mug and watching cartoons."
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The lie here is that the firefighters were not actually offered a raise. They were offered an increase from a 42-hour work week to a 56-hour work week. They would actually be paid a lower hourly rate.  So what Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is saying is that Chief Clack deserves a raise because the firefighters' union turned down an offer of a shittier work schedule for less pay.  It boggles the mind.
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To paraphrase +John Higgins, TRIGGER WARNING: All of them.

I have an incredible amount of respect for the author's courage in writing this. Especially knowing it would be posted on a gaming site where quite a few of the comments would be vile and hateful. 
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Yup. Also, if you leave it there for an extended period of time (like, say, the full work day), you're even more of a douche because you're basically wasting the parking space for that period of time.
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This is exactly why the Google Reader shutdown pisses me off so much. Google's "Don't be evil" credo has been a sick joke for quite some time now. Money quote:

"The truth is this: Google destroyed the RSS feed reader ecosystem with a subsidized product, stifling its competitors and killing innovation. It then neglected Google Reader itself for years, after it had effectively become the only player. Today it does further damage by buggering up the already beleaguered links between publishers and readers. It would have been better for the Internet if Reader had never been at all."
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Thanks for bringing that blog to my attention.

Ironically, I just subscribed to it via ... Google Reader.  :-\
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I don't agree with all of Aaron Swartz's politics, but his death is a tragedy that should offend anybody who cares about justice. It is true that the only person fully responsible for Swartz's suicide is Swartz himself. But the people involved in his prosecution absolutely have his blood on their hands too. The idea of seeking a 35-year prison sentence for Swartz's violation of a terms of service agreement is appalling. If prosecutors do not exercise appropriate discretion in charging and seeking penalties, then our legal system becomes an affront to justice rather than an instrument of justice. Any prosecutor who fails to do so appropriately has no place holding the office he or she does. As Lessig wrote, conceding that aspects of what Swartz did were wrong:

"I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you."
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And another petition to fire the lead prosecutor (Ortiz's subordinate), who has been associated with the suicide of another young hacker:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/fire-assistant-us-attorney-steve-heymann/RJKSY2nb
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Wow.  This is just appalling.  We're disbanding fire companies and the rank-and-file haven't had raises in years.  But the utterly ineffective "leadership" keeps getting raises and contract extensions.  The more I think about this crap, the more infuriated I become.
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There is no way to justify a raise for any professional firefighters -- let alone managers of professional firefighters -- when the city is closing stations.  Nobody who supports the fire department's mission should take an extra dime while the city is still fixated on closing stations.  

If you're going to sell off your fire protection to save a few bucks, the city might as well sell off some fire hydrants (say one in every ten) for their scrap weight.  Your firefighters might have to lay a little more hose at some scenes but it shouldn't have any negative impact on service.
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  • Johns Hopkins University
    Information Systems Engineering, 2008 - present
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Computer Science, 1996 - 2000
  • St. Andrew's School
    1993 - 1996
  • Cardigan Mountain School
    1991 - 1993
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